21 signs you're a sports fan from Tipperary

Hon the Premier.

21. In your mind there was only one famine in Ireland…1971-1987

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Richard Stakelum in the stand in Killarney after the 1987 Munster final replay. Lift that cup lad.

20. You know hurling people by their nicknames – Rattler, Babs, Viking, Skippy, Festy, Bubbles

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Michael Keating. Or Babs. Whichever you’re having yourself.

19. You know a lad who works in Ballydoyle that gives you tips on Aidan O’Brien’s horses

Pic: INPHO/Billy Stickland.

18. You follow the progress of West Brom because of this man

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17. You saw him do tekkers like this back in the day for St Kevin’s and St Michael’s

Pic: INPHO/James Crombie

16. And you’re nostalgic for the days when he was lining out in this jersey

Pic: INPHO/Billy Stickland

Recognise the lad in the front row, fourth from right?

15. You’d rather not talk about the ‘tactics’ used in Croke Park last August

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Jackie, Lar, Tommy and Pa get to know each other.

14. You have moonlighted as a backing vocalist for Johnny B and the Boogie men

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13. You remind people that Matthew Macklin is Premier through and through

Pic: INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan

12. And this lad bleeds blue and gold as well

Pic: INPHO/Tom Honan

11. Your organise your January family/work/socialising plans around the coursing in Clonmel

Pic: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

10. Sometimes you don’t bother with boots while playing GAA

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Babs barefoot in Croke Park.

9. You’re not the biggest Gaelic football fan in the world but you know Deccie Browne was class

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Celebrating with the Tommy Murphy Cup in 2005.

8. To the wider world these are rugby stars

Pic: INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan

But you know Denis Leamy as the lad from Boherlahan-Dualla and Alan Quinlan as an Arravale Rovers man.

7. It’s your job to start the chant of ‘Tipp, Tipp, Tipp’ on the terraces during the summer

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6. And you know the lad in charge of the Slievenamon flag

Pic: INPHO/Donall Farmer

5. You have ‘banter’ with Kilkenny fans from a young age

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4. In your eyes this man can do no wrong

Nicky after winning Liam McCarthy in 1991.

Nicky after winning the Liam McCarthy Cup in 2001.
Pic: INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan

3. You think this is the greatest sporting arena in the world

Pic: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

2. And the odd time you’ll allow events other than hurling to be played there

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The day many Dubs missed the turn off at the Horse & Jockey. They haven’t left the capital since


Mick Hucknall and Bryan Adams loved the nightlife in Liberty Square.

1. Finally you give thanks every time you pass this building

Pic: INPHO/James Crombie

Where it all began in November 1884.

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Fintan O'Toole

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