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Michael Quinlivan wins Football All-Star Award

Congratulations to Michael Quinlivan (Clonmel Commercials) who has been named at full-forward in the 2016 Football All-Stars. Michael was among five Tipperary players nominated and becomes the second Tipperary Footballer to be honoured with an All-Star award following in the footsteps of Declan Browne (Moyle Rovers), an All-Star winner in 1998 and 2003.

All-Star Awards for Tipperary players - 1971 to 2016

2016 Football All-Stars, Michael-Quinlivan

The have announced the nominations for the 2016 All-Star football awards with recent All-Ireland finalists Dublin and Mayo receiving 11 nominations each. Tipperary have received an unprecedented 5 All-Star nominations in addition to the selection of Josh Keane (Golden-Kileacle) and Jimmy Feehan (Killenaule) in the short-list for Young Player of the Year.

The 5 Tipperary players nominated are Evan Comerford (Kilsheelan-Kilcash), Robbie Kiely (Carbery Rangers), Peter Acheson (Moyle Rovers)
Conor Sweeney (Ballyporeen) and Michael Quinlivan (Clonmel Commercials). Congratulations to all.

In all, there are eight counties listed with the following breakdown: Dublin 11; Mayo 11; Tyrone 6; Tipperary 5; Kerry 4; Galway 4; Donegal 3; Clare 1.

The All-Star team will be selected next month by a panel of national Gaelic Games Correspondents. The Players of the Year awards will be voted upon by the players themselves.

The awards will be presented at a special banquet in Dublin's Convention Centre on Friday, November 4, 2016.

The full list of players nominated is

Goalkeepers
1. Evan Comerford (Tipperary) 2. Stephen Cluxton (Dublin) 3. David Clarke (Mayo)

Defenders
1. Jonny Cooper (Dublin) 2. Brendan Harrison (Mayo) 3. Keith Higgins (Mayo) 4. Cian O'Sullivan (Dublin)
5. Lee Keegan (Mayo) 6. Colm Boyle (Mayo) 7. Philly McMahon (Dublin) 8. Ryan McHugh (Donegal)
9. Cathal McCarron (Tyrone) 10. John Small (Dublin) 11. Patrick Durcan (Mayo) 12. Shane Enright (Kerry)
13. Declan Kyne (Galway) 14. James McCarthy (Dublin 15. Kevin McLoughlin (Mayo) 16. Paddy McGrath (Donegal)
17. Robbie Kiely (Tipperary) 18. Killian Young (Kerry)

Midfielders
1. Brian Fenton (Dublin) 2. Peter Acheson (Tipperary) 3. Matthew Donnelly (Tyrone)
4. Gary Brennan (Clare) 5. Paul Conroy (Galway) 6. Colm Cavanagh (Tyrone)

Forwards
1. Ciarán Kilkenny (Dublin) 2. Diarmuid Connolly (Dublin) 3. Dean Rock (Dublin) 4. Kevin McManamon (Dublin)
5. Paul Geaney (Kerry) 6. Michael Quinlivan (Tipperary) 7. Andy Moran (Mayo) 8. Conor Sweeney (Tipperary)
9. Aidan O'Shea (Mayo) 10. Paul Murphy Kerry 11. Cillian O'Connor (Mayo) 12. Damien Comer (Galway)
13. Diarmuid O'Connor (Mayo) 14. Peter Harte (Tyrone) 15. Danny Cummins (Galway) 16. Patrick McBrearty (Donegal)
17. Seán Cavanagh (Tyrone) 18. Niall Sludden (Tyrone)

Player of the Year Nominees. 1. Brian Fenton (Dublin) 2. Lee Keegan (Mayo) 3. Ciarán Kilkenny (Dublin)

Young Player of the Year Nominees. 1. Diarmuid O'Connor (Mayo) 2. Josh Keane (Tipperary) 3. Jimmy Feehan (Tipperary)

JC Wales (Tipperary) - Posts:3001 - 03/11/2016 17:56:35   1931291

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2016 All-Star Football Team of the Year

1. David Clarke (Mayo) - First time winner
2. Brendan Harrison (Mayo) - First time winner
3. Jonny Cooper (Dublin) - First time winner
4. Philly McMahon (Dublin) - (Winner in 2015)
5. Lee Keegan (Mayo) - (Winner in 2012, 2013 and 2015)
6. Colm Boyle (Mayo) - (Winner in 2013 and 2014)
7. Ryan McHugh (Donegal) - First time winner
8. Brian Fenton (Dublin) - (Winner in 2015)
9. Mattie Donnelly (Tyrone) - (Winner in 2015)
10. Peter Harte (Tyrone) - First time winner
11. Diarmuid Connolly (Dublin) - (Winner in 2014)
12. Ciaran Kilkenny (Dublin) - (Winner in 2015)
13. Dean Rock (Dublin) - First time winner
14. Michael Quinlivan (Tipperary) - First time winner
15. Paul Geaney (Kerry) - First time winner

