Borris Ileigh HC
Bobby Ryan (top) and Brendan Maher
The club currently plays hurling and camogie in the county-wide and North division competitions of Tipperary GAA. It formerly participated in Mid Tipperary divisional competitions. It also plays Gaelic football at Junior and under-age levels. The club attracts members from the civil parish of Glenkeen which is co-extensive with the Catholic parish of Borrisoleigh and Ileigh.
Borrisoleigh reached the semifinal of the first Tipperary Senior Hurling Championship in 1887, a year after its foundation. In 1910 the club won the Tipperary Junior Hurling Championship, defeating Toomevara. The Borris and Ileigh clubs competed separately in the Mid and North divisions, and in 1947 Borrisoleigh defeated Kilruane to win the North Senior Hurling Championship, but lost in the county final.
The united Borris-Ileigh club won the Mid Senior final in 1949, beating Boerlahan, and went on to win the county title, beating Knockavilla-Donaskeigh by 4-6 to 2-1. They held the title in 1950, defeating Carrick Swans 2-7 to 2-3. A third county title came in 1953, when they beat Boherlahan 4-8 to 4-4. After a lean period in the 1960s and '70s Borris-Ileigh won three county SHC titles in the 1980s, along with the 1986 Munster and 1987 All-Ireland titles.
Well Known Players -
Liam Devaney, Hurler of the Year 1961
Jimmy Finn, captain of All Ireland winning Tipperary Senior Hurling team, 1951
Paddy Kenny, captain of All Ireland winning Tipperary Minor Hurling team, 1947
Sean Kenny, captain of All Ireland winning Tipperary Senior Hurling team, 1950
Brendan Maher, captain of All Ireland winning Tipperary Minor Hurling team, 2007, All Star, Young Hurler of the Year 2010
Philip Maher, All Star
Aidan Ryan, All Star
Bobby Ryan, captain of All Ireland winning Tipperary Senior Hurling team, 1989, All Star
2019 was a special year for the club as it captured the Tipp title after a 33 year wait, before going on to win the Munster title with a brilliant win over Ballygunnar in the final. Ballyhale just edged the All Ireland final but it was a year that will bring memories to the club for ever more. Some of the performances by Brendan Maher in particular were absolutely heroic and had to be seen to be believed.
Senior County Titles (7)
1949, 1950, 1953, 1981, 1983, 1986, 2019