Dear Tipperary Supporter

Tipperary Senior hurlers invite you to run 6K with them for Cancer Care




On behalf of the Tipperary Senior Hurling Panel

Following the recent illness to their former teammate and captain of the 2012 All Ireland winning Intermediate team, Eddie Connolly of Loughmore Castleiney GAA Club, the Tipperary senior hurling panel are organising a 6K fun run / walk on Saturday December 21st in Thurles.

The run will commence from Dr. Morris Park beside Semple Stadium at 1pm and travel a 6k circuit returning to finish at Dr. Morris Park.

All proceeds will be donated to 2 cancer related charities – Friends of St. Luke’s (www.friendsofstlukes.ie) at St. Luke’s Hospital Rathgar Dublin where Eddie is being treated and SuirHaven in Thurles which is a cancer support centre run by the North Tipperary Hospice. Both are very worthy causes and the Tipperary hurlers are pleased to be associated with both.

Entry to the run costs €10 per adult, €5 per child or €20 for a family. Completion of a sponsorship card will also suffice for entry.

Sponsorship cards are available from any member of the Tipperary senior hurling panel or from the GAA office in Lar na Pairce, Thurles (0504 22702).

Paul Collins of Today FM, who is of course a Tipperary man, will be MC for the Fun Run.

Tipperary senior hurling captain Brendan Maher is asking for as much support as possible for the run. Maher said“We were very sorry to hear of Eddie’s illness and we felt it would be a boost to him if we could do something to show our solidarity with him. The players came up with the idea of the run and we will be working very hard over the next few weeks to promote it to raise as much money as possible for our 2 chosen cancer charities Friends of St. Luke’s and Suirhaven. We hope as many people as possible will come running with us and we would in particular like to see lots of children participating.”

In addition we are delighted that Lar Corbett and Puccini’s Italian, Friar St. Thurles are supporting the run. They have extended an invitation to join them after the Tipp Players Charity Cancer 6km Run to enjoy complimentary Pizza. Lar Corbett said “We look forward to welcoming all the families who par-take in this great Charity Cancer run and for all our younger friends Santa has promised to come to Puccini’s to congratulate all the boys and girls who take part. Also Puccini’s are delighted to announce that they will contribute €5 from every voucher sold in December to the Tipp Players Cancer Charity”.

From Tipperary GAA Scene by County PRO Ger Ryan

The Tipperary Senior Hurling team will play two challenge games in the coming weekends. On Saturday December 7, they will play Laois at The Ragg at 2pm with proceeds going to Inch National School for the promotion of Gaelic Games.

On Saturday December 14, they will play Wexford at Clonmel Sportsfield with proceeds going to the St. Mary’s Club for promotion of hurling in Clonmel.

Tipperary G.A.A. Yearbook 2014
From Seamus J. King
The Tipperary G.A.A. Yearbook 2014 will be on sale across the county this coming weekend.
Containing 216 pages it is an outstanding record of the G.A.A. in the county over the past twelve months.
As well as giving an account of the teams that represented the county in the inter-county hurling and football
championships, it will also inform the reader on the outcome of all the county championships.
Pride of place this year goes to the magnificent achievements of Loughmore-Castleiney, who created history
when winning the county senior hurling and football championships in the same year, a feat never before achieved.
As a tribute to this historic achievement the cover of the book features the captains of both teams, Ciaran McGrath
and Derek Bourke, as well as the captain of the Tipperary All-Ireland Intermediate team, David Young.
The book also includes the usual reports on divisional affairs, scór, camogie, handball, ladies football and Bord na nÓg.
There’s a full results section, all the teams that turned out for the county during the year and a large section on the
Friends we Lost during 2013. There’s also a selection of special features.
There are hundreds of pictures and the whole production makes the book a must for all supporters of the G.A.A. in the county.
As has been the case for a good number of years the book retails for €10.


