Tipp Supporters Club Newsletter 3 May 2013

Dear Tipperary Supporter



Good luck to the Tipperary senior hurlers for the Allianz Hurling League final against Kilkenny on Sunday next May 5 at 3.30pm at Nowlan Park in Kilkenny. Ticket prices are as follows: 1) €20 for an adult stand ticket if purchased before match day and €25 if purchased on the day. €10 concession refunds for OAPs and students with valid id at designated stiles; 2) €5 for juveniles accompanied by an adult. Supporters are encouraged to buy their tickets in advance to both get better value and to save delays on the day. Please also make sure to come early to Kilkenny. We hope there will be big Tipperary support present – it’s important and makes a difference. The game will be refereed by Barry Kelly of Westmeath who is refereeing his second Allianz Hurling League final – the first was in 2008 when Tipperary defeated Galway. Sunday’s game will be preceded by the Division 1 camogie final between Cork and Wexford at 1.45.

To view the ticket arrangements and stands go to www.kilkennygaa.ie .  The Main Stand, Ardán de Gras, is already sold out.  Ardán Bhreatnach is along the other side line and Ardán Ó Cearbhaill is behind one of the end lines. To see a video preview of the match with Brendan Maher and JJ Delaney go to www.tipperary.gaa.ie .  To read other interesting interviews go to www.tippsupportersclub.com .

The Tipperary Senior Hurling team to play Kilkenny in the Allianz Hurling League final on Sunday next at Nowlan Park has 5 changes from the team which defeated Dublin in the semi-final. Darren Gleeson, Paul Curran, Kieran Bergin, Conor O’Brien and Eoin Kelly will start in place of Brendan Cummins, Paddy Stapleton, Donagh Maher, Jason Forde and Pa Bourke. The team is:

1.      Darren Gleeson (Portroe)

2.      Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields)

3.      Conor O’Mahony (Newport)

4.      Paul Curran (Mullinahone)

5.      Kieran Bergin (Killenaule)

6.      Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)

7.      Conor O’Brien (Eire Og Annacarty Donohill)

8.      Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh)

9.      Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch) Captain

10.  Seamus Callanan (Drom and Inch)

11.  Lar Corbett (Thurles Sarsfields)

12.  Patrick Maher (Lorrha and Dorrha)

13.  Shane Bourke (JK Brackens)

14.  Eoin Kelly (Mullinahone)

15.  Noel McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)


While there has always been a lot of interest in competitive games between the counties, it is unlikely if not a certainty that the record attendance for a league match of 43,721 for the Final at Croke Park on May 12, 1957 will not be surpassed in the near future. Tipperary won that game by 3-11 to 2-7 for Kilkenny and were captained to victory by Mickey “the Rattler” Byrne of Thurles Sarsfields. Recent attendance were as follows: 2013 – 5,697; 2012 – 10,664; 2011 – 9,495; 2010 – 20,254 (Free admission); 2009 – 17,078 Final; 2009 – 9,000 approx.


Annacarty man, John Ryan, of the Pembroke Hotel, Kilkenny has put together these special offers for Sunday:

*Supporters Special*

Buffet Main Course & Pint / Soft drink – €12.  Kids half price with Mi-Wadi €6.

The full match will also be shown in our events bar.


Paul Broderick, General Manager, The Pembroke Hotel, Patricks Street, Kilkenny

Tel.: +353 (056) 77 83500 / Mob.: + 353 85 100 8156 / Fax.: +353 (056) 77 83535

E-mail: pbroderick@pembrokekilkenny.com/ Website: www.pembrokekilkenny.com

There is also a special discount on accomodation for Tipperary Supporters Club members, see www.tippsupportersclub.com for details.


The 2013 Bord Gais Energy Munster GAA Under 21 Hurling Championship Quarter-Final between Tipperary and Limerick originally scheduled for Wednesday June 6 has been moved to Friday May 31 at 7:30pm in Semple Stadium. Both counties agreed to the change given that they meet in an eagerly awaited Munster Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday June 9 at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick, just 3 days after the original fixture.


