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Tipperary GAA Convention 2023 Live Blog

By Jonathan Cullen Sat 9th Dec

Tipperary GAA Convention 2023 Live Blog
Tipperary GAA Convention 2023 Live Blog

The annual convention of Tipperary GAA takes place this Saturday evening in The Dome, FBD Semple Stadium commencing at 6.00pm.

Saturday evenings convention will see contests for two positions on County Board, the most notable being that of County Vice Chairman. Both candidates for this position are from the North Division, which is something that rarely if ever has happened previously in the county. Current County Planning and Training officer Mark McLoughlin of Roscrea and Michael Tierney Borris-Ileigh who is the outgoing North Board chairman, will both be hoping to secure the support of the majority of delegate on Saturday evening. There are also 4 nominations for the position of Munster Council Delegate, Joe Kennedy Moyne Templetuohy (Outgoing), Sean Nugent Kilsheelan Kilcash (Outgoing), John Morrissey Galtee Rovers and Michael McCarthy Cappawhite.

Also on the night there will be a total of 15 motions up for debate.

We will have all the news and developments from this years convention right here on our live blog as it happens.

9:25 pm Convention has now concluded and in a tribute to the late Shane MacGowan, the Fairytale of New York is now being played

9:23 pm Motion 11, Taken as a recommendation to Co CCC

9:23 pm Motion 11, Carrick Swan

Proposed to commence U-21 Championship earlier in calendar year in a possible switch with U-19. This will avoid crossover between U-17 and U-19 Players as these championships currently run concurrently.

9:21 pm Motion 10, Defeated

9:20 pm Motion 10, Golden Kilfeacke

In the event of a clash of colours in any game involving two teams with the same colour jerseys, the C.C.C tasked with the running of the competition shall have to right to ‘toss’ to decide which team wears their first team colours while the other team shall wear their alternative colours.

9:19 pm Motion 9, Taken as a recommendation to County CCC

9:18 pm Motion 9, Loughmore Castleiney

We propose that the CCC run a county championship for the Junior C grade in Hurling as a continuation of the divisional champions ran over recent years.

9:16 pm Motion 8, Passed and will now go to congress

9:15 pm Motion 8, Toomevara

That the GAA should discontinue with the rule that presently exists for hurling and football where by the result is decided in a penalty shootout if both teams are on level terms after extra time been played. Relevant rules to be amended as required.

9:03 pm Motion 7, has been passed and will now go to congress

9:02 pm Motion 7, Nenagh Eire Óg

Motion 1. We propose the introduction of a new technical playing rule in hurling to be known as rule 4.2(c), which will state that it is a foul:

To either hand-pass the ball or palm the ball directly from the same hand that is holding the ball.

 

 

9:01 pm Motion 6, Drom & Inch - Withdrawn

8:58 pm Motion 5, Withdrawn

8:58 pm Motion 5, Toomevara

That Rule 2.3 (vi) be extended to cover matches in the Dan Breen Cup.

RULE 2.3  (vi) In Inter-County games, all Substitutions and Temporary Substitutions must be from players on the official list submitted to the Referee.

8:54 pm Motion 4, Passed

8:53 pm Motion 4, Rosegreen

Rosegreen GAA would like to make an amendment to Tipperary County Bye Laws by introducing the following new Bye Law:

7.1 Player Eligibility (iv) Where two or more clubs share the same catchment area, a juvenile player(u17) having established his first club may only transfer with the agreement of both clubs. ( i.e Both Sign the application form).

8:36 pm Motion 3, Defeated

8:53 pm Motion 3, Cappawhite

Bye Law 7 -Player Grading Lists:

Bye Law 7 to be amended to allow clubs name 15 players who have played in the previous years championship. (This is a change from 18)

After one round of Championship one player who has been named but has not played in the first championship game will be eligible to be re-graded. (This is a change from two rounds)

Once a team exits the Championship any player named in the 15 who has not played will automatically be re-graded to the next lower grade team.

