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Dublin Golf Classic – A Tremendous Success 

posted by Friends of Tipperary FootballFriends of Tipperary Football on Sat Apr 29, 2017

Yesterday the Dublin working group of the Friends of Tipperary Football held their golf classic in Newlands Golf Club and it turned out to be a tremendous success. 

We wish to thank all who participated and kindly provided sponsorship for the event. The hard work and dedication of those involved with the Dublin working group, especially Jimmy Darcy and Jim McAuliffe, made this the huge success story it was. 

 We wish to congratulate all those who won prizes:

First AON 89pts 

Second Ryan’s of Camden Street 

Third John Kennedy Toyota Motors Clonmel

Front nine Ulster Bank 

Second Nine Deloitte 

Nearest the pin: Andrew Krawcyk (AON) and longest drive Eamonn Breen (Deloitte)

We also want to thank everyone who supported Kevin Hanly and Austism Ireland by buying raffle tickets. Kevin was thrilled with the generosity of so many and he sends his thanks to everyone. 

Don’t forget our next golf classic in Thurles Golf Club is coming up shortly and you can find out more information by clicking here

Official Launch of the Friends of Tipperary Football Golf Classic

posted by Friends of Tipperary FootballFriends of Tipperary Football on Thu Apr 27, 2017

The annual Friends of Tipperary Football Golf Classic, sponsored by Mr. Mister Menswear, which will take place in Thurles Golf Club on Saturday 6th May, 2017 was officially launched this evening.

All money raised will go directly to the Friends of Tipperary Football who pride themselves on promoting football in Tipperary and raising money for all of Tipperary’s inter-county football teams. They focus on a holistic development of all our players including player development, welfare and education.

Entry into the Golf Classic is as follows: €120 for a team of four which includes a goodie bag, free burgers at the 10th hole and a competition for “Nearest the Pin” and “Longest Drive” competition.

There are also a number of sponsorship opportunities. Tee boxes can be sponsored at €50 each while there are also opportunities to sponsor our Longest Drive Competition, Nearest the Pin Competition as well as prizes for first, second and third place. We are also looking for people to donate prizes for our raffle.

Please contact Trish Gavin (087 615 0552) or Martin Dwyer (086 254 9154) for further details.

If you would like an entry form please contact Trish Gavin (087 615 0552) or Martin Dwyer (086 254 9154) or email



Tipperary Minor Team Named

posted by Friends of Tipperary FootballFriends of Tipperary Football on Tue Apr 25, 2017

Matt O’ Doherty Has Announced His Minor Side to Play Clare

Tipperary minor football team to play Clare has been announced. The game takes place in Cusack Park, Ennis tomorrow evening, Wednesday April 26th, with throw-in at 6.30pm.

1. Jack Dolan (Fethard), 2. Jack Harney (Joint Captain) (Moyle Rovers), 3. Jake Flannery (Joint Captain) (Galtee Rovers), 4. Diarmuid Mulcahy (Moyle Rovers), 5. Darragh Bolger (Moyle Rovers), 6. Paul Devlin (Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill), 7. John Ryan (Boherlahan-Dualla), 8.  Stephen Grogan (Cahir), 9. Shane Ryan (Galtee Rovers), 10. Ríain Quigley (Moyle Rovers), 11. Ryan Lambe (Clonmel Commercials), 12. Calvin Boland (Clonmel Commercials), 13. Adam Mc Grath (Galtee Rovers), 14. Conall Kennedy (Clonmel Commercials), 15. Mark Stokes (Kilsheelan-Kilcash), 16. Eoin Power (Clerihan), 17. Eanna Mc Bride (JK Brackens), 18. Darragh O’Leary (Ardfinnan), 19. Conor Ryan (Loughmore-Castleiney), 20. Liam Cleary (Borrisokane), 21. Cavan Mc Kenna (Cahir), 22. Manus Mc Fadden (Grangemockler-Ballyneale), 23. Darragh Tynan (Inane Rovers), 24. Cian O’Sullivan (Clonmel Óg). The extended panel players are; Jamie Grant (Newcastle), Aaron O’Neill (Newport), Aidan Keane (Carrick Swan) and Ian Holloway (Carrick Swan).

The management team consists of – manager Matt O’Doherty (Arravale Rovers), coach-selector David Power (Kilsheelan-Kilcash), coach-selector Mick O’Sullivan (Drom & Inch) and selectors Johnny Nevin (JK Bracken’s) and Donal Hayes (Upperchurch-Drombane) while Jason Coffey (Ardfinnan) is Strength and Conditioning Coach.

