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Tipperary Cumann na mBunscol extends its best wishes for the 2013 Hurling Campaign to our incoming Senior Hurling Management Team of Eamon O’ Shea, Michael Ryan & Paudie O’ Neill. Paudie O’ Neill has had a long association with Cumann na mBunscol. We wish the whole squad well for the coming season.


Due to recent bad weather, it has been decided to postpone all our football finals until after the mid-term break.



On Friday the 12th October our U13A football team set out for the Durlas Óg pitch needing a win to progress to the County Semi-final stages. We were defending champions and everyone was hopeful we would progress. We arrived early and had time for a good pep talk and warm-up. We sat silently in the dressing room, waiting in anticipation to hear the starting 15. There was a mixture of emotions as the team was called but all the panel members wanted a win. Ciarán Byrne led the team out as captain. His first task was to win the toss and play with the advantage of a stiff breeze and the slope. St. Colmcille’s were the better team in the first half and struck the woodwork on numerous occasions. Aaron Quinlan finally scored a brilliant point from his left foot to break the deadlock and leave the half time score: St.Colmcille’s 0-1 Scoil Ailbhe 0-0. Scoil Ailbhe had the advantage in the 2nd half. The wind got stronger and they scored 2 points in quick succession. A goal followed after relentless pressure and it was looking ominous for Templemore. Ciarán Byrne replied with a pointed free but it was too little too late. The full time score was: St.Colmcille’s 0-2 Scoil Ailbhe 1-4.Scoil Ailbhe played excellently and will be difficult opponents in their next outing. Best of luck to them. For St. Colmcille’s, we have relinquished our crown but here’s hoping we can reap success again in the not too distant future.



On the last Friday of September, the 28th to be exact, Mr.McCullagh and his men, all 29 of them got the bus into town to Thurles to play Gael Scoil in the first game of our group. We saw the Gael Scoil team pass. As we got to the field we went straight to the dressing room to get togged out. Mr. McCullagh named out the starting team. After the team was called out we warmed up on the Astroturf. We headed to the main pitch moments later ready for action, when referee, Michael Jordan blew his whistle and threw in the ball and the game began. Gael Scoil had the ball and Tom Ryan scored a handy point. Max Hackett passed it to Brian Long and he held off 3 players and got us a penalty. Darren flood took it and drilled it to the left of the keeper who made a great save …….but Kevin Hayes stuck the ball in the net (HON KEVIN HAYES).Dee Maher scored a point . At half time it was 1-1 to 0-1. At half time both teams were dying for victory. Gael Scoil had a threatening attack and we conceded a clumsy penalty .Taken by Paddy Stakelum, who placed it to the bottom corner but Owen Byrne, our goalie, pulled off a magnificent dive to save it to the ground , Oran Mulhall headed it over the bar .Mr. McCullagh sighed with relief. One the Hackett twins, Pat, scored a point. A further 1-1 from Darren Flood made it look safe. Mr. Mc McCullagh brought on 4 subs Liam McDonagh, Jack Morrissey, Michael O Donnell& Andrew Alexander O Shea. The game ended and victory was ours. Mr. McCullagh and Gael Scoil teacher agreed for an extra 5 minutes for the subs. I gave an inch perfect pass into Dillon Ryan who scored a goal from it, 1 of 3 3rdclass boys on the team. That was it and we were happy with our first win of the group.



County Semi Final day. It's a big day and the Cappawhite N.S. team were there on the 17/10/12. Cappawhite travelled to Cahir to try to get into a County Final. Our first match in the County Semi Final was against Newcastle. The weather was very bad and very slippery. It was starting to clear up in Cahir as we played. We started very well as we scored excellent points and we were very tired in the second half. In the end of the first match we won well with a tally of 7-2 to 4-5.

We waited as Newcastle played Clogheen. Newcastle won 5-3 to 0-0. After that we played Clogheen and beat them 4-4 to 2-2. In the end we are through to an Under 11 County Final in Littleton next Tuesday 23/10/12 at 1.00pm. We are over the moon! Delighted and excited.



