Tipperary GAA Scene

By PRO Joe Bracken


A new dawn in the life of Páirc Uí Chaoimh rises on Saturday, July 22nd, as the Tipperary senior hurlers head to the revamped arena to take on Clare in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final. By the time the sun is high in the afternoon sky for the 3pm throw-in many thousands of Tipperary faithful will also have made the pilgrimage to the impressive new citadel as it opens its doors once more to host our native games.  

After coming up short against Cork in the opening round in Munster, successive victories over Westmeath and Dublin on the qualifier path have reinvigorated Tipperary’s campaign and has transported them to the next juncture of the All-Ireland series. However, in Clare, Tipp will find a severe test and one no doubt management will have been addressing since the opposition was confirmed.

As indicated last week, Tipperary last played Clare in the Munster Championship Semi-Final in 2011 with Tipp winning that one 4-19 to 1-19. In total there have been 50 previous championship meetings between Tipperary and Clare. The Premier County leads the way with 35 wins to Clare’s 11 and there has been 4 draws. Clare’s ‘wins’ in the 1889 and 1938 semi-finals, were claimed via objections, after Tipperary had achieved on field victory. In 1889, the issue concerned the legality of a Tipperary goal, while in 1938 it was the Jimmy Cooney case and Rule 27 – attending ‘foreign games’.

Of the last ten championship meetings Tipp are 7 to 2 up on the head to head with 1 draw, with a quick summary as follows; 1999 at Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Clare 2-12 Tipperary 0-18 (S/F Draw); 1999 at Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Clare 1-21 Tipperary 1-11 (S/F Replay); 2000 at Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Tipperary 2-19 Clare 1-14 (S/F); 2001 at Páirc Uí Chaoimh,  Tipperary 0-15 Clare 0-14 (S/F); 2002 at Páirc Uí Chaoimh,  Tipperary 1-18 Clare 2-13  (Round 1); 2003 at Páirc Uí Chaoimh,  Clare 2-17 Tipperary 0-14 ( Round 1); 2005 at The Gaelic Grounds, Tipperary 2-14 Clare 0-14  (S/F); 2008 at The Gaelic Grounds, Tipperary 2-21 Clare 0-19  (Final); 2009 at The Gaelic Grounds, Tipperary 3-18 Clare 1-22 (S/F) and as above 2011 at The Gaelic Grounds, Tipperary 4-19  Clare 1-19 (S/F).

Fifty years ago on July30th, 1967 in the Munster Final at Limerick, Tipperary got the better of Clare 4-12 to 2-6, with Michael ‘Babs’ Keating scoring 3-2 for Tipp, who were captained on the day by the late Mick Roche.

The last time Tipp played Clare on a Saturday in Cork, was in the June 1999 Replay. Tipp minus Declan Ryan from the starting team on that day lost by 10 points, Clare would later lose that year’s Munster final to Cork, at Thurles, by 4 points.

We send best wishes to the team led by Captain Padraic Maher and also to their management as they prepare to line out on the new Páirc Uí Chaoimh surface on what we hope will be a positive result for the Premier County on this historic day.

The referee will be Colm Lyons (Corcaigh).

Adult stand tickets, depending on what availability is left are €30 in advance or €35 on the day; Juveniles €5 (family); Student/OAP €30 Stand (No on the day concessions). Terrace €20 Adult and €5 Juveniles.


This year’s All-Ireland football journey came to a halt for the Tipperary senior footballers last Saturday, following their two point loss to Armagh in Round 3B of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship at Semple Stadium on a score-line of 1-17 to 1-15. Commiserations to the team led by captain Brian Fox and their management team led by Liam Kearns in what was a tough finish to what has been another hugely impressive year for them.

With huge Tipperary support in Semple Stadium to cheer on the side, a half time lead was not enough to see Tipp through as Armagh held the second half edge to grind out a win. Michael Quinlivan (Clonmel Commercials) still struggling with an ankle injury was the Tipperary goal scorer as he continued his impressive goal scoring feat. Alas, though it wasn’t enough for his side which has certainly lived up to expectations by maintaining their progression into the upper tiers of inter-county football this year.

