Tipperary GAA Scene

By County Pro Ger Ryan


Well done to the Tipperary senior hurlers on their victory over Waterford by 1-20 to 0-18 in the Allianz Hurling League at Semple Stadium on Saturday night. Tipperary still have a chance to qualify for the Allianz hurling league final but it will require victory in the remaining 4 games against Offaly, Cork. Galway and Wexford to have a chance of being in the final.  Tipperary’s next game is against Offaly at MacDonagh Park, Nenagh at 2.30pm on Sunday next, March 13. There have been 39 league meetings between Tipperary and Offaly.  The Premier county leads the way with 31 wins to the Faithful’s 6 and there have been 2 draws. Tipperary have won the last 3 games between the counties while Offaly’s last win was at Birr on February 22 2004 on a scoreline of 1-15 to 0-17.  Their last league game at Nenagh was on February 23, 2003 when Tipperary won by 4-14 to 1-8.  Please note that car parking will not be available in the MacDonagh Park grounds on Sunday so supporters are asked to come in plenty of time to park and walk to the grounds. There will be no charge for parking in car parks in the town centre on Sunday.


Good luck to the Tipperary under 21 footballers who commence the defence of the county’s Munster Under 21 football title against Waterford at Fraher Field, Dungarvan on Wednesday March 9 at 7.30pm. This will be the first inter-county championship game under the new lights at Fraher Field and we congratulate all associated with this important development project. A trip to Dungaravan is never easy for a visiting team so we would ask as many supporters as possible to travel to support Tipperary.


Good luck to the Tipperary senior footballers for their game against Waterford at Fraher Field in Dungarvan on Saturday evening next, March 12 at 7.30pm in the Allianz Football League Division 3. Tipperary and Waterford are both on 2 points so a win will be very important to both counties.


Tipperary’s Minor Footballers travelled to Pairc Tailteann, Navan on Saturday last for a first round Leinster Minor Football League clash with Meath and despite a big second half by Tipp in which they scored six points to add to their first half tally of three, it was Meath who emerged the winners by the minimum margin, 0-10 to 0-9.  Tipp’s next games in the League are against Longford this Saturday March 12 and Carlow on Saturday March 19, The League certainly provides a good preparatory route for the Munster championship opening game against Limerick.


Congratulations to Ed Donnelly of Moycarkey Borris club on his election unopposed as PRO of Munster Council at last Friday evening’s annual convention at the Ballykisteen Hotel, Tipperary Town. Ed served as PRO of Tipperary County Board from 2003 to 2008. He has also served as Secretary and PRO of his own club and as Chairman of the Tipperary Board’s IT Committee as well as on a number of Croke Park Committees.  We wish Ed well for his 3 year term and have no doubts that he will do an excellent job. We congratulate his predecessor, Jim Forbes of Cork, for a job well done during his term. Michael Power of Newcastle stepped down as Treasurer of Munster Council at the convention having completed his 3 year term. Many well deserved tributes were paid to Michael at the convention for the great work he did as Treasurer of the Council. Michael was recently elected as Secretary of the Tipperary Football Board so he will still be kept busy with GAA affairs. We wish his successor Michael Fitzgerald of Limerick well for his term. The Chairman’s address and the CEO’s annual report are both thought provoking and are available on the Munster GAA website, www.munster.gaa.ie.


Salthill Knocknacarra GAA club in Galway will be hosts to the Liam MacCarthy Cup at the Salthill Hotel next Monday evening, March 14 at 8pm.  Former Tipperary coach, Eamon O’Shea and his family are actively involved with Salthill Knocknacarra. In addition to Emaon O’Shea, other guests on the night will include former Tipperary manager, Liam Sheedy and 2010 Player of the Year, Lar Corbett. There will be a Q&A session with Liam, Eamon and Lar open to all attendees. All are welcome and for Tipperary supporters living in or near Galway city, Tipperary Supporters Club membership for 2011 will on sale at just €30. Each member gets a DVD of last year’s All Ireland senior and under 21 finals as well as a car sticker and entry in a members’ draw for match tickets.


Tipperary County Board extends its congratulations to Dr. Dermot Clifford, Archbishop of Cashel and Emly and Patron of the GAA, who will celebrate his silver jubilee as Archbishop next weekend. We wish him health and happiness on reaching this significant milestone and thank him for his ongoing support for the GAA in Tipperary and beyond.


The fitness and rules tests for referees scheduled for Dr. Morris Park on Friday March 11 have been deferred until later in March. Referees will be informed of the new date as soon as it is agreed.


At the Scór na Mumhan semi-final in Cappaquin on Saturday 5th March the following Tipperary competitors qualified to go to the Scór na Mumhan final, which will be held in Our Lady’s Secondary School, Templemore on Saturday 19th March at 6p.m:  Newcastle in Rince Foirne; Paddy Dolan, Borris-Ileigh in Amhranaiocht Aonair; J.K.Brackens in Ceol Uirlise; Moycarkey/Borris in Bailead Ghrupa; Moyne/Templ;etuohy in Nuachleas;  Loughmore/Castleiney in Trath na gCeisteanna; and Borris-Ileigh in Rince Seit.   In Aithriseoireacht, Jim O’Meara of Moyne/Templetuohy gave a powerful performance but was unlucky not to qualify on the night.   Well done to them all and good luck to the qualifiers for the Munster final.


Congratulations to all the winners at the Tipperary Clubs March Draw which was held at the Stack of Barley Public House in Mullinahone on Friday night last. The big winners were Michael Gayson of Cashel GAA Club who won a car or €15,000 and Declan O’Keeffe of Tipperary Town and Gortnahoe Glengoole GAA Club who won a car or €12,000. Loughmore Castleiney won the set of jerseys. Clubs are reminded to contact Draw Co-ordinator, Ger Bradley, by Friday March 11 if they want to avail of the offer of a free club brochure to promote the new 2011/12 Clubs Draw which will be launched shortly.


Paddy O’Connell Bawnard East, Midleton, Co. Cork, formerly of Glenconnor Clonmel passed away recently. He was an outstanding dual player and played both minor hurling and football for Tipperary. He won three Sigerson Cup and two Fitzgibbon Cup medals with UCC. He won an Intermediate hurling All-Ireland with Carlow in 1962 and also played Leinster senior hurling championship with Carlow in 1963 & ’64. He was a member of the Clonmel Commercials team that won three in row county senior football championships in the sixties. He played senior football for Tipperary for almost ten years and was a member of the team that won the Division 2 National Football league in 1972. He also played Railway Cup in 1968 and ’69 with Munster. He played hurling with St Mary’s and Marlfield and won South senior hurling titles with Marlfield. We extent our deepest sympathy to his wife Yvonne, his children, his brother Michael and extended family.


Details of the Canon Hayes Recreation Centre Sports Scholarships 2011, in association with the Sean Treacy Memorial Swimming Pool, Tipperary Town, have been announced. If you achieved success in your chosen sport in the last 12 months, think that a scholarship would benefit your sporting development and would like the opportunity to avail of top class facilities and professional training and fitness advice completely free for a whole year, then you should consider applying for a scholarship.

Suitable candidates should contact the Canon Hayes Recreation Centre for an Application Form. Completed application forms must be returned to Canon Hayes Recreation Centre, Avondale Crescent, Tipperary Town on or before Friday March 25, 2011. Further information is available from 062-52022


Film crews from French and Japanese TV stations will be in Tipperary this week filming for separate documentaries on hurling for their own respective national audiences. One of the benefits of the world of mass communications is that hurling is seen throughout the world on TV and via the Internet and captures the imagination of people in many countries.

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