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Tipperary GAA Scene 5/11/2019

November 201907th

Local News, Sport, Sport / Club Notes, Announcements

Tipperary GAA Scene 5/11/2019

Tipperary GAA Scene
PRO Joe Bracken


History was made on Sunday last when Borris-Ileigh rolled back the years by bridging a 33-year gap to claim the FBD Insurance County Senior Hurling Championship to lift the Dan Breen Cup following their 1-15 to 1-12 win over Kiladangan. Congratulations to Borris-Ileigh on their seventh county senior hurling title victory as joint captains Sean McCormack and Conor Kenny lifted the famous cup. Dan McCormack capped off a great day for the McCormack family when he was named man of the match. Dan and Sean were joined by brothers James and Ray on the Borris-Ileigh side.

The FBD Insurance Seamus Ó Riain Cup Final provided plenty of drama late on as JK Brackens, courtesy of a Lyndon Fairbrother free deep in injury time, took the honours by the narrowest of margins over Holycross-Ballycahill by 1-15 to 0-17.

The FBD Insurance County Intermediate Hurling Championship Final was moved to Bansha after Littleton was ruled out following Saturday morning's inclement weather conditions. Great credit goes to the Galtee Rovers-St. Pecaun club for having the pitch made available and facilities in such wonderful condition at such short notice. The game itself didn't disappoint either, despite the conditions, as Sean Treacys and Kiladangan served up a cracking contest between two evenly matched sides. The result remained in doubt for long stages before a late surge from Sean Treacys saw them over the line on a 3-14 to 2-12 score-line.

Drom & Inch claimed the FBD Insurance County Junior B Hurling Championship title by defeating Borrisokane 1-14 to 1-9 in Templederry.

So, after the weekend’s finals, congratulations to the winners and commiserations to the losers, in particular Kiladangan, having contested the senior and intermediate finals in what was a tremendous achievement for the club.

The FBD Insurance County Junior A hurling championship final between Carrick Davins and Arravale Rovers fell victim to the weather and will be played this weekend.

A quick recap then on selected results as follows;

FBD Insurance County Senior Hurling Championship Final
Borris-Ileigh 1-15 Kiladangan 1-12

FBD Insurance Seamus Ó Riain Cup Final
JK Brackens 1-15 Holycross-Ballycahill 0-17

FBD Insurance County Intermediate Hurling Championship Final
Sean Treacys 3-14 Kiladangan 2-12

FBD Insurance County Junior (B) Hurling Championship Final
Drom-Inch 1-14 Borrisokane 1-9

FBD Insurance County Junior (B) Football Championship Semi-Finals
Eire Óg Annacarty-Donohill 0-9 Rockwell Rovers 0-5
Killenaule 1-16 Lorrha-Dorrha 2-6

The FDB Insurance County Senior Football Championship Final is this weekend’s highlight at county level as Clonmel Commercials and JK Brackens prepare for Saturday afternoon’s showpiece in Semple Stadium. Having progressed through hard fought semi-finals both sides will fancy their chances. Commercials will be looking to add to their list of county titles, having last been champions in 2017, while ‘Brackens will be looking to win their first title, and will no doubt use the Seamus Ó Riain success as a platform to keep their great run going.

The FDB Insurance Tom Cusack Cup final will be a South affair when Killenaule and Kilsheelan-Kilcash meet in Clonmel on Sunday afternoon.

Elsewhere, the FDB Insurance County Intermediate Football Championship Final goes ahead in Cashel where Clonmel Óg and Moycarkey-Borris meet in the decider, also on Sunday.

The FDB Insurance County Junior Football Championships should also be decided this Saturday as Portroe and Mullinahone meet in the ‘A’ final, while in the ‘B’ decider, Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill and Killenaule meet in Littleton.

Also, going ahead this weekend are both hurling fixtures carried over from last weekend, where Carrick Davins and Arravale Rovers get ready once again to meet in the FDB Insurance County Junior A Hurling Championship Final. In the FBD Insurance County Intermediate Hurling Championship Relegation Final, it’s a West affair when Galtee Rovers-St. Pecaun and Lattin Cullen Gaels meet in Sean Treacy Park.

