TIPPERARY COMMENCE SENIOR HURLING CAMPAIGN
Tipperary commence their 2013 senior hurling championship campaign on Sunday next June 9 at Pairc na nGael, Limerick in the Munster championship semi-final against Limerick with a 4pm throw-in. Admission prices are as follows: Covered Stand: Adult €30, Juvenile €5; Uncovered Stand: Adult €25, Juvenile €5; Stand Concession: €10 for students and OAP’s with id. Terrace: Adult €15 Terrace Concession: €5 for students and OAP’s. Group Discount: Adult Ticket Discount: Discount of €5 for stand and terrace tickets available when the club pre-purchases 15 or more adult tickets (no further concessions are available on these tickets). This package is only available through the County Board (please contact firstname.lastname@example.org). Juvenile Stand Discount: Stand tickets at €3 per juvenile + 1 adult free for every 10 juveniles i.e. €30 for 10 juveniles and 1 adult mentor. Again, tickets must be pre-purchased. This package is also only available through the County Board (please contact email@example.com). Tickets are also available through clubs, selected SuperValu and Centra outlets and online through gaa.tickets.ie.
Tipperary and Limerick have met on 64 previous occasions in the Senior Hurling Championship. All but two of those meetings – the 2009 All Ireland semi-final at Croke Park and the 2004 Qualifier at the Gaelic Grounds – were Munster Championship fixtures. The Premier county leads the way on 33 wins to the Shannonsiders’ 21 with 10 games drawn. Tipperary also received a walk over in the Munster semi-final of 1899 and Limerick had a similar experience in 1902. Their last championship meeting was in Semple Stadium in last year’s Munster quarter-final on May 27 when Tipperary won by 2-20 to 1-19. Limerick’s last championship victory over Tipperary was in the Gaelic Grounds in 2007 on a scoreline of 0-22 to 2-13 after extra time in the third game of the famous trilogy. Tipperary’s last victory at the Gaelic Grounds was in 2005 by 2-13 to 0-18 in a Munster quarter-final replay.
We wish the team and management every success for Sunday.
MUNSTER INTERMEDIATE HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP
The senior game in Limerick on Sunday will be preceded by the Munster Intermediate hurling semi-final between Tipperary and Limerick at 1.45pm. We wish the team and management every success as they embark on the defence of the Munster and All Ireland titles. None of last year’s All Ireland winning team is eligible for selection this year
TIPPERARY GAA GATHERING EVENTS
Tipperary GAA’s Gathering events take place this weekend. All those who played for the county or associated with GAA clubs in the county are invited. Events kick off with a concert performed by Tipperary Scor at Bru Boru Cashel on Saturday night at 8.30pm. On Sunday guests will be brought to the Munster championship games in Limerick and a post-game dinner with both senior and intermediate teams at the Castletroy Park Hotel afterwards. For further details, please contact Tim Floyd, County Secretary on 0504 22702 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
BORD GAIS ENERGY MUNSTER U-21 HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP
Congratulations to the Tipperary under 21 hurlers and management on their 2-18 to 2-11 victory over Limerick in the Munster under 21 championship quarter final at Semple Stadium on Friday evening last. Tipperary’s next game will be the Munster semi-final against Cork at Semple Stadium on Wednesday July 17.
TIPP EXIT JUNIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER EXTRA TIME
The junior footballers suffered a heart-breaking defeat to Waterford after extra time in the Munster championship semi-final at Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney on Saturday evening last on a scoreline of 0-15 to 1-11. We extend our thanks to the team and management for their efforts during the year.
FUNDRAISER AT CLONMEL RACES
Tipperary County GAA Board in conjunction with Powerstown Park, Clonmel are running a horse race meeting on Friday June 14 with the first race commencing at 5.45pm. The proceeds will go towards preparing the Tipperary County teams for their upcoming championship games.General Admittance for advance ticket purchasers is €10 with barbecue food available on the night for €5. It’s €15 entry for people with no ticket purchased in advance. There is a Prize Draw of 2 All Ireland tickets for people who buy a €10 ticket.
