Tipperary GAA Scene 22nd January

PRO Joe Bracken


This weekend sees the commencement of the Allianz Leagues with Tipperary in action on Saturday in the hurling league and on Sunday in the football league.

Tipperary GAA Scene 22nd January

Darragh O’Leary receiving cup from Corden family

Starting in Semple Stadium, which is the setting for the Allianz Hurling League Rionn 1 Group A fixture between Tipperary and Limerick, which throws in at 5:15pm, this Saturday, January 25th. It will no doubt bring a large attendance to the stadium as the Field of Legends plays host to the clash of the current All-Ireland and Allianz League champions.


Both counties have met on 62 occasions in the league with Tipperary ahead on 35 wins to Limerick’s 20 and 7 draws bringing up the balance.

Tipperary GAA Scene 22nd January

Tipp U20 panel Andrew Corden Cup Final

A quick review of the last ten meetings ranges from 2003 up to 2019 as follows; 2003 in Semple Stadium – Tipperary 1-17 Limerick 1-8, 2004 in LIT Gaelic Grounds – Tipperary 2-21 Limerick 1-12, 2005 again in LIT Gaelic Grounds – Tipperary 4-14 Limerick 3-11, 2006 LIT Gaelic Grounds – Tipperary 2-15 Limerick 2-15,

2007 in MacDonagh Park Nenagh – Limerick 2-13 Tipp 0-16, 2008 in Semple Stadium – Tipperary 2-20 Limerick 2-9, 2009 in Semple Stadium – Tipperary 1-17 Limerick 1-11, 2010 LIT Gaelic Grounds – Tipperary 2-24 Limerick 0-8, 2018 in Semple Stadium – Tipperary 2-31 Limerick 1-31 (Semi-final after extra time) and 2019 in LIT Gaelic Grounds – Limerick 1-21 Tipperary 1-14.


Liam Sheedy and his management team will certainly be hoping for a huge Tipperary support to welcome his side back to competitive action and more importantly to get behind the panel and support them in their journey for the year ahead.

Saturday’s referee will be Patrick Murphy (Carlow).

Turning the attention to the Allianz Football league, the Tipperary footballers open their Allianz Division 3 campaign in Clonmel Sportsfield on Sunday next, January 26th at 2pm, when they take on Down.

The last meeting between the sides in the league was on March 31st, 2018, when the deferred fixture took place due to snow on the original date. Tipperary signed off on their Division 2 league run that day, losing out by a single score 2-11 to 1-11.

With both sides eager to make progress and be in contention for promotion, Sunday’s game should be a hugely competitive encounter and we ask supporters to come out in great numbers in support of the team and to manager David Power and his management team in their first league game in charge..

Ahead of that game, David Power has announced his panel for the 2020 Allianz Football League.

Team Captain for 2020 is Conor Sweeney (Ballyporeen) and Vice-Captain is Steven O’Brien (Ballina).

The full squad is as follows;

Colm O’Shaughnessy – Ardfinnan, Gavin Whelan – Ardfinnan, Paddy Dalton – Arravale Rovers, Donagh Leahy – Arravale Rovers, Steven O’Brien – Ballina, Conor Sweeney – Ballyporeen, Philip Austin – Borrisokane, Robbie Kiely – Carbery Rangers, Kevin Fahey – Clonmel Commercials, Colman Kennedy – Clonmel Commercials, Conal Kennedy – Clonmel Commercials, Jack Kennedy – Clonmel Commercials, Jason Lonergan – Clonmel Commercials, Padraic Looram – Clonmel Commercials, Michael O’Reilly – Clonmel Commercials, Emmet Moloney – Drom & Inch, Tommy Nolan – Drom & Inch, Brian Fox – Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill, Dean McEnroe – JK Brackens, Dan O’Meara – Kiladangan, Jimmy Feehan – Killenaule, Greg Henry – Killenaule, Daire Brennan – Kilsheelan-Kilcash, Evan Comerford – Kilsheelan-Kilcash, Bill Maher – Kilsheelan-Kilcash, Brendan Martin – Kilsheelan-Kilcash, John Meagher – Loughmore-Castleiney, Joseph Nyland – Loughmore-Castleiney, Liam Treacy – Loughmore Castleiney, Liam Boland – Moyle Rovers, Alan Campbell – Moyle Rovers, Tadhg Fitzgerald – Moyle Rovers, Shane Foley – Moyle Rovers, Jack Harney – Moyle Rovers, Kevin O’Halloran – Portroe, Liam Fahey – Rockwell Rovers, Alan Moloney – Rockwell Rovers and Dean Carew – Upperchurch-Drombane.

