Tipperary GAA Scene September 14th

gaa-logo1by County PRO Ger Ryan


Congratulations to the Tipperary under 21 hurlers and management team on their magnificent win in Saturday’s All Ireland under 21 hurling final against Galway. The 25 point victory margin was the largest margin ever in a final and is a great tribute to the skill, commitment and ambition of the players and the quality of preparation and coaching undertaken by the management team of Ken Hogan, TJ Connolly, Tommy Dunne and William Maher. Seven players – Michael Cahill, Michael Heffernan, Seamus Hennessy, Brendan Maher, Padraic Maher, Patrick Maher and Noel McGrath – join that select group who have won All Ireland medals at minor, under 21 and senior. That is indeed a marvellous achievement. Padraic Maher became the first Thurles Sarsfields player to captain Tipperary to an All Ireland title at Under 21 level and the first since Jimmy Doyle brought home the MacCarthy Cup in 1965 to bring an All Ireland hurling trophy to Thurles. It was Tipperary’s first title since 1995 at this grade and their 9th overall, bringing them level with Galway. Kilkenny and Cork top the roll of honour with 11 titles each.


Over the coming weeks the Senior Hurling, U21 Hurling and U21 Football winning cups and trophies will visit the schools with priority given to the clubs of the players on both All Ireland winning panels. The following is the schedule of visits lined up for the coming weeks: Wednesday, September 15th: Killenaule Schools; Thursday, September 16th: Thurles – 9.30am: Leugh N.S.; 11am: Gael Scoil 12.30pm: Scoil Ailbhe; 2pm: C.B.S. Post Primary; Friday, September 17th: Borris-Ileigh and Drom & Inch – 9.30am: Fantane N.S.;10.45: St. Joseph’s College;12 noon: Borrisoleigh Boys & Girls National Schools; 1pm: Barnane N.S.; 2pm: Drom N.S.; 3pm: Inch N.S.; Monday September 20th: Mullinahone and Ballingarry – 9.30am: Poulacappa; 11am: Kilvemnon; 12.30pm: Mullinahone N.S.; 2pm: Presentation Ballingarry; Tuesday September 21st Éire Óg Annacarty and Cashel King Cormacs -10am: Annacarty N.S.; 11.30am: Donohill N.S.;1pm: Cashel N.S.; 2pm: Cashel Community School; Thursday September 23rd: Loughmore Casteleiney and Moyne Templetuohy: 10am: Loughmore N.S.; 11.30am: Castleiney N.S.; 1pm: Templetuohy N.S.; 2pm: Moyne N.S.; Friday September 24th: Toomevara and Templederry: 10am: Kilkeary N.S.;11am: Ballinree N.S.; 12 noon: Toomevara N.S.; 1pm: Gurtagarry N.S.; 2pm: Templederry and Killeen National Schools.

The following is the proposed schedule for the following weeks which has still to be finalised with the clubs and schools: Monday September 27th: Nenagh Éire Óg; Tuesday September 28th: Upperchurch Drombane and Clonoulty Rossmore; Wednesday September 29th: Moyle Rovers and Ballybacon Grange; Thursday September 30th: Thurles; Friday October 1st: Burgess and Kildangan; Monday October 4th: Lorrha & Dorrha and Kilruane MacDonaghs; Tuesday October 5th: Roscrea and Moneygall; Wednesday October 6th: Moycarkey-Borris; Thursday October 7th: Newport and Ballinahinch.

Please note that anybody wishing to book the MacCarthy Cup for an event should contact the GAA Office at Lar na Pairce Thurles on 0504 22702. Please do not contact team captain, Eoin Kelly to book the Cup.


The county is rightly in the midst of great celebrations following the dual All Ireland victories. Great credit is due to all associated with both teams and all the people involved at both club and county level who have worked so hard to ensure that we can both compete at win at the highest level.  This is the first year since 1989 that Tipperary has won the senior and under 21 titles in the same year. However, when the celebrations subside, we must recognise that we now have the best opportunity we have had in decades to continue being successful. The minor successes of 2006 and 7 have been built on to achieve under 21 and senior success. We can now build on this year’s victories to achieve more success. So let’s enjoy the sweetness of victory but also keep up the work to keep Tipperary at the top.


