Tipperary GAA Yearbook now on sale

The Tipperary GAA Yearbook is now available in the local shops around Tipperary. Another bumper edition, containing 240 pages, it covers a wide variety of events on the GAA front in the county for the year 2009. The fate of the senior hurlers gets extensive coverage with John O’Grady (Culbaire) and J. J. Kennedy (Westside) covering the championship and league campaigns in extensive detail. Noted GAA writer, Daragh McManus, looks back on these achievements with ‘immeasurable pride’. The success of the senior footballers, particularly their historic victory in Division 3 of the National League, is given pride of place by Shane Brophy. The county senior hurling and senior football championships are covered by Seamus King and Eamonn Wynne in great detail. Carrick Davins’ celebrated success in the county intermediate hurling championship is also covered. As well as divisional reports at senior and Bord na nÓg levels, there is also detailed coverage of the activities of Cumann na mBunscol and the Post-Primary schools. Camogie and Ladies Football are covered in detail, as well as Scór and handball. One of the highlights of the book is the extensive use of photographs. In the Awards Section our four All-Star winners are given prominence, as well as other people honoured throughout the county during the year. As well as giving extensive coverage to our games and ancillary activities, this edition has some very interesting historical articles which take cognisance of the 125 anniversary.. P. J. Maxwell, who did trojan work in putting the information together on the over 17,000 players who represented the county in all grades of hurling and football over 125 years for the Tipperary G.A.A. website, has a very interesting article on his ‘search’ for this information. He also has an article on the two Toomevara brothers who played opposite one another in the 1917. There’s a comprehensive article on Thomas St. George MacCarthy, the GAA founder about whom so little is known. There’s a wonderfully evocative piece entitled ‘When Men were men and Wore Caps’. There’s an account of a journey by horse and cart from Tipperary Town to Kilrush with the sculpted pieces by J. K. Bracken for the monument to the Manchester Martyrs. Seamus Leahy writes nostalgically about hurling at Nenagh in the early forties, Apples at Half-Time, when young lads organised their own games and there was none of the excessive organisation we associate with juvenile games today. Paul Hogan writes about the shinty final in Scotland. James Holohan brings us the next episode of life with the Cill Beag Gaels. He also produces his Yearbook Awards and turns his investigative skills to picking a team of Right Hand Under players over the past fifty years. There’s a detailed account of the 125 celebrations within the county and Seamus King discusses Recent and Forthcoming G.A.A. Publications. He also has an article on one of his boyhood heroes, Tom Lambe, who at 91 years was honoured with a Sean Ghael Award this year. There’s more besides and the whole lot can be had for €10, the same price it has been for a good number of years now.

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