Dear Tipperary Supporter

Please note that tonight’s final Tipperary v Clare will now be played in the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick at 7.30pm.


The Tipperary Supporters Club launched the 2014 Adult Membership on Tuesday, February 4th at the Horse & Jockey Hotel. A very good attendance travelled through bad weather conditions from far and wide including all parts of Tipperary and Galway, Kildare, Carlow, Dublin, Kilkenny and Cork and included Michael Ryan, Assistant Senior Team Manager, TJ Connolly, Under 21 Manager, Liam Cahill, Minor Manager, Brendan Maher, Senior Captain and players Padraic Maher, Paddy Stapleton and James Logue. Eamon O’Shea, Senior Manager, had sent his apologies due to having to attend a funeral. County Board Officers were also present. Michael Ryan launched the Membership and he thanked the Tipperary Supporters Club for all their help and urged all Tipperary Supporters to join as a practical way of showing support for the team. He said that the Panel were looking forward to the Waterford Crystal Cup Final that Friday and to the start of the Allianz Hurling League where they planned to give competitive and committed performances. Liam Cahill said that from his time playing with Tipperary he thanked the Tipperary Supporters Club for its help and appreciated its important role. TJ Connolly also outlined his approach for the year ahead. To see photos from the Launch go to www.tippsupportersclub.com .
Membership of the Tipperary Supporters Club for 2014 is now available on http://www.tippsupportersclub.com/ or from usual local sellers and the member’s gift is a light soft feel 100% Polyester Neck Scarf, 1.2m x 15cm, specially produced in the traditional Blue & Gold Colours of Tipperary and featuring The Tipperary Supporters Club Official Logo. To see an image of this stylish scarf go to http://www.tippsupportersclub.com/ . 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 2014 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), if Tipperary reach the senior final. 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 card 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 ).
Junior Membership is free on
www.tippsupportersclub.com and existing Junior Members will be automatically renewed and do not need to make contact unless they wish to update their contact details. Go raibh míle maith agaibh.

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 .

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 thanks Ryan Motor Power for its generous sponsorship; please support our sponsors.

Also at the launch Brendan Maher presented cheques for €20,117 each to the Suirhaven Centre, Thurles and to the Friends of St Luke’s Hospital, Dublin. These were the proceeds of the very successful fund-raising run which the players did in Thurles on 21 December.

SH Waterford Crystal
From Tipperary GAA Scene by Tim Floyd, County Board Secretary

The Tipperary v UL semi final finally went ahead last Sun in Dr Morris Park, Thurles. The Nenagh pitch was examined Saturday and passed playable despite some surface water but following a challenge game in Dr Morris Park on Sat night it was felt by Co Board officials that less damage would be done to the Thurles pitch. Sorry for any inconvenience to Nenagh Eire Óg Club. The game was played in good weather and underfoot conditions and provided plenty of talking points for the few hundred supporters in attendance. Tipp used 20 players most of whom had not played against Cork on Sat night in a challenge game and included some of last year’s All Ireland winning Intermediate panel like Padraig Heffernan and Ruairi Gleeson as well as former panel members getting another chance like Thomas Stapleton and Mickey Heffernan. The rest were part of the current training panel which restricted the selectors as at least eight are carrying niggling injuries. Tipp dominated most of this game and led at half time by 1-19 to 0-10. UL rallied at the start of the second half helped by the accuracy of free taker PJ Scully (son of former Tipp player Michael Scully, Roscrea). Other Tipp players to shine for UL were keeper Shane Hassett (Drom), Dara Quinn, Ml O Flaherty, Brian Stapleton, Tommy Heffernan, Pa Ryan (Clonakenny), and substitute Bill Maher. Tipp ran out easy winners in the end with the final score 2-30 to 0-20. John O Dwyer had 1-9 on the scoreboard at half time before he was replaced. Tipp now play All Ireland champions Clare in the Waterford Crystal final this Friday Feb 7th under lights in Sixmilebridge at 7.30pm. Supporters are advised to travel early as a large Clare support is anticipated. Last Sat night Tipp also played a very competitive challenge game in Dr Morris Park against Cork and the Rebels came out on top with the score 2-15 to 1-16. The Cork goals came one in each half from keeper Anthony Nash with his customary free taking style which will be a big talking point under a motion at Congress.


