Dear Tipperary Supporter



Commiserations to the Tipperary senior hurlers on their defeat in the Allianz Hurling League final on Sunday last at Nowlan Park. Kilkenny won by 2-17 to 0-20. Tipperary put up a battling performance and fought back well from the first half concession of 2 goals. Congratulations to Kilkenny on winning their 16th league title. Thanks are due to all the Tipperary supporters who turned up in such large numbers on the day to support the team. There was a great atmosphere in Nowlan Park and the event was very well organised. Tipperary’s next competitive game will be the Munster senior hurling championship semi-final against Limerick on Sunday June 9 at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick.


Tipperary have 2 senior hurling challenge games over the next 2 weekends. They will play Cork in a senior hurling challenge game at Cloughduv, Co. Cork on Sunday next May 11 at 7pm to mark the official opening of Cloughduv GAA’s new complex. Entertainment for the weekend is being provided by John Spillane on Saturday 11th May and by Natural Gas Dance Band on the Sunday evening of the 12th.

On Friday, May 17 they will play Waterford in the second of a double header of challenge games in Davin Park as part of a series of events in May and June to commemorate GAA founder and first President, Maurice Davin. The Tipperary v Waterford under 21 game will be at 6pm and the senior game will be at 7.30pm. As the championship season for both under 21s and seniors draws close both these games should be entertaining contests.


Tipperary will hold its senior hurling and football open night this Friday night in conjunction with Skoda at Ryan Motor Power main Skoda dealers in Clonmel. The open night is an opportunity for supporters to come and meet Tipperary players. The open night is being held as part of an open weekend at Ryan Motor Power and representatives from the Tipperary senior hurling and football panels and management will be present on Friday night and Saturday. The event commences at 6pm on Friday evening. Players will sign autographs and be available for photographs and there will also be some other novelty activities. As part of Saturday’s events, Ryan Motor Power will host a Skoda test drive day and will contribute €10 to the Tipperary players training fund for each test drive taken. Your support for the open evening and our generous sponsors, Skoda and Ryan Motor Power, would be greatly appreciated. For people who can’t make the open night, please remember there will be other opportunities to meet players after training sessions and to get autographs etc.  To see some photos go to www.tippsupportersclub.com .


We wish the Tipperary minor footballers the very best of luck for their Munster semi-final clash with Cork at Semple Stadium on Wednesday May 15 at 7.30pm. The winners will play Kerry or Waterford in the final. Tipperary defeated Cork by 1-10 to 0-9 in their semi-final game last year at Pairc Ui Chaoimh. Tipperary also defeated Cork in the 2011 Munster final. Cork’s last victory was in the 2010 semi-final at Semple Stadium on a scoreline of 2-12 to 2-9.


Congratulations to Ardfinnan on winning their second county under 21 A football title when they defeated defending champions, Loughmore Castleiney, by 0-11 to 1-5 at Boherlahan last Saturday. Ardfinnan’s previous win was in 1994.


Congratulations to the combination team from Newport and Ballinahinch, known as Ballinahinch Gaels, on winning the county under 21 B football title on Saturday last at Kilcommon when they defeated Upperchurch Drombane by 1-6 to 0-7. Ballinahinch previously won this title in 2001.


Tipperary County Board extends its deepest sympathy to Nick Wilson and Cathriona Clutterbuck on the sudden death of their 10 year old daughter, Emily Wilson, before a camogie training session at Gortnahoe on Saturday morning last. We also extend our sympathy to Emily’s extended family, friends and camogie colleagues at this very sad time. Ar dheis De go raibh a hanam og dilis.


The Tipperary Association Dublin awards will be presented at the Annual Awards Dinner and Function on Saturday 25 May 2013 in the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Newlands Cross, Naas Road, Dublin 22. Complimentary pre-dinner drinks at 7.00pm. Tipperary Person of the Year 2012: Martin Quinn. Hall of Fame 2012: Mickey “Rattler” Byrne.  Tickets (priced at €40 each) must be booked and paid for in advance to Pat Ryan, 11 Foxfield Grove, Raheny, Dublin 5. (Mobile: 087 6376663). Cheques/drafts payable to Tipperary Association Dublin.  Closing date: Monday 20 May 2013.   

The combination of Martin Quinn as Person of the Year and Mickey “The Rattler” Byrne as Hall of Fame has created great excitement both in the county and in Dublin. The function on the 25th May promises to be a great night. Come along and support the 2012 winners.  A limited number of rooms have been reserved in the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel at the special B & B rate of €35.00 per person sharing – €70.00 for double/twin. Anyone wishing to book a room should contact Liam Myles, Presdient of the Tipperary Association Dublin (Mob.: 087 2866018 or email: liammyles1@yahoo.ie) before the 20 May 2013.


