Dear Tipperary Supporter


The annual launch of the Tipperary Supporters Club Membership will take place in the Horse and Jockey Hotel on Tuesday 4th February at 8pm. Come along and hear Eamon O’Shea speak of his plans for the year and meet members of the senior panel.  Minor Manager, Liam Cahill and Under 21 Manager, TJ Connolly will also speak about the season ahead.  This is great chance to look forward to the 2014 season in good company.  Tea, coffee and refreshments will be provided after the meeting and we would urge all Tipperary supporters to join us and show your interest and support in what is always an interesting and enjoyable event.

Membership for 2014 is now available on http://www.tippsupportersclub.com/ and the member’s gift is a light soft feel 100% Polyester Neck Scarf, 1.2m x 15cm, specially produced in the traditional Blue & Gold Colours of Tipperary and featuring The Tipperary Supporters Club Official Logo. To see an image of this stylish scarf go to http://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 2014 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), if Tipperary reach the final. Also members can access a discount scheme and will get Championship and League team announcements by text as well as regular 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. 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 on www.tippsupportersclub.com and existing Junior Members will be automatically renewed and do not need to contact us unless they wish to update their contact details.

Go raibh míle maith agaibh.
Waterford Crystal SH
From Tipperary GAA Scene
(By Tim Floyd, Co Secretary)
Tipperary had a 14 point victory over Kerry in the Quarter Final of the Waterford Crystal Cup SH competition at Austin Stack Park, Tralee last Sunday, winning by 2-16 to 0-8. The heavy rain and cold weather made hurling difficult as Kerry proved stubborn opposition early on, but goals by Michael Cahill and Eoin Kelly in the second half put the game out of reach. To see the Tipperary team that lined out in Tralee go to www.tippsupportersclub.com.  Next Sunday Tipp play the semi final against UL in MacDonagh Park, Nenagh, at 2pm. Tipperary’s first Allianz League outing is at home to Waterford under lights in Semple Stadium on Saturday night February 15th. See below details of Season Ticket still available.
Under 21 Football
Tipp U21 Footballers are currently playing in the Hastings Cup – a competition organized by Longford County Board and last Saturday lost the third round by 0-14 to 0-8 against Meath in Dr Morris Park.  As a result of not finishing on top of their group, Tipp failed to qualify for the semi finals but next Sat we contest the Shield Final against Mayo in Longford.
County Intermediate Hurling League Final
The 2013 IH League final replay was finally concluded last Saturday in The Ragg and ended in victory for Moyne Templetuohy with the score 1-8 to Drom-Inch’s 0-6. This game brings the curtain down on the 2013 Co. games programme.
Post Primary Schools News
It was a disappointing week for Tipperary schools in the Harty Cup quarter finals as Thurles CBS lost to Rochestown on Wed and Our Ladys, Templemore bit the dust against Ard Scoil Rís, Limerick on Fri in Nenagh. Our interest now lies in the Munster “B” hurling where three Tipp schools have reached the semi finals. In the quarter finals last Wed, Cashel CC beat Borrisokane CC in Templemore, St Caimins Shannon lost to St Josephs Kilmallock in Rathkeale, St Josephs Tulla lost to St Mary Newport in Meelick and Roscrea CC beat St Annes Killaloe in Boher. The semi finals take place weekend Feb 1st and will see St Marys Newport play Roscrea CC and Cashel CC against St Josephs Kilmallock.
Premier Gold 2 in 1 Package…great value
Tipperary GAA supporters should check out the great value in the 2014 Premier Gold Plus Package at €200. This package gives the owner access to all adult club games, both divisional and county during 2014 plus all Allianz League matches in hurling or football. It also entitles the owner access to the opening Championship game in 2014 and the right to purchase thereafter. So whether it’s the local park, Semple Stadium or Croke Park, you can follow your teams all the way. For more details on the Premier Gold 2 in 1 Package, contact The GAA Merchandise Shop at Lár na Pairce, Thurles. 0504-22702
All-County Table Quiz:
Following the success of last year’s event, County Board will host the 2014 All-County Table Quiz on Friday, February 21st.  Once again, 80 general knowledge questions will be asked live on Tipp FM and every club will be expected to organize a venue and participate in the Quiz.  The winners from each venue will go forward to a County Final to be held in The Dome on Friday March 15th. Clubs should immediately book their local heat venue for Fri Feb 21st.
Club Affiliations:
Club secretaries are reminded to complete and return the 2014 Affiliation forms sent out to them before Christmas.  By rule, a club cannot participate in any competitions until this form is returned to the Co Rúnaí before Jan 31st.
Club Strategic Plans
Co Board is putting a big emphasis on clubs producing 3-5 year plans as soon as possible. So far just ten clubs, Nenagh Eire Óg, Newport, Upperchurch Drombane, Moyne Templetuohy, Kilsheelan-Kilcash, Moyle Rovers, Carrick Swans, Emly, Eire Óg Anacarthy and Galtee Rovers have completed their plans. Seven further clubs, Burgess, J K Brackens, Kilruane McDonagh’s, Borrisileigh, Gortnahoe-Glengoole, Ballybacon-Grange, and Newcastle have all held workshops so they are on the way. The remaining clubs are reminded that the Co Development Committee has facilitators who will visit clubs and assist them in completing the plan. There is no need for a big elaborate booklet, just a few pages with your targets laid out. For immediate assistance contact the Co Development Officer, Jimmy Minogue, 086-3704584.
McNamee Awards
For the first time ever GAA supporters and members can nominate entries for consideration for the 2013 McNamee Awards under the heading of National Media Award. The awards for 2013 will be presented at Croke Park next month and in a departure from previous years nominations are welcome from members of the public who would like attention drawn to a printed article from the national media for the high standards it reached. Previously only entries submitted by journalists, media organisations and units of the Association were eligible for consideration. The McNamee Awards honour excellence in the area of communications, public relations and journalism, specifically related to the activities of the Association. Applications for the 2013 McNamee Awards will be accepted and processed up until Thursday 23rd. It should be noted that only work published or completed in the 2013 calendar year is eligible for consideration and entries will not be returned. Please note: There is a limit of three photographs per entrant for the photographic award and one entry for all other categories. The awards scheme will be judged under the following headings:

