Tipperary GAA Scene – 4th August 2009

Tipperary GAA Scene by County PRO Ger Ryan


Good luck to our minor hurlers and team management for their All Ireland Minor Hurling semi-final against Kilkenny which will be played in Croke Park on Sunday August 9th at 12 noon. The game will be followed by the All Ireland Football Quarter Final between Mayo and Meath at 2pm and the All Ireland Hurling Semi Final between Kilkenny and Waterford at 4pm. Tipperary and Kilkenny have met in the minor hurling championship on 21 occasions with Tipperary winning 11 times and Kilkenny 10. Tipperary’s last win was in the 2007 semi-final on a scoreline of 1-19 to 2-12. Tipp subsequently went on to win the All Ireland defeating Cork in the final to put back to back titles together. Kilkenny’s last win was in last year’s semi-final when they had a comfortable 3-17 to 1-14 victory before going on to defeat Galway to win the All Ireland title. The other minor semi-final between Galway and Waterford will take place in Croke Park at 1.30pm on Sunday August 16th. For those of you interested in trivia, the last time Tipperary played a minor hurling championship game in Croke Park prior to a Mayo versus Meath football game was on September 29th 1996 when Tipp defeated Galway in the All Ireland minor hurling final replay prior to Meath’s defeat of Mayo in the All Ireland football final replay.


Hard luck to our minor footballers who were defeated by 3-10 to 1-8 by Connaught champions Mayo in the All Ireland Minor Football Quarter Final, played in O’Connor Park, Tullamore, on Monday last. Well done to the players and the management on their efforts throughout the year. The experience gained during the season will no doubt stand all these players well for the future.


The Tipperary v Limerick All Ireland hurling semi-final will take place in Croke Park at 3.30pm on Sunday August 16th. It will be the first time that Tipperary and Limerick will play a senior championship game outside of a Munster venue. The last competitive meeting of Tipperary and Limerick at Croke Park took place on April 25th 1971. The Shannonsiders won a tremendous League play off game, by 2-15 to 1-15 and subsequently beat Tipp by a point in the Final, at Cork, on May 23rd.


A new club group pass has been introduced for 2009 by the GAA. It is available for the one remaining All-Ireland senior football Quarter Final or the 4 Semi Finals in senior hurling and football. The main details are: €10 per person; Available to GAA Clubs only; Minimum purchase of 15; Seats in Davin Stand (Canal End) in Croke Park; Application forms available on www.tickets.gaa.ie.

There is also a group pass for juveniles which is available to all GAA clubs for all Croke Park fixtures (bar the All-Ireland Finals) and selected GAA Championship fixtures. The main details are €3 per juvenile (16 or under); 1 adult free for every 10 juveniles; Additional adults at stand face value; Seats in Davin Stand (Canal End) in Croke Park; Application forms available on www.tickets.gaa.ie


The August Tipperary Clubs Draw will take place in Cahir on Friday August 14th. Details of the venue will be available next week.


Commiserations to the Tipperary senior Camogie team following their exit from the All Ireland championship last weekend after a two point defeat to Cork. They needed to win the game to qualify for the semi-finals. Hard luck also to the ladies footballers whose were defeated by Laois in the first round of the qualifiers.


Roscommon’s Gerry Fallon claimed the M Donnelly All-Ireland Poc Fada title on Saturday August 1st, edging out reigning champion, Tipperary goalkeeper Brendan Cummins, by a single poc in testing conditions. Fallon, who was trailing Cummins by two pocs at the last turning point on the 5km mountain course, came home very strongly and claimed the much coveted title. In the pairs event, Fallon and Cummins teamed up and were victorious with 121 pocs. Patricia Jackman from Waterford was a very popular winner of the ladies’ competition, while it was further joy for Roscommon as Noel Fallon claimed the Under-16 title


We extend our sympathy to the family of the late JJ McGrath of Boherlahan, who died at the weekend. JJ was a former prominent player with the Boherlahan Dualla club and won a county senior hurling championship medal in 1996. More recently, he served as club secretary. The Boherlahan Dualla v Lorrha and Dorrha O Riain Cup senior hurling championship game which was to be played on Saturday August 1st was postponed as a mark of respect.

We also extend our sympathy to the family of the late Mrs. Mai Maher also of Boherlahan, who died last week. Mrs. Maher was the mother of PJ Maher, former Chairman of the Mid Tipperary GAA Board and currently Insurance Officer of County Board.


Well done to all the clubs who have hosted or will be hosting VHI Cúl Camps over the summer months. Despite the often inclement weather, there has been a great turnout at all the camps held so far. It is a great opportunity for younger players to have fun, to improve their skills and to learn from the excellent coaches attending the camps. Well done to the Coaching and Games Development Committee led by Nicholas Moroney and Dinny Maher for all the work they do to make the camps possible and also to the coaches and the club organisers. It is good to see representatives from the various inter-county panels in Tipperary visiting the camps. Up to 85,000 children will attend almost 1,000 Cúl Camps nationwide during the course of the summer.

Ag Éisteacht Update

A total of seven clubs have been visited across the country as part of the Ag Éisteacht Programme announced at GAA Congress back in April and more visits are planned for the coming weeks and months. The sessions have already proved to be extremely useful informing the GAA President, Christy Cooney, and Ard Stiúrthóir, Padraic Duffy, and the staff at Croke Park of the challenges and obstacles facing the Association and the excellent work being overseen by our units throughout the country. If you think your club would benefit from or would be interested in what is essentially a two hour question and answer session, feel free to make a request by email to: alan.milton@gaa.ie.


New in the Museum this summer is the Croke Park Timeline. Starting in 1864, the timeline takes museum visitors on a visual journey through the significant events and milestones of the stadium’s rich history. There are some fascinating documents that remind us all of the huge social, cultural and sporting history behind the iconic stadium starting with a sepia-toned map of “Butterly’s Field”. This 21 acre area of land “on the south side of Clonliffe Road in the parish of Saint George and County of Dublin” that Alderman Maurice Butterly purchased back on April 16 1864 is the current site of Croke Park Stadium. Other early significant dates featuring on the timeline include March 15 1896, which marked the first All-Ireland Football and Hurling Finals to be played at Jones’ Road, and the purchase of the site by the GAA in 1913, renaming it Croke Memorial Park. Non-GAA events also feature, with images showing the huge hype and publicity around the July 19 1972 meeting of Muhammad Ali and Al ‘Blue’ Lewis, as well as mention of the first historic first Rugby and Soccer matches in 2007, the Special Olympics in 2003 and U2’s numerous sell-out shows since 1985. The GAA Museum is offering all GAA Clubs a saving of 25% on published list prices from now until December 31st 2009. Booking is essential, and this offer must be quoted at time of booking.


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 contact the County Public Relations Officer Ger Ryan at 086-8149146 or via 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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