Tipperary GAA Scene 11th March 2020

PRO Joe Bracken


Tipperary’s involvement in the Allianz Hurling League came to an end on Sunday last as Galway progressed to the quarter-finals on a 3-21 to 3-13 score-line. Tipperary’s goals came courtesy of two from John McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney) and one from Jason Forde (Silvermines). Congratulations to Paul Maher (Kilsheelan-Kilcash) who made his senior debut on Sunday.

Preparations will now turn towards the Munster senior hurling championship where Tipperary will travel to Walsh Park to play Waterford on Sunday, May 10th.



It’s round 6 of the Allianz Football League this weekend where Tipperary will play Offaly in Semple Stadium on Sunday next, March 15th at 2pm in Semple Stadium.

Going into the penultimate game, Tipperary and their management will be looking to go level on points with Offaly who sit just above them in the table, with the final match away to Leitrim still to come.

We send best wishes to the team and appeal to supporters to come to Semple Stadium on Sunday in support of the team

The referee will be Seamus Mulhare.


There is second round action in the FBD Insurance County Hurling Leagues this weekend, while two semi-finals in the FBD Insurance U21 Football Championship are down for decision on St. Patrick’s Day.

At 2pm in Templetuohy in U21 (A), Inane Rovers will play Cashel King Cormacs or Arravale Rovers. At the same time in Templederry in U21 (B), Ballina will play Galtee Rovers or Golden Kilfeacle. Extra time will be played in both fixtures if required. For up to date fixtures and results please see https://tipperary.gaa.ie/fixtures-results/


The Tipperary ladies football team also lost out to Galway in the Lidl Senior National Football League on Sunday, with the home side winning 1-12 to 0-4. Their next match is in round 6 against Mayo on Sunday, March 22nd.


Well done to the Tipperary senior camogie team as they qualified for the Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League Division 1 Group 2 following their 1-8 to 0-10 win over Galway on Sunday. Tipperary’s goal from Róisín Howard helped Tipperary reach their first league final in eleven years. Elsewhere, the intermediate team lost out 5-13 to 1-6 against Antrim.


Best wishes to Sean Lonergan (Moyle Rovers) as he takes charge of the Allianz Football League Roinn 2 fixture between Clare and Fermanagh in Cusack Park, Ennis on Sunday next.


Remembering Bloody Sunday 1920

An exciting stage production March 27th and 28th “An Dúshlán” (The Challenge) will take place on Friday March 27th and Saturday March 28th, at the Brú Ború Cultural Centre in Cashel, in association with Comhaltas Ceoltoirí Eireann. Tipperary GAA Bloody Sunday Commemoration Committee will host a stage production of music, song and dance entitled An Dúshlán, remembering the events of Bloody Sunday. This production is part of a year-long series of Commemoration events organised by Tipperary GAA.

This original and specially commissioned stage production will explore the events of Bloody Sunday 1920, drawing on the music and song of the time along with eyewitness and newspaper accounts to recall this defining moment in the struggle for Irish Independence, it’s impact on the GAA, and how the echoes of those fatal shots can still be heard in the Ireland of today.

Taking part are a number of renowned musicians and performers from Comhaltas Ceoltoirí Eireann including legendary tenor Séan Ó Sé and champion set dancers from Newcastle. The C. J. Kickham Brass and Reed Band who have strong nationalist links going back to Fenian times and indeed have a connection with the Tipperary Bloody Sunday Team will also participate in the production. Former RTE broadcaster Ciana Campbell and IFTA nominated Irish actor Diarmuid de Faoite will narrate the production which is produced by Ray Conway who also directed the acclaimed Easter 1916 production “Macalla”.

Tickets for this specially commissioned event are expected to sell out very quickly so early booking is advised. Tickets are just €20 on the Brú Ború website www.bruboru.ie or by phone on 062-61122. Click the following link: https://bruboru.ie/whats-on/bru-boru-events/414/


The coaching seminar hosted by Tipperary Coaching and Games last Saturday titled, ‘Developing the Youth Coach’ was a tremendous success and many thanks to the committee and GDA’s for all the work and preparation put into the seminar.

