BY COUNTY PRO GER RYAN
MUNSTER CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS
There were mixed fortunes for the Tipperary representatives in the Munster club championships last Sunday. Congratulations to Aherlow on their victory after extra time over Tourin / Glen Rovers of Waterford at Sean Treacy Park, Tipperary Town in the Munster Junior Hurling Championship quarter final. They will now go on to play Blackrock of Limerick on Sunday next at 2pm at Kilmallock and we wish them every success. Commiserations to the Carrick Swans intermediate footballers who travelled all the way to Killarney where they lost to Kerry representatives Spa in their quarter final game.
Good luck to Moyle Rovers for their Munster Club Senior Football championship semi-final game against Kerins O’Rahillys of Kerry at Austin Stack Park, Tralee on Sunday next, November 22nd at 2pm. Rory Hickey of Clare will be the referee. Kerins O’Rahillys defeated Cork champions, Clonakilty, in their quarter final game. Moyle Rovers will be seeking their third Munster Club Final appearance having previously played in the finals of 1995 and 1998 when they were defeated by Launce Rangers (Kerry) and Doonbeg (Clare) respectively.
Brian Tyrrell of Clonmel Commercials will referee the other Senior Football semi-final between Stradbally (Waterford) and Kilmurry Ibricane (Clare) at Fraher Field Dungarvan alos on Sunday next at 2pm. Seamus Roche of Kilsheelan / Kilcash is also on Munster club duty on Sunday next as referee of the Club Intermediate Hurling Final at Mallow between Douglas (Cork) and South Liberties (Limerick). We wish good luck to both Brian and Seamus and their officials.
Good luck also to Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams for their Munster Club Junior Football quarter final against Mountcollins or Glin of Limerick at Newcastlewest at 2pm on Sunday next, November 22nd.
TOMMY FLEMING CONCERT IN SEMPLE STADIUM DOME
Well done to David Morgan, Manager of the Dome at Semple Stadium, for staging the Tommy Fleming concert on Friday, November 13th. It certainly was not an unlucky choice of date. The concert, which was held as a benefit night for the Tipperary Senior Hurlers holiday fund, was a great success with Tommy Fleming performing to his usual high standard and giving great entertainment to the large legion of fans who were present. The Dome proved to be an excellent venue and we look forward to more concerts and shows being staged there. During the event, Con Hogan, Chairman of the Semple Stadium Management Committee, presented Tipperary Senior Hurling Manager, Liam Sheedy, with a donation towards the holiday fund from the proceeds of the concert. Thanks to all who helped with the organising and running of the event.
FRIENDS OF TIPP FOOTBALL MEMBERSHIP DRAW
The Friends of Tipperary Football Membership Draw was held in Hayes Hotel, Thurles on Friday 13th November and the Committee would like to thank everyone who helped to make the draw a great success by selling and buying memberships. The prizewinners were 5,000 Euro – Andy Maher, Shanakill, Clonmore; 2,000 Euro – Michael Grogan, Thurles; 1,000 Euro – William Ryan, Coolbawn, Drombane; 500 Euro Conor Floyd, Birdhill; 500 Euro Kilsheelan-Kilcash GAA Club. Congratulations to the prizewinners and a sincere thanks to everyone who participated in the draw.
COUNTY BOARD MEETING
The next meeting of Tipperary County Board will take place on Tuesday, November 24th at 8pm in the Sarsfields Social Centre.
MUNSTER GAA AWARDS
The full list of Munster GAA Awards for 2009 has been announced. Tipperary received 2 awards. The selection of Brendan Cummins as Hurler of the Year was announced some weeks ago and he is joined as an award winner by Liam Sheedy who has been named Manager of the Year. Congratulations to both Liam and Brendan on their well deserved recognition. The awards will be presented at Gala Banquet in Lawlors Hotel, Dungarvan on Saturday December 5th next. The Munster GAA Awards, inaugurated in 1998, honour and acknowledge the achievements of Players, Administrators, Referees as well as a Special Merit Award, while two former greats are inducted into the Munster Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame recipients this year are Seamus Durack of Clare for hurling and John O’Keefe of Kerry for football.
WEST TIPPERARY REFEREES AGM
The AGM of the West Tipperary Referees Association will be held in The Venue at Dundrum House Hotel on Tuesday November 24th at 8pm. All referees in the Division are requested to attend.
