Tipperary GAA Scene 13th April 2010

gaa-logoby County PRO Ger Ryan


Tipperary will play Donegal in the All Ireland U-21 football semi-final on Saturday evening, April 17th next at 7.30pm in ParnellPark, Dublin.  This of course is the county’s very first All-Ireland U-21 football semi-final and they will take on a Donegal team that won the County’s first Ulster title since 1995 by defeating Cavan in the final. Roscommon will play Dublin in the other semi-final in BreffniPark, Cavan also on Saturday evening.  The Tipp v Donegal game will be shown live on TG4 with the other semi-final being shown on deferred coverage. However, we would urge as many Tipperary supporters as possible to travel to Parnell Park to support this fine team. In particular, we hope there will be good support from Tipperary people living in Dublin. Good luck to the players and management – we hope you will be in an All Ireland final come Saturday night.


Tipperary will complete their hurling league campaign against Offaly in O’Connor Park Tullamore on Sunday, April 18th next at 2.30pm. While the game is of no consequence to either team, it will be the last competitive outing for both teams before their provincial championships commence. It will be the 37th league meeting between the Premier and Faithful counties. In the previous 36, Tipp emerged winners on 28 occasions, Offaly on 6 and there were 2 draws. Their last meeting in the league was on February 10th 2008 at Semple Stadium when Tipp won by 2-25 to 2-8. Eoin Kelly was Tipp’s top scorer with 1-9 while Pat Kerwick scored the other goal.


Paul Kelly accidentally suffered a broken leg when playing in his first game with Mullinahone since his transfer back from O’Loughlin Gaels against Ballybacon Grange in the South Senior Hurling Championship on Sunday evening last. Gearoid Ryan broke a finger playing for Templederry Kenyons against Roscrea in the North Senior Hurling Championship on Saturday evening last. We wish them both a speedy recovery.


Tipperary ended their football league campaign on a high note with a six point victory over Westmeath at Semple Stadium on a scoreline of 2-13 to 1-10. Although Tipperary were relegated they still put up a good show and were only 1 point short of remaining in Division 2. They had 5 points in total garnered from Sunday’s win, victory over Meath and a draw with table toppers, Down. Preparations will now switch to the championship and the encounter with Kerry on May 16th at Semple Stadium. This game will be shown live on RTE.


The official launch of the 2010-11 Tipperary GAA Clubs Draw took place on Wednesday last in the Horse & Jockey Hotel. Winners of the March and April draws were presented with their prizes. Club packages for the 2010/11 draw were distributed to all clubs represented at the launch. Final receipts for the 2009/10 Draw have now been posted to members. Clubs now have a 4 week window of opportunity to promote and sell the new draw. While it is a difficult environment for raising funds, the draw remains a very attractive way for clubs to attract financial support because of the excellent prizes on offer each month.


Congratulations to Clonmel CBS (High School) on their great victory in the All Ireland Colleges B Football final over St. Attractas of Tubbercurry last Friday in Portarlington. Well done to all the players and mentors and all who assisted in any way with this success. Next year, the High School will take part in the Corn Uí Mhuirí Colleges A competition.


The Fitzgerald Cup U-17 hurling competition is underway in Tipperary second level schools with 2 games this week.  On Thursday, April 15th, Thurles CBS play Clonmel CBS at 2.30pm in Cahir in a quarter final and on Friday, April 16th Nenagh CBS will play CashelCommunity College in Morris Park, Thurles in a semi-final.  Also on Friday the final of the Fitzgerald Shield, U-17 B Hurling, will take place between Presentation Ballingarry and Thurles CBS “B” at 2.30pm in Littleton.

Memorial Service for Marcus De Burca

The family of the late Marcus de Burca, renowned GAA historian and former editor of the Tipperary Historical Journal, have informed us that there will be a memorial Mass for Marcus in the Convent Chapel beside St Michael’s Church in Tipperary Town, at 12 noon on Saturday April 17th. Afterwards his ashes will be taken to be buried in a family plot in Newchurch/Templenoe cemetery, Co Kerry. Everybody is most welcome to attend the memorial Mass and it will be an opportunity for his many friends and admirers in Tipperary to pay their final respects to this great man. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam Uasal.

Lá na gClub 2010

Following on from the success of Lá na gClub in 2009 the GAA plans to celebrate the importance of your club in your community this year on Sunday May 9th. Counties have been instructed to keep the morning and afternoon fixture times free to enable all members to fully participate in this event. The theme for this year’s day is the promotion of Youth through Volunteerism. We would like every club to participate and to strive to match the huge success of last year’s events. Ways your club could participate include: 1) Establish a committee to plan and organise events including representation from the youth section; 2) Liaise with local schools; 3) Place youth activity at the centre of your events in the form of blitzes or other underage activity; 4) Involve Scór na nÓg; 5) Hold a family BBQ; 6) Invite the wider community to visit your club and join in the activities; 7) Actively seek new volunteers to become involved; 8) Present a  “Lá na gClub 2010 youth award” for outstanding contribution of a young member; 9) Hold an Oíche na gClub to involve youth in the form of table quiz/disco/céilí; 10) Create festive atmosphere around club grounds; 11) Parade through your locality; 12) Promote the day through your local media, include in clubs notes, website and club newsletters; 13)Promote awareness of townland names amongst underage members by holding a townland competition; 14) Use the opportunity to also promote Ladies Football, Camogie, Handball and Rounders. This day is an opportunity for the GAA to highlight the important role of young people in our Association and for the local community to have fun. Enjoy your day.


Kennys Bindery in Galway have, with permission, re-produced the much sought after “Hurling” by Tony Wall, “Tour of the Tipperary Hurling Team in America 1926” by Thomas J. Kenny, “A Lifetime in Hurling, Tommy Doyle” as told to Raymond Smith. They are now all available in Hardback format with gold lettering on the front and spine. They are an ideal gift for the avid hurling fan. Prices are €50.00 each (+ €6.50 P&P if required). Kennys have just added two new books to their GAA collection – “Tipperary’s GAA Story” by Canon Fogarty and “History of the G.A.A. 1910-1930” by Phil O’Neill. Prices are €78.50 each including P&P.  If you buy “Tipperary’s G.A.A. story”  by Canon Fogarty & “History of the G.A.A. 1910-1930” by Phil O’Neill you will get one of “Hurling” by Tony Wall, “Tour of the Tipperary Hurling Team in America 1926” by Thomas J. Kenny or “A Lifetime in Hurling, Tommy Doyle” as told to Raymond Smith absolutely free. To order any book or to avail of the special offer please contact Kennys Bindery, Galway on 087 1300 656 or 091 709362 or see their website, www.kennys.ie/bookbindery.


We have now reached over 1,000 followers on Facebook – can you make it 2,500 by the first rounds of the Munster Championship in May! On May 16th Tipp play Kerry in Semple Stadium in the Munster Football Championship and on May 30th Tipp play Cork in Páirc Uí Chaoimh in the Munster Hurling Championship. The new Facebook site is www.facebook.com/tipperarygaa and we are also on Twitter at www.twitter.com/tipperarygaa.


Our weekly results programme returned to the airwaves on Tipp FM last Sunday night and will be on every Sunday night after the 9 o’clock News until the end of the club championship season in Tipperary.  Thanks to Tipp FM for facilitating us with bringing you results from around the County on Sunday nights and also to the 4 Divisional Secretaries, Gerard McKeogh, Jerry Ring, Noel Byrne and Jonathan Cullen and County CCC Secretary, Tom Maher, for getting all the results together in advance of “The Final Score”.


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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