Tipperary GAA Scene

PRO Joe Bracken


Tipperary came up just short in their Allianz Hurling League match against Cork last Saturday evening with the home side taking both points on offer on a 2-24 to 1-25 result before an attendance of 9,812. Tipperary’s goal came courtesy of a late second half penalty from Brian Hogan (Lorrha-Dorrha) as Tipp worked hard to gain parity at least.

Best wishes to John O’Dwyer (Killenaule) for a speedy recovery following a heavy knock in added time.


Next up on Sunday week, February 16th, Tipperary are away again as they take on Galway in round 3 in Pearse Stadium with a 2pm start.



The Tipperary footballers had a one-point win, 0-11 to 1-7, in their Allianz Division 3 round 2 tie with Louth on Sunday last. They now have three points after two games and head north on Sunday next, February 9th to take on Derry in Celtic Park where throw-in will be at 1pm. Derry were defeated by Down last weekend and sit mid-table behind Tipperary on one point following their first round draw at home against Leitrim.

Tipperary and Derry met a championship qualifier in 2016 with Tipperary shading a magnificent contest by a single point on a 1-21 to 2-17 score-line, Kevin O’Halloran (Portroe) the Tipp goal scorer that day.

We send best wishes to the team on Sunday and to all Tipperary supporters making the journey.

The referee will be Jerome Henry (Maigh Eo).


Cork proved too strong as they claimed victory in the Lidl Senior National Football League round 2 tie against Tipperary last Sunday on a 2-11 to 1-6 score-line. Caitlin Kennedy was the Tipperary goal scorer.

Round 3 is against Westmeath in Templetuohy this Sunday, February 9th, with throw in at 1pm. Best wishes to the team on Sunday and all support is most welcome.


Though confusion over the final score lingered for twenty-four hours or so, the Tipperary senior camogie team got their Littlewoods Ireland National League up and running with a one point win over Limerick in LIT Gaelic Grounds last Sunday, with the final score reading 0-10 to 1-6 in Tipperary’s favour.


Best wishes to Tipperary referees on duty in the Allianz Football League this weekend. On Sunday Derek O’Mahoney (Ardfinnan) oversees the meeting of Roscommon and Clare in Division 2 in Dr. Hyde Park. While in Division 4, Seán Lonergan (Moyle Rovers) keeps an eye on proceedings between Carlow and Limerick in Netwatch Cullen Park.


All Ireland Glory for Newcastle Rince Foirne

The INEC Theatre in Killarney was once again the venue for the All Ireland Finals of Scór na nÓg on Saturday last February 1st. It proved to be a happy return to this splendid venue for the dancers from Newcastle who took first place in Ireland in the Rince Foirne Competition. This competition had eluded Newcastle for the past number of years and the announcement of their win was greeted with magnificent scenes of delight and excitement in the auditorium. The girl’s performance was excellent as they thrilled the audience with their display. Kathy McGrath, their dance teacher has worked tirelessly with this group and the huge Tipperary contingent in the audience rose to greet the announcement with tumultuous applause.

Tipperary GAA Scene

All Ireland Ceili Dancing Champions, An Caisleán Nua, Tiobraid Árann

Well done and comghairdeas le Ciara, Emma, Ellie, Orlaith, Sarah, Niamh, Amy agus Abbie agus dar ndóigh Kath. Ta éacht déanta agaibh. The Newcastle dancers are pictured right with John Horan, Uachtarán Cumann Lúthchleas Gael.

Our other fine Munster finalists Cailín Creamer (Portroe) – Amhranaíocht Aonair, Canice Ryan (Seán Treacy’s) –Aithriseoireacht and Borris-Ieigh’s wonderful novelty act comprising of Niamh, Harry, Nicole, Liam, Kaylyn, Conchúr, Emily agus Daniel took to the stage in their various disciplines and gave outstanding and confident displays. However, victory was not to be theirs, but they know they have represented club, county and province with great accomplishment. Their mentors, families and numerous supporters are justifiably proud of them and the experience of taking part at national level will no doubt inspire them further to continue to take part in Scór.

Tipperary County and Provincial Coiste Scór members were there to lend encouragement and support and the hundreds of supporters who travelled from the Premier County was truly remarkable and heartening. Ní neart go cur le chéile.

