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Padraic Maher is the new Tipperary hurling captain

Padraic Maher is the new Tipperary hurling captain

Padraic Maher has been appointed as the new Tipperary senior hurling captain.

The Thurles Sarsfields player succeeds Brendan Maher, who has stepped down after three years in the role.

In the final year of his three-year stint the Borris-Ileigh player led the county to All-Ireland glory when they beat Kilkenny in the final in September.

The new vice-captain is Seamus Callanan, Drom/Inch.

Padraic Maher and Callanan are among the most experienced players on the panel and will be hoping to guide the county to a successful defence of the McCarthy Cup in 2017.

Meanwhile, Tipp manager Michael Ryan and his selectors have announced their pre-season training panel, which is as follows -    

GOALKEEPERS: Darren Gleeson (Portroe), Brian Hogan (Lorrha-Dorrha), Daragh Mooney (Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill).

DEFENDERS: Cathal Barrett (Holycross-Ballycahill), James Barry (Upperchurch-Drombane), Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields), Ronan Maher (Thurles Sarsfields), Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields), Seamus Kennedy (St. Mary's), Tomás Hamill (Moyne-Templetuohy), Barry Heffernan (Nenagh Éire Óg), Donagh Maher (Burgess), John O’Keeffe (Clonoulty/Rossmore), Willie Ryan (Clonakenny), John Meagher (Loughmore-Castleiney), Joe O’Dwyer (Killenaule), Alan Flynn (Kiladangan), Tom Fox (Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill).

MIDFIELDERS: Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh), Kieran Bergin (Killenaule), Michael Breen (Ballina), Daire Quinn (Nenagh Éire Óg), Stephen Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields), Sean Ryan (Sean Treacys)

FORWARDS: John O'Dwyer (Killenaule), Seamus Callanan (Drom/Inch), Patrick Maher (Lorrha-Dorrha), Noel McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney), John McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney), Dan McCormack (Borris-Ileigh), Niall O’Meara (Kilruane MacDonaghs), Jason Forde (Silvermines), Sean Curran (Mullinahone), Aidan McCormack (Thurles Sarsfields), Stephen O’Brien (Ballina), Andrew Coffey (Nenagh Éire Óg), Dylan Fitzell (Cashel King Cormacs), Paudie Green (Upperchurch-Drombane), Paul Flynn (Kiladangan), Stephen Quirke (Moyle Rovers), Tommy Heffernan (Nenagh Éire Óg).

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