The Bonnar Team

The Bonnars are known the length and breadth of Ireland as a result of their exploits with the Tipperary senior hurling team during 1989. What may not be known is that Cormac, Colm and Conal come from a large family of thirteen children and that the rest of them, boys and girls, have also made notable contributions to the games of hurling and football , camogie and handball. Their father and mother, as well, have played games with distinction. Pierce won a Donegal junior football medal with Red Hughs in 1947 and Maureen achieved distinction with Crossroads camogie team in 1948. The following is an attempt to introduce you to all the members of the team, to line them out as they might have played together and to inform you of their important achievements.

Pierce: County Donegal juniorfootball medal 1947

Brendan: 3 minor county medals and 3 west senior hurling medal

Niamh:4 in a row camogie county finals

Triona: 3 All-Ireland Community Gold Medals in Handball, 3 All-Ireland Tailteann Games Gold Medals in Handball


Cormac: 2 All-Ireland Under 21 medals in 1979 and 1980. All-Ireland senior hurling medal 1989


Maureen: Camogie medal with Crossroads, Donegal in 1948



Conal: Minor, Under 21 and Senior Munster hurling medals, Under 21 and Senior All-Ireland Medals, All Star Award 1989

Colm: Eight Munster Hurling medals in 8 years, 3 All-Irelands and 1 All-Star Award

Eithne: 4 All-Ireland Schools Camogie medals in 1975, 1976, 1977 and 1978

Kieran: Won football medal in Gaeltacht


Nuala: 1977 National Camogie League medal with Tipperary


Mary: Three under-16 county camogie medals


Ann: Two Anne Frazer Cup Medals in camogie

Ailbe: Two county minor hurling medals in 1988 and 1989

Philomena: County gymnastics, basketball and camogie medals



Magical Tipperary: The Best of Ireland 1989, p 44