Tipperary GAA Scene



Good luck to the Tipperary senior hurlers who will embark on the defence of their All Ireland title against Cork at Semple Stadium on Sunday next at 4pm. The game will be shown live on RTE. It will be the 81st championship meeting between these oldest of rivals with Cork narrowly ahead in victories by 37 to 35, with 7 draws and one abandoned game. It will be the eighth year in a row that the counties have met in the senior hurling championship with the tally from the last 7 games showing 4 wins to Cork and 3 to Tipperary. Tipp as All Ireland champions are favourites but no Cork team is ever beaten easily and this is likely to be a close encounter. The game will be refereed by Brian Gavin of Offaly.


Tickets are still available from clubs, the GAA Office at Lar na Pairce, Thurles, online at www.munster.gaa.ie, www.tickets.ie and www.ticketmaster.ie. The Munster Council ticket van will also be in Tipperary during the week at the following times and venues - Tuesday May 24: 10:30am to 1:30pm - Nenagh (Clare Street) and 2:30pm to 5:30pm - Templemore (Church Street); Thursday May 26:10:30am to 1:30pm - Carrick on Suir and 2:30pm to 5:30pm - Clonmel (Elys Centra); and Saturday May 28: 10:30am to 1:30pm - Thurles (Ely’s Centra, The Mall) and 2:30pm to 5:30pm - Nenagh (Clare Street). All supporters are advised to purchase tickets in advance of Sunday to avoid unnecessary delays entering the Stadium. Supporters are also asked to come early and be in their seats at least 30 minutes in advance of the senior game.



Car parks will be open on all routes into Thurles. The annual Padre Pio pilgrimage is on in Holycross on Sunday and this will impact traffic in the area at certain times. Supporters travelling from Cork city are urged to travel via Limerick and onto Thurles via Nenagh or via Dundrum. Large volumes of traffic are expected to converge at Cashel so alternative routes are to divert at Mitchelstown for Tipperary and onto Thurles via Dundrum or divert at Exit 4 off the M8 and travel to Thurles via Boherlahan and Holycross. Supporters are asked to note that vehicles illegally parked will be towed away by Gardai.


Good luck to our Intermediate hurlers and management for their game against Cork at 1.45pm at Semple Stadium on Sunday. We ask supporters to come early to cheer them on. After some disappointing results in recent years, there is greater optimism about the chances of the Intermediate team this year as there is a much wider pick of players available to the selectors. However, as usual Cork will not be easily defeated so this promises to be an interesting and entertaining game.


Good luck to the Tipperary under 21 hurlers and management as they try to defend their Munster title in a quarter-final against Waterford at Semple Stadium on Wednesday June 1 at 7.30pm. Extra time will apply in the event of a draw at full time. The winners will play Cork in Pairc Ui Chaoimh on July 20.



Hard luck to both our senior and junior footballers who were both defeated by Kerry in their respective Munster quarter finals at Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney last Sunday. Interestingly both Kerry teams had the exact same score of 2-16 and both Tipp teams had the same totals – 11 points, 0-11 for seniors and 1-8 for juniors. The seniors next game will be in the All Ireland Football qualifiers on Saturday June 25.


Congrats to our minor footballers on a truly magnificent win against Kerry in the Munster semi-final at Semple Stadium on Wednesday last, May 18. Tipp were down 11 points at one stage in the first half and trailed by 10 at half-time. Most observers would have been forgiven for thinking this game was over but the ability, spirit and commitment of these young Tipp footballers shone through in the second half and they clawed their way back into the game to secure a deserved one point victory deep into added time. Well done to the players and to Manager, David Power, his selectors and backroom team. Tipp will now play Cork in the Munster final on Sunday June 3. Cork are defending champions. Tipperary last won the title in 1995 which was also the last time the near monopoly Cork and Kerry hold on the Munster minor football championship was broken. Cork will be seeking their 30th title while Tipp are chasing their 6th.


The first draw in the 2011-12 Tipperary Clubs draw has been re-scheduled to Friday, June 3 at the request of Clubs who need more time to sell the draw. We are appealing to all promoters and Club officers to use the additional couple of weeks to promote and sell the draw to as many people as possible. Remember all additional sales made by Clubs over their number in the 2010-11 draw will result in 75% of the proceeds of those extra sales going back to the Clubs. Also we would remind patrons of the fantastic prizes on offer including cars, holidays and many attractive cash and other prizes. All for €10 a month for 10 months.


Good luck to famed Tipperary hurler of the 40s, 50s and 60s, Mickey “The Rattler” Byrne for the launch of his book at the Anner Hotel Thurles on Saturday night next, May 28 at 8.30pm. The book was co-authored by former Tipp Star editor and well known, GAA journalist, Michael Dundon. Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh will formally launch the book which records the life and times of Mickey, winner of 5 All Ireland senior hurling medals, 7 National league medals and a record 14 Tipperary senior hurling championship medals. Mickey was also chosen at right corner back on the Tipperary Star’s Tipperary Team of the Century. Former players and officials from Tipperary and several other counties will be in attendance for what is sure to be a great evening.

The book will go on sale this week in all bookshops and can be purchased online by emailing info@bookworm.ie.


Well done to Larry Corbett and Padraic Maher who represented Tipperary and hurlers throughout the country at the visit of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip to Croke Park last week. The visit once again acknowledged the central role the GAA plays in Irish sporting, cultural and social life. Congratulations to Uachtaran Christy Cooney on his very fine address at Croke Park. Moneygall GAA club was also in the news with President Barack Obama and Mrs Obama landing by helicopter in St. Flannan’s GAA grounds on Monday for their historic visit to the President’s ancestral home. Well done to all in Moneygall for staging such a magnificent welcome to the President.


Ardfinnan GAA Club is currently compiling its history for the period 1910-2010. The book will be a comprehensive and in-depth history of Ardfinnan GAA Club incorporating the parishes of Ardfinnan, Grange and Ballybacon, and will highlight the many famous successes of teams and individuals in the parishes from juvenile right up to adult level. It will also contain photographs of various teams and events throughout the same period. It is being written by Micheál O’Meara. No doubt the book will be of huge interest to people from the club and beyond and will reflect the huge input by players, administrators, officials and supporters to the club. The club are offering patrons an opportunity to be associated with the history by having their names included in the book. For a contribution of €85 patrons will have their name and address included in the book and will receive a copy of the book signed by the author. If you wish to become a patron please contact club secretary, Willie Barrett, at 086-8336505.


Information concerning all areas in the GAA will appear in this section in the future. If you wish to include any item of interest in future articles, please contact the County Public Relations Officer Ger Ryan at 086-8149146 or via e-mail at pro.tipperary@gaa.ie on or before 3:00pm on Monday. Visit the Tipperary GAA web site at http://tipperary.gaa.ie to keep up to date with all the latest news in Tipperary GAA circles.