Tipperary GAA Scene 4th March 2020

PRO Joe Bracken


In mixed weather conditions Tipperary and Waterford provided plenty of drama for the 6,411 in attendance at the Allianz Hurling League round 5 clash in Semple Stadium on Sunday last, with the Premier side claiming both points on offer on a 0-24 to 2-16 score-line.


Tipperary GAA Scene 4th March 2020

Dillon Quirke MOTM award from Aoife O Connor

Congratulations to Dillon Quirke (Clonoulty-Rossmore) right, on receiving the Man of the Match award on a very impressive debut and also to Brian McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney) as he made his first start alongside brothers Noel and John.

That win tees things up nicely for Tipperary as they head to Pearse Stadium to play Galway in their rescheduled Round 3 tie on Sunday next, March 8th where throw-in is at 2pm.


As mentioned ahead of the postponed tie, there have been 72 previous league meetings between the sides and Tipperary lead with 46 wins to Galway’s 20 and 6 games drawn.

Going into Sunday’s match Tipperary and Galway both sit on 4 points with Limerick and Waterford already qualified for the knockout stages above them. A draw will suffice for Liam Sheedy’s side to progress to the quarter-finals while Galway need a win.


So, knowing what’s at stake in what may have a championship like feel to the encounter, we call on Tipperary supporters to make the trip to Salthill and get behind the side as they endeavour to reach the knockout stages. We send best wishes to the team and management on Sunday.


The referee will be Johnny Murphy (Limerick).



It proved to be an out of sorts day for the Tipperary footballers last Sunday, as Longford took the points in this Allianz Football League Division 3 meeting, with the home side winning 3-12 to 3-7. Tipperary’s goals were scored by Conor Sweeney (2) and Kevin O’Halloran.

Tipperary remain on three points ahead of Leitrim and Louth in the league table, with Offaly and Derry sitting above them on five points. With two league rounds remaining, Tipperary play Offaly in Semple Stadium on March 15th and are away seven days later, on Sunday March 22nd where they will play Leitrim in Avantcard Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada in Carrick on Shannon.


There is plenty of club action this weekend with the main emphasis focused on the FBD Insurance County Hurling Leagues, with one fixture also down for decision in the FBD Insurance County Football League. For up to date fixtures and results please see https://tipperary.gaa.ie/fixtures-results/


Best wishes to the Tipperary ladies football team who are also on the road west this weekend in the Lidl Senior National Football League. In their Round 5 fixture they too take on Galway this Sunday March 8th.


Best wishes to Tipperary camogie teams this weekend, where the seniors play Galway in the Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League Division 1 Group 2 on Sunday next, while the intermediates will play Antrim on the same day, both fixtures away from home. Last weekend the intermediates had a battling 2-6 to 0-1 win over Dublin.


Best wishes to Sean Lonergan (Moyle Rovers) as he takes charge of the first Munster Championship Final of 2020 when Kerry and Cork meet this Wednesday night, March 4th in the EirGrid Munster U20 Football in Austin Stack Park, Tralee.


Best wishes to Cashel Community School in the Masita All-Ireland U19B Hurling Championship semi-final where they will meet Calasanctius College from Oranmore in Galway this Saturday, March 7th at 3pm. The venue has still to be confirmed.

Tipperary GAA Scene 4th March 2020

Larry McCarthy


Congratulations to Larry McCarthy, New York (right) on being elected the 40th President of the GAA at its annual Congress in Croke Park last weekend. Larry will take up the position at next year’s congress and is wished well for his term in office.


“Bloody Sunday, A Bitter Legacy or a Legacy of Bitterness?”

The first of the Tipperary GAA Bloody Sunday Commemoration Committee’s lecture series takes place next Monday, March 9th, at 8pm in the Abbey Court Hotel in Nenagh as historian John Flannery will host a talk entitled “Bloody Sunday, A Bitter Legacy or a Legacy of Bitterness?” This event, in conjunction with the Ormond Historical Society and Nenagh 800, promises to be an entertaining, educational and insightful talk which will discuss the events surrounding that awful day and the long-lasting effects which can be felt to the present day. All are welcome.


Tipperary Coaching and Games will hold a coaching seminar ‘Developing the Youth Coach’ in association with Stakelums Office Supplies this Saturday, 7th March 2020, in LIT Thurles Conference Centre from 9.30am – 1.30pm.

We would appeal to clubs to really encourage mentors and coaches with all juvenile teams, right up to minor to book a place and attend. We would appreciate if you could book in to give us a steer on numbers for catering and logistical reasons for the event.

To book places, click here https://tipperary.gaa.ie/tipperary-coaching-games-development-seminar/ and the cost is €15 per attendee for the course, refreshments and lunch.

It is a timely event and we look forward to welcoming Michael Dempsey, Oisín McConville and Michael Bevans on the day, along with exhibitor display stands offering more information and advice.

