Tipperary GAA Scene 10th Nov 2009






Loughmore Castleiney’s late 1 point victory over Arravale Rovers in the County Minor A Hurling final narrowly prevented a clean sweep by the West Division of the 3 county finals played at the weekend.  Nonetheless it was a good weekend for clubs from the West with Aherlow winning the County Junior A hurling title at the expense of Nenagh Éire Óg and Knockavilla Kickhams winning the Junior A football title with an injury time goal to secure a one point victory over Shannon Rovers. Congratulations to the three victorious clubs. Weather interfered with fixtures at the weekend and both hurling finals had to be postponed form Saturday to Sunday. Well done to those responsible for the venues at Templetuohy, Templemore and Boherlahan for ensuring their grounds were playable despite the appalling weather.


Willie Eviston captained Loughmore Castleiney to their first minor A title since 2002 and their 4th in all. Their previous winning captains were Derek Bourke (2002), Peter Brennan (1979) and Michael McGrath (1976).  Sunday’s victory was Aherlow’s first Junior A hurling title. Cathal Dillon captained the team.  Knockavilla Kickhams won their first Junior A football title since 1992 on Friday night and their third title in all.




Good luck to the Carrick Swans Intermediate Footballers and the Aherlow Junior Hurlers who will both be in action in the Munster Club Championships this weekend. Aherlow will play Tourin / Glen Rovers of Waterford in Sean Treacy Park, Tipperary Town at 2pm on Sunday November 15th with Cathal McAllister of Cork as referee. Carrick Swans will travel to Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney to play Spa of Kerry also at 2pm on Sunday with Michael Meade of Limerick taking charge of the whistle.




Tommy Fleming is performing at the Dome at Semple Stadium on this Friday November 13th to help support the Tipperary Senior Hurlers. One of Irelands biggest selling artists, Tommy will be performing from 8pm. There are still some tickets on sale for €30.00 and they can be purchased at:

–          Ticket Master ( www.ticketmaster.ie)

–          Lár na Páirce, Thurles. (0504 22702)

–          Heart Beat City, Thurles

–          Golden Discs, O’Connell Mal, Clonmel

–          Roxi Records, Dooradoyle, Co. Limerick

–          Empire Music, O’Connell St., Co. Limerick


This will be the first major live show in the Dome and hopefully it will be the start of many such events in this excellent venue.



Hard luck to Munster on their defeat by Ulster in the Interprovincial Football final played in Ruislip London last weekend. Tipperary’s Paul Fitzgerald (Fethard) played in goals and Robbie Costigan (Cahir) was also on the panel and came on as a substitute at half time.




Preparations for Scór na nÓg 2009/2010 are beginning across the county. It is hoped that this year more clubs from the South and West divisions will take part. Scór offers a wonderful night’s cultural entertainment for the whole family with competitions in figure and set dancing, solo and group singing, recitation, instrumental music, quiz and novelty act. If you or members of your club would like to take part in Scór na nÓg this year, please contact Aoife on 086-1761984.


Coiste Scór Thiobraid Árann AGM


The AGM of Tipperary Scór was held in Lár na Páirce on November 2nd 2009. In attendance were representatives from all 4 divisions in Tipperary. County Chairman Barry O’ Brien and County Secretary Tim Floyd were also present and both addressed the meeting. The following officers were elected; Chairman, Seamus McGrath; Vice-Chairman, Paddy Kelly; Secretary, Mary Bourke; Assistant Secretary, Breda Ryan; Treasurer, Dan Madden; Assistant Treasurer: Pat Ryan; PRO, Aoife O’Brien, Munster Scór Representatives, Seamus McGrath, Dan Madden. We wish them all well for the coming year.




The draws for the Munster Minor and U-21 Championships 2010 have been made. In Minor Hurling, Tipperary will play Cork in the first round. The winners will play the winners of Waterford and Clare while the losers will go into a semi-final play-off (in effect a quarter-final). In Minor Football, Tipperary will play Kerry in the first round with the winners playing the winners of Limerick and Waterford. The losers will go into a semi-final play-off (in effect a quarter final).


