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The Draws for the 2019 Munster Championship Have Taken Place

posted by Friends of Tipperary FootballFriends of Tipperary Football on Thu Oct 11, 2018

Liam Kearns’ Tipperary side have been drawn to play Limerick in the opening round of the Munster senior football championship.


This evening, live on RTÉ 2, the GAA held their draws for next year’s championships and in the Munster province, Tipperary will meet Limerick in the quarter-final with the winners playing Cork in the semi-final.

Clare were drawn to play Waterford with the victors in this encounter going forward to play Kerry in the semi-final. Both Cork and Kerry were seeded due to the fact that they reached the provincial decider last year.

2019 Munster Senior Football Championship

Tipperary V Limerick (winners play Cork)

Waterford V Clare (winners play Kerry)



A. New York v mayo
B. London v Galway
C. Leitrim v roscommon

A v C
B v Sligo


First round

1. Louth v Wexford
2. Wicklow v Kildare
3. Meath v offaly


A. 1 v Dublin
B. 2 v Longford
C. 3 v Carlow
D. Westmeath v Laois


A v B
C v D


Preliminary Round

1. Tyrone v Derry


A. Cavan v Monaghan
B. Down v Armagh
C. Donegal v Fermanagh
D. Antrim v 1


1. A v B
2. C v D


Official County Board Website

In other news, recently the Tipperary County Board relaunched their website after significant upgrades which has now resulted in a user-friendly interface and a much easier to navigate results and fixtures section. We encourage all Tipperary fans to visit the site and become familiar with all it has to offer. The address is and will keep you up-to-date on all the happenings in Tipperary GAA.


Anthony Shelley Looks Back at JK Bracken’s Minor Success

posted by Friends of Tipperary FootballFriends of Tipperary Football on Tue Oct 02, 2018

Arise Knocknagoshel, and take your place among the nations of the earth!” was the famous war cry on a banner carried by local men to a rally addressed by Charles Stewart Parnell in Newcastle West in 1891.

