Dear Tipperary Supporter




The Waterford Crystal Cup senior hurling final will be a repeat of last year’s decider between Tipperary and Clare. Tipperary defeated LIT by 1-20 to 2-12 at Dolla on Sunday to qualify to meet Clare who defeated Cork in Sixmilebridge on Friday night last by 0-20 to 2-11. The final will be played at Semple Stadium on Saturday night next, February 9, at 7.30pm. Limerick’s Shane Hourigan will be the referee and extra time will be played in the event of a draw. Admission Prices are Adults – €10; Students / OAPs with id – €5 and Under 16s will admitted free. In last year’s final Tipperary won by 1-21 to 2-12 at Sixmilebridge. Tipperary are looking for their 4th title while Clare are seeking their 2nd title.

Team News

The Tipperary SH team to play Clare in the Waterford Crystal Cup final on Sunday has only four of the team which started the semi-final against LIT. Conor O’Brien, Joey McLoughney, Shane McGrath and Jason Forde are retained. The line-up for the final sees the return of Brendan Cummins, Paul Curran, Donagh Maher, Brendan Maher, Seamus Hennessy, Noel McGrath, Eoin Kelly, Patrick Maher, Brian O’Meara, Shane Bourke and Seamus Callanan. The team is:

1. Brendan Cummins (Ballybacon-Grange)

2. Conor O’Brien (Éire Óg Annacarty)

3. Paul Curran (Mullinahone)

4. Donagh Maher (Burgess)

5. Joey McLoughney (Toomevara)

6. Brendan Maher (Borris–Ileigh)

7. Seamus Hennessy (Kilruane MacDonaghs)

8. Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch)

9. Noel McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)

10. Jason Forde (Silvermines)

11. Eoin Kelly (Mullinahone)

12. Patrick Maher (Lorrha & Dorrha)

13. Brian O’Meara (Kilruane MacDonaghs)

14. Shane Bourke (JK Brackens)

15. Seamus Callanan (Drom & Inch)




Good luck to Thurles Sarsfields for their All Ireland semi-final clash with Kilcormac-Killoughy of Offaly at O’Moore Park, Portlaoise on Saturday next, February 9 at 2pm. The game will be shown live on TG4. The game will be refereed by Colm Lyons of Cork. The other semi-final will be played at 4pm in Parnell Park, Dublin between St. Thomas of Galway and defending champions Loughgiel Shamrocks and will also be shown live on TG4. Extra time will be played if required in both games. Thurles Sarsfields are the first Tipperary team to play in an All-Ireland semi-final since Loughmore’s defeat to Portumna in 2008 and are aiming to be the first Tipperary team to qualify for the final since Toomevara in 1994. To view a video interview with Lar Corbett and Padraic Maher go to www.tipperary.gaa.ie .




Tipperary had a disappointing start to their Allianz Division 4 Football League campaign with a 0-16 to 1-14 defeat to Carlow at Semple Stadium on Sunday in front of an attendance of 500 people. Their next game will be against Waterford on Saturday evening next, February 9, in Dungarvan at 7pm. A victory in this game will be important for promotion chances and will be difficult away to a Waterford team that will be buoyed by their 1-9 to 0-11 victory over Clare in Milltown Malbay last Sunday.




Don’t forget the Tipperary season ticket is still available. For just €200, the new 2013 Premier Gold Plus Package will give access to all adult club games within the county organized by the Tipperary County and Divisional CCC’s. In addition it incorporates the GAA Season Ticket which gives access to all Allianz League matches in the chosen code (including semi-finals and final) plus the opening Championship fixture for Tipperary SH or SF. After that Pay for Play applies for your county’s additional games in the championship in that code with a €5 discount off face value. For championship games the Season Ticket is in a reserved good quality seating section e.g. 304 or 305 in the Cusack Stand in Croke Park. If you have already purchased a GAA Season Ticket you can pay an additional €115 for the Tipperary GAA Club Match Pass. If you don’t want the inter-county ticket, you can still buy the club season ticket for just €120 which represents great value for r egular match attendees. If you want to pay by credit card or order a copy of the brochure and application form contact Lár na Páirce 0504-22702 (10am-5pm Mon – Fri).




Congratulations to Josephine O’Dwyer (ticket sold by Golden Kilfeacle club) who won a Skoda Octavia car or €15,000 and Seamus Waters (ticket sold by Kilruane MacDonaghs club) who won a Skoda Fabia car or €10,000 in the Tipperary GAA Clubs Draw last Saturday night in Larkin’s of Garrykennedy.  January prize winners, The Collins family, Bushy Park, Borrisokane (€15,000) and Una Hickey, Portroe (€10,000) also received their prizes at what was a very entertaining event. Well done to Larkin’s and Portroe GAA for organising the night.




Commiserations to Thurles CBS on their defeat to Dungarvan Colleges in the Harty Cup semi-final on Saturday last. Templemore CBS drew with Ard Scoil Ris of Limerick on Sunday at MacDonagh Park, Nenagh and we wish them luck for the replay at the same venue on Saturday next February 9 at 2.30pm.




