Appointment of Eamon O’Shea as Senior Hurling Manager



Tipperary County Board Press Release
Tipperary County Board is pleased to announce that it has ratified the appointment of Eamon O’Shea from the Kilruane MacDonaghs club as Tipperary Senior Hurling Manager. The other members of Eamon’s management team will be selected in due course and recommended to County Board for ratification.  Tipperary County Board is delighted that a man of Eamon’s ability and experience has agreed to take on the important  and voluntary role of managing the Tipperary senior hurling team. The Board wishes him every success and assures him of their full support and encouragement as he seeks to build on the team’s many successes in the last 5 years.
Eamon O’Shea was coach to the Tipperary hurling team from 2008 to 2010 during which time Tipperary won the All Ireland senior hurling championship in 2010, the Munster senior hurling championship in 2008 and 2009 and the Allianz Hurling League title in 2008. Eamon played senior hurling championship for Tipperary between 1979 and 1986 and also played senior inter-county championship hurling with Dublin. He won Munster and All-Ireland minor hurling championships with Tipperary in 1976, Munster and All-Ireland U-21 hurling championships in 1979, a Munster U-21 hurling championship in 1978 and a NHL title in 1979. He won 4 County SH championships with Kilruane MacDonaghs and won an All-Ireland club title with them in the 1985/86 season. Eamon resides in Galway, where he is head of the Economics discipline at NUIG, and  is an active  member of the Salthill/Knocknacarra GAA club.



The Tipperary Supporters Club would like to wish Eamon every success in his new appointment.










Good luck to the Tipperary minor hurlers and management for their All Ireland final replay against Dublin on Sunday next September30 at Croke Park. The game commences at 1.15pm and will be shown live on TV3.  Tipperary last played in an All Ireland minor final replay in 1996 when current team manager, William Maher captained the team to success over Galway. Dublin will be seeking an All Ireland minor final double having defeated Meath to win the football final last weekend. Congratulations to the team and management on this fine success. It was their first title since 1984. Two Dublin players, Cormac Costello and Eric Lowndes are expected to play in their fifth All Ireland minor final next weekend, having played in both finals in 20011 and 2012. By any standards that is a great achievement. Dublin last won the minor double in 1954 and Cork were the last county to win a minor double in 1974. You can see match details and player profiles on www.tipperary.gaa.ie .





Tickets are still available for the Tipperary Association Dublin hosted traditional post match function on the occasion of the 2012 All-Ireland Minor Hurling Final replay. The welcome function will be held in the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Naas Road, Dublin on SundaySeptember 30 and continues a tradition lasting over 50 years, where Tipperary teams appearing in finals in Croke Park are hosted by the Association. Dinner will begin at 8pm. Tickets for the function to include dinner are priced at €40 each. Tables for 10 – 12 personsmay be purchased, but individual tickets are also available. Places are limited so early booking is advised. Tickets are available from the Tipperary Association Dublin.  To order tickets forward cheque (made payable to Tipperary Association Dublin) along with a stamped addressed envelope, to Pat Ryan, 11 Foxfield Grove, Raheny, Dublin 5 or call 087 6376663 . The Louis Fitzgerald Hotel is offering Tipperary supporters special rates for B & B on the nights of September 29 and 30 as follows: Single Room – €70 per night; Double Room – €80 per night; Triple Room – €90 per night; Family Room – €100 per night. Rooms should be booked directly with the hotel at 01 4033300 – quote “Tipperary supporter” when booking. Tipperary County Board and the Tipperary Supporters Club would like to thank the Tipperary Association Dublin for hosting the minor team on the night of the All Ireland replay.





The county senior hurling quarter-finals last weekend resulted in comfortable wins for Drom and Inch over Clonoulty Rossmore and Thurles Sarsfields over Kildangan and 5 point wins for Loughmore Castleiney over Mullinahone and Eire Og Annacarty Donohill over Portroe. For the second year in a row there will be no team from the North Division in the county senior hurling championship. For the statistically minded, the average winning margin in the county quarter finals was 10.25 points and in the round 4 games it was 8.25 points suggesting a wide variation in standards among the last 12 teams in the championship. The county semi-final draw was made at Monday night’s CCC meeting and resulted in the following fixtures at Semple Stadium on Sunday October 7: Éire Óg Annacarty Donohill v Thurles Sarsfields at 2pm and Drom and Inch v Loughmore Castleiney at 3.30pm. Extra time will be played if necessary in both games.