The following is a quick recap of county fixtures;

FBD Insurance County Senior Football Championship Final
09/11/219 in Semple Stadium at 14:30 - Clonmel Commercials v JK Brackens

FBD Insurance Tom Cusack Cup Final
10/11/2019 in Clonmel at 14:30 - Killenaule v Kilsheelan-Kilcash

FBD Insurance County Intermediate Football Championship Final
10/11/2019 in Cashel at 14:30 - Clonmel Óg v Moycarkey-Borris

FBD Insurance County Junior (A) Football Championship Final
09/11/2019 in Templetuohy at 13:00 - Portroe v Mullinahone

FBD Insurance County Junior (B) Football Championship Final
09/11/2019 in Littleton at 13:00 - Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill v Killenaule

FBD Insurance County Intermediate Hurling Championship Relegation Final
10/11/2019 in Sean Treacy Park at 13:00 - Galtee Rovers-St. Pecaun v Lattin Cullen Gaels

FBD Insurance County Junior (A) Hurling Championship Final
9/11/2019 in Golden at 13:00 - Carrick Davins v Arravale Rovers

For results of all games and forthcoming county and divisional fixtures please check


Congratulations to Ger Corbett, programme editor and his team for the fantastic programme produced for last Sunday’s county senior hurling finals. Ger continuously produces programmes of an exceptionally high standard with terrific features from regular and guest contributors and Sunday’s production was no different. Well done to one and all, mile buíochas.


Now that they have their county championships wrapped up, we send best wishes to Borris-Ileigh and Sean Treacys who are in AIB Munster Club action this weekend.

On Sunday next, November 10th, Borris-Ileigh will meet Glen Rovers (Cork) in the AIB Munster Senior Club Hurling semi-final in Semple Stadium at 1:30pm.

Also, on Sunday at the same time, Sean Treacys travel to Fraher Field in Dungarvan to take on Ballysaggart (Waterford) in the AIB Munster Intermediate Club Hurling semi-final.


Best wishes to Tipperary referee John McCormack (Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams) as he takes charge of the other AIB Munster Intermediate Club Hurling semi-final on Sunday next between Broadford (Clare) and Fr. O’Neills (Cork).


Congratulations to seven Tipperary players on receiving their PwC All-Star Awards last Friday night, with the highlight of the night going to Séamus Callanan (Drom-Inch) as he claimed the coveted PwC GAA/GPA Hurler of the Year. This is a fantastic achievement for Séamus, and one richly deserved.

The seven award winners are Brian Hogan (Lorrha-Dorrha) 1st All-Star, Ronan Maher (Thurles Sarsfields) 2nd, Cathal Barrett (Holycross-Ballycahill) 2nd, Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh) 3rd, Pádraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields) 6th, Noel McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney) 3rd, and Séamus Callanan 4th award.

The All-Star Awards round off a fantastic year for Tipp and with it created a few milestones of their own. Padraic Maher in winning his sixth award, equals the Tipperary record of awards by an individual as he joins greats of the recent past, Nicky English and Eoin Kelly.

It is a very special award for the Hogan family as Brian has also entered the record books as he becomes the first Tipperary player to join his father, Ken, on the All-Star honours list. It is more unique as it is the first time the award has been won by a father/son in the same on field position. Ken was honoured with his award in 1987.


The social highlight this week and a night not to be missed centres on ‘Stars in Their Eyes’ at The Dome, Semple Stadium, Thurles on Saturday next, November 9th hosted by the Tipperary GAA Supporters Club as a fundraiser for the Tipperary Senior Hurling All Ireland Champions 2019 and Camogie Team.

The participants have been put through their paces over the past few weeks, with a final week of preparation underway to ensure all are fit and ready to take to the stage this Saturday night.

The show will include members of the present Tipperary Senior hurling and Senior Camogie team, former players, present management and County Board. The evening will be compered by the very high-profile sports presenter Marty Morrissey and celebrity judges will include sports pundit and former Tipperary goalkeeper Brendan Cummins, TV, radio and entertainment personality Mairead Ronan and Tipperary country singer Louise Morrissey.

