Dear Tipperary Supporter

Tipperary Minor Footballers qualify for Munster Final

Congratulations to the Tipperary Minor Footballers who beat Cork 1-10 to 0-9 to qualify to meet Kerry in the Munster Final.



Tipperary play Kerry in the Munster SF championship at 2pm andLimerick in the Munster SH championship at 4pm on Sunday May 27 at Semple Stadium. Tickets are now on sale through clubs, online at tickets.ie and ticketmaster.ie and through selected Centra and Super Valu stores.  Ticket prices are €30 for covered stand, €25 for uncovered and €15 for terrace. Concessions for OAPs and students will apply on stand tickets only, they will get a €10 refund at specified stiles on the day on production of valid ID. Family tickets (Adult uncovered – €25, juvenile – €5) are available in the Old Stand only and should be ordered through clubs or online. There are also club group discounted ticket schemes – adult groups at end of covered stand cost €25 per person for minimum order of 15 per club, adult groups at end of uncovered stand €20 per person for minimum order of 15 per club and group terrace at €10 per person for minimum order of 20 tickets per club.  All clu b groups should be booked directly with theCounty Board through the club secretary. These attractive ticket packages are designed by Munster Council to make it affordable for as many people as possible to attend this double header.


Once again Munster Council has special packages available this year for families. In 2011, over 30,000 family tickets were sold for Munster Championship matches. For the upcoming 2012 Munster Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final and Semi-Finals, a family package of 2 adults and 2 children will cost €60 (Uncovered). The same family package will cost €70 for both of the Munster Senior Championship Finals and an increased allocation of family tickets for all ticketed games will be made available. Munster GAA in conjunction with our sponsors will provide Family Zones complete with Face Painting and other fun activities to enhance the experience for both parents and children attending selected games. Watch out for Match Day Greeters who will be on hand to help you at every venue. Details will be confirmed in advance of the selected matches.


The Tipperary Supporters Club held a very successful annual golf classic at Co. Tipperary Golf Club at Dundrum House on Thursday and Friday last. The Supporters Club would like to thank all those who sponsored teams and tees for their great generosity and continued support forTipperary hurling. It is much appreciated. The main prizewinners were 1st with 96 pts:  Andy Lacey / John Keaty Team – Noel Lacey, Jimmy Nolan, John Keaty and Noel Keaty;  2nd with 95 pts: Garrabridge Team – Conor Gleeson, Peter Kennedy, Ger Flanagan and Seamus Hickey; 3rd with 94 pts: Coolmore Team – Bobby Houlihan, Bobby O’Loane, Chris Coen and David Lawton. Longest Drive was won by Cian O’Mahony and Nearest the Pin by Martin McKeogh. The presentations to prizewinners were made by John Tierney, Chairman of the Supporters Club. Other speakers included Sean Nugent, Chairman of Tipperary County Board and Declan Ryan, Manager of the Tipperary Senior Hurling team. Special mention was made at the presentation of the late Chris Lacey who died in recent months and was a great supporter of the classic and other fund raising activities. Along with Frank Fitzgerald he was always joint sponsor of the Garrabridge team which finished second. Chris’s nephew Noel Lacey and three other relatives were members of the winning team which was sponsored by Supporters Club founding member and long-time promoter of the golf classic, Andy Lacey and his nephew John Keaty. MC for the prizegiving was Joe Tuohy, Supporters Club Secretary. Thanks are also due to the Crowe family and their staff at Dundrum House for the excellent arrangements as always and also to Eleonore Tuohy and Sadie Tierney for looking after team entries and the draw respectively.



The Tipperary Supporters Club All Ireland Under 16 Hurling Tournament for 2012 was launched at Dundrum House Hotel on Thursday last by Liam O’Neill, Uachtaran Cumann Luthchleas Gael.  Also present were Chairman of Tipperary County Board, Sean Nugent, Chairman of Tipperary Bord na nOg, Joe Kennedy, John Tierney, Chair of Tipperary Supporters Club, other officers of the Club and of both boards and representatives of participating counties. MC for the event was Neil Ryan, PRO of Tipperary Bord na nOg. The tournament will be played on Saturday and Sunday September 1and 2 with the group stages at North Tipperary venues with the finals at Semple Stadium subject to availability. The Groups drawn were as follows: Group 1:  Galway,Waterford and Offaly; Group 2: Laois, Dublin and Clare; Group 3: Antrim, Tipperary and Limerick and Group 4: Wexford, Kilkenny andCork. The top team in each group qualifies for the semi-finals with the second placed team in each group qualifying for t he shield semi-finals.



