Tipp Supporters Club Newsletter 21 February 2021

Dear Tipperary Supporter


Tipperary Supporters Club AGM and Tipperary Senior Hurler of the Year 2020

The 34th AGM of the Tipperary Supporters Club was the first ever held online with a good attendance of members taking part from many parts of Tipperary and well beyond.

Bryan Maher, Assistant Treasurer, presented the audited accounts for the year to 31st October 2020 which resulted in grants of over €77,000 to expenses connected with the Senior Hurling panel including training camps, medical treatment, specialist training, travel and accommodation. It was a difficult year for fund raising and it was not possible to hold the usual golf classics in Tipperary and Dublin.  However great efforts were made to keep membership numbers as high as possible despite the effects of the Pandemic and expenses such as the cost of membership gifts and postage of membership packs had been kept to a minimum. The Club had held a very successful Stars in Their Eyes event in November 2019 which had raised over €20,000.

In addition to the activities of the Tipperary Supporters Club details of fund raising conducted by the Tipperary GAA Commercial Board were given.  The Commercial Board made a contribution of over €94,000 to Tipperary GAA during the season.

In his report to the AGM as Secretary Billy Coman summarised the highlights of the Club’s activities and his lively and colourful report is available here: https://www.tippsupportersclub.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Tipperary-Supporters-Club-AGM-Booklet-2021.pdf  In his address as Chairperson, Terry O’Neill thanked all the Tipperary Supporters for their generosity in supporting the fund-raising efforts of the Club including club members, sponsors, funders, committee members, county board officials, team management and of course the players.He also thanked committee member Ed Donnelly for his work in arranging the online meeting.

John Coman, Public Relations Officer, reported on the membership scheme and asked all members to make a special effort to encourage extra members to join up and to ask existing members to re-join using the direct debit facility, especially as it was more difficult to meet face to face during the Pandemic. Members paying by direct debit for the first time will enjoy a special discounted membership rate of €30 for 2020. He reported that many members had already joined for 2021 with the member’s gift of a Tipperary Supporters Club face mask proving very attractive. John especially thanked Membership Officer Jim Reidy and committee member Danny O’Connell for their long hours of work on the membership efforts. John also thanked Joe Bracken for his great help with the Tipperary Supporters Club during his time as County Board PRO.

The following officers were appointed: Terry O’Neill, Chairperson; Billy Coman, Secretary; Michael Power, Treasurer (automatic re-appointment); Bryan Maher, Assistant Treasurer; John Coman, PRO; and Jim Reidy, Membership Officer.

Terry O’Neill invited Joe Kennedy, Chairperson of the County Board to address the meeting. Joe Kennedy thanked the Supporters Club for being more important than ever at this time in the Tipperary Hurling set up. He commented on the great co-operation between the County Board and the Tipperary Supporters Club in their work. Liam Myles, President, Tipperary Association Dublin also congratulated the Club and assured it of every support from the Tipperary Association, Dublin. Also present at the meeting were Jimmy Minogue, County Board Vice-Chair; Michael Power, County Board Treasurer; and Jonathan Cullen, PRO, County Board.

Chairperson Terry O’Neill welcomed Liam Sheedy, Michael Breen and Alan Flynn to the meeting. Liam Sheedy, Senior Team Bainisteoir, addressed the meeting and thanked the Tipperary Supporters Club for their great work which was a vital part of the Tipperary team’s preparation. Liam emphasised the importance of the team being closely connected with the Tipperary Supporters and that he would work closely to develop that relationship even further in 2021.  While the 2020 season had been disappointing, Liam explained that the panel was showing huge commitment in the personal training programmes that they were involved in at the moment until such time as collective training was again allowed.

Liam, Alan Flynn and Michael Breen took part in a question and answer session moderated by Terry O’Neill and gave some interesting insights in to how the Pandemic had changed the preparation in some ways.

