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Tipperary GAA Scene 18/12/2018

December 201819th

Sport, Sport / Club Notes, Announcements

Tipperary GAA Scene 18/12/2018

Tipperary GAA Scene

PRO Joe Bracken


The Tipperary senior hurlers got their 2019 Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League off to a winning start with a three point win over Limerick in Group A Round 1 last Friday night. After a most entertaining match the final score read Tipperary 4-14 Limerick 2-17 in front of an attendance of 3,224. Seamus Callanan (Drom & Inch) was in sparkling form scoring 2-8 with Tipperary's other goals coming from Mark Kehoe (Kilsheelan-Kilcash) and Patrick Maher (Lorrha-Dorrha).

Congratulations to recent U21 winning captain Colin English (Fr. Sheehy's) as he made his senior debut while Jerome Cahill (Kilruane MacDonaghs) and Mark McCarthy (Toomevara) also received their first taste of senior action when introduced as second half substitutes.

With the trials of a difficult year behind the panel, it was great for the lads to close out 2018 with a welcome and positive boost. Tipperary's second match in the Munster League will be on Saturday, January 5th when the team will play Kerry in Nenagh in Group A Round 3. Throw-in for that match is fixed for 2pm.


The fine attendance in Boherlahan last Sunday was treated to a thriller in the Tipperary Water U21 A Hurling final as Clonoulty-Rossmore and Thurles Sarsfields delivered a cracker of a contest. In the end though there could only be one winner and congratulations go to Clonoulty-Rossmore on winning their first title at the grade with a 2-12 to 1-12 victory. With some outstanding performances on both sides, it was Enda Heffernan (Clonoulty-Rossmore) who was named John Quirke Jewellers Man of the Match.

At divisional level, Galtee Rovers/St. Pecaun claimed the Shane Hennessy Agri-Advisor West Senior Football title following their2-8 to 1-7 victory over Eire Óg Annacarty-Donohill. While in the AIB Thurles Mid Tipperary Intermediate Football final, Loughmore-Castleiney took the title by seeing off the challenge of Moyne-Templetuohy 1-9 to 0-9.

To keep up to date with all fixtures and results please check


Best wishes to Fergal Horgan (Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams) as he is scheduled to referee the Co-Op Superstores Munster Senior Hurling League Group B Round 1fixture between Clare and Cork in Cusack Park, Ennis on December 29th next.


There are no changes to the various officer roles on the County Board for 2019 details as follows - President: Matt Hassett (Toomevara), Vice-President: John Costigan (JK Brackens), Chairman: John Devane (Boherlahan-Dualla), Vice-Chairman: Joe Kennedy (Moyne-Templetuohy), Treasurer: Michael Power (Newcastle), Assistant Treasurer: Liz Flanagan (Holycross-Ballycahill), PRO: Joe Bracken (Moycarkey-Borris), Development Officer: PJ Maher (Boherlahan-Dualla), Coaching Officer: Tom Dawson (Eire Óg Annacarty-Donohill), Officer for Irish Language and Culture: Josephine Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields), Children’s Officer: Nicholas Moroney (St. Patrick’s), Central Council Representative: Michael Bourke (Upperchurch-Drombane), Munster Council Representatives: Jimmy Minogue (Nenagh Éire Óg) and Ger Ryan (Templederry Kenyons), IT Officer: Lisa Stapleton (Boherlahan-Dualla).

The football committee officers are as follows, Chairman: Barry O’Brien (Fr. Sheehy's), Vice Chairman: Conor O’Dwyer (Upperchurch-Drombane), Secretary: Hugh Coghlan (Moyne-Templetuohy) and P.R.O. Enda O’Sullivan (Nenagh Éire Óg).

The Coiste na nÓg officers for 2019 are also as follows; Chairman: Martin Bourke (Boherlahan-Dualla), Vice-Chairman: Tommy Landers (Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams), Secretary John Sheehy (Sean Treacy's), Treasurer: Ann McGrath (Burgess), PRO: Morgan Lanigan (Thurles Gaels), Rep to Senior Board: Ann Fleming (Fethard) and Rep to CCC: Tom Dawson (Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill).

At senior divisional level the following is a brief roundup on same, starting with the West where there is a new chairman with Michael Ryan (c) (Solohead) stepping up to the plate taking over from John O'Shea (Clonoulty/Rossmore). The West officers therefore are as follows - Hon. President: Most Rev. Dr. Dermot Clifford, Life Presidents: Mick Maguire (Lattin-Cullen), Jerry Ring (Arravale Rovers), Roger Kennedy (Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams), Chairperson: Michael Ryan (c) (Solohead) Vice-Chairperson: Tommy Hayes (Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams), Secretary: Michael McCarthy (Cappawhite), Assistant-Secretary: John Morrissey (Galtee Rovers), Treasurer: Michael Devlin (Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill), Assistant-Treasurer: Billy Ryan (Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams), PRO: Francis Coughlan (Arravale Rovers), Youth Officer: Joe Hammersley (Clonoulty-Rossmore), Coaching Officer: Tom O’Donnell (Golden-Kilfeacle), Development Officer: James O'Donnell (Golden-Kilfeacle).

