Tipperary GAA Scene 14th January 2020

PRO Joe Bracken


After a long and successful county and provincial campaign Borris-Ileigh head to Croke Park on Sunday next, January 19th, to take on Ballyhale Shamrocks (Kilkenny) in the AIB Club Hurling All-Ireland Final at 2pm.

Displaying terrific attitude and determination in their games to date, the support of the county will be with Borris-Ileigh as they look to emulate the team of 1987 that won the Tommy Moore Cup. We send best wishes to the club and management on Sunday.

The referee will be Colm Lyons (Cork).


The Tipperary U20 football panel played their second Andrew Corden Cup fixture last Sunday against Wexford in Monroe, making it win number two in the competition for Tom McGlinchey’s side, with Tipperary winning comfortably on a 3-18 to 0-4 score line.

The Tipperary panel and scorers were as follows; 1. Kuba Beben (JK Brackens), 2. Brian McKeown (Moyle Rovers) 0-1, 3. Shane O’Connor (Clonmel Óg), 4. Paul Devlin (Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill), 5. Mark O’Meara (Grangemockler-Ballyneale) 0-1, 6. Martin Kehoe (Mullinahone),  7. Diarmuid Mulcahy (Moyle Rovers) 0-1 , 8. Lorcan Roche (JK Brackens) 0-1, 9. Kevin Grogan (Cahir) 0-1 (f), 10. Mark Stokes (Kilsheelan-Kilcash) 1-3, 11. Adam McGrath (Galtee Rovers) 0-1, 12. Conor Ryan (Loughmore-Castleiney) 0-1, 13. Rian Quigley (Moyle Rovers) 1-3, 14. Sean O’Connor (Clonmel Commercials) 1-3 (0-1f), 15. Kyle Shelly (Moycarkey-Borris). Subs used – Ciaran O’Dwyer (Killenaule), Billy Murphy (Kilsheelan-Kilcash) 0-1, Billy O’Connor (Kilsheelan-Kilcash), Steven Grogan (Cahir), Christy English (Ballyporeen) 0-1 and Conal Moran (Shannon Rovers).

Tipperary’s next opponents Carlow have also won both group games, defeating Wexford 2-19 to 0-6 and Waterford 3-15 to 0-10.

As Tipperary and Carlow won both their group games, the counties have decided to play the Andrew Corden Cup final this Saturday January 25th at 6pm at Carlow Training Centre in Feenagh outside Carlow town. We send best wishes to the panel and management in the final.


Tipperary get their Munster Under-20 championship campaign up and running on Wednesday, February 19th, when Limerick will provide the opposition at LIT Gaelic Grounds.



There was a nail-biting finish to the Dr. Harty Cup U19A Senior Hurling quarter final between Our Lady’s Templemore and Thurles CBS last week, with Our Lady’s emerging victorious on a 1-17 to 0-19 score line.

Best wishes to Our Lady’s in the semi-final against St. Flannans College on Saturday week, January 25th at 1pm, in St. Flannans College, Ennis.

The other semi-finals results were as follows; CBC Cork 1-13 St. Colman’s Fermoy 1-12, Midleton CBS 2-17 DLS Waterford 2-8 and St. Flannans Ennis 3-17 St. Joseph’s Tulla 0-16


Well done to Fergal Horgan (Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams) as he refereed the LIT and WIT Fitzgibbon Cup clash on Sunday last.


Drom & Inch will have to go to the well again as Garryspillane forced a draw deep in added time in the Munster Junior B hurling final in Raheenagh, Co. Limerick last Saturday.

The final score was Drom-Inch 2-10 Garryspillane 3-7. The competition is hosted by Killeedy GAA Club and the replay is set for this Saturday, January 18th at 2pm.


Best wishes to Killenaule in the Munster Junior B Football Semi Final against Grange (Cork) this Sunday January 19th at 2pm, hosted by Knockanderry GAA Club, Limerick.

The other semi-final is on Sunday 26th January between Banogue (Limerick) and Scartaglen (Kerry) with the Final on Sunday 2nd / 9th February TBC.

