Tipperary will play their final group game in this year’s Allianz hurling league against Wexford on Sunday next, April 17 at 2.30pm at Semple Stadium. The game will be preceded by a camogie game at 12.45pm. Only the new stand (Ardan O Fiain) will be open. Tipperary need to beat Wexford and hope Dublin and Galway lose to qualify for the League final on Sunday May 1. It will be the 40th meeting of Tipperary and Wexford in the League. Wexford have 20 wins, Tipeprary 17 and there were 2 draws. Their last meeting in the League took place at Semple Stadium on March 13, 2005 and Wexford won by 2-19 to 2-15. Current Wexford manager, Colm Bonnar, was a Tipperary selector on that occasion and only 3 of the current Tipperary panel played – Paul Curran and Benny Dunne started while Eoin Kelly came on as a sub. In Tipperary’s 6 games so far in this year’s League, 6 players have played a part in all 6 games. They are Pa Bourke, Michael Cahill, Benny Dunne, Patrick Maher, Gearoid Ryan and David Young. Pa Bourke is the only player to have played the full 70 minutes in all 6 games. He is also the team’s top scorer in the league with 0-36 to his credit. He is followed in the scoring stakes by Shane Bourke (3-7), Noel McGrath (0-12), Gearoid Ryan (2-5) and Benny Dunne (1-7). 


 After some scares along the way, Tipperary’s senior footballers have survived in Division 3 of the Allianz Football League despite losing by 0-16 to 0-13 against Cavan at Breffni Park on Sunday last. Although Tipperary were level on points with Limerick, it is Limerick that are relegated to Division 4 for next season because Tipperary defeated them in the first round of the league in February. Tipperary’s next competitive game is in the Munster Senior Football championship against Kerry at Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday May 22.  


 We remind supporters that renowned entertainer, Tommy Fleming, is  live in concert at the Park Hotel Clonmel on Saturday May 7 2011 at 8pm. All proceeds from the concert will go towards the preparation of Tipperary County teams for this year’s hurling and football championships. Tickets cost €30 and are available from the Park Hotel (052-6188700) or the GAA Office Thurles (0504 22702). Seats are strictly limited so early booking is essential. Tommy Fleming is one of Ireland’s most popular entertainers so don’t miss this great opportunity to see him live and to support our hurlers and footballers for the season ahead.  


 The next meeting of Tipperary County Board will take place on Tuesday April 19 at 8pm in the Sarsfields Social Centre, Thurles. All club delegates are asked to attend.


All clubs have been supplied with GAA email addresses for their Chairpersons and PROs. These are in the format chairperson.clubname.tipperary@gaa.ie and pro.clubname.tipperary@gaa.ie.  We urge all clubs to ensure their Chairperson and PRO logs into these addresses by April 24 at the latest. Otherwise they will be deleted. The new addresses will make it much easier to communicate with club chairpersons and PROs and all holders of these positions are asked to log in to their new email addresses as soon as possible. Using the new addresses should ensure that these club officers will get information from Divisional, County, Provincial and National Boards and Councils more reliably and faster.


 The AGM of the Friends of Tipperay Football was held in Thurles on Monday April 4.  Among the large attendance were Barry O’Brien County Board Chairman; Sean Nugent, Vice Chairman; Tim Floyd, Secretary; Eamonn Buckley, Treasurer; Noel Morris, Football Board Chairman; and John Costigan, Central Council Delegate.  Friends’ Chairman Joe Hannigan and several other speakers paid tribute to outgoing Secretary Seamus McCarthy for his unequalled service to Tipperary football as a player and manager for many years and for his service to the Friends since its foundation 20 years ago. The Chairman said that it had been an excellent year for Tipperary Football, with the highlights being the win over Kerry in the Munster Under 21 Final in Tralee, the Senior team’s Championship match against Dublin in Croke Park and the successes at under age level.  He thanked everyone involved in making the Membership Draw such an outstanding success, particularly the Sponsor, all advertisers in the Tipperary GAA Calendar and everyone who bought and sold membership tickets.  Total membership of the Friends is now almost 2,500.  Officers elected for the coming year were Patron – Dr. Dermot Clifford, Archbishop of Cahel and Emly; President – Connie Ryan (Drom-Inch);  Chairman – Joe Hannigan (Shannon Rovers); Secretary – Eddie Lonergan (Cahir); Treasurer – Eamonn Buckley (Lattin-Cullen); Asst. Treasurer – Michael Power (Newcastle); PRO – John Costigan (Cahir); Representatives to Football Board – Liam Barrett, Eddie Ryan.


 Tipperary Institute has announced that a new Level 8 Degree in Sports Strength and Conditioning will commence at their Thurles campus this September. Developed in partnership with Setanta College, this innovative new degree is built around two pillars: Coaching and Conditioning, and Business and Technology. This combination of disciplines gives the programme a unique position among the sports programmes currently offered in Higher Education in Ireland and will give graduates a mixture of the technical, social and management skills required to pursue careers as top class coaches and administrators. It will be possible to apply for the course via the CAO. More details are available from Tipperary Institute and will be available here as soon as publicly announced.


 The Final Score results programme will return to Tipp FM after the 9pm News on Sunday next April 24th. We look forward to welcoming our usual listenership and perhaps some new listeners as well. Thanks all to the secretaries of the Divisional Boards and the Secretary of the County Competitions Committee, Tom Maher, without whose help collating results, the Final Score would not be possible.


 The Tipperary under 21 management team, Ken Hogan, TJ Connolly and William Maher have nominated Noel McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney) to captain the Tipperary under 21 hurling team for 2011. Congratulations to Noel on this well deserved honour and we wish him, his team mates and the management team well for the season ahead.


 It is well known at this stage that like all sectors of society, GAA players are finding it difficult to get and keep jobs during these tough economic times. Three of the Tipperary senior hurling panel, Larry Corbett, Conor O’Mahony and Padraic Maher highlighted the plight of players who cannot find work in a very honest and impressive way on last Friday’s Late Late Show. Tipperary County Board would urge all GAA supporters in the county who may be in a position to offer employment to give serious consideration to employing GAA players who are out of work. The GAA plays a major role in our community and the retention of players who might otherwise emigrate is not alone important to the GAA but to the wider community. The County Board is establishing a committee, which will be chaired by former President of the Camogie Association and former County PRO, Liz Howard, to examine ways of finding sustainable jobs for players on Tipperary inter-county teams. This is not an easy challenge to take on but we believe that, with support from Tipperary people in business locally and nationally, this new committee will have a positive impact.


 A visit to Croke Park is the perfect place to take your younger members for a weekend Club outing. They will experience the magic of a match day and follow in the footsteps of GAA legends on the Croke Park Stadium tour. A typical visit to Croke Park takes two hours and includes an exciting behind-the-scenes guided tour of the stadium, a short film, a chance to explore the GAA Museum’s exhibits and a visit to the Museum’s interactive games area where visitors can test their Hurling and Gaelic Football skills. There is a recession busting 25% off special rate for all GAA Club groups (minimum of 20) who visit before April 30, 2011. For further information on pricing and visiting the GAA Museum please visit www.crokepark.ie/gaa-museum. To make a booking, call 01-8192374 or email tours@crokepark.ie.


 Information concerning all areas in the GAA will appear in this section in the future. If you wish to include any item of interest in future articles, please contact the County Public Relations Officer Ger Ryan at 086-8149146 or via e-mail at pro.tipperary@gaa.ie on or before 3:00pm on Monday. Visit the Tipperary GAA web site at http://tipperary.gaa.ie to keep up to date with all the latest news in Tipperary GAA circles.

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