Tipperary GAA Scene

By PRO Joe Bracken


Best wishes to all Tipperary clubs in Munster club championship action this weekend.


In the AIB Munster Senior Club Championship, Thurles Sarsfields travel to Walsh Park, to play Ballygunner (Waterford) in the quarter-final where there is a 2pm start. In last year’s fixture between the sides in Semple Stadium, Sarsfields had a one point win 0-17 to 0-16 with Captain Padraic Maher picking up the man of the match award.


Best wishes to Clonmel Commercials in the AIB Munster Senior Club Football Championship where they will play Dr. Crokes (Kerry) in the quarter-final on Sunday next October 29th in Clonmel where throw-in is at 2pm.


Ballybacon-Grange will play the Kenmare (Kerry) in the AIB Munster Junior Club Hurling Championship Quarter-Final this Saturday, October 28th in Ardfinnan with a 2pm start.


Commiserations to St. Mary’s Clonmel who were defeated 2-17 to 0-11 by Kanturk (Cork) in the AIB Munster Intermediate Club Hurling Championship Quarter-Final last Sunday. In what has been a tremendous year for the club, they will look forward to 2018 with great optimism in the senior ranks.


Kiladangan play St. Senans (Limerick) in the AIB Munster Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final on week ending November 5th at a Tipperary venue.


In the AIB Munster GAA Football Junior Club Championship Quarter-Final, Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams will meet either Erins Own or Knocknagree (Cork) at a Cork venue on the weekend of November 5th.


The Tipperary Water Seamus Ó Riain Cup Final replay between Roscrea and Toomevara cancelled last weekend because of unplayable ground will now go ahead on Sunday week, November 5th in Moneygall, where the throw in will be at 2pm and extra time will be played if required.


The Division 1 final of the Tipperary Water County Hurling League for the Johnny Ryan Cup, also cancelled last Saturday will be played this Friday, October 27th under lights at 8pm in Borrisoleigh when the home side Borris-Ileigh take on Drom-Inch, extra time will be played here too if required.


The Tipperary Water County Junior ‘A’ Football Championship Final between Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams and Loughmore-Castleiney will take place this Friday night, October 27th, in Clonoulty with an 8pm throw in. If required, extra time will be played.


The Tipperary Water County Junior A Hurling Championship Final between Ballybacon-Grange and Toomevara was another fixture that also fell victim of the weather last weekend and is refixed for Saturday week, November 4th, in Boherlahan with a 2pm start.

For a full round up on all results and fixtures, please check the Tipperary GAA website https://tipperary.gaa.ie/ or the fixtures/results section in your local newspaper.


Best wishes to Tipperary senior hurlers John O’Keeffe (Clonoulty-Rossmore) and Darren Gleeson (Portroe) along with Tipperary senior footballer Martin Dunne (Moyle Rovers) who retired from the inter-county scene last week.


Well done to John McCormack (Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams) who was in charge of the AIB Munster Intermediate Club Hurling Championship Quarter-Final last Sunday between Kilmaley (Clare) and Murroe-Boher (Limerick).


Ireland was defeated by Scotland in a Senior Hurling/Shinty match last Saturday in Bught Park in Inverness on a score line of 2-12 to 2-15.

The Ireland team included Tipperary players James Barry (Upperchurch-Drombane) and John McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney) who scored 3 points in the match, two of which came from side line cuts. The team was jointly managed by William Maher (Ballingarry) and Conor Phelan (Kilkenny).


With the 2017 Inter-County Season now finished the details for the GAA Season Ticket for 2018 have been announced.

The following pricing will apply – Adult Season Ticket €120 and Juvenile Season Ticket €30. The Adult Club+ Season Ticket is €200.

As per 2017, the Club+ Season Ticket will allow the owner to attend club fixtures within the chosen county. The grades and codes of club fixtures that will be covered by the Club+ element of the ticket are determined by the individual county. Once the season ticket is correctly maintained throughout the season, the Club+ version will also guarantee the ticket holder an All-Ireland Final ticket should his/her county qualify, regardless of their attendance percentage. This is designed to encourage ticket holders to move towards this product and ultimately increase revenue for individual counties.

Croke Park will be going live with renewals this Tuesday, October 24th, with the system then opening up for new sales on November 1st.


The next monthly draw will be held on Friday week, November 3rd in The Rapparee Bar in Drom and will be hosted by the Drom & Inch GAA club. On that night Ena De Burca from Knocka, Drom will be presented with the 2nd prize from the October Draw.


The 2018 Tipperary GAA Yearbook is being compiled at present and the Yearbook committee is seeking articles and information for inclusion. Clubs that have accomplished any unique achievement in 2017 such as winning a major title for the first time, achieving a double, opening new dressing rooms or a new grounds, etc. are requested to send through an appropriate article for inclusion.

