Tipperary GAA Scene



While the GAA Scene was on its winter break, two of Tipperary’s most famous hurlers passed to their eternal reward – John Doyle of Holycross Ballycahill and Jimmy Butler Coffey of Newport. John Doyle’s many outstanding achievements, chief among which were 8 All Ireland senior hurling medals and 11 national hurling league medals, are unlikely to be ever surpassed and his contribution to Tipperary as a player, selector and administrator is legendary.  The large turnout at his funeral and the many deserved tributes paid to him were testimony to his greatness. Ni bheidh a leitheid ann aris. Jimmy Butler Coffey who was 101 years old was the last surviving member of Tipperary’s 1937 All Ireland winning senior hurling team. A well known raconteur, Jimmy also won an All Ireland minor hurling title. We extend our sympathy to the Doyle and Coffey families. Tipperary County Board also extends its sympathy to the McAreavey and Harte families on the tragic death of Michelle McAreavey (nee Harte) in Mauritius. Ar dheis De go raibh a anamacha go léir.


The Tipperary Senior Hurling team began their 2011 campaign with a one point loss at the hands of the Waterford Institute of Technology on Sunday at Clonmel on a scoreline of 2-17 to 1-19. Tipperary had 6 players making their competitive debut at Senior Hurling level with John Coghlan (Moyne-Templetuohy),  Sean Carey (Moyle Rovers), Michael Gleeson (Thurles Sarsfields) and John O’Neill (Clonoulty-Rossmore) making their first starts while substitutes John O’Dwyer (Killenaule) and Timmy Dalton (Arravale Rovers) were also making their debuts.  Eddie Connolly (Loughmore-Castleiney) and Stephen Lillis (Thurles Sarsfields) were reported in some quarters as making their debuts also but in fact lined out for Tipperary in the Waterford Crystal Shield competition in February 2006 against Waterford played at Colligan. Others to make their debut on that occasion were current panellists Paddy Stapleton, David Young and James Woodlock. In last year’s Waterford Crystal Cup, Tipperary lost out in the first round to Clare by 0-17 to 1-12 with none of the 18 players used making their debut. In fact, 12 of the 18 players used on that chilly night in Borrisoleigh would play in the 2010 All-Ireland Final victory over Kilkenny last September.  How many of the Tipperary (or WIT) players from last Sunday will play Championship hurling in Croke Park this summer?  Time will tell. The Waterford IT team featured 5 Tipperary players including 2 senior panellists – Brian O’Meara (Kilruane MacDonaghs) and Timmy Hammersley (Clonoulty Rossmore). The other 3 were Ray McLoughney (Kilruane MacDonaghs), Michael Sheedy (Portroe) and Willie O’Dwyer (Carrick Davins). Hammersley was the game’s top scorer, with 1-10 (0-7 frees). Other Tipperary players on the WIT panel were Kieran Hammersley (Clonoulty Rossmore), Kieran Reid (Carrick Swans), Matthew O’Donnell (Killeanaule) and Aidan McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney). Tipperary’s next competitive game will be the Allianz GAA Hurling League opening game against Kilkenny at Semple Stadium on Saturday evening, February 12.


Waterford defeated Tipperary in the McGrath Cup quarter final by 0-11 to 0-9 at Walsh Park, Waterford on Sunday last. Tipperary’s next competitive outing will be their first round Division 3 Allianz GAA Football League game against Limerick at Semple Stadium on Sunday, February 6th.


The Tipperary GAA web site has undergone a make-over and the new look site can now be viewed at the same web address as normal – www.tipperary.gaa.ie.  The web site was designed using the Google Sites technology as part of the overall GAA strategy which has seen the GAA and Google form a strategic partnership. Much of the same content has been included in an easier to follow format for users. Now in its 15th year, the Tipperary GAA web site contains all the relevant information on Tipperary GAA matters from Latest News, Match Reports and Fixtures and Results and much much more.


Following the rollout of GAA e-mail using Google to all units in the last year, the GAA has over the last 8 months been communicating with clubs concerning the deployment of a new club website technology. The new technology deployed is Google sites and is supported by Baker Security and Networks.  It was initially communicated to clubs that the service on the old infrastructure would cease operation on the 20th of December 2010. However due to the sheer volume of late requests for sites from clubs it was decided to keep the old infrastructure active for a short period of time to aid clubs in the process. Clubs using the old GAA website technology need to complete the migration before January 26th as club sites on the old platform will no longer be available after this.  For more information and support please email Baker Security and Networks GAA email support team at mail.support@gaamail.ie or by phone on 076-615 4932 (lo-call number).


In the Munster semi-final the following were the qualifiers for the final from Tipperary: Rince Foirne – Newcastle; Amhranaíocht Aonair – Sinead Grant, Newcastle;  Ceol Uirlise – J.K.Brackens;  Bailéad Ghrupa –  Upperchurch Drombane;  Tráth na gCeisteanna Loughmore Castleiney.   The Munster final will take place in Cappoquin, Co. Waterford on Sunday, January 30 at 3pm. The winners there will go on to the All Ireland finals in Castlebar on Saturday, February 19 at 3pm. Congratulations to all the Tipperary representatives in the Munster final and hard luck to those who did not qualify but still represented the county with pride and distinction.


All clubs have been sent club affiliation forms for 2011 and are reminded that completed forms must be submitted to the County Secretary, Tim Floyd no later than January 31. Thanks to those clubs which have already submitted their forms.


The county final of the Primary Schools Table Quiz organised by the County Youth Committee will be held on Sunday in Thurles Sarsfields Clubhouse at 7.00 p.m.  The final was originally scheduled to be held prior to Christmas but has to be postponed due to the inclement weather. Twenty teams, five teams from each Division, will take part in this annual quiz that has proved very popular in the primary schools in Tipperary.


The Dr. Harty Cup Munster Colleges senior A hurling quarter finals take place this Wednesday, January 19 with 3 Tipperary schools represented. All games are at 2.30pm. Thurles CBS take on defending champions Ard Scoil Ris of Limerick in Tipperary, Our Lady’s Templemore play Midleton CBS at Cahir and Nenagh CBS play Charleville CBS at Clarina.  The fourth quarter final will be between St. Colman’s College Fermoy and St. Flannan’s College Ennis at Charleville. In the Corn Phadraig senior B hurling quarter finals, Cashel Community School will play Bandon High School at Ballygiblin on Friday, January 21 at 1.30pm.


We extend our best wishes and thanks to Michael Dundon, who is retiring as editor of the Tipperary Star at the end of January, and to John Guiton, who retired as a journalist with the Star at Christmas. Both Michael and John are great friends of the GAA in Tipperary and both will be both much missed and very difficult to replace. Both were always honest and fair in their reporting and gave wide coverage to GAA games and events. Michael and John are both widely respected and honourable gentlemen. Pat Lineen, Proprietor of Skehan’s Bar, Liberty Square, Thurles is hosting a function on Thursday January 27 at 9.30pm in his premises to mark the retirement of Michael and John. All those wishing to show their appreciation to them are welcome to attend.


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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