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Tipperary Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Annual Report to the County Board by Aodan Wrenn, Secretary

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I am delighted to present the Tipperary County Board with my Tipperary Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Annual Report, for 2013.


The 2013 Tipperary Cumann na mBunscol Annual General Meeting took place in Hayes’ Hotel, Thurles, on Monday 25th of February 2013, at 7.30 p.m. 


The Officer Board of Tipperary Allianz Cumann na mBunscol, elected on the night, was as follows:


Hon. Life President: Paul Brett

President: Sean Horan


Chairperson: Patrick Kelly, Scoil Eoin Naofa, Roscrea.

Vice Chairman: Kieran Healy, St. Colmcille’s Primary School, Templemore.

Secretary: Aodan Wrenn, St. Michael’s N.S, Clerihan.

Treasurer: Jerry McDonnell.

PRO: John Manley, Dualla N.S.

Assistant P.R.O: Paudie Fahey, St. Michael’s N.S, Clerihan.

Equipment Officer: Jerry McDonnell.


Delegates to Coiste na Mumhan: Patrick Kelly and Aodan Wrenn.

Delegate to County Board: Jerry McDonnell

Delegate to County Bord na nOg: Aodan Wrenn


Delegate to Coaching and Games Committee: Donal McCarthy, Ballylooby N.S.

Delegate to Communications Committee: John Manley, Dualla N.S.

Delegate to Youth Committee: Aodan Wrenn, St. Michael’s N.S, Clerihan.


Primary Game Officer: Donal McCarthy, Ballylooby N.S.

Handball Officer: Patrick Collins.


Cumann na mBunscol Committee: Labhaoise Cunningham (Gaelscoil Durlas Eile), Aodan Wrenn (Clerihan N.S), Patrick Buckley (Ayle N.S), Liam O’Sullivan (Ardfinnan N.S).

Appeals Committee: Marian Anderson (Ardfinnan N.S), Michael Heffernan (New Inn B.N.S), John Lalor (Rosegreen N.S), Margaret McCarthy (Bansha N.S), Pat O’Halloran, Tipperary CBS.


Primary Game Hurling Selectors: Paddy Kelly (Scoil Eoin Naofa), Conor Doyle (Templemore), Pat Buckley (Ayle), John Manley (Dualla).

Primary Game Camogie Selectors: Michelle Skehan (Clonoulty), Michael Corcoran (Upperchurch), Tami Cullen (New Inn B.N.S).

Primary Game Football Selectors: Kieran Healy (Templemore), Shane O’Brien (Ballylooby), Paudie Fahey (Clerihan), Orry Ryan (Poulacapple).

Primary Game Ladies Football Selectors: Labhaoise Cunningham (Gaelscoil Durlas), Ann Marie Landers (Gaelscoil Clonmel), Katie Sweeney (Ardfinnan).


Tipperary Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Contacts:




Chairman: Patrick Kelly.

School Address: Scoil Eoin Naofa, Roscrea, Co. Tiipperary.

Home Address: 14 Riverview, Capanilly, Borrisoleigh, Co. Tipperary.

School Phone Number: 0505-23903.

Mobile Phone Number: 087-0010458.

E-Mail Address:


Secretary: Aodan Wrenn,

School Address: St. Michael’s N.S, Clerihan, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.

Home Address: 44 Rockwood, Old Road, Cashel, Co. Tipperary.

School Phone Number: 052-6135400.

Mobile Phone Number: 087-6578057.

E-Mail Address:


Treasurer and Equipment Officer: Jerry McDonnell.

Home Address: 25 Ballingarrane, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.

Home Phone Number: 052-21431.


P.R.O: John Manley.

School Address: Dualla N.S, Dualla, Cashel, Co. Tipperary.

E-Mail Address:


This past year Tipperary Allianz Cumann na mBunscol has enjoyed great success as an organization.


Tipperary Allianz Cumann na mBunscol ran an extremely successful Hurling and Camogie Championship in 2013. These Championships culminated on the 6th and 7th of June last, at Semple Stadium, for the Allianz Cumann na mBunscol County Finals.

We had two days of fantastic hurling and