Disappointment this afternoon for Tipperary in Semple Stadium, when in front of 8,133 spectators, the Premier County slumped to their second successive defeat, allowing Clare to collect their second League victory of the current season.
Clare beat Tipperary by 4-15 to 0-20, giving Clare a seven point win in round 3 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A, played this afternoon.
For Clare it was Connor McGrath who proved to be the star of the show, outshining Tipperary’s full-back Paddy Stapleton in the 11th minute, to deliver Clare’s first goal in the first half.
McGrath was on target again in the 30th minute; accepting a well delivered pass from Padraic Collins and with just two minutes remaining of the first half, Clare’s third goal arrived courtesy of Clare’s John Conlon from a neat pass by Colm Galvin
Throughout the game Tipperary were constantly being punished for turning over possession allowing a slick Clare attack take full advantage and with a half-time scoreboard reading; Clare 3-07 (16pts) – Tipperary 0-08 (8pts).
Following their trip to the dressing-room, Tipperary began the second half looking somewhat livelier and began the process of reducing their mountainous deficit. With 20 minutes left to play they were down to a three point difference, the score reading 0-14 to 3-08. However Clare continued to keep the scoreboard slowly ticking over throughout the second half, denying what appeared to be certain scoring opportunities to John O’Dwyer and James Woodlock.
However, in the 52nd minute, McGrath raised his goal tally to hat-trick status, killing off any future glimmer of hope for a Tipperary revival.
The failure by Tipperary manager Eamon O’Shea to name Conor O’Mahony initially in the starting fifteen, must surely be seen as a major over site on his part, resulting in today’s poor, permeable, first half defence and their apparent inability to deal with high ball issues.
Tipperary Team: D. Gleeson, P. Stapleton, T. Stapleton, C. Barrett, S. McGrath (0-01), T. Hamill, M. Cahill, B. Maher, J. Woodlock (0-02), K. Bergin (0-01), N. McGrath (0-1), P. Murphy (0-01), J. Forde (0-02,), J. O’Dwyer (0-07), S. Bourke (0-02).
Subs: C. Kenny for S. Bourke, C. O’Mahony for T. Hamill, D. Maher for P. Murphy, M. Heffernan for K. Bergin and R. Maher for J. Forde.
Referee: J. Owens (Wexford).
The Lár na Páirce GAA Museum, located in Thurles town, latter the birthplace of the GAA, is home to Ireland’s first and oldest collection of Gaelic Games sporting heritage and to be brutally honest if you have not visited this venue at least once since it opened in 1994, regardless of which Irish county you support, you are not really a true dedicated and passionate GAA fan.
Our video hereunder shows just a sample of some of the delights that this venue, at Slievenamon Road, Thurles, has to offer.
(Video courtesy Ursuline Convent, Thurles, Transition Year Students 2013/14 – Photographic Project.)
Recently refurbished, Lár na Páirce GAA Museum houses an impressive collection of memorabilia by any standards – including hurleys, footballs, jerseys, trophies, medals, programmes, publications and banners – which brings to life the development of Gaelic Games from ancient times to the present day as well as showing its unique role in Irish history.
Same is part of what we are, a valuable and treasured expression of our heritage – a storehouse of the culture and traditions of our most popular national pastimes. The venue now features a state of the art audio-visual system to enhance the visitor’s experience at key points throughout the tour.
Lár na Páirce is now a multi-faceted, sophisticated, fully automated experience with the centre-piece of the museum remaining the rare Sam Melbourne collection and is, as our video shows, visited daily by schools at all levels, together with Retirement Groups and visitors from every country under the sun.
The Sam Melbourne Collection
The late Mr Sam Melbourne, a native of Horse & Jockey, Thurles, started collecting GAA material in the 1930s. In 1989, Tipperary GAA Board purchased this unique collection and gave it a permanent home at Lár na Páirce. Over the years the collection had grown in importance and size and remains a unique experience for the visitor.
Museum Site: Lár na Páirce GAA Museum is located at Slievenamon Road, close to the junction with Liberty Square, in the Thurles town centre and for more information on this “state of the art” visitor attraction visit Treasures In Lár Na Páirce Museum.
Despite being top scorers for most of the game, in front of 8,651 spectators, the Tipperary versus Kilkenny Allianz National Hurling League Division 1A encounter today became a game of two haves with Tipperary ending up beaten once again by Kilkenny in their home pitch at Nowlan Park.
Eamon O’ Shea’s Tipperary troops appeared on fire as they rattled in the goals in the first-half, to enter the dressing rooms at the half-time leading two goals ahead of their arch rivals.