8:34 pm Motion 2, Passed

8:32 pm Motion 2, County CCC

That the part of Bye Law 7.2.7 (G) regarding teams moving up to a higher level when they have a team already completing at the higher level and reads as follows be changed:

Clubs that win County Championships at adult level, must move to the next highest level in the following year. Teams that already have a team at the next highest level are exempt from this rule.

Bye Law 7.2.7 (G) Be changed to read as follows and in descending order:

(1) Clubs that win a county championship at adult level. Must move to the next highest level in the following year. Teams that already have a team at the next highest level are exempt from this rule, unless they wish to move up themselves by choice, or subsection (4) is applied.

(2) The team relegated from the higher level can remain at that higher level they played in before they were relegated.

(3) The team that was defeated at the lower-level final move up to the next level.

(4) The team that was promoted, but decided not to move up because they had another team at the higher level, must move up.

8:25 pm Motion 1, Passed

8:25 pm Motion 1 County CCC

That the following change be made to Bye Law 7.2.7 G Grading of clubs and players. The section highlighted to be deleted.

Gradings of clubs and players

Players are graded by their championship status as per rule 10.8. T.O. 2023 Codes with the following to be added:

  1. i) Clubs with junior teams who have higher graded teams will name 18 players that would constitute their number one team. The 18 players named, must have played on their number one team the previous year.

(ii) Clubs with junior teams will name 18 players, plus 18 more players that would constitute their number one and number two team if they have two teams’ above junior level. The 18 plus 18 players names must have played on their number one, and, or their number two teams the previous year.

(iii) Players named on the list of 18 cannot revert to playing junior championship if they have

not played in the higher-grade championship during the year, with the following exception.

(iv) If one of the players listed on the 18 does not play on the named or first team, he

can apply to the Co. CCC to be regraded. The CCC will draw up regulations governing these

applications. Only one application per team will be accepted.

8:19 pm Motions

We are now moving on to Motions for consideration.

8:11 pm Election of Vice Chairman

The vote for the position of vice chairman cannot be finalised as there were more votes received, than the number of delegates registered.

The vote will now be deferred and will take place by postal vote  in early January.

The remaining officers are now being elected

8:11 pm Address by Ger Ryan Munster Chairman

Before continuing on with the election of officers, Munster Council Chairman Ger Ryan addresses convention.

7:53 pm Election of officers

The election of officers is now taking place and sees Jimmy Minogue of Nenagh Eire Óg taking over as County Chairman.

Joe Kennedy handing over the mantle of County Chairman to Jimmy Minogue.

Addressing convention, Jimmy said that it is a huge honour for him and his club to be elected as County Chairman.

Jimmy said that he believes with the experience he has gathered over many year’s will serve him well in the coming years.

 

7:47 pm Chairman's Address

Outgoing chairman Joe Kennedy is now addressing Connvention.

County Chairman Joe Kennedy addressing convention for the final time.


On behalf of Tipperary GAA, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you all to the 2023 Convention.

When we look back on the year just past, it will unfortunately not be remembered as a successful one in terms of winning trophies.  This was not for the lack of effort on behalf of the management teams in charge of all the various teams.  As you can see from the accounts, substantial resources were available to all teams to help them prepare.

The senior hurlers performed much better in the league and early rounds of the championship but were very disappointing in the latter rounds. A lot of new players got championship experience and we can look ahead to 2024 with more optimism.

The u20s and minor hurling teams had mixed fortunes as both championships were strong in Munster with eventual All Ireland winners in both coming from the province.

The senior footballers had a difficult year which was hampered by retirements and injuries. We thank David Power and his management team for their work over the last number of years.  We welcome Paul Kelly and his backroom team and hopefully they will bring new energy and impetus to this group.

