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Tipperary GAA Scene – December 16th 2014

December 15th, 2014

By : Andy Fogarty County PRO

Clean Ireland Recycling County SFC Semi–Finals
Both county semi-finals took place last Sunday. In Boherlahan county champions Loughmore–Castleiney defended their title when they played Aherlow Gaels and goals were decisive in this game with Loughmore getting 3 goals to win the game by 3-5 to Aherlow’s 0-8.

In the second semi-final Cahir who defeated Éire Óg Annacarty/Donohill in the county quarter–final replay last Sunday had a great win over Thomas MacDonaghs to qualify for the county final with the final score Cahir 2-10 Thomas MacDonaghs 3-5.

The Clean Ireland Recycling County Senior Football Championship Final between Loughmore – Castleiney and Cahir will take place next Sunday December 21st at Leahy Park, Cashel at 1.30 pm.

Clean Ireland Recycling County SFC “Relegation”
Moycarkey–Borris who defeated Clonmel Og by 1-11 to 1-5 last Sunday week faced each other again in New Inn and Moycarkey came out on top again winning the game by 0-11 to 0-8.

Clean Ireland Recycling County IFC Semi-Finals
In a busy weekend in football the county intermediate football championship semi–finals were played. Drom & Inch and Borrisokane could not be separated even after extra-time with the final score Drom 2-11 Borrisokane 3-8. In the second semi-final Upperchurch–Drombane beat Rockwell Rovers by 2-8 to 1-9.

Clean Ireland Recycling County U21 A Hurling Championship
Kildangan who had a great win over Nenagh in the North final defeated West champions Clonoulty Rossmore in the county U21 A hurling semi–final by 2-12 to 1-11.

Munster GAA Awards 2014
The Munster GAA Awards 2014 were presented last Saturday night December 13th 2014 at a gala dinner in Dromoland Castle, Co. Clare where over 30 players, officials and legends were honoured. Tipperary’s Liam Devaney won the Hall of Fame Award and the Mullins brothers – Pakie, Billy, Jimmy and Kevin from Clonmel, won the Handball Award. We congratulate the winners on winning the awards which is a great acknowledgement of their outstanding achievements.

Hall of Fame Award Winners
Tipperary hurling hero, Liam Devaney, and Waterford star footballer, Jim Wall, are the latest Munster legends to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Tipperary and Borris-Ileigh’s Liam Devaney was a vital member of the great Tipperary team of the late 1950s and 1960s. Uniquely he played in every position bar full back for Tipperary. He was Texaco hurler of the Year in 1961 and he won 5 All Ireland senior medals, 9 National League medals, 8 Munster senior medals, 6 Oireachtas medals, 3 Railway Cup medals and 2 All Ireland and Munster minor medals. He played senior hurling with Borris-Ileigh from 1952 to 1974 winning a county championship in 1953. He will be remembered as one of the most skilful forwards of his generation and his contribution to Tipperary in an era of unprecedented success for the county will always be remembered.

Handball Award
The Mullins brothers – Pakie, Billy, Jimmy and Kevin from Clonmel, won the Handball Award. They have been involved in competitive handball as far back as 1970, have represented Tipperary and Munster on numerous occasions and won 5 Munster titles between them in 2014.

Tipperary GAA Convention
The 2014 Tipperary GAA County Convention took place on Monday night December 15th in The Dome, Semple Stadium, Thurles. Michael Bourke, Upperchurch–Drombane was elected Chairman and John Devane, Boherlahan–Dualla was elected Vice Chairman and the new Development Officer is PJ Maher, Boherlahan–Dualla who has completed his term on the Munster Council. John Costigan, JK Brackens is joined on the Munster Council by Jimmy Minogue, Nenagh Eire Og. There are no other changes to the County Board except that John Smith, Durlas Og has stepped down as Coaching Officer and this position has to be filled later. Convention was preceded by Mass which was concelebrated by His Grace Archbishop Clifford and Fr Tom Dunne. Tim Floyd, County Board Secretary gave a detailed and comprehensive report to convention on all the activities of the past year. Tim’s report was excellent again this year and our thanks to him for his great dedication to his role during the year. He continues to set and achieve very high standards. Eamon Buckley, County Board Treasurer was complimented on doing an excellent job and for his handling of the financial affairs of the Board. Sean Nugent who completed his term as County Board Chairman was congratulated on the outstanding contribution that he has made to the GAA in Tipperary and for the amount of effort and time and energy that he put into the position over the past three years. He was an outstanding Chairman of the Board. We wish all the new officers the very best of luck and we thank all the officers who have completed their term or who have stepped for their great service and contribution.

