O’Riordan won’t be 17 until next month but he is already a two-time Munster MFC medallist and All-Ireland winner. O’Riordan, from the JK Brackens club, starred in Tipp’s march to All-Ireland minor football glory last year and recovered from a long-term injury to feature in this year’s Munster minor football final victory over Kerry.
But he is also a noted hurler and has been on Maher’s radar for some time.
“He was a guy we looked at earlier but he’s struggled with injury since the minor football in 2011,” Maher said. “He’s a fine player and we’re delighted to have him involved.”
Maher, meanwhile, was pleased to see a number of players come through recent club fixtures unscathed, ahead of the Dublin rematch.
Tipp’s 1996 All-Ireland minor-winning captain revealed: “We had 16 players playing club last weekend, between intermediate and senior.
“There were a couple of sleepless nights but the club championship has to be run off too and everyone came through, which is great. And it’s a big benefit to us on Sunday, with the players having had competitive games since the drawn match with Dublin.
“We’ve had some internal games and one or two challenge matches. Guys are moving fairly well and there’s been a chance for players to stake a claim ahead of the replay. We want the panel to be competitive, even more competitive than it has been. And the attitude of the entire panel has been fantastic. They’re all wicked supportive fellas.”
Maher, meanwhile, has hailed the appointment of Eamon O’Shea as Tipperary’s new senior hurling team manager. Maher, a 1999 National Hurling League medallist, reflected: “Eamon’s record speaks for itself. He’s a fantastic man and a fantastic calibre of person for this job.
“It’s a big job ahead of him but the whole of Tipperary is wishing him the very best. I’ve met him a few times and he’s a super fella. The reaction to this appointment has been unbelievably positive.”
Maher will announce his team for Sunday’s replay with Dublin this evening.