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McGeeney doubles up to join Tipp hurling staff
JACKIE CAHILL – 11 NOVEMBER 2013 Irish Independent
ARMAGH football selector Kieran McGeeney has accepted an invitation from Tipperary senior hurling manager Eamon O’Shea to join his back-room team for the 2014 campaign.
Former Kildare boss McGeeney, who captained the Armagh footballers to All-Ireland glory in 2002, will adopt a dual inter-county mandate next year. It is understood that O’Shea will ask McGeeney to work on the mental aspects of preparation with Tipp. O’Shea is an admirer of McGeeney’s work, and a speech by the Mullaghbawn native was used on a mental skills DVD distributed to the Tipp players last season. The majority of McGeeney’s time will be spent in Armagh but he will also provide an ear for O’Shea, his management team and the Tipp players. The acquisition of McGeeney is another coup for O’Shea, who recently enlisted former Olympic sprinter Gary Ryan as physical trainer. Tipp county board officials are anxious to ensure a degree of continuity as a number of exciting young players are bedded into the senior squad. That led them to appoint O’Shea, assistant manager Michael Ryan and coach Paudie O’Neill for another two years. As well as retired goalkeeper Brendan Cummins, other players not part of O’Shea’s 45-man panel at the moment are Pa Bourke, Johnny Ryan, Brian O’Meara, Thomas Stapleton, John O’Keeffe and Donagh Maher. But some of these players could earn a recall, as a number of players may be unavailable during the Waterford Crystal Cup campaign, due to third-level commitments. The 16 players added to the extended squad are: Michael Breen, Steven O’Brien (Ballina), James Logue (Ballingarry), Conor Kenny (Borrisoleigh), Tom Treacy (Cappawhite), David Collins (Drom & Inch), Cathal Barrett (Holycross/ Ballycahill), Colin O’Riordan (JK Brackens), Tadhg Gallagher (Kildangan), Niall O’Meara, Jack Peters (Kilruane MacDonaghs), Liam McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney), Paddy Murphy (Nenagh Éire Óg), Seamus Kennedy (St Mary’s, Clonmel), Denis Maher, Ronan Maher (Thurles Sarsfields). Some of Tipp’s more experienced players, including Eoin Kelly, will not resume training until the new year.
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RADIO PROGRAMME FEATURES PÁDRAIC MAHER The fifth programme in the series ‘This Sporting Life’ features Thurles Sarsfields and Tipperary hurler Pádraic Maher. Without writing about myself in the third person, the series of programme is produced by Ciarán Ryan, a native of Newport, and now based in Limerick as a freelance radio producer. I’ve previously produced content for the likes of RTÉ Radio 1, 2FM, 2XM, Live 95FM, SPIN SW, etc., and will also have a documentary air on Newstalk early next year. Previous sporting documentaries have included ‘The Famine Is Over’ (Tipp FM, 2008) and Friday Night Blues (Limerick’s Live 95FM, 2010). Winning trophies, losing finals, training on cold winter nights, and career-threatening injuries – they all appear inThis Sporting Life, a new radio series that will commence broadcasting on SPIN South West on Sunday, October 20th, at 11.50am The series of 10 programmes are produced by independent producer Ciarán Ryan for the station, and each features an in-depth profile of a sportsperson from SPIN South West’s broadcast region. The series crosses a range of sporting disciplines including GAA, soccer, tennis, boxing, rowing, rugby, etc., and includes those still very much active in their fields, along with some who have retired in more recent years. The series mixes amateurs and professionals, household names and emerging talents. Each programme is produced in a documentary-style including input from the selected sportsperson and those who have an impact on their career – family, coaches, teammates, etc. SPIN South West is a regional music station for 15-34 year olds based in the South West of Ireland and broadcasts to Kerry, Clare, Limerick, North Tipperary and South West Laois. The station is on air since 2007 and has developed a culture of promotion of independent broadcasting and supporting radio in the region, through active participation in the BAI Sound & Vision fund. “We are delighted to be involved with a series that celebrates these amazing sportspeople,” says Nessa McGann, Programme Director with the station. The following people will feature in This Sporting Life: 1. Sunday, October 20th: Conor Niland (Tennis) 2. Sunday, October 27th: Andy Lee (Boxing) 3. Sunday, November 3rd: Niamh O’Dea (Ladies Football & Camogie, Clare) 4. Sunday, November 10th: Sam Lynch (Rowing) 5. Sunday, November 17th: Padraic Maher (Hurling, Tipperary) 6. Sunday, November 24th: Eimear Cregan (Hockey, ex-Ireland) 7. Sunday, December 1st: Seán Lacey (Cycling) 8. Sunday, December 8th: Yvonne Tracy (Soccer, Arsenal & Ireland) 9. Sunday, December 15th: Darran O’Sullivan (Gaelic Football, Kerry) 10. Sunday, December 22nd: Mike Sherry (Rugby, Munster & Ireland) BALLINA IN AIB MUNSTER CLUB IH FINAL FROM TIPPERARY GAA SCENE BY COUNTY PRO GER RYAN We extend best wishes to Ballina for their AIB Munster Intermediate Club hurling final against Youghal of Cork at Mallow on Sunday, November 17 at 2pm with Shane Hourigan of Limerick in charge of the whistle. Ballina will be seeking to retain the title in Tipperary in succession to last year’s winners, Silvermines. LOUGHMORE CASTLEINEY V DR. CROKES Good luck to Loughmore Castleiney for their AIB Munster Club semi-final against Dr. Crokes of Killarney at Dr. Crokes GAA Grounds, Killarney at 2.30pm on Saturday next, November 16. The game will be refereed by Michael Collins of Cork. Dr. Crokes