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Tipperary GAA Scene 19/12/2017

December 201721st

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Tipperary GAA Scene 19/12/2017

Tipperary GAA Scene

By PRO Joe Bracken


The 2017 County Convention held in the Dome  last Sunday saw a changing of the guard as John Devane (Boherlahan-Dualla) took over as county chairman from the out-going Michael Bourke (Upperchurch-Drombane) becoming only the second Boherlahan-Dualla clubman to do so. He follows in the footsteps of Johnny Leahy who served as county chairman in the mid 1920's before going on to serve as county secretary for a long period of time. Pictured right, courtesy of Jerry Ring, are John Devane and Michael Bourke in the 'handing over ritual' of chairman for the next 3 years.

The new vice-chairman is Joe Kennedy (Moyne-Templetuohy) who steps into the role following a very tight election between himself and Jimmy Minogue (Nenagh Éire Óg), with Joe edging it by three votes 114 to 111.

Following the passing of Michael Maher RIP (Holycross-Ballycahill) earlier in the year, a vacancy arose for vice president and John Costigan (JK Brackens) was the unanimous choice having served the county at all levels as a player and administrator in his lifelong service to Tipperary GAA.

Michael Bourke is the new central council representative taking over from outgoing rep. Sean Nugent (Kilsheelan-Kilcash) who stepped down, while Tom Dawson (Eire Óg Annacarty-Donohill) takes over as coaching officer following the stepping down also of John Ryan (Golden-Kilfeacle).

Congratulations to all new officers in their roles and best wishes to those who depart the scene for the time being having served with great honour over the years.

The County Board officers for 2018 are 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: To be appointed, outgoing is Nicholas Moroney (St. Patrick’s), Central Council Representative: Michael Bourke (Upperchurch-Drombane), Munster Council Representatives: Jimmy Minogue (Nenagh Eire Óg) and Ger Ryan (Templederry Kenyons), IT Officer: Lisa Stapleton (Boherlahan-Dualla).


New officers have been appointed to various positions in the four divisions and the following is a brief roundup on same, starting with the North - President: Matt Hassett (Toomevara), Vice-President: Donie Nealon (Burgess), Chairperson: Michael 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), Trustee: John McGrath (Ballinahinch), Children's Officer: Cora Moroney (Newport), Irish Language & Culture: Anthony Floyd (Newport).

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: Trevor Hassett (Drom & Inch), Trustee: Mattie Ryan (Drom & Inch), Semple Stadium Rep: Jim Max (Thurles Sarsfields), Gate Checker: Batt O'Dea (Loughmore-Castleiney).

Moving to the West - Hon. President: Most Rev. Dr. Dermot Clifford, Life Presidents: Mick Maguire (Lattin-Cullen), Jerry Ring (Arravale Rovers), Chairperson: John O'Shea (Clonoulty/Rossmore), Vice-Chairperson: Michael Ryan (c) (Solohead), 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), Officer Irish Language and Culture: Laoise O'Keeffe (Clonoulty-Rossmore), Coaching Officer: Tom O’Donnell (Golden-Kilfeacle), Development Officer: James O'Donnell (Golden-Kilfeacle).

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). 


Congratulations to Kiladangan who are the Tipperary Water County U21 A Hurling champions following their 2-17 to 0-17 win over Holycross-Ballycahill last Saturday in what was an excellent match and a fitting way to bring the season to a successful conclusion.


The Tipperary footballers had a useful challenge match against Limerick in Golden also on Saturday and emerged victors with a comprehensive 2-16 to 1-6 win with both goals coming courtesy of Michael Quinlivan (Clonmel Commercials).


Best wishes to Ciarán McDonald (Aherlow) who announced his retirement from inter-county football last weekend.

Ciarán made his senior intercounty championship debut in 2008 against Limerick and it was obvious straight away that he was a special talent. A tenacious corner back, his performances for both Tipperary and Aherlow have been extraordinary and one of his proudest moments came in 2010 in Austin Stack Park, Tralee when he led the under-21s to their first ever Munster title overcoming the home side 1-7 to 1-6.

In 2014, he was a member of the successful Irish team in the International Rules series against Australia. His final game in the blue and gold came in the All-Ireland semi-final against Mayo in 2016.


The match pass for 2018 is currently on sale at the price of €120. This pass gives you access to all adult matches within the County during 2018. Passes can be ordered through the GAA Office Slievenamon Rd., Thurles or by contacting 0504 22702 where you can pay over the phone.


On December 19th, 1971 Roscrea became the first winners of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Club Championship when they defeated St. Rynagh's (Offaly) in the final at Birr on a score line of 4-5 to 2-5. Tipperary clubs have lifted the title on 3 occasions with Kilruane MacDonaghs in 1985-86 and Borris-Ileigh in 1986-87.


The Tipperary Association Dublin presented three bursaries at Sunday's convention to three inter-county players who are currently in third level education and the bursaries for 2017-18 are each valued at €1,000. Speaking at the presentation, Liam Myles the association President said that "the Association is conscious of the pressures on inter-county players due to training/games schedules and study commitments throughout the year. The association is delighted and honoured to support our county players and make some contribution to their to college expenses".  Those receiving bursaries were Tipperary senior footballers Kevin Fahey (Clonmel Commercials) and Emmet Moloney (Drom & Inch) together with All-Ireland winning ladies footballer, Emma Buckley (Cahir).  Above is Michael Power, Chairman, Friends of Tipperary Football, Liam Myles, Tipperary Association Dublin, Kevin Fahey, Pat O'Connell, Tipperary Association Treasurer and Pat Ryan, Tipperary Association Dublin.

