Dear Tipperary Supporter
TIPPERARY SENIOR HURLING CAPTAIN AND VICE-CAPTAIN
TIPPERARY GAA PRESS RELEASE
By County PRO Ger Ryan
Brendan was born on January 5th, 1989 and plays for the Borris-Ileigh club. He made his Senior inter-county debut for Tipperary against Waterford in the 2009 Waterford Crystal Cup, lining out at left corner-back in a Tipperary victory. Brendan made his National Hurling League debut against Cork in February 2009, lining out at wing-back. Brendan made his Championship debut as a substitute against Cork in the 2009 Munster Senior Hurling Championship. Brendan’s first Championship start came at left half-back in the 2009 All-Ireland semi-final vs. Limerick. Brendan was an ever present at midfield in the 2010 All-Ireland Championship, helping Tipperary to capture the All-Ireland title and scoring 2 points from play in the final.
Brendan played for the Tipperary Minor Hurlers for three years, winning 2 All-Ireland Minor medals in 2006 and in 2007 (as captain). Brendan has also a Munster Minor Hurling medal in 2007 and 3 Munster Senior Hurling medals (2009, 2011 and 2012). Brendan scored 0-12 from play in the 2007 All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship campaign following up from his contribution of 1-4 in the 2006 campaign. Brendan was the second player from the Borris-Ileigh club to captain a Tipperary Minor team to All-Ireland success, following in the foot steps of Paddy Kenny in 1947. Brendan lined out with the Tipperary Under 21 Hurlers in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010, winning Munster medals in 2008 and 2010 and an All-Ireland medal in 2010, playing at centre-back in the final. Brendan was won an All-Star award at midfield in 2010 and also captured the 2010 Young Hurler of the Year award. Brendan was shortlisted for the 2010 Bord Gáis Energy Breaking Through Player of the Year award. Brendan lined out with the Munster hurlers in the Inter-Provincial Championship in 2012 and 2013, winning a medal as captain from midfield in 2013. Brendan was Vice-Captain of the Tipperary Senior Hurling team in 2013.
Championship debut – 2009 vs. Cork
Number of Appearances – 20
Scored – 0-10
Noel was born on December 17th, 1990 and plays for the Loughmore-Castleiney club. He made his Senior inter-county debut for Tipperary against Clare in the 2009 Waterford Crystal Cup Final, scoring a point from play at right corner-forward. Noel made his National Hurling League debut against Cork in February 2009. Noel made his Championship debut at corner-forward against Cork in the 2009 Munster Senior Hurling Championship, scoring 3 points from play. Noel won a Munster Senior Hurling Medal in 2009, scoring 0-13 in three matches in that year’s Munster championship. He won further Munster Senior Hurling medals in 2011 and 2012.
Noel won the RTE man of the match award in the 2010 All-Ireland Senior Hurling semi-final versus Waterford, scoring 7 points, 5 from play in the centre-forward position. He won an All-Ireland Senior Hurling medal in 2010, scoring a goal in the final against Kilkenny. He also won an All-Ireland Under 21 Hurling medal in 2010, scoring 1-3 in the All-Ireland final defeat of Galway. Noel won the 2010 GAA Player of the Month award for August, sponsored by Vodafone. The award followed McGrath’s stunning display in Tipp’s impressive 3-19 to 1-18 victory over Waterford. McGrath hit five outstanding points from play against the Deise as he won a crucial battle against Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh.
Noel lined out with the Tipperary Minor Hurlers for three seasons, winning All-Ireland medals in 2006 and 2007, a Munster Minor medal in 2007 and a Munster Under 21 Hurling medal in 2010. Noel won the RTE man of the match award in the 2007 All-Ireland semi-final victory over Kilkenny. He played an impressive role as a second half substitute at wing-back in the 2006 All-Ireland semi-final defeat over Kilkenny. In all, Noel played 11 Championship matches for the Tipperary Minor hurlers, scoring 1-34 (0-15 frees, 0-2 sideline cuts, 1-17 from play) in total.
