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Tipperary GAA Scene 31/01/2018

February 201801st

Local News, Sport, Sport / Club Notes

Tipperary GAA Scene 31/01/2018

Tipperary GAA Scene

By PRO Joe Bracken


Heading to Ennis so early in the year was never going to be an easy task and so it proved to be as the Tipperary hurlers came up that little bit short in losing their opening Allianz League Division 1A to Clare 1-21 to 0-19. An injury time goal either way would secure a win and as it turned out it was the home side that prevailed such was the closeness of the contest throughout.

Not the result you'd like on your debut but nonetheless congratulations to Paul Maher (Moyne-Templetuohy), Tom Fox (Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill) and Ger Browne (Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams) on lining out for what we hope will be the first of many occasions for those young men in the senior ranks with the blue and gold.

With the Clare result now boxed off the focus turns immediately to next weekend as Tipperary welcome Waterford to Semple Stadium on Saturday evening, February 3rd for a second round clash which throws in at 7pm. With Waterford also failing to triumph on Sunday, this second round fixture will be eagerly watched in many ways. Tipp in the first of three home games will certainly look to bounce back with a win while the Deise likewise too will be pushing hard knowing points gained away from home will be hard earned. After all, they were the only home side of the 3 Division 1A games played to lose last weekend.

So a brief history of rivalry between the sides show there has been 45 League meetings of Tipperary and Waterford, with the Premier County ahead on 33 wins, while the Déise won 9 and there have been 3 draws.

Of the last 10 meetings Tipperary have won 6, Waterford 3 and just the one draw, with the results reading as follows;  6/4/2008 at Nowlan Park - Tipperary 1-16 Waterford 0-14 (Quarter-final), 8/2/2009 at
Walsh Park  - Tipperary 2-13 Waterford 1-12; 28/3/2010 at Semple Stadium - Tipperary 1-19 Waterford 2-16; 5/3/2011 at Semple Stadium - Tipperary 1-20 Waterford 0-18; 18/3/2012 at Semple Stadium - Tipperary 0-31 Waterford 2-15; 24/3/2013 at Walsh Park - Waterford 1-14 Tipperary 0-16; 15/2/2014 at Semple Stadium - Tipperary 2-13 Waterford 0-16; 19/4/2015 at Nowlan Park - Waterford 1-19 Tipperary 2-15 (Semi Final); 6/3/2016 at Semple Stadium - Waterford 1-18 Tipperary 1-17 and finally last year 19/2/2017 at Walsh Park - Tipperary 1-18 Waterford 0-15.

Best wishes to the team and management again this weekend as Semple Stadium holds centre stage. The referee on Saturday will be Colm Lyons (Corcaigh).

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.


The highlight of last weekend no doubt belongs to the Tipperary footballers who deservedly won their opening Allianz Football League Division 2 match against Cork on a score line of 3-16 to 1-16.

In what was an historic night in the redeveloped Páirc Uí Chaoimh Tipperary will hold the honour as the first team to win an intercounty football match in the stadium. Congratulations to Liam McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney) who scored 2-5 in a Man of the Match performance, the other goal came courtesy of an inspiring finish by Michael Quinlivan (Clonmel Commercials). Left Liam McGrath receives his Eir Sport Man of the Match award from Shane Stapleton.

Congratulations also to John Meagher (Loughmore-Castleiney) and Brendan Martin (Kilsheelan-Kilcash) on making their senior debut.

Next up is a home tie this weekend in Semple Stadium when Tipp welcome Connaught champions Roscommon to the Field of Legends on Sunday next, February 4th where throw in is at 2pm.

We send best wishes to the team and management once again and appeal to all supporters to come out in force to support the side in what should be a fascinating tussle. The referee will be Noel Mooney (An Cabhán).

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.


Best wishes to our referees in action this weekend where first up Derek O'Mahoney takes charge of the Allianz Football League Division 1fixture between Mayo and Kerry on Saturday evening. Then on Sunday next Sean Lonergan (Moyle Rovers) is in the middle when Waterford and Antrim meet in their Allianz Football League Division 4 encounter.


