Tipp Supporters Club Newsletter 26 July 2019

Dear Tipperary Supporter

From Tipperary GAA Scene by Joe Bracken, County Board PRO

The sun shone magnificently on Semple Stadium on Tuesday night, as Tipperary and Cork produced an absolute thriller in the Bord Gais Energy Munster U20 Hurling Championship final, with the Premier men emerging victorious as the inaugural winners of the new grade after a tremendous battle with the Rebels. It was end to end throughout until Jake Morris (Nenagh Éire Óg, 1-4) delivered a killer blow in the last minute of injury time to send Tipperary supporters wild witheuphoria as his goal edged his side in front by a point to seal a memorable 3-15 to 2-17 win before an attendance of 9,117 captivated supporters.

Tipp had many candidates for Bord Gais Energy Man of the Match, but the honouronce again went to Conor Bowe (Moyne-Templetuohy) who scored 1-4, pictured left receiving his award from Eoghan Kennedy, (picture courtesy George Hatchell), with Tipp’s other goal coming from Kian O’Kelly (Kilruane MacDonaghs).

Tuesday’s win sets Tipperary up for an All-Ireland semi-final appearance against Wexford on the weekend of 3rd /4th August.

Tipperary with twenty U21 titles to their name had only two one-point wins previously, those away from home when defeating Limerick in 1984 and Clare in 2008.

Congratulations to the team, led by captain Craig Morgan (Kilruane MacDonaghs) right and their management of Liam Cahill, Michael Bevans, TJ Ryan and Seán Corbett as they now switch attention to the All-Ireland semi-final.


It’s down to the wire now for the Tipperary senior hurlers as they head back to Croke Park on Sundaynext, July 28th, for their All Ireland SHC semi-finalclash with Wexford. This is where they want to be and a huge Tipp gathering behind the side would be enormously appreciated by players and management.

As indicated previously there has been 11 games played between Tipperary and Wexford in championship hurling. The Premier County have won 7 times, drew one and lost 3. The details are as follows – 1899 All Ireland final, at Jones Road (Croke Park) Tipperary (Horse & Jockey selection) 3-12 Wexford (Blackwater selection) 1-4 (Played on March 24th, 1901); 1951 All Ireland final, at Croke Park, Tipperary 7-7 Wexford 3-9; 1960 All Ireland final, at Croke Park, Wexford 2-15 Tipperary 0-11; 1962 All Ireland final, at Croke Park, Tipperary 3-10 Wexford 2-11; 1965 All Ireland final, at Croke Park, Tipperary 2-16 Wexford 0-10 (Tipperary’s 21st All Ireland title); 1968 All Ireland final, at Croke Park, Wexford 5-8 Tipperary 3-12; 1997 All Ireland semi-final, at Croke Park, Tipperary 2-16 Wexford 0-15; 2001 All Ireland semi-final, at Croke Park, Tipperary 1-16 Wexford 3-10 Draw; 2001 All Ireland semi-final, at Croke Park, Tipperary 3-12 Wexford 0-10 Replay; 2007 All Ireland quarter final, at Croke Park, Wexford 3-10 Tipperary 1-14 and in 2010 All Ireland qualifier, at Semple Stadium, Tipperary 3-24 Wexford 0-19.

The record attendance was set in 1960 when 77,154 patrons attended the All Ireland final on September 4th.

The 1962 All Ireland final was the first to be televised live by RTE. Only 16 frees were awarded during the hour and this game is considered by supporters with long memories, to have been the best between the counties.

The respective Tipperary captains in the games were – 1899 – Tim Condon, 1951 – Jimmy Finn, 1960 – Tony Wall, 1962 & 1965 – Jimmy Doyle, 1968 – Mick Roche, 1997 – Conor Gleeson, 2001 – Thomas Dunne, 2007 – Benny Dunne and 2010 – Eoin Kelly.

Tipperary’s individual scoring record against Wexford is held jointly by Eoin Kelly, who landed 0-9, in the 2001 All Ireland semi-final replay and Lar Corbett, who scored 2-3, in the 2010 qualifier game. Current Tipperary selector Darragh Egan scored his team’s third goal in the 2010 clash, while the respective managers were Liam Sheedy and Colm Bonnar. Interestingly, Liam and Colm played together four times in the Tipp half back line during the 1997 championship, including the All Ireland semi-final win over Wexford.

Jimmy Doyle was the only Tipperary player to score against Wexford in all four All Ireland final meetingsduring the 1960s. His highest return was in 1968 when he scored 1-5 before retiring injured during the second half.

With 35kWexford supporters expected this Sunday, as mentioned already the Tipperary support is needed now more than ever to get behind our team as the side look to capture one of the two prized spots in this year’s All Ireland final.

