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Tipperary GAA Scene – February 17th 2015

February 17th, 2015

Tipperary GAA Scene
by Acting PRO Joe Bracken.

Last Sunday in Parnell Park, Tipperary opened their league campaign with a loss to Dublin on a score-line of 0-14 to 2-20. Despite solid preparation in advance of the fixture there was no one more disappointed than the players themselves who worked tremendously hard ahead of the tie.

Next up, Tipperary will play Galway in Round 2 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A this Sunday, February 22nd, in Semple Stadium at 2.00pm. As this is the first of only two home fixtures in the five league rounds, before the knockout stages, all supporters are once again urged to come out and support this Tipperary team in numbers and make Semple Stadium a stronghold full of Premier passion. Now is the time for the magnificent Tipperary following to nail their colours to the mast and roar on Brendan and the lads from the stand and get behind the team from the off at home especially. Patrons are advised that only the New Stand, Ardán Ó Riáin, will be open on Sunday.

Kerry defeated Tipperary by 3-9 to 0-8 in the Hastings Cup Under 21 Football Shield Final last Saturday February 14th at St. Patricks GAA Club, Limerick City.
A Kerry goal within thirty seconds after the throw in, followed by two further strikes in the first fifteen minutes of the second half, dashed any hopes Tipp held of retaining the title as Kerry ran out ten point margin winners on a score line of 3-9 to 0-8. Full match report on

Tipperary;Evan Comerford; Michael O’Connor, Jimmy Feehan, Colin O’Shaughnessey, Luke Boland, Ross Mulcahy, Kevin Fahey; Paul Shanahan (0-1), Ian Fahey; Bill Maher, Gerry Cronin, Jason Lonergan; Tommy Sweeney, Josh Keane, (0-6, 0-2 frees), Paul Maher. Subs, Niall McKenna for Paul Maher, Padraig Loorham for Ross Mulcahy, Domnic Walsh for Tommy Sweeney, Pearse Richardson for Paul Shanahan (inj), Ted Lowry for Michael O’Connor

In the Leinster Minor Football League last Saturday, Tipperary got their campaign off to a winning start with a 10 point to 6 win over Longford. Next up for this Tipperary panel will see them play Louth in round 2 of the Leinster Minor Football League on this coming Saturday February 21st, at 2.30pm in Geraldines.

Congratulations to Killenaule as they claimed the Munster JBHC title with victory over Doon on a score-line of 2-11 to 1-13 in Raheengh. Two first half goals, one each from Billy Barrett and Martin Fennelly were pivotal in helping Killenaule lead 2-6 to 0-7 at half time. Substitute Dominic Blake gave the Killenaule lads the insurance point well into injury time.
KILLENAULE: J Gleeson 01f, J Berry, A Leahy, M Fitzgerald; D Ryan, K Cleary, V Hannigan; P O’Connor, T Stakelum 01, M Fennelly 1-00, A Walsh 02, D Blake 02, D O’Connor, B Barrett 1-04 (01f), J Doyle.
Subs: D Taylor for J Doyle (ht), D Tobin for A Walsh (55 mins), P Doyle 01 for D O’Connor (55 mins).

All roads lead to Mallow on Saturday next, February 21st, for Thurles CBS as they play St. Francis College Rochestown in the Dr. Harty Cup Final at 1:30pm.
Having last won the title in 2009 with current Tipperary Senior players James Barry, who captained the side coming on late in the game after being out with a hand injury, and Denis Maher at centre back, Thurles CBS will not lack motivation or desire in wanting to add another title to their roll of honours. So its best wishes to Thurles CBS and we hope they bring the Dr. Harty Cup back to the Premier County for their eight time. Rochestown will have a Loughmore Castleiney interest as Ciarán Cormack from Blackrock, son of John Cormack, will line out at half forward for them. Also, as selector is Aidan Lonergan from Rosegreen.

Best wishes to Johnny Ryan (Boherlahan Dualla) and Fergal Horgan (Knockavilla Kickhams) and their officials this weekend in round 2 of the National Hurling League. Johnny takes charge of the Roinn 1A fixture between Cork and Clare at Páirc Uí Rinn, while Fergal takes charge of the Roinn 1B fixture between Offaly and Wexford in Tullamore.

Sunday next, February 22nd, sees the first rounds of the county adult football leagues throw in. Please check fixtures section for venues and times.

