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Tipperary GAA Scene 22/12/2019

December 201926th

Tipperary GAA Scene 22/12/2019

Tipperary GAA Scene
PRO Joe Bracken



MacDonagh Park, Nenagh was the setting as Tipperary got their 2020 hurling season underway with a first-round match in the Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League against Clare. After an entertaining seventy odd minutes there was only a point separating the sides with Clare just shading it on the scoreboard in a 2-17 to 1-19 outcome. Tipperary’s goal came courtesy of Tom Fox (Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill) who lined out at centre-forward.

Sunday was also a most unique occasion for Tipperary and Kiladangan, as twin brothers Alan and Paul Flynn lined out for the first time in the starting fifteen together in the blue and gold of Tipperary at senior level. Is that a first for Tipperary? If anyone knows of a previous set of twins to don the Tipp jersey, please let me know on email

Congratulations to Paul who was joined in the honour of making their starting debut by Craig Morgan and Jerome Cahill (Kilruane MacDonaghs), Paddy Cadell (JK Brackens) and Jamie Moloney (Drom-Inch). Jerome as we know played an influential part off the bench during the summer, on his way to collecting his first All-Ireland senior medal on August 18th last.

Next on the agenda is the second-round fixture of the Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League which is against Limerick in LIT Gaelic Grounds this Friday night, December 20th, at 7:30pm.

A person in a blue uniformDescription automatically generatedThe referee for this match will be Thomas Walsh (Waterford).


Supporters at last Sunday’s Co-Op Superstores match in Nenagh may have noticed the HPV logo on the back of the Tipperary jersey. Tipperary supports the HPV Jersey initiative, which aims to continue to the selfless work started by Laura Brennan in saving lives through the promotion of the HPV vaccine.

This initiative was spearheaded by the Brennan family who have close ties to Éire Óg Inis GAA.

The RTE documentary on Laura's story can be found on this link:


Following the weekends results in the FBD Insurance County U21 A and B hurling semi-finals, the scene is set for the last two finals of the year to go-ahead on Sunday next, December 22nd.

Best wishes to the four clubs involved in the finals, with fixture details as follows, which will include extra time if necessary;

FBD Insurance County U21 (A) Hurling Championship Final
22/12/2019 in Templederry – Holycross-Ballycahill v Kiladangan at 1pm

FBD Insurance County U21 (B) Hurling Championship Final
22/12/2019 in Templetuohy – Borrisokane v Gortnahoe-Glengoole at 1pm

The results of last weekend’s semi-finals are as follows;

FBD Insurance County U21 (A) Hurling Championship Semi Final Results
Kiladangan 1-17 Ballingarry 2-10
Holycross-Ballycahill 0-18 Clonoulty-Rossmore 1-10

FBD Insurance County U21 (B) Hurling Championship Semi Final Results
Borrisokane 1-15 Grangemockler-Ballyneale 1-10
Gortnahoe-Glengoole 0-18 Treacys/Emly 1-12


The Tipperary senior footballers will start their 2020 season on January 2nd when they travel to play Cork in Mallow, in the first round of the McGrath Cup, throw-in will be at 7:30pm and the referee will be Brendan Griffin (Kerry).

It’ll be a quick turnaround then as Tipperary host Kerry on Sunday January 5th in Clonmel Sportsfield in round 2, at 2pm.

The referee for this game will be David Murnane (Cork).


As this is the last ‘Scene’ until the New Year there is one other fixture of note on the club front. We send best wishes to Borris-Ileigh in the AIB All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Semi-Final on January 5th, 2020, in the LIT Gaelic Grounds, where they will meet St. Thomas (Galway) and throw-in will be at 4pm.

The other semi-final between Ballyhale Shamrocks and Slaughtnell will be played on the same day in Newry at 2pm.

Both games will be broadcast live on TG4.


