Episode 8 of the AIB GAA Club Chronicles looks back on one of the most thrilling deciders in the Munster Club Championship history when Tipperary’s Toomevara and Mount Sion of Waterford went head-to-head in a battle of #TheToughest back in 2004.
This was a clash between two iconic clubs at the very peak of their powers, according to Toomevara wing-forward Ken Dunne. Both sides were laced with quality from one to fifteen, with Mount Sion counting the likes of Tony Browne and Déise sharpshooter Eoin Kelly amongst their ranks. Toomevara, meanwhile, boasted the undisputable talents of the Dunne brothers as well as Paddy and John O’Brien.
In what was billed as a ‘50/50’ game, Mount Sion skipper Anthony Kirwan remarks how Toomevara had made Thurles a real fortress, with a fierce battle expected. Despite this, former All-Star and Waterford captain Ken McGrath notes that his ‘team was ready’, with the Mount Sion talisman having the ‘best year he ever had for the club’. Willie Ryan, scorer-in-chief for the Tipperary champions, described the events that unfolded in Semple Stadium as ‘a day you’d never forget’.
The second instalment of Season Two, and the 8th episode in the overall series can be seen in full here today. It’s worth taking the time out.
Launched last year, the AIB GAA Club Chronicles recounts the stories of some of the most iconic games over the last 29 years of the bank’s sponsorship as told by some of the main protagonists, for the fans.
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