“Arise JK Brackens and take your place among the football strongholds of Tipperary” should be the war cry of Templemore natives from now on because last Saturday, JK Brackens became just the sixth club in Tipperary to complete the Minor A and under-21 A Gaelic football double in the same year. For the record, the other clubs are Clonmel Commercials (2010 & 2014), Moyle Rovers (2008), Emly/Lattin (1982), Arravale Rovers (1972) and Loughmore Castleiney (1964, 1976 & 1979).
To find the last time a Templemore side had won the county minor A football title, you would have to multiply Rip Van Winkle’s little nap by two and a quarter. I recall my especial hero and old coach, Benny Keating telling me that in the 1973 final, Don Ryan gave as fine an exhibition of football as he had ever witnessed from a minor footballer. Benny wasn’t at the game on Saturday but if he was he would have to update his opinion as Man of The Match, Eanna McBride put his name on the ballot paper to be considered for that accolade.
Gaelic football at inter-county level is rightly getting bad press of late but at club level and particularly at minor and underage level, the beautiful game is still played as Michael Cusack intended. Heart and skill are a formidable combination and over the course of an hour last Saturday, two exceptionally talented teams brought both of those qualities to the field.
Cahir were out of the blocks faster than a juiced up sprinter and had the ball in the net after 55 seconds when Sean Murphy got on the end of a high ball into the square. Such was the simplicity of the goal that it threatened more. They say you can’t win a game in the first few minutes but you can certainly lose one. If JKB were to survive in this final, they needed to weather the early Cahir storm. They were not found wanting. Lorcan Roche set the tone for the day and hit everything that moved, and a few things that didn’t. Despite having more possession than a lion could handle, Cahir would only add two more points to their tally in the first ten minutes, a wonder point from their wing forward Nicholas Reid and a free from the excellent Sean Murphy. Brackens were living off scraps but added two points of their own through Andrew Ormond and Eanna McBride.
David Clifford (the Cahir version) added a free to leave the score at 1-3 to 0-2 with twelve minutes gone. Then came the turning point, or turning goal if you like. A brilliant Cahir move sliced open the Brackens defence but Murphy’s shot ricocheted off the crossbar and Brackens cleared. James Corcoran collected the clearance and galloped like inflation through the Cahir back line. He exchanged a couple of one twos with McBride before selling the most beautiful of dummies and burying the ball beyond the reach of Killian Halpin in the Cahir goal. It was a goal of the highest quality scored by a player of the highest quality who had just turned sixteen years of age a few days earlier. In the space of twenty seconds Brackens had gone from looking like they would go seven points down to being just one point down and they weren’t finished yet.
A minute later a mix up in the Cahir defence saw McBride pounce like a cat on the loose ball but he was pulled down just as he was about to apply the finish. Shane Doyle made no mistake from the resultant penalty and with seventeen minutes gone JKB lead 2-2 to 1-3. To their credit, over the next ten minutes,  Cahir would outscore JKB four points to two to ensure the sides where level before the SOS came for the tea and Jaffa Cakes. The highlight was a marvellous point from distance by Tommy McDonagh.
It had been a wonderful Act One performed by two fine teams and yet as the teams took their break in the dressing rooms, the experts and non-experts in the stands had a curious feeling that that the drama was only beginning.
JKB had been slow to emerge from their burrow underneath the stand and we wondered if they had helped themselves second helpings of the Jaffa Cakes as Cahir started the second half with points from Sean Murphy (f), Jake Fitzgerald and Kevin Grogan that saw them move three points clear within five minutes of the restart.
But, as we’ve seen so often in the past, you’d need the months mind said before you could declare this JKB team dead. Keeper Shane Sweeney had kept the goal mouth nice and tidy all day and was Cluxton like with his kick-outs ensuring Brackens gained primary possession at vital times in the game. Jack Prout patrolled his area with the alertness of a parish priest at a 1950’s ceilí and was well backed up by his curates Martin Bergin and Patrick Moloney. Michael Egan, Tadhg Nolan, Ciran Byrne and Stephen Cahill who was the lone musketeer in the full forward line for a lot of the day, rolled up their sleeves, put their shoulders to the wheel and did unpaid and unpensionable jobs for their team.
Rudyard Kipling told us that “if you can keep your head when all around you are losing theirs……….. you’ll be a man, my son”. When the need was greatest, young Conor Cadell kept his head and played like a man.
Nick Keane and the excellent Nicholas Reid swapped points. A Shane Doyle free on fifty minute mark was quickly cancelled out by a point from out in the country from France Delaney to restore Cahir’s three point advantage.
Then on 53 minutes came the moment that will be talked about in Templemore for years to come. An Andrew Ormond pass found Nick Keane in a parcel of space. Spotting the keeper off his line, Nick floated the ball over his head and into the top corner of the net. It was a wonderful moment from one of the hardest working players in the club. Some wondered if Nick was shooting for a point, but he assured me afterwards that he meant it and I have no reason to doubt him.
Within a minute, Cahir were back in lead through a David Clifford (Cahir version) free but when the chips are down McBride yet again provided the salt and vinegar, rising like interest rates to pluck a ball from the air and dispatch it over the bar. When Andrew Ormond gave JKB the lead on 57 mins, we knew that the last few minutes were going to be more than our hearts could bear.

There is no doubt that Cahir will regret not putting a 30 yard free over the bar to level the game as we headed into injury time. Instead they tried to work a goal but were headed off at the pass by the JKB posse who broke up field at pace and Andrew Ormond slotted over his third of the day to make the score 3.09 to 1.13. Cahir had one last chance to launch a free into the JKB square. They opted to go short, the pass was intercepted and Paddy Russell called a halt to proceedings.

All heaven broke loose as Brackens supporters rushed to greet their heroes.