Munster Minor & Under-17 Championship Details

posted by Friends of Tipperary FootballFriends of Tipperary Football on Mon Apr 24, 2017

Electric Ireland Munster Minor Championship

Tipperary V Clare

Cusack Park, Ennis

Wednesday 26 April 18:30


On Wednesday evening the Tipperary minor footballers make the trek to Cusack Park Ennis to take on the hosts in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Championship with a 18:30 throw in time.

Both teams are drinking in the Last Chance Saloon as the losers exit the championship while the victors will go on to compete in the Munster semi-final against one of Kerry, Cork or Limerick, with the pairings to be decided by a draw.

Matt Doherty’s side will be anxious to improve on their previous outing against Cork as they succumbed to a disappointing 1-8 to 3-21 loss. A brief match report from this game can be read here. There is no doubt that Tipperary are much better than what they showed on that occasion and can now showcase their true worth this Wednesday evening.


Under-17 Munster Championship Semi-Final

Tipperary V Kerry

Austin Stack Park, Tralee

Tuesday, May 2nd, 19:00


On Tuesday May 2nd our under-17 side, fresh from their 0-14 to 0-10 win over Clare will travel to Austin Stack Park, Tralee to face The Kingdom in the semi-final of the Munster championship. This side is also managed by Matt Doherty and he is ably assisted by Mick O’Sullivan (Drom & Inch), David Power (Kilsheelan-Kilcash), Johnny Nevin (JK Bracken’s) and Dónal Hayes (Upperchurch-Drombane).

Kevin Hanly Tells His Story

posted by Friends of Tipperary FootballFriends of Tipperary Football on Tue Apr 18, 2017

“I’m beginning to feel that I am on the right path and more importantly it is the one I want to be on and going in the right direction!”

Autism, Tipperary GAA and I.

My journey, Then and Now.

By Kevin Hanly

Tipperary captain Brian Fox chats to Kevin Hanly


I’m beginning to feel that I am on the right path and more importantly it is the one I want to be on and going in the right direction!


My name is Kevin Hanly, I am 22 years old and I am from Tipperary. Growing up with autism and dyslexia wasn’t easy. There were a lot of ups and downs along the way.


I am delighted to be giving the opportunity to write about my experiences for The journal, The42 and The Friends of Tipperary Football. I hope to share with you some of the highs and lows of my journey as a learner and to look forward my further education but not forgetting my love of Tipperary GAA.


I am currently an adult learner with the National Learning Network (NLN) in Limerick. In September, I plan to commence a Level 5 media course in the Limerick College of Further Education (LCFE). This course will cover modules in film and TV production and for me to be at this point in my life I thought it would never be possible.


Kevin chatting to Josh Keane following the win over Offaly


Growing up with autism and dyslexia I found life, learning and school very hard from a young age. I found it difficult so for others to understand me was even harder. There was the pressure of trying to fit in, in life and school. At times, I felt isolated, different and self-conscious.


With the support from my special-needs assistant, resource hours and my parents being there all the way up along from the start of my childhood I got through primary school OK but things for myself were just going to get tougher! I was developing into a teenager and that brought its own stresses on top of being autistic especially with all the changes in my life like starting secondary school where I didn’t know anyone.


I went to Cashel Community School as there was an autism unit there and I could attend mainstream school but I knew the first day that the secondary education system wasn’t for me as they didn’t understand my way of learning which made it even harder. It is a one system fits all which means you must learn in one particular way with books, study and exams which is a very old outdated way of learning. Instead we should embrace everyone’s individuality and let them express themselves.

Kevin and manager Liam Kearns


When I was in third year I got sick with meningitis and then my mental health started to suffer. Things went from bad to worse! When I did go back to school there was lots of pressure; exam pressures, pressure to catch up and the pressure of trying to fit back in.


I worked as hard as I could and passed my junior cert. I did it at a cost. Now I felt more isolated and had fewer friends. When I went into TY I put my head down and got through the year. It wasn’t as tough because there was not the pressure of exams and there were assessments through the year but I had the same social anxiety being judged by my peers which made me feel anxious, embarrassed and depressed.

Evan Comerford and Kevin Hanly

In fifth year it started to all unravel and my mental health started to suffer again. I made the decision with my parents to leave school just before Christmas in fifth year.


