Tipperary GAA Scene





All clubs are reminded that County Convention will take place in the Dome at Semple Stadium on Monday night next, December 17 commencing at 7.30pm. The annual report of Secretary, Tim Floyd, is available on the Tipperary GAA website, www.tipperary.gaa.ie.  As usual, Tim presents a very comprehensive and interesting report among the highlights of which are – 1) A month by month summary of notable events for Tipperary GAA in 2012. 2) A commentary on the performance of all inter-county teams with some particularly insightful comments on the reaction to the loss of the senior hurling team in the All Ireland semi-final and prospects for the year ahead. 3) An echoing of the County Chairman’s recent call for the county senior hurling championship to be restructured in the interests of clubs, players, more competitive games and improving standards in the county. 4) A commentary on county board finances which notes good progress on reducing expenditure but highlights the ongoing problem of reduced revenue across several key income areas such as gate receipts, merchandise income, sponsorship and fund raising. Tipperary County Board would like to thank Tim for his contribution throughout 2012 and congratulate him on producing yet another excellent and thoughtful annual report.





The Tipperary Yearbook is now on sale throughout the county for just €10. There are 274 pages in this year’s publication with a wide range of articles covering all GAA activities in the county during the year gone by. The county’s 2 All Ireland and 4 Munster final victories are recounted as well as much more. Well done to the Publications Committee led by Chairman, Seamus King, and Secretary, John Smith, on their great work compiling and editing articles for the Yearbook.





The county under 21 B hurling championship semi-final between Golden-Kilfeacle and Skeheenarinky will take place in Cahir on Sunday next December 16 at 1.30pm. The other B semi-final and the two A semi-finals are scheduled to be played the following weekend.





At this time of the year many new officers are appointed at Club AGMs. All outgoing officers are asked to ensure that new officers are given access to the official GAA email addresses which are the primary means of communicating with clubs. Any problems accessing email addresses should be reported to the IT Officer of Tipperary County Board, Eddie Kinane at itofficer.tipperary@gaa.ieor PRO, Ger Ryan at pro.tipperary@gaa.ie. Clubs are also asked to ensure that names of new officers are published on their websites and also notified to the County Secretary at secretary.tipperary@gaa.ie.





Two-time football All Star Declan Browne, without doubt one of the county’s greatest ever footballers, has retired from all levels of football. The gifted forward, who retired from the inter-county scene in 2007 after a long battle with injuries, played his last game for Moyle Rovers in their recent county league final defeat to Eire Og in Ballyporeen. Declan captained Tipperary to win the Tommy Murphy Cup against Wexford in 2005, won All Stars in 1998 and 2003, seven Tipperary SFC medals and a Munster MFC medal in 1995. He also represented Ireland in the International Rules series in 2003 and 2004. We wish him well for his retirement, thank him for his great contribution as a player and hope he will continue to be involved in football in the county.





The Tipperary GAA Clubs Draw for December takes place this Friday night December 14 in Darmody’s Lounge, Littleton with Moycarkey-Borris as the hosting club.  Michael & Mary Treacy, Ballydavid, Littleton and Fr. P.O’Gorman, Golden Kilfeacle GAA, who won first and second prizes respectively in the November Draw  will be presented them with their prizes.  As usual on Friday night there are two Cars up for grabs with lots of €500 cash prizes also.  So Littleton is the place to be on Friday night with Moycarkey Borris GAA Club as we celebrate the festive season.





The county final of the Primary Schools Table Quiz was held on Sunday night in the Thurles Sarsfields Clubhouse before a large attendance. Twenty teams took part and after some excellent answering Loughmore N.S. emerged as winners with a score of 59 points from a possible 64. After a series of tie-break questions the other prize winners were 2nd – Golden N.S.; 3rd – Newport Boys N.S.; 4th – St. Michaels N.S. Holycross and 5th – Gael Scoil, Nenagh.  The prizes were presented by Andy O’Gorman, County Youth Committee.  Andy has been a member of the Youth Committee for many years and he was one of those responsible for the commencement of the Primary School Quiz which has gone from strength to strength over the years. Joe Kerrigan, C.E.O. Centenary Thurles Co-Op represented the sponsors. John Smith, County Children’s Officer, was the quizmaster. Well done to all who participated and who helped organise the event, and congratulations to the winners.





There was great jubilation on Monday night, December 3, when LIT Tipperary beat a fancied IT Tralee side by 0-16 to 0-9 in the All-Ireland 3rd Level Colleges Division 2 Hurling League Final played in what can only be described as atrocious weather conditions on a very wet and windy night in Rathkeale. The LIT Tipperary manager is Brendan Maher of Borris-Ileigh and Tipperary. The following are the Tipperary players who were on the panel: James Logue (Ballingarry), Ian Maher (Thurles Sarsfields), Tom Ryan (Templederry Kenyons), Mark Gennery (Portroe), Denis Maher (Thurles Sarsfields), Philip Ivors (Ballingarry), Tommy Doyle (Thurles Sarsfields), Kevin Smith (Thurles Sarsfields), Tom Dorney (Thurles Gaels), James Gleeson (Killenaule) and Niall O’Sullivan (Moycarkey-Borris).





If you are still wondering what to buy GAA fans for Christmas consider the GAA Season Ticket and the Tipperary GAA Club Match Pass. For just €200, the new 2013 Premier Gold Plus Package will give access to all adult club games within the county organized by the Tipperary County and Divisional CCC’s. In addition it incorporates the GAA Season Ticket which gives access to all Allianz League matches in the chosen code (including semi-finals and final) plus the opening Championship fixture for Tipperary SH or SF. After that Pay for Play applies for your county’s additional games in the championship in that code with a €5 discount off face value. For championship games the Season Ticket is in a reserved good quality seating section e.g. 304 or 305 in the Cusack Stand in Croke Park. If you have already purchased a GAA Season Ticket you can pay an additional €115 for the Tipperary GAA Club Match Pass. If you want to pay by credit card or order a copy of the brochure and application form contact Lár na Páirce 0504-22702 (10am-5pm Mon – Fri).





A number of clubs produce annual club newsletters which are an excellent way to report on the activities of the year gone by and to give club members and supporters some good yuletide reading. This year Moycarkey-Borris have maintained their high standards in this regard with an excellent 40 page publication packed with photographs and interesting articles. Well done to editor, Ed Donnelly, and the club on their good work. The newsletter is for sale for just €8 throughout the parish.





Thurles Sarsfields will play Offaly and Leinster champions, Kilcormac Killoughey, in the AIB All Ireland club senior hurling semi-final in February. There was a Tipperary connection with Kilcormac Killoughey for their victory over Oulart The Ballagh of Wexford in the Leinster final last Sunday as Trevor Fletcher, a native of Roscrea, came on as a blood sub for 20 minutes in place of Danny Currams. Trevor was on the Tipperary minor hurling panel in 1997 and 98 and also played hurling in New York and London.





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 pro.tipperary@gaa.ie on or before 3pm on Monday. Visit the Tipperary GAA web site at www.tipperary.gaa.ie keep up to date with all the latest news in Tipperary GAA circles.

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