Tipperary GAA Scene 15th March 2010

by County PRO Ger Ryan


Well done to the Tipperary senior hurling team on their victory over Galway in Semple Stadium on Sunday last. Tipp needed to win to keep in the race to qualify for the League final and the victory means they are in joint second place in the table with Galway and Waterford on 4 points trailing leaders Cork who have 6 points from their 3 games. Tipp’s next outing will be against Limerick in Pairc na nGael on Sunday next March 21st at 2.30pm. It will be the 61st League encounter between the two counties with Tipp having won 34 games to the Shannonsiders 19 with 7 draws.


Well done to the Tipperary footballers who secured a great victory over Meath in Division 2 of the National Football League on Sunday at Semple Stadium. Tipperary now have 3 points and while they remain in 7th position in the table, the 4 teams immediately above them in the table are all on 4 points. If they maintain their recent good form, it is a very realistic ambition to move up to a secure position in the table. Their next game will be against Donegal next Saturday evening, March 20th in Semple Stadium at 7.30pm. The New Stand (Ardan O Riain) only will be open with stiles 41 to 45 in operation. Incidentally Cian Ward, Meath’s top scorer in Sunday’s game, is son of Philip Ward, who played at left half back on the Roscrea team which beat Kilruane MacDonaghs in the 1980 Tipperary County Senior Hurling Championship Final.


Good luck to the Tipperary U-21 footballers for their Munster Championship semi-final against Limerick which will be played in Semple Stadium on Thursday March 18th at 7.30pm. The New Stand (Ardán Ó Riain) only will be open for this game with stiles 41 to 45 in operation. Kerry will play Waterford in the other semi-final on Saturday next, March 20th.

Child Welfare and Protection Information Night

A Child Welfare and Protection Information Night for all Club Children’s Officers and Club Designated Persons  will be held on Tuesday March 23rd at 8pm in Thurles Sarsfields Clubhouse. The purpose of the Information Night is to provide advice and assistance to Children’s Officers and Designated Persons. John Smith (County Children’s Officer) and Jim Lynch (County Designated Person) will give presentations on the roles and responsibilities of Club Children’s Officers and Club Designated Persons. There will also be an open forum discussion and question and answer session. All Club Children’s Officers and Club Designated Persons are invited to attend. Please note that, in the event of a Club not having a Designated Person appointed, the Club Senior Chairman is deemed to be the Designated Person and he/she is invited to attend.  It is imperative that each club attends in order to familiarise themselves with the GAA best practice guidance for child welfare and protection. Further information is available from John Smith at 087-9960710 or e-mail youthofficer.tipperary@gaa.ie.

GAA Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention Conference

Croke Park will host the first GAA Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention Conference on Saturday March 27th commencing at 9.30 a.m. and concluding at 2 p.m. As well as a number of keynote speakers on aspects of the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention, the main part of the conference will be five workshops where matters such as developing a club drug and alcohol policy, the question of Head Shops, addressing health and lifestyle issues with players, arranging a drug/alcohol education event in your club and raising the issue on how to talk to people about alcohol/drugs. All club, county and provincial ASAP Officers are invited to attend this very important event. The cost of the conference is 25 Euro per delegate and booking is online at www.gaa.ie/asap.


Thanks to all the PROs and other officials who attended the Club PRO seminar in the Horse and Jockey Hotel last Friday night. An information pack from the seminar will be emailed to all attendees and clubs in the next week. Thanks in particular to the speakers – Ed Donnelly, Eamonn Wynne, Micheál O’Dwyer, Liam Ó Donnchú, Eugene Hogan and Sean Nugent. County Chairman Barry O’Brien opened the seminar which was chaired by County PRO, Ger Ryan.  The Tipperary Games Diary with championship dates and deadlines was launched at the seminar. It is a very useful guide to fixtures dates for the year and will be circulated to all clubs. Well done to the County Competitions Control Committee on their initiative in preparing this publication.


Tipperary County Board extends its sympathy to the family of the late Pat Fanning, former GAA President from Waterford, who died at the weekend. Pat Fanning served as GAA President from 1970 to 1973 succeeding the late Seamus Ó Riain of Tipperary.


