Dear Tipperary Supporter


From Tipperary GAA Scene column
By acting County PRO Ed Donnelly
Tipperary lost to Clare by 4-15 to 0-20 on Sunday last in Round 3 of the Allianz Hurling League in Semple Stadium Thurles. With two points from three games, a victory for Tipperary against Galway in next Sunday’s Round 4 encounter is crucial if the Premier County are to qualify for the Division 1 League Quarter-Finals. Throw-in at Pearse Stadium Galway is at 2:00pm with Anthony Stapleton (Laois) as the referee. Supporters wishing to attend this game are reminded that a €5 discount is available if you purchase adult tickets in advance via your local Centra and Supervalu outlets or online via gaa.ie/tickets. The match day admission price is €15 while all Under 16s are free. Finally, well done to Conor Kenny (Borris-Ileigh) who made his League debut for Tipperary on Sunday last, scoring two points from play.

Team News

The Tipperary team to play Galway in Round 4 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A shows 6 changes from the side which lost to Clare on Sunday last. Conor O’Mahony, Padraic Maher, Conor Kenny, Patrick Maher, Seamus Callanan and Michael Heffernan are introduced to the team in place of Thomas Stapleton, Tomas Hamill, Kieran Bergin, Paddy Murphy, Jason Forde and Shane Bourke.

Tipperary (SH v Galway) – Darren Gleeson; Cathal Barrett, Paddy Stapleton, Michael Cahill; Shane McGrath, Conor O’Mahony, Padraic Maher; Brendan Maher (Captain), James Woodlock; Conor Kenny, John O’Dwyer, Patrick Maher; Noel McGrath, Seamus Callanan, Michael Heffernan​.
The second round of the County Senior Hurling Challenge Cup will take place this weekend with 14 matches down for decision between Friday and Tuesday. Last weekend, the two remaining Round 1 games resulted in narrow wins for Kildangan over Boherlahan-Dualla and for Upperchurch-Drombane over Clonoulty-Rossmore (after extra time). There was one Round 2 game played with JK Brackens defeating Carrick Swan by 1-15 to 1-10.


Tipperary secured a hard earned victory over Clare in Round 4 of the Allianz Football League on Sunday last in Semple Stadium Thurles, winning on a scoreline by 3-9 to 0-14. The win puts Tipperary at the top of Division 4 on score difference ahead of Leitrim and Clare. There is no time for Peter Creedon’s team to rest on their laurels as they will welcome Antrim to Semple Stadium on this Sunday – throw-in for this Round 5 clash is 2:00pm. Another victory will move the team closer to the stated objective of gaining promotion to Division 3, an important step which will help our up and coming young team to display their skills at a higher level. Supporters are encouraged to get behind our Senior Footballers and come out to support our team as they look to remain unbeaten. Admission to Thurles on Sunday is €10 for adults with €5 concessions for OAPs and Students while Under 16s are free.


The 2014 All County Table Quiz Final will take place on this Friday night March 14th at 8:45pm in the Dome Semple Stadium Thurles with over 40 teams taking part. Paddy Finucane will be the quizmaster on the night asking a total of 100 questions spread out over 10 rounds. The Star Prize for the County Champions is €2,000 (4 x €500) plus the chance to represent Tipperary in the All Ireland Scór Quiz Final in Castlebar on April 26th 2014 (for the team with the Highest marks that qualifies under Scór rules). Runner-up Prizes include 4 All Ireland SH Tickets and 4 Tipperary GAA Season Tickets. There is also a special draw at the County Final for all quiz participants in the Local Heats for two Garth Brooks tickets for one of his Croke Park concerts this year and there is also a €250 Rochestown Park Hotel voucher.