The National Chairperson of Coiste Scór in his address to the audience urged and encouraged all GAA clubs and County Boards to afford Scór prominence and centre stage. The promotion of Scór needs to be an integral part of all GAA activities and young people must be recruited to promote Scór at all levels. He stressed the importance of pride in our communities and inclusiveness in our clubs. ‘Our GAA –Where we all belong’ has no finer manifestation than within Scór. No need to look further than the Borris-Ileigh Leiriú to witness that truth. Maith sibh go léir, Scor Abú.

Scór Sinsear

Following on from Scór na nÓg success we hope to emulate that experience, so we are calling on all clubs to look to the date of March 7th in Newport and take part in this excellent competition.

Scór na bPáistí Parish finals are already under way and we wish all those taking part Ádh mhór. Bain sult is spraoi as agus bígí ag rince is ag canadh is ag aisteoireacht is ag seinm ceoil. Saturday 5th April is your spriocdáta.


The February Tipperary GAA Clubs Draw will be held this Friday February 7th, in Byrnes Tavern, Church Street, in Emly at 10.00pm and will be hosted by the Emly GAA Club.

The presentation of the €5,000 second prize will be made to Alan O’Brien, Cullen from the January draw. Last month’s star prize winner Pat Stapleton, Golden has already been presented with his €15,000 cheque for being the main prize winner in the January draw.


Best wishes to Killenaule in the Munster Junior B Football Final where they will take on Scartaglen (Kerry) in the final on Sunday next February 9th in Knockaderry.


Commiserations to Abbey CBS in the Munster Corn Dhonncha Uí Nuanain U19B football final last Saturday, where they lost out to Patrician Academy Mallow.


The intensity is building now in the Electric Ireland Fitzgibbon Cup which focuses in on this weekend’s semi-final action.

The results of last week’s quarter finals are as follows;
Mary Immaculate College Limerick 2-21 University of Limerick 1-21 (aet)
University College Cork 1-20 University College Dublin 2-12
IT Carlow 5-20 N.U.I. Galway 0-28 (aet)
DCU Dóchas Éireann 1-23 Waterford Institute of Technology 2-14

Extra-time was required in the Mary I win over UL in what was a fascinating match. 2-15 to 1-18 at the end of normal time, UL pushed ahead in the first period of extra-time and led 1-21 to 2-16 at the break. Not to be outdone Mary I kicked on in the second period to seal a hard-earned victory over their neighbours.

Tipperary players were to the fore for both sides with Cathal Bourke (Clonoulty-Rossmore) shooting 0-11 (0-10f) and Andy Ormond (JK Brackens) 1-2 from play, accounting for most of the scores for Mary I. They were ably assisted by Darragh Peters and Craig Morgan (Kilruane MacDonaghs), Ray McCormack (Borris-Ileigh) and Eanna McBride (JK Brackens). For UL, here again, four Tipperary players scored 0-20 with Cain Darcy (Kilruane MacDonaghs) with 0-16 (0-13f) the ace marksman again, while Jake Morris (Nenagh Éire Óg) 0-2, and Bryan O’Mara (Holycross-Ballycahill) and Padraic Campion (Drom & Inch) contributed 0-1 apiece. Barry Hogan (Kiladangan) was in goal, Brian McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney) was in the back line with O’Mara and Campion, while upfront Jack Shelly (Mullinahone) joined Darcy and Morris.

Reigning holders UCC made it comfortably through to the semi-finals in their win over UCD. Mark Kehoe (Kilsheelan-Kilcash) scored 0-2 for UCC and was once again joined by Killian O’Dwyer (Killenaule) and Paddy Cadell (JK Brackens) on the field of play. Rory and Michael Purcell (Thurles Sarsfields) again lined out for UCD with Rory on the scoresheet with 0-3 from play. Niall Heffernan (Golden-Kilfeacle) and Diarmuid Ryan (Clonakenny) both came on in the second half.

There was high drama in the fixture between IT Carlow and NUIG with extra-time required to separate the sides. In the end, DJ Careys side emerged victorious with Jerry Kelly (Borris-Ileigh) scoring 1-1 of his sides tally, while Fergal Hayes (Kiladangan) lined out at corner back.

