Dear Tipperary Supporter

From Tipperary GAA Scene by acting County PRO Ed Donnelly

Tipperary recorded a 2-24 to 2-17 victory over Clare in last Sunday’s Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Semi-Final at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick. This win sets up a meeting with Kilkenny in the League Final fixed for Sunday week May 4th at 3:30pm in Semple Stadium Thurles, a repeat of the 2013 Final won by Kilkenny at Nowlan Park. Michael Breen (Ballina) made his League debut on Sunday last as a substitute and became the 32nd player which has seen action for Tipperary in this season’s League.

Clann Tiobraid Árann Baile Átha Cliath Teo

The Annual Tipperary Association Dublin awards

will be presented at the Awards Dinner and Function on

Saturday 3 May 2014 in the

Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Newlands Cross, Naas Road, Dublin 22

Complimentary pre-dinner drinks at 7.00pm.

Tipperary Person of the Year: Brendan Cummins (Legendary Tipperary Hurling Goalkeeper)

Hall of Fame Award: Michael Berkery

(Former General Secretary, IFA and Chairman FBD)

Tickets (priced at €40 each) must be booked and paid for in advance to:

Pat Ryan, 11 Foxfield Grove, Raheny, Dublin 5 (psoriain@eircom.net Mob: 0876376663) or from Liam Myles (liammyles1@yahoo.ie Mob.: 087 2866018). Cheques/drafts payable to Tipperary Association Dublin Limited.

Closing date: Monday 28 April 2014 To book tickets call: 087 6376663

The Tipperary Association Dublin Ltd.



Tipperary and Clare will contest the Allianz Football League Division 4 Final on Saturday next April 26th at 5:00pm in Croke Park. Noel Mooney (Cavan) is the referee. The game will serve as a curtain-raiser to the Division 3 Final between Cavan and Roscommon. Tipperary have been very impressive in the League to date, securing promotion with 1 round to spare after 5 wins and a draw in their first 6 games, including a 3-9 to 0-14 victory over Saturday’s opponents Clare in a game played at Semple Stadium Thurles on March 9th. We would ask all Tipperary supporters, in particular those based in Dublin to come out and support the team on Saturday evening in Croke Park as we look to bring home another football trophy to the county.
Tipperary’s last promotion from Division 4 and appearance in a Division 4 Final was in 2008 when Tipperary lost to Offaly by 2-13 to 0-12. Brian Coen scored 10 of Tipperary’s 12 points on that occasion. The Tipperary team which lost to Offaly in the 2008 Division 4 Final lined out as follows – Paul Fitzgerald (Fethard); Aidan Foley (Moyle Rovers), Mark Peters (Galtee Rovers), Ciaran McDonald (Aherlow); Paddy Codd (Killenaule), Robbie Costigan (Cahir), Cian Maher (Fethard); Kevin Mulryan (JK Brackens), George Hannigan (Shannon Rovers); Philip Austin (Borrisokane), Eoin Kearney (Ballyporeen), Laurence Coskeran (Aherlow); Damien O’Brien (Eire Og Annacarty), Seamus Grogan (Aherlow), Brian Coen (Fethard). Subs used – Paul Johnson (Moyle Rovers) for Maher (25 mins), Brian Jones (Arravale Rovers) for Kearney, Eamon Hanrahan (Clonmel Commercials) for Hannigan (both half-time), Shane Stapleton (Golden-Kilfeacle) for Austin (52), Hugh Coghlan (St. Vincent’s) for Codd (62).


Tipperary forwards have done well in the scoring stakes during the 2014 Allianz Hurling and Football Leagues. In Hurling, Seamus Callanan (Drom & Inch) is the leading scorer across all the divisions with a tally of 5 goals and 52 points with 1-37 coming from placed balls and 4-15 from play. TJ Reid is the top Kilkenny scorer in the League to date with 4-20 leaving Callanan in an unassailable lead heading in to the League Final. John O’Dwyer (Killenaule) is also in the top 10 of Division 1A scorers having accounted for 1-24 to date.

Meanwhile in Gaelic Football, Ballyporeen’s Conor Sweeney currently sits on top of the highest scorer list across all the divisions having accounted for 5 goals and 41 points, an aggregate total of 56 points which will certainly be good enough for the honour of being the top scorer in Division 4. With the four Division Finals down for decision this weekend, Conor is 8 points clear of his nearest rival across all the divisions (Derry’s Mark Lynch who has scored 2-42 – 48 points). In addition to Conor’s achievements, Aherlow forward Barry Grogan’s tally of 5-22 (37 points) is good enough to be in the top 3 of Division 4 scorers and in the top 10 across all divisions.


