by PRO Joe Bracken
TIPPERARY WATER JUNIOR HURLING
It’s a crucial day for the clubs of Ballybacon-Grange and Kiladangan next Sunday, November 27th as they go head to head in the Tipperary Water Junior ‘A’ Hurling Final in Holycross with a 2pm start. The winners will earn intermediate status for 2017 so the prize is great for both teams so a close game is forecast.
TIPPERARY WATER U21 HURLING
This weekend sees the semi-finals of the Tipperary Water U21 A and B hurling championships take place. In the ‘A’ championship on Saturday next November 26th Cappawhite-Treacys meet Thurles Sarsfields in Golden at 2pm while the other semi-final is scheduled for Sunday November 27th in Boherlahan between North opposition and Carrick Swan. Both ‘B’ finals are down for decision on Sunday with Ballinahinch-Templederry meeting Grangemockler-Ballyneale in Leahy Park, Cashel at 2pm. Meanwhile over in Fethard GAA Park also at 2pm, Cashel King Cormacs will take on either Gortnahoe-Glengoole or Thurles Sarsfields in the second semi-final. Extra time will be played in all games if tied at the end of normal time.
MUNSTER JUNIOR FOOTBALL
Tipperary’s last involvement in this year’s Munster Championships came to an end last Saturday as we commiserate with Clonoulty-Rossmore who fell to Gabriel Rangers of Cork in the AIB Munster Junior Football semi-final.
TIPPERARY WATER JUNIOR FOOTBALL
Congratulations to Arravale Rovers who claimed the Tipperary Water Junior ‘B’ Football title last Saturday afternoon following the 1-8 to 0-5 win over Moyle Rovers. Afterwards Hugh Coghlan, Football Committee Secretary presented the cup to the winning Rovers captain Timmy Dalton.
For a full round up of all fixtures and results across the Premier County please view the county website at http://tipperary.gaa.ie
It was a wonderful occasion in The Dome on Sunday afternoon last as 24 worthy recipients received the Tipperary Laochra Gael Awards for 2016 in recognition of distinguished service to the GAA in Tipperary over many years. Congratulations to all those honoured on the day as follows; John Hassett (Boherlahan-Dualla), Billy Shanahan (Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams), Alan Britton (St. Patrick’s), Michael Burke (Emly), Tom Pollard (Clonmel Commercials), Alice Carroll (Golden-Kilfeacle), Noel Seymour (Kiladangan), Albert Carrie (Cashel Handball), Hugh McDonnell (Roscrea and Burgess), Francis Grisewood (Cappawhite), Mick Murphy (Borrisokane and Kilruane MacDonaghs), Liam McGrath (Holycross-Ballycahill), Denis O’Grady (Newcastle), Martin Costelloe (Knockshegowna), Monica Butler (Drom & Inch), Albert Stanley (Gortnahoe-Glengoole), Michael Fenton (Ballina and Dublin), Liam King (Lorrha Dorrha), Ricky Sheehan (Mullinahone), Michael Coen (Clonoulty Rossmore), William Healy (Carrick Swan), Frank Gooney (Moycarkey-Borris), Jim Reidy (Ballylooby-Castlegrace and Dublin) and finally Eamon Leahy (Boherlahan-Dualla and Galway).
As last weekend marked the 96th anniversary of Bloody Sunday following events that took place in and around Croke Park where Dublin and Tipperary were playing a Gaelic football match on November 21st, 1920, a headstone was unveiled in Glasnevin Cemetery on Saturday in memory of Daniel Carroll originally from Templederry. At the time Daniel aged 30 was living and working in Dublin as a barman in Kennedy’s of Drumcondra. Walking away from Croke Park he was shot in the leg and died of his wounds two days later.
Among those present on Saturday in Glasnevin for the unveiling ceremony were GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghail, Tipperary Co. Board Chairman Michael Bourke, his predecessor Sean Nugent and Munster PRO and Templederry native Ger Ryan.
FOOTBALL COMMITTEE AGM
The AGM of the Tipperary Football Committee will take place next Monday night 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.
TIPPERARY SUPPORTERS CLUB
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.
DEAN RYAN CUP
Commiserations to Thurles CBS who lost out in the replay of the Dean Ryan Cup (Under 16.5 A Hurling) final to Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy on a score line of 2-12 to 1-13.
For all results and fixtures concerning Tipperary Post Primary Schools please log onto http://munstergaapps.ie/
Once his week is out of the way, the focus of attention starts to shift towards conventions and so with that in mind the following are the main dates for the diary starting with next 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.
Due to double booking the Tipperary Referees Fitness Assessment / Rules Test will now take place on the revised dates as follows in The Dome, Semple Stadium – Thursday, January 19th 2017 at 7.30pm and Thursday, February 9th, 2017 also at 7.30pm. Clubs are also requested to please note that 2017 is a recruitment year for new referees in Tipperary and the referees committee will be publishing notice re same shortly.
FRIENDS OF TIPPERARY FOOTBALL
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.
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. Next Friday week 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.
ANNUAL GAA MEMORABILIA FAIR IN THURLES
After weeks of careful planning the annual GAA Memorabilia Fair in Thurles will take place next Sunday November 27th, in the Thurles Sarsfields Social Centre, (beside Semple Stadium) from 12.00 noon to 4.00pm.
At this Memorabilia Fair organised by Lár na Páirce, the GAA Museum , 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 email@example.com
This is one upcoming event certainly not to be missed by all lovers of GAA sports.
HEALTHY CLUB PROJECT
‘Gambling Awareness and Your Health and Well Being’ is the next community event hosted by the Nenagh Eire Óg Healthy Club Project team around the area of gambling awareness. Niall McNamee (Offaly Footballer), gambling awareness advocate with the Gaelic Players Association will be joined by former Galway hurler and addiction counsellor Justin Campbell to explore this topic. The event is being held in the Abbey Court Hotel on Wednesday 7th December at 7.30pm and members / players from all clubs and the wider community are invited to attend. Admission is free.
TIPPERARY GAA SCENE
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