We send best wishes to the team and management on what will be a huge task on Sunday as well as being a fantastic occasion.

Tickets are now available for that fixture on gaa.ie/tickets and selected Centra/SuperValu stores. Prices as follows: Hogan Stand (No Concessions) – €50; Cusack Stand – €50; Family Tickets- Cusack and Davin Stands Only: Adults – €50 and Juveniles – €5; Terrace – €35. Student/OAP €10 rebate on full price Cusack/Davin stand tickets via block D Cusack Stand with Valid ID.

The referee on Sunday will be Seán Cleere (Kilkenny)and the game will throw in at 3:30pm.


Congratulations to the following five people each of whom is the winner of a pair of stand tickets for the 
All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Semi Final, Tipperary V Wexford, on July 28th, as drawn among Tipp Supporters Club 2019 paid up adult members.

Shane Mulrooney.  Roscrea, Co. Tipp

Val O’Gorman. Cahir, Co. Tipp

Mike Fox. Annacarty, Co. Tipp

Eamon Gardiner. Mallow, Co. Cork

Eileen Hogan. Templemore, Co. Tipp


Liam Sheedy interview: “We want the real Tipperary to stand up in Croke Park – if we do that it will give us a sporting chance”

Brian McDonnell

24 Jul 2019



Liam Sheedy absolutely believes in his Tipperary panel of players. Picture: Eamonn McGee





Liam Sheedy chatted with members of the local press for twenty-four minutes on Monday evening and during the discussion the Tipperary senior hurling manager mentioned the word “performance” seventeen times. And, on each occasion the Portroe man was careful to hitch on his heartfelt belief in the Premier County players. Liam Sheedy solemnly believes that the Tipperary players will deliver a performance against Wexford in Sunday’s All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship semi-final.

“I sat here before the Cork match and we were going out to play the Munster champions in the first round of the championship. We knew that we would have to bring a performance and the lads knew that they would have to bring a performance. And, they brought a massive performance,” Liam Sheedy explained to the Tipperary Star.

“So, now we find ourselves facing the Leinster champions and, likewise, we have to bring a massive performance. If we don’t we will come up short. This is a massive opportunity for this group to go and get themselves back into an All-Ireland final.

“We find ourselves exactly where we want to be and we are hell-bent on bringing a performance. We want the real Tipperary to stand up in Croke Park next Sunday because if we do I think that will give us a sporting chance. And, we all know the consequences if we don’t,” Liam Sheedy said.


Tipperary roared through the opening four rounds of the Munster championship when accounting for Cork (2-28 to 1-24), Waterford (2-30 to 0-18), Clare (3-21 to 0-17) and Limerick (1-22 to 0-21) before encountering a real speed bump in the provincial final when the defending All-Ireland champions, Limerick, presented the Premier County with a twelve-point defeat (2-14 to 2-26) at Páirc na nGael.

“You have to ask yourself do you lose or do you learn,” Liam Sheedy said as his thoughts turned to the aftermath of the disappointing Munster final performance and aspects of the All-Ireland quarter-final victory over Laois (2-25 to 1-18).

“We were not really happy with what we brought the last day (versus Laois). We did enough and we got over the line, but, ultimately, we didn’t really find our flow and we really need to find our flow,” Sheedy added before highlighting the Premier County’s indiscipline in the tackle.

“We gave away thirteen shots at goal and eleven of those were converted. In this game you just can’t give double-digit frees away; having looked back on the footage some of it wasn’t that we were unlucky. We were late coming and we found ourselves positioned wrongly for the tackle. And, as a result of that the forward will always have the advantage. So, we were disappointed with aspects of our play.

“Tackling is a huge part of the game now. And, in parts of this championship we have not really matched up in that regard, but nothing focuses you like the Leinster champions and nothing focuses you like the All-Ireland semi-final. We know that we have to bring a very, very disciplined and controlled performance to the pitch on Sunday because there is a lot of energy coming in this Wexford jersey. We are well aware of that, but, likewise, we have a huge energy in this team and we didn’t really hit the heights of the round robin series in Munster in the Munster final or in the All-Ireland series to date.”


Irrespective of such technical issues Liam Sheedy has argued that his players are in a good place emotionally.

“People shouldn’t underestimate the impact of losing the Munster final heavily,” Liam Sheedy explained.

“The last twenty-five minutes, really, was a no-show from us. And, that’s the first time that we would have seen that all year – that does take its toll and it took its toll on the group because we set very high standards for ourselves. And, when we don’t achieve them we are extremely disappointed.

“The players know what a good performance looks like. We don’t measure ourselves just on the scoreboard. We are very clear on how we measure ourselves and our performance. And, we didn’t measure up, especially in the second half, in that Munster final,” Sheedy said.

