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Tipperary GAA Scene – Tuesday 31st October 2017

October 31st, 2017

By PRO Joe Bracken


Walsh Park was the setting for this year’s rematch between Thurles Sarsfields and Ballygunner in the quarter-final of the AIB Munster Senior Club Championship with commiserations going to Thurles Sarsfields who failed to progress to the semi-final following a two point loss to the Waterford champions 1-21 to 1-19 AET. In what was an epic encounter there was twists and turns aplenty but unfortunately the balance went against Sarsfields as they bow out of the championship.


It is commiserations also for Clonmel Commercials who didn’t make it past the quarter-final stage either in the AIB Munster Senior Club Football Championship following their 0-14 to 0-8 defeat by Dr. Crokes (Kerry) in Clonmel Sportsfield last Sunday. After an excellent first half by the home side, Crokes upped the ante in the second half pegging back the Commercials determined challenge as the Kerry men ground out the win they needed to progress.


Congratulations to Ballybacon-Grange who had an easy victory over Kenmare (Kerry) in the AIB Munster Junior Club Hurling Championship Quarter-Final in Ardfinnan on a score-line of 5-24 to 1-4. With their county final to come against Toomevara, Ballybacon would probably have wished for a stiffer challenge. In fairness to Kenmare, who were third choice in Kerry, they never stopped trying but the gulf in class was all too evident with the game over as a contest well before half time.

Ballybacon-Grange will play Brian Dillons or St. Catherine’s (Cork) in the semi-final at a Tipp venue on week ending November 12th.


Best wishes to Kiladangan who play St. Senans (Limerick) in the AIB Munster Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday next, November 5th in Toomevara at 2pm.


In the AIB Munster GAA Football Junior Club Championship Quarter-Final, best wishes to Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams who play Knocknagree (Cork) in Mallow on Sunday next November 5th with throw in at 2pm.

SEAMUS Ó RIAIN CUP The Tipperary Water Seamus Ó Riain Cup Final replay between Roscrea and Toomevara is down for decision on Sunday next, November 5th in Moneygall, where the throw in will be at 2pm and extra time will be played if required.


Congratulations to Borris-Ileigh who lifted the Johnny Ryan Cup following their 3-19 to 0-13 win over Drom & Inch in the final of the Tipperary Water County Hurling League Division 1.


Congratulations to Loughmore-Castleiney who are the Tipperary Water County Junior ‘A’ Football Championships following their 2-7 to 0-8 win over Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams last Friday night.


The Tipperary Water County Junior A Hurling Championship Final between Ballybacon-Grange goes ahead this Saturday, November 4th, in Boherlahan with a 2pm start.

Elsewhere the Tipperary Water County Junior B Hurling semi-final between Cappawhite and Newport throws in on Sunday also at 2pm in Kilcommon. Extra-time will be played in the event of a draw.

For a full round up on all results and fixtures, please check the Tipperary GAA website https://tipperary.gaa.ie/ or the fixtures/results section in your local newspaper.


Best wishes to Tipperary referees in action this weekend, Johnny Ryan (Boherlahan-Dualla) who will take charge of the AIB Munster Senior Club Championship between Na Piarsaigh (Limerick) and Blackrock (Cork) in the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday next and Philip Kelly (Ballinahinch) will preside over the meeting of St. Patrick’s (Limerick) and Ardmore (Waterford) in the AIB Munster GAA Hurling Junior Club Championship Quarter-final also in the Gaelic Grounds.


Congratulations to Burgess-Duharra on their 4-17 to 1-7 victory over Granagh Ballingarry in the Munster Senior Club Camogie Semi-final last Sunday.


The November monthly draw will be held this Friday, November 3rd in The Rapparee Bar in Drom and will be hosted by the Drom & Inch GAA club. On that night Ena De Burca from Knocka, Drom will be presented with the 2nd prize from the October Draw.


Award 1 Adult coaching courses in Tipperary will be aimed specifically towards the Adult club coaches i.e. coaching from minor through to senior grade in our clubs. The Hurling course will start on Wednesday November 15th in Dr Morris Park and will run over 5 consecutive Wednesday nights including November 22nd, 29th and December 6th and13th from 7pm – 9.30pm nightly. The Award 1 Football course will start on Monday 22nd January 2018 and will run with the same format.

To book places on these courses please e-mail kevin.halley.gda.tipperary@gaa.ie Places are limited so booking is essential and the cost of the course will be €50 per coach strictly paid prior to the course starting.

For the Award 1 Adult Hurling Coaching Course November 2017 the Modules include; 1. Technical Hurling skill development workshop 2. Physical fitness for the club player 3. Sports physiology and implementation 4. Video analysis and playing stats 5. Building the players team play and tactical prowess through game based coaching

The Award 1 Adult Football Coaching Course in January 2018 will include the following modules;

  1. Technical Football skill development workshop 2. Physical fitness for the club player 3. Sports Physiology and implementation 4. Video analysis and playing stats 5. Building the players team play and tactical prowess through game based coaching.


With the 2017 Inter-County Season now finished the details for the GAA Season Ticket for 2018 have been announced and renewals are now live.