In the Mid - President: Liam Hennessy (Moycarkey-Borris), Chairman: Jonathan Cullen (Loughmore-Castleiney), Vice-Chairman: Joe O'Sullivan (Moycarkey-Borris), Secretary: Sally Young (Drom & Inch), Assistant-Secretary: Catherine Dunne (Moyne-Templetuohy), Treasurer: John Collins (Gortnahoe-Glengoole), Assistant-Treasurer: Liz Flanagan (Holycross-Ballycahill), PRO: to be filled, Trustee: Mattie Ryan (Drom & Inch), Youth Officer: PJ Bowden (Durlas Óg), Irish Language & Culture, Mark Dunne (Moyne-Templetuohy), Semple Stadium Rep: Jim Max (Thurles Sarsfields), Gate Checkers: Batt O'Dea (Loughmore-Castleiney) & Jimmy Meighen (Gortnahoe-Glengoole), Coaching Officer: Andy Ryan (Thurles Sarsfields).

Moving to the North - President: Matt Hassett (Toomevara), Vice-President: Donie Nealon (Burgess), Chairperson: Mike Flynn (Kiladangan), Vice-Chairperson: Michael Tierney (Borris-Ileigh), Secretary: Marian Minehan (Kiladangan), Treasurer: Noel Maher (Borris-Ileigh), Assistant-Treasurer: Willie Lennox (Shannon Rovers), PRO: John Delaney (Newport), Youth Officer: Cora Moroney (Newport), Development Office: Jimmy Minogue (Nenagh Éire Óg), Trustee: John McGrath (Ballinahinch) and Irish Language & Culture: Anthony Floyd (Newport).

Finally in the South - Chairman: Hugo Brown (Killenaule), Vice-Chairman: Seamus Mullins (Clonmel Commercials), Secretary: Eddie McCarthy (Mullinahone), Assistant Secretary: Anne Fleming (Fethard), Treasurer: Noel Byrne (Fethard), Assistant-Treasurer: Stephen Fitzgerald (Fethard), PRO: Tadgh O'Connell (Killenaule), Trustee: Thomas O'Leary (Ballybacon-Grange) and Youth Officer: Maura Grogan


The 2019 Tipperary hurling panel, supported by past players, will take on one of their most important challenges as they embark on a major fundraiser in aid of the ‘Running for Josie’ project and Amanda Stapleton Benefit Fund, this Saturday December 22nd.

The venues in each of the four divisions are as follows; Mid - hurling training at Thurles Sarsfields pitch next to Semple Stadium and cycle event at Ely's Centra premises on Slievenamon Rd. Thurles. In the North the hurling will be at Nenagh College and the cycle event at Sportsman's Dream. In the South the hurling will take place at Clonmel Sportsgrounds and the cycling will be held at the Main Guard and finally in the West division, the hurling training will go ahead at Cashel KC GAA grounds and the cycle event will take place on the plaza in front of Mikie Ryan's.

The training sessions for U-12 club squads will see them get an hour-long slot each, with the sessions running from 9am to 4pm. Each session will have a 15minute game at the end. Clubs, which will be asked to make a donation of €200 each, can sign up by contacting any member of the Tipperary squad. To donate, go to each club will be entered into a draw for Gaelic Armour jerseys.

Pictured right are present and past Tipperary senior hurlers with juveniles from Kiladangan and Loughmore-Castleiney GAA clubs looking forward to the events this weekend.


Congratulations to Seamus Hennessy as he completed the Antartic Ice Marathon last Thursday in a time of 7 hours 5 minutes and 33 seconds finishing in 33rd place overall.


At county post primary level congratulations to Thurles CBS and Cashel CS as both schools collected titles in the past number of days. In the Cusack Cup U/15 A Football final Thurles CBS were 5-12 to 0-7 winners over Abbey CBS while in the Corn Mhic Gabhann U/19 A Football final Cashel C.S defeated Thurles C.B.S 3-10 to 1-7.

The quarter and semi-final draws for the Dr. Harty Cup U19 A were made last week and resulted as follows starting with the quarter-finals - Our Lady’s Templemore v Midleton CBS, Thurles CBS v John the Baptist Community School, Hospital, Nenagh CBS v Christian Brothers College and St. Colman’s Fermoy v De La Salle, Waterford.

The semi-final line ups could potentially see a Tipperary derby, depending on results, as the winners of Nenagh CBS/Christian Brothers College will play either Thurles CBS/John the Baptist Community School.

The other semi-final will see the winners of Our Lady’s Templemore/Midleton CBS take on St. Colman’s/De La Salle.

January 9th is the scheduled date for the Dr. Harty Cup quarter-finals with January 26th pencilled in for the semi-finals and the final is set for February 16th.


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. You are advised to purchase tickets before this Wednesday, December 19th to ensure pre-Christmas delivery.


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 2019 addition of the Tipperary GAA Yearbook is now on sale and is still a very reasonable €10 and once again this year's volume is a must have item for all Tipperary GAA supporters. It is packed with everything associated with Tipperary GAA in the past year.