Noel won an All-Ireland Under 16 Hurling medal in 2006 and a Dean Ryan Cup medal with Our Ladys Templemore in 2007. Noel helped his club to win County and Munster Club Senior Hurling medals in 2007 and a county senior hurling medal in 2013. Noel’s father, Pat, played for Tipperary at Minor, Under 21 and Senior level. Noel has been nominated for All-Star awards in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, winning All-Star awards in 2009 (right corner-forward) and 2010 (centre-forward). Noel was also voted as the 2009 Young Hurler of the Year.
Championship debut – 2009 vs. Cork
Number of Appearances – 22
Scored – 3-58
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The Tipperary Supporters Club would like to add our congratulations to Brendan and Noel and wish them all the very best for 2014.
TIPPTOBERFEST AT CLONMEL PARK HOTEL
Tipperary County Board would like to thank all those who supported the events during the Tipptoberfest at the Clonmel Park Hotel over the October Bank Holiday weekend. We hope everybody enjoyed themselves at whichever events they attended. Thanks are also due to all those who helped in any way with organising, promoting and running the events.
AIB MUNSTER CLUB SH CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTER FINAL
Commiserations to Loughmore Castleiney on their two point loss by 3-17 to 2-18 against Limerick champions, Na Piarsaigh, in the AIB Munster Club championship quarter final at Semple Stadium on Sunday last. There were a number of strong Tipperary connections that we are aware of in the Na Piarsaigh panel. Corner back, Niall Buckley, is a nephew of County Treasurer, Eamonn Buckley, while substitute, David Sheppard, is son of former Tipperary goalkeeper and captain, Tony Sheppard of Kilruane MacDonaghs.
AIB MUNSTER CLUB INTERMEDIATE HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP
Congratulations to Ballina on their 1-12 to 0-14 victory over Dromin-Athlacca of Limerick in Bruff on Sunday last in the AIB Munster Intermediate club hurling quarter final. They will play St. Brendan’s of Kerry in the semi-final on Sunday next, November 3 at a North Tipperary venue which will be confirmed later this week. We wish them the best of luck as they attempt to qualify for the Munster final and retain the title in Tipperary following Silvermines’s success last year.
CLEAN IRELAND RECYCLING COUNTY SFC FINAL
Next Sunday November 3 is the biggest day in the County’s club footballing calendar when the Clean Ireland Recycling senior football championship final takes place at Semple Stadium with a 2.30pmthrow-in. The final will be refereed by Derek O’Mahoney of Ardfinnan. Aherlow Gaels are an amalgamation of Aherlow and Lattin-Cullen and will be seeking their first title in this form. However, Aherlow have won the title on two previous occasions, 2010 when they defeated Loughmore Castleiney and 2006. Lattin-Cullen have never won the county title although they did win a number of West senior football championships. Loughmore Castleiney will be seeking their 12th title having last won in 2004. They will also be attempting to become the first club to win the county senior hurling and football title double. Irrespective of the result, Loughmore Castleiney will represent Tipperary in the AIB Munster club senior football championship as amalgamations are not allowed play in the competition. With so much at stake and 3 passionate clubs involved, it should be a game worth seeing so we would encourage as many as possible to attend. The O Riain (New) Stand only will be open for the game and admission prices are €10 for adults, €5 for OAPs and students with id and under 16s free.
CLEAN IRELAND RECYCLING COUNTY MINOR FOOTBALL FINAL
The Clean Ireland Recycling county minor A football final between Clonmel Commercials and Drom and Inch will be played at Boherlahan on Sunday next, November 3 at 11.45am with Paddy Russell of Emly as referee. Commercials are seeking their 4th title in a row and 19th in all while Drom and Inch are seeking their first ever title at this grade. Commercials previously won a 4 in a row of minor titles between 1935 and 1938.
AIB MUNSTER CLUB INTERMEDIATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Good luck to Ballyporeen for their AIB Munster Intermediate Club Football championship quarter final against De La Salle of Waterford at Clonmel Sportsfield on Sunday next, November 3 at 2pm.
