Tipperary GAA Scene

PRO Joe Bracken


Through late spring and early summer prospects looked desolate and bleak on the 2020 GAA landscape, but the horizon gradually drew nearer and clearer as a pathway had been signalled for the resumption of games. In the interests of safety, tough decisions had to be made with the hope that the FBD Insurance Tipperary club championships could be completed within the timeframe allotted. No one in their wildest dreams could have imagined championships of such excitement coming from where we were back in the months of May and June.

The culmination of the senior hurling championship for the Dan Breen Cup transcended all that had gone before as it exploded into the most wonderful spectacle on the Field of Legends last Sunday, where two sets of warriors, donning the jerseys of Kiladangan and Loughmore-Castleiney, battled for over eighty minutes in one of the finest county finals of recent times.

On a supreme sod, under a cloudless sky, hurling immortals, like Tom Semple himself, looking down from above would certainly have rejoiced and given their seal of approval at the exhibition that unfolded beneath them from 2pm. With referee Michael Kennedy contributing in no small measure to the day’s affairs with his overseeing of events, the action was end to end played in a wonderful spirit where both sides went out with the sole purpose of victory on their minds. And for those fortunate enough to be there, together with those watching from home, we could only marvel at the array of sublime scores taken by both sides.

Ultimately, however, it was, as we know by now, to be decided in the most dramatic of fashions. If someone wrote the script beforehand, they wouldn’t have been believed. Loughmore, in front by one, with what looked like only seconds remaining, following a converted sixty five by John McGrath, had their pocket picked with the last throw of the Kiladangan dice as Bryan McLoughney netted to seal a first ever title for his side in what was an epic finish to an epic contest.

Such is the beauty and majesty of our ancient game, Cú Chulainn would certainly have been envious by some of the exploits on show from two wonderfully coached and managed sides.

Congratulations to Kiladangan, who avenged recent county final defeats and can now celebrate at the top table in what will be a year and season to remember for their parish for generations to come. Commiserations to a superb Loughmore-Castleiney panel who contributed so much to this classic and were so close to making it title number four, but alas, it was not to be.

On a supreme day for Kiladangan, congratulations also to captain Paul Flynn on receiving the man of the match award following his display in which he scored 0-7 from play.


The FBD Insurance Seamus Ó Riain Final was a humdinger too where hurling was again the winner as Mullinahone eventually saw off a stiff Lorrha-Dorrha challenge by 4-18 to 2-19 played in splendid conditions in Semple Stadium last Saturday. With Eoin Kelly in sublime form his leadership and experience in attack for Mullinahone proved crucial as his 2-5 helped secure a memorable win for the south club. The action was top rate throughout with plenty of goals ensuring a nail-biting climax to this game as well. Congratulations to man of the match who was Sean Curran (Mullinahone).

Turning attention to the FBD Insurance football championships, congratulations to Rockwell Rovers who return to the top tier following their win over Grangemockler-Ballyneale in the intermediate football final.

Finally, for now, in FBD Insurance senior football relegation final Ardfinnan survive after their win over Galtee Rovers/St. Pecaun, commiserations to the Galtee on their defeat.

Coming up this weekend the FBD Insurance Senior Football Final is the main event as Loughmore-Castleiney regroup to face reigning holders Clonmel Commercials in the decider which goes ahead in Semple Stadium on Sunday next at 4:30pm. Despite the success for both clubs in recent times, 1994 was the last occasion they met in the final with Commercials taking the honours that day. Loughmore’s last success came in 2016 when they defeated Moyle Rovers by 3 points in a replay. In the roll of honour table Clonmel Commercials have 18 county titles to 14 for Loughmore-Castleiney.

The FBD Insurance Intermediate Hurling Final will also be played in Semple Stadium on Sunday next where throw-in is at 1pm. It will be a mid derby with Moyne-Templetuohy and Gortnahoe-Glengoole squaring up to each other following their recent semi-final victories.

