Tipperary GAA Scene

By PRO Joe Bracken


The Tipperary senior hurlers rounded off their challenge match series with a comprehensive 4-30 to 0-8 victory over Liam Mellows (Galway) All-Ireland club semi-finalists in Lorrha last Saturday. Michael Breen (Ballina) scored 2-2 while Ger Browne (Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams) added 1-2 with Noel McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney) scoring the other Tipperary goal.

Tipperary GAA Scene

John Tierney, Padraic Maher, Seamie Callanan, and Brendan Maher.

That is it for now as the clock counts down to Sunday week when the opening salvos in the Allianz Hurling League 2018 will be fired in earnest as Tipp travel to Cusack Park in Ennis to take on Clare.


In the second of their three challenge matches ahead of the league campaign the Tipperary senior footballers defeated Garda College, Templemore 1-19 to 1-10 last Tuesday night with Conor Sweeney (Ballyporeen) bagging the Tipperary goal. The final challenge match is this Tuesday night, January 16th again in Dr. Morris Park as Tipp welcome UCC to Thurles where throw in is at 7:30pm.

Tipperary will play Cork in Round 1 Division 2 of the Allianz League on Saturday week January 27th in Páirc Uí Chaoimh at 5pm.

Tipperary GAA Scene

John Devane, Tim Floyd, Bryan Maher, Ger Ryan, Sean Nugent and Michael Bourke


Best wishes to Thurles Sarsfields who take on Killavullen (Cork) in the Munster Junior B Hurling Championship Final this Sunday, January 21st at 2pm in Raheenagh, Co. Limerick.

Also, on Sunday best wishes to Cashel King Cormacs in the postponed Munster Junior B Football Semi Final against Cromane (Kerry) at 2pm in Knockaderry, Co. Limerick, the winners will play Ballybrown (Limerick) in the Munster Final on Sunday February 4th.


The quarter finals of the Dr. Harty Cup played last week brought mixed fortunes for Tipperary schools, with Our Lady’s Templemore winning by one point and Thurles CBS losing by the same deficit, scoring details as follows – Our Lady’s Templemore 1-14 John the Baptist CS 0-16 and Thurles CBS 1-11 Midleton CBS 0-15.

Tipperary GAA Scene

Conor Stakelum, Declan Fanning, Padraic Maher, Michael Fenton, Seamie Callanan and Brendan Maher

In the other games the full times were Ardscoil Ris 3-20 Gaelcholáiste Mhuire 1-5 and CBC Cork 1-17 Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy 1-12. Our Lady’s will now play Midleton CBS in the semi-final.

Also on Wednesday, in the Corn Risteard Ui Mhathuna (18.5 C H) Quarter-Finals there was no luck for the Tipperary schools in action as Carrick CBS Secondary lost out to St Augustine’s 1-15 to 0-15 and Scoil Ruain Killenaule lost to Coláiste Choilm 1-16 to 1-11.

Then on Friday it was an all Tipp affair in the Corn Thomais Mhic Choilm (18.5 B Hurling) Quarter-Final Replay with Cashel CS getting the better of Abbey CBS 2-14 to 1-12.

Switching the attention to camogie, the highlight of the week goes to Presentation Secondary School, Thurles who were crowned Munster Senior A Colleges champions following a 3-5 to 0-12 victory over Coachford College in the final in Ballyagran on Saturday afternoon. An injury time goal from Grace O’Donnell saw the Pres emerge victorious for 2018 having lost the last two Munster finals.

Congratulations to all involved and best wishes in the All-Ireland series.


The match pass for 2018 is currently on sale at the price of €120. This pass gives you access to all adult matches within the County during 2018. Passes can be ordered through the GAA Office Slievenamon Rd., Thurles or by contacting 0504 22702 where you can pay over the phone.


The 31th AGM of the Tipperary Supporters Club was a great gathering of Tipperary Supporters in the Anner Hotel, Thurles on Tuesday January 9th last.

Bryan Maher, Assistant Treasurer, presented the detailed accounts for the year which resulted in grants of over €136,000 for expenses connected with the Senior Hurling All-Ireland campaign including medical treatment, specialist training, travelling and accommodation. Major sources of income were membership (€74,000), golf classics in Tipperary and Dublin (€43,000), sponsorship/donations (€21,000) and a Fun Run/Walk in conjunction with Tipperary Camogie (€4,000). Expenses such as the cost of membership gifts and postage of membership packs had been kept to a minimum.

