Tipperary GAA Scene

Tipperary GAA Scene
PRO Joe Bracken


The FBD Insurance County Championships continue unabated with some intriguing football semi-finals down for decision this weekend, coming on the back of a great weekend on the hurling front.

So, first up a quick recap on last weekend, starting with the FBD Insurance County Senior Hurling Championship where it is now down to two for the prized Dan Breen Cup as Kiladangan and Borris-Ileigh prepare to meet on Sunday week, following their respective wins over Nenagh Éire Óg and Kilruane MacDonaghs.

In FBD Insurance Seamus Ó Riain Cup it will be an all Mid affair in the final, as Holycross-Ballycahill and JK Brackens came through following their semi-final wins over Templederry Kenyons and Mullinahone.

The FBD Insurance County Intermediate hurling championship didn’t disappoint either with semi-final victories going to Kiladangan and Sean Treacys. Victory for Kiladanagn ensures two senior teams next season which is a wonderful achievement for the club. While in the relegation semi-finals, Gortnahoe-Glengoole and Ballybacon-Grange made sure of their status with victory in their respective semi-finals.

There was a great set of results for Carrick Davins in the FBD Insurance County Junior A hurling championships as they reached the final with impressive wins in the quarter and semi-final fixtures last week. In the final they will meet Arravale Rovers. And in the FBD Insurance County Junior B hurling championship, Drom & Inch made it through to the final.

Selected results from last week are as follows;

FBD Insurance County Senior Hurling Championship Semi Finals
Kiladangan 3-12 Nenagh Éire Óg 1-15
Borris-Ileigh 0-16 Kilruane MacDonaghs 0-15

FBD Insurance Seamus Ó Riain Cup Semi-Finals
Holycross-Ballycahill 0-29 Templederry Kenyons 3-17
JK Brackens 1-20 Mullinahone 2-14

FBD Insurance County Intermediate Hurling Championship Semi-Finals
Kiladangan 0-14 Golden-Kilfeacle 0-12
Sean Treacys 1-18 Kilsheelan-Kilcash 0-12

FBD Insurance County Intermediate Hurling Championship Relegation Semi-Final
Gortnahoe-Glengoole 0-18 Galtee Rovers-St. Pecaun 0-13
Ballybacon-Grange 3-10 Lattin Cullen Gaels 0-13

FBD Insurance County Junior (A) Hurling Championship Quarter-Final Replay
Carrick Davins 4-24 Toomevara 1-17

FBD Insurance County Junior (A) Hurling Championship Semi-Finals
Carrick Davins 3-15 Clonoulty-Rossmore 1-18
Arravale Rovers 2-11 Nenagh Éire Óg 0-15

FBD Insurance County Junior (B) Hurling Championship Semi Final
Drom-Inch 3-16 Golden-Kilfeacle 1-9

FBD Insurance County Junior (B) Football Championship Quarter-Final
Lorrha-Dorrha 5-10 Moyne-Templetuohy 4-4


It’s going to be a great weekend in the FDB Insurance county football championships where once again the main attention will be on the senior football semi-finals. First up in Boherlahan the clash of Clonmel Commercials and Loughmore-Castleiney is sure to set the tempo for the day as they go toe to toe. Later in Cashel, last year’s champions Moyle Rovers will face JK Brackens who will no doubt have momentum behind them following their achievements so far in the Seamus Ó Riain Cup.

It’s West v South in both Tom Cusack Cup semi-finals with the fixtures going ahead also on Sunday where Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill will meet Killenaule and Aherlow Gaels take on Kilsheelan-Kilcash.

There will be a local derby in the FDB Insurance county intermediate football championship when Clonmel Commercials and Clonmel Óg meet on Saturday, with Golden-Kilfeacle and Moycarkey-Borris also looking to reach the final as they square up in Holycross.

The FDB Insurance county junior A football championship semi-finals are also divided over two days with Ballylooby-Castlegrace and Portroe meeting on Saturday, while the South pairing of Newcastle and Mullinahone goes ahead on Sunday.