I went to speak to the HSE Occupational Guidance Officer about my options before I moved to the National Learning Network (NLN). She gave me some great advice and support. It was a big change leaving main stream education.


I started to fit in. I had friends and my confidence rose. I was no longer afraid to be myself. I smiled and people smiled back. I could go to shops, talk to strangers and travel independently and my reading and writing improved. I finally had improved self-belief. All this was a big help to my self-confidence as I am a passionate follower of  the Tipperary football and hurling teams.

Kevin, Philip Austin and George Hannigan

I have been able to focus more on self-advocacy, being assertive, looking at a careers and further education options and do QQI modules. I now have greater self believe and I have recently undertaken two evening courses in Limerick College of Further Education in film production and photo shopping.


My social skills and independence have improved and I have been able to do work experience. I have also found social outings to be very beneficial. I have also been a member of the local representatives committee in the National Learning Network in Limerick.

Colm O’Shaughnessy and Kevin Hanly

Last year I was a member of the Limerick National Learning team that was nominated for an AONTAS Award. Fortunately, we won the AONTAS Star Award which was a boast for us learners and staff alike.


Our Project was called Limerick Soundscape. The Project captured everyday sounds in Limerick City via a recorder and we are uploading the various sounds onto the Limerick sounds scape map. Therefore, in years to come the inhabitants will be able to get actual sounds of the city.

We then got the opportunity to speak on the radio about the Soundscape Project and the how our Team won the award on Limerick’s Live 95 FM. From this point, I started to put myself out there which lead to me being interviewed on Tipp FM and Today FM about autism and Tipperary GAA.

First I was on Today FM with Colm O’Shaughnessy the Tipperary footballer. Chatting about overcoming some of the obstacles of having autism, dyslexia and also discussing my love of Tipperary football and how it’s help with my autism.

I got the opportunity then to go on Tipp FM sport program called Straight Talk with Jackie Cahill to discuss my further my love of Tipp GAA and talk about the great relationship I have with the Tipperary GAA players and about the famous jersies I have been given by players which means a lot because they just accepted me just for me being myself.

On Tipp FM with Jackie Cahill

(In the link, I start talking at around 46 minutes into it)


I got invited this year to the AONTAS STAR Awards 2017 as the keynote speaker as they seen the work I have done in the press. At the award ceremony, I was talking about my own experience of adult learning and how it has changed my life, the impact of winning an AONTAS STAR Award last year for us at the National Learning Network (NLN) group in Limerick also how I have used this experience to help to highlight the great work I have done in NLN.

Kevin and Marty Morrissey

(29:08 – 45:38 – I speaks to Fran about growing up with autism)


That lead me back on Tipp FM with Fran Curry to talk in depth about autism, the education system and my friendship with the Tipperary footballers. I was trying to give people an insight that is was like for a child growing up with autism in Ireland today and try to get people to understand the challenges of ever day life.


When look back on all the things I have achieved to date with overcoming the obstacles and the people who put me down in life as I had a so-called disability I would say to them “I can succeed and I will succeed”. If you asked me honestly growing up and entering adulthood if I believed in myself no but my family and a few close friends did. That’s all you need someone who believes in you because we all have ambitions, dreams, aspirations, goals, a purpose and hope we shouldn’t let anyone take that from us.

Liam Casey and Kevin


What I’ve achieved so far:


  1. Confidence and independence like being able to talk in front of a group of people about my experience and trying to help people in the same situation as me or who are in school and finding things hard.


  1. I have completed and passed a minor level five QQI in video editing and production, hope to go and further my career in that area.


  1. We won an AONTAS Award at the AONTAS STAR Awards last year with my fellow students at the National Learning Network (NLN). We gave an interview to local radio about itwhich was a great experience. Then invited back as the keynote speaker this year.


  1. The Opportunity of speaking in the media about my experience of living with autism and how it’s affected me in my life.


  1. Becoming a well-known Tipperary GAA supporter, so called number one supporter!



Which leads me now nicely intoTipperary GAA: Football/Hurling

A couple of years ago when I felt isolated and didn’t have many friends, Tipperary GAA kept me going. When I went to the Tipp games I just became a different person because I found fellow supporters with the same interests as me.


The Tipperary supporters who travelled on the Friends of Tipperary Football bus  to Armagh


The social aspect was huge and it got out of my shell especially the way the Tipperary GAA community is we have a close bond we know everyone and we are very passionate about all our teams from football to hurling! I couldn’t get enough of it and went to all the Tipp games from minor, U21 and senior, of course there was highs and lows along the way!


