Tipp Ladies Football Team To Feature On GAA Late Late Show Special

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The Tipperary ladies football team who won the first Ladies All Ireland Football Championship are to feature on Friday’s Late Late show which is dedicated to the GAA in advance of the 2024 championships.

The programme will also include the Offaly team that took part in the 1974 final with Tipperary.

This year is the 50th anniversary of the founding of the ladies’ senior intercountry competition – a decision that was made at a meeting in Hayes Hotel Thurles.

The Hotel also hosted the founding meeting of the Gaelic Athletic Association in 1884.

The All Ireland Final in 1974 was played in Durrow, Co Laois for the Brendan Martin Cup. 

It is expected that all members of the Tipperary team available to travel will be in the  RTE studios in Donnybrook for the celebrations tonight.  

The following is the team and backroom team that led Tipperary to the historic victory in 1974.

1.       Margaret Carroll – Ardfinnan,

2.       Sally Clohessy – Moycarkey Borris

3.       Ann Croke – Mullinahone

4.       Cathy Keane – Mullinahone

5.       Majella Sweeney – Newcastle

6.       Tina Flynn – Ardfinnan

7.       Betty Looby – Golden

8.       Susan O’Gorman – Ardfinnan

9.       Eileen Dudley – Golden

10.   Lillian Gorey – St Brigids(Killurney)

11.   Eleanor Carroll – Ardfinnan

12.   Mary McGrath – Emly

13.   Josie Keane – Mullinahone

14.   Kitty Ryan  – Ardfinnan

15.   Mary Power – Mullinahone

Subs –

16.   Nora Moran (RIP) – Newcastle

17.   Ena Hackett (RIP) – Newcastle

18.   Mary Bourke – Emly

19.   Mary Lonergan – Emly

20.   Ann Bryan – Moycarkey Borris

21.   Marie Bryan – Moycarkey Borris

22.   Cait O’Dwyer – Moycarkey Borris

23.   Ann Clohessy – Moycarkey Borris

24.   Alice Morris – Moycarkey Borris

25.   Noreen Blake – Golden

Sadly none of the team management are with us to celebrate this anniversary – Jim Kennedy from Clonmel was the team manager – he also had the distinction of being the first President of the Ladies Gaelic Football Association(LGFA).

The trainers were John Elmer from Emly and Derry Shanahan from Moycarkey- Borris.

The team selectors were John Donovan Killurney, Teddy Keane Cloneen and Sean Gorey from Drangan.

Breda Power and Mary Fitzgerald both from Mullinahone were the Kit Women for the All Ireland Winning team in 1974.

Tipperary went on to win the Senior All Ireland again in 1975 and 1980 and lost finals in 1978 and 1979.