The attendees gained a valuable insight from the session speakers, Oisín McConville, Michael Bevans and Michael Dempsey as each in his own unique way, took those present on their individual coaching and life experience journey.


Congratulations to Cashel Community School who are through to the the Masita All-Ireland U19B Hurling Championship final following their 4-22 to 1-11 defeat of Calasanctius College from Oranmore. In the final they will play St. Brendans of Birr.


Scór Sinsear an Chontae 2020

A great night of entertainment took place in Newport’s community centre on Saturday night last at the County Final of Scór Sinsear. Bhí ard oíche siamsaíochta againn i gCraobh an Chontae san Ionaid Phobail i dTulach Seasta oíche Dé Sathairn seo caite. Anthony Floyd – Chairperson of the North Scór committee was the eloquent and deisbhéalach fear an tí who welcomed one and all to this excellent venue.

Our judges and all present were very pleased and delighted with the standard of the performances and a great sense of fun and enjoyment permeated the proceedings. Though the numbers participating in Scór Sinsear have been decreasing in recent years the standard of excellence remains and we would like to congratulate all those who took part and those who will go ahead to represent us in the Munster Finals on March 28th .

Earlier in the evening the Tráth na gCeist took place in the local Primary School with Jim Enright ó Chontae an Chlair as Fear na gCeist and Mark Dunne as his able assistant. Jim has a passion for this discipline and delights in bringing the competitors along with him.

After 10 rounds of 8 questions only one mark separated the teams with all teams beating the 70 mark. The Moyne-Templetuohy team of Jim O’Meara, Paddy Moran, Tom Collier and Francis Cleere lifted the Trophy with Seán Treacys a close second. A word of appreciation again for the hospitality and céad mile fáilte from the Newport Community who looked after us so well on the night.

The 2020 County Champions are as follows – Rince Foirne – Newcastle; Amhranaíocht Aonair –Siobhán Egan – Newport; Aithriseoireacht – Noel Joyce JK Brackens; Nuachleas – Newport; Ceol Uirlise – JK Brackens; Bailéad Ghrúpa – Upperchurch-Drombane; Rince Seite – JK Brackens; Tráth na gCeist – Moyne-Templetuohy

Ta suil againn go mbeidh na sluaite sa Cheapach Mhór ar an 28ú lá. Maireann croí éadrom i bhfad.


They say lightening never strikes twice, but nobody informed Moyle Rovers GAA Club. The final draw in the current Tipperary GAA Clubs scheme, held in the Halfway House, Rathronan last Friday in conjunction with Moyle Rovers to celebrate their February win, resulted in another main prize winner associated with the club as Del Phelan was first out winning a Skoda Fabia / Renault Clio or €15,000.

Second prize of a Holiday or €5,000 went to Geraldine Hogan with Cashel King Cormacs the promoting club. Congratulations to all the winners in the March draw and all through the current scheme.

So, it’s time to start putting plans in place for the new draw commencing May 8th, 2020.

At this stage the Draw Committee are asking clubs to clear all balances in the current draw as the Co Board currently need funds for cash flow following a deficit balance in our 2019 accounts. Please check with your club draw co-ordinator and make arrangements to make the final payment asap.

Also, check that your current draw co-ordinator is continuing in that role and if not make sure to appoint a replacement. Once you have confirmed your co-ordinator please draw up plans to maximise draw sales in your club over the coming two months.

Personalised Brochures:

The structure of the brochure produced last year was designed for two years so there will be minimal changes but naturally your own personalized section will change. Over the past number of years, many clubs have ordered personalized draw brochures, and these were a great help in promoting the Draw. Personalized brochures can be used for one or more of the following reasons: –

  • To promote a major club development
  • To highlight the winning of a championship(s)
  • To highlight major prize-winners in the Draw
  • To create awareness in your parish of club officers, committee, team mentors, activities and facilities.

