Dear Tipperary Supporter




The line up for the Tipperary Supporters Club 2013 membership launch is now complete with well-known Cahir entertainer Johnny B getting the event off to a flying start.  We are delighted to announce that the membership scheme is again kindly sponsored by Ryan Motor Power, Clonmel, main Skoda dealer www. ryanmotorpower.com  .  A lucky Tipperary supporter will win a 2013 GAA Season Ticket at the launch of the Tipperary Supporters Club Membership which takes place in the Horse and Jockey Hotel this Wednseday 16th January at 8pm.  Come along and hear first hand Eamon O’Shea speak of his plans for the year and meet members of the senior panel.  Successful Minor Manager William Maher will also outline his approach to 2013 so show your support by coming along.  This is always a good social night out with old friends and new and tea and sandwiches will be compliments of the Tipperary Supporters Club.


Membership for 2013 is now available on https://www.tippsupportersclub.com and the member’s gift is a specially produced soft feel Ski 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. 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 2013 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 r egular 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 present. 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 onwww.tippsupportersclub.com.


From Tipperary GAA Scene by County PRO Ger Ryan

The Tipperary senior hurlers will play Dublin in a challenge game at MacDonagh Park Nenagh on Sunday next January 20 at 2pm. Well done to the senior hurlers on their 1-22 to 1-13 victory over Offaly in last Sunday’s challenge game at Templemore. To read a report on the match go to www.tippsupportersclub.com and the Tipperary team management looked nice and warm in their Tipperary Supporters Club Winter hats at the game!  Thanks are due to the Loughmore Castleiney, JK Brackens, Emly and Lattin-Cullen clubs and Emly NS and Our Lady’s School Templemore for their hospitality in hosting the team for training sessions and games the last two Sundays. The first competitive outing of the year will be on Sunday January 27 at a Tipperary venue against the winners of the game on Saturday January 19 between Limerick and Mary Immaculate College.


2013 started on a very positive note for the Tipperary senior footballers with an impressive 2-9 to 1-9 victory over Cork in the McGrath Cup quarter final at Pairc Ui Rinn on Sunday last. We wish them luck for their semi-final which will be played on Sunday next January 20 against Waterford in Sean Treacy Park, Tipperary Town with a 2pm throw-in. Extra time will be played in the event of a draw. Admission is €10 for adults, €5 for students / OAPs with id and juveniles free. The winners will play Kerry in the final.


A course for those interested in becoming referees will be held on February 13, 18, 20 and 25 2013 in Sarsfields Centre, Thurles commencing each night at 8pm. It is an important objective of the County’s Strategic Plan and the Referees Committee to recruit new referees. It is important that anybody who intends taking the course is committed to being available to referee games on a regular basis. This is essential both to gain experience and to justify the effort put in to training new referees. Refereeing can be very rewarding and we would encourage every club to ensure they have at least one trained and qualified referee. The form to apply to attend the course is available on the Tipperary GAA website,www.tipperary.gaa.ie. Prospective referees are asked to note that the form must be signed by their Club Secretary and that their club must support their intention to pursue the referees course.


Congratulations to the big winners in the the Tipperary Clubs Draw for January which was held in The Village Inn Ballylooby on Friday night last – the Collins family of Bushy Park, Borrisokane who won a Skoda Octavia car or €15,000 and Una Hickey of Portroe who won a Skoda Fabia car or €10,000.  Also at the draw John Madden c/o Larry Fitzgerald, Killanure, Cahir was presented with his prize of a Car or €15,000 which he won in the December Draw and Larry Fitzpatrick who sold the winning ticket received €500 promoter’s prize.


The AGM of the Tipperary Association Dublin will take place in the Palace Bar, Fleet Street, Dublin 2 on Tuesday 22 January 2013 at 8.00 pm. All Tipp people living in or near Dublin are very welcome.


The Tipperary GAA website, www.tipperary.gaa.ie, had a massive 152% increase in visits in 2012 compared with 2011. The total number of visits rose from 163,000 to 412,000.  Over 80% of the visits were from Ireland and there was also a 150% increase in the number of unique visitors – up to 174,000 from 69,000. Well done to our web administrator, Ed Donnelly and his assistant, Trevor Hassett, on their dedication to keeping the website informative, interesting and up to date. Tipperary GAA is also doing well in the Twitter stakes – with 7,500 followers it is 3rd in the number of followers behind Cork with 13,000 and Tyrone with 8,000.


Clubs and schools are reminded that mouth guards are compulsory for all football games and training sessions for under18 teams and squads since January 1st. Mouth guards are available in most sports shops and the official GAA / GPA mouth guards are also available in Centra and SuperValu stores. For more information on mouth guards please refer to the GAA website,www.gaa.ie.


Munster GAA as part of its ongoing commitment to providing ongoing support and backup for the clubs of the province are holding a ‘Club Conference and Information Seminar’ titled ‘2020 Vision, Our Club’ in the INEC Centre, Killarney on Saturday February 2. The conference targets in excess of 300 clubs who are actively involved  in two major initiatives currently being delivered by the province, namely the ‘Club Child Development Programme’ and ‘Club Planning Programme’. In addition to receiving some valuable information on selected topics and challenges, in excess of 500 volunteers will have an open forum and opportunity to voice their opinions through a series of facilitated discussions. This event is a ‘must’ for all progressive clubs and volunteers in Munster. For details contact: clubforum.munster@gaa.ie or visitwww.munster.gaa.ie.< /p>


Good luck to the two Tipperary schools, Thurles CBS and Our Lady’s Templemore, in this week’s Harty Cup quarter finals. On Wednesday January 16, Our Lady’s will play Midleton CBS in Cahir at 1.30pm. On Thursday January 17, Thurles CBS will play Castletroy College Limerick in Sean Treacy Park, Tipperary Town at 1.30pm. The other two quarter finals will both be played on Wednesday January 16 at 1.30pm: Dungarvan Colleges v Blackwater C.S. Lismore in Fraher Field Dungarvan and Ardscoil Rís Limerick v Doon CBS in Bruff.


The annual GAA Games Development Conference was held in Croke Park last Saturday with over 700 people from GAA clubs in Ireland and abroad in attendance. The highlight of the event was the launching of the GAA’s new Coach 10 programme which sets out a comprehensive approach to all aspects of coaching in hurling and football and is one of the first such initiatives by any sporting organisation. The conference was recorded and all the sessions will be available onwww.gaa.ie in the next week. It’s well worth a look for all those involved in or interested in coaching.


We wish Simon Moroney of Clare every success in his new role as CEO / Secretary of the Munster Council of GAA. Simon is a previous holder of this office. Simon has stepped down as Chairman of the National Competitions Control Committee to take on this role. He has been replaced as CCC Chairman by Tony O’Keeffe of Kerry and in turn he has been replaced as a member of CCC by Tipperary’s Central Council Delegate, John Costigan of JK Brackens.


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