Football is at a crossroads in the County and I would urge all the football clubs and those interested in football to help and support all our county teams. The football board and the Friends of Tipperary Football do great work but they need more personnel to help out with fundraising and the promotion of football.

The minor and u20s footballers put in very credible performances in the championship. In the past few years, our performance in these grades have improved and hopefully with the work being done at development squads, we will continue to improve in the years ahead.

On the coaching and games front, excellent work is being done by Kevin Hally and his games development coordinators. The addition of three new staff will increase the amount of work being done in this area. The partnership with Setanta has proved very beneficial and the performance of our academy teams bear testament to this.  Munster GAA has launched an Urban Project Program. Clonmel is the focus town of the program in Tipperary. Initially this will consist of a demographic study of the greater Clonmel area involving clubs, primary schools and secondary schools. A committee has been appointed to carry out this study early in the New Year. Future policies will be determined by the outcome of the study.

The split season continues to provoke much debate. I am of the opinion that while it may not be perfect, it is the best option to run our games. Many are worried about the loss of promotion of our games by having the All Irelands finished in July but this is outweighed by club players and supporters having a defined fixture schedule and playing season.  The attendances at all club games around the county bear testament to this. If we push back the All Irelands to August, as some suggest, we would have difficulty in completing our championships in time for Munster deadlines particularly if we continue to have rainfall similar to this year. We had a lot of our games played by the time the condition of pitches deteriorated.  Our club players deserve to play their games at a time of year when we have proper playing conditions.  Unless we find a better alternative, the split season is here to stay.

One of the positive initiatives this year was the partnership with Clubber to live stream all our club games. This has been a very positive development and also provides a welcome revenue stream.

As we can see from our accounts, the cost of running the County Board keeps increasing year on year. At county level, the GAA is no longer a pastime, it has become an industry. In the last financial year, Tipperary GAA paid in excess of €700,000 in wages to staff, coaching and games staff, Cúl Camp Coaches and gate checkers. We also paid professional personnel to be involved in our backroom teams, physio’s, strength & conditioning coaches and nutritionists.  There are many small businesses in our towns that would not provide such employment. If you add to that outside contracts such as meals, buses, and hotels we are a major contributor to businesses across the county. A few years ago, I complimented the Government on its support of the GAA during Covid, as they recognised the GAA’s social, cultural and economic contribution to society. There is a very strong case for increased support from Government.  We heard earlier in the year that the horse racing industry is funded to the tune of 43 million per annum.  I have no issue with that funding but think given the level of business the GAA as an organisation generates, it certainly is entitled to more financial supports.

At present, there is a gambling bill going through the Dáil which should be of concern to the GAA and all sporting organisations as it seeks to limit the promotion and sale of tickets for all lotteries and draws.  Club Lotto’s and fundraising draws are essential for funding for our clubs and we should lobby all our politicians to limit the effect this bill would have on these  fundraising efforts.

Tim Floyd, in his convention report last year, described FBD Semple Stadium as the jewel in the crown of Tipperary GAA but it is in need of significant refurbishment over the next number of years. Tipperary County Board cannot fund this on its own. If the people of Tipperary have pride in this facility, it needs a joint approach from the County Board, Stadium Committee , Clubs of the County , Central and Provincial Councils, the business community of Thurles and surrounding towns and the Government.

The hosting of matches in Semple Stadium generates huge revenue for Central and Provincial Council but also revenue for the businesses of Thurles and surrounding towns. 265,000 people attended games in the stadium this year.   Games at the Stadium have generated 30 million in gate receipts for Central and Provincial Councils over the last ten years making the highest Revenue earner outside of Croke Park for the GAA. In business terms, the benefit to local economy, as calculated by industry, is that for every Euro spent on a ticket there is a further spend of six euro in the local economy. This would suggest, in the last 10 years, 180 million euro was spent in the greater Thurles area by patrons attending matches in the Stadium. Bearing all this in mind, it is incumbent on everyone to financially support any refurbishment works in the Stadium.

