Tipperary GAA Scene

By PRO Joe Bracken


There was certainly a summer time feel about things as the arrival of ‘new time’ coincided with the appearance of the Tipperary hurlers in Croke Park on Sunday last. In their Allianz Hurling League Quarter-Final against Dublin, Tipperary after a slow start took control of the game running out 2-25 to 0-20 winners to set up a semi-final clash with Limerick on Saturday evening next. John McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney) ending up with 1-4 and Michael Breen (Ballina) finishing with 1-0 were the Tipperary goal scorers on an afternoon where eleven Tipp players ended up on the scoresheet.

Tipperary GAA Scene

Padraic Maher – Man of the Match

Congratulations to Tipperary captain Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields), pictured right, who was named the Allianz Man of the Match.

Congratulations to Cian Darcy (Kilruane MacDonaghs) on making his senior debut, starting at left corner forward and also to Paul Maher (Kilsheelan-Kilcash) and Willie Connors (Kiladangan) as both made their debuts when introduced in the second half.

Next on the agenda is the Allianz League Semi-Final against Limerick which will be played in Semple Stadium this Saturday, March 31st with a 7pm throw-in. Limerick winners of Division 1B should bring huge support as they come into the match following a marathon game against Clare in their quarter-final.

There have been 5 previous semi-finals involving Tipperary and Limerick though the last, which Tipp won, was back in 2000. Limerick, unfortunately from a Tipp point of view, succeeded in the other 4 in what were the famine years for Tipperary hurling. The first semi-final was back in 1973 in Kilkenny and finished up all square Tipperary 2-11 Limerick 2-11. In the replay in Birr, Limerick edged it by 2 on a 5-10 to 3-14 score line after extra time. In 1974 in Limerick, the home side were again the winners by two, Limerick 1-16 Tipperary 3-8. Moving onto1980 also in Limerick, where the Treaty men again prevailed 2-13 to 1-11. Another four years would elapse before the sides met at this stage once more with Semple Stadium the venue as Limerick continued their good form winning 2-10 to 1-10. The rot was eventually stopped in 2000 as indicated with Tipperary in control on a 2-18 to 0-17 score line.


The last ten league meetings were in an eleven year spell commencing with that 2000 semi-final as the sides haven’t met since 2010. Those ten meetings are as follows; 30/4/2000 in Thurles – Tipperary 2-18 Limerick 0-17 (Semi Final); 10/3/2002 in Thurles – Limerick 2-13 Tipp 1-12; 8/3/2003 also in Thurles – Tipp 1-17 Limerick 1-8; 29/2/2004 in Limerick – Tipp 2-21 Limerick 1-12; 27/2/2005 in Limerick – Tipp 4-14 Limerick 3-11; 19/2/2006 in Limerick – Tipp 2-15 Limerick 2-15; 18/2/2007 in Nenagh – Limerick 2-13 Tipp 0-16; 17/2/2008 in Thurles – Tipp 2-20 Limerick 2-9; 19/4/2009 in Thurles – Tipp 1-17 Limerick 1-11 and finally 21/3/2010 back to Limerick – Tipp 2-24 Limerick 0-8. In short Tipp have won 7 of those 10, Limerick have won 2 and there was just the single draw.


We will be hoping Tipperary can maintain the dominance of the early millennium years by moving a step closer to another crack at a league title, last won in 2008. So as we look forward to Saturday night, we send best wishes to the panel and management and call on supporters to come out in force behind the team in what should be a fascinating contest.

Pre-purchase adult tickets cost €15.00 (Pre-Purchase discount ends midnight on Friday night). Match day tickets are Adult: €20.00, Juvenile (U16): €5 and Student / Senior Citizen: €15.00.


Words will be little consolation to a splendid Tipperary football team who were seconds away from keeping hopes alive of league 1 promotion as Cavan grabbed an injury time winner to break the hearts of Tipperary players and faithful in Kingspan Breffni last Sunday. In that Allianz Football League round 7 match Cavan edged out Tipperary 0-17 to 2-10 to see them join Roscommon on a quick return to Division 1. Commiserations to the Tipp men who put in fantastic shift so far in this league run as they proved they are a match for anyone on the day. The Tipp goals came courtesy of Liam McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney) who notched up 1-4 and Conor Sweeney (Ballyporeen) rounding off the day with 1-1.

Tipp will still however sign off on a memorable league campaign this Saturday as they make to trip to Newry once more to play Down in the postponed round 6 fixture in at Páirc Esler where throw-in is at 3pm. This game is of huge importance to the home side and it is one which will also give Liam Kearns’ men a chance to see out the league with what we hope will be a positive result. They can then set their sights on the Munster championship which starts on Saturday, May 19th. Best wishes to the team and management on Saturday.