The County Intermediate Hurling quarter final between Rockwell Rovers and St. Mary’s Clonmel was postponed last weekend due to a bereavement in the St. Mary’s club to whom we extend our sympathy. The game will now be played on Saturday September 29 in Cahir at 3.30pm. In the other quarter-finals Silvermines and Ballina emerged victorious over Moyne Templetuohy and Clonakenny respectively with both games going to extra time. Sean Treacy’s defeated Ballybacon Grange in the other quarter-final. The  semi-finals are fixed for Saturday October 6 with Ballina playing Sean Treacys in Newport at 3pm and Silvermines playing the winners of Rockwell Rovers v St. Mary’s in Holycross also at 3pm.





There are two county senior football championship games to be played this weekend. In round 2, Loughmore Castleiney will play Fethard at Littleton on Friday September 28 at 8pm and in round 1 Eire Og Annacarty Donohill will play Arravale Rovers on SaturdaySeptember 29 in Lattin at 5pm.




Jonathan Cullen is a well known figure in GAA circles in county Tipperary and he is currently secretary of the Mid Tipperary GAA Board. Jonathan’s love for music and singing goes right back to his primary school days in Castleiney NS when his then teacher, Annie Scott, encouraged him to sing and perform at every available opportunity. After leaving school Jonathan became a member of the Moyne Variety Group and played leading roles in numerous musicals and plays. It has always been a dream of Jonathan’s to record a CD of some of his favourite songs and now thanks to the help of sponsorship he has put together an eleven track CD in aid of the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation.  Jonathan chose the Jack and Jill foundation because of the huge help and support it has been to him and his wife Mairead since their son Harry was diagnosed with cerebral palsy in April 2010 when he was just four months old. The CD will be launched on Saturday September 29 in Nolan’s Bar Castleiney at 9 30pm and will go on sale throughout Tipperary from that date at a cost of €10. Please come along on the night to support this worthy cause.





The IFI has announced a GAA Gold 2 DVD box set showing All-Ireland Hurling Final Highlights: 1948-1959 and All-Ireland Football Final Highlights: 1947-1959. These DVDs include rare footage from the golden age of Gaelic Games. Hurling fans will enjoy watching some of the greatest players ever to lift a camán, of Tipperary’s three in a row from 1949 to 51. Football fans will thrill to see the last All-Ireland victories of Cavan, Mayo and Louth, alongside the famous wins of Dublin, Galway, Kerry and Meath in the 1950s, and the inclusion of the rarely seen 1947 football match between Cavan and Kerry at the New York Polo Grounds. A must for all fans of Gaelic Games! Available at the IFI Film Shop (Tel 01 679 5727) or  email filmshop@irishfilm.ie to reserve your copy) and all leading outlets. RRP €27.99.




Tipperary’s Munster Minor ‘double-winning’ captains – Bill Maher (hurling) and Dylan Fitzell (football), victorious Intermediate hurling captain, Eddie Connolly, and senior hurling captain, Paul Curran, are among the special guests at this year’s 60th annual dinner-dance of the London Tipperary Association which takes place on Saturday October 20th. They will also be accompanied by their trophies in what promises to be another memorable evening of celebration for all followers of the blue and gold at the Crown Moran Hotel. Over two hundred and fifty diners are once again expected to make their way to Cricklewood Broadway for this popular annual function in north London. Entertainment will be provided by the magnificent Barry Owen Band. Tickets enquiries can be made to the London Tipperary Association’s: Life President – Tom Milne (00 44) (0) 20 7387 7739, Mob: (00 44 (0) 7956 938187 : Chairman – John Whyte (00 44) (0) 20 8641 9977, Mob: (00 44 (0) 7889 060191 ; President  – Gus Casey (00 44) (0) 20 8422 0596. Mob: (00 44 (0) 7939 110219 ; 2011 London Tipp of the Year – Jim Ryan (00 44 (0) 20 7240 5233 .






The Multi-talented Johnny B


Congratulations to JohnnyB O’Brien who is manager of the Cahir junior B hurling team which beat Killenaule in the South final last week. Its Johnny’s third year as manager and they shocked Killenaule who had beaten Cahir by 24 points a number of weeks earlier. ‘Cmon the slashers’. JohnnyB is better known for his Tipperary hurling songs and videos which are very popular with young Tipperary people. He also plays hurling and football with Cahir and makes hurleys for a living.





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John Coman
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Tipperary Supporters Club


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