Tipperary GAA Scene

by Acting PRO Joe Bracken.

A busy weekend of finals across the Premier County culminated with the Clean Ireland Recycling Senior Hurling County Final last Sunday in Semple Stadium between Thurles Sarsfields and Nenagh Éire Óg. In securing a narrow one point victory Thurles Sarsfields ensured the Dan Breen Cup would reside in the Cathedral town for another twelve months following their 1-18 to 3-11win over Nenagh Éire Óg before an attendance of 5,606 patrons. Congratulations therefore to Thurles Sarsfields on securing their 34th title and their first back to back success since last achieved in 2009 and 2010. As Mid champions also, Sarsfields took the direct route to the title this year as captain Padraic Maher collected the famous cup from County Board Chairman Michael Bourke. The prize for Thurels Sarsfields now is a Munster Club Championship Semi-Final against Na Piarsaigh of Limerick on November 8th next in the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick. Congratulations also to Stephen Cahill who was named Man of the Match (sponsored by John Quirke Jewellers, Cahir) for the second year in a row, a tremendous achievement indeed for Stephen.

The Clean Ireland Recycling Intermediate Hurling Final epitomised the spirit of the GAA as a superb final went right down to the wire with Clonakenny eventually breaking Thurles Sarsfields hearts by bridging a forty eight year gap to claim the Jacksie Ryan Cup 2-13 to 3-09 also in Semple Stadium on Sunday. In a thrilling finish to the match Clonakenny supporters erupted with joy on hearing the final whistle as they acclaimed their heroes who now join the senior ranks for 2016. It was heartbreak again for Sarsfields as they were also on the reverse side of the result last year too.
John Devane County Board Vice Chairman presented Clonakenny captain Bobby Bergin with the Jacksie Ryan Cup while John Costigan received the Man of the Match Award again sponsored by John Quirke Jewellers.

Congratulations to Clonmel Commercials who added a second county title to their honours list in seven days as the claimed the Clean Ireland Recycling U21A Football Crown following the extra time win over Loughmore Castleiney in Golden last Saturday with the result reading 0-16 to 2-08 in their favour.

The first Semi-Final of the  Clean Ireland Recycling Minor ‘B’ Hurling County took place last Saturday October 24th with Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams securing a narrow one point victory 1-10 to 1-09 over Grangemockler Ballyneale and now progress to meet either Clonakenny/Moneygall or Loughmore Castleiney in the final.

In the Clean Ireland Recycling County Intermediate Football Championship Final congratulations to Upperchurch-Drombane who defeated Clonmel Óg 2-07 to 11 in New Inn last Saturday as they now step up the grade to Senior for next season

In the Clean Ireland Recycling County Junior ‘A’ Football County Final congratulations also to Golden Kilfeacle who got the better of Emly last Sunday in Lattin by 2-08 to 1-06.

Clonoulty Rossmore defeated Ardfinnan 1-13 to 07 in the semi-final of the Clean Ireland Recycling Minor ‘B’ County Football Championship last Saturday.

Final congratulations this week goes to the winners of County Adult Football League Divison 2 Final Ballylooby Castlegrace who defeated Newcastle 2-08 to 05 last Sunday in Ardfinnan.


Well done to all our referees who have officiated at the various county finals over the past two weeks and who are to be complimented along with their officials for each final.



Next Sunday, November 1st, four Tipperary clubs are out in their respective championships and we extend best wishes to all our representatives.

In the AIB Munster Senior Club Football Championship Quarter-Final Clonmel Commercials meet Newcastlewest at 2pm in Clonmel Sportsfield.

In the AIB Munster Intermediate Club Hurling Championship Quarter-Final Clonakenny take on Portlaw of Waterford in Templetuohy at 2pm.

Its straight back into competitive action also for Upperchurch Drombane this weekend where they meet St. Mary’s from Kerry in the AIB Munster Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final, date, time and venue not known at time of going to press.

In the AIB Munster Junior Club Hurling Championship Quarter-Final Ballylooby-Castlegrace take on Ennistymon from Clare in Ennistymon at 2pm.


The Clean Ireland Recycling Minor ‘A’ and Junior ‘B’ Hurling Championship Semi-Finals go ahead this weekend, as well as divisional U21 hurling championships and more besides, please check fixtures section for all updates on times and venues in all games across the Premier County.


Commiserations to the Tipperary U17 football squad who relinquished their hold on the Daryl Darcy Cup following their 1-10 to 1-11 defeat to Clare in the final on Monday afternoon in Limerick. Thanks to all players and management for their efforts in this campaign.


The draws for next year’s inter-county hurling and football have been made by now and proceed as follows;
Munster Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final; Tipperary v Cork in Semple Stadium with the winners to play Limerick in the Munster Semi-Final in  Thurles if Tipp win or the Gaelic Grounds if Cork win.

