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Tipperary – Munster Senior Champions 1918

posted by Friends of Tipperary FootballFriends of Tipperary Football on Thu Apr 19, 2018

In 1918 Tipperary won the Munster football final following a 1-1 to 0-1 win over Kerry. The team had previously beaten Cork (1-5 to 0-2) in the opening round of the championship and later Waterford (4-4 to 0-0) in the Munster semi-final. Following their great win in Munster they then went on to beat Mayo in the All-Ireland semi-final before coming unstuck to the great Wexford side that won four titles in a row from 1915 to 1918.

Along the way they won four matches, lost one and scored in total 8-16 while conceding an impressive 1-12.

Here are the match reports from the Munster championship games against Cork and Kerry as well as the All-Ireland final against Wexford.

Tipperary, Munster football champions 1918


Report taken from the Nenagh News and Tipperary Vindicator 8th June 1918



In Thurles enclosure on Sunday, in presence of a large gathering, Cork, who were opposed by Tipperary in the hurling and football round of the Munster Championship, suffered defeat in the double event. Cork’s football display was not at all equal to the form shown by Tipperary, who annexed the honours by 1 goal 5 points to two points for Cork. The hurling contest fought out with the utmost vigour from start to finish, but here again Cork had to concede the honours to a faster and better trained combination from Boherlahan. The final score was Tipperary, 7 goals 3 points: Cork, 6 goals 1 point.


The teams were Cork County Board selected and Tipperary County Board pick. They played under the whistle of Mr Albie Quinlivan, Limerick. The match began with Tipperary sending wide twice. Moore clearing splendidly one of the attacks. Tipperary attacked again, for Jackson to save smartly, but resuming the invasion Tipperary got through for a particularly soft point. Cork got possession the send out, and a neat bit of combination saw the score equalised, per Healy. The opening stages were so far good on both sides, with a further wide for Tipperary. Long field punting by Tipperary saw Cork posts in danger, for Jackson to again respond effectively in the defence. The next encounter was altogether in favour of Tipperary, and Tobin, who was beaten previously, landed a beautiful goal for Tipperary. Cork carried down from delivery, and a certain goal was very badly muffed. Tipperary came on once more and were beaten back by R. O’Connor but from the centre line Tipperary forced for McCarthy to raise the white flag and play now strongly favoured Tipperary, who pressed repeatedly, and rarely did Cork get an opening. Another fine defence by R O’ Connor having been witnessed. Cork got going to send over, and Tipperary carried down with a similar result. The half-hour was reached with Tipperary figuring conspiciouly in the picture and having a substantial lead.

Score :

Tipperary    …   1 goal 3 points.

Cork            …    I point.

Sheehan of Tipperary was the star turn of the match. The game was resumed with a free to Tipperary, and thanks to sound defence Tipperary had to retire, but quickly returned for Jackson to check a hard drive on the Cork net. At this stage Peter Hanlon, of the Cork side, had to go off hurt, and his place was taken by E. Heskin. On restarting Tipperary brought their full weight to bear on Cork backs, and in a tussle of brief duration Barrett had the white flag raised, giving Tipperary an additional point. Cork were next to attack, but no tangible impression could be made on the opposition, whose performance, taken all round. was distinctively good. After another vigorous encounter Cork came out better with a minor per Donovan. It was followed by a fifty taken by Moore, but it brought no advantage to Cork. Cork continued to show exceedingly poor form against Tipperary and when the full whistle went the score stood:

Tipperary   …    I goal 5 points.

Cork           …    2 points.

In the hurling encounter Tipperary won 7-3 to 6-1.


The Cork Examiner 23 September 1918


The football final of Munster was decided in the Cork Athletic Grounds yesterday in presence of a large gathering of spectators. Making no allowance for adverse weather conditions, notably the strong wind which militated against footballing, the performances of the finalists Kerry and Tipperary were not quite up to expectations. Rather were they much below the championship standard. The first half hour was exceedingly tame, but the concluding stages showed an improvement. The match was remarkable for the number of scoring opportunities that went without acceptance, the larger figure in this respect being on the Tipperary side. Tipperary, however, were the better fifteen right through the game, the details of which do not call for any deliberating. The half time register was Tipperary 1 goal, Kerry 1 point. Final score Tipperary 1 goal 1 point; Kerry 1 point.



