Tipperary GAA Scene



Tipperary commence their 2013 Allianz Hurling League campaign on Saturday night next, February 23 against Cork in Pairc Ui Rinn at 7pm. We wish the management and players well for the game and league campaign. Tipperary won the last of their 19 Allianz hurling league titles in 2008. Tipperary and Cork have met on 56 occasions in the National Hurling League. Cork lead the way with 28 wins to Tipperary’s 23, while there have been 5 draws, the last of which occurred in last year’s game in Thurles on April 1st. Their last league meeting was in last year’s semi-final at Semple Stadium which Cork won by 1-25 to 2-15. Tipperary have played Cork 3 times in Pairc Ui Rinn: 26/2/1995 Cork 1-12 Tipp 1-7; 18/2/1996 Tipp 1-15 Cork 1-8 and 12/4/1998 Cork 2-11 Tipp 2-10.


Congratulations to Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch) and Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh) who have been named as captain and vice-captain respectively of the Tipperary senior hurling team for 2013.

Congratulations also to Seamus Kennedy (Clonmel Commercials) and Donagh Leahy (Arravale Rovers) who have been named as captain and vice-captain respectively of the Tipperary under 21 football team for 2013.

We wish all four players well in their new leadership roles.


Don’t forget the Tipperary season ticket is still available. For just €200, the new 2013 Premier Gold Plus Package will give access to all adult club games within the county organized by the Tipperary County and Divisional Boards. In addition it incorporates the GAA Season Ticket which gives access to all Allianz League matches in the chosen code (including semi-finals and final) plus the opening Championship fixture for Tipperary SH or SF. After that Pay for Play applies for your county’s additional games in the championship in that code with a €5 discount off face value. For championship games the Season Ticket is in a reserved good quality seating section e.g. 304 or 305 in the Cusack Stand in Croke Park. If you have already purchased a GAA Season Ticket you can pay an additional €115 for the Tipperary GAA Club Match Pass. If you buy this week, you will be able to use the pass to attend the League game v Cork on Saturday evening.

If you don’t want the inter-county ticket, you can still buy the club season ticket for just €120 which represents great value for regular match attendees. If you want to pay by credit card or order a copy of the brochure and application form contact Lár na Páirce 0504-22702 (10am-5pm Mon - Fri).


We extend best wishes for a speedy recovery to former Tipperary All Ireland winning player and selector, Theo English, who is recovering from a recent illness at University Hospital Cork.


Tipperary County Board would like to extend its sympathy to the families and relatives of the late Tom Slattery and Johnny Murphy. Tom Slattery from the Shannon Rovers club was a former Chairman of the North Tipperary GAA Board and a noted follower of gaelic games the length and breadth of Tipperary and the country. Johnny Murphy was a native of Cashel but a long-time resident of Dungarvan. He served as Chairman of Waterford County Board in the 80s and was also a noted journalist with The Examiner, The Evening Echo and The Waterford News and Star. Ar dheis De go raibh a anamacha uasal.


All roads lead to Derry for the All Ireland finals of Scór na n-Óg this Saturday February 23. We wish the Tipperary participants the very best of luck – Newport in the Ballad Group, Sean Treacy’s in Question Time and Templederry Kenyons in Novelty Act.


Good luck to Our Lady’s Templemore in the Dr. Harty Cup Munster Colleges A Hurling final against Dungarvan Colleges at Sean Treacy Park Tipperary Town on Sunday next, February 24 at 2.30.p.m. Well done to Our Lady’s on their Munster Colleges B football final victory over Abbey CBS Tipperary by 2-16 to 1-9 at Leahy Park Cashel last Saturday.



