Mid Tipperary franked their dominance of the GAA scene in Tipperary on St Stephen’s Day when the Loughmore-Castleiney and Drom & Inch clubs landed the Clean Ireland Recycling county senior and intermediate football championships respectively.
Considering the fact that Thurles Sarsfields had already won the senior hurling championship and Moyne-Templetuohy the intermediate equivalent it is extraordinary to note that Mid clubs have won the ‘14 double-double.
On St Stephen’s Day Loughmore-Castleiney saw off the challenge of Cahir in a dramatic Clean Ireland Recycling County Senior Football Championship final replay on a 0-9 to 2-2 scoreline.
In the long and distinguished history of the club Loughmore-Castleiney have pulled off many famous victories in both hurling and football, but this win over Cahir at Cashel will rank among the most memorable ever.
Not just for the fact that the champions were putting titles back-to-back for the first time, but for the gloriously gutsy manner in which they clung on for the slenderest of triumphs over a terrific Cahir side.
In an extraordinary game Loughmore-Castleiney took a 0-9 to 0-1 lead, but were held scoreless in the second half when Cahir came at them in waves.
Meanwhile, and also on St Stephen’s Day, Drom & Inch beat Upperchurch-Drombane 2-9 to 1-9 in the Clean Ireland Recycling County Intermediate Football Championship final.
A fine second half showing from Drom & Inch brought some Christmas cheer to the parish as they won senior status at a wet and windy Boherlahan against neighbours Upperchurch-Drombane. In 2015 Drom & Inch will now compete as a dual senior club.