The management team of Jim Mullen, Mel McBride and Aidan Doyle, might never enjoy a better day patrolling the sidelines than they had last Saturday. Tactically they got everything spot on and for them this victory had been 3 years in the making.

After the match I sat having a pint with a few of my club mates, a wise man wandered over and said “you know what lads, I think football might be our game”.

It was hard to disagree!

Tipperary Senior Managers for 2019 Confirmed

posted by Friends of Tipperary FootballFriends of Tipperary Football on Mon Sep 24, 2018

Tonight, the Tipperary County Board have confirmed the managers of our senior teams for 2019 and they are sure to have Premier fans thrilled in anticipation of the new year ahead

As expected Liam Kearns will continue in his role as manager of the senior footballers, completing the second year of a deal agreed prior to 2018.

In hurling, former All-Ireland winning manager Liam Sheedy re-takes the reigns of the senior side and will be hoping to rekindle the form that saw his side capture the Liam McCarthy Cup in 2010.

Announcing the outcome of the process to find Tipperary’s new senior hurling manager, Tipperary County Board Chairman John Devane said: “We are delighted to announce Liam Sheedy will be taking over as manager of our senior hurling team. Liam brings an unrivalled mix of track-record, passion and conviction to the table. We thank him for his commitment and we look forward to providing him with the full support of the county board as we move into the 2019 season.”

“I would also like to state, on behalf of the County Board and all who support Tipperary hurling, our thanks to others who put their names forward for this post over recent weeks. We have been hugely impressed by the quality of candidate and also by their passion for Tipperary hurling. We look forward to working with them in the future.”

Said Liam Sheedy: “I am taking up the role with a huge sense of excitement and enthusiasm, mostly at the thought of getting back into the dressing-room and out on the field with Tipperary’s best.”

“I come on board again just two years after Michael Ryan led Tipperary to a superb All-Ireland title. He has handed over an incredibly talented squad that I look forward to finalising over the coming weeks and months and getting Tipperary ready for 2019.”

Strategic Plan Launched

posted by Friends of Tipperary FootballFriends of Tipperary Football on Sun Sep 09, 2018

At the GAA Centre in Clonmel last night, Pete Savage officially launched the Tipperary Strategic Plan for the development of Gaelic Football in the county

Pete Savage shares a joke with senior manager Liam Kearns and Tipperary county board chairman John Devane

Last night in the GAA Centre in Clonmel Pete Savage officially launched the three year strategic plan for the development of Gaelic football in the Premier county.

In what was an enjoyable occasion the night also saw a reunion of the Tipperary senior teams of 1993, ’94 and ’98 which all reached the Munster finals. This included a insightful question and answers session with Stephen Gleeson of Tipp FM as he grilled goalkeeper Philip Ryan, Seán Collum, Brian Burke, Liam Kearns and manager from the time, Seamus McCarthy.

The centre was packed to capacity with supporters and former players reminiscing about the 1990’s as well as officials from the County Board and Tipperary Football Committee.

If you would like to read the strategic plan please click on the download tab at the top of this page.

Brian Burke, Seán Collum, Liam Kearns, Stephen Gleeson, Seamus McCarthy and Philip Ryan at the launch in Clonmel

Tipperary Water Club Championship

Meanwhile in the Tipperary Water club championship the eight quarter-finalists have now been revealed with the four group winners playing the second-placed teams. The group winners were Clonmel Commercials, Moyle Rovers, Loughmore-Castleiney and Ballyporeen while the second-placed teams are Killenaule, Arravale Rovers, Kilsheelan-Kilcash and Ardfinnan.

