Dear Tipperary Supporter
Congratulations to the Tipperary senior hurling team on qualifying for the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A semi-finals. Following last Sunday’s draw with Cork, they will meet Cork again in the semi-finals at Semple Stadium on Sunday April 22 at 4pm. It will be preceded by the semi-final between Kilkenny and either Clare or Limerick. There have been only five occasions in hurling league history that Tipperary and Cork met twice in the same competition. On March 21 1971, Mick Malone’s late goal won a group match for Cork, at Semple Stadium 4-7 to 0-17. Jimmy Doyle scored 0-10, 9 from frees, for Tipperary. However, seven weeks later on May 9 a ‘Babs’ Keating tour- de- force, in which he scored 1-9, helped Tipperary to a semi final victory on a 2-12 to 2-10 scoreline. The following season it happened again with Tipperary’s win at the Athletic Grounds on December 5 1971 (1-11 to 1-9), overturned by a goal scoring blitz ( 5-12 to 4-8) in the semi-final at Limerick on April 16 1972. Ten years later in 1982 defending champions Cork pipped Tipp at Semple Stadium on February 7 by 0-10 to 0-8 and confirmed their superiority with a 0-16 to 1-4 success in a play off at Limerick on March 7. In the 1993/94 season it was honours shared again as Cork’s two point group win at Semple Stadium (0-17 to 0-15) on February 27 was overturned in a Pairc Ui Chaoimh semi final on May 1 when Tipp won a memorable encounter by 2-13 to 1-13. The most recent encore was a decade ago in 2002 when Tipperary won at Pairc Ui Chaoimh on April 7 by 1-17 to 1-14 to reach the quarter final. Cork were ready when the semi final pairings produced a rematch at the same venue on April 21 and won by 0-21 to 1-10. It was a satisfying and encouraging win for them against the All Ireland Champions.
To read a match report on Tipperary v Cork go to www.tippsupportersclub.com .
The Tipperary GAA Benefit Evening at Thurles Greyhound Stadium took place last Sunday evening with a good crowd present. Thanks to all those who worked so hard to make the event a success, particularly the Chairman and Secretary of the organising committee, John Costigan and Tom Maher respectively. Thanks are also due to Thurles Greyhound Stadium all those who sponsored the event and those who purchased nominations and buster tickets. The winners of the €500 buster draw prizes were, Michael Ryan of Killavalla, Templederry; TF Stapleton of Borrisoleigh and Tommy Toomey of Tipperary Town. The winner of the €500 nominators prize was Cllr Michael Murphy of Clonmel.
Congratulations to Nenagh CBS on winning the Dr. Croke Cup which is presented each year to the winners of the All Ireland senior hurling A colleges final. Their win on Saturday against Kilkenny CBS by 3-10 to 2-11 crowned an amazing year for the Nenagh school. Their campaign started with wins over Kerry Colleges and Castletroy College in the group stages. Their quarter-final opponents were Thurles CBS and it took a replay to produce a winner in this local derby. Harty Cup holders, Ard Scoil Ris of Limerick were their semi-final opponents and once again the tie went to a replay where a sublime injury time point from Jason Forde gave Nenagh CBS passage to their first Harty Cup final in 15 years. In the final things never went Nenagh’s way and they lost to Colaiste na nDeise. However, Nenagh’s resilience, skill and determination led to a magnificent All Ireland campaign that saw them defeat All Ireland title holders St. Kieran’s College, Kilkenny in the semi-final befor e securing their much coveted All Ireland title on Saturday last. Well done to all the players, led magnificently by their captain, Jason Forde of Silvermines, the team management and the principal, Tony Slattery and his staff. The victorious players were introduced at Semple Stadium last Sunday during half-time in the Cork v Tipperary Allianz Hurling League game.
Following the successful appeal of Borrisokane to Munster Council against the decision to relegate them, County Board were ordered to refix the relegation final. The game between Borrisokane and Ballybacon-Grange is fixed for Saturday, April 7 at 3pm in Templemore. Hopefully this game will bring this long running saga to an end.
Last Sunday was a special day at Dr.Morris Park when the third pitch at the County Board’s excellent training nad development facility was opened officially by Chairman of Munster Council, Sean Walsh. The new pitch was blessed by His Grace the Archbishop of Cashel and Emly, Dr. Dermot Clifford who is also patron of the GAA. The new sand based pitch which has cost in the order of €1.6m to purchase and develop will enhance the facilities in Dr. Morris Park and is the first part of a series of planned developments which include a hurling wall, improved lighting, additional dressing room facilities and a stand to accommodate spectators. Dr. Morris Park is used extensively by Tipperary inter-county teams and by underage development squads. At the launch event, the County Chairman thanked all those associated with the development of the new pitch and paid tribute to the foresight of his predecessors who saw the need for and proceeded with developing and improving such a fin e facility. The official opening was followed by as challenge game between the under 21 hurlers of Tipperary and Waterford.
The AGM of the Friends of Tipperary Football was held in Thurles on Wednesday, March 28. The outgoing Chairman, Joe Hannigan, was in the happy position of being able to report a successful year both on and off the field, with the highlight obviously being the Minors’ great All Ireland win to bring the Tom Markham Cup back to Tipperary after 77 years. The Chairman retired after 3 years in that position and many tributes were paid to him for the great efforts that he put in while in office. Tributes were also paid to David Power on being selected as Tipperary Person of the Year by the Tipperary Association, Dublin. The Committee for 2012 is – Patron: Archbishop Dr. Dermot Clifford. President – Con Ryan, Chairman – Pete Savage, Vice Chairman – Michael Power (Moycarkey-Borris), Treasurer – Eamonn Buckley (County Board Treasurer), Assistant Treasurer – Michael Power (Newcastle), Secretary – Eddie Lonergan, PRO – John Costigan (Cahir), Representatives to Tipperary Footba ll Board – Eddie Ryan and Liam Barrett.
Ghlac clubanna ó sé chontaetha páirt i gCraobh Scór Sinsear na mumhan sa Teampall mór oíche dé sathairn seo caite. Bhí spiorad, paisean, fuinneamh agus ardchaighdeán le cloisteáil agus le feiceáil i rith na hoíche sna comórtaisí éagsúla, ceol, amhránaíocht, aithriseoireacht agus rince. Bhain gacd duine idir óg is aosta sult is spraoi as na himeachtaí agus bhí halla na scoile ag cur thar maoil le lucht leanúna agus pobal Scór. Bhí Tiobraid Árann go mór chun tosaigh sna comórtaisí uile ach foraor ní bhíonn an t-ádh ach ar aon chlub amháin sa Rannóg. Comhghairdeas le Pádraig Ó Duibhir ó Magh Choirce a thóg Craobh na Mumhan leis san Amhránaíocht Aonair agus tréaslaímid le Nollaig Mac Seoighe ó na Brackens a chum scéala faoin bliain a dimigh tharainn agus a bhuaigh an chéad áit sa chomórtas aithriseoireachta. Is é Noel Cathaoirleach Choiste Scór an Chontae agus tá moladh thar na bearta tuillte aige ar fheabhas a chuid samhlaíoch ta agus a chur i láthair. Cinnte bheadh díoma ar na hiomaitheoirí eile a dhein éacht ar an stáitse ach guímid gach rath is séan ar nollaig agus ar phádraig i gCraobh na hÉireann i gCill Áirne Aibreán 21.
Tipperary County Board extends its congratulations and best wishes for success to new Tipperary senior football manager, Peter Creedon and his selectors, Gerry McGill and Michael O’Loughlin whose appointment for the remainder of 2012 was ratified at last week’s county board meeting.
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 and other news.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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