|Irish name||Séamus de Buitléir|
|Born||Drom, County Tipperary|
Seamus Butler was born just outside Nenagh, County Tipperary in 1980. He was born into a family that had a strong association with the game of hurling. His father, Tommy Butler, played with Tipperary in the 1970s and collected an All-Star award in 1978. Seamus Butler was educated locally and later attended the Tipperary Institute where he collected a Ryan Cup medal in 2003.
Butler plays his club hurling with his local Drom-Inch club and has enjoyed much success. At underage levels he has won a county minor medal and two county under-21 titles. In 2005 Drom-Inch took on Thurles Sarsfields in the senior county final. In spite of losing the game Butler scored 11 points in that game. In 2006 & 2008 Butler won Mid-Tipperary Senior hurling titles with the club.
Butler first came to prominence on the inter-county scene as a member of the Tipperary minor hurling team in the late 1990s. He won a Munster medal in this grade as a substitute in 1997, however, there was no further success in the All-Ireland series. Four years later in 2001 Butler was captain of the Tipperary under-21 team that lost the Munster final to Limerick. The following year Butler made his senior competitive debut in a National Hurling League game against Cork. It would be 2004, however, before Butler made his senior championship debut against Waterford. A new manager in 2008 saw an upturn in fortunes and Butler collected National Hurling League and Munster Senior Hurling Championship medals that year. However, Butler failed to impress during the All-Ireland campaign and was dropped from the squad for 2009, seemingly bringing his inter-county career to an end.