|Dear Tipperary Supporter
TIPPERARY SUPPORTERS CLUB AGM REPORT
The AGM of the Tipperary Supporters Club was held in a good atmosphere in the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Naas Road, Dublin on Thursday April 3rd.
The written reports and audited accounts for period to 31 October 2013 were presented to the meeting and explained in detail by Eamonn Buckley, Treasurer, and by Bryan Maher, Assistant Treasurer. Over 2,200 members had joined the Club in 2013 (see www.tippsupportersclub.com for details of membership). The Golf Classic was again a major success as both an attractive event for supporters and a substantial fundraiser. Sponsorship and donations were also successful in raising funds despite the difficult economic times. Other activities including proceeds from the Tipperary Credit Card completed the income for the year, although that facility had been withdrawn by Bank of Ireland and the income would not be available from 2014 onwards . Grants of over €80,000 were made to cover expenses incurred in the preparation of the Tipperary SH Panel including catering and accommodation, travel expenses, training gear and hurling boots, physical training and medical expenses. Other donations made were mainly for the benefit of underage hurling in Tipperary with sponsorship of the All-Ireland Under 16 Hurling Tournament, which is organised by Tipperary Bord na nÓg each year.
In his report Secretary Joe Tuohy, Secretary, summarised the highlights of the Club’s activities for the year. He also expressed condolences to all those who suffered bereavements since the previous AGM. John Coman, PRO, reported on another good year for numbers joining as adult members and as junior members, and asked all members to encourage extra members to join up.
In his address as Chair John Tierney thanked all the Tipperary Supporters for their generosity in supporting the fund-raising efforts of the Club even in very difficult economic times. John thanked everyone who had helped him in his role as Chair of the Club including Club members, sponsors, funders, committee members, County Board and Bord na nÓg officials, team manager, selectors and backroom team and of course the players who wore the Blue and Gold with great commitment and skill. In particular he wished every good luck and success to the management team and players.
It was noted that the GAA bye-laws governing Supporters Clubs in all counties had been changed. From now on, all officers would be appointed by the County Board and noted by, rather than elected by, the Annual General Meeting. John Tierney was re-appointed as Chair. As Treasurer of the County Board, Eamonn Buckley was re-appointed automatically as Treasurer of the Club. Also re-appointed were Bryan Maher, Assistant Treasurer, Joe Tuohy, Secretary, John Coman, PRO, and John Malone, Membership Officer. The meeting was also addressed by Seán Nugent, County Board Chair who passed on the apologies of the senior team management and panel, who could not be present due to it being a training night. Liam Myles, President, Tipperary Association, Dublin addressed the meeting and reminded those present of the upcoming Tipperary Person of the Year 2013 award. Also present at the meeting were Michael Bourke, County Board Vice-Chair and Tim Floyd, County Board Secretary.
MUNSTER UNDER 21 FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL
From Tipperary GAA Scene column by Acting County PRO Ed Donnelly
Tipperary will play Cork in the Cadbury Munster Under 21 Football Final on this Wednesday night April 9th in the second game of a double-header at Pairc Ui Rinn. The curtain-raiser will be the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling Championship Quarter-Final between Cork and Kerry at 6:15pm followed by the Under 21 Football Final at 8:00pm. Padraig O’Sullivan (Kerry) will be the referee. Best of luck to all involved.
The Tipperary Under 21 Football team to play Cork in next Wednesday’s Munster Final is unchanged from the team which defeated Clare in the semi-final.
Tipperary (U21F v Clare) – Gearoid Slattery (Cashel King Cormacs); Niall O’Sullivan (Moycarkey Borris), James Feehan (Killenaule), Conor O’Sullivan (Galtee Rovers); Adrian McGuire (Kilsheelan-Kilcash), Seamus Kennedy (Clonmel Commercials), Bill Maher (Kilsheelan Kilcash); Steven O’Brien (Ballina), Colin O’Riordan (JK Brackens); John McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney), Ian Fahey (Clonmel Commercials), Greg Henry (Killenaule); Liam McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney), Michael Quinlivan (Clonmel Commercials – Vice-Captain), Sean Flynn (Fr Sheehys)
ALLIANZ HURLING LEAGUE SEMI-FINALS
Looking ahead to the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Semi-Finals, Tipperary will play Clare at 4:00pm in the Gaelic Grounds Limerick on Sunday April 20th. The game will be preceded by the other semi-final between Kilkenny and Galway at 2pm. Tickets are now on sale via tickets.ie, Centra or Supervalu for both stands and if adult tickets are purchased in advance, patrons can avail of a €5 discount. The match day adult admission price for the stands is €20 while Students / OAP tickets are €15. Juvenile (Under 16) tickets are priced at €5. Season ticket holders will be accommodated in the Mackey Stand. Note that seating in both stands will be unreserved so it will be important for Tipperary supporters to a) buy their tickets in advance and b) arrive early to watch the first semi-final in order to ensure a good seat in the stand.