Best wishes to all clubs in action this weekend and the following is a line up of the championship fixtures;

FBD Insurance County Senior Football Championship Semi Finals
27/10/2019 in Boherlahan at 13:00 Clonmel Commercials v Loughmore-Castleiney
27/10/2019 in Leahy Park Cashel at 15:00 Moyle Rovers v JK Brackens

FBD Insurance County Senior Football Relegation Semi Finals
26/10/2019 in Clonoulty at 15:00 Moyne-Templetuohy v Galtee Rovers-St. Pecaun
26/10/2019 in Sean Treacy Park at 15:00 Ardfinnan v Kiladangan

FBD Insurance Tom Cusack Cup Semi Finals
27/10/2019 in New Inn at 12:00 Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill v Killenaule
27/10/2019 in Clogheen at 12:00 Aherlow Gaels v Kilsheelan-Kilcash

FBD Insurance County Intermediate Football Championship Semi Final
26/10/2019 in Monroe at 15:00 Clonmel Commercials v Clonmel Óg
27/10/2019 in Holycross at 15:00 Golden-Kilfeacle v Moycarkey-Borris

FBD Insurance County Junior (A) Football Championship Semi Final
26/10/2019 in Annacarty at 14:00 Ballylooby-Castlegrace v Portroe
27/10/2019 in Ned Hall Park at 12:00 Newcastle v Mullinahone

FBD Insurance County Junior (B) Football Championship Quarter Finals
26/10/2019 in Killenaule at 15:30 Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill v Kilsheelan-Kilcash
28/10/2019 in Littleton at 14:00 Killenaule v JK Brackens

For results of all games and forthcoming county and divisional fixtures please check https://tipperary.gaa.ie/fixtures-results/


After six years of representing Tipperary at the top level, today, I announce my retirement from the Tipperary Senior Hurling team, as the time has come for me to move onto the next chapter of my life. It was a huge privilege to play with Tipperary at all levels and one I thoroughly enjoyed.

There are several key people and groups that guided and helped me, and I start by expressing my gratitude and thanks to my family for the ongoing support and positive advice throughout my playing career.

To my girlfriend, Libhín, thank you for always being there, through the good times and more importantly the indifferent. I am grateful for the support and sacrifices you have made to help me on the journey.

I thank especially my club, Burgess, who have contributed hugely to my development as a player over the years. I am a proud Burgess man and hope I represented you well.

I wish to thank the GPA for the help and guidance in my professional career and the resources they provided me.

Thanks to the various management teams and coaches from minor, U21, intermediate and senior for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to represent my county. I include all the backroom teams, physios, nutritionists and doctors for all your help.

Finally, to my fellow players, past and present; I am happy to have created unique friendships and memories in my time and to have shared a dressing-room with some of the best Tipperary has ever produced. I will always be grateful to have been a part of the All-Ireland winning teams of 2016 and 2019.

I wish you all the best in the future and I will be supporting you every step of the way, Donagh Maher.

Tipperary senior hurling manager, Liam Sheedy, added; “Donagh Maher has been a terrific servant to Tipperary hurling and his application at all times was exemplary. I have massive admiration for the leadership he showed both on and off the field and it made a real difference. I thank him for his contribution to the group and I wish him continued success in his future career.”


It was a successful start to the Dr. Harty Cup for three Tipperary schools in action last week. First into the fray on Tuesday in Group C was Our Lady’s Secondary School Templemore, who got the ball rolling with a 4-20 to 3-17 defeat of Árdscoil Rís Limerick. This was followed up on Wednesday by Nenagh CBS, as they saw off the challenge of John the Baptist Community School on a 3-16 to 0-10 score-line. Thurles CBS was the last Tipperary school into action in the first round and they continued the good form by defeating Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy by 1-24 to 2-13.

The action turns to senior football this week and we send best wishes to High School Clonmel who will play De La Salle College Macroom in Group B Round 1 of Corn Uí Mhuiri 19A in Mallow, this Wednesday, October 23rd at 1:30pm

For all post primary fixtures and results please check https://munstergaapps.ie/fixtures-results/


The 2020 Tipperary GAA Yearbook is being compiled at present and the Yearbook committee is seeking articles and information for inclusion. Clubs that have accomplished any unique achievement in 2019 are requested to send through an appropriate article for inclusion.

The Yearbook committee are looking to all clubs to submit any obituaries of their deceased members in the last 12 months. The maximum number of words for an obituary is 150 and please include the club name and the years also, e.g. 1939-2019, as well as his/her G.A.A. achievements and a photograph of the deceased person.

The deadline for sending information is 6th November. Please e-mail information and photographs which must be named to John Smith, Secretary Tipperary Yearbook Committee at yearbook.tipperary@gaa.ie

Please note information must be submitted as outlined above and all articles, photographs etc will be acknowledged. If an acknowledgement is not received please contact the Yearbook Secretary at 087 9960710.


