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Disappointment For Tipperary As Kilkenny Win 2014 Hurling Replay

Tipp V KilkTipperary met Kilkenny in Croke Park today to decide the All-Ireland Hurling replay champions for 2014, playing in front of an official attendance of 81,753 loyal hurling fans. But it was not to be Tipperary’s day with Kilkenny claiming a 35th All-Ireland title by just three points, thus taking home the Liam MacCarthy Cup and granting manager Brian Cody his 10th career success.

All-Ireland Hurling Replay First Half

Tipperary opened the scoring, taking the lead for the first 8 minutes with points from Noel McGrath and Shane McGrath. First matching scores from Kilkenny came from two points from Richie Hogan in the 8th and 11th minute respectively, making it all square.

Kilkenny now moved into the lead with points from Kilkenny’s Eoin Larkin and TJ Reid answered by Tipperary’s O’Dwyer and Callanan making it all square for the second time. Michael Fennelly restores Kilkenny’s lead by the seventeenth minute and despite Tipperary manufacturing two excellent goal chances through Callanan and O’Dwyer; both just 10 yards out, Kilkenny managed to clear courtesy of J. J. Delaney.

T.J. Reid taped over another point following a foul on Colin Fennelly but same is soon answered by Shane McGrath, latter who runs 30 yards to find his target from 65 yards.

Then in the 28th minute Lar Corbett picks out Callanan in front of the Kilkenny goal and the latter taps past an out-rushing Murphy to rifle into the goal mouth, scoring the first and only goal of the first half.  The score now stands Tipperary 1-05 (8 pts) – Kilkenny 0-06 (6 pts).

A point from Reid conceded by a Woodlock free soon reduces Kilkenny’s deficit, but a point from Tipperary’s Callanan in the 33rd minute, following a Kieran Joyce charge, cancels this efforts.

Following points from both Michael Fennelly, and a beautiful over his shoulder point from Shane McGrath the half time whistle finds the scoreboard reading  Tipperary 1-07 (10 pts) – Kilkenny 0-08 (8 pts).

All-Ireland Hurling Replay Second Half

The second half saw both teams return to do battle with no changes to either of the sides made at half-time.

Kilkenny’s Richie Power opens the scoring with a point, followed quickly by two points from Reid and two points from Fennelly, making it five in a row for the ‘Cats’.

Tipperary had to wait over 13 minutes before Callanan registers their first score of the second half; a point from a free by Paul Murphy on Noel McGrath. Same is answered by John Power with 50 minutes on the clock, but Tipperary’s John O’Dwyer replies straight away. In the 56th minute Tipperary are granted a penalty and Callanan opted to put the ball over the bar for a point, 13 minutes from time.

Fate however was to deal a cruel blow to Tipp, when Kilkenny danger-man Richie Power wins the ball close in and rifles into Gleeson’s net in the 59th minute. Tipperary 1-11 (14 pts) to Kilkenny 1-15 (18 pts).

Despite another point from Callanan, worse was yet to come when Tipperary failed to clear their lines and Kilkenny’s John Power, taps home another goal from just 2 yards out, leaving Tipperary with a 6 point hill to climb; Tipperary 1-12 (15 pts) to Kilkenny 2-15 (21 pts).

But there was still fight in Tipperary and John O’Dwyer got on target with a point from a free with just 5 minutes of ordinary time remaining, but with 5 points behind.

Brendan Maher takes a further point in the 67th minute and two minutes later Callanan smashes the sliotar into Murphy’s and the Kilkenny net  just 1 minute from stoppage time. The game now had taken on all the appearance of a grandstand finish.

Regrettably with just 3 minutes of stoppage time left to play, Colin Fennelly gets a further point and Tipperary now needed a miracle goal. But it was not to be this time out, despite Tipperary battling valiantly all the way to the very end. Perhaps it was that 13 minute barren spell they endured on the scoreboard early in the second half, which finally was to seal their fate.

Alas, final result: Kilkenny 2-17 (23 pts) – Tipperary 2-14 (20 pts).

Tipperary Team: D. Gleeson, C. Barrett, J. Barry, P. Stapleton, B. Maher, Pádraic Maher, K. Bergin, S.McGrath, J.Woodlock, G. Ryan, J. O’Dwyer,  L. Corbett; N. McGrath, S. Callanan  and P. Maher.

Subs: M. Cahill for S. McGrath, C. O’Mahony for Ryan, S. Bourke for L. Corbett, J. Forde for N. McGrath and J O’Brien for J. O’Dwyer.

Referee: B. Gavin, (Offaly).

Historic Hayes Hotel Sells For €650,000

Hayes Hotel, Thurles, Co Tipperary

Hayes Hotel, Thurles, Co Tipperary

Historic Hayes Hotel hotel, situated here in Thurles Co Tipperary, where the GAA was first founded, has been sold today at the Allsop Space auction for €650,000.

