Tipperary GAA Scene





Congratulations to the Tipperary minor hurlers, management team comprising manager, William Maher, and selectors Brian Horgan, Martin Maher and Noel Morris and their backroom team on their victory in the All Ireland final replay against Dublin. Great credit is due to all involved with this win and it is wonderful to see the county secure its 19thminor title and third in 7 years. Thanks are also due to the Tipperary Association Dublin for hosting the All Ireland final night reception and function at the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Dr. Dermot Clifford, Archbishop of Cashel and Emly for hosting the welcome home reception on the steps of the Cathedral of the Assumption in Thurles and Kilsheelan Kilcash GAA club for hosting the reception in Kilsheelan for the team captained by their own Bill Maher.





The Dan Breen Cup will travel to familiar country next Sunday evening, October 14, as it will return to either current county champions Drom and Inch or 2009 and 10 champions, Thurles Sarsfields. Sarsfields defeated Eire Og Annacarty Donohill by 2-22 to 1-13 and Drom and Inch defeated Loughmore Castleiney by 2-26 to 1-21 after extra time in the semi-finals at Semple Stadium last weekend. Thurles will be seeking their 32nd title while Drom and Inch will be seeking their 2nd. The senior final will start at 3.30pm and will be preceded by the Intermediate hurling final at 1.15pm. The referee for the senior final is Fergal Horgan of Knockavilla Kickhams. The Cappawhite team which won the county senior hurling championship final in 1987 is this year’s jubilee team and they will be introduced to the attendance between the Intermediate and Senior finals. Admission for the county final will be €15 for adults, €10 for OAPs and students (concession of €5 with appropriate ID) and free for under 16s. Both stands will be open and remember to either purchase tickets in advance at Lar na Pairce or at selected Centra and Supervalu shops or at the ticket booths before approaching stiles. No cash will be taken at stiles. The winner’s of Sunday’s final will take on Kilmallock of Limerick in the Munster club senior hurling championship on Sunday October 28 at a Limerick venue.





The County Intermediate hurling final will be an all North Division affair with Ballina taking on Silvermines at 1.15pm at Semple Stadium next Sunday, October 14. The referee will be Paddy Ivors of Ballingarry. Silvermines defeated St, Mary’s Clonmel by 5 19 to 0-15 and Ballina defeated Sean Treacy’s by 1-19 to 1-10 in the semi-finals on Saturday last.  Silvermines are seeking their second county title at this grade, having previously won in 1999 while Ballina are seeking their fist title. The winners will take on the Clare representatives, Ruan, at a Clare venue in the Munster club intermediate hurling championship on Sunday October 28.





A book written by Roscrea native and Kilkenny resident, Jim Fogarty, entitled “The Dan Breen Cup – Tipperary County SH Finals 1931-2011” will be launched in the Horse and Jockey Hotel on Friday, October 19 at 8pm by Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh. This book is sure to be an entertaining read and has been written by fanatical hurling fan, Jim Fogarty, who for many years was county librarian in Kilkenny. Now retired, Jim has turned his hand to writing and his eagerly awaited book will tell the story of Tipperary county senior hurling finals since 1931. All are welcome to what should be a great night on the 19th and congratulations to Jim on all the research and preparation that has gone into this work.





Congratulations to the all the prize winners at the October Tipperary Clubs Draw which took place at McInerney’s Bar Mullinahone on Firday night last. The winner of the Skoda Octavia or €15,000 was Donal O’Driscoll of Borrisoleigh with the ticket sold by the local club. The winner of the Skoda Fabia or €10,000 was Patrick English of Pinewood Drive, Clonmel with the ticket sold by the Moyle Rovers club.





Tipperary will play their first game in the 2012 Munster under 17 football competition on Monday night next, October 15 against Waterford at 7.30pm in Dr. Morris Park. Their second game will be against Limerick at Rathkeale on Monday October 22 at 7.30pm. Tipperay’s game against Clare was postponed form Monday, Ocotber 8 to Friday October 26 at Dr. Morris Park at 7.30pm. The Tipperary Manager is Stephen Morgan and we wish him and the players the very best of luck for the competition.





