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Tipperary GAA Scene – November 15th 2016

November 15th, 2016

by PRO Joe Bracken


In what was another disappointing weekend for Tipperary clubs in Munster action, we commiserate with Loughmore-Castleiney who fell to Dr. Crokes (Kerry) in the AIB Munster GAA Football Senior Club Championship semi-final on a score line of 1-12 to 0-9.

Commiserations to Ballybacon-Grange who departed the AIB Munster GAA Hurling Junior Club Championship following the semi-final loss to Ballyduff Lower (Waterford) in Walsh Park, last Saturday, 0-14 to 0-6.

Back at county level Ballybacon-Grange will take on Kiladangan on November 27th next in the Tipperary Water Junior ‘A’ Hurling Final in Holycross with a 2pm start.

Congratulations to Upperchurch-Drombane who saw off the Portroe challenge to claim the Tipperary Water Junior ‘B’ Hurling title in Kilcommon last Sunday, the ‘Church winning 1-14 to 1-10. County Chairman Michael Bourke presented the cup to the winning captain Leonard Purcell after the game.

The final of the Tipperary Water County Junior A Football Championship took place last Friday night and congratulations go to Clonoulty-Rossmore following their 1-8 to 1-2 win over Loughmore-Castleiney. Afterwards, Football Committee Vice-Chairman Hugh Coghlan presented the cup to the Clonoulty-Rossmore captain Paudie White.

Best wishes therefore to Clonoulty-Rossmore who are the last remaining hope of Tipperary success in this year’s Munster championships. They now get ready to meet Gabriel Rangers of Cork in the AIB Munster Junior Football semi-final this Saturday, November 19th, in Clonakilty with a 2pm throw in.
This Saturday, November 19th the Tipperary Water County Junior ‘B’ Football Championship Final takes place between Arravale Rovers and Moyle Rovers or Clerihan in Cahir at 2pm.

For a full round up of all fixtures and results across the Premier County please view the county website at http://tipperary.gaa.ie

The AGM of the Tipperary Football Committee will take place on November 28th at 8pm in the Anner Hotel. All are welcome to attend as the committee look to build on the great progress achieved by Tipperary football in 2016.

Supporters are requested to note that the AGM of the Tipperary Supporters Club will be held in the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Dublin on Tuesday, December 13th. In what was a wonderful and successful year for Tipperary hurling, the Supporters Club would like to see as many attend their AGM as possible.
The work of the Supporters Club is instrumental in the success of our teams and it needs the backing of all to continue their fantastic work in fundraising which is hugely appreciated by senior manager Mick Ryan and his team.

It’s all to play for still in the Dean Ryan Cup (Under 16.5 A Hurling) for Thurles CBS as their final against Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy ended in a draw after extra time last Saturday in Limerick on a score line of Thurles CBS 3-13 St. Colman’s 1-19. At time of going to press the replay is scheduled to be played on Saturday next, November 19th with venue and time still to be confirmed.
Many other Tipperary Post Primary Schools are in action this week and for a look at fixtures please log onto http://munstergaapps.ie/

In a hectic run up to the end of the year the various convention dates are finalised and all clubs are asked to take note of the following, so of which are mentioned in more detail above; Monday November 28th – Co. Football Committee in The Anner Hotel; Sunday December 4th – South Board Convention in GAA Centre, Clonmel; Tuesday December 6th – Co. Bord na nÓg Convention in the Horse & Jockey Hotel; Wednesday December 7th – West Board Convention in Cappawhite; Thursday December 8th – North Board Convention in Cloughjordan; Friday December 9th – Mid Board Convention in Gortnahoe; Tuesday December 13th – Tipperary Supporters Club AGM in the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Dublin and finally on Friday December 16th – County Convention in The Dome.

The new membership scheme of the Friends of Tipperary Football for 2017 is up and running and tickets at €20 each can be had from any committee members or the Divisional coordinators, Kevin Barron (West), Trish Gavin (Mid), Aidan McNamara (South) and Joe Hannigan (North) and will carry prizes of tickets to the All-Ireland and National Football League fixtures. Supporters can also join online at the following link http://www.friendsoftipperaryfootball.com/

Initial sales are tremendous and the Tipperary Football Committee and the Friends are hugely encouraged by this and are asking all Tipperary supporters to continue on the great support shown to the senior footballers in the All-Ireland semi-final and to take out membership straight away.

All monies raised from the membership go directly towards Tipperary Football teams and the support and fundraising efforts of the ‘Friends’ was instrumental in the success of Tipperary Football in 2016.

Congratulations to the ladies of Burgess-Duharra who claimed their first AIB Munster Club Senior Camogie title following their 2-10 to 0-6 defeat of Inniscarra (Cork) in the final in Cahir last Saturday. Burgess-Duharra now progress to the All-Ireland semi-final early next year where they will play the Ulster champions.

SCÓR SEASON 2016-2017
This is an appeal to all clubs to continue the proud tradition that is Tipperary Scór or to initiate Scór activities in your club. Tipperary has had a very successful year on the sporting field and our hurlers and footballers and camogie teams have brought great honour to their clubs and county. The year 2016 is a significant one for many reasons and the advancement and promotion of our language, culture and traditions was a hope and wish of many of the illustrious leaders of that time. Bearing these aims and ambitions in mind Coiste Scór an Chontae would encourage all clubs to look to taking part in Scór na nÓg, Scór na bPáistí, Scór Sinsear activities and competitions and enjoy the experience of taking part. There are 7-8 competitions including Rince Seite, Rince Foirne, Recitation, Nuachleas (Drama) Solo Singing. Ballad Group. Rince ar an sean nós, Instrumental Group. Divisional Finals will take place over the next few weekends and The County Final of Scór na nÓg will take place on Friday night December 2nd in Halla na Féile i gCaiseal. Go néirí go geal le na hiomaitheoirí uile. Remember to contact your club if interested in Scór activities.