Tipperary won choice of position and at once pressed to be sent back by Costelloe. The attack was repeated and aided by the strong wind, Tipperary got through for the opening score – a goal – which was secured by Grant. A nice display in the centre let Tipperary away to send wide. From the delivery Tobin headed a strong Tipperary assault and Quinlan supported the movement in fine style but overshot the objective. Pressing again, Tipperary tested but the opposing backs responded gamely and the leather was carried over. Donovan, Clifford and Hogan put Kerry on the move, but nothing eventuated. A couple of minutes later Tipperary got a free which was blocked but they still held their opponents’ ground, where Tipperary received another free arising out of a skirmish at the posts. No register was recorded, thanks to an excellent defence. After some bouts of open play, Tipperary were well away for Lawlor to frustrate very smartly. A clever display having been witnessed at the neutral line, Tipperary were given another chance by McCarthy. Mullins had, however, to be reckoned with and the result was a marvelously sound performance by the resourceful Kerry back. So far the game largely partook of frequent onslaughts on the Kerry net and the opportunities afforded the representatives of the “Kingdom” of getting outside their lines were few and far between. Having regard to the repeated attacks and corresponding advantages presented to Tipperary their scoring did notat all resound. In fact the forward line was decidedly off. After a considerable amount of defensive work Kerry secured possession to be beaten at the mouth of the net by Shelly. Keeping up the pressure, Clifford raised a white flag for “the Kingdom” and the short whistle went after a half-hour’s display which taken all round was not up to anything like championship form.


Half-time score

TIPPERARY – 1 goal

KERRY – 1 point



The resumption was marked by a couple of vigorous offensives on the part of the Kerrymen. The pressure and play was taken up the field where the Kerry posts stood in imminent danger for some moments. Tobin who had been closely watching his chance sent in a hot shot for a minor after which play was carried to Tipperary quarters and a good defense witnessed. The game had now become more interesting showed an improvement on the first half. Getting a shot from back inside Kerry lines the Tipperary advantage was nollified and their opponents were quickly operating at the other end. Here a grand opening was very badly missed, a possible Kerry goal having been practically thrown away. In the next stage Tipperary were penalised and play ranged along the right wing where Kerry with a series of long-field drives quite a battle royal was seen by the posts. The onsough was eventually checked, the defenders’ tactics being a prominent tenure in a decided stubborn tussle. Rain had now set in to the detriment of the game. Mullins as in the previous half-hour, was again bearing the brunt of the defensive and doing his work effectively. He brought off some telling saving feats. At seven minutes to go Tipperary lost the services of Quinlin the Clonmel player through accident and Kerry had to continue without the aid of C. Murphy who had previously similarly retired. The game proceeded with a quickened pace and occasional nippy footwork. Tipperary forwards, well supported by the centre-field men, succeeded in getting another footing within the opposing lines, but the only outcome was an over. A free to each side followed in close succession but the main position remained unaltered. A pretty liberal number of exchanges in the long field having been shared in an admirable passing rent was put in by Tipperary’s front rankers. The movement desperate to succeed but the finishing touches was lacking. Kerry made desperate efforts closing on full time to improve their poor position on the scoring sheet and when the long whistle went the one point made by Tipperary in this half-hour had not been improved upon.


Full-time score –

TIPPERARY – 1 goal 1 point,

KERRY – 1 point


Teams –

Tipperary – J. O’ Shea (captain), N. Duhy, G. McCarthy (Fethard), T. Powell, R. Heffernan, D. Tobin, T. Quinlan (Clonmel), J. Shelly (Grangemockler), W. Barrett (The Commons), P. Butler, W. Ryan (Castleiney) W. Grant, A. Carroll, W. Maher (Templemore), J. McNamara (Cahir).

Kerry – C Murphy (Capt), D Mullins (goal), J Lawlor, M. Moriarty, T. Costelloe, M. Carroll, H. Murphy, P. Healy, J. O’ Connor, T. O’ Connor, J. Cronin, E. Hogan, C. Clifford, C. Troy, M. Donovan.

