Tipperary GAA Scene 1st June 2010


Losing to Cork in the Munster championship can never be described as a surprise but most people were shocked at the margin of victory Cork enjoyed in their 3-15 to 0-14 win over Tipperary in the Munster championship quarter final in Páirc Uí Chaoimh last Sunday. However, all is not lost and Tipperary now have the qualifier route to follow in the quest for All Ireland success. Support and encouragement for the team will be important for the team in the weeks ahead and we hope that the loyalty of Tipperary supporters will remain steadfast. Tipperary’s first game in the qualifiers will be on either Saturday June 26th or Sunday July 3rd.  Tipperary are in a group with the four first round losers in Leinster – Antrim, Carlow, Wexford and the losers of next Sunday’s game between Laois and Dublin.  There will be one preliminary round game between the first 2 drawn – this game will be played on Saturday June 26th. The winners of that game and the other three teams will go into the hat to be drawn for 2 games to be played on Saturday, July 3rd. The winners of those 2 games will go into the draw for the games on Saturday, July 17th.  They will be joined by the winners of the two games played between the losing semi-finalists in Leinster and Munster on Saturday July 10th. Draws will determine all pairings with repeat pairings avoided where possible. This will be Tipperary’s first time in the qualifiers since 2007 when they won through for a place in the quarter finals but were defeated by Wexford.


Hard luck to the Tipperary Intermediate hurlers who were defeated by Cork in their  Munster Championship quarter final in Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday. Thanks to the players and team management for all their work in recent months preparing for this game.


Tipperary’s interest in Munster championships is reduced to the U-21 hurlers now following the exit of the senior and intermediate hurlers last Sunday. The U-21s are scheduled to play Cork or Waterford on Thursday, July 15th. The game will be played at Semple Stadium if against Waterford and in Pairc Ui Chaoimh if against Cork.  There are 9 under 21 players on the senior hurling panel. The U-21 management team is Ken Hogan (Lorrha – Manager), Tommy Dunne (Toomevara – coach) and selectors TJ Connolly (Cashel King Cormacs) and William Maher (Ballingarry). Most of the current u-21 panel won an All Ireland minor hurling championship in 2007.


London defeated Derry by 3 points in the Ulster Senior Hurling championship quarter-finals last weekend. There were several strong Tipperary connections to the London team. There were 4 Tipperary players on the team – Matt Ryan at full back, Keith Kennedy (Killenaule) at wing back, David Maher (Boherlahan) at centre forward and Aidan Fitzgerald (Fethard) at full forward. The team’s selectors included Tom Bergin (Moyne-Templetuohy) and Johnny O’Dwyer (Arravale Rovers). Prominent among London supporters at the game was former Tipperary hurler, Joe Hayes from Clonoulty Rossmore. Well done to all concerned and good luck in the Ulster semi-final against Down on Sunday, June 13th.  The winners of that game will play Antrim in the final.


The Co. Tipperary final of Senior long puck will be held at Thurles Racecourse at 11.00 am on Saturday 26th June. Each division is invited to send two representatives. The winner will go forward to represent Tipperary at the Munster Final which will also be held at Thurles Racecourse on Saturday 10th July.


Good luck to Derek O’Mahony (Ardfinnan) and Noel Cosgrave (Marlfield) who are both on refereeing duty for Munster Council next weekend.  Derek will referee the Munster GAA Junior Football Semi Final between Waterford and Limerick at Fraher Field Dungarvan at 12 noon on Sunday, June 6th.  Noel will referee the Munster GAA Intermediate Hurling Championship Semi Final between Waterford v Clare at Semple Stadium at 1pm on Monday June 7th. This is the curtain raiser to the senior semi-final at 3pm between Waterford and Clare.

Premier Programme Collectors Club

Many GAA supporters have a keen interest in collecting match programmes. The Premier Programme Collectors Club was formed in Thurles recently and its aims are: a) to promote and facilitate the collection of GAA match programmes among supporters of all ages and b) to organise an annual Programme Collectors Fair in Thurles, where GAA programmes, books etc., can be bought and sold. Initially, it is expected that match programmes produced for all Tipperary GAA games and all Munster Championship games, both Hurling and Football, will be available for purchase. In July and November, members will receive a list of the available programmes, from which they can order the programmes they need. Membership for 2010 costs €20.  To apply for membership, please send your name, address, email address and phone number along with €20 membership fee (cheques and postal orders payable to Premier Programme Collectors Club) to Mr. Gerard Corbett, Thurles Sarsfields Clubhouse, Thurles, Co Tipperary. Please email any queries to gmfcorbett@yahoo.ie

Coca-Cola GAA Féile Peile na nÓg finals

The 2010 Coca-Cola GAA Féile Peile na nÓg finals were officially launched in Derry last week by Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Criostóir Ó Cuana. The Walls of Derry provided the historic backdrop for the event, which was also attended by former Derry player and current International Rules manager Anthony Tohill. 2010 marks the 29th anniversary of the Féile Peile na nÓg competition, which are the All-Ireland Under-14 boys and girls Gaelic football finals. This year the finals take place throughout the county of Derry from July 2nd to 4th. Up to 4,000 youths from Clubs throughout Ireland and beyond will participate in the competition over the three days, starting on Friday July 2nd with the annual Féile Parade in Derry at 7.30pm, and culminating with the Divisional finals in Celtic Park on Sunday July 4th. Full details are available from www.feiledhoire2010.ie.


There were many loyal supporters who have passed to their eternal reward recently who were missed from Pairc Ui Chaoimh last Sunday. One such was Tom Ryan of Templederry Kenyons who passed suddenly to his eternal reward last Thursday morning. Tom played for several decades for Templederry, with the pinnacle of his career being a North Tipperary Intermediate championship win in 1979 when he played in goals. He also acted as a selector for many years. He followed his club and county with an interest matched by few and was a shrewd observer of hurling affairs. Growing up I was privileged to be brought by Tom to many games and to witness his interest and enthusiasm first hand. We extend our sympathy to his wife, daughter, brother and sisters. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal.


Tipperary GAA’s venture into the world of social networking through Facebook is doing well. There are now over 2,500 followers registered as “friends” of Tipperary GAA on Facebook. The new Facebook site is www.facebook.com/tipperarygaa.


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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