The remaining fixture this weekend is the FBD Insurance Intermediate Hurling relegation final between Galtee Rovers/St. Pecaun and Moyle Rovers which goes ahead in New Inn on Saturday at 2pm.

All knockout fixtures include extra time and finish on the day, and 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 are this weekend’s fixtures;

FBD Insurance Tipperary County Senior Football Championship Final
27/09/2020 in Semple Stadium at 4:30pm, Clonmel Commercials v Loughmore Castleiney, Ref. Seanie Peters Streamed live on https://tipperary.gaa.ie/

FBD Insurance Tipperary County Intermediate Hurling Championship Final
27/09/2020 in Semple Stadium at 1pm, Gortnahoe-Glengoole v Moyne-Templetuohy, Ref. Kieran Delaney Streamed live on https://tipperary.gaa.ie/

FBD Insurance Tipperary County Intermediate Hurling Relegation Final
26/09/2020 in New Inn at 2pm, Galtee Rovers/St. Pecaun v Moyle Rovers, Ref. John Dooley

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

FBD Insurance Tipperary County Senior Hurling Championship Final
Kiladangan 1-28 Loughmore-Castleiney 3-20 AET

FBD Insurance Tipperary County Seamus Ó Riain Hurling Final
Mullinahone 4-18 Lorrha-Dorrha 2-19

FBD Insurance Tipperary County Senior Football Relegation Final
Ardfinnan 0-15 Galtee Rovers/St. Pecaun 1-10

FBD Insurance Tipperary County Intermediate Football Championship Final
Rockwell Rovers 2-10 Grangemockler-Ballyneale 0-9


Tipperary GAA will stream the FBD Insurance Senior Football Final between Clonmel Commercials and Loughmore-Castleiney this Sunday at 4.30pm from Semple Stadium and the FBD Insurance County Intermediate Hurling Final between Gortnahoe-Glengoole and Moyne-Templetuohy at 1pm.

To purchase these games on live stream, visit https://page.inplayer.com/TipperaryGAA/

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.


It was a good weekend for Tipperary men outside of the county also. Congratulations to William Maher (Ballingarry) who managed Cuala to the Dublin county title and to Declan Fanning (Killenaule) coach of Na Piarsaigh who are Limerick county champions.


Congratulations to Drom & Inch on winning the county senior camogie title after their win over Clonoulty-Rossmore last Saturday and to Thurles Sarsfields who defeated Shannon Rovers in the intermediate final.


The new Tipperary GAA Clubs Draw went ahead as scheduled last Friday night and it was a tremendous success thanks to the wonderful effort by all promoters, clubs and staff in Lar na Páirce who put in a huge effort which saw the draw membership rise this year. Thanks to Tipp FM for broadcasting the draw live on air.

Congratulations to all the winners on the night that were drawn from the drum by Padraic Maher, Thurles Sarsfields and Tipperary.

The top two-star prizes went as follows, first prize of a Skoda Karoq / Renault Kadjar or €25,000 went to John O’Dwyer, Templederry and second prize of a Renault Clio / Skoda Fabia or €15,000 was won by David Hackett joined with the Nenagh Éire Óg club. The next draw will be in three weeks’ time.


The Friends of Tipperary Football are running their annual Golf Classic in Thurles Golf Club on Friday and Saturday October 2nd and 3rd. This year the Friends are again delighted to have Teneo as the main sponsor.

Last year’s event was a huge success with 110 teams taking part and the Friends hope this year’s Classic will be as successful where tee times are already filling up well.

The Friends are asking for support of this fundraiser by registering a team of 4 players with 2 to score on each hole, non GUI handicaps must play off 18. All support is most welcome and very much appreciated.

Tee booking is open for those wishing to take part or for any further information please contact Martin Dwyer 086 2549154 or any committee member


The Jimmy McNamara Commemoration wreath laying ceremony in Cahir, which was postponed from August 25th will now take place on Friday next, September 25th at 6.30pm.


Tipperary Co. Board wishes to express sympathy to Stephen Fitzgerald, Fethard and the Fitzgerald family on the sad passing of his brother Pat.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

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