The Tipperary Supporters Club Annual Golf Classic will take place on May 16 and 17 in the County Tipperary Golf and Country Club, Dundrum. Teams cost €600 for a team of four with four course meal included. This is an important event to raise funds for the training and preparation of the Tipperary senior hurling team and any support by way of team or tee sponsorship is greatly appreciated. For details of teams and tee/green sponsorship please go to www.tippsupportersclub.com .


In the build up to the closing stages of the Allianz Hurling League and the Munster and All-Ireland Championships, every person applying for the Tipperary GAA Credit Card in the Thurles Branch of Bank of Ireland will be entered in to a special draw for Tipperary Supporters umbrellas, key rings and other gifts.  Just contact Andy Kinane in the Branch or call 0504 21511. If you can’t call, simply print off the application form on this link and post it to Bank of Ireland, Liberty Square, Thurles https://www.tippsupportersclub.com/join/credit-card/ .

Tipperary Supporters Club invites all Tipperary Supporters to apply for the Tipperary Credit Card in conjunction with Bank of Ireland and MasterCard. The Credit Card features the majestic Rock of Cashel (see image of Card on www.tippsupportersclub.com ). At no cost to the Card holder Bank of Ireland will donate €15 to Tipperary GAA for every card issued along with a small percentage of ongoing spending.

The Tipperary Credit Card has an attractive interest rate of 17.2% APR. In addition any balances transferred to the Tipperary Credit Card will attract a special lower interest rate of 2.9% for twelve months. You can become a Tipperary Credit Card holder regardless of which Bank you are a customer.

Along with attractive terms and conditions this special offer is open to Tipperary Credit Card holders: 10% discount on all purchases with the Tipperary Credit Card at the Tipp GAA merchandise shop in Thurles and the merchandise shop at Semple Stadium on match days.

All Tipperary people can apply for this card immediately as another means of showing your support for your county; already over €50,000 has been raised for Tipperary hurling in this way.  You can apply at any Bank of Ireland branch in Co. Tipperary or by telephoning Bank of Ireland at 0504 21511 where Bank of Ireland staff will fill out the form for you.


To read this week’s Westside go to www.tippsupportersclub.com  .



To read the full Tipperary GAA Scene by County PRO Ger Ryan go to www.tipperary.gaa.ie .


Adult Membership in 2013 will cost €30 (unchanged since 2005). Each Adult Membership Card will be accompanied by a Tipperary Car/Window Sticker and a gift of a specially produced soft feel Winter Hat in the traditional Blue and Gold colours of Tipperary and featuring the Tipperary Supporters Club official logo. To see an image of this lovely gift go to https://www.tippsupportersclub.com. Adult Members will be entered in Ticket Draws for five pairs of stand tickets before each of Tipperary’s Munster and All-Ireland championship games. They will also be entered in a Draw for an All-Ireland Hurling Weekend stay at the Four Star Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Dublin (match tickets included). Also members can access a discount scheme and will receive regular updates by email on team news, match reports and events. In addition members providing phone numbers will receive text alerts with Tipperary SH League and Champio nship team selections.

The Committee is actively seeking more people interested in helping the Tipperary hurling effort. The plan is to extend the adult membership base further and anybody who would like to take some Supporters Club memberships to join up their friends is welcome to contact Supporters Club PRO, John Coman on 087-9087105 or by email at info@tippsupportersclub.com  . Supporters can join on line on www.tippsupportersclub.com  by credit card or debit card or with usual local sellers.  Membership is available from anywhere in the world and the membership pack will be posted to whereever you are.  On the website details are also available of the direct debit facility; as the Club is run on a completely voluntary basis it would be a great help of members could join by direct debit. If joining by post please send a cheque or postal order payable to Tipperary Supporters Club to Jim Reidy , 13 Castleknock Close, Castleknock, Dublin 15(086-3580718, email: info@tippsupportersclub.com ).

Junior Membership is still free and Junior Members do not have to rejoin as their membership is carried forward from year to year.

Ryan Motor Power, the official SKODA dealership in Tipperary is again the sponsor of the Tipperary Supporters Club Membership Scheme. Ryan Motor Power’s impressive showroom and forecourt facility in Powerstown, Clonmel showcases the full Skoda model range. Operating in Clonmel since 2000 the family-run business has developed an excellent reputation for value, quality and loyalty. Visit the Ryan Motor Power website at http://www.ryanmotorpower.com/contentv3/  or call 052 6180323. Commenting, Ronan Power, Director of Ryan Motor Power said, “We are delighted to continue our sponsorship of the Tipperary Supporters Club Membership Scheme and to represent Skoda here in Tipperary, particularly given the relationship built up between Skoda and Tipperary GAA fans. The Skoda range offers excellent value for money with fuel efficient engines and low road tax available across the range.”  The Tipperary Supporters Club than ks Ryan Motor Power for its generous sponsorship; please support our sponsors.

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Ar aghaidh le Tiobraid Árann.

John Coman Public Relations Officer Tipperary Supporters Club

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