JC Wales (Tipperary) - Posts:3001 - 03/11/2016 18:02:25   1931293

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Tipperary win 7 Hurling All-Star awards

Congrats to the 7 Tipperary players who have received Hurling All-Stars for their 2016 performances - Cathal Barrett (Holycross-Ballycahill) No. 2, James Barry (Upperchurch-Drombane) No. 3, Ronan Maher (Thurles Sarsfields) No. 6, Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields) No. 7, Patrick "Bonner" Maher (Lorrha) No. 12, Seamus Callanan (Drom & Inch) No. 14, John McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney) No
All-Stars 2016 Hurling Selection

HISTORIC NIGHT FOR GLEESON AND KEEGAN AS TIPPERARY DOMINATE HURLING ALL-STARS

Mount Sion 21-year-old Gleeson celebrated a clean sweep at the black tie gala event that saw him crowned GAA/GPA Opel All-Stars Hurler of the Year, Young Hurler of the Year as well as being selected at centre forward on the All-Star Hurling team for 2016.

It is only the second time in history that the Player of the Year awards have been captured by the same man and Gleeson emulates Clare hero Tony Kelly who was crowned Hurler and Young Hurler of the Year in 2013. The Player and Young Player of the Year awards were voted on exclusively by inter-county players.

Meanwhile, there was more joy for Mayo football on the night when it was unveiled that as well as the four awards amassed on the All-Stars Football team for 2016, that the county have carried off the Player of the Year award via Westport's Lee Keegan and Young Player of the Year prize for Diarmuid O'Connor.
There are four counties in all represented with Leinster champions and All-Ireland finalists Kilkenny receiving four, while Galway and Waterford both received two awards from the initial list of 45 nominees.
Powerful Premier wing back Pádraic Maher collects his fourth All-Star having been named at left half back alongside his younger brother Ronan who collected his first.
It's the first time that two brothers have been honoured as Hurling All-Stars in the same year since Ollie and Joe Canning from Portumna in Galway were named on the 2009 selection.
The half back line is completed by first time recipient Pádraig Walsh from Kilkenny who follows in the footsteps of his older brother Tommy - who himself amassed an incredible nine All-Stars over the course of his illustrious career.
In attack, Tipperary's John McGrath is one of nine first time All-Stars recipients and emulates his older brother Noel, who is a two-time winner
"Yet again it is a selection of the very highest calibre and as they enter the history books as prestigious holders of this coveted award it is a tribute to their families who stood behind them and also their Clubs who helped mould them into the players they have become.

Hurling All-Stars for 2016

Goalkeeper
1 Eoin Murphy (Kilkenny) First time winner

Defenders
2 Cathal Barrett (Tipperary) First time winner
3 James Barry (Tipperary First time winner
4 Daithí Burke (Galway) Second-time award
5 Pádraig Walsh (Kilkenny) First-time award
6 Ronan Maher (Tipperary) First-time award
7 Pádraic Maher (Tipperary) Fourth-time award

Midfielders
8 Jamie Barron (Waterford) First-time award
9 David Burke (Galway) Third-Time award

Forwards
10 Walter Walsh (Kilkenny) First-time award
11 Austin Gleeson (Waterford) First-time award
12 Patrick Bonner Maher (Tipperary) Second-time award
13 Richie Hogan (Kilkenny) Fourth-time award
14 Séamus Callanan (Tipperary) Third-time award
15 John McGrath (Tipperary) First-time award

Seamus Callanan and Pádraic Maher have been nominated for for Hurler of the Year. The candidates for Young Player of the Year are Tipperary's Ronan Maher and Waterford's Austin Gleeson and Shane Bennett.

JC Wales (Tipperary) - Posts:3001 - 05/11/2016 13:04:33   1931822

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Munster considers plan for 'U25 championships'

The Munster Council are considering a proposal from Limerick to introduce a developmental competition next year to replace the intermediate and junior championships.
Provincial secretary Simon Moroney confirmed they are looking at bringing in what Limerick would consider the U25 championships, the games which would act as curtain-raisers to SFC and SHC matches from 2017 on.
"It would be a competition for reserve, development-type squads which have been formed organically in counties in the existing intermediate hurling and junior football championships in Munster," said Moroney.
"The age (U25) is not hugely critical. It's purely a discussion at the moment but the council are exploring the proposal we have received from Limerick. It's a matter for the provincial CCC (competitions control committee) whether a competition can be organised or not."

It is not a good idea leave well enough alone its not all about the SH grade.

