Tipperary GAA Scene 23rd November

tipperary-gaa-logoBY COUNTY PRO GER RYAN


Good luck to Thurles Sarsfields who will play De La Salle of Waterford in the AIB Munster Club Hurling Championship final in Páirc Ui Chaoimh on Sunday next at 2pm. John Sexton of Cork will be the referee. De la Salle will be seeking their second title having been champions for the first time in 2008. Thurles Sarsfields are seeking their first ever Munster club title and are playing in their first ever Munster club final. The last Tipperary club to win the title was Loughmore Castleiney in 2007.


Hard luck to Aherlow on their very unlucky defeat to Dr. Crokes of Killarney in the AIB Munster Club Football semi-final after extra time at Leahy Park, Cashel on Sunday last. Aherlow looked to have the game won as they led by a single point as the game entered its third minute of injury time. However, Dr. Crokes snatched a draw with the last kick of the game and went on to win in extra time by 8 points on a scoreline of 2-11 to 0-9.


Hard luck to Borrisokane whose season came to an end in Limerick last Sunday when Ballymartle of Cork defeated them in the Munster Intermediate Hurling final on a scoreline of 2-12 to 0-8. Ballymartle had a commanding 13 point lead at half time which was the foundation for their victory. While Borrisokane fought back well in the second half, they had too high a mountain to climb.


Congratulations to St. Patrick’s on securing a place in the Munster Junior Hurling final by defeating Ballydurn of Waterford in the semi-final on Sunday last after extra time at Walsh Park. They will now play Meelin of Cork in the final on December 12.


Good luck to Nenagh Éire Óg for their Munster Junior Football Championship semi-final against St. Mary’s Caherciveen on Sunday next at 2pm at a Kerry venue, which has not been decided at time of going to print.


Kilruane MacDonaghs and Holycross Ballycahill drew in the County Junior A hurling final at Templemore on Sunday last on a scoreline of 0-10 each. The replay will most likely be on Sunday December 5 but has been not been finalised yet.


A large crowd attended the commemoration of the 90th anniversary of the death of Tipperary footballer, Michael Hogan at Grangemockler last Sunday.  Mick Egan of Clonmel Commercials, former Chairman of the South Tipperary Board, delivered a fine oration in which he recounted in detail the events of Bloody Sunday which saw Michael Hogan and 13 others shot dead by British forces in Croke Park on Sunday November 21 1920 during the height of the War of Independence. He remembered all those who played for Tipperary that fateful and historic day including his late uncle, Jim Egan. He recalled that many of those same players represented Tipperary when they won the 1920 All Ireland senior football title although the final was not played until 1922. This was the county’s last senior football title. He also referred to the strength of the GAA and its ability to overcome all obstacles put in its way during its history including attacks such as Bloody Sunday.  Mick also delivered a recitation, Mick Hogan – the Story of Bloody Sunday and Ned Hanrahan of Grangemockler sang the Ballad of Mick Hogan. Local parish priest, Fr. Gear, blessed the grave of Michael Hogan at which a wreath was laid jointly by Barry O’Brien, Chairman of Tipperary County Board, Dick Egan, Chairman of the South Board and Noel Morris, Chairman of the Football Board. Relatives of Michael Hogan and others who played that day were in attendance. Ger Ryan, PRO of Tipperary County Board was MC for the commemoration. Thanks are due to the local club, Grangemockler Ballyneale, and to County Vice Chairman, Sean Nugent for organising the commemoration.


In keeping with the national GAA policy of having a strategic plan for development of the Association at national, provincial and county level, Tipperary GAA is in the process of developing a strategic vision and action plan to guide the GAA in Tipperary over the next 5 to 10 years. This plan will focus on 10 main areas – Fixtures Planning; Social Inclusion and Integration; Club, Culture and Community; Planning and Officer Support; Volunteerism; Finance; Urbanisation and Rural Development; Games Development; Facilities and Infrastructure; and Communications, Marketing and Public Relations. If anybody wishes to make suggestions in relation to the content of the Strategic Plan, please email pro.tipperary@gaa.ie before Saturday November 27. All suggestions and ideas are very welcome. This is an opportunity for all supporters to influence in a positive way the future direction and development of the Association in the county.


The annual Tipperary County Convention will take place at the Dome, Semple Stadium on Monday December 20. Other convention dates are North Board – Tuesday December 7; West Board – Wednesday December 8; Mid Board – Friday December 10, South –                           Sunday December 12; Co Bord na nÓg – Tuesday December 14; Bord Peil:                     Thursday December 16.

New Text Message Prices FOR CLUBS

The GAA has negotiated a new text message price for Clubs through the Online Registration and Club Membership Management system (http://people.gaa.ie/admin). Each Club already has a username and password. Messages are available in bundles at a cost of 2 cent per message. To purchase and to use, go to the Communication section of the site and click on the ‘buy SMS’ label.  Contact County IT Officer Ed Donnelly (itofficer.tipperary@gaa.ie or 087-2055642) if you have any questions.

Club Web sites

The GAA has a new official club web site solution which is available to all GAA clubs. The new Club web site platform is deployed on Google Sites. The old GAA web site platform which is being used by 37 Tipperary clubs will cease to operate after December 20th. As a result, it’s important that these clubs migrate their important content in advance. Clubs can request a new web site online by visiting http://newmail.gaa.ie and clicking on the link Club and County Web Site Migration. For support please email Baker Security and Networks GAA email support team at sites@gaa.ie or by phone on 076-615 4932 (lo-call number). Alternatively, contact County IT Officer Ed Donnelly (itofficer.tipperary@gaa.ie or 087-2055642).


GAA season tickets are on sale from this week. Please check www.gaa.ie for details. Current season ticket holders will have first rights to season tickets for 2011 and will be emailed directly by the GAA Ticket Office telling them how to apply. Tipperary had the most number of hurling season ticket holders for both 2009 and 2010.


The group stages of the Dr. Harty Cup Munster Colleges senior hurling championship are now completed and the 8 quarter finalists are known. They are Group A: Winner – St Flannan’s College Ennis; Runner-up – Thurles CBS. Group B: Winner – Our Lady’sTemplemore; Runner-up – Charleville CBS; Group C: Winner – Nenagh CBS; Runner-up – Midleton CBS. Group D: Winner – Ardscoil Rís (holders); 2 St Colman’s, Fermoy. The draws for the quarter-finals will be made at a Munster Colleges Council meeting early in January. The four schools who topped their group cannot meet one another until the semi-finals and teams from the same group will not be drawn against each other for the quarter-finals.


The deadline for nominations for the National Awards to Volunteers in Irish Sports is now only 8 days away! All sports are encouraged to support this initiative and go online and nominate committed individuals. Nomination can be made online at www.volunteersinsport.ie. This is the third year that the National Awards to Volunteers in Irish Sport will be taking place and the ceremony will honour ten individuals who are representative of the 400,000 people who volunteer their time and effort to sport in Ireland each year through their involvement with sports clubs and organisations throughout the country doing a multitude of tasks. The award winners will be selected by a special committee and awards will be presented by the Mary Hanafin, Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport at a ceremony in Farmleigh in early 2011. This is a great opportunity recognise and thank committed individuals within sport as well as highlighting the importance of volunteerism to the delivery of sport in Ireland. Remember the deadline for nominations is Tuesday November 30. Liz Howard of Tipperary is a past winner of an award for her service to Camogie as President of the Association.


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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