The All-Ireland weekend got off to the perfect start on Saturday last with the success of Shannon Rovers in the Volkswagen St. Jude’s All-Ireland Junior Hurling Sevens title, defeating Naas of Kildare in the final. Shannon Rovers are no strangers to the 7 a side version of hurling and captured this title in 2009 and 2010.
In fact, Tipperary Senior Football stalwart George Hannigan was one of five players from the club to capture their third All-Ireland title in this grade along with his brother Alan Hannigan, Derek Horan, Alan Byrne and Padraic O’Meara. The other members of the successful Shannon Rovers 2016 panel were Eanna McLoughney, Andrew Byrne, Austin Tierney, Tom Hogan, Julian O’Halloran, Cathal Whelan and Jack O’Sullivan. Well done to all concerned.