JC Wales (Tipperary) - Posts:3001 - 13/11/2016 11:04:05   1933900

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One main reason why Semple Stadium omitted from Rugby World Cup bid

Thurles' Semple Stadium, the second largest GAA ground on the island, has been omitted from the list of twelve potential venues in Ireland's bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
Semple's 50,000-plus capacity would have been more than ample for matchday purposes - and its location was equally suitable - but a lack of sufficient accommodation in the town and the surrounding area saw it lose out.
IRFU chief executive Philip Browne, speaking at the formal launch of Ireland's entry into the last, 'candidate' phase of the selection process at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday afternoon, was adamant that the stadia is more than adequate to support the bid.
"Absolutely. No doubt about it. With the big GAA stadia and the rugby stadia we have the ideal mix. It is up to Rugby World Cup to choose probably the final eight or ten. Ours is a sustainable solution. All are pre-existing stadia apart from Casement which is in the process.
"All are city centre locations. There is no question of fans spending an hour on trains and two hours back in after a match. So for a fan it will be absolutely unique. We have a unique mix of standing and terracing. We could convert to all-seater if we wanted but we want to retain some standing."
The Aviva Stadium and the RDS in Dublin, Ulster's Kingspan Stadium in Belfast and Munster's Limerick home of Thomond Park will provide the rugby venues while the 82,3000-capacity Croke Park will be expected to host the final should the bid be successful.
Nowlan Park in Kilkenny (which holds 24,000) and Derry's Celtic Park (capacity 22,000) have made the list. So has Casement Park despite the fact that its refurbishment has been held up by planning issues. The party line is that the £72m reconstruction will be completed and a first game played at the rebuilt venue by 2020.
"We have built a new Ravenhill and we have built a new Windsor Park and we are now in the process of building a new Casement Park," said Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness who also welcomed the inclusion of Celtic Park in whose shadow he was born and grew up.
"Wouldn't it be absolutely wonderful to see a Rugby World Cup match played in that city?" he said.
Ireland's bid chances were talked up on the back of ease of international access, infrastructure, history and tradition, past experience of hosting major international sporting event and the unique north-south, hands-across-the-border-element.
"This is not going to be easy," warned An Taoiseach Enda Kenny about a bid process that sees Ireland pitted against South Africa and France. "We, where I come from, know what it is to fall at the last hurdle in sporting terms."

JC Wales (Tipperary) - Posts:3001 - 15/11/2016 16:14:35   1934418

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Replying To JC Wales:  "One main reason why Semple Stadium omitted from Rugby World Cup bid

Thurles' Semple Stadium, the second largest GAA ground on the island, has been omitted from the list of twelve potential venues in Ireland's bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
Semple's 50,000-plus capacity would have been more than ample for matchday purposes - and its location was equally suitable - but a lack of sufficient accommodation in the town and the surrounding area saw it lose out.
IRFU chief executive Philip Browne, speaking at the formal launch of Ireland's entry into the last, 'candidate' phase of the selection process at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday afternoon, was adamant that the stadia is more than adequate to support the bid.
"Absolutely. No doubt about it. With the big GAA stadia and the rugby stadia we have the ideal mix. It is up to Rugby World Cup to choose probably the final eight or ten. Ours is a sustainable solution. All are pre-existing stadia apart from Casement which is in the process.
"All are city centre locations. There is no question of fans spending an hour on trains and two hours back in after a match. So for a fan it will be absolutely unique. We have a unique mix of standing and terracing. We could convert to all-seater if we wanted but we want to retain some standing."
The Aviva Stadium and the RDS in Dublin, Ulster's Kingspan Stadium in Belfast and Munster's Limerick home of Thomond Park will provide the rugby venues while the 82,3000-capacity Croke Park will be expected to host the final should the bid be successful.
Nowlan Park in Kilkenny (which holds 24,000) and Derry's Celtic Park (capacity 22,000) have made the list. So has Casement Park despite the fact that its refurbishment has been held up by planning issues. The party line is that the £72m reconstruction will be completed and a first game played at the rebuilt venue by 2020.
"We have built a new Ravenhill and we have built a new Windsor Park and we are now in the process of building a new Casement Park," said Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness who also welcomed the inclusion of Celtic Park in whose shadow he was born and grew up.
"Wouldn't it be absolutely wonderful to see a Rugby World Cup match played in that city?" he said.
Ireland's bid chances were talked up on the back of ease of international access, infrastructure, history and tradition, past experience of hosting major international sporting event and the unique north-south, hands-across-the-border-element.
"This is not going to be easy," warned An Taoiseach Enda Kenny about a bid process that sees Ireland pitted against South Africa and France. "We, where I come from, know what it is to fall at the last hurdle in sporting terms.""
I think its a shocking decision to exclude Simple Stadium the 2nd Gaa stadium in Ire from the World Cup.
Has anyone got any opinions on this its in a great location

JC Wales (Tipperary) - Posts:3001 - 16/11/2016 12:05:13   1934642

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Replying To JC Wales:  "I think its a shocking decision to exclude Simple Stadium the 2nd Gaa stadium in Ire from the World Cup.
Has anyone got any opinions on this its in a great location"
First of all i dont like rugby and dont want the GAA to provide stadiums for a sport it is in direct competition with.