MUNSTER MINOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP
The Tipperary Minor Hurlers will get their 2014 Championship campaign underway with a trip to play the 2013 Munster Minor Hurling champions Limerick in the Gaelic Grounds Limerick on this Thursday April 10th at 7:00pm (note the earlier throw-in time). Joe Larkin (Cork) is the referee. The Tipperary Minor Hurlers are managed this year by Liam Cahill (Ballingarry) helped by his selectors John Sheedy (Portroe), TJ Ryan (Clonoulty-Rossmore) and Sean Corbett (Durlas Og). Brian Hogan (Lorrha) is the team captain. After an impressive victory over the eventual All-Ireland champions Waterford in Walsh Park, Tipperary were knocked out of the Championship by the eventual Munster champions Limerick last year at the semi-final stage in Thurles. Though a lot of the players on both sides are now overage, there is still a desire to set the record straight and gain a level of revenge by defeating Limerick on this occasion. Best of luck to everyone involved.
The Tipperary Minor Hurling team to play Limerick in Thursday’s Munster first round game at the Gaelic Grounds has been announced. Darragh Peters, Willie Connors and captain Brian Hogan are the only survivors from the team which lost to Limerick in the Munster Minor Hurling Semi-Final.
Tipperary (MH v Limerick) – Brian Hogan (Lorrha and Dorrha – Captain); Chris McCullagh (Moycarkey-Borris), Jack Skehan (Holycross-Ballycahill), Darragh Peters (Kilruane MacDonaghs); Billy McCarthy (Thurles Sarsfields), Paul Maher (Kilsheelan Kilcash), Conor Ryan (Nenagh Eire Og); Andrew Coffey (Nenagh Éire Óg), Willie Connors (Kildangan); Alan Tynan (Roscrea), Willie Coffey (Toomevara), Shane Hennessy (Nenagh Eire Og); Tommy Nolan (Drom and Inch), Stephen Quirke (Moyle Rovers), Paul Ryan (Toomevara)
Subs: Gavin Ryan (Upperchurch Drombane), Cian Darcy (Kilruane MacDonaghs), Liam Fahey (Rockwell Rovers), Conor Floyd (Newport), Bill O’Connell (Loughmore-Castleiney), Gavin O’Halloran (Carrick Swan), Ross Peters (St. Mary’s Clonmel), Pa Ryan (Newport), Ronan Teehan (Gortnahoe-Glengoole), Robert Holohan (Newport), Enda Heffernan (Clonoulty-Rossmore), Michael Dunne (Mullinahone), Robbie Long (Drom & Inch), Brian McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney), Shane Neville (Lattin-Cullen), Kevin Ahearne (Drom & Inch), Liam McCutcheon (Templederry Kenyons)
ALLIANZ FOOTBALL LEAGUE
The last round of games in the Allianz Football League saw Tipperary and Clare confirmed as the top two teams and both will be playing Division 3 Football next year. An understrength Tipperary team played well against Wicklow on Sunday last only to be caught out by three late goals to lose on a scoreline of 4-12 to 0-22. Meanwhile, Clare had four points to spare over Antrim in Creggan, thereby ending Wicklow’s faint hopes of promotion. Before considering what life in Division 3 will be like next year, there is the small matter of the Division 4 Final where Tipperary and Clare will fight it out for the Division 4 title. This game will take place on Saturday April 26th at 5:00pm in Croke Park and will serve as excellent preparation for both teams ahead of the Munster Championship. We will look forward to this final in a couple of weeks but for now, serious credit it due to the management, players and backroom team on achieving our initial objective for 2014.
KERRY CAPTURE HURLING TITLE
There was a notable Tipperary involvement in the second game in Semple Stadium Thurles on Sunday last as a gritty Kerry team recovered from the concession of three first half goals to defeat Carlow by three points in the Allianz Hurling League Division 2A Final. Kerry are managed by Eamonn Kelly (Kildangan). Brian Horgan (Knockavilla Kickhams) is the trainer / coach while Brendan Cummins (Ballybacon-Grange) is involved as goalkeeping coach. David Butler (Knockavilla Kickhams) lined out at corner-forward for Kerry in Sunday’s exciting final. Victory for Kerry earned them a return trip to Thurles this coming weekend when they will play Offaly on Saturday April 12th at 6:30pm in Semple Stadium Thurles with the prize for the winners a place in Division 1B next season.
MUNSTER MINOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
The Munster Minor Football Championship gets underway with three games down for decision on Wednesday next April 16th. Tipperary will begin their campaign with a trip to Fraher Field Dungarvan to play Waterford with a 7:00pm throw-in time. Tipperary’s record in this competition in recent years is quite good having reached 6 of the last 8 Munster Finals, winning in 2011 and 2012. Tipperary are captained this year by Willie Connors (Kildangan) with team manager Charlie McGeever (Clonmel Commercials) and his selectors of Shane Stapleton (Golden-Kilfeacle), Kieran Healy (JK Brackens), Niall Fitzgerald (Moyle Rovers) and Brian White (Clonmel Commercials) hoping to get off to a positive start.
