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Tipp GAA Scene 15/01/19

January 15th, 2019

Tipp GAA Scene 15/01/19

By PRO Joe Bracken


Unfortunately, an out of sorts display in the Gaelic Grounds last Sunday meant Tipperary went home empty handed on the silverware front after Clare took the spoils in the Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League Final. But nonetheless Tipperary will have learned much from the encounter and though the score line read 4-19 to 1-18, the concession of perceived soft goals and missed opportunities to take ‘half-goal’ chances at the opposite end from a Tipp perspective contributed to the margin between the sides. Tipp’s goal scorer was Dan McCormack (Borris-Ileigh) who rifled the net when introduced in the second half.


The focus moves swiftly now towards the opening Allianz hurling and football leagues fixtures on the weekend after next. The Tipperary hurlers will open their account against Clare in Semple Stadium on Saturday week, January 26th, at 7pm. Then the following day, January 27th, the Tipperary footballers travel to Meath to play the Royal County in their division 2 round 1 fixture in Páirc Tailteann, Navan where throw in will be at 2pm.


In the Dr. Harty Cup U19 A last week, there was no shortage of entertainment and excitement, where in the heel of the hunt only one Tipperary team remains standing with a replay required to confirm their fate. That team is Thurles CBS who went toe to toe with John the Baptist Community School, Hospital in an enthralling match which required two separate periods of extra time though stalemate ultimately prevailed. With an amazing score line of 3-31 to 4-28 this was a match which had everything and now both sides must go to the well again next Saturday, January 19th, in the quarter-final replay which will go ahead in Dundrum at 1pm.

Nenagh CBS were very unfortunate as an injury time goal from Christian Brothers College (Cork) halted their progression in their cup run, with 2-14 to 2-12 the full time score.

Elsewhere, Our Lady’s Templemore went down to Midleton CBS 7-15 to 0-19.

In the Corn Thomais Mhic Choilm 19 B hurling quarter-finals Cashel C.S. progressed to the semi-final when they defeated St. Josephs Secondary School Tulla 2-16 to 2-14. However, Clonmel High School lost out to Scoil Na mBraithre Rathluirc 1-16 to 2-8 while Abbey C.B.S also fell to St. Francis College Rochestown 1-14 to 0-5.

Finally, in the Corn Risteard Ui Mhathuna 19 C hurling quarter-final Borrisokane C.C. had a good victory as they defeated Coláiste Treasa Kanturk 5-14 to 1-8.

Locally in county post primary schools action congratulations to Scoil Ruain Killenaule who had a narrow 3-10 to 1-15 victory over Carrick on Suir C.B.S in the Corn Bhrathair Ui Dhaltuin U19 B Football final last Friday.


Best wishes to Seán Lonergan (Moyle Rovers) as he takes charge of the AIB All-Ireland junior club football semi-final on Sunday next in Portlaoise between Dundalk Young Irelands and Beaufort.


The first of the New Year’s action in Semple Stadium gets under way on Saturday next when Graigue-Ballycallan, managed by Declan Browne (Moyle Rovers), will meet Charleville in the AIB All-Ireland intermediate club hurling championship semi-final at 2pm.

Not alone do we send best wishes to the Semple Stadium crew for another successful season, we also send best wishes to Declan and congratulate him on his success to date.


Congratulations to all winners in the January draw which was held in Paddy’s Bar, Terryglass in conjunction with Shannon Rovers GAA club last Friday night. First prize of a Skoda Octavia / Renault Megane or €15,000 went to Marie Danagher with Fethard GAA the promoting club. Mullinahone was the promoting club for Michael Ryan who won the second prize of €5,000 or Holiday.


Scór 2019 – Scór na nÓg Munster Final

Best of luck to all our young people taking part in the Munster Final of Scór na nÓg in Cappaquinn on Sunday afternoon next. Dhein sibh éacht cheana. Go néirí go geal libh. Also, best wishes to Seosamh Ó Baoill as Fear an Tí for the occasion. Ta súil againn go mbeidh an lá agaibh .

Ceolchoirm Scór

Pairc Uí Chaoimh will be the venue for the Scór Jubilee Concert which will take place on Saturday evening January 26th. Guests from all 6 Munster counties who have won honours on the county, provincial and national stage will entertain guests in a celebration of all that is best of the various disciplines of Scór.

