Brendan Maher

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Brendan Maher
Personal information
Irish name Breandán Ó Meachair
Sport Hurling
Position Left Half Back
Born (1989-01-05) 5 January 1989 (age 26)
Borrisoleigh, County Tipperary, Ireland
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Nickname Benny
Occupation Primary school teacher [1]
Years Club
2005–present Borris-Ileigh
Club titles
Tipperary titles 0
Years County Apps (scores)
2009–present Tipperary 26 (0-10)
Inter-county titles
Munster titles 3
All-Irelands 1
All Stars 2
*Inter County team apps and scores correct as of 22:30, 9 December 2013.

Brendan Maher (born 5 January 1989) is an Irish hurler who currently plays as a midfielder for the Tipperary senior team.[2][3][4]

Born in Borrisoleigh, County Tipperary, Maher first excelled at hurling whilst at school in St Josephs College, Borrisoleigh. He arrived on the inter-county scene at the age of sixteen when he first linked up with the Tipperary minor team, before later lining out for the under-21 side. He joined the senior team for the 2009 National Hurling League. Maher has gone on to play a key part for Tipperary since then, and has won one All-Ireland medal and three Munster medals. He has been an All-Ireland runner-up on two occasions.

As a member of the Munster inter-provincial team, Maher has won one Railway Cup medal. At club level he is a two-time North Tipperary medalist with Borris-Ileigh.

Playing career[edit]


Maher plays his club hurling with the Borris-Ileigh club and has enjoyed some success. After enjoying little success at underage levels, he graduated onto the senior team where he won North Tipperary county titles in 2005 and 2007. Maher, however, is still waiting to line out in a senior county championship decider.[5]

Minor and under-21[edit]

Maher first came to prominence on the inter-county scene as a member of the Tipperary minor hurling team in 2005. He enjoyed little success in his first year, however, Tipperary reached the All-Ireland decider via the "back-door" in 2006. Three-in-a-row hopefuls Galway provided the opposition, however, Tipp powered to 2–18 to 2–7 victory.[6] It was Maher's first All-Ireland medal in that grade.

In 2007 Maher was appointed captain of the Tipperary minor team. He won a Munster medal in that grade that year following an 0-18 to 1-11 defeat of Cork. Both sides met again in the All-Ireland decider, however, Cork also failed on that occasion. A 3-14 to 2-11 victory gave Maher a second successive All-Ireland medal.[7]

Maher joined the Tipperary under-21 team in 2008. He won a Munster medal in this grade in his debut season following a controversial one-point defeat of Clare. Tipp later reached the All-Ireland, however, Maher's side were defeated by Kilkenny.[8]

After surrendering their provincial crown in 2009, Tipperary bounced back the following year. A 1-22 to 1-17 defeat of Clare gave Maher a second Munster medal.[9] Tipp later played Galway in the All-Ireland final and went on to trounce the westerners by 5-22 to 0-12.[10] It was Maher's first All-Ireland medal in that grade.


Maher made his senior competitive debut for Tipperary in a National League game against Cork in 2009.[11]

Later that year Maher made his championship debut when he came on as a substitute in Tipperary's defeat of Cork. He subsequently won his first Munster medal as Tipp defeated Waterford by 4-14 to 2-16.[12] After a six-week lay-off and a facile semi-final win over Limerick, a game which saw Maher start his first championship game,[13] Tipp qualified for an All-Ireland final meeting with Kilkenny. For much of the match it looked as if Tipp would pull off a shock and deny 'the Cats' a record-equaling four-in-a-row. Two quick goals in the space of a minute, one from a penalty by Henry Shefflin, sealed a 2-22 to 0-23 victory and defeat for Tipperary.[14]

Maher remained as one of Tipperary's two first-choice midfielders once again in 2010. After surrendering their Munster title to Cork, Tipperray regrouped in the qualifiers and reached a second successive All-Ireland decider. Kilkenny, a team chasing an unprecedented fifth successive championship, provided the opposition and a great game was expected. Tipperary got off to a great start which was bolstered by an early Lar Corbett goal. He subsequently completed a hat-trick of goals and Tipperary had a fourth by Noel McGrath to deny Kilkenny's drive-for-five and secure a remarkable and convincing 4-17 to 1-18 victory.[15] It was Maher's first All-Ireland winners' medal. Following the completion of the championship he picked up his first All-Star award. Maher was also named Young Hurler of the Year.[16]

