Dear Tipperary Supporter
All Ireland Minor Hurling Final
From Tipperary GAA Scene by Jonathan Cullen, County Board PRO
This Sunday is a very big day for our Minor hurlers as they travel to UPMC Nowlan Park to play Offaly in this years All Ireland final at 1.30pm. Following their semi final win over Galway the players have been preparing diligently for the challenge that lies ahead in the final, a large crowd is expected to travel to the game and with this in mind we would advise everyone to arrive in Kilkenny well in advance of the throw in time so as to avoid any potential delays getting to the stadium. As with all games at this stage of the championship, traffic restrictions will be in operation around Kilkenny city so we ask all supporters to follow the direction of Gardai and stewards who will direct them to the designated parking areas. For clubs who are travelling by bus, Kilkenny GAA have advised us of the following arrangements. Tipperary traffic approaching Kilkenny from the North on the Freshford Road should travel to the Stadium via Greens Bridge and follow the Match Traffic signs to access the designated parking areas for buses at Hebron industrial Estate and Car Parks at O’Loughlin Gaels and Mac Donagh Junction. Tipperary traffic approaching Kilkenny from the South via the Callan Road should take the Ring Road as far as the Dublin Road Roundabout and access parking at St Canice’s Hospital and Mac Donagh Junction. Any buses should travel on to the Hebron Road Roundabout and access the Bus Parking from there. There will also be a number of car parks available including O’Loughlin Gaels GAA R95 RX63, Newpark Medical Centre R95 TV7X, Mac Donagh Junction S C R95 PDK2, HSE Lacken R95 NV08, County Hall, Maudlin Street R95 A39T, Public Car Park, John’s Green R95XE00.
Admission to UPMC Nowlan Park for Juvenile Groups will be through Turnstiles Nos 27, 28 and 29 in Ardan O Cearbhaill. Any adults, taking charge of groups, who may have already purchased tickets for any of the other stands will be admitted to Ardan O Cearbhaill. All adults should have purchased tickets in advance. Our main concern is the safety of all children on Sunday. We are expecting large numbers of very excited juveniles and ask that you co-operate with the Gardai and stewards to ensure the safe movement of children between buses and the stadium.
We wish the players and team management the very best of good luck on Sunday in what will surely be a great game between two teams who have both impressed in all their games to date this year.
All Ireland Senior Hurling Semi Final Referee
Best wishes to Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams clubman Ferghal Horgan who will take charge of this Saturdays All Ireland senior hurling championship semi final between Clare and Kilkenny which takes place in Croke Park at 5.30pm. Ferghal has proven himself to be a top class inter county referee over the last number of years and has taken charge of many very high profile games and provincial and national level. We wish Ferghal and his team of officials the very best of luck on Saturday and we have no doubt that he will contribute handsomely to what is expected to be a cracking game.
Age Grades Reviewed
The recent meeting of Coiste Bainistíochta has set up a special workgroup to examine the issue of age grades in the GAA. The 2022 Congress saw several diferent motions on age grades and on how they should be defned. This new group will explore all of the issues raised and provide recommendations for a Special Congress to be held later this year. Make your club’s voice heard and get in touch with your county board rep and Central Council delegate.
Central Council Review
Ard Chomhairle, or Central Council, is the main decision-making body in the GAA outside of annual Congress. Uachtarán CLG Larry McCarthy has just announced a new workgroup to review the role of Ard Chomhairle and to ensure it runs the Association efectively. The group will be chaired by the experienced Iar-Uachtarán Christy Cooney from Cork. Every club sends a representative to its county board and every county board has delegates that represent them at Central Council. It’s important that this pathway for clubs to feed into the thinking and decisions of the Association is working.