It promises to be a very informative event covering the following topics –

  • Youth Player Development
  • Challenges Facing the Youth Player
  • Development of Training Session Plans and Systems.

Tipperary Coaching and Games look forward to seeing you all in LIT on March 7th.


Scór Sinsear County Final: Best wishes to all contestants in the County Final of Scór Sinsear 2020 will take place this Saturday night March 7th in Newport. With County Final night fast approaching all clubs are reminded to forward entries ASAP to Máire De Búrca, County Secretary at maryboylebourke@hotmail.com Josephine Cahill at jcahill@cmco.ie agus Mark Dunne at markdun2009@gmail.com

Tráth na gCeist commences at 7pm in the local school with the main event scheduled to begin at 8pm sharp.

Our Senior County Final has long provided a night of top-class entertainment across the many disciplines and this year promises to be no different based on the many entries already received! Beir bua leis an cultúir!

Scór Na bPaistí: The hard work has already commenced across the county for the many primary school children taking to the stage with North Area Finals already on the cards and Mid Semi Finals quickly approaching. If you haven’t already, please get involved at some level and enjoy all that our wonderful culture and language can offer us.


The final draw in the current scheme, which is the March GAA Draw, will take place this Friday 6th March in Halfway House, Rathronan at 10pm in conjunction with Moyle Rovers GAA Club.

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


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.


Best wishes to Tipperary players in the All-Ireland Semi-finals next Sunday 8th March against Connaught opposition.


The Tipperary Association Dublin annual awards for 2019 were announced this week.

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.

Person of the Year 2019.

Speaking at the announcement of the award, Liam Myles, President of the Tipperary Association Dublin, stated that when selecting the Person of the Year, the Association looks for those that have achieved success and greatness at local, county, or national level in their chosen field in 2019. The award seeks to honour someone who has made a significant contribution to Tipperary in the year. When the nominations for 2019 were received there were two clear and outstanding candidates – Seamus Callanan and Brendan Maher. So outstanding in fact, that the Association decided they could not be separated!!

Following some consideration, the Association made the decision to honour both super candidates with a joint award – a first for the Association.

Seamus Callanan of Drom & Inch captained Tipperary to win the All-Ireland senior hurling championship in 2019, winning his third All-Ireland medal. He holds a number of senior Mid-Tipperary Championship medals with Drom & Inch going on to win the county title in 2011.

He won an All-Ireland medal at minor level in 2006 and in 2008 was a member of the Munster championship winning Tipperary team at under 21 level. One of the highest goal scorers of all time, he scored a goal for Tipperary in every game of the 2019 championship – a unique record in itself. He holds the record of scoring most championship goals (35) for Tipperary.

Apart from his scoring record, 2019 was a special year for Seamus Callanan. As captain of the senior hurlers, he led from the front culminating in a fantastic All-Ireland win last August. He was selected on the All-Star team of the year – his fourth in all. Nominated four times as hurler of the year he deservedly was chosen as Hurler of the Year for 2019.

Seamus was awarded several other national and local honours last year – voted Hurler of the Year by Supporters Club members, the Annerville Award and Daily Star Hurler of the Year.

Brendan Maher of Borris-Ileigh has, like Seamus Callanan, starred for a number of years for Tipperary. Having sustained a career threatening knee injury in the summer of 2018, he came back in 2019 to play a leading role in Tipperary winning the All Ireland. He was chosen by Liam Sheedy to man mark the best forward the opposition had in every match and willingly applied himself to this new role for the good of the team. By sacrificing his own game and style for the good of the team he made a major and significant contribution to our success in 2019. His contribution was recognised with him winning his third All Star at the end of the year.

To go along with his exploits for Tipp, he has starred for Borris-Ileigh in helping them to win the Dan Breen for the first time in 33 years. He followed this up with superb performances in the Munster club campaign. He gave a man of the match display in the Munster Club final and starred again in the All Ireland semi-final victory over the Galway champions, St. Thomas’s. While Borris lost out in the final, he lit up the games with some phenomenal and outstanding deeds which thrilled the followers of the game of hurling.

Tipperary had a great year on the sporting front in 2019. Seamus Callanan and Brendan Maher made a huge contribution to this success. They both did us all proud at club and county level with their and their team’s achievements. We have fond memories of the victory in August and the performance of Borris-Ileigh in the club championship. An interesting fact is that the two attended secondary school together in St. Joseph’s, Borrisoleigh.

The Association is proud to award the Tipperary Person of the Year for 2019 to two very worthy and deserving winners both of whom achieved success at the highest level and brought joy, pride and some satisfaction to Tipperary hurling supporters in 2019.

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


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 as entry in the Team Mascot competition for Home matches in the Allianz Hurling League and 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.

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