Bubbles O'Dwyer starts as Tipperary name team they hope can dethrone the Cats

Michael Ryan’s men face Kilkenny in Sunday’s decider.

O'Dwyer celebrates his semi-final goal.
O'Dwyer celebrates his semi-final goal.
Image: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

AFTER MUCH SPECULATION and debate, John ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer has been selected to start Sunday’s All-Ireland hurling final by Michael Ryan.

O’Dwyer hasn’t started a game since being sent off against Limerick in the Munster championship but turned the All-Ireland semi-final in Tipp’s favour with a cameo appearance from the bench.

And Ryan has been unable to resist the temptation to leave him on the bench and hope to hit Kilkenny hard with his introduction later in proceedings.

As expected, Niall O’Meara is the player to make way with John McGrath moving to the top of the left.

O’Dwyer’s inclusion is the only change in personnel the Premier County have made for this weekend’s showpiece occasion at Croke Park.

Tipp are hoping to win their first championship title in six years and in the process dethrone Brian Cody’s Kilkenny, who have lifted the Liam MacCarthy Cup two years in succession.

Throw-in is at 3.30pm and the game is live on RTÉ and Sky Sports.


1. Darren Gleeson (Portroe)

2. Cathal Barrett (Holycross-Ballycahill)
3. James Barry (Upperchurch-Drombane)
4. Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields)

5. Seamus Kennedy (St. Marys)
6. Ronan Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)
7. Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfield)

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8. Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh)
9. Michael Breen (Ballina)

10. Dan McCormack (Borris-Ileigh)
11. Patrick Maher (Lorrha-Dorrha)
12. Noel McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney)

13. John O’Dwyer (Killenaule)
14. Seamus Callanan (Drom & Inch)
15. John McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney)

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