Pictured above right are John Tierney, Chairman Tipperary Supporters Club and Tipperary players Pádraic Maher, Seamus Callanan and Brendan Maher.

John Coman, PRO, reported on a record year for numbers joining as adult members, and asked all members to make a special effort to encourage extra members to join up and to ask existing members to join using the direct debit facility. Members joining by direct debit will enjoy a special discounted membership rate of €30 for 2018. He reported that hundreds of members had already joined for 2018 with the member’s gift of the specially-produced Tipperary Supporters cap proving very attractive.

In his address as Chair John Tierney thanked all the Tipperary Supporters for their generosity in supporting the fund-raising efforts of the Club.

The following officers were re-appointed: John Tierney, Chair; Eamonn Buckley, Secretary; Bryan Maher, Assistant Treasurer; John Coman, PRO; and Jim Reidy was appointed for the first time as Membership Officer. John Tierney thanked John Malone for his work as Membership Officer in recent years. Two new committee members were co-opted: Ed Donnelly (Moycarkey-Borris) and Charlene O’Shea (Kilruane MacDonaghs).

John Tierney congratulated John Devane on his election as Chair of the County Board and the meeting was addressed by John Devane who thanked the Supporters Club for being a vital element in the Tipperary Hurling set up. He commented on the great co-operation between the County Board and the Tipperary Supporters Club in their work, other County Board officials were also present at the meeting.

Pictured left are John Devane, Tim Floyd, Bryan Maher, Ger Ryan, Sean Nugent and Michael Bourke.

Finally, Conor Stakelum addressed the meeting on behalf of Michael Ryan, Senior Team Bainisteoir, who could not be present due to the recent death of his father Tommy, R.I.P. Conor was joined at the meeting by fellow selector Declan Fanning and players Padraic Maher (Captain), Brendan Maher and Seamus Callanan, and he brought an end to the meeting by thanking the Tipperary Supporters Club for their invaluable help which was an integral part of the Tipperary team’s preparation. Conor asked all Tipperary Supporters to continue to support the Club and explained that the players were already preparing well for 2018. Pictured above are Conor Stakelum, Declan Fanning, Padraic Maher, Michael Fenton (Tipp Dublin Association), Seamus Callanan and Brendan Maher. All photographs courtesy Gerry Ring.


Club Officer Training nights have been arranged for 2018 as follows – Thursday week January 25th in the Anner Hotel, Thurles and Wednesday January 31st in Clonmel Park Hotel.

These are aimed at clubs in the Mid and South divisions, but clubs from the North and West are also welcome, especially if they have newly-appointed officers. 8 officers from each club will be invited to attend, i.e. Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and PRO of the Adult Club and similarly from the Juvenile Club/Committee.


An information night for all Club Children’s Officers and Designated Liaison Persons will be held in Thurles Sarsfields Centre (Upstairs) next Tuesday night January 23rd at 7.30pm. As Garda Vetting is now a legal requirement up to date information will also be given on the night.

All clubs are requested to send their Children’s Officer and Designated Liaison Person to this information night. If any Club is unable to send their Children’s Officer or Designated Liaison Person they should send their Senior Club Chairperson to deputize on the night.

Please advise who will be representing your club before Friday January 19th to Nicholas Moroney, Co. Children’s Officer 087 8369630 childrensofficer.tipperary@gaa.ie


The Award 1 Football course will start next Monday, January 22nd and will run and over five nights inclusive.

To book places on these courses please email kevin.halley.gda.tipperary@gaa.ie ASAP, places will be limited so booking is essential. Cost of the course will be €50 euro per coach strictly paid prior to the commencement of the course.

Modules include;
1. Technical Football skill development workshop.
2. Physical fitness for the club player.
3. Sports Physiology and implementation.
4. Video analysis and playing stats.
5. Building the players Teamplay and Tactical Prowess through game based Coaching.

The course dates include January 22nd, 29th and February 5th, 12th, 19th all at 7.30pm – 9.30 pm nightly and the venue is Dr Morris Park.