Once again, we are appealing to clubs to produce a personalized brochure.

If your club is interested, you can start sending information before the end of Feb and remember there is no charge for personalized brochures.

Send your info directly to tippdraw.tipperary@gaa.ie


Tipperary GAA Scene 11th March 2020

Tipperary Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Jerry McDonnell & National Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Chairman Liam Magee

Tipperary Allianz Cumann na mBunscol had a night they’ll never forget when they hosted the prestigious Cornmarket National Cumann na mBunscol Awards in the Anner Hotel Thurles on Friday, March 6th. The hosting of the National Cumann na mBunscol Awards is an opportunity that only presents itself approximately once every thirty years. Chairman Paddy Kelly, Secretary Michael Delaney and the organising committee in collaboration with the Anner Hotel Thurles worked diligently behind the scenes for many months in preparation for this landmark event. Delegates travelled from all over Ireland to be with us for our awards night on Friday, March 6th and for our National Cumann na mBunscol AGM on Saturday, March 7th. Musical entertainment was provided by local band Silver Dollar on the night and we were also treated to some beautiful traditional music from local musician Paul Byrne and company at our drink’s reception on arrival. Our Chairman Paddy Kelly left no stone unturned in preparation for this huge event and securing the great Liam Sheedy as our guest speaker for the awards night was a masterstroke and was very well received by delegates from all over the country.

National Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Chairman Liam Magee and Donal McCarthy

Thomastown NS and Holy Trinity NS Fethard flew the flag for Tipperary and ensured local interest on Friday night when they both received National Awards for the work they do to promote our games. Our current Treasurer Jerry McDonnell (pictured left), former officer Donal McCarthy (pictured right) and handball coordinator Paddy Collins (below left) were all given awards on the night to acknowledge the lifelong commitment they had all given to Cumann na mBunscol.

We had more good news on Saturday when current Tipperary Cumann na mBunscol PRO John Manley was elected as National Cumann na mBunscol PRO where he will succeed the outstanding Joe Lyons. It was a weekend we will never forget and both Liam Sheedy and Tipperary GAA Chairman John Devane both gave inspirational speeches on the Friday night where they heavily praised the role primary school volunteers play in developing our young people and keeping them on the right path. We also received some powerful video messages on the awards night from Tipperary stars Seamus

Tipperary GAA Scene 11th March 2020

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Tipperary GAA Scene 11th March 2020

Tipperary Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Awards Committee and Officers with Liam Sheedy

Callanan, Cait Devane, Jerome Cahill, Brian Fox and Orla O’Dwyer who all highlighted the impact Cumann na mBunscol had on them during their formative years. These videos resonated very well with all those fortunate enough to see them on the night. Tipperary senior hurling coach Darragh Egan was also most helpful behind the scenes as was the Anner Hotel who provided us with constant support in advance of and during the weekend. We thank everybody who helped us in anyway and we look forward to attending the National Awards in Dublin next year when National Cumann na mBunscol will mark its 50th anniversary with a very special celebration. Ní neart go cur le chéile.


There are a limited number of places left on the Club Officer IT course taking place in LIT Thurles on Thursday March 19th at 7.30pm.

To book a place please email developmentofficer.tipperary@gaa.ie with your name, club and role.


Tipperary contested 3 Juvenile All-Ireland Semi-Finals and 2 Adult Semi-Finals.

In the Juvenile Semi Finals against Connaught opposition in Girls U16 Doubles Hannah Grace and Leanne Gould continue to impress in a nail-biting tie break game the Tipp girls edged it 11/7 to reach the All-Ireland Final. In the Girls under 14 Singles and Girls U17 Doubles Tipperary had to settle for second best against very strong opponents. In the adult grades Rory Grace was defeated in the minor singles and in Junior B Singles Niall Quinn also lost out.


Alone in collaboration with the Dept. of Health and the HSE have launched a COVID – 19 support line for older people. Any older person needing advice or practical support are encouraged to call 0818 222 024. This can be a lonely time for vulnerable people, and we should all try to at least make a phone call just to say hello and ask how they are doing.