  • Best GAA Publication
    To cover all GAA Publications, including Club publications, County Yearbooks and general histories.
  • Best GAA Website
    Covering the websites of all the Association’s units.
  • Best Professional Photograph
    Focussing on the best GAA-themed image from professionals.
  • Best Amateur Photograph

As above but open to amateur / non-working photographers

  • Best Programme
    To cater for all match day programmes produced for any level of the Association.
  • Best GAA related Radio Programme
    To cater for all GAA programming broadcast either nationally or locally.
  • Provincial Media Award
    To acknowledge high quality written journalism in a provincial publication.
  • National Media Award
    To acknowledge high quality written journalism in national daily or Sunday publication. * Also open to the public.
  • Irish Language Award / Gradam na Gaeilge
    To recognise excellence in the field of Irish language GAA journalism across all media/Aitheantas do ard-chaighdeán  iriseoireachta,  bainteach le CLG,  in aon bhrainse de mheáin na Gaeilge
  • Club Project Award (Digital & Social Media)
    A club only award, this category aims to acknowledge excellence in a one-off project across all forms of public relations, communication and digital activity.

A Hall of Fame Award / Outstanding Service Award will also be made in recognition of a prolonged personal involvement in the coverage of GAA activities to the highest standards. This person is selected by the GAA President. All entries should be marked “GAA McNamee Awards 2013” and addressed for the attention of Head of Media Relations Alan Milton, Croke Park, Dublin 3 or emailed to communications@gaa.ie. Entrants should also clearly state what category they are submitting their entry under.

