Tipperary GAA Scene




Congatulations to Thomas MacDonaghs and Moyle Rovers on qualifying for the county senior football final. Thomas MacDonaghs reached their first final by surprising favourites Clonmel Commericals in their semi-final on Saturday and Moyle Rovers defeated Arravale Rovers in the other semi-final. The county senior football will be played at Leahy Park Cashel on Sunday, November 6 at 2.30pm. It will be preceded by the County Minor B football final between Ballyporeen and Kildangan.



Congratulations to Aherlow on winning their first County Intermediate Hurling title on Saturday last when they defeated Gortnahoe Glengoole in the final at Golden by 1-11 to 0-10. Aherlow won the Junior A title in 2009 so it’s a great achievement to be Intermediate champions only 2 years later. Of course, they won the county senior football title in 2010 so it’s been a great 3 years for the club. Hard luck to Gortnahoe Glengoole on losing the final for the second year in a row but there is no doubt they will persevere and return to the victory podium soon. They still have the Mid final to play against Clonakenny. Well done also to the Golden club for hosting the final and to referee Johnny Ryan and his officials. Aherlow will play the winners of Dunhill (Waterford) and Effin (Limerick) in the Munster Club Intermediate semi-final on November 6.



Good luck to Drom and Inch for their Munster Club hurling championship quarter final against Ballygunner of Waterford on Sunday next, October 30 at Semple Stadium at 2pm. Extra time will be played in the event of a draw. Colm Lyons of Cork will be the referee.



Congratulations to Kildangan on winning their second junior A football county title. They bridged a 21 year gap to register a 1-13 to 1-6 win over Ballylooby Castelgrace at Boherlahan on Saturday. Kildangan will play Glin or Sean Finns of Limerick in the Munster Club Junior Football quarter-final on November 6 at a Tipperary venue.



The county minor A football final between Clonmel Commercials and Golden Kilfeacle will be played at Cahir on Sunday next at 1.30pm. Commericals are defending champions and Golden Kilfeacle are seeking their first title at this grade.


Congratulations to Tipperary’s four All Stars – Paul Curran, Michael Cahill, Padraic Maher and Larry Corbett. Paul Curran won his second consecutive All-Star award at full-back joining legendary full-backs such as Pat Hartigan (Limerick), Martin O’Doherty (Cork), Leonard Enright (Limerick), Eugene Coughlan (Offaly), Conor Hayes (Galway), Noel Sheehy (Tipperary), Brian Lohan (Clare) and Diarmuid O’Sullivan (Cork) who have secured consecutive All-Star awards in the number 3 position. Interestingly, Tipperary defenders have now won the full-back All Star hurling award in 4 of the last 5 seasons (Declan Fanning 2007, Padraic Maher 2009 and Paul Curran 2010 and 2011). Noel Hickey (Kilkenny) in 2008 is the other player to win an All-Star full-back award during this period. This is also the first year that 3 players from the same Tipperary club won awards with Michael Cahill, Padraic Maher and Larry Corbett all from Thurles Sarsfields. Larry Corbett becomes the fifth Tipperary player to win awards in 3 consecutive years joining Francis Loughnane (71-73), Nicky English (83-85 and 87-89), Michael Cleary (4 in a row, 90-93) and Eoin Kelly (04-06). Padraic Maher won his second award and it was Michael Cahill’s first. Tipperary have won 83 All Stars since the current awards were first introduced in 1971 – 81 hurling and 2 football (Declan Browne in 1998 and 2003). There were 7 years in which Tipperary won no hurling All Star – 1974, 76,77,81,82,95 and 98.


The eagerly awaited autobiography of former long-serving Tipperary County Board Secretary, Tomas Ó Baróid will be launched at the Thurles Sarsfields Social Centre on Friday, November 11 at 8pm. The book is entitled “The Rúnaí: 50 Years of GAA memories” and was written by Tommy with Thurles woman, Susan Max. Peter Quinn, former GAA President, will be there to launch the book officially. All are welcome to attend the launch. Copies of the book will be available for sale on the night and all proceeds will go to the Hospice. Tommy is currently President of the Tipperary GAA Board and his contribution to the GAA in Tipperary over the last half century and more has been extraordinary. We hope there will be a big turnout for the book launch. With a book that’s sure to have many interesting tales to tell and the proceeds going to the Hospice, it’s undoubtedly an event worth attending.



Tipperary County Board has approved the appointment of a new minor hurling management team. William Maher (Ballingarry) will be the manager and his selectors will be Brian Horgan (Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams), Martin Maher (Borris-Ileigh) and Noel Morris (Loughmore Castleiney). William Maher was a member of the under 21 management team for the last 2 years. Previous to that he was on the Dublin minor hurling managent team. He captained Tipperary to win the minor hurling All Ireland title in 1996 and also played under 21 and senior for the county before injury ended his playing career. Brian Horgan captained Tipperary to win the All Ireland under 21 hurling title in 1995 and also played minor and senior hurling for the county. He was coach to Gortnahoe Glengoole this year and also worked with the Tipperary under 17 development team. Martin Maher played all grades of hurling with Tipperary and won a Munster under 21 medal in 2003. He has been coaching development squads and also school teams at Thurles CBS. Noel Morris also played all grades of hurling with Tipperary and won an All Ireland senior medal in 2001 and an All Ireland under 21 medal in 1995. He has been joint manager of the Loughmore Castleiney senior hurling and football teams for the last 2 years. We wish them every success in their new roles and we thank the previous management team for their efforts.


The Tipperary Hurling Club in New York will hold its annual dinner dance on Saturday, December 10, 2011 at 8pm at the Lake Isle Country Club, 660 White Plains Rd, Eastchester. The guest of honour will be Owen Cummins, formerly of Fethard who played inter-county hurling and football with Tipperary. Special guests will include David Power – Minor Football Manager, Liam McGrath – Minor Football Captain, Noel Morris – Tipperary Football Board Chairman, Tipperary Representatives on the New York Junior Football Team - Aine O’Dwyer (Killenaule) and Fiona O’Dwyer (Borrisoleigh/Horse & Jockey) and Player of the Year, Paul Loughnane. Advertisements in the special journal produced for the occasion cost €300 for a platinum page, €200 for a gold page and €80 for a white page. Anybody wishing to book a page should send details by email to Siobhan Kennedy at siobhankennedy72@yahoo.com.


Congratulations to Eoin Kelly (Mullinahone) and Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh) who were both on the Ireland team for the first of the 2 leg annual shinty / hurling internationals against Scotland played at Athy last Saturday. Ireland won by 1-16 to 2-8 with Eoin Kelly scoring 5 points. The second leg will be played at Inverness this Saturday, October 29.


The IT officer of Tipperary County Board, Edward Kinane, is looking for club members with an interest in IT and its use in the GAA to join the county IT committee. Email is now the primary communications mechanism within the GAA and the prevalence of IT will continue to grow in the Association. We want to ensure that we are to the forefront of these developments in Tipperary. Anybody interested in assisting the IT committee with its work should email Edward Kinane at itofficer.tipperary@gaa.ie


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