Tipp FM and the Tipperary Supporters Club have teamed up to offer this great prize to Junior Members of the Tipperary Supporters Club. A lucky Tipp supporter will be the special Team Mascot for the Tipperary SH Team at the Allianz National Hurling League match against Clare on Sunday 9th March. It will be played at Semple Stadium with the throw in at 2.30pm. The prize will include: The mascot will be part of the Tipperary Team photo on the pitch before the match. The mascot will be part of the photo with the two captains and the referee at the toss of the coin. The mascot and family will have free admission to the match for two adults. The mascot’s name and photo will be featured in the match programme and in an announcement by stadium announcer. The mascot will be special guest of the Tipp FM commentary team for their coverage of the match before rejoining their family at half time. Entry for this great draw is open to all Junior Members of the Tipperary Supporters Club who have joined on http://www.tippsupportersclub.com/ . All you have to do to enter this free draw is send an email to juniors@tippsupportersclub.com with your name, address and age, club and school and the email address and phone number for your parent/guardian. The winner will be announced on Tipp FM and on www.tippsupportersclub.com .

The Junior Mascot for the first Allianz League Division 1A fixture v Waterford is Kyle Shelly of Littleton. Kyle is a Junior Member of the Tipperary Supporters Club and he took part in the fund raising run for cancer organised by the Tipperary SH Panel in Thurles on 21 December, where Kyle raised the fantastic total of €300. Maith an fear, Kyle!

The 2014 Co SH Championship Draws
The groups for the Co SH Championship were drawn at Co CCC last Mon night and the draws came out as follows;
Roinn 1
Group A
Nenagh v Clonoulty, Roscrea v Templederry
Group B
Kildangan v Killenaule, Carrick Swans v Upperchurch

Group C
Loughmore v Anacarthy, Toomevara v Moycarkey
Group D
Borrisileigh v Drom & Inch, Silvermines v Burgess

Roinn 2
Group A
Davins v Lorrha, Knockavilla v JK Brackens
Group B
Cashel v Boherlahan, Holycross v Kilruane
Group C
Borrisokane v Ballina, Mullinahone v Ballingarry
Group D
Moneygall v Sarsfields, Cappawhite v Portroe

County Senior Hurling Challenge Cup
The county senior hurling challenge cup will commence on the weekend of the 2nd of March and the draws were also made on Mon night. The following were the draws (home teams first); Toomevara V Borrisokane
Cappawhite V Borris-Ileigh
Mullinahone V Lorrha-Dorrha
Portroe V Roscrea
Boherlahan-Dualla V Kildangan
Moneygall V Killenaule
Drom-Inch V Templederry Kenyons
Silvermines V Loughmore-Castleiney
Holycross/Ballycahill V Knockavilla Donaskeigh
Clonoulty/Rossmore V Upperchurch-Drombane
Burgess V Nenagh Éire Óg
Moycarkey-Borris V Éire Óg Anacarty/Donohill
JK Brackens V Thurles Sarsfields
Carrick Davins V Carrick Swans
Ballingarry V Kilruane Mac Donaghs
Ballina V Cashel King Cormacs

Allianz Football League
Tipperary opened their League campaign in style with a comprehensive win over Carlow in Dr Cullen Park with the final score Tipperary 2-24 to Carlows 1-8. The vibes coming from the training field ahead of this game were good and it’s very satisfying for management to see this positivity transferring on to the field. No time to rest on their laurels though as we face a lot stiffer test next Sunday against Waterford in the Clonmel Sportsfield at 2pm. Looking forward to big local support to get behind this team who are putting in a super effort.

