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Tipperary GAA Scene 7th February 2018

February 11th, 2018

By Joe Bracken, County PRO


Second match in and Tipperary got their campaign up and running with a 9 point win over Waterford in round 2 of the Allianz Hurling League last Saturday evening on a score-line of 1-20 to 1-11 with Jason Forde (Silvermines) scoring Tipp’s first goal of the 2018 league from the penalty spot approaching mid-way in the second half. In what was a night of first’s congratulations to Seán O’Brien (Newport) and Paudie Feehan (Killenaule) on making their full league debut and to Cian Darcy (Kilruane MacDonaghs) also making his debut when introduced as a sub late in the second half.

Congratulations to Noel McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney) on being selected the Eir Sport Man of the Match, pictured right receiving his award from Kieran McSweeney.

Tipperary and Waterford have now met on 12 occasions in the National Hurling League on a February date and Tipp have won them all.

The counties have also met four times under lights in the same competition – 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2018 with Tipp winning all four games which were all played at Semple Stadium.

Best wishes for full recovery to Dan McCormack (Borris-Ileigh) – knee and Joe O’Dwyer (Killenaule) – thumb, from the injuries they picked up early in Saturday night’s match.


The Tipperary footballers unfortunately got caught in added time by Roscommon in a hugely entertaining Allianz Division 2 Football League clash in Semple Stadium last Sunday with Roscommon winning by 2 points 1-17 to 3-09. Tipperary’s goals came courtesy of Conor Sweeney (Ballyporeen) who superbly drilled two penalties to the net, one in each half with Michael Quinlivan (Clonmel Commercials) scoring the third

Although introduced against Cork, congratulations to John Meagher (Loughmore-Castleiney) on making his full senior debut at full back.

Tipperary head to Cusack Park in Ennis next Sunday, February 11th where Clare will provide the opposition in round 3with throw-in at 2pm and we send best wishes to the team and management once again, the referee will be Jerome Henry (Maigh Eo).

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.


A special mention now for the terrific work of the Semple Stadium ground staff that stayed until the early hour of last Sunday morning ensuring all would be ready for football action on Sunday, in the aftermath of the hurling match. Forks at the ready the lads, pictured left, gently knitted any disturbed turf back into place ensuring the Field of Legends carpet would be in as pristine a shape as possible for the first weekend in February, well done lads.

This Saturday the AIB GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Club Championship semi-final between Liam Mellows (Galway) and Cuala (Dublin) will take in Semple Stadium at 4pm, referee will be Paud O’Dwyer (Ceatharlach).


Thurles Sarsfields are one step away from All-Ireland junior glory following their 3-14 to 0-10 victory over Leinster champions John Lockes (Kilkenny) in the All-Ireland Semi-final which was held in Raheenagh Limerick on Sunday last.

We send best to Sarsfields who now meet Kilnadeema-Leitrim (Galway) in the final on Sunday February 18th.


Commiserations to Cashel King Cormacs who lost out 2-14 to 4-3 to Cromane (Kerry) in the Munster Junior B Football Semi Final on Sunday last.


In the February Tipperary GAA Draw which took place in Clonmel Óg GAA Complex last Friday night, congratulations to all the winners on the night where the main prize of a Skoda Octavia or €15,000 went to James Kennedy with Newport Handball being the promoting club while second prize went to John Kennedy who won a Skoda Fabia or €10,000 and Portroe were the promoting club for John’s success.


All roads lead to Sligo on the weekend of February 17th when the All-Ireland Final of Scór na nÓg takes place in the I T College. Best wishes to Loughmore-Castleiney who will represent us in Tráth na gCeist and to Newcastle who will represent us in Rince Foirne. We wish Kathy and Murt ádh mhór as they prepare our young finalists for the national stage. Go neirí libh.


An art competition for all those children taking part in Scór na bPáistí will be posted to all divisions within the next week. We wish all those practising and taking part in parish and area finals the very best as they prepare and practise to dance, sing, play music, recite, act and we hope they will lead the way for our Scór Sinsear enthusiasts.

Calling all clubs to participate in Scór Sinsear on February 24th in Newport GAA Centre and we appeal to clubs to be represented in one or two competitions and represent your club with pride. We had an extremely successful Scór Sinsear last year and we hope this year will be equally successful. We hope that all divisional and club chairpersons will encourage members to take part in Scór na bPáistí and Scór Sinsear and bring another enjoyable aspect to your club.


Tá an spriocdáta do na scoláireachtaí istigh ón Aoine 2 Feabhra agus tá súil againn go mbeidh na hagallaimh ar siúl roimh deireadh na míosa. Bí ag cleachtadh – Cleachtadh a dheineann Máistreacht.


