Tipperary GAA Scene 4th December

PRO Joe Bracken


Details for next year’s Munster Championships have been announced and the following are the various dates concerning Tipperary teams, starting with senior hurling; Round 1 – Tipperary v Cork in Páirc Uí Chaoimh on May 12th, Round 2 – Tipperary v Waterford in Semple Stadium on May 19th, Round 3 – Tipperary v Clare in Cusack Park, Ennis on June 2nd and Round 5 – Tipperary v Limerick in Semple Stadium on June 16th. The Munster senior hurling final is fixed for June 30th.

Turning the attention to senior football; Quarter-Final – Tipperary v Limerick in Semple Stadium on May 11th and the winners play Cork at a Cork venue on June 1st. The Munster senior football final is fixed for June 22nd.

In the Bord Gais Energy Munster U20 hurling championship Tipperary will play Waterford in the semi-final in Semple Stadium on June 19th.

The EirGrid U20 Munster football championship pairings have been announced and dates will follow at a later stage. Tipperary will play Limerick in the quarter-final in Semple Stadium and the winners will play Kerry in the semi-final. If Tipp progress that semi-final will take place in Semple Stadium.

Next it’s the Electric Ireland Munster minor hurling and football championships. The minor hurling championship will follow the same format as 2018 with the minors lining out before the senior teams. Details therefore are as follows; Round 1 – Tipperary v Cork in Páirc Uí Chaoimh on May 12th, Round 2 – Tipperary v Waterford in Semple Stadium on May 19th, Round 3 – Tipperary v Clare in Cusack Park, Ennis on June 2nd and Round 5 – Tipperary v Limerick in Semple Stadium on June 16th. The Munster senior hurling final is fixed for June 30th.

The minor football championship will have a different look to it in 2019 as it will be run over 2 phases. Phase 1 will see the four ‘weaker’ counties; Tipperary, Limerick, Clare and Waterford play a round robin series of games with top 2 through to Phase 1 final. Therefore in Phase 1 Round 1 – Tipperary v Waterford in Semple Stadium on April 10th, Phase 1 Round 2 – Tipperary v Clare in Cusack Park, Ennis on April 17th, Phase 1 Round 3 – Tipperary v Limerick in Semple Stadium on April 24th.

The Phase 1 final takes place on May 7th and the Phase 1 winner will then form a group of 3 with Kerry and Cork for Phase 2. The Phase 1 winner will play the loser of Cork/Kerry in Phase 2 round 2 on May 15th and the winner of Cork/Kerry in Phase 2 Round 3 on May 23rd. The Munster final is set for June 22nd.

Details of Tipperary’s participation in the Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League will be made public at the official launch of the 2019 Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League this Wednesday December 5th when all fixtures will be confirmed.

Tipperary will not be contesting the McGrath Cup football competition.


The only outstanding action now is in Tipperary Water U21 A and B hurling championships with the ‘A’ semi-finals down for decision on Sunday next as is the ‘B’ final which goes ahead in Boherlahan.

Last weekend in an enthralling game despite the atrocious weather conditions, Toomevara and Thurles Sarsfields couldn’t be separated after extra time and will go at it again on Sunday next to see who will make it through to the final. The winners will meet either Clonoulty-Rossmore/Ballingarry or Killenaule on Sunday December 16th in the final. Ballingarry and Killenaule meet in the South U21A final this Wednesday night at 7:45pm in Templetuohy.

In the ‘B’ championship Moyne-Templetuohy/Thurles Gaels had the minimum to spare over Newport and will now play Cappawhite Gaels in what should be a cracking decider on Sunday next in Boherlahan.

The following are the county results and fixtures for both championships;

Tipperary Water U21 A Hurling Championship Semi-Final Result
Toomevara 1-16 Thurles Sarsfields 2-13

Tipperary Water U21 B Hurling Championship Semi-Final Results
Moyne-Templetuohy/Thurles Gaels 0-17 Newport 2-10
Cappawhite Gaels 2-20 Carrick Davins 1-11

Tipperary Water U21 A Hurling Championship Semi-Final Fixtures
Sun. Dec. 9th Replay at 1pm in The Ragg – Toomevara v Thurles Sarsfields
Sun. Dec. 9th at 1pm in Leahy Park Cashel – Clonoulty-Rossmore v South Winner (Ballingarry or Killenaule)

Tipperary Water U21 B Hurling Championship Final Fixture
Sun. Dec 9th in Boherlahan at 12:30pm; Cappawhite Gaels v Moyne-Templetuohy/Thurles Gaels

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


Congratulations to the U15 footballers of Coláiste Mhuire Co-Ed Thurles on being crowned Munster U15 E Football champions following their victory over Killorglin College Kerry on a score-line of 4-15 to 6-06 in an enthralling and excellent game of football at Neville Park, Rathkeale. Maith sibh.

In the Corn Ui Mhuiri Group B (19 A Football) Round 3 commiserations to Clonmel High School who lost out to St. Flannan’s College Ennis on a score-line of 6-12 to 1-8.

Commiserations also to Thurles CBS who were defeated by Presentation College Athenry in the Masita All Ireland U16.5A Niall McInerney Cup Final last Saturday, with the Galway lads winning by 3-18 to 0-9.

