Tipperary GAA Scene by County PRO Ger Ryan
COUNTY SENIOR FOOTBALL FINAL
Congratulations to Moyle Rovers on their 1 point victory (3-6 to 1-11) over Aherlow in the County Senior Football final on Sunday last in Semple Stadium. In a grandstand finish Moyle Rovers held off a very spirited fightback from Aherlow who will feel disappointed not to have secured a draw. Well done to both teams on providing such a high quality contest. When Noel Morris, Chairman of the Football Board, presented the O’Dwyer Cup to Liam Cronin, captain of Moyle Rovers, Liam was receiving it for the fifth time having previously captained them to county final success in 1995, 1998, 1999 and 2000, which is an extraordinary achievement. The peerless Declan Browne who contributed 2-4 of Moyle Rovers’ 3-6 total was awarded the Man of the Match accolade. Sunday’s win gave Moyle Rovers their 7th title in 15 years which is a great tribute to their players and all involved with the club.
COUNTY MINOR FOOTBALL FINAL
Congratulations to Ardfinnan on winning the County Minor A Football championship in Semple Stadium last Sunday when they defeated Loughmore Castleiney in a replay. Afterwards County Chairman, Barry O’Brien presented the Michael Hogan Perpetual Challenge Cup to winning captain, Jason Coffey. Shane Fagan of Ardfinnan won the Man of the Match award. It is the first time since 1971 that Ardfinnan won the County Minor A Football title.
MUNSTER CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS
Good luck to Thurles Sarsfields for their Munster Club Senior Hurling Quarter Final against Newtownshandrum of Cork in Semple Stadium at 2.30pm on Sunday. Sarsfields were defeated by Newtownshandrum in the Munster Club championship in 2005 so this will no doubt provide additional motivation for Sunday’s game. The winners will have a home venue for the semi-final against the Limerick champions, Adare which is due to be played on Sunday November 15th. . Interestingly, Cian O’Neill, the Tipperary senior hurling team trainer, is part of the Newtownshandrum backroom team.
Good luck also to Carrick Davins for their Munster Club Intermediate Hurling Quarter Final against Whitegate of Clare which will be played in Whitegate on Saturday, October 31st at 2pm. The winners will have a home venue for the semi-final against South Liberties of Limerick which is scheduled for Sunday, November 8th.
Michael Hogan Commemoration – TIpp V CORK SF CHALLENGE
Following the disappointment which followed the cancellation due to the inclement weather experienced in May of much of the Michael Hogan memorial weekend, the people of Grangemockler will complete their commemoration of Michael Hogan and the events of Bloody Sunday next weekend, October 31st and November 1st. The events will kick off with a senior football challenge between Tipperary and Cork under the new lights in Semple Stadium Thurles on Halloween night, Saturday 31st at 7.00pm. The clash of the Conor Counihan’s Munster champions and All Ireland runners up and John Evans National league division 3 winners will provide a fitting opportunity to finish off the footballing year in what will be the last inter county match of 2009. Admission is €10 for adults, €5 for OAPs and students and children are free. The weekend will be completed when Uachtarán Cumann Luthchleas Gael, Criostóir Ó Cuana unveils a plaque in Michael Hogan’s home village of Grangemockler on Sunday morning November 1st at 9.15am. This plaque will commemorate the events of Bloody Sunday in this the 125th year of the GAA. The 125th anniversary celebrations of the GAA could not be completed without marking such a seminal moment not alone in GAA history but in that of the formation of our nation as a whole. The people of Grangemockler are anxious to finish what was started earlier in the year with a fitting conclusion to their efforts to honour one of their own and would invite all of those who wish to be part of this commemoration of the momentous events of Bloody Sunday 1920 to join us over the weekend
CELEBRATION OF GAA 125TH ANNIVERSARY ON NOVEMBER 1ST