Recalling the highs and lows of championship campaigns together with comprehensive reports and photographic content, if it happened in Tipperary GAA this year, it will hopefully be covered in the yearbook.


In relation to the ongoing digitisation of GAA divisional final programmes, South Tipperary senior hurling and football final programmes and match reports from 1978-2018 are also live at the following links.

Tipperary County Library Service wishes to thank Tipperary GAA Co. Board, South Tipperary GAA Board, The Nationalist newspaper for permission to digitise and make available these programmes and match reports online.

The above additions will compliment and further enhance are a collective list of links to the Tipperary GAA yearbooks, county final, mid and north final programmes for all supporters and historians who may not be aware of the collections online.

The generic link to the sport section on the Tipperary Studies website is: Tipperary Yearbooks:
Hurling Co Finals:
Football Co Finals:
Mid hurling:
Mid football:
North hurling:
North football:


Michael Robert Ryan died in England on 24 September 2018. We have been asked to help trace family members of the deceased. It is understood that he was born in Tipperary on 4 August 1944 and that as a young man he played hurling. If you can help, please contact the Tipperary GAA Office, Slievenamon Road, Thurles, 0504 22702 or email


A jewel in the crown of Tipperary GAA, Semple Stadium has in 2018 continued to flourish as the famous and iconic stadium took centre stage on many occasions this year.

On a cold crisp Saturday night, February 3rd last, following an Allianz hurling league fixture, the grounds staff were out busily tending to the surface in preparation for a football league fixture the following day.

Who then would have known what was to come by the end of the month as a serious downturn in the weather cast a blanket of snow across the lush playing surface on February 28th.
But true to form the jewel soon sparkled again as we knew it would and played host to a humdinger of a hurling league semi-final, a result which promised much hope for the home side but which alas yielded little on different soil .

It was then that the summer heat was replicated on the fields of play and in all its majesty Semple Stadium opened its arms to welcome one and all as it played host to thriller after thriller during a scoring and dazzling spell.

On Munster Final day, above, the crowds flowed to the hurling mecca to see the Rebel county triumph over Clare in a pulsating clash. And one week later when Leinster came calling, Thurles once again delivered in another first for the stadium as the replayed Leinster provincial final was accommodated in customary fashion adding to the wonderful spectacle that it was. This was a unique honour for the Thurles ground by hosting the replay between Galway and Kilkenny due to the unavailability of Croke Park

And the gift that keeps on giving still excelled as Semple Stadium hosted firstly the All-Ireland hurling quarter final clash between Kilkenny and Limerick. It then followed up with another replay in the semi-final between Galway and Clare.

September then saw action of a different nature as Féile Classical made its debut many years after the original Féile had once graced the famous arena. Two glorious nights of live entertainment showcased to a new and appreciative audience what this gem of a landmark can deliver.

To all involved in Semple Stadium, from its management under the stewardship of Con Hogan and Stadium Director David Morgan, to head grounds man Dave Hanley and their loyal band of assistants and workers, each take a bow one and all and congratulations on a year of tremendous success for and on the Field of Legends.


On December 1st the Tipperary Supporters Club launched their 2019 Membership Scheme and 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.


This is a preliminary notification 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.


The 2019 GAA Season tickets are now on sale and will once again provide fantastic value for supporters in next year's league and championship. Adult ticket will cost €120 and U16's €30. This will allow the ticket holder access to discounted tickets for the championship group stages in your code.

Benefits of the GAA Season Ticket include, access to an All-Ireland Final ticket (subject to meeting terms and conditions), AIB GAA club championship finals on March 17th, all Allianz league matches again in your code, including play offs, semi-finals and finals and also your county's opening championship fixture of 2019.      

The Adult Club+ version ticket costs €200 and also includes club championships fixtures in the chosen county and a guaranteed All-Ireland final ticket should your county qualify, again terms and conditions apply.
All tickets are subject to availability /terms and conditions, for more information see


The GAA Scene will take a break for the next couple of weeks and will return in the New Year.

It's the time of year where once again I sincerely thank each and everyone at club, divisional and county level that have helped me and contributed towards the GAA Scene during the year of which Seamus O'Doherty, Josephine Cahill, Cora Moroney and Paddy Collins were regular contributors among others.

I wish to thank also those who make our games possible, host clubs and grounds people, all the referees and their officials, our GDA's, gate checkers and programme sellers and all those too numerous to include for their marvellous and selfless contribution throughout the year. I wish to thank my wife and family, my fellow officers and the communications committee for their enormous support throughout the year as well.

Tipperary County Board would like to wish each and everyone a Peaceful and Happy Christmas and New Year.

In 2018 Tipperary said goodbye to dear family members and friends many who have made enormous contributions to the GAA in the county and further afield through their involvement with club or county or just as a supporter, may they rest in peace. Each will be sorely missed by those dearest and nearest, may the hope and spirit of Christmas bring comfort to the bereaved.

Beannachtaí na Féile agus na hAthbhliana dár léithéoirí go léir. Guímid gach rath agus sonas oraibh ó CLG Thiobraid Árann. Bainigí taitneamh as saoire na Nollag.

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