As part of the GAA’s development plans, all counties are preparing strategic plans to cover the period 2010 to 2015. The purpose of the plan is to identify priority areas for action in the county over the next 5 years and how to address those priority areas. The plan will focus on 6 main areas: 1) Games Development & Urbanisation; 2) Games Scheduling; 3) Planning and Infrastructure; 4) Funding Opportunities and Financial Excellence 5) Communications and Officer Support; and 6) Club Culture, Community, Inclusion, Integration and Volunteers. Work groups have been appointed to prepare discussion papers on all these areas and submissions have also been sought from clubs in the county. We also welcome suggestions from our many supporters. You should send any ideas or queries you have to Tim Floyd, County Secretary by email at or by post at Lár na Páirce, Slievenamon Road, Thurles. In preparing a Strategic Plan it is important to recognise all the good work that is being done at club and county level in Tipperary and to seek to build on that. It is also important to remember though that we must seek to improve standards at all levels and to ask if our level of success is what it should or could be for a county of our size and tradition. We must seek to break new ground every year as was done this year with our Under 21 footballers winning their first ever Munster championship. On the hurling front, here are a few stark statistics on our record since 1970 – 4 All Ireland Senior Hurling championships (last in 2001), 6 All Ireland U-21 Hurling championships (last in 1995); 6 All Ireland Minor hurling championships (last in 2007); and 3 All Ireland club hurling championships (last in 1987).     

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