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Tipperary GAA Scene – September 16th 2014

All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final Replay
As the Tipperary senior team continue their preparations for the All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final Replay against Kilkenny on September 27th we ask everyone in the county to continue to display the Tipperary colours on their homes, business premises, schools and all public buildings. We would like to thank everyone for ‘’Turning the County into Blue & Gold ‘’ in the lead up to the All Ireland Final and if anyone forgot to put up the Tipperary colours now is the time to do it. The Tipperary County Board, players and management team were delighted to see the Tipperary colours displayed so much and it gave a great lift to the team. So keep the colours flying please.

Open to the Public
There was a huge crowd at the teams last training session before the All Ireland and again we would like to thank everyone who turned up. For the replay the only training session which is open to the public is the last one which will take place on Thursday evening September 25th.


Brian Gavin to referee All Ireland Hurling Final Replay
The GAA has confirmed the referee and match officials for the 2014 GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Final Replay on September 27 between Tipperary and Kilkenny , with Offaly’s Brian Gavin being appointed as referee. This will be his third senior assignment, having previously taken charge of the 2013 drawn final between Clare and Cork and the 2011 decider, also between Kilkenny and Tipperary. Wexford’s James Owens will be the standby referee with James McGrath (Westmeath) as the other linesman and the sideline official will be Alan Kelly (Galway).

GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Final Replay
Cill Chainnigh v Tiobraid Árann, Páirc an Chrócaigh, 17:00
Referee: Brian Gavin (Uíbh Fhailí)
Std By: James Owens (Loch Garman)
Linesman: James McGrath (An Iarmhí)
Sideline Official: Alan Kelly (Gaillimh)
Umpires: Michael Gavin, David Gavin, William Flynn (all Clara) and PJ Lawlor (Ferbane/Belmont).

John O’Dwyer named Player of the Week
Following the epic All-Ireland Hurling final, there was a huge response to the Player of the Week vote, with John O’Dwyer edging out Kilkenny’s Richie Hogan. John finished ahead of Richie Hogan (Kilkenny) and Tipperary team-mate Paddy Stapleton in the public vote, which was conducted on the Official GAA Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages.

1. John O’Dwyer (Tipperary) – 1,519 votes (44%)
2. Richie Hogan (Kilkenny) – 1,236 votes (36%)
3. Paddy Stapleton (Tipperary) – 682 votes (20%)
Congratulations to John on winning the Player of the Week and to Paddy Stapleton who came third.

Ticket Prices for All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final Replay
Tipperary’s allocation for the replay is similar to the drawn game with just a few hundred extra stand tickets in lieu of no minor team’s allocation. Prices are as follows:
• Adult Stand: €50
• Juvenile Stand: €10 (Available in Davin only)
• Hill 16/Nally Terrace: €25 (No special juvenile rate available

Ticket Prices for All Ireland Senior Football Championship Final
The ticket prices for the All Ireland Senior Football Championship Final between Kerry and Donegal in Croke Park on Sunday September 21st 2014 are as follows :
• Stand tickets are €80 each
• Tipperary received no Terrace tickets.
• There are no Family Tickets, concessions or packages for All Ireland Finals.
• There is no entitlement to All-Ireland Final tickets for Season Ticket holders when their Senior team is not involved

Tipperary G.A.A Worldwide Fundraiser
The Tipperary County Board are trying to raise funds for the Tipperary senior hurling team as they prepare to face Kilkenny in the All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final Replay on Saturday September 27th. As you are well aware it is very expensive preparing a county team for an All Ireland Final and we have extra expense this year with a replay. You can support the team by buying a ticket for ten euro and you get the chance to win two nights’ accommodation for 2 in the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel with All Ireland Final Replay Tickets. The draw is open to those living abroad and the the first prize for the winner living abroad is a Flight home for the All Ireland Final Replay for 2 from anywhere in the World with one nights’ accommodation and match tickets for the All Ireland final Replay. You can see full details of the draw on your local newspaper and on the Tipperary GAA Website and social media.