In regards Thurles,i think the lack of adequate hotel/B&B rooms has counted against it.It's all well and good after a big hurling game when all fans head home later that night.What if 45,000 rugby fans were at a game in Thurles?Do they all commute to Dublin or Cork?Not ideal.Especially if it was an evening game with no train service.

cuederocket (Dublin) - Posts:4920 - 16/11/2016 14:32:03   1934691

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Tipperary TDs are raging over 'incomprehensible' Semple Stadium World Cup snub


TDS JACKIE Cahill and Alan Kelly demanding answers after Semple was omitted from the list of stadia making up Ireland's 2023 Rugby World C bid.
Cahill, is hoping to raise the issue in the Dáil today, describing the Semple Stadium snub as "incomprehensible."
Lab TD Kelly says that the decision to omit the Thurles venue from the long-list of 12 stadia revealed yesterday is "beyond comprehension."
Cahill been told that a lack of hotel beds in his home town was a factor considered but he couldn't hide his disappointment after hearing the news.
"I'm told it's a lack of hotel beds but Thurles is within three miles of the motorway and has one of the best rail infrastructures in the country.
"It's the second largest stadium in the country, with an impeccable record of holding big crowds.
"It's incomprehensible for me as a Thurles man. We have an impeccable record of holding big crowds and how many big days have been in Thurles and never a hitch regarding organisation?
2 miles from Thurles and you're on the motorway, Cork is less than an hour and Newlands Cross less than an hour.
"I find it really sickening that it has been overlooked. A boost like that for the town would have been very significant.
"Killarney is on the list, a fine field but very little seating accommodation, and to get to Killarney from Dublin is a day's work.
"Fly into Dublin airport and you're in Thurles in an hour and a quarter. Fly into Cork and you're in Thurles in an hour, Shannon the same way.
"If they are serious about this, how could they overlook a stadium with a record of holding big matches? The traffic flies out of Thurles in an hour after the match and we have 20 trains a day coming to Thurles, without putting on any specials, plus the railway line is within a couple of hundred yards of the stadium."
Kelly said: "I'm very disappointed that Thurles isn't included and I would ask for it to be reconsidered.
"Thurles is one of the best stadia in the country and has a long association with sport. I can't understand what infrastructure issues are there to prevent it from being one of the chosen venues.
"Thurles can deal with 50,000 people for a Munster final in its environs and the businesses and townspeople believed Semple Stadium would be on the list.
"It's a huge negative for the people of Thurles and surrounds. I would ask the group responsible to publish the reasons why Thurles is not included."
Kelly added: "For me, Castlebar is a fine town and there are other locations which are good locations but how could they be possibly better than Thurles and have better infrastructures than what hold some of the top GAA games in the country every year? It's beyond my comprehension."
Seven of the eight GAA venues included in the list have lower capacities than Semple Stadium.
"We looked at all the grounds," IRFU chief executive Philip Browne said on Tuesday.
"We had a company called Wilson, Owen and Owens who were responsible for the 2012 London Olympics and the Rugby World Cup 2015 and the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
"They looked at all the stadia… but ultimately it was boiled down to a shortlist of 12 which, in their experience, would be the best mix."

JC Wales (Tipperary) - Posts:3001 - 21/11/2016 11:59:03   1935728

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I want to thank Paddy Stapleton for giving his all for his county.A tigerish,tough and excellent corner back who won the games greatest prize.Happy retirement Paddy.

cuederocket (Dublin) - Posts:4920 - 22/11/2016 18:09:12   1936053

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Replying To cuederocket:  "I want to thank Paddy Stapleton for giving his all for his county.A tigerish,tough and excellent corner back who won the games greatest prize.Happy retirement Paddy."
Paddy Stapleton Retirement Announcement:

10 wonderful years playing SH for Tipperary since first being called up by Babs Keating in 2006, I wish to announce my retirement from the inter-county scene.
I wish to thank my family, especially my parents Patricia and John, for all the positivity and advice through the years and also to my partner Jozette and close friends for supporting me always, particularly when I had injury setbacks.
I owe a huge gratitude of thanks to my club Borris-Ileigh have always made life easy for me when playing with Tipp and it will be a pleasure to give back as much as I can to them in the coming years. Equally the Gaelic Players Association has helped massively whenever I needed assistance and they provide a great service for the players.
In the Tipp backroom over the years, men of the calibre of John Casey, Paddy O'Brien, Dr. Kevin Delargy, Dr Brendan Murphy and Mick Clohessy had their work cut out keeping me injury-free and they all did a fantastic job and I sincerely thank them for that. The Tipperary Co. Board has also been great to me and continues to support the team to an elite level with the much appreciated assistance from the Tipperary Supporters Club.
I'd like to thank the supporters who kept the faith through good times and bad.
I would like to thank all the players I played with and I feel unbelievably lucky to have shared a dressing-room with some of the best Tipperary have ever produced. More importantly, I have made lifelong friendships and shared fantastic memories with great people.All the management teams played important roles in my life and each deserve enormous credit for taking on their respective roles. It is important for me that I especially acknowledge Liam Sheedy, Eamon O'Shea and Mick Ryan. They put huge trust in me and always led their teams in the best manner possible.
Finally I'd like to wish the current panel the very best of luck for 2017 and beyond.
In appreciation, Co. Board Chairman Michael Bourke commented that "Paddy Stapleton exemplified the spirit of Tipp by his ferocious work rate and ambition since he first came on the inter-county scene. A solid, dependable and committed player the 'Saint' always delivered when it mattered most and through his passion on the fields of play led his line on every occasion. On behalf of Tipperary County Board and all Tipperary people I thank Paddy for his contributions to the Tipperary cause over the years and wish him every success for the future."
Born August 3rd, 1985 and made his Senior competitive debut in the 2006 Waterford Crystal against Waterford. Made his NL debut against Limerick in 2008. Won a Munster Under 21 Hurling 2006 and won a Munster MH medal in 2003, at centre-back. Won a Fitzgibbon Cup with UL in 2011 & captained the side in 2012.
Won a NHL medal in 2008. Won 6 Munster Senior Hurling medals. Made his CH debut in 2008 All-Ireland Semi-Final against Waterford. Paddy made his first CH start at right corner-back in the 2009 Munster SHCH vs. Cork. Lined out at right corner back in the 2010 AISH Final victory over Kilkenny before winning a second All-Ireland Senior Hurling medal as part of the 2016 Tipperary panel. Paddy has won 2 North Senior Hurling medals with his club in 2005 and 2007. Paddy was nominated for an All-Star award in 2009, 2010 and 2014 at corner-back.