Basic Club Referee Training Courses are provided every two years by trained Referee Tutors in County Tipperary. Modules will be held over 3 nights in Thurles, with an online module being completed by the student in the comfort of their own home. The course is developed in conjunction with Croke Park and supported through the Provincial Munster Referees Administrators. Dates for the Training Course are as follows –

New referees foundation course (Sarsfields Centre, Thurles – each night at 7:30pm) commencing with
Module 1 Tuesday 13th February 2018
Module 2 Tuesday 20th February 2018
Module 3 To be completed online (Timed Module) between 21st Feb and 28th Feb 2018 and
Module 4 Tuesday 27th February 2018

Training as a Club Referee involves the following modules:

Rules of Specification / The Play / Scores/ Powers and Duties of the Referee Technical Fouls / Set Play / Aggressive Fouls / Dissent / Referee’s Report / Rules Test / Fitness Test

Modules are classroom based and involve attendance and participation by the prospective referees. A timed Rules Test is centrally organised by Croke Park, which the participants complete “on-line”, with a pass-mark set which must be achieved for successful progression

An initial trial Fitness Test, i.e. a “BANGSBO or BeepTest” will be used to familiarise new entrants with the levels required. A standard test will be used later in the year to monitor progression with a view to the achievement of a minimum standard required for qualification.

Following completion of the Training Course the successful candidate is certified as qualified by Coiste Ríaracháin Réiteoirí Contae Tiobrad Árann as a Club Level Referee. It is recommended for foundation referees to be appointed to referee games up to and including U14 for a period of 2 years.

We are now seeking applications from interested individuals, who are considering taking up the role as Club Referee and applications must be submitted through their respective Club Secretary on the relevant Application Form which is available online on the Tipperary GAA website.

Application Form – Level 1 Basic Foundation Club Referee Course 2018

Please note all applications must be accompanied by a cheque for €100, from the applicant’s home club, which will be refunded after officiating at ten games. Completed application forms accompanied by €100 cheque only should be forwarded to Paul Stapleton, Secretary, Tipperary Referees Administration Committee, Lár na Páirce, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

All clubs who do not currently have a referee in their club are encouraged to trawl their membership for prospective candidates.

Further information / clarification can be had from Jim O’Shea chairperson 085 1744791 and Paul Stapleton secretary 085 1983325 Tipperary Referees Administration Committee.


The North Tipperary Juvenile Handball Championship 40 x 20 Finals were hosted by Nenagh on Friday and Saturday January 5th and 6th last, following a number of quarter-finals and semi-finals which took place in the week preceding, with six clubs contesting the finals – Ballina, Ballinahinch, Lahorna, Nenagh, Newport and Youghalarra. The winners went forward to contest the County Finals in Nenagh last weekend.

In those Juvenile 40×20 County Finals there was eight finals and some very close games, with the winners being as follows; Boys U10S Dean Carey (Ballina), U11 Singles Billy O’Brien (Nenagh), Boys U11D Emmet Jones & Stephen McNamara (Nenagh), U12S Stefan Tobin (Carrick On Suir), BU12D Charlie Grace & Sean Lyons (Ballina), BU13D David McGrath & Anthony Walsh (Cashel), BU16D Jack McGrath & Conor O’Dwyer (Cashel) and BU17D Ben White & Ross Moloney (Cashel).

Congratulations and best of luck to all in the Munster Championships.

Tipperary had success out of two entries, both from Lahorna, at Gael Linn in Tulla on Sunday last – Jack Mulcahy and Hannah Grace won gold finishing on 125 points, Cork 2 finished second and Tipperary 2 finished third comprising of Ryan Gillick and Leanne Gould. This was played on a round robin format with 5 teams taking part. Well done to all concerned.

All results can be viewed http://handball.tipperary.gaa.ie/

The Cumann na mBunscoil Championships take place in Nenagh & Kilcoleman next Sunday January 21st. With entries from 13 National Schools it promises to be another great handball competition with the winners going on to contest the Munster finals in Broadford in Limerick on week ending February 10th/11th.


Lár na Páirce GAA museum in Thurles is doing a six-month promotion on its Facebook page at present. The promotion is highlighting notable treasures from the museum, memorable All Star hurlers and footballers and recalling famous GAA games. All are well illustrated with relevant material.

The management of Lár na Páirce invite you to view the promotion and respond to it.

‘Bringing Gaelic Games to Life’, Lár na Páirce, Slievenamon Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

Contact Lár na Páirce http://www.larnapairce.ie and 0504 22702
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LarNaPairceMuseum
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LarNaPairce


The 48th Annual Awards Banquet of the New York GAA Minor Board will be held on Saturday, January 27th next at the Villa Barone, 737 Throggs Neck Expressway Bronx, NY 10465. Cocktail hour is from 7pm to 8pm with dinner and dancing from 8pm to 12am. Music is provided by the Cunningham Brothers. Admission is $100 for adults and $40 for children under-18.

This year, the Guests of Honour are Vincent McCabe (New Haven GAA) & John Lyons and Brendan Maher (Proprietors of Mc Keon’s Bar and Restaurant).