Congratulations to Tipperary’s Laura Shinners and Sabrina Larkin on receiving their first Camogie Soaring Stars Awards at a gala banquet, sponsored by Liberty Insurance, in the Citywest Hotel, last Saturday night.


In the Online Club Survey carried out at the end of 2018, many clubs sought support in a number of areas of club activity. Top of the list was Insurance and there was a fine attendance at the seminar on this important topic on 10th October.

Two other topics which were high on the list of priorities for clubs were ‘Volunteer Recruitment’ and ‘Running the AGM’. Accordingly, a workshop will be held in the Anner Hotel, Thurles, on Wednesday 6th November next, with registration and tea/coffee at 7.15pm. The workshop commences at 7.45pm and will conclude at 10.00pm.

The Club Annual General Meeting is the most important meeting of the year and it is important that it is organised in accordance with the rules of the Association. The workshop will focus on procedures for the AGM, Preparing for and running the AGM, Club Governance and Structures, Best Practices, etc. The second part of the night will look at recruiting volunteers, getting people involved in the club, holding on to volunteers, etc.

The workshop will be conducted by a trained, experienced Croke Park facilitator and should be a great opportunity for club leaders to equip themselves to tackle the challenges which they face at local level.


Tipperary GAA will offer an Award 1 Hurling coaching course aimed at Youth and Adult hurling coaches, under 14 to senior level club coaches. Due to the large volume of interest last year, we are currently offering two courses prior to Christmas, one in Cashel and the second in Templederry. You may enrol in which ever course is more geographically suitable.

The course covers a number of key modules including: -Technical Proficiency -Tactical Prowess -Team Play -Physical Fitness -Playing Facts -Psychological Focus-Communication

The focus of the course is the further development of the ‘How to Coach’ skills by placing the participant in situations that they will face as coaches – the organisation of games, skill development, activities to develop skill and activities to develop the various aspects of physical fitness.

By the end of this course participants will be able to:

  • Organise a programme of games and skill development activities appropriate to each participant’s needs and abilities
    Organise progressive activities (drills and games) to develop five key skills
  • Organise progressive activities to develop movement skills appropriate to Gaelic Games
  • Organise and manage players for an effective practice session through six “How to coach skills” including;
  • Build Rapport, Observe, Analyse, Explain, Provide Demonstration and Provide Positive Feedback to Players

The course philosophy; Tipperary GAA is committed to implementing an integrated Coach Education Programme with a view to maximising participation, optimising playing standards and ensuring that players needs are catered for in a balanced way.

Dates for the course are as follows starting with Venue 1 – Cashel Community School on November 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th and December 2nd, from 7pm – 9.30pm each night.

Venue 2 is in Templederry GAA Club on November 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th and December 4th, again at 7pm -9.30pm each night.

Cost of course is €50 per coach payable on the first night. To enrol on either of these Award 1 courses please follow the link below.

Cashel Community School link; https://learning.gaa.ie/lms/course/view.php?id=7235

Tipperary GAA Scene

Tipp 14-15 Team_Munster Champions 2019

Templederry venue link; https://learning.gaa.ie/lms/course/view.php?id=7238

Enrolment must be completed by Friday November 1st. Registration is strictly online via links provided; any issues please email, kevin.halley.gda.tipperary@gaa.ie

Also, please note, Award 1 Football Youth/Adult coaching courses will commence early in the New Year.


Tipperary was involved in two Munster Juvenile Team Championships Finals against Cork last weekend.

In the U14/15 Final, Tipperary was represented by Brian Bourke, Evan Carey, Cian Molloy and Shane O’Connell from Ballina and Anthony Walsh and David McGrath from Cashel. After the first doubles Tipperary trailed by 29-20, but Tipp’s second pair pulled back the aces to lead by 50-39 going in to the last doubles match. The last pair made no mistake and added to Tipp’s tally to take the Munster title in a comfortable 80-44 win.

The U12/13 team of Stefan Tobin, Ronan Redmond, Lucky Matis, Rian Power, Conal Moloney, Dean Carey, Charlie Grace and Eoin Bourke were very unlucky to lose out by 2 aces in their Munster final.

Ballina will host the All-Ireland Semi-Finals and Finals of the Juvenile Team of 6 and Team of 4, this Saturday October 26th at 11am.


The annual Primary Schools Table Quiz County Final will be held in the Sarsfields Centre, Thurles on Sunday 1st December at 6.00 pm.

Each division is asked to hold their own quiz and select 5 teams of 4 primary school students to go forward to the county final.