There are still some sponsorship opportunities available to businesses in Tipperary to be associated with this high-profile event and support the All-Ireland winning Tipperary Senior Hurlers holiday fund and also the Tipperary Senior Camogie Players fund.

Tickets are now available for what promises to be a great evening of celebration, entertainment, fantastic raffle prizes and competition and are selling fast. They are available at Lar na Páirce Thurles, Elvery’s Sports outlets in Thurles, Clonmel and Nenagh and through Eventbrite at this link:

Tickets are priced at €25 from above retail outlets and €28 through Eventbrite and early booking is advised.

For any queries and further details please contact any of the following: Billy Coman Secretary Tipperary Supporters Club
Committee Members: Bernie Maher 0879509533, Christina Millea 0857522834 John Carew 0868317591.


There were mixed results for Ireland in the Hurling/Shinty Senior and U21 Internationals last Saturday. William Maher (Ballingarry) was manager of the Ireland teams, which saw the senior outfit defeated by Scotland but his U21 side which included Mark Kehoe (Kilsheelan-Kilcash) was victorious. Mark was high among the scorers with a number of goals, as Ireland ran out 7-11 to 4-2 winners. Congratulations to Mark and his team on their victory.


In the Dr. Harty Cup this week the three Tipperary schools involved are all in action on Wednesday, November 6th, with a 1:30pm throw-in for all games.

In Group A, Nenagh CBS meet Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy in Kilmallock, while also in the same group Thurles CBS take on John the Baptist Community School in Newport. Moving to Group C, Our Lady’s Secondary School Templemore will play Christian Brothers College Cork in Boherlahan.

For all post primary fixtures and results please check


Congratulations to all the winners in the November County Board Draw held last Friday, in the Clough Inn, Cloughjordan with the Kilruane MacDonaghs GAA Club. First prize of a Skoda Fabia / Renault Clio or €15,000 went to James Rowan with Mullinahone the promoting club. Second prize of a holiday or €5,000 went to Paula and Evan Boyar where the promoting club was Moyne-Templetuohy.  


The 2020 Tipperary GAA Yearbook is being compiled at present and the Yearbook committee is seeking articles and information for inclusion. Please note the deadline for sending information is this Wednesday, November 6th. Please e-mail information and photographs which must be named to John Smith, Secretary Tipperary Yearbook Committee at 

Clubs that have accomplished any unique achievement in 2019 are requested to send through an appropriate article for inclusion.

The Yearbook committee are looking to all clubs to submit any obituaries of their deceased members in the last 12 months. The maximum number of words for an obituary is 150 and please include the club name and the years also, e.g. 1939-2019, as well as his/her G.A.A. achievements and a photograph of the deceased person.

All information must be submitted as outlined above and all articles, photographs etc. will be acknowledged. If an acknowledgement is not received please contact the Yearbook Secretary at 087 9960710.


Clubs are requested not to forget the workshop covering ‘Running the AGM' and ‘Volunteer Recruitment’ which will be held in the Anner Hotel, Thurles, this Wednesday, 6th November, with registration and tea/coffee at 7.15pm. The workshop commences at 7.45pm and will conclude at 10.00pm.

The Club Annual General Meeting is the most important meeting of the year and it is important that it is organised in accordance with the rules of the Association. The workshop will focus on procedures for the AGM, preparing for and running the AGM, club governance and structures, best practices, etc. The second part of the night will look at recruiting volunteers, getting people involved in the club, holding on to volunteers, etc.

The workshop will be conducted by a trained, experienced Croke Park facilitator and should be a great opportunity for club leaders to equip themselves to tackle the challenges which they face at local level.


By Enda O’Sullivan

On a fateful day in late November, Mick Hogan did line out,
He travelled from his native Tipp to take on Dublin in Croke Park.

He took his place upon the field then hoisted high the ball went in,
The cornerback gave his best for all of Tipp but little did he know that t'would be the last breath he'd take on Erins field that day.

The British came and gunned him down and many more besides,
Dear young Mick died by his teammates sides, as his blood did spill over by the old Hill and corner of the Cusack side.

