Dear Tipperary Supporter


The Tipperary senior hurling team to play Dublin in the Allianz Hurling league semi-final at Semple Stadium on Sunday has 5 changes from the team which defeated Clare in the last group game. Brendan Cummins, Donagh Maher, Patrick Maher, Pa Bourke and Jason Forde are selected in place of Darren Gleeson, Paul Curran, Conor O’Brien, John O’Dwyer and Eoin Kelly.

1.      Brendan Cummins (Ballybacon Grange)

2.      Paddy Stapleton (Borris-Ileigh)

3.      Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)

4.      Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields)

5.      Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh)

6.      Conor O’Mahony (Newport)

7.      Donagh Maher (Burgess)

8.      Noel McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)

9.      Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch)

10.  Seamus Callanan (Drom and Inch)

11.  Lar Corbett (Thurles Sarsfields)

12.  Patrick Maher (Lorrha and Dorrha)

13.  Shane Bourke (JK Brackens)

14.  Pa Bourke (Thurles Sarsfields)

15.  Jason Forde (Silvermines).


ALLIANZ HURLING LEAGUE SEMI-FINALS FROM TIPPERARY GAA SCENE BY COUNTY PRO GER RYAN Good luck to the Tipperary senior hurlers for the Allianz Hurling League semi-final against Dublin on Sunday next April 21 at Semple Stadium at 2pm. Brian Gavin of Offaly will referee the game. It will be the 30th league encounter between the counties with 17 wins for Tipperary, 8 for Dublin and 4 draws in the previous 29 games. They last met in the 2012 group stages at Croke Park on March 24 with the result a draw on a scoreline of 0-21 to 2-15. Tipperary’s last win against Dublin in the league was on March 29, 2009 at Semple Stadium by 2-19 to 4-11. Dublin’s last win was on February 19, 2011 at Croke Park by 1-16 to 1-15. Dublin’s last league win against Tipperary on Tipp soil was in Thurles on February 10, 1946 when they had a comprehensive 9-6 to 2-2 victory – let’s hope there’s no repeat of that on Sunday. Sunday’s game will also be the first semi-final meeting between the sides – they previously met in quarter-finals in 1947 and 1997 with Tipp winning on both occasions.  To read Irish Independent articles by Jackie Cahill and Martin Breheny go to www.tippsupportersclub.com .

Sunday’s games are all ticket with both stands and no terraces open. Tickets cost €20 each and can be purchased online at www.gaa.ie, at selected Centra and SuperValu stores or at ticket booths on the day. Student/OAP tickets cost €10 – purchase €20 ticket at booth and receive €10 concession refund at Stiles 1 Old stand and 53 New stand. Juvenile tickets are €5 accompanied by adult. All tickets are stand specific unreserved seating. Group passes cost €3 per child with 1 adult free with every 10 – application details have been sent to clubs. Season ticket holders can use their pass at Stiles 14 Old Stand and 50 New Stand. All ticket booths will be open 2 hours before the start of the first game. Supporters are encouraged to come early and to purchase tickets in advance if at all possible.


Well done to the Tipperary minor hurlers on their 2-18 to 1-15 victory over Waterford at Walsh Park last Thursday night in the Electric Ireland Munster minor hurling championship quarter-final. They will play Limerick in the semi-final at Semple Stadium on June 26.


Tipperary will play Waterford in a senior hurling challenge game at Davin Park, Carrick-on-Suir on Friday May 17 at 7.30pm as part of a series of events commemorating the GAA’s founder, first President and Carrick-on-Suir native, Maurice Davin. A statue of Davin will be unveiled at Davin Park on Saturday June 1. Further details of all the events on June 1 weekend will be published shortly. Maurice Davin’s role in the founding and development of the GAA has often been understated but his contribution was significant and without the foresight, passion and commitment of Davin and his co-founders, we would have no GAA today. We hope there will be a big attendance for the game on May 17 and the unveiling on June 1 to honour this great Tipperary and Irish man.