As I complete my term, I see two major challenges in the years ahead. The first is the commitment levels needed by players and administrators at Club and County level. Playing for the County is no longer a pastime but a way of life. The levels of fitness and body condition needed just to compete at inter-county levels keep increasing. The Clubs are only a number of years behind the level of County teams. Mentors and Officers are busy all year round. There really is no down time for anyone involved. Is sense of fun gone out of being involved in the organisation. There is a huge cost in supporting teams at both Club and County Level and this keeps increasing. Is this sustainable into the future? Will it be the case where in the future that only the financially strong Counties and Clubs will survive? I would hope that this would not be the case.

The second major challenge coming down the tracks is integration. This is a very complex issue and not as easily solved as many would think. Some people think if all three organisations join together, the problems that currently exist will disappear. I would suggest that the first step in this process should be the amalgamation of the Camogie and LGFA as they both cater for the same group of players. As you can see from our accounts we are struggling to fund the activities of the GAA in the County. We are just about able to cater for our County teams with all our facilities in Dr Morris Park. If all three were to join it would require significant funding from Government to fund all three associations and provide facilities. The major challenges of finance and facilities exist for all three organisations and I think full integration is a few years down the tracks.

Tonight, I complete my term as Chairman of Tipperary County Board. I want to express my gratitude to all the clubs for their courtesy and co-operation over the last three years.  I really enjoyed attending all the matches, club socials and pitch openings through out the county. It has been an honour and privilege to perform the role of Chairman of this great county.

I wish to thank all the officers I have served with in the last 6 years and thank them for their support.  At the start of the year, Murtagh Brennan replaced Tim Floyd as secretary. I wish to compliment Murtagh on his first year. The job of County Secretary is a daunting one in a County the size of Tipperary and Murtagh has settled in very well and is well qualified to meet the challenges ahead.     I want to express my gratitude to all the Staff in Lar na Pairce for their support and hard work.

I want to thank my wife Maureen and daughter Marie for their unwavering support over the years.

Tipperary is a great GAA county and if we all continue to work together, it can continue to grow and prosper over the next few years.

7:45 pm Elections

Voting is now taking place for the position of County Board Vice Chairman.

There will be no vote for Munster Council Delegate as John Morrisey and Michael McCarthy have withdrawn.

7:45 pm Next Item On Agenda

The financial report has now concluded and we are now moving on to the next item which will be the presentation of Club Grants

7:09 pm County Board Expenditure 2023

7:01 pm County Board Income 2023


6:58 pm Income and Expenditure

The following is the Income and Expenditure of Tipperary GAA for 2023

6:56 pm Financial Report

Ronan Spain representing County Board Auditors, along with Eleanor Lahart are now delivering the financial report for 2023.

6:56 pm Presentation of medals

The winners of the various competitions in 2023 are now being presented with their medals by Jimmy Minogue and Tom Maher,

6:47 pm County CEO Murtagh Brennan

Murtagh is continuing to deliver a very comprehensive and detailed report from the committees

6:41 pm Sub Committee Reports

County CEO Murtagh Brennan is now going through the various sub committee reports, Including;

Competitions Control Commottee

County Hearings Committee

Referees Committee

Tipperary Football Committee

Tipperary Coaching and Games Committee

Coiste Na nOg

Cumann na mBunscol

Communications and I.T

Tipperary GAA Clubs Draw

County Safety & Facilities Committee

Tipperary Handball Committee

Tipperary Supporters Club

Cultúr agus Gaeilge

Tipperary Youth Committee

Health & Wellbeing Committee

County Planning & Training Committee

 

6:15 pm Secretary's Report

Tipperary GAA CEO Murtagh Brennan is now delivering his secretary’s Report.