JC Wales (Tipperary) - Posts:3001 - 23/11/2016 15:46:07   1936280

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Gearoid Ryan retires from Inter-County Hurling

"Having enjoyed 8 years on the Tipperary senior hurling panel since I first joined it in 2009, I have decided to announce my retirement. In recent years injuries have limited my ability to compete for a first 15 place and that has been a major factor in my decision. It has been a great honour for me to represent my county at senior level.
I will greatly miss being involved with the Tipperary senior hurling panel all of whom I admire greatly. I have many great memories and made many lifelong friendships during my time on the panel. I want to thank all the players sincerely and I also want to thank the managers and backroom teams who gave me the honour of representing my county and were always very supportive of me.
I am very grateful to County Board and Supporters Club for their unstinting support of the team. My club, Templederry Kenyons, have always given me tremendous support and I thank them sincerely for that.
My eternal gratitude is due to Laura, my parents and family for their great loyalty and encouragement at all times.
Finally, I wish Tipperary well for the future, I have no doubt this team will go on to achieve many more great successes"

Tipperary County Board Chairman, Michael Bourke acknowledged the contribution of Gearoid commenting, "Gearoid Ryan made an immediate impact for Tipperary since he first burst onto the scene. He was a tremendous worker and was able to pick off vital scores when needed most. He will always be remembered for his stand out performance against Galway in the All-Ireland Quarter-Final in 2010 which proved a catalyst in Tipperary's All-Ireland success of that year. I have no doubt had Gearoid not been inflicted with injury as he was, he would have accrued more honours with Tipperary. I thank him for his great contribution to Tipperary and I wish him every success now and for the future"
Gearoid was born on August 26th, 1988. Gearoid plays for the Templederry Kenyons club and made his National Hurling League debut against Cork in February 2009, scoring a point from play. Gearoid won an All-Ireland Minor Hurling medal with Tipperary in 2006, lining out at midfield in the final. Gearoid was also on the Tipperary Intermediate Hurling panel in 2007 and 2008 Gearoid was part of the Tipperary Under 21 Hurling panel in 2007, 2008 and 2009, winning a Munster medal in 2008. Gearoid made his Championship debut as a substitute against Cork in the 2009 Munster Senior Hurling Championship. Gearoid has won 5 Munster Senior Hurling medals.
Gearoid Ryan won the man of the match award in the 2010 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final against Galway, scoring 1-2 from play. Gearoid played wing-forward on the Tipperary team which captured the 2010 All-Ireland Senior Hurling title, scoring a point in the final before winning his second All-Ireland Senior Hurling medal as part of the 2016 panel. Gearoid was nominated for an All-Star award in 2010 in the half-forward line and in 2011 at midfield. Gearoid lined out at wing-forward for the Munster hurlers in the 2012 Inter-Provincial competition.

JC Wales (Tipperary) - Posts:3001 - 24/11/2016 12:05:12   1936405

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It's Jumeirah instead of Tipp for Peter Acheson