A solicitor, representing the new purchasers was present to conduct bidding at the auction, however afterwards refused to be drawn by media as to the new clients true identity; stating that the new owner wished to remain anonymous for the time being.

The Hotel in Thurles, went under the hammer initially with a reserve price of a mere €500,000.

Hayes Hotel

Hayes Hotel traded under the name ‘The Star and Garter’ in the 18th Century. The hotel was purchased in the 1830’s by Mr William Boyton and became known as ‘Boyton’s Hotel’. In the 1870’s the hotel was then purchased by Miss Eliza J. Hayes and became known as ‘Hayes’ Commercial and Family Hotel’.

On November 1st, 1884, a group of Irishmen, Michael Cusack, Maurice Davin, John K. Bracken, George McCarthy, P.J. Ryan, John Wise-Power and John McKay gathered in the then hotel’s billiard room, later to be known as the ‘Red Room’ to formulate a plan to establish an organisation to foster and preserve Ireland’s unique games and athletic pastimes. The end result was the foundation one of the world’s greatest amateur associations, the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA).

Despite going into receivership in April 2013, Hayes’ Hotel today still remains a popular venue for sportsmen, local people and tourists alike.

Kilkenny Delay Return Of Liam McCarthy Cup To Tipperary

Tipp V KilkFirst Half:  2014 All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship

Scoring started in the first minute with a point from Kilkenny’s Colin Fennelly immediately cancelled by Tipperary’s John O’Dwyer. The game was on between the two giants of hurling Tipperary and Kilkenny with Tipperary playing into the Hill in the first half.

And what an enthralling game of skill it turned out to be, with Noel McGrath and Lar Corbett truly outstanding and on top in most sectors of the field for Tipperary.

For the first 20 minutes it was a classic game of ‘tit for tat’ hurling with the scoreboard registering Kilkenny 0-06 pts to Tipperary’s 0-08 pts; same points coming courtesy of  Tipperary’s Shane McGrath, Seamus Callanan, Noel McGrath, Lar Corbett and James Woodlock and Kilkenny’s Conor Fogarty, TJ Reid and Colin Fennelly.

Then in the 21 minute, to the delight of blue and gold supporters, Tipperary’s Patrick Maher fielded a Gleeson puck-out, to beat his marker and rifles past Kilkenny goalkeeper Eoin Murphy, for the first goal of the match.

Tipperary were 5 points in the lead; 1-08 (11 pts) to Kilkenny’s 0-06.

One minute later Tipp’s Patrick Maker is brought down in rugby tackle style by Cats Paul Murphy and Callanan steps up to take the resulting penalty. Alas it’s saved by Murphy and two minutes later a briefly unmarked Richie Power, despite the best efforts of Gleeson, taps the ball in the back of Tipperary’s net.

Tipperary are now 1-09 (12 pts) to Kilkenny 1-07 (10 pts).

Right up to the last seconds of the first half the game moved backwards and forwards, with both teams displaying the ultimate in skill, with points coming from Tipp’s Callanan and McGrath quickly cancelled by Kilkenny’s Reid, Fogarty and Fennelly thus registering a first half  score of Tipperary1-13 (16 pts) – Kilkenny 1-11 (14 pts).

First half saw the issue of two yellow cards; one for Tipp’s John O’Dwyer and one for Kilkenny’s Conor Fogarty.

Second Half: 2014 All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship

In front of 82,179 supporters and with 36 minutes of play under their belt, both teams returned to do battle with no changes made on either side from the first half selection.

Kilkenny start the scoring immediately with TJ Reid turning on a sixpence to blast home a goal; Kilkenny 2-11 (17 pts) Tipperary 1-13 (16 pts), but Tipp’s Shane McGrath immediately levelled it up for the seventh time in the game with yet another superb point.

The battle for All Ireland hurling supremacy now began in earnest with both teams winning and losing advantage.

Then in the 49th minute Kilkenny’s Richie Power gathered again, rifling a goal past Gleeson, followed by a quick point from Richie Hogan and with the scoreboard reading Kilkenny 3-16 (25 pts)  to Tipperary’s 1-18 (21 points) Tipperary had uphill work on hand. And climb that hill Tipperary did; aided by substitutes Mickey Cahill (on for Gearoid Ryan), Eoin Kelly (on for James Woodlock) and despite Kilkenny’s Henry Shefflin (on for Colin Fennelly).

As both teams traded points; (Tipperary: Noel McGrath, Lar Corbett, Mickey Cahill, Gearoid Ryan, John O’Dwyer, Patrick Maher and Seamus Callanan. Kilkenny: TJ Reid, Walter Walsh and Richie Hogan), by the 69th minute and with 4 minutes, including injury time, left to play, Tipperary’s John O’Dwyer, from the tightest of angle, recorded a brilliant point leaving both teams level pegging once again; Kilkenny 3-22 (31 pts) Tipperary 1-28 (31 pts).