Co Adult Football Leagues
The adult football league will commence on Sunday the 15th of February with round two on the weekend of the 22nd. Groups were drawn as follows;
Premier Division Group 1
Moyle Rovers V JK Brackens
Galtee Rovers/St Pecaun V Cahir
JK Brackens V Galtee Rovers/St Pecaun
Cahir V Moyle Rovers
Cahir V JK Brackens
Moyle Rovers V Galtee Rovers/St Pecaun
Premier Division Group 2
Moyne/Templetuohy V Clonmel Commercials
Rovers V Ardfinnan
Clonmel Commercials V Arravale Rovers
Ardfinnan V Moyne/Templetuohy
Ardfinnan V Clonmel Commercials
Moyne/Templetuohy V Arravale Rovers
Division 1
Emly V Father Sheehys
St Patrick’s V Arravale Rovers
Father Sheehys V St Patrick’s
Arravale Rovers V Emly
Arravale Rovers V Father Sheehys
Emly V St Patrick’s.


The following are the winners of the Tipperary G.A.A. Yearbook Quiz –
1st Prize (Tipperary Season Ticket): Seanie O’Neill, Clongahue Upper, Cappawhite.
2nd Prize (€50 Voucher for Tipperary GAA Merchandise Shop): Emmet Fogarty, 3 The Willows, Clongour, Thurles.
3rd Prize (€50 Voucher for Tipperary GAA Merchandise Shop): Tom Ryan, 43 Canon Hayes Park, Tipperary Town.
Congratulations to the winners

Fund Raising with GOAL
GOAL have been delighted in the past to have had Tipperary GAA stars involved with their organisation, promoting their work. In 2010 the GOAL Challenge was held in Tipp after the fantastic All-Ireland win over Kilkenny and they raised thousands at that home-coming game. Tesco have picked GOAL as one of their national bag packing partners, so on March 8th of this year they will be bag packing in 91 Tesco stores right across Ireland. There are a total of 6 Tesco stores in Tipperary where they can bag pack in – Thurles, Clonmel, Tipp Town, Nenagh, Cashel and Roscrea. It would be great if juvenile clubs in these areas were interested in taking this on board and of course GOAL can look at how they might split the money raised on the day so that the clubs involved also have an incentive to take part. They have already agreed this with Waterford GAA who are covering the 5 stores in their county. For more details call at any time to discuss this further with James Kelly GOAL Ireland at 0851526916.

AGM of the Tipperary Association Dublin

The Annual General meeting of the Tipperary Association Dublin will be held in the Palace Bar, Fleet Street, Dublin 2 on Tuesday 18 February 2014 at 8.00 pm. All current and potential new members are invited to attend. Any amendments to the rules or motions must be submitted to the Honorary Secretary 10 days before the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 />AGM. Pat Ryan,Honorary Secretary,Tipperary Association Dublin, 11 Foxfield Grove, Raheny, Dublin 5. or by email to info@tippassociationdublin.ie If you are unable to attend the AGM you are still invited to join the Association. Membership is only €20 for LIFE membership and you can forward your application to Liam Myles at 57 Hermitage Drive, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16. (087-2866018). The Association really just want people to add to their contact list so that they can inform people of their activities/events. Also in the current year they will be putting membership fees towards their student scholarship scheme under which they give grants to county players to help defray college/third level costs. Most importantly, they would like to get good support on the night of the AGM.

Gaeltacht Scholarships 2014
Coiste Chontae Thiobraid Árann is offering a limited number of Gaeltacht Scholarships to 2nd level students in the county. Seo thíos liosta de na rialacha;

  • These Scholarships are limited to those students currently in 2nd, 5th and Transition Years.
  • Applicants or their parents must have been registered members of their local GAA Club in 2013.
  • A letter from the senior club secretary (GAA, Camogie, Peil na mBan, Handball) confirming and outlining the applicant’s involvement in the club. Applicants without club references will not be considered.
  • Applicants will be called to interview where they must display an enthusiasm for the Irish language.

Closing date for applications is Fri February 7th 2014 but Please note:
Students who have already booked a place in a Gaeltacht College and the deposit paid cannot avail of this scheme
These scholarships are only available in 3 Colleges as follows:
1. Coláistí Chorca Dhuibhne, Baile an Fheirtéaraigh, Trá Lí, Co Chiarraí.
2. Coláiste Na Mumhan, Beal Athan Ghaorthaidh, Co. Chorcai
3 Coláiste na Rinne, Co. Phort Lairge
How to apply
1. Complete the attached application and return it to An Runaí, Coiste Chontae Thiobraid Árann, Lar Na Páirce, Durlas Éile Co. Tiobraid Árann before Fri Feb 7th 2014.
2. Please ensure the form is signed by your local GAA club secretary and your divisional board secretary as both units will be contributing towards the cost, if the scholarship is granted.
3. A reference letter from the senior club secretary (GAA, Camogie, Peil na mBan, Handball) confirming and outlining the applicant’s involvement in the club. Applicants without club references will not be considered.
4. You (or your parents) club membership/registration number must be entered in the appropriate section on the application form.
During Mid February suitable candidates will be called for interview and all applicants will receive a response by the end of Feb.

