ALLIANZ HURLING LEAGUE
Well done to the Tipperary senior hurling team and management on topping the Division 1A Allianz hurling league table as a result of their 3-19 to 1-14 defeat of Clare at Semple Stadium last Sunday. They will play the winners of the Division 1B final between Dublin and Limerick in the Allianz hurling league semi-finals on Sunday April 21. The other semi-final will be a repeat of last year’s All Ireland and Leinster hurling finals between Kilkenny and Galway. Tipperary will be seeking to qualify for their first league final since 2009 when they lost to Kilkenny after extra time in a thrilling final at Semple Stadium.
ALLIANZ FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Tipperary will play Offaly in their final group game of the Allianz Football League Division 4 on Sunday next at Tullamore’s O’Connor Park with a 3pm throw-in. The winners of this game will be promoted and qualify for the Division 4 final.
CADBURY’S MUNSTER UNDER 21 FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
We wish the Tipperary under 21 footballers the best of luck for the Munster under 21 football final against Cork at Semple Stadium on Wednesday April 10. Tipperary qualified for the final by defeating Clare by 1-12 to 0-7 at Semple Stadium last Wednesday evening. Cork defeated Limerick in the other semi-final by 2-14 to 0-11. It promises to be a close final carrying on a recent tradition of exciting games at minor and under 21 between the two counties.
ELECTRIC IRELAND MUNSTER MINOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP
Tipperary start the defence of their Munster minor hurling championship with a difficult away game against Waterford at Walsh Park, Waterford on Thursday April 11 at 7pm. They last met in Walsh Park in the 2011 championship when Waterford won by 2-16 to 1-13. The winners will qualify for a semi-final against Limerick on June 26 while the losers will play in a semi-final playoff on April 17 against the losers of Cork and Clare. We wish the Tipperary team and management every success.
NEW YORK FUNDRAISING
Tipperary GAA County Board is hosting a Fundraising Gathering at Gaelic Park, New York on Saturday April 6 at 7pm. (See www.tipperary.gaa.ie, Facebook and Twitter for more details). It’s an open invitation to all Tipperary supporters living in New York who are interested in providing financial support for the development of Gaelic Games in Tipperary. We would ask Tipperary people with friends or family in New York to notify them of our function in Gaelic Park and ask them to attend if possible. We are delighted that Eamon O’Shea, Manager of the Tipperary Senior Hurling team will be our guest speaker a the event. Our primary purpose for the New York event is to raise funds for our Centre of Excellence at Dr. Morris Park, Thurles which is essential to our plans to have continued success for our inter-county teams. We plan to develop and enhance the existing facilities at Dr. Morris Park to provide Tipperary GAA with best in class training and preparation facilities for all our inter-county teams and underage development squads. Being successful at hurling and football on the inter-county stage requires top class facilities and coaches. We are committed to developing our infrastructure and people to ensure that Tipperary will remain as the Premier county in Gaelic Games. To achieve our aims, we need the financial assistance of our many loyal supporters at home and abroad and this event is part of an initiative to win support from Tipperary people the world over.
ALL COUNTY TABLE QUIZ FINAL
Congratulations to the team from Clonoulty Rossmore representing Eddie’s Bar which won the All County Table Quiz final which was held in the Dome at Semple Stadium on Thursday night last. The members of the winning team were Laoise O’Keeffe, Rita Fay, John O’Gorman and Cathal O’Donoghue. Lorrha and Dorrha’s team were second and Moyne Templetuohy were third. Well done to Tim Floyd and his committee for their excellent organisation of the preliminary rounds and the final. The preliminary rounds quiz broadcast live by Tipp FM and the final at the Dome provided excellent entertainment. The County Chairman, Sean Nugent, announced at the final that next year’s quiz will feature an attempt to enter the Guinness Book of Records for having the most tables participating in a table quiz. Something certainly to look forward to for February 2014.
PADDY FINUCANE RETIRES
Quiz Master for last Thursday night’s Table Quiz final was recently retired Tipp FM Gaelic Games commentator and presenter, Paddy Finucane. Paddy over the years has become the voice of Gaelic Games in Tipperary and was known the world over to Tipperary followers for his passionate and well informed commentaries. Paddy has a deep interest in our games and always treated players and management with great respect and fairness whether in commentaries or interviews. At the Quiz final, County Chairman, Sean Nugent, made a presentation to Paddy on behalf of the Tipperary County Board to mark his retirement. Tipperary County Board would like to thank Paddy for his great and generous contribution to promoting and supporting our games in his time with Tipp FM and we look forward to seeing him at our games for many years to come. We wish him health and happiness for his retirement.