In the dying moments of full-time Kilkenny’s Brian Hogan was found guilty of charging; resulting in a free for Tipperary some 97 metres out. Hawk-Eye was brought into play for the third time during this match confirming a near miss wide right of the Kilkenny goal post.

Full Time Score: Kilkenny 3-22 (31 pts) Tipperary 1-28 (31 pts). Both teams must now return to do battle once again in 3 weeks time.

Special All-Ireland Hurling Final TV Show Live From Tipperary

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Thurles TV Presenter Fiona O’Sullivan

Irish TV will broadcast a special live All-Ireland Hurling Final TV show entitled ‘Dream For Liam’ from here in mid Tipperary tomorrow night, (Wednesday).

Presenters will be the head of Irish TV Pierce O’Reilly assisted by the very lovely Fiona O’ Sullivan. Fiona, you will be aware, presents the very popular programme ‘County Matters’  for Co Tipperary and Co Waterford every week. (Same can be viewed on SKY 191, online at www.irishtv.ie or on Freesat 400.)

Fiona has been travelling around the county this week meeting the players and the Tipperary supporters and informs us she is looking forward to tomorrows live broadcast and the whole build up to the match, which she is lucky enough to have a ticket to attend.

As already stated, tomorrow night’s live show will be broadcast on SKY 191, online at www.irishtv.ie and on Freesat 400 from 8.00pm to 10.00pm tomorrow night September 3rd; from the Horse & Jockey Hotel.

The Irish TV outdoor broadcast unit will be in position together with the crew from Thurles AV Star Systems, latter who have been busy this week shooting the colours of flags, banners and headbands in schools and streets around Tipperary and editing these same clips for Wednesday’s broadcast.

Note:  A further half hour programme will be dedicated to the Tipperary match on Saturday night on ‘County Matters’ here from Tipperary at 8.30pm.

Tomorrow night’s live show will include insightful and engaging interviews from both camps, expert analysis from top GAA pundits and all the excitement and atmosphere in the built up to the ‘Big Match.’

The ‘Dream For Liam’ live TV show from the Horse and Jockey Hotel will look at the close links and fierce rivalry between Tipperary and Kilkenny ahead of one of the most eagerly awaited All-Ireland hurling finals in years. The show will also include some great music from both Tipperary and Kilkenny while the pundits look at the key battles in the big match and the strengths and weaknesses of both panels.

Tipperary and Kilkenny GAA stalwarts will also take centre stage during the live TV show with former Tipp manager Declan Ryan and former player Joe Hayes among the panellists. They will be joined on the couch by Kilkenny Celtic Cross holders John Power, Michael Walsh and Michael Kavanagh – just a few of the top stars set to feature.
“We have followed the progress of both these counties from the very beginning of the year and we wanted to do something special to mark this historic final. Our live shows ahead of the All-Ireland last year attracted a phenomenal audience and we are confident that it will be similar this year,” commented Irish TV head of programming Malachi Cush.

Entertainment on the night will be provided by the ‘crème de la crème’ of musical acts from both counties with the highly regarded folk group ‘The Kilkenny’s’ set to rock the house. Tipperary will also be well represented in the musical stages by ‘Louise Morrissey’ and traditional music sensations ‘Ceol Trad’ who are set to have the audience and team dancing all the way to Croke Park.

If that wasn’t enough, the legendry duo of ‘Foster and Allen’ are also in this fantastic line up. Mick Foster has strong links with Tipperary hurling. His great grandfather played on the Tipperary winning team in the first All Ireland in 1888 against Galway in Birr. His cousin Matt Hassett captained the 1961 winning All Ireland Tipperary team.

Note: Yes audience tickets are limited for this event, but you can still apply by calling Irish TV on Tel; 098 56582.

It is also interesting to note that AV Star Systems here in Thurles have produced 13 weekly programmes for Irish TV for counties Waterford and Tipperary and are always looking for information and stories for their show. From a business advertising point of view programmes have a very high rating of over 900,000 on SKY every week.

Johnny B’s New Song For Tipperary Hurling Team 2014

It’s great to see Johnny B & The Boogie Men are back again with a fantastic new song and video for the Tipperary Hurling Team in 2014. The song is called “This Could be Our Year” and you can check out the YouTube video below right now;

Great work once again lads, we love it. Make sure to like this video and share with all your friends on Facebook, etc as this song and video deserves to be played a lot. You can also check out Johnny B & The Boogie Men’s website at www.johnnyb.ie and on Facebook here.

We’re all looking forward to the All-Ireland Hurling Final this coming Sunday, September 7th for the epic battle against Kilkenny.

It’s going to be a great match! C’mon Tipp!!!

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