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Tipperary GAA Scene – July 1st 2014

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By: Andy Fogarty County PRO

All Ireland Championship Qualifiers
Semple Stadium will host a double header on Saturday when both the Tipperary senior hurlers and footballers will play hosts to Galway and Longford respectively in the All-Ireland Championship Qualifiers. The second-round SF Qualifier draw took place live on Morning Ireland on Monday morning. The draw involved the eight first-round winners plus the eight beaten provincial semi-finalists. Tipperary who went so near to defeating Cork in the Munster SF championship semi-final will play Longford at home. If Tipperary can perform to their potential and produce the form they showed against Cork they are well capable of defeating Longford and progressing to the next Round. This game commences at 4.45 pm, so we encourage supporters to come early and lend your support to the team.

After last Saturday’s Leinster SH championship semi-final replay Kilkenny go to Croke Park on Sunday to play Dublin in the Leinster final and Galway come to Semple Stadium to play Tipperary on Saturday evening in Rd 1 of the qualifiers. In 2010 the last time we won the All Ireland we met Galway at the All Ireland quarter- final stage. Tipperary defeated Galway by 3-17 to 3-16 in a thrilling game in Croke Park. With the game tied near the finish Tipp sub, Pa Bourke, produced a defence-splitting run before parting to Lar Corbett, who turned, and scored the winner to send Tipperary into the All Ireland semi-final. Galway are coming to Thurles after two mighty clashes with Kilkenny in the Leinster SH championship semi-final, however Tipperary have trained well since their defeat to Limerick and the team is eagerly awaiting this game. The fact that the game is in Semple Stadium is an advantage to the team and we look forward to huge support for both the hurlers and footballers on Saturday evening. Throw – in is at 7pm. We wish both teams the very best of luck.

GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Rd 2A
Semple Stadium 16.45 Tiobraid Árann v An Longfort
Referee: TBC
(E.T. if Necessary)

GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Rd 1
Semple Stadium 19.00 Tiobraid Árann v Gaillimh Sky Sports
Referee: Colm Lyons (Corcaigh)
(E.T. if Necessary)

Ticket info for the double header

The Double Header in Semple Stadium this sat is an all ticket fixture and tickets are now on sale from Lár na Pairce, via stores & on-line with prices as follows;
• €15 for adults
• €10 students/OAPs (€5 concession given on the day)
• €5 juveniles
• The Juvenile group pass rate will also apply, €3 per child & 1 free adult with every 10 juveniles
• Season Ticket holders from Competing Counties will be charged in advance for this fixture (€5 discount). The cut-off for Opt-Out is midnight Tues prior to the fixture. Opt-outs must be completed via their Online Accounts. All Season Ticket holders have been advised of details.

Munster Intermediate Hurling Final

Tipperary attempts to win three-in-a-row Munster Intermediate hurling championships came to an end at Pairc Uí Rinn last Wednesday evening. David Drake’s hat-trick of goals helped Cork to a 4-15 to 2-8 win over Tipperary. Drake opened the scoring with a goal in the third minute and he bagged his second goal within five minutes as the hosts led by 2-0 to 0-1. The Leesiders took an eight-point advantage into the interval, 2-6 to 0-4. Mark Sugrue chipped in with the third goal shortly after the restart and Michael Sheedy and Kieran Morris got goals for the Premier County. Drake completed his hat-trick three minutes from time as the Rebel County captured the silverware. We thank the team and panel for the great effort they put in over the past number of months and we also thank the management team, Manager John Carroll from Roscrea and his selectors John Ryan (Upperchurch-Drombane), Sean O Meara (Mullinahone) and Anthony “Brickie” O’Neill (Cappawhite) for all their work.

County “Poc Fada” Finals 2014
The County Finals of the Tipperary U16 Boys and Senior men’s “Poc Fada” took place on Saturday 28th June on the Galtee Mountains. In great weather conditions five senior and four U16 contestants tackled a very rigorous course laid out on the foot of Galteemore. The first 1200 Metres of a 3 Km course was all uphill, which demanded great energy and effort from the players.
The senior contestants were Seamus Butler Sean Treacys, Bill McCormack Moycarkey Borris, Brian Moroney Aherlow, Niall Shinners Kilruane McDonaghs and Daryl Ryan Roscrea.

Each contestant was designated a marker and a flag man before the start. Underfoot conditions were challenging and players had great difficulty in keeping their balance while trying to get as much distance as possible with each puck. The players, with their marker and flag man had to plot a way through the gorse and heather to avoid losing the ball. Loss of the ball meant loss of a shot and a further lost ball was elimination from the contest. Thankfully this did not happen to any player.