Pre-purchase adult tickets cost €12.00 (Pre-Purchase discount ends midnight on Friday night). Match day tickets are Adult: €15.00, Student / Senior Citizen: €12.00 and Juvenile (U16) go free.


This Thursday, March 29th, at 8pm in the Anner Hotel Thurles, the Tipperary Football Committee are hosting a workshop with the aim of developing a three-year strategic plan to help ensure that we, as a county, continue to maintain the exceptionally high standards we have attained in recent years.

This strategic plan will serve as a blueprint for where we want to go over the next three years and we need your help. We want this plan to reflect the views of all those with a vested interest in the future of Tipperary football and it is essential that we get a wide range of opinions and suggestions on the night.

The Football Committee are hoping that every club in the county will send at least two representatives and if you are interested contact your club secretary as soon as possible to reserve your place.

For further information contact any member of the Tipperary Football Committee, via social media or email friendsoftipperaryfootball@gmail.com


This year’s title went to DCU Dóchas Éireann who just got the better of University of Limerick 1-20 to 2-15 in the final last week. Commiserations to the seven Tipperary players on the field with UL where Brian McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney) pointed 0-5 (4f), Shane Neville (Lattin-Cullen) fired 1-2 while Cian Darcy (Kilruane MacDonaghs) hit 0-2. The other players were Barry Hogan (Kiladangan), Jimmy Ryan (Clonoulty-Rossmore), Podge Campion (Drom-Inch) and Jake Morris (Nenagh Éire Óg).


Congratulations to Shane Stapleton (Borris-Ileigh) and Evan Hanley (Lattin-Cullen) on winning All-Ireland Senior Hurling Club honours with Cuala last weekend. On the reverse, commiserations to the Tipperary connections associated with Na Piarsaigh.


Congratulations to Marion Graham who was elected as Chairperson of Munster Camogie Council last Wednesday night. Following a hugely successful playing career Marion has served in many roles as selector through to administrator, last serving as Munster Council Secretary from 2007 to 2016. We send best wishes to Marion in her new role and wish her every success.


The County Final of Scór na bPáistí took place in Halla na Feile, Caiseal Na Rí on Sunday afternoon last and what an afternoon it was for Scór. It was the culmination of weeks and months of hard work and preparation for our so very young participants and they took to the stage with style and presence and made all so proud of the showcasing of a wealth of music, song, drama, dance and Tráth na gCeist. Parish finals together with divisional A and B finals had taken place and so much work was complete. Similar to the hurling and football leagues the weather had taken its toll and only on Friday night had some of our contestants qualified for the County Final so we appreciate the efforts of committees, contestants, parents and mentors in their commitment to the cause. As one young contestant said ‘I’m so looking forward to not dancing or singing for a whole two weeks – but I love it’.

Bhí fear an tí den scoth againn – Seosamh Ó Baoill as Borrisoleigh, é deisbhéalach, líofa agus encouraging to all. Seosaimhín Ni Chathail, Cathaoirleach Scór, thanked all concerned for their support and work, in particular all our local committees and congratulated all those who took part. The Art competition was again a success and winners were presented with their prizes kindly sponsored by Bord an Chontae. Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields) Tipperary corner back made it back from playing with his county in Croke Park to present the prizes to runners up and winners alike and gave words of advice to some of our young people on stage. The winners are as follows; Rince Fóirne – Newcastle, Amhránaíocht Aonair – Kaitlyn Conroy (Portroe), Ceol Uirlíse – Shannon Rovers, Aithriseoireacht – Danielle Butler (Seán Treacys), Bailéad Ghrúpa – Seán Treacys, Sean Nós Dancing – Sarah Ryan (Holycross-Ballycahill), Tráth na gCeist – Loughmore-Castleiney, Novelty Act – Borris-Ileigh agus Rince Seit – Newcastle.

We celebrate 50 years of Scór next year and no doubt Scór na bPaistí will go ó neart go neart. There was a considerable increase in numbers taking part this year so we hope that success will breed success in the coming year. Míle buíochas le gach duine.


