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Tipperary County Board Press Release – Appointment of Tipperary Senior Hurling Management Team


Tipperary County Board is pleased to announce that the County Management Committee has tonight agreed to nominate for approval by County Board the appointment of Michael Ryan and Paudie O’Neill to join Manager, Eamon O’Shea, on the senior hurling management team. Michael Ryan will take on the role of Assistant Manager, while Paudie O’Neill will have responsibility for coaching the team.

Michael Ryan from the Upperchurch Drombane club played 24 senior hurling championship games for Tipperary in a senior inter-county career that started in 1991 versus Limerick and ended with his retirement in 2000. He won Munster and All-Ireland SH championships in 1991. He won Munster and All Ireland U-21 hurling championships in 1989, a Munster U-21 hurling championship in 1990 and a Munster minor hurling championship in 1987. He also won two NHL titles in 1994 and 1999. He played for the Upperchurch Drombane club at all levels. Michael was previously a member of the Tipperary senior hurling management team from 2008 to 2010 during which time Tipperary won the All Ireland senior hurling championship in 2010, the Munster senior hurling championship in 2008 and 2009 and the Allianz Hurling League title in 2008.

Paudie O’Neill is a native of Clonmel and now resides in Dublin. He played hurling with St. Mary’s and football with Commercials in Clonmel and represented Tipperary at minor and under 21 level in hurling and at all levels in football. He also played senior hurling for Dublin. He has been heavily involved in the coaching of hurling at his school and with his club Ballyboden St. Enda’s; he has also coached and managed Dublin under 21 and minor hurling teams. Paudie played a leading role in the development and delivery of the GAA Coach Education Programme at national level and he has managed Irish teams in the annual Shinty/Hurling internationals.

Both Michael and Paudie bring great experience and ability to the Tipperary senior hurling management team and with Eamon O’Shea, they will provide strong leadership to the Tipperary senior hurlers. Tipperary County Board is delighted that they have made themselves available to take on these important and voluntary roles and we wish them every success.

The Tipperary Supporters Club would like to wish Eamonn, Michael and Paudie all the very best in their new roles and we look forward to providing every support possible in the campaigns ahead.  Go néirí go geal libh!






Congratulations to Thurles Sarsfields on winning their 32nd county senior hurling final by defeating a gallant Drom and Inch team by 1-21 to 2-15 on Sunday at Semple Stadium. It was a highly entertaining game and great credit is due to both sides for the sporting manner in which it was played. Credit and thanks are also due to referee Fergal Horgan, who did an excellent job in charge of his first county senior hurling final, his linesmen, Philip Kelly and John O’Brien and his team of umpires. Thurles Sarsfields captain, Padraic Maher, received the Dan Breen Cup from County Chairman Sean Nugent and Aidan McCormack of Sarsfields was a deserved winner of the Man of the Match Award, sponsored by John Quirke Jewellers of Cahir, having scored 1-6 from play. Sarsfields now have a tough challenge ahead in the AIB Munster club hurling championship when they take on Limerick champions, Kilmallock in Kilmallock onSunday October 28. We wish them every success in their preparations for this important game. Having own their 4th title in 8 years, Sarsfields have the potential to do very well in the club championship. Loughmore Castleiney were the last Tipperary team to win the Munster club title in 2007. Well done also to Ger Corbett and his team for another well produced county final programme; County CCC Chairman, Michael Bourke, Secretary, Tom Maher, and their committee for the well planned “Clar an Lae” and all the stewards and others who helped make Sunday such an enjoyable day for all followers of hurling in Tipperary.  To read match reports go to www.tipperary.gaa.ie .




Congratulations to Silvermines on their 2-21 to 0-10 victory over Ballina to win the county Intermediate hurling final at Semple Stadium on Sunday last. It is Silvermines’ second title at this grade, having previously won the title in 1999. Their captain, Cathal Gleeson received the Jacksie Ryan Cup from County Vice-Chairman, Michael Bourke and 19 year old Jason Forde was a deserving winner of the John Quirke Jewellers sponsored Man of the Match Award.