There are three items of note this week. First up, applications for the next phase of the Healthy Club Project are now open, with 150 places available to interested clubs nationwide. Phase 4 will commence on February 1st, 2020. If your club is interested please go to this link https://www.gaa.ie/news/gaa-healthy-club-project-open-to-new-applicants/ where you will be guided to the section of the Community & Health website. The closing date for completed applications is Friday, 15th November 2019.

Disability Inclusion Training will take place on Saturday 9th November in Moycarkey-Borris Community Sports Centre, Littleton. Register on www.tipperarysports.ie or call 0761 06 6887.

And lastly, the Denis Hassett Memorial climb of Keeper Hill will take place on Sunday 3rd November commencing at 1pm. Friends neighbours and local sporting clubs including Borrisokane GAA are organising the event with donations going to the Simon Community and the Samaritans.


The November County Board Draw will take place on Friday week, November 1st, in the Clough Inn, Cloughjordan with the Kilruane MacDonaghs GAA Club to coincide with the presentation of the October first prize to Eileen McCarthy, Ballycapple, Cloughjordan.


It’s coming close to that time of year again and the following is a list of convention dates for your diary;

  • North Board Convention – Monday, December 2nd at 8pm
  • Coiste na nÓg Convention – Wednesday, December 4th
  • Friends of Tipperary Football – Wednesday, December 4th
  • Mid Board Convention – Friday, December 6th in The Ragg
  • West Board Convention – Sunday, December 8th in Dundrum at 6pm
  • South Board Convention – Sunday, December 8th at 4pm
  • County Football Convention – Thursday, December 12th
  • County Convention – Monday, December 16th in The Dome
  • Tipperary Supporters Club AGM in the New Year


Jim Fogarty, author of two previous books, ‘Dan Breen Cup’ and ‘The Cross of Cashel’, is now working on a book on minor All-Ireland hurling finals (under 18). The 1934 final is causing Jim problems. Tipperary defeated Laois by 4-3 to 3-5, with a controversial goal in injury time and it appears that none of the match reports give an account of the scorer. If anyone can provide information or recollect being told the name of the goal scorer can you please contact Jim Fogarty, 086 1512946 jimkfog1@gmail.com


The #GAAyouth Forum 2019 will take place this Saturday, 26th October 2019.

Registration is from 9.30am, the Forum commences at 11am and concludes at 4.30pm.


The Tipperary GAA Supporters Club is hosting a fundraiser for the Tipperary Senior Hurling All Ireland Champions 2019 and Camogie Team by staging “Stars in Their Eyes” at The Dome, Semple Stadium, Thurles on Saturday November 9th.

We know they can do it on the pitch, but can they do it on the stage?

The show will include members of the present Tipperary Senior hurling and Senior Camogie team, former players, present management and County Board. The evening will be compered by the very high-profile sports presenter Marty Morrissey and celebrity judges will include sports pundit and former Tipperary goalkeeper Brendan Cummins, TV, radio and entertainment personality Mairead Ronan and Tipperary country singer Louise Morrissey.

A special guest performer will shortly be announced.

There are still some sponsorship opportunities available to businesses in Tipperary to be associated with this high-profile event and support the All-Ireland winning Tipperary Senior Hurlers holiday fund and also the Tipperary Senior Camogie Players fund.

Maximum publicity will be generated through club participation, an active social media campaign, Tipp FM (Camogie sponsors), Tipp Mid-West Radio, Beat South East Radio and all Tipperary newspaper media. The evening and its promotion will reach out to not alone hurling supporters but to all the people of Tipperary and beyond, so don’t miss out.

The launch of this exciting event was held at the Dome, Semple Stadium on Monday 26th August 2019 and broadcasted on Tipp FM. Seamus Callanan, Captain of the victorious Tipp team attended along with Louise Morrissey.

Tickets are now available for what promises to be a great evening of celebration, entertainment and competition and are selling fast. They are available at Lar na Páirce Thurles, Elvery’s Sports outlets in Thurles, Clonmel and Nenagh and through Eventbrite at this link: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/stars-in-their-eyes-tickets-74711481051?aff=eand

Tickets are priced at €25 from above retail outlets and €28 through Eventbrite and early booking is advised.

For any queries and further details please contact any of the following: Billy Coman Secretary Tipperary Supporters Club bcoman52@gmail.com
Committee Members: Bernie Maher 0879509533, Christina Millea 0857522834 John Carew 0868317591.

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