The All-Ireland 40×20 Single Championship Finals and doubles semi-finals took place over the last two weekends where Tipperary were involved in juvenile and adult finals and also the semi-finals. In the U15Singles Rory Grace from Lahorna continued his great Munster success with a win over John Doheny from Kilkenny winning 15/9, 10/15, 15/0. In the O70’s Jim Ryan from Silvermines was narrowly beaten by Ned Buggy from Wexford 7/21, 21/11, 21/20. In the U16 Doubles Jack McGrath and Conor O’Dwyer from Cashel were defeated by Kyle Dunne and Jack Doyle from Kilkenny 21/4, 21/7.

In the Doubles semi-finals Sinéad Meagher (Nenagh) and Roisín Cahill (Lahorna) defeated the Roscommon pair of Siobhan Tully and Linda Connolly in the Ladies Junior Doubles. In the U21Doubles Colin Ryan and Jason English defeated Cian Ó Conghaille and Oisín Ó Cualain (Galway) 19/21, 21/9, 21/18. In the RMD Doubles Paddy Collins (Ballina) and Jim Ryan (Silvermines) defeated Morgan Darcy and John Kelehan 21/14, 21/9. In the DMAD Billy and Pakie Mullins (Clonmel) were defeated by Kevin Geraghty and Pat Hopkins 21/4, 21/7.

The senior Finals in Kingscourt saw up and coming star Martin Mulkerins from Galway beat Charley Shanks from Armagh 21/9, 21/11 and the ladies final produced a thriller with Martina McMahon from Limerick defeated Catriona Casey (Cork) 12/21, 21/19, 21/20. The Doubles All-Ireland Finals are down for decision in Kingscourt on the 7th and 8th of April.


The Tipperary Supporters Club and the County Camogie Board are once again hosting a 5k fun run/walk which is a fundraiser for both the Supporters Club and the County Camogie Board, to aid county teams in their preparation for their respective 2018 championships.

The run / walk was an outstanding success when first held last year and it will take place once again at the Dome Semple Stadium on Bank Holiday Monday, May 7th with an 11am start. More details to follow in the coming weeks.


The GAA’s 2018 Munster Groundsman Education Day will take place in Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Saturday April, 7th. Attendees will hear from a number of key speakers over the course of the day, beginning with Course Director for Greenkeeping and Sportsturf management at Coláiste Stiofain Naofa, Daniel Crowley. Register for this event by contacting Mr. Kieran McGann, National Pitch Maintenance Workgroup ktmcoare@gmail.com or call 086 7773100.


The Croke Cup Final between Athenry and St. Kieran’s College will get proceedings under way in Semple stadium on Saturday evening next where throw in is at 5pm.


Get into the Easter mood in the South Tipperary G.A.A Centre, Clonmel starting this Good Friday, March 30th with a fundraising table quiz commencing at 9pm. A great night’s entertainment is in store with prizes galore, tables of 4 for €20.

Then on Easter Monday, April 2nd, from 12 noon to 3pm there will be a Fair of Sporting Memorabilia and collectors and sellers are cordially invited. Bar facilities, tea and coffee will again be available and admission is free of charge. Sales positions, also free of charge are to be booked in advance, contact Sean Nugent 087 2669304 or email sean.nugent.cb@gaa.ie


Paddy Hennessy originally from Kilsheelan-Kilcash passed to his eternal reward recently in New York and we extend our sympathy to his family- Anne Marie, Patricia and Patrick and his brother Jim and family members.

It’s widely recognised that Paddy was the first player to represent the Kilsheelan-Kilcash club in hurling at county level and he captained the Na Piarsaig team that won South senior hurling titles in 1956 and 57

During the fifties Paddy wore the County jersey in senior hurling for Tipperary on a number of occasions in tournament and National League games.


Starting on April 10th next, Place4U has teamed up with Tipperary ETB and Moyle Rovers to deliver a 10-week Health & Wellbeing Programme for men aged over 30. The aim is to help improve health, fitness and lifestyle, for further information phone 087 4407935.

Healthy Ireland at your library is a service available in all local libraries across the county. You can access a large collection of books on Health & Wellbeing through your local branch and on occasion also enjoy programmes and events relating to healthy topics. It’s free to join the library, apply online at www.librariesireland.ie or call into your local library.


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.

Membership is €40 per person and there are several payment options. All proceeds from membership go directly towards the preparation and training of the Tipperary Senior Hurling Team.


The Friends of Tipperary Football call on all Tipperary supporters to take up Friends membership as the senior footballers have consolidated their position in Division 2 of the league which winds up this weekend. All support is needed as they turn the attention after this weekend towards what they hope will be a successful championship run.

The Friends are continuing to sell membership for 2018 and once again it is a very reasonable €20 and all members will receive an exclusive car sticker and more importantly will be helping the senior footballers reach their potential. 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.


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