TIPP SUPPORTERS CLUB NEWSLETTER 30 MARCH 2012

Dear Tipperary Supporter
Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Tipperary v Cork
Tipperary will play Cork in round 5 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A on Sunday April 1st at 2:30pm in Semple Stadium Thurles.
Fixture Details 01.04.2012 (Sun) Allianz Hurling League Roinn 1A Round 5
Semple Stadium Thurles 2.30pm Tiobraid Árann v Corcaigh Referee: Barry Kelly (An Iarmhí)
Match Coverage Deferred coverage of this game will be shown on TG4
Team News
Cork (SH v Tipperary): D Óg Cusack; S O’Neill, S McDonnell, B Murphy; S Óg Ó hAilpín, E Cadogan, W Egan; L McLoughlin, D Sweetnam; C Lehane, P Cronin, C Naughton; J Coughlan, P O’Sullivan, P Horgan.
The Tipperary Senior Hurling team to play Cork in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A at Semple Stadium on Sunday next shows 4 changes from the team which started in last weekend’s drawn game with Dublin. Brendan Cummins, Paul Curran, Conor O’Mahony and John O’Brien all start in place of Darren Gleeson, Conor O’Brien, John Coghlan and John O’Neill.
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. Brendan Maher (Borris–Ileigh)
9. James Woodlock (Drom and Inch)
10. Gearoid Ryan (Templederry Kenyons)
11. Noel McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)
12. Pa Bourke (Thurles Sarsfields)
13. Shane Bourke (JK Brackens)
14. Brian O’Meara (Kilruane MacDonaghs)
15. John O’Brien (Toomevara)
ALLIANZ HURLING LEAGUE
FROM TIPPERARY GAA SCENE BY COUNTY PRO GER RYAN
Well done to the Tipperary senior hurling team on their 0-21 to 2-15 draw with Dublin in the Allianz Hurling League at Croke Park onSaturday evening last. Tipperary’s last game in the group stages of the league will be against Cork on Sunday next April 1 at 2.30pm at Semple Stadium. It will be the 55th league meeting between these oldest of rivals with Cork having won 27 and Tipperary 23 of the previous encounters with 4 draws, the most recent of which was last year at Pairc Ui Chaoimh when the score was 1-14 each. In the last ten meetings the split has been 4 wins each with 2 draws. Tipp’s last win in Thurles was on February 14 2009 when they defeated a depleted Cork by 2-15 to 0-9 on the occasion of the lights being switched on while Cork last won at Semple Stadium on March 27 2005 by 0-16 to 1-12. Sunday’s game could be critical to both team’s chances of advancing to the semi-finals. If Kilkenny defeat or draw with Galway, Tipperary will qualify for the semi-finals . If Galway win, then Tipperary must defeat Cork to advance. Both stands will be open at Semple Stadium on Sunday with the turnstiles opening at 1pm.
TIPPERARY SUPPORTERS CLUB MASCOT
The Junior Members Mascot for Sunday’s Allianz hurling league game between Tipperary and Cork is Kevin Bracken (12) of Dúrlas Óg and Scoil Ailbhe, Thurles. Junior Membership is available for free on www.tippsupportersclub.com. Adult membership is also available online at a cost of €30.
DAVID POWER TIPPERARY PERSON OF THE YEAR 2012
Heartiest congratulations are due to David Power who has been named Tipperary Person of the Year 2011 by the Tipperary Association Dublin. David wins the award for managing the Tipperary minor football team to the extraordinary achievement of winning last year’s All Ireland minor football title. The award to David is well deserved and will be widely welcomed by Tipperary people. His award will be presented at the Annual Awards function to be held on Saturday April 28 in the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Naas Road, Dublin. Details will be available in a later column on purchasing tickets for the Awards night. Congratulations are also due to the Hall of Fame award winner, Liam Ahearne of the famed Palace Bar in Dublin which has been a meeting place for almost 80 years for Tipperary people in the capital. Liam always extends a warm welcome to his patrons but Tipperary people always have occupied a special place in his heart and in the Palace.