The Equipment Scheme evening takes place in Scoil Ailbhe Primary School, Thurles, between 5.00pm and 8.00pm on Friday. 21st March, 2014. All order forms and information forms have been forwarded to schools by email. For more information contact Treasurer, Jerry McDonnell, 25 Ballingarrane, Clonmel.

Garda Vetting Information workshop for sports clubs and organisations
North Tipperary Local Sports Partnership is hosting an information evening on Garda Vetting for sports organisations and clubs on Wednesday 29th January from 6.30 -8.30pm in Nenagh Vocational School.Under the National Vetting Bureau Act 2012, all sport club members i.e. coaches, trainers, mentors etc… who provide sports activities to children and persons who are in direct contact with children or vulnerable persons on an on-going and regular basis need to be vetted. Once the Act commences it will be a legal requirement for individuals to complete the Garda Vetting process. To assist clubs in understanding the requirements placed upon them by this new Act, North Tipperary LSP have organised a 2 hour information workshop for sports clubs and organisations. A trained Irish Sports Council tutor will outline the procedures sports clubs are required to take to ensure all appropriate volunteers and coaches are vetted, and to address any questions or concerns that may exist. Upon completion of this workshop, participants will have a greater understanding of how to manage the reference checking process including Garda Vetting for volunteers. Cost per participant for this 2 hour workshop is €10. Workshops are limited to 30 attendees and places must be booked in advance. If a club/clubs wish to cluster together for a workshop, North Tipperary LSP will facilitate this workshop in the club’s meeting room. Participants must be over 18 years of age. To book your place, please contact Sharon at  sharon@ntsp.ie to receive an application form. Note, closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 24th January. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
Player and Member Registration Now Open for 2014
Clubs can now register their players and their members for the 2014 season on the GAA’s online registration system (people.gaa.ie/admin). When logged on, go to the ‘Register Members’ page and complete the necessary steps.
This page will contain the details of all of those people who have been registered with the Club in previous years. To add new members to the Club, go to ‘Add and View Members’, click on the ‘Add’ button, select ‘Member’ and complete the necessary steps. Please note that anyone whose name is in red on either the ‘register’ page or the ‘add and view member page’, is unregistered for the current year. Please ensure that all members, including all players, are registered. The deadline for registration to allow voting rights is March 31. Over 500,000 people were registered on the system in 2013.
Help & Training: Each Club will have access to the system either through their Secretary or Registrar. For any queries on access to the system, or on the system functionality, please call the Servasport Helpdesk on:
Email:  gaasupport@servasport.com
Phone: ROI: 04890 313 845
Help information is also available by clicking on the following links:
Re-Registering a member
Bulk Re-Register members
Adding a new member
Please note that online training will not take place in 2014 as training resources are now available on the Association’s e-learning portal.  To access a training document and videos, visit – http://myt.r.mailjet.com/redirect/fktvtf6t5w43f5qdlcvrb9/learning.gaa.ie/node/69412

The Nenagh Éire Óg Healthy Club Project
Nenagh Eire Óg will host a ‘Well Being and Mental Health’ night on Friday, January 24th at 7.30pm in  the Abbey Court Hotel, Nenagh. This event represents an opportunity for club members and the wider community to become informed on the many issues surrounding depression and mental health. Nenagh Éire Óg hope to create awareness and offer hope in the areas of depression, loneliness and isolation. Speakers on the night include Conor Cusack, Tony Butler and Séamus Hennessy. In addition, a number of organisations will be present with information.

Tipperary Association Dublin AGMThe Annual General meeting of the Tipperary Association Dublin will be held in the Palace Bar, Fleet Street, Dublin 2 on Tuesday 18 February 2014 at 8.00 pm.  All current and potential new members are invited to attend.  Any amendments to the rules or motions must be submitted to the Honorary
Secretary 10 days before the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 />AGM: Pat Ryan, Honorary Secretary, Tipperary Association Dublin, 11 Foxfield Grove, Raheny, Dublin 5 or by email to



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Ar aghaidh le Tiobraid Árann.

John Coman
Public Relations Officer
Tipperary Supporters Club

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