Tipperary GAA Convention
The annual convention of Tipperary GAA will take place this coming Saturday evening in The Dome, FBD Semple Stadium commencing at 6.00pm.
This year’s convention will be the final convention as chairman for Moyne-Templetuohy man Joe Kennedy, who will step down following the completion of his 3 year tenure. During his 3 years and indeed the 3 years he served as County Vice Chairman, Joe has always represented Tipperary with distinction and the upmost integrity. As Chairman he oversaw many positive developments for Tipperary GAA that will be of huge benefit to the county going forward. I would like to thank Joe for his commitment to Tipperary GAA and I have no doubt that he will continue that good work well into the future.
Joe will now be succeeded by the current Vice Chairman and Nenagh Eire Óg clubman Jimmy Minogue who has been involved in the GAA for many years and we wish him well in his new position.
Saturday evenings convention will also 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. If you would like to keep up to date with this year’s convention, there will be regular updates on the Tipperary GAA website via our live blog. Details of how to access the blog will be posted across all our social media channels over the coming days.
Also, this week the Tipperary Football Committee convention will take place in Lar Na Pairce, on Wednesday evening at 8pm. The agenda for the meeting is as follows:
Minutes of 2022 AGM
Nomination of committee members and officers for 2024
Committee Priorities for 2024
Update from Friends of Tipperary Football
All clubs are encouraged to attend this meeting.
Munster Club Championship Referees
Congratulations to Silvermines Conor Doyle who took charge of last Saturday evenings AIB Munster Club Intermediate Hurling Final between Castlelyons of Cork and Corofin of Clare. The game was played in the TUS Gaelic Grounds in Limerick, and as if the pressure of dealing with all the on field action wasn’t enough, Conor also had to deal with the weather and in particular a pretty severe fog which engulfed the venue for a period during the game. However Conor dealt with it in his usual cool and calm way and the game was played to a conclusion.
This coming weekend will see another Tipperary referee in action, as Ardfinnan’s Derek O’Mahony travels to the TUS Gaelic Grounds in Limerick to take charge of this year’s AIB Munster Club Senior Football Final between Dingle of Kerry and Cork’s Castlehaven Throw in on Sunday is at 2pm and we wish Derek and his team of officials the very best of luck.
FBD Insurance County Championships
All four semi finals in the FBD Insurance County Under 21 A and B football championships have now been played and have resulted in wins for Cappawhite Gaels over Ballina and Clonmel Commercials over JK Brackens in the A competition, while Moyle Rovers and Golden Kilfeacle qualified for the B final thanks to wins over Boherlahan Dualla and Clonakenny Moneygall in the B semi finals. The way is now clear for both finals to take place this coming weekend and on Saturday in Golden Cappawhite Gaels and Clonmel Commercials will contest the A final at 1.30pm. Then on Sunday at 1.30pm in Cahir The B final between Moyle Rovers and Golden Kilfeacle will take place. Both games are finish on the day, meaning that extra time and penalties will take place if required. Best of luck to all the participating teams.
Thurles Fresh Milk Santa Dash and Visit Santa Experience
A very large crowd descended on The Dome, FBD Semple Stadium last Sunday for the inaugural Thurles Fresh Milk 6K Santa Dash and visit Santa experience. To say that all involved in the organising of this event are extremely happy with how everything went would be an understatement. Tipperary GAA wish to thank most sincerely all those who came along on the day and contributed in any way to the fundraiser. We also thank those who could not make it to Thurles, but who did contribute to the fundraiser. All the funds raised will now go to the preparation of our underage inter county teams in hurling and football.
Tipperary’s 2024 Munster GAA Pre-Season Fixtures confirmed
Tipperary’s fixtures for the 2024 Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League and the 2024 McGrath Cup Football competition have been confirmed today by Munster GAA.
All 6 Munster counties have entered each pre-season competition and will play 1 home and 1 away group game each. The winner of each group will contest the respective Finals.
The Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League will get underway on Tuesday January 2nd when Clare host Limerick while Kerry are at home to Waterford. A night later, the McGrath Cup Football gets underway when Kerry takes on Tipperary while Clare play Cork.
The McGrath Cup Football Final is penciled in for Friday January 19th while the Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League Final is fixed for Sunday January 21st.
The Tipperary senior hurlers have been placed in Group B of the Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League alongside Kerry and Waterford, while the Tipperary footballers have been placed in Group A of the McGrath Cup along with Kerry and Limerick.
Liam Cahills men will play Waterford in their first game on January 7th at a Waterford venue, before welcoming Kerry to Tipperary on January 14th.
In his first competative game as Tipperary Football Manager, Paul Kelly will bring his charges to Kerry to play the 2023 All Ireland finalists on January 3rd.
The full list of fixtures can be seen on the Munster GAA website.
New Allianz Hurling League structure for 2025 ratified
At last weekends meeting in Croke Park, the Central Competitions Control Committee endorsed a new structure for the 2025 Allianz Hurling League that will see seven teams compete in Division 1A.
Currently Division 1 is comprised of two groups of six, and the 2024 League will determine which teams compete in the newly structured Division 1A in 2025.
The top three from each group will qualify for Division 1A in 2025 along with the winners of a play-off between the two fourth-placed teams.
In 2025, the two teams that finish bottom of Division 1A will be replaced by the top two teams in Division 1B which will also feature seven teams.
The 2024 Master Fixtures plan and relevant regulations were also approved today and will be released by the CCCC next week.
As expected, USGAA will compete in the All-Ireland Junior Football Championship in 2024.
Motions in the name of Central Council and it’s subcommittee were approved for consideration of Comhdháil 2024.
National Hurling Action Plan
The GAA Strategic Plan – Áontas 2022-2026 commits to growing Hurling as a key objective for the Association. The creation of a National Hurling Action Plan is designed to support this objective and expedite the growth and development of hurling across the country.
A National Hurling Action Plan Workgroup has been established and held their first meeting on Saturday, 2nd December. The Workgroup is chaired by Colm Nolan of Maynooth GAA and includes personnel from all tiers of hurling. To understand the challenges facing hurling, it is imperative that the Workgroup is made up of players, administrators, coaches and staff from counties from across hurling and includes representation from the Camogie Association.
Following on from the first meeting of the Workgroup on Saturday, a survey has been created to allow all those interested in the game to have a say on how hurling might be grown and developed. Responses will be factored into the key goal of agreeing a three-year action plan for the growth of the game.
he purpose of the Hurling Development Plan Workgroup is to facilitate the formulation of a three-year action plan to sustain and grow Hurling in line with the overarching vision and goals set out in the GAA Strategic Plan – Áontas 2022-2026 and in accordance with the following terms of reference:
- Conduct a review of the findings and recommendations of previous plans, reports, action statements on the game over the past 15 years.
- Conduct a review and analysis of current hurling activity at Club, Primary, Post Primary, Higher Education and Inter-County levels across all tiers of the game – but with a special focus on the game in Joe MacDonagh, Christy Ring, Nickey Rackard and Lory Meagher counties.
- Review the current Hurley and Helmet Scheme.
- Consult with key stakeholders as required.
- Work with Camogie Association identify areas/projects of common interest and cooperation for inclusion in the plan.
- Explore and identify ways in which the Camogie Association, the GAA can maximise the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage status for the games of camogie and hurling in supporting the implementation of the plan.
- Produce a plan for presentation to Central Council on its findings, recommendations, and a roadmap for implementation.
This survey is open until Friday 15th December at 5pm and can be accessed via the GAA website.
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