Pictured left at the scholarship presentation were (left to right); Liam Myles Tipperary Association Dublin, Michael Towey, Tipperary Ladies Football, Brian and Emma Buckley, Cahir, Pat O'Connell and Pat Ryan, Tipperary Association Dublin.

Pictured below are (left to right); Michael Power, Chairman, Friends of Tipperary Football, Liam Myles, Tipperary Association Dublin, Emmet Moloney, Pat O'Connell, Tipperary Association Treasurer and Pat Ryan, Tipperary Association Dublin. All photographs courtesy of Jerry Ring.







Following successful Club Officer Training nights held in Nenagh and Ballykisteen early in 2017, similar sessions have been arranged for 2018 as follows - Thursday 25th January in the Anner Hotel, Thurles and Wednesday 31st January in Clonmel Park Hotel.

These are aimed at clubs in the Mid and South divisions, but clubs from the North and West are also welcome, especially if they have newly-appointed officers. 8 officers from each club will be invited to attend, i.e. Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and PRO of the Adult Club and similarly from the Juvenile Club/Committee.

It would be appreciated if County and Divisional Boards would avoid fixing any meetings for those dates. Full details will issue to the clubs early in the New Year. Thanking you in anticipation of your cooperation.


The quarter final draw for the Dr. Harty Cup took place last week and while there could be no Tipperary pairings in this round the potential is there for a local derby should reigning champions Our Lady's Templemore and Thurles CBS progress to the semi-finals.

The quarter-final draw to be played on Wednesday, January 10th next is as follows;  (A) Ardscoil Ris v Gaelcholáiste Mhuire, (B) Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy v CBC Cork, (C) Our Lady's Templemore v John the Baptist CS and (D) Thurles CBS v Midleton CBS. The semi-finals then are A v B and C v D.

Also at Munster level, congratulations to Scoil Ruain Killenaule who won the U18.5 C Hurling Final following their defeat of Tramore 2-16 to 2-9 after extra time.

At county level the Croke Cup U15 Hurling final between Nenagh CBS and Thurles CBS had to be abandoned at half time last week to deteriorating weather conditions and will be refixed at a later date.

Elsewhere, congratulations to both High School Clonmel and Cashel C.S. who had county football success in the past week, the High School won the Corn Mhic Gabhann U/18.5 (A) Football Final by the narrowest of margins 1-12 to 2-8 in seeing off Rockwell College, while Cashel CS defeated Nenagh CBS to lift the Corn Bhrathair Ui Dhaltuin U/18.5 (B) Football title.

Congratulations also go to Carrick-On-Suir C.B.S who recently won the Hennessy Cup U/15 (B) Hurling Final following their 2-15 to 3-7 victory over Cashel CS.


The 2018 Tipperary GAA Yearbook is now on sale. As with previous editions the yearbook covers all aspects of GAA affairs in the past year within the county and is certain to be a stocking filler in many households. Priced again at €10 it provides great reading over the weeks and months ahead.

Again, to remind readers all past issues of the Tipperary GAA yearbook have been digitised by the Tipperary Library Studies department and all previous forty-eight issues from 1965 to 2016 are now online. The collection may be viewed at the following link;


Included among a number of GAA books at present are recent publications of great Tipperary interest which would make ideal Christmas gifts.

Premier Legends - a new book written by Tipperary Star journalist Noel Dundon which focuses on the careers of 17 Tipperary hurling greats and The Thurles Sarsfields GAA Story-Volume 1, an insightful new book for all GAA supporters covering the clubs history from 1884 to 1959 and written by Liam Ó Donnchú are available in Lar na Páirce, Thurles and local bookshops.


The Tipperary Supporters Club launched their 2018 Membership Scheme and the membership pack includes the following benefits:

A specially-designed Tipperary Supporters Club cap
All members are entered into a prize draw for championship match tickets for all Tipperary Senior games.
A membership card with which you can avail of a 10% discount in the Tipperary GAA Shop Lár na Páirce
2018 Car Sticker
Text alerts for all League and Championship team news
Regular news to your email about all the latest in Tipperary GAA circles

New this year - Tipperary Supporters Club members will be eligible to vote for the official 2018 Tipperary Senior Hurler of the Year award at the end of next season.

Tipperary Supporters Club sincerely thank all members for their continued support and are looking forward to a successful 2018 for Tipperary hurling.


The Friends of Tipperary Football are now selling membership for 2018 and once again it is a very reasonable €20.

Membership enters each supporter into the following draws:
Two All-Ireland Final Football tickets 2018
Two All-Ireland Final Hurling tickets 2018
Two Tickets for each Tipperary Senior Football Championship matches 2018
Two All-Ireland Club Final tickets 2018
Two Allianz National Football League tickets for each Tipperary League match in 2018

Plus, all members will receive an exclusive car sticker.

If you would like to join online you can do so at or contact any Friends of Tipperary Football committee member.

DOME CONCERT           

 “Reeling In the Showband Years” comes to Thurles for the first time.

The Ronan Collins Showband Show “Reeling In the Showband Years” has been a smash hit for the past 8 years, and event organisers are delighted to say it comes to Thurles for the very first time when Thurles Lions Club in association with the Tipperary Supporters Club proudly presents this terrific show in The Dome at Semple Stadium, on Friday, December 29th.

Tickets are now on sale at: Eason's (Thurles Shopping Centre); Hickeys Chemist (Liberty Square, Thurles); Ryan's Daughter Restaurant (Thurles); any Thurles Lions Club Member and online at:


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

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 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, 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 IT officer 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 2017 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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