New York GAA Senior Hurling Final

Tipperary Yearbook 2019 pg 45

The 2018 New York GAA senior hurling final was played in Gaelic Park on August 12. The teams taking part were Tipperary New York Hurling Club and Hoboken Guards. Tipperary led by 1-10 to 1-9 at half-time. The sides were level at 1-20 each at full time. Extra time was played at the end of which Hoboken Guards were in front by 2-29 to 2-24.

Hoboken Guards: Cillian McNamara (Tulla, Clare), Shane Kearney (Dungarvan, Waterford), Diarmuid Hehir (Erin’s Own, Clare), Páraic Morrissey (Knockavilla, Tipperary), Eamonn Glynn (Inagh-Kilnamona, Clare), Cathal Barrett (Holycross, Tipperary), Paul Loughnane (capt.), (Cappataggle, Galway), David Varley (Oran, Roscommon), Cathal O’Connor (Sixmilebridge, Clare), Paul Gordan (Tynagh-Abbey Duniry, Galway), Brian Glynn (Ardrahan, Galway), Ross King (Rathdowney, Laois), Sean Costelloe (Ballindereen Galway), Jack Guiney (Rathnure, Wexford), Kieran Bergin (Dunamaggin, Kilkenny) Subs: Darren O’Connor, Darren Coffey, Ger Flood, Stephen Power, Steven Moroney, William Slattery, Dave Lewis, Aaron McCormack, James Egan, Stephen Burke, Pat Fogarty.

Tipperary New York: Padraig Gill (Burgess, Tipperary), Jack Bohill (St. John’s, Belfast, Antrim), John Gardiner (Na Piarsaigh, Cork), Bryan Power (Ballyduff, Waterford), Henry Keyes (Colt, Laois), Ronan Maher (Thurles Sarsfields, Tipperary), Martin O’Neill (Mount Sion, Waterford), Michael Sheehy (capt.), (Portroe, Tipperary), Johnny Power (Kilmacthomas, Waterford), Ger McPartland (Doon, Limerick), Patrick Maher (Lorrha, Tipperary), Tom Phelan (Conaghy Shamrocks, Kilkenny), Tommy Kavanagh (Borris-Ileigh, Tipperary), Paddy Moriarty (Templenore, Kerry), David Pond (Monaleen, Limerick). Subs: Dylan Grace, Shane Slattery, Ciaran Keane, Paddy Layde, Kevin Hannigan, Cian Williams, Eddie Hogan, Conor Higgins, David Loughnane, Gearóid Kennedy.

Few Teams

The two teams were the only two in the championship with the first round being also the final. It’s a big falling off from times past. Johnny Murphy from Cashel, who won All-Ireland minor medals with Tipperary in the first half of the fifties, and who emigrated to New York in 1959, remembers when ten or more teams took part in the championship. Public support for games is also at a low ebb. Less than five hundred people were in attendance on August 12.

Management Information, Tipperary New York: Manager – Mark Langton (Nenagh), Selectors – Joe Grace (Silvermines), Mickey Maher (Roscrea), Coach, Toby Kavanagh (Borris-Ileigh), Captain – Michael Sheedy (Portroe)

Management information, Hoboken Guards: Manager/Coach – Ger Morris (Loughmore-Castleiney), Selectors – Pat Egan (J. K. Brackens, Tipperary), Charlie Thompson (Tramore, Waterford), Captain – Paul Loughnane (Cappataggle, Galway), Vice-Captain – Eamonn Glynn (Inagh-Kilnamona, Co. Clare).

The New York senior hurling championships Roll of Honour is as follows:

Tipperary NY – 27, Offaly NY – 19, Galway NY – 17, Cork NY – 11, Clare NY – 10, Limerick NY – 4, Westmeath NY – 4, Kilkenny NY – 3, New Jersey – 2, Connecticut – 1, Ulster NY – 1, Hoboken Guards - 1.