The following revised dates have been agreed for the closing stages of the county senior hurling and football championships: County Senior Hurling Quarter-Finals – October 3rd; Semi-Finals – October 17th; Final – October 31st; County Senior Football Quarter Finals – week ending October 17th; Semi-Finals – week ending October 24th; Final November 7th.


The Seamus Ó Riain Cup semi-finals will be played on Sunday 19th September at 5pm. At the time of going to press, Templederry Kenyons and Nenagh Éire Óg have qualified for the semi-finals where they will be joined by the winners of the Loughmore Castleiney v Cashel King Cormacs and Kilruane MacDonaghs v Roscrea games.  Both finalists re-enter the county senior hurling championship where they will compete for the Dan Breen Cup.


The County Minor Hurling and Football A finals will both take place this Saturday, September 18th. In the hurling final, Thurles Sarsfields will play Nenagh Éire Óg in Dolla at 12 noon and in the Football Final Clonmel Commercials will play Loughmore Castleiney in Holycross at 3pm. We wish all 4 clubs the best of luck for these games.


Tipperary County Board would like to extend its thanks to the national and local media for their excellent coverage of our two All Ireland wins. Our local newspapers and radio stations deserve special mention for their excellent supplements and programmes covering both All Irelands.

5 Things GAA Clubs Can Do To Prevent Drug & Alcohol Problems

Over the past few years the GAA Alcohol & Substance Abuse Prevention (A.S.A.P.) Programme has been quietly working away to help clubs respond to alcohol and other drug related problems. Here is their “Top 5” list of what clubs can do to prevent problems happening in their area:

1. Appoint an A.S.A.P. Club Officer

An A.S.A.P. Club Officer is the key person who links the club to the A.S.A.P. Programme. The A.S.A.P Club Officer works with the A.S.A.P. County Officer to implement the Programme in the club. He or she doesn’t have to be an expert on drugs but rather someone who is interested in this issue and respected in the club.

2. Develop a Club Drug & Alcohol Policy

Developing a Club Drug & Alcohol Policy might not seem to be the most exciting of things to do but it is one of the most important! A policy is essential to guide the club in how to prevent problems from arising, educate the members of the club and respond to issues should they arise. If your club already has a policy it may need updating as there have been changes to laws on drugs this year. All the details on how to do this are available from the A.S.A.P. County Officer and on www.gaa.ie/asap

3. Arrange a drug/alcohol education event

There are lots of different types of education events to choose from and they fall into two basic categories, one type is aimed at adults and the other at young people. Education for adults is usually focused on the effects of drugs, the signs and symptoms of drug use, how to talk to young people about alcohol and other drugs and where they can get help. Education for young people tends to be more health focused and include confidence building, drug-refusal skills, where to find help and how to ask for it. Most agencies that provide these types of education services do so for free and are just waiting to be invited!

4. Make a statement

Instead of just hoping that problems won’t arise, declare that your club is doing something about it! Getting active about this issue shows the club cares about all its members and the wider community. Put up some posters, distribute health information about alcohol and other drugs, compile a list of local helping agencies, etc. There are many things clubs can do to show where they stand and how they are willing to help.

5. Organise alternatives

When asked many young people say that they don’t have places to socialise. GAA clubs are often the only place available in rural areas to meet others. Many of our clubhouses have facilities that could be put to great use as a drug/alcohol-free place for young people to socialise. Consider linking up with some of the local youth services to provide other activities for our younger members.

The actions we take now to prevent the spread of drug and alcohol problems will be decisive in providing safe and enjoyable places for people to meet, to take part in our games and to build the kinds of communities we want to live in. Further information and resources can be found on the ASAP Programme website on www.gaa.ie/asap


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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