Dear Tipperary Supporter
Tipperary Senior Hurling Team v Limerick
The Tipperary SH team to play Limerick in Sunday’s Munster SHC quarter final has one championship debutant – Donagh Maher at right corner back. The team is:
1. Brendan Cummins (Ballybacon-Grange)
2. Donagh Maher (Burgess)
3. Paul Curran (Mullinahone) Captain
4. Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields)
5. Thomas Stapleton (Templederry Kenyons)
6. Conor O’Mahony (Newport)
7. Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)
8. James Woodlock (Drom and Inch)
9. Brendan Maher (Borris–Ileigh)
10. Gearóid Ryan (Templederry Kenyons)
11. Noel McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)
12. Pa Bourke (Thurles Sarsfields)
13. Eoin Kelly (Mullinahone)
14. Brian O’Meara (Kilruane MacDonaghs)
15. John O’Brien (Toomevara)
We wish the Tipperary hurlers the best of luck as the start the defence of their Munster senior hurling championship title at Semple Stadium on Sunday next at 4pm against old rivals Limerick. Tipperary and Limerick have met on 63 previous occasions in the senior hurling championship. All but two of those meetings – the 2009 All Ireland semi-final at Croke Park and the 2004 Qualifier at the Gaelic Grounds – were Munster Championship fixtures. Tipperary leads the way on 32 wins to Limerick’s 21, with 10 games drawn. Tipperary also received a walk over in the Munster semi-final of 1899 and Limerick had a similar experience in 1902. Tipp won 9 of their 32 successes by a goal or less while Limerick won 7 of their 21 by a goal or less. Their last meeting in the championship was the 2009 All Ireland semi-final which Tipperary won by 6-19 to 2-7 at Croke Park while their last Munster championship meeting was the Munster semi-final second replay which Limerick won at the Gaelic Grounds by 0-22 to 2-13 after extra time. That game was Limerick’s last victory in the Munster senior hurling championship. Tipperary have won 8 games in the Munster championship since then including 3 finals and lost once against Cork in 2010. The referee for Sunday’s game is Barry Kelly of Westmeath. The winners will play Cork in the Munster semi-final on Sunday June 24th while the losers go to the qualifiers. To read the press pack go to www.tipperary.gaa.ie .
The winners of the draws for five pairs of tickets for Adult members of the Tipperary Supporters Club to Sunday’s matches are listed below. To be entered in the draws and receive team announcements by text please renew your adult membership, see below for details.
Patrick Loughnane, Ballybrit, Roscrea
Darragh O’Donoghue, C/o John O’Donoghue, Ballinalard, Tipperary Town
Ann Delahunt Smyth, Rathcabbin, Roscrea
Angela Conran, Morton Place, Clonmel.
John Pyne Sheehane, Roscrea, Co. Tipp
Good luck to the Tipperary senior footballers for their clash with defending Munster champions Kerry at Semple Stadium at 2pm Sunday next May 27. We would encourage Tipperary supporters to come early and give vocal support to the footballers who will start as outsiders against the men from the Kingdom. It will be the third year in a row that Tipp and Kerry have met at Munster quarter final stage and Kerry are looking to achieve a 3 in a row of victories over Tipperary. Interestingly, just as with Limerick in hurling, Tipperary have played 63 championship games against Kerry, all in the Munster championship. Kerry won 53, Tipperary won 5 and 5 games were drawn. The last time Tipperary beat Kerry was in the 1928 Munster semi-final on a scoreline of 1-7 to 2-3. Tipperary have had a poor record in the Munster championship in the last decade with their last win coming in the 2003 championship when they defeated Waterford in the Munster quarter-final at Dungarvan by 0-18 to 1-12. They were subsequently beaten by Kerry in the Munster semi-final at Tralee. The referee for next Sunday’s game is Marty Duffy of Sligo. The winners of Sunday’s game will play Cork in the semi-final at Pairc Ui Chaoimh on Sunday June 10 at 2pm. The losers go to the qualifiers.