All games will be played in Knockaderry and are weather dependent


Congratulations to all winners in the January GAA Draw took place last Friday night, in Louis McCormacks Bar Abbeyville Lorrha. First prize of the New Year, a Skoda Fabia/Renault Clio or €15,000, went to Pat Stapleton with Golden-Kilfeacle the promoting club, while second prize of a Holiday or €5,000 was won by Alan O’Brien with Emly the promoting club.


The match pass for 2020 is currently on sale at the price of €120. This pass gives you access to all adult matches within the County during 2020. Passes can be ordered through the GAA Office Slievenamon Rd., Thurles or by contacting 0504 22702 where you can pay over the phone.


Any club participating in ‘the Operation Transformation Ireland Lights Up Partnership’ must follow the guidelines below as directed from the Insurance Manager in Croke Park so clubs need to register with Get Ireland Walking.

The terms and conditions of the extension of cover are detailed on the link and sign up process – https://www.getirelandwalking.ie/GAA/

Cover under GAA liability Insurance is only extended to clubs who register and comply with the guidelines including:

The club must register with at least two walking leaders with GIW.

Review and update the club health and safety statement and complete a documented hazard inspection of the proposed walking track/route in the club. All floodlighting must be checked prior to the commencement of each walk.

If the club doesn’t have a purpose built walking track with flood lights, they can coordinate walks which must begin at the clubhouse and end at the clubhouse, a full risk assessment of the route must be carried out by the club and the route plan submitted to GAA Insurance Department in advance of the first walk.

The club can decide what time between 7pm-9pm each week the lights will be turned on.

Registration of all participating walkers must be taken each night. Enjoy the walk.


The North Tipperary 40×20 Juvenile finals were hosted by Nenagh and Youghalarra clubs at the weekend. The winners go forward to the County Finals which will also be hosted by Nenagh and Youghalarra. Please see the handball website for further details of results and fixtures http://handball.tipperary.gaa.ie


With the first of the action already played in this year’s Electric Ireland Fitzgibbon and Sigerson Cups, the following is a list of Tipperary players on the final declaration panel lists for their respective college.

Commencing with the Fitzgibbon Cup, there are 62 Tipperary players on panels representing 13 of the 14 colleges involved as follows;

Cork Institute of Technology (4 Tipp players named) – Eoin Barry (Killenaule), Enda Heffernan, Michael Ryan and Ronan Heffernan (Clonoulty-Rossmore).
GMIT (2) – AJ Willis (Portroe) and John Cahalane (Nenagh Éire Óg).
IT Carlow (3) – Tommy Nolan (Drom & Inch), Jerry Kelly (Borris-Ileigh) and Fergal Hayes (Kiladangan).
Limerick Institute of Technology (14) – Adam Healy and Conor McCarthy (Nenagh Éire Óg), Billy Seymour, Dan O’Meara and Darren Moran (Kiladangan), Daniel Ryan and Evan Fitzpatrick (Roscrea), Eoin Collins (Drom & Inch), Paul O’Heney (Emly), Rian Doody (Cappawhite), Robert Byrne and Ruadhan Mulrooney (Portroe), Ronan Tucker (Burgess) and Ross Bonner (Cashel KC).
Mary Immaculate College (9) – Ewan Bourke (Holycross-Ballycahill), Craig Morgan and Darragh Peters (Kilruane MacDonaghs), Eoghan Ryan (Loughmore-Castleiney), Mark Downey (Rosegreen), Ray McCormack (Borris-Ileigh), Andy Ormond (JK Brackens), Cathal Bourke (Clonoulty-Rossmore) and Eanna McBride (JK Brackens).
Maynooth University (3) – Cathal Moloney and Conor Stakelum (Thurles Sarsfields) and Philip Ryan (Thurles Gaels).
NUIG (1) – Shane Fletcher (Roscrea).
Trinity College (2) – Jack Boland (Burgess) and Cormac Keating (Portroe).
TU Dublin (1) – Cian Flanagan (Newport).
University College Cork (3) – Paddy Cadell (JK Brackens), Mark Kehoe (Kilsheelan-Kilcash) and Killian O’Dwyer (Killenaule).
University College Dublin (5) – Diarmuid Ryan (Clonakenny), James Cleary (Kilruane MacDonaghs), Michael Purcell and Rory Purcell (Thurles Sarsfields) and Niall Heffernan (Golden-Kilfeacle).
University of Limerick (9) – Cian Darcy (Kilruane MacDonaghs), Bryan O’Mara (Holycross-Ballycahill), Jack Shelly (Mullinahone), James Ryan (Clonoulty-Rossmore), Padraic Campion (Drom & Inch), Brian McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney), Shane Neville (Lattin-Cullen), Jake Morris (Nenagh Éire Óg) and Barry Hogan (Kiladangan).
Waterford Institute of Technology (6) – David O’Shea (JK Brackens), Delacey Byrne (Clonakenny), Fionn Cleary (Gortnahoe-Glengoole), Kevin Hassett (Drom & Inch), Michael Whelan (Carrick Davins) and Tom Hayes (Moycarkey-Borris).

