Tipperary GAA Scene 27th Nov 2018

PRO Joe Bracken


The presentation of the Laochra Gael awards took place in the Dome, Semple Stadium last Sunday and the following is the list of this year’s worthy recipients; Paddy Fanning – Galtee Rovers (Bansha), Tom Egan – Loughmore Castleiney, Eddie O’Gorman – Ballyporeen, John Kelly – Cappawhite, Jimmy Hewitt – St Mary’s and Clonmel Commercials, Seamus Butler – Drom and Inch, Joe Dooley – Inane Rovers, Billy Ferncombe – Boherlahan-Dualla, Michael Fogarty – Golden Kilfeacle, Larry Kiely – Gortnahoe-Glengoole, Anselm Walshe – Shannon Rovers, Mick Byrnes – Lattin Cullen, Tommy Mulcahy – Nenagh Eire Óg, Nicholas Lonergan – Solohead, Paddy Coman – Moycarkey Borris, Jim Moran – Ballybacon Grange and Ardfinnan, Jim Barry – Burgess, Billy Mackey – Carrick Davins, Seamus Hogan – Kiladangan, John Kennedy – Clonoulty Rossmore, Seamus Mackey – Holycross-Ballycahill, Frank Coffey – Kilsheelan-Kilcash, Pat Hennessy – Toomevara and Tommy Norton – Ballingarry.

Congratulations to all 24 honoured and thanks especially to the Laochra Gael organising committee, headed by chairman John Costigan and secretary Seamus King.   


Best wishes this weekend to David Grogan (Aherlow) and his officials as he will referee the AIB Munster GAA Football Junior Club Championship Final between Beaufort (Kerry) and Dromtarriffe (Cork) in Mallow on Sunday next.


The Tipperary Water U21 A and B hurling championships are taking shape following divisional results over the past two weekends.

In the North Tipp U21A Kilruane MacDonaghs raced into an early lead against Toomevara in Borrisokane only to see it clawed back as Toomevara then pushed on to claim the title on a score line of 0-14 to 0-10.

In the Mid U21A Thurles Sarsfields held out to claim the title as they saw off the Holycross-Ballycahill 2-17 to 2-14 in the Ragg. Meanwhile in the Mid U21B Moyne-Templetuohy/Thurles Gaels took the honours here with a 1-18 to 1-10 victory over Gortnahoe-Glengoole in Templemore.

Moving to the South U21B championship, Carrick Davins finally got the better of Mullinahone after extra time, with the Carrick men prevailing.

So the outcome of the past two weekend’s results has resulted in the following semi-final pairings;

Tipperary Water U21 A Hurling Championship Semi-Finals
Dec. 02 at 1pm in Borrisoleigh – Toomevara v Thurles Sarsfields
Dec. 09 at 1pm in Leahy Park Cashel – Clonoulty-Rossmore v South Winner (Ballingarry/St. Mary’s,/ Killenaule)

Tipperary Water U21 B Hurling Championship Semi-Finals
Dec. 01 at 1pm in Dolla – Newport v Moyne-Templetuohy/Thurles Gaels
Dec 02 at 12 noon in Golden – Cappawhite Gaels v Carrick Davins

The Clonmel Oil South senior football championship final goes ahead on Sunday next December 2nd between Ardfinnan and Clonmel Commercials in Monroe at 2pm. And in the West division the intermediate football final takes place in Clonoulty at 8pm tomorrow night,
November 28th, between Golden-Kilfeacle and Rockwell Rovers.

To keep up to date with all fixtures and results please check https://tipperary.gaa.ie/fixtures-results/


Though the three Tipperary schools involved in this year’s Dr. Harty Cup Under 19A hurling are through to the last eight, there was mixed results for the two teams in the final league rounds action last week.
Nenagh CBS were up against Gaelcholáiste Mhuire an Mhainistir Thuaigh and recorded a 10 point victory to secure their spot in the knock out stages. Final score in Kilfinane was Nenagh CBS 3-10 Gaelcholáiste Mhuire an Mhainistir Thuaigh 0-9.