are defending Munster champions and the winner of Saturday’s semi-final will play the winner of the game between Ballinacourty of Waterford and Doonbeg or Cratloe of Clare which will be played at a Clare venue on Sunday, November 17. That game will be refereed by Derek O’Mahoney of Ardfinnan, who recently refereed the Tipperary senior football final. AIB MUNSTER CLUB INTERMEDIATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP Following their comfortable quarter final replay victory by 3-8 to 1-3 over De La Salle of Waterford last weekend, Ballyporeen will play Clyda Rovers of Cork in the AIB Munster Intermediate Club football semi-final at Clonmel Sportsgrounds on Sunday next, November 17 at 2pm. We wish them all the best for this game which will be refereed by Sean Joy of Kerry, AIB MUNSTER CLUB JUNIOR A FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP The Tipperary Camogie Grounds at The Ragg will be the novel venue for the AIB Munster Club Junior A football quarter-final between Drom and Inch and Feohanagh / Castlemahon of Limerick at 2pm on Saturday November 16. Best wishes to the Drom and Inch team for this game. Kevin Murphy of Cork will be the referee and the winner will play Coolmeen of Clare in the semi-final. TIPPERARY REFEREES IN MUNSTER ACTION In addition to Derek O’Mahoney refereeing the club football semi-final, there are a number of other Tipperary referees on Munster Club duty this weekend. Johnny Ryan (Boherlahan Dualla) will be in charge of the senior hurling semi-final between Sixmilebridge of Clare and Midleton of Cork at Pairc Ui Chaoimh on Sunday, November 17 at 2pm. John O’Brien (Arravale Rovers) will referee the junior hurling semi-final between Bodyke of Clare and Feenagh / Kilmeedy of Limerick at Sixmilebridge on Sunday at 2pm while at the same time David Grogan of Aherlow will referee the junior football quarter-final between Mitchelstown of Cork and Keel of Kerry at Fermoy. Finally, Anthony Sherlock (Kildangan) will referee the junior hurling quarter-final between Ballysaggart (Waterford) and Grenagh (Cork) on Sunday at 2pm in Fraher Field Dungarvan. CLEAN IRELAND RECYCLING JUNIOR B HURLING FINAL The Clean Ireland Recycling Junior B hurling final between Holycross Ballycahill and Templederry Kenyons will be played at The Ragg at 2pm on Saturday November 16. Holycross-Ballycahill are seeking their first county title at this grade while Templederry Kenyons are looking to win their third, having won previously in 1996 and 2009. They will also be aiming to join Toomevara on top of the roll of honour with 3 titles in the Junior B grade which was incepted in 1993. SEAN GAEL PRESENTATION Micheal Ó Muircheartaigh will present the Sean Gael awards at the Dome, Semple Stadium on Sunday next , November 17. The thirty-two recipients, who are all over 70 years of age, will be recognised for their lifetime of service to the GAA. The event will commence with a reception at 3.30 pm and the presentations will take place an hour later. All the recipients have received their invitations and complimentary tickets. Additional tickets at €10 each are available from the GAA Office, Lár na Páirce (0504 22702) for any family or club members who would like to be present on the day. We wish all the deserving recipients an enjoyable day. TALKING THROUGH THE STRESS The South Tipperary GAA board is supporting an information evening in the Minella Hotel Clonmel on Monday night next, November 18 at 7pm organised by Clonmel Suicide Awareness Workers (CSAW) The theme for the evening is “talking through the stress” . The speakers on the night are Paul Kelly CONSOLE; Stephen Pearce, Potter and Author of ” Warrior Spirit”; Stephen Griffin, Area President of The Society of Saint Vincent De Paul; and former Tipperary hurler and now addiction counsellor, John Leahy. The evening will be chaired by Joe Leahy. This is a free admission event and all are welcome. PIETA HOUSE ” MIND YOUR BUDDY” Pieta House in conjunction with Tipperary GAA have organised two information nights to introduce and explain this programme initiative. The dates available for people to attend are: 1) November 20 from 7.15pm to 8.15pm at The McAuley Community Centre, Templemore and 2) November 21st from 7.15pm to 8.15pm at The Moycarkey Community Centre. The meetings will inform attendees about the “Mind your Buddy” programme designed to assist suicide prevention. The programme is free and is offered to all Tipperary GAA Clubs. The purpose of this introduction night is to highlight the importance of the “Mind your Buddy” concept and to identify the importance and need for training of members within clubs. A training course will follow on November 30 with a duration of 3 to 4 hours. Please contact Seamus Delaney on 087 6396698 for further details. NEW REFEREES Application forms to be used by new applicants intending to undergo the Referees Course in 2014 have been circulated to all clubs. Forms completed and signed by the applicant and club secretary must be returned to the County Secretary before November 30. SYMPATHY Tipperary County Board extends its sympathy to the Horgan family, Knockavilla on the death of their mother, Breda. Her son, Brian, was a Tipperary minor hurling selector in 2012 and 13 and captained the Tipperary under 21 hurling team to All Ireland victory in 1995. Ar dheis De go raibh a hanam dilis. WESTSIDE To read this week’s Westside column go to www.tippsupporterclub.com . Log on to www.tippsupportersclub.com, www.tipperary.gaa.ie and www.munster.gaa.ie for all the latest news. Please pass on this email to your friends. Ar aghaidh le Tiobraid Árann. John Coman Public Relations Officer Tipperary Supporters Club