Ba mhaith liom tús a chur leis an tuarascáil bhliantúil seo ag rá gur onóir mhór dom é a bheith anseo i ról an
phríomhoifigigh feidhmiúcháin (POF) / an Rúnaí do Chumann Lúthchleas Gael (CLG) Thiobraid Árann sa bhliain
2023. Tá an-áthas orm an deis seo a bheith agam agus ba mhór an onóir dom freastal a dhéanamh ar mo chontae
sa phost seo, tar éis na mblianta fada a bhí agam le CLG mar imreoir agus mar chóitseálaí. Táim ag súil go mór
leis na scileanna atá forbartha agam le 24 bliain anuas a fhorbairt a thuilleadh, agus iad a chur i bhfeidhm ar
mhaithe leis na Cluichí Gaelacha i dTiobraid Árann.
Introduction
I would like to start this report by stating how honoured I am to have taken up the role of CEO/Secretary
of Tipperary GAA in 2023. The opportunity to serve my county in this position, after my many years of
involvement in the GAA as a player and coach, is one which I feel truly privileged to have received. I look forward to continuing to
apply the skills I have developed over the past 24 years to the benefit of Gaelic Games in Tipperary. Throughout the 11 months I have
served as CEO/Secretary I have immersed myself wholly in the operations of Tipperary GAA, learning and understanding the dynamics
and challenges facing our organisation. In this role I will work hand in glove with the people of Tipperary in the pursuit of standards of
excellence in all segments of our organisation, with the ultimate objective of achieving continued success for all our teams, at both club
and county level.
I would like to break this report in to the following segments:
1. Overview
2. Off-the-field achievements
3. Challenges facing Tipperary GAA
4. Opportunities available to Tipperary GAA
1. Overview
2023 was very much a transitional year, both on and off the field, for Tipperary GAA. On January 3rd 2023, I took up the newly created
appointment of CEO Tipperary GAA. In addition to myself, three new officers joined the County Executive, with Andy Hennessey
taking up the role of Safety and Facilities Officer; Sean O’Meara taking up the role of Coaching and Games Manager; and Eleanor Lahart
taking up the position of County Treasurer. From a games development perspective, we welcome three new GDAs (Games Development
Administrators) to the ranks of Tipperary GAA with Pio Kennedy, Maggie O’Grady and Paudie Carey joining the team. On the field,
we saw Liam Cahill commence his stewardship of the Tipperary Senior Hurling Team, and Niall Fitzgerald debuting as Manager of the
Tipperary U20 Football Team. Finally, in Lár na Páirce, receptionist Aoife Hickey joined our administrative team.
The focus of my first year was heavily centered on learning and understanding the deeper workings of Tipperary GAA. This process
allowed me to gain an appreciation of where amendments may be useful within our structures. From an administrative perspective, the HR
and operating procedures for the administration of Tipperary GAA have been reconfigured with new roles and responsibilities drawn up
and allocated accordingly. Tom Barry and the Audit & Risk Committee have been very helpful in establishing stronger governance on HR,
finance and facilities management.
On the field of play the success of our underage teams is reflective of the fantastic work being carried out by our GDM, and the
respective GDAs in close coordination with our clubs and schools. This year saw our young Tipperary hurlers winning the U14 Tony
Forristal Cup, the U15 Arrabawn Cup and the Celtic Challenge U17 Cup. Whilst silverware is never a truly accurate metric of success, it
does indicate steady progress through a capacity to compete. Our senior hurlers gave our supporters plenty to cheer about in 2023. In the
National League we reached the semi-final with impressive results against Kilkenny and Waterford enroute before falling to the eventual
winners Limerick in the Gaelic Grounds. In the championship strong performances against Clare, Cork and Limerick saw us qualify from
Munster from where we were eventually beaten by Galway. With the introduction of ten debutants to the panel we can see significant
progress and this gives us all plenty of optimism for the season ahead.
Our U20s and U17 hurlers fell short in a competitive Munster field which produced the eventual All Ireland Champions in both codes.
It was a tough year for our Senior Footballers who were undoubtedly affected by recent retirements and high injury counts. They faced a
challenging time in Division Three, ending in our relegation to Division 4. In the Munster Championship we beat Waterford before being
defeated by Kerry in Killarney.