The draws for the County senior Hurling and Football Championships together with the Séamus Ó Riain Cup and County Intermediate Hurling Championship were held in Thurles Sarsfields Social Centre on Monday night last and resulted with the following groups;

Dan Breen Cup - Roinn I

Group 1: Clonoulty-Rossmore, Mullinahone, Nenagh Éire Óg and Roscrea.
Group 2: Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill, Kilruane MacDonaghs, Killenaule and Toomevara.
Group 3: Thurles Sarsfields, Drom & Inch, Upperchurch-Drombane and Carrick Swans.
Group 4: Loughmore-Castleiney, Borris-Ileigh, Portroe and Kiladangan.

Séamus Ó Riain Cup - Roinn 2

Group 1: Burgess, JK Bracken’s, St Mary’s Clonmel and Ballingarry.
Group 2: Templederry Kenyons, Clonakenny, Silvermines and Newport.
Group 3: Ballina, Holycross-Ballycahill, Lorrha-Dorrha and Moycarkey-Borris

County Senior Football Championship

Group 1: Loughmore-Castleiney, Kilsheelan-Kilcash, JK Bracken’s and Drom & Inch.
Group 2: Moyle Rovers, Arravale Rovers, Upperchurch-Drombane and Galtee Rovers.
Group 3: Killenaule, Ballyporeen, Kiladangan and Cahir.
Group 4: Clonmel Commercials, Aherlow Gaels, Ardfinnan and Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill.

County Intermediate Hurling Championship

Group 1: Moyne-Templetuohy, Ballinahinch and Lattin Gaels.
Group 2: Cappawhite, Carrick Davins, Cashel King Cormacs and Thurles Sarsfields.
Group 3: Borrisokane, Galtee Rovers, Drom & Inch and Arravale Rovers.
Group 4: Gortnahoe-Glengoole, Moyle Rovers and Seán Treacy's.
Group 5: Kilsheelan-Kilcash, Ballybacon-Grange, Kiladangan and Golden-Kilfeacle.
Group 6: Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams, Shannon Rovers and Moneygall.

Best wishes to all clubs ahead of their respective competition.


With the county draws now made, the match pass for 2018 currently on sale at the price of €120, is an ideal investment for supporters to enjoy a season of GAA club action across the county. 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.


Best wishes to Cashel King Cormacs in the Munster Junior B Football Semi Final against Cromane (Kerry) which hopefully will go ahead this Sunday February 4th, at 2pm in Knockaderry, Co. Limerick; the winners will play Ballybrown (Limerick) in the Munster Final.


The February Tipperary GAA Draw takes place on this Friday, February 2nd  in the Clonmel Óg GAA Complex, Clonmel at 10pm in conjunction with the presentation to John Morrissey Clonmel Óg who won €3,000 in the January GAA Draw. A Skoda Octavia along with holidays, lotto jackpot €3,000 and other cash prizes to be won on the night. 


Commiserations to Our Lady's Templemore who lost out at the penultimate stage of the Dr. Harty Cup to CBS Midleton 2-27 to 0-16 last Saturday afternoon. For the record Árdscoil Rís defeated Christian Brothers College, Cork 0-17 to 2-8 in the other semi-final.

Elsewhere, the Cashel C.S. game with Árdscoil Uí Urmaltaigh Bandon in the Corn Thomais Mhic Choilm (18.5 B H) semi-final failed to go ahead due to conditions last Saturday.

High School Clonmel had a good 2-10 to 0-12 win over Colaiste Chriost Ri in the Corn an Fhriunnaigh (16.5 AF) Quarter Final while in the Corn Dhonncha Ui Nuainain (18.5 B F) Quarter Final Rockwell College conceded to Coachford College.


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 presented will be held in the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Newlands Cross, Naas Road, Dublin on Friday 23 February 2018.

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.


The following will be the procedure for obtaining a Gaeltacht Scholarship from Coiste Chontae Thiobraid Árann in 2018;

The scholarships are confined to 2nd Year, TY and 5th Year Students in 2018 and previous recipients of Tipperary GAA Gaeltacht scholarships cannot apply in 2018. 