As the finale to the meeting, Terry O’Neill announced that the Tipperary Senior Hurler of the Year 2020 as voted by members of the Tipperary Supporters Club was Michael Breen.  Michael was virtually presented with the annual trophy by John Quirke, Jeweller, Cahir who again kindly sponsored the award and Michael also was awarded the Tony Reddin Perpetual Cup as kindly donated by his wife Mrs Maura Reddin.  Michael thanked everyone for the honour involved and the awards can be seen here: https://www.tippsupportersclub.com/tipp-supporters-club-hurler-of-the-year-2020/

Tipperary Supporters Club Membership 2021

In addition to the membership gift of the special Tipperary Supporters Club face mask, other features of membership are a special car sticker, membership card and draws for 5 pairs of stand tickets to each of Tipperary’s Munster and All-Ireland SH Championship games as well as entry in the Team Mascot competition for Home matches in the Allianz Hurling League and a vote to decide on the Tipperary Senior Hurler of the Year. Many members join online on http://www.tippsupportersclub.com/join/ by credit or debit card.  The direct debit payment option is encouraged, which saves greatly on administration and costs, a major point for any organisation which relies totally on voluntary effort. Just log on to http://www.tippsupportersclub.com/join/ to get the direct debit form.

Members are entitled to a selection of great discounts. Louis Fitzgerald has kindly provided a very attractive 10% discount on accommodation at the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Naas Road, Dublin for Tipperary Supporters Club members, log on to http://www.tippsupportersclub.com/join/discounts/ for further details on this and other discounts. Another very popular feature of the membership package is the use of social media, email and texting of team announcements as soon as they are made which means that Tipperary Supporters Club members get the team news in to their hand wherever they are in Ireland or abroad. If joining by post please send a cheque or postal order for €40 payable to Tipperary Supporters Club to Jim Reidy, 13 Castleknock Close, Dublin 15.

We want to extend the membership base further and we would urge all supporters to join our Team Tipperary fund raising effort by contacting Supporters Club Membership Officer, Jim Reidy on 086-3580718 or by email at info@tippsupportersclub.com Also, we would like to make a special appeal to Tipperary Supporters living abroad who could connect us to other supporters in places like London, Dubai, Australia, USA and Canada or elsewhere to contact us. This is the direct link to join online: http://www.tippsupportersclub.com/join/adult-members/

Tipperary Supporters Club, Supporting Tipperary Hurling.

Friends of Tipperary Football

From Tipperary GAA Scene by Jonathan Cullen, County Board PRO

By joining the syndicate, you will also become a member of The Friends of Tipperary Football

The Friends of Tipperary Football are delighted to launch a new Euro Millions Plus syndicate offering all members 2,500 chances to win the jackpot for only €20. Everyone who joins the syndicate will be entered in every Euro Millions Plus draw from May 4 2021 to April 29 2022. You can join the syndicate as often as you want  and who knows, together, we might even hit the jackpot! When you join our Euro Millions Plus syndicate you will automatically become a member of The Friends of Tipperary Football which gives you free entry in our draw for 2 All Ireland Football Tickets. But that’s not all! As a member of “The Friends” you will also receive our unique Michael Hogan commemorative car sticker. Winning the Munster Senior Football Title for the first time in 85 years was certainly one of the highlights of 2020 and proved to be the coronavirus distraction we all needed. Who can forget the sheer joy on the faces of the players and management as captain Conor Sweeney lifted the Munster Trophy or the emotional scenes in Croke Park when the team laid a wreath to commemorate the victims of Bloody Sunday?

All funds raised by The Friends of Tipperary Football go directly towards the preparation of our inter-county teams. The effort that the players and management put into representing Tipperary is huge and they deserve all the support that we can give to allow them. The Friends of Tipperary Football Euro Millions Plus Syndicate will purchase 12 sets of numbers in all the Euro Millions Plus draws from May 4 2021 to April 29 2022.  To join go to www.friendsoftipperaryfootball.com or contact any committee member for a ticket.

Closing date for entries is May 3rd 2021 and winnings will be distributed as per the terms and conditions.

