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Tiobraid Árann
Irish:Tiobraid Árann
Nickname(s):The Premier County
The Home of Hurling
The Blue and Gold
Dominant sport:Hurling
Ground(s):Semple Stadium, Thurles
County colours:  
County teams
NFL:Division 3
NHL:Division 1A
Football Championship:Sam Maguire Cup
Hurling Championship:Liam MacCarthy Cup
Ladies' Gaelic football:Brendan Martin Cup
Camogie:O'Duffy Cup

The Tipperary County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) (Irish: Cumann Lúthchleas Gael Coiste Chontae Thiobraid Árann) or Tipperary GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic games in County Tipperary and the Tipperary county teams.

County Tipperary holds an honoured place in the history of the GAA as the organisation was founded in Hayes' Hotel, Thurles, on 1 November 1884.

The county football team was the second from the province of Munster both to win an All-Ireland Senior Football Championship (SFC), as well as to appear in the final, following Limerick.

The county hurling team is third in the all-time rankings for All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship (SHC) wins, behind only Cork and Kilkenny.



Tipperary Hurling Team outside Clonmel railway station, August 26, 1910
Tipperary Hurling Team outside Clonmel railway station, August 26, 1910

Tipperary GAA has jurisdiction over the area that is associated with the traditional county of County Tipperary. There are 9 officers on the Board including the Cathaoirleach (Chairperson), Sean Nugent.[1]

Officers of the Board

  • President: Tommy Barrett
  • Chairman: Sean Nugent
  • Vice-Chairman: Michael Bourke
  • Secretary: Tim Floyd
  • Treasurer: Eamonn Buckley
  • Public Relations Officer: Ger Ryan
  • Youth Officer: John Smith
  • Development Officer: Jimmy Minogue
  • Coaching Officer: Nicholas Moroney

Past presidents

Four Tipperary men have served as President of the GAA. Maurice Davin is also the only man to have served two terms as President while Seán Ryan represented Dublin from 1928 to 1932, though a native of Kilfeacle, County Tipperary. Mr. Ryan a solicitor based in the capital, was the Association's legal advisor over a long period and played a central role in the acquisition and vesting of many club and county grounds in the GAA.

  • Maurice Davin 1884–1887
  • Maurice Davin 1888–1889 (Second Term)
  • Seán Ryan 1928–1932
  • Séamus Gardiner 1943–1946
  • Séamus O'Ríain 1967–1970

Colours and symbols

In the early days of the GAA Tipperary did not have an official jersey. Tipperary wore the colours of the county champions. One example was a white jersey with a green diagonal sash. This jersey design is associated with Tipperary's most historic match in either code, the Bloody Sunday senior football encounter with Dublin at Croke Park in 1920. The current jersey is blue with a gold central band. These colours were adopted from the Boherlahan who were county champions in 1925. These colours were also the colours of the Tubberadora team which later became Boherlahan. There have been several minor adjustments especially to the sleeve and collar areas over the years and especially since the introduction of sponsorship in recent decades which necessitates the reservation of space for company logos.

The Tipperary GAA crest originally used was the coat of arms of the Butler family, Dukes and Earls of Ormond, whose arms were adopted by local authorities within their geographic area of influence in South Leinster and East Munster, most notably the county councils of Tipperary (South Riding), Kilkenny, Carlow and Wexford and which among other refinements, included a central band of colours, surrounded by star-like designs. This crest was used until the late 1990s when the current crest, depicting the Rock of Cashel with two crossed hurleys and a football was adopted.

Rivalries and support

In the All-Ireland series, Kilkenny are Tipp's main rivals. This rivalry has lasted since Kilkenny's coming to power in the early 20th century. Tipp are the only team to have beaten Kilkenny in the All Ireland senior hurling championship (and also in All-Ireland senior hurling finals) more times than they have lost.

Another rival of Tipperary is Cork in the Munster Championship. These teams have met 80 times in the championship, more than any other rivalry in hurling. They have also met them countless times in the National League and pre-season challenge tournaments. A Tipp and Cork Munster hurling final in Semple Stadium is often claimed by supporters of both counties to be the most traditional Munster final and the games between them are nearly always close. The draw and replay games of 1987 and 1991 and the 1949–1954 rivalry encapsulates this rivalry and the 1991 replayed final in Thurles is claimed to be one of the greatest Munster hurling finals. This is one of the few rivalries in the provincial championships that is contested by two teams of similar stature whose honours and titles complement each other on a fairly equal basis. Kilkenny and Wexford in hurling have major difference in titles and in football, Dublin and Meath also have a gap between their respective winnings. The football teams of Galway and Mayo enjoy a similar rivalry and whose honours are divided in equal measure.

