Tipperary GAA Scene 2nd November 2009



Congratulations to all those involved in organising the events last weekend to commemorate the 125th Anniversary of the founding of the GAA. The inclement weather of Saturday night and Sunday morning eased to allow the parade take place from St. Patrick’s College to the Dr. Croke monument in the Square where a wreath was laid by GAA President, Christy Cooney and Director General, Padraic Duffy.


Well done in particular to Tipperary County Secretary, Tim Floyd and the Tipperaty 125 Committee, chaired by Semaus J King on contributing so much to the organisation of last weekend’s events.  The 125 Committee has had a busy and successful year and will have a couple of more events to announce before this special year ends.





Hard luck to Thurles Sarsfields on their narrow defeat to Newtownshandrum of Cork in the Munster Club Senior Hurling championship quarter final on Sunday last.  The fact that it was a fine game in difficult conditions will be of little consolation to Sarsfields but they certainly put up a fighting performance.


Hard luck also to Carrick Davins on their defeat to Whitegate of Clare in the Munster Club Intermediate Hurling Quarter Final last Saturday.





Congratulations to Carrick Swans on winning the County Intermediate Football final in Clonmel on Sunday last when they defeated Ballyporeen in a repeat of the South Divisional final which the Swans also won.  Swans were captained by Jamie Sweetman and this was their second title in the grade, having previously won 10 years ago in 1999.





Congratulations to Templederry Kenyons on their victory over Mullinahone to win the County Junior B Hurling title in Holycross last Saturday. The Tim Maher Perpetual Cup, named after the great Boherlahan Dualla Gael and former Tipperary representative on Munster Council, was presented to jubilant Templederry captain, Damien Quinn by County Vice Chairman Sean Nugent and County PRO, Ger Ryan. It was the Kenyons second time to win this title having been previously led to victory in 1996 by Seamus Murray whose son Eanna was on the Tipperary minor hurling team this year. John Leahy made an unexpected second half appearance as a substitute for Mullinahone and while the speed of yesteryear is gone, he showed that the skill remains by scoring a fine point.





There are 3 county finals to be played this weekend. The County Minor A Hurling Final between Arravale Rovers and Loughmore Castleiney, which was cancelled last Sunday due to bad weather conditions, has been refixed for Boherlahan on Saturday November 7th at 2.30pm with Noel Cosgrave refereeing. Noel from the Marlfield club will have a busy weekend as he is also on Munster Club championship duty on Sunday when he takes charge of the Munster Intermediate Club semi-final at Dungarvan between Dungarvan (Waterford) and Douglas (Cork) at 2.00pm. We wish him luck for both games.


The Junior Hurling A Final between Aherlow and Nenagh Éire Óg will take place in Páirc Shileáin on Saturday at 2pm. Nenagh last won this title in 2000 while Aherlow have never won the title. Keith Delahunty of Moyle Rovers will be the referee.


The Junior Football A Final between Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams and Shannon Rovers will take place in Templetuohy on Friday, November 6th at 8pm with Tom McGrath in charge. Kickhams last won the title in 1992 and Rovers will be seeking their first title at this grade.





The Tipperary Laochra Sean Ghael awards ceremony took place in the Dome at Semple Stadium on Sunday evening last. The awards are made to people over the age of 70 years who have given and in many cases continue to give distinguished service to the GAA. Guest of honour was GAA President, Christy Cooney who presented the recipients with their awards. Former GAA President, Sean Kelly was also present. There was a special 125 flavour to the awards with the recipients including ecclesiastical successor to Dr TW Croke, the present Archbishop of Cashel and Emly and Patron of the GAA, Dr. Dermot Clifford; Pat Walsh of Carrick-on-Suir, grandnephew of Maurice Davin, founder of the GAA, and Michael Hogan of Grangemockler, nephew and namesake of the Tipperary Footballer shot dead in Croke Park on Bloody Sunday in 1920. The other recipients were Mid Tipperary – Paddy Wardick (Boherlahan Dualla), Tommy Casey (Drom and Inch), Connie Keane (Thurles Sarsfields), Phil Blake (Moyne Templetuohy), Fr Phil Barry (Upperchurch Drombane), Sean Grey (JK Brackens) and Peggy Gleeson (Loughmore Castleiney); South Tipperary – Jimmy Cleary (Clonmel Óg), Michael Lonergan (Ballybacon-Grange/ Ardfinnan), Tony Newport (Fethard), Bill Martin (Ballingarry), Seamus Leahy (St. Marys) and Tom Walsh (Cahir); North Tipperary – Michael Collins (Newport), Mick Minogue (Roscrea), Tom Lambe (Lorrha), Jim O’Brien (Silvermines), John Joe Maher (Ballina), Jim Madden (Portroe), Mackey McKenna (Borrisokane) and Jimmy Morris (Nenagh Éire Óg); West Tipperary – John Bargary (Golden Kilfeacle), Liam O’Dwyer (Arravale Rovers and formerly Gortnahoe Glengoole), Jerry Fahey (Sean Treacys), Michael O’Dwyer (Cashel King Cormacs), Willie O’Grady (Rosegreen), Paddy Ryan (Kickhams), Hannie Hanley (Aherlow) and John Ryan (Luke) (Glengar); and Handball – Tom Ahearne (Ballina Handball Club) and Paddy Gregan (Youghalarra Handball Cub). Congratulations to all the recipients on their well deserved awards. Well done also to Cumann na Sean Ghael for an excellently organised event and great preparatory work which was acknowledged by both Christy Cooney and Barry O’Brien, County Chairman, when they addressed the gathering. The members of Cumann na Sean Ghael are – John Costigan (Chairman), Micheál O’ Meara (Secretary), Noel Morris, Seamus J King, Pat Moroney and Seamus McCarthy.





Congratulations to Jimmy Butler Coffey who celebrated his 100th birthday last week. Jimmy from the Newport club is the last surviving member of the Tipperary team which won the All Ireland senior hurling final in 1937.





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.





We are delighted to announce that Tommy Fleming is performing at the Dome at Semple Stadium on the Friday November 13th to help support the Tipperary Senior Hurlers. One of Irelands biggest selling artists, Tommy will be performing from 8pm. Tickets are now on sale for €30.00 and 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. Well done to David Morgan, Stadium Manager for organising the event.





In U15 A Hurling (Croke Cup) Our Lady’s Templemore will play Nenagh CBS at Templederry at 2.30pm on Thursday, November 5th.  In U16½ B Hurling (Kinnane Cup) Nenagh CBS will play Mitchelstown at Ballybricken at 2.30pm on Friday November 6th.





The Munster Clubs Forum will be held this weekend in the INEC, Killarney on Saturday November 7th. All clubs have been invited to send at least four delegates ie. 1 adult administrator; 1 underage administrator; 1 underage coach; 1 other (with a preference for Club Treasurer or PRO).  A club may send other delegates if they wish, but it is important that names be registered in advance with the Munster Council so that they can administer the necessary documentation properly. Registration forms have been emailed to all clubs. Among the speakers will be John Ryan (Holycross-Ballycahill and Tipperary Munster Council representative) who will speak on developing club facilities and Ed Donnelly (Moycarkey-Borris and Chairman Tipperary IT Committee) who will speak on website set-up and design.





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. He was also remembered last weekend in the Senior Football challenge game between Tipperary and Cork in Semple Stadium on Saturday night and in Grangemockler on Sunday morning where GAA President, Christy Cooney,  unveiled a plaque commemorating the events of Bloody Sunday





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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