Interesting to note, of the 487 players declared for the 14 colleges, there are 20 counties represented with the breakdown of player representation as follows; Galway 73, Dublin 68, Cork 66, Tipperary 62, Kilkenny 59, Wexford 30, Waterford 29, Limerick 25, Clare 22, Laois 11, Offaly 10, Carlow 7, Kildare 7, Westmeath 5, Kerry 3, Meath 3, Wicklow 3, Antrim 1, Mayo 1 and Sligo 1.

The following is a snippet review of the six games played last Sunday starting with the two games in group A where Maynooth University defeated Trinity College 0-16 to 0-15. Conor Stakelum starting at right half forward was on the score sheet for Maynooth with 0-2 from play while Cathal Moloney also lined out at left half back.

In the other game in the group DCU overcame UL 0-21 to 0-18. Cian Darcy at full forward was in superb form for UL scoring 0-15 including 0-10 frees though he was still on the losing side. He was joined on the starting fifteen by Barry Hogan in goal, Padraic Campion at right half back with Bryan O’Mara beside him at centre back. Brian McGrath and Jack Shelly both took up position at centre field, while Shane Neville was introduced in the second half.

Moving to Group B Waterford IT defeated Limerick IT 1-23 to 1-14. For WIT Tom Hayes was at right corner back with Kevin Hassett at full back and Michael Whelan at midfield, while Fionn Cleary was a second half replacement for Waterford’s Austin Gleeson. For LIT, Billy Seymour was in devastating form scoring 1-11 (9f, 1’65) of his sides tally from right half forward. He was joined on the side by Eoin Collins in goal, Darren Moran at full back, Robert Byrne in midfield. Dan O’Meara and Ross Bonnar took up both corner forward positions while Rian Doody, Evan Fitzpatrick and Ruadhan Mulrooney were all introduced.

The other group game resulted in a 1-19 to 1-10 win for Mary Immaculate College over TU Dublin, though there appears to be no breakdown of match day panels to hand at present.

There was just the one game in Group C as UCC narrowly defeated NUI Galway 0-19 to 0-17. Mark Kehoe, Killian O’Dwyer and Paddy Cadell came off the bench to help see UCC over the line, with Kehoe scoring 0-1 from play. For NUIG, Shane Fletcher lined out at right corner forward.

The last fixture in this round up was a high scoring affair in Group D where IT Carlow defeated UCD 3-20 to 2-16. Tommy Nolan came on in the second half for IT Carlow while the Purcell brothers, Michael in midfield and Rory at centre forward scored 0-1 apiece for UCD. Niall Heffernan started at right half back while Diarmuid Ryan was introduced late in the match.

Next weekend’s fixtures are as follows;

Group A Round 2 – MU v DCU and UL v TCD
Group B Round 2 – Mary IC v LIT and WIT v TU Dublin
Group C Round 2 – UCC v CIT
Group D Round 2 – IT Carlow v GMIT

Turning the attention to the Sigerson Cup panels, Tipperary has five players involved with 4 colleges as follows;

TU Dublin (1) – Daire Brennan (Kilsheelan-Kilcash).
University College Cork (1) – Paudie Feehan (Killenaule)
University College Dublin (1) – Emmett Moloney (Drom & Inch).
University of Limerick (2) – Jack Delahunty (Newport) and Jack Kennedy (Clonmel Commercials).

