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Death Of Tipperary Hurling Legend Phil Shanahan

Tipperary Hurling Champions 1949

It is with regret we report that Phil Shanahan, who played hurling with both his native Tipperary and Dublin, has passed away.

Born in the parish of Toomevara North Tipperary in January 1928, Phil made his debut at senior level with his club in the 1945 Championship, at just seventeen years of age.

Phil played minor hurling with Tipperary in 1946 and won both All Ireland and Munster senior hurling medals with Tipperary in the famous three in a row victories of 1949, 1950 and 1951, one of only eight players who played in the same position for the three championships.

Phil retired from club hurling in 1966, after a successful career of twenty years. He later turned his attention to training and coaching, beginning with Portlaoise, where he lead the club to five senior football titles between 1966 and 1971. On retiring from Esso in 1982 Phil trained and coached Killenaule, to win three South Tipperary Intermediate Championships in hurling, in 1983, 1985 and 1986.

Phil will be remembered as one of hurling’s finest midfielders, winning four Railway Cup medals in 1950, 1951, 1952 and 1953 and four National Hurling League medals in 1949, 1950, 1952 and 1957.

We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife Joan (Power) and to his sons, Philip, Brian and David and to all his extended family.

Removal will take place from O’Donoghue’s Funeral Home, Kickham Street, Clonmel, at 7.30pm to St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church this evening. Burial will follow Requiem Mass at 1.00pm tomorrow, in St. Patrick’s Cemetery.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

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