2009 CANON HAYES NATIONAL SPORTS AWARDS
The 2009 Canon Hayes National Sports Awards will be presented at a banquet at Ballykisteen Hotel & Golf Resort, Limerick Junction, Tipperary Town on Saturday November 28th, 2009. There will be a Champagne Reception from 7pm with Dinner at 8pm. After Dinner Entertainment will be from Derek Ryan (bass-baritone) followed by Dancing to Pat & Fran. Dress is Black Tie and tickets are €50.
Awards to be presented on the night include:
Local Award – the nominees are: Alan Ryan (Athletics), Daniel Fowler (Soccer) and Arravale Rovers Club (GAA) County Award – the nominees are: Tipperary Senior Football Team (GAA), Con Sheehan (Boxing) and Thurles CBS Harty/Croke Cup Team (GAA) There will also be awards in the categories of National and Outstanding Achievement along with Golden Sporting Memory and South Tipperary Sports Partnership Volunteer in Sport Award. To reserve tickets contact Martin Quinn @ 087-6101628 or Canon Hayes Centre @ 062-52022 or E-mail: email@example.com.
GAA 125 – LAYING OF WREATHs AT MAURICE DAVIN’s GRAVE
The final activity in connection with the GAA 125 celebrations in the county will take place at Carrick-on-Suir on Thursday, November 26th. It will be a joint venture between the Tipperary County Board and the Munster Council. Both bodies will lay wreaths at the grave of Maurice Davin in Churchtown at 4 pm. An oration will be delivered by Jack Ryan, son of Seamus who wrote the much-acclaimed biography of the first President and of the Association. All are welcome.
GAA MUSEUM IN NOVEMBER
On November 21st 1920 events outside of the GAA brought politics into the heart of the Association. The GAA Museum remembers the tragedy of Bloody Sunday with special commemorative guided tours of the Stadium at 1.30pm and 3.30pm on Sunday November 22nd 2009. One of the people shot dead that day during the game between Tipperary and Dublin was Tipperary footballer, Michael Hogan of Grangemockler after whom the Hogan Stand is named.
MAP SHOWING LOCATION OF EVERY GAA CLUB IN THE WORLD
As part of the 125 year celebrations for the greatest amateur sporting organisation on earth, Baker Security and Networks, which is responsible for managing the GAA’s email system, would like to make a presentation to the GAA museum. As befits a new era for the Association, this presentation will be of the form of an electronic map showing the location of every GAA club in the world. The map will have more than the club location however, we hope it will form part of the living history of the organisation and to make it possible they need your help. They need you to tell them about your club, its past, present and heroes. Put your name at the end of the piece you write, or get some help and put all your names down, and you will forever become part of the history of the GAA. Later on we hope you will be able to upload photographs and other interesting details about your club. To submit your information go to the following website https://sites.google.com/a/gaa.ie/put-your-club-on-the-map/ and follow the instructions. All clubs will have received an email advising them of this very interesting venture.
Mid Board History – Book 2.
The Mid Tipperary Board Centenary Committee wishes to inform Patrons that Book 2 will be available for collection on Saturday 21st Nov. Those who purchased Book 1, the photo history of the Mid Board, can collect their free copy of Book 2 at the following venues:
. People who bought Book 1 on the night of our launch, in the Templemore Arms, can return to the same venue on Saturday night, Noivember 21st at 8pm to collect their free copy of Book 2.
. Those who purchased Book 1 from Bookworm, Thurles; Lar na Pairce, Thurles; Walshes or Fitzpatricks Newsagents, Templemore; should collect their copy of Book 2 free of charge, from where their purchase was made, anytime on Saturday afternoon November 21st.
. Anyone who joined as a Patron, should contact their club representative to arrange collection. If you have a problem regarding the collection of your copy please contact the Secretary of the Centenary Committee, John O’Donovan on 086 8679701 or PJ Leahy on 086 8828947.
. There are still a limited number of copies of Book 1 available which can be purchased between now and November 21st from the above contact numbers or by contacting a representative of your local club. If you purchase Book 1, which costs €50, you will get Book 2 free of charge. These would make an excellent Christmas present.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.