Loughmore-Castleiney successfully progressed to the Tipperary SHC final on Sunday 26th October following a convincing victory against Mullinahone. However, the fans of both teams were united in welcoming back Eddie Connolly to the field for the winners.

The Triumphant Return of Eddie Connolly

The Triumphant Return of Eddie Connolly

Loughmore-Castleiney successfully progressed to the Tipperary SHC final on Sunday 26th October following a convincing victory against Mullinahone. However, the fans of both teams were united in welcoming back Eddie Connolly to the field for the winners.

Eddie had been diagnosed with a brain tumour following the county semi-final win last year against Borrisoleigh and the former Tipperary All-Ireland intermediate winning captain was required to undergo surgery.

 

Connolly was well enough to return to the bench for Loughmore-Castleiney in the Tipperary Senior Hurling Club semi-final and he received a standing ovation from everyone in attendance at Semple Stadium when he came on as an injury-time substitute. Eddie had only gotten the good news a week previous and the entire Tipperary hurling community had shown him great support throughout his illness.

 

Despite being unlucky not to knock over a point on literally his very first day back hurling and Loughmore-Castleiney ultimately being beaten by Sarsfield in the final, this was a truly amazing story and really captured the hearts of GAA fans everywhere.

 

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