Thurles CBS were already through in this group of 3, so their game against Christian Brothers College Cork decided who would top the table. Unfortunately, for Thurles they had to settle for second best on the day going down 4-19 to 1-13.

The last 8 therefore are as follows starting with the four teams that top each league table, Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy, CBS Midleton, John the Baptist Community School, Christian Brothers College Cork, Nenagh CBS, De La Salle College Waterford, Our Lady’s Secondary School Templemore and Thurles CBS.

Best wishes to Clonmel High School in Corn Ui Mhuiri Group B (19 A Football) Round 3 in Cappamore at 1:30pm this Wednesday, November 28th where they will play St. Flannan’s College Ennis.

Best wishes also to Thurles CBS who will take on Presentation College Athenry in the Masita All Ireland U16.5A Niall McInerney Cup Final in Banagher, Co. Offaly this Saturday, December 1st where throw in is at 1pm.

In the Corn an Dara Ui Dhonabhain (16.5 C H) Final played on Tuesday, November 27th commiserations to Borrisokane C.C who lost out to Presentation College Mardyke on a score line of 1-18 to 0-12.

For fixtures / results and match reports, check out the Munster GAA Post Primary Schools web site at www.munstergaapps.ie

Locally, in Tipperary Post Primary action there was three finals played within the past week and we send congratulations to the winning schools. In the Sciath Ui Cathain (1st Year) Scoil Ruain Killenaule defeated Borrisokane CC 3-11 to 2-5. In the U15B Cusack Cup Thurles CBS held off the challenge of High School Clonmel 2-10 to 1-11 while in the U15C Cistercian College Roscrea got the better of St. Joseph’s Borrisoleigh in a game which had plenty of goals, with the final score reading 7-2 to 4-7.


The 2019 addition of the Tipperary GAA Yearbook is in the final stages of readiness ahead of its print run. This year’s volume is a must have item for all Tipperary GAA supporters and is packed once again with everything associated with Tipperary GAA in the past year.

Recalling the highs and lows of championship campaigns together with comprehensive reports and photographic content, if it happened in Tipperary GAA this year, it will hopefully be covered in the yearbook. Arriving in the shops on the weekend of December 8th, the yearbook is still a very reasonable €10 and will make a great present for yourself of the GAA supporter in your family.


The December GAA clubs draw will have an international flavour to it next month as the draw will be held in McKeon’s Bar, on McLean Avenue, Yonkers, New York. What a weekend is in store for all those attending.

The weekend will commence in the company of Eamon O’Dwyer of ‘Down Your Way’ fame with Tipp FM as Eamon records his highly acclaimed programme in McKeon’s on Friday night, December 7th as the entertainment gets under way.

In the company of Billy O’Shea, Eamon will record more programmes over the weekend as County Tipperary Hurling Club New York host all events, coinciding with their Annual Banquet on December 8th in the Lake Isle Country Club, 660 White Plains Road, Eastchester.

This year’s banquet guests will include Guest of Honour – Pa Ryan (Ardfinnan) with Honouree Special Guest – Brendan Cummins (Ballybacon-Grange/Ardfinnan) and also Special Guests – Liam Cahill (Ballingarry) Tipperary U21 Hurling Manager and Colin English (Fr. Sheehy’s) Tipperary U21 Captain.

Also on the guest list will be the Tipperary Man of the Year Tommy Fogarty (Clonmel) and the Tipperary Hurler of the Year Martin O’Neill (Mount Sion, Waterford).

On Sunday night then its back to McKeon’s for the December draw under the auspices of county secretary Tim Floyd and members of the draw committee.  Once again Eamon O’Dwyer, Billy O’Shea and Tipp FM will be on hand to capture all the ‘craic agus ceol’ on what promises to be a fantastic weekend for the County Tipperary Hurling Club New York.


Having been only introduced to the Tipperary senior hurling panel recently, we extend best wishes for a full recovery to Conor Hammersley (Clonoulty-Rossmore) as he suffered a serious knee injury last week.


