Tipperary GAA Scene 6th July 2010

gaa-logoby County PRO Ger Ryan


Good luck to the Tipperary Senior Footballers who will play Dublin in the second round of the GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship qualifiers in Croke Park next Saturday evening at 6pm.  Dublin will have a massive following and it is very important that as many Tipperary followers as possible attend. We would appeal in particular to Tipperary people based in Dublin to come along and support the blue and gold on Saturday evening. The game is part of an attractive double header which includes the Dublin v Clare GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Phase 2 qualifier at 4pm. It will be a historic occasion with this being the first meeting of Tipperary and Dublin in the senior football championship since 1922 when Tipperary defeated Dublin by 1-6 to 1-2 at Croke Park in the All Ireland final of 1920, which was the last time Tipp won an All Ireland senior football championship. The players and management have worked very hard this year to build on the progress they have been making and would greatly appreciate as much support as possible on Saturday evening. So, if you can at all, do come along and support them and while the Dubs will be odds on favourites, a surprise result cannot be ruled out.


Stand tickets cost €20 (with €5 concession for OAPs and students), terrace tickets cost €15 and juvenile seated tickets cost €5. Tickets can be purchased at the GAA Office, Lar na Pairce, Thurles or by contacting the PRO of Tipperary Football Board, Hugh Coghlan on 087 0877355 or Chairman of the Friends of Tipperary Football, Joe Hannigan on 087 256615. There are also juvenile group tickets available at a cost of €3 per juvenile with 1 adult free per 10 juveniles. Please contact the GAA Office in Thurles (0504 22702) for details. The Friends of Tipperary Football are also running buses to Croke Park at a cost of €10 each – please contact Hugh or Joe on the numbers above to book a seat. For those who cannot attend, the game will be shown live on TV3 while the hurling game will be shown live on RTE.


Well done to the Tipperary Senior Hurlers who got back to winning ways on Saturday evening by defeating Wexford by 3-24 to 0-19 in their Phase 1 qualifier game. Tipperary will now play one of the winners of the Phase 2 games between Dublin and Clare, and Offaly and Limerick. The draw will be made live on RTE on Sunday evening July 11th after the Munster Senior Hurling final. A draw will not be necessary if Offaly defeat Limerick. Since Offaly already played Antrim, they would be kept apart and Offaly would meet Tipperary while Antrim would play the winners of Clare and Dublin. Venues for the Phase 3 games will be decided by the Central Competitions Control Committee in Croke Park. The phase 3 games are scheduled to be played on Saturday, July 17th with the winners qualifying for the All Ireland quarter finals on Sunday, July 25th.  Galway having lost the Leinster final to Kilkenny are in the quarter finals where they will be joined next Sunday by the losers of the Munster Senior Hurling final between Cork and Waterford.


Tipperary will play Cork in the Munster U-21 Hurling championship semi-final in Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Wednesday July 14th, at 7.30pm. The team will be captained by Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields). While a lot can change in 3 years, Tipperary defeated Cork twice at minor level in 2007 In the Munster Final at Semple Stadium on July 8th, Tipperary won by 0-18 to 1-11 and in the All Ireland minor final on September 2nd, Tipperary won by 3-14 to 2-11. Tipp and Cork met in the Munster U-21 Quarter Final at Semple Stadium last year with Tipp emerging winners by 3 points, 2-22 to 0-25 after extra time. A trip to play Cork in Páirc Uí Chaoimh is always challenging and we wish the team management and players the very best of luck for what is likely to be a close contest.


Congratulations to Golden Kilfeacle who defeated Mullinahone by 1-14 to 0-10 after extra time to win the County Minor Football League Division 2 final played at Mullinahone on Tuesday, June 29th.


Good luck to Johnny Ryan of Boherlahan Dualla who will referee his first Munster Senior Hurling championship final on Sunday next. Johnny has been refereeing at inter-county level since 2004 and refereed the 2009 Leinster senior hurling championship final, the Munster minor hurling final in 2005, the Munster U-21 hurling final in 2007 and 2 All Ireland club semi-finals. His umpires will be JC Ryan (Upperchurch Drombane) and Seamus Manton, Willie Crosse and Michael Ferncombe (all Boherlahan Dualla). We wish them all the best for an uneventful day!


