Tipperary GAA Scene by County PRO Ger Ryan




Good luck to the Tipperary footballers and management team for their Munster Championship quarter final against Kerry at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney at 3.30pm on Sunday next, May 22. The teams met at this stage of the championship last year at Semple Stadium when Kerry won by 2-18 to 2-6. Tipperary are seeking their first victory in a Munster championship fixture since 2003 when they defeated Waterford at Dungarvan in the first round. The winners of Sunday’s game will play Limerick in the Munster semi-final in Limerick on Saturday June 4. The losers head for the qualifiers. Good luck also to the junior footballers who will also play Kerry in Killarney on Sunday with the throw-in at 1.30pm. Ticket prices for the games in Killarney are Stand - €20, Terrace - €10, U16s – free to terrace and uncovered stand only. Students and OAPs will get a €10 concession on stand tickets only on production of appropriate ID.


Tipperary defeated Dublin by 3-20 to 0-26 in a tournament game at Athy, Co. Kildare on Sunday evening last in a game to commemorate the 1908 All Ireland final replay between Tipperary and Dublin which was played in Athy. Tipp won that replay by 3-15 to 1-5. Our thanks are due to the local GAA officials in Athy and Kildare for their hospitality on Sunday night.


The Munster Council has announced an attractive range of ticketing options and prices for this year’s senior championships. The entertainment value of the Munster championships is long recognised as being among the very best not just in Gaelic Games but in Irish sport and the Munster Council has ticket options to ensure attendance is both as attractive and affordable as possible for GAA supporters in the province and further afield. Ticket prices for games will remain unchanged for the fifth year in a row and there will be several discount packages available to give families, juvenile groups and club groups excellent value for money. Covered stand tickets will cost €30, uncovered €25, terrace €15, family – adult €30 or €25 with juvenile €5, student and OAP – pay full price and get €10 concession on day on production of appropriate ID. There will be a limited number of juvenile groups at €3 per juvenile with one adult free per 10 juveniles – application forms have been sent to all clubs and applications must be returned to the county secretary by this Friday May 20. There are also attractive adult group discount tickets available for applications made through clubs – for the stand a group of 20 tickets at €25 (instead of €30). Please note that if demand is high only 1 group will be allowed per club and tickets are in the end sections of the stands. Group discounts are also available on terrace tickets with groups of 20 available to clubs at a cost of €10 each. Application forms for stand and terrace groups have been sent to all clubs and must be returned via Divisional ticket co-ordinators by this Friday May 20. Tickets are also available for sale online at www.munster.gaa.ie and www.tickets.ie and the Munster Council ticket van will be in Tipperary on at least 3 occasions before the game. Tickets are being distributed to the Divisions this week and all clubs should have tickets by the weekend. The Munster Council is to be congratulated on its various ticket initiatives particularly those schemes which make it attractive to get tickets through clubs. In addition the availability of tickets through multiple distribution outlets available means tickets should be accessible to all wishing to attend provided they are purchased early.


After some great challenges in the last few weeks the Intermediate Hurling team management have finalised their panel for the upcoming game against Cork in Thurles on the May 29. The curtain raiser to the Tipperary v Cork senior game will commence at 1.45pm and promises to be a great battle. Cork have had the upper hand in this fixture in recent years but with Tipperary’s selection criteria widened this year, most of the panel have played for the county at underage or adult level at some stage. We would encourage Tipperary supporters to come early on the May 29 to support this dedicated group of players as they attempt to give Tipp a good start to the day. The management have nominated Joey McLoughney of Toomevara as team captain and Thomas Stapleton of Templederry Kenyons as vice-captain. Joey has a great track in this role having captained the Tipperary minor hurlers to All Ireland success in 2006. We wish both Joey and Thomas well in their roles.



Congratulations to Ballylooby-Castlegrace on winning the county minor football C title by defeating Clerihan by 1-10 to 2-5 at Ned Hall Park on Sunday last. Mark Doyle captained the team. It was Ballylooby Castlegrace’s first title at this level.


The May meeting of Tipperary County Board will take place on Tuesday May 24 at 8.30pm in the Sarsfields Social Centre Thurles. All club delegates are asked to attend.


The Tipperary Supporters Club would like to thank all those who sponsored teams and tees and who participated in the Golf Classic at the County Tipperary Golf Club, Dundrum on Thursday and Friday last. It is much appreciated by the Supporters Club and the senior hurling team and management particularly in these difficult times. Thanks also to the Crowe family of Dundrum House for hosting the event with their usual great hospitality.



Brendan Maher launched and conducted the draw for this year’s Tipperary Supporters Club All Ireland Under 16 Hurling Tournament at Dundrum House Hotel on Friday evening last. Brendan spoke of the importance of the competition for young hurlers and his memories of competing in it less than five years ago. This annual inter-county festival of hurling is in its 24th year and 12 counties will be taking part on the weekend of August 27 and 28. The competition is organised by Tipperary GAA Bord na nÓg and is sponsored by the Tipperary Supporters Club. Tipperary tops the roll of honour for this competition with eleven titles. Galway are next with seven titles. Kilkenny with three titles and Clare and Wexford with one are the only other counties on the roll of honour. Tipperary are the reigning champions having defeated Galway in last year’s decider. As well as Brendan Maher the attendance at the launch included Barry O’Brien, County Senior Board Chairman; Seán Creamer, County Bord na nÓg Chairman and John Tierney, Chairman of Tipperary Supporters Club. Representatives from a number of the competing counties were also in attendance. Thanks to the players from the local Clonoulty-Rossmore and Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams clubs who took part in the launch wearing the colours of the 12 competing counties. The complete draw is as follows: Group 1 - Offaly, Antrim, Limerick; Group 2 - Clare, Dublin, Tipperary; Group 3 - Kilkenny, Laois, Waterford; Group 4 - Wexford, Galway, Cork. The group rounds and the semi-finals will be played on Saturday August 27. The top team in each group will qualify for the semi-finals and the second placed team in each group will qualify for the Shield semi-finals. Both finals will be played on Sunday August 28. The venues for the group stages will be in Mid Tipperary clubs and the finals are scheduled for Semple Stadium.


The Sam Maguire and Liam MacCarthy Cups will both be on display in the window of a premises on Moneygall’s main street owned by the Shanahan family of Toomevara for the visit of President Obama to Monegall next Monday.


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.