It is hoped that clubs or pubs could organise a bus to get people to the race track as this is going to be a massive social event with barbecues, bouncing castles etc with plenty of entertainment for all ages. The North division are organizing buses to carry punters tos the event (contact Tim Floyd, email@example.com for details). Corporate Tables are available for the evening to seat 10 people at a total cost of €500 and this would be a great way of treating clients or business associates to a night out in appreciation for their support.
The €50 per head includes entry to race, a Meal and Race Card. There will be a tipster serving all tables. An individual may purchase a seat for €50. To sponsor a race on the night will cost €2,000.00 and sponsors will be guests of the County Board and will present the winning owner with the prize from their sponsored race. Photograph of same will appear in the local press subsequently. Sponsors will receive entry to the race meeting for 4 people with an Option of further €10 tickets.
Sponsors and their guests will be in the VIP section where wine and food will be provided, the Race Card will feature their names on the race that they are sponsoring, and as much publicity as possible in the local and daily papers. The sponsors will also receive a half page ad in the race programme. County players will be present at the meeting to meet and greet the punters and divisional boards are being encouraged not to have games fixed on that Friday night.
UNVEILING OF MAURICE DAVIN STATUE
The weather was appropriately fitting for last weekend’s Maurice Davin commemoration events in Carrick-on-Suir. On Saturday, events commenced with a laying of wreaths and blessing at the grave of Maurice Davin in Churchtown Cemetery. The highlight of the weekend was the unveiling of the magnificent Barry Wrafter sculpted statue of Maurice Davin outside Davin Park by Uachtarán Cumann Lúthchleas Gael, Liam O’Neill on Saturday afternoon. Later that evening former GAA President, Sean Kelly, opened the Maurice Davin and local clubs memorabilia exhibition at the Carraig Hotel.
On Sunday there was a fun run led by three time Olympian and former World 5,000m champion, Eamonn Coughlan and an athletics family fun day. Great credit is due to the organising committee for doing such excellent work devising and bringing this project to fruition. The result of their work is a highly appropriate and lasting tribute to Maurice Davin’s memory. The committee which was chaired by Bobby Fitzgerald also included Alan Faulkner (a descendant of Maurice Davin), Denis Landy, Sinead Dunne, Dick Lannigan, Noel Russell, Pat Walsh (grand nephew of Maurice Davin), Sean Nugent and Eoin Kelly.
TIPPERARY CLUBS DRAW
The first draw for the 2013/14 Tipperary Clubs Draw took place on Friday night last at the Templemore Arms hotel. This year a big effort was made to sell draw membership abroad and the first prize of a Skoda Octavia or €15,000 went to New York with St. Raymonds Gaelic Football Club winning.
The ticket was sold by former Roscrea and Tipperary hurler, Brendan Maher. Second prize of a Skoda Fabia or €10,000 went to Deirdre Lowney of St. Patrick Terrace Nenagh with this ticket sold by the Nenagh Eire Og club. Over 20 other prizes of €500 and €200 were also won on the night.
New draw sponsors, Acorn Life, are sponsoring a monthly prize of a weekend for 2 in Dromoland Castle for draw members who enter a specially confined draw – entry details are with the draw brochures. The first winner was Maria Hayes.
TWITTER FOLLOWERS PASS 10,000
The number of people following Tipperary GAA’s Twitter account, @TipperaryGAA, has recently passed 10,000. Follow Tipperary GAA on Twitter for all the latest Tipperary GAA news including updates on scores in Tipperary games.
We extend our good wishes to all students in Tipperary undertaking Leaving and Junior Cert and other exams at this time of year. We look forward to having many of these students back on the playing fields later in June.
TIPPERARY GAA SCENE
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