Tipperary GAA Scene

By PRO Joe Bracken



The Tipperary minor footballers took on Kerry in the Electric Ireland Munster Championship Quarter-Final last Wednesday night and despite putting in a commendable first half performance ended up on the receiving end of a 1-15 to 0-4 loss.

Tipperary GAA Scene

Newcastle Scor Rince Semite

As a result they are back out again this week where they will no doubt endeavour to put that experience to good effect as they travel to Newcastlewest to take on Limerick in the semi-final playoff 1 this Wednesday evening, April 18th at 6:30pm. Limerick lost their match to Clare last week and the winners of this tie will go on to play Waterford in playoff 2 on Wednesday week at a Waterford venue.

We send best wishes to the panel and their management as they seek progression in the championship.

The Tipperary team for this week’s fixture was announced on Monday night and lines out as follows; Callan Scully (Nenagh Éire Óg), Tommy McDonagh (Cahir), Shane Lowe (Moyne-Templetuohy), Christy McDonagh (Cahir), Mark O’Meara (Capt.) (Grangemockler-Ballyneale), Gavin Meagher (Inane Rovers), Johnny Ryan (Arravale Rovers), Billy Murphy (Kilsheelan-Kilcash), Keith Ryan (Upperchurch-Drombane), Max Hackett (Moycarkey-Borris), Devon Ryan (Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams), Kevin Hayes (Moycarkey-Borris), Kyle Shelly (Moycarkey-Borris), Christy English (Ballyporeen) and Eddie Daly (Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams). The subs are – Cian O’Mahony (Ardfinnan), Kevin Moore (Inane Rovers), Donagh Hickey (Arravale Rovers), Alan Flannery (Galtee Rovers), Conor Whelan (Mullinahone), Rhys Byron (Galtee Rovers), Jamie Holloway (Carrick Swan), John O’Sullivan (Galtee Rovers), and Seán Ó’Connor (Clonmel Commercials).

The referee on Wednesday will be John Ryan (Cork).


It was a busy weekend of action across the county with the Tipperary Water County Senior and Intermediate Hurling Championship along with fixtures in the Tipperary Water Seamus Ó Riain Cup taking pride of place.

Next weekend it is the turn of the Tipperary Water County Senior and Intermediate Football Championships with a number of interesting games down for decision once again.

Please check http://people.gaa.ie/club/tipperary/ for all current fixtures and results.


The new Tipperary GAA Club Draw material is being printed and distribution to clubs is ongoing. The first draw for the new season is scheduled for Friday, May 4th.


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 follows on from the outstanding success when first held last year. The event will take place once again at the Dome, Semple Stadium on Bank Holiday Monday, May 7th with an 11am start and will be followed by an open Tipperary training session in Semple Stadium.

Please note the original email address advertised on the run/walk flyer is incorrect and the organisers apologise to those who have tried to register and failed. If you do wish to pre-register online you can do so at www.tippsupportersclub.com. or on the morning of the run/walk. Adult entry is €10 and U16 €5. All participants are encouraged to wear your club colours on the day.

For more information contact Eamonn Buckley (Tipperary Supporters Club) 086 3838767 or Bridget Bourke (Tipperary Camogie) 087 6255427.


Newcastle Club in South Tipperary created history on Saturday last when they represented Tipperary in the All-Ireland Final of Scór Sinsir in both Rince Foirne and Rince Seite, pictured right. The event took place in Knocknaree Arena at I.T. Sligo and it was the culmination of the year’s activities for Scór competitors and supporters. Under the tutelage of Kathy McGrath Coleman these wonderful young ladies stepped it out in fine fashion and wooed the audience with a splendid display in both competitions. However with the cream from all four provinces taking part Newcastle did not receive the final accolade but the girls though heartbroken continued through the evening and through the night to showcase their talents and join with other Munster and provincial clubs to celebrate endeavour and success. We sincerely appreciate their efforts and congratulate them on having represented their club, county, and province so magnificently. Míle buíochas leis an lucht leanúna a bhi ann chun tacú leo.

Earlier in the day in the Clayton Hotel, Tipperary was proudly represented by the Loughmore-Castleiney team consisting of Pat Healy, Murt Ryan, Frank McGrath and Martin Ryan in the National Tráth na gCeist Final. Kerry with an amazing score of 74 out of 80 won the day and as always Tipperary and the other Munster Counties had extremely creditable scores in this battle of wits. Maith sibh leaids. Rinne sibh éacht.


