Congratulations to Loughmore Castleiney on their 3-10 to 0-9 victory over Aherlow Gaels in the Clean Ireland Recycling County Senior Football championship final at Semple Stadium on Sunday last.
They also made history by becoming the first club ever in Tipperary to win both the senior hurling and senior football finals in the same year. Loughmore Castleiney captain, Derek Bourke, proudly received the O’Dwyer Cup from Football Board Chairman, Joe Hannigan, who paid tribute to the club’s unique achievements. Also present for the presentation were County Board Chairman, Sean Nugent and Clean Ireland Recycling’s, Bill Ryan. The Man of the Match Award went to Loughmore’s, John Meagher, who gave a towering display marshalling his side’s defence. Loughmore Castleiney will play reigning Munster Club champions, Dr. Crokes of Kerry, in Killarney in two weeks time.
CLONMEL COMMERCIALS 1969 and 71 TEAMS HONOURED
The Clonmel Commercials team which won the County Senior Football championship titles in 1969 and 1971 were honoured at the County Senior Football final at Semple Stadium on Sunday last. They attended a reception before the game, were introduced to the attendance at half time by, County PRO, Ger Ryan, and were guests of honour at a dinner in the Clonmel Park Hotel on Sunday evening. Thanks to the organising committee, Seamus J King (Chairman), John Costigan, Pat Carey and Siobhan Barrett for the excellent preparations, to the sponsors, The Nationalist and Clonmel Park Hotel and to the Clonmel Commercials club for their support and co-operation making the arrangements, contacting players and compiling profiles. Among those honoured were former Limerick and Kilkenny player, Matt Ruth, and Drom and Inch’s Paudie Butler, both of whom were teaching in Clonmel at the time; Commercials Club President and long-serving official, John McNamara; and former South Board Chairman, Mick Egan.
AIB MUNSTER CLUB INTERMEDIATE HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP
Congratulations to Ballina on their 3-19 to 0-15 victory over St. Brendan’s of Kerry in the AIB Munster Intermediate club hurling semi-final played at MacDonagh Park, Nenagh on Sunday last. They will play the winners of the replay between Whitegate of Clare and Youghal of Cork in the final on Sunday November 17.
CLEAN IRELAND RECYCLING COUNTY MINOR FOOTBALL FINAL
Congratulations to Clonmel Commercials on winning The Clean Ireland Recycling county minor A football final last Sunday by defeating Drom and Inch by 1-12 to 1-5 at Boherlahan. It was Commercials’ 4th title in a row and 19th in all.
AIB MUNSTER CLUB INTERMEDIATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Ballyporeen and De La Salle of Waterford will have to meet again after their 2-12 to 4-6 draw after extra time in the AIB Munster Intermediate Club Football championship quarter final at Clonmel Sportsfield on Sunday last. The replay will be next weekend at a Waterford venue and we wish Ballyporeen the best of luck. Please check Munster GAA website – www.munster.gaa.ie for fixture details.
CLEAN IRELAND RECYCLING JUNIOR A HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP
The Clean Ireland Recycling Junior A hurling champions are Moycarkey-Borris following their 2-15 to 2-13 victory over Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams on Saturday last at Leahy Park, Cashel. Congratulations to Moycarkey-Borris on their victory. Next year they will play in the senior and intermediate football and hurling championships.
As both finalists in the junior A final have a senior team, Knockshegowna will represent Tipp in the AIB Munster Club championship. They will play in a semi-final on the weekend of November 24 against the Waterford (Ballysaggart) or Cork representatives who play their quarter final next weekend.
CLEAN IRELAND RECYCLING JUNIOR A FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Congratulations to Drom and Inch on winning the The Clean Ireland Recycling junior A football championship final against Shannon Rovers on Saturday evening last at Dolla by 5-10 to 0-5. It was their first title at this grade since 1975. They will play Feohanagh / Castlemahon of Limerick at a Tipperary venue in the AIB Munster Junior Football quarter final on Sunday November 17 – full fixture details will be available next week.
CLEAN IRELAND RECYCLING JUNIOR B HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP
The Junior B hurling semi-finals will be played next weekend. On Saturday November 9, Golden Kilfeacle will play Holycross-Ballycahill at Clonoulty at 2pm and on Sunday November 10, Killenaule will play Templederry Kenyons at Templemore at 2pm.
As winter arrives and there is less on-field activity all clubs which have not completed a strategic plan are encouraged to do so. The preparation of the Club Plan by each club is an important part of the Premier Plan – the Tipperary County Board’s Strategic Plan 2011-2015. Preparing a club plan is an ideal way to review how well a club is operating at all levels, to encourage new ideas and members and to identify ways to improve the club. Clubs are asked to notify the County Secretary, Tim Floyd, or the County Development Officer, Jimmy Minogue, of their interest in completing a club plan. There will be plenty of assistance and support provided to clubs when they are preparing their plans.
Please note the following dates are presently agreed for 2013 AGM’s and Conventions: Tuesday November 26 (TBC), Co Football Board; Friday November 29, South Board in GAA Centre, Clonmel; Monday December 2, North Board in Killoscully; Tuesday, December 3, County Bord na nÓg in Hayes Hotel; Wednesday December 4, West Board in Kilcommon, Friday December 6, Mid Board in Killea and Wednesday December 11, County Convention in Dome – please note change of date from original date of December 9.
Nomination forms for County Convention have been sent to clubs. Nominations for positions and motions must be returned to the County Secretary, Tim Floyd by Monday November 11. The following office holders are stepping down due to the 5 year maximum term rule – John Costigan (Central Council Rep), Donal Shanahan (Munster Council Rep), John Donovan (Assistant Treasurer) and Ger Ryan (PRO).
SOUTH GAA BOARD MEETING
The South Tipperary GAA Board will hold a meeting on Wednesday, November 6 at 7.30pm in the GAA Centre, Clonmel to discuss championship formats for 2014. A Mass will be held after the meeting at 9pm to remember the deceased members. All clubs in the South Divisions are asked to attend this important meeting.
NOVEMBER TIPPERARY GAA DRAW
The November Tipperary GAA clubs draw was held last Friday night in the Halfway Bar, Rathronan. Congratulations to Councillor John Hogan of Moyne Templetuohy club who won €15,000 or a Skoda Octavia and Alan Kennedy of Ballylooby Castlegrace who won €10,000 or a Skoda Fabia.
SEAN GAEL PRESENTATION
Micheal Ó Muircheartaigh will present the Sean Gael awards at the Dome, Semple Stadium on Sunday, November 17. The thirty-two recipients, who are all over 70 years of age, will be recognised for their lifetime of service to the GAA. The event will commence with a reception at 3.30 pm and the presentations will take place an hour later. All the recipients have received their invitations and complimentary tickets. Additional tickets at €10 each are available from the GAA Office, Lár na Páirce (0504 22702) for any family or club members who would like to be present on the day.
The County Referees Committee is considering running a foundation course for new referees in early 2014 subject to their being sufficient numbers interested. Clubs are encouraged to nominate new referees as given the number of games in the county each year, it is important to have a large number of trained and committed referees available. Every club can play its part by having at least one referee. Forms to register new referees interest will be sent to all clubs by the County Secretary and must be returned by November 30.
Tipperary County Board would like to extend its deepest sympathy to the family of Tom O’Mahoney, former Chairman of Ardfinnan GAA club, who died last week, and to Supporters Club Committee member, Jim Reidy, Dublin, and his family on the death of Jim’s wife Dolores. Ar dheis De go raibh a anamacha.