Tipperary Football Board Convention
The Tipperary GAA Football Board held their annual convention in the Anner Hotel, Thurles last Thursday night December 11th. A huge crowd attended the convention in which Secretary of the Board JJ Crowley gave a comprehensive and detailed report of all the games and activities during the year in what was a great year for Tipperary football with the high point of the year being the senior football team success in winning the Division 4 Allianz National Football League. JJ was complimented on his very professional and excellent report to convention. Football Board chairman Joe Hannigan gave a wonderful address to convention and thanked everyone for their work and effort over the past year and said he was looking forward with confidence to the year ahead. There was no change to the officers elected for 2015, they are the same as this year with the exception of PJ Leahy PRO who has stepped down. The ‘Friends of Tipperary Football‘ held their annual convention prior to the Football Boards’ Convention and again the officers were thanked for their great work in raising much needed cash to help the game in the county. Again there was no change to officers for the coming year.

Arravale Rovers County Senior Senior Football Champions 1985
The Nationalist & Ballykisteen Hotel & Golf Resort, in conjunction with the Tipperary County GAA Board held a reception last Sunday evening December 14th at Ballykisteen Hotel & Golf Resort to honour the Arravale Rovers senior football team of 1985 on winning the county football championship. This was a very special evening for the players and a well deserved honour for the players who brought great honour to their club on winning the championship.

Arravale Rovers won the county senior football title of 1985 when they defeated Loughmore-Castleiney in a replayed final at Leahy Park, Cashel on November 17. In doing so they bridged a forty-four year gap and celebrated their centenary year in the best possible way. It was a happy Hugh Kennedy, chairman of the football board and loyal Arravale Rovers supporter, who presented the O’Dwyer Cup to winning captain, Tommy Toomey. Our thanks to the organising committee on their work in making the reception held in the players honour such a great occasion.

Tipperary Supporters Club AGM Report
The 28th AGM of the Tipperary Supporters Club was held in a good atmosphere in the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Naas Road, Dublin on Tuesday 9th December. Over 2,200 members had joined the Club in 2014 (see www.tippsupportersclub.com for details of membership). Three Golf Classics in Ireland were again a major success as both an attractive event for supporters and substantial fundraisers. Sponsorship and donations were also successful in raising funds, despite the difficult economic times. Other fundraising had included the Tipperary Gathering at Shelbourne Park Dog Track and the Fan Zone for the All-Ireland Final Replay. Grants of over €150,000 were made to cover expenses incurred in the preparation of the Tipperary SH Panel including catering and accommodation, travel expenses, training gear and hurling boots, physical training and medical expenses. Other donations made were mainly for the benefit of underage hurling in Tipperary with sponsorship of the All-Ireland Under 16 Hurling Tournament, which is organised by Tipperary Bord na nÓg each year. John Tierney, Chairman, thanked all the Tipperary Supporters for their generosity in supporting the fund-raising efforts of the Club. John thanked everyone who had helped the Club including Club members, sponsors, funders, committee members, County Board and Bord na nÓg officials, team manager, selectors and backroom team and of course the players who wore the Blue and Gold with great commitment and skill. In particular he wished every good luck and success to the management team and players and thanked John O’Brien and Eoin Kelly for their wonderful service to Tipperary hurling.
John Tierney was re-appointed as Chairman. As Treasurer of the County Board, Eamonn Buckley was re-appointed automatically as Treasurer of the Club. Also re-appointed were Bryan Maher, Assistant Treasurer, Joe Tuohy, Secretary, John Coman, Public Relations Officer, and John Malone, Membership Officer. Seán Nugent, in his last AGM as County Board Chairman, thanked the Supporters Club for helping to maintain support for the SH panel. Paudie O’Neill, Selector and Coach gave the meeting some very interesting insights in to the work of the management team and panel, especially in leadership approaches. Special tribute was paid to retiring Committee members, Denis Finn, former Chairman and Don O’Mahony, former Treasurer. Don was the only Committee member who has served for the complete 28 years of the Club. Don was also congratulated on his recent Sean Ghael award.

Munster GAA Post Primary School Draws
The draw for the Harty cup and Corn Uí Mhuirí quarter finals will take place on the 17th December @ 8pm in Aras Mumhan, Castletroy, Co. Limerick with three Tipperary schools still involved. In the Dr. Harty Cup Under 18 ½ A Hurling competition, Thurles CBS qualified as Group 1 winners while Nenagh CBS came through as Group 4 runners-up. The Tipperary schools could be paired against each other in the Quarter-Finals. Thurles CBS could also meet Gaelcholaiste Mhuire AG or P.S Youghal while Nenagh CBS may face a game with Castletroy College or St. Francis Rochestown. The games are due to be played on Wednesday January 14th.