Best wishes to Tipperary referees on duty in the Co Op Superstores Munster League and McGrath Cup over the next few weeks. In the Co Op Superstores Munster League first into action is John McCormack (Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams) who will referee the Waterford v Cork Group B fixture in Fraher Field on December 29th. Kevin Jordan (Thurles Gaels) will then take charge of the Clare v Limerick game in Sixmilebridge on January 5th.  

In the McGrath Cup, Derek O’Mahoney (Ardfinnan) is first onto the field of play as he takes charge of the Kerry v Cork fixture in Austin Stack park, Tralee on December 29th. Sean Lonergan (Moyle Rovers) will then be on duty when Waterford and Limerick meet in Fraher Field on January 2nd.


As announced last week, the Tipperary senior hurling management team for 2020 has been finalised by manager Liam Sheedy.

Having been a part of the backroom team in 2019, Eoin Kelly joins the management team and comes in alongside Tommy Dunne and Darragh Egan.

In announcing the appointment, Liam Sheedy said, “I have a wonderful relationship with Eoin going back many years. He brings a huge amount of experience to the management team and I am thrilled to have him on board.”

Added to that, Eamon O’Shea will be taking up the role of Performance Director for the team.

In relation to Eamon’s position, Liam Sheedy commented. “Eamon played a pivotal role ensuring the team was successful in 2019 and he is hugely respected within the group. His new role will give him the scope to be of even greater benefit to the panel in 2020.”


The Tipperary GAA County Convention was held on Monday night in the Dome, Semple Stadium. There was no change in the five main officer roles for 2020.

Stepping down after completion of his 5-year term as Co. Development Officer is PJ Maher (Boherlahan-Dualla). There is not a club in the county that hasn’t had some connection with PJ during his term in the position. Many clubs have successfully completed or are undergoing upgrade to pitches and facilities and a major constant in support of each of these projects is PJ together with his secretary Denis Floyd, who has also reached the end of his term. Mark McLoughlin (Roscrea) has been appointed to take over from PJ.

Josephine Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields) has reached the end of her term as Oifigeach Cultúir agus Gaeilge and Mark Dunne (Moyne-Templetuohy) takes up the position.

Jimmy Minogue (Nenagh Éire Óg) Munster Council representative has also reached the end of his term and will be replaced by Sean Nugent (Kilsheelan-Kilcash) who will serve along Johnny Doyle (Holycross-Ballycahill) on the Munster Council

The Board wishes to thank PJ, Josephine and Jimmy for the great loyalty and service to the county over many years and know they will continue to be supportive in the years to come. PJ, however, will continue to assist the clubs in areas concerning insurance.

We extend best wishes to Mark McLoughlin, Mark Dunne and Sean Nugent on their appointments.


A group of people posing for a photoDescription automatically generatedTipperary Co. Council hosted a Civic Reception to honour the Tipperary Senior and U20 Hurling and Intermediate Ladies Football teams in the Horse and Jockey Hotel last Saturday, in recognition of their significant achievements during 2019.

A group of people standing in front of a crowdDescription automatically generatedMC for the occasion was Marty Morrissey, as Tipperary Co. Council bestowed the highest honour it can on the three teams following their success.

Prior to the event, members of the three panels had a meet and greet session with autistic children who were unable to make the homecoming events following the team’s All-Ireland victories.


The match pass for 2020 is currently on sale at the price of €120. This pass gives you access to all adult matches within the County during 2020. 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 Thursday, December 19th to ensure pre-Christmas delivery.


Currently on sale from any of the Tipperary senior hurling panel or from Lár na Páirce, while stocks last, is a framed 2019 All-Ireland Tipperary hurling team photo for €200 or a signed Tipperary jersey for €150 (framed for €250). There is also the exclusive combination of team photo and signed jersey in one frame which is available for €500.

The opportunity to purchase the 5 Tipperary All-Ireland framed team photographs of recent times for €500 is on offer as well and includes the 2019 All-Ireland SH panel, 2019 All-Ireland U20H panel, 2018 All-Ireland U21H panel, 2016 All-Ireland SH panel and 2016 All-Ireland MH panel. Any two of the above five is also available for €300.