In the Tailteann Cup we failed to qualify from our group. Our Minor footballers qualified for The Daryl Darcy Trophy losing in the final
to Limerick. We eventually lost out to Cork in the Munster Semi-final.
Our U20 footballers were unfortunate to lose their Munster knock out game to Clare.
I would like to pay tribute to two of our managers who stepped down this year. John McNamara completed a three-year term as U17
Football Manager, which saw him deliver a Darcy Cup in 2022. Our Senior Manager David Power stepped down after three years in
charge of our senior footballers. David will be fondly remembered for delivering a historic Senior Munster Championship in 2020, a feat
that had not been achieved since 1920. I would like to thank both men for their immense contribution, and hope that we will see them
involved with our teams again in the future.
2. Off-the-field Achievements
Off-the-field of play, the County Executive and respective committees have worked tirelessly to enhance Tipperary GAA along all lines
of operations. The hard work and endless effort resulted in the following achievements in 2023:
Tuarascáil an Runaí 2023
Murtagh O Braonáin
County Secretary
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– In March 2023 Tipperary GAA launched ‘Tipp GAA
TV’. This is a platform for enhancing connectivity with
our supporters and it has been a resounding success in its
inaugural year.
– On the 21st of July 2023 Tipperary Co Board signed a threeyear deal with streaming service provider Clubber. This
partnership will yield a healthy annual financial income, but
more importantly it makes our club game more accessible
both nationally and internationally. The accessibility of our
club game from a national perspective will have a direct
impact on the marketability of Tipperary GAA into the future
and enables club supporters located throughout Ireland to
continue to be connected to their teams.
– 30th July 2023 saw Tipperary Co Board return to the Galway
Races where €27k was raised.
– The Tipperary GAA Clubs Draw continues to grow in
success with membership moving to over 17,000 for the first
draw in September 2023. This year saw for the first time
the introduction of ten additional weekly draws, providing
members with further opportunities to win prizes.
– On the 5th of September 2023 we were delighted to re-open
the dressing room facilities in Dr Morris Park. This provides
Tipperary GAA with four extended dressing rooms with
new showers and toilets. On 10th November 2023 we were
delighted to open our new gymnasium in Dr Morris Park,
representing real progress for Tipperary GAA in terms of
facility development.
– On the 12th of October 2023, Tipperary GAA were delighted
to announce a one-year extension with our team sponsors
Fiserv. Our relationship with Fiserv will now enter its third
year and we look forward to working with them, on and off
the pitch, to develop GAA in Tipperary.
– In Mid Dec 2023, Tipperary GAA, in partnership with
Setanta Athletic Development, will launch the ‘Tipperary
GAA Athletic Development Scholarship’. This programme
will see the Tipperary County Board subsidise a series of club
workshops and coach development programmes hosted by
Setanta. It aims to develop the massive potential of the club
coaches within our county. This is in keeping with our longterm objective to strengthen the clubs through the continuous
professional development of their respective coaches. By
improving coach education within the community, Tipperary
GAA hopes to minimise the financial costs often associated
with seeking qualified coaches at club level.
3. Challenges
Like most other counties Tipperary GAA will face some difficult
challenges in the years ahead. The primary challenges being:
Financial
The ever-rising cost associated with all inter-county teams
is placing a significant strain on the County Board to meet its
operational commitments. These are costs which are borne from
the most fundamental requirements of our teams, namely feeding,
medical and logistical support. To further compound these issues, our inter county activity occurs in the same period for all teams, and at
a time when our revenue streams are quite limited. In addition, Tipperary GAA is currently attempting to finance the redevelopment of Dr
Morris Park. We are also in a financial commitment with TUS to be an anchor tenant in their upcoming sports development, the benefits
Launch of Tipperary TV in Lár na Pairce in March 2023.
Four new Dressing Rooms Dr Morris Park
Launch of FBD Club championship with Clubber CEO Jimmy Doyle
New Gymnasium Dr Morris Park
Fiserv EMEA Katia Karpova extends Sponsorship with Tipperary
