Tipperary GAA Scene
By County PRO Ger Ryan
MUNSTER HURLING FINALS
The Munster Senior and Minor Hurling finals will take place in Semple Stadium on Sunday next, July 12th. Tipperary play Waterford in both games with the minor commencing at 2pm and the senior at 4pm. We wish both teams and their managements the best of luck for the finals.
At senior level, Tipperary and Waterford have met 37 times in Championship hurling. Tipperary have won 26 times, Waterford 10 and the one draw was in 1933. Waterford won the replay, at Carrick on Suir. Tipperary also received 3 walk-overs – 1889, 1895 and 1922.
The last time Tipperary and Waterford met in a Munster Senior Hurling Final in Thurles was 1958 when Tipperary won by 4-12 to 1-5. Their last championship meeting was in Croke Park on August 17th last year in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Semi-Final when Waterford won by 1-20 to 1-18.
Five of the current senior hurling panel played against Waterford in the last Munster Final meeting between the 2 teams when Waterford won by 2-23 to 3-12 in Pairc Ui Chaoimh on June 30th 2002. They are Brendan Cummins, Paul Kelly, Benny Dunne, Eoin Kelly and Lar Corbett. Benny Dunne with 2-2 was Tipperary’s top scorer that day. Current minor team manager Mark O’Leary came on as a sub in that game.
Sunday will be the 8th championship meeting in Thurles at minor level between Tipperary and Waterford. Tipperary have won 6 (1930, 1932, 1941 replay, 1947, 1956, 1973 and 2003). Waterford won 1 (1948) and there was 1 draw (1941).
SENIOR FOOTBALL QUALFIERS
Well done to the senior footballers on their great win in Drogheda over Louth by 2-10 to 0-12 last Saturday evening. It’s never easy to travel a long way from home and win, so well done to all concerned and also to the loyal supporters who travelled to Drogheda to support them. We wish them well for their next game against Sligo which will take place in Semple Stadium at 3pm this Saturday July 11th. This game will be an added attraction for people visiting Thurles for the Munster Final weekend.
MUNSTER MINOR FOOTBALL FINAL
Hard luck to the minor footballers who fought bravely against Kerry in the Munster Minor Football Final which Kerry won on a scoreline of 0-12 to 0-6. Tipp still qualify for the All-Ireland quarter finals.
Good luck to our U-21 hurlers and management, who will play Waterford in the Fraher Field, Dungarvan on Wednesday July 15th at 7.30pm in the Munster U-21 Hurling semi-final.
MUNSTER FINAL WEEKEND – A WEEKEND OF CELEBRATION
Next weekend will be one of the busiest in Thurles since the All-Ireland final weekend in 1984 as the Munster Council in conjunction with the Tipperary County Board organise an action packed weekend to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the GAA. Events kick off on Friday evening, July 10th when Thurles Town Council hosts a civic reception for the Munster Council and Tipperary County Board at 7pm in The Tipperary Institute. At 8.30pm there will be a historical presentation open to the public in the Tipperary Institute. It will be chaired by Dr. Willie Nolan of UCD, a native of Ballinastick. The 3 speakers are Seamus Leahy of St. Mary’s in Clonmel and a member of the famed Leahy family, who will give a personal perspective on the Foundation Members of the GAA; John Arnold from Fermoy, who will speak about the GAA rivalries between the counties of Munster and Damian Cullen, a journalist and a native of Dublin with Loughmore connections, who will discuss the treatment of hurling in film.
On Saturday July 11th, there will be an U-12 hurling blitz commencing at Dr. Morris Park at 11am with teams participating from all the Munster counties. The Munster Poc Fada final will also take place at 11am in Thurles Racecourse.
At 3pm the Tipperary footballers will play Sligo in Semple Stadium.
At 7.30pm there will be a special Mass in the Cathedral to commemorate the founding of the GAA and to celebrate its ongoing success.
