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17/10/2021

A truly remarkable career - Tipperary GAA legend honoured for 60+ years service to his club

Played with 'The Blues' for 23 years

A truly remarkable career - Tipperary GAA legend honoured for 60+ years service to his club

KILLUSTY MEN: Noel Byrne presents a copy of the citation to Jimmy O'Shea.

On a special night for a Fethard team of the past, one of the club's most loyal servants was also honoured.

Club chairman PJ Ahearne said the word 'legend' is often overused but it's appropriate for Jimmy O'Shea who was the surprised recipient of a special honour on the night.

Jimmy O'Shea has served in virtually ever role in the club, being part of so many of the great occasions, but as his fellow Killusty man Noel Byrne said in the citation, he was also an unofficial driver, picking up players for games across Munster and driving them back later.

As Noel said, his contribution to the club over sixty years will never be surpassed.

He was a player for 23 years with the adult club,  from 1950 to 1974, winning two County Senior Football medals in 1954 and  1957,  South Senior Football medals in 1954, 1955, 1957 and 1969 and he was captain of the Fethard team in 1958 .

He was on the losing South finals teams  of 1956,1959,1963,1965 and1968, with only once losing in a County Final in 1974.

Probably his greatest honour was when as captain he led his own beloved village of Killusty to South and County Junior Football honours in 1956, also adding to his collection a Tipperarymans Cup Medal in 1959 with quite a few Tournament and seven asides during that time.

He wore the Tipperary jersey at Senior in the National league of 1954 and in 2007 he received the Sean  Gael Award for his services to the GAA.

As a selector he won seven County Senior Football titles in 1978, 1984, 1988,1991, 1993, 1997 and 2001, on four losing sides in 1982, 1983,1986 and 1992, and County Senior Football League wins in 2001, 2003 and 2004.

A truly remarkable career. 

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