Tipperary GAA Scene


Well done to the Tipperary senior hurlers on securing their second victory of the 2011 Allianz hurling league with a comprehensive 1-20 to 0-10 victory over Offaly at MacDonagh Park in Nenagh on Sunday before an attendance of 2,600. This victory opens up the possibility that Tipperary can still qualify for the League final. It is a tall order however as victories away to Cork (March 27), Galway (April 3) and at home to Wexford (April 17) are essential if a final appearance is to be achieved. It is a tough task but certainly one this team is capable of achieving. Our thanks are due to the Nenagh Éire Óg club for the very efficient manner in which they staged the game on Sunday.


Congratulations to the Tipperary under 21 footballers on their 1-14 to 1-4 win over Waterford in the Cadbury’s Munster Under 21 football quarter final played at Fraher Field Dungarvan on Wednesday night last. Tipperary have a difficult away assignment to Cork in the semi-final which will be played at Páirc Uí Rinn on Wednesday March 23 at 7.30pm.


Fraher Field Dungarvan proved to be a less successful venue for the Tipperary senior footballers than for their under 21 colleagues as they were defeated by 2-8 to 0-9 by Waterford in the Allianz Football League round 4 clash on Saturday night last. This defeat places Tipperary under threat of relegation and with 3 difficult games remaining away to Offaly and Cavan and at home to Wexford, it will be a big challenge to avoid the drop to Division 4. However, this is a very determined group of players and management team and they have the ability and courage to take on this challenge and survive in Division 3. Their next game is against Offaly at O’Connor Park in Tullamore next Sunday at 2.30pm.  They will then have a two week gap to their next game which is against Wexford at Clonmel on Sunday April 3 at 2.30pm.


Eoin Kelly has been invited to the White House by President and Mrs Obama for the traditional annual St. Patrick’s Day Reception. It is a great tribute to Eoin’s standing in Irish sport and that of the GAA that he has been chosen for this great honour. Dublin footballer, Bernard Brogan has also been invited. It will certainly be a St. Patrick’s Day to remember for both of them and we wish them an enjoyable and safe trip.


Jason Forde of Silvermines has been nominated at Tipperary minor hurling captain for 2010 by the minor hurling team management. We wish Jason, all the minor hurling panel and the management well for the season ahead. Their first game in the Munster championship will be away to Waterford on Wednesday April 27.


Tipp’s minor footballers made the long journey to Abbeylara on Saturday last for round two of the Leinster Minor League. Unfortunately Tipp came up short as Longford, leading from start to finish, proved the better side coming out on top with five points to spare. The final score was Longford 2-12 Tipperary 1-10. Their final game in the league will be against Carlow on Saturday in Carlow.


There was a great night’s entertainment in Clonmore last weekend for the Mid final of Scór na bPaistí with wonderful talent on display from the division’s primary school children. It was good to see a packed hall. The results were: Rince Foirne:  1. J.K. Brackens, 2. Holycross/Ballycahill; Amhranaiocht Aonair: 1.Moyne Templetuohy – Harry Hogan, 2. Upperchurch/Drombane – Moira McLoughlin. Ceol Uirlise: 1. Drom/Inch, 2. Loughmore/Castleiney. Aithriseoireacht:  1. Upperchurch Drombane – Erin Ryan, 2. Drom and Inch – Muireann O,Dwyer Foskin.  Bailead Ghrupa: – 1. J.K. Brackens, 2. Drom and Inch.   Nuachleas: 1. Drom and Inch 2. Moyne Templetuohy.  Trath na gCeisteanna 1. Loughmore Castleiney. 2. Drom and Inch.  Rince Seit: 1.  Drom and Inch 2. J.K. Brackens.  Michael Cahill of Thurles Sarsfields and All Ireland medal winner with Tipperary presented the prizes to winners.