COUNTY SENIOR AND INTERMEDIATE HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP
The County Intermediate Hurling Championship got underway last weekend with first round victories for Holycross-Ballycahill, Thurles Sarsfields, Ballinahinch and Shannon Rovers. There are further games in this Championship this coming weekend but a lot of interest across the county will be focused on the beginning of the new look County Senior Hurling Championship. It’s a full 26 weeks since Loughmore-Castleiney captured the Dan Breen Cup and all the main contenders are looking forward to getting their Championship campaigns underway with a view to qualifying for the knockout stages. Loughmore-Castleiney will take on the 2013 West champions Eire Og Annacarty in one of the ties of the round on Saturday at 4pm in Leahy Park Cashel. The curtain-raiser to this game will be the meeting of Upperchurch-Drombane and Carrick Swan at 2:30pm. The other double-header this weekend will take place at Semple Stadium Thurles on Sunday. The first game between Roscrea and Templederry starts at 1:30pm followed by the meeting of neighbours Drom & Inch and Borris-Ileigh at 3:00pm. All 32 Senior Hurling teams are scheduled to play this weekend with 8 games currently fixed for Saturday and another 8 on Sunday so check the fixtures for details of where the games will take place.
TIPPERARY GAA MEMBERS DRAW
The final Tipperary GAA Draw for 2013/2014 took place on Saturday last in The Tipp Inn, Toomevara. The top prize of a Skoda Octavia or €15,000 went to the Templemore parish as sold by the JK Brackens club. The second prize of a Skoda Fabia or €10,000 was won by Donal Sweeney from the Ballybacon-Grange club. Thanks to everyone who joined the draw for the past year. Preparations are now underway for the 2014/2015 draw and the draw committee is working closely with the clubs and the promoters to ensure the new draw will be as successful as ever.
The GAA Cúl Camps are a nationally coordinated programme of games and skill development activities taking place in a positive playing environment. They provide children with the opportunity to derive maximum enjoyment from their involvement in Gaelic Games with a view to maximising participation, optimising playing standards and ensuring that players’ needs are catered for in a balanced, age-appropriate and holistic way.
As Tipperary clubs begin preparations for their Summer Camps, please note that there is no cover under GAA Liability Insurance and / or Player Injury scheme unless a club runs a camp which has been approved by the Tipperary County Board. If a club runs a camp without approval and an incident occurs the club will be held responsible for any legal or other costs incurred.
Derek O’Mahoney (Ardfinnan) took charge of his first Allianz Football League game on Sunday last when he refereed Kildare’s victory over Westmeath. While Fergal Horgan (Knockavilla Kickhams) was the referee for the Allianz Hurling League Division 2A Final between Kerry and Carlow.
PADDY BUGGY CUP FINAL
Coláiste Phobal Roscrea (Tipperary) defeated Cross and Passion College (Antrim) by 2-16 to 0-10 in the Masita GAA All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Senior B Hurling Paddy Buggy Cup Final on Saturday last at Nowlan Park Kilkenny. Well done to everyone involved with the Roscrea school.
TIPPERARY SUPPORTERS CLUB MEMBERSHIP 2014
Membership of the Tipperary Supporters Club for 2014 is now available onhttp://www.tippsupportersclub.com/ or from usual local sellers and the member’s gift is a light soft feel 100% Polyester Neck Scarf, 1.2m x 15cm, specially produced in the traditional Blue & Gold Colours of Tipperary and featuring The Tipperary Supporters Club Official Logo. To see an image of this stylish scarf go tohttp://www.tippsupportersclub.com/ . In addition each Adult Membership Card will be accompanied by a Tipperary Supporters Car/Window Sticker. Adult Members will be entered in Ticket Draws for five pairs of stand tickets before each of Tipperary’s 2014 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), if Tipperary reach the senior final. Also members can access a discount scheme and will get Championship and League team announcements by text as well as regular updates by email on team news and events.
Adult Membership will cost €30 (unchanged since 2005). Supporters can join on line onwww.tippsupportersclub.com by credit card or debit/laser card. If you want to give membership as a present, a gift voucher is available on the website. Also on the website details are available of the direct debit facility; as the Club is run on a completely voluntary basis it would be a great help if members could join by direct debit. We will make contact with those members who have joined by direct debit in previous years. If joining by post please send a cheque or postal order payable to Tipperary Supporters Club to Jim Reidy,13 Castleknock Close, Dublin 15 (086-3580718, email:firstname.lastname@example.org ).
Junior Membership is free on www.tippsupportersclub.com and existing Junior Members will be automatically renewed and do not need to make contact unless they wish to update their contact details. Go raibh míle maith agaibh.
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 email@example.com . Junior Membership is still free and Junior Members do not have to rejoin as their membership is carried forward from year to year.
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Ar aghaidh le Tiobraid Árann.
Public Relations Officer
Tipperary Supporters Club