The management of the Tipperary Senior hurling team have appointed Paul Curran of Mullinahone as captain and Pádraic Maher of Thurles Sarsfields as vice captain of the Tipperary senior hurling team for 2012.
Curran, 30, made his Senior inter-county debut against Cork in the 2001 Allianz League. He won All-Ireland medals in 2001 and 2010, two Allianz League titles (2001, '08) and four Munster Senior Hurling medals (2001, '08, '09, 2011). His Senior championship debut came as a sub in 2002 vs. Offaly. He won a County Senior Hurling medal with his club Mullinahone in 2002 and captained them to South Divisional Senior Hurling Championship honours in 2009.
Curran (pictured) captained the Waterford Institute of Technology to Fitzgibbon Cup honours and was nominated for a GAA All Star award in the full-back line in 2008, 2010 and '11, winning a GAA All Star at No. 3 in both 2010 and 2011.
Maher, who is 23 this year, won an All-Ireland Senior Hurling medal and captained Tipperary to Munster and All-Ireland Under 21 honours in 2010. He has also won All-Ireland Minor Hurling medals in 2006 and 2007, a Munster Minor Hurling medal in 2007, a Munster Under 21 Hurling medal in 2008 and 2 Munster Senior Hurling medals (2009 and 2011). Padraic made his Allianz League debut as a substitute against Dublin in March 2009 and his Championship debut at wing-back against Cork in the 2009 Munster Senior Hurling Championship.
He was nominated for GAA All Star awards in 2009, 2010 and '11, winning an award at full-back in 2009 and at left half-back in 2011. He has also won two County Senior Hurling titles with his club Thurles Sarsfields and several county titles at underage.
A statement from the Tipperary County Board read: "The team management and Tipperary County Board would like to wish Paul and Pádraic every success in their new roles. They would also like to thank outgoing captain, Eoin Kelly, and vice-captain, Conor O’Mahony, for the excellent leadership they gave to the team as captain and vice-captain."