Success in winning the Division 3 league title and earlier promotion to Division 2 for next season will no doubt have the added incentive for all to push on so that the Tipperary senior football panel continues to build and more importantly contest for provincial and national titles in the years ahead. Tremendous work has been done in the past number of years and the goodwill harnessed needs the support of all to ensure this highly talented group of players and those coming through the ranks get the rewards their talents so richly deserve.

Sincere thanks to all involved for your efforts this year both on and off the field and behind the scenes.


Best wishes to Fergal Horgan (Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams) on Sunday next July 23rd, as he takes charge of the second All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final between Wexford and Waterford in Páirc Uí Chaoimh.


There are no County fixtures this weekend with Tipperary playing Clare in Cork, but rounds will be played the following weekend and after that fixtures will be dependent on the progress of our senior hurlers in the All-Ireland campaign.  

Outside of that intermediate and junior divisional fixtures go ahead over the weekend and for a full round up on fixtures and recent results in Round 5 of the Tipperary Water County Hurling League last weekend, please check the Tipperary GAA website https://tipperary.gaa.ie/ or the fixtures/results section in your local newspaper.


We express sympathy to the Keane family on the passing of Tipperary and Thurles Sarsfields stalwart, Larry Keane RIP. Winner of an All-Ireland Senior Hurling medal with Tipperary in 1958 and 2 National Leagues, Larry also won an All-Ireland Minor medal in 1949. A dual player of note, Larry lined out in both codes for the county.

During the glory years of Thurles Sarsfields, Larry won 9 County Senior Hurling medals (captain 1957 team). He also won a County Senior Football medal with Thurles Crokes in 1960.
A son of the late Con Keane who played Railway Cup hurling and football with Munster in the late 1920’s, Larry also had the distinction of lining out in championship hurling for Tipperary with his brothers Michael ‘Blackie’ and Connie.

Tipperary Co. Board extends condolences to his wife Carmel, daughter Carol and the extended Keane family on their sad loss.


Next up on the fundraising agenda is the Team Tipperary GAA Race Day at the Galway Races on Monday, July 31st next. This is our third Galway Races venture continuing very successful opening days in 2015 and 2016. The Galway Races Summer Festival is renowned as a premier and most colourful racing festival. While it is a major sporting event, it also appeals to a much wider audience than just the racing fans. With the Killanin Stand Suites, there is something for everyone whether you are entertaining family, friends or business clients. This is the ideal format for mixing business with pleasure, whilst surrounded by the atmosphere and excitement that is the Galway Races. 

If you or anyone you know is interested in racing, or just a good day out and who might take a seat or two or a table, please contact Tim Floyd, County Secretary, 087 2591747 secretary.tipperary@gaa.ie for bookings and further details. 

By contributing to this wonderful day out you are providing invaluable support for Team Tipperary. Tipperary Co. Board is very fortunate to have a big pool of people who are willing to invest in the future of Tipperary GAA and support it so selflessly. It is an honour for Co. Board officers to carry out this work on behalf of these people and we together with our patrons are totally committed to the success of Tipperary GAA and our teams.

If you would like to be part of it, talk to us, we’d be honoured if you’d share the journey with us.


The South Tipperary G.A.A Centre, Clonmel, home to South Tipperary GAA Board, will hold a ‘Fair of Sporting Memorabilia’ from 12 noon to 4pm on Bank Holiday Monday, August 7th next.

Collectors and sellers are cordially invited to get in touch in relation to sales positions which are free of charge (to be booked prior to the event) contact Sean Nugent 087-2669304 or email sean.nugent.cb@gaa.ie or Derek Williams 052 6138802. Bar facilities, tea and coffee will also be available.

Enjoy the biggest Fair to date with many new items including a huge range of GAA paraphernalia plus other material from across the sporting spectrum.

Admission is free and all proceeds go to South Tipperary G.A.A Centre.


Tipperary GAA has recently launched a loyalty CashBack Card which as a Tipperary supporter each individual that registers is doing their small bit in support of the county cause. Loyalty cards were sent out with club draw receipts to all members and as there is no charge in registering you can opt in immediately. If anyone who doesn’t have a loyalty card and flyer please call to Lár na Páirce to pick up one. Register as per details on the CashBack flyer. To activate the card, holders must complete the registration and then please email, post or drop off your registration details to Lar na Páirce, Slievenamon Road, Thurles or secretary.tipperary@gaa.ie 


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.


The Supporters Club 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.


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-mailpro.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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