Ba mhaith le Coiste scór an Chontae tréaslú le Cáit De Búrca as Cill Shléibhe who won first place in Oireachtas 2016 in the Rince Aonair ar an Sean Nós (9-12). Cáit was one of 50 competitors in the competition of whom 10 danced in the final in the INEC in Killarney. The final was relayed on TG4 when over 60 dancers took to the stage in the various age categories. Cáit gave a wonderful display and do bhuaigh sí Corn agus bonn airgid tar éis di teacht sa chéad áit. Maith thú agus comghairdeas le do mhuintir agus le do mhúinteoirí uile.

As indicated above divisional finals of Scór na nÓg are upon us. The final call for participants goes out this week for the North Final of Scór na nÓg which takes place in Birdhill Hall this Friday night, November 18th, starting at 7.30pm.
The following week, Friday November 25th, the Mid Final of Scór Na nÓg will take place in Clonmore Hall commencing at 7.30pm.
All clubs are encouraged to take part in their respective divisional final and winners will go forward to the County Final in Cashel on Friday, December 2nd.

Congratulations to James Prentice (Ballina) who competed in the Pro Wallball European tour Dutch open Men’s B doubles. In the final, James together with Jamie Kelly (Galway) defeated Anthony Pardini & Romain Potrick (France) 15-7.

There is a special event taking place this Saturday night, November 19th, as Seán McLoughlin, former Thurles Sarsfields and Tipperary, hurler will be honoured at Thurles Sarsfields Social Centre, where he will be inducted into Thurles Sarsfields Hall of Fame.
Former hurlers who played with or against Seán at club or county level are invited to attend the celebration, which begins at 8.00 pm and all are welcome.

For memorabilia enthusiasts and browsers alike all roads on Sunday November 27th, lead to Thurles as Lár na Páirce, the GAA Museum in Thurles, will hold a GAA Memorabilia Fair in Thurles Sarsfields Social Centre, (beside Semple Stadium) from 12.00 noon to 4.00pm.
At this Memorabilia Fair, patrons will be given the chance to peruse, purchase and search a large selection of Match Programmes, Club Histories, Hurling, Football, Camogie and Handball publications, not to mention a host of other somewhat rare GAA material, and all in the pleasant and spacious surroundings of Thurles Sarsfields Clubhouse.
Dealers, collectors, sellers and swappers are cordially invited to attend this event, where it is hoped they will find unusual and rare material aplenty to interest everyone in attendance.
Sales positions, free of charge, can be booked in advance and anyone interested should contact the organisers before November 24th next.
Admission is €3, with accompanied children free.
For further information on this event, please contact Seamus J. King, Tel: 087 2246245 or Liam Ó Donnchú, Tel: 086 6036547 or email larnapaircemuseum@gmail.com
This is one upcoming event certainly not to be missed by all lovers of GAA sports.

The County Tipperary Hurling Club New York will hold their 2016 Celebration Banquet on Saturday, December 3rd at Lake Isles Country Club, 660 White Plains Road, Eastchester, NY 10709.
Guest of Honour is Joe Stapleton (Roscrea) with Special Guest of Honour Tadgh O’Connor (Roscrea) Captain of the All-Ireland winning Tipperary team of 1971.
In this great year for Tipperary hurling, the County Tipperary Hurling Club New York also welcome Special Guests – Tipperary Co. Board Chairman Michael Bourke, Tipperary Senior Hurling Manager and Captain -Michael Ryan (Upperchurch-Drombane) and Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh) as well as Tipperary Minor Hurling Manager and Captain – Liam Cahill (Ballingarry) and Brian McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney).
Following his sides terrific run in this year’s football championship the New York Club also welcome Tipperary Senior Football Manager – Liam Kearns.
The Player of the Year is Luke O’Loughlin and the Tipperary “Man of the Year” is Brendan Maher (Roscrea).
Proceedings get under way at 8:00 pm with a Cocktail Hour followed at 9:00 pm by Dinner and Dancing. Music will be provided by New York Showband.
Tickets are $110 per person. The Journal Chairman: Pa Ryan (914) 275-5734/ryanpa84@yahoo.com and Dance Chairperson: Brendan Maher (646) 361-5544/kellymaher1@hotmail.com
President: Sean Sheppard (914) 473-8102, Vice President: Pat Costigan (917) 270-6774
Transportation provided from McKeon’s Bar at 7:15 pm sharp

As indicated last week and though not altogether relevant to the Tipperary GAA Scene, Michael O’Hehir’s football selection of 1947 gives an insight of who was making the headlines at that time. But before I outline his football selection, one other Tipperary hurlers name was mentioned by many to be included in the hurling selection and that was Ger Cornally (Thurles Sarsfields).
So back to his football selection which was as follows; D. O’Keeffe (Kerry), E. Boyle (Louth), Weeshie Murphy (Cork), W. Jackson (Roscommon), W. Carlos (Roscommon), G. Watterson (Antrim), W. Casey (Kerry), P. Kennedy (Kerry), M. Higgins (Cavan), K. Armstrong (Antrim), W. Delaney (Laoighis), P. Murray (Roscommon), S. Gibson (Antrim) P. Burke (Kerry) and F. Byrne (Meath).

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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