Bhí Halla na Féile i gCaiseal dubh le daoine ar an Domhnach for the County Final of Scór na bPáistí. What an exhibition of talent from these children who performed so well on stage in 9 competitions. They can be so proud of themselves for giving such rich displays of all that is best in Irish Culture. Maith sibh a bhuachaillí is a chailíní. Dhein sibh éacht.
Over 19 clubs were represented from the various divisions and it was heartening to see new clubs coming to the fore at county level. To reach a county final is a great achievement in itself and we are sure that your mentors, families, friends and clubs are all proud of you showcasing your talents on stage.
Bean an tí for the evening was Treasa Nic Craith a bhí thar barr mar láithreoir. Seo an chéad uair ag Treasa ag an cur i láthair agus bhí sí líofa is deisbhéalach. Ghabh  Cathaoirleach  Scór an Chontae Seosaimhín Ní Chathail  buíochas le gach uile duine a chabhraigh go mór le himeachtaí an lae agus bhronn sí boinn ar na buaiteoirí seo a leanas.
Rince Foirne – Winners – Arravale Rovers; Runners up – Newcastle
Amhránaíocht Aonair – Winners – Clonoulty Rossmore, Anna Kennedy; Runners-up – Cahir, Erin O Regan
Ceol Uirlise – Winners – Sean Treacy’s; Runners-up – Moneygall
Aithriseoireacht – Winners – Sean Treacy’s, Leona Ryan; Runners-up – Moneygall, Aodhán Ryan
Bailéad Ghrúpa – Winners – Newport; Runners-up – Cahir
Sean Nós Dancing – Winners – Killea, Tadhg Quinlan; Runners-up – Moneygall, Aodhán Ryan
Tráth na gCeist – Winners – Loughmore-Castleiney; Runners-up – Borris-Ileigh
Novelty Act – Winners –Borris-Ileigh; Runners-up – Ballingarry
Rince Seit – Winners – Sean Treacy’s; Runners-up – Newcastle
Comhghairdeas libh go léir agus le na hiomaitheoirí uile.


The County Scór Sinsear Final is due to take place on this Saturday March 15th in Holycross at 7:45pm.


The Tipperary GAA Members Draw for March took place on Friday last March 7th in Brosnan’s Lounge Cashel. The star prize of a Skoda Octavia or €15,000 went to Ned & Marie Young from the Toomevara club. The second prize went to Borrisokane’s Noel Morris, a former Chairman of the Tipperary County Board and more recently, Chairman of Tipperary Football Board. A total of 30 prizes were won on the night. Well done to all the lucky winners.


Congratulations to Holycross-Ballycahil who have qualified for the All-Ireland Club Junior B Hurling Final following a 0-16 to 1-8 over the Leinster champions St. Patrick’s Ballyragget after extra time on Saturday last in Rathkeale. The Final is fixed for this Sunday at 2:00pm when Holycross-Ballycahill take on the Munster champions Templeglantine (Limerick) in Rahenagh near Newcastlewest at 2:00pm.


Congratulations to Colaiste Phobal Roscrea who defeated Cashel Community School by 1-12 to 1-10 in the Munster GAA Post Primary Schools Senior B Hurling Final on Saturday last after an exciting game played in Templemore. The Roscrea school will now play St. Mary’s Galway in the All-Ireland Semi-Final on the weekend of March 22nd.


Best wishes to Keith O’Brien (Kilsheelan-Kilcash) who will take charge of this Wednesday’s Cadburys Munster Under 21 Football Quarter-Final at Tralee. Keith’s fellow officials include Standby Referee Derek O’Mahony (Ardfinnan), Linesman David Grogan (Galtee Rovers) and Umpires Tommy Lonergan, Nicky Coughlan, Peter Moore and Keith Robinson. Meanwhile, Fergal Horgan (Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams) will referee the AHL Division 1A clash between Wexford and Laois at Wexford Park.


Tipperary GAA County Board sends our condolences to Munster GAA PRO and former author of this column as Tipperary GAA PRO Ger Ryan and his family on the death of his father Seamus on Sunday last. Meanwhile, a minutes silence was observed last Sunday in Semple Stadium as a mark of respect for Ailbe Burke (Shannon Rovers President), winner of 2 Munster & All-Ireland Intermediate Hurling Medals, John Costigan (Cahir), former Tipperary Football selector and Friends of Tipperary Football Treasurer and Mary Shanahan, a member of the Max family with a long association with Semple Stadium Thurles. May they rest in peace.


The usage of social media to keep GAA supporters updated is on the increase in Tipperary. The official Tipperary GAA Twitter account (@tipperarygaa) is among the top 10 GAA County accounts in Ireland with nearly 15,000 followers while over 6,000 people follow the Tipperary GAA Facebook page (facebook.com/tiobraidaranngaa). At club level, 50 Tipperary clubs have a Twitter account while 53 clubs have a Facebook presence. On the flip side, only 29 clubs have an active club web site, down significantly in recent years. The new Tipperary GAA web site at www.tipperary.gaa.ie continues to attract increased views as supporters keep up to date with all the news, fixtures and results from across the county and beyond. In particular, the integration of the Tipperary GAA Shop in to the web site has proved convenient for our supporters.


Membership of the Tipperary Supporters Club for 2014 is now available on http://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 to http://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 on www.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: info@tippsupportersclub.com ).
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 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. Visit the Ryan Motor Power website at http://www.ryanmotorpower.com/contentv3/ or call 052 6180323. The Tipperary Supporters Club thanks 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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