Dear Tipperary Supporter




Congratulations to Thurles Sarsfields on winning their first AIB Munster Club Senior Hurling title with a 1-21 to 1-16 win over De La Salle of Waterford in Pairc Ui Chaoimh on Sunday last. Sarsfields will now have a well deserved break over the Christmas period before they begin preparations to play the as yet to be decided Leinster champions in the All Ireland semi-final in February 2013. The last time a Tipperary side qualified for the All Ireland club hurling final was in 1994 when Toomevara lost to Sarsfields of Galway by 1-14 to 3-6. In the 18 finals played since then, Galway have been represented 12 times, Offaly 6, Antrim and Kilkenny 5 each, Clare 4, Cork 2 and Waterford and Wexford 1 each. One of the proudest men in Cork on Sunday was Sarsfields and Tipperary legend, Mickey “The Rattler” Byrne, who was undeterred by age, distance and weather to be present on this historic day for the club he served with such great distinction.





It was a good weekend in Munster finals for Tipperary clubs as Silvermines won the Intermediate title on Saturday at Semple Stadium with a 0-14 to 0-8 victory over Ballyduff of Kerry. Congratulations to Silvermines on this impressive win. They will too have a Christmas break before they take on the Leinster champions in the All Ireland semi-final on the weekend of January 26/27 2013.

“Bonner” Maher wins Munster GAA Senior Hurler award

Cork and Tipp take Senior Titles at 2012 Bord Gáis Energy Munster GAA Awards

Tipperary hurler Patrick “Bonner” Maher and Cork footballer Donncha O’Connor were today named the top winners of the Bord Gáis Energy Munster GAA Awards 2012. The awards will be presented on Saturday night (December 1st) at a gala dinner in the Malton Hotel in Killarney where over 30 players, officials and legends will receive accolades.

Tipp hurler Patrick “Bonner” Maher was outstanding for this year’s back to back Munster Champions. He’s been a constant fixture for his county in recent years, during which he has amassed three Munster Senior Hurling titles and All-Ireland titles at Senior, Under 21 and Minor Hurling level.

Cork’s Donncha O’Connor was announced as Senior Footballer of the Year and he will also be presented his award in Killarney on Saturday night.

Speaking on the announcement of these winners, Bord Gáis Energy GAA Ambassador Ger Cunningham said “I am delighted that the hard work and achievements of both Patrick Maher and Donncha O’Connor will be recognised at the awards this weekend. Both players have been outstanding for their respective counties over the last few years.”

Also speaking on the announcement of these awards Sean Walsh, Chairman of Munster GAA said “Bonner Maher and Donncha O’Connor contributed hugely to their teams march through Munster to secure titles for Tipperary and Cork respectively.”

Other winners announced today were Services to Refereeing – John Motherway (Cork); Services in Education – Tim O’Byrne (Waterford); Distinguished Service to GAA – Harry Greensmyth (Limerick) and Media Award – Weeshie Fogarty (Kerry).

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Senior Hurler of the Year – Patrick “Bonner” Maher (Tipperary)

Patrick “Bonner” Maher is one of hurling’s hardest working players. Having missed the start of the 2012 Championship through injury he made an immediate impact when he came on with less than 30 minutes to go against Limerick. His performance helped secure a victory for Tipperary and he went on to play a big part in their wins over Cork and Waterford to win his third Munster title. In his career to date, Patrick has won All-Ireland medals at Minor, Under 21 and Senior level in addition to winning a County Intermediate Hurling title with his club Lorrha. Patrick is a richly deserving winner of this year’s Munster Senior Hurler of the Year award.





Congratulations also to John McGrath of Loughmore Castleiney on winning the minor hurler of the year, Colman Kennedy of Clonmel Commercials on winning the minor footballer or the year, David Butler of Drom and Inch on winning the intermediate hurler of the year and John Ferncombe of Cashel Handball Club on winning the handballer of the year in the annual Munster Council Awards. To read more detail of all these individuals and their achievements in the Blue and Gold go to www.tipperary.gaa.ie .




Well done to Nenagh Eire Og on winning their 7th county minor A hurling title with a 2-16 to 1-6 victory over St. Mary’s Clonmel in the county final at Holycross on Saturday last. Nenagh captain, Bob O’Brien, was the proud recipient of the Sean Treacy Cup from County Chairman, Sean Nugent.