The James O’Sullivan Award will be presented to Keelan McLaughlin (Celtics GAA / Crana Electric)

The New York Minor Board is proud to recognise their 2017 New York Under-14 All-Star Team in both Football and Hurling that participated in the Féile competitions this past summer in Ireland. They will also recognise their Championship, League, and CYC winners along with the Tournament Captains, 2017 Players of the Year in each age group, our 2017 MVPs (Football and Hurling), as well as the winners of the Scór na nÓg this past year. The John Clarke and John Brady Scholarships will also be presented. Additionally, there will be Minor Board scholarships presented to three high school and three college students who are active Minor Board players.

For further information, please contact any of the listed members below or visit us at nyyouthgaa.com all of whom thank supporters and friends for your continuous support.

Dance Chairs: Caroline Martin 914-562-9657, Danny Browne 917-804-5880 & Dave Kilkenny 347-306-3857.
Journal Chairs: Keara O’Connor 201-921-3398, Robert McDonagh 917-796-7954 & Gerry Loane 914-494-3509. Committee: Mike Brosnan 646-599-2395, Denis Twomey 347-680-0380, Dave Ryan 914-320-7316, Aidan Traynor 914-424-7818, John McCormack 203-651-9634, Pat Ryan 914-548-0484 & Paul Levins 347-386-0732.


Click here to join: http://www.tippsupportersclub.com/join/adult-members/

The Tipperary Supporters Club member’s gift in 2018 is a specially produced Tipperary Supporters Club Cap, in the traditional Blue and Gold and featuring the Tipperary Supporters Club Official Logo.

Members will also receive:
· Membership card with which you can avail of a 10% discount in the Tipperary GAA Shop Lár na Páirce
· 2018 Car Sticker
· Text alerts with team announcements for all Tipperary Allianz Hurling League and Championship matches
· Regular news to your email about all the latest in Tipperary GAA circles
· Paid up Tipperary Supporters Club members will be eligible to vote for the new official 2018 Tipperary Senior Hurler of the Year award at the end of 2018 season.

Members will also be entered into:
· A draw for five sets of stand tickets for all Tipperary games in the Munster and All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship.
· In the event of Tipperary Senior Hurlers reaching the All-Ireland Final, there will be a special draw for 2 night’s accommodation for 2 people in the Four Star Louis Fitzgerald Hotel (match tickets included).

Please note: Regular members who have already signed up for direct debit or online auto-renewal will have already been contacted in recent weeks.

Membership is €40 per person and there are several payment options:

  1. Direct Debit – This is our preferred payment method. We are encouraging members to switch to Direct Debit payment by offering a €10 discount on the regular 2018 price to any member who pays via direct debit for the first time in 2018. It’s easy to sign up for Direct Debit, just download the form by clicking here, fill it out and send it to Jim Reidy at the address below. When it comes to renewal time, we will mail you well in advance so you can opt in or out for subsequent years.
  2. Online Payment via Debit or Credit Card -Simply click on the link and follow the instructions
  3. Cheque/Postal Order – 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 )

Click here to join: http://www.tippsupportersclub.com/join/adult-members/

Membership will also available in the following premises:
· Tipperary GAA Shop, Lár na Páirce, Slievenamon Road, Thurles.
· Moynihan’s, Gladstone Street, Clonmel,
· O’Donoghue’s, Main St, Cashel.
· Jackie Shanahan, Roscrea (0872626947)
· Carroll’s, Castle St, Roscrea.
· Elvery’s Store. O’Connell St, Clonmel.
· Elvery’s Store. Pearse St, Nenagh.

Keep up with all the news:
· On www.tippsupportersclub.com
· Find us on Facebook www.facebook.com/TippSupportersClub
· Follow us on Twitter @TippSupporters

All proceeds from membership go directly towards the preparation and training of the Tipperary Senior Hurling Team.


The Friends of Tipperary Football are now selling membership for 2018 and once again it is a very reasonable €20.

Membership enters each supporter into the following draws:
Two All-Ireland Final Football tickets 2018
Two All-Ireland Final Hurling tickets 2018
Two Tickets for each Tipperary Senior Football Championship matches 2018
Two All-Ireland Club Final tickets 2018
Two Allianz National Football League tickets for each Tipperary League match in 2018

Plus, all members will receive an exclusive car sticker.

If you would like to join online you can do so at http://www.friendsoftipperaryfootball.com/join/ or contact any Friends of Tipperary Football committee member.


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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