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Tipperary’s involvement in this year’s All Ireland senior football championship ended at O’Moore Park in Portlaoise on Saturday evening with defeat by Laois on a scoreline of 2-16 to 0-11. Interestingly the score was the exact same as in the game against Kerry in the Munster senior football championship on May 22. Credit is due to the Tipperary players for battling hard all through the game and they never gave up trying to peg back the lead Laois built from early in the game. We thank the players, led by captain Barry Grogan, the management team of John Evans, Brian Burke and Tommy Toomey, the backroom team and the Football Board for their efforts throughout the league and championship campaigns. The panel suffered the loss of a number of players due to emigration and travel abroad and these factors do not make it any easier to achieve success. However, there continues to be a lot of good work done at adult and underage level to improve football in Tipperary and this work is already paying dividends, with senior league and under 21 and minor championship successes in recent years.



Good luck to the Tipperary minor footballers for the Munster final against Cork on Sunday next, July 3 at Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney with throw-in at 12 noon. The management team which has done so much good work preparing the team is David Power (Kilsheelan-Kilcash – Manager), Tom Duggan (Arravale Rovers), Pat Murphy (Kilruane MacDonaghs), Fergal McDonnell (JK Brackens) and Alan O’Connor (Cahir – Coach). The team captain is Liam McGrath from Loughmore Castleiney. Tipperary and Cork have met 34 times in the Munster minor football championship with 24 wins for Cork, 8 for Tipperary and 2 draws. Tipperary won the first encounter at Clonmel in 1931. Tipp’s last win was by 0-13 to 0-10 in the Munster semi-final at Pairc Ui Chaoimh on May 13 2009 and Cork’s last win was in last year’s provincial semi-final by 2-12 to 2-9 at Semple Stadium. Since 2002 the teams have met 8 times with 4 wins for Cork, 3 for Tipperary and 1 draw. So recent form suggests this game could go either way. Cork will be favourites but this talented and well prepared Tipperary team has a real chance of winning the county’s first title since 1995. This year Cork defeated Clare in the semi-final by 1-16 to 0-6 at Cusack Park, Ennis while Tipp staged an amazing comeback from 11 points down at one stage to defeat Kerry by 2-12 to 2-8 at Semple Stadium in the other semi-final. The referee for Sunday’s game will be Padraig O’Sullivan of Kerry. The winners will play the Leinster runners-up in the All-Ireland quarter final on the weekend of July 30/31 and August 1. The losers play the Leinster champions in the All-Ireland quarter final on the same weekend.



The following is an outline of admission charges and conditions plus details of all packages for the Munster senior hurling final between Tipperary and Waterford on Sunday July 10 at Pairc Ui Chaoimh. There will be very limited amounts of family tickets available on the day of the match and supporters are strongly advised to purchase their tickets in advance or otherwise they may not be able to purchase the tickets they want on the day. Ticket prices as follows:- Covered stand: €35; Uncovered stand: €30; Terrace: €20; Family:- Adult Covered: €30, Juveniles: €5;

Family:- Adult Uncovered: €25, Juveniles €5; Student/OAP - Concession on Stand Tickets only – pay full price and get a refund of €10 at specified Stiles on the day (on production of valid I.D.); Groups: Juvenile Groups – There will be a limited number of Juvenile Groups available for this game. Tipp’s allocation is 500 - €3 per Juvenile with a free Adult with every 10 children. Other adults pay €25; Adult Group Tickets Covered Stand (End of Stand) - €30 pp - minimum order per Club is 10; Adult Group Tickets Uncovered Stand (End of Stand) - €25 pp - minimum order per Club is 10; Group Terrace Tickets - €15 per person with a minimum order of 20 tickets per Club. All Group Packages must be booked by clubs from your Divisional Ticket Co-ordinators and these tickets will then be allocated by Munster GAA.


Commiserations to the Tipperary minor hurlers and team management on their defeat to Clare by 3-13 to 1-13 on last Friday evening at Semple Stadium. Our thanks are due to the players and management team for all their great efforts since the start of the year to bring success at minor level. It was the second year in a row Tipp lost to Clare in the minor championship and only the second time ever that Clare defeated Tipp at minor level at Semple Stadium. The previous occasion was in 1981. Well done to Fergal Horgan of Knockavilla/Donaskeigh Kickhams who refereed the other semi-final between Waterford and Limerick at Walsh Park, which was won by Waterford after extra time on a scoreline of 4-17 to 3-15.


Remember that The Friends of Tipperary Football County Tipperary GAA inter-club golf challenge gets under way in the North Division this week. The Tournament is being run on the basis of each Division in Tipperary hosting a qualifying competition between their clubs, providing 2 qualifiers per division to a grand final which will be held in Dundrum House Hotel Golf Club on August 20. Venues and dates of each divisional qualifier are as follows: North: Nenagh GC Date: June 30 and July 1. (Time Sheet 087-2573714); South: Clonmel GC. Date: July 14 and 15 (Time Sheet 087-2645071); West: Ballykisteen GC Date: July 14 and 15 (Time Sheet 085 1742948) Mid: Thurles GC Date: August 5 (Time Sheet 0504-21983, Ext. 1) The overall winner’s prize is a dream golf holiday for the four team members to the renowned La Cala Golf resort in Malaga, Spain. The “Friends” are seeking support of the clubs in the county to make this venture a success. Clubs are requested to subscribe an affiliation fee of €100. This affiliation fee will allow associates of a club to enter any number of golf teams on their behalf in the “County Tipperary GAA inter-club Golf Challenge”. Qualifying teams to the Grand Final must consist of 4 players who hold a current GUI handicap. The cost of team entry is €30 per player or €120 per team. “County Tipperary GAA Inter-Club Golf Challenge” tournament rules will be made available to clubs and teams. The support and goodwill of the Tipperary GAA clubs for the Friends of Tipperary Football activities is much appreciated.


The County Board extends its sympathy to Dr. Morris Park caretaker, Pat Callaghan and his family on the sudden death of Pat’s wife, Winifred last week. Ar dheis De go raibh a hanam dilis.


All GAA units should take note of and observe the GAA’s official policy on website content, which has been developed in the best interests of respecting the rights of the Association’s members and the public at large. The policy states “no GAA unit should broadcast on its website any material that does not comply with applicable law or regulation, is offensive or indecent, depicts violence or is otherwise threatening or abusive, is non- compliant with child protection legislation, or materials relating to any organisation whose business includes the sale of tobacco related products or pornographic material or which encourages in whatever manner behaviour which promotes disparaging views or behaviour relating to an individual or groups’ age, gender, marital status, family status, disability, sexual orientation, religious belief or membership of any minority community.”


The Cumann na mBunscol hurling and camogie county finals took place on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 14 and 15 at Semple Stadium Thurles. The sun shone throughout both days, and the quality of hurling and camogie on view was top quality. Well done to all the children who participated, their teachers, parents and coaches for all the work they put into making the finals a success and all those who helped stage the finals.

The work done by Cumann na mBunscol to promote and foster our games is outstanding. Our thanks and admiration are due to the officers and committee who do such sterling work to develop our future heroes and stars and to ensure that the future of our games is not taken for granted.

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