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Allianz Football League
Tipperary opened their League campaign in style with a comprehensive win over Carlow in Dr Cullen Park with the final score Tipperary 2-24 to Carlows 1-8. The vibes coming from the training field ahead of this game were good and it’s very satisfying for management to see this positivity transferring on to the field. No time to rest on their laurels though as we face a lot stiffer test next Sunday against Waterford in the Clonmel Sportsfield at 2pm. Looking forward to big local support to get behind this team who are putting in a super effort. (Match report elsewhere)
The Tipperary v UL semi final finally went ahead last Sun in Dr Morris Park, Thurles. The Nenagh pitch was examined Saturday and passed playable despite some surface water but following a challenge game in Dr Morris Park on Sat night it was felt by Co Board officials that less damage would be done to the Thurles pitch. Sorry for any inconvenience to Nenagh Eire Óg Club. The game was played in good weather and underfoot conditions and provided plenty of talking points for the few hundred supporters in attendance. Tipp used 20 players most of whom had not played against Cork on Sat night in a challenge game and included some of last year’s All Ireland winning Intermediate panel like Padraig Heffernan and Ruairi Gleeson as well as former panel members getting another chance like Thomas Stapleton and Mickey Heffernan. The rest were part of the current training panel which restricted the selectors as at least eight are carrying niggling injuries. Tipp dominated most of this game and led at half time by 1-19 to 0-10. UL rallied at the start of the second half helped by the accuracy of free taker PJ Scully (son of former Tipp player Michael Scully, Roscrea). Other Tipp players to shine for UL were keeper Shane Hassett (Drom), Dara Quinn, Ml O Flaherty, Brian Stapleton, Tommy Heffernan, Pa Ryan (Clonakenny), and substitute Bill Maher. Tipp ran out easy winners in the end with the final score 2-30 to 0-20. John O Dwyer had 1-9 on the scoreboard at half time before he was replaced. Tipp now play All Ireland champions Clare in the Waterford Crystal final this Friday Feb 7th under lights in Sixmilebridge at 7.30pm. Supporters are advised to travel early as a large Clare support is anticipated. Last Sat night Tipp also played a very competitive challenge game in Dr Morris Park against Cork and the Rebels came out on top with the score 2-15 to 1-16. The Cork goals came one in each half from keeper Anthony Nash with his customary free taking style which will be a big talking point under a motion at Congress.
The following are the winners of the Tipperary G.A.A. Yearbook Quiz - 1st Prize (Tipperary Season Ticket): Seanie O’Neill, Clongahue Upper, Cappawhite. 2nd Prize (€50 Voucher for Tipperary GAA Merchandise Shop): Emmet Fogarty, 3 The Willows, Clongour, Thurles. 3rd Prize (€50 Voucher for Tipperary GAA Merchandise Shop): Tom Ryan, 43 Canon Hayes Park, Tipperary Town. Congratulations to the winners
Fund Raising with GOAL
GOAL have been delighted in the past to have had Tipperary GAA stars involved with their organisation, promoting their work. In 2010 the GOAL Challenge was held in Tipp after the fantastic All-Ireland win over Kilkenny and they raised thousands at that home-coming game. Tesco have picked GOAL as one of their national bag packing partners, so on March 8th of this year they will be bag packing in 91 Tesco stores right across Ireland. There are a total of 6 Tesco stores in Tipperary where they can bag pack in – Thurles, Clonmel, Tipp Town, Nenagh, Cashel and Roscrea. It would be great if juvenile clubs in these areas were interested in taking this on board and of course GOAL can look at how they might split the money raised on the day so that the clubs involved also have an incentive to take part. They have already agreed this with Waterford GAA who are covering the 5 stores in their county. For more details call at any time to discuss this further with James Kelly GOAL Ireland at 0851526916.
AGM of the Tipperary Association Dublin’s AGM
The Annual General meeting of the Tipperary Association Dublin will be held in the Palace Bar, Fleet Street, Dublin 2 on Tuesday 18 February 2014 at 8.00 pm. All current and potential new members are invited to attend. Any amendments to the rules or motions must be submitted to the Honorary Secretary 10 days before the AGM. Pat Ryan,Honorary Secretary,Tipperary Association Dublin, 11 Foxfield Grove, Raheny, Dublin 5. or by email to email@example.com If you are unable to attend the AGM you are still invited to join the Association. Membership is only €20 for LIFE membership and you can forward your application to Liam Myles at 57 Hermitage Drive, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16. (087-2866018). The Association really just want people to add to their contact list so that they can inform people of their activities/events. Also in the current year they will be putting membership fees towards their student scholarship scheme under which they give grants to county players to help defray college/third level costs. Most importantly, they would like to get good support on the night of the AGM.