Fifty years of Scór will be celebrated on the night agus beidh taispeántas den scoth ar an stáitse again.

Scór na bPaistí agus Scór Sinsear

The following are the proposed dates for county finals; Scór Sinsear on February 23rd and Scór na bPáistí on March 31st. The Scór committee are appealing to all clubs to do their very best as we celebrate Scór 50 to participate in both these competitions. Details of divisional finals can be had from divisional secretaries.


A Happy & Healthy New Year to everyone from the Health & Wellbeing Committee. As you are all aware the county chairman John Devane has asked every club to appoint a Healthy Club Officer in 2019. Training for new officers will take place in Thurles on April 11th with time and venue to be confirmed. Please forward the name and contact details of your Healthy Club Officer to the county secretary Tim Floyd secretary.tipperary@gaa.ie as soon as possible.

Best of luck to clubs who are participating in the Operation Transformation Ireland Lights Up Walking Programme starting on January 17th. Rockwell Rovers & Fr. Sheehy’s have forwarded details of their very impressive plans to get their whole communities involved in this event and if any other club would like to forward information for our records please send to chair.hwc.tipperary@gaa.ie


Next Saturday, January 19th, Paddy Doyle will be inducted into Thurles Sarsfields Hall of Fame. Paddy has served Sarsfields as a player, coach, selector, manager, club chairman and is at present the club’s vice-president.

Outside of his GAA roles with Sarsfields, Paddy has managed Tipperary minor hurling teams and has been involved with coaching Moycarkey-Borris, Lorrha-Dorrha, Borris-Ileigh and the Laois county hurling team. All in all, a lifetime of immense service to the GAA. All are welcome to attend the celebration, starting at 8.00 p.m. in Thurles Sarsfields Social Centre.


The victorious Tipperary All-Ireland U21 and Munster minor hurling panels of 2018 received their winner’s medals at a presentation function in the Anner Hotel, Thurles last weekend. It was an occasion which brought closure on the final chapter for 2018, as their respective managers, Liam Cahill and Tommy Dunne; both looked to the future with great insight and vision for the players and Tipperary hurling in each keynote address.

Tipperary Co. Board President Matt Hassett presented the medals to the minor panel, while Co. Board Chairman John Devane performed the duty for the U21 panel. Special guest on the night was world ranked middleweight boxer Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan.


You are invited to the Tipperary Supporters Club Annual General Meeting and 2019 Membership Launch in the Anner Hotel, Thurles, this Thursday January 17th at 8pm.

Please come along to hear from Liam Sheedy about plans for the season and to meet with players. This is always a great way to kick off the year. Refreshments will be served and we look forward to a big turnout and to seeing you there. If you haven’t already renewed your membership you can do it on the night or online at www.tippsupportersclub.com or by calling Jim Reidy, Membership Officer on 086 3580718.

The membership pack includes the following benefits:

  • A specially-designed Tipperary Supporters Club pen with stylus for use on touch-screen devices
  • All members are entered into a prize draw for championship match tickets for all Tipperary Senior games.
  • 2019 Car Sticker
  • Text alerts for all League and Championship team news
  • Regular news to your email about all the latest in Tipperary GAA circles

Tipperary Supporters Club members will be the only ones eligible to vote for the official 2019 Tipperary Senior Hurler of the Year award at the end of next season. The Tipperary supporters Club are looking forward to a successful 2019 for Tipperary hurling with hopefully an increase in membership to help continue the fantastic support to our senior hurling team.


The County Development Committee has held successful and well-attended training nights for Club Officers in all 4 divisions over the past 2 years. This year, to cater for those unable to attend previously and for new club officers, just one night will be held as follows on Wednesday 6th February at 7.30pm in The Anner Hotel, Thurles.

Format: The programme will commence at 7.30pm with a general gathering of all officers. Following a cup of tea, representatives will then break into different groups to focus on their own roles in the club. The programme will run for approx. 2½ hours.

Who should attend? There will be separate presentations for Club Chairpersons, Secretaries, Treasurers and PRO’s and officials from adult clubs and juvenile clubs are invited.

Facilitators: The programme will be conducted by 4 experienced facilitators from outside the county.

