Tipperary GAA Scene 20th September

by Ger Ryan County PRO


Congratulations to the Tipperary minor footballers and team management on their magnificent win in last Sunday’s All Ireland minor football final. Their commitment, composure under pressure, skill, self-belief and hard work all helped fashion one of the county’s greatest ever achievements at any grade and in either code. To beat Limerick, Cork, Kerry, Meath, Roscommon and Dublin on the way to an All Ireland title is a magnificent achievement for any county. For Tipperary, it is both a fairytale come true and a wonderful testament to the great work that has been done to develop and promote football in Tipperary. It is a tribute to the perseverance over many decades of people with great pride in and dedication to Tipperary football. It is also just reward for the great development work that has been done in recent years in clubs, schools and with inter-county teams. David Power, his selectors, Tadhg Duggan, Fergal McDonnell and Pat Murphy along with an impressive backroom team which included senior football manager, John Evans, prepared this team to the highest standard possible. The mutual respect and regard between management and players are obvious and were clearly important foundation stones in building this victory. No effort was spared in preparing the team and we thank the management and backroom team for their great work in guiding Tipperary to this unique achievement. We should also spare a thought for a fine Dublin team which was shattered to lose the final. There is a thin line between success and defeat and we can be sure many of their players will go on to achieve much success in the game.

The players were magnificent all year both on and off the field. We thank them for the joy they have brought and the pride they have shown in themselves, their clubs and county. We are fortunate to have such a fine group of players representing the county. We hope this success will stand them in good stead for both their sporting careers and their personal lives. We also thank their parents for the support and encouragement they have provided to their sons in helping them achieve All Ireland success.

Congratulations are also due to the Football Board led by Chairman, Noel Morris, and Secretary, Michael Power. They have worked hard for many years to support and develop football in Tipperary and this latest achievement to add to successes in recent years in the Allianz Football League and at Under 21 level is one they can savour with pride and pleasure.  Well done also to County Chairman, Barry O’Brien who set ambitious targets for Tipperary football when he took office 3 years ago and under his leadership, he can be very proud that the county has seen many of those ambitions achieved and is making good progress towards realising others.

Thanks to the Tipperary Association Dublin for hosting the banquet for the team on Sunday night at the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel. It was a most enjoyably occasion much enhanced by the presence of the Tom Markham Cup.

Finally, thanks to all those who turned out in such numbers to welcome home the team to Thurles on Monday evening. The team and management were welcomed formally by Dr. Dermot Clifford, Archbishop of Cashel and Emly and Patron of the GAA. Thanks also to Michael Bourke, Tom Maher and the organising committee who made the arrangements for the homecoming. Following  the homecoming, the team headed for Loughmore, home of captain Liam McGrath and 3 other members of the panel where the local club had organised a special welcome. Liam is the second Loughmore Castleiney player to captain Tipperary to All Ireland success at minor level – Jim Maher captained Tipperary to minor hurling success in 1980.


You can still win the star prizes of a trip to Australia and a trip to San Francisco in the Double Draw Bonanza. The second part of the draw for these great prizes will held on Sunday September 25 in Semple Stadium. Thanks to all clubs and individual promoters who sold tickets for the draw. Clubs who have not already sold their quota of tickets for the draw are reminded to complete their sales before next weekend. All proceeds will go towards the Tipperary county teams training funds.


The county senior hurling championship has reached quarter final stage and there are 2 attractive double headers at Semple Stadium this weekend. On Saturday, West champions, Clonoulty Rossmore, will play Nenagh Éire Óg at 3.30pm (ref Micheál Hassett) and this will be followed by the game between Mid champions, Loughmore Castleiney and defending County champions, Thurles Sarsfields at 5pm (ref Fergal Horgan). On Sunday, Mullinahone will play Borris-Ileigh at 2pm (ref Ger Fitzpatrick) and this will be followed by the clash between North champions, Toomevara and Drom and Inch at 3.30pm (ref Paddy Ivors). Admission for each day is €15 for adults and €10 for students and OAPs (id required). A special concession ticket can be purchased on Saturday for supporters wishing to attend both days. It costs €20 for adults to attend both days (saving of €10) and €15 for students and OAPs (saving €5). The concession tickets will be for sale at the Handball alley ticket booths on the New Stand side. Please note that only the New Stand will be open on both Saturday and Sunday.

We would ask supporters to show respect for all players at our games this weekend. It has been a disappointing feature of the county championship games so far that a small minority of supporters have been verbally abusive to our inter-county players following their defeat by Kilkenny in the All-Ireland final. We are fortunate to have so many quality players representing Tipperary and verbal abuse of them is simply unacceptable.


Tipperary County Board and Tipperary Football Board would like to thank the family of the late Hugh Kennedy, former Chairman of Tipperary Football Board and one of Tipperary football’s finest servants for many decades, for presenting the Hugh Kennedy Memorial Cup to the Boards at a recent function at the Horse and Jockey Hotel. This magnificent cup will be used for the County Minor B Football championship.


The County Scor Annual General Meeting will take place on Monday September 26 at 8.15pm. in Lar na Pairce, Thurles.


Congratulations to Toomevara on winning the All Ireland Camogie 7s 2 weeks ago. The defeated Killeedy of Limerick in the final.


The next meeting of Tipperary County Board will take place on Tuesday September 27 at the Sarsfields Centre commencing at 8pm. All club delegates are asked to attend.


Raymie Ryan of Cashel King Cormacs has stepped down as manager of the Tipperary minor hurlers after 1 year in charge due to personal and business commitments which prevent him having the time to stay in the position. Tipperary County Board would like to thank Raymie for the work he has done with the minor hurlers in the last year and wish him well for the future. We hope he will be available again at some point to the county. The County Board Executive has appointed a committee to recommend a new manager.


Clubs are reminded that the closing date for application for Munster Council Grants is  September 25.   The following items must accompany all applications: 1.  Copy of Deed of Trust; 2. Copy of Health and Safety Statement; 3.   Invoices and Receipt of payment.   Invoices must be marked paid and stamped with company stamp. Any queries should be sent to County Development Officer, Michael Bourke on bourkemg@eircom.net or by phone at 087 6393810.


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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