Tipperary GAA Scene 18th May 2010


Commiserations to the Tipp senior footballers who put up a brave battle before succumbing to the skill, strength and guile of reigning All Ireland champions Kerry in their Munster Quarter final clash at Semple Stadium on Sunday last. The scoreline of 2-18 to 2-6 belied the overall performance of the Tipp team. Tipp now go forward to Round 1 of the All Ireland qualifiers which will involve all teams which do not qualify for their provincial semi-finals. It will be an open draw and the games will be played on Saturday, June 26th.


It was a disappointing day overall in Semple Stadium as the junior footballers were also defeated by Kerry on a scoreline of 1-13 to 0-8. Hard luck to them and thanks to the players and management for their efforts in preparing for the game over the last several months.


Tipperary will play Cork in the Munster Intermediate and Senior Hurling championships in Cork on Sunday May 30th. The Intermediate game commences at 2pm and the Senior game at 4pm. Admission prices are: Covered Stand €30; Open Stand €25; Terrace €15.  Family Tickets and Juvenile Group tickets are also available. Apply through clubs or on Munster GAA website, www.munster.gaa.ie, or Ticketmaster, www.ticketmaster.ie, for stand, terrace and family tickets and apply to GAA office in Thurles 0504 22702 for juvenile group tickets. See the Munster GAA website for other attractive ticket promotions.


Blackrock Hurling Club have informed us that they are operating a Car Park (€5.00) and Food Service, in Church Road on Sunday May 30th for the Tipperary v Cork game. The Club is within walking distance of Pairc Uí Chaoimh and is convenient for supporters to park there. Blackrock have always welcomed Tipperary visitors so keep them in mind if you are looking to park close to the stadium.


The first draw in the 2010-2011 Tipperary Clubs Draw will take place this Friday night May 21st in the HQ Bar in Thurles (beside Lár Na Pairce) at 10pm. On the night we will be giving away the Star prize of a Toyota Land Cruiser or €50,000 cash alternative. Who knows you could be driving in style to the Tipperary V Cork game in the first round of the championship! We will also be giving away a Car or €12,000 cash alternative along with a Holiday, Flat Screen TV and numerous Cash prizes. You are still not too late to sign up for a chance to win this fabulous prize and still for only €10 per month. Please do come along and support the First Draw. You can join by contacting your club co-ordinator or the GAA office in Thurles on 0504 22702.

TippERARY GAA Merchandise Shop

In the Millennium Year 2000 Tipperary GAA Merchandise Shop, Lár na Páirce Thurles opened its doors to become the first high street GAA supporters shop in the country. This Saturday, May 22nd the Tipp GAA Shop will celebrate its 10th Anniversary with a major re-launch and a brand new image to mark the start of a new decade. It’s bigger, brighter and a better place to shop. Our dedicated and friendly staff are looking forward to welcoming supporters wishing to buy Tipperary gear and paraphernalia in preparation for the season ahead. Tipperary senior hurling captain Eoin Kelly will officially open the new store at 12 noon and he along with some of his Tipperary team mates will meet the fans and sign autographs. Tipp Fm will also be there at the official opening of the New Tipperary GAA Shop at Lár na Páirce, Thurles, this Saturday at 12 noon,


The Tipperary Supporters Club Golf Classic took place last Thursday and Friday at the County Tipperary Golf and Country Club, Dundrum. The winners were the Matt Kavanagh / Kieran T. Flynn team – Matt Kavanagh, David Kavanagh, Michael Kennedy and Raymond Flynn. In second place was Templederry GAA – Pat Kennedy, Michael Ryan, Terry Ryan and Seamus Kennedy. Third was Munster Council team -Donie Nealon, Babs Keating, Nancy Keating and Ger Galvin. The longest drive was won by Ger Flanagan and Nearest the Pin by Sadie Tierney. Well done to all the winners and thanks to all those who sponsored teams and tees. It is much appreciated by the Supporters Club and the senior hurling team and management particularly in these difficult times. Thanks to the Crowe family of Dundrum House for hosting the event with their usual great hospitality.


Firms or combinations of firms who wish to enter teams in this year inter-firm competitions can find full details on the Interfirms link on the Tipperary GAA web site or at http://interfirms.tipperary.gaa.ie/. In recent years Tipperary teams have had good success in Interfirms competitions, most notably the Nenagh based Bank of Ireland Lifetime and Proctor & Gamble winning Munster and All-Ireland hurling titles. However, the number of firms taking part remains small. In 2009, there were just two teams in the Junior Football and one team in the Junior Hurling. No teams entered the Senior Hurling or Senior Football competitions. In Junior Hurling in 2009, the Clonmel based Abbot/Boston Scientific combination represented Tipperary and were beaten by Roadex from Clare in the Munster Quarter Final. In Junior Football, Merck Sharp and Dohme defeated Abbot/Boston Scientific in the county final and wee then beaten by Analog from Limerick in the Munster semi final  Tipperary had no representatives in Senior Football. Only Kerry and Cork provided teams in this competition so there is an opportunity here to mix it with the big two.  The cost of entering a team is Eu280 (Eu200 for Insurance and Eu80 for registration). Firms may enter on their own or in combinations with others, for example in the past, Cashel Traders entered a team comprising players from various industries in the town. Trades may also combine to form team – Garda, Teachers, Builders etc all have had teams in the past. This year, 3 firms in Clonmel are planning to merge to enter a team in the Junior Hurling competition. Competitons generally run from August to Year End. So for 2010 get your team organised. The competition, although taken seriously and is a high standard, is good fun and gives players a chance to play with others they wouldn’t normally play with. Full details including contacts, registration forms and rules are on the website or alternatively contact Joe Ryan at 087 2486297.


C.J. Kickhams GAA Club Mullinahone are holding an auction to raise funds in Mullinahone on Sunday June 6th. The auction will take place after tea and in it there will be a section devoted to GAA items. Of special interest to GAA clubs should be such items as coaching sessions by prominent GAA players, jerseys, signed photos etc. Please contact the Mullinahone Club for further details.

Carlow All Ireland 11’s Junior Hurling Blitz

Carlow Town Hurling Club, for thirteen years (1990-2003) held its Senior ‘Elevens’ with great success and gave rise to great spectacles of club hurling year on year and some prestigious winners. Cashel King Cormacs won the title on 3 occasions. The competition is now being revived in the form of an Eleven-a-side Junior Grade Blitz, applicable only to Registered Junior Teams and Players. It will take place on the coming August Bank Holiday Weekend, Saturday 31st July, 2010 and will be limited to 40 teams. Details of the competition are on http://carlowtown.carlow.gaa.ie. Applications are now invited, and open to all  registered Junior Teams, with the deadline for applications being Friday 16th July, 2010. Any queries may be directed by email to secretary.carlowtown.carlow@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 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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