Tipperary secured a hard earned victory over Waterford at Fraher Field Dungarvan in last Wednesday’s first round game in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship. Jamie Bergin (Drom & Inch) scored a goal in each half to ensure Tipperary won by 2-11 to 2-7. Victory for the Premier County ensured that a streak of Tipperary winning at least one game in each Munster Minor Football Championship since 2001 continued. Tipperary have now qualified for the Munster semi-final where they will play the defending Munster champions Kerry in May at Semple Stadium Thurles in a repeat of the 2013 Munster Final at this grade.


The Clean Ireland Recycling County Senior Hurling Championship continues this weekend with 12 games in Round 2 down for decision. Check the fixtures for the exact details of each game.


The Clean Ireland Recycling County Under 21 B Football Championship will see Cahir taking on Lorrha fixed for the May Bank Holiday weekend. In the semi-finals played last weekend, Cahir defeated Upperchurch-Drombane by 0-9 to 0-7 after extra time in their replayed semi-final while Lorrha edged out Rockwell / Rosegreen by 3-6 to 0-13.


We are fortunate to have the magnificent Semple Stadium at our disposal but the real home of Tipperary GAA teams is Dr. Morris Park, which is situated on the doorstep of the Stadium. Here our elite players from under-age to adult prepare for their respective Tipperary team and it is here the real hard work is done as they strive to bring honour to the Premier County. For almost 20 years, Dr. Morris Park has served the county well, but we must now respond to the demands of modern training and provide state-of-the-art facilities to ensure we compete and be the best in the land.
We have completed development on our New Pitch 3 which includes a fully floodlit sand-based surface. We have also built a magnificent new Hurling Wall with the assistance of very generous sponsorship from Lisheen Mines. Our ambitions for the future are focused on a County GAA Centre including a Conference Hall, Gym, Physio and Medical Rooms, fully-fitted Kitchen, Dining Room and four new Dressing Rooms. With your support we can realise this ambition and with this in mind, the Tipperary GAA County Board will host a Corporate Lunch in Central London at “The InterContinental London Park Lane Hotel” on Friday May 16th. Guests of Honour at the event will include Niall Quinn, Nicky English, Eamon O Shea, Brendan Cummins and possibly Shane Long. Tables for the event are £1,600 (for 8 people) or single tickets can be purchased for £200 each. Interest in this event from our supporters in London and the surrounding English suburbs has been high and over 20 tables have been already sold. Whether you are based in the UK and interested in attending or know of someone who may like to attend, please contact Tim Floyd at secretary.tipperary@gaa.ie or 0504-22702 for more details.


This year Munster GAA will again run their ‘Super 10’s’ at various venues throughout the province. In total 96 clubs and 1200 players from all six counties will participate. A novel initiative, it involves club teams from around the province entering a panel of 12 players for a 10-a-side competition on a shortened pitch (between the two 20m lines). The games are very fast and exciting with higher scores being recorded than your typical 15-a-side game due to less defenders being on the pitch and more space being available to forwards.

This competition which is now entering its fourth year has gone from strength and is proving very popular with the young hurlers and footballers of the province. First round blitzes will take place on Saturday May 31st with the finals in Mallow GAA Complex a fortnight later on June 14th. This is an ideal opportunity for clubs to provide their young players with a chance to develop their skills through playing games against opposition from other counties.

While the winning teams in each group will qualify for the Munster Final from the initial blitz days, the emphasis will nevertheless be on participation, fun and enjoyment. Every participating player will receive a specially designed Munster GAA Training Jersey. The overall winning club in both hurling and football will receive a set of portable juvenile goalposts.

Clubs can apply to participate by contacting their local Games Development Administrators or County Games Manager Dinny Maher. As numbers per county are limited, clubs are advised to apply early.


Please show your support for Tipperary. Membership of the Tipperary Supporters Club for 2014 is now available on http://www.tippsupportersclub.com/ or from usual local sellers 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 tohttp://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 senior 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 onwww.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 make contact unless they wish to update their contact details. Go raibh míle maith agaibh.

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 . 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. Visit the Ryan Motor Power website athttp://www.ryanmotorpower.com/contentv3/ or call 052 6180323. The Tipperary Supporters Club thanks Ryan Motor Power for its generous sponsorship; please support our sponsors.


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Ar aghaidh le Tiobraid Árann.

John Coman
Public Relations Officer
Tipperary Supporters Club

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