Tipperary GAA Scene

By PRO Joe Bracken


Tipperary made it three wins out of three in the Allianz Hurling League following their 0-28 to 0-21 defeat of Clare in Semple Stadium on Sunday last. Congratulations to the team on a solid performance though one which didn’t come without further injury concerns with Brendan Maher, Niall O’Meara and Donagh Maher all having to leave the field and are wished well for full and speedy recoveries.

Congratulations to Tomás Hamill (Moyne-Templetuohy) on receiving the Allianz Man of the Match award following his display.

Next Saturday evening, March 11th, as part of a re-arranged double bill in Semple Stadium the Tipperary hurlers welcome arch rivals Kilkenny to Thurles for round 4 of the Allianz League Division 1A with throw in at 7pm. This will certainly be a game to set the pulses racing and should ensure a bumper crowd on Saturday night.

Sixty eight games have been played between the sides in the league with Tipperary in front on thirty two wins to Kilkenny’s thirty with six games drawn. Some people have it thirty one wins each after an error arose in a specific match programme, which gave the wrong score for the October 7th, 1973 meeting at Nowlan Park on the day John Flanagan (Moycarkey-Borris) scored 3-4. However, observant eyes by those with attention to detail spotted the anomaly and therefore the balance rests with Tipp.

The last ten meetings however aren’t as kind to Tipp with the county on three wins to Kilkenny’s seven, the results of which are as follows; 21/2/2016 at Nowlan Park – Kilkenny 2-17 Tipperary 0-18 (Group); 15/3/2015 at Semple Stadium – Tipperary 2-22 Kilkenny 1-13  (Group); 4/5/2014 at Semple Stadium – Kilkenny 2-25 Tipperary 1-27 (Final, aet); 23/2/2014 at Nowlan Park – Kilkenny 5-20 Tipperary 5-14 (Group); 5/5/2013 at Nowlan Park – Kilkenny 2-17 Tipperary 0-20  (Final); 10/3/2013 at Semple Stadium – Tipperary 2-17 Kilkenny 1-19  (Group); 26/2/2012 at Nowlan Park – Kilkenny 2-17 Tipperary 0-15 (Group); 12/2/2011 at Semple Stadium – Kilkenny 1-17 Tipperary 1-10 (Group); 7/3/2010 at Semple Stadium – Tipperary 1-14 Kilkenny 0-13 (Group) and finally 3/5/2009 at Semple Stadium – Kilkenny 2-26  Tipperary 4-17 (Final, aet). Hopefully a positive result will favour Tipp on Saturday and address the imbalance in the stats above.

Best wishes to the team on Saturday evening as they continue to make progress in the league. As this is the last home game for the league rounds it would be a fitting tribute to all the hard work gone in so far this year to have a huge home support behind the team for this eagerly awaited clash.

The referee will be James Owens (Loch Garman).


Due to the unfortunate weather conditions of last week the Roinn 3 Allianz Football League game between Tipperary and Longford was postponed and will go ahead instead at 5pm this Saturday evening in Semple Stadium.

Best wishes to the team as a win will keep the pressure on Louth at the top of the table.

The referee will be Martin McNally (Muineachán)

Tickets are on sale for both games on Saturday at gaa.ie and selected SuperValu and Centra stores, with adult tickets costing €15 and U16’s go free. Buy before match day and get 20% off adult tickets.


This Wednesday night, March 8th, all roads lead to Limerick’s Gaelic Grounds as the Tipperary football team travel to play Limerick in the EirGrid Munster U21Football Championship Quarter-Final tie at 7.30pm.

Best wishes to the team and their management team headed by Declan Browne (Moyle Rovers) in his first game in charge as manager and we wish him and his side every success in the championship. Hopefully success will be achieved on Wednesday which will mean a visit to meet Cork in Pairc Úi Rinn a week later.


Only two games in the Tipperary Water County Football Leagues survived the inclement weather of last week and the fixtures committee will be hoping that the coming weekend goes off without a hitch as the Tipperary Water County Hurling Leagues get under way in earnest. With a host of games right across the weekend from Friday to Sunday there is plenty to keep club supporters enthused as the senior club season finally gets under way.

For a full list of fixtures please check the Tipperary GAA website https://tipperary.gaa.ie/


Roscrea native, Davin Flynn was the hero for Donegal last weekend as his 2-8 out of 2-14 saw Donegal defeat Tyrone in Roinn 3A of the Allianz Hurling League.


The March draw was held last Friday night in the Hibernian Inn, Nenagh with the main prize of a Renault Megane or €15,000 going to Willie Dempsey from the Moycarkey Borris club and second prize of a Golf Holiday for 6 (or €5,000) going to Martin Ryan Jnr. whose ticket was sold by the Borris-Ileigh GAA club. Congratulations to all the prize draw winners last weekend.

