Tipperary GAA Scene

By PRO Joe Bracken


In the top billing fixture played last weekend, congratulations go to Clonmel Commercials on winning their 17th county senior title as they defeated a spirited Killenaule side to take the honours in the Tipperary Water County Senior Football Championship Final 2-9 to 0-8 before an attendance of 2,451 in Semple Stadium.

Goals from Richie Gunne and Jamie Peters in the latter stages of the match put a gloss on the Commercials victory which with eleven minutes or so remaining looked in the balance as both sides were evenly matched in this close contest. Hold out Commercials did as they created the goal chances to lift the title and go forward to the AIB Munster Senior Club Championship where they will play Dr. Crokes (Kerry) in the quarter-final on week ending October 29th at a Tipperary venue.

Congratulations to Michael Quinlivan (Clonmel Commercials) on receiving the Man of the Match Award following his display in the final, scoring 0-4 from play.

Congratulations also to referee Derek O’Mahoney (Ardfinnan) and his officials on their officiating of the senior football county final.


The Tipperary Water County Minor ‘A’ Football Champions for 2017 are Moyle Rovers and congratulations to them on their victory over defending champions Galtee/Golden in the curtain raiser last Sunday in Thurles, on a score-line of 2-13 to 0-6, with their goals coming from Rian Quigley (penalty) and Sean Cotter.

This was Moyle Rovers first title since 2008 and proud captain Cillian Crowe was only too delighted to update the clubs record when receiving the Barrett Cup from Mick Byrnes, Vice-Chairman Tipperary Football Committee.

Congratulations also to Jack Harney (Moyle Rovers) on being selected Man of the Match.

Well done also to referee Johnny Butler (Upperchurch-Drombane) and his officials on the running of the final.


Congratulations to Kiladangan who join the senior football ranks next year following their victory in the Tipperary Water County Intermediate Football Championship Final last Sunday with a four point win over Clonmel Óg 1-11 to 1-7.

Kiladangan will now play St. Senans (Limerick) in the AIB Munster Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final on week ending October 29th at a Tipperary venue.


The Tipperary Water County Junior ‘A’ Football Championship Final between Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams and Loughmore-Castleiney will take place this Saturday, October 21st, in Holycross with a 2.30pm throw in.


Congratulations to this year’s Football Jubilee team Loughmore-Castleiney (1992 & 1994) who were guests of honour on County Final Day last Sunday where they were first hosted to a reception in The Dome, before being introduced to the crowd before the senior final. Later they had a reception in the Templemore Arms.

The players honoured were as follows; Pat McGrath, Seamie Bohan, Joe Kiely, Declan Laffan, Tom Ryan, Eddie Webster, Pat Treacy, Richard Stapleton, Noel Kennedy, Eamon Brennan, Ned Ryan, John Kennedy, Paul McKevitt, Philip Kennedy, Tom McGrath, Michael Ormond, Jim Maher, John Cormack, Frankie McGrath, Michael McGrath, John Treacy, Pat Lynch, Tim Cullen, Martin Meagher, Gerry Stapleton, Fr. Peter Brennan, Liam Cormack, Tom Connolly, Tim Connolly, Eugene Stapleton, John Lawlor and Joe Ryan.


Best wishes to St. Mary’s Clonmel in the AIB Munster Intermediate Club Hurling Championship Quarter-Final where they will play Kanturk (Cork) on Sunday next, October 22nd where throw in is at 1pm in Mallow.


The Tipperary Water Seamus Ó Riain Cup Final replay between Roscrea and Toomevara will go ahead on Sunday next, October 22nd in Moneygall, where the throw in will be at 2:30pm.

Elsewhere in the last round of Seamus Ó Riain relegation series Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams defeated Moycarkey-Borris 1-18 to 1-15 with Ballingarry comfortably seeing off the Borrisokane challenge 2-23 to 0-9. With Ballingarry, Moycarkey-Borris and Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams all finishing on level points, it was the latter on score difference that drop out of the senior ranks along with Borrisokane.


The Division 1 final of the Tipperary Water County Hurling league throws in at 12pm on Sunday next in Templemore where Borris-Ileigh and Drom-Inch meet to decide the destination of the title.


