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posted by Friends of Tipperary FootballFriends of Tipperary Football on Fri Jan 11, 2019

Latest Tipperary Football News

Bloody Sunday Commemoration

As part of the strategic plan, which can be downloaded from the top of this page, the Tipperary Football Committee established a working group to make plans for the 100th anniversary of one of the darkest days in GAA history. This group have met on a number of occasions with numerous plans in the pipeline.

One of which is a documentary being produced by Stephen Gleeson of Tipp FM. Already he has interviewed Jimmy Morris who recounted the story told by his friend Pat Cleary who was present on the day. Other plans will be announced in due course.

Inter-County Fixtures

All of the currently available Tipperary football fixtures have now been uploaded to our website and you can access them here.

Friends of Tipperary Football Membership

2019 membership of the Friends of Tipperary Football is now available and for only €20 you can join and be part of the team as we set off on another adventure this year.

Membership is available from any committee member or alternatively just click the Join tab at the top of this page.

Tipperary LGFA League Panel Revealed

Manager Shane Roynane, who recently steered Mourneabbey to the All-Ireland senior club title, has revealed his panel for the upcoming Lidl National Football League and with Tipperary aiming to cement their place in the top tier, preparations have been underway for quite some time.

The team scored a dramatic division two final win last spring in Parnell Park to secure their second successive promotion and they’ll be hoping to use the experience they gained in senior football during 2018 to move onto the next level.

Fourteen clubs are represented in the Tipperary squad assembled by Ronayne, whose side face a stiff test of their credentials when they make the trip to 2018 runners-up Mayo in round one.

Tipperary then face a home tie with Lidl National League and TG4 All-Ireland champions Dublin in Round 2, before fixtures against Cork (a), Donegal (a), Galway (h), Monaghan (h) and Westmeath (a).

Camida and Tipperary Spring Water are proud sponsors of the Tipperary Ladies Football team and the county is also proud to announce the establishment of a new dedicated Instagram social media page.

You can follow Tipperary LGFA by accessing the following link:

The full panel is as follows: Anna Rose Kennedy (Aherlow), Bríd Condon (Aherlow), Emma Morrissey (Aherlow), Gráinne Condon (Aherlow), Siobhán Condon (Aherlow), Caitlin Kennedy (Aherlow), Laura Dillon (Ardfinnan), Samantha Lambert (Ardfinnan), Lauren Fitzpatrick (Ballymacarbry, Waterford), Orla O’Dwyer (Boherlahan), Caoimhe Condon (Brian Ború’s), Rosanna Kiely (Cahir), Aishling Moloney (Cahir), Aisling McCarthy (Cahir), Emma Buckley (Cahir), Rachel O’Donnell (Cahir), Róisín Howard (Cahir), Anna Carey (Clonmel Commercials), Ava Fennessy (Clonmel Commercials), Courtney Lonergan (Clonmel Commercials), Orla Winston (Clonmel Commercials), Lucy Spillane (Fethard), Rachel Sweeney (Holycross), Katie Cunningham (Latin-Cullen), Cora Maher (Moyle Rovers), Emma Cronin (Moyle Rovers), Jenny Everard (Moyle Rovers), Niamh Lonergan (Moyle Rovers), Róisín McGrath (Moyle Rovers), Sarah Everard (Moyle Rovers), Muireann Lloyd (Moyne Templetuohy), Róisín Daly (Moyne Templetuohy), Angela McGuigan (Sliabh na mBan), Niamh Martin (Sliabh na mBan), Elaine Fitzpatrick (Templemore), Maria Curley (Templemore).


For the Credit of the Little Village

posted by Friends of Tipperary FootballFriends of Tipperary Football on Sun Dec 23, 2018

When CJ Kickham wrote his masterpiece Knocknagow, he captured, through his protagonist Matt the Trasher, the wonderful spirit and pride that prevails in Ireland’s parishes and villages.

This year, Longford’s Mullinalaghta, showed the nation that such pride and determination continues to hold forth as the half parish, with a population of roughly 400, overcame the mighty Kilmacud Crokes of Dublin to claim the Leinster title.

We here in Tipperary had our very own David, overcoming many Goliaths along the way, as Solohead claimed their very first adult county title matching Mullinalaghta’s achievement, if not in status certainly in pride, as the whole parish celebrated another famous ambush almost one hundreds since their previous one.

Here, Kevin Hanly reflects on his parish’s amazing achievement.

Solohead, 2018 Tipperary Junior B Football Champions

Solohead Football Making History, by Kevin Hanly

Almost one hundred years after the War of Independence started in Solohead the parish is once again in the news. After emerging as West champions and following an exciting victory over a fancied Killenaule side, Solohead’s sights were firmly set on a county title.