Peter Acheson has all but ruled out a return to Tipperary football next season as he settles into a new life in Dubai.
The outgoing Premier County captain scored 1-2 for the Liam Kearns-managed 2016 All-Stars in Abu Dhabi's Zayed Sports City as they ran out handsome winners over the 2015 team (14-11 to 10-11). Acheson, 26, had the opportunity to play alongside former team-mates Robbie Kiely, Michael Quinlivan and Conor Sweeney but he admitted he is unlikely to link up with them in 2017 having emigrated with his girlfriend.
Now working in business development for an oil and gas company in the United Arab Emirates city and playing with Jumeirah Gaels, Acheson said: "We have a contract signed for a year with the house and stuff. I can't see myself going home in the next two years. It's hard to put into words, it's a great place out here. So, unless something goes wrong, I'd say we will be here for a couple of years anyway."
Kearns had been hoping to persuade his skipper back but Acheson said: "He's been on four or five times already. We'll talk tactics maybe in the new year but look I'm enjoying it out here so I don't think I'll go home anytime soon."
Acheson couldn't put off the move any longer than he had. "Yeah, for two or three years nearly so it was either come here or be single very quickly," he laughed. "In fairness, I have a very patient girlfriend, she's waiting two or three years. We were supposed to come in February this year but then Liam said 'play the league and then play the championship'. I'm delighted I stayed now. It was the best year we ever had"
The Moyle Rovers man has no fears about Tipperary in his absence. "I think there 17 new faces, seven or eight from previous years who have come back in, and then another ten on top of that. So that's brilliant. "There is going to be competition for places, which maybe we didn't have in recent years because people mightn't have wanted to put in the effort. In fairness it is a lot of commitment. But now that we got to the semi-final everybody wants to be a part of it. Tipp football is on the up."

Scorers for 2016 All-Stars: C. Kilkenny (3-2); D. Rock (3-0); M. Quinlivan (2-2); C. Sweeney (2-1); P. Acheson (1-2); P. Geaney, M. Donnelly (1-1 each); K. Martin (1-0); P. Harte (0-2).
Scorers for 2015 All-Stars: M. Murphy (3-2); C. McManus (2-3); B. Brogan (1-3); N. Gallagher (1-1); D. Walsh, C. Cavanagh (1-0 each); B. Fenton (1-1); P. McMahon (0-1).

2016 ALL-STARS (13-a-side): D. Clarke (Mayo); D. Kyne (Galway), R. McHugh (Donegal), R. Kiely (Tipperary), K. Martin (Westmeath); P. Acheson (Tipperary), M. Donnelly (Tyrone); P. Harte (do), M. Quinlivan (Tipperary), C. Sweeney (do); C. Kilkenny (Dublin), P. Geaney (Kerry), D. Rock (Dublin).
Sub: J. Cooper (Dublin) for R. McHugh (h-t).

2015 ALL-STARS: B. Kealy (Kerry); P. McMahon (Dublin), C. McCarron (Tyrone); K. O'Connell (Monaghan), C. O'Sullivan (Kerry), S. Enright (Kerry); B. Fenton (Dublin), C. Cavanagh (Tyrone); D. Walsh (Kerry), N. Gallagher (Donegal), M. Murphy (do); C. McManus (Monaghan), B. Brogan (Dublin).

JC Wales (Tipperary) - Posts:3001 - 27/11/2016 11:59:45   1936921

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Our New SH Captain and Vice Captain for 2017

Padraic Maher, new Tipp SH Captain for 2017

Seamie Callanan Vice Captain

We wish you a great Season ahead.

JC Wales (Tipperary) - Posts:3001 - 27/11/2016 18:34:19   1936976

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Tipperary's All-Ireland dream 'becoming a reality'

Tipperary football board chairman Joe Hannigan has suggested that winning an All-Ireland senior title by 2020 is "no longer a pipe dream" and "fast becoming a reality."
Tipp contested their first All-Ireland semi-final in 81 years against Mayo last August and hopes are high manager Liam Kearns and his players can build on that.
Hannigan has also appealed for "accommodation" on the use of dual players at minor level next year, insisting that prospective young stars wishing to play both codes should be allowed to do so.

Minor hurling manager Liam Cahill insisted in 2016 it was one code, but not both, for Tipp minor players, a stance he can claim was vindicated as his team cruised to Munster and All-Ireland glory.

But Hannigan said: "We have to come up with an accommodation that players interested in playing both can do so. To achieve success in hurling and football in a county, there are always going to be issues, but the only way forward is for everyone to work together. It's an issue we have to look at."

When Barry O'Brien took over as Tipperary county board chairman in December 2008, his passionate opening address may have provoked some muffled sniggers among more sceptical delegates.

O'Brien insisted at the time Tipp football teams should be aiming for All- Ireland titles at minor, junior, U21 and senior levels by 2020.

Underage and senior success achieved in the intervening years has fuelled hope Tipp could win an All-Ireland senior football title for the first time since 1920.

And Hannigan told delegates attending Monday's football board convention: "We can look back at the 2020 vision now - the way things are going, it's no longer a pipe dream, it's fast becoming a reality.We are looking forward to 2017. We have to build on this success and drive it on.

"We have the calibre of player in the county to do it. That should be our target and we are well on our way to doing it.

"2016 was a great year - it was a year when the boys became men and we look forward to driving Tipperary football on now in 2017. We achieved serious recognition. People all around the country are talking about Tipperary and the brand of football that the team played. We need to look to the future, build on the success and back up the work that we have done.