Tipperary returned as provincial kingpins once again in 2011. A 7-19 to 0-19 trouncing of Waterford in the southern decider gave Maher a second Munster medal.[17] For the third successive year, Tipperary faced off against Kilkenny in the All-Ireland final, however, on this occasion Kilkenny were slight underdogs going up against the new champions. Kilkenny started quickly and never surrendered the lead in the 2-17 to 1-16 victory.[18]

In spite of an indifferent National League campaign, Tipperary were regarded as potential All-Ireland champions once again. A 2-17 to 0-16 defeat of Waterford in the provincial decider gave Maher a third Munster medal in four seasons.[19] Tipperary later faced a humiliating 4-24 to 1-15 defeat by eventual champions Kilkenny in the All-Ireland semi-final.[20]

In October 2014, Maher won his second All Stars Award after a successful 2014 campaign where Tipperary reached the All-Ireland Final.[21]

Maher is the current team captain since October 2013.[22]


Maher has also lined out with Munster in the Inter-provincial Championship.


In 2011 Maher was included on the Ireland team for the composite rules shinty–hurling series of games. Two defeats of Scotland gave victory to Ireland and gave Maher a winners' medal in this competition.[23]



  • North Tipperary Senior Club Hurling Championship (2): 2005, 2007


  1. ^ "Tipperary’s Maher braced for ‘massive challenge’". Irish Times. 2 May 2013. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Player profile: Brendan Maher". Tipperary GAA website. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Maher handed Tipp armband for 2014". Irish Examiner. 29 October 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Brendan Maher: 'People forget that we are human – we always go out to do our best'". Irish Independent. 28 May 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "Borris-Ileigh GAA club honours". Borris-Ileigh GAA website. Retrieved 6 September 2010. 
  6. ^ "Tipp break Galway hearts in MHC final". RTÉ Sport. 3 September 2006. Retrieved 3 November 2008. 
  7. ^ "Tipperary claim minor title". Irish Times. 2 September 2007. Retrieved 30 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "RTÉ Sport: Kilkenny 2-13 Tipperary 0-15". RTÉ Sport. 15 September 2008. Retrieved 30 October 2012. 
  9. ^ O'Toole, Fintan (29 July 2010). "Tipp take another step forward". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 30 October 2012. 
  10. ^ "Tipperary crown an outstanding week". Irish Times. 13 September 2010. Retrieved 7 June 2011. 
  11. ^ "Maher debuts for Tipp". Hogan Stand website. 13 February 2009. Retrieved 30 October 2012. 
  12. ^ "RTÉ Sport: Tipperary 4-14 Waterford 2-16". RTÉ Sport. 12 July 2009. Retrieved 29 July 2009. 
  13. ^ "Maher in for Tipp". Hogan Stand website. 14 August 2009. Retrieved 30 October 2012. 
  14. ^ "RTÉ Sport: Kilkenny 2-22 Tipperary 0-23". RTÉ Sport. 6 September 2009. Retrieved 7 September 2009. 
  15. ^ "RTÉ Sport: Tipperary 4-17 Kilkenny 1-18". RTÉ Sport. 5 September 2010. Retrieved 5 September 2010. 
  16. ^ "Corbett shines brightest of Tipp's Star men". Irish Independent. 16 October 2010. Retrieved 17 October 2010. 
  17. ^ "Tipp show appetite for destruction". Irish Times. 10 July 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2012. 
  18. ^ "RTÉ Sport: Kilkenny 2-17 Tipperary 1-16". RTÉ Sport. 4 September 2011. Retrieved 4 September 2011. 
  19. ^ Clerkin, Malachy (16 July 2012). "Clinical Tipperary complete first task". Irish Times. Retrieved 30 October 2012. 
  20. ^ Moran, Seán (30 August 2012). "Kilkenny trample over Tipp tradition". Irish Times. Retrieved 30 October 2012. 
  21. ^ "Tipperary earn more hurling All Stars than the Cats as Richie Hogan and James O'Donoghue land top awards". Irish Independent. 24 October 2014. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  22. ^ "Brendan Maher will captain the Premier County in 2014". 29 October 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  23. ^ "Ireland win Shinty series". Irish Examiner. 30 October 2012. Retrieved 29 October 2011. 

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Joey McLoughney
Tipperary Minor Hurling Captain
Succeeded by
Noel McGrath
Preceded by
Shane McGrath
Munster Hurling Captain
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Shane McGrath
Tipperary Senior Hurling Captain
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Joey McLoughney
All-Ireland Minor Hurling Final
winning captain

Succeeded by
Thomas Breen
Preceded by
Jackie Tyrrell
Inter-Provincial Hurling Final
winning captain

Succeeded by
Preceded by
Noel McGrath
Vodafone Young Hurler of the Year
Succeeded by
Liam Rushe