CLEAN IRELAND RECYCLING JUNIOR A HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP
The Clean Ireland Recycling Junior A hurling championship final will be played on Saturday next,November 2 at Leahy Park, Cashle between Moycarkey Borris and Knockavila Donaskeigh Kickhams. Ger Fitzpatrick of Roscrea will be the referee. Knockavilla eventually overcame Knockshegowna with a single point 1-17 to 0-19 victory after extra time in last weekend’s replayed semi-final. Moycarkey-Borris won 1 junior title previously way back in 1954 (then known as number 1 junior and equivalent of today’s intermediate championship) while Knockavilla have never won the junior a championship.
CLEAN IRELAND RECYCLING JUNIOR A FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
The Clean Ireland Recycling junior A football championship final between Drom and Inch and Shannon Rovers will be played at Dolla on Saturday next November 2 at 2.30pm. Sean Lonergan of Moyle Rovers will referee the game. Shannon Rovers are seeking their first title while Drom and Inch are seeking their second having previously won in 1975.
MUNSTER UNDER 17 FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Commiserations to the Tipperary under 17 football team on their 1-15 to 0-7 defeat by Clare in the final of the Munster Under 17 football competition for the Daryl Darcy Cup which was played on Bank Holiday Monday last at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick. The cup is named in honour of the former Shannon Rovers and Tipperary player, Daryl Darcy, who was killed in a car accident some years ago.
JACKIE CAHILL RUNNING IN NEW YORK MARATHON
IT recruitment specialists e-Frontiers have donated €1,000 to the Children’s Medical and Research Foundation at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin – as local journalist Jackie Cahill prepares to run the New York City Marathon on their behalf. Representatives of e-Frontiers, who also sponsor Thurles Sarsfields GAA, visited Crumlin last week to present a cheque to CMRF for €1,000. Cahill will wear a tee-shirt around the streets of New York next Sunday bearing the e-Frontiers logo. Brendan Carroll, nephew of former Kilkenny hurling star Ted Carroll, is Managing Director of e-Frontiers. Carroll is a former Tipp senior hurler and was centre back on the Thurles Sarsfields team of 2005 that won the county senior championship for the first time since 1974. Carroll represented Tipperary at left-half back in 1995, 1996 and 1997. He said: “We at e-Frontiers are delighted to be associated with such a worthwhile cause. Based here in Dublin, we are aware of the magnificent work carried out by the people at CMRF and the Children’s Hospital.” We wish Jackie the very best of luck for his marathon run and would encourage as many as possible to sponsor him. He can be contacted at 086 834 7366.
CARRICK SWAN RAISE €1,300 FOR CHILDLINE
Well done to Carrick Swan GAA club who recently raised over €1,300 at their Cheerios Childline Breakfast Together Morning. They would like to thank everybody who attended this event to support a very worthwhile cause. Childline is a free phone service available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for people up to the age of 18. It’s there to help any young person who is going through a tough time or needs to talk to someone. Young people can talk about whatever they like, and there will be a professional there to listen. They won’t ever give out to the callers and are always on their side. Young people can call Childline on 1800 66 66 66. Childline is a part of the ISPCC (The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) and is funded entirely by the generosity of the Irish public so public support is invaluable. All funds raised will help Childline volunteers answer more calls to vulnerable children and young people in Ireland who have nowhere else to turn. Although Childline answered in excess of 800,000 calls over the past twelve months, over 200,000 went unanswered due to lack of funding. The €1,326.00 raised by Carrick Swan GAA Club will help reduce the number of unanswered calls in 2014. Carrick Swan would like to thank all their helpers and sponsors and is very appreciative of all the generosity and support received for this event. Mary Barrett, Childrens Officer of the club, hopes to make this an annual event.
Tipperary County Board would like to extend its deepest sympathy to the family of Galway hurler, Niall Donohue, who died tragically last week and also to his club, Kilbeacanty, and the Galway hurling panel and management. We also extend our sympathy to the family of former Minister, Noel Davern, who died at the weekend. Ar dheis De go raibh a anamacha uasal.
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Ar aghaidh le Tiobraid Árann.
Public Relations Officer
Tipperary Supporters Club