The Clean Ireland Recycling county senior hurling final had a nail biting finish but in the end Loughmore Castleiney held on under extraordinary pressure to clinch their third title on Sunday last at Semple Stadium with a 1-17 to 1-16 victory over a gallant Nenagh Éire Óg side.
Congratulations to Loughmore Castleiney on their great win and well done to Nenagh also on a courageous battle.
County Chairman, Sean Nugent, presented the Dan Breen Cup to victorious captain Ciaran McGrath. Noel McGrath won the Man of the Match award which was sponsored for the 25th time by John Quirke Jewellers of Cahir. Our thanks are due to John for his generosity over so many years. In a unique double, Noel emulated the achievement of his father, Pat, who was Man of the Match when Loughmore Castleiney won their first title 25 years ago.
Loughmore Castleiney will play Limerick champions, Na Piarsaigh, in the AIB Munster Club championship quarter final at Semple Stadium on Sunday October 27.
BALLINA WIN FIRST COUNTY INTERMEDIATE HURLING TITLE
There will be celebrations on the Tipperary side of the Shannon as Ballina won their first ever county intermediate hurling title with a 3-12 to 0-20 victory over Moyne Templetuohy. As with the senior final, this was a nail biting finish and the width of the post was all that prevented a battling Moyne Templetuohy side from earning a draw. Congratulations to Ballina on securing a great win and well done too to Moyne Templetuohy for their contribution to a fine game. County Vice Chairman, Michael Bourke, presented the Jacksie Ryan Cup to victorious captain, David Hickey, who gave a rousing address.
The John Quirke Jewellers sponsored Man of the Match award went to Ballina centre back, Thomas Collins.
Ballina will play Dromin-Athlacca or Knockaderry of Limerick in the AIB Munster club intermediate hurling quarter-final on Sunday October 27 at a Limerick venue.
LOUGHMORE CASTLEINEY 1988 TEAM HONOURED
Uniquely on county hurling final day the club that won the title also had a team of the past honoured. The Loughmore Castleiney team which won the county title in 1988 were introduced between the Intermediate and Senior games by County PRO, Ger Ryan. They were entertained at a reception in the Dome before the games and attended a dinner in their honour at the Templemore Arms Hotel afterwards. Thanks are due to the Templemore Arms and the Tipperary Star for their sponsorship of the event and to the Loughmore Castleiney club and the organising committee for making all the arrangements to make the event such a success. One of the unique aspects of the day was the photograph of the 1988 and 2013 teams which was taken on Sunday night in the Templemore Arms. It will surely be a GAA collector’s item.
CLEAN IRELAND RECYCLING SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
The Clean Ireland Recycling senior football championship semi-finals will be played at Leahy Park, Cashel on Sunday next, October 20 – at 1pm JK Brackens will play Aherlow Gaels and at 2.30pm Loughmore Castleiney will take on defending champions Clonmel Commercials.
CLEAN IRELAND RECYCLING COUNTY MINOR HURLING FINALS
The Clean Ireland Recycling county minor hurling A and B finals will be played on Sunday next, October 20 at Semple Stadium. In the B final at 2pm, Ballina will play Emly/Treacys and in the A final Holycross Ballycahill will play Nenagh Eire Og or Carrick Swan who will meet in the semi-final on Wednesday, October 16 at Semple Stadium at 7.30pm. In the A championship Nenagh Eire Og are defending champions and seeking their 8th title. Carrick Swan and Holycross Ballycahill are both seeking their second title with the South champions having won previously in 2004 while the Mid champions last won the title in 1982. In the B final, both sides are seeking their first title.
CLEAN IRELAND RECYCLING INTERMEDIATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
The Clean Ireland Recycling Intermediate football championship final will be played at Holycross on Sunday next October 20 at 12 noon between Ballyporeen and Borrisokane. Both clubs will be seeking their second county title with Ballyporeen having won previously in 1992 and Borrisokane in 1994.
CLEAN IRELAND RECYCLING JUNIOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP “A”
The Clean Ireland Recycling Junior A hurling championship semi-finals will be played on Saturday next October 19 at Templemore. At 1.30pm Toomevara will play Moycarkey-Borris and at 3pm Knockshegowna will play Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams who qualified for the semi-finals with a 3-15 to 1-18 victory over Drom and Inch in last Saturday’s replayed quarter-final.
TIPPTOBERFEST AT CLONMEL PARK HOTEL
The inaugural TIPPTOBERFEST is almost here and it’s time to book tickets for the events on during a virtual feast of entertainment in Clonmel from Friday October 25 to 28. The spectacular Arena at the Clonmel Park Hotel will be the venue for TIPPTOBERFEST, one of the finest festivals of musical and sporting entertainment ever seen in Clonmel and Tipperary. Support for TIPPTOBERFEST will provide valuable financial assistance towards training costs for all Tipperary Teams taking to the field in 2014. On Friday October 25, the Tipp Fight night takes place featuring Tipperary club GAA players. Tickets purchased in advance cost €20 while those purchased on the night cost €25. On Saturday October 26 Nathan Carter will be in concert with special guests Louise Morrissey and Marty Daniels. Tickets cost €25. On Sunday October 27, there will be a Feast of Irish Folk featured the Furey Brothers and Davey Arthur and also Johnny McEvoy, Jimmy Crowley and Stokers Lodge and Denis Allen. Tickets cost €25. There are two events on Bank Holiday Monday, October 28. In the afternoon, there will be Monster Bingo with a guaranteed cash payout of a massive €15,000. Single books cost €20 with a double costing €25 and a free jackpot sheet in each book. On Monday evening, the Céilí Mór featuring the Johnny Reidy Ceili Band takes place. Tickets cost €10. Tickets for all the pre-bookable events can be purchased at Lar na Pairce Thurles (0504 22702) or at the Clonmel Park Hotel. Please book early to avoid disappointment or contact Lar na Pairce or the Hotel for more information. Tickets for the boxing are also available through GAA clubs. Corporate entertainment is also available at the event with table of 10 ringside seats available for €500. A 4 course meal is included. Individual tickets for the corporate function can be purchase at €50 each.
NOMINATIONS INVITED FOR PRESTIGIOUS CANON HAYES AWARDS
It’s that time of the year again when we honour our top sporting talent as the Canon Hayes National Sports Awards Committee has announced that they are now accepting nominations for the 2013 Awards. Members of the public along with representatives of clubs and sporting organisations are invited to submit nominations for the Awards in the categories of Local Award (Tipperary Town & West Tipperary area), County Award (Tipperary County), National Award and Outstanding Achievement Award (National/International). All persons nominated should be over the age of 16 years and the nomination should relate to achievements in the past 12 months. A brief resumé of the nominees’ sporting achievements should be submitted along with the nomination to: Sports Awards Committee, Canon Hayes Recreation Centre, Avondale Crescent, Tipperary Town, or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to arrive on or before Thursday October 31. All nominations will be considered by the judging panels and a shortlist of nominees will be announced in November. The Awards are open to all sporting disciplines and the committee are looking forward to receiving many nominations for the respective categories. The Canon Hayes Awards will be presented at a Gala Black Tie Banquet at Ballykisteen Hotel and Golf Resort on Saturday November 30, 2013.
RECRUITMENT OF GAMES DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATORS
The Tipperary County Board wish to recruit two County Games Development Administrators. The successful candidates will be responsible for the implementation of GAA Games Development Policy and will report directly to the Tipperary County Games Manager. Applications by Monday October 21 and full details of how to apply are on the Tipperary GAA website, www.tipperary.gaa.ie.