At 8.30pm entertainment will commence in Liberty Square with Seamus Doran and his band. Seamus’s composition, “The Mighty Blue and Gold”, which won the Tipperary Supporters Song Competition, will no doubt feature prominently and a new CD of Tipperary songs will be launched on the night. The Torch Run, which starts at Michael Cusack’s cottage in Carron, Co. Clare at 12 noon, will conclude in Liberty Square at 9pm after its journey through Tipperary from Finnegans in Limerick (commencing at 6pm), via Newport (arriving 6.15pm), Rearcross (arriving 6.55pm), Metal Bridge (arriving 7.25pm) and Ballycahill (arriving 8pm). The torch will travel on a special “Torchmobile” between towns and villages and will be carried through the towns and villages by the local clubs. It will begin its journey into Thurles at 8.30pm from Barlo’s Garage near the Racecourse. We encourage as many people as possible to come out and watch the Torch Run. It promises to be a special occasion.
A special Munster Final flavoured greyhound race meeting will take place at Thurles Greyhound Stadium commencing at 8.30pm.
On Sunday entertainment will commence in Liberty Square at the Guinness Gig Rig from 10.30am. The Artane Boys Band will play in the Square from 12.30pm to 1.15pm and the Torch Parade to Semple Stadium from the Square will commence at 2.15pm arriving in the Stadium after the presentation of the Minor trophy. It will be carried by former hurlers from all the Munster Counties – Christy Walsh (Kerry), Eamonn Grimes (Limerick), David Duggan, (Waterford), Jimmy Smyth (Clare), Teddy McCarthy (Cork) – with Jimmy Doyle of Thurles Sarsfields and Tipperary fame carrying it into the Stadium between the minor and senior game for presentation to the Chairman of the Munster Council, Jimmy O’Gorman. At half time in the Senior Game the captains of the Munster Championship winning teams of the last 25 years will be introduced.
COUNTY HURLING LEAGUE WINNERS
Congratulations to Lorrha and Dorrha on winning the County Senior Hurling League Division 2 Final last weekend when they defeated Moneygall by 0-19 to 1-11. Well done also to Drom and Inch on their 2 point victory over Carrick Davins by 3-14 to 1-18 in the Intermediate Hurling League final.
TIPPERARY CLUBS DRAW
The next Tipperary GAA Clubs Draw takes place on Friday July 17th in The Synott Inn, Knock at 10pm. All are welcome for a good night’s entertainment and to see who the latest lucky winners will be in this best ever Tipperary Clubs Draw.
BEST WISHES TO ANDREW MORRISSEY
We extend best wishes for a full and speedy recovery to Tipperary Football Captain, Andrew Morrissey from Galtee Rovers, who broke his leg in training last week.
NICKY ENGLISH BEST MUNSTER HURLER OF LAST 25 YEARS
Congratulations to Nicky English on being chosen as the best Munster Hurler of the last 25 years on the Sunday Game’s special Munster Final programme on Sunday night last. His award and modest acceptance of it are a great and deserved tribute to him.
TOMMY RYAN TO REFEREE CHRISTY RING CUP FINAL
Good luck to Tommy Ryan (Kildangan) and his umpires who will take charge of the Christy Ring Cup Final in Croke Park at 4pm on Saturday, July 11th.
125 YEARS A GROWING!
It’s worth remembering this weekend why it all started. When Maurice Davin, Michael Cusack, John Wyse Power, Joseph O’Ryan, John McKay, JK Bracken, Inspector St. George McCarthy and reputedly up to 7 others met in the Billiard Room of the Commercial Hotel, Thurles, owned by Lizzie Hayes, on November 1st 1884, they set out clearly their aim of forming a Gaelic Association for the preservation and cultivation of our national pastimes. They would surely be pleased with the outcome today! We remain indebted to them for their foresight, courage and wisdom.
TIPPERARY GAA SCENE
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