We all need to look after our mental and physical wellbeing. Regular exercise, eating and sleeping well are very important to our overall health. Doing something you enjoy especially if you are not feeling great will help you feel better. We all need help from time to time there’s nothing wrong with asking for it, talking is a sign of personal strength not weakness.

Tipperary GAA Scene 11th March 2020The Health & Wellbeing Committee were pleased with the reaction and visits to our stand at the coaching seminar held in LIT last weekend. It is positive to see coaches appreciate how important the mental and physical health of our young players is to the overall development of our sport. Pictured left is Pat Moroney (Munster GAA Tutor), Nicholas Moroney (Co. Children’s Officer), Seamus Delaney (Health & Wellbeing Committee), Cora Moroney (Chairperson Health & Wellbeing Committee) and Joe Bracken (Co. PRO).


The Tipperary Association Dublin annual awards for 2019 were announced this week and for the first time since the Awards commenced in 1981 the Person of the Year award goes jointly to well-known Tipperary senior hurlers Seamus Callanan (Drom & Inch) and Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh).

Borris-Ileigh will be honoured on the double when one of the club’s greats and one of Tipperary’s finest hurlers from the past, Jimmy Finn, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

The awards will be presented at a function in the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Dublin on Friday 27 March 2020.

Tickets (€45 each) for the awards function available from Pat Ryan, 11 Foxfield Grove, Raheny, Dublin 5. Mob.: 087 6376663 Email: psoriain@eircom.net


For those with an interest in a place called New Tipperary, the New Tipperary Memorial Committee will assemble at the New Tipperary Rangers monument at Noan East, near Ballinure, again this weekend. If you missed the notice in local papers and on local radio, the annual commemoration at the monument will take place on this coming Saturday, March 14th at 2 pm. As always it will be a nice short ceremony which will take us back in time to our youth as we can live like the folks in Brigadoon for a brief period as we chat about the good old days and long-gone friends. Looking forward to seeing you there.


The 2020 Tipperary Supporters Club includes a gift of the special Tipperary Supporters dual trolley token while other features of membership are a special car sticker, membership card and draws for 5 pairs of stand tickets to each of Tipperary’s Munster and All-Ireland SH Championship games as well a vote to decide on the Tipperary Senior Hurler of the Year. Details of all prize winners are on tippsupportersclub.com and many members joined online there. The direct debit payment option is encouraged by the committee, which saves greatly on administration and costs, a major point for any organisation which relies totally on voluntary effort. Just log on to http://www.tippsupportersclub.com/join/ to get the direct debit form.

Members are entitled to a selection of great discounts. Louis Fitzgerald has kindly provided a very attractive 10% discount on accommodation at the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Naas Road, Dublin for Tipperary Supporters Club members, log on to http://www.tippsupportersclub.com/join/discounts/ for further details on this and other discounts. Another very popular feature of the membership package is the use of social media, email and texting of team announcements as soon as they are made which means that Tipperary Supporters Club members get the team news in to their hand wherever they are in Ireland or abroad. If joining by post please send a cheque or postal order for €40 payable to Tipperary Supporters Club to Jim Reidy, 13 Castleknock Close, Dublin 15.

We want to extend the membership base further and we would urge all supporters to join our Team Tipperary fund raising effort by contacting Supporters Club Membership Officer, Jim Reidy on 086-3580718 or by email at info@tippsupportersclub.com Also, we would like to make a special appeal to Tipperary Supporters living abroad who could connect us to other supporters in places like London, Dubai, Australia, USA and Canada or elsewhere to contact us. This is the direct link to join online: http://www.tippsupportersclub.com/join/adult-members/

Tipperary Supporters Club, Supporting Tipperary Hurling.


Tipperary Co. Board expresses its sympathy to former Co. Board chairman Michael Lowry and the Lowry family on the sad passing of his brother Ned last week.

Ar dheis Dé go raimh a anam.




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