Content: The Club Leadership Development Programme is designed to provide GAA Club Officers with the basic knowledge and core leadership skills required to fulfil their roles effectively. It will help them

  • Gain a better understanding of what their role involve
  • Develop basic leadership, management and communication skills
  • Experience increased role satisfaction
  • Have an awareness of where to access resources and supports
  • Be able to share ideas and solve problems with fellow officers
  • Be better prepared for future roles in the Association

Will club secretaries please advance a list of names and roles of those who will be attending, by Wednesday January 30th to the contacts following below.

The development committee are looking forward to your support, Denis Floyd, Secretary Co. Development Committee 087-9355750 dfloyd@eircom.net and PJ Maher, Co. Development Officer 087-2489064 pjmaher3000@yahoo.ie


It’s that time of year again as the Electric Ireland HE GAA Fitzgibbon Cup and Sigerson Cup competitions are preparing to get under way. In the Fitzgibbon Cup Tipperary has 61 club players named throughout 13 colleges at the declaration stage while there will just be 4 Tipperary players involved with 3 colleges in the Sigerson Cup.

A breakdown of the Tipperary players in the Fitzgibbon Cup is as follows;
Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) (3 players) – Andrew Coffey (Nenagh Éire Óg), Enda Heffernan (Clonoulty-Rossmore) and Eoin Barry (Killenaule)
Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) (1) – Patrick Maher (Lorrha-Dorrha)
Garda College (6) Aidan Ryan (Thurles Sarsfields), Kevin Slattery (Gortnahoe-Glengoole), Joey O’Keeffe (Clonoulty-Rossmore), Martin McGrath (Drom & Inch), Michael Brislane (Toomevara) and Brian Kelly (Moyne-Templetuohy)
Institute of Technology Carlow (2) – Tommy Nolan (Drom & Inch) and Jerry Kelly (Borris-Ileigh)
Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) (8) – Conn Bonnar (Cashel King Cormacs), Darren Moran (Kiladangan), Rian Doody (Cappawhite), Robert Byrnes (Portroe), Ronan Tucker (Burgess), Ruadhan Mulrooney (Portroe), Sean Ryan (Sean Treacy’s) and Stephen Flanagan (Holycross-Ballycahill)
Mary Immaculate College, Limerick (12) – Craig Morgan and Darragh Peters (Kilruane MacDonaghs), Eoghan Ryan (Loughmore-Castleiney), Colin English (Fr. Sheehy’s), Ronan Bourke (Ballina), Ray McCormack (Borris-Ileigh), Philip Hickey (Nenagh Éire Óg), Kyle Peters (St. Mary’s), Niall Heffernan (Moycarkey-Borris), Conal Donovan (Arravale Rovers), Stephen O’Brien (Eire Óg Annacarty-Donohill) and Kevin Grace (Moyle Rovers)
Maynooth University (4) – Emmet Moloney (Drom & Inch), Cathal Moloney and Conor Stakelum (Thurles Sarsfields) and Jack Fallon (Moycarkey-Borris)
NUI Galway (3) – Conor Sheedy and Shane Fletcher (Roscrea) and Shane Hennessy (Nenagh Éire Óg)
Trinity College Dublin (1) – Cormac Keating (Portroe)
University College Cork (UCC) (3) – Killian O’Dwyer (Killenaule), Paddy Cadell (JK Brackens) and Mark Kehoe (Kilsheelan-Kilcash)
University College Dublin (UCD) (6) – Brian Hogan (Lorrha-Dorrha), Diarmuid Ryan (Clonakenny), Michael Purcell and Rory Purcell (Thurles Sarsfields), Stephen Quirke (Moyle Rovers) and James Cleary (Kilruane MacDonaghs)
University of Limerick (UL) (7) – Barry Hogan (Kiladangan), Brian McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney), Jack Shelly (Mullinahone), Paul Maher (Kilsheelan-Kilcash), Cian Darcy (Kilruane MacDonaghs), Jake Morris (Nenagh Éire Óg) and Shane Neville (Lattin-Cullen)
Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT Vikings) (5) – Delacy Byrne (Clonakenny), Kevin Hassett (Drom & Inch), Loughlin Ryan (Upperchurch-Drombane), Michael Whelan (Carrick Davins) and Padraic Hayes (Ballingarry)

The Fitzgibbon groups and fixtures are as follows –

Group A – UCC, UL, NUI Galway, UCD
Group B – LIT, IT Carlow, Trinity, Garda College
Group C – WIT Vikings, DCU DE, CIT
Group D – DIT, Mary I, Maynooth Uni.

