Final day family ( Michael Loughnane is second from right in front row of attached Roscrea under 21 team photograph 1964)
by Seamus O’ Doherty
One of the many talented Minor hurlers who played for Tipperary during the 1960s was Michael Loughnane of Green Street, Roscrea. He is a son of Martin a legendary Roscrea and Tipperary hurler. Martin was a Minor All Ireland winner in 1934 and Munster champion in 1934 & 1935. He served as a Tipp. Minor selector in 1969 &1970, but Cork won both Munster finals and went on to lift the Irish Press Cup. . Unfortunately Michael, who won Minor and Under 21 County titles with Roscrea, had the disappointment of playing on Tipperary minor teams, which lost the Munster finals of 1963 (Limerick),1964 ( Cork) and 1965 ( Limerick). In the 1965 decider the teams were level at half time. Tipp were poised for victory well into the second half, before Sean Burke’s two goals claimed the honours for Limerick. Michael subsequently moved to London and won All Ireland Intermediate Honours with the green and white. Michael was a clever half forward and a member of the London squad which lost to Kilkenny, in the 1969 All Ireland Senior Semi Final ,at Croke Park. His cousin, Francis Loughnane, also played three years with Tipp Minors and won Munster titles in 1961 (Cork) & 1962 (Cork), but lost to Limerick, in 1963. Michael’s brother ,Barney, was a Tipp Minor in 1974 ( lost to Cork in Munster Final replay), while his cousins Martin (1973) and Purdy (1976), both figured on Minor teams which beat Limerick, in Munster Finals. Purdy went on to win All Ireland honours in 1976 ,in a team which included former Tipp Senior Manager Michael Doyle and current Bainisteoir, Eamon O’ Shea. Michael and his wife, Ita, who are established grandparents, have been based in Maynooth, Co. Kildare, for many years.