Tipperary GAA Scene 26th July

by County PRO Ger Ryan


Good luck to the Tipperary minor footballers and management for their All Ireland quarter final against Leinster finalists, Meath at O’Moore Park Portlaoise on Monday next, August 1 at 2pm. The game will be followed by the minor quarter final between Cork and Leinster champions, Dublin at 4pm. Extra time will be played in the event of draws. We would ask as many supporters as possible to travel to Portlaosie on Monday to support our minors who had a very fine Munster campaign defeating Kerry and Cork on the way to a much coveted first Munster title in 16 years.


Following Sunday’s quarter finals at Semple Stadium, Tipperary will play Dublin in the All Ireland senior hurling semi-final at Croke Park on Sunday August 14 at 3.30pm. It will be preceded at 1.30pm by the minor semi-final between Dublin and Waterford. The senior game will be the first championship meeting between Tipperary and Dublin since the 2007 qualifier series when Tipperary defeated Dublin by 1-20 to 1-11 with Willie Ryan of Toomevara the top scorer on 10 points. Their previous championship meeting prior to that was the 1961 All Ireland final which Tipperary won by a single point 0-16 to 1-12. It will be the first time that Tipperary and Dublin will meet in an All Ireland senior hurling semi-final. If Waterford and Dublin win the semi-finals, it will be the first time since 1948 that they will meet in an All Ireland senior hurling final.


The visit of the Tipperary senior hurling team to Clonmel Sportsfield for training on Thursday last was met with a huge response from the general public with approx 5,000 people turning up over the two hour period. The visit which was in conjunction with the  Place for U project was an outstanding success in terms of highlighting this worthwhile venture which when completed will be of benefit to young and old and to community services in general in Clonmel. The response also demonstrated the huge support in Clonmel and its environs for the Tipperary hurlers and the visit will be of immense benefit to the promotion of the game in Clonmel and surrounding areas. Sincere thanks to Declan Ryan, Tommy Dunne and Michael Gleeson and their backroom team for facilitating the visit and to all the players for giving an exhibition of their skill and artistry during the session. Special thanks to team captain, Eoin Kelly, Lar Corbett, Brendan Cummins and Paul Curran for endorsing the Place for U project by becoming patrons and to St Mary’s and Commercials clubs for facilitating the visit and for stewarding and having the field and facilities in splendid order. Thanks also to the members of the Gardai present for assisting with crowd control and traffic.


The county senior hurling championship round 1 was completed last weekend with wins for Thurles Sarsfields, Roscrea, Portroe and Kilruane MacDonaghs. The losers from these games, Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams, Boherlahan Dualla, Ballybacon Grange and Borrisokane go into the Ó Riain Cup competition. The round 2 draw produced the following pairings: Lorrha and Dorrha v Templederry Kenyons (Cloughjordan, Friday July 29 at 7.15pm); Burgess v Killenaule (The Ragg, Saturday July 30, 5.15pm); Eire Og Annacarty v Roscrea (The Ragg, Saturday July 30, 7pm); Golden Kilfeacle v Thurles Sarsfields (Holycross, Saturday July 30, 7pm); Borris-Ileigh v Kilruane MacDonaghs (Dolla, Saturday July 30, 7.15pm); Holycross Ballycahill v Nenagh Eire Og (Templemore, Sunday July 31, 1.45pm) and Portroe v Upperchurch Drombane (Templemore, Sunday July 31, 3.30pm. Extra time will be played in the event of draws. JK Brackens have been fixed to play AN Other at this point pending the final outcome of the situation in relation to the failure of Carrick Swans to play the South semi-final replay against Mullinahone. Carrick Swans have been excluded from the South and County senior hurling championships as a result but this decision may be the subject of a hearing and / or appeal. Admission charges for the round 2 games are €8 for a single game and €10 for a double header, €5 for students and OAPs for single games and double headers and free for juveniles.


The Ó Riain Cup Draw produced the following pairings: Ballingarry v Moycarkey Borris (Cashel, Sunday July 31, 7pm); Cashel King Cormacs v Boherlahan Dualla (Holycross Saturday August 6, 6.30pm); Moneygall v Ballybacon Grange (to be fixed) and Borrisokane v Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams (Templederry, Sunday July 31, 7pm). Admission charges for these games will be €5 per person.


In the county senior football championship round 1, Arravale Rovers defeated Moyne Templetuohy and Galtee Rovers / St. Pecaun defeated JK Brackens last weekend.  Moyle Rovers will play Ardfinnan on Saturday evening in Clonmel at 7pm in their first round game.


Congratulations to Loughmore Castleiney on winning the Mid Senior Hurling Championship final at Templetuohy on Sunday evening last. Well done also to the Mid Board and the Moyne Templetuohy Club on their excellent arrangements for the event.  Well done also to Mid PRO, Andy Fogarty on the excellent and informative programme for the final. The other 3 divisional hurling finals are all down for decision this coming weekend and we wish all the participants and well.


Would you like to test your hurling knowledge, help Tipperary’s championship preparations and possibly win a pair of stand tickets to the All Ireland Senior Hurling Final?  This great prize will be won by the person who correctly, or most closely, predicts the full time score of the Semi Final v Dublin in the Tipperary Supporters Club score prediction competition. The fee is €5 for one entry, €10 for three entries or €15 for five entries and all proceeds will go towards the costs of Tipperary’s training for the Semi Final. To enter on line just log on to www.tippsupportersclub.com where entry fees can be paid by credit or laser card.  Also you can send entries by post to John Coman, 52 Hazelbrook Road, Terenure, Dublin 6w (087 9087105) to arrive by Thursday 11 August. Entries must give goals and points for each team.  The winner will be contacted on Monday 15 August.  Entrants, who must be at least 18 years old, should provide name, address and phone number and rules are on the website. Cheques or postal orders should be made payable to Tipperary Supporters Club.


A delegation from the Clare Branch of the Tipperary Supporters Club made a presentation to the Tipperary County Board at a very pleasant function at Lár na Páirce  on Saturday, July 23, to commemorate Tipperary’s All-Ireland victory last September.  The presentation was a beautiful etching of the All-Ireland champions on Portroe slate. The etching and the presentation were the brainchild of the late Tom Mannion of Tom Mannion Travel, Ennis and formerly of Birdhill. Although domiciled in Clare since 1949, Tom was always a staunch Tipperary supporter and was a member of the Tipperary Supporters Club since its foundation. He had the unique distinction of having attended every All-Ireland final, hurling and football, since 1949. Tom had intended being in attendance for the presentation and was very much looking forward to the occasion but unfortunately he passed away a few weeks ago, RIP.  He was represented at the presentation by members of his family including his son Leo, his grand-daughter Janelle, his niece Mary and nephew TJ. Also present from the Clare Branch of the Tipperary Supporters Club were Willie Moloney formerly of Silvermines and John Madden formerly of Birdhill.  Tipperary County Board is very grateful to the Mannion family and the Tipp supporters in Clare for this generous and unique presentation which will be proudly displayed in Lár na Páirce.


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: 0pm 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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