The winning feeling

On Saturday, October 27th, all roads from the parish lead to Clonoulty as supporters travelled in big numbers with the team attempting to win a first adult County title. In the Tipperary Water junior-B county final, the opposition, Moyne Templetuohy, had the better start and things did not look promising when Solohead’s inspirational leader Philip O’ Doherty went off with an early injury. In a tense match Solohead trailed by six points at one stage and they rallied bravely by scoring four great points without reply just before half time. In the end Solohead narrowly edged out the spirited Moyne Templetuohy side and there was a spontaneous out pouring of joyous celebrations at the end of the game after seeing off the opposition on a score line of 0-11 to 0-9.

Captain Noel Kennedy had the honour of lifting the Dr. Marsh Cup from football committee chairman Barry O’Brien. Noel Kennedy gave an emotional speech recalling the amazing team spirit, the many challenges and dark days that faced the club in their efforts to win a first adult county football title. The players were very aware of the historic nature of the win with the Soloheadbeg centenary following in the coming months and indeed a number of the players were descendants of volunteers in the Solohead Company of the Third Tipperary Brigade . The emotional moments after the victory will be long recalled.

Captains celebrate

There were incredible and special moments as players, backroom members and supporters celebrated on the field of play. The occasion was a memorable for stalwarts such as Nicholas Lonergan, Seanie Riordan , Mick Ryan Cooper, Connie Ahern and Tommy FitzGerald. The sight of manager Willie Dee jumping in the air, pictures with family members and  the legendary Seanie Riordan singing the Galtee Mountain Boy were some of the highlights. A night of great celebrations were to follow and not before the team members stopped off in Soloheadbeg to pay their own tribute to the inspirational leaders of the past.

Noel Kennedy, Kevin Hanly and Tommy FitzGerald

When you think about it for such a small parish, of roughly 400 inhabitants, Solohead has been firmly put on the map with Junior and Leaving Certificate students up and down the country learning the tales of Dan Breen, Seán Treacy and the Third Tipperary Brigade as they sparked the fire that led to the War of Independence. This January they will proudly commemorate that decisive event in Irish history and now we have the county junior-B trophy in our hands when the eyes of the nation will, once again, be firmly on that small parish in West Tipperary making Irish history in 2019.

The end of the road….After an amazing journey and a great year for Solohead GAA, we finished it with a brave performance against Ballinacurra in the football quarter final of the Munster championship. These lads have made their own history in 2018 by showing great character belief and determination along the way.

The players and mentors at the Solohead ambush site.

Finally, it doesn’t matter even if your underdogs in sport as Solohead GAA has shown you can have your big days in the sun. One thing is for certain the Solohead team have inspired the next generation to come, to believe in yourself and then that might lead to a county title once again. Hon the little parish!

Details of the Soloheadbeg Centenary Commemoration on Sunday 20th of January 2019 follow the link:

Tipperary Football Features Prominently in 2018 Annerville Awards

posted by Friends of Tipperary FootballFriends of Tipperary Football on Sun Dec 16, 2018

Alan Campbell, Annerville Award recipient 2018

The 2018 Annerville Award recipients have been announced and we are delighted to extend our congratulations to Alan Campbell, Pete Savage and Michael “Babs” Keating.

2019 Tipperary senior football vice-captain led his club Moyle Rovers to county senior championship honours earlier this year and after his sterling performances for both club and county he has been rightly acknowledged with an award.

Another recipient is Ardfinnan’s Pete Savage. Pete has given a lifetime of service to both club and county and rarely misses a Gaelic football match. Active with both the Friends of Tipperary Football and the Tipperary Football Committee this award is richly deserved.

Tipperary’s LGFA star Aishling Moloney was also acknowledged for her exploits this year. One of the top forwards in the game the Cahir attacker is every defenders’ nightmare. 

Michael “Babs” Keating is probably better known for his exploits in hurling but he first started his inter-county career with the footballers joining the senior panel in 1960 having already played minor and under-21. He won a Railway Cup medal with Munster in 1970 while captaining the county to the division two title in 1971. 

Congratulations to all four winners. These prestigious awards go to the outstanding amateur sport stars throughout Tipperary and will be presented by the Tipperary United Sports Panel in the Clonmel Park Hotel on January 26th. 