Those white and green Tipp jerseys, were filled with sweat and tears, but they did turn red that day with the blood of Erins child.

And now when we sit, as we make that trip, to Croker that is so fair,
The stand is called, opposite where he did fall, in his memory today.

Rest well now those who since have wore, our dear blue and gold, but we'll ner forget that white and green of old,
And dear Tipperary will not forget, Mick Hogan and our heroes of yore.

The memory of an event, that became known as Bloody Sunday twenty-four hours after it happened, still lingers one hundred years on in our collective psyche, as people of Tipp recall in a distant way the name of Mick Hogan and the event that is synonymous with the GAA and Croke Park and Tipperary football to this day.

2020 marks a very special year for Tipperary football in that it is one hundred years on from Bloody Sunday when one of our own was shot, fell and died on the famous sod of Croke Park. Mick Hogan, like the rest of the Tipperary panel and like those that wear the Tipperary jersey to this day, went out to represent his homeland and play alongside his teammates. His passing, and that of the others that lost their lives, had a profound effect on all those present and how the GAA developed subsequently.

Now as we approach 2020, most who read this will be filled with fond memories of Croke Park and of the fine performances of Tipperary hurling and football teams there over the past decade. Oft some of us have sat in the Hogan Stand, called after the Grangemockler corner back who was shot on Bloody Sunday, and we have tried to see in our minds eye what happened that day and the context of Ireland at that time and how it changed and turned into what we now know as home in the 21st century.

This coming year, the Bloody Sunday Football Commemorative Committee, a sub-committee of the Tipperary Football Committee, will run a series of events across the year to commemorate that era and event in our history.

On November 21st, 2020 there will be a commemorate match played in Croke Park to honour the memory of those who were there on the fateful day when the course of history changed. Ahead of it, we will host a series of event in the months leading up to the match.

Croke Park and Dublin GAA will also be organizing commemorations and our committee are liaising closely to ensure an integrated programme of events. We hope there will be something for everybody across the year and that people will gain a deeper understanding and broadening of knowledge and develop an awareness of 'Bloody Sunday' and its meaning.

In Tipperary sport runs deep and for many in our fine county this centenary, of those times, will be a poignant and heart felt one. We hope to, as best we can, to encompass and bring the GAA community and indeed the wider community on a journey of remembrance along the way with us.

Our senior footballers back then in November 1920 left Tipp on a journey to Dublin and from that time forth the story of Tipp football and indeed the GAA and society in general changed forevermore. Now as we reflect on 2019 and the respective stories for the Tipp hurling and football teams, we look ahead to 2020 filled with all the hopes and dreams a new year brings. We hope you will take a moment sometime along the way and think of those times and people and feel that connection between then and now.

The Tipperary football and hurling teams and respective managements are busy preparing now in Dr Morris Park and selectors are planning the road ahead for 2020 but for the new senior football manager, David Power, the Tipp senior footballers and Gaels everywhere, there is an engagement in Croke Park in November 2020 that will be filled with the past and the present. In a way it's a distant folk memory and yet the moment Tipperary and Dublin, in jerseys of old, take the field one hundred years on from 1920, it will be as real as the moment Mick Hogan took his place on the field between the Cusack Stand and the Hill and lined out at corner back when the fateful challenge game between Tipp and Dublin got underway. One hundred years on, we will pause and reflect.

The Tipperary football committee has a series of events planned for the coming year with planned events beginning in March as follows:

