Tipperary GAA Scene 30th Sept 2009




Well done to Thurles Sarsfields, Upperchurch Drombane, Drom and Inch and Toomevara on qualifying for the County Senior Hurling semi-finals last weekend. Thurles Sarsfields will play Upperchurch Drombane at 2pm and Toomevara will play Drom and Inch at 3.30pm in the semi-finals at Semple Stadium on Sunday October 4th. Both games are without precedent – neither pairing ever occurred before in a semi-final. Toomevara have won 12 of the 16 semi finals they have played in since 1989. They only lost one of those 12 finals – to Boherlahan in 1996. It will be the first appearance in a semi-final for Upperchurch Drombane but the area has a proud history – Drombane won the county senior hurling championship in 1894. Leaving aside draws, 22 of the past 50 Tipp Semi Finals have been won by three points or less (1984-2008 incl). There were 5 draws in that 25 years all involving a team from the Mid division and a Mid team won all of the replays. Thurles Sarsfields have not lost a semi final since Toomevara beat them in 1996 by 1-17 to 0-6. The top semi- final scorers for Drom and Inch in the past twenty five years were Seamus Callanan 1-8 v Killenaule in 2007; Seamus Callanan 1-2 v Nenagh Eire Og in 2006; Seamus Butler 1-10 v Nenagh Eire Óg in 2005 and John Harkin 0-3 v Lorrha in 1984. Ken Dunne has been Toomevara’s top scorer in their last four county semi finals. He scored 1-9 (0-6f), v Moneygall in 2003; 0-10 (0-5f, 0-1 ‘65’) v Mullinahone in 2004; 0-6, all frees, v Mullinahone 2006; and 0-7 (0-4 frees and 0-3 ‘65s’) v Loughmore Castleiney in 2008. He was also Toome’s joint top scorer with Tommy Dunne and Kevin Mc Cormack, 0-4 each, in the 1996 semi-final win over Thurles Sarsfields.


Both stands will be open. At the Kinnane Stand (Old Stand), stile no 1 should be used by all pass holders and stewards to gain access. The ambulance door will be used for teams and team officials only. At the O Riain Stand (New Stand) stiles 41 and 54 should be used by all pass holders and stewards. The door beside stile 54 is to be used for wheelchair access. Those with buggies should purchase a ticket at a stile and enter via the ambulance door at the Old Stand or the wheelchair door at the New Stand. We thank patrons in advance for their co-operation.


Well done to Lattin-Cullen on becoming the third club from the West division to capture the County Under 21 “C” Hurling title following their 3-10 to 2-6 victory over Rockwell Rovers on Sunday at Sean Treacy Park. The winning captain for Lattin-Cullen was Stephen Martin. This competition began in 2000 and the County Roll of Honour to date is as follows – Ballinahinch (2 – 2000, 2006), Clonakenny (2 – 2005, 2007), Newport (1 – 2001), Kilruane MacDonaghs (1 – 2002), Ballyneale (1 – 2003), Solohead (1 – 2004) and Sean Treacys (1 – 2008). For the full list of Divisional and County Champions roll of honour and County Final winning captains, check out the Tipperary GAA Archives web site at www.tippgaaarchives.com.


The Friends of Tipperary Football are presently running a Membership Draw. Tickets are €20 each and are available from any member of the Committee. The 1st prize is €5,000 euro and there is a total Prize Fund of €9,000 euro. Proceeds of the Draw support all County Football teams. The Draw will be held on Wednesday, 4th November.


