The Tipperary G.A.A. Yearbook 2021 will be in the bookshops this weekend and most Tipperary Gaels will look forward to it with great anticipation.
It’s the G.A.A. record of what happened in club and county over the past twelve months, and while club and county activity was somewhat curtailed by Covid-19, there were enough exciting hurling and football matches to whet the appetite.
As well as what happened in hurling and football, there was quite a lot of activity in camogie, ladies football, handball, Scór and Coiste na nÓg, and all these are covered in extensive detail, not only in text but in an array of colourful photographs as well.
One of the sections of the book that’s read with interest and a little sadness is the Friends we Lost during 2020. As usual they are many, fine people, men and women, who contributed significantly to the G.A.A. during their lifetimes. Among those who passed away and for whom longer appreciations are included are J. J. Hassett, Tom Larkin, Michael Dorney, Fr. Tim Burke, Philip F. Ryan, Paddy Doyle, Sean Kearney, David Quirke and Brother Patrick O’Connell.
Some of the highlights of the book are the special features that are included. Jim Fogarty contributes a piece on Jimmy Finn from The Kilkenny perspective. There’s the story of Seamus Flood from Dundalk, who was dismissed from his post in that town because of his G.A.A. and I.R.A. activity in the 1920s and got a job in Thurles P.O. He played football with the Sarsfields and won a Mid medal. Johnny O’Dwyer of Solohead was the leading light in London’s Thomas McCurtain’s centenary celebrations. Seamus O’Doherty has a feature on the Roscrea minor hurling champions of 1966. Seamus Leahy has a nostalgic look back to his heroes who won the 1945 All-Ireland. And, there’s more.
The two major events of 2020 are generously covered. The centenary of Bloody Sunday is remembered with a number of articles, including one by Seamus McCarthy which includes biographical details of the 18 players who made up the panel on that fateful day. The event is remembered also in the cover of the book, which contrasts with the normal look. And, of course the great victory of the senior footballers is well remembered on the cover and in the main text.
So a great record of the year and an agreeable read is in store in the 2021 Yearbook and it will be available to all for €15 from December 11.
Tipperary GAA Yearbooks can be purchased at the following locations:
Thurles – Easons; Bookworm, Scanlon’s Newsagents
Littleton – Clohessy’s
Templemore – Fitzpatrick’s; Centra; Mulrooney’s; Ryan’s
Ballina – TJ’s Angling Centre; Larkin’s.
Borrisoleigh – Shanahan’s Centra; Hurley’s Gala
Borrisokane – PJ Heenan’s
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; Mulrooney’s Gala; Bernie’s SuperValu
Clonmel – Easons Gladstone Street; Easons, The Showgrounds; Carries; McDermott’s Irishtown; Bergin’s; Supervalu
Cahir – Sampson’s; Supervalue
Burncourt – Maureen Creed’s
Ardfinnan – Burkes
Newcastle – O Duibhir
Carrick-on-Suir – Clery’s Newsagents
Drangan – O’Halloran’s Gala Shop/Post Office
Cloneen – Noonan’s Shop/Post Office
Fethard – Post Office
Killenaule – Hassett’s
Kilsheelan – Maher’s
Mullinahone – Wilsons; Lonergan’s Supermarket
Ballingarry – Tobin’s; Casey’s
Cashel – Halls; Ely’s
Golden – O’Sullivan’s
Bansha – O’Connell’s
Tipperary – Supervalu; Jerry’s, Bank Place; Greene’s
Emly – Callanan’s; Post Office
Cappawhite – Ryan Hanna’s
Dundrum – Butlers