Students should immediately book a course directly from one of the three nominated Munster Irish Colleges on the application form. This should be done ASAP as popular dates are booked out quickly.

Students wishing to secure a scholarship from Tipperary GAA should complete the application form which has been circulated to all club secretaries and submit it through their own local GAA club.

The secretary of the GAA club must sign the form and attach a reference letter supporting the applicant's application before returning it to the county rúnaí. Please note the club recommending the successful applicant will be contributing €75 to the scholarship along with the Division, Co. Board and Munster Council.

Interviews for the scholarships will be held in Lár na Páirce around the end of February to establish each candidate's suitability.

After the student is notified that they have been successful they must secure a receipt for their fee payment from the Irish College where they have registered and once this receipt is received by the county rúnaí the scholarship cheque for €300 will be posted out directly to the student's home.

The closing date for the receipt of Gaeltacht Scholarship Applications is this Friday February 2nd.


Lár na Páirce GAA museum in Thurles is doing a six-month promotion on its Facebook page at present. The promotion is highlighting notable treasures from the museum, memorable All Star hurlers and footballers and recalling famous GAA games. All are well illustrated with relevant material.

The management of Lár na Páirce invite you to view the promotion and respond to it.

'Bringing Gaelic Games to Life', Lár na Páirce, Slievenamon Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

Contact Lár na Páirce and 0504 22702


In the Electric Ireland Fitzgibbon Cup last week John Joe Ryan (Clonakenny) and Stephen Quirke (Moyle Rovers) lined out for UCD as the Dublin men defeated a UCC outfit including Michael Breen (Ballina) 1-15 to 0-13with Quirke and Breen scoring 0-1 apiece for their respective side.

IT Carlow with Tommy Nolan (Drom & Inch) on board got the better of NUI Galway 2-16 to 1-16. The NUIG side included Shane Fletcher (Roscrea), Shane Hennessey and Conor Ryan both Nenagh Éire Óg. The game was refereed by Fergal Horgan (Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams).

DIT had two goals to spare over Waterford IT in a 3-19 to 1-19 win. Justin Cahill (Kilruane MacDonaghs) chipped in with 0-3 for DIT who also had Patrick Maher (Lorrha-Dorrha) in the starting fifteen while Michael Whelan (Carrick Davins) and Tom Hayes (Moycarkey-Borris) lined out for WIT.

Elsewhere, Pa Ryan (Newport) with 0-2 and James Mackey (Nenagh Éire Óg) with 0-1 helped Mary Immaculate College to a 3-20 to 3-12 victory over Trinity College Dublin. Also lining out for Mary I were Chris McCullagh (Moycarkey-Borris) and Darragh Peters (Kilruane MacDonaghs) while Niall Heffernan (Moycarkey-Borris) was introduced as a sub in the second half. Cormac Keating (Portroe) once again came on for TCD.


In the Electric Ireland Sigerson Cup UCD easily accounted for Maynooth University 2-15 to 1-6 last week with Liam Casey (Cahir) scoring 0-3 and Jimmy Feehan (Killenaule) 0-1 for UCD who also had Charlie Manton (Fethard) lining out for them.


After giving 46 years as club delegate to the Mid senior board, Dick Buckley, Killea recently retired from the post and we send best wishes and congratulations to Dick for his lifetime of service and commitment.


An information night for all Club Children's Officers and Designated Liaison Persons has been fixed for Wednesday February 7th next at 7.00pm. As Garda Vetting is now a legal requirement up to date information will also be given on the night.

All clubs are requested to send their Children's Officer and Designated Liaison Person to this information night. If any Club is unable to send their Children's Officer or Designated Liaison Person they should send their Senior Club Chairperson to deputize on the night.