GAA into 2024
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of which are outlined below under infrastructure. These create financial pinch points for us as a county with regards to maintaining our
operational effectiveness in both games development and inter county.
Above: Duggan Veterinary Supplies Lt and Doran Oil sponsored our Coaching Seminar and Easter Camps 2023.
Since January we have put measures in place to mitigate these financial strains:
– Renegotiated the Setanta Contract which resulted in significant savings for Tipperary GAA.
– We have secured additional sponsorship opportunities which have generated additional revenue for Tipperary GAA.
– We have cancelled an existing storage contract which has resulted in significant savings for Tipperary GAA.
– Tipperary GAA has run two fundraisers in 2023 which brought in additional revenue.
– Renegotiated existing contractual costs which will yield savings to Tipperary GAA in 2024.
– In April 2023, Tipperary GAA joined the Tipperary Chamber of Commerce. This membership offers a platform to advertise our
sponsorship opportunities to the various businesses within Tipperary. This partnership has to date provided us with two business
opportunities.
From a financial operational perspective, the accounts office in Lár na Páirce has integrated the Dianetics Accounting System into
everyday use. This system will enable Tipperary GAA to maintain a year-on-year comparison of expenditure and income. 2024 will
present tough financial challenges to Tipperary GAA and we will have to work closely as a county to meet these challenges.
Infrastructure
A negative byproduct of the split season is the compression of all preseason and championship activity into Winter/Spring when our
weather is at its most volatile. This puts pressure on our playing pitches which creates a real challenge for our inter county managers when
attempting to plan a program of training ahead of the championship. Tipperary GAA currently own three playing pitches in Dr Morris
Park. This is insufficient to cater for six inter county teams and our extensive Games Development Program. This creates infrastructural
pinch points resulting in the necessity to rent pitches for usage from clubs in order to maintain/facilitate the county training plan.
The lack of a Tipperary GAA owned 4G pitch places another financial strain on the County Board as we are required to rent the usage
of a 4G pitch for our inter-country teams and to complete our club championships which run late into winter. As a county we are putting
measures in place to mitigate this, such as:
– Our partnership with TUS will make us anchor tenants in a facility with three pitches including a 4G and sand-based pitch.
– The completion of our gymnasium in Dr Morris Park allows Tipperary GAA to facilitate the pre-season gym work of our four
underage intercounty teams.
– Local partnerships have been created with schools and public bodies, allowing Tipperary GAA access to additional gymnasiums and
GAA pitches.
Club
The restructuring of the senior club championship has positively affected the competitive nature of our games. This can only impact in
a beneficial manner on player development as competitive games lead to consistency in performance. The split season continues to bring
consistency to the club calendar which aids player retention and facilitates a periodisation in training.
As with inter county, the main challenge facing the club is financially supporting their teams. There is an increase in cost associated with
the logistical support of club teams which places a strain on the club. By way of mitigation the ‘Tipperary GAA Athletic Development
Scholorship ’ will present clubs with an opportunity to upskill hard working and dedicated club coaches and perhaps make savings on
external coaching staff.
We will also look to a more collaborative model of fundraising for both club and county. Dual fund raising events run by the county
board and supported by our clubs will allow all entities to benefit financially.
4. Opportunities available to Tipperary GAA
Partnership opportunities represent a solid pathway forward to Tipperary GAA from both an infrastructural and financial perspective.
Huge potential exists for businesses to avail of sponsorship opportunities with Tipperary GAA. Within the GAA world, the Tipperary
brand is highly recognisable which is evident in our viewership figures on all our social media platforms.
In February 2023, Tipperary GAA joined Tipperary Chamber of commerce. This has presented us with opportunities to interface with