However despite the determined skills of Seamus Callanan, latter who produced a hat-trick, Kilkenny took the day, walking off clear winners by six points with Kilkenny’s Colin Fennelly scoring a massive 3-05 (14 pts) for his home side.
Despite the 3-6 (15 pts), mostly struck home from play by Tipperary’s Seamus Callanan, his own personal tally just wasn’t enough to carry the boys in blue, with Kilkenny’s Henry Shefflin, Colin Fennelly and Walter Walsh collectively totting up 4-15 (27 pts) between them, to take a well deserved fighting home victory.
With 15 minutes on the stopwatch, Tipperary appeared to be the dominant team, having bagged 3-3, (12 pts) with goals scored coming from Noel McGrath, Jason Forde and Seamus Callanan.
Colin Fennelly’s first goal for Kilkenny didn’t appear until the 24th minute, but the efforts of Reid and Walsh keep Kilkenny in touch until Henry Shefflin’s goal in the 31st minute demonstrated the possibility that this game was not yet over. Kilkenny’s third goal came in the 44th minute, rifled home courtesy also of Fennelly, to be answered by Tipperary’s Callanan some six minutes later.
It took Kilkenny almost 56th minutes to eventually draw level, assisted in their quest by a goal from Fennelly and levelling the score at 4-14 (26 pts) to 5-11 (26 pts). The battle for final victory was now on with both sides continuing to level on a further three occasions.
A devastating fifth goal from Mark Kelly, together with three successive points from Hogan (2 pts), Fennelly (1 pt) all unanswered by Tipperary, would eventually seal a win for this Kilkenny home team.
Final score: Kilkenny 5-20 (35 pts) – Tipperary 5-14 (29 pts).
Tipperary Team: D. Gleeson, P. Stapleton, T. Stapleton, C. Barrett; S. McGrath, C. O’Brien, M. Cahill (0-2), P. Maher, J. Woodlock (0-1), K. Bergin, P. Murphy (0-1), B. Maher (0-1), N. McGrath (1-3), S. Callanan (3-6), J. Forde (1-0).
Subs: P. Maher for J. Forde, J. O’Dwyer for K. Bergin, D. Maher for S. McGrath, M. Heffernan for P. Murphy and R. Maher for C. O’Brien.
Attempt At Preserving Tipperary’s Rich Sporting History
Tom Semple is most certainly one of the most iconic GAA personalities in The Premier County, having played with and presided over one of the finest teams in the land. But surprisingly little enough is known about the great man. Well, all that is about to change and local GAA man, historian and retired school Principal, Liam O’Donnchu of Thurles Sarsfields fame is embarking upon a book entitled ‘Tom Semple and the Thurles Blues.’
Liam, the long recognised voice of Semple Stadium, has taken on this project following encouragement from Tom Semple’s son Martin, who now resides in Denver, Colorado and is delighted to have the support of the Semple family in bringing together as much information as possible about Tom Semple and his famed team, which won two All-Ireland titles for Tipperary in 1906 and 1908.
Our picture (left) shows Tipperary (Thurles Selection) All-Ireland Hurling Champions 1906.
Back Row: Tom Allen, Jack Cahill, Jack Gleeson, Tom Kerwick, Paddy Maher (Best), J.M. Kennedy Sec.
Middle Row: Denis O’Keeffe (Chairman), Paddy Burke, Jimmy Burke, Paddy Riordan, Ger Hayes, Martin O’Brien, Phil Molony (Treasurer).
Front Row: Jack Mockler, Joe O’Keeffe, James O’Brien (Hawk), Tom Semple Captain, Tom Kenna, Michael Gleeson, Paddy Brolan.
The book will cover the period 1904 -1912, a time when Thurles were at the very pinnacle and Liam is anxious to bring together any nuggets of information about Semple or any of the players on those teams, as he attempts to weave together the story of their success, their lives off the field and their attitudes to the social, political and cultural events of the day. Of course much of the focus will be on Tom Semple who worked as a ‘Porter’ first and then as a ‘Guard’ with the Great Southern and Western Railway Company. He lived in Fianna Road in Thurles, but he came from the village of Drombane in Tipperary originally.
Tom Semple’s grave – Grounds of St Mary’s Churchyard, Thurles, Tipperary.