Thanks to all those who supported and organised the Poker Championship of Tipperary to raise funds for Tipperary’s inter-county teams which took place at the Abbey Court Hotel Nenagh last Friday night. Over 150 players participated.


From Ronan Power, Sponsor of Tipperary Supporters Club membership 2013.

Thursday 9th May at 7.30pm. Ladies – tired of smirking men patronising you about cars? Then why not come down to our Ladies Evening? Complimentary wine tasting will be provided by Red Nose Wines and we’ll be offering introductory training on basic car maintenance and car safety. And to make the evening more enjoyable there will be prize giveaways on the night. Ladies – Enjoy an evening of wine, nibbles & sparkplugs!

On the same night, the Tipperary Camogie players will be along to launch their new kit sponsored by Ryan Motor Power. Ryan Motor Power, Powerstown, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. T. 052 6180323. W. www.ryanmotorpower.com


Congratulations to Martin Quinn, Chairman of Canon Hayes Recreation Centre in Tipperary Town and past President of Muinter na Tire on being named the Tipperary Association Dublin’s Person of the Year for 2012. Martin’s list of involvement and achievements in local, community and sporting groups – at parish, town, county and national level – is most impressive and reflects a lifetime of dedicated service to others as a volunteer. His GAA involvement includes participation at all levels in his home parish club, Galtee Rovers/St. Pecauns, holding several positions on West Tipperary GAA Board and as a referee. He organises the annual Canon Hayes Sports Awards and is Honorary Secretary of The Tipperary Peace Convention. The Tipperary Person of the Year Award will be presented at the Association’s Annual Awards dinner on Saturday May 25 2013 in the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Naas Road, Dublin.


Congratulations to former Tipperary and Thurles Sarsfields legendary hurler, Mickey “Rattler” Byrne, who will be inducted to the Tipperary Association Dublin Hall of Fame at their annual awards dinner on Saturday May 25 at the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel Dublin. A member of the famed Tipperary teams of the 1940’s and 1950’s he is still remembered today for his sterling and unstinting performances over those years. Mickey “The Rattler” Byrne was born in Dublin in 1923. The family moved to Thurles when he was just 2 years of age and, thus, began a love affair with hurling, Thurles Sarsfields and Tipperary. In 1939 he won a Dean Ryan Cup medal with Thurles CBS while playing as goalkeeper. Mickey played with the Tipperary minor team that lost the 1941 Munster final to Cork. Over the next few years Mickey’s hurling career took off and he won the first of his fourteen County Senior Medals with Sarsfields in 1944 while playing at centre field. The following year he was selec ted for the first time on the Tipperary Senior Team that beat Kilkenny in the All-Ireland final and in doing so he collected the first of his five Senior All Ireland medals. He also won 7 National League and was selected at right corner back on the GAA’s Hurling “Team of the Century”. Since retirement, he has been the recipient of many awards acknowledging his contribution to the game. In 2011 he published his life story – “The Rattler, Mickey Byrne, Tipperary Hurling Legend” which was received with great acclaim and which sold out in record time. Typical of Mickey, proceeds from the publication went to the Thurles Sarsfields Club and to local charities.


This auction, which includes a signed Tipperary hurling jersey and an official photograph of the 2010 All Ireland winning team, is taking place in memory of Malachi Dunbar, a brave little boy who sadly passed away on the October 14 2012, age 6 years. The auction will take place at the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Naas Road, Dublin on Thursday May 9 2013 at 8pm with doors opening at 7pm. Admission is €10. The Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation and Temple Street Children’s Hospital were of immense support to Malachi and his family throughout his short life. Please help these amazing charities by supporting this event. For more details on the auction, including the brochure and online bidding options, please visit the website: www.malachisauction.com. Please support this worthy cause if you can.


