Dear Tipperary Supporter




We would like to take this opportunity to wish a Happy Christmas to all adult and junior members of the Tipperary Supporters Club  and to thank all those who have contributed to the Club during 2012. We are all looking forward to an enjoyable and successful new year for Tipperary club and county teams on the playing fields.




The annual launch of the Tipperary Supporters Club Membership will take place in the Horse and Jockey Hotel on Wednseday 16th January at 8pm.  Come along and hear Eamon O’Shea speak of his plans for the year and meet members of the senior panel.


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 ).  Please note that it may be after Christmas when the gift i s delivered by post. Junior Membership is free onwww.tippsupportersclub.com.



To view the video interview with Eamon O’Shea go to www.tipperary.gaa.ie .  To read Jackie Cahill’s interview with Eamon O’Shea go to https://www.facebook.com/tiobraidaranngaa.




The county under 21 A hurling semi-finals will be played this Sunday December 23. Clonoulty Rossmore will play Killenaule in Leahy Park, Cashel at 12 noon and Kilruane MacDonaghs will play Thurles Sarsfields at 1.30pm in Templemore. Extra time will be played in both games if necessary and the final is scheduled for Sunday December 30. It is interesting to note that all 4 clubs have a prominent recent history of involvement in the latter stages of the County under 21 championship. Kilruane MacDonaghs have won 5 of the last 7 North titles and Thurles Sarsfields have won 5 of the last 7 Mid titles. Killenaule won 6 South Under 21 A Hurling titles in a row from 2000 to 2005. The next 6 titles were shared between Carrick Swan (3), Ballingarry (2) and Moyle Rovers before Killenaule regained the title on Sunday last. Clonoulty-Rossmore have won 6 of the last 8 West Under 21 A Hurling titles.


In the B championship Golden Kilfeacle defeated Skeheenarinky last weekend to qualify for the final. The second semi-final between Kildangan and Upperchurch Drombane will be played in Templetuohy on Saturday December 22 at 1.30pm. The final is scheduled for Saturday December 29.



To read a report on the Tipperary involvement in UCC’s successful Fitzgibbon Cup campaign go to https://www.facebook.com/tiobraidaranngaa where you can see lots of other interesting articles, including Dr Harty Cup fixtures.




Congratulations to John Smith (Durlas Og) on being elected County Coaching and Games Development Officer at last Monday night’s County Convention. He replaces Nicholas Moroney (St. Patrick’s) who has completed his 5 year term. We thank Nicholas for his contribution to the progress made in coaching and games development over the last 5 years and wish him well in his new role as Chairman of St. Patrick’s club.




Congratulations to the new officers of the Football Board who were elected at the Football Convention last week. Officers elected were Chairman – Joe Hannigan (Shannon Rovers); Vice-Chairman – Hugh Coghlan (Moyne Templetuohy); Secretary – JJ Crowley (Grangemockler Ballyneale); PRO – PJ Leahy (Moyne Templetuohy). Special thanks are due to outgoing Chairman and Secretary, Noel Morris and Michael Power respectively, who both have made a great contribution to the GAA in Tipperary and hopefully will make further contributions in the future. They shall have treasured memories of Tipperary’s minor football All Ireland success in 2011 and their leadership of the Football Board contributed significantly to that success. They leave Tipperary football on very sound foundations from which the new officer board will seek to achieve further success.




There have been a number of new divisional officers elected in recent weeks. We wish new West Board Chairman, Tom English, new South Board Secretary, Seamus Mullins and new Mid Board Treasurer, Liz Flanagan success for their terms and send our good wishes and thanks to their predecessors, Roger Kennedy, Noel Byrne and Jim Max respectively.




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




To mark the retirement of Declan Browne from the playing fields, Jonathan Cullen  will be presenting a two hour show with Declan on Thursday December 27 between 10am and 12 noon on Tipp Mid-West Radio. If people are not able to tune in via their radio it will also be on line at www.tippmidwestradio.com. As well as discussing his GAA career and life to date Jonathan will also be playing some of Declan’s favourite music. There will also be many special guests on the programme including Sean Kelly, Seamus McCarthy and Paul Fitzgerald.  We wish Declan all the very best for the future.




The Tipperary Clubs Draw for December was hosted last Friday night by the Moycarkey-Borris GAA club at Darmody’s Lounge in Littleton. Christmas came early for tow lucky big prize winners – John Madden (ticket sold by Ballylooby Castlegrace GAA Club) won a Skoda Octavia or €15,000 and Patrick McNamara (ticket sold by Ballinahinch GAA Club) won a Skoda Fabia or €10,000. Well done to them both and thanks to Moycarkey-Borris GAA club and Darmody’s Lounge for hosting the event.



The Tipperary Yearbook is now on sale throughout the county for just €10. There are 274 pages in this year’s publication with a wide range of articles covering all GAA activities in the county during the year gone by. The county’s 2 All Ireland and 4 Munster final victories are recounted as well as much more. The Yearbook includes an article on the actvities of the Tipperary Supporters Club in 2012.  Well done to the Publications Committee led by Chairman, Seamus King, and Secretary, John Smith, on their great work compiling and editing articles for the Yearbook.


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