Timmy Hammersley notched 2-5 for the Premier County as a fundraiser for Emly national school attracted an estimated 700 attendance on a chilly afternoon.
There was also a long-awaited return from injury for 2010 All-Ireland senior and U21 medallist Seamus Hennessy, who starred at centre-back against the students.
O’Shea, who did not use any substitutes, also handed a senior bow to 2012 All-Ireland minor medallist Tomás Hamill, who did well at right half back.
Scorers for Tipperary: T Hammersley 2-5, S Bourke 1-1, J Ryan (2f), A Ryan & E Kelly (2f), 0-4 each, M Heffernan & J Woodlock 0-2 each, S Curran 0-1.
Scorers for UCC: P Haughney 0-4, J Ahern 0-4f, A Breen & B O’Sullivan 1-0 each, D McCormack 0-3, W Griffen (2f) & M Sugrue, 0-2 each.
TIPPERARY: B Cummins; J O’Keeffe, P Stapleton, C O’Brien; T Hamill, S Hennessy, B Maher; J Ryan, A Ryan; M Heffernan, J Woodlock, S Curran; T Hammersley, E Kelly, S Bourke.
UCC: D McCarthy; K Ryan, D Glynn, K Murphy; J Barry, J Nagle, W Egan; B Murray, P Haughney; M Sugrue, D McCormack, B Hartnett; A Breen, B O’Sullivan, W Griffen.
Subs: B Coughlan for Nagle, J Ahern for Griffen, P Deasy for O’Sullivan, P Lupton for Hartnett, M Carroll for Breen, B Cleary for Ryan, P Prendergast for Murphy.
Referee: P Russell (Emly).