An hour and a half later and after a great battle Bill McCormack ran out the winner by two shots, 34 pucks total, from Daryl Ryan in second on 36 pucks. Seamus Butler and Brian Moroney each finished with 38 pucks and Niall Shinners finished on 40 pucks.

The U16 competition, over a shortened course, was very closely contested. Shane Stapleton Sean Treacys and Diarmuid Ryan Clonakenny both had 23 pucks crossing the finish line. Shane was crowned winner by virtue of his puck being furthest past the post. Michael Whelan Carrick Davins was a well-deserved third on 24 pucks with Kevin Shinners Kilruane MacDonaghs on 26.Winning contestants will receive a specially commissioned County Long Puck Medal. The winners will now go on to represent Tipperary, at the same venue, in the Munster Long Puck Final, on July 12th. Sincere thanks to all for a very successful event. Thanks to the Aherlow club for again hosting the competition with special thanks to Pat and Michael Moroney for laying out the course and to the local farming community for use of the land.

Tipperary GAA Members Draw 2014 / 2015 – Week 2 results
The Tipperary GAA Members Draw continues for those paid up in the June draw with the second of the weekly draws held live on Tipp FM on Friday June 27th.
The lotto jackpot was €2,000 and the numbers drawn were 3/4/18/30. There was no winner.
€200 each went to;
1. Ballingarry’s James Tobin, The Commons;
2. Newport’s John Martin Flannery, Derryleigh;
3. Gortnahoe Glengoole’s Patrick & Margaret Langton, Glengoole,
4. Cappawhite’s Paul Fitzgerald, Moanvaun;
5. €200 Co-Ordinators prize went to Margaret Ryan Moycarkey Borris GAA Club .
The weekly Draw continues next Friday July 4th, with the lotto jackpot up to €3,000 and it can be heard on Tipp Fm on the Tipp Today programme at 10.30am. The July monthly draw will be held in Hickeys Lounge, Silvermines on Friday July 11th. Patrons can still pay €100 and be in for the other 20 car prizes in the 10 remaining monthly draws and 30 weekly lotto draws. Supporters outside of Tipperary can join on-line by logging on to www.tipperary.gaa.ie.

‘Friends’ Golf Classic

Just a reminder that plans are being finalised for the staging of the annual Friends of Tipperary Golf Classic which will be held in Thurles Golf Club on Saturday July 19th next. This event is a major fundraiser for the ‘Friends’ and attracts participants from all over the county and from many adjoining counties as well. Tipperary football has made great strides over the past few years as can be seen from recent performances and results and to continue this great work your continued financial support is vital in supporting the preparation and promotion of Tipperary football teams. So we encourage all supporters to lend your support to the Golf Classic on Saturday July 19th. Fourball ball team-120 euro or tee box for 50 euro. Participants can look forward to being served a tasty burger at 10th tee box. Time sheet is now open. Full details can be had by contacting (086) 2549154

Thurles Sarsfields Festival of Gaelic Sport 2014

The 2014 Thurles Sarsfields Festival of Gaelic Sport commences this weekend. It started as an eight team International Hurling Festival for the Tom Semple Cup in 2011. It now incorporates Hurling, Camogie, Ladies Football, Target Ball, Rounders, Handball, Road Bowling, Camán Abú and a Fun Run. The Festival has gone from strength to strength each year. Huge work has gone in again this year by the organising committee to ensure that this year’s Festival is another great success. Tipp FM, in conjunction with the Festival, is running the “Irish Garth Brooks Experience” Concert on Saturday July 5th in Sarsfields Social Centre. Please come and support what should be an action filled week of activity with something for everyone. Best of luck to Thurles Sarsfields with the Festival.

Ladies Munster Football Championship Launch

The TG4 Munster Senior and Intermediate Football Championship was launched recently in Aras Mumhan, Limerick. In attendance were the McDonnell family, Templemore where the Munster Intermediate Cup was renamed the Enda McDonnell Cup, in memory of the late Munster Ladies Gaelic Football President. Enda McDonnell, who worked tirelessly promoting Ladies Gaelic Football both locally and nationally. At Tipperary Ladies Football matches one would always find and hear Enda on the side line and he took immense pleasure in attending the All Ireland Final last year in Croke Park. His wife, Olive was deeply honoured by the renaming of the Cup

TIPPERARY GAA SCENE
Information concerning all areas in the GAA will appear in this section in the future. If you wish to include any item of interest in future articles, please email pro.tipperary@gaa.ie on or before 3pm on Monday. Visit the Tipperary GAA web site at www.tipperary.gaa.ie keep up to date with all the latest news in Tipperary GAA circles.

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IFA Raises Payment Concerns with Dept at Charter of Rights Meeting

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Speaking at a Charter of Rights meeting with the Department of Agriculture this week, the IFA Deputy President Brian Rushe said it’s absolutely essential that the maximum number of applicants in tranche 19 of TAMS are approved as soon as possible to provide certainty to farmers who are planning to carry out work.

