Dear Tipperary Supporter



Tipperary were defeated by Clare on a scoreline of 1-21 to 1-13 in the Waterford Crystal Cup final at Semple Stadium on Saturday night last. Well done to Clare on a deserved victory. This was Tipperary’s last competitive outing before the Allianz League commences with an away trip to Cork for a game under lights at Pairc Ui Rinn on Saturday, February 23 at 7pm.





Commiserations to Thurles Sarsfields on their defeat to Kilcormac Killoughey by 1-20 to 1-14 in the AIB All Ireland club senior hurling semi-final at Portlaoise on Saturday afternoon last. Sarsfields put a huge effort into the club championship campaign and represented their club and county very well. Following their first provincial title in December, they certainly have the talent and experience to come back from this defeat and make a breakthrough at national level Kilcormac Killoughey were fully deserving of their victory and we wish them well for the final. Well done and good luck in particular to Kilcormac panellist, Trevor Fletcher, who is a native of Roscrea and played underage for Tipperary.





Well done to Our Lady’s Templemore on their great 2 point replay victory by 1-13 to 0-14 over Ard Scoil Ris, Limerick in the Dr. Harty Cup Munster senior A colleges hurling semi-final replay in MacDonagh Park, Nenagh on Saturday. An early second half goal by star player and dual All Ireland minor medallist, John McGrath, proved decisive in the end. They will play Dungarvan Colleges in the final on Sunday February 24 at Sean Treacy Park, Tipperary Town at 2.30pm.




A new format is being introduced for this year’s county senior hurling league.  The league will be compulsory for all 32 senior teams. The format is as follows: Round 1 – The competition will commence with 32 teams who will play in an open draw format; Round 2A – The winning 16 teams from Round 1 will play off in an open draw; Round 2B – The losing 16 teams from Round 1 will play off in an open draw; Round 3A – The 8 winners from Round 2A will play off in open draw Quarter finals  with the winners playing open draw semi-finals and the winners of the S/F playing for the Sweeper Ryan Cup; Round 3B – The 8 losers from Round 2A will play off in open draw quarter-finals with the winners playing open draw semi-finals and the winners playing for the Jim Devitt Cup; Round 3C. The 8 winners from Round 2B will play off in open draw quarter-finals with the winners playing open draw semi-finals and the winners of the S/Fs playing for the Dr Fogarty Cup; Round 3C – The 8 losers f rom Round 2 B will play off in open draw quarter-finals with the winners playing open draw semi-finals and the winners of the S/Fs playing for a Trophy/Plaque. Entry forms have been sent to all clubs and the closing date for entries is Sunday February 17.





Tipperary’s disappointing start to their Allianz Division 4 Football League campaign continued with a defeat to Waterford in Dungarvan on Saturday evening last by 2-8 to 0-9. Their next game will be at home to London on Sunday March 3rd.





Congratulations to Robert Frost of Clare who was elected Chairman of Munster Councial at its Annual Convention in Bunratty on Friday night last. We wish Robert well for his 3 year term of office and assure him of Tipperary’s support and co-operation. Congratulations also to the new Vice-Chairman, Jerry O’Sullivan of Cork, who is a former Chairman of Cork County Board.





Coiste Chontae Thiobraid Árann is offering a limited number of Gaeltacht Scholarships to 2nd level students in the county. All clubs have now been circulated with application forms and the form will also be available for download on the Tipperarary GAA web site.  These Scholarships are limited to those students currently in 2nd, 5th and Transition Years. Applicants or their parents must have been registered members of their local GAA Club in 2012. Closing date for applications is Thursday February 28 2013. Please note that students who have already booked a place in a Gaeltacht College and have the deposit paid cannot avail of this scheme. These scholarships are only available in 3 Colleges as follows: Coláistí Chorca Dhuibhne, Baile an Fheirtéaraigh, Trá Lí, Co Chiarraí. (2 Options); Coláiste Na Mumhan, Beal Athan Ghaorthaidh, Co. Chorcai (2 Options); Coláiste na Rinne, Co. Phort Lairge (3 Options). Bígí cinnte go bhfuil na foirmeacha i gceart agaibh agus go bhfuil cláruimhir an chlub breactha síos agaibh. Cuirfear na hiarrthóirí go léir faoi agallamh arís i mbliana.





