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Tipperary GAA Scene 08/01/2019

January 201909th

Sport, Sport / Club Notes, Announcements

Tipperary GAA Scene 08/01/2019

Tipperary GAA Scene

PRO Joe Bracken

As we settle into the second week of January and this is the first GAA Scene of 2019, Happy New Year to all supporters and readers and best wishes to all at club and county level for every success in the year ahead. 


Tipperary's second match in the Co-Op Superstores Munster League against Kerry proved to be a productive outing as the Premier county progressed to the final on a 4-20 to 1-14 score-line in Nenagh last Saturday. Goals from Jason Forde (Silvermines), Mark Kehoe (Kilsheelan-Kilcash), Noel McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney) and Patrick Maher (Lorrha-Dorrha) ensured a Tipp victory. Congratulations to Barry Hogan (Kiladangan) and Killian O'Dwyer (Killenaule) on making their full senior debuts and also to Robert Byrne (Portroe) who came on as a second half replacement.

The result means Tipperary will contest the 2019 Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League Final against Clare in the Gaelic Grounds Limerick, this Sunday, January 13th with throw-in at 2pm. Extra time will be played if necessary (Result on the Day).

Best wishes to the team and management in the Co-Op Superstores final, as the opening Allianz league fixture will be against the same opposition on January 26th next.


Commiserations to Boherlahan-Dualla who were pipped in extra-time by Clare side Inagh-Kilnamona last Saturday afternoon on a score line of 2-18 to 3-14 in the Munster Junior B hurling championship semi-final hosted by Killeedy GAA club.


Best wishes to all Tipperary schools in quarter-final action this week. Firstly in the Dr. Harty Cup U19 A this Wednesday, January 9th where all matches throw in at 1:30pm. Our Lady’s Templemore will take on Midleton CBS in Bansha and the referee will be Mike Sexton (Limerick). Thurles CBS meet John the Baptist Community School, Hospital in Dundrum and the referee for this one will be Thomas Walsh (Waterford). Meanwhile, Nenagh CBS will play Christian Brothers College in Kilmallock and Johnny Murphy (Limerick) will be the referee. The remaining fixture will see St. Colman’s Fermoy take on De La Salle, Waterford in Fraher Field and Fergal Horgan (Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams) will be in charge.

Turning the attention to the Corn Thomais Mhic Choilm 19 B hurling quarter-finals where Clonmel High School will meet Scoil Na mBraithre` Rathluirc in Solohead and Abbey C.B.S will take on St. Francis College Rochestown in Kildorrery GAA with both games on Wednesday at 12:30pm. Then on Thursday, January 10th, Cashel C.S. will meet St. Josephs Secondary School Tulla in Rhebogue again at 12:30pm.

Elsewhere on Wednesday at 12:30pm in Rathbane, Borrisokane C.C. will play Coláiste Treasa Kanturk in the Corn Risteard Ui Mhathuna 19 C hurling quarter-final.


The January draw will be held this Friday night, January 11th in Paddy's Bar, Terryglass.


The match pass for 2019 is currently on sale at the price of €120. This pass gives you access to all adult matches within the County during 2019. Passes can be ordered through the GAA Office Slievenamon Rd., Thurles or by contacting 0504 22702 where you can pay over the phone.


On Saturday, January 19th, Paddy Doyle will be inducted into Thurles Sarsfields Hall of Fame. Paddy has served Sarsfields as a player, coach, selector, manager, club chairman and is at present the club’s vice-president.

Outside of his GAA roles with Sarsfields, Paddy has managed Tipperary minor hurling teams and has been involved with coaching Moycarkey-Borris, Lorrha-Dorrha, Borris-Ileigh and the Laois county hurling team. All in all, a lifetime of immense service to the GAA. All are welcome to attend the celebration, starting at 8.00 p.m. in Thurles Sarsfields Social Centre.


Tipperary GAA will offer an Award 1 Football course aimed at Youth and Adult Football coaches, under 14 to senior level club coaches.

The course covers a number of key modules including: Technical Proficiency, Tactical Prowess, Team Play, Physical Fitness, Playing Facts, Psychological Focus and Communication.

The focus of the course is the further development of the ‘How to Coach’ skills by placing the participant in situations that they will face as coaches – the organisation of games, skill development, activities to develop skill and activities to develop the various aspects of physical fitness.

By the end of this course participants will be able to:

Organise a programme of games and skill development activities appropriate to each participant's needs and abilities.
Organise progressive activities (drills and games) to develop five key skills
Organise progressive activities to develop movement skills appropriate to Gaelic Games
Organise and manage players for an effective practice session through six "How to coach skills" including;
Build Rapport, Observe, Analyse, Explain, Provide Demonstration and Provide Positive Feedback to Players

The course philosophy states that Tipperary GAA is committed to implementing an integrated Coach Education Programme with a view to maximizing participation, optimising playing standards and ensuring that players' needs are catered for in a balanced way.

