Tipperary GAA Scene

PRO Joe Bracken


Despite the current restrictions and non-attendances at Gaelic games fixtures for now, the 2020 FBD Insurance Tipperary Club Championships have been a revelation with no shortage of drama and intrigue to keep absent hearts and minds fully absorbed in the highs and lows of all the action. This of course is due, in no small part, to the wonderful thanks, co-operation and ingenuity of all our clubs and Tipperary Co. Secretary Tim Floyd and IT Officer Lisa Stapleton and the county board streaming partners, who between them have ensured as many games as possible are streamed on various platforms so that Tipperary supporters at home and abroad can see the action unfold each week at club and county level.

With opinions varying from supporter to supporter on the possible outcomes, the action on the field of play, ultimately, as it always will, decides who would progress and live to fight another day.

Last weekend was no different in the FBD Insurance senior hurling quarter-finals where the drama was spread over Saturday and Sunday with two north teams, Kiladangan and Nenagh Éire Óg prevailing on Saturday, while it was the turn of the mid on Sunday with Loughmore-Castleiney and Drom & Inch coming out on top. Drom, as we know, securing the rite of passage after a penalty shootout with neighbours Borris-Ileigh.

The line-up for this weekend’s semi-finals has paired Loughmore-Castleiney with Nenagh Éire Óg while Drom-Inch square up to Kiladangan. Of the two fixtures there has only been one previous semi-final meeting and that was back in 2007 when Loughmore-Castleiney defeated Nenagh Éire Óg 0-15 to 0-13. There has been no previous semi-final meeting of Drom-Inch and Kiladangan.

The stakes really don’t get any higher at this stage of the championship as each side knows victory will see their club march on to contest the Dan Breen Cup final on September 20th.

The Seamus Ó Riain semi-finals will equally have huge interest as Mullinahone and Newport get the weekend action in Semple Stadium under way on Saturday, with the second semi-final between Killenaule and Lorrha-Dorrha being played on Sunday.

It’s a big weekend for the minor hurling championships too with the ‘A’ and ‘B’ finals down for decision on Sunday. In the ‘A’ final Thurles Sarsfields will be looking to put their recent senior setback behind them as they take on Cashel King Cormacs who saw off a fancied Ballina outfit in their semi-final. Elsewhere, Arravale Rovers are in the ‘B’ final as they await the outcome of this Wednesday’s semi-final clash between Moycarkey-Borris and Cahir.

Finally, on the hurling front for now, there is one relegation final this weekend which is in the Seamus Ó Riain where Ballingarry and Sean Treacy’s meet in Cashel on Saturday.

Turning the attention to football the first of the FBD Insurance senior football semi-finals throws in on Saturday evening when Kilsheelan-Kilcash and Clonmel Commercials meet in Ardfinnan. As Loughmore-Castleiney are also in the hurling semi-final, their game against Moyle Rovers will take place on Saturday September 12th.

Also, on Saturday the FBD Insurance intermediate football semi-finals go ahead when Rockwell Rovers and Moyle Rovers meet in Cahir, while Clonmel will host the meeting of Fethard and Grangemockler-Ballyneale.

Relegation worries loom for some clubs too with both senior and one intermediate football relegation semi-finals down for decision on Sunday.

It is certainly going to be a packed weekend for clubs involved, again unfortunately void of the attendances that would love to be there. You can, however, watch all the action in the FBD Insurance senior hurling and football and Seamus Ó Riain semi-finals as it unfolds live on the Tipperary GAA website https://tipperary.gaa.ie/ details further in the bulletin.

All knockout fixtures include extra time and finish on the day. With a huge amount at stake for all clubs, we send best wishes to all clubs in action this weekend.

All the relevant regulations covering the rules regarding finish on the day have been sent to club secretaries by CCC secretary Tom Maher. Club secretaries must inform team managements of the regulations so they can familiarise themselves with what will happen in the event of a game going to finish on the day.

