As the nights get longer and the snow begins to gather on the mountains (Galtees & Knockmealdowns) overlooking Ballyporeen, a major amount of joy from sport has warmed the hearts of its parishioners.
The victory of Tipperary senior footballers over rivals Cork last Sunday in the Munster SFC final, set in train unbridled excitement and delight across the whole of the Premier county, made all the more extraordinary that it was in football rather than hurling.
The fact that Ballyporeen stands just miles from the Cork border makes that victory all the sweeter for local sports star Conor Sweeney.
Sweeney proudly led his county to provincial triumph, 85 years after its last Munster senior title was won in 1935, having been chosen as ‘man of the match’ also.
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