Please advise who will be representing your club before Friday February 2nd to Nicholas Moroney, Co. Children's Officer 087 8369630


Basic Club Referee Training Courses are provided every two years by trained Referee Tutors in County Tipperary. Modules will be held over 3 nights in Thurles, with an online module being completed by the student in the comfort of their own home. The course is developed in conjunction with Croke Park and supported through the Provincial Munster Referees Administrators. Dates for the Training Course are as follows –

New referees foundation course (Sarsfields Centre, Thurles – each night at 7:30pm) commencing with
Module 1    Tuesday 13th February 2018
Module 2    Tuesday 20th February 2018
Module 3    To be completed online (Timed Module) between 21st Feb and 28th Feb 2018 and
Module 4    Tuesday 27th February 2018

Training as a Club Referee involves the following modules:

Rules of Specification / The Play / Scores/ Powers and Duties of the Referee Technical Fouls / Set Play / Aggressive Fouls / Dissent / Referee’s Report / Rules Test / Fitness Test

Modules are classroom based and involve attendance and participation by the prospective referees. A timed Rules Test is centrally organised by Croke Park, which the participants complete “on-line”, with a pass-mark set which must be achieved for successful progression

An initial trial Fitness Test, i.e. a “BANGSBO or BeepTest” will be used to familiarise new entrants with the levels required. A standard test will be used later in the year to monitor progression with a view to the achievement of a minimum standard required for qualification.

Following completion of the Training Course the successful candidate is certified as qualified by Coiste Ríaracháin Réiteoirí Contae Tiobrad Árann as a Club Level Referee. It is recommended for foundation referees to be appointed to referee games up to and including U14 for a period of 2 years.

We are now seeking applications from interested individuals, who are considering taking up the role as Club Referee and applications must be submitted through their respective Club Secretary on the relevant Application Form which is available online on the Tipperary GAA website.

Application Form – Level 1 Basic Foundation Club Referee Course 2018

Please note all applications must be accompanied by a cheque for €100, from the applicant’s home club, which will be refunded after officiating at ten games. Completed application forms accompanied by €100 cheque only should be forwarded to Paul Stapleton, Secretary, Tipperary Referees Administration Committee, Lár na Páirce, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. All clubs who do not currently have a referee in their club are encouraged to trawl their membership for prospective candidates.

Further information / clarification can be had from Jim O’Shea chairperson 085 1744791 and Paul Stapleton secretary 085 1983325 Tipperary Referees Administration Committee.


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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.

Members will also be entered into:
· A draw for five sets of stand tickets for all Tipperary games in the Munster and All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship.
· In the event of Tipperary Senior Hurlers reaching the All-Ireland Final, there will be a special draw for 2 night’s accommodation for 2 people in the Four Star Louis Fitzgerald Hotel (match tickets included).

Please note: Regular members who have already signed up for direct debit or online auto-renewal will have already been contacted in recent weeks.

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

1. Direct Debit - This is our preferred payment method. We are encouraging members to switch to Direct Debit payment by offering a €10 discount on the regular 2018 price to any member who pays via direct debit for the first time in 2018. It’s easy to sign up for Direct Debit, just download the form by clicking here, fill it out and send it to Jim Reidy at the address below. When it comes to renewal time, we will mail you well in advance so you can opt in or out for subsequent years.

2. Online Payment via Debit or Credit Card -Simply click on the link and follow the instructions

3. Cheque/Postal Order - If joining by post please send a cheque or postal order for €40 payable to Tipperary Supporters Club to Jim Reidy, 13 Castleknock Close, Dublin 15 (086-3580718, email: )

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Membership will also available in the following premises:
· Tipperary GAA Shop, Lár na Páirce, Slievenamon Road, Thurles.
· Moynihan’s, Gladstone Street, Clonmel,
· O’Donoghue’s, Main St, Cashel.
· Jackie Shanahan, Roscrea (0872626947)
· Carroll’s, Castle St, Roscrea.
· Elvery’s Store. O’Connell St, Clonmel.
· Elvery’s Store. Pearse St, Nenagh.

Keep up with all the news:
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· Find us on Facebook
· Follow us on Twitter @TippSupporters

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


Congratulations to Pearl Codd, Killenaule who won a pair of tickets for last Saturday's game in Cork and also to Martin Ryan, Silvermines who won a pair of tickets for next Sunday's game against Roscommon.

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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