  • March 2nd at 7.30pm in Nenagh, John Flannery will host a lecture relating to Bloody Sunday in association with the Ormond Historical Society.
  • March 28th, at 7.30pm, at Bru Boru Cultural Centre, Cashel in partnership with Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann, Tipperary GAA will host a cultural evening of music, song and dance entitled "An Dushlan" which will be directed by Ray Conway.
  • April 28th, at 7.30pm, in 'The Source' Thurles author Paul Rouse, Associate Professor in UCD, who has written extensively on the history of Irish sport, will continue with our lecture series relating to Bloody Sunday.
  • From May to September 2020 a series of commemorations will take place across the season at the gravesides of the panel of players who played a role on Bloody Sunday. We will remember them and lay a wreath by their graveside. More dates and details will be on the 'Tipperary GAA' official website, the 'Friends of Tipperary football' website and on local media platforms closer to the time.
  • October 21st, at 7.30pm, as the centenary date approaches, Michael Foley author of "The Bloodied Field", will host a lecture in Fethard about the events and time Bloody Sunday took place.
  • November 7th, in the evening time, a Memorial Mass relating to 'Bloody Sunday' will take place at the Cathedral of the Assumption in Thurles.
  • November 21st, in the evening time, a football game to commemorate the challenge match between Tipperary and Dublin one hundred years before will take place in Croke Park, Dublin.
  • A group of people posing for the cameraDescription automatically generatedNovember 22nd, 2020 in Grangemockler, Bloody Sunday, and those of the time, will be remembered.

More details of all events to follow across local media and social media platforms. We hope all the people of Tipperary and beyond will connect with this major milestone in GAA history.

Photographed left are the Tipperary GAA Bloody Sunday Commemoration Committee

Back L-R: Tim Hanly, JJ Crowley, Stephen Gleeson, Enda O’Sullivan, Pat Bracken.
Front L-R: Barry O’Brien, Seamus McCarthy, Michael Power (Missing Colm O’Flaherty and John Flannery).


Lár na Páirce, the GAA Museum in Thurles, will hold a GAA Memorabilia Fair in Thurles Sarsfields Social Centre, (beside Semple Stadium) on Sunday, November 24th from 12pm to 4.00pm.

This is the 5th annual G.A.A. Memorabilia Fair and will give customers a chance to browse and search a large selection of match programmes, club histories, hurling, football, camogie and handball publications as well as other G.A.A. material in the pleasant and spacious surroundings of the Thurles Sarsfields G.A.A. Centre, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Collectors and sellers are cordially invited to attend this event, where it is hoped they will find plenty of material to interest them.

Stands will be available for renting and anybody so interested should contact the organisers before November 23rd.

Admission will be €3 with accompanied children free. The venue will have disabled access, bar facilities and teas and coffees. It is located within a five-minute walk from Thurles Railway Station.

For further information contact: - Seamus J. King, 087-2246245 or Liam Ó Donnchú 086-6036547, Lár na Páirce G.A.A. Museum, Slievenamon Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. 0504 22702

This is one upcoming event certainly not to be missed by all lovers of GAA sports.

Again, please note, those wishing to sell items should contact Liam or Seamus beforehand so a table can be arranged for you.


By Larry Cooney

Just over three months since the Tipperary hurlers’ memorable All-Ireland final victory over Kilkenny the Liam MacCarthy Cup will take pride of place at the fourth Team Tipperary Corporate Lunch fundraiser in London at the InterContinental Hotel off Park Lane on Friday afternoon, the 22nd of November. This event is also scheduled a week after Tipperary’s first action since this year’s All-Ireland final when they join defeated finalists Kilkenny and defeated semi-finalists Wexford and Limerick in this year’s Super 11s New York Classic tournament in New York on the 16th of November.

The series was played at Boston's Fenway Park in the last two years, but the 2019 edition will be staged at Citi Field and the competition has been renamed the 'New York Classic'. The Queens venue is the home of the New York Mets and the Major League Baseball franchise have confirmed the details of the event.

Consequently, it is unclear yet just how many will be travelling to London on the following week, but the Liam MacCarthy Cup will also be joined by the new U20 hurling cup accompanied by Nenagh’s Jake Morris. This year’s Tipperary ladies’ football captain of the Intermediate All-Ireland champions, Samantha Lambert will also be travelling with that cup. Although it is believed that Brendan Maher would be representing the senior hurlers much will depend on his availability if his club Borrisoleigh win the Dan Breen Cup and are still involved in the provincial club championship.

£150k raised by Team Tipperary on three previous London visits

All-Ireland winners require the best in modern state-of-the-art training facilities and that is certainly what Tipperary GAA’s Centre of Excellence at Dr. Morris Park will be when fully completed by the end of the end of 2020. This project will be the ‘hub’ for nurturing the development of future Tipperary players from underage blitzes to development squads to academies and right through to Tipperary senior panels. This modern state of the art facilities will also be on a par with the best in the country. And after the culmination of many years work, 2019 has once again proved beyond all doubt that Tipperary does have the genuine male and female talent to become and continue to become a major force for many years into the future.