The following then is a run-down of this week’s fixtures;

FBD Insurance County Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Finals
05/09/2020 in Semple Stadium at 17:30, Loughmore-Castleiney v Nenagh Éire Óg, Ref: Fergal Horgan
06/09/2020 in Semple Stadium at 17:30, Drom-Inch v Kiladangan, Ref: Michael Kennedy

FBD Insurance Seamus Ó Riain Cup Semi-Finals
05/09/2020 in Semple Stadium at 13:30, Mullinahone v Newport, Ref: Seamus Delaney
06/09/2020 in Semple Stadium at 13:30, Killenaule v Lorrha-Dorrha, Ref: Mark Jordan

FBD Insurance County Minor (A) Hurling Championship Final
06/09/2020 in Holycross at 12:00, Cashel King Cormacs v Thurles Sarsfields, Ref: Alan Tierney

FBD Insurance County Minor (B) Hurling Championship Semi-Final
02/09/2020 in Clonoulty at 18:30, Moycarkey-Borris v Cahir, Ref: Paul Guinan

FBD Insurance Seamus Ó Riain Cup Relegation Final
05/09/2020 in Leahy Park Cashel at 14:00, Ballingarry v Sean Treacy’s, Ref: Sean Everard

FBD Insurance County Senior Football Championship Semi-Final
05/09/2020 in Ardfinnan at 16:30, Kilsheelan-Kilcash v Clonmel Commercials, Ref: Seanie Peters

FBD Insurance County Intermediate Football Championship Semi-Finals
05/09/2020 in Cahir at 13:00, Rockwell Rovers v Moyle Rovers, Ref: Tom Loughnane
05/09/2020 in Clonmel at 13:00, Fethard v Grangemockler-Ballyneale, Ref: Brian Tyrell

FBD Insurance County Intermediate Football Championship Group 3 Round 3
02/09/2020 in New Inn at 19:00, Golden-Kilfeacle v Father Sheehy’s, Ref: John Butler

FBD Insurance County Senior Football Relegation Semi-Finals
06/09/2020 in New Inn at 14:00, Aherlow v Ardfinnan, Ref: Sean Lonergan
06/09/2020 in Sean Treacy Park at 14:00, Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill v Galtee Rovers-St. Pecaun, Ref: David Grogan

Results from the FBD Insurance Tipperary hurling club championships from last weekend are as follows;

FBD Insurance Tipperary Senior Club Hurling Quarter-Finals
Kiladangan 3-16 Toomevara 0-18
Nenagh Éire Óg 3-12 Thurles Sarsfields 1-8
Loughmore-Castleiney 2-21 Clonoulty-Rossmore 0-20
Drom-Inch 4-19 Borris-Ileigh 1-28 (Drom-Inch win 3-1 on penalties AET)

FBD Insurance Seamus Ó Riain Cup Quarter-Finals
Mullinahone 1-18 Carrick Swan 0-13
Killenaule 0-23 Thurles Sarsfields 3-12
Lorrha-Dorrha 4-21 Templederry Kenyons 2-22
Newport 1-29 Silvermines 0-9

FBD Insurance Intermediate Hurling Quarter-Finals
Gortnahoe-Glengoole 1-14 Ballinahinch 0-15

Boherlahan-Dualla 0-22 Borrisokane 0-16

Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams 1-14 Ballybacon-Grange 0-14

Moyne-Templetuohy 0-22 Moneygall 1-16

FBD Insurance County Intermediate Hurling Championship Group 4 Round 3

Kilsheelan-Kilcash 3-21 Golden-Kilfeacle 1-19

FBD Insurance Senior Hurling Relegation Semi-Finals
Moycarkey-Borris 1-24 Burgess 1-22

Roscrea 2-19 Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill 1-14

FBD Insurance Seamus Ó Riain Relegation Semi-Finals
Ballingarry 1-23 Kiladangan 0-26 (Kiladangan win 4-3 on penalties AET)

St. Mary’s 0-19 Sean Treacy’s 0-17

FBD Insurance Intermediate Hurling Relegation Semi-Final
Cappawhite 1-21 Moyle Rovers 1-17


FBD Insurance County Minor (A) Hurling Championship Semi-Finals

Thurles Sarsfields 5-17 St. Mary’s 1-19

Cashel King Cormacs 4-14 Ballina 2-17


FBD Insurance County Minor (B) Hurling Championship Semi-Final

Arravale Rovers 1-21 Silvermines 0-15



On what will be a busy weekend for county fixtures, the attention turns to the FBD Insurance Senior Hurling and Seamus Ó Riain Semi-Finals which will be played behind closed doors in Semple Stadium on Saturday and Sunday. Far from ideal, with unprecedented interest in the club championships this year, Tipperary GAA County Board, as already mentioned, are pleased to announce that supporters can follow all of the action on the Tipperary website where the four matches outlined below will be streamed.

