Tipperary GAA Scene 15th June 2010


Tipperary have been drawn at home to play Laois or Meath in the first round of the GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship qualifiers. Laois and Meath drew after extra time in the Leinster Football championship last weekend and the losers of the replay will play Tipperary.  If against Meath, the game will be played at Semple Stadium on Saturday June 26th at 7pm. If against Laois, it will be played as Semple Stadium at 3.30pm on Sunday June 27th.  This would be to avoid a clash with the hurling qualifier between Laois and Carlow in Dr. Cullen Park, Carlow on Saturday 26th at 7pm. Laois and Meath were both in Division 2 of the Allianz GAA Football League this year along with Tipperary.  Laois defeated Tipperary by 1-13 to 1-11 in O’Moore Park Portlaoise in the first round on Saturday February 6th.  Tipp defeated Meath by 1-9 to 0-10 at Semple Stadium on Sunday, March 14th.  Whichever team Tipp face, they will be presented with a tough challenge but certainly one that can be surmounted. In last year’s qualifier series, Tipperary defeated Louth by 2-10 to 1-12 in Round 1 but were defeated by Sligo by 1-13 to 1-12 in Round 2 in a tightly contested game at Semple Stadium.


Tipperary will play Wexford at Semple Stadium at 3.30pm on Saturday, July 3rd in Phase 1 of the All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship qualifier games. The game will be shown live on RTE. The winner of the Carlow v Laois preliminary round game will play Antrim in the second Phase 1 game which is also on Saturday July 3rd. The two winners from July 3rd will go straight to the Phase 3 games which are scheduled to be played on Saturday July 17th. They will be joined in Phase 3 by the two winners from the Phase 2 games scheduled to be played on Saturday July 10th. The teams in Phase 2 will be the losing provincial semi-finalists. These are Clare, and the losers of Kilkenny v Dublin, Galway v Offaly and Cork v Limerick. The winners of Phase 3 will qualify for the All Ireland SHC quarter finals where they will be joined by the losers of the Munster and Leinster SHC finals. Incidentally this is the first year since 1994 that Tipperary did not play a senior hurling championship game in June. Over the past 40 years they didn’t play in June six times….1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1982 and 1994. Only in 1982 and 1994 were they finished following the 1st Round game in May. They played in July on the other 4 occasions and of course also in September in 1971 when they won the All Ireland final.


The next meeting of Tipperary County Board will take place on Tuesday, June 22nd at 8pm in the Sarsfields Centre. All delegates are asked to attend.


Congratulations to David Cuddy of Castletown GAA Club in Laois who won a Car or €15,000 in the Tipperary Clubs Draw which was held at the HiB in Nenagh last weekend. Well done also to Conor Noonan of the Knockshegowna Club who won a a Car or €12,000. Éire Óg Nenagh won the jersey set. The next draw will be held on Friday July 2nd.


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The GAA Museum recently unveiled an exciting refurbishment which includes a magnificent new trophy display area for the Sam Maguire and Liam MacCarthy All-Ireland trophies, updated match footage, a new temporary exhibition area, a new museum café, a new Club Wall and a new activity room. Also, the museum’s popular games area received a significant upgrade using the latest technology for visitors to test their hurling and football skills. A new exhibition, The Fighting Irishmen: Celebrating Celtic Prizefighters 1820 to Present, has been lauched at the museum. In association with the Irish Arts Center in New York, this exhibition tells the story of Irish emigration and assimilation to eventual success and world wide acclaim through the sport of boxing. It features an array of robes, gloves, boxing bags, prints, photographs, paintings and film footage of Celtic prizefighters from 1820 to the present day. It ends on August 31st. There is a GAA Club Special Offer of €5 per person to take the GAA Museum and Croke Park Stadium Tour! GAA clubs will follow in the footsteps of GAA Legends on All-Ireland Final Day as they explore the dressing rooms, players lounge, pitch side & media centre of the fourth largest stadium in Western Europe. Instil further the pride and passion of the game in your players as they discover the unique history & heritage of Gaelic Games and the GAA. Why not organise your club prize giving ceremony at the Presentation Stand in Hogan Stand of Croke Park during your visit!


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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