Post Match Reception – join the team in the “Fan Zone”.
The post match arrangements for the replay of the All-Ireland Hurling Final have been announced. The team and management will dine in Croke Park after the match and then travel to the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Naas Road where they will stay overnight. The Louis Fitzgerald Hotel will provide a “Fan Zone” which will include a marquee to house up to 1000 for the post match function. Later, the team – hopefully with the Liam McCarthy cup – will join with supporters in the Fan Zone. Entertainment will be provided. Entry to the “Fan Zone” will be €20 and tickets must be ordered and paid for in advance from any of the following:
Tipperary Association Dublin: 087 6376663 or 087 2866018
Co. GAA Board office, Lár Na Páirce, Thurles: 0504 22702
Tipperary Supporters Club: 087 9087105

Full access to the “Fan Zone” will be available from the hotel and hotel complex where entertainment will be available until late. Special arrangements have been made for ample car parking (up to 1000 cars) adjacent to the hotel and a traffic plan will be in place to assist patrons. Access to car parking will be fully signed. Details will be set out on the Tipperary Supporters Club website –

The hotel will be providing food and refreshments. Joels restaurant has been reserved for Tipperary supporters where an extensive carvery will be served from 7.00 p.m. There will be additional bar facilities in the “Fan Zone”.

The Louis Fitzgerald Hotel is booked out but the hotel has made arrangements with local
Hotels to accommodate supporters. Accommodation may be booked with any of the hotels
listed below. Please note that you must book directly with these hotels.
The Louis Fitzgerald Hotel will provide a complimentary bus shuttle service to these hotels.
When booking quote “Tipperary County Board”.
Green Isle Hotel: Tel.: 01 4593406. Rate: €100 per room only or €120 B & B.
Maldron Hotel Kingswood: Tel: 01 4619900. Rate: €120 room only or €140 B & B.

Congratulations to Fergal Horgan
Congratulations to Fergal Horgan and his officials on their excellent handling of this year’s Elecric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship Final. This year Fergal has refereed the All-Ireland Intermediate Club Final, Kilnadeema-Leitrim v Rower Inistioge, Allianz Hurling League Div 2A Final between Carlow and Kerry as well as the recent Munster Under 21 hurling final between Clare and Cork. He has taken charge of Tipperary County finals at all levels, one Munster Minor final and one Munster Junior Club final. Fergal also played for Tipperary, winning an All-Ireland Minor medal in 1996 playing in goals when Tipperary defeated Galway. He won a second Munster Minor medal in 1997.

New Munster SFC format agreed
At a meeting last week Comhairle na Mumhan unanimously approved a new format for the Munster Senior Football championship for 2015.
The format is:
1) The 2 finalists from 2014 (Ciarraí agus Corcaigh) receive a bye into the semi-finals for 2015.
2) The remaining 4 counties (An Clár, Luimneach, Portláirge agus Tiobraid Árann) play in 2 quarter finals, the pairings for which will be decided by an open draw.
3) The 2 winners of the quarter finals qualify for the semi-finals along with the two finalists from 2014.
4) The pairings for the semi-finals will be decided by open draw.
The Munster Senior Hurling Championship and all other championships will be played using the same format as pertained in 2014.

Hibernian Inn North Tipperary SHC Final
The big game last weekend in the club championship was the meeting of last year’s county finalists Nenagh Eire Og and Burgess in the Hibernian Inn North Tipperary SHC Final which was played in Nenagh last Sunday and in a thrilling game it ended level after a goal in the fourth minute of injury time rescued Éire Óg and forced a replay with the final score Burgess 2-17 Nenagh 1-20. The replay will take place on Sunday September 21st.

Comórtas Photo Competition Tóg Tipp!
• Take a picture of the blue and gold
• Put a caption in Irish with it – Cuir mana sa Ghaeilge leis
• Closing date 1st October 2014
• Seol photos chuig:
• Or Tweet @TipperaryGaa

1st prize: Signed Tipp jersey
2nd prize: Lár na Páirce voucher

Congrats & Best Wishes
Congratulations to all our players who received their Junior Certificate Results last week and we wish all our players the very best as they return to school or college for the coming year.

Tipperary GAA Scene

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