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Borrisoleigh, County Tipperary
Philip Maher was born in Borrisoleigh, County Tipperary in 1979. He showed great skill as a hurler in his youth and quickly started playing with his local club in Borrisoleigh, before he was spotted by the Tipperary inter-county selectors.
By the late 1990s Maher had made his debut with the Tipperary minor hurling team. He won a Munster minor hurling medal in 1997 and quickly moved on to the inter-county under-21 team. On that team he won another Munster title, however, All-Ireland success still eluded him. In 2000 Maher made his senior debut for Tipperary in a Munster Championship game against Waterford. The following year he won his first National Hurling League medal before later winning a Munster title. The year was rounded off when Maher won his first All-Ireland medal following a victory over Galway. His performance in the championship earned him his first All-Star award. The subsequent few years proved frustrating for Maher as Tipp failed to win any further Munster of All-Ireland titles.