Next Sunday, November 1st is the anniversary date of the founding of the GAA 125 years ago and a programme of events has been organised for Sunday in Thurles. Every Tipperary club is requested to send at least one representative to participate in the celebrations. Following the special mass at 11am in the Cathedral a procession led by the Artane Band will take place from the gates of St Patricks College to the Dr Croke Monument in Liberty Square. Club representatives attired in club top or track suit will march under their Divisional banner. The Durlas Óg U14 panel who participated in the Féile na nGael this year will carry a flag for each of the 32 counties. The special Mass will be celebrated by His Grace, the Archbishop of Cashel and Emly, Dr Dermot Clifford, who is also Patron of the GAA. An Fear a Tí for the ceremony at the Dr Croke Monument will be Micheál Ó Muirchearthaigh. There will be a welcome from Tipperary County Board Chairman, Barry O’Brien. Pat Walsh, who is a descendent of GAA founder and its first president Maurice Davin, will read the letter from Dr. Croke to Michael Cusack about the founding of the Association and GAA President Christy Cooney will lay a wreath. The TG4 Player Awards will be presented at Semple Stadium on Sunday as part of a programme of events which features the Munster Hurling Club Championship final between Thurles Sarsfields and Newtownshandrum of Cork. After the game at 4.15pm, the Tipperary County Board Laochra Sean Ghaeil Awards for 2009 will be presented in the Semple Stadium Dome by Christy Cooney. There will be 32 recipients – 8 from each of the county’s 4 divisions. Well done to all recipients who are been honoured for their lifetime contributions to the GAA.
In the Dr. Harty Cup Munster Colleges Senior Hurling, Our Lady’s Templemore will play Blackwater CS Lismore at Cashel at 2.30pm on Wednesday November 4th. Cashel will play Rochestown at Rathcormack at 1.30pm on Tuesday, November 3rd in Senior Football C (Corn an Rúnaí). In first year B Hurling (Sciath Ui Cathain) there are 3 games on Tuesday, November 3rd all at 2.30pm – Abbey CBS Tipperary will play Scoil Ruan Killenaule at the Abbey CBS grounds, St. Ailbe’s Tipperary will play Comeragh College, Carrick-on-Suir at Sean Treacy Park, Tipperary and Carrick-on-Suir CBS will play St. Joseph’s College Borrisoleigh at Littleton.
In U16½ C Hurling (Corn Iognaid Rís), Presentation Ballingarry will play St. Pauls Waterford at Cahir at 2pm on Wednesday, November 4th. In U15 A Hurling (Croke Cup), Colaiste Pobal Roscrea will play Thurles CBS “A” at Templemore at 2.30pm on Wednesday November 4th and Our Lady’s Templemore will play Nenagh CBS at Templederry at 2.30pm on Thursday, November 5th. In U15 B Hurling (Hennessy Cup) there are 3 games all at 2.30pm on Wednesday, November 4th – Comeragh College will play Thurles CBS “B” at Carrick-on-Suir, Colaiste Dun Iasciagh Cahir will play Nenagh Vocational School at Morris Park, Thurles and Borrisoleigh will play Thurles CBS “C” at The Ragg. In U16½ B Hurling (Kinnane Cup) Nenagh CBS will play Mitchelstown at Ballybricken at 2.30pm on Friday November 6th.
THE LATE TOM KEVIN RIP
Tipperary County Board extends its sympathy to the family of the late Tom Kevin of Beherlahan Dualla club who died last week. Tom won an All Ireland senior hurling medal with Tipperary in 1951. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam uasal.
MUNSTER CLUBS FORUM
The Munster Clubs Forum will be held in the INEC, Killarney on Saturday November 7th. All clubs have been invited to send at least four delegates ie. 1 adult administrator; 1 underage administrator; 1 underage coach; 1 other (with a preference for Club Treasurer or PRO). A club may send other delegates if they wish, but it is important that names be registered in advance with the Munster Council so that they can administer the necessary documentation properly. Registration forms have been emailed to all clubs. Among the speakers will be John Ryan (Holycross-Ballycahill and Tipperary Munster Council representative) who will speak on developing club facilities and Ed Donnelly (Moycarkey-Borris and Chairman Tipperary IT Committee) who will speak on website set-up and design.
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.