05/09/2020 – Mullinahone v Newport
1.30pm in Semple Stadium
Streamed live https://tipperary.gaa.ie/

Various packages available online for non-pass holders at https://page.inplayer.com/TipperaryGAA/

05/09/2020 – Loughmore-Castleiney v Nenagh Éire Óg
5.30pm in Semple Stadium
Streamed live https://tipperary.gaa.ie/

Various packages available online for non-pass holders at https://page.inplayer.com/TipperaryGAA/

06/09/2020 – Killenaule v Lorrha-Dorrha
1.30pm in Semple Stadium
Streamed live https://tipperary.gaa.ie/

Various packages available online for non-pass holders at https://page.inplayer.com/TipperaryGAA/

06/09/2020 – Drom-Inch v Kiladangan
5.30pm in Semple Stadium
Streamed live https://tipperary.gaa.ie/

Various packages available online for non-pass holders at https://page.inplayer.com/TipperaryGAA/

One off match for €10, with playback available for 1 week. Weekend pass for €20, covers the four live streamed matches this weekend with playback for 1 week. Digital pass for €80, covers all matches this weekend and going forward until 31st December, with full playback option for and until 31st December 2020.

Please do not purchase any package if you are pass holder, you need to use your 13 digit barcode which you received on registering your pass to avail of live streaming and free access.

County Senior Football Semi-Final to be streamed free of charge

Tipperary GAA will also be streaming the FBD Insurance Senior Football Championship Semi-Final from Ardfinnan at 4.30pm this Saturday, 5th September between Kilsheelan-Kilcash and Clonmel Commercials, in conjunction with Robert Healy Photo & Video.

This game will be streamed free of charge on all official Tipperary GAA platforms, Tipperary GAA Facebook Live, Tipperary GAA Twitter and YouTube link provided on the Tipperary GAA website https://tipperary.gaa.ie/

Again, just to note that clubs must apply to Co. CCC for permission to video a game for analysis or streaming purposes. And where Tipperary Co. Board is already streaming a live game, clubs or individuals cannot stream the same game through their own resources.


The officers of Tipperary Co. Board are once again appealing to all our patrons to respect the wishes of our Government and the National Public Health Advisory Group that all our games are played behind closed doors until September 13th.

This means for each participating club that only the panel of players and backroom personnel up to a max of 40 will be admitted along with media plus event and match officials.

Any unauthorized personnel trying to gain access is putting at risk their own health as well as the health of others and those they are going home to. We are asking our club officials to drive home this message to all your members. We appeal to all our patrons to take personal responsibility and stay away from our games unless you’re included on your clubs list of 40.

Remember the sooner we can minimise the effects of the virus the sooner we can return to normality. We must all do our utmost to protect public health and we in the GAA are committed to playing our part.

Thanks for all your efforts to date as we look forward to September 13th when we hope our efforts will be rewarded. Please continue to stay safe and look after each other.


We are just over two weeks from the first draw in the new Tipperary GAA Clubs Draw Scheme for 2020/21.

Friday September 18th is a key date for the success of the draw as our experience tells us the membership in that first night remains consistent for the full draw term. Tipperary GAA Draw Committee is very encouraged by the positive response to our extensive advertising and social media campaign to date. We will continue to maximize our efforts to assist the club promoters as you gather in the members during this vital period.

We are appealing to clubs to pull out all the stops for the next 16 days and maximize the potential of the draw for your club. Last week we sent out a realistic target for your club which we hope you are taking seriously and we also sent you promotion links and messages to circulate amongst your social media and contact groups. It’s been a tough year but we can all make up lost ground financially by driving the Tipp Draw to its true potential.

Over the next few days staff from Lár na Páirce will be in touch with club secretaries for a progress report on the draw in your club. The call will focus on the following areas;

  • Have you circulated all the draw material amongst the promoters?
  • Are you meeting all your existing members to renew their membership?
  • Are you getting a positive feedback?
  • Did you receive the extra brochures and application forms posted out last week?
  • Did you circulate the social media promotion link plus the WhatsApp promotion message?
  • Have you done any internal promotion apart from ours?
  • Have you plans to get new members e.g. juvenile parents, players etc.?
  • Will you increase your membership?
  • Are you aware of the Bonus commission…60% from 200-300 and 70% over 300.
  • Do you need any extra draw material?
  • Are you using the Excel package to make your returns for the first draw?

Please check with your club draw co-ordinator to assist with your replies to the above.

Last year we averaged 16,000 members and if your club can show an increase in your returns on Friday 18th you will have played your part in helping us achieve our aim of improving our overall membership.

Remember ‘It’s Your Club — Your County — Your Draw’

For your chance to win one of five streaming passes for this weekend (winner announced on Friday at 6pm), sign up to the Tipp Clubs Draw today!

Win BIG, with a prize fund of €65,000, including 2 cars in the first draw on 18th September – sign up now https://tipperary.gaa.ie/shop/tipperary-2020-2021-draw/

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