Noel McGrath started playing hurling at the age of five for his local club, Loughmore–Castleiney. During his early years he fell in love with the sport and became involved in many different teams for his club, school and, in later years, county Tipperary.
It was clear that Noel was very skilful from an early age and this has been obvious throughout his career so far, representing his club and county at all age groups right up to senior level. Playing hurling at such a high level has taken him all over the country, competing in many of the greatest stadiums in Ireland and abroad, including San Francisco and Buenos Aries during All-Star trips.
His greatest achievement at county level came in 2010 when his team, Tipperary won the All Ireland Senior Hurling championship and Noel was awarded an All-Star award for his performances during the season. In 2013 Loughmore–Castleiney became the first Tipperary club to win the hurling and football double at senior level and Noel played a major role in both of these victories.
Two years later, Noel was struck down with illness and missed most of the season but he feels that sport helped him overcome this and return to the pitch, where he is very much looking forward to the future with both Loughmore–Castleiney and Tipperary.
Upon joining the Sky Sports Living for Sport team as an Athlete Mentor, Noel said: “I really wanted to get involved as I feel I can pass on my experiences both on and off the field to the students and to help them develop in their personal, professional and sporting lives in their future years.”
- All Ireland & County Senior Hurling Champion
- All Star Award & Young Hurler of the Year
- County Football Champion