Tipperary GAA Scene March 13th





Well done to the Tipperary senior hurling team on defeating Galway by 2-20 to 2-18 at Semple Stadium yesterday.  Tipperary have now maintained an unbeaten run against Galway in league games since 2007 but another encounter later in this league campaign cannot be ruled out. Tipperary’s next game is against Waterford on Sunday next, March 18 at Semple Stadium.  It will be the 40th league meeting between the counties with Tipp having won 30, Waterford 6 and 3 draws in the previous 39 games. In last year’s game which was played at Semple Stadium, Tipperary won on a scoreline of 1-20 to 0-18. Only the O Riain (New) stand at Semple Stadium will be open for the game with the following arrangements in force: Stiles open at 1.302 noon. Stile 53 will be for club groups who have booked in advance. Admission will be €13 for adults and €5 for students and OAPs with valid photographic id. Under 16s are free. Season ticket holders should go to Stiles 50,51 or 52. Other passholders should go to Stile 41. Student and OAP stiles are 46 and 47 and under 16s will be admitted at Stile 49.  All other stiles will be for adults.





Tipperary’s senior footballers poor league campaign continued on Sunday when they were defeated by Cavan on a scoreline of 4-10 to 0-14. They remain 7th in the table on zero points with Offaly below them on score difference. Tipperary have 3 games left to play against Sligo, Longford and Offaly. They play Sligo on Sunday next, March 18 atMarkievicz Park at 2.30pm.





It might be Fool’s Day but Sunday April 1st promises to be a day of great entertainment in Thurles. It will start with the Allianz Hurling League game betweenTipperary and Cork which could well decide semi-final qualification positions in the league. It will be followed by a “Night at the Dogs” benefit night for Tipperary GAA at Thurles Greyhound Stadium. Buster nomination tickets which also entitle the bearer to free entry are available at €10 with a chance of winning €500. Races can be sponsored for €500 each and dog nominations are available for €50 each with a chance to win €500 among the limited group of nominators. Buster tickets are available from CountyBoard officers and clubs. Race sponsorship or nominations can be purchased by contacting County PRO, Ger Ryan on 086 8149146 or pro.tipperary@gaa.ie. Members of the Tipperary senior hurling panel and management will be present on the night.  





Congratulations all the Tipperary representatives on putting up excellent performances in the Musnter Scor semi-finals at Tallow last Saturday night. Seven of the Tipperary representatives qualified for the Munster final: Rince Foirne – Newcastle;  Amhranaiocht Aonair – Padraig O’Dwyer (Moycarkey Borris);   Aithriseoireacht – Noel Joyce (JK Brackens); Bailead Ghrupa – Newport; Trath na gCeist – Loughmore/Castleiney; Nuachleas: Borris-Ileigh; and Rince Seit – Borris-Ileigh. Hard luck to the JK Brackens Instrumental Music team who were unlucky not to qualify. TheMunster final of Scor Sinsear will be held in Our Lady’s Secondary School, Templemore on Saturday March 31, 2012. 





The 3rd annual Child Welfare and Protection Information Night for all Club Children’s Officers and Club Designated Persons will be held on Wednesday March 21 at 8pm in Thurles Sarsfields’ Clubhouse. The purpose of the Information Night is to provide advice and assistance to Children’s Officers and Designated Persons. A representation from the National Childrens Office, Croke Park will attend. All Club Children’s Officers and Club Designated Persons are invited to attend. It is imperative that each club is represented in order to familiarise themselves with the G.A.A. good practice guidance for child welfare and protection. Clubs requiring further information are requesting to contact John Smith, County Children’s Officer at 087-9960710 or e-mailyouthofficer.tipperary@gaa.ie.





Please support the Tipperary representatives from the baile beag, Lisvernane Village, to win the final of the TG4 G Team competition. Text your vote for Lisvernane community in the Glen of Aherlow as they attempt to win an All Ireland title ag caint Gaeilge. They face the challenge of County Dublin’s Donabate in the final and need as much support as possible. Please text – TEAM L to 53305 to give them your support. Texts cost 30c and voting closes at 5pm on Friday March 16. Go neirí an t-adh leo agus tá súil againn go mbeidh an bua acu. 





