Tipperary GAA Scene 5th July


Congratulations to the Tipperary minor footballers and management on their comprehensive Munster minor football final victory overCork at Killarney on Sunday last on a scoreline of 3-11 to 0-9. Liam McGrath of Loughmore Castleiney became the first Tipperary player to receive the Tadhg Crowley Cup since Mark O’Shea in 1995 and only the 6th ever Tipperary man to captain his team to Munster minor football championship honours. In addition to Mark O’Shea the others were Andy Greensmith (1934), Willie Power (1935), Liam Boland (1955) and Frank Howlin (1984). Manager, David Power (Kilsheelan-Kilcash) and selectors Tadhg Duggan (Arravale Rovers), Pat Murphy (Kilruane MacDonaghs), Fergal McDonnell (JK Brackens) and coach, Alan O’Connor (Cahir) deserve great credit for preparing the team so well. The support from senior team manager, John Evans, and the Football Board has also been very beneficial. Having beaten both Kerry and Cork on the way to the title, there is no doubting the quality and capability of this team. Tipp will play the Leinster runners-up in the All-Ireland quarter final on the weekend of July 30/31 and August 1 as they attempt to win the county’s first minor All Ireland since 1934.


Good luck to the Tipperary senior hurlers for the Munster final against Waterford in Pairc Uí Chaoimh next Sunday, July 10. This eagerly awaited clash of the 2010 All Ireland and Munster Champions is likely to be one of the highlights of the hurling year. Tipp andWaterford last met in a Munster final in 2009 when Tipp won and in a Munster final when Tipp were defending All Ireland champions in 2002 when Waterford won.  Tipp and Waterford have met 39 times in the championship with 28 wins for Tipp, 10 for Waterfordand 1 draw which was in 1933. Waterford won the replay at Carrick on Suir. Tipp also received 3 walk overs – 1889, 1895 and 1922. In their last 10 meetings between 1996 and 2010 each county has had 5 victories.

Supporters are advised to purchase tickets in advance of the game. Only a limited number of stand tickets remain for sale but there are still terrace tickets available. The Munster GAA Ticket Van will be at the following Tipperary Centra stores during the week: Tuesday July 5: Morning 10.30am – 1.30pm – Nenagh (Clare Street), Afternoon 2.30pm -5.30pm and Evening – Cappawhite (The Square); Thursday July 7: Morning 10.30am – 1.30pm – Cashel (Elys), Afternoon 2.30pm -5.30pm – Carrick-on-Suir (Ballylynch Service Station), Evening – Carrick-on-Suir (Ballylynch Service Station); Saturday July 9: Morning 10.30am – 1.30pm – Nenagh (Clare Street), Afternoon 2.30pm -5.30pm – Templemore (Church Street).

Students are reminded that they will need valid id to avail of student discounts. In relation to Second Level students Munster Council is aware that schools don’t produce id cards but students can get Student travel Cards from USIT offices or fromwww.studenttravelcard.ie. Alternately, secondary school students can get an ISSU scholar card from www.studentcard.ie or an International student ID card from www.isic.org. Unfortunately the scheme has been much abused in the past and Munster Council was forced to seek ID cards from all supporters attempting to avail of the discount. This is in keeping with other bodies such as Irish Rail and Bus Eireann.


Tipperary will play Cork in the Munster under 21 hurling semi-final at Semple Stadium on Friday July 15 at 7.30pm. Extra time will be played in the event of a draw and the game will be refereed by Michael Wadding of Waterford. It will be the 31st Munster under 21 hurling championship encounter between Tipperary and Cork with Tipp narrowly ahead in the honours with 14 wins to 13 and three draws. It took extra time to give Tipp that 14th win last year in a game that proved to be the launching pad for the All Ireland under 21 success that came later in the year.


The draw for round 1 of the County Senior Hurling championship was made last Monday evening and has resulted in the following pairings: Moycarkey Borris v Burgess; Ballybacon Grange v Portroe; Borris-Ileigh v Ballingarry; Upperchurch Drombane v Moneygall; Lorrha Dorrha v Cashel King Cormacs; Kilruane MacDonaghs v Borrisokane; Thurles Sarsfields v Knockavilla Kickhams and Roscrea v Boherlahan Dualla. Fixtures for these games will be made next week.


Tipperary County Board extends its sympathy to Tipperary Football Board Secretary and former Treasurer of Munster Council, Michael Power and Minor Football team manager, David Power, on the death of Michael’s sister and David’s aunt, Mr. Hleen Brazil last week. Ar dheis De go raibh a hanam dilis.


Long-time GAA Sponsor, Ulster Bank, are currently promoting a new initiative called GAA Force, which is aimed at helping GAA clubs around Ireland to improve their facilities. The first 100 clubs to register receive €100 and there are also 4 provincial awards of €5,000 and an overall national award of €25,000. The funds given are to be used by the clubs to improve their facilities in order to aid the club’s development and to contribute to the wider community. More details are available at the following website –http://gaa.ulsterbank.com/force.


Good luck to Thurles Sarsfields for their inaugural International Hurling Thirteens Festival in Thurles this coming week-end July 8 and 9. The festival will feature teams from Brussels, London, Northern Ireland, Dundalk, Naas, and the star attraction, The Wild Geese, a team comprised of U.S. servicemen, who are currently based in Lakenheath in England. The festival has a dual purpose – it aims to exploit the attractiveness of one of the biggest national sporting occasions, the Munster hurling final, to promote tourism to the Thurles area, the birthplace of the GAA, while at the same time affording hurling clubs which would not normally have the opportunity, the chance of being part of the Munster final build-up. The official opening of the festival will be on Friday evening, July 8 at the Sarsfields clubhouse and this will also feature a concert by Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann. The games will be played at Dr. Morris Park and the Sarsfields pitch. Thurles Sarsfields Ladies Football Club is staging its own tournament as part of the programme and Durlas Og juvenile club  is organising an under 16 hurling blitz involving teams from adjoining counties, truly a celebration of Gaelic games and culture.


Moycarkey Borris GAA Club will host an under 16 hurling tournament in memory of the late Harry Ryan, former Chairman of the Mid Tipperary Board  on Saturday July 9 at Littleton GAA grounds.  The Ryan family have generously donated a cup in honour of Harry, who was a well known GAA official and supporter through Tipperary and beyond. The tournament will start at 2pm and the visiting teams will be Clonoulty Rossmore, Borris-Ileigh, Galmoy/Windgap, Kilruane MacDonaghs and Na Piarsaigh, Limerick. With everthing in place for a memorable day, all is needed now is the sun to shine a good turnout of supporters to remember Harry on this special day. Refreshments will be served throughout the day. All are welcome and we wish the Moycarkey-Borris club well for this very fitting tribute to Harry Ryan.


The Nenagh Youth Development Project in association with Foróige is running a number of summer camps in the town in the coming weeks. There is a camp for 10 to 14 years olds from Monday July 11 to Thursday July 14 which will include Arts & Crafts, Treasure Hunt, various sports and games and an and activity based daytrip. There will be an Evening camp from Monday July 18 to Thurs July 21 for 10 to 16 year olds. It will start at 5pm and end at 7.30pm each evening. It will be held in Nenagh Arena, Lisbunny Ind. Estate.  For information please contact: Bríd Bradshaw on 0868038429 /  brid.bradshaw@foroige.ie or Olivia O’Sullivan on 0866079982       olivia.osullivan@foroige.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: 0pm 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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