This was the second Championship game for both Ardfinnan N.S. and the hosts New Inn B.N.S. Each team had been defeated in their opening match, New Inn by Lisronagh and the maroons by Kilsheelan. So this was a game worth winning! The opening minutes saw Ardfinnan settling quickly and making a number of chances. These were capitalised on and by half time the visitors had a solid lead. A number of scores from top-scorer Conor Burke were very well taken as were those of Lightning Luke O Brien and hard working Conor Gallagher. New Inn had some great moments in the game too. A goal in the first half was very well taken and the penalty midway through the second half was blasted to the roof of Brett Adams' goals. For Ardfinnan big performances were given by Cian O Leary and Mike Walshe in the full back line. Captain Joseph Betts raised a great cheer with his goal in the second half... a rare event according to his team mates! As the seanfhocal says 'An rud is annamh is iontach!' (‘The thing that is rare is amazing!') Of course Joseph spends so much time winning and sharing ball around the centre that he usually has not time to be scoring as well! Thanks to the New Inn boys for a very sporting game and for trying to the end.
Also on Ardfinnan's team and playing well were David Brannigan, Martin Condon, Ciarán Walshe, Emmet Cowan and Andrew Browne. Thanks to those who helped with transport on the day.



Clerihan defeated Powerstown in the first match of Section B on a score-line of Clerihan 3-3 Powerstown 0-1. Then St. Olivers beat Powerstown to set up a mouth-watering collision between St. Olivers and Clerihan. The winners of this would go on to the South Final and play mighty St. Peter and Pauls. The match between St. Olivers and Clerihan was a superb game. It was tight and close throughout. Clerihan went two points up before St. Olivers raised a green flag to go in front. The rest of the half saw the action go up and down the field with neither side able to get a definitive foothold in the game. The score at half time was St. Oliver's 1-0 Clerihan 0-2. Clerihan came out all guns blazing in the second half and took command of proceedings. A thunder-bolt of a strike from Jack Fitzpatrick raised a green flag for them as they went ahead on a score of 1-2 to 1-0. Clerihan were now on top and added two points to take firm control of the game. However St. Oliver's dominated the final five minutes as they lay siege to the Clerihan goal. They were constantly kept at bay by heroic Clerihan defending. At the final whistle Clerihan had claimed a famous victory on a score-line of 1-4 to 1-0. It was a special win for Clerihan N.S against a much larger school. St. Oliver's played their part in a great game but it was Clerihan who progressed to the Roinn A South Final. A mighty St. Peter and Pauls team were lying in wait in the Final. They quickly demonstrated their undoubted class with 2 early goals to stamp their considerable authority on the proceedings. Two more goals followed before half time. Clerihan played on bravely in the second half and never ever gave up. St. Peter and Pauls however were magnificent in every position and in all the skills of the game. They scored 2 more goals and 3 points while a gallant Clerihan team scored a point near the end. The final score was St. Peter and Pauls 6-3 Clerihan 0-1. Well done to St. Peter and Pauls on their resounding win. We wish them the very best in the County Final. They are a super team. Clerihan can be very pleased however with their performances on the day. They were excellent in their opening two matches and they battled to the very end in their last game too. They reached the South Final which is effectively a County Semi Final. To do so in Roinn A is a significant achievement for Clerihan because every school they played was a much bigger school, with a much larger pick. To reach the last four in Roinn A means the boys from Clerihan were among the best four teams in the entire county, and nearly 80 schools competed in the Under 11 Football Competition in total. Well done to all the boys involved. Clerihan N.S Under 11 Boys Panel: Oisin Dempsey, Oisin Casey, Oran Ryan, Aiden Maher, Sean Cooney, Evan Mullins (captain), Tim Norris, Cormac Frehir, Jack Fitzpatrick, Josh King, Conor Gearon, Dylan Curtis, Scott O'Connor, Darragh Hanrahan. On Thursday the 18th of October it was the turn of the Clerihan N.S Under 11 Ladies Footballers to enter the field of play. They competed in the Cumann na mBunscol Under 11 Roinn C Ladies Football South Championship Blitz. The venue, once again, was Moyle Rovers. Despite the heavy rain fall of the previous few days the pitch was in a very good condition. This is a testament to Moyle Rovers caretaker Mick Looby and his staff. Huge credit is due to Mick, and to those that help him, because they work so hard to insure that Moyle Rovers has a pitch of considerable quality.  Six teams lined up for battle, on a cold and damp October day. Section A comprised of Clerihan N.S, Ardfinnan N.S and Gaelscoil Cluan Meala. Section was made up of Ballylooby N.S, Ballyporeen N.S and Grange N.S. Section B saw Ballylooby win both their games to move into the South Final. They would face the winners of Section A.

