Memorable Milestones involving Tipp and Offaly

13 July 2010
There have been plenty of hurling milestones where Tipperary and Offaly have been involved.

1953 - All Ireland Junior Hurling 'Home' Final. Tipperary 1-7, Offaly 1-2 at Birr, 13th September. Mick Kenny was the Tipperary Captain.

1966 - NHL at Birr - Offaly's first league win over Tipperary 3-13 to 2-7, 20th November.

1971 - 19th December at Birr - Roscrea (Tipperary) beat St Rynagh's (Offaly) in the first All-Ireland Club Final. Donie Moloney was the winning captain.

1980 - NHL at Thurles - Offaly's first league win over Tipperary on Tipp soil, 7th December. 0-13 to 1-7.

1987 - All Ireland MHC Final at Croke Park - Offaly retain their title beating Tipperary by 2-8 to 0-12. 6th September.

1988 - NHL Final at Croke Park. Tipperary 3-15, Offaly 2-9. 24th April. Attendance was 33,000 plus.

1989 - All Ireland Under 21 Hurling Final at Portlaoise - Tipperary 4-10, Offaly 3-11. Over 30,000 spectators witnessed one of the great finals on 10th September.

1997 - John McIntyre (Lorrha) manages Offaly. They beat Tipp on 9th March in the opening round of the NHL, at Nenagh, 2-14 to 1-15.

1998 - Michael 'Babs' Keating manages Offaly but departs after losing the Leinster Final to Kilkenny. They subsequently 'bond' and after playing Clare three times they become the first county to lose a provincial decider and win the All Ireland, exacting revenge on Kilkenny.

2002 - Tipperary beat Offaly in the All Ireland Qualifier at Portlaoise on 13th July 2-19 to 1-9. Yet another Tipp man (Fr Tom Fogarty) was in charge of Offaly.

2003 - Tipperary beat Offaly in the All Ireland Quarter Final at Croke Park by 2-16 to 2-11 on 27th July.

2005-2007 - John McIntyre has his second term as Offaly manager.

2007 - Tipperary beat Offaly in the All Ireland Qualifier at Semple Stadium by 2-17 to 2-13 on June 30th.