Tickets for Sunday’s games are still on sale through clubs, online at tickets.ie and ticketmaster.ie and through selected Centra and Super Valu stores. Ticket prices are €30 for covered stand, €25 for uncovered and €15 for terrace. Concessions for OAPs and students will apply on stand tickets only, they will get a €10 refund at specified stiles on the day on production of valid ID. Family tickets (Adult uncovered – €25, juvenile – €5) are available in the Old Stand only and should be ordered through clubs or online. Tickets will also be on sale on the day at Morris Park and both ends of the Thurles Sarsfields pitch. However, supporters are advised to purchase tickets in advance to avoid queues and possible delays.
Good luck to the Tipperary intermediate hurlers and junior footballers for their Munster championship games against Limerick and Kerry respectively at MacDonagh Park Nenagh on Saturday next May 26. The football game is at 5.30pm and the hurling game is at 7.30pm. The footballers under manager, Jim O’Meara of Grangemockler / Ballyneale and the hurlers under manager, Michael Ryan of Fethard have been preparing diligently in recent weeks for these games and we would encourage as many people as possible to come and support them on Saturday evening. The football team is captained by Richard Power of Moyle Rovers and the hurling captain is Eddie Connolly of Loughmore Castleiney.
Congratulations again to the Tipperary minor footballers on their victory by 1-10 to 0-9 over Cork in the Electric Ireland Munster GAA Minor Football Championship semi-final at Pairc Ui Chaoimh on Wednesday last. Kerry defeated Clare by 0-17 to 3-4 in the other semi-final. Tipp will play Kerry in the final on Sunday July 8 at 12 noon. The venue is yet to be decided. Although Tipperary defeated Kerry in the first round, this is no guarantee of success in the final so David Power and his management team will no doubt be preparing with caution and diligence for the final in which Tipperary will be attempting to retain the title for only the second time. The last time they retained it was in 1935 when they were also defending All Ireland minor champions.
Tipperary will take on Kilkenny in an Under 21 Inter County Tournament Game on Sunday evening next May 27 at the Gortnahoe/Glengoole GAA club grounds. This tournament game in honour and memory of the late Tom O’Hara is sponsored by Gerry Chawke. A competitive game is expected as both teams look to finalise preparations for their upcoming championship matches. The game will throw in at 7pm and will be refereed by Paddy Ivors.
Tipperary GAA Scene and Westside
To read this week’s Tipperary GAA Scene go to www.tipperary.gaa.ie and read about the Tipperary Clubs Draw and the Waterford 11 a side SH Tournament. To read Westside please go to www.tippsupportersclub.com .

Ryan Motor Power, the official SKODA dealership in Tipperary is the new sponsor of the Tipperary Supporters Club Membership Scheme. Visit the Ryan Motor Power website at http://www.ryanmotorpower.com/contentv3/ or call 052 6180323. Ryan Motor Power are offering the following special discounts for members of the Tipperary Supporters Club: 10% off all servicing for all makes of car and 10% off all accessories purchased. Just quote your 2012 membership number to claim the discount from Ryan Motor Power.
As part of our annual membership drive and to increase awareness of the Tipperary Supporters Club in our 25th year we’ve joined the world of social media with a Tipperary Supporters Club Facebook page and Twitter account. Information on how to join in below.
Once you have a Facebook account go to www.facebook.com/TippSupportersClub and “Like” our page. You can visit our page for up to date membership information, the Facebook page will have lots of information including player and squad updates, relevant stories, match reports and all things of interest to Tipperary Hurling. There’s plenty of room for comments or to post pictures and photos of interest – so please join in. Photos from the Launch are posted there.
If you are a Twitter user, follow us @TippSupporters – the twitter account is a great way to get up to the minute information in a really quick and concise manner. Our Twitter account will also gather other Tipperary information of interest such as match updates – before the media has them, squad information and the thoughts of players, journalists and other interested parties.
Remember even if you don’t already have a Facebook or Twitter account, you can registers in a couple of minutes at www.facebook.com and www.twitter.com
Membership for 2012 is already proving to be a popular buy and is now available on www.tippsupportersclub.com and with usual local sellers. The member’s gift is a specially produced Tipperary Supporters bag. This bag is proving versatile as a shoe/boot bag and as a match day bag. 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 2012 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 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 ).
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Ar aghaidh le Tiobraid Árann.
John Coman
Public Relations Officer
Tipperary Supporters Club

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