"If we can build and go on a couple of extra steps on from 2016, that will put us within touching distance of an All-Ireland."
Looking ahead to next season, Hannigan challenged the Tipp senior footballers to gain promotion from Division 3 of the Football League and to win a first Munster senior football title since 1935.
After contesting the 2016 provincial final, Tipp are straight through to next year's Munster semi-final, where they will face Cork or Waterford. And Hannigan said: "If we get to a final, they might be looking to get us to Páirc Uí Chaoimh but we'll have to look at where we are with a home fixture."

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Vote now: Séamus Callanan nominated for the RTÉ Sport Sportsperson of the Year award

Vote now: Séamus Callanan nominated for the RTÉ Sport Sportsperson of the Year award Tipperary's Séamus Callanan.
Tipperary hurling star Séamus Callanan has been nominated for the RTÉ Sport Sportsperson of the Year award. And, the Tipperary Star is calling on supporters of the blue and gold everywhere to vote in support of the Drom & Inch man.
On Saturday the national broadcaster published the list of nominees for the RTÉ Sport Sportsperson of the Year award in association with Sport Ireland - the winner will be decided by a public vote.

To vote for Séamus Callanan text A to 53125 (each text vote costs 60c) or vote online for the Tipperary inter-county hurling star by clicking here.

Voting will close on Monday, December 12th at 10am while the winner will be announced live at the awards ceremony on Saturday, December 17th at 9pm.

The full list of nominees for the RTÉ Sport Sportsperson of the Year award is: Séamus Callanan (hurling), Eoghan Clifford (Paralympian), Katie George Dunlevy & Eve McCrystal (Paralympians), Brian Fenton (Dublin footballer), Carl Frampton (boxer), Denise Gaule (Camogie), Jamie Heaslip (rugby), Daryl Horgan (soccer), Conor McGregor (mixed martial arts), Annalise Murphy (sialing), Paul O'Donovan (rowing) and Bríd Stack (ladies football).

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Anthony Daly names a strong Munster hurling panel, Ger O'Sullivan names his football panel.

Munster and All-Ireland champions Tipperary dominate the panel with nine players included, while Waterford follow suit with eight.
2016 Hurler of the Year Austin Gleeson made the cut, while Tipperary's Brendan Maher was given the captain role.
Limerick have five players included in the set-up, Daly's native county Clare have three representatives, while Cork and Kerry provide one player each.
Former Waterford forward John Mullane and Tipperary's Tommy Dunne make up Daly's management team.

Ger O'Sullivan has also announced his Munster football panel, alongside his backroom team of Declan Browne and Dave Geaney.
Clare, who reached the All-Ireland quarter final, dominate the panel with six. Tipperary provide five players, while fellow All-Ireland semi-finalists Kerry see two of their players involved.
Cork also provide five players, and there are two Limerick representatives and three Déise men on the panel.
The hurling and football semi-finals will be played on Saturday December 10th as a double header, with the finals staged the following day.
The Munster hurling panel will meet Ulster, while reigning champions Leinster face Connacht in a double bill at MacDonagh Park, Nenagh. The following day's final is fixed for Semple Stadium.
In football, Munster will also face Ulster in the semi-final, with reigning champions Connacht lining out against Leinster at Parnell Park. The final will take place at the same venue on the Sunday.
2016 Munster hurling panel:

Clare: Cian Dillon, David Reidy and Aaron Shanagher
Cork: Anthony Nash
Kerry: Tom Murnane
Limerick: Diarmuid Byrnes, Tom Condon, Shane Dowling, Cian Lynch and Barry Nash
Tipperary: James Barry, Michael Breen, Seamus Callanan, Darren Gleeson, Brendan Maher (Captain), Padraic Maher, Dan McCormack, Noel McGrath and John O'Dwyer
Waterford: Jamie Barron, Shane Bennett, Stephen Bennett, Noel Connors, Barry Coughlan, Shane Fives, Austin Gleeson and Pauric Mahony
Management team: Anthony Daly (Clare) - Manager, Tommy Dunne (Tipperary), John Mullane (Waterford)

2016 Munster football panel:

Clare: Gary Brennan, Eoin Cleary, Kevin Hartnett, Jamie Malone, Keelan Sexton and David Tubridy
Cork: Tom Clancy, Ruairi Deane, Conor Dorman, Colm O'Driscoll and Kevin O'Driscoll
Kerry: Aidan O'Mahony and Tommy Walsh
Limerick: Iain Corbett and Darragh Treacy
Tipperary: Alan Campbell, Evan Comerford, Brian Fox, Michael Quinlivan and Conor Sweeney
Waterford: Patrick Hurney, Tomás O'Gorman and Paul Whyte
Management team: Ger O'Sullivan (Cork) - Manager, Declan Browne (Tipperary), Dave Geaney (Kerry)

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Tipperary hurling legend Mick Roche dies

Wednesday, December 07, 2016 - 02:48 pm Former Tipperary hurler Mick Roche has died, aged 73.