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


The 2019 addition of the Tipperary GAA Yearbook will be in the shops this weekend and once again this year’s volume is a must have item for all Tipperary GAA supporters and is packed 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. The yearbook is still a very reasonable €10 and will make a great present for yourself of the GAA supporter in your family.


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 County Final of Scór na nÓg took place in Halla na Feile Caiseal on Sunday last December 2nd. Fear an tí for the evening was Seosamh Ó Baoill ó Borrisoleigh agus dhein sé éacht ar an oíche. Fear ildánach deisbhéalach é agus an taithí aige féin ar chúrsaí Scór. Bhí ard chaighdeán arís againn sna rannóga éagsúla agus bhí na moltóirí thar a bheith sásta lena hiomaitheoirí éagsúla. We wish all our buaiteoirí the very best of luck in the Munster semi-finals in Halla na Feile on January 6th, 2019 agus tá súil againn go mbeidh an chuid acu ar an stáitse arís don Chraobh.

Na buaiteoirí: Tráth na gCeist – Loughmore Castleiney; Rince Foirne – Newcastle; Amhránaíocht Aonair – Caoimhe Ní Chradóg, Holycross Ballycahill; Aithriseoireacht – Canice Ryan, Seán Treacys; Bailéad Ghrúpa – Portroe, Sean Nós – Amy O’Dwyer, Newcastle; Léiriú Staitse – JK Brackens, Ceol Uirlise – Killea agus Rince Seite – Newcastle.

Cathaoirleach Scór an Chontae Josephine Cahill thanked all present for giving of their time, energies and commitment to Scór and urged all to be thinking ahead to Scór Sinsear and Scór na bPáistí as we celebrate 50 years of Scór. We would encourage all clubs to think of increased participation in the New Year to showcase all that is best in the various disciplines on stage.

A minutes silence was observed on the death of Tom Gleeson, Ballinahinch and Silvermines who passed away recently. The Chair spoke of Tom’s great contribution to Scór in the North Division, in the County and nationwide. Bhíodh Tom gníomhach i gcónaí ag iarraidh cúrsaí cultúrtha sa chontae a chur chun cinn agus ag iarraidh daoine a spreagadh chun gníomh .Ceoltóir den scoth ab ea é féin ach go háirithe ar an organ béil agus ní raibh leisce riamh air ceol a sheinnt. Dhein an cathaoirleach comhbhrón le muintir agus le cairde Tom. Suaimhneas Síoraí dá anam uasal.

Congratulations were extended to all involved from County Chairman John Devane and lastly Josephine thanked all committee members for their work over the last few weeks. Nora Troy was wished well in her convalescence and best wishes were extended to her as she recuperates. Go mbeidh biseach ort go luath Nora.




The December GAA clubs draw will have an international flavour to it this weekend 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.

Eamon O’Dwyer of ‘Down Your Way’ fame with Tipp FM will records his highly acclaimed programme in McKeon’s this 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 Saturday next 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.


Dear Tipperary Supporter

I am delighted to have been appointed Tipperary senior hurling manager for the next 3 years. I have huge confidence in our players and our county. I am looking forward to working with Tommy Dunne, Darragh Egan and my backroom team to prepare our panel to the highest possible standard and give them the opportunity to play and perform to their full potential.

We cannot do this on our own. You, the Tipperary supporters, play a big part in our plans. We want to earn your respect, loyalty and support. We will do so by having a team full of pride in wearing the Tipperary jersey and willing to work hard every time they play. Our preparations for 2019 have just started and I am hugely excited by the positive attitude and commitment I am seeing from all our players.

You can help us achieve our goals by joining the Supporters Club for 2019. Every contribution makes a difference. It helps ensure that we can prepare and look after our players to the highest possible standard. Our games and training sessions are all about team work. By joining the Supporters Club you too are part of our support team, the people who encourage and shout for us, the people we are really proud to represent.

It’s very easy to join online – just click on this link http://www.tippsupportersclub.com/join/

Please also ask your family, friends and other supporters to join. Together we will make a big difference. We greatly appreciate your support and trust and are proud to represent you – thank you for playing your part.

Ar aghaidh le Tiobraid Árann,

Liam Sheedy, Tipperary Senior Hurling Manager.

On December 1st the Tipperary Supporters Club launched their 2019 Membership Scheme and the 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. 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.


This week sees the start of the various 2018 annual conventions. First this Wednesday December 5th in the Horse and Jockey Hotel is Coiste na nÓg an Chontae. This is followed on Friday December 7th by the Friends of Tipperary Football AGM again in the Horse & Jockey Hotel at 7pm and the Mid Board Convention which will be held in Clonmore, commencing with mass for deceased members at 7:30pm and the convention gets under way at 8pm.

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.


Sr. Aine Historical Society presents ‘JK Bracken, His Life and Times’ a lecture by Mr. Brian Comerford in St. Josephs Primary School, Templemore on Thursday, December 13th at 8pm.


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.


In the recent inter county golfing challenge for the Shannon Airport Cup held at Torrequebrada golf course Benalmadena, Costa del Sol with the Pat Fox captained Tipperary team proving successful.



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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