I try to be the best supporter I could because it gave me purpose in life and some of the greatest memories especially the Hurling All Ireland Finals 2010/1016 great days.


Kevin, his great friend Nicola Ni Chonaill and Seamus Callanan

I am not forgetting about the Tipperary footballers I don’t know where to begin over the years for me it was an honour to be there every step of the way especially all the historic day we have had they were very very special. It’s safe to say they all know me by now as I was always the first one on the pitch to celebrate or commiserate with them always making sure I took a few photos along the way to capture the moments.


In the last number of years, I have become good friends with the Tipp players especially the footballers and any matches coming up I all ways wish them good luck, might give them a bit of advice too.


Kevin Hanly and Michael Quinlivan

(I am great friends with the footballers and hurlers too.)

Me and Tipp footballers have a lot in common: In my life people put me down equally with Tipp footballers people didn’t give them a chance and now look at us. What I have learned over the years from the Tipperary footballers is a never give up attitude even against all the odds we can succeed.

In the last year or two me and the Tipperary football team and I have struck up a special friendship and I shared some great moments, they just see me as me like one of the lads not like Kevin with a disability which happens in school getting a label!



I can’t speak highly enough of all the Tipperary football players because I felt valued and in a place where I belong especially last year the Tipperary football captain, Peter came up to me after the game in the All Ireland QF to give me his jersey I could not believe it and there was an article about it, was the classiest gesture from Peter.


(I was even interviewed for about the great year 2016 was for Tipperary football)


2017 for us has been up and down I was at every football league game as ever giving them my support but when things didn’t go our way I didn’t worry as I know these lads so well now they won’t give up. The way the league went for us with the last game we had to win up in County Armagh so we would finish in the top two and qualify for the division 3 final. safe to say we didn’t make it easy for ourselves with nearly time up we were two points down but Michael Quinlivan got the ball and kicked it past the goalkeeper for his third goal that day.


A week later we were on the way to Croke Park for the final against County Louth. Earlier in the games we lost to Louth but we were well prepared going in to the league final but this game wasn’t as dramatic at the end as the week before as we had a lead by five points with 15 minutes or so to go. When the final whistle blew, it ended up Tipperary 3-19 Louth 0-19 and yes, I was celebrating!!


Siobhan, Brian and Kevin


I called down to the training to see my friends and to discuss about autism. I hope this will highlight even if you have autism you can succeed and make something of your life.


Colm O’Shaughnessy-

Liam Casey-

Brian Fox-

A massive thank you to the three guys Colm, Liam and Brain for their time. They are great friends to have and they just see me for me.


The friendships I have with Tipp players even when they’re at the other side of the world and not playing for us at the moment but doing us proud. I do stay in contact with two very special people who have been an inspiration in my life who are Colin O’Riordan and Peter Acheson I can’t speak highly enough of those two lads “great guys”!



 I asked Colin about getting to know me and the way he and lads excepted me for me:

“I suppose the best way to put it is you were always there for the team regardless of the weather or type of game. You were always one of the loyal ones that backed us regardless through the good days and the bad days, you were an inspiration to many on that team and you still are, the way you are always positive and always supporting us mean so much to the boys. we never looked at you any differently, or treated you differently because of your autism, you were in fact just “One of the lads” and we excepted you for who you were. your positivity was contagious and always gave us a lift whenever we were feeling a little down.”


Peter Acheson and Kevin


I asked Peter the same just about getting to know me and the friendship we have:

“I saw Kevin long before I met him. I noticed a guy at every game and some training sessions also. Which is unheard of for Tipperary footballers. Tipp football has long been in the shadows and not exactly a team renowned for having support. But the supports we have are the best/genuine you’ll ever meet and Kev tops the pile by a long way. He became part of the team due to his great support and I feel it’s helped him grow in a big way. I have no idea how autism may affect one’s life and I could only guess how hard it may be for someone, but Kevin has overcome it and it’s great to See him doing so well. Very proud of him and I’m sure there’s great things to come from this kid in the near future and I know the tipp footballers will be backing him all the way”

The words Colin and Peter said I can’t believe it with the inspiring words they used, for myself they are two guys who I look up too. It is an honour to have them as friends there two great Tipp men.