Health and Wellbeing

You are invited to a webinar on National No Smoking Day on Wednesday 17th Feb from 12pm – 1pm. We are encouraging all smokers to engage in the 28 Day Challenge in March and to join forces with the HSE to build a Tobacco Free Ireland. National No Smoking Day is an opportunity to highlight how far we have come in relation to denormalising tobacco use in Ireland and to call on all sectors of society to support the next steps. As you may know reducing smoking and tobacco use remains one the key targets for HSE Health and Wellbeing and staff from the HSE Tobacco Free Ireland Programme and colleagues will give some insights in this webinar into the ongoing work involved. People who smoke are more likely to get COVID 19 and the risk of having a severe infection is more likely compared to those who don’t smoke. Now, more than ever, it is vitally important that the we collectively take actions to protect respiratory health at a population level. Preventing tobacco initiation and helping those who do smoke to successfully quit is the single most effective way of achieving this.

Ardfinnan Walk of Life

Ardfinnan GAA and LGFA have launched their 5k Walk of Life fundraiser which takes place on the weekend of 26th – 28th February 2021.

No matter where you are in the world, all you have to do is walk your 5k, post your photos online using the #ArdfinnanWalkofLife and finally please donate what you can to the go fund me page http://gf.me/u/zhy5vd

We thank you in advance for your support during these tough times, unfortunately the bills don’t stop when the games stop. Ardfinnan GAA look forward to seeing all the super selfies from our worldwide Ardfinnan Community.

GAA Covid 19 Update

The GAA’s Covid Advisory Group met last Wednesday, February 10th to consider the outcome of a meeting between the three Gaelic Games governing bodies (GAA, Ladies Gaelic Football Association and Camogie Association) and representatives of the lrish Government, including the Minister of State for Sport, which took place earlier this week. The meeting was held to brief the governing bodies on the short-term prospects for a return to training and playing of our games. The Government representatives clarified that inter-county Gaelic Games activity is not covered under the current Level 5 exemptions for elite sports. As such a return to intercounty training or games is not permitted under the current restrictions.

It was also clear that there will not be any change to this position post-March 5th when the restrictions currently in place are reviewed. It is the view of the GAA’s Covid Advisory group that no on field activity will be permitted – training or games – until Easter at the earliest. ln the interim, it is expected that the Government will publish an updated “Living with Covid” plan and we expect that this will provide clarity on when clubs and counties are likely to be allowed return to training and games in 2A21,.|t should also provide clarity on when other off-field club activities may be permitted to resume. It is clear that this extended delay to the planned return of the inter county season will have knock-on effects for both the inter county and club games programmes originally planned for 2027. As of now the GAA have made no firm decisions on what competitions may or may not be facilitated in any revised fixture programme – such decisions will be a factor of how much time is made available to us, both for an inter county season and for the broader participation levels that will be necessary for a meaningful club season. While we will begin to look at contingency plans for the Master Fixtures programme, we will not be able to take definitive decisions in this context until we have a clear picture of what restrictions we are likely to be operating under at various points in the year ahead. Rest assured however, that once clarity is provided by Government and Public Health Authorities on the likely road ahead for society generally and sport in particular, the GAA will follow with its own roadmap and plan form our own activities at both inter-county and club level, that will cover whatever time is available to us for the remainder of the year. We know these latest developments will come as a great disappointment to all those who are anxious to resume their Gaelic Games involvement, be it on or off the field. While we remain in the midst of a deadly pandemic, there is significant cause for optimism that much better days lie ahead. The manner in which we have endured and overcome thus far, both as individual members and as an Association generally, has been praised by many and is a cause of great pride to us all. With your help we are certain that we will eventually have a fulfilling season at both club and county level in 2021, just as we had in 2020.

Finally, we would again like to take this opportunity to thank our members, players, coaches, managers and officers at all levels for their patience and understanding of the current situation and for co-operating with all of the restrictions that have been put in place. We want to remind you all again that we will prepare a revised Master Fixture Calendar and plan for the remainder of 2021once a new Government road map for society and sport is made available.

Ar aghaidh le Tiobraid Árann

John Coman

Public Relations Officer

Tipperary Supporters Club

Supporting Tipperary Hurling

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