In U-21 Hurling, Tipperary have a bye to the semi-final where they will play the winners of Cork and Waterford. In U-21 Football, Tipp also have a bye to the semi-final where they will play the winners of Clare and Limerick.


McGrath Cup SF and Waterford Crystal CUP SH


In the McGrath Cup Senior Football competition which will start in January, Tipperary will play UL in the first round with the winners playing Limerick IT in a quarter final.  In the Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling which will also start in January, Tipperary have a bye to the quarter finals where they will play the winners of Clare and Waterford IT.




The Tipperary Hurling Club New York will honour the Tipperary team which won the 1974 New York Senior Hurling Championship in 1974 at its Annual Banquet which will be held this year on December 5th (more details in next week’s Scene). The team lined out as follows with substitutes and mentors also included (please note it was 13 a side): 1. Henry Condron (Moneygall); 2. Liam King (Lorrha); 3. Brendan Maher (Roscrea); 4. Monty Moloney (Galway); 5. Donal O’Brien (Captain, Knockavilla Kickhams); 6. Jim Keane (Boherlahan Dualla); 7. Seamus Power (Boherlahan Dualla), 8. Liam Condon (Newcastle);  9. Jimmy Doyle (Thurles Sarsfields), 10. John Flanagan (Moycarkey-Borris); 11. Tony Cullinane (Newcastle); 12. Austin English (Marlfield); 13. Johnny Murphy (Cashel King Cormacs). Subs: 14. Paddy Hennessy (Grangemockler); 15. Joe Carey (Moyne/ Templetuohy),  16. Pat Ryan (Cappawhite); 17. Billy McLoughlin (Rearcross);  18. Tom Joyce (Galway); 19. Mike O’Brien (Knockavilla Kickhams); 20. Devere Reynolds (Éire Óg Nenagh), 21 Bill O’Brien (Knockavilla Kickhams). Mentors: Oliver Barrett (Thurles Sarsfielsd), Oliver O’Donnell (Rosegreen, Cashel), Mike Ryan (Cappawhite).




Earlier this year, the GAA introduced a new email system and as a consequence is winding down service on the old email server which will be fully decommissioned on Monday November 30th at 10:00am. In practical terms, from that date any GAA club or officer still using an e-mail address with an extension of @tipperary.gaa.ie will no longer be able to access their account and all e-mails on this account will no longer be accessible. Contact Tipperary GAA IT Officer Ed Donnelly at itofficer.tipperary@gaa.ie or 087-2055642 if you need more details.




Congratulations and good luck to Dinny Cahill of Kilruane MacDonaghs who has been appointed Manager of the Antrim Senior Hurling team. This will be Dinny’s second stint as Manager of Antrim. He is a very experienced coach at club and inter county level.




Over the next few weeks various publications will be produced including Convention Books and the Tipperary Year Book. Any photographs clubs have which coincided with their GAA 125 celebrations would be appreciated for these publications. In particular photos of Lá na gClub events or photos from Clubs involved in the Munster Final weekend Torch Run would be very desirable. Photos should be sent to Tim Floyd, County Secretary at Lar na Pairce, Thurles or by email to secretary.tipperary@gaa.ie





Thanks to all the clubs which sent representatives to the Munster Clubs Forum which was held last Saturday in the INEC, Killarney. It was a very useful day and well done to Tipperary speakers, John Ryan (Holycross-Ballycahill and Tipperary Munster Council representative) and Ed Donnelly (Moycarkey-Borris and Chairman Tipperary IT Committee).





On the November 21st 1920 events outside of the GAA brought politics into the heart of the Association. The GAA Museum remembers the tragedy of Bloody Sunday with special commemorative guided tours of the Stadium at 1.30pm and 3.30pm on Sunday November 22nd 2009. One of the people shot dead that day during the game between Tipperary and Dublin was Tipperary footballer, Michael Hogan of Grangemockler after whom the Hogan Stand is named.





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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