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Tipperary GAA Scene 20/02/2018

February 201821st

Local News, Sport, Sport / Club Notes

Tipperary GAA Scene 20/02/2018

Tipperary GAA Scene

By PRO Joe Bracken


The hunger for competitive action brought a crowd of 8,358 to Semple Stadium last Saturday night as Tipperary welcomed Wexford where both sides served up a heart-warming feast in Round 3of the Allianz Hurling League. In a hugely entertaining clash the fare on offer was very uplifting as Tipperary eventually saw off the visitors 3-21 to 1-21. Tipperary's ace marksman on the night was Jason Forde (Silvermines) who rattled off 2-9 (0-8f, 0-1 s/l) in a Man of the Match performance. Pictured left is Jason collecting his award from Borris-Ileigh and Cuala clubman Shane Stapleton of Eir Sport. Patrick Maher (Lorrha-Dorrha) was the other Tipp goal scorer ending up with 1-2 after his night's work.

Congratulations to Billy McCarthy (Thurles Sarsfields) on making his senior debut with 0-1 from play and also to Mark Russell (Lattin-Cullen) as both players were introduced in the second half.

Next up is a visit to Nowlan Park this Sunday, February 25th, as Tipp make the short trip for Round 4 of the league where throw in will be at 2pm. No strangers to each other over the past decade the closeness of the rivalry is also transcribed in the stats.

This will be the 70th National Hurling League game between the counties with Tipperary holding a narrow advantage with 32 wins to Kilkenny’s 30 and 7 games were drawn.

The results of the last ten meetings are as follows - 11/3/2017 at Semple Stadium, Tipperary 2-17 Kilkenny 3-14 (Group), 21/2/2016 at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny 2-17 Tipperary 0-18 (Group ), 15/3/2015 at Semple Stadium, Tipperary   2-22 Kilkenny 1-13 (Group ), 4/5/2014 at Semple Stadium, Kilkenny 2-25 Tipperary 1-27 (League Final - aet), 23/2/2014  at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny 5-20 Tipperary 5-14 (Group), 5/5/2013 at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny 2-17 Tipperary 0-20 (League Final), 10/3/2013 at Semple Stadium, Tipperary  2-17 Kilkenny 1-19  (Group), 26/2/2012 at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny 2-17 Tipperary 0-15 (Group), 12/2/2011 at Semple Stadium, Kilkenny 1-17 Tipperary 1-10 (Group) and 7/3/2010 at Semple Stadium, Tipperary 1-14 Kilkenny 0-13 (Group).

The sides have met at Kilkenny venues on 27 occasions where Tipperary have won 9 of the encounters to Kilkenny's 14 with 4 draws also recorded.

So with the scene almost set for another staging of this close and intense rivalry we sent best wishes to the team and management on Sunday as they look to go another step towards securing a spot in the league knock out stages.

Sunday's official will be Alan Kelly (Gaillimh) who will referee his first Tipperary/Kilkenny AHL fixture. He will also be the first Galway referee in this fixture since Jimmy Cooney took charge of Tipp's win at Semple Stadium in 1998.

Tickets are on sale at GAA.IE, selected SuperValu and Centra stores and usual outlets - adults €15 and U16's go free. Buy before match day and get 20% off adult tickets.


Semple Stadium is the venue this weekend as the Tipperary footballers look to bounce back from the disappointment of their last home result when Meath come to Thurles on Saturday night next, February 24th for the Allianz Football League Division 2 Round 4 match where throw-in is at 7pm.

With both sides on 3 points after 3 rounds, Meath sit above Tipp by virtue of a slightly better scoring average of 5 points. In a highly competitive division all victories will be hard earned and as Tipp go in search of a positive result on Saturday night they will know they will have to be at their best to send the Royals home empty handed.

The referee for this game will be Niall Cullen (Fear Manach).

We send best wishes to the team and management for Saturday's game where the recent great home support is very welcome and certainly gives a huge boost to the side, so to all supporters more of the same this weekend please.

Tickets are on sale at GAA.IE, selected SuperValu and Centra stores and usual outlets - adults €15 and U16's go free. Buy before match day and get 20% off adult tickets.


Congratulations to Thurles Sarsfields on winning the All-Ireland Junior B hurling final following their defeat of Kilnadeema-Leitrim (Galway) in Raheenagh, Co. Limerick last Sunday on a score-line of 2-11 to 1-13 with Padraic Crone receiving the man of the match award.    


Best wishes to Seán Lonergan (Moyle Rovers) who is in charge of the action this weekend between Offaly and Armagh in the Allianz Football league Division 3 tie in Bord na Móna O'Connor Park.


The Knocknarea Arena in Sligo’s IT was the venue for this year’s All Ireland Final of Scór na nÓg, hosted by the Coiste Scór Chonnachta.

The event was live streamed and televised by TG4 and showcased the best of talent from the 4 provinces.

The Clayton Hotel was the venue for the Tráth na gCeist with 29 counties taking part in a battle of the wits. The Loughmore-Castleiney team of Eimear McGrath, Caroline Cormack, Gearóid Treacy and Jack Cullen with Murt Ryan as mentor produced a sparkling performance and completed the competition in 5th place. This was a remarkable result considering the challenging questions posed. Maith sibh go léir, rinne sibh éacht. A sincere thank you to all for your continued dedication and commitment to this discipline, the team were presented with certificates from Coiste Scór Naisiúnta to mark the event.

Tipperary was represented by Newcastle sa Chomórtas Rince Foirne in the main arena where these young dancers Aoife Leahy, Sarah English, Caelinn McGrath, Emma Wyse, Hollie Burke, Orlaith Dalton, Eimear O'Connor and Orlaith Nugent, under the tutelage of Kathy McGrath Coleman, gave a lively and stylish performance of the Cross Reel. As in all the other disciplines competition was extremely keen and Newcastle were narrowly defeated by the Ulster finalists – Killeavy Armagh.

