By Fintan O’Toole
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Tipperary selector Michael Gleeson walked into the senior dressing-room
for the first time, there were a plethora of familiar faces.
Between county minor teams and involvement with his club Thurles
Sarsfields, 16 members of the Premier senior squad had passed under
In 2007, Gleeson was a selector on the
Tipperary minor team that swept to All-Ireland honours against Cork with
Padraic Maher, John Coghlan, Michael Cahill, Brendan Maher, Noel
McGrath, Seamus Hennessy, Sean Carey, John O’Neill, Patrick Maher and
Michael Heffernan all starters in Croke Park. Éire Óg Nenagh’s Paddy
Murphy was introduced as a substitute during that game.
following year in 2008, Gleeson was once more involved with the
Tipperary minors yet their campaign came to a halt in the All-Ireland
semi-final against Kilkenny. McGrath, Murphy and O’Neill were all
involved in that panel along with Brian O’Meara.
level, Gleeson has been at the helm as Thurles Sarsfields have claimed
the past two Tipperary senior county titles, defeating Drom-Inch in 2009
and Clonoulty-Rossmore last October. Lar Corbett, Pa Bourke, Gleeson’s
own son Michael and Stephen Lillis were involved under Gleeson’s
tutelage in those teams.
This appeared in the printed version of the Irish Examiner Thursday, June 16, 2011