Tipperary GAA Scene 5 April 2011




 Tipperary County Board wishes to thank Enfer Scientific for their great generosity in sponsoring Tipperary’s county teams over the last 10 years. Enfer’s sponsorship will conclude at the end of this year’s Allianz Leagues. The contribution of Louis Ronan and his family to Tipperary GAA over the last 10 years has been a very significant one and it has been of enormous benefit to the promotion and development of hurling and football in the county in the last decade. It was very fitting that Tipperary succeeded in winning an All Ireland senior hurling title during the Enfer sponsorship. We wish the Ronan family and Enfer continued success for the future. A new sponsor for the Tipperary County teams will be announced in the coming weeks. 


Well done to the Tipperary Senior hurlers and management on their impressive victory over Galway by 4-23 to 1-14 on Sunday last at Pearse Stadium. This victory keeps Tipperary in with a chance of qualifying for the Allianz Hurling League final. A victory over Wexford and victories for Waterford over Galway and Cork over Dublin in the final round games are essential to Tipp’s prospects of qualifying for the final. None of these possibilities can be ruled out but the only one of them Tipp can influence will be their own game against Wexford at Semple Stadium on Sunday April 17th. Wexford proved against Cork last Sunday that they have strong fighting qualities and that defeating them will not be easy as they try to avoid relegation to Division 2. Shane Bourke became the first Tipp man to score 3 goals in a league game since Larry Corbett registered 3-2 against Laois at Leahy Park, Cashel on March 23, 2008.


 Tipperary football captain, Barry Grogan, really led by example on Sunday last at Semple Stadium as he scored 9 points, 4 from play, in the home side’s 0-17 to 0-10 victory over table topping Wexford in Division 3 of the Allianz football league. With a difficult away fixture to come against Cavan, Sunday’s game was always going to be crucial to Tipp’s chances of survival in Division 3 and they certainly responded positively to the challenge. Well done to the players and management. They are now 2 points clear of Waterford and Limerick and one point ahead of Cavan so the possibility of relegation is considerably eased. In fact, there is still a mathematical possibility of promotion though it would take an unlikely combination of results in the final round next Sunday for that to happen. Tipperary’s final game against Cavan is at Breffni Park, Cavan on Sunday next, April 10 at 2.30pm. We wish them all the best for a victory.


 Tipperary County Board is delighted to present renowned singer, Tommy Fleming 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.


 Thanks to all the clubs who attended the club officers’ information night at the Horse and Jockey Hotel on Thursday night last. Thanks also to the speakers – Hilery Tarrant and Ed Hennessy from the South Tipperary Volunteer Board; Frank Bourke from Moyle Rovers; County Chairman, Barry O’Brien; County Secretary, Tim Floyd; County Treasurer, Eamonn Buckley; County Competitions Chairman, Sean Nugent; County Development Officer, Michael Bourke; County Clubs Draw Committee Chairman, Peter Byrne and Munster Council PRO, Ed Donnelly. County Clubs Draw Committee members and County Board officers will visit clubs in the coming weeks as part of promoting this year’s clubs draw and to discuss other matters of importance to clubs.


 Good luck to Tipperary’s minor footballers and management for their forthcoming Munster quarter final on Wednesday, April 13 against Limerick at Kilmallock at 6.30pm. Liam McGrath of Loughmore Castleiney will captain the team this year. We wish Liam every success in his captaincy role. Good luck also to Keith O’Brien of Kilsheelan Kilcash who will referee the quarter-final between Kerry and Waterford at Austin Stack Park, Tralee on the same night.