Tipp also have a strong rivalry with the other county teams in Munster and have had major tussles with Limerick in the 1930s and 40s when the latter's star was in the ascendent, though Tipp enjoy a major advantage in titles and honours won. The Tipp – Clare rivalry came with Clare's coming to power in the 1990s and the Tipp-Waterford rivalry was forged in the period 1957-63 and renewed again due to Waterford's resurgence in the 2000s, when that county enjoyed its most successful period of the modern era.

Crest and colours

Tipperary's team colours are royal blue and gold. Tipperary wear blue jerseys with a horizontal gold bar across the center along with white shorts and blue socks.

The Tipperary team crest features the Rock of Cashel prominently with two crossed hurleys and a football below. In the year '1884' when Tipperary GAA was founded is in the centre of the crest.



Clubs contest the Tipperary Senior Hurling Championship. That competition's most successful club is Thurdles Sarsfields, with 36 titles.

County team

The teams of the Tipperary County Board, together with Kilkenny GAA and Cork GAA lead the roll of honour in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship. The Board's teams have won 28 All-Ireland titles as of 2019 - the third most successful of all county boards. Three teams also have the distinction of twice winning three All-Ireland Finals in a row (1898, 1899, 1900) and (1949, 1950, 1951). The team of the 1960s is considered the greatest of all Tipperary teams. The County's fortunes declined during the last half-century to the extent that only seven All-Ireland Championships have been won in the period 1966 - 2019, however new systems and extensive work at underage level has seen Tipperary go on to win senior titles in 2010, 2016 & 2019 defeating old rivals Kilkenny in all three. As well as being victorious in 4 minor and 3 U21 All Ireland hurling finals since 2006.For more detail on hurling history, see here.

Historically, the Tipperary Senior Hurling Captain for the season was decided by the winners of the Tipperary Club Senior Hurling Championship. For example, Willie Ryan was the team captain for 2009 as chosen by his club Toomevara. This system however meant there was little consistency from year to year and often meant that the team captain was not an integral part of the team or even a first choice player (as in the Willie Ryan example).

For the 2010 inter-county season the responsibility for choosing the Senior Captain has been given to the Tipperary Management Team. On 12 February 2010 it was announced that Eoin Kelly from the Mullinahone club will captain the county with Declan Fanning acting as Vice Captain. Eoin Kelly was once again selected as captain for the 2011 season. Paul Curran was named as the hurling captain in January 2012.

In February 2013, Shane McGrath was appointed captain for the 2013 season.[2][3]

In October 2013, Brendan Maher was named as the new Tipperary captain for 2014. Maher continued as captain for the 2015 and 2016 seasons.

In November 2016, it was announced that Padraig Maher has been nominated as the new Tipperary Senior hurling captain for the 2017 season.[4]

On 22 January 2019, Séamus Callanan was named as the new captain of the Tipperary senior hurling team for 2019.



Clubs contest the Tipperary Senior Football Championship. That competition's most successful club is Fethard, with 21 titles. Clonmel Commercials comes next, with 18 titles.

County team

Tipperary has won the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship on four occasions - in 1889, 1895, 1900 and 1920. As the football championship is contested by a much larger number of teams than in hurling, success is hard won because of the high standard attained by many counties. For details on football history, see here.


Tipperary's sudden progress to senior status (junior title in 1992, Intermediate in 1997) was followed by five All Ireland senior titles in a six-year period 1999 to 2004. Since 1949 they had previously contested seven unsuccessful All Ireland finals during Dublin's period of dominance in the game, also losing to Antrim in 1979.[5] They won the inaugural National Camogie League (click on date for teams) in 1976 and won a second title in 2004. St Patrick's, Glengoole won the All Ireland senior club championship in 1966 and 1967. Cashel won the title in 2007[6] and 2009.[7]

Under Camogie's National Development Plan 2010–2015, "Our Game, Our Passion",[8] five new camogie clubs were to be established in the county by 2015.[9]

Player records

Deirdre Hughes, who was played in the "full forward" position, was a member of "The Sligo Boyz".

Camogie All Star winners
Awards Players
Claire Grogan
Jovita Delaney, Philly Fogarty
Una O'Connor, Ciara Gaynor, Therese Brophy, Deirdre Hughes, Sinéad Millea, Julie Kirwan, Suzanne Kelly, Joanne Ryan, Trish O'Halloran

Notable players


Ladies' football

Player records

Ladies' Football All Star winners
Awards Players
Ann Maher, Lilian Gory
Josie Stapleton, Marion O'Shea, Edel Hanly



Tipperary have not just excelled or contested the team sports regularly, Tipp also have competed in the handball competitions. By winning Senior titles in both Senior Hardball and Softball singles, Tipp are the only county to have won an All-Ireland in every sport under the GAA except Rounders, in which there is no official Senior inter-county championship.

Hardball singles

Tipperary have won two All-Ireland Senior Hardball singles titles. These have been both won by Pat Hickey in 1966 and 1971. Tipp are currently 10th on the all time Hardball roll of honour, 11 titles behind 2nd place, 13-time winnersKilkenny and 15 times winners, 1st place Dublin

Hardball doubles

Tipperary have won eight All-Ireland Senior Hardball doubles titles. These were won in 1929, 1931, 1962, 1968, 1972, 1975, 1989 and 1995.

Softball singles

Tipperary have won three All-Ireland Senior Softball singles titles. These were won in 1948, 1950 and 1983. Tipp are currently 7th in the all time Softball roll of honour, 9 behind 12 times winners, 2nd place Dublin and way behind 25 times winners Kilkenny.

Softball doubles

Tipperary have won eight All-Ireland Senior Softball doubles titles. These were won in 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1942, 1949 and 1950. Tipp are currently 3rd on the all time roll of honour, just 4 behind Kerry in second place with 12 and Kilkenny in first place, with 19.

40x20 singles

Tipperary have won five All-Ireland Senior 40x20 Singles titles. They were won in 1981, 1982, 1983, 1993 and 1994.

40x20 doubles

Tipperary won an All-Ireland Senior 40x20 Doubles title in 1991.

Stadium information

  • Name: Semple Stadium
  • Town: Thurles
  • Capacity: 55,500
  • Inauguration: 1981
  • Stand(s): Ardan O'Choinneain; Ardan O'Ríain
  • Terrace(s): Killinan End; Town End

Also known as Thurles Sportsfield, re-developed in 1981 and renamed 'Semple Stadium' after Tom Semple, one of the famous Thurles Blues. The second biggest GAA stadium in Ireland.

See also

Further reading

  • Tipperary's GAA Story by Seamus J King 1935–1984, 1988.
  • Tipperary's GAA Story by Philip Canon Fogarty, Tipperary Star, 1960,
  • The Tipp Revival: The Keating Years by Seamus Leahy, Gill & MacMillan, 1995. ISBN 0-7171-2329-4
  • Babs: The Michael Keating Story by Michael Keating & Donal Kennan, Storm Books, 1996, ISBN 1-901055-00-0
  • Tour Of The Tipperary Hurling Team To America in 1925, by Thomas Kenny:, London, George Roberts, 1928.
  • GAA History of Cashel and Rosegreen: 1884–1984 by Seamus J King, 1985.
  • Tipperary's Bord Na N-og by Seamus J King, Tipperary County Board 1991.
  • A Lifetime in Hurling by Tommy Doyle and Raymond Smith 1955.
  • Beyond the Tunnel by Nicky English and Vincent Hogan 1996.


  1. ^ Tipperary GAA Archived 2013-01-10 at the Wayback Machine Officers in 2013.
  2. ^ "Shane McGrath new Tipperary hurling captain". Nationalist. Retrieved 19 February 2013.
  3. ^ "McGrath named as new Tipperary captain". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 19 February 2013.
  4. ^ "Tipperary SH Pre-Season Training Panel". Tipperary GAA. Tipperary GAA. 29 November 2016.
  5. ^ Moran, Mary (2011). A Game of Our Own: The History of Camogie. Dublin, Ireland: Cumann Camógaíochta. p. 460.
  6. ^ Cashel 1–18 Athenry 0–9 report in Irish Independent, Irish Times and on, preview in Irish Independent
  7. ^ 2009 Cashel 0–11 Athenry 0–9 report in Irish Times Irish Independent, RTE online and Tipperary Star
  8. ^ "Final goal for camogie". Irish Independent. 29 March 2010. Retrieved 30 October 2021.
  9. ^ National Development Plan 2010–2015, Our Game, Our Passion information page on, pdf download (778k) from download site
  10. ^ All-stars on

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