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the business community and showcase the mutual benefits which exist when partnering with our organization. This partnership with the
Chamber of Commerce allows businesses to see the financial benefits to the community that the GAA presents from an employment as
well as social enhancement perspective.
Additional fundraising events present an opportunity to generate revenue for Tipperary GAA as well as to enhance our connectivity with
our clubs and supporters.
The work of our Well-being Committee with input from mental health advocates like Jigsaw represents a real commitment from
Tipperary GAA to continue our objective of investing in the development of our members both physically and mentally.
Final Analysis
In conclusion, it is my view that Tipperary GAA is overall in a healthy state.
Our club competitions are competitive and well structured. Our games development model is delivering successful results and our
recent decision to decentralise development hubs into the Divisions will benefit all stakeholders. Our inter county teams are receiving the
necessary support to enable them to perform to their optimum level.
In relation to our work in the area of mental health, this is an area that I commit to enhancing further in 2024. We need to ensure that all
clubs have active Health and Wellbeing Officer to strengthen our channels of communication from national and county support services to
all communities of Tipperary.
The launch of ‘Tipp GAA Athletic Development Scholarship’ will represent a real commitment from the County Board to support clubs
in terms of developing their coaches. Clubs can focus on long term coach development through partnership with Setanta and financial
support of the County Board.
As a county, we face challenges regarding our finances and infrastructure, but I believe that with a comprehensive approach involving all
stakeholders within Tipperary GAA we can address these challenges together.
For all the structural and resourcing priorities outlined in my report, one focus transcends all others, that is, underage development.
In Tipperary GAA, the real seeds of growth and development lie in our youth. An té nach gcuireann san Earrach, ní bhainfidh sé san
Fhómhair. He who doesn’t plant in Spring will not reap in Autumn.
The energy and endeavour associated with all other objectives such as finances, facilities, resources, etc, lest it be forgotten, are being
conducted with a view to making Tipperary GAA the standard bearers in relation to underage development in Gaelic Games and nothing
short of this.
We must commit to supporting and developing underage structures now to reap the benefits down the line. This I believe is where our
focus should be. With this in mind, steps have already being undertaken.
• Tipperary GAA has recently appointed 3 new Games Development Officers.
• Tipperary GAA is committed to developing more players at underage level This will be achieved by entering more teams in
underage competitions:
o Four Teams in Tony Forristal.
o Three teams in Arrabawn and John Doyle competitions.
o Two teams in the Celtic Challenge.
o 19 development squad 2024.
• The decentralization of our underage hubs into divisions will:
o Reduce travel time on parents/players.
o Reduce travel time on volunteer coaches.
o Improve standard of underage players within the division.
Under my tenure, I hope to create an environment that fosters a culture of high performance in our underage teams. I want our young
players to feel proud of the organisation that they belong to. I want to instil a sense of pride and honour in our young patrons that inspires
them to want to represent their club, school and County at all levels in both hurling, football and in the arts through our Scór programme.
The achievements of our underage teams in 2023 give a clear indication of the massive potential in Tipp GAA and to this end, youth
development is the place where I want to focus our centre of gravity as we move forward

6:10 pm Standing orders

Standing orders have been adopted and the minutes of the 2022 convention have been passed.

6:10 pm Convention is underway

Convention has now commenced.

The following is the agenda for the evening:

    1. Minutes of 2022 Convention
    2. Secretary’s report.
    3. Sub Committees report.
    4. Treasurers report
    5. Election of officers
    6. Chairmans address
    7. Motions

5:51 pm Welcome

Welcome to our live blog of the 2023 Tipperary GAA Annual convention proceedings will commence shortly.

By Jonathan Cullen Sat 9th Dec

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