Tipperary will play Cork in a senior hurling challenge game at Cloughduv, Co. Cork on Sunday May 12 at 7pm to mark the official opening of Cloughduv GAA’s new complex. Entertainment for the weekend is being provided by John Spillane on Saturday 11th May and by Natural Gas Dance Band on the Sunday evening of the 12th.


The Tipperary Supporters Club Annual Golf Classic will take place on May 16 and 17 in the County Tipperary Golf and Country Club, Dundrum. Teams cost €600 for a team of four with four course meal included. This is an important event to raise funds for the training and preparation of the Tipperary senior hurling team and any support by way of team or tee sponsorship is greatly appreciated. For details of teams and tee/green sponsorship please go to www.tippsupportersclub.com.  This event is always very enjoyable and we look forward to meeting friends old and new on the day.


In the build up to the closing stages of the Allianz Hurling League and the Munster and All-Ireland Championships, every person applying for the Tipperary GAA Credit Card in the Thurles Branch of Bank of Ireland will be entered in to a special draw for Tipperary Supporters umbrellas, key rings and other gifts.  Just contact Andy Kinane in the Branch or call 0504 21511. If you can’t call, simply print off the application form on this link and post it to Bank of Ireland, Liberty Square, Thurles https://www.tippsupportersclub.com/join/credit-card/ .

Tipperary Supporters Club invites all Tipperary Supporters to apply for the Tipperary Credit Card in conjunction with Bank of Ireland and MasterCard. The Credit Card features the majestic Rock of Cashel (see image of Card on www.tippsupportersclub.com ). At no cost to the Card holder Bank of Ireland will donate €15 to Tipperary GAA for every card issued along with a small percentage of ongoing spending.

The Tipperary Credit Card has an attractive interest rate of 17.2% APR. In addition any balances transferred to the Tipperary Credit Card will attract a special lower interest rate of 2.9% for twelve months. You can become a Tipperary Credit Card holder regardless of which Bank you are a customer.

Along with attractive terms and conditions this special offer is open to Tipperary Credit Card holders: 10% discount on all purchases with the Tipperary Credit Card at the Tipp GAA merchandise shop in Thurles and the merchandise shop at Semple Stadium on match days.

All Tipperary people can apply for this card immediately as another means of showing your support for your county; already over €50,000 has been raised for Tipperary hurling in this way.  You can apply at any Bank of Ireland branch in Co. Tipperary or by telephoning Bank of Ireland at 0504 21511 where Bank of Ireland staff will fill out the form for you.


Commiserations to the Tipperary under 21 footballers on their defeat in last week’s Munster under 21 football final. Thanks are due to the players, to Manager, David Power, Selectors Gerry McGill and Pat Moroney and the backroom team for the great efforts to put in to preparing for this championship. With many of the side underage again next year, a second Munster under 21 football title for Tipperary is a realistic goal in the coming years.


Good luck to the Tipperary minor footballers and management for their opening game in the Electric Ireland Munster championship on Saturday next, April 20 against Clare in Ennis at 7pm. The game will be refereed by Brendan Stack of Limerick. The winners will play the winners of the Cork v Kerry quarter-final in the semi-final on May 15 while the losers will play the losers of the Waterford v Limerick semi-final on Saturday April 27.


Tipperary County Board would like to thank all the Tipperary people who supported its New York Fundraising Gathering at Gaelic Park, New York on Saturday April 6 last. It was a very successful venture and the travelling party led by County Chairman, Sean Nugent, and Senior Hurling manager, Eamon O’Shea are very grateful for both the welcome and support received during the visit.


