Tipperary GAA Scene 21st Feb





Tipperary commence their Allianz Hurling League Division 1 campaign with a visit to Nowlan Park to play Kilkenny on Sunday next February 26 at 2.30pm. It will be the 62nd league meeting between the two counties with Tipperary leading on 29 wins to 26 for Kilkenny and 6 draws in the previous 61 encounters. The last 2 years games were in Semple Stadium with Kilkenny winning by 1-17 to 1-10 in 2011 and Tipperary winning the snow postponed game in 2010 by 1-14 to 0-13. Their last meeting in Nowlan Park was the group game of 2009 which Kilkenny won comprehensively by 5-17 to 1-12. The referee on Sunday will be Michael Wadding who most people will recall refereed the All Ireland final of 2010 between these 2 sides. We wish the Tipperary players and management the best of luck for Sunday’s game and the league campaign.





A large attendance is expected at Nowlan Park on Sunday so supporters are encouraged to travel early. Admission will be €13 for adults to all sections of the Ground, €5 for Students/Senior Citizens with id and free for under 16’s. Season Ticket Stiles are: Hebron Road (New Stand Side) –              Stile Nos.  15/16/17/18 and  O’Loughlin Road (Old Stand Side) –  Stile Nos. 36 & 37.  Juvenile Group Admission is through Stile No 23 Ardan O Cearbhaill  (New Stand behind Country End Goal). Car Parking:  For supporters travelling from Tipperary or North Kilkenny via Urlingford and Freshford a special Match Car Park will be provided in the Old Kilkenny Mart – a five minute walk from Nowlan Park!  Please follow the Match Signs from the Freshford Road.  For supporters accessing the Ground from the Ring Road parking will be available in O’Loughlin Gaels Ground and the on street parking around Hebron Industrial Estate. Parking is also available in the City Car parks including McDonagh Junction which is located immediately beside Nowlan Park. Details of Car Spaces will be detailed on special signs on all approaches to the City. Pre Match entertainment will be provided by St Patrick’s Brass and Reed Band from 1.45.





Tipperary County Board have just launched the new Premier Gold Club Plus Package in Association with the GAA Season ticket (See www.tipperary.gaa.ie for brochure). The benefits of this package can be enjoyed for the next 15 months in the following ways: 1) From Feb 2012 to Sept 2012 – Support & follow the Tipperary SH team (or SF) through Allianz League & GAA Championship; 2) From Mar 2012 to Dec 2012 – attend all Tipperary Co. Finals (From minor up); 3) From May 2012 to April 2013, receive a full year’s membership of the Tipperary GAA County Board Draw. This promotion offers fantastic value for Tipperary GAA Supporters and enables Tipperary Co. Board develop its Dr Morris Park facilities, prepare county teams and promote Gaelic Games throughout the County. Current Season Ticket can upgrade to this Package by deducting what they have already paid for the Season Ticket and pay the balance as explained in the brochure. Fully completed application forms to be forwarded to Tim Floyd, Runaí Choiste Chontae Thiobraíd Árann, Lar Na Páirce, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Any queries contact Lar Na Páirce on (0504) 22702 or Tim Floyd at secretary.tipperary@gaa.ie.





The Tipperary Supporters Club will hold a get together for members in The Pembroke Hotel, Patrick Street in the centre of Kilkenny immediately after this Sunday’s match.  Come along and enjoy complimentary finger food, tea and coffee and take part in the draw for a Tipperary Jersey signed by the SH Panel.  This event is kindly sponsored by the sponsors of the membership scheme www.ryanmotorpower.com and by Tipperary man John Ryan ofkilkennypembrokehotel.com.





Hard luck to the Munster hurlers on their 3-14 to 1-16 defeat to Leinster in the Interpovincials semi-final at Nowlan Park on Sunday last. The Munster team was managed by Liam Sheedy with Eamon O’Shea as coach. Eoin Kelly was captain and other Tipperary players to feature were Paul Curran, Michael Cahill, Padraic Maher, Shane McGrath, Brendan Maher and Gearoid Ryan.





