Dear Tipperary Supporters,


The Tipperary Supporters Club launched the 2013 Adult Membership on Wednesday, January 16th at the Horse & Jockey Hotel. A very good attendance travelled from far and wide including all parts of Tipperary and Ennis, Kildare, Laois, Dublin, Kilkenny and Cork and included Eamon O’Shea, Senior Manager, William Maher, Minor Manager, and players Paul Curran, Eoin Kelly, Brendan Maher, John McGrath and Bill Maher.  County Board Officers were also present. Eamon O’Shea launched the Membership and he thanked the Tipperary Supporters Club for all their help and urged all Tipperary Supporters to join as a practical way of showing support for the team. He said that the Panel, which had trained in Thurles earlier that evening, were looking forward to the start of the Waterford Crystal Cup and Allianz Hurling League where they planned to give competitive and committed performances.  William Maher also thanked the Tipperary Supporters Club for its help with the successful 2012 All-Ireland Minor campaign and outlined his approach for the year ahead.
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 Championship 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 thanks Ryan Motor Power for its generous sponsorship; please support our sponsors.


Entertainment on the night was provided by Johnny B, of Tipperary Rap fame.  The multi-talented Johnny is also a fine hurley-maker and he brought brought along some of his hurleys on the night. See more details on


http://www.facebook.com/Johnobrienhurleys.  Please support our supporters.  The draw for the GAA Season Ticket on the night was won by John Sheehy of Boherlahan who lives in Kilkenny.





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.


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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Ar aghaidh le Tiobraid Árann.

John Coman
Public Relations Officer
Tipperary Supporters Club

Twitter: @TippSupporters

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