With the championship around the corner I am looking forward to it with my fellow supporters and the players as I’m lucky enough to call them my friends.


In life or in sport you should dream, believe and succeed. You never know what will happen?


Thank you all to for provide a platform to The journal and The42 share my story and for allowing me to share my experiences. Hopefully I have shown that even if a learner does not finish secondary school and so-called disability there is always another of achieving your dreams.


Thank you to my parents Mary and Tim Hanly for being there with supporter and help along the way.


Twitter- @kevinhanly32 


The two Kevins, Hanly and O Halloran


Disappointment for Tipperary as Cork stroll to nineteen point win

posted by Friends of Tipperary FootballFriends of Tipperary Football on Wed Apr 12, 2017

Disappointment for Tipperary minors as Cork ease to nineteen-point victory.

Electric Ireland Munster Minor 
Football Championship Quarter-Final
Tipperary 1-8 Cork 3-21


Tipperary welcomed Cork to Semple Stadium this evening for the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Quarter Final and in front of 1,158 spectators it was the visitors who showed all the class as they simply out-performed the hosts in all aspects of the game and never really looked bothered at any stage of the sixty minutes.

Manager Matt O Doherty was given plenty to think about before our next match, a play-off against the winners of Clare and Waterford on April 26th, the winners will go forward to the semi-final.

Despite playing with the wind in the opening half Tipperary trailed 0-4 to 1-9 at the interval. Ryan Lambe (2), Shane Ryan and Conall Kennedy got the Premier’s points while Mark Cronin scored Cork’s goal with a simple tap-in to an empty goal after great work from Damien Gore.

Things continued to get worse in the second half as a physically stronger Cork kept the score board ticking over. Tipperary did try hard and showed flashes of creativity and endeavor but it was all in vain as the gap was too large. Adam McGrath, who was carrying a knock coming into the game, looked very lively when introduced as a second half substitute and was rewarded with a great goal into the Killinan End after a fine pass from Darragh O’ Leary.

Mark Cronin compounded the misery for Tipperary with two second half goals and when Richard Moloney blew for full-time there were nineteen points to separate the sides.

Tipperary: Jack Dolan (Fethard), Jack Harney (Moyle Rovers, joint-captain), Stephen Grogan (Cahir), John Ryan (Boherlahan-Dualla), Ríain Quigley (Moyle Rovers, 0-1), Paul Devlin (Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill), Éanna McBride (JK Bracken’s), Conall Kennedy (Clonmel Commercials), Jake Flannery (Galtee Rovers, joint-captain), Diarmuid Mulcahy (Moyle Rovers), Shane Ryan (Galtee Rovers, 0-3, 0-3 frees), Calvin Boland (Clonmel Commercials), Mark Stokes (Kilsheelan-Kilcash, 0-1), Ryan Lambe (Clonmel Commercials, 0-3, 0-3 frees), Darragh Tynan (Inane Rovers).

Substitutes: Darragh Bolger (Moyle Rovers) for Calvin Boland (half-time), (38th) Cian O’Sullivan (Clonmel Óg) for Éanna McBride, (38th) Adam McGrath (Galtee Rovers, 1-0) for Darragh Tynan, (47th) Darragh O’Leary (Ardfinnan) for Paul Devlin, (49th) Cavan McKenna (Cahir) for John Ryan, (51st) Liam Cleary (Borrisokane) for Jack Harney.

Cork: Kevin McMahon, Lorcan Finn, William Ronan, Dylan Ward (0-1), Jason Harrington, Peter O’Driscoll, Jack McCarthy (0-1), Ryan Walsh, Mark Keane, Jack Murphy, Evan Murphy (0-1), Colm O’Callaghan (0-3), Mark Cronin (2-4, 0-2 frees), Cathal O’Mahony (0-4, 0-2 frees), Damien Gore (1-5, 0-2 frees).

Substitutes: (16th) Seán Meehan for Jason Harrington (blood, reversed 25th minute), (39th) Colm Barrett (0-1) for Jack Murphy, (42nd) Cillian Murray (0-1) got Cathal O’Mahony, (42nd) Seán Meehan for Jason Harrington, (45th) Daniel O’Mahony for William Ronan, (45th) John Corcoran for Lorcan Finn, (50th) Dara Moynihan for Evan Murphy.

Referee: Richard Moloney (Limerick).

Stephen Gleeson (Tipp FM) and Shane Stapleton (Senior Football Coach) salute their adoring fans from the commentary box