Finally, in the game between DCU and WIT, there is no Tipperary representation with DCU. Tom Hayes (Moycarkey-Borris) and Kevin Hassett (Drom & Inch) were again in the inside backline for WIT.

So, the semi-final pairings for this weekend at Dublin City University Sportsgrounds are as follows; Mary Immaculate College Limerick v IT Carlow at 2pm and DCU Dóchas Éireann v University College Cork at 4pm with both games broadcast on gaa.ie/GAANow

The Electric Ireland Sigerson Cup Final took place last week with DCU lifting the cup after a 0-14 to 0-7 defeat of IT Carlow. There was at least one Tipperary connection on the winning side as corner back Dan Corcoran (Geraldines, Louth), has strong links with Two-Mile-Borris through his father David a native of the village, who was also a member of the Moycarkey-Borris GAA club in his time. DCU of course are managed by Paddy Christie, a key member of David Power’s Tipperary senior football management team. Congratulations to Dan, Paddy and his team.


The Tipperary Supporters Club 2020 Membership is open and with record members for 2019 the committee are eager to build on this for 2020 as the continue to provide invaluable assistance and support to our senior hurling team. 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.


The following will be the procedure for obtaining a Gaeltacht Scholarship from Coiste Chontae Thiobraid Árann in 2020. The scholarships are confined to 2nd Year, TY and 5th Year Students in 2020 and previous recipients of Tipperary GAA Gaeltacht scholarships cannot apply in 2020.

Students should immediately book a course directly from one of the three nominated Munster Irish Colleges on the application Form. This should be done asap as popular dates are booked out quickly.

Students wishing to secure a scholarship from Tipperary GAA should complete the application form available from your club secretary and submit it through their own local GAA Club.

The secretary of the GAA Club must sign the form and attach a reference letter supporting the applicant’s application before returning it to the Co Rúnaí. Please note the club recommending the successful applicant will be contributing €75 to the scholarship along with the Division, Co. Board and Munster Council.

Interviews for the scholarships will be held in Lár na Páirce during February to establish each candidate’s suitability.

Once the student is notified that they have been successful they must secure a receipt for their fee payment from the Irish College where they have registered.

Once this receipt is received by the Co. Rúnaí the scholarship cheque for €300 will be posted out directly to the student’s home.

The closing date for the receipt of Gaeltacht Scholarship Applications is this Friday February 7th, 2020.


Anyone thinking of embarking on a healthier lifestyle should remember healthy changes to your diet and physical activity do not have to be drastic the Healthy Ireland webpage will provide you with guidelines on physical activity, mental wellbeing and healthy eating. Local libraries also provide a wealth of information on health & lifestyle.

Ireland Lights Up continues to draw huge crowds throughout the county every week with many clubs reporting participants planning on keeping the event going over the coming months. It is also important to remember and thank the many club volunteers who coordinate this successful event every week.

Kindness – A small act of kindness in your day does make a difference.

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.


This is a reminder that this Friday, 7th February is the last day a club can request additional National Club Draw Tickets. Any requests after this day will not be undertaken.

All clubs taking part in the draw please note that all ticket sales must be uploaded to the Online Ticket System before returning all tickets (sold and unsold) to the County Liaison Officer by the 17th February. Tickets should not be sent directly to Croke Park by any club. Any tickets returned to Croke Park that are not on the system will not be included in the draw.

Clubs can access the Online Ticket System via the link http://gaa-clubdraw.cloudapp.net/GAAClubDraw/

The key important dates to be aware of are as follows;

7th February 2020 – Last request for additional tickets
17th February 2020 – All tickets sold/unsold to be returned to the County Liaison Officer
24th February 2020 – All tickets must be returned to Croke Park
12th March 2020 – GAA National Club Draw


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.


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 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

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.


Tipperary GAA conveys sympathy to Biddy Smee and the Smee family on the sad passing of Stevie Smee, Bohernanave, Thurles. Stevie was a long-time friend of Tipperary GAA and very supportive of developments in Dr. Morris Park and there was a great relationship between Stevie and Tipperary Co. Board.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.


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