The following were the main prize winners at the Tipperary Clubs Draw held last Friday night at Ryan’s Bar Clerihan: 1) Car or €15,000 was won by Michael Fitzgerald , c/o Thomas Fitzgerald Arbour Vale Oola (Solohead GAA Club). The rromoter of the winning ticket was Thomas Fitzgerald who won €500; 2) €10,000 was won by Michael Spillane, Colliers Lane, Portlaoise (Ballinahinch GAA); 3) €3,000 was won by Aileen Looby Liscrea, Bouladuff, Thurles. The special club prize of €1,000 was won by Holycross Ballycahill GAA Club.





The little townsland of Noan situated on the road from Ballinure to Killenaule was the scene of a special ceremony on Saturday last when a beautiful monument was unveiled to remember the great hurling teams and players that emanated from the area and played under the banner of the New Tipperary Rangers over a sixteen year period from 1945 to 1961. The idea to erect the monument was in the offing for a few years and eventually a committee led by former Chairman of the South Board, Miceal Mc Cormack and comprising of Michael Bulfin, Steve Mc Cormack, Ned Mc Cormack, Johnny Hanly, Roger Shanahan and Michael Fanning brought  the idea to fruition. The ceremonies commenced with a short parade from Lurgoe Cross led by members of the Sean Treacy Pipe Band and former great Rangers and Killenaule hurler Johnny Hanly who carried the tricolour. The parade was joined by surviving players, relatives and friends of deceased players and neighbours from the locality. Steve Mc Cormack was MC and he invited Parish Priest Canon Liam Ryan to recite prayers for the deceased members of the Club and to bless the monument. Chairman of the County Board, Sean Nugent thanked the committee for their dedication to the project and said the loyalty of the players of that era to the GAA was an example to all and their memory was now rightly set in stone. Joe Brennan, South Board Chairman, reminded those present that the New Tipperary Rangers had enhanced the area with their sporting activity and had affiliated in both Mid and South Divisions. Miceal Mc Cormack in a wide ranging address said that the Rangers hurling sides made an important contribution to the rural area from where they came and their contribution to community spirit could be seen to this day. He thanked all those who had contributed to the Rangers over the years. Also present was the secretary of the South Tipp GAA Board, Noel Byrne, Chairman of Killenaule Club, Tom Shelley and councillors Louise McLoughlin and John Fahy. The monument was unveiled by Michael Fanning and the ceremonies concluded with Slievenamon and Amhrán na bhFiann.





We wish Matthew Macklin the very best of luck for his tilt at the World Middleweight Boxing title against title holder, Sergio Martinez, at Madison Square Garden, New York on St. Patrick’s night. Matthew, born in Birmingham to Irish parents, has strong connections with Ballingarry in South Tipperary. He played hurling with Ballingarry at under 14 and 16. He played for Tipp under 15s in the 1997 Carrigdhoun hurling tournament. He won a South Divisional Minor A hurling championship in 1997 when Ballingarry defeated Mullinahone Gaels (Mullinahone / Grangemockler combination) by 3-11 to 2-13 in a thrilling final which was settled by a last minute Donal Shelly goal. Matthew scored 3 points from play in the final. For boxing fans, the fight will be on Sky Sports at 3am Irish time on Sunday March 18.





The Tipperary Supporters Club AGM will take place on Wednesday March 21 at 8pm at the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel on the Naas Road, Dublin. All members available to attend are encouraged to do so. The Supporters Club through its various fund raising activities continues to provide valuable support to the Tipperary senior hurling team as it has for over 25 years. Well done to Chairman, John Tierney; Secretary, Joe Tuohy; Treasurer, Bryan Maher and PRO, John Coman on a successful 2011.




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 atpro.tipperary@gaa.ie on or before 3: 0pm on Monday. Visit the Tipperary GAA web site athttp://tipperary.gaa.ie to keep up to date with all the latest news in Tipperary GAA circles.

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