High School Clonmel have qualified for the Corn Uí Mhuirí quarter finals as Group C runners-up and could face the defending champions P.S Chorca Dhuibhne, Clonakilty CS or St Brendans Killarney in the Quarter-Finals fixed for January 21st.

Tipperary GAA Members Weekly Draw 2014 / 2015 – Week 20 results
The results of the Tipperary GAA Members Draw 2014/2015 Week 20 held in the Tipp FM Studios were:

Held on TIPP FM

LOTTO JACKPOT – €13,000

Nos. Drawn: 15 / 18 / 19 / 26

NO WINNER
1) €200 (Conf) Mary Tobin Breanormore Nine Mile House, Carrick (Grangemockler GAA )
2) €200 (Conf) Pauline Ryan & Michael Taylor 1 New Inn Cashel (Rockwell Rovers GAA)
3) €200 (Conf) Mrs. Josie Heffernan Ardcroney Nenagh (Kilruane MacDonaghs GAA)
4) €200 (Conf) Deirdre Merrigan 6 Maple Lawns Castleknock Dublin 15 (Thurles Gaels GAA)
5) €200 (Co-Ord) Paddy Nagle 21 Collins Pk Carrick on Suir (Carrick Davins GAA)

The next weekly draw will take place next Friday, 19th December on Tipp FM at 10.30am.

Tipperary GAA Yearbook 2015
The Tipperary GAA Yearbook is now on sale. It is another fantastic production containing 176 pages and one of the highlights of the book is the extensive use of photographs. It gives a comprehensive review of all the happenings on the various fronts during 2014. Great credit must go to Seamus King , Chairman and John Smith , Secretary who put in a lot of work and effort into the production in what is another excellent publication and will give many hours of enjoyment from reading it to our Gaels at home and abroad over the Christmas period. Many thanks also to all the committee for all their help and contribution. The Yearbook retails at 10 Euro and is available at the usual outlets throughout the county.

‘Captains of the Premier Ship’
‘Captains of the Premier Ship’ which was penned by local journalist Noel Dundon of The Tipperary Star and which was launched recently in St Patrick’s College in Thurles by Nicky English. The book is a 320 page history of the twenty one All-Ireland winning senior hurling captains from the county, the book is also a record of the twenty six All-Ireland titles captured and the men who led Tipperary to them. Noel’s book is a brilliant publication and which is sure to be a big seller within the county and beyond and indeed overseas and is an ideal gift for GAA followers for Christmas. All proceeds from the book will go to AWARE which is doing such great work in supporting anyone suffering from depression. The book can be purchased in the usual outlets throughout the county.

Scór na nÓg –Craobh an Chontae 2014
What a night of celebration of the best of Irish Culture we had in Holycross on Friday night last when the County Final of Scór na nÓg took place. Scoth den cheol,den amhránaíocht ,den scéalaíocht,den drámaíocht agus den rince a bhí á léiriú ann agus tá moladh thar na bearta tuillte ag na hiomaitheoirí uile. Bean an tí on the night was Seosaimhín Ní Chathail and she wished all the winners the best in the Munster Semi- Finals which will take place on Sunday 4th of January in Halla na Féile Cashel. All divisions were represented in the competition and bhí na moltóirí thar a bheith sásta le taispeántas na hoíche. Brendan Maher,Captain of the Tipperary team was special guest on the night and expressed his appreciation of the young peoples’ commitment to excellence and he reminded the audience of his own participation in and enjoyment of Scór before Hurling consumed his energies. He also wished our young performers going forward to the Munsters the very best. Our sincere appreciation to our hosts on the night and to all Scór officers who helped on the occasion. Dhein sibh éacht.
NA BUAITEOIRÍ
Rince Foirne- Newcastle
Ceol Uirlise- Shannon Rovers
Aithriseoireacht-JK Brackens-Ciarán Byrne
Amhránaíocht Aonair-Seán Treacys-Aoife Butler
Rince Seit-JK Brackens
Bailéad Ghrúpa-Newport
Léiriú-Moyne Templetuohy

Comghairdeas libh agus go néirí go geal libh sa chéad babhtha eile

Best Wishes
On behalf of the Tipperary GAA County Board and on behalf of all the gaels in the county I would like to send our best wishes to the President of the Tipperary GAA County Board Tomas O Baroid who is in hospital at the moment and to wish him a speedy recovery.

Tipperary GAA Scene
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