NENAGH CBS IN COLLEGES ALL IRELAND FINAL
Good luck to Nenagh CBS for their All Ireland senior hurling colleges final against Kilkenny CBS at Semple Stadium on Saturday nextMarch 31 at 3.15pm. It will be their first time contesting the final and will be hoping to score a unique double over Kilkenny opposition having beaten the fancied St. Kieran’s College in the semi-finals. Only the New Stand will be open with turnstiles open from 2.15pm. There will be no curtain raiser as the planned Vocational Schools final had to be deferred due to the abandonment of the refixed semi-final between Nenagh VS and St. Fergal’s College Rathdowney at Templetuohy last Saturday following an injury to a Rathdowney player.
TIPPERARY GAA BENEFIT EVENING AT THURLES GREYHOUND STADIUM
The Tipperary GAA Benefit Evening at Thurles Greyhound Stadium commences at 4.30pm immediately after the Tipperary v Cork Allianz hurling league game across the road at Semple Stadium. Remember that the Tipperary players and management will be in attendance and some great greyhound racing is promised as well. All proceeds from the event will go towards supporting our Inter-County teams. Admission via buster ticket costs €10. The prize in the buster ticket draw is €500. Juveniles will be admitted free of charge. Please come along after the game and support the county teams and enjoy a great evening’s entertainment.
OPENING OF THIRD PITCH AT DR. MORRIS PARK
Next Sunday April 1 will mark another milestone in the development of the excellent facilities at Morris Park when the recently developed third pitch will be officially declared open at 12 noon to be followed at 12.30pm by an under 21 hurling challenge game between Tipperary and Waterford. Well done to all involved with the development of the new pitch. Special mention is due to John Ryan of Holycross and former County Chairman, John Costigan for their dedication to ensuring the purchase and development of the land for this excellent pitch and of course to Morris Park caretaker, Pat O’Callaghan for all his work looking after the facilities.
DEATH OF KILSHEELAN’S JAMES HOLOHAN RIP
The Kilsheelan Kilcash GAA Club said a sad farewell to their esteemed Club secretary on Thursday last as he was laid to rest in Gambonsfield cemetery. James Holohan who had been ill for just a short time passed away at his home on Tuesday morning March 20. James attended the Tipperary Annual Convention in December where his fellow club man, Billy Stokes, and he proposed with pride and pleasure the election of Kilsheelan man, Sean Nugent as County Chairman. Over his lifetime James made an exceptional contribution to the GAA and to community life in general in his native parish. Having won a County senior football medal in 1972, he followed that by winning junior and intermediate hurling medals with his club, He served on the club committee for over thirty years and became Club secretary in 1997. His time and his work as club secretary will never be forgotten. His strong work ethic, his attention to detail, his fundraising activities, his match reports, his lining of the spo rtsfield and his voluntary service in maintaining it, his allocation of match tickets and his club notes will stand him out as a GAA club volunteer extraordinaire. He managed to combine all this with being a member of the Tipp Year book committee and United Sports Panel Awards committee, Chairman of Killurney Sports and Social Club and Quizmaster for so many entertaining quiz nights around the area. He attended matches all over Ireland, stewarded in Semple Stadium, saw Tipperary play in the Skydome in Toronto and was at the early Compromise Rules games in Australia. County Chairman Sean Nugent, a close neighbour and great friend, said at his funeral Mass that James Holohan’s deep faith and Christian values shone out in his work or sporting activity as it did in his contribution to community life. His values of loyalty, honesty and integrity will be remembered whenever his name is mentioned. Seamus Ó Huallacháin – fear mór, fear laidir., fear an-iontach ar fad. Ni bheidh a leithead arís ann. We tender our sincere sympathy to his wife Bridget, his brother Eddie and Sisters Vera, Kathleen and Sheila and to the extended family. Go ndeana Dia trocaire ar a anam uasal.
Tipperary GAA Scene
To read this week’s Westside Column go to www.tippsupportersclub.com and to read Tipperary GAA Scene go to www.tipperary.gaa.ie. It includes news on Allianz Football League, Munster Scór and other news.
TIPPERARY SUPPORTERS CLUB 2012 MEMBERSHIP
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.
FACEBOOK AND TWITTER
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.
Facebook
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.
Twitter
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
TIPPERARY SUPPORTERS CLUB MEMBERSHIP
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 car d 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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