Comghairdeas le Denis Floyd agus a bhean Máire as ucht Gradam a bhronnadh air le déanaí ag an Tipperary Association, Baile Átha Cliath. Ta éacht déanta ag Donncha agus foireann an bhaile i gcomórtas na mBailte Slachtmhara i gCnocán an Éin Fhinn chun timpeallacht na háite a chaomhnú agus an sráidbhaile a bheith glan néata slachtmhar i gcónaí. Maith sibh go léir agus Comghairdeas ó Choiste Scór an Chontae.


Well done to Cashel Community School who were successful in their semi-final of the Corn Thomais Mhic Choilm (U18.5 B) by defeating Árdscoil Uí Urmaltaigh Bandon by 2-7 to 0-12.  They will now meet CBS Mitchelstown in the final on a date still to be confirmed. 
For all Munster post primary fixtures and results please check http://munstergaapps.ie/fixtures-results/


It’s down to the quarter final stage of the Electric Ireland Fitzgibbon Cup this week where its DCU v Mary Immaculate, IT Carlow v Limerick IT, University of Limerick v UCC and finally a Dublin derby with UCD v Dublin IT.

In last week’s matches UCD including Tipperary players John Joe Ryan (Clonakenny), Stephen Quirke (Moyle Rovers) (0-1) and Rory Purcell (Thurles Sarsfields) defeated Cork IT 1-17 to 1-12. The Cork side had a strong Tipperary influence with Andrew Coffey (Nenagh Éire Óg) (1-00) and the Clonoulty-Rossmore players Conor Hammersley, Enda Heffernan, Ronan Heffernan and Michael Ryan (0-1) all figuring.

On Thursday last UL defeated Waterford IT 2-19 to 1-7, with David Gleeson (Ballinahinch) on the score sheet with 1-1 while Barry Heffernan (Nenagh Éire Óg), Paul Maher (Kilsheelan-Kilcash) also lined out for UL. While Michael Whelan (Carrick Davins) and Tom Hayes (Moycarkey-Borris) were in the Waterford IT team.

Chris McCullagh (Moycarkey-Borris), Darragh Peters (Kilruane MacDonaghs), James Mackey (Nenagh Éire Óg) and Pa Ryan (Newport) all took part when Mary Immaculate eventually overcame NUIG 1-20 to 2-16, the NUIG side included Shane Fletcher (Roscrea), Shane Hennessey and Conor Ryan (both Nenagh Éire Óg).

Elsewhere, LIT with the Kiladangan trio of Willie Connors (0-1), Darren Moran and James Quigley along with Sean Ryan (Sean Treacy’s) and the introduced Robert Byrnes (Portroe) defeated Garda College 3-18 to 1-8 with Stephen Murray (Burgess) scoring 1-2 of the Garda College total.

In the remaining match on Thursday, IT Carlow defeated Trinity College 1-19 to 0-14 with Mark Russell (Lattin-Cullen) scoring 0-1 for Carlow where Tommy Nolan (Drom & Inch) also came on at half time.


In the Electric Ireland Sigerson Cup it is also down to the quarter-final stage this week with Ulster University v UL, IT Tralee v DIT, DCU v UCD and UCC v NUI Galway.

Last week UCC with Jack Kennedy (Clonmel Commercials) (0-1) saw off the challenge of Garda College 1-12 to 2-7. Elsewhere, Luke Boland (Moyle Rovers) lined out for University of Limerick in a 2-13 to 1-11 defeat of Cork IT who had Kevin Fahey (Clonmel Commercials) in their side.

In the match between DCU & Dundalk IT, Steven O’Brien (Ballina) saw his DCU side prevail 1-7 to 0-7.

Bill Maher (Kilsheelan-Kilcash) playing with DIT overcame IT Carlow 1-11 to 0-8 as they made it through to the knockout stages.

Best wishes to all Tipperary players in the quarter-finals of both competitions.


An information night for all Club Children’s Officers and Designated Liaison Persons has been fixed for this 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.


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 – psoriain@eircom.net) or from Liam Myles (087 2866018 – liammyles1@yahoo.ie 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 county match pass for 2018 is 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.


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 http://www.larnapairce.ie and 0504 22702
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LarNaPairceMuseum
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LarNaPairce


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.


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: info@tippsupportersclub.com )

Click here to join: http://www.tippsupportersclub.com/join/adult-members/

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.

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


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 http://www.friendsoftipperaryfootball.com/join/ 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 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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