“It was hugely disappointing for us, but full credit goes to the All-Ireland champions: they put us to the sword. We had to learn from that and we had to re-group. We had to go again and training has been very competitive in the last number of weeks which is really encouraging.”

But the senior management group led by Liam Sheedy (Portroe), Tommy Dunne (Toomevara) and Darragh Egan (Kiladangan) have their players exactly where they want them to be.

“We are exactly where we wanted to be,” agreed Liam Sheedy.

“We did not take the route that we would have liked to have taken, but I have seen enough out of this team to know that if we bring what we are capable of bringing we have a good shout.”


The perception of a team, especially when it suffers a comprehensive defeat, can change dramatically. Tipperary did ship a twelve-point defeat in the provincial final, but for long stages of the championship the Premier County set the pace. So, perhaps, perception is playing a part; Tipperary may not be as bad as Limerick made them seem in the Munster decider.

“Sometimes when it is going very well people nearly put you on a pedestal way higher than where you actually should be and then, obviously, when things are not going as well, sometimes, they are very quick to push you down further than you actually are,” Liam Sheedy revealed.

“It’s amazing – we were probably being spoken about in the really high echelons after the first four rounds (of the championship) and after the last two matches we seemed to have been, somewhat, written off in a number of sectors. So, I suppose for us it’s really about asking ourselves what have we got in the tank?

“These guys have gone through eight months of extremely productive work,” Liam Sheedy added.

“I feel privileged to be managing a really good group and they are giving it absolutely everything. I could not be more pleased by how they have applied themselves. All I can ask of them now is to really empty the tank for this cause. What we are looking for now is for this group to bring all of the work that they have done out onto the pitch on Sunday.”

The Tipperary senior management team pictured taking in the Munster under-20 hurling final at Semple Stadium, Thurles – from left: Liam Sheedy, Eamon O’Shea, Darragh Egan and Tommy Dunne.


Wexford are undefeated and are provincial champions – David Fitzgerald’s men drew with Dublin (2-19 to 1-22), Galway (0-16 each) and Kilkenny (0-21 to 1-18) before seeing off the challenge of Brian Cody’s men in the Leinster final (1-23 to 0-23) while the Model County also beat Carlow (2-28 to 0-19) en route to this stage of the championship.

“This is a serious, serious Wexford side which is seriously well prepared,” Liam Sheedy said.

“They are in peak physical condition – they will stay the distance. They have extremely good hurlers and they have a lot of pace in their team. And, they are very comfortable in the game plan that they play.

“Their shooting efficiency in the Leinster final was something that you would have to admire – they only had three wides. So, when they got a chance their radar was on; that’s why we feel that we are really going to have to apply the right level of pressure to force the shots somewhat. And, we know that if we foul and we give them the free shot then Lee Chin will punish us every time.

“We all know that this is a formidable opponent that we face on Sunday, but what else would you expect,” Sheedy added.

“What else would you expect when you get into the last four of the All-Ireland series?

“The likelihood is that you are going to get to sixty or sixty-five minutes and there will only be a point or two in it either way – that’s what you can expect.

“We know exactly what’s facing us: they are the Leinster champions and they are unbeaten in the championship, but we also know what we can bring. And, all of our focus for the last two weeks has been on what we are going to bring,” the Tipperary senior hurling manager explained.

“We are not naïve in any way. We are well aware of what they bring and how they play, but, ultimately, we are also aware of what we can bring. What I have the most control over is my own team and my own dressing room and that’s what we really, really focus on. We know exactly how Wexford play and we know what their style of play is. Ultimately, the game will be played on one team’s terms for large parts of the contest and whoever is able to impose their strengths and their game on the opposition is going to have a really good chance of bringing home the prize.

“Wexford are a formidable opposition, but when I look at my team and when I look at what we can bring I am hugely excited. We set very high standards for ourselves in this group and that is all driven by the players themselves. They know that they have not hit the heights of what’s required to be successful over the last two matches. They were a shadow of themselves versus what they brought to the previous four matches. So, I am looking for the real Tipperary to come out,” Liam Sheedy said.

“The preparation has been superb. The lads have really trained hard. Everyone around the squad is doing everything that they can for this group and the group is responding. We will be asking the group now to go and deliver a performance in Croke Park. I have total belief in this group and their ability to go and bring a performance. If we do we have a real chance of getting to an All-Ireland final. And, if we don’t we will come up short.”


To keep up to date with all the sporting news in Tipperary please click here – to follow the Tipperary Star sports team on twitter please click here – to follow sports editor Brian McDonnell on Twitter please click here. Alternatively, you can also like the Tipperary Star on Facebook.



The Tipperary senior camogie team defeated Meath 0-15 to 0-11 in Round 5 of the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship last weekend. The victory placed them second in group 2 and theywill now meet Limerick the All-Ireland quarter-final in Semple Stadium on Saturday, 3rd August at 5:30pm.