Funding modern training facilities

It was in May 2017 when Team Tipperary last visited London when they were also accompanied by the Liam MacCarthy Cup escorted by the then manager Michael Ryan. That fundraiser along with the two previous visits to London has helped to add a total of £150,000 to help fund the current development work in order for Tipperary to achieve their long term on-field ambitions.

And with up to more than four hundred diners already assured of attending the latest function in the heart of the West End the success of this event will therefore further help to fund these Tipperary GAA ambitions to provide a modern two-storey building that will be an integral part of the new training facilities complex. That training complex will include a gym; analysis room; office; kitchen; dining room; indoor viewing area; 4 dressing rooms/showers; medical centre; meeting room and a reception area complete with stairs & elevator.

And if the three previous functions at the InterContinental Hotel is any indication of what’s in store then another enjoyable and unmissable afternoon looks assured in the company of Tipperary GAA guests and their hard-won silverware of 2019.

Once again, the event will be co-ordinated by Clonmel native Brian Acheson and his fellow hosts of the London-based Tipperary supporters club and organising committee namely Kevin Leahy, Phil Cusack and Paddy Shanahan.

Although further details of the identity of hosts will be confirmed in the next few weeks very few reservations remain but can still be made to the Tipperary GAA Office at Lar na Páirce, Thurles, 0504 22702 or email: Further details on the Tipperary GAA website.


The County Tipperary Hurling Club New York will hold their Annual Dinner Dance on Saturday, December 7th at Lake Isle Country Club, 660 White Plains Road, Eastchester.

Guest of honour will be Liam Sheedy and the Liam MacCarthy Cup. Special guests will include members of the Tipperary All-Ireland Senior Hurling team, Craig Morgan – Tipperary U20 Hurling captain and Samantha Lambert – Tipperary Ladies Intermediate Football captain.

Information and ticket details for the banquet can be had from Dance Chairpersons: Brendan Maher (646) 361-5544 and Stephen Carty (914) 899 3130 or any committee member - Michael Sheedy, Toby Kavanagh, Michael Maher, Owen Cummins, Mike Kennedy and David Loughnane.

Platinum for €400/$500, Gold €200/$250 or White Journal €80/$100 contract details can be made with the Journal Chairman - Tommy Kavanagh (914) 309 2363 or any of the journal committee; Pat Costigan, Geraldine Stapleton, Martin Dunne, Joe Grace, Jack Nolan, Padraig Gill and David Pond.

Additional sponsorship opportunities are available for the ‘Cocktail Hour’ or ‘Band’, contact a member of the committee for more details.

Please return advertisement or its content by Saturday week, November 16th or email details to

A great night's entertainment is guaranteed for all.


The County Final of Tipperary Scór na nÓg will take place on Sunday, 1st December at 2pm in Holycross. The Scór committee welcome entries from all clubs to participate in the eight categories; Tráth na gCeist (Team of four), Rince Seit, Ballad Group, Solo Signing, Novelty Act, Recitation/Storytelling and Instrumental Music.

Expressions of interest or entries can be made to Mary Bourke Josephine Cahill, Mark Dunne or Anthony Floyd on or before 25th November.

Bí linn! Bain triail as!


The annual Primary Schools Table Quiz County Final will be held in the Sarsfields Centre, Thurles on Sunday 1st December at 6.00 pm.

Each division is asked to hold their own quiz and select 5 teams of 4 primary school students to go forward to the county final.


Disability Inclusion Training will take place on Saturday next 9th November in Moycarkey-Borris Community Sports Centre, Littleton. Register on or call 0761 06 6887.

Applications for the next phase of the Healthy Club Project are now open, with 150 places available to interested clubs nationwide. Phase 4 will commence on February 1st, 2020. If your club is interested, please go to this link where you will be guided to the section of the Community & Health website. The closing date for completed applications is Friday week, 15th November 2019.

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