IFA Rural Development Chairman Michael Biggins welcomed confirmation that payment of the ANC balancing payment will commence next week.

He stressed the importance of paying the remaining farmers as soon as they meet their stocking density requirements, which the Dept confirmed happens on a weekly basis.  Farmers will be paid as soon as they meet the required stocking density, which in some cases will run to the end of the year.

Michael Biggins also called on the Dept to pay the ANC to farmers who omitted in error to tick the ANC box on their BPS application this year.  “A system where a farmer has to ‘opt out’ rather the ‘opt in’ would ensure there are fewer errors when submitting applications,” he said.

IFA Deputy President Brian Rushe welcomed the payment of the BPS balancing payment which commenced this week.  “The Dept also confirmed the issue around transfer of entitlement, which held up payments of around 1,000 farmers, has been resolved for most at this stage and the remaining ones will be resolved in the next week,” he said.

IFA National Livestock Chairman Brendan Golden has welcomed DAFM facilitation of farmers who made ‘Draft applications’ to BEEP-S scheme and who had operated under the impression they were participating in the scheme by carrying out measures on their farms. IFA had raised this issue directly with the Department of Agriculture and the acceptance of these farmers into the scheme is the right decision.

Regarding the Beef Finishers Payment, Brendan Golden again called for cattle exported for slaughter in the reference period to be paid on from the surplus in the Beef Finishers Payment fund.

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IFA Launches Guide to Personal Insolvency Arrangements

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IFA National Farm Business Chair Rose Mary McDonagh and Martin Stapleton, Chairman of the IFA Debt Support Service, have launched a Guide to Personal Insolvency Arrangements (PIA).

IFA Debt Support Service was established following the last recession to provide specific support to farmers in arrears.

The confidential service is comprised of an experienced team of IFA volunteers working with professional support to provide assistance to IFA members in financial difficulty.

Martin Stapleton said IFA has worked with over 500 farmers over the last few years. While the numbers in difficulty are reducing, recent weeks have seen an increase in activity from vulture funds since the COVID-19 Payment Breaks came to an end.

“This guide is available on IFA’s website and will serve as a useful resource for farmers in arrears seeking to protect their family home and farm land,” he said.

A Personal Insolvency Arrangement (PIA) is a debt resolution mechanism outlined in the Personal Insolvency Act, which acts as an insolvency solution for people with unsecured and secured debt.

Rose Mary McDonagh added that a PIA can provide a debtor with protection from their creditors and on completion, a debtor will return to solvency.

At present, the Oireachtas is considering one of two Bills which will reform the area of personal insolvency and amend the current eligibility requirements for a PIA. Rose Mary McDonagh said the definition of relevant debt should be expanded to include debt prior to 2015, and debt secured in or over a debtor’s income reliant/core asset.

The IFA Debt Support Service can be contacted, in confidence, at 1890 924 853.

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EU Must Complete an Impact Assessment of Green Strategies

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Speaking after a meeting of European Farm Leaders (COPA) with EU Executive Vice President Frans Timmermans yesterday, IFA President Tim Cullinan said that the EU must complete a full impact assessment of the EU Farm to Fork and Biodiversity strategies.

“I told the Commissioner a full impact assessment is needed to determine how much implementing these strategies will cost,” he said.

“Frans Timmermans has threatened to withdraw the Commission’s own CAP proposal if it doesn’t take more account of the Farm to Fork and Biodiversity strategies. Yet he has no idea how much these strategies will cost or who will pay for them,” he said.

“People are quoting all these targets without any consideration for their impact on output or on production costs of farmers. Farmers cannot be left to carry the can on this,” he said.

“We also need Teagasc to do an assessment of the impact in Ireland. We are currently deep in discussions on the Agrifood 2030 strategy, but again we have a data vacuum,” he said.

“It’s incredible that the Economic Research Service of the US Department of Agriculture has examined the impact of ‘Farm to Fork’ Strategy on farm incomes, output and trade and neither the EU nor Ireland has,” he said.

“The US report predicts that as a result of the strategy, farm incomes would be reduced by 16%. This is as a consequence of the expected loss of production by 12% across the EU which would not be offset by the 17% increase in market prices.”

“If these measures were implemented, the report predicts a loss in output at an EU level which would cause exports to fall by 20% and imports would increase by 2%. The knock-on effect of these changes in trade is predicted to increase the cost of food by €132 per person in the EU.”

“If these figures are correct, they would be devastating for European farmers. Yet the EU Commission doesn’t know, or won’t tell us, what their assessment of the impact will be,” he said.

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