The referee for the match on Sunday will be Anthony Nolan (Wicklow).

We send best wishes to both our teams and request our supporters to come out in force behind the teams on Saturday and Sunday.


Heroic all year through, Borris-Ileigh once again did themselves proud last Sunday in Croke Park, though unfortunately it was Ballyhale Shamrocks (Kilkenny) who took the honours in winning the AIB Club Hurling All-Ireland Final by 0-18 to 0-15.

Tipperary people were ‘Borris’ people for the day and that tremendous support for the parish will live long in the memory of those who followed the action last Sunday. While we commiserate with Borris-Ileigh on the loss in the final, the success of the journey taken in their campaign, coupled with County and Munster victories, will far outshine the loss when the history of this wonderful excursion is written and retold.


Congratulations to the Tipperary U20 football panel and management who last weekend collected the first silverware of 2020 for the Premier County as they won the Andrew Corden Cup following a 1-12 to 0-13 defeat of Carlow. This represents a milestone achievement for Tom McGlinchey’s side, bearing in mind that the decision to bring forward the U20 championship this year was made relatively late in 2019. Pictured right is captain Darragh O’Leary receiving the cup from members of the Corden family.

The Tipperary team and scorers is as follows; 1. Kuba Beben (JK Brackens), 2. Brian McKeown (Moyle Rovers), 3. Darragh O’Leary (Ardfinnan), 4. Paul Devlin (Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill), 5. Mark O’Meara (Grangemockler-Ballyneale), 6. Martin Kehoe (Mullinahone), 7. Shane O’Connor (Clonmel Og), 8. Eanna McBride (JK Brackens), 9. Kevin Grogan (Cahir) (0-1), 10. AJ Willis (Portroe), 11. Adam McGrath (Galtee Rovers) (0-2), 12. Conor Ryan (Loughmore-Castleiney), 13. Rian Quigley (Moyle Rovers) (0-4, 2f), 14. Sean O’Connor (Clonmel Commercials) (0-2, 1m), 15. Kyle Shelly (Moycarkey-Borris) (1-3, 1f, 1m). Subs used – Christy English (Ballyporeen), Stephen Grogan (Cahir) and Billy Murphy (Kilsheelan-Kilcash).

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.


Best wishes to the Tipperary Ladies Gaelic Football panel and management as they get the league campaign underway this Sunday, with an opening game against Dublin.


Best wishes to Our Lady’s in the semi-final of the Dr. Harty Cup U19A Hurling against St. Flannans College this Saturday, January 25th at 1pm, in Nenagh. Also, best wishes to Borrisokane Community College and Cashel CBS who are in opposite semi-finals in Corn Thomais Mhic Choilm U19B Hurling this Saturday. Borrisokane take on Doon in Newport at 12:30pm while Cashel take on St. Augustines also at 12:30pm in a venue yet to be confirmed.

Well done to Abbey CBS on reaching the Munster Corn Dhonncha Uí Nuanain U19B football final following their 2-8 to 0-11 defeat of Causeway (Kerry) last week.

Congratulations to Rockwell College on winning the County U15 Hurling Final last week. In the final the defeated Colaiste Mhuire Thurles 4-12 to 3-7.


