Ladies football returns to its birthplace

On July 18 the Ladies Gaelic Football Association returned to Hayes Hotel, Thurles to celebrate the anniversary of their foundation.

On July 18 the Ladies Gaelic Football Association returned to Hayes Hotel, Thurles to celebrate the anniversary of their foundation.

Ten members of the original committee were present on the night, three of these are Tipperary Ladies, Sally Duggan (Clohessy), Ann Slattery (Clohessy) and Biddy Ryan. It was at this meeting that Clonmel man, Jim Kennedy was elected the first President of the Ladies Gaelic Football Association. A great night was had by all with lots of memories and renewed friendships.

The first Championship in 1974 had eight counties in it, Roscommon, Laois, Galway, Kerry, Cork, Waterford, Offaly and Tipperary. Tipperary claimed the first ever title when they defeated Offaly on a score line of 2-3 to 2-2. Agnes O’Gorman, losing captain presented the winning captain, Kitty Ryan with the Brendan Martin Cup.

This year Ladies Gaelic Football celebrates the 40th Ladies All Ireland Senior Football Championship in Croke Park on September 29th. As part of the celebrations of the 40th All Ireland Championship, every player that has ever contested a Senior, Junior or Intermediate final are being invited to return to Croke Park to take part in the celebrations. In order to do this we need to get in touch with every player, anyone with contact details for these players can email ladiesfootballtipperary@gmail.com or contact a County Board Officer.

GAELIC4GIRLS IN CROKE PARK

Newcastle Ladies Gaelic Football Club represented Tipperary in the annual Ladies Gaelic Football Association ‘Gaelic4Girls’ National Blitz day which took place in Croke Park on Monday, July 15th with approximately 1000 girls from clubs all over Ireland. Croke Park was divided into 6 smaller pitches to give all the girls the best opportunity to play in as games as possible. A fantastic day was had by all attendees and a special thanks to the Ladies Gaelic Football Association for the opportunity of the Gaelic4Girls programme and the great day at the Blitz.

Gaelic4Girls is a programme which Ladies Gaelic Football introduced to help new and struggling clubs all over Ireland. Each club runs a twelve week programme aimed at increasing participation numbers and attracting new members, aged between 9-13 years to their club.

ALL IRELAND MINOR SEMI FINAL

Congratulations to Tipperary Referee, Keith Delahunty (Moyle Rovers) who refereed the All Ireland Minor Semi Final in the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick on Saturday, 20th July.

TG4 MUNSTER SENIOR FINAL

Well done to Michael Duffy (Arravale Rovers) who refereed the recent TG4 Munster Senior Final between Cork and Kerry in Castletownroche.

MUNSTER LADIES GAELIC FOOTBALL UNDER 12 BLITZ

On Saturday 20th July a number of Tipperary Under 12 Clubs travelled to Ballyduff, Waterford and Mungret, Limerick for the Munster Ladies Gaelic Football Under 12 Blitz. These were non-competitive blitzes with team panels consisting of twelve players. In Mungret, Tipperary was represented by Moycarkey Borris, Lattin Cullen, St. Ailbe’s and two Templemore teams. In Ballyduff, Fethard and Clerihan represented Tipperary. All the girls had a wonderful day playing football in the sunshine.

TESCO HOMEGROWN ALL IRELAND CLUB 7 A SIDE COMPETITIONS 

The Tesco Homegrown All-Ireland Club Seven-a-Side competitions will take place on Saturday the 28th of September.  The Junior, Intermediate and Senior All Ireland Sevens will be held in St. Sylvester’s GAA Club and Naomh Mearnóg GAA Clubs.  Clubs from all Counties are invited to enter this tournament. Entry forms for each grade are all available on the website, www.tipperaryladiesfootball.ie