There will be a ‘Meet and Greet Night’ from 7pm this Wednesday, July 24th in the County Camogie Grounds, the Ragg, where all young girls and boys can meet the starts of the senior and intermediate camogie teams.

It is an ideal opportunity to give your best wishes also to the senior stars ahead of their quarter-final appearance.


The Tipperary ladies had a resounding win in the TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate Ladies Football Championshiplast weekend with a 7-22 to 2-4 victory over Longford. Aishling Moloney (Cahir) was the sides top scorer with 2-11. The other goals came courtesy of Aishling McCarthy (Cahir 1-5), Mary Rose Kennedy (Aherlow 1-00), Angela McGuigan (Sliabh na mBan 1-1), Ava Fennessy (Clonmel Commercials 1-2) and Emma Morrissey (Aherlow 1-00). Their final group game is against Wicklow on July 28th.


A number of the Tipperary Water County Hurling League finals were played within the last week and congratulations to all the winners with selected results as follows;

Tipperary Water ‘Johnny Ryan Cup’ County Hurling League Division 1 Final
Drom-Inch 3-13 Upperchurch-Drombane 0-19

Tipperary Water ‘Jim Devitt Cup’ County Hurling League Division 2 Final
Lorrha-Dorrha 3-16 Clonakenny 1-21

Tipperary Water ‘James Holohan Cup’ County Hurling League Division 4 Final
Carrick Davins 1-21 Arravale Rovers 1-10

Tipperary Water ‘Dr. Clifford Cup’ County Football League Division 1
Clonmel Commercials 2-7 Moyle Rovers 1-4

Tipperary Water ‘Tipperary Man’s Cup’ County Football League Division 2
Clonmel Óg 4-19 Fethard 1-6

Tipperary Water ‘Board Shield’ County Football League Division 3
Killenaule 1-12 Sean Treacy’s 0-13

The following are fixtures for some remaining finals as follows in the course of the next ten days.

Tipperary Water County Hurling League Division 3 Final
24/07/2019 – at 7:30pm in Drombane – Drom & Inch v Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams

Tipperary Water County Hurling League Division 5 Final
26/07/2019 – at 7:30pm in Clogheen – Newcastle v Ballylooby-Castlegrace

Tipperary Water ‘Pauline Coonan Plaque’ County Hurling League Division 6 Final
02/08/2019 – at 7:30pm in Drombane – Killea v Solohead

For results of all games and forthcoming fixtures please check https://tipperary.gaa.ie/fixtures-results/



The August Draw will be held in Ballina in association with Ballina GAA Club on Friday week, August 2nd.


Best wishes to all clubs running Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps this week in the following venues – Ardfinnan, Borrisokane, Fr. Sheehy’s, Galtee Rovers, Killenaule, Lorrha-Dorrha and Sean Treacy’s.

The Tipperary Cúl Camp ambassadors are Jason Forde and Michael Breen.


The Team Tipperary GAA Race Day at the Galway Races is on Monday next, July 29th and is the fifth Galway Races venture continuing very successful outings for the past 4 years.

If you or anyone you know is interested in racing, or just want a good day out and who might take one of the last few seats available and support our fundraising efforts, please contact Tim Floyd, County Secretary, 087 2591747 secretary.tipperary@gaa.ie for bookings and further details.




Kevin Bourke played underage with Newport GAA Club and has a very rare form of inoperable cancer (thymic squamous cell carcinoma). His options for treatment are now limited. He is currently on round three of a four round cycle of chemotherapy but it’s not enough. Kevin’s body isn’t able for more chemo and now needs to switch to immunotherapy treatment to give him the best chance possible. Kevin.is a son of former club secretary Mary Bourke who continues to work tirelessly for Newport GAA club. The clubappreciate the co-operation of the GAA Family and beyond to help this young man in his fight for life. Please circulate this link to friends, family, work colleagues plus anyone you know and request their support for the “Go Fund Me” page below.




In conjunction with Tipperary Supporters Club, supporters are asked to rally behind the senior hurling team in Croke Park on Sunday next for Tipperary’s All-Ireland semi-final clash with Wexford.

Supporters can still join the Tipperary Supporters Club at www.tippsupportersclub.com or by calling Jim Reidy, Membership Officer on 086 3580718.

The membership pack includes the following benefits:

All members are entered into a prize draw for championship match tickets for all Tipperary Senior games.
A specially designed Tipperary Supporters Club pen with stylus for use on touch-screen devices
2019 Car Sticker
Text alerts for all Championship team news
Regular news to your email about all the latest in Tipperary GAA circles.

Ar aghaidh le Tiobraid Árann

John Coman
Public Relations Officer
Tipperary Supporters Club

Supporting Tipperary Hurling

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