The dates for the course include January 21st, 24th, 28th and 31st and February 4th from 7.30pm - 9.30pm each evening. The venues Lar na Páirce and Dr Morris Park for practical and the cost is €50 per coach.

To register your place on the course please e-mail as soon as possible as places will be limited.


The Tipperary Cumann na mBunscoil finals were hosted by Youghalarra and Nenagh clubs last Saturday, with entries from 14 schools including over 50 players and 25 games of handball. There was a huge turnout of supporters with both galleries packed to capacity. Ardcroney N.S. dominated all the girls' finals while the boys were shared out between Crehana N.S., Lissenhall N.S., Gaelscoil Carrick on Suir and Ballina N.S.

The games co-ordinator Paddy Collins thanked clubs and officials for hosting the games and all who helped out with refreshments and especially all who refereed games on the day. He wished the winners going forward to represent the county in the Munster finals in February the best of luck. Full results of the games are on the Tipperary Handball website and click on the Cumann na mBunscoil page.

Next weekend are the championships with the North finals being hosted by the Nenagh club and the following week the county finals will be hosted by the Cashel club.


With the uploading of West Tipperary divisional programmes and match reports to the Tipperary Studies website, the project of digitising match programmes for this collection in Tipperary Studies is now almost at an end. It has been a mammoth project which could not have been achieved without the support of the Tipperary GAA Co. Board, and the four divisional boards of Mid, North, South and West Tipperary. The support of the local press in allowing match reports to be digitised was also invaluable to the project and allows for greater interaction so thanks also to the editors and staff of the Nationalist, Nenagh Guardian and Tipperary Star. Thanks also to Liam Hogan and Joe Lonergan who gave in loan copies to fill in gap areas. The following are some combined figures, for county and divisional finals, which show 315 programmes have been digitised incorporating 8,351 page scans. In conjunction with this there are 322 local press pages giving an account of numerous match reports relating to many of those finals.

The collection may be viewed at If anyone has programmes which they wish to loan to a member of the digitisation team to fill in a missing issue please contact 076 1066131.


You are invited to the Tipperary Supporters Club Annual General Meeting and 2019 Membership Launch in the Anner Hotel, Thurles, on Thursday 17 January 2019 at 8pm.

Please come along to hear from Liam Sheedy about plans for the season and to meet with players. This is always a great way to kick off the year. Refreshments will be served and we look forward to a big turnout and to seeing you there. If you haven’t already renewed your membership you can do it on the night or online at or by calling Jim Reidy, Membership Officer on 086 3580718.

The membership pack includes the following benefits:

A specially-designed Tipperary Supporters Club pen with stylus for use on touch-screen devices
All members are entered into a prize draw for championship match tickets for all Tipperary Senior games.
2019 Car Sticker
Text alerts for all League and Championship team news
Regular news to your email about all the latest in Tipperary GAA circles

Tipperary Supporters Club members will be the only ones eligible to vote for the official 2019 Tipperary Senior Hurler of the Year award at the end of next season. The Tipperary supporters Club are looking forward to a successful 2019 for Tipperary hurling with hopefully an increase in membership to help continue the fantastic support to our senior hurling team.


Tipperary Co. Board wishes to express sympathy to Michael Power, chairman of the Friends of Tipperary Football and to the Power family on the passing of his father Michael Power. The board also sympathise with Peggy Costello and the Costello family and Durlas Óg club on the sudden passing of Seán Costello. As well as being a hugely active member and county board delegate for Durlas Óg, Seán was also a Friends of Tipperary Football committee member and Football Board Delegate. May they rest in peace.


Croke Park has issued the new Code of Behaviour (Underage), which highlights the levels of behaviour that the GAA seeks from those who are playing, coaching, officiating or attending our underage games.

Packed with 10 different sections the Code of Behaviour (Underage) has been updated to reflect recent child safeguarding legislative requirements that are now enshrined in its Rules and in the day to day organising of its games.

Sections include guidance on maintaining appropriate levels of behaviour when working with children and young people, how to promote the Code and also deal with breaches of the Code, useful guidance on recruiting coaches and managers for underage teams, how to plan away trips, the Club child safeguarding statement, dealing with bullying of children and young people, social media guidance and how to report any concerns or allegations of abuse.

The Code of Behaviour (Underage) applies to all of the Gaelic Games Associations - GAA, Ladies Football, Camogie, Handball and Rounders - and may be downloaded at


The following again is a reminder to all club's (adult and juvenile) advising that club officer training for chairperson's, secretaries, treasurer's and pro's is fixed for Wednesday, 6th February 2019 in the Anner Hotel Thurles. Ideally suited to new officers but existing officers are more than welcome to attend.


Information concerning all areas in the GAA will appear in this section in the future. If you wish to include any item of interest in future articles, please e-mail at on or before 3.00pm on Monday. Visit the Tipperary GAA web site at to keep up to date with all the latest news in Tipperary GAA circles.

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