Tipperary’s Noel McGrath is poised to return to action following being diagnosed with cancer
Last April news broke that Tipperary’s Noel McGrath would undergo surgery for testicular cancer. Consequently few would have thought that the forward would see any action this summer. However McGrath has made a rapid recovery, returning to action with his club, Loughmore-Castleiney, and is set to make an appearance from the bench in this weekends All Ireland Semi Final.
Speaking to the GAA.ie, Padraic Maher said ‘it was fantastic to see him… from what he went through in the middle of April, it was great to see him back involved.’
Putting his McGrath’s recovery into context, Maher added, ‘it puts everything – winning games and trophies – into perspective. It’s all about being in the full of your health and being able to take part, and it’s great to have him back.’
McGrath made his senior debut in 2009 against Clare in Waterford Crystal Cup. Having impressed throughout the league, McGrath became a stand out performer for Tipperary that year, helping the Premier to a Munster Championship and scoring 1-03 in the All Ireland Semi Final against Limerick. Although Tipp were to lose out to Kilkenny in the final, McGrath picked up an All Star and awarded the prize for Young Hurler of the Year.
In 2010, McGrath won another All Star playing centre forward in the Tipperary team that prevented Kilkenny winning the ‘five in a row’.
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena