Tipperary GAA Scene



A fund raising lunch for the Tipperary Senior Hurlers will be held at the Dome Semple Stadium on Saturday, February 12 prior to Tipperary's opening Allianz Hurling League game against Kilkenny (under floodlights). Tables of 10 cost €1,000 each and the cost includes entry to the game for the 10 attendees. Places at €100 each may also be booked. There will be a guest after lunch speaker. As a special offer, 2 complimentary Allianz Hurling Season Tickets (includes tickets for Tipperary v Cork in 2011 Munster Senior Hurling Championship) or an official framed photo of the Tipperary Team 2010 will be offered for all tables of 10 booked and paid for by February 1. For more details or to book your place, contact County Secretary Tim Floyd at Lr Na Pirce, Thurles - (087) 2591747 or secretary.tipperary@gaa.ie.


Tipperary County Board is introducing a season ticket for 2011 costing €100 which will allow holders to attend all hurling and football league and championship games from minor to senior organised by the County Board. The season ticket will not apply to divisional or juvenile games. For further details, please contact your local club secretary or the GAA Office at Lr na Pirce - 0504 22702 or tippgaa@eircom.net.


Declan Ryan launched the Tipperary Supporters Club 2011 Adult Membership on Thursday, January 20th at the Horse & Jockey Hotel. Adult Membership in 2011 will cost €30 (unchanged since 2005). Each Adult Membership Card will be accompanied by a Tipperary Car/Window Sticker and a gift of a dvd with the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final of 2010 and highlights of the All-Ireland Under 21 Final. Adult Members will be entered in Ticket Draws for five pairs of stand tickets before each of Tipperary's Munster and All-Ireland championship games. They will also be entered in a Draw for an All-Ireland Hurling Weekend stay at the Four Star Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Dublin (match tickets included). Also members can access a discount scheme and will receive regular updates by email and text on team news, match reports and events. Club PRO and Membership Officer, John Coman can be contacted on 087-9087105 or by email at info@tippsupportersclub.com. Supporters can join on line on www.tippsupportersclub.com by credit card or debit card. On the website details are also available of the direct debit facility. If joining by post, please send a cheque or postal order payable to Tipperary Supporters Club to John Coman, 52 Hazelbrook Road, Terenure, Dublin 6W. Membership is also available in the GAA Shop in Thurles or in the premises of Tony Lowry, Main St, Tipperary Town; Jerry Moynihan, Gladstone St, Clonmel; and Noel Ryan, Parnell St, Thurles.


As the draws for the county adult and minor football league have been put back to the next meeting of the CCCC on Monday, January 31, entries will be accepted up to next Saturday, January 29. Clubs which have already sent in their entries, are asked to forward their entry fees immediately if not already done.


Clubs are reminded that the infrastructure for the old GAA website technology will no longer be available after January 26. For more information and support please email Baker Security and Networks GAA email support team at mail.support@gaamail.ie or by phone on 076-615 4932 (lo-call number).


All clubs have been sent club affiliation forms for 2011 and are reminded that completed forms must be submitted to the County Secretary, Tim Floyd no later than January 31. Thanks to those clubs which have already submitted their forms.


The North Final of Senior Scr will be held in Borrisoleigh on Friday, February 11 at 8pm. The County Final of Senior Scr will be held in Clonmore on Friday, February 18. The North Final of Scr na bPist will be held in Newport on Friday, March 18 at 7.30pm.


The county final of the Primary Schools Table Quiz was held on Sunday night in the Thurles Sarsfields Clubhouse before a large attendance. Twenty teams, five from each Division, took part and after some excellent answering from all teams Clonoulty N.S. emerged as winners with a great score of 60 pts from a possible 64. Ardcroney N.S. finished second with 59 pts, Lismackin N.S. were third on 58 pts and both Rossmore N.S. and Toomevara N.S. finished level on 57 pts each and after a tie breaker Rossmore finished in fourth place with Toomevara in fifth place. Barry O'Brien, County Chairman and Connie Costigan, Chairman Centenary Thurles Co-Op, sponsors, presented the prizes to the winning teams. John Smith, County Youth Officer, was the quizmaster and members of the County Youth Committee who organises this annual quiz assisted on the night. Well done to all who participated and congratulations to the winners and thanks to the County Youth Committee for organising the Quiz.


In the Dr. Harty Cup Munster Colleges A Hurling on Wednesday, January 26 at 2.30pm, Thurles CBS will play defending champions Ard Scoil Ris, Limerick at Tipperary in the quarter finals and Our Lady's Templemore will play Midelton CBS at Cahir in the quarter final replay. Also on Wednesday, January 26 Abbey CBS Tipperary will play Colaiste Choilm Ballincollig in the Corn an Uachtarin Senior B Football competition at Ballygiblin at 2.30pm and Cashel Community School will play SMI Newcastlewest in the Corn an Runa Senior C Football at Ballybricken at 1.30pm.


The County Referees Committee has decided that, in keeping with national GAA policy, all referees, particularly those interested in refereeing at senior level within the county, will be expected to a attend the upcoming In Service courses along with taking a fitness assessment and written rules test in March. The In service courses will be held as follows, all at 7.30pm: February 14 in Cahir House Hotel for all South and half the West Referees (West referees will be notified which venue they are to attend), February 17 in Nenagh (venue to be confirmed) for all North Referees, and February 21 in Thurles (venue to be confirmed) for all Mid Referees and the other half of the West Referees. The courses will be delivered by Muiris O'Sullivan and Kevin Walsh, Munster Referee Tutors. On completion of this course each referee will receive a Certificate, which will be a prerequisite to qualifying for provincial and national refereeing panels. It is imperative that all referees attend these courses. A written test on rules of the game for all referees in the County will be held in Thurles after a fitness assessment in Dr Morris Park on Friday, March 11 2011 at 8pm. This is an exciting time for all referees in the County. In October 39 people completed the Foundation course for new referees which was an excellent turn out. Subsequently referees attended a seminar in Lr na Pirce where John Evans spoke on a coach's expectations from a referee and Paul Curran on a player's expectations. Other speakers included former inter-county All Ireland referees Paddy Russell and Willie Barrett, who is current Chairman of the Munster Referees Committee. The purpose of all these initiatives is to improve the standard of refereeing in the County and ensure a consistent and fair approach at all times. The Referees Committee are also looking to recruit referees assessors and anybody interested should contact the County Referees Co-ordinator, John Lonergan at refereesadministrator.tipperary@gaa.ie or on 086 2417763. Well done to John and his colleagues on the Referees Committee for all the effort they are putting into the training and coaching of referees. We hope that players, officials and clubs will fully support them and respect the authority of referees at all times.


The South Tipperary Division's Referees AGM will be held in Hearns Hotel, Clonmel on Monday, February 7 at 7 45pm. All referees in the division are requested to attend including those who have recently completed the induction course.


The function arranged for Skehan's Bar, Liberty Square, Thurles on Thursday, January 27 to mark the retirement of Michael Dundon and John Guiton from the Tipperary Star has been postponed.


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.