The winners of the 2011 and 2012 McNamee Awards have been confirmed by the GAA. These Awards, the GAA National Communication and Media Awards named after the late Pádraig McNamee, former President of the GAA, Chairman of the GAA Commission (1969-1971) and member of RTÉ authority. They are presented annually in recognition of outstanding contributions made by individuals and Association units in the area of media and communications. From a Tipperary perspective, the most notable award winner is the 2011 Hall of Fame winner, Michael Dundon, former editor of the Tipperary Star and still a practicing journalist. His son Noel is also a Tipperary Star journalist. A Thurles native, Michael is synonymous with Gaelic games and Premier County activity specifically and is still active on the GAA scene covering local games for the Tipperary Star and other papers, a paper he first worked as a trainee in 1963. A former Thurles Sarsfields hurler, he brought his passion and expertise to bear on his coverage of games at all levels, not least those at inter-county level right up to All-Ireland finals over the course of many years. Michael has been involved in the publication of 2500 editions of the Tipperary Star and served as editor between the years of 1987 and 2011 covering major successes for the county in that period. We congratulate Michael on his award which was presented to him by Uachtaran, Liam O’Neill at a special function in Croke Park last Saturday night. Well done also to the other award winners and to the Committee responsible for the McNamee Awards, which is chaired by Liz Howard.


Clann Tiobraid Árann   Baile Átha Cliath Teo

The President of the Tipperary Association Dublin wishes to invite you to a Press Reception to announce the Association’s Tipperary Person of the Year and the Hall of Fame Awards for 2012  in the Palace Bar, Fleet Street, Dublin 2 on Monday 22nd April 2013 at 6.00 pm. Further information available from: Liam Myles, President: 087 2866018, Pat Ryan, Secretary: 087 6376663. Refreshments will be served. Reception kindly sponsored by Noel Dever, Diageo (Ireland) Ltd.


The Munster Final of Scór Sinsear took place in Templemore on Saturday evening last. Bhí an Saol Fódhlach i láthair chun scoth na siamsaíochta a bhlaiseadh. Bean an Tí for the evening was Seosaimhín Ní Chathail, Oifigeach Gaeilge is Cultúir an Chontae agus chuir sí fáilte croíiúil roimh na hiomaitheoirí, na haíonna, na moltóirí agus an lucht féachana ó cheann ceann na Cúige. Bhí scoth den cheol, den rince, den amhránaíocht, den drámaíocht agus dar ndóigh den aithriseoireacht le clos is le feiscint i rith na hóiche agus bhí ard mholadh tuillte ag na hiomaitheoirí uile. Nuair a d’fhógair an Bhean an Tí na torthaí ag deireadh na hóiche, thóg Tiobraid Árann ceithre Chraobh leo. Bhí an bua ag Sinéad Grant as An Chaisleán Nua san Amhránaíocht Aonair. Bhuaigh an Tulach Sheasta an Bhailéad Ghrúpa. Thóg Nollaig Seoighe, Cathaoirleach Scór an Chontae, an Craobh leis san Aithriseoireacht le scéilin iontach faoi iománaí bocht a dhein é acht ar an bpáirc imeartha! B’iad J.K.Brackens a chuir na sluaite ag rince arís nuair a bhuadar Comórtas an Rince Seit faoi stiúir Johnny Delaney. Bhíodar go léir gealgháireach ag ceiliúradh agus tá súil againn go léir go ndéanfaidh siad gaisce i gCraobh Na hÉireann i nDoire ar an seachtú lá is fichead. Tiobraid Árann Abú. Comhghairdeas le na clubanna uile ó Thiobraid Árann a ghlac páirt in imeachtaí na hóiche. We salute you all for your excellent participation.


Hi John

Thank you so much for having me as the Tipp mascot on the 31/03/13 in Semple Stadium Thurles. It was brilliant, I left the house really early with my family to be up there in time. When we arrived at the Stadium we took our seats and watched the team warm up. Then my Dad and I met up with you and we went down onto the pitch. I got my picture taken with the referee, linesmen, Clare captain and the Tipp captain Shane McGrath. Then I got into the team photo. I met loads of people like chairman Sean Nugent! It was a great view watching the match from the commentary box. Then at half time a man called David Byrnes interviewed me it was so cool! After that I went into the press box where I met secretary Tim Floyd! Then I went back down to my family to watch the second half! It was an unreal experience that I will never forget. Thank you very much John. From Kate!

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


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 Champio nship 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.  Membership is available from anywhere in the world and the membership pack will be posted to whereever you are.  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 than ks Ryan Motor Power for its generous sponsorship; please support our sponsors.

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Ar aghaidh le Tiobraid Árann.

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