County Chairman, Sean Nugent, has set up a Committee to address the concerns of Clubs, Parents and members of the County Board with regard to the level of training and games activity at County, Club, School and College levels as it relates to players in the age group 14 to 21. The emphasis will be to ensure that the health, wellbeing and future careers of these players is not affected by an over exposure to games, training and physical activity during these early years. This issue is most relevant to young players who are on County panels, development squads, School and Third Level teams and is particularly relevant to dual players. The Committee, under Chairman PJ Maher, Secretary Mary Ryan together with Peter Murchan, Kevin Delargy, Ger Ryan, John Casey, Karen Coughlan and Tim Floyd is very interested in hearing the views of Clubs and other interested parties who feel they might have a contribution to make to this important issue. Submissions, comments and observations should be emailed to maryryanpatsy@gmail.com as soon as possible, but no later than Tuesday, December 10 2013.


Congratulations to Holycross Ballycahill on winning the the Clean Ireland Recycling Junior B county hurling final at The Ragg on Sunday last when they defeated Templederry Kenyons by 0-18 to 0-14. County PRO, Ger Ryan presented the Tim Maher Perpetual Cup to team captain Paudie McGrath, who was unable to start due to injury, and captain on the day, Conor Hayes.


The Annual Convention of Tipperary County Board will take place at the Dome, Semple Stadium on Wednesday night December 11. Mass will commence at 7pm with the Convention starting immediately afterwards at 7.30pm. All clubs are asked to send their full complement of delegates.

Games Development Administrators Retire

Friday November 29 2013 heralded the end of an era in Tipperary Coaching and Games with the retirement of two GDA’s. Johnny Cummins (South) and Tadhg O’Connor (North) brought the curtain down on their working careers.

Johnny reaches back to the days of the Fás Scheme, acting as supervisor on the scheme commencing in 1993. He became one of the first coaching and games personnel in the country in 1999 when he was employed as an Urban Development Officer in Carrick and Clonmel. Johnny’s role quickly changed in 2000 when Tipperary County Board employed full time Games Promotion Officers. He became GPO for South Tipperary servicing Schools Clubs and Coach Education needs in the division. As the needs of coaching and games changed so did the roles of the GPO’s leading to Johnny third change in 2008 when he was promoted to Games Development Administrator for South Tipperary. While the roles may have changed Johnny’s steadfast energy, enthusiasm and knowledge remained over the years. He was to the forefront in changing ideas and was always ready to go with the times. He developed a firm coaching and games policy in the division reaching out to all the clubs and schools under his command. He made contributions at Provincial and National level where his experience and knowledge were often called upon. South Tipperary was his first love and especially the small club or small school. Johnny made sure these units were involved at all times. In his playing career Johnny was best known in football circles. He played minor for three years 1964 to 1966. He then went on to play at all other levels from U21 to Senior. He also represented Tipperary on three Munster Interprovincial teams in Railway Cups.

Tadhg O’Connor needs no introduction in GAA circles having captained Tipperary to All Ireland Senior Hurling glory in 1971, a feat he was both proud and reserved about. He commenced as a part time GPO in 2006 sharing North Tipperary duties with his county colleague and club foe Len Gaynor. He took up full time employment as a Games Development Administrator in 2008 where he took on sole responsibility for North Tipperary. Tadhg brought a life time of experience both as a player and manager to his role as GDA. Attention to detail was Tadhg’s strength. Any task he set about would be completed to the “letter of the law”. A real team player he was on hand wherever duty called. Not afraid to voice his own opinion for the cause of North Tipperary, Tadhg made a significant contribution during his career as GDA. As a player Tadhg won every honour in the book from the 1971 All Ireland victory with Tipperary to All Ireland Club success with his beloved Roscrea. He played Minor Hurling in 1966 and was on the U21 team for three years 1967 to 1969. He commenced his senior career in 1968 when he played against Kilkenny in the Oireachtas Cup. Along the way he won the ’71 All Ireland and picked up three All Star Awards 1971, 1975, 1979. He retired from inter-county hurling in 1982 but continued with Roscrea until 1990. Incidentally Tadhg also played on the County Minor Football team in 1966 with none other than his retiring workmate Johnny Cummins. We thank them sincerely for their commitment to coaching and games and wish them many years of health and happiness in retirement.