The Yearbook committee are looking to all clubs to submit any obituaries of their deceased members in the last 12 months. The maximum number of words for an obituary is 150 and please include the club name and the years also, e.g. 1937-2017, as well as his/her G.A.A. achievements and a photograph of the deceased person.

The deadline for sending information is 1st November. Please e-mail information and photographs which must be named to John Smith, Secretary Tipperary Yearbook Committee at yearbook.tipperary@gaa.ie.

Please note information must be submitted as outlined above and all articles, photographs etc. will be acknowledged. If an acknowledgement is not received please contact the Yearbook Secretary at 087-9960710.

The digitisation team at Tipperary Studies, with the support of the Tipperary Co. Board and Nenagh Guardian newspaper, have completed the task of digitising back issues of the Tipperary GAA Yearbook, from 1970 to 2016 inclusive, plus an unofficial yearbook from 1965. All yearbooks are free to browse on the Tipperary Studies website www.tipperarystudies.ie and search under the digital archive for the link to Tipperary GAA Yearbooks. It is a great resource to anyone researching players or teams. The resource is also of great benefit for clubs compiling histories or marking events in the past fifty years. The team at Tipperary Studies greatly appreciate the full support of the GAA Yearbook committee, past and present for their continued support of this project. There was also a second yearbook published in the late 1960s which the digitisation team do not have. They would be very happy to borrow a copy, if anyone has one to hand, which will be scanned and returned to its owner, so that the collection will be complete. The digitisation team can be contacted at 0761 066123 or by email studies@tipperarycoco.ie  if anyone has the outstanding copy they would wish to loan to complete the set.


The County Tipperary Hurling Club New York will hold their 2017 Celebration Banquet on Saturday, December 2nd at Lake Isles Country Club, 660 White Plains Road, Eastchester, NY 10709.

Guest of Honour is Mike Kennedy (Toomevara) with Honouree Special Guest – John O’Brien (Toomevara), Honouree Guest – Sheila Ryan (Tipperary Rose) and Special Guest – Samantha Lambert (Ardfinnan & Tipperary Ladies Football Captain).

The Tipperary Man of the Year is Mickey Maher (Roscrea) and the Tipperary Hurler of the Year is Michael Sheedy (Portroe).

Proceedings get under way at 8:00 pm with a Cocktail Hour followed at 9:00 pm by Dinner and Dancing. Music will be provided by New York Showband.

Tickets are $110 per person from Dance Chairpersons: Brendan Maher (646) 361-5544 or kellymaher1@hotmail.com and Stephen Carty (914) 899 3130 or any committee member – Michael Sheedy, Ger Morris, Michael Maher, Tom Woodlock, Therese Crowe and Mike Ryan.

Platinum, Gold or White Journal contract details can be made with the Journal Chairman – Tommy Kavanagh (914) 309 2363 or any of the journal committee; Pat Costigan, Pa Ryan, Geraldine Stapleton, Paul Loughnane, Martin Dunne, Joe Grace, Donal Morrissey, Donnacha O’Dwyer and Owen Cummins.

President is Sean Sheppard (914) 473-8102 and Vice President is Jim Keane (914) 643 8062.

Transportation provided from McKeon’s Bar at 7:15 pm sharp and a great night is guaranteed for all.


Lár na Páirce, the GAA Museum in Thurles, will hold a GAA Memorabilia Fair in Thurles Sarsfields Social Centre, (beside Semple Stadium) on Sunday, November 26th from 12.00 noon to 4.00pm.

At this Memorabilia Fair, patrons will be given the chance to browse, purchase and search a large selection of Match Programmes, Club Histories, Hurling, Football, Camogie and Handball publications, not to mention a host of other somewhat rare GAA material, and all in the pleasant and spacious surroundings of  Thurles Sarsfields Clubhouse.

Dealers, collectors, sellers and swappers are cordially invited to attend this event, where it is hoped they will find unusual and rare material aplenty to interest everyone in attendance.

Sales positions, free of charge, can be booked in advance and anyone interested should contact the organisers before November 23th next.

Admission is €3, with accompanied children free.

For further information on this event, please contact Seamus J. King, Tel: 087 2246245 or Liam Ó Donnchú, Tel: 086 6036547 or email larnapaircemuseum@gmail.com

This is one upcoming event certainly not to be missed by all lovers of GAA sports.


Tipperary GAA has launched a loyalty CashBack Card which as a Tipperary supporter each individual that registers is doing their small bit in support of the county cause. Loyalty cards were sent out with club draw receipts to all members and as there is no charge in registering you can opt in immediately. If anyone who doesn’t have a loyalty card and flyer please call to Lár na Páirce to pick up one. Register as per details on the CashBack flyer. To activate the card, holders must complete the registration and then please email, post or drop off your registration details to Lar na Páirce, Slievenamon Road, Thurles or secretary.tipperary@gaa.ie


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 e-mailpro.tipperary@gaa.ie on or before 3.00pm 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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