It’s that time of the year again when the preliminary work on the production of the Tipperary G.A.A. Yearbook commences. Chairman, Seamus King, informs me that the first meeting of the committee takes place this Thursday in Lár na Páirce and it’s all systems go after that. The deadline for the receipt of material, especially obituary notices, is November 1. This year, the Yearbook will be of special interest because of Tipperary senior hurlers’ tremendous performances in the National League and the championship. The book will record the highlights of these achievements, as well as the efforts of the other county teams in hurling and football, and all the other G.A.A. activity within the county. Also, the highlights of the 125 celebrations within the county will be recorded. The committee hope that many people in the county will be willing to take out advertisements in the book, which helps to defray the costs of production and, with this in mind they have appointed Fiachra O’Keeffe, Glenough, Rossmore, Cashel as advertising agent for the 2010 Yearbook. They are hopeful that he will get a good response. The final date for the receipt of advertisements in November 13 and it is hoped to have the book, which will be printed by the Nenagh Guardian, in the shops by December 11.


The October Tipperary GAA Clubs draw will be held this Friday October 2nd in The Halfway, Monroe, Clonmel On the night we will present a €15,000 cheque to local man John Lynch after his big win in the September draw. Promoter of the winning ticket Tom Acheson will be presented with €500. Again we have two cars to be given away on the night along with a Holiday and numerous cash prizes. Come along and support local Club Moyle Rovers on the night.


Tipperary Handball players left this week for the world championships in Portland U.S.A. Fergal Collins, Ger Coonan and Denis White will be among those hoping to bring back world titles to the County. Updates on their games will be on the Tipperary Handball Website throughout the World championships. We wish them every success in the endeavours.


Tony Wall’s book “Hurling”, first published in 1965, is now available in a hand stitched hardback reprint. Tony Wall of Thurles Sarsfields is holder of 5 All Ireland senior hurling medals, was captain of the 1958 winning team, was Texaco hurler of the Year in 1958 and captained the Tipp minor hurlers to All Ireland victory in 1952. The cost including packaging and postage is €56.50. The book is available immediately from Kenny’s Bindery, 13-18 Kilkerrin Park, Liosbaun, Tuam Road, Galway, phone 091-709362, fax 091-757516, email: bindery@kennys.ie.


As the GAA prepares to mark the 125th Anniversary of its foundation in Thurles on November 1st, TG4 has unveiled a special day of GAA programmes schedule to mark the occasion. The station has dedicated most of its schedule on that day to Gaelic Games with viewers getting the opportunity to see live GAA action as well as a mouth-watering wide range of GAA-themed content in other programme types including documentaries, profiles and music. The main live match coverage on this special day will be from Semple Stadium for the AIB Munster Club Hurling Quarter-Final with the Cork champions taking on their Tipperary counterparts in what will undoubtedly be an exciting encounter. There will be special events happening at Thurles during the day to mark the 125th Anniversary of the GAA and TG4 presenter Micheál Ó Domhnaill will have all the latest news from there.

The live match coverage will be complimented by a wide range of specially commissioned/selected programmes with a GAA theme including: Sam Maguire documentary, Micheál O’Hehir, Top 50 GAA Football Goals, Top 50 GAA Hurling Goals, Ringy, the Cormac McAnallen tribute programme, the first showing of the new John 3:7 documentary and a specially commissioned edition of the traditional music series Geantraí with songs and tunes with a GAA ring to them.

So for those of you who can’t be present at the events in Thurles that day, watching TG4 is the next best option!


Tipperary County Board extends its sympathy to the family and friends and the Roscrea club on the death of Denis (Dinny) Ryan who passed away this week. From a famed Roscrea hurling family, Dinny and his two brothers Mick and Jack all played for Tipperary and will be remembered for playing their part in the great 3 in-a-row All Ireland winning successes the county had from 1949 to 51. He was also a prominent player for many years with Roscrea. Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam uasal.

Coaching Courses

Foundation Coaching Courses have been held in each division. Further courses will be held this Autumn. Clubs wishing to avail of these courses should contact their Divisional Games Development Administrator to arrange suitable dates. Contact details for GDAs are: Mid – Andy Ryan 087-9090985; North – Tadhg O Connor 086-8978873; South – John Cummins 087-9526823; West – Kevin Hally 086-1925188.


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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