Tipperary Football & Hurling Academies

Are You Interested in Coaching? If you are interested in becoming involved as a coach with the Tipperary Football Development Squads for 2014 then email David Power at dpower20@hotmail.com or Pat Moroney at moroney.pat@gmail.com in respect of Football. If you are interested in becoming involved as a coach with Tipperary Hurling Development Squads then email Fr. Tom Fogarty @ TFogarty@stpats.ie or Liam Sheedy at liam.sheedy@boimail.com in respect of Hurling. This involvement will provide you with a really good opportunity to train and to develop your coaching knowledge and skills. It will also assist you in the obtaining coaching qualifications appropriate for coaching underage inter-county teams. If you are interested please email your name, address, phone number, club and details of your coaching experience, if any, to the above by December 9, 2013. Tipperary Football & Hurling Development Squads are the responsibility of Tipperary Coaching & Games. The appointments will be made by Tipperary Coaching & Games, subject to ratification by Tipperary County Board. For further information on Academy Squads contact Dinny Maher, Games Manager 086-3551830/dinny.maher.gda.tipperary@gaa.ie.


Joe Tuohy, Secretary of the Tipperary Supporters Club has put together this interesting piece of history.
Fr Alec Reid played wing back no 7 on the Tipp MH team that beat Cork in Limerick on 29.05.49
Tipp team was:

John O’Grady Moycarkey-Borris (‘Culbaire’ long-term columnist Tipp Star – Capt. Also AI SH winner 1958 in the post-Reddan era )

Joe Moloney, Solohead
Liam Moloney, Thurles Fennellys
Seamus Browne, Thurles Sarsfields

Donnacha Maher, Thurles Sarsfields
Jimmy Finn, Borris-Ileigh (selected at No. 5 on hurling’s ‘Team Of the Century’)
Alex Reid, St Mary’s Nenagh

Richard Holden, Carrick Davins
Michael Ryan, Golden-Kilfeacle

Austin McDonnell, Thurles Sarsfields
Christy Shortt Thurles Sarsfields (thought to be father of Pat, comedian and actor)
Thomas Ahearne, Roscrea

James McCormack, New Tipperary Rangers
Billy Perkins, Upperchurch-Drombane
Larry Keane, Thurles Sarsfields.


Almost 70 transition year students attended the Annual Youth Forum in The Dome at Semple Stadium on Thursday last. The Forum was opened by Co. Chairman Seán Nugent. Guest speakers were Pat Mulcahy Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention Officer with Tipperary and newly appointed Co. Minor Hurling Manager Liam Cahill. The students made suggestions for the improvement of the GAA at local and national level. These suggestions will be passed on to the Co. Board and where appropriate to Croke Park and Munster Council. The day concluded with a tour of Semple Stadium where the Stadium Manager, David Morgan, told the students about the workings of the Stadium on big match days and how the various aspects are managed and controlled.


On Sunday evening 18 teams took part in the Co. Final of the Primary Schools Quiz. After 8 rounds of questions Golden emerged as winners. The Monastery from Tipperary Town and Upperchurch A who finished second and third respectively. Holycross were in fourth place and following a three way tie Rear Cross came in fifth with Ardcroney and St. Colmcille’s Templemore close behind. Trophies were presented to the successful teams by Joe Kerrigan Chief Executive of Centenary Thurles Coop who have been sponsoring this competition for several years. On behalf of the Co. Board Vice Chairman Michael Bourke thanked the schools, their teachers and parents for their contribution as well as the organising committee and Thurles Sarsfields club who provided their facilities.

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