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However, three matches in the space of 14 days was a hefty schedule and he had good reason to give players a break in Thurles when Tipperary had enjoyed adequate rest-time. From Donal O'Grady of this newspaper pointing out how John Kiely, Paul Kinnerk and other management figures were deep in conversation towards the end of the game instead of cajoling their players, to the general slackness in the team's play, Limerick mightn't have literally spoken indifference but their body language did. Where Byrnes has a penchant for opening the shoulders and letting fly and Dan Morrissey and Paddy O'Loughlin are predominantly runners and spoilers, the Adare man knows exactly what type of ball his forwards want, having played in that half of the field for Limerick before John Kiely took over. Tipperary take on Limerick in the Munster hurling final on June 30th, two weeks after Barrett limped off against the same opposition. Tipp beat Limerick last Sunday to make it four wins from four in the Munster round-robin, but paid a heavy price with Patrick 'Bonner' Maher tearing his cruciate ligament and Barrett possibly being ruled out of the provincial decider.
Tipperary GAA released a medical update close to midnight, which gives Barrett some hope of surprising his manager and playing his part as Tipp look for a first title since 2016. Tipperary will attempt to go where no team has gone before in Munster when they take to the field in the LIT Gaelic Grounds on Sunday next, June 30 th, to play Limerick in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship Final. There is only one previous Munster Final between the sides in Limerick and that was in 1996 when 43,525 packed into the LIT Gaelic Grounds to see the match end in a draw, Tipperary 1-16 Limerick 0-19. Sunday will be the 71 st championship instalment between Tipperary and Limerick. Tipperary has 42 Munster senior titles, with the last won in 2016 when Brendan Maher was captain.
The last Munster final between the counties was in 2001 in Páirc Uí Chaoimh, when Tipperary captained by current coach and selector Tommy Dunne had two points to spare in a 2-16 to 1-17 victory before an attendance of 43,500. This will be Paud's third match in the Munster Championship this year having previously officiated the round 2 fixture between Cork and Limerick and the round 5 fixture between Clare and Cork. We convey our best wishes and those of all Tipperary supporters far and near to the team and management and look forward to what promises to be a wonderful occasion on Sunday. The EirGrid U20 Munster Championship gets under way next week when Tipperary will be at home on Tuesday July 2 nd in Semple Stadium where they will play Limerick in the quarter-final which throws in at 7pm. The Tipperary U20 panel is as follows; Jack Harney (Capt.) - Moyle Rovers, Darragh O'Leary (Vice-Capt.) – Ardfinnan, Aaron O'Neill – Newport, Adam McGrath - Galtee Rovers, Aidan Loughman - Clonoulty-Rossmore, AJ Willis – Portroe, Brian Quirke – Moyle Rovers, Cian O'Sullivan - Clonmel Óg, Cillian Crowe - Moyle Rovers, Conall Kennedy - Clonmel Commercials, Conor Fahy - Upperchurch-Drombane, Cormac Maher - Arravale Rovers, Darragh Bolger - Moyle Rovers, Dean Finn – Ballyporeen, Diarmuid Mulcahy (Moyle Rovers), Dylan Nugent – Ardfinnan, Eanna McBride - JK Brackens, Eanna Ryan – Mullinahone, Jack Dolan – Fethard, Kevin Grogan – Cahir, Kevin Hayes - Moycarkey-Borris, Kuba Beben - JK Brackens, Liam Cleary – Borrisokane, Luke Fogarty - Moyle Rovers, Mark O'Meara - Grangemockler-Ballyneale, Matthew Moroney - Arravale Rovers, Mike Egan - JK Brackens, Mike Heenan – Borrisokane, Paul Devlin - Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill, Rhys Shelly - Moycarkey-Borris, Riain Quigley - Moyle Rovers, Sean O'Connor - Clonmel Commercials, Shane Doyle - JK Brackens, Shane Lowe - Moyne-Templetuohy, Shane O'Connor - Clonmel Óg and Tommy McDonagh – Cahir. Tipperary will play Waterford in the Bord Gais Energy Munster U20 Hurling Championship semi-final in Semple Stadium on Tuesday, July 9 th next with throw-in at 7:30pm There is an attractive Tipperary Water County Minor Football Championship double header in Leahy Park, Cashel this Saturday evening, June 29 th, with two semi-finals down for decision. We convey sympathies to those bereaved in the past week including the following; Damian Lawlor, most recently selector with Tipp U20 football in 2018, author and journalist and the Lawlor family and Kilruane MacDonaghs GAA Club, on the passing of his father John last week. John represented Tipperary at minor level in 1954 winning a Munster hurling title and later lost out to Dublin in the All-Ireland final. Tipperary GAA is in mourning, following the death on Sunday last, of a very popular former hurler, John Dillon from Roscrea. He started in the minor hurling championship of 1960 (first round against Limerick) and 1961 when he was a regular at right corner back. John played intermediate hurling for Tipp in 1964, but they lost to Galway in their opening game. There was success at under 21 level, as John was a stalwart on the Tipperary team which won the inaugural Munster and All Ireland titles. In 1965 John was on the training panel with Tipperary seniors who beat Wexford in the All Ireland final to win the Premier county's 21st All-Ireland title. Ahead of Tipperary's Munster Senior Hurling Championship Final appearance against Limerick on Sunday next, supporters can join the Tipperary Supporters Club at www.tippsupportersclub.com or by calling Jim Reidy, Membership Officer on 086 3580718. CATHAL BARRETT HAS been included in Liam Sheedy's starting Tipperary team to face Limerick at the Gaelic Grounds in Sunday's Munster Senior hurling final (throw-in 2pm). The Holycross-Ballycahill man has been named to line out at right corner-back, while Dan McCormack replaces the injured Patrick 'Bonner' Maher in the Premier half-forward line. Tipperary maintained their perfect Championship run to see off All-Ireland champions Limerick in Thurles the last time they played, but it didn't stop them from setting up a Munster final rematch. The final table in Munster saw Tipperary on top with eight points while Limerick, Cork and Clare follow on four each.