Tipperary have played 2 games in the Leinster Minor Football League – they were defeated by Dublin and last Saturday they defeated Longford by 2-9 to 1-9. Their final game in the group stages will be against Westmeath in St. Loman’s Westmeath on Wednesday February 13.





All roads lead to Derry for the All Ireland finals of Scór na n-Óg on Saturday February 23. Tá na daoine óga ag cleachtadh go dian agus guimid gach rath orthu agus iad i mbun oibre. Scoth den cheoil agud den amhránaíocht,maraon le scoth na haisteoireachta atá le clos i dTulach Seasta agus i dTeampall Doire le déanaí agus is cinnte go bhfuil go leor ceisteanna á chur ar na buachaillí ó Seán Treacy’s Brian Pádraig agus Shane agus iad san ag ullmhú don chomórtas Tráth Na gCeist. Bainigí go léir sult agus taitneamh as.


Meanwhile our Scór na bPáistí competitions are taking place timpeall na háite agus tá caighdeán na gComórtas uile thar cionn. Well done to you all for taking part and well done to all your mentors, parents, teachers and Scór personnel who keep the show going week after week. We all look forward to Craobh an Chontae. Leanaigí oraibh.





The Munster Senior B Colleges football final will feature an all Tipperary pairing. Our Lady’s Templemore will play Abbey CBS Tipperary in Cashel 2.30pm Saturday February 16.





Congratulations to Colaiste Dun Iascaigh, Cahir on defeating St. Aidan’s Community College, Cork by 2-11 to 2-8 to win the Munster final of the Vocational Schools  Senior  Hurling B competition on Saturday last. St. Aidan’s started strongly with an early goal  but Colaiste Dun Iascaigh battled well and at half time the teams went in level on a scoreline of 1-3 for St. Aidan’s to 0-6 for Colaiste Dun Iascaigh. The second half had a thrilling climax. With just five minutes left, Liam Howard took a long range free for Colaiste Dun Iascaigh which went directly to the net to give them side a two point lead. Another goal followed from substitute Daire O’Brien  to give the Cahir side a five point lead. More thrills followed when a long range free from St. Aidan’s went directly to the Cahir net to leave two points between the teams.  Colaiste Dun Iascaigh finished strongly adding a point from Barry Cooney to win by three. The final whistle was greeted with great joy by th e Cahir side, winning their first Munster Senior B Hurling title since 2001.  The Cahir side’s defence worked hard throughout and were particularly well served by goalkeeper Keelan Hickey, full back Alan Condon, substitute Brendan Donaghy and captain Stephen Lambert. The midfield pairing of Conor Casey and Gerry Cronin provided the platform on which this victory was launched. Half forwards Pierce Murphy and man of the match Barry Cooney asked questions of their opponents all through the game and corner forward Daire O’Brien proved a threat when he was introduced. The free taking of Ryan Murphy, Liam Howard and especially the long range frees from Colin O’Gorman, were inspirational. Well done to the entire panel and their management, Denny Whelan, Shane Ronayne and team manager Keith Morrissey, who has worked tirelessly for a long number of years promoting hurling in Colaiste Dun Iascaigh.





A JobBridge Internship in Lár na Pairce is being advertised on the JobBridge website (www.jobbridge.ie). It is for a Marketing, Curating and Administrative Assistant in the Museum of Gaelic Games, Thurles. The ideal candidate is a quick learner with an excellent work ethic. Administrative and IT skills are required. A Third Level qualification is desirable and the candidate must have a passion for Gaelic Games. The placement will commence on March 18 and will last for 9 months. Applications should be sent to Seamus J. King, Lár na Pairce, Slievenamon Road, Thurles, seamusjking@gmail.com. The closing date for the receipt of applications is February 22. Interviews will take place in Lár na Páirce between February 25-March 1




The hurlers and footballers of Munster will play their Ulster counterparts in the semi-finals of the M Donnelly Inter Provincial competition on Sunday in the Morgan Athletic Grounds Armagh. The hurling will throw-in at 12:30pm while the football starts at 2:15pm. Former Tipperary manager Liam Sheedy will manage the Munster Hurlers helped by selectors Jamesie O’Connor (Clare) and Stephen Frampton (Waterford). Ger O’Sullivan (Cork) is the Munster Football manager helped by Maurice Horan (Limerick) and Ger O’Keeffe (Kerry). The winners will face Leinster or Connacht in the Finals.




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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. 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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