Tipperary GAA Scene

ALLIANZ HURLING LEAGUE

Tipperary completed their Allianz Hurling League campaign with a 0-17 each draw with Wexford on Sunday last at Semple Stadium. It was only the third draw in the 40 league meetings between the 2 counties. The draw secured Wexford’s position in Division 1 for next season and this gave rise to scenes of great jubilation among the Wexford players, mentors and supporters after the game. Tipperary’s next competitive game will be against Cork on May 29 in the Munster Championship quarter final at Semple Stadium. Tipperary used 35 players in total throughout the League campaign with Pa Bourke being the only player to feature for the full 70 minutes of all 7 games. Three other players, Benny Dunne, Gearoid Ryan and David Young featured were the only other players to feature in all 7 games. 10 players made their Allianz League debuts during this year’s campaign – Shane Bourke, Sean Carey, John Coghlan, Eddie Connolly, Paddy Fanning, Michael Gleeson, Paddy Murphy, John O’Keeffe, Brian O’Meara and John O’Neill.

SKODA ANNOUNCED AS NEW TIPPERARY SPONSORS

Tipperary County Board is delighted to welcome car manufacturers, Skoda, as the new sponsor of the Tipperary county teams. Skoda have signed a 3 year sponsorship deal with the County Board and we believe it will be a mutually beneficial arrangement. The sponsorship was formally launched at Croke Park this week and included the unveiling of the new Tipperary jersey which will be worn by all Tipperary teams for the championship season. After enjoying almost 10 years of excellent sponsorship from Enfer, we expect to have an equally positive experience with Skoda over the next 3 years. We wish Skoda well and hope they will benefit from their association with Tipperary football and hurling teams.

MUNSTER  MINOR FOOTBAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Well done to the Tipperary minor footballers on their 1-13 to 0-9 victory over Limerick in the Munster minor football quarter final at Kilmallock last Wednesday. They will play Kerry in the semi-final on Wednesday, May 18 at Semple Stadium.

MUNSTER MINOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP

Good luck to the Tipperary minor hurlers for their quarter final against Waterford at Walsh Park, Waterford on Wednesday next, April 27 at 7.15pm. Extra time will be played in the event of a draw. The winners of Tipp v Waterford will play the winners of the Cork v Limerick quarter final while the losers go into a play-off game. Good luck also to John O’Brien of Arravale Rovers who will referee the Kerry v Clare quarter-final on the same evening at Austin Stack Park, Tralee.

TOMMY FLEMING IN CONCERT AT PARK HOTEL

We remind supporters that renowned entertainer, Tommy Fleming, is live in concert at the Park Hotel Clonmel on Saturday May 7 2011 at 8pm. All proceeds from the concert will go towards the preparation of Tipperary County teams for this year’s hurling and football championships. Tickets cost €30 and are available from the Park Hotel (052-6188700) or the GAA Office Thurles (0504 22702). Seats are strictly limited so early booking is essential. Tommy Fleming is one of Ireland’s most popular entertainers so don’t miss this great opportunity to see him live and to support our hurlers and footballers for the season ahead.

TIPPERARY ASSOCIATION DUBLIN AWARDS NIGHT

The Annual Tipperary Association Dublin awards will be presented at the Annual Dinner and Function on Friday, April 29 2011 in the Regency Hotel, Swords Road, Whitehall, Dublin 9 commencing at 7.30pm. The Tipperary Person of the Year is 2010 All Ireland senior hurling winning manager, Liam Sheedy and the Hall of Fame award goes to Bishop Willie Walsh, retired Bishop of Killaloe and native of Roscrea. Tickets are priced at €45 each and must be booked and paid for in advance to Honorary Treasurer, TAD, 11 Foxfield Grove, Raheny, Dublin 5. Cheques/drafts should be made payable to Tipperary Association Dublin. To book tickets call 087 6376663. Special Accommodation rates are available – €70 per room (B & B) for 2 persons sharing.  Contact the hotel directly for accommodation – 01 8371531 (reservations) and refer to the Tipperary Association Dublin function when booking.