The match pass for 2019 is currently on sale at the price of €120. This pass gives you access to all adult matches within the County during 2019. Passes can be ordered through the GAA Office Slievenamon Rd., Thurles or by contacting 0504 22702 where you can pay over the phone. You are advised to purchase tickets before Wednesday, December 19th to ensure pre-Christmas delivery.


The Co. Final of the Primary Schools Table Quiz will be held in Sarsfields Centre Thurles at 6pm on this Sunday evening 2nd December. Nineteen teams have qualified for the final representing the 4 divisions and the winners will be presented with the Centenary Thurles Co-Op trophy.

The teams are as follows; North division – Borrisoleigh, Ardcroney, Kyle Park, Lorrha and Ballinaclough;

South division – Powerstown, Kilsheelan, Slievardagh, Gaelscoil Cluain Meala and St. Marys Clonmel; West division – New Inn, Donaskeigh, The Monastery Tipperary Town and Golden; Mid division – Loughmore, Scoil Ailbhe, Two-Mile-Borris, St. Colmcilles and Upperchurch, and best of luck to all schools in the final.


This is a preliminary notification to all club’s (adult and juvenile) advising that club officer training for chairperson’s, secretaries, treasurer’s and pro’s is fixed for Wednesday, 6th February 2019 in the Anner  Hotel Thurles. Ideally suited to new officers but existing officers are more than welcome to attend.


The North Tipperary senior hurling final programmes and match reports have gone live on the Tipperary Studies. The various files may be accessed under the following links


There are 34 programmes in the hurling collection, but the match reports go from 1964, and from 1973-2018. There are also 14 football final reports in the collection, taken from the Nenagh Guardian.


On December 1st the Tipperary Supporters Club will launch their 2019 Membership Scheme and the 2019 membership pack includes the following benefits:

A specially-designed Tipperary Supporters Club pen with stylus for use on touch-screen devices
All members are entered into a prize draw for championship match tickets for all Tipperary Senior games.
2019 Car Sticker
Text alerts for all League and Championship team news
Regular news to your email about all the latest in Tipperary GAA circles

Tipperary Supporters Club members will be the only ones eligible to vote for the official 2019 Tipperary Senior Hurler of the Year award at the end of next season, following on from this years’ inaugural award which went to Jason Forde. The Tipperary Supporters Club are looking forward to a successful 2019 for Tipperary hurling with hopefully an increase in membership to help continue the fantastic support to our senior hurling team.


We sympathise with the families of former Tipperary Scór Chairman and Secretary, Tom Gleeson of Ballinaclough, Nenagh and former North Tipperary referee, John Kissane, Nenagh who both passed away last week. May they rest in peace.


All convention dates have been set with the first of them commencing next week. On Wednesday December 5th, Coiste na nÓg an Chontae will be held in the Horse & Jockey Hotel. This is followed on Friday December 7th by the Friends of Tipperary Football AGM again in the Horse & Jockey Hotel at 7pm. Also on Friday December 7th the Mid Board Convention will be held in Clonmore. Then on Sunday December 9th there will be two divisional conventions, the West Board Convention takes place in Clonoulty-Rossmore GAA club rooms and the South Board Convention will be held in the GAA Centre Clonmel. On Monday December 10th the North Convention will be held in Ballycommon. Then on Wednesday December 12th the Co. Football Committee Convention will be held as last year in the Anner Hotel, Thurles. And finally on Monday December 17th the County Convention will be held in The Dome, Semple Stadium.


The 2019 GAA Season tickets are now on sale and will once again provide fantastic value for supporters in next year’s league and championship. Adult ticket will cost €120 and U16’s €30. This will allow the ticket holder access to discounted tickets for the championship group stages in your code.

Benefits of the GAA Season Ticket include, access to an All-Ireland Final ticket (subject to meeting terms and conditions), AIB GAA club championship finals on March 17th, all Allianz league matches again in your code, including play offs, semi-finals and finals and also your county’s opening championship fixture of 2019.       

The Adult Club+ version ticket costs €200 and also includes club championships fixtures in the chosen county and a guaranteed All-Ireland final ticket should your county qualify, again terms and conditions apply.
All tickets are subject to availability /terms and conditions, for more information see gaa.ie/seasonticket


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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