After the weekends semi-finals the pairings are now known for the Tipperary Water County Junior A Hurling Championship Final as Ballybacon-Grange overcame Clonoulty-Rossmore by five points 2-15 to 1-13 to set up a final fixture against Toomevara who also saw off Moycarkey-Borris by five points 0-19 to 0-14. The final is fixed for this Saturday, October 21st in Drombane with a 2:30pm throw-in.

Ballybacon-Grange will play the Kerry Intermediate representatives in the AIB Munster Junior Club Hurling Championship Quarter-Final on week ending October 29th at a Tipperary venue.

For a full round up on all results and fixtures, please check the Tipperary GAA website https://tipperary.gaa.ie/ or the fixtures/results section in your local newspaper.


The fixtures for the Allianz Hurling and Football Leagues 2018 have been announced as the respective Tipperary hurling and football managements turn the focus towards next season and consider their various oppositions ahead of the commencement of the leagues in the last weekend of January next. In the coming campaign the hurlers will have three home fixtures and two away in the league rounds, while the footballers will also have three home fixtures but four away.

The dates pencilled in are as follows starting with the Allianz Hurling League fixtures;

Round 1: Sunday, January 28th, Clare v Tipperary
Round 2: Saturday, February 3rd, Tipperary v Waterford
Round 3: Saturday, February 17th, Tipperary v Wexford
Round 4: Sunday, February 25th, Kilkenny v Tipperary
Round 5: Sunday, March 4th, Tipperary v Cork

Tipperary’s Allianz National Football League Division Two Fixtures are as follows;

Round 1: Saturday, January 27th, Cork v Tipperary
Round 2: Saturday, February 3rd, Tipperary v Roscommon
Round 3: Sunday, February 11, Clare v Tipperary
Round 4: Sunday, February 25t, Tipperary v Meath
Round 5: Saturday, March 3rd, Tipperary v Louth
Round 6: Sunday, March 18th, Down v Tipperary
Round 7: Sunday, March 25th, Cavan v Tipperary


The 2018 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 2017 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. 1937-2017, as well as his/her G.A.A. achievements and a photograph of the deceased person.

The deadline for sending information is 1st November. Please e-mail information and photographs which must be named to John Smith, Secretary Tipperary Yearbook Committee at yearbook.tipperary@gaa.ie.

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.


We express our sympathy and that of all Tipperary supporters to Co. Chairman Michael Bourke, his sister Josie and the extended Bourke family on the sad passing of their mother Margaret (Peig) Bourke RIP.


Lár na Páirce, the GAA Museum in Thurles, will hold a GAA Memorabilia Fair in Thurles Sarsfields Social Centre, (beside Semple Stadium) on Sunday, November 26th from 12.00 noon to 4.00pm.

At this Memorabilia Fair, patrons will be given the chance to browse, purchase and search a large selection of Match Programmes, Club Histories, Hurling, Football, Camogie and Handball publications, not to mention a host of other somewhat rare GAA material, and all in the pleasant and spacious surroundings of  Thurles Sarsfields Clubhouse.

Dealers, collectors, sellers and swappers are cordially invited to attend this event, where it is hoped they will find unusual and rare material aplenty to interest everyone in attendance.

Sales positions, free of charge, can be booked in advance and anyone interested should contact the organisers before November 23th next.

Admission is €3, with accompanied children free.

For further information on this event, please contact Seamus J. King, Tel: 087 2246245 or Liam Ó Donnchú, Tel: 086 6036547 or email larnapaircemuseum@gmail.com

This is one upcoming event certainly not to be missed by all lovers of GAA sports.


Tipperary GAA has 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


The annual #GAAyouth Forum is coming up in Croke Park on Saturday week, October 28th (Bank Holiday weekend) and those wishing to take part are requested to please check www.gaa.ie/gaayouth for info and online applications.

This is a FREE event for players aged 12 – 21 and is currently accepting applications for 600 places. With a stellar line-up of speakers including Diarmuid Gizzy Lyng, Rory’s Stories, Juliet Murphy, Ciarán Kilkenny and Cathal Cregg it promises to be a great day!

Last year the forum had representation from 30 of the 32 Counties which included Tipperary and the organisers are hoping to have all 32 counties represented this year.


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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