County Champions and All Ireland finalists 2011 Drom and Inch meet Burgess Duharra in the county senior camogie final on Saturday in the Camogie Grounds at The Ragg. Drom defeated Moneygall to reach the decider while Burgess Duharra ousted Toomevara in the second semi final. The sides met in the earlier rounds of the championship, when a below par Drom side lost out by three points. However the champions are expected to raise their performance level for the final. They have superb players in goalkeeper Rosie Kennelly, Michelle Shortt, Geraldine Kinane, Patriciac Grath and former Tipperary All Star and Tipperary All Ireland winning captain, Joanne Ryan. Burgess Duharra, winners of the senior League 2012, have been strengthened this year by the return of Aine Mulcahy, Sheena Howard and Emer Dwan. All Stars Eimear McDonnell and Trish O Halloran, Nessa O Driscoll, Deirdre Mc Donnell, Ruth Barry and Caoimhe Maher have shown fine form during the season. This promises to be a keenly contested game. The champions will not relinquish their crown easily but Burgess Duharra will put up stiff opposition





There was a very strong Tipperary connection in Taghmon, Co. Wexford, on Thursday October 4 when the Crossabeg-Ballymurn club defeated Clongeen by 1-15 to 2-10 in a thrilling floodlit encounter to capture the Junior ‘A’ football championship crown. This win completed a fairytale twelve months as last year they were successful in the Junior ‘B’ football grade. And a mere five days before this latest success, the Crossabeg-Ballymurn hurlers beat a Rapparees team including former Wexford great Adrian Fenlon by 1-19 to 2-12 in the Junior championship final. Indeed, Thursday marked their fourth championship win in a year as they also triumphed in the Under-21 hurling Roinn 1 final during the summer. Midfielder on both football teams and also with the Junior hurlers was Mark Peters, formerly of Galtee Rovers, who has been living in the parish for the past number of years. Crossabeg-Ballymurn trailed by 2-10 to 0-12 on Thursday when Mark’s fisted point with six minutes left kick-started a major revival. Three minutes later a breaking ball in the square following a ’45 was fisted to the net for the equaliser by Grangemockler native Brian Dignam, the Co. Wexford-based Garda who previously played with Matty Forde’s Kilanerin-Ballyfad club close to the Wicklow border.  Two late pointed frees ensured another fantastic win for Crossabeg-Ballymurn who also boasted a third Tipperary connection as their right corner-forward and scorer of one point was Bill Eviston, a member of the extended Wexford Minor panel this year, who is a first cousin of the McGrath clan from Loughmore-Castleiney. It is indeed a small world!





The 2012 World Handball Championships, in association with Fáilte Ireland, take place between Thursday October 11 and Sunday October 21 at the Citywest Arena Dublin. GAA Handball Ireland are very excited to announce that this will be the biggest and most spectacular event in the history of the sport worldwide. Former Tipperary County Board Chairman and former GAA Trustee and current Chairman of the Semple Stadium Management Committee, Con Hogan form Marlfield, is event controller for the championships and we wish him well for this important and onerous role which he will no doubt fulfil to a very high standard. There will be a record  2,084 competitors in the biggest International GAA Handball event in history with players from 30 countries competing for world championship titles in 40×20 and One Wall grades. Ireland won 37 World Championship titles last time (2209 in Portland, USA) with 35 players from 19 different counties winning those titles. A 21 court arena has been built by GAA Handball Ireland in The Citywest Arena to host the event. This is the first ever occasion such a project has been undertaken. Over 5,000 people per day are expected to attend the championships.





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 pro.tipperary@gaa.ie on or before 3pm on Monday. Visit the Tipperary GAA web site at www.tipperary.gaa.ie keep up to date with all the latest news in Tipperary GAA circles.

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