A quick review of last weekend’s games involving Tipperary players is as follows, UCC with Paudie Feehan lining out at midfield defeated NUI Galway 2-12 to 1-14.

QUB defeated TU Dublin 1-14 to 1-8 where Daire Brennan lined out at left half back for TU Dublin.

Jack Kennedy lined out at centre forward for UL as his side went down 0-8 to 0-5 against IT Sligo.

The final match for now saw UCD defeat UUJ 0-13 to 0-11 though Emmett Moloney saw no action for UCD.

The quarter finals are down for decision this weekend where its DCU Dóchas Éireann v QUB, UCD v St. Mary’s, IT Sligo v Letterkenny IT and IT Carlow v UCC. The relegation final between IT Tralee and Athlone IT also goes ahead.


The Tipperary Supporters Club 33rd Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 30th January 2020 at the Anner Hotel, Thurles at 8pm and all are welcome.

On December 1st, Tipperary Supporters Club launched it’s 2020 Membership Scheme and the membership pack includes the following benefits:

  • A specially-designed Tipperary Supporters Club dual trolley keyring
    • All members are entered into a prize draw for championship match tickets for all Tipperary Senior games.
    • 2020 Car Sticker
    • Text alerts for all League and Championship team news
    • Regular news to your email about all the latest in Tipperary GAA circles
    • Only Tipperary Supporters Club members will be eligible to vote for the official 2020 Tipperary Senior Hurler of the Year award at the end of next season.
    • Only Tipperary Supporters Club members can nominate a young Tipperary supporter to be the team mascot for our league games in Semple Stadium

Tipperary Supporters Club sincerely thank members for their continued support and facilitating payment by way of direct debit.

If you haven’t renewed your membership already you can do so online at www.tippsupportersclub.com or by calling Jim Reidy, Membership Officer on 086 3580718.


An U12 Hurlball Tournament will take place in the ball alley at Holycross GAA Centre on Sunday 9th February 2020. Free entry is open to all boys born in 2008 and 2009 and it is a great way to develop both sides for hurling. The emphasis is on enjoyment, fun and participation.

Goggles must be worn and will be provided on the day. All matches are 8 minutes – whoever is leading at this stage wins. The final is up to 15 points.

All names to be submitted to GDA Andy Ryan by Thursday 30th January so that a draw can be made, and exact match timetables can be emailed to club secretaries. The alley will be free and open on Thursday and Friday 6th and 7th February for anyone who wishes to practice, contact Donal Ryan at 087-9663959 to book a time. For any other queries, contact County GDA Andy Ryan at 087-9090985.

The Hurlball Tournament will be sponsored by Stakelums Office Supplies Thurles and a quota on players from clubs may apply if the tournament is over subscribed.


This year Tipperary Cumann na mBunscol have been asked to host the National Cumann na mBunscol awards night and AGM. This opportunity only comes around once every 32 years and while there is work to it, the committee are looking forward to hosting it on the 6th and 7th of March 2020 in the Anner Hotel, Thurles. With this undertaking comes considerable expense. The committee met recently and decided to ask schools to host a once off COUNTY/CLUB COLOURS DAY this Friday the 17th of January 2020 to make all schools aware that they are hosting this major event next March and to collect funds to offset the costs. All schools participating in the COUNTY/CLUB COLOURS DAY this Friday are asked to post a photo on Twitter with twitter handles @AllianzIreland plus @TippCumanNamBun and also to use the hashtags #AllianzCnmB and #TipperaryCmnB. Please note @TippCumanNamBun is the correct Twitter handle for Tipperary Allianz Cumann na mBunscol. The committee hope that all schools affiliated to Tipperary Cumann na mBunscol will partake and they have fantastic cash prizes up for grabs for all schools that get involved. Also, best wishes to all Tipperary schools that have entered in this year’s National Cumann na mBunscol Awards.






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