Senior club results

Group One

Loughmore Castleiney 2-12 Kilsheslan Kilcash 0-7

Drom & Inch gave JK Brackens a walkover


Group Two

Moyle Rovers 3-13 Galtee Rovers 1-3

Arravale Rovers 4-9 Upperchurch Drombane 2-8


Group Three

Ballyporeen 2-10 Killenaule 0-11

Cahir 3-16 Kiladangan 0-4


Group Four

Ardfinnan 2-9 Aherlow Gaels 2-5


Tipperary Water Intermediate Football

In the Tipperary Water intermediate football championship six of the eight quarter-finalists are now known as Grangemockler Ballyneale, Borrisokane and Golden Kilfeacle have been confirmed as group winners while Clonmel Commercials, Clonoulty Rossmore and Rockwell Rovers are group runners-up. A three-way play-off between Moyne Templetuohy, Loughmore Castleiney and Moyle Rovers will be required to settle affairs in group two.

Group One

Grangemockler Ballyneale 2-15 Father Sheehys 0-8

Clonmel Commercials 3-13 Fethard 3-8


Group Two

Moyle Rovers 4-9 Moyne Templetuohy 1-10


Group Three

Borrisokane 1-9 Clonoulty Rossmore 0-8


Group Four

Golden Kilfeacle 2-10 Rockwell Rovers 0-10

Carrick Swan received a walkover from Clonmel Óg

Conor O’ Dwyer, Seán Maher, Benny Hahassey, Seán Collum and Declan Browne at the strategic plan launch in the GAA Centre, Clonmel

Strategic Plan Launch and Upcoming Fixtures

posted by Friends of Tipperary FootballFriends of Tipperary Football on Fri Sep 07, 2018

These weekend sees the second launch of the Tipperary Football Committee’s strategic plan while a number of club games are due to be played


Tomorrow evening, Saturday, the Tipperary Football Committee will have the second of their official launches of their strategic plan for the future of Tipperary football.

This will take place in the GAA Centre, Western Road, Clonmel and is due to begin at 9pm. Also on the night there will be a reunion of the Tipperary senior football teams that made the Munster finals on three occasions in the 1990s, namely 1993, 1994 and 1998.

This is an open invitation and all are welcome to attend.

The strategic plan can be downloaded at the “Strategic Plan” tab at the top of this page.


There are also a number of key championship games down for decision this weekend.

Group One

Drom & Inch have conceded a walkover to JK Brackens


Group Two

Moyle Rovers V Galtee Rovers

Saturday, 6pm

Venue: Ardfinnan


Upperchurch Drombane V Arravale Rovers

Saturday, 6pm

Venue: Drombane


Group Three

Ballyporeen v Killenaule 

Saturday 17:30

Venue: Cahir


Kiladangan V Cahir

Sunday, 6pm

Venue: Holycross


Group Four

Aherlow Gaels V Ardfinnan

Sunday, 3.30pm

Venue: Cashel


Intermediate Football Championship

Group One

Father Sheehys v Grangemockler-Ballyneale 

Saturday, 6pm

Venue: Ned Hall Park

Clonmel Commercials v Fethard 

Saturday, 4pm

Venue: Monroe

Group Two

Moyle Rovers V Moyne Templetuohy

Friday, 8pm

Venue: New Inn


Moycarkey Borris V Loughmore Castleiney

Tuesday, 19:45

Venue: Dr Morris Park


Group Three

Borrisokane V Clonoulty Rossmore

Saturday, 3pm

Venue: The Ragg


Group Four

Rockwell Rovers V Golden Kilfeacle

Saturday, 16:30

Venue: Dundrom


Carrick Swan V Clonmel Óg 

Saturday, 17:30

Venue: Monroe

Thank You Brian and David

posted by Friends of Tipperary FootballFriends of Tipperary Football on Thu Sep 06, 2018

After three years as a selector, performance analyst and coach Brian Lacey has decided to step down from his role with the Tipperary senior footballers

Brian has made a tremendous contribution to the senior set-up in recent years and his selfless efforts played no small role in our recent successes.

Another man who played a huge role that has decided to part ways is strength and conditioning coach David Moriarty. The Limerick man was a popular figure among the players and he had them in tip-top shape for all their games.

Thanks to both David and Brian for everything over the last few years.


Shane Stapleton with David Moriarty