Tipperary Under 20 Hurling team stand to attention for the National Anthem prior to the Munster Final last Wednesday. Photo: Bridget Delaney

Tipperary GAA Scene

Munster Senior Hurling Championship

Hard luck to our senior hurlers who lost to All Ireland champions Limerick last Sunday in the Munster championship. While the result may not have gone our way, the players and management can be proud of how they performed and had we got a little bit of luck in the closing stages of the game, perhaps the result may have been different. We now play Cork on Sunday, May 22nd in our last game of the round robin competition.

Munster Senior Football Championship

FBD Semple Stadium is the place to be this Saturday, May 14th when our senior footballers play Limerick in the Munster semi-final at 7.00pm. The team go in to this game having overcome Waterford two week’s ago and will be well aware that Limerick will be very tough opponents. Playing a Munster semi-final in our home venue provides all supporters of Tipperary with a great opportunity to come out in large numbers and show the players some very well-deserved support. Tickets are now available via the GAA website and also in selected SuperValu and Centra stores.

Munster Under 20 Hurling Championship

Commiserations to our under 20 hurlers who had to give way to Limerick in their Munster final which took played in the TUS Gaelic Grounds on Wednesday last in what was a very entertaining and skilful game. Thanks to all the players who were involved throughout the year and also the management team lead by Brendan Cummins who put many hours of work into making sure that this group of players were prepared to the very highest standard possible. A large number of the panel will be available for selection in 2023 which gives great optimism to all involved.

Munster Minor Hurling Championship

Our minor hurlers make the trip to the TUS Gaelic Grounds this Wednesday, May 11th where they will play Clare in the Munster final. Having performed very well in their semi-final win over Waterford, all involved will know that past results stand for nothing when it comes to finals, and nothing less than their best performance of the year will be good enough to claim the title. We wish manager James Woodlock and his charges the very best of good luck and here’s hoping that this bunch of young men can raise the spirits of all Tipperary people.

Munster Minor Football Championship

Well done to our Minor footballers who won the Daryl Darcy cup with a well-deserved win over Limerick in the phase 1 final in Mallow last week and by virtue of this win have qualified for the Munster semi-final where they will play the losers of Kerry v Cork. The game is scheduled to take place on May 19th in FBD Semple Stadium.

Michael Hogan Festival of Football

On Friday last, the Tipperary Football Committee launched the second annual Michael Hogan Festival of Football with the U11 tournament due to take place at different venues across the county on 28th May, while the U13 tournament will take place in October.

This initiative by the Football Committee proved to be one of the highlights of 2021 with over 2,000 children coming together over two weekends for the U11 and U13 tournaments.

One of the aims of the Tipperary Football Committee is to raise the profile of Gaelic Football within the county and there is no doubt The Michael Hogan Festival of Football is an important event in achieving this aim.

While there will always be an element of competition in these tournaments, the emphasis this year is very much on enjoyment and encouraging children in every corner of the county to develop both their own skills and an interest in and love of the game.

In conjunction with the Friends of Tipperary Football (without whose support this tournament couldn’t go ahead), the County Juvenile Committee and Tipperary Coaching & Games Development, The Michael Hogan U11 Festival of Football will be run as follows:

• Format similar to Feile & Peil competitions with each location hosting their own independent competition.

• Each venue to host eight clubs with two groups of four

• Teams will be graded as per feile/peil on a county wide basis.

Tipperary Association Dublin Awards

The Tipperary Association Dublin has announced the date of the function at which the 2021 Awards will be presented on Thursday, 2nd June in the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Newlands Cross, Dublin 22.

The Person of the Year Award will be presented to jockey supreme Rachael Blackmore for her outstanding achievements in 2021.

The Hall of Fame for 2021 will be awarded to joint winners Len Gaynor and Margaret (Peg) Rossiter.

The Louis Fitzgerald Hotel is offering special overnight rates for those attending the function which will commence at 7.30pm with pre dinner drinks with dinner at 8.00pm. Tickets €50 each from Pat Ryan, Hon Secretary, 11 Foxfield Grove, Raheny, Dublin 5

Tel.: 087 6376663 or proriain@gmail.com

All Ireland Scór na nÓg Final

The May Bank Holiday weekend was a big weekend for our Tipperary Scór na nÓg acts who competed in the All-Ireland Final in the INEC in Killarney.

Our Trath na gCeist team from Newcastle of Damien, Dara, Ailin and Darragh represented the county with pride and finished joint fourth in the table quiz portion of the competition. Although this wasn't enough to advance to the stage, we are immensely proud of them. Maith sibh!

Newcastle Figure Dancers danced brilliantly in front of the large crowd and were crowned Scór Na nÓg champions following on from their Senior dancers All Ireland last November.

We congratulate all the girls and a special word of congratulations to their coach Kathy McGrath for all her work!