Congratulations to Arravale Rovers on their 1-9 to 1-8 victory over JK Brackens to win the county minor B hurling final at Boherlahan on Saturday last. It was Arravale’s first title at this grade.




Roscrea defeated Cahir by 3-13 to 0-7 to win the county junior B hurling final at Littleton last weekend. Well done to Roscrea on winning their first title at this grade.




Moycarkey Borris suffered their second county final defeat in a week when they lost the county junior B football final to Fethard on Saturday last at New Inn on a scoreline of 0-16 to 1-6. Congratulations to Fethard on winning their second county junior B football final. However, despite this loss and the loss to Kilsheelan Kilcash in the Junior hurling final, Moycarkey Borris have the consolation of being Intermediate Football County champions. Only a small number of clubs each year succeed in winning a county title and to win 1 and play in two others is a fine achievement for any club.




The County Board would like to thank all the players who attended the county’s first ever Players Forum at the Dome, Semple Stadium on Thursday evening last. It was a very useful and informative evening during which players gave their views on a wide range of subjects. The results of the workshops held have been published on the Tipperary GAA website. The main areas of concern to players were having competitive games, having a chance to win something and better fixtures planning. There were two guest speakers on the night – Fr. Tom Fogarty, President of St. Patrick’s College Thurles and John Sexton, inter-county hurling referee from Cork. Both gave very interesting addresses and we are grateful to them for attending. The Forum was also addressed by County Chairman, Sean Nugent. Feedback will be provided to clubs and players on the results of the suggestions made.




The Tipperary GAA Youth Committee is hosting a Youth Forum for Transition Year students this Friday, November 30 in The Dome, Semple Stadium, Thurles. The purpose of the Forum is to listen to the views of our young members and provide them with a platform to allow them to share their ideas and to put forward suggestions as the how the GAA could improve as an organisation going forward. This Forum will be workshop based where delegates will work in groups discussing various topics and providing feedback. There will also be two guest speakers on the day. The speakers will be Pat Mulcahy, County ASAP Officer and Ken Hogan, Tipperary Under 21 hurling manager. The Forum will run from 10.30 am to 2pm.




Former Tipperary senior hurling manager Liam Sheedy was amongst the recipients at the National Awards to Volunteers in Irish Sport. He received the Special Recognition award for his work with his club Portroe, whom he helped guide to their first ever North Tipperary senior hurling championship this year. The awards celebrates the contribution of those who volunteer across all of Irish sport. In making the presentations Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring, TD acknowledged the contribution made by volunteers saying that without their incredible efforts sport as we know it in Ireland today would not exist. The National Awards are a collaboration between the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, the Irish Sports Council and the Federation of Irish Sport which represents over 70 sports in Ireland. This scheme is also supported by the Community Foundation of Ireland. The award winners were selected by a committee chaired by Olympic gold medal winner, Ro nnie Delany. Also on the committee were representatives from the Federation of Irish Sport, the Irish Sports Council, the Irish Times, RTE and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport




Congratulations to Tipperary’s All Ireland minor hurling winning captain, Bill Maher of Kilsheelan Kilcash who won the County Award at the prestigious Canon Hayes Sports Awards banquest at the Ballykisteen Hotel and Gold Resort last weekend. Bill was presented with his award by Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring TD. Well done to Martin Quinn and his organising committee on yet another very successful event.




The Munster Council recently conducted a very interesting research study on the value of coaching in the province. Almost 50% of the 531 clubs in Munster responded. It has generated a lot of interest as this is the first time a report of this kind was conducted by any of the major sporting bodies in Ireland. Some of the findings of interest are as follows: 1) On average parents are receiving a €7.54 return for every euro spent on club membership based on the benefits their children receive. 2) The value parents associate with a GAA season of training and playing activity is €160 for Under 8 players, €182 for Under 12 and Under 14 players, €294 for Under 14 and Under 16 players and €245 for a minor player. 3) GAA coaching activity in schools accounts for 46,000 hours of physical activity. This is the equivalent of employing 62 PE teachers to deliver the equivalent exercise output which would cost the state €2.2 million. 4) Over a third of clubs in the province have experienced a decline in playing numbers while 30.6% have enjoyed growth in the membership numbers. Over 35% of clubs have retained the same playing numbers over the past three years. The main influencing factor seems to be where the club is located, rural or urban. Please see the Munster GAA website,www.munster.gaa.ie for the full report.



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