Referee: Mr M Madigan Cork Co Board


Wexford, All-Ireland football champions 1918

The Tipperary minor footballers defeat Limerick, upcoming club fixtures and the latest Tipperary LGFA news

posted by Friends of Tipperary FootballFriends of Tipperary Football on Wed Apr 18, 2018

The Tipperary minor footballers defeat Limerick, upcoming club fixtures and the latest Tipperary LGFA news

Minor Football

Congratulations to our minor footballers, who were made work all the way to the end of extra-time this evening by a determined Limerick side in Newcastlewest, on winning their play-off match 2-12 to 1-11 to record Tipperary’s first minor championship win in three years.

Matt O’ Doherty’s side now go on to face Waterford on Wednesday next in a Waterford venue. For a full match report please click here.

Club Fixtures

Tipperary Water County Senior Football Championship


Group 1 Round 1

The Ragg 19:00, Loughmore-Castleiney V Drom-Inch


Group 2 Round 1

Pairc Ciocaim, Dundrum, 18:30, Galtee Rovers/St Pecaun V Upperchurch-Drombane


Group 4 Round 1

Cahir 12:00, Ardfinnan V Clonmel Commercials


Group 2 Round 1

Golden 14:00, Moyle Rovers V Arravale Rovers


Group 3 Round 1

Borrisoleigh 15:00, Killenaule V Kiladangan


Group 1 Round 1

Leahy Park Cashel 15:30, Kilsheelan-Kilcash V JK Brackens


Group 3 Round 1

Ardfinnan 15:30, Ballyporeen V Cahir


Group 4 Round 1

Sean Treacy Park 15:30, Aherlow Gaels V Éire Óg Annacarty/Donohill

For a preview of these games by The Nationalist’s Jeddy Walsh please click here.


Tipperary Water County Intermediate Football Championship

21.04.18 (Sat)


Time: 4 30 PM , Venue: Ned Hall Park



Time: 7 00 PM , Venue: Annacarty

Referee: Tom Loughnane


22.04.18 (Sun)


Time: 1 30 PM , Venue: Templemore



Time: 2 00 PM , Venue: Marlfield



Time: 2 00 PM , Venue: Bansha



Time: 6 30 PM , Venue: Kilsheelan



Time: 6 30 PM , Venue: Littleton


West Junior A Football

21.04.18 (Sat)


Time: 6 30 PM , Venue: Solohead


22.04.18 (Sun)


Time: 12 00 PM , Venue: Clonoulty



Time: 5 00 PM , Venue: Lattin


Tipperary LGFA

We extend our best wishes to the Tipperary LGFA side who face Armagh at 1pm on Sunday in the Lidl Division Two league semi-final. This team have been sensation since last year and we hope their great form continues this weekend.

We also send our congratulations to Cahir’s Aishling Moloney who is the Croke Park Hotel LGFA Player of the Month award winner for March. Aishling has certainly had a memorable few months after winning the All-Ireland intermediate title with Tipperary last year as well as a county senior football title with Cahir before capturing a well deserved TG4 All-Star award which resulted in a tour to Bangkok. She also captained DCU to O’ Connor Cup glory in March.

It has been a great week for Cahir GAA with Aishling’s club mate Liam Casey being selected on the Sigerson Cup team of 2017/18 after his fantastic performances for UCD this year.

Congratulations Liam Casey

posted by Friends of Tipperary FootballFriends of Tipperary Football on Tue Apr 17, 2018

We extend our congratulations to Cahir’s Liam Casey who was named on the Sigerson Cup team of the year.


Liam was part of the University College Dublin side, along with Charlie Manton and Jimmy Feehan, that defeated National University of Ireland, Galway 1-13 to 2-9 in February in the Sigerson Cup final. Indeed, the Cahir man fisted the winning point for the Dublin college in the 62nd minute, just a few minutes after kicking the levelling score.

And to top off what has been a great start to 2018, Casey has been named on the Sigerson Cup team of the year at midfield.

Tipperary are also well represented on the hurling team with Brian Hogan, Jason Forde and John McGrath all acknowledged for their superb performances in the Fitzgibbon Cup.

Well done to all concerned.

The full teams are named below.


