Tipperary GAA Scene 27th April 2010

gaa-logo-tipperary7by County PRO Ger Ryan


Congratulations to Clonmel Commercials on their 2-8 to 1-6 victory over Arravale Rovers in the County U-21 A football final at Leahy Park in Cashel on Sunday evening. It’s their 7th title at this grade and their first since 1998.  Congratulations also to Rockwell Rovers who defeated Mullinahone in the B final by 3-6 to 0-9, which was also played on Sunday evening in Leahy Park. It’s Rockwell Rovers’ second title and their first since they won the inaugural U21 B final in 1987.


Well done to the Tipperary minor footballers who defeated Clare by 1-8 to 1-3 at Semple Stadium on Saturday evening last to secure a place in the Munster Semi-final against Cork on May 12th at Semple Stadium.


Good luck to the minor hurlers for their Munster Championship first round game against Cork this Wednesday evening, April 28th at 6.30pm at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.  The winners qualify for the Munster semi-finals while the losers will go into a play-off round with a second chance to qualify for the semi-finals.


The Munster Council has announced a very attractive set of Match Promotions for 2010. Season Tickets for all Munster Senior Hurling Championship Games (including replays) cost €110 (a saving of €15) for a Stand ticket package and €70 ( a saving of €15) for a Terrace ticket package. Family tickets cost €30 for adult covered stand tickets and €25 for uncovered stand and €5 for a child u-16. U-16s are free to non-ticketed games. Buy tickets for your county’s first match in both codes for a total purchase discount of €10. You could also win a Toyota Aurus car (sponsored by Toyota Ireland) by buying a match programme at any of 5 Munster Senior Football and 3 Munster senior hurling championship games. There will also be 8 runners-up prizes of weekend breaks for 2 people in Killarney’s top hotels in association with Killarney Chamber of Commerce and Tourism. Full details will be in the match programmes and are also on the Munster GAA website. Tickets for games will be available from the Musnter GAA website (www.munster.gaa.ie), Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.ie), County boards and local GAA clubs. The Munster ticket van will also be travelling throughout the province selling tickets.  Other benefits have also been announced, e.g. if you are in Cork on Saturday May 29th (the night before the Tipp v Cork Munster SHC game) and you present a valid match ticket, you will receive free entry and a complimentary race card to Curraheen Park Greyhound Stadium Cork. You should also listen to your local radio station and read the Irish Examiner for other match ticket giveaways.


Although Tipperary had no winners, our representatives in the All Ireland finals of Senior Scor in Killarney did themselves and the county proud. Well done to Noirín Ryan from Clonoulty Rossmore in the Solo song competition who was accompanied by Martin Forrestal and to the Borris-Ileigh set dancers – Michelle Maher, Pauline O’Brien, Aileen Óg Groome, Margaret Ryan, Thomas Walsh, Henry Groome, Declan Maher and Peter Ryan. Many thanks also to all the people who travelled to give them such great support. There was a very high standard displayed by all participants which augurs well for the future of Scór.


Well done to the Tipperary U16/U17 team of Brendan Ryan, Adrian O Dwyer, Ollie Harte, Kieran Cahill, Dylan Ryan, Paddy Kelly who won the All Ireland title by defeating Galway on Sunday last. They were coached by Andy Purcell from Silvermines and John O Donoghue from Cashel. Congratulations also to Fergal Collins Ballina who won the U21 Singles All-Ireland Title after a two and a half hour Marathon against Stephen Cooney from Mayo.  Finally to make three titles in the one weekend well done to veterans, Jim Ryan from the Silvermines and Pakie Mullins from Clonmel who won the DMAD final against Paddy Reilly and Seamus Reade from Kilkenny.


Good luck to the 4 Tipperary divisional teams which will participate in the Munster under 16 A and B inter-divisional hurling blitzes next weekend. The group stages take place on Saturday, May 1st with the finals on Monday, May 3rd.  North Tipperary and Mid Tipperary are in the A competition. North Tipp’s group rounds will be in Clarecastle where their first game will be at 11am against City / West Limerick A. Mid Tipperary’s group rounds will be in Dr. Morris Park, Thurles and their first game also at 11am will be against Avondhu of Cork. The semi-finals and final will be played at Mallow GAA grounds on Monday, May 3rd commencing at 11am. South Tipperary, West Tipperary and Tipperary B will take part in the B competition. Tipperary B and West Tipperary will be based at Cahir for their group stages and will play each other in their first game at 11am on Saturday May 1st.  South Tipperary will be based at Knocklong in Limerick where they will play City / West Limerick B in their first game also at 11am. The B semi-finals and finals will be at Newtownshandrum in Cork commencing at 11am on Monday, May 3rd. Well done to all the Games Developmgent Committees and coaches in the province who are responsible for running these competitions.


Tom Long from the Tipperary Association in Limerick has been in touch to say that the Association is once again promoting the Tipperary Clubs and Members Draw this year. They are very grateful to all those who continue to support the draw. The Association receives approximately 50% of each member’s contribution once all draws are completed at the end of April each year and these contributions are then distributed to worthwhile Limerick charities such as Milford Hospice, Brothers of Charity, Enable Ireland, and the Alzheimer Society.  These organisations and many like them are hugely appreciative of these donations. This year they made a €1,000 contribution to St.Vincent De Paul which was very much appreciated in these recessionary times. They hope that with the continued support of Tipperary people in Limerick they will be able to carry on contributing to these worthwhile causes in the local community. They are calling on all Tipperary people living in Limerick to join with them in supporting the Tipperary members draw for just €2 per week. There are fantastic prizes on offer in the draw again this year with cars, holidays and cash prizes every month. People wishing to join the draw and give themselves the opportunity of winning these super prizes as well as supporting Tipp GAA and worthy causes in Limerick, should call Tom Long at 087-4148701 or 061-453218.


The Tipperary U-17 A post primary schools hurling final will take place between Nenagh CBS and Thurles CBS in Templemore this Thursday, April 29th at 1.30pm. As colleges fixtures come to a close for this school year, The GAA Scene is grateful to Tom Collum of  Templemore for providing details of all fixtures. Thanks Tom for all your good work.


The Cloughjordan Heritage Group has prepared a programme of events for ‘Cloughjordan Honours Thomas MacDonagh Weekend’. The patriot was born in Cloughjordan in 1878, was a leader in the Easter Rising 1916 and executed in Kilmainham on 3rd May 1916. This year the programme extends from Friday to Sunday, April 30th to May 2nd. For fulll details please see www.cloughjordan.ie/macdonaghweekend.


The death occurred last week of former Cahir, Tipperary and Munster footballer, Tom Walsh.  A county minor in 1954 & 1955, he played at centre back in the 1955 Minor All Ireland Final against Dublin.  After a couple of years on the Tipperary Junior team, he made his Munster Senior Championship debut in 1958 and played for Tipperary until 1965.  In 1959 at the age of 21 he played at centre back for Munster in the Railway Cup.  For Cahir he won a County Minor Championship in 1953, County Junior Championships in 1955 and 1958 and in 1959 he was centre back of the Cahir team that won the South Senior Football Championship for the first time.  We extend our sympathies to his family. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam.


Tipperary County Board sends its deepest sympathies to the family of Leitrim and Mohill footballer Philip McGuinness who passed away last week as a result of an injury sustained in a club football game against Melvin Gaels. We also send sympathy to the Mohill and Melvin Gaels clubs, Leitrim GAA and his many friends.  Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.


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 3:00pm 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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