Hall of Fame 2009

Hall of Fame 2009 – Benny Maher


Benny Maher comes from a family which has given outstanding service to Thurles Sarsfields. There was no truer "Blue" than his late father, Paddy (Whitehead), whose contribution as a player, selector and club officer was immense. It was no surprise then that Benny and his brothers, Martin (Musha), Paddy (Kinger), Tony, and Noel should follow in his footsteps.

Benny's talents as a defender first came to light on Thurles CBS teams, where he was a key figure on the team which won the Harty Cup in 1956. Sarsfields enjoyed phenomenal success at minor level about that time, with four county titles in a row from 1954-’58, and Benny was hugely involved. The county minor selectors readily recognised his qualities, and he was on the Tipperary team which won the All-Ireland in '56, beating Kilkenny in the final.

The following two years saw him play for the Tipperary juniors, but Cork ensured that no medals were won.

At this time he was also establishing himself in the all-conquering senior Sarsfields side, which won ten county titles from 1955-’65. Benny won an impressive nine county senior medals to add to the county minor and county junior successes of 1956 and ’57, when Sarsfields made a clean sweep of all the county hurling titles.

Benny's hurling qualities, combined with his sting in the tackle, and his great competitive flair, stamped him as one of the outstanding corner backs at club level in the county, for over a decade.

Benny's commitment to Sarsfields epitomises all that is good about club spirit and loyalty, and that interest and dedication has not waned in the intervening years. No one is more worthy to take his place among the greats who have been honoured in Sarsfields Hall of Fame.