GAA Learning Portal – Club Resources
When it comes to running GAA clubs, all clubs have a wide range of needs for information and training. That is why the GAA is constantly working on updating all resources on the GAA learning portal for club officers. Here is what is available: Club Dashboard Access to a number of important GAA related sites such as Foireann, Player Transfer System, Fixtures & Results and much more. Access here – https://www.gaa.ie/clubs Club Folder Structure A OneDrive folder for Club Secretaries flled with several templates and resources to assist them in their role. Access here – https://learning.gaa.ie/ clubfolderstructure Club Ofcer Learning Files A vast range of documents and guides across all administration areas of a Club. Access here – https://learning.gaa.ie/ clubofficerlearningfiles Club Ofcer Role Profles Sample description of key duties for the roles of Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, PRO and more. Access here – https://learning.gaa.ie/ officerroleprofiles Club Support Manual Advice sheets which explain key areas of Club administration e.g. optimising Club structures, improving communication in the Club, recruiting volunteers and more. Access here – https://learning.gaa.ie/clubsupportmanual.Pitch Maintenance Advice Advice and guidance on how to keep GAA pitches in great condition. Access here – https://learning.gaa.ie/pitchmaintenance Administrator Webinars Recordings of previously held webinars on a number of topics such as Microsoft Teams, Finance & Governance, Essential Communication and many more. Access here – https://learning.gaa.ie/ administratorwebinars Also check out the GAA Learning YouTube channel for more videos – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCulyy46ph45l9t573fa2Aww
The GAA Showing Its Pride
Led by the GAA’s Diversity and Inclusion ofcer, Ger McTavish, the Association will once again be supporting and participating in the Pride Parade in Dublin on June 25. Clubs around the country have also been engaging with their own local communities to show their support for the LGBTQI+ community and give life to the manifesto of the GAA being Where We All Belong.
FBD Insurance County Championship Round 1 Draws
The draws for the round 1 games in the various county championships took place at last Tuesdays CCC meeting and have now been published on all Tipperary GAA social network channels as well as having been emailed to the clubs of the county. The senior premier intermediate and intermediate hurling championships will commence on the weekend of July 23rd – 24th, with the county football championships in senior and intermediate commencing a week later on the weekend of July 30th – 31st. Once again this year we will be streaming up to 30 club championship games on Tipperary GAA TV, the details of which will be finalized in the coming weeks. So if you are not able to attend games you will still be able to watch them live or on playback when you choose.
Following on from last weekends games across the divisions, this coming weekend will see the action continue with some very attractive fixtures that are sure to attract large crowds to the various venues. The action will commence on Friday evening with three very interesting fixtures down for decision. In the Centenary Agri Mid senior hurling championship Drom & Inch and Moycarkey Borris will meet to decide their semi final clash in Boherlahan at 7pm, while in the South senior hurling semi final, Ardfinnan is the venue for the clash of St Marys and Carrick Swan at 7.30pm. In North Tipperary Borrisokane and Shannon Rovers will meet in the Kellys of Fantane intermediate hurling semi final in Puckane at 7.30pm. On Saturday in the Savvy Kitchens North Premier Intermediate Hurling semi final, Nenagh will be the venue for the clash of Burgess and Portroe at 4.30pm, while in the same competition in Cloughjordan at 5.15pm Roscrea will play Silvermines. The focus in the north division then switches to the Hibernian Inn senior hurling championship and the meeting of Kiladangan and Toomevara in their semi final decider. The second semi final takes place in Cloughjordan at 7.15pm on Saturday evening and will be between Nenagh Eire Óg and Templederry Kenyons. In the south division, the focus of attention will be on CJ Kickhams Mullinahone and Killenaule who meet in their senior hurling semi final clash in Carrick On Suir at 7pm. The second Centenary Agri Mid senior hurling semi final also takes place on Saturday evening in Holycross at 7pm where JK Brackens and Upperchurch-Drombane will be hoping to progress to this years final. Also on Saturday evening in the Doran Oil mid premier intermediate hurling semi final, Gortnahoe-Glengoole and Clonakenny will take to the field in Templetuohy at 7.30pm. There are two games down for decision on Sunday evening, in the Kellys of Fantane north Intermediate championship Lorrha Dorrha and Moneygall will play their semi final in Roscrea at 7pm, while in the Doran Oil Mid premier intermediate semi final, Moyne-Templetuohy and Thurles Sarsfields will meet in Littleton at 7.30pm.
Drom & Inch Man Cathal Ryan Presents ^Pucked”
Cathal Ryan’s one man show Pucked will have its premiere performance at this year’s Clonmel Junction Arts Festival. The show is as fast as the game itself, with an array of characters all played by Cathal himself. A big hurling man himself having played with Drom and Inch GAA club for years before recently transferring to Civil Service GAA club up in Dublin recently Cathal is well versed in the world of the GAA, “We are soaked in the GAA, there is such passion and heart behind it it lends itself really well to stage” says Cathal.
Pucked tells the story of Matty Daly a young man full of ambition to be one of the greats of the game. We travel along with Matty as we meet all the trials and tribulations he encounters both on and off the field. “I hope it will be a story that will resonate with a lot of young people, growing up both on the hurling field and life there can be a lot of pressure, especially the pressure we put on ourselves.”
Pucked runs from June 30th to July 2nd in the Festival Dome. Tickets and info can be found at:
Ar aghaidh le Tiobraid Árann
Public Relations Officer
Tipperary Supporters Club
Supporting Tipperary Hurling