Tipperary GAA Scene



Congratulations to Thomas MacDonaghs on winning the county senior football title on Sunday last at Leahy Park by defeating Moyle Rovers by 9 points to 7 in a closely fought encounter. It is the first time the title has gone to the North Division since 1975 when Kilruane MacDonaghs won. The O’Dwyer Cup was presented to joint captains Liam England (Roscrea) and Dan Hackett (Kildangan) by Football Board Chairman, Noel Morris (Borrisokane). The man of the match award, sponsored generously as usual by John Quirke Jewellers in Cahir, deservedly went to Philip Austin (Borrisokane) whose general play and 5 points from frees were instrumental in the Thomas MacDonaghs victory. Moyle Rovers will go on to represent Tipperary in the Munster club championship as divisional sides are not permitted to enter. They will play Cork champions, UCC, at a Tipperary venue on Sunday November 20. Well done to all who made arrangements for Sunday’s final and in particular to the officials and stewards from the Cashel club who put so much work into the event. Thanks also to Seamus King and the team from Cashel King Cormacs responsible for producing the programme. Finally, well done to referee David Grogan from Aherlow and his officials.


The Fethard teams which won the County Finals in 1978 and 1984 were honoured at Sunday’s county football finals. They were introduced to the attendance between the two games. Well done to the organising committee who makes these occasions such enjoyable reunions for the players of days gone by.


Congratulations to CJ Kickhams Mullinahone on winning two county titles at the weekend. They won the Minor A hurling final at Templetuohy on Saturday by defeating Nenagh Éire Óg by 1-18 to 0-18 and on Sunday they won the Intermediate Football final at Cahir with a 1-11 to 0-6 victory over Emly. They also won 2 county tiles in 2006 on the same weekend, the Intermediate Football title and the Minor Football B title. It was a great achievement to win two titles on the same weekend for the second time. The minor title was the club’s first ever at the A grade and the Intermediate title was their third with the previous wins being in 2000 and 2006. Mullinahone will play Mountcollins of Limerick in the Munster Club Intermediate quarter-final at Clonmel Sportsfield on Sunday next at 2pm. We wish them luck for the game. Last weekend was special for all associated with the Mullinahone club but two families in particular, the Currans and the Lonergans, deserve special mention. All Star full back, Paul Curran, married Tracy Lonergan on Friday and we congratulate them and wish them well for the future. Then on Sunday, Paul and his three brothers, Niall, Alan and Sean, and his new brother-in-law, Michael, all played in the Intermediate football final. It will certainly be a weekend to remember for them. Niall Curran also announced his retirement from Inter-County football last week. Niall made his championship debut at left corner-back vs. Limerick in May 2004 and has been one of a select few to represent Tipperary at all grades of both hurling and football. He was a member of the panel which won the Tommy Murphy Cup in 2005, the Allianz Football League Division 3 title in 2009 and promotion from Division 4 in 2008. He has always shown great dedication at both county and club level and we thank him for his contribution to Tipperary teams and wish him well for his future at club level.



Ballyporeen won the county minor B football final on Sunday at Leahy Park, Cashel with a decisive 2-16 to 1-7 win over Kildangan. It was Ballyporeen’s first title on their own at this grade. They were part of a combination team called Brian Borus, which also included Clogheen, that won the title in 1986. The victory saw Ballyporeen become the first recipients of the impressive Hugh Kennedy Memorial Cup which was presented on Sunday by Liam Kennedy, brother of the late Hugh of Arravale Rovers, a former Chairman of the Tipperary Football Board and a leading light of football for many decades.


Hard luck to Aherlow following a brave but ultimately unsuccessful bid to qualify for the Munster Intermediate club hurling final on Sunday last. They were beaten by a single point 2-15 to 1-17 by Effin of Limerick, who now go on to play Ballyduff of Kerry in the final.


Congratulations to Kildangan on winning their Munster junior club football quarter final against Sean Finns of Limerick by 1-9 to 0-10 at Pairc na nGael, Limerick on Friday night last. They will play Sliabh gCua of Waterford in the semi-final at Puckane on Sunday next, November 13 at 2pm with Sean Joy of Kerry as referee.


Well done to Vincent Flood of Two Mile Borris who won €20,000 or a car in the Tipperary Clubs Draw held in Kennedy’s Bar, Rearcross on Friday night last. The ticket was sold by Moycarkely-Borris GAA Club.

The other big prize winner on the night was Tom Noone of Sarsfield St., Thurles who won €10,000. His ticket was sold by Durlas Óg. St. Mary’s Clonmel won the club prize of €1,000.

Well done to al the winners and thanks to Kennedy’s Bar and the Sean Treacys club for hosting the draw and showing their usual great hospitality.



The next meeting of Tipperary County Board will take place at the Sarsfields Centre, on Tuesday, November 15 at 8pm. This is an important meeting as it will consider the championship structures for next year so all clubs are asked to ensure their delegates are present.



The annual convention of Tipperary County Board will take place on Monday, December 19 at the Dome at Semple Stadium. Nomination and motion forms have been sent to all clubs and nominations and motions must be returned to County Secretary, Tim Floyd by Sunday November 20.



We wish Tipperary County Board President and former Secretary, Tomas Ó Baróid best wishes for the launch of his much awaited autobiography on Friday night next, November 11 at the Sarsfields Social Centre at 8pm. The book was co-written with Susan Max from Thurles whom we congratulate Susan along with Tommy for such a fine production. The book will be launched by former GAA President, Peter Quinn and all proceeds will go to the Hospice.



Good luck to Tipperary referees, Johnny Ryan and Brian Tyrell, both of whom will be on duty in the Munster club championships on Sunday next, November 13. Johnny will referee the senior hurling semi-final between Carrigtwohill (Cork) and Crusheen Clare) at Pairc Ui Chaoimh at 2pm and Brian Tyrell will referee the intermediate football semi-final between Miltown / Castlemaine (Kerry) and Clondgad (Clare) at Miltown in Kerry also at 2pm.


Congratulations to Tipperary camogie midfielder, Jill Horan, who was named on the Camogie All Star team 2011. During the All Ireland championship Jill was twice named Player of the Match for outstanding displays. She is from from Drangan and plays with Cashel. The team was announced at a banquet in CityWest on Saturday night last. Tipperary county officers Carmel Harkin, Patsy Carroll and Bernie O’Dowd were among the attendance as was former President of the Camogie Association, Liz Howard.


The county senior camogie final finished in a draw, Cashel 2-4 Drom 0-10 at The Ragg last Saturday. The replay takes place in The Ragg next Sunday, November 13.


Congratulations to the Aherlow Ladies junior football team on qualifying for the club All Ireland final with a 2-11 to 1-11 victory over St. Syslvester’s of Dublin at Sean Treacy Park, Tipperary Town on Sunday last. They will play the Tyrone champions in the final on the weekend of November 19/20. Best of luck for the final.


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