Though disheartened these young ladies took to the floor again on Saturday night when a celebration of music, song and dance took place well into the early hours in the Clayton Hotel. Here there was a great sense of camaraderie amongst all the young performers and county and provincial borders were forgotten as they came together to showcase the best of Scór. Comghairdeas libh go léir.

Míle buíochas leis na hiomaitheoirí, na múinteoirí,na tuistí agus an lucht tacaíochta uile ó Thiobraid Árann .


The County final of Senior Scór will take place on Saturday night next in Newport Community Centre at 8pm. The Tráth na gCeist will commence at 7 30pm. This battle of wits is always an enjoyable occasion and clubs are encouraged to participate with teams of 4 as usual.

To take part in any of the competitions contact any Scór Officer or ring Mary at 087 2160430. Scór is an integral part of all GAA activities and can be a source of great enjoyment for all taking part. Bain triail as.


Commiserations to Cashel CS as they lost out by the narrowest of margins in Corn Thomais Mhic Choilm (18.5 B) Hurling Final as CBS Mitchelstown claimed victory 2-14 to 0-19.


In the Electric Ireland Fitzgibbon Cup semi-finals played last Tuesday night, February 13th, University of Limerick had the challenge of IT Carlow nullified midway through the second half as they secured safe passage to this weekend's final on a 4-16 to 0-19 victory. Jason Forde (Silvermines) with 2-5 (1-0 pen, 0-2 f and 0-1 '65), John McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney) (1-4) along with Barry Heffernan (Nenagh Éire Óg) and Paul Maher (Kilsheelan-Kilcash)  ensured a strong Tipp presence in the UL side. For IT Carlow, Mark Russell (Lattin-Cullen) was again on the score sheet with 0-3.

Elsewhere, DCU defeated DIT 2-20 to 1-12 in a Dublin derby to reach the final for the first time. There was no Tipperary representation on the DCU panel but DIT had Justin Cahill (Kilruane MacDonaghs) and Patrick Maher (Lorrha-Dorrha) in their starting fifteen.

The Electric Ireland Fitzgibbon Cup Final then between UL and DCU takes place this Saturday, February 24th at 3pm in Mallow GAA Complex. Best wishes to our Tipperary representation with UL where Jason, John, Paul and Barry will also have the support of David Gleeson (Ballinahinch) and Gavin Ryan (Upperchurch-Drombane) as they go in search of the title.


In the Electric Ireland Sigerson Cup final played last Saturday, congratulations to Tipperary players Charlie Manton (Fethard), Jimmy Feehan (Killenaule) and Liam Casey (Cahir) who together with their UCD team mates claimed the Sigerson Cup title following their 1-13 to 2-9 win over NUI Galway. Liam Casey with three points to his name helped UCD make it two titles in three years. Colm O'Shaughnessy (Ardfinnan) was also a member of the UCD squad.

In the semi-finals on Wednesday last, February 14th, UCD needed extra time to see off Ulster University 0-18 to 1-13 with Liam Casey also on the board with 2 points that night for UCD.

In the other semi-final NUIG had a goal to spare over DIT in a 2-12 to 0-15 win, where Bill Maher (Kilsheelan-Kilcash) once again lined out for DIT.


The Tipperary Association Dublin Annual Awards function at which the Association’s Tipperary Person of the Year and the Hall of Fame Awards for 2017 will be held in the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Newlands Cross, Naas Road, Dublin this Friday night February 23rd.

A pre-dinner drinks reception will take place at 7.00 pm followed by dinner.

Tickets are €40 each and may be purchased from Pat Ryan at 11 Foxfield Grove, Raheny, Dublin 5 (087 6376663 - or from Liam Myles (087 2866018 – Tables of 10/12 may be booked.

The Tipperary Person of the Year award for 2017 goes to Denis Floyd, Chairman of Birdhill Tidy Village Committee. Birdhill scooped the overall National Tidy Town Award for 2017 – a superb achievement and reward for many years of dedicated work on behalf of the village. Denis Floyd has played a key role in the many achievements of his committee culminating in reaching the pinnacle in 2017. Deeply involved in all aspects of GAA and culture, Denis is a leader and a volunteer supreme.

The 2017 Hall of Fame award goes to Newport man, Denis Ryan of Ryan’s Fancy fame. Denis is renowned for many years for his music, folklore and singing. He has lived much of his life in Newfoundland, Canada where he has made a huge contribution to the revival of local culture and music/song as well as spreading a knowledge/appreciation and love of Irish music and culture. He has forged strong links between Ireland and Canada not only in his field of music and but in business as well.

The connections with both winners will provide “impromptu” entertainment after dinner which should be a most enjoyable experience – a gesture which the association greatly appreciates.


Click here to join:

The Tipperary Supporters Club member’s gift in 2018 is a specially produced Tipperary Supporters Club Cap, in the traditional Blue and Gold and featuring the Tipperary Supporters Club Official Logo.

Members will also receive:
· Membership card with which you can avail of a 10% discount in the Tipperary GAA Shop Lár na Páirce
· 2018 Car Sticker
· Text alerts with team announcements for all Tipperary Allianz Hurling League and Championship matches
· Regular news to your email about all the latest in Tipperary GAA circles
· Paid up Tipperary Supporters Club members will be eligible to vote for the new official 2018 Tipperary Senior Hurler of the Year award at the end of 2018 season.

Membership is €40 per person and there are several payment options.

All proceeds from membership go directly towards the preparation and training of the Tipperary Senior Hurling Team.


If you would like to be entered into the draw for some fantastic prizes 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.


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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