The full list of winners are: 

  • Athletics – Miriam Daly, Carrick-on-Suir. 
  • Boxing – Ellie Mai Gartland, Clonmel.
  • Camogie – Cait Devane, Clonoulty/Rossmore. 
  • Equestrian – Max and Tom Wachman, Cashel.  
  • Gaelic Football – Alan Campbell, Moyle Rovers.
  • Handball -Sinéad Meagher, Nenagh.
  • Hurling – Jason Forde, Silvermines. 
  • Ladies Football – Aishling Moloney, Cahir.
  • Pitch and Putt – James Cleary, Clonmel.
  • Sailing – Aisling Keller, Nenagh.
  • Soccer- Christopher Higgins, St. Michael’s, Tipperary town.
  • Sean Lyons Sports Executive – Liam Cahill, Ballingarry. 
  • Tennis – Katie Morrissey, Cashel.
  • Jimmy Cooney Lifetime Achievement – Pete Savage, Ardfinnan.
  • Knocknagow – Michael ‘Babs’ Keating, Ardfinnan.   
Pete Savage shares a joke with senior manager Liam Kearns and Tipperary county board chairman John Devane

Award One Youth and Adult Football Coaching Course

posted by Friends of Tipperary FootballFriends of Tipperary Football on Fri Dec 14, 2018

Tipperary GAA will offer an Award 1 Football course aimed at Youth and Adult Football coaches, under 14 to senior level club coaches. 

The course covers a number of key modules including:

Technical Proficiency
Tactical Prowess
Team Play
Physical Fitness
Playing Facts
Psychological Focus

The focus of the course is the further development of the ‘How to Coach’ skills by placing the participant in situations that they will face as coaches – the organisation of games,skill development, activities to develop skill and activities to develop the various aspects of physical fitness.

By the end of this course participants will be able to:

Organise a programme of games and skill development activities appropriate to each participant’s needs and abilities

Organise progressive activities (drills and games) to develop five key skills

Organise progressive activities to develop movement skills appropriate to Gaelic Games

Organise and manage players for an effective practice session through six “How to coach skills” including; Build Rapport, Observe, Analyse, Explain, Provide Demonstration and Provide Positive Feedback to Players 

The course philosophy;
Tipperary GAA is committed to implementing an integrated Coach Education Programme with a view to maximizing participation, optimizing playing standards and ensuring that players needs are catered for in a balanced way.

Dates for the course include;

21st,24th,28th and 31st  January, 4th of February.
Time – 7.30pm – 9.30pm

Venue -Lar na Pairce and  Dr Morris Park for practical.

Cost 50 Euro per coach.

To register your place on the course please e-mail as soon as possible, places will be limited.

Tipperary Football Committee AGM 2018

posted by Friends of Tipperary FootballFriends of Tipperary Football on Thu Dec 13, 2018

Last night in the Anner Hotel Thurles, the Tipperary Football Committee held their AGM

Friends of Tipperary Football chairperson Michael Power makes a presentation to his namesake and outgoing treasurer Michael Power. Also in the photograph are Tipperary senior football captain Conor Sweeney and senior manager Liam Kearns

In front of a large attendance chairperson of the Tipperary Football Committee Barry O’Brien welcomed attendees and  thanked all who hard worked so hard for the betterment of Tipperary football in 2018. 

The following officers were returned unopposed for 2019:

  • Barry O’Brien (Fr. Sheehy’s) Chairperson
  • Conor O’Dwyer (Upperchurch Drombane) Vice-Chairperson
  • Hugh Coughlan (Moyne Templetuohy) Secretary
  • Enda O’Sullivan (Nenagh Éire Óg) PRO

For a full report on the AGM please see Brian McDonnell’s article from the Tipperary Star.

Attendees at the Friends of Tipperary Football AGM last week

Friends of Tipperary Football

2019 membership of the Friends of Tipperary Football is now open and can be purchased for the very reasonable price of €20 by clicking the join tab at the top of this page or by contacting any committee member.

Tipperary Football Committee AGM

posted by Friends of Tipperary FootballFriends of Tipperary Football on Mon Dec 10, 2018

The annual general meeting of the Tipperary Football Committee takes place in the Anner Hotel, Thurles on Wednesday, December 12th at 8pm. 

Tipperary Football Committee secretary Hugh Coughlan and chairperson Barry O’Brien

All clubs are invited to send a representative to the meeting.

The Agenda is as follows:

  • Minutes of the 2017 AGM
  • Secretary’s report
  • Address by John Devane, chairperson Tipperary County Board
  • Appointment of officers
  • Nominations for the management committee
  • Progress report of the strategic plan by vice-chairperson Conor O’Dwyer
  • Report from the Friends of Tipperary Football chairperson Michael Power
  • AOB