Gaeltacht Scholarships 2014
Coiste Chontae Thiobraid Árann is offering a limited number of Gaeltacht Scholarships to 2nd level students in the county. Seo thíos liosta de na rialacha; These Scholarships are limited to those students currently in 2nd, 5th and Transition Years.
Applicants or their parents must have been registered members of their local GAA Club in 2013.
A letter from the senior club secretary (GAA, Camogie, Peil na mBan, Handball) confirming and outlining the applicant’s involvement in the club. Applicants without club references will not be considered. Applicants will be called to interview where they must display an enthusiasm for the Irish language.
Closing date for applications is Fri February 7th 2014 but Please note: Students who have already booked a place in a Gaeltacht College and the deposit paid cannot avail of this scheme.
These scholarships are only available in 3 Colleges as follows: Coláistí Chorca Dhuibhne, Baile an Fheirtéaraigh, Trá Lí, Co Chiarraí. Coláiste Na Mumhan, Beal Athan Ghaorthaidh, Co. Chorcai. Coláiste na Rinne, Co. Phort Lairge.
All-County Table Quiz
Plans are now finalised for the 2014 All County Table Quiz with the local heats on Fri night Feb 21st followed by the Co Final in the Dome on Fri March 14th (For all heat winners). The Star Prize for the County Champions is €2,000 (4 x €500) plus the chance to represent Tipperary in the All Ireland Scór Quiz Final in Castlebar on April 26th 2014 (for the team with the Highest marks that qualifies under Scór rules). Runner-up Prizes include 4 All Ireland SH Tickets and 4 Tipperary GAA Season Tickets.
There is also a special draw at the County Final for all quiz participants in the Local Heats for 2 Garth Brooks tickets for one of his Croke Park concerts this year and there is also a €250 Rochestown Park Hotel voucher. Posters and Tickets will be distributed over the week-end. The following are the 4 divisional co-ordinators who have been appointed to look after the clubs within their own division - North: Catherine Gleeson 087-9177233, South: Nicholas Moroney 087-8369630, Mid: John Smyth 87-9960710, West: Kevin Halley 086-1925188.
Also members of the Co Management Committee will be following up clubs in their immediate areas. The main items the above co-ordinators will need to know immediately are as follows;
A contact person to organize your club heat
Book a suitable suitable venue immediately with good Tipp Fm reception
Your club may wish to delegate the responsibility to another unit (eg, juvenile club/camogie/ladies football etc) or you may wish to delegate responsibility to a local bar and we can deal directly with the proprietor
Over the next 2 weeks we will carry out an extensive promotional campaign on local radio, posters, web-sites, twitter and face book. We will send you a template article for inclusion in your club notes on local newspapers and your club web-site and social media. We are looking forward to your support in making this the biggest table quiz ever in Co Tipperary.
Premier Gold 2 in 1 Package…great value...last chance
Tipperary GAA supporters should check out the great value in the 2014 Premier Gold Plus Package at €200. This package gives the owner access to all adult club games, both divisional and county during 2014 plus all Allianz League matches in hurling or football. It also entitles the owner access to the opening Championship game in 2014 and the right to purchase thereafter. So whether it’s the local park, Semple Stadium or Croke Park, you can follow your teams all the way. For more details on the Premier Gold 2 in 1 Package, contact The GAA Merchandise Shop at Lár na Pairce, Thurles. 0504-22702.
This week we remember two GAA members in neighbouring counties who died as a result of traffic accidents last week, Inter-County hurling referee, Shane Hourigan (Limerick) and Clare handball star, Barry Nash. Shane, in 2013 had taken charge of the All Ireland Intermediate Club Hurling final, the Munster U21 Hurling final and the All Ireland Minor Hurling semi final between Kilkenny and Waterford. We offer our condolences to his wife, Marie, son, Shane, mother, Helen and his other family members and friends. Barry was a former All Ireland and U.S. Juvenile handball champion. He is survived by his parents, Jim and Mary, and his siblings, Cathal, Diarmaid, Clodagh and Dervla. Ar dheis lámh Dé go raibh a anamnacha.
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