Good luck to Nenagh CBS for the Dr. Harty Cup Munster Colleges Senior Hurling final against Colaisti na nDeise on Sunday next, February 26 at Leahy Park, Cashel at 2.30pm. Both colleges will be seeking their first title in this competition so there are sure to be great celebrations for whichever team wins. Its 15 years since Nenagh CBS reached the decider when they lost to St. Colman’s Fermoy for the second year in a row. They lost to St. Flannan’s Ennis in the 1990 decider.  Nenagh will be attempting to follow in the footsteps of other CBS schools in the county which have won this prestigious title – Thurles CBS (7), Abbey CBS Tipperary (1) and Templemore CBS (1). Rockwell College also won the Munster Colleges title 5 times including 1918, the competition’s inaugural year.





Coiste Chontae Thiobraid Árann is offering a limited number of Gaeltacht Scholarships to 2nd level students in the county. Application forms are now with the clubs. These scholarships are limited to those students currently in 2nd, 5th and Transition Years. Closing date for applications is Wednesday February 29 2012.  Please note that students who have already booked a place in a Gaeltacht College and paid the deposit cannot avail of this scheme. These scholarships are only available in 3 Munster Colleges as follows: 1. Coláistí Chorca Dhuibhne, Baile an Fheirtéaraigh, Trá Lí, Co Chiarraí. (2 Options); 2. Coláiste Na Mumhan, Beal Athan Ghaorthaidh, Co. Chorcai (2 Options); 3 Coláiste na Rinne, Co. Phort Lairge (1 Option). Application forms must be signed by the relevant club and divisional secretary and returned to An Runaí, Coiste Chontae Thiobraid Árann, Lar Na Páirce, Durlas Éile Co. Tiobraid Árann before the closing date. During early March suitable candidates will be called for interview and all applicants will receive a response by mid March. Is deis iontach iad seo chun an Ghaeilge a fheabhsú i gceantar Gaeltachta.





All roads led to Castlebar on Saturday last to Craobh na hÉireann i Scór na nÓg 2012. The Royal Theatre was the venue for the excellent and unique entertainment provided in the various disciplines. Our girls from Upperchurch Drombane Cáit, Gretta, Máiréad, Christine and Aisling sang The Derry Air and Whistling Phil McHugh to a spellbound audience  and though Ferbane/Belmont took the honours  bhí na cailíni thar barr agus dhein siad éacht. Tá bród orainn go léir astu agus tá moladh thar na bearta tuillte acu agus as a dtuistí uile. Chuir muintir an pharóiste fáilte rompu tráthnóna  Dé Domhnaigh ag ceiliúradh i halla an pharóiste where family, friends, supporters, GAA and Scór representatives paid tribute to the girls on their achievements in the last year. Maith sibh a chailíní. Your club and county are proud of you.





The County semi-finals of Scor Sinsear will both be held this Saturday February 25 at 8pm.  The semi-final for West and North divisions will be held in the Marian Hall, Borrisoleigh, and the one for South and Mid divisions will take place in Muintir na Tire Hall, Littleton. The County final will be in Clonmore on Saturday March 3.  Good luck to all the participants.





Clubs are reminded of the Munster Final of Tráth na gCeist which will take place in Mallow in the first week of March. Tá cóipeanna de na ceisteanna ó 2011.2010, 2009,2008 ar fáil ón Oifigeach Cultúir (irishculturalofficer.tipperary@gaa.ie) ach glao a chur. Bígí ag cleachtadh – cleachtadh a dhéanann máistreacht.





Well done to Doon CBS on capturing the Corn Phadraig (Munster Senior Colleges B) trophy after a hard fought win against a much fancied Dungarvan CBS team on Saturday in Cahir. The scoreline was 2-6 to 0-11. Doon CBS last won this trophy in 1998. There was a significant Tipperary involvement. Sean Ryan of Cappawhite was team captain, Russell Quirke of Cappawhite scored a vital goal late on. Tom Fox of Annacarty scored two points from midfield. Kevin Stapleton (Cappawhite) was corner forward and David Orr (Cappawhite) and Andrew O’Brien (Sean Treacys) were panellists. Micheál Hassett (Moycarkey Borris) and Diarmaid Carr (Golden Kilfeacle) formed the management team. Interestingly on the last two occassions that Doon CBS won the Corn Phadraig they also had Tipperary captains. Shane McDermott in 1998 (Cappawhite) and Paul Keane 1995 (Eire Og Annacarty).





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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