Munster Senior Hurling League
The Tipperary senior hurling team got their competitive season underway in Mallow on January 3rd when they played Waterford in the Munster hurling league. Although the result did not go Tipperary’s way, there were many positives to take from the performance as the players battled very well all through the game, but in the end had to give second best to Waterford on a full time score of 1-15 to 0-21. Next up for Liam Cahill’s men was a date with Clare in MacDonagh Park Nenagh last Sunday afternoon. This game was played in front of a very large Tipperary crowd who came out to show their support for the team. Making 10 changes from the opening game, the Tipperary management would have been very happy with hoe the players performed as they emerged victorious by 2-22 to 0-20 points. This result now means that should Clare defeat Waterford in their upcoming fixture, Tipperary will in all likelihood qualify for the final of the competition.
McGrath Cup Senior Football League
David Powers senior football side travelled to Waterford last Sunday where they played the home side in their opening game in the McGrath Cup. A winning start to 2023 was what the players and management were hoping for and that was how things ended up as Tipperary proved much too strong for their opponents on the day. 24 players were given game time with scores coming from a wide range of players as they recorded a well deserved 2-14 to 0-07 win. Next up for the senior footballers is a home tie against Limerick. The game takes place this Saturday January 14th at 2pm in Templetuohy.
Tipperary GAA 5 Year Strategic Plan
Tipperary GAA has begun a consultation process for its next strategic plan. This plan will be launched in 2023. On Friday 13th January at 7.30pm in the Dome Semple Stadium Thurles, our official main sponsor, Fiserv, represented by Brian Fogarty, Patsy Hennebry and Conor Long will facilitate a Discussion on a strategy to realise Tipperary GAA’s vision as a sustainable community-based and volunteer-led Association where as many as possible, participate in Gaelic games and culture for as long as possible.
This will be done in line with the Croke Park 5 Year strategic plan which can be viewed online or by recent post circulated on Tipperary GAA social media and through your club representatives.
The night will be an open forum for people to come along and give their views around areas such as Games, Communications, Governance, operations, people, resourcing, environmental sustainability, diversity and inclusion, infrastructure, and much more.
The night will consist of some group discussions with an open forum to ensure all voices are heard. Fiserv will impartially facilitate the night ensuring to gain as much information as possible to present to Tipperary GAA so as to formulate a strategic plan to bring Tipperary GAA to the next level.
Tipperary Clubs Draw
The January Clubs Draw was held last Friday night in Seymours Bar Portroe and was hosted by the Portroe club. On the night the top prize of €15,000 was won by Clonoulty Rossmore’s Brian Butler, while C/O L Kelly with the Kilruane Camogie Club claimed the €5000 second prize. The lotto jackpot on the night stood at €3000 and was won by Dermot Sullivan Carrick Riverstown. Congratulations to all this months winners and a big thank you to the Portroe for the welcome and hospitality shown to all those present.
Munster Junior B Hurling Series
Congratulations to Thurles Sarsfields Junior B hurling team who have qualified for the Munster final by virtue of a 2-22 to 1-13 win over Cork champions Freemount in the semi-final in Killeedy last weekend.
Tipperary Supporters Club AGM
The 36th AGM of the Tipperary Supporters Club was back to the successful online format last month and again connected with a large number of members from Tipperary and beyond. Bryan Maher, Assistant Treasurer, presented the audited accounts for the year to 30th September 2022, which resulted in grants of over €60,000 to expenses including training camps, physiotherapy, nutrition, medical treatment, physical training and performance analysis, catering, transport and accommodation connected with the Senior Hurling panel. A contribution was also made to the expenses incurred by the Minor Hurling Panel in their successful All-Ireland campaign. It was again a difficult year for fund raising but it was great to be able to hold the usual golf classic, in Nenagh Golf Club. Great efforts were made to keep membership numbers up despite the effects of the Pandemic and expenses such as the cost of membership gifts and prizes and postage of membership packs had been kept to a minimum. In addition to the activities of the Tipperary Supporters Club a summary of fund raising conducted by the Tipperary GAA Commercial Board were given to the meeting. The Commercial Board made a contribution of over €50,000 to Tipperary GAA during the period. In his report to the AGM as Secretary Billy Coman summarised the highlights of the Club’s activities in 2022. He also urged Tipperary Supporters to get fully behind the team in 2023 and bring a strong vocal support to their games. His full report is available to all TSC members on request to email@example.com. Billy especially thanked committee member Ed Donnelly for his work on the AGM booklet and for the arrangements for the online meeting. Terry O’Neill thanked Billy for his very comprehensive report and for all his work during the year. In his address as Chairperson, Terry O’Neill thanked all the Tipperary Supporters including club members, sponsors, funders, committee members and fellow officers, county board officials, team management and of course the players for their generosity in supporting the fund-raising efforts of the Club. Terry commented on the ongoing co-operation with all County Board Officers including Joe Kennedy, Chair, Tim Floyd, Secretary, Tom Maher, Assistant Secretary, and Jonathan Cullen, PRO. Terry also thanked Tim Floyd on the major contribution he had made to Tipperary GAA as Secretary of the County Board and wished him all the very best for the future. Terry congratulated Murtagh Brennan on his appointment as Chief Executive Officer of the County Board and wished him every success in that role. John Coman, Public Relations Officer, reported on the membership scheme and asked all members to make a special effort to encourage extra members to join up and to ask existing members to re-join using the direct debit facility. Members paying by direct debit for the first time will enjoy a special half-price membership rate of €20 for 2023. He outlined the membership benefits for 2023 including draws for €1,000 for members as well as €1,000 for their nominated Tipperary GAA Club, concert tickets, an overnight hotel stay, a signed Tipperary jersey and meet your favourite Tipperary player.