All proceeds are in support of the 2019 SH team holiday fund.


The Tipperary GAA Yearbook 2020 is now on sale and retails at €15. Tipperary GAA Yearbook 2020 is a bumper edition, which includes a comprehensive account of the county’s glorious year in senior and Under 20 hurling as well as Ladies football. It also includes saturation coverage of all the other GAA activities in the county during 2019. Probably the highlights of the publication are the extensive interviews with Tipperary All Ireland winning managers – Liam Sheedy (Senior Hurling), Liam Cahill (Under 20 Hurling) and Shane Ronayne (Intermediate Ladies Football).  There is also interview with former Tipperary senior football manager, Liam Kearns.

The Yearbook which is in full colour also includes a magnificent selection of pictures covering a range of activities, such as Bord na nÓg, Cumann na mBunscol, Post Primary Schools, Scór, Camogie, Ladies Football and Handball.

The progress of all Tipperary teams in both hurling and football are well documented. The county senior hurling and senior football championships are covered plus there are many other articles including a tribute to the late Tipperary hurler John Coffey who sadly passed away during 2019. The All Ireland diary by senior hurler Seamus Kennedy takes us inside an exhilarating and emotional week in Tipperary. The legendary Paddy Leahy’s contribution to Tipperary hurling is recalled and the Tipperary Bloody Sunday Commemoration Committee outlines their plans for to the 100th anniversary of Bloody Sunday in 2020. Scoreboard 2019 gives the results of both club and inter-county championships and County Teams includes the lineout of every team that represented Tipperary in all grades of football and hurling during 2019.

Tipperary GAA Yearbooks can be purchased at the following locations:

Mid Tipperary

Thurles - Easons; Bookworm, Scanlon’s Newsagents
Littleton - Clohessys
Templemore - Fitzpatricks; Centra; Mulrooneys; Ryans

North Tipperary

Ballina - TJ's Angling Centre; Larkin's.
Borrisoleigh - Shanahan's Centra; Hurley's Gala
Borrisokane - PJ Heenans
Cloughjordan - Austin's Centra
Lorrha - SCEAL Shop
Nenagh - JKC's; Eason; The Book Shop
Newport - Gully's; Sweeney's; Ryan's Centra
Roscrea - Mike's Good News; Carroll's Centra; Mulrooneys Gala; Bernie's SuperValu

South Tipperary

Clonmel - Easons Gladstone Street; Easons, The Showgrounds; Carries; McDermotts Irishtown; Bergins; Supervalu
Cahir - Sampsons; Supervalue
Burncourt - Maureen Creed’s
Ardfinnan - Burkes
Newcastle - O Duibhir
Carrick-on-Suir - Clerys Newsagents
Drangan - O’Halloran’s Gala Shop/Post Office
Cloneen - Noonans Shop/Post Office
Fethard - Post Office
Killenaule - Hassetts
Mullinahone - Wilsons; Lonergans Supermarket
Ballingarry - Tobins; Caseys

West Tipperary

Cashel - Supervalu; Halls; Elys
Golden - O’Sullivans
Bansha - O’Connells
Tipperary - Supervalu; Jerry’s, Bank Place; Greene’s
Emly - Callanan’s; Post Office
Cappawhite - Ryan Hanna’s
Dundrum – Butlers


Congratulations to Abbey CBS who won the Tipperary U15A Football Cusack Cup last week following their 2-12 to 1-4 victory over Thurles CBS.

The Tipperary U19B Football final will be contested between Colaiste Phobal Roscrea and Carrick On Suir CBS.


As 2019 draws to a close, we can reflect on a wonderful year for Tipperary hurling. Both the Senior and U20 All-Irelands were won with a wonderful mix of skill and bravery. Our teams have never been better prepared, and the Tipperary Supporters Club is glad to be able to play their part in that preparation.