The legendary centre-back won three All-Ireland titles with Tipperary during an inter-county playing career that stretched from 1964 to 1973.
7 November 2006; President of the GAA Nickey Brennan, presented Mick Roche, Tipperary, a member of the Hurling All Stars of 1971, with a commemorative medal to mark the 35th Anniversary of the All-Star Awards scheme at a special celebration in Croke Park, Dublin.
He also picked up five Munster and three League titles at senior level, in addition to successes at minor and U21.
Roche played his club hurling with the Carrick Davins club in Tipperary although in later life he lived in the Horse and Jockey, near Thurles.
Roche has long been included in the conversation when discussing the all-time greats of the GAA, with Evening Echo describing him as a 'pure hurler'.
"One of the first true hurling centre-backs, he was a perfectionist during a glorious era for Tipperary in the same period that Doyle starred in attack. This guy was a pure hurler and a teak tough operator in a different era for the game."
GAA fans have paid tribute to the hurler online since the news broke.

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Replying To JC Wales:  "Tipperary hurling legend Mick Roche dies

Wednesday, December 07, 2016 - 02:48 pm Former Tipperary hurler Mick Roche has died, aged 73.

The legendary centre-back won three All-Ireland titles with Tipperary during an inter-county playing career that stretched from 1964 to 1973.
7 November 2006; President of the GAA Nickey Brennan, presented Mick Roche, Tipperary, a member of the Hurling All Stars of 1971, with a commemorative medal to mark the 35th Anniversary of the All-Star Awards scheme at a special celebration in Croke Park, Dublin.
He also picked up five Munster and three League titles at senior level, in addition to successes at minor and U21.
Roche played his club hurling with the Carrick Davins club in Tipperary although in later life he lived in the Horse and Jockey, near Thurles.
Roche has long been included in the conversation when discussing the all-time greats of the GAA, with Evening Echo describing him as a 'pure hurler'.
"One of the first true hurling centre-backs, he was a perfectionist during a glorious era for Tipperary in the same period that Doyle starred in attack. This guy was a pure hurler and a teak tough operator in a different era for the game."
GAA fans have paid tribute to the hurler online since the news broke."
Mick Roche was one of the greatest,I had the pleasure of seeing him and of course not being happy when Tipp were beating us,but that aside he was a classy hurler,he had all the skills,whether with Tipp or the Davins he was a joy to watch,there are posters talking about present hurlers potentially being the greatest,when they have hurled as long Mick Roche and given the displays that Mick gave then it will be time to judge them.

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Senior Hurler, Camogie, Club, Handball Winners Announced for 2016 Munster GAA Awards

Tipperary hurler, John McGrath, and Limerick Camogie player, Niamh Mulcahy, have been announced as the winners of the Hurler of the Year and Camogie Player of the Year respectively in the 2016 Munster GAA Awards. The awards will be presented on Saturday night at a gala dinner in the Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork.
John McGrath, from the Loughmore-Castleiney club, made his championship debut against Cork in the Munster Quarter-Final this year, scoring 1 point and made a big impact on the game. He also scored a point in the in the semi-final against Limerick. John was at his explosive best in the Munster Final shooting 3-2 including a goal from a penalty and picked up the RTE Man of the Match Award. John received his first All-Star Award last month. He has also won many honours at underage level in both football and hurling with Tipperary.
Niamh Mulcahy has been Limerick's outstanding player of recent years and she has received All-Star nominations in 2015 and 2016 to go along with one from 2009, Intermediate Soaring Star awards in 2013 and 2014 and a Young Player of the Year award in 2007. Niamh has been involved with the Limerick Camogie team since 2005 and with the county she has won Division 2 League Titles in 2007 and 2013, Senior B Championship in 2007, Intermediate Championship in 2014.A most skilful player, Niamh scored 2-49 in this year's championship making her the second highest scorer overall.
The Club of the Year Award goes to Clare with Ballyea being honoured having won their first Clare and Munster senior hurling championships this year. They took the Clare hurling world by storm winning their first senior title after a replay against Clonlara. They continued their good run in the Munster campaign with a thrilling win over Thurles Sarsfields after extra time and then defeated the famed Glen Rovers to be crowned Munster club champions for the first time.
The Handball Award goes to Aishling O'Keeffe, a member of famed Ballydesmond GAA Handball Club in Cork. She has been involved in Handball since a young age winning titles at all levels. In 2016 she won two Senior All Ireland titles and two Senior Munster titles in both Codes of Handball. Aishling is also very involved in coaching in her club and County.
Munster GAA Chairman Jerry O'Sullivan said "I would like to congratulate John, Niamh, Aishling and Ballyea on their well-deserved awards following their outstanding displays during 2016. They have set very high standards of achievement in their varied contributions to the family of Gaelic Games"
Other 2016 award winners announced today are Munster and All-Ireland minor medallists Jake Morris of Tipperary for minor hurling and David Clifford of Kerry for minor football.

JC Wales (Tipperary) - Posts:3001 - 08/12/2016 15:32:35   1939084

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