Sigerson Football Team 2017/18

1. Tadhg O’Malley (Galway – NUI Galway)

2. Andrew McGowan (Dublin – Dublin IT)
3. Brian Power (Meath – Dublin IT)
4. Sean Mulkerrin (Galway – NUI Galway)

5. Conor Mullally (Dublin – UCD)
6. Gareth McKinless (Derry – UUJ)
7. Michael McKernan (Tyrone – UUJ)

8. Jack Barry (Kerry – UCD)
9. Liam Casey (Tipperary – UCD)

10. Enda Tierney (Galway – NUI Galway)
11. Conor McCarthy (Monaghan – UCD)
12. Liam Carey (Kerry – Mary Immaculate College)

13. Mark Bradley (Tyrone – UUJ)
14. Damien Comer (Galway – NUI Galway)
15. Evan O’Carroll (Laois – UCD)

Fitzgibbon Hurling Team 2017/18

1. David McCarthy (Limerick – UL)

2. Conor Cleary (Clare – UL)
3. Eoghan O’Donnell (Dublin – DCU DE)
4. Seán Finn (Limerick – UL)

5. Gearóid Hegarty (Limerick – UL)
6. Brian Hogan (Tipperary – Maynooth University)
7. David Fitzgerald (Clare – UL)

8. Colin Dunford (Waterford – Carlow IT)
9. Joe O’Connor (Wexford – DCU DE)

10. John Donnelly (Kilkenny – DCU DE)
11. Martin Kavanagh (Carlow – Carlow IT)
12. Donal Burke (Dublin – DCU DE)

13. Niall O’Brien (Westmeath – Dublin IT)
14. Jason Forde (Tipperary – UL)
15. John McGrath (Tipperary – UL)

The Tipperary Minor Team to Face Limerick has Been Announced

posted by Friends of Tipperary FootballFriends of Tipperary Football on Mon Apr 16, 2018

The Tipperary minor football team to play Limerick in the Electric Ireland Munster Championship Semi-Final playoff 1 this Wednesday evening, April 18th in Newcastlewest at 6:30pm has been announced by manager Matt O’Doherty. It shows one change to last week’s starting XV with Gavin Meagher (Inane Rovers) coming in at centre back while Kevin Hayes (Moycarkey-Borris) moves up front in a reconfigured forward unit.

Please note the change of venue as the match now takes place in Newcastlewest and not the Gaelic Grounds as originally advertised.


The team lines out as follows;

1. Callan Scully – Nenagh Éire Óg
2. Tommy McDonagh – Cahir
3. Shane Lowe – Moyne-Templetuohy
4. Christy McDonagh – Cahir
5. Mark O’Meara (Capt.) – Grangemockler-Ballyneale
6. Gavin Meagher – Inane Rovers
7. Johnny Ryan – Arravale Rovers
8. Billy Murphy – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
9. Keith Ryan – Upperchurch-Drombane
10. Max Hackett – Moycarkey-Borris
11. Devon Ryan – Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams
12. Kevin Hayes -Moycarkey-Borris
13. Kyle Shelly – Moycarkey-Borris
14. Christy English – Ballyporeen
15. Eddie Daly – Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams

16. Cian O’Mahony – Ardfinnan
17. Kevin Moore – Inane Rovers
18. Donagh Hickey – Arracvale Rovers
19. Alan Flannery – Galtee Rovers
20. Conor Whelan – Mullinahone
21. Rhys Byron – Galtee Rovers
22. Jamie Holloway – Carrick Swan
23. John O’Sullivan – Galtee Rovers
24. Seán Ó’Connor – Clonmel Commercials

The Annual Mr. Mister Menswear Friends of Tipperary Football Golf Classic

posted by Friends of Tipperary FootballFriends of Tipperary Football on Sat Apr 14, 2018

The Annual Mr. Mister Menswear Friends of Tipperary Football Golf Classic Takes Place in Thurles Golf Club on the 11th and 12th of May

The annual Mr. Mister Menswear Friends of Tipperary Football Golf Classic takes place this May on Friday and Saturday 11th and 12th in Thurles Golf Club.

Last year’s event was a fantastic day out in the stunning surrounds of Thurles Golf Club with a great day’s entertainment had by all participants and at the same time raising valuable funds for our Gaelic football teams.