Best wishes to our referees on duty this week. In the Electric Ireland HE GAA Fitzgibbon Cup Group B on Thursday, Peter Carroll (Burgess) will referee the game between Mary I and WIT. Then first into action this weekend is Sean Lonergan (Moyle Rovers) as he takes charge of the AIB GAA Football All-Ireland Junior Club Championship between Na Gaeil and Rathgarogue-Cushinstown in Croke Park at 3:15pm.

Turning attention to the Allianz Leagues, Derek O’Mahoney (Ardfinnan) will referee the Roinn 3 football fixture between Cork and Offaly on Saturday evening at 6pm. While at 7pm in the hurling league, Fergal Horgan (Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams) will watch over the meeting of Laois and Wexford in Roinn 1 Group B.

Derek O’Mahoney was also on duty last weekend as he refereed the Sigerson Cup relegation final between IT Tralee and Athlone IT.


Congratulations to Drom & Inch as they defeated Garryspillane 2-23 to 2-17 in the Munster Junior B hurling final replay in Raheenagh, Co. Limerick last Saturday.


Killenaule are through to the Munster Junior B Football Final following their 2-8 to 1-9 win over Grange (Cork) last Sunday.

In the final Killenaule will play either Banogue (Limerick) or Scartaglen (Kerry) with the final set for Sunday 2nd / 9th February.


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.


Congratulations to the large number of clubs in the county who have organised participation in Ireland Lights Up over the coming weeks. The event encourages people of all ages and mobility to come out and exercise once a week within their local community. For anyone attempting to get back to fitness the key is to start slowly as muscles and tendons don’t like to be suddenly overloaded, think long term and be realistic about the level of fitness you hope to achieve. Moderate exercise can be of huge benefit regardless of age to our physical and mental wellbeing.

January is ‘Walk Your Dog Month’. What can be better than taking your four-legged friend out for a stroll and enjoy the many walks and trails the county has to offer. Meet other dog walkers and enjoy the wellbeing this brings to you and your furry friend.

An important date for your diary is April 28th in the Horse & Jockey Hotel where Tipperary Health and Wellbeing Committee are hosting ‘The Tilda Roadshow’ which is being promoted by the GAA in association with Irish Life Health / Trinity College and delivered by Professor Rose Anne Kenny. This seminar will cover the secrets of positive and the GAA plans to hold the seminar in every county. More information to follow in the coming weeks.


A short review of last week’s action in the Electric Ireland Fitzgibbon and Sigerson Cups is as follows;

In Group A Round 2 of the Fitzgibbon Cup, DCU defeated Maynooth University 1-20 to 1-12 to make it to the quarter-finals. Conor Stakleum (0-1) and Cathal Moloney (both Thurles Sarsfields) lined out for MU. In the other match in the group University of Limerick got their first win helped by two goals from Cian Darcy (Kilruane MacDonaghs) as they saw off the Trinity College challenge 3-21 to 0-13.

In Round 2 of Group B Round 2, Mary I won the local derby by defeating LIT 4-24 to 1-19. Tipperary players were to the fore for both sides with Andrew Ormond (JK Brackens) and Cathal Bourke (Clonoulty-Rossmore) both scoring 0-4, Eanna McBride 0-3 (JK Brackens) and Darragh Peters (0-1) (Kilruane MacDonaghs) all contributing to the Mary I score line. Craig Morgan (Kilruane MacDonaghs) was the other Tipp player on the starting team at full back for Mary I. For LIT, Billy Seymour (Kiladangan) was again his sides top score with 0-6 (3f), while close on his tail were Robert Byrne on 0-5 (incl. 1f, 1 s/l) and Ross Bonner (Cashel KC) with 1-1. Evan Fitzpatrick (Roscrea) was introduced at half time and ended up with 0-2 for his efforts. The other Tipp players to feature for LIT were Ronan Tucker (Burgess) in goal, Conor McCarthy (Nenagh Éire Óg) right corner back with Darren Moran (Kiladangan) beside him at full back. Rian Doody (Cappawhite) was at right half forward while Paul O’Heney (Emly) saw action late in the match.

