McGrath named as new Tipperary captain

Shane McGrath

Midfielder Shane McGrath has been confirmed as the Tipperary senior hurling captain for the 2013 season, a week before the county's Allianz Hurling League opener against Cork.

McGrath, an All-Ireland SHC winner in 2010, takes over the captaincy from Paul Curran. Tipperary manager Eamonn O'Shea has appointed Brendan Maher as vice-captain.

McGrath and Maher were Tipp's first choice midfield pairing last summer, lining out in the Munster Championship wins over Cork and Waterford and the All-Ireland semi-final defeat to eventual champions Kilkenny.

The 28-year-old McGrath plays his club hurling for Ballinahinch. He made his Championship debut against Limerick in 2006 and had gone in to play in 33 Championship matches, scoring 0-23 in the process.

He has four Munster winners' medals to his name, in addition to the Celtic Cross from 2010. He was an All-Star in 2008 and was also nominated in 2009 and 2010.

McGrath and Maher are part of a seven-man Tipperary contingent in the Munster hurling panel for tomorrow's M Donnelly Interprovincial Championship semi-final against Ulster at the Athletic Grounds (throw-in 12.30pm).

More in this Section

VIDEO: 14 incredible goals that were ruined by one irritating detail

WATCH: Tyson Fury explain why fighting Wladimir Klitschko with the wrong gloves is a 'no-go area'

Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial back in training ahead of PSV clash

WATCH: Conor McGregor tells Donald Trump to 'shut his big fat mouth'

You might also like

Today's Stories

Bryan Sheehan faces 11th game in 11 weeks as extraordinary run continues

Corkman Alan Kelly 'honoured' to be named top soccer referee in America

Snub for Mayo job Kevin McStay’s big regret

When it comes to ‘player power’, it’s strictly business


Bridge of Spies star Mark Rylance says playing a spy is not too different from acting

June Tabor is bringing folk to Cork topping a bill of music from the ECM label

Felicity Hayes-McCoy's new book explores the life of 1916 Rising activist Marion Stokes

Making Cents: Counting up the costs of getting a dog for Christmas

More From The Irish Examiner