The first round of the county senior hurling challenge cups (replacement for county senior hurling league) will take place on Sunday March 3 at 2.30pm unless otherwise agreed between clubs and notified to the CCC secretary. First teams listed in the draw have home venue. Regulations will be sent to all clubs by the weekend. Round 1 Draws: Portroe v Knockavilla Kickhams; Cashel King Cormacs v Holycross Ballycahill; Kilruane MacDonaghs v Thurles Sarsfields; Templederry Kenyons v Silvermines; Burgess v Moycarkey Borris; Toomevara v Lorrha Dorrha; Upperchurch Drombane v Nenagh Éire Óg; Borrisokane v Killenaule; Moneygall v Clonoulty Rossmore; Roscrea v Loughmore Castleiney; Drom and Inch v Carrick Swans; Boherlahan Dualla v Cappawhite; Golden Kilfeacle v J K Brackens; Éire Óg Anacarty v Ballingarry; Kildangan v Mullinahone; Carrick Davins v Borris-Ileigh



The groups for the county senior football championship have been drawn. There will be three groups of five teams and one group of four teams. Listed below are the four groups with the first round draws in each group: Group 1 - Clonmel Commercials v Galtee Rovers; Éire Óg Annacarty v Cahir; Clonmel Óg; Group 2 - Killenaule v Moyne Templetuohy; Arravale Rovers v Fr John Kenyons; Aherlow Gaels; Group 3 -

Loughmore Castleiney v Moycarkey Borris; J K Brackens v Kilsheelan Kilcash; Mullinahone; Group 4 - Thomas MacDonaghs v Fethard; Moyle Rovers v Ardfinnan



The groups for the county Intermediate hurling championship have been drawn. There will be two groups of six teams and two groups of five teams. Listed below are the four groups with the first round draws in each group: Group 1 - Clonakenny v Holycross Ballycahill; Moyle Rovers v Shannon Rovers; Lattin Cullen Gaels v Ballybacon Grange; Group 2 - Newport v Gortnahoe Glengoole; Galtee Rovers v Ballinahinch; Rockwell Rovers v Cahir; Group 3 - Fr Sheehys v St Marys; Moyne Templetuohy v Ballina; Drom and Inch; Group 4 - Grangemockler Ballyneale v Kilsheelan Kilcash; Sean Treacys v Thurles Sarsfields; Arravale Rovers



Chairpersons, Secretaries, Treasurers and PROs of Club senior and juvenile clubs are invited to a club officers information night on Wednesday March 6 in the Dome at 7.30pm. This Information Night will be hosted by Croke Park and Munster Council personnel with special guest speakers in attendance. It’s an important event for all club officers to attend.


Congratulations to Fethard native, John Keane who recently received the Tullamore GAA Club Person of the Year Award 2012. John played a pivotal role with both winning Minor and Junior B football teams last year. John has an impressive record throughout his years as a coach in the club. John was involved in the two Féile winning teams in 1999 and 2000 and has won championships with every underage age group. John was captain of the Tipperary senior football team in 1979 and represented the county at all levels in football and at minor and under 21 in hurling.



The Tipperary Association Dublin invites nominations for its Annual Awards for 2012, which acknowledge the special contribution made by and the achievements of Tipperary people. Nominations are invited in two categories: Tipperary Person of the Year and Hall of Fame. The Awards will be presented a special function in Dublin later in the year. Over the last thirty years the Tipperary Person of the Year Award has acknowledged the achievements, at local and national level, of Sportsmen and Sportswomen, Academics, Community Activists and prominent Business people from Tipperary. The Tipperary Person of the Year Award will be presented to an individual who made a special contribution to Tipperary in 2012. The Hall of Fame honours and acknowledges the achievements and contributions at a national level in the sporting, cultural and community life of the county and the country. It acknowledges the contribution, over many years, by one of the Tipperary “Greats” of the past. Nominations should be sent in writing to: Pat Ryan, Honorary Secretary, Tipperary Association Dublin, 11 Foxfield Grove, Raheny, Dublin 5. or by email to info@tippassociationdublin.ie. Further details can be found on www.tippassociationdublin.ie. Closing date for nominations is Friday 1 March 2013.


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 pro.tipperary@gaa.ie on or before 3pm on Monday.

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