All-County Table Quiz….Fri Feb 21st

Plans are now finalised for the 2014 All County Table Quiz with the local heats on Fri night Feb 21st followed by the Co Final in the Dome on Fri March 14th (For all heat winners). The Star Prize for the County Champions is €2,000 (4 x €500) plus the chance to represent Tipperary in the All Ireland Scór Quiz Final in Castlebar on April 26th 2014 (for the team with the Highest marks that qualifies under Scór rules). Runner-up Prizes include 4 All Ireland SH Tickets and 4 Tipperary GAA Season Tickets. There is also a special draw at the County Final for all quiz participants in the Local Heats for 2 Garth Brooks tickets for one of his Croke Park concerts this year and there is also a €250 Rochestown Park Hotel voucher. Posters and Tickets will be distributed over the week-end. The following are the 4 divisional co-ordinators who have been appointed to look after the clubs within their own division;
North: Catherine Gleeson 087-9177233
South: Nicholas Moroney 087-8369630
Mid: John Smyth 087-9960710
West: Kevin Halley 086-1925188
Also members of the Co Management Committee will be following up clubs in their immediate areas. The main items the above co-ordinators will need to know immediately are as follows;

  • A contact person to organize your club heat
  • Book a suitable suitable venue immediately with good Tipp Fm reception
  • Your club may wish to delegate the responsibility to another unit (eg, juvenile club/camogie/ladies football etc) or you may wish to delegate responsibility to a local bar and we can deal directly with the proprietor

Over the next 2 weeks we will carry out an extensive promotional campaign on local radio, posters, web-sites, twitter and face book. We will send you a template article for inclusion in your club notes on local newspapers and your club web-site and social media. We are looking forward to your support in making this the biggest table quiz ever in Co Tipperary.

Premier Gold 2 in 1 Package…great value…last chance
Tipperary GAA supporters should check out the great value in the 2014 Premier Gold Plus Package at €200. This package gives the owner access to all adult club games, both divisional and county during 2014 plus all Allianz League matches in hurling or football. It also entitles the owner access to the opening Championship game in 2014 and the right to purchase thereafter. So whether it’s the local park, Semple Stadium or Croke Park, you can follow your teams all the way. For more details on the Premier Gold 2 in 1 Package, contact The GAA Merchandise Shop at Lár na Pairce, Thurles. 0504-22702

This week we remember two GAA members in neighbouring counties who died as a result of traffic accidents last week, Inter-County hurling referee, Shane Hourigan (Limerick) and Clare handball star, Barry Nash. Shane, in 2013 had taken charge of the All Ireland Intermediate Club Hurling final, the Munster U21 Hurling final and the All Ireland Minor Hurling semi final between Kilkenny and Waterford. We offer our condolences to his wife, Marie, son, Shane, mother, Helen and his other family members and friends. Barry was a former All Ireland and U.S. Juvenile handball champion. He is survived by his parents, Jim and Mary, and his siblings, Cathal, Diarmaid, Clodagh and Dervla. Ar dheis lámh Dé go raibh a anamnacha.

February Dates for your Diary
Fri Feb 7th: Feb Co Board Draw in Sarsfields Centre
Tues Feb 18th: Feb Co Board Meeting in Sarsfields Centre
Fri Feb 21st: All County Quiz Heats around County
Wed Feb 26th: Club Officers Information Night in LIT Thurles.
Thurs Feb 27th: Child Protection Information Night in Sarsfields Centre.


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Ar aghaidh le Tiobraid Árann.

John Coman
Public Relations Officer
Tipperary Supporters Club

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