Dear Tipperary Supporter

Waterford Crystal SH

By: Tim Floyd, County Board Secretary.
Tipperary recorded a 24 point victory over LIT in the preliminary round of the Waterford Crystal Cup SH competition at MacDonagh Park Nenagh last Sunday, winning by 3-20 to 0-5. Heavy rain made hurling difficult but it didn’t stop the new young guns like Cathal Barrett, Jack Peters, Ronan Maher, Conor Kenny, David Collins and Denis Maher from laying down their marker for a place in the Allianz League line up in Feb. Next Sunday Tipp will play Kerry in Austin Stack Park, Tralee in the Quarter Final, with throw in at 1pm. Eamonn Kelly of Kildangan and Brian Horgan of Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams were recently appointed as manager and coach respectively of the Kerry senior hurling team for 2014 and to complete the Tipperary connections, Brendan Cummins is overseeing the goalkeeper coaching. Tipperary’s first Allianz League outing is at home to Waterford under lights in Semple Stadium on Saturday night February 15th.

Brendan Cummins Honoured
South Tipperary Co Council held a Civic Reception last Fri night in the County Hall to honour the career of Tipp’s All Star goalkeeper, Brendan Cummins who recently announced his retirement from inter-county hurling. Lord Mayor Jimmy O’Brien hosted the event and glowing tributes were paid by representatives of all the political parties, as well as Archbishop Dermot Clifford, Co Chairman, Sean Nugent and South Chairman, Joe Brennan. Present with Brendan were members of his family and neighbours and friends from his native Ardfinnan and Ballybacon-Grange clubs. Best wishes to Brendan from all his loyal fans.


Membership for 2014 is now available on http://www.tippsupportersclub.com/ 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 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. This could make a nice Christmas/New Year present. We cannot guarantee delivery by post before Christmas but we will get your pack in to the post without delay after you purchase. 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 contact us unless they wish to update their contact details.

Go raibh míle maith agaibh.

Under 21 Football
Tipp U21 Footballers are currently playing in the Hastings Cup – a competition organized by Longford County Board and last Saturday in the second round recorded a 2-10 to 1-6 victory over Wicklow in Dr Morris Park. Next Sat in our final group game Tipperary play Meath again in Dr Morris Park, Thurles on with a throw in time of 1pm.

County Intermediate Hurling League Final

The long awaited 2013 IH League final was played last Sunday in Templetuohy and ended in a draw with the score Drom-Inch 1-7 Moyne/Templetuohy 1-7. As the pitch had deteriorated with the heavy rain during the game, the decision was taken not to play extra time. The replay takes place this Sun in The Ragg at 12 noon.

Tráth na gCeist Scór na nÓg

Reminding all clubs of The County Scór na nÓg Tráth na gCeist in Moyne Hall on Saturday 18th January. Teams of Four will take part in a table Quiz so there will be no individual rounds as was the custom. The winners will go forward to a novel all Ireland event and represent Tipperary in Castlebar Co. Mayo in March 2014. Please Contact Máire De Búrca Rúnaí Scór (087)2160430 before 16th January.

The Nenagh Éire Óg Healthy Club Project

Nenagh Eire Óg will host a ‘Well Being and Mental Health’ night on Friday, January 24th at 7.30pm in the Abbey Court Hotel, Nenagh. This event represents an opportunity for club members and the wider community to become informed on the many issues surrounding depression and mental health. Nenagh Éire Óg hope to create awareness and offer hope in the areas of depression, loneliness and isolation. Speakers on the night include Conor Cusack, Tony Butler and Séamus Hennessy. In addition, a number of organisations will be present with information.

The equipment order forms for 2014 have now been circulated to all Primary Schools. Helmets, Mycro or Marc, will be distributed by courier service on receipt of signed order forms and appropriate cheque. All other items of equipment, ordered and paid for, must be collected in Scoil Ailbhe Primary School, Thurles, between 5.00pm and 8.00pm on Friday. 21st March, 2014. Mycro helmets are available in single colour, two tone combination or faded. Please state colour preference on order sheet. Marc helmets are available in single colour only, (yellow, blue, green, black, red, white) Please state colour preference on order sheet. Please give your home phone number on the order sheet as contacting schools, when necessary, can be quite difficult. You can contact Jerry McDonnell any time at the below phone number. Please do not hesitate to do so should you require further information. Hurley’s are available at all times. Please feel free to purchase hurleys at any time, even before the equipment distribution night on Friday, 21st March, 2014. Please ring before calling. All order forms must be signed by the school principal. Order forms not signed by the school principal will be returned. New Mycro gloves are also available this year. Please make sure that any equipment ordered and paid for is collected on the equipment distribution night. Failure to collect equipment causes severe problems. Return your order forms on or before Friday, 7th March, 2014 to Jerry Mc Donnell, Treasurer/Equipment Officer (052) 6121431


Congratulations to Nenagh Eire Óg’s Barry O’Brien who won the Skoda Octavia or €15,000 and to Martin Farrell of the Thurles Sarsfields GAA Club who won the Skoda Fabia or €10,000 at the Tipperary clubs draw which was hosted by the Ballinahinch GAA club at Ryan’s Lounge in Kiloscully on Friday night last. By coincidence this was Barry O’Brien’s second car win in recent years in this draw. Local man, John Grace was presented with the €10,000 he won in the previous draw and Mary Bourke, Munnia, received her €1,000 lotto jackpot cheque.

Club Affiliations:
Club secretaries are reminded to complete and return the 2014 Affiliation forms sent out to them before Christmas. By rule, a club cannot participate in any competitions until this form is returned to the Co Rúnaí before Jan 31st.

Premier Gold 2 in 1 Package…great value
Tipperary GAA supporters should check out the great value in the 2014 Premier Gold Plus Package at €200. This package gives the owner access to all adult club games, both divisional and county during 2014 plus all Allianz League matches in hurling or football. It also entitles the owner access to the opening Championship game in 2014 and the right to purchase thereafter. So whether it’s the local park, Semple Stadium or Croke Park, you can follow your teams all the way. For more details on the Premier Gold 2 in 1 Package, contact The GAA Merchandise Shop at Lár na Pairce, Thurles. 0504-22702

All-County Table Quiz:
Following the success of last year’s event, County Board will host the 2014 All-County Table Quiz on Friday, February 21st. Once again, 80 general knowledge questions will be asked live on Tipp FM and every club will be expected to organize a venue and participate in the Quiz. The winners from each venue will go forward to a County Final to be held in The Dome on Friday March 15th.

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

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Ar aghaidh le Tiobraid Árann.

John Coman
Public Relations Officer
Tipperary Supporters Club

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