The Munster Senior and Minor hurling finals will be played at Semple Stadium on Sunday next, July 11th.  The minor game between Clare and either Waterford or Cork (semi-final replay on July 7th) is at 2pm and the senior game between Cork and Waterford is at 4pm. Tickets for the game will be on sale in Lár na Páirce, Thurles from Wednesday while stocks last.

London Tipps just miss out in Nicky Rackard Cup Final

Five Tipperary born London players along with team manager, Tom Bergin (Moyne-Templetuohy) and selector, Johnny O’Dwyer (Arravale Rovers) were all extremely disappointed men last Saturday afternoon. They had all just missed out on a Nicky Rackard Cup winner’s medal after a one-point defeat by Armagh in a thrilling final at Croke Park. Boherlahan’s David Maher (2-2) and Fethard’s Aidan Fitzgerald (0-1) contributed to London’s 3-14 score-line while Templederry’s Matthew Ryan and Killenaule’s Keith Kennedy both acquitted themselves well in defence. Burgess man Leo Quigley was among the London panellists but the Kilburn Gaels clubman did not see any action during a close contest that ended Armagh 3-15 London 3-14. There was one happy Tipperary man after last Saturday’s contest – Thurles Sarsfields clubman, Paddy Moore who assisted Armagh manager Michael Johnston as coach to the team that brought the first ever hurling silverware to the Orchard County.

Launch of GAA / Library archive initiative

On Saturday last at Thurles Library, a joint initiative between Tipperary Libraries and the Tipperary GAA County Board was officially launched. For over a year, John O’Gorman of Thurles Library has been working with a number of people involved with the GAA in Tipperary to find a secure and safe location for archive materials such as match programmes, minute books, scrap books, photos etc. The most renowned collector of GAA archive material in the history of the Association dating back to 1884 is Sam Melbourne, a native of the Moycarkey-Borris GAA club. Sam began collecting GAA memorabilia back in 1935 and pieces of his collection such as hurleys, balls, jersey’s, medals etc. helped to inspire GAA Museum’s such as the one in Croke Park and also Lar na Pairce in Thurles. Sam has now kindly donated a number of scrap books to Thurles Library in the knowledge that the material will be stored securely in to the future and for the enjoyment of generations to come. The launch on Saturday last was attended by Sam Melbourne and members of his family, John O’Gorman and Mary Guinan-Darmody (both Thurles Library) as well Sean Nugent (Tipperary County Board Vice-Chairman), Eamon Buckley (Tipperary County Board Treasurer), Ed Donnelly (Tipperary County Board IT Officer), Jerry Ring (West Tipperary Divisional Board Secretary) and GAA Historians PJ Maxwell, Liam O Donnchu and Cecilia Walsh. To view the archive material collected to date, visit the Tipperary Studies section of Thurles Library.


Congtatulations to Joe McCarthy of Tralee (ticket sold by Portroe GAA club) who won €15,000 or a car in July’s Tipperary Clubs Draw held last Friday night in Coughlans Lounge, Cappawhite. Well done also to Maureen Delaney of Legion Villas Roscrea (ticket sold by Roscrea GAA Club) who won €12,000 or a car. Portroe GAA club also won a set of jerseys.


Good luck to Shane Hassett (Drom & Inch) who will represent Tipperary in the Munster Senior Long Puck final and Paul Maher (Moyne-Templetuohy) who will represent Tipperary in the U-16 final at Thurles Racecourse on Saturday next July 10th. The u-16 final will be at 11.30am, the senior final at 12 noon and the senior camogie final at 12.30pm. .


Thanks to Ed Donnelly, Seamus O’Doherty, Tim Floyd and Tom Maher for their assistance with media and public relations matters in the last few weeks.


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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