Tom Semple was a leader off the field as well. He was heavily involved in the purchase of Thurles Sportsfield in 1910, but died in 1943 and did not live to see Semple Stadium at its brilliant best, as it is today. He would surely be proud to see 50,000 people crammed into the grounds on Munster Final day with the stands and terraces heaving with excitement and the thrill of the ancient game – or would he? Would Tom Semple have approved of the way the game has gone, the Association has gone, or even the way Thurles Sportsfields has gone? The answers to those questions, we will never know, but perhaps you might have answers to other questions, or might be able to provide Liam with information which could open up other aspects of Semple and the Blues lives. (Click on Image immediately left for larger Resolution.)
Author Liam O’Donnchu
Liam O’Donnchu himself has been heavily involved with the match programmes in Semple Stadium; spent 25 years as Secretary of the Tipperary GAA Yearbook Committee; penned a history of Pouldine National School of which he was Principal; was involved in the Pictorial Record of the Horse and Jockey; and co wrote and edited the Tipperary GAA Ballads book, which is a real collector’s item and a ‘must have’ in all GAA homes in the county.
Liam is hoping that descendants of those great men might have information, photos, newspaper cuttings, or stories from those times which can be relayed and used in the book which it is hoped will be a social, historical, sporting and cultural history of the era involved. The teams which went on to win the All-Irelands contained players from Horse and Jockey and Two-Mile-Borris, Drombane and in 1910 they represented Tipperary at the Celtic Congress in Belgium playing in such places as Fontenoy. They hurled in the Croke Fennelly Cup – Semple himself was involved in the erection of the Croke Memorial in Liberty Square, Thurles, back in 1922.
Information, photographs etc. of any kind, are urgently needed on the following players and officials:-
Winners of the All-Ireland Hurling Final 1906
Tipperary (Thurles Selection): Tom Semple Capt., Jer Hayes (Vice Capt.), Jim ‘Hawk’ O’Brien (Goal), Paddy Bourke, Martin O’Brien, Paddy Brolan, Tom Kerwick, Jack Mockler, Tom Kenna, Hugh Shelly (Thurles), Paddy Riordan, (Drombane), Tom Allen, Paddy Maher (Best), Jimmy Bourke, (Two-Mile-Borris),Jack Gleeson, Joe O’Keeffe, (Horse and Jockey), Tim Gleeson (Drombane). Subs: Jack Mooney, Joe Moloughney, Mickey Gleeson, Jack Cahill, Rody Berkery (Thurles), Tim Condon (Horse and Jockey).
Club Chairman-Denis O’Keeffe, Secretary – J.M. Kennedy, Treasurer – Phil Moloney.
Winners All-Ireland Hurling Final 1908
Tipperary (Thurles Selection ): Tom Semple-Captain, Jack Mooney, Tom Kerwick, Martin O’Brien, Jack Mockler, Tom Kenna, Hugh Shelly, Paddy Bourke, James ‘Hawk’ O’Brien, Paddy Brolan, Anthony Carew, Joseph McLoughney, (Thurles), Joe O’Keeffe, Jack Gleeson, Bill Harris, Bob Mockler, (Horse and Jockey), Tim Gleeson, (Drombane). (Drawn Match)
For the replay, the twelve from Thurles were unchanged while the remaining included Jimmy Bourke (Two-Mile-Borris), Tim Gleeson, Michael O’Dwyer, (Holycross), John and Pat Fitzgerald (New Birmingham).
Note: All photos and other associated material presented, will be quickly scanned and returned immediately to their owners in original condition.
Contact: Liam Ó Donnchú, Ballymoreen, Littleton, Thurles. Tel: 0504-44106 Mobile: 086-6036547 or email email@example.com
Information, photographs etc. can also be left at Thurles Sarsfields Social Centre or at Lár na Páirce.
The annual launch of the Tipperary Supporters Club Membership will take place in the Horse and Jockey Hotel on Tuesday 4th February at 8:00pm.
Come along and hear Eamon O’Shea speak of his plans for the year and meet members of the senior panel. Minor Manager, Liam Cahill and Under 21 Manager, TJ Connolly will also speak about the season ahead. Here is great chance to look forward to the 2014 season in great company.
Tea, coffee and refreshments will be provided after the meeting and organisers urge all Tipperary supporters to join them and show your interest and support in what is always an interesting and the most enjoyable of event.
Tipperary Supporters Club Membership Benefits
Note: (Especially those living overseas) Membership for 2014 is now available on http://www.tippsupportersclub.com/. The member’s gift, in 2014, will be a soft feel 100% Polyester Neck Scarf, 1.2m x 15cm, specially produced in the traditional Blue & Gold Colours of Tipperary and featuring The Tipperary Supporters Club Official Logo. Each member will also receive a Tipperary Supporters Club car sticker and a 2014 Membership Card. Membership is €30 per person.