Tipperary GAA Scene by County PRO Ger Ryan
COUNTY SENIOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP
There are now 12 teams remaining in the County Senior Hurling Championship and that will be reduced to 8 after the 4 games to be played this weekend. There is an attractive double header in Templemore on Saturday evening where Portroe will take on Upperchurch Drombane at 3.45pm and Toomevara will play Killenaule at 5.30pm. Portroe and Upperchurch were defeated in their respective divisional finals in the North and Mid Divisions in what was the first appearance for both clubs in a divisional final. Both will feel they have a good chance to progress to the County Quarter finals in what should be a close encounter. The meeting of defending county champions Toomevara with beaten South Division finalists Killenaule will be seen as the clash of the round and both teams come into the game on foot of comprehensive wins last weekend. On Sunday at 1pm Seamus Ó Riain Cup finalists Kilruane MacDonaghs will play last year’s county finalists Thurles Sarsfields in Dolla at 1pm and at 5.30pm in Nenagh, Borris-Ileigh, following an impressive win over Loughmore-Castleiney last Sunday, will face the other Ó Riain Cup finalists, Lorrha and Dorrha.
The 4 winners will go into a draw with the 4 divisional champions, Clonoulty Rossmore, Drom and Inch, Mullinahone and Nenagh Éire Óg, to decide the quarter final pairings. The divisional champions will be kept apart for the draw and there will be no repeat pairings if possible. The quarter finals will be played on the weekend of September 26th and 27th.
The weekend of September 26th and 27th will be a busy one with the County Senior Football, Intermediate Football and Intermediate Hurling quarter finals all scheduled to be played in addition to the Senior Hurling quarter finals. It may not be possible to play all the games that weekend because some clubs may be involved in more than one set of quarter finals.
TIPPERARY GAA ARCHIVES WEB SITE
On this coming Saturday, a new Tipperary GAA Archives web site will be launched at the Anner Hotel Thurles by County Chairman Barry O’Brien. From Saturday, this web site will be linked from the Tipperary GAA web site at http://tipperary.gaa.ie and will include a list of every player who was part of a Tipperary Championship team from Minor up to Senior level in Hurling and Football since 1886. The list of over 17,000 players was compiled over the past couple of years by PJ Maxwell, former Tipperary underage hurler and captain of the Tipperary team which won the 1980 Munster Under 21 Hurling Final. Thanks to the assistance of the clubs, over 90% of the players will include the correct Christian name also.
The new web site will also include the Divisional and County Championship Roll of Honour for all grades in Hurling and Football from Minor C grade all the way up to Senior since each competition began. This list was compiled by former County PRO Ed Donnelly from numerous sources and again, thanks to the assistance of the clubs, the name of the winning captain is included for over 75% of all County Champions.
All of the above information can be found on various publications which invariably get out of date with each passing year. With the assistance of former Tipperary All-Star hurler Mark O’Leary who set up the web site and supporting database, the use of modern technology will ensure that not only can the information be easily searched online, the web site can be updated in real-time and includes all teams and champions up to and including last weekend’s Divisional finals at Minor, Junior and Intermediate level.
This project was sponsored by the committee set up to organise events for the 125th Anniversary of the GAA, led by Seamus J. King who will chair the launch on Saturday. Thanks to everyone involved, including the Tipperary GAA County Board for funding this project. Why not check out the Tipperary GAA web site from this coming Saturday and delve through the unique history of Tipperary Hurling and Football? We would love to hear from all interested Gaels in relation to the information put together – please contact Ed Donnelly at email@example.com or 087-2055642 with your feedback.
Well done to PJ, Ed and Mark on this initiative. It has required painstaking research and will be a very valuable reference point for anybody interested in Tipperary GAA.
Child Welfare & Protection in Sport Training
North Tipperary Sports Partnership will be running a number of workshops on child welfare and protection in sport in the coming weeks and months. A Basic Awareness workshop will take place in the Abbey Court Hotel Nenagh on Monday September 21st and Thursday September 24th from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. The course is aimed at sports leaders, children’s officers, parents or anyone working with young people in sport. A central goal for all those involved in sport for young people is to provide a safe, positive and nurturing environment where children can develop and enhance their physical and social skills. Promoting a child-centred environment should go hand in hand with identifying and eliminating practices that impact negatively on safe and enjoyable participation in sport for young people. The workshop will be delivered by John McElhinney, Irish Sports Council tutor. Further workshops will be held on Tuesday October 6th in the Tipperary Institute and on Wednesday November 11th in The Templemore Arms Hotel from 6pm to 10pm. Prior registration with North Tipperary Sports Partnership is necessary. A nominal fee of €10 is required to secure a place. A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded on completion of the course. For further information and booking please contact Elaine Cullinan or Sharon Mc Loughney (tel: 067-43604, email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
GAA 125 CELEBRATIONS ON NOVEMBER 1st
Sunday November 1st will be the 125th anniversary of the inaugural meeting of the GAA in Hayes Hotel, Thurles in 1884. There will be a programme of events in Thurles that weekend to mark the historic occasion. Further details will be announced in the coming weeks.
Vodafone Launch “Support your GAA Club” ANNOUNCEMENT
The GAA have teamed up with Vodafone Ireland as an official “Give Back Partner”. This alliance with Vodafone Ireland provides Clubs with a terrific new opportunity to raise funds.
With the Vodafone Support Your GAA Club programme 5% of a Vodafone Ireland customer’s mobile phone Pay Monthly bill or Top Up will go to a customer’s nominated GAA Club once a Club and customer have registered, without costing Vodafone Ireland customers a cent extra. The customer does not have to be a member of the GAA Club nominated. The more people that sign up, the more money Clubs receive. There will be additional incentives for each Club whose members or supporters switch from their current network to Vodafone Ireland.
Vodafone Ireland will shortly be communicating with each Club and sending each Club a pack that will allow you to register for the programme. This registration pack is also available to download on www.supportyourgaaclub.ie. Each Club must be registered in order to receive funds. Club members and supporters also need to register at www.supportyourgaaclub.ie and nominate their GAA club.
For more information you can contact the Vodafone Support Your GAA Club team on +353-(0)87-322-5555 or +353- (0)87-322-5566. (9am-9pm Monday – Saturday).
BEST CLUB UNDER THE SUN
Hard luck to Drom and Inch club on their narrow failure in their quest to win the Etihad Airways sponsored “Best Club Under the Sun” competition for a team training camp in Abu Dhabi under the tutelage of Nicky English. The competition was won by Dublin club, Lucan Sarsfields.
TIPPERARY GAA SCENE
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 email@example.com 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.