The annual referees presentation night and seminar will take place in the Horse and Jockey Hotel on Monday, March 22nd.  In addition to annual awards being presented, gear and match passes for 2010 will be distributed and Ed Donnelly, Chairman of Tipperary GAA IT Committee will conduct a seminar on the new ServaSport system for submitting match results. All referees are asked to make a special effort to attend this important function.


The Annual General Meeting of the Tipperary Supporters Club will take place on Wednesday March 24th in the Templemore Arms Hotel at 8pm. All current members are invited and membership can be obtained at the meeting or in advance on www.tippsupportersclub.com.


The Tipperary GAA County Board have set up new Facebook and Twitter pages to allow supporters to follow the latest updates of Club and County affairs in the Premier County.  The new Facebook site (www.facebook.com/tipperarygaa) attracted over 100 followers in the first 24 hours of being set up. The new Twitter site (www.twitter.com/tipperarygaa) allowed supporters to get live updates (over 40 in total) from last Sunday’s double-header at Semple Stadium ensuring those who could not attend were always in touch with proceedings. These new social media will hopefully open the GAA in Tipperary to a whole new fan base. Check out the new Facebook and Twitter sites today and follow what we all hope will be a successful 2010 in both codes. Thanks to Ed Donnelly, County IT Officer for setting up these sites.

Divisional Finals in Scór na bPáistí

The North Final of Scór na bPáistí will take place in Portroe next Friday night March 19th at 7pm. The Mid Tipperary Final will take place in the Muintir na Tíre Hall in Littleton on Saturday next March 20th at 7pm. The West Tipp Final of Scór na bPáistí will take place next Friday night March 19th in Emly Hall at 7.30 pm. The South Tipperary Final  of Scór na bPáistí will take place in the GAA Centre in Clonmel on Saturday next March 20th at 6 pm. Winners in each division will go on to participate  in the County Final of Scór na bPáistí at Halla na Féile, Cashel, on Sunday March 28th at 7 pm.

Munster Final of Senior Scór

Tipperary have qualified in seven out of eight competitions for the Munster Final of Senior Scór, which will take place in the Tinteán Theatre in Ballybunion on Sunday next 21st March at 3 pm. The Tipp representatives are Newcastle in both Figure Dance and Ballad Group; Noreen Ryan, Clonoulty-Rossmore in Solo Song; Áine Ryan from Upperchurch Drombane in Recitation/Storytelling; Moyne Templetuohy in the Novelty Act; Newport in the Instrumental Music; and Borris-Ileigh in the Set Dancing competition. We wish all competitors the best of luck. Enquiries re tickets for Munster Final to Mary at 087 2160430.

Munster GAA Coaching Conference 2010

The Munster GAA Coaching Conference on “Best Practice for GAA Coaches” will take place on Saturday March 27th, 2010 at Mallow GAA Complex from 9.30am to 4.15pm. Cost will be €40 per coach to include Lunch and Coaching Pack. The Munster Coaching Conference will give coaches, managers, mentors, teachers and volunteers the opportunity to see and hear at first hand “best practice methods” in relation to a host of very relevant and varied topics in the development of Gaelic Games today and in the future. The conference will enable coaches and mentors to network and, at that the same time, meet a number of our outstanding coaches. For further details contact Dinny Maher at dinny.maher.gda.tipperary@gaa.ie or on 086 3551830.

Fergal Maher Cup

Napier University Edinburgh recently won the Fergal Maher Cup with a 3-16 to 1-10 victory over Dundalk IT. This competition is played every year along with the Fitzgibbon Cup as part of the culmination of the 3rd level colleges hurling season. The winning Napier University team included Tom Quinn (Moycarkey-Borris) at wing-back and man of the match Tony Doyle (Burgess) who lined out at centre-forward. Other panel members from Tipperary included Tom Kennedy (Newcastle), Gavin Bohan (JK Brackens), Fintan Morgan (Ballylooby-Castlegrace), Cormac Moore (Arravale Rovers), Eoin Lennon (Moyle Rovers) and Paraic Whyte (Moneygall).


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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