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The County Senior Football final between Moyle Rovers and Thomas MacDonaghs will take place at Leahy Park, Cashel on Sunday next, November 6, at 2.30pm. David Grogan of Aherlow has been appointed referee. It will be preceded at 12.30pm by the County Minor B Football final between Ballyporeen and Kildangan. Moyle Rovers are seeking their eighth county senior football title, having won their first in 1995 and their most recent in 2009. Thomas MacDonaghs are playing in their first final. They were formed as a divisional side in 2007 comprising 9 clubs - Lorrha, Shannon Rovers, Borrisokane, Knockshegowna, Kildangan, Kilruane MacDonaghs, Toomevara, Moneygall and Inane Rovers – although only 6 were represented on the panel in the games played so far this year. They won all 4 North finals between 2007 and 2010, there was no final this year. They reached the county semi-final in 2007 where the lost to Fethard, so this year has been their best year since their formation. Moyle Rovers have been the major force in Tipperary senior football in the last 15 years or so, thus making this clash a real David and Goliath one. The team of the past to be honoured on Sunday will be Fethard and their players will be introduced to the attendance between the minor and senior games. Admission prices for the finals are a very attractive €10 for adults and €5 for OAPs and students with ID. Juveniles under 16 will be admitted free of charge. We wish all participants for Sunday’s game the best of luck including the Cashel King Cormacs club for all its efforts in preparing to host the game.


The county intermediate football final between Emly and CJ Kickhams Mullinahone will be played at Cahir on Sunday, November 6 at 12 noon. Extra time will be played in the event of a draw. Derek O’Mahony of Ardfinnan will referee the game. Emly are seeking their second title, having won their first way back in 1983 and Mullinahone are seeking their third title, having last won in 2006.


Commiserations to Drom and Inch on their defeat by Ballygunner of Waterford on a scoreline of 2-15 to 1-13 in the Munster Club senior hurling quarter-final at Semple Stadium last weekend. Success in the club championship continues to be elusive for Tipperary clubs and it is now almost quarter of a century since a Tipperary team won the All Ireland club title, with Borris-Ileigh in 1987 being the last club to bring the title to the county.


Congratulations to the Tipperary under 17 footballers on retaining the Munster under 17 football title at Pairc na nGael, Limerick on Monday last by defeating Clare on a scoreline of 1-11 to 0-8. The trophy for this tournament is the Daryl Darcy Cup presented in memory of the late Daryl Darcy from Shannon Rovers, who represented Tipperary at all levels of football before his untimely death in a car accident a couple of years ago.


Good luck to Aherlow for their Munster Intermediate club hurling championship semi-final against Effin of Limerick at Kilmallock on Sunday next, November 6 at 2pm. Extra time will be played in the event of a draw.


Good luck to Kildangan for their Munster Junior A club football championship quarter final against Sean Finns of Limerick at Pairc na nGael, Limerick on Friday, November 4 at 7.30pm. Extra time will be played in the event of a draw.


Congratulations to Clonmel Commercials on their successful defence of their county minor A football title by defeating Golden/Kilfeacle by 2-15 to 0-2 at Cahir on Sunday last. County minor football full forward, Michael Quinlivan, was the Commercials captain. It is their 17th county title at this grade.


The Tipperary Clubs November draw will take place on Friday night, November 4 in Kennedy’s’ Bar, Rearcross at 10pm sharp. Local winner Mairead Steed (Sean Treacys) will be presented with her winning cheque of €15,000 after her big win in the October draw, along with €10,000 to Eamonn O’Doherty (Solohead GAA) who won second prize in the October draw. Our second star prize of the year, a Skoda Yeti or €20,000 cash alternative is the big prize on offer, along with over 30 other prizes including a car, a holiday, a flat screen TV and numerous cash prizes. Please come along and support local Club Sean Treacys. All clubs are reminded that the second star prize is an opportunity to recruit new members for the remainder of the draw. Remember that 50% of all tickets sold goes back to the club.


Hopefully the ladies of Cashel and Drom and Inch will be blessed with better weather this weekend for the rescheduled county senior camogie final, which had to be abandoned two weeks ago due to torrential rain. The rescheduled final will take place at The Ragg at 2pm on Saturday, November 5.


Ross Dunphy has been appointed as Fitness/Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Tipperary Senior Hurling team for 2012. 33 year-old Ross is a native of Wexford and holds a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science from the University of Limerick. Ross is from the Clonard GAA Club in Wexford town and has represented Wexford at all levels of Gaelic Football. He has been involved in coaching both hurling and Gaelic football since 2004. He trained the Toomevara senior hurling team for three seasons and the Kildare U21s in 2009. He has also been on the coaching and management team with Sarsfields GAA club in Newbridge, County Kildare over the past few seasons. Ross brings a wealth of ability and experience to his new position and both the Tipperary senior hurling management team and players are looking forward to working with him during the coming season.


Please note that 2 changes have been made to the Scór Rule Book since last year’s competitions. (1) Running order reverts back to pre- Scór Congress 2010 ie. Rince Fóirne, Amhránaíocht, Ceol Uirlíse, Aithriseoireacht, Bailéad Ghrúpa, Tráth na gCeisteanna, Nuachleas, Rince Seit. (2) Changes to the Tráth na gCeisteanna competition---Answers to the four mark individual questions shall be in written form. The six mark team questions shall be answered orally. (The Question Master shall have the questions he/she has designated for the team section graded beforehand and have them placed in envelopes. Prior to the commencement of the quiz a lottery shall take place to decide the questions to be allocated to each team )



The Tipperary Hurling Club in New York will hold its annual dinner dance on Saturday, December 10, 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 and 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 e-mail to Siobhan Kennedy at


Congratulations to Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh) who scored a goal in the second leg of the Ireland v Scotland shinty/hurling international played at Bught Park, Inverness on Saturday last. Ireland won the game by a point, as well as winning the series and they retained the trophy, Marine Harvest Quaich. Eoin Kelly, who played in the first leg the previous weekend at Athy, was unavailable for the second leg.


Since Toomevara won the first Dan Breen Cup in 1931 there is a great history of the Cup and the finals played for it to be told. Roscrea native and avid Tipperary hurling follower, Jim Fogarty is going to tell that story and is working on a history of Tipp county finals played for the Dan Breen Cup. He would appreciate the loan of photos of county final teams, action shots and other photos from the finals. Recollections of finals from players and supporters would be appreciated. Jim can be contacted at 25 Meadow Way, Kilkenny, by phone on 086-1512946 and by e-mail at


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