Munster Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final; Tipperary v Waterford in Fraher Field, Dungarvan with the winners to play Cork in the Munster Semi-Final in either Semple Stadium or Fraher Field.

In the Bord Gais Energy Munster GAA Hurling Under 21 Championship Tipperary will meet either Limerick or Cork in the Munster Semi-Final in a Tipperary or Cork venue.

The EirGrid GAA Football Under 21 Munster Championship sees Tipperary play Kerry in the Quarter-Final at a Kerry venue with the winners to meet Limerick at a Limerick venue in the Semi-Final.

In the Electric Ireland Munster GAA Hurling Minor Championship Tipperary meet the losers of the Cork v Waterford Quarter-Final in one of two play-off games to decide semi-final pairings.

The Electric Ireland Munster GAA Football Minor Championship sees Tipperary take on Cork at a Cork venue in the Quarter-Final.

In the Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship similar to the Senior Championship Tipperary meet Cork in Semple Stadium with the winners to play Limerick in Thurles or Limerick.

Finally then in the Munster Junior Football Championship as with the Senior football draw Tipperary take on Waterford in Fraher Field, Dungarvan with the winners to play Cork in the Munster Semi-Final in either Semple Stadium or Fraher Field.


Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher of Lorrha Dorrha was the Tipperary representative on the Ireland team which lost to Scotland in the first international test in Bught Park by 3-15 to 2-08 last Saturday. The Ireland management team will be hoping to reverse the deficit when both sides meet in the second test which takes place before the Ireland v Australia International Rules test clash at Croke Park on November 21st next.


The 2016 Tipperary GAA Yearbook is being compiled at present and the Yearbook committee is seeking articles and information for inclusion. Clubs that have accomplished any unique achievement in 2015 such as winning a major title for the first time, achieving a double, opening new dressing rooms or a new grounds, etc. are requested to send through an appropriate article for inclusion.

The Yearbook committee are looking to all clubs to submit any obituaries of their deceased members in the last 12 months. The maximum number of words for an obituary is 150 and please include the club name and the years also, e.g. 1935-2015, as well as his/her G.A.A. achievements and a photograph of the deceased person.

The deadline for sending information in is next Sunday November 1st next. Please e-mail information and photographs which must be named to John Smith, Secretary Tipperary Yearbook Committee at yearbook.tipperary@gaa.ie. Photographs can also be posted to John Smith c/o Tipperary GAA Office, Slievenamon Road, Thurles.

Please note information must be submitted as outlined above and all articles, photographs etc. will be acknowledged. If an acknowledgement is not received please contact the Yearbook Secretary at 087-9960710.


Commiserations to High School Clonmel who were defeated by De La Salle Waterford in the semi-final last Thursday on a score line of 1-13 to 13.


There was mixed fortunes for Tipperary schools in the first round of the Munster GAA Post Primary Schools Under 18.5 A Football Corn Uí Mhuirí competition as Abbey CBS lost out on Tuesday last to St. Brendan’s Killarney 1-18 to 1-06 while on Wednesday last the High School Clonmel got their campaign up and running with a fine victory over IS Killorglin 2-12 to 09.


After the success of Tipperary juveniles reaching 7 All-Ireland Finals last weekend the adult players won 2 out of 3 singles finals last weekend to ensure Tipperary have reached seventeen 60 x 30 All-Ireland Finals. This weekend Tipperary are out in 7 adult doubles All-Ireland Finals and 7 juvenile All-Ireland Finals, best wishes to all the players involved and their coaches.


The Annual G.A.A. Memorabilia Fair will be held on Sunday, December 6th, from 12-4pm in Thurles Sarsfields Social Centre and will give customers a chance to browse and search a large selection of match programs, club histories, hurling,, football, camogie and handball publications as well as other G.A.A. material. In the pleasant and spacious surroundings of Thurles Sarsfields G.A.A. Centre collectors and sellers are cordially invited to attend this event where it is hoped they will find plenty to interest them. Admission will be €3 with accompanied children free.

Sales positions which are free of charge may be booked in advance by contacting Seamus J. King 087 2246245 seamusjking@gmail.com or Liam Ó Donnchú 086 6036547 liam.odonnchu.oifigeach@gaa.ie


As clubs approach the end of the playing season, the GAA Club Zone at www.gaa.ie/clubzone is a useful resource to help support clubs during the coming months. This section of the GAA website provides a wide range of advice for clubs on all aspects of club administration and governance. Information related to the Club AGM, the Club Manual, Transfers & Sanctions, Membership & Registration, IT Resources, Child Welfare & Protection and the GAA Injury Benefit Fund are just some of the items of relevance to all club officials.


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 e-mail at pro.tipperary@gaa.ie on or before 3pm on Monday. Visit the Tipperary GAA web site at http://tipperary.gaa.ie to keep up to date with all the news in Tipperary GAA circles.




















26 Oct 2015


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