At the request of a few clubs the County Board has put back the Officers Information Night to tomorrow night, Thursday Feb 19th, in LIT Thurles. The programme for the night is as follows; at 7.00pm a tour of LIT campus including the new ultra-modern Gym will take place with all to assemble at LIT reception. At 7.30pm the opening introduction by Co. Officers will take place and this then will be followed with a presentation on Club Organisation at 8pm by Kieran Leddy, Operations Manager with Munster Council, after which the attendees will divide into two groups for specific officers; Insurance & Club Safety hosted by Sinead Leavy, Insurance Manager in Croke Park and Social Media/Membership/IT Issues hosted by Croke Park IT personnel and Co. Board IT Officer Lisa Stapleton.

There will be questions and answer opportunities at all the above presentations.
Hopefully then around 9.30pm once the workshops are completed the information night will close with refreshments. Every club is being asked to send at least four officers which should include Chairperson, Secretary, PRO, Development Officer and one Juvenile Officer, so in effect those who have been around for a while and need refreshing and those new in their roles. It is a tremendous opportunity for officers to upskill in their role and to derive great satisfaction and joy in fulfilling their duties.

Bhí an-lá ag Muintir Scór Thiobraid Árann in Óstán an City West ag Craobh na hÉireann de Scór na nÓg ar an Satharn an 14ú lá de Feabhra. In what was the culmination of six months of hard work and dedication for competitors and mentors it proved to be an unforgettable day and weekend for all and for one young man in particular, Ciarán Byrne of JK Brackens who won the recitation crown.
Bhí na sluaite i lathair ach go hairithe muintir JK Brackens agus muintir Chiaráin Ó Broin ó Thiobraid Árann. Ciarán took to the stage in the main auditorium in the City West and gave a beautiful rendition of ‘What kind of an eejit are you’, the story of the unique communication between father and son. Many a tear was shed as he performed his recitation with great composure and feeling. Ciarán and his followers had to wait for a further three hours before the decision was made which announced Ciarán as All Ireland Champion. Joyous jubilation and tears followed as Uachtarán of CLG Liam Ó Néill presented Ciarán with his cup and medal which was last won by Tipperary in 1977. What an evening it was for Ciarán’s family, particularly his proud parents Mick and Liz, his mentor extraordinaire Noel Joyce and all of his family and friends that travelled to City West for the event.

Sunday night saw Ciarán arrive home in style to the Parish Hall in Clonmore to be feted by the local community. The Loughmore Castleiney Trath na gCeist team consisting of Eimear McGrath, Micheál McGrath, Jack Cullen and Conor Ryan under the guidance of Murt Ryan, represented their native county with pride and aplomb also and deserve congratulations for emerging in 5th place in the competition with a wonderful score of 61 points out of twenty nine teams that took part.
Comhghairdeas to all our winners in the divisional finals and semi-finals of Scór na bPáistí and the best of luck to all those performing at the weekend. Go néirí go geal libh.

The Tipperary Supporters Club membership for 2015 is now available and is in strong demand. Already hundreds of memberships have been bought and if the goal to extend the adult membership base further can be achieved early in the season it would help alleviate the burden on the supporters club later in the year.

So how can you help as a Tipperary Supporters Club Member? If each paid up member from last year asked one more person to join with them this year in renewing membership, the quota would be well exceeded ahead of any tally count. Is there any simpler way of Tipperary Supporters playing their part? Membership is €30 per person, unchanged since 2006.

Supporters can join on line on by credit card or debit/laser card. Also on the website details are available of the direct debit facility; as the Club is run on a completely voluntary basis it would be a great help if members could join by direct debit. Membership is also available in the following premises, Moynihan’s in Gladstone Street, Clonmel, O’Donoghue’s in Cashel, Noel Ryan’s in Parnell Street, Thurles and from Jackie Shanahan and Carroll’s in Roscrea. If joining by post please send a cheque or postal order payable to Tipperary Supporters Club to Jim Reidy,13 Castleknock Close, Dublin 15 (086-3580718, )

Junior Membership is free on and existing Junior Members will be automatically renewed and do not need to make contact unless they wish to update their contact details.

The Committee is actively seeking more people interested in helping the Tipperary hurling effort. Anybody who would like to take some Supporters Club memberships to join up their friends is welcome to contact Supporters Club PRO, John Coman on 087-9087105 or by email at

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