The Cappawhite panel and officials which won the County senior hurling championship in 1987 were the jubilee team guests atSunday’s county finals in Semple Stadium. A reception for the team was held in the Dome before the games, the players were introduced to the attendance between the Intermediate and Senior finals and a function was held afterwards in Dundrum House Hotel. Thanks are due to the Tipperary Star, Dundrum House Hotel, Seamus J King, John Costigan, Pat Carey, Cappawhite GAA club, Lenny Fitzgerald for preparing the player citations and all who helped make this such a memorable occasion for the Cappawhite team which won the club’s only county senior hurling title with a 1-17 to 2-13 victory over Loughmore Castleiney in 1987.




The county senior football championship is reaching the closing stages with the two quarter-finals down for decision on Saturday next,October 20. Defending champions, Thomas MacDonaghs will take on newly crowned and first time West champions Éire Óg Annacarty in The Ragg at 4pm and Clonmel Commercials will play Arravale Rovers in Cahir also at 4pm. South champions Killenaule and Mid champions,  Loughmore Castleiney qualified for the semi-finals by virtue of winning their divisional titles and last county championship ties. The semi-finals will be played on the weekend of October 28 with the final on Sunday, November 4.




The 2013 Tipperary GAA Yearbook is being compiled at present and the Yearbook committee is seeking articles and information for inclusion. Clubs that have accomplished any unique achievement in 2012 such as winning a major title for the first time, achieving a double, opening new dressing rooms or a new grounds, etc are requested to send through an appropriate article for inclusion. The Yearbook committee are looking to all clubs to submit any obituaries of their deceased members in the last 12 months. The maximum number of words for an obituary is 150 and please include the club name and the years also, e.g. 1935-2012, as well as his/her GAA achievements and a photograph of the deceased person. The deadline for sending information is November 1.  Please e-mail information and photographs (which must be named) to John Smith, Secretary Tipperary Yearbook Committee atyearbook.tipperary@gaa.ie.  Photographs can also be posted to John Smith c/o Tipperary GAA Office, Slieve namon Road, Thurles. Please note information must be submitted as outlined above and all articles, photographs etc will be acknowledged.  If an acknowledgement is not received please contact the Yearbook Secretary at 087-9960710.




A book written by Roscrea native and Kilkenny resident, Jim Fogarty, entitled “The Dan Breen Cup – Tipperary County SH Finals 1931-2011” will be launched in the Horse and Jockey Hotel on Friday, October 19 at 8pm by Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh. This book is sure to be an entertaining read and has been written by fanatical hurling fan, Jim Fogarty, who for many years was county librarian in Kilkenny. Now retired, Jim has turned his hand to writing and his eagerly awaited book will tell the story of Tipperary county senior hurling finals since 1931. All are welcome to what should be a great night on the 19th and congratulations to Jim on all the research and preparation that has gone into this work.




Tipperary defeated Waterford by 2-13 to 1-8 in their first match in the Munster Under 17 Football competition played at Dr. Morris Park Thurles on Monday night. Tipperary played with the aid of the wind in the first half and dominated possession to lead by 2-11 to 0-1 at half-time despite hitting 10 wides. Waterford’s play improved in the second half as both sides rang the changes and though Tipperary only managed two second half points, they still ran out eight point winners. Tipperary’s next matches in this competition are against Limerick on Monday next at 7:30pm in Mick Neville Park Rathkeale and on Friday week October 26th v Clare at 7:30pm in Dr. Morris Park. The Tipperary starting line-up v Waterford was as follows – Jack McDonald (Clonmel Commercials); Shane O’Connell (Golden-Kilfeacle), James Bergin (JK Brackens), Timmy Dunne (Gortnahoe-Glengoole); Michael Meagher (Grangemockler-Ballyneale), James Feehan (Killenaule), Luke Boland (Moyle Rovers); Jerry Cr onin (Ardfinnan), Colin O’Riordan (JK Brackens); David Hayes (Fethard), Paul Shanahan (Upperchurch-Drombane), John Joe Ryan (Clonakenny); Dominic Walsh (Moyle Rovers), Mark Russell (Lattin-Cullen), William Carroll (Ballina).




Congratulations to Burgess Duharra on their 1 point victory by 0-9 to 1-5 over defending champions Drom and Inch in the county senior camogie final played at the Camogie Grounds, The Ragg on Saturday last. Amy Kennedy scored a spectacular winning point for Burgess Duharra who will now play Cork champions Milford or St. Catherine’s in the Munster club championship on November 4.




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