The following pricing will apply – Adult Season Ticket €120 and Juvenile Season Ticket €30. The Adult Club+ Season Ticket is €200.

As per 2017, the Club+ Season Ticket will allow the owner to attend club fixtures within the chosen county. The grades and codes of club fixtures that will be covered by the Club+ element of the ticket are determined by the individual county. Once the season ticket is correctly maintained throughout the season, the Club+ version will also guarantee the ticket holder an All-Ireland Final ticket should his/her county qualify, regardless of their attendance percentage. This is designed to encourage ticket holders to move towards this product and ultimately increase revenue for individual counties.


This is the final reminder in relation to articles and information for the 2018 Tipperary GAA Yearbook which is being compiled at present and the Yearbook committee is seeking for inclusion. Clubs that have accomplished any unique achievement in 2017 such as winning a major title for the first time, achieving a double, opening new dressing rooms or a new grounds, etc. are requested to send through an appropriate article for inclusion.

The Yearbook committee are looking to all clubs to submit any obituaries of their deceased members in the last 12 months. The maximum number of words for an obituary is 150 and please include the club name and the years also, e.g. 1937-2017, as well as his/her G.A.A. achievements and a photograph of the deceased person.

The deadline for sending information is this Wednesday, November 1st. Please e-mail information and photographs which must be named to John Smith, Secretary Tipperary Yearbook Committee at yearbook.tipperary@gaa.ie.

Please note information must be submitted as outlined above and all articles, photographs etc. will be acknowledged. If an acknowledgement is not received please contact the Yearbook Secretary at 087-9960710.


Following last week’s appeal by the digitisation team at Tipperary Studies in relation to a missing edition of an early Tipperary GAA Yearbook from the late 1960’s to complete the online digitisation, there is positive news in that department and the digitisation team hope to have the copy on loan in the near future for digitising.

All yearbooks are free to browse on the Tipperary Studies website www.tipperarystudies.ie and search under the digital archive for the link to Tipperary GAA Yearbooks. It is a great resource to anyone researching players or teams. The resource is also of great benefit for clubs compiling histories or marking events in the past fifty years. The team at Tipperary Studies greatly appreciate the full support of Tipperary County Board, Nenagh Guardian and the GAA Yearbook committee, past and present for their continued support of this project.


Colaiste na Mumhan is currently fielding enquiries about places for 2018 and it is important that our cairde in Tipperary are aware that Cúrsa A is likely to be booked out before Christmas. There is a long tradition of scoláirí from Tiobraid Árann coming to the Gaeltacht going back over 60 years and the diversity of pupils from the various counties is something Colaiste na Mumhan feel is well worth promoting.

Their course details for next Summer as are follows; Cúrsa A – 3/6/2018 – 24/6/2018 (3 Week Course) agus Cúrsa B – 1/7/2018 – 16/7/2018 (2 Week Course). Course prices are available on www.colaistenamumhan.ie


The County Tipperary Hurling Club New York will hold their 2017 Celebration Banquet on Saturday, December 2nd at Lake Isles Country Club, 660 White Plains Road, Eastchester, NY 10709.

Guest of Honour is Mike Kennedy (Toomevara) with Honouree Special Guest – John O’Brien (Toomevara), Honouree Guest – Sheila Ryan (Tipperary Rose) and Special Guest – Samantha Lambert (Ardfinnan & Tipperary Ladies Football Captain).

The Tipperary Man of the Year is Mickey Maher (Roscrea) and the Tipperary Hurler of the Year is Michael Sheedy (Portroe).

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 from Dance Chairpersons: Brendan Maher (646) 361-5544 or kellymaher1@hotmail.com and Stephen Carty (914) 899 3130 or any committee member – Michael Sheedy, Ger Morris, Michael Maher, Tom Woodlock, Therese Crowe and Mike Ryan.

Platinum, Gold or White Journal contract details can be made with the Journal Chairman – Tommy Kavanagh (914) 309 2363 or any of the journal committee; Pat Costigan, Pa Ryan, Geraldine Stapleton, Paul Loughnane, Martin Dunne, Joe Grace, Donal Morrissey, Donnacha O’Dwyer and Owen Cummins.

President is Sean Sheppard (914) 473-8102 and Vice President is Jim Keane (914) 643 8062. Transportation provided from McKeon’s Bar at 7:15 pm sharp and a great night is guaranteed for all.


Lár na Páirce, the GAA Museum in Thurles, will hold a GAA Memorabilia Fair in Thurles Sarsfields Social Centre, (beside Semple Stadium) on Sunday, November 26th from 12.00 noon to 4.00pm.

At this Memorabilia Fair, patrons will be given the chance to browse, 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 23th 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.

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Tipperary GAA has launched a loyalty CashBack Card which as a Tipperary supporter each individual that registers is doing their small bit in support of the county cause. Loyalty cards were sent out with club draw receipts to all members and as there is no charge in registering you can opt in immediately. If anyone who doesn’t have a loyalty card and flyer please call to Lár na Páirce to pick up one. Register as per details on the CashBack flyer. To activate the card, holders must complete the registration and then please email, post or drop off your registration details to Lar na Páirce, Slievenamon Road, Thurles or secretary.tipperary@gaa.ie


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-mailpro.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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