The annual Annerville Sports Awards, sponsored by Bulmers of Clonmel, were presented at a function in the Minella Hotel, Clonmel recently. The event and awards are organised by the United Sports Panel with Seamus McCarthy as Chairman and Seamus J King as Secretary and congratulations are due to them and their committee for their excellent choice of awardees and organisation of a very enjoyable presentation event. Congratulations are also due to all the award winners who included the following GAA recipients: Gaelic Football – Kevin Harney (Clonmel Commercials); Hurling – Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields and Tipperary); Handball – Daniel Hayes (Cashel), Colin Ryan (Cashel) and Jason English (Ballyporeen); Sean Lyons Sports Executive – William Maher, Tipperary minor hurling manager; Knocknagow Annerville Award – Larry Kiely, All Ireland and National League medal winner with Tipperary in 1964 and 64 and international showjumper. Well done also to all the other a ward winners – Sean Tobin (Athletics), Lee Kelly, Calvin Boland and Nora Doyle (Boxing), Pat Murray (Golf), Ursuline Secondary School Thurles (Hockey), Noel Joyce (Pitch and Putt), Ed Leamy (Rugby), Brendan O’Donoghue (Snooker), Adrian Walsh (Soccer), Sheila Gregan (Special Achievement) and Breeda Christie (Lifetime Achievement).




The Tipperary GAA web site at www.tipperary.gaa.ie continues to attract new users with 30,317 visits during the month of January, a 40% increase from the previous January. Unsurprisingly, the number of visitors viewing the web site via smartphones or tablets increased year on year by 144%. Latest News, Fixtures / Results and Player Profiles are the most popular sections of the site.




Liam O’Neill, Uachtaran Cumann Luthchleas Gael is to be the Guest of Honour at the 15th Annual Roscrea Regional Sports Stars Awards to be held in Racket Hall Hotel on Friday, February 15.  This year’s Award winners are headed by recipient John Gleeson from Moneygall GAA Club who enters the Hall of Fame. The other recipients in the announced 2012 R.C.T.L.C. Roscrea Regional Sports Star Awards are:  Athletics:  Mary Mulhare from Portlaoise; Badminton – Colaiste Phobal U16 All Ireland team; Camogie:  Sheila Sullivan from Birr; Gaelic Football  – Inane Rovers; Golf – James Masterson from Coolderry; Handball:  Micheal O’Brien from Birr; Hurling: Jack Peters from Kilruane McDonaghs; Paralympic Sport:  Garret Culleton from Rosenallis; Rugby – Donnacha Ryan from Nenagh, Soccer – Val Feeney from Roscrea; Tennis – Wilmer Div 1 Team –Birr; Youth Award – PJ Scully from Borris-in-Ossory/Kilcotton. The Special Recognition Award goes to St. Fergal’s College Rathdowney for 75 years of sport. The Special Achievement Award goes to Michael Rosney and Clodagh Jones from Roscrea Golf Club and the Club of the Year Award goes to Kilcormac Killoughey GAA.  This year’s Contribution to Sports is being awarded to Noel Morris from Borrisokane who has served as Chairman of Tipperary County Board, Tipperary Football Board, North Tipperary Board and Central Council Delegate. We congratulate all the winners and particularly the award winners associated with the GAA in Tipperary.




Tipperary Coaching and Games will again this year offer “Easter Camps” to clubs in the county. Camps will run for three days during the two weeks of the Easter Holidays. The dates include March 26, 27, 28 or April 3, 4, 5.  The camps will run for three hours each day and the cost is €20 per child participating. Each child will receive a sliotar and football on completion of the three days. Children may apply through their participating club only. Numbers will be limited due to availability of coaches so clubs are asked to apply early to avoid disappointment. Last year’s camps were very successful and all who participated enjoyed the experience. For further details and application forms please contact Dinny Maher, County Games Manager at dinny.maher.gda.tipperary@gaa.ie or any of the Games Development Administrators.




Tipperary Coaching and Games Development will host a County Coaching Conference on Saturday March 9 at The Dome Semple Stadium.  The theme of the conference will be “Preparing the Adult Club Team”.  A number of guest speakers will attend. Details will be circulated to all clubs in the next week.




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Adult Membership in 2013 will cost €30 (unchanged since 2005). Each Adult Membership Card will be accompanied by a Tipperary Car/Window Sticker and a gift of a specially produced soft feel Winter Hat in the traditional Blue and Gold colours of Tipperary and featuring the Tipperary Supporters Club official logo. To see an image of this lovely gift go to https://www.tippsupportersclub.com. Adult Members will be entered in Ticket Draws for five pairs of stand tickets before each of Tipperary’s 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 receive regular updates by email on team news, match reports and events. In addition members providing phone numbers will receive text alerts with Tipperary SH League and Champio nship team selections.

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  . Supporters can join on line on www.tippsupportersclub.com  by credit card or debit card or with usual local sellers. On the website details are also available of the direct debit facility; as the Club is run on a completely voluntary basis it would be a great help of members could join by direct debit. If joining by post please send a cheque or postal order payable to Tipperary Supporters Club to Jim Reidy, 13 Castleknock Close, Castleknock, Dublin 15(086-3580718, email: 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 than ks Ryan Motor Power for its generous sponsorship; please support our sponsors.

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