NEW COUNTY IT OFFICER

Edward Kinane of Drom and Inch has been appointed as County IT Officer in succession to Ed Donnelly who resigned following his election as PRO of Munster Council. We wish Edward well in his new position. He can be contacted on ITOfficer.tipperary@gaa.ie.

VHI GAA CÚL CAMPS 2011

Registration has opened for this year’s VHI GAA Cúl Camps in which over 80,000 children from all round the country are expected to participate this summer. The 2011 VHI GAA Cúl Camps were officially launched on Tuesday, April 12 by Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael, Criostóir Ó Cuana, and Declan Moran of VHI Healthcare. With over 1,000 camps taking place in Ireland and overseas, and over 80,000 children aged 6 – 13 years participating, the VHI GAA Cúl Camps are the most popular children’s sporting camps in the country. This is the sixth year of the massively popular VHI GAA Cúl Camps and GAA heroes Dublin Hurling Manager Anthony Daly and Kildare Football Manager Kieran McGeeney were on-hand to launch the event in their official capacity as VHI GAA Cúl camps ambassadors. The ambassadors will travel around the summer camps visiting the participants and passing on valuable tips and advice. Now in its sixth year, the Vhi GAA Cúl Camps is a nationally co-ordinated programme which aims to encourage primary school children between the ages of 6 and 13, to develop sporting skills irrespective of their skill level or ability and also to develop a sense of sporting fair play and personal achievement by participating in various Gaelic games, in a fun, non competitive environment. This year the VHI and GAA decided to lower the age that children could register to six years old as the skills picked up in the camps including healthy living, exercise, a respect for others and a sense of fair play can be accessed and applied by the youngest members of our communities across the country. The 2011 camps are expected to be extremely popular with huge demand already coming through and parents are advised to book early to ensure they get a place at the camp of their choice. Online booking is now open at www.gaa.ie or www.vhiculcamps.gaa.ie.

CEIST GAA

Returning to TG4 for a second series this autumn, TV’s first ever GAA quiz show Ceist GAA has now begun its search for Irelands No1 GAA Quiz team. Presented by Hector Ó hEochagáin, Navan O’Mahony’s own red-haired GAA encyclopedia, the 15 part series will be recorded this summer and run from September to Christmas on TG4. Teams will face a tough test, battling through qualifiers, quarterfinals, semi-finals and onto the grand final. This is a quiz show that challenges and entertains. No matter what your level of knowledge of GAA history and trivia, you’ll find something here to tickle your fancy and provide Sunday evening entertainment for all the family.

This Irish language quiz will explore the odd, the remarkable, the unbelievable and the strange in the rich and varied history of the GAA.  It will show hilarious GAA archive, pitch invasions, amazing and acrobatic scores, breaking of crossbars and scraps of all kinds. Ceist GAA will have them all and more.  No show could have GAA in its name without having Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh – in his segment Ceist na Seachtaine he will test the nation’s knowledge on all sorts of GAA trivia. Are you the local GAA knowledge buff?  Has your club got a mastermind who will lead the team to claim the prize as GAA’s No 1 quiz champions? Recordings will take place in Ceannáras TG4 in Baile na hAbhann this coming June. To enter your club into the series, go to www.tg4.ie/ceistgaa.  Entries must reach TG4 by April 28.

TIPPERARY CLUBS DRAW 2011-2012

The 2011-2012 draw was officially launched live on Tipp FM on Friday April 1 by County Board Chairman, Barry O Brien. There is over €500k in prize money this year with 2 Star prizes on offer in addition to 2 cars and many other prizes each month.  The first draw will take place on Friday, May 20 with a star prize of €30,000 to be won. Over the coming weeks receipts will be posted out to all existing members and people can either send the money directly to the GAA Office at Lar na Pairce, Thurles or to their Club promoter. The co-ordinator draw packs have been distributed to clubs and all Clubs are asked to put their usual big effort into promoting the draw. We would like to thank all the promoters who do such sterling work each year promoting the draw.

TIPPERARY GAA SCENE

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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