The Tipperary Supporters Club Annual Golf Classic will take place on May 16 and 17 in the County Tipperary Golf and Country Club, Dundrum. Teams cost €600 for a team of four with four course meal included. This is an important event to raise funds for the training and preparation of the Tipperary senior hurling team and any support by way of team or tee sponsorship is greatly appreciated. For details of teams and tee/green sponsorship please go to www.tippsupportersclub.com .


In the build up to the closing stages of the Allianz Hurling League and the Munster and All-Ireland Championships, every person applying for the Tipperary GAA Credit Card in the Thurles Branch of Bank of Ireland will be entered in to a special draw for Tipperary Supporters umbrellas, key rings and other gifts.  Just contact Andy Kinane in the Branch or call 0504 21511. If you can’t call, simply print off the application form on this link and post it to Bank of Ireland, Liberty Square, Thurles https://www.tippsupportersclub.com/join/credit-card/ .

Tipperary Supporters Club invites all Tipperary Supporters to apply for the Tipperary Credit Card in conjunction with Bank of Ireland and MasterCard. The Credit Card features the majestic Rock of Cashel (see image of Card on www.tippsupportersclub.com ). At no cost to the Card holder Bank of Ireland will donate €15 to Tipperary GAA for every card issued along with a small percentage of ongoing spending.

The Tipperary Credit Card has an attractive interest rate of 17.2% APR. In addition any balances transferred to the Tipperary Credit Card will attract a special lower interest rate of 2.9% for twelve months. You can become a Tipperary Credit Card holder regardless of which Bank you are a customer.

Along with attractive terms and conditions this special offer is open to Tipperary Credit Card holders: 10% discount on all purchases with the Tipperary Credit Card at the Tipp GAA merchandise shop in Thurles and the merchandise shop at Semple Stadium on match days.

All Tipperary people can apply for this card immediately as another means of showing your support for your county; already over €50,000 has been raised for Tipperary hurling in this way.  You can apply at any Bank of Ireland branch in Co. Tipperary or by telephoning Bank of Ireland at 0504 21511 where Bank of Ireland staff will fill out the form for you.


To read this week’s Westside go to www.tippsupportersclub.com  .



To read the full Tipperary GAA Scene by County PRO Ger Ryan go to www.tipperary.gaa.ie .


Adult Membership in 2013 will cost €30 (unchanged since 2005). Each Adult Membership Card will be accompanied by a Tipperary Car/Window Sticker and a gift of a specially produced soft feel Winter Hat in the traditional Blue and Gold colours of Tipperary and featuring the Tipperary Supporters Club official logo. To see an image of this lovely gift go to https://www.tippsupportersclub.com. Adult Members will be entered in Ticket Draws for five pairs of stand tickets before each of Tipperary’s 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 receive regular updates by email on team news, match reports and events. In addition members providing phone numbers will receive text alerts with Tipperary SH League and Champio nship team selections.

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  . Supporters can join on line on www.tippsupportersclub.com  by credit card or debit card or with usual local sellers.  Membership is available from anywhere in the world and the membership pack will be posted to whereever you are.  On the website details are also available of the direct debit facility; as the Club is run on a completely voluntary basis it would be a great help of members could join by direct debit. If joining by post please send a cheque or postal order payable to Tipperary Supporters Club to Jim Reidy , 13 Castleknock Close, Castleknock, Dublin 15(086-3580718, email: 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. Ryan Motor Power’s impressive showroom and forecourt facility in Powerstown, Clonmel showcases the full Skoda model range. Operating in Clonmel since 2000 the family-run business has developed an excellent reputation for value, quality and loyalty. Visit the Ryan Motor Power website at http://www.ryanmotorpower.com/contentv3/  or call 052 6180323. Commenting, Ronan Power, Director of Ryan Motor Power said, “We are delighted to continue our sponsorship of the Tipperary Supporters Club Membership Scheme and to represent Skoda here in Tipperary, particularly given the relationship built up between Skoda and Tipperary GAA fans. The Skoda range offers excellent value for money with fuel efficient engines and low road tax available across the range.”  The Tipperary Supporters Club than ks 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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