The thoughts of Tipperary hurling folk have now turned towards 2020 and our prospects for renewed success on the field of play. Liam Sheedy and his team have commenced their journey and the Tipperary Supporters Club will endeavour to provide all the financial assistance necessary to ensure the team is prepared to the best of its ability next summer.

On December 1st, Tipperary Supporters Club launched it’s 2020 Membership Scheme and the membership pack includes the following benefits:

• A specially-designed Tipperary Supporters Club dual trolley keyring
• All members are entered into a prize draw for championship match tickets for all Tipperary Senior games.
• 2020 Car Sticker
• Text alerts for all League and Championship team news
• Regular news to your email about all the latest in Tipperary GAA circles
• Only Tipperary Supporters Club members will be eligible to vote for the official 2020 Tipperary Senior Hurler of the Year award at the end of next season.
• Only Tipperary Supporters Club members can nominate a young Tipperary supporter to be the team mascot for our league games in Semple Stadium

Tipperary Supporters Club sincerely thank members for their continued support and facilitating payment by way of direct debit.


Congratulations to Ballina, Cahir, Ardfinnan and Kilruane MacDonaghs GAA Clubs who have all been selected for Phase Four of the Healthy Club Project.


Before the year ends, the Health & Wellbeing Committee would like to highlight the popular ‘Ireland Lights Up’ walking initiative which returns in January 2020 in partnership with the GAA, Operation Transformation, and Get Ireland Walking.

In a bid to walk off the turkey and make exercise more accessible on the darker nights, clubs across Tipperary are once more encouraged to turn on their floodlights and host community walking groups during the broadcast period of the hit RTÉ show. 

Registration for clubs is now open:

Over 270 clubs across the country participated in Ireland Lights Up in 2019, with a total of 65,000 walkers getting out during the initiative.

The first date for clubs to host ‘Ireland Lights Up’ 2020 is Thursday, January 9th, but this year clubs are free to host their walking groups any, and as many, nights of the week as they want.

We would be very grateful if you could share this initiative on your social media channels and encourage clubs via email to participate in the very worthwhile Ireland Lights Up Walking initiative.


Please see below a sample message and attached picture for sharing on your digital channels;


Sample; Get your club members moving and active in 2020! Sign up with #OperationTransformation and @offficialGAA for #IrelandLightsUp. For more information see: 


Thank you again for all your support this year.

The Health & Wellbeing Committee wishes everyone a safe, happy and stress-free Christmas.


The 2020 GAA Season tickets are now on sale at and will once again provide fantastic value for supporters in next year's league and championship.

The GAA Season Ticket costs €120 per adult and €30 for U16s and includes as follows:

Access to a discounted ticket for the GAA Championship group stages in your selected code (access to Stand tickets will be subject to ground capacity).

Access to an All-Ireland final ticket (subject to meeting the terms and conditions)

AIB GAA Senior Club Championship finals

All Allianz league matches in your selected code - including play-offs, semi-finals and finals.

Your County's opening Championship fixture.

Benefits of the GAA Season Ticket are, Loyalty rewarded - Qualify for All-Ireland Final tickets, subject to terms and conditions, please check for details

Great value - Great price plus more discounts throughout the Championship

Convenience - You have your ticket for your team for the entire season

Exclusive Extras - Including ‘bring a friend’ and special purchase options for other matches

Adult Club+ Version costs €200 - Includes club championship fixtures within chosen county and guaranteed All-Ireland Final ticket should your county qualify. (Selected code only). If you wish to purchase a Club+ GAA Season Ticket this must be done at the time of purchase. Again, the Adult Club+ Version is subject to meeting terms and conditions.


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

I sincerely thank everyone at club, divisional and county level that have helped me and contributed towards the GAA Scene during the year.

I wish to thank also those who make our games possible, players and managements, 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 Tina and family and my fellow officers for their enormous support throughout the year as well.

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

In 2019, 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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