Don’t forget the Munster Senior Scór final in Our Lady’s Secondary School, Templemore on this Saturday March 19 at 6pm. Tipperary participants are:  Rince Foirne – Newcastle;  Solo Song and Rince Seit – Borris-Ileigh; Ceol Uirlise – J.K.  Brackens; Bailead Ghrupa – Moycarkey/Borris;  Nuachleas – Moyne Templetuohy and Trath na gCeisteanna – Loughmore/Castleiney. We wish them all the very best of luck.


The Tipperary Clubs Draw for 2011/12 will be launched and promoted during April.  The clubs draw continues to be the primary source of income for most clubs and it is worth the considerable effort that goes into promoting it. The draw relies on the support of a superb network of promoters inside and outside the county who work tirelessly to maximise sales. This year once again there will be a great array of prizes on offer including cars, holidays and cash prizes. Clubs looking for promotional material should contact the Draw Co-ordinator, Ger Bradley at the GAA Office in Thurles on 0504 22702 or by email at tippdraw.tipperary@gaa.ie. Draw committee members and county board officers will visit clubs during April to promote the benefits of the draw.


The March meeting of Tipperary County Board will take place on Tuesday, March 22 at 8pm at the Sarsfields Social Centre. All club delegates are asked to attend.


Congratulations to Abbey CBS on their recent victory in the Munster Colleges Senior B football final replay against Carrigaline Community School. Tipperary hosts 3 All Ireland Colleges semi-finals on Saturday next, March 19. In the All Ireland Senior Hurling A colleges semi-finals, Ard Scoil Ris of Limerick play Castlecomer CS at Templemore at 2pm and St. Kieran’s Kilkenny play Charleville CBS at Sean Treacy Park, Tipperary Town also at 2pm. In Boherlahan, the All Ireland Vocational Schools Senior Hurling A semi-final between Colaiste Pobal Roscrea and Scoil Mhuire Johnstown will take place at 2pm. On the local colleges scene, the Fitzgerald Cup semi-finals will take place on Wednesday March 23. Colaiste Pobal Roscrea will play Thurles CBS at Templemore at 1.30pm and Clonmel CBS will play Our Lady’s Templemore at Cashel at 2.30pm.


Before a club can hold any summer camp, approval must be sought and granted by the County Committee and the following conditions met: 1. The club holding the camp has in place a system to adhere to all recommended Best   Practice Guidelines; 2. Only suitably qualified persons are permitted to run these camps; 3. Clubs must set aside a minimum of one week for a Vhi GAA Cúl Camp.If, for example, a club wishes to run three weeks of summer camps, one of these weeks must be a Vhi GAA Cúl Camp; 4. Where the camp is being run by individuals for profit, these persons must produce evidence of their own Public and Professional Indemnity Insurance. They must also produce a code of best practice document. This code of best practice must include as a minimum but is not limited to: minimum qualifications to be held by persons involved in the camp; procedure for vetting of persons engaged in running the camp; age of participants and supervisory ratios and activities to be covered. Full details have been sent to all club secretaries.

GAA Annual Accounts 2010

The GAA’s financial accounts for 2010 were announced recently. Despite the challenging economic conditions, the GAA announced revenues of €58m, down from €68m in 2009, which can, in the main, be attributed to a drop in revenue of €9m (from €13m down to €4m) from the rental of Croke Park to the FAI and the IRFU. Approximately 80% of the revenues were recycled directly to other units within the Association, with clubs, counties and provinces receiving €48m from Central Council throughout the course of the year. Gate receipts for the year are up slightly from 2009 at €26m, with the GAA Football Championship alone providing €12m in revenue for the year, which represents an increase of €1m from the previous year. Gate receipts for the GAA Hurling Championship dropped by €1m to €7m, while revenues from the Allianz Leagues also fell by a similar figure to €3m. A total of 1.4m people attended Championship games in both codes in 2010, while Croke Park also welcomed its 1 millionth customer last summer. Earnings from Croke Park totalled €7m, while there was an increase in the cost of staging competitions and matches of €1m to €10.5m.A total of €11m was invested in Games Development, an increase of €1m from the previous year. There was also a significant increase in player welfare funding projects, which jumped to €3m, including €1.3m of GPA funding.

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