Coinciding with the draw the Fr. Alec Reid Commemorative Plaque which was handed over to Tipperary Co. Board at the recent function in Belfast was in turn presented to the Nenagh Éire Óg Club in honour of Fr. Reid and the club will now decide on a suitable place to have the plaque permanently located and unveiled at a later date of their choosing.


Comghairdeas le na hiomaitheoirí agus le na buaiteoirí uile a ghlac páirt sna comórtaisí go dti seo and a sincere thank you to all of our parish and divisional committees, mentors, teachers, parents and audiences who have lent their support to the young children taking part in all disciplines go dtí seo.

This is a true example of Mol an Óige agus tiocfaidh sí and no doubt the County Final of Scór na bPáistí which takes place in Cashel on Sunday next March.12th at 2.00pm will be a showcase of all that talent. Beidh fáilte romhaibh go léir to what should be a seisiúin cultúrtha den scoth.

Videos will be available to order at the end of the evening from Mr. Donal Lee and we thank Donal for his continued support.


Beidh na hagallaimh do na scoláirechtaí Gaeltachta ar siúl i rith na seachtaine agus guimíd gach rath ar na daltaí uile a bheidh ag dul san iomaíocht. Bígí ag cleachtadh .Tá an scéim teoranta do dhaltaí sa 2, sa 5ú agus san Idirbhliain.


Agus Seachtain na Gaeilge buailte linn ná dean dearmad ar an cúpla focal a chleachtadh. There are some excellent websites to keep up to date with current affairs, cúrsaí spoirt, cúrsaí cultúrtha srl nuacht.ie tuairisc.ie peig.ie www.snag.ie san áireamh. Ní binn béal ina thost i rith Seachtain na Gaeilge.

Bain triail as – Is leatsa í. Try a cúpla focal, it’s yours to speak.


The 40×20 All-Ireland Semi-Finals last weekend saw Tipperary competing in both Juvenile & Adult Games.

A great display of handball was also evident over the weekend when Newport College and Newport Handball club hosted the North Juvenile B Finals. Fourteen finals were played on the night, attracting a huge crowd of spectators.

Upcoming fixtures see the Senior Doubles on Saturday next March11th, in Garryhill Carlow at 4pm where David Moloney and Daniel Hayes (Cashel) play Gavin Buggy and Daniel Cavanagh (Wexford).

Meanwhile in Salthill Galway at 5.30pm Ger Coonan and Fergal Collins (Ballina) play Ollie and Pat Conway (Galway).

For all handball fixtures and results please check out the handball website http://handball.tipperary.gaa.ie/


For the past couple of months staff at the Tipperary Studies department of Tipperary Co. Council Library Service have been busy digitising back issues of the Tipperary GAA Yearbook, with the kind support of the Yearbook Committee and Tipperary GAA Co. Board.

The Tipperary Studies digitisation project aims to make available online a range of sources, both historical and genealogical, which are part of the fabric which makes up the history of Tipperary.

Many of these documents are unique to Tipperary Studies and one of the aims of the project is to make these sources available to everyone, free of charge.

One aspect of the project was to make available back issues of the yearbook, of which twenty-two copies from 1970-1992, can now be viewed online at www.tipperarystudies.ie

It is the intention of those involved in the project to make all yearbooks available in time, in conjunction with a broad range of material pertaining to Tipperary which has yet to be digitisied. Tipperary Studies welcomes the donation of material for this project, which they may not have, ranging from match programmes and annuals to photographs and negatives.

All items are currently archived at the Tipperary Studies Department, Source Library, Cathedral St., Thurles, where a range of other material may be seen, including the Sam Melbourne scrapbook collection.


Supporters can join on line now on tippsupportersclub.com/join by credit card or debit/laser card. Membership is €40 per person. Also on the website details are available of the direct debit facility; as the Club is run on a completely voluntary basis it would be a great help if members could join by direct debit. We are encouraging members to switch to Direct Debit payment by offering a reduced charge of €30 for all Direct Debit members in 2017. It’s easy to sign up for Direct Debit, just download the two-page form from the Tipperary Supporters Club website at http://www.tippsupportersclub.com/join/ fill it out and send it to Jim Reidy at the address below.

If joining by post please send a cheque or postal order for €40 payable to Tipperary Supporters Club to Jim Reidy, 13 Castleknock Close, Dublin 15 (086-3580718, email: info@tippsupportersclub.com ) All proceeds from membership go towards the preparation and training of the Tipperary Senior Hurling Team.


The Friends of Tipperary Football membership for  €20 enters each supporter into the following draws: 2 All Ireland Final Football tickets 2017; 2 All Ireland Final Hurling tickets 2017; 2 Tickets for each Tipperary Senior Football Championship matches 2017; 2 All Ireland Club Final tickets 2017 and 2 National Football League tickets for each Tipperary League match in 2017

Membership is also available online through the Friends website www.friendsoftipperaryfootball.com and there is also a link on the Friends Facebook page.


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 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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