Best wishes to a number of Tipperary Post Primary Schools in action this week. This Wednesday, April 18th, in the Corn Aodh Ui Dhudha (15 A H) Final, Thurles CBS will take on De La Salle in Clonmel Sportsfield at 1:30pm.

In the Corn Chaoimhin Ui Mhearain (15 D H) Final, St. Mary’s Newport take on Ennistymon CBS in Meelick where throw-in is at 12:30pm.

While at 2pm in Ballymacarbry in the Corn Sheamais Mhic Ghabhann (15 C H) Semi-Final Scoil Ruain Killenaule will play Pobail Scoil Na Trionide from Youghal.

Elsewhere, in football competition Colaiste Cluain Meala meet St. Pauls Community College Waterford in the 16.5 E Football Semi-Final in the WIT Sports Campus at 12:30pm.

Commiserations to Presentation Thurles who lost out to Glenamaddy CS 5-13 to 2-7 in the All-Ireland PPS Senior B LGFA Final played in Ballinasloe on Sunday last.


The Celtic Challenge takes place again this year during the exam period and Tipperary will again have two teams in the competition. Tipperary Blue – representing players from Mid and North and Tipperary Gold – representing players from South and West will participate. Management teams are now in place and the selection process has commenced.

The following is criteria for selection on these teams; 1 – Players doing state examinations are not eligible for selection. 2 – Players must be 17 years of age (No U16 players eligible) and 3 – Players currently on the county minor hurling squad are not required to attend.

Trials for both teams have commenced and take place in Dr Morris Park.

For further information contact Dinny Maher, Games Manager Tipperary GAA 086-3551830


As previously reported, staff at Tipperary Studies department of Tipperary County Council library service have been working over the past number of weeks to digitise their back catalogue of senior county hurling and football match final programmes. Thanks to the kind donation of programmes, on temporary loan, from the personal collections of Joe Lonergan, Donaskeagh and Jody Spooner, Roscrea, all Tipperary senior hurling club final programmes from 1976 to 2017 are now complete online. These may be viewed at http://tipperarystudies.ie/tipperary-gaa-senior-hurling-county-final-match-programmes/ Also included are the finals from 1968, 1970 and 1972.

With thanks to Joe Lonergan, the county football finals are virtually complete also, from 1976 to 2017, with the exception of the 1982 decider between Clonmel Commercials and Fethard. Staff at Tipperary Studies would love to hear from anyone who may be in a position to offer on a short, temporary loan, a copy of this programme to make the football collection complete.

The football final match programme collection may be viewed at http://tipperarystudies.ie/tipperary-gaa-senior-football-county-final-match-programmes/

The personnel involved with the digitisation work wish to sincerely thank the Tipperary GAA County Board, GAA supporters and also individuals and societies involved in genealogy and local history for their ongoing support, donation of material and permission to publish material online. Tipperary Studies may be contacted at 0761-06-6123 or email: studies@tipperarycoco.ie


Healthy Club Officer training will take place in Thurles on Thursday 26th of April next at 7pm with venue yet to be confirmed. If your club has not appointed an officer yet please do so immediately and forward the name and contact details to County Secretary Tim Floyd.

The Limerick/Tipperary Samaritans branch GAA Liaison Officer is Helen Kelly 089-2545350 and the organisation is interested in delivering short talks to clubs on the work of the Samaritans and how talking and looking after mental health can be of benefit to general wellbeing. The county committee would like to encourage clubs to make contact with Helen and avail of this valuable service.

The County Health and Wellbeing Committee would also like to encourage GAA clubs to becoming involved in the 2018 Pieta House Darkness into Light campaign which commences in the small hours of May 12th and finishes as the sun is rising.

Clubs might consider encouraging all adult members or just an adult team to participate and to invite family and friends to join them at an event closest to you. By participating in their Darkness into Light flagship fundraiser in one of the many venues in Tipperary your club will be helping the wider community to support Pieta House.

To find your nearest venue and for registration details check https://dil.pieta.ie/event-information/venues

Has your club appointed a Healthy Club Officer recently if you have please send name and contact details to County Secretary immediately.


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.


If you would like to be entered into the draw for some fantastic prizes the Friends of Tipperary Football are 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

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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