 The AGM of the Tipperary Supporters Club was held at the Louis Fitzgerald  Hotel,  Dublin on Wednesday, March 30.  The audited accounts for 2010 were explained in detail by Eamonn Buckley, Treasurer, and by John Ryan, Assistant Treasurer.  A record number of almost 2,400 members joined the Club in 2010. The Golf Classic was again a major success. Sponsorship and donations and the special All Ireland Final Weekend Golf Classic were also very successful in raising funds. Other activities included proceeds from the Tipperary Credit Card. Grants of almost €137,000 were made to cover expenses incurred in the preparation of the Tipperary SH Panel. Due to the thrilling All Ireland SH victory there was contribution to the All Ireland Team Holiday Fund. The Club also sponsored the All-Ireland Under 16 Hurling Championship, which is organised by Tipperary Bord na nÓg, and was won by Tipperary. In his report Secretary Joe Tuohy summarised the highlights of the Club’s activities for the year. John Coman, PRO and Membership Officer, reported on another record year for adult and junior membership. In his address as Chair John Tierney announced that the Annual Golf Classic would take place in the County Tipperary Golf and Country Club, Dundrum, Co Tipperary on the May 12 and 13.  John thanked everyone who had helped him in his role as Chair of the Club including Club members, sponsors, funders, committee members, County Board and Bord na nÓg officials, team manager, selectors and backroom team and of course the players who represented Tipperary so well on and off the field.  In particular he thanked Liam Sheedy, Eamon O’Shea and Michael Ryan for the superb standards which they had set in three successful years of management. John Tierney was re-elected as Chair and he paid warm tribute to the contribution of Simon Ryan, who had been a loyal Committee Member for many years and who had passed away suddenly in February.  As Treasurer of the County Board, Eamonn Buckley was re-elected automatically as Treasurer of the Club. Also re-elected were John Ryan, Assistant Treasurer, Joe Tuohy, Secretary and John Coman, PRO and Membership Officer.  The meeting was also addressed by Seán Nugent, Vice-Chair of the County Board on behalf of Barry O’Brien, County Board Chair who was unavoidably absent.  Jarlath Daly, President, Tipperary Association, Dublin congratulated Liam Sheedy who had recently been selected as Tipperary Person of the Year 2010.  On behalf of the players Declan Ryan, SH Manager, thanked the Club for their support.  Declan urged all Tipperary supporters to assist the Club and spoke of the strong desire to win back-to-back All-Ireland titles within the SH Panel. Among the guests at the meeting were Noel McGrath and Pádraic Maher.  Members who have not yet renewed their membership for 2011 are asked to do so, full details are on www.tippsupportersclub.com.


 Good luck to Derek O’Mahony of Ardfinnan who will referee the Cadbury’s Munster Under 21 football final between Cork and Kerry at Pairc Uí Rinn on this Wednesday, April 6 at 7.30pm.


 Congratulations to Ellen Lyons of Portroe who won a car or €15,000 and Michael Walshe of Mullinahone who won a car or €12,000 in the Tipperary Clubs Draw held live on Tipp FM last Friday night. Upperchurch Drombane GAA club won a set of jerseys.


 The Final Score results programme will return to Tipp FM after the 9pm News on Sunday April 24th. Thanks to Tipp FM for their continued support for the results slot.


 The GAA’s annual Congress takes place this year in Mullingar, Westmeath from April 15-16. A full list of the proposed motions at the GAA Annual Congress 2011 can be found at www.gaa.ie.


 The GAA Respect Initiative is aimed at players of all ages, at coaches, spectators and at Clubs with the aim of promoting positive behaviour and to ensure that an enriching environment is provided for the promotion and development of our Gaelic Games. By our behaviour we are often judged and the GAA will distribute soon a new set of Respect posters, a new publicity booklet and a special promotional tool kit that will include marketing, publicity and printable materials for Clubs and County Boards. While the initiative seeks to be integrated into all aspects of our Games, regardless of age or competition, specific targeting will take place to promote Respect for the U12s to U14s age groups this year and at Féile na nÓg at County and National level. With the continued promotion of the GAA Respect Initiative at all levels, Clubs are asked to discuss how they may promote the initiative as a good behaviour promotion and to avail of the toolkit that will be launched at the GAA Annual Congress 2011.


 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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