Thanks to all those who attended the Open Night at Semple Stadium last Thursday night.



You and a friend could be in with a chance to attend the first Skoda Tipperary GAA Supporters evening of 2012 which takes place on Thursday May 24 at Ryan Motor Power Skoda dealership in Clonmel at 7.30pm. There will be Tipperary GAA Legends in attendance on the night for a panel discussion with MC Paul Collins (Today FM) as we look forward to the championship double header againstLimerick (hurling) and Kerry (football) in Semple Stadium on Sunday, 27th May. You will be invited to take part in Questions & Answers with Paul and the Legends, avail of the free hospitality from Skoda and be in with a chance of going home with some new Skoda Tipperary GAA gear. Please go to the Tipperary GAA facebook page to apply www.tipperary.gaa.ie.



Tipperary edged out their Clare hosts by a point (2-12 to 1-14) in an entertaining senior hurling challenge at the official opening of the Clonlara GAA facilities on Sunday night last. We would like to thank Clonlara GAA and Clare County Board for invitingTipperary and their hospitality on the night.  For a match report go to www.tippsupportersclub.com .


Tipperary Intermediates

The Tipperary Intermediate Squad and Management are preparing for the forthcoming First Round game against Limerick in Nenagh on the 26th of May. The team’s captain this year is Eddie Connolly (Loughmore Castleiney) with Michael Gleeson (Thurles Sarsfields) as Vice Captain. There are concerns at present with 3 of the current panel nursing injuries and hoping to be fit for this important first round game. Ciaran Hough (Lorrha Dorrha) and Michael Gleeson (Thurles Sarsfields) have ankle injuries and James Barry (Upperchurch Drombane) suffered an injury against Offaly Seniors in Tullamore recently  .We would like to wish all concerned the best of luck and expect that a big Tipp contingent will be in Nenagh to support the teams on this very important and exciting weekend for the Premier County.  Thanks to Seán O’Meara for the update.


Tipperary GAA Scene and Westside

To read this week’s Tipperary GAA Scene and Westside please go to www.tippsupportersclub.com .




Adult members of the Tipperary Supporters Club will be entered in to draws for five pairs of tickets for each of Tipperary’s Munster and All-Ireland SH Championship matches.  To be entered in the draws and receive team announcements by text please renew your adult membership by 20th May, see below for details.



Ryan Motor Power, the official SKODA dealership in Tipperary is the new sponsor of the Tipperary Supporters Club Membership Scheme. Visit the Ryan Motor Power website at http://www.ryanmotorpower.com/contentv3/ or call 052 6180323. Ryan Motor Power are offering the following special discounts for members of the Tipperary Supporters Club: 10% off all servicing for all makes of car and 10% off all accessories purchased. Just quote your 2012 membership number to claim the discount from Ryan Motor Power.


As part of our annual membership drive and to increase awareness of the Tipperary Supporters Club in our 25th year we’ve joined the world of social media with a Tipperary Supporters Club Facebook page and Twitter account. Information on how to join in below.

Facebook Once you have a Facebook account go to www.facebook.com/TippSupportersClub and “Like” our page. You can visit our page for up to date membership information, the Facebook page will have lots of information including player and squad updates, relevant stories, match reports and all things of interest to Tipperary Hurling. There’s plenty of room for comments or to post pictures and photos of interest – so please join in. Photos from the Launch are posted there.

Twitter If you are a Twitter user, follow us @TippSupporters – the twitter account is a great way to get up to the minute information in a really quick and concise manner. Our Twitter account will also gather other Tipperary information of interest such as match updates – before the media has them, squad information and the thoughts of players, journalists and other interested parties.

Remember even if you don’t already have a Facebook or Twitter account, you can registers in a couple of minutes at www.facebook.com and www.twitter.com


Membership for 2012 is already proving to be a popular buy and is now available on www.tippsupportersclub.com and with usual local sellers. The member’s gift is a specially produced Tipperary Supporters bag. This bag is proving versatile as a shoe/boot bag and as a match day bag. 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 2012 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 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 ). Please pass on this email to your friends.

Keep up with all the news on www.tippsupportersclub.com, www.tipperary.gaa.ie, www.hoganstand.com and www.munstergaa.ie.

Ar aghaidh le Tiobraid Árann.

John Coman

Public Relations Officer

Tipperary Supporters Club

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