ROSCREA WIN ALL IRELAND FINAL
Congratulations to Roscrea who defeated Tubber of Clare by 0-12 to 1-8 in the All Ireland Junior B hurling tournament final at Killeedy GAA Grounds, Raheenagh, Co. Limerick on Saturday last. Sam Conlon, who is only 17, won Man of the Match. The Roscreas team lined out as follows: Daryl Ryan; Michael Kiely, Paul Breen, Brian Dooley; Michael Campion, Aaron Ryan, Shane Davis; Roddy Teehan, Paul Kirwan; Colm Monaghan, James Maher, Ruairi O’Connor; Paddy Kiely, Jim McDonnell, Sam Conlon. Subs Conor Egan for Ruairi O’Connor, Cian Rigney for Michael Kiely, Colm Monaghan for Pat Fitzgerald. Scorers: Sam Conlon 0-4 (3f) James Maher 0-3 (2f) Roddy Teehan 0-2 Paul Kirwan, Pat Fitzgerald and Paddy Kiely 0-1 each
SCÓR SINSEAR-SCÓR NA MUMHAN
All roads lead to Templemore on Saturday evening next April 6 as The Munster Final of Scór Sinsear takes place. Beidh scoth den cheol, den rince, den amhránaíocht, den drámaíocht agus dar ndóigh den aithriseoireacht le blaiseadh i rith na hóiche. Beidh ceithre chlub ó Thiobraid Árann in iomaíocht sna comórtaisí éagsúla agus gúimid gach rath is séan orthu ar an Satharn. Tá súil againn go bhfuil siad ag cleachtadh go dian dícheallach faoi láthair agus go mbeidh luach saothair acu ag deireadh na hóiche. The All Ireland Finals will again be held in Derry – City of Culture and we hope to soon be breathing The Derry Air yet again. Best wishes to JK Brackens, Newcastle. Moyne Templetuohy and Newport all.
OUR LADY’S TEMPLEMORE IN COLLEGES B FOOTBALL FINAL
Good luck to Our Lady’s Templemore for the All Ireland Colleges B Football Final against St. Attracta’s Community School, Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo which is due to be played next Saturday, April 6 – fixture details are not available at time of going to print.
SUICIDE AWARENESS INFORMATION EVENING
There is a open information evening and conference on suicide awareness and taking positive action on in Hotel Minella Clonmel on Monday April 15 at 7pm. This event is being organised and chaired by Joe Leahy in association with the Irish Association of Suicidology and various bodies such as Aware, Suicide or Survive, Console, One Life and Living Links. The speakers on the evening will be Dr John F. Connolly, Co-founder and Secretary of Irish Association of Suicidology; Mr Gerry Flynn, President of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors; Mr Paul Morris, Coroner, South Tipperary; and Ms April Duff and Mr Jamie Moore Mind Matters Project Waterford Comhairle na n’Oige. Taking positive action will be the focus of the evening. The South Tipperary GAA Board is offering its support to this event and has asked all its clubs to circulate and encourage as many of its members as possible to attend on the night with the aim of informing themselves and others in their areas of the supports that are out there. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.
SAVE ON ENERGY COSTS
The Federation of Irish Sport has teamed up with Future Fit in a programme sponsored by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (“SEAI”) which is designed to increase energy efficiency of sports clubs thereby reducing operating costs. It is estimated that clubs could save up to €3,000 a year through energy efficiency. This could amount to cost savings of in excess of €10 million across sports clubs in Ireland as a whole. Indeed, research from the SEAI would indicate that savings of 10-20% could be made by many sports clubs through behavioural and/or low cost changes. The programme entitled “Energy Fit” is being run on a pilot basis initially and is entirely FREE for eligible clubs. All clusts have been sent a brochure which sets out criteria for inclusion in the programme and details of how to get involved. It is intended that participation in the programme will not only help improve the financial standing of sports clubs at a time of unprecedented economic challenge but also enhance the environmental footprint of sports for the benefit of this and future generations. You can go to the following website link for more information on this initiative: http://irishsport.ie/wpress/index.php/2013/03/energyfit-a-pilot-program-to-help-sports-facilities-reduce-their-costs-through-energy-efficiency/
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