This year teams of four cost a very reasonable €120 while tee boxes can be sponsored for the great value price of €50.

If you would like to enter a team or sponsor a tee box you can contact Martin O’ Dwyer at 086 2549 154.

Once again we want to thank Thurles Golf Club for their hospitality and Mr. Mister Menswear for the generous sponsorship.

You can find out more about the great offers at Mr. Mister Menswear at  or you can phone Cahir +353 (0)52 744 3372, Cashel +353 (0)62 61622 and Mitchelstown +353 (0)25 85844 for more information.


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Kerry Conquer Tipperary Minors

posted by Friends of Tipperary FootballFriends of Tipperary Football on Thu Apr 12, 2018

The was huge disappointment for Matt O’ Doherty and the Tipperary minor footballers this evening in Semple Stadium as Kerry ran out easy winners by fourteen points.

Callan Scully makes a spectacular 27th minute save

Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship
Tipperary 0-4 Kerry 1-15

Unfortunately tonight’s defeat means Tipperary have yet to win a minor championship game in over three years but there was some optimism for the future with the assured confident display by Callan Scully in the goals who made two spectacular first-half saves. Tipperary now go forward to play Limerick on Wednesday next, April 18th, in the Gaelic Grounds with an 18:30 throw-in time while Kerry advance to the Munster semi-finals.

Despite the result it must be remembered that Kerry are a formidable side that will certainly go very close to retaining their All-Ireland minor crown this year and will give other counties a serious grilling along the way.

The signs were ominous early on as the visitors raced into a 0-4 to 0-1 lead, with Christy English getting Tipperary’s point. However, by the seventeenth minute Tipperary had reduced the margin to one with two expertly taken English frees but sadly this was as close as Tipperary would come to matching their opponents.

Ruaidhrí Ó Beaglaoích (2) and Killian Falvey increased the lead to leave it 0-7 to 0-3 at the break. The lead would have been much wider but for two incredible saves from Callan Scully in the tenth and 27th minutes and Falvey could have scored a goal himself but his shot blazed over.

Tipperary were still very much in the game at the break but two quick Kerry points from Ruaidhrí Ó Beaglaoích and Patrick Darcy opened up a six-point gap. Further trouble followed in the 40th minute as Kevin Hayes was dismissed for a black card offence after he fouled Ruaidhrí Ó Beaglaoích and Paul Walsh skilfully converted the resultant penalty to leave the score at 1-10 to 0-3.

Conor Whelan did manage a magnificent point for Tipperary but sadly it was all the Premier supporters had to cheer in the second period and Kerry added on five more to leave the fourteen between the sides.

Tipperary: Callan Scully , Tommy McDonagh, Shane Lowe, Christy McDonagh, Mark O’Meara, Kevin Hayes, Johnny Ryan, Billy Murphy, Keith Ryan, Devon Ryan, Eddie Daly, Max Hackett, Alan Flannery, Christy English (0-3, 0-2 fr), Kyle Shelly.

Substitutions: Dylan Farrelly Alan Farrelly, Gavin Meagher for McDonagh,  Conor Whelan (0-1) for Murphy, John O’Sullivan for Ryan, Rhys Byron for Daly.

Kerry: Marc Kelliher, Conor Flannery, Colm Moriarty, Owen Fitzgerald, Kieran O’Donoghue, Dan McCarthy, Dan Murphy, Darragh Lyne, Paul O’Shea (0-1), Darragh Rahilly, Patrick D’Arcy (0-1), Killian Falvey (0-1), Jack Kennelly (0-1), Paul Walsh (1-3, 1-0 penalty), Ruaidhrí Ó Beaglaoích (0-5, 0-4 fr).

Substitutions:  David Dineen for Kennelly, Jack O’Connor for D’Arcy, David Mangan for O’Donoghue,  Seán Quilter (0-1, 1 ’45) for Lyne, Dylan Geaney (0-2, 0-2 fr) for Ó Beaglaoích, James McCarthy for Falvey.

Referee: Donnacha O’Callaghan (Limerick).


Congratulations to these two young gentlemen who won the All-Ireland Maor Uisce championship last night!