GAA Master Fixture Plan
The GAA recently published its Master Fixtures schedule for 2023. The AIB All-Ireland Senior Club Football and Hurling Championship Finals are the first key dates in the diary, with both taking place on the weekend of January 21/22. Round 1 of the Allianz Football League takes place on the weekend of January 28/29, with the four divisional finals taking place on the weekend of April 1/2. The Allianz Hurling League begins on the weekend of February 4/5 with the Divisions 2A, 2B, 3A, and 3B Finals taking place on the weekend of April 1/2, and and the Division 1 Final taking place on the weekend of April 8/9. The provincial football championships begin on the weekend of April 8/9, with the All-Ireland Senior Football Final listed for Sunday, July 30. The Tailteann Cup Final will take place on Saturday, July 15. The provincial hurling championships begin on the weekend of April 22/23, with the All-Ireland Hurling Final on Sunday, July 23. The Joe McDonagh Cup Final is on the weekend of May 27/28, with the Ring, Rackard, and Meagher Cup Finals on the weekend of June 3/4. The GAA Master Fixture Schedule booklets can be downloaded from the GAA website.
Ireland Lights Up
Ireland Lights Up, the country’s biggest community walking initiative returns to GAA clubs across the county this month in partnership with RTE’s Operation Transformation and the support of get Ireland walking. Over 350 clubs have so far registered to take part in ‘Ireland Lights Up’ on January 11th, 2023. The initiative encourages all GAA clubs across the 32 counties to light up their walking tracks and bring communities together to walk and talk in a safe environment during the dark winter evenings, while contributing to their physical, mental and social wellbeing. As ever, a club participating in Ireland Lights Up will be showcased each week on RTE’s Operation Transformation. The ‘Every Steps Counts Challenge’ delivered through the ‘MyLife’ app, in partnership with the Irish Life GAA Healthy Clubs programme returns in 2023 and three participating clubs from each province will win gear vouchers worth a total of €5,000, kindly provided by Irish Life (T&Cs apply). If energy costs are likely to prevent your club from participating in Ireland Lights Up, it is acceptable to ask participants for a once-off optional donation to cover any additional lighting costs the club may incur (we recommend no more than €2 per person/family). You could leave a donation box by your walking track one night of the initiative to collect this. Also, this year thanks to support from Healthy Ireland and Sport Ireland, a grant of approximately €100 per club (based on last year’s registration numbers) will be issued on completion of Ireland Lights Up 2023 to clubs that register their weekly walking numbers with Croke Park.
GAA Green Club Toolkit Launch
A new GAA Green Club Toolkit is now available to all GAA, LGFA and Camogie Association units and members to support the implementation of simple sustainability actions across the five areas of energy, water, waste, biodiversity and travel & transport. The GAA Green Club Toolkit is the culmination of two years of collaboration between the GAA and the local authority sector, led by the County and City Management Association (CCMA), on a project to support sustainability and climate action in clubs and communities. The GAA-CCMA partnership led to the establishment of the GAA Green Club Programme, which saw over 30 clubs from across 17 Counties participate in Phase 1 of the GAA’s first ever national grassroots sustainability initiative. The Toolkit, which offers clear and practical advice to Gaelic Games clubs on how to engage in green and sustainable actions, contains applied and engaging case studies from the Phase 1 Green Clubs. Green Clubs were thanked at the launch for their contribution to the development of the Toolkit, with each club presented with a plaque in recognition of their participation. Expert input from organisations and agencies across the island of Ireland, including the SEAI, Action Renewables, LAWPro, Irish Water, NI Water, the Regional Waste Management Offices, the National Biodiversity Data Centre, RSPB NI, the NTA, the RSA, Keep NI Beautiful and Sustainable NI, was crucial to the development of the toolkit. Expressions of interest for the next phase of the GAA Green Club Programme were opened at the Toolkit launch. Any Club that wishes to be recognised as a Green Club must apply through www.greenclubs. gaa.ie. Applications will close on Jan 29th. Clubs will be required to follow a series of steps over 2023 and 2024 in order to achieve Green Club status. The GAA Green Club Programme is supported by the Department of Environment, Climate and Communications and was featured as a case study in the recently launched Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) National Implementation Plan 2022-2024. For more information visit https:// greenclubs.gaa.ie/
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By Jonathan Cullen Wed 11th Jan