Waterford IT had a 4-23 to 0-12 win over TU Dublin and will meet Mary I in the last round game on Thursday to decide who will have home advantage in the quarter-final. Michael Whelan (Carrick Davins) scored 0-1 from midfield for WIT where Tom Hayes (Moycarkey-Borris) lined out once again at right corner back with Kevin Hassett (Drom & Inch) beside him at full back. Cian Flanagan (Newport) was the only Tipp representative for TU Dublin as he lined out at midfield.

A Cork derby in the Group C Round 2 fixture, saw UCC overcome CIT 0-22 to 0-15. Killian O’Dwyer (Killenaule) started for UCC while Mark Kehoe (Kilsheelan-Kilcash) and Paddy Cadell (JK Brackens) were both introduced off the bench with Kehoe on the score sheet with 0-1. The Clonoulty-Rossmore trio of Ronan Heffernan, Enda Heffernan and Michael Ryan all contributed well for CIT with Ryan scoring 0-2 of his sides tally.

Finally in Group D Round 2 last Friday, IT Carlow defeated GMIT 1-16 to 1-13.

In the Sigerson Cup quarter-finals last weekend, just two games were of interest from a Tipperary perspective. Emmet Moloney (Drom & Inch) came off the bench in the second half to help his UCD side defeat St. Mary’s Belfast 2-10 to 2-6 to progress to the semi-final. Emmet scored 0-1 on his introduction.
In the other game of note Paudie Feehan (Killenaule) was in the starting XV for UCC who exited the competition following a 3-9 to 0-14 loss to IT Carlow.

The semi-final pairings this Wednesday are as follows – DCU v UCD and IT Carlow v Letterkenny IT.


The Tipperary Supporters Club 33rd Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday week, January 30th in 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.

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 Stakelum’s Office Supplies Thurles and a quota on players from clubs may apply if the tournament is over subscribed.


Tipperary Coach Education will offer an Award 1 Football course aimed at youth and adult under 14 to senior level club coaches. Please note, this course is all online with registration only via links below.

The course covers a number of key modules including:

Technical Proficiency
Tactical Prowess
Team Play
Physical Fitness
Playing Facts
Psychological Focus

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 maximizing participation, optimizing playing standards and ensuring that players needs are catered for in a balanced way.

Dates for the course include; 17th, 24th of February, 2nd, 9th and 18th of March, time – 7pm – 9.30pm and the venue will be Cashel Community School.

Cost €50 Euro per coach.

Tutors include; Paudie Butler – National Coach Education Master Tutor, Alan O`Connor – Intercounty S&C Coach, Michael O`Loughlin – Intercounty Football Coach, Shane Ronayne – All Ireland winning Ladies Football manager and Jason Ryan – former Kildare and Wexford Senior Football Manager/Coach.

How to Register – Please register here https://learning.gaa.ie/lms/ and upload your personal registration details on the learning portal and follow outline below. Closing date for registration is February 14th.

Go to the www.learning.gaa.ie

Open an account on GAA E-Learning Portal by clicking on ‘Register’ in the top right-hand corner:

When you are redirected back into the site, the user will be asked to accept a Site Policy Agreement – it is important you read this policy and agree to the statements if you wish to continue using the site and gain course certification.

If you agree you will be directed to your personal ‘Profile’ where you will be asked to input some personal details such as address, date of birth and Club. If some details like the school you attended is not on the system, don`t worry, enter any school and proceed.

The following is important information on how to register for this course if you choose to do so;

1.To Access your Course (you must be registered and logged in to the learning portal above to proceed).

Access this link https://learning.gaa.ie/lms/course/view.php?id=7608

  1. Click to enrol when prompted.
  2. You are now enrolled on this course. Tipperary GDA Kevin Halley will email applicants directly prior to the course starting from the learning portal system regards payment etc.



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