Round 1 – Sunday 20 January
Round 2 – Wednesday/Thursday 23/24 January
Round 3 – Wednesday/Thursday 30/31 January

The quarter-finals are scheduled for Wednesday/Thursday 6th/7th February with the semi-finals pencilled in for Tuesday February 12th.

The final is then set for Saturday 23rd February.

The following then are the Tipperary players and their colleges in the Sigerson Cup;
Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) (2) – Ben Hyland (Fr. Sheehy’s) and John Lyons (Grangemockler-Ballyneale)
Maynooth University (1) – Emmet Moloney (Drom & Inch)
University College Cork (UCC) (1) – Jack Kennedy (Clonmel Commercials)

Round 1 to be played on 16th/20th January

A. DCU DE v IT Carlow
B. QUB v Maynooth University
C. IT Tralee v Ulster University
D. UCC v Athlone IT
F. NUI Galway v St Mary’s
G. Garda College v IT Sligo
H. Dublin IT v UL

The quarter-finals are scheduled for Wednesday February 6th and the semi-finals on Saturday February 16th.
The final is set for Wednesday February 20th.

Best wishes to all Tipperary players involved in both competitions where each week we will follow your exploits with interest once the action gets under way.


The North Tipperary 40 x 20 juvenile finals were hosted by Nenagh last weekend and a full roundup of results can be seen at http://handball.tipperary.gaa.ie/club-executive/bord-na-n-og Well done to all the winners who go forward to the County Finals in Cashel on Sunday next, January 20th when the action gets under way from 10.30am.


Tipperary GAA will offer an Award 1 Football course aimed at Youth and Adult Football coaches, under 14 to senior level club coaches.

The course covers a number of key modules including: Technical Proficiency, Tactical Prowess, Team Play, Physical Fitness, Playing Facts, Psychological Focus and Communication.

The focus of the course is the further development of the ‘How to Coach’ skills by placing the participant in situations that they will face as coaches – the organisation of games, skill development, activities to develop skill and activities to develop the various aspects of physical fitness.

By the end of this course participants will be able to:

  • Organise a programme of games and skill development activities appropriate to each participant’s needs and abilities.
  • Organise progressive activities (drills and games) to develop five key skills
  • Organise progressive activities to develop movement skills appropriate to Gaelic Games
  • Organise and manage players for an effective practice session through six “How to coach skills” including;
    Build Rapport, Observe, Analyse, Explain, Provide Demonstration and Provide Positive Feedback to Players

The course philosophy states that Tipperary GAA is committed to implementing an integrated Coach Education Programme with a view to maximizing participation, optimising playing standards and ensuring that players’ needs are catered for in a balanced way.

The dates for the course which starts next Monday January 21st also include January 24th, 28th and 31st and February 4th from 7.30pm – 9.30pm each evening. The venues Lar na Páirce and Dr Morris Park for practical and the cost is €50 per coach. To see if places are still available on the course please e-mail kevin.halley.gda.tipperary@gaa.ie as soon as possible as places will be limited.


The match pass for 2019 is currently on sale at the price of €120. This pass gives you access to all adult matches within the County during 2019. Passes can be ordered through the GAA Office Slievenamon Rd., Thurles or by contacting 0504 22702 where you can pay over the phone.


Croke Park has issued the new Code of Behaviour (Underage), which highlights the levels of behaviour that the GAA seeks from those who are playing, coaching, officiating or attending our underage games.

Packed with 10 different sections the Code of Behaviour (Underage) has been updated to reflect recent child safeguarding legislative requirements that are now enshrined in its Rules and in the day to day organising of its games.

Sections include guidance on maintaining appropriate levels of behaviour when working with children and young people, how to promote the Code and also deal with breaches of the Code, useful guidance on recruiting coaches and managers for underage teams, how to plan away trips, the Club child safeguarding statement, dealing with bullying of children and young people, social media guidance and how to report any concerns or allegations of abuse.

The Code of Behaviour (Underage) applies to all of the Gaelic Games Associations – GAA, Ladies Football, Camogie, Handball and Rounders – and may be downloaded at https://www.gaa.ie/the-gaa/child-welfare-and-protection/


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 pro.tipperary@gaa.ie on or before 3.00pm on Monday. Visit the Tipperary GAA web site at http://tipperary.gaa.ie to keep up to date with all the latest news in Tipperary GAA circles.


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