Tipperary GAA Scene July 12th

by County PRO Ger Ryan


Congratulations to the Tipperary Senior hurlers and management team on winning the county’s 39th Munster senior hurling championship in Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday last. Their 7-19 to 0-19 defeat of Waterford was the largest winning margin in a Munster final since 1982 when Cork defeated Waterford by 31 points. It was the first time since 1965 that Tipperary won the Munster senior hurling championship as reigning All Ireland champions. Tipperary will in the All Ireland semi-final at Croke Park on Sunday August 14.  Their opponents will be known after the quarter-finals on Sunday July 24. Both quarter-finals will be played as a double header at Semple Stadium with Dublin v Limerick at 2pm and Galway v Waterford at 4pm.


Good luck to the Tipperary under 21 hurlers for their Munster semi-final game against Cork at Semple Stadium on Friday July 15 at 7.30pm. Extra time will be played in the event of a draw and the game will be refereed by Michael Wadding of Waterford. Both stands will be open for the game and supporters are asked to come early to avoid delays close to throw in time.


The county senior hurling championship commences on Sunday next July 17 with 4 games to be decided. In Templemore, Borris-Ileigh will play Ballingarry at Templemore at 5.45pm and Lorrha and Dorrha will play Cashel King Cormacs at 7.15pm. In The Ragg, Upperchurch Drombane will play Moneygall at 7.15pm and Moycarkey-Borris will play Burgess at 7.15pm. Extra time will be played in the event of a draw. The admission charge for all first round games, including double headers, is €5 for adults. Juveniles are free. This is a very good price particularly for double headers and is being done to encourage bigger attendances and to acknowledge the great support received from Tipperary people.


Tipperary will play Leinster championship runners-up Meath in the All Ireland minor football championship quarter final on the weekend of July 30/31 and August 1


Tipperary County Board extends its sympathy to the families of Cllr Michael Browne of Cashel, Gerry Slevin of Borrisokane and Nenagh and Tom Mannion of Ennis and Newport following their recent deaths.

There was widespread regret with the announcement of the death of Sinn Fein Councillor, Michael Browne of Cashel on Sunday morning. A Councillor for 22 years on Cashel Town Council, he created national headlines in May when, as Mayor of Cashel, he greeted Queen Elizabeth II on the Rock of Cashel, becoming the first Sinn Fein official to do so. Michael was associated with the GAA in Cashel for over 30 years, acting as vice-chairman of Cashel King Cormacs, a member of the senior committee of the club, a selector on senior and other teams and a delegate to the West Board and county conventions over many years. He was also an important fund-raiser, more recently in the club lotto. He was also involved with Cashel Camogie Club of which he was chairman for a year, and a selector the first time the club won the All-Ireland club championship in 2007. He served as chairman of the County Camogie Board in 2009-2010.

Gaelic games journalist Gerry Slevin died on Saturday last. A native of Borrisokane,  Gerry began his long career in 1962 and worked with the Midland Tribune, Clare champion and Nenagh Guardian, where he served as editor from 1989 until his retirement in 2004. His 2005 book, Years of Plenty, recounts Tipperary’s Camogie successes between 1999 and 2004 and his 2008 book, “Through Memories Haze” recalls his greatest GAA memories. Gerry was a great advocate and promoter of Cumann Luthchleas Gael throughout his distinguished career and generously donated the proceeds of his books to the Camogie Supporters Club and Tipperary Supporters Club respectively.

Tom Mannion ran a travel agency in Ennis for many decades and acted on a number of occasions as travel agent for team holidays for All Ireland winning Tipperary hurling and camogie teams. Tom did not miss an All Ireland senior hurling final or Munster senior hurling final between 1949 and 2010. From the parish of Newport, he was a passionate supporter of his native Tipperary and also the GAA in Clare.

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The Nenagh Eire Og club were invited to a garden party in Aras an Uachtarain on Tuesday July 5, in acknowledgement of the GAA social initiative. The Nenagh club was represented by Enda O’Sullivan (Club Social initative co-ordinator), Jack Kenendy (Club vice president), Mick Hynes (Club vice president) and Jim Nagle (Club Chairman). The GAA Social Initiative arose as a result of President Mary McAleese and her husband, Senator Martin, noticing an absence of older men in attendance at official functions during their many visits to local communities over the years. Arising from her concern, the President established a Forum in 2007 consisting of selected older men – leading academics, health and social care professionals, service providers and local and national representatives – to explore the problem. Subsequently, the President invited the GAA to implement some of the ideas arising from the Forum resulting in the ‘GAA Social Initiative’, launched in 2009.

The Initiative began with four county-based projects in Mayo, Fermanagh, Kerry and Wexford.  It was subsequently launched as a club-based, island-wide project, utilising the GAA club network as a vehicle to achieve the greatest reach into all communities. The Nenagh Eire Og club was selected as one of the pilot clubs to launch this project nationwide. This initiative fits perfectly with one of the stated aims of the club which is to maintain and build on its relationship with the local Nenagh community.  While many of the activities that the club undertakes will be GAA-oriented; the ‘Initiative’ is not exclusive to GAA members and looking ahead the intention is to liaise with relevant statutory bodies and institutions and other voluntary organisations operating in the local urban and rural community to generate a range of mutually beneficial activities.


The draw for the Munster U16 Football Tournament was made last week. The tournament which is sponsored by Fitzgerald’s Woodland’s House Hotel and Golden Vale Milk will take place in Limerick over the weekend of July 16 and 17. The draw for the tournament which was started in 1993 was made by Sean Walsh Chairman of the Munster Council and Sean Mc Auliffe Chairman of the Limerick Football Board. see attached. There are 8 teams taking part with Cork and Kerry having 2 teams each. The Current holders of the John O’Donovan Perpetual Memorial Cup are Tipperary and Kerry North won the Shield competition in 2010. Tipperary will play one of the Cork teams in the first round at Knocklong on Saturday July 16 at 11am. Winners of first round games advance to Cup semi-finals, losers of first round games advance to Shield semi-finals. The 2 finals will be played at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick on Sunday July 17 with the Shield Final at 12.30pm and the Cup Final at 2pm. Good luck to the Tipperary team.


The Tipperary GAA Clubs monthly draw will be hosted by the Golden-Kilfeacle GAA Club this Friday night July 15 in the Bridge House Bar, Golden. On the night we will be presenting last month’s winner Michael Lawrence (Mullinahone GAA Club) with his winner’s cheque of €15,000 along with €500 to promoter Lawrence Vaughan. Over €40,000 in prizes can be won on Friday night again with a Lotto jackpot of €3,000 to drawn on the night along with Special Club prize. We are encouraging all clubs to recruit new members still ahead of our second Star prize of €20,000 that will be given away in the November draw. Please come along and join us and the Golden-Kilfeacle GAA Club celebrate on the night.


Congratulations to Thurles Sarsfields on the successful staging of their international hurling festival last weekend. Kilburn Gaels were the first winners of the Tom Semple Cup having defeated Dunboyne by a single point in the final. Well done to all the teams which participated in the various competitions.


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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