In Section A Clerihan N.S opened with a victory over Gaelscoil Cluan Meala on a score-line of 3-3 to 0-2. Then Ardfinnan beat Gaelscoil Cluan Meala on a score-line of 2-0 to 1-2. In the final Section A match Clerihan faced near neighbours Ardfinnan to see who would face Ballylooby in the South Final. Clerihan played exceptionally well in this match and defeated Ardfinnan comprehensively to move into the South Final. The South Blitz Final saw Ballylooby collide with Clerihan. It was a Winner-Take-All clash because the winners would progress to the County Final. Just as the Blitz Final kicked off the heavens opened and heavy rain fell. The game would go ahead however and both teams went at it with intensity and desire. Ballylooby settled quicker and went 3 points to no score up inside five minutes. Clerihan responded with an expertly-taken goal from Julie Burke to go level. The game was very close at this stage however Ballylooby stepped up the pace and scored a goal to move ahead. They added a goal and a point before half time to take command of the battle. The half time score was Ballylooby 2-4 Clerihan 1-0. The young Clerihan girls faced an up-hill battle to get back into the game but they would have the aid of the wind in the second half. They came back out for the second period confident they could come back. The composure they showed was excellent as they attempted a miraculous recovery. Clerihan were dominating early in the half and scored two goals to move within a point of Ballylooby. The girls from Ballylooby responded instantly with two goals of their own to demonstrate their class. They had restored their 7 point lead and looked certain to progress to the County Final. However the heroic Clerihan girls hadn't read the script and came back with a point followed by a goal to leave just 3 points in it with 2 minutes left. The match reached a nail-biting conclusion as Clerihan threw everything at the Ballyooby girls, but Ballylooby heroically held out to the end. The final whistle sounded and Ballylooby had won the day on a score-line of 4-4 to 4-1. It was a thrilling and epic contest. The young girls from both teams showed such courage and desire to give of their absolute all, in such wet conditions. Remember these girls are all under 11. They served up a match that would grace any footballing occasion. In the end Ballylooby go through to the County Final, and everyone in Clerihan N.S wishes them the very best of luck in that. We know they will do South Tipperary proud. However the young Clerihan girls did everyone connected to them proud with their three performances on the day. They reached the South Final in Roinn C and were so close to a place in the County Final. Well done to Clerihan. Each and every girl did brilliantly. Clerihan N.S Under 11 Ladies Football Panel: Zoe Power, Mia Cooney (captain), Fiona McGrath, Kayleigh Flannery, Leah Clancy, Julie Burke, Michelle Cronin, Abbie Conron, Niamh Laste, Megan O'Donnell. Willie Barrett and Kieran Barrett refereed the Blitz matches on both days. We thank both of them sincerely for their efforts.

Also thanks, once again, to caretaker Mick Looby and the Moyle Rovers club for generously allowing us use their pitch on both days. The curtain comes down on the GAA season for Clerihan Under 11 Ladies Footballers, and for the Under 11 Boys Footballers. The last team standing in Clerihan N.S is the Boys Under 13 Footballers. They play in the County Semi Final of Roinn C tomorrow (Friday October 19th) against Grange, in Ardfinnan. We wish them the very best of luck in that match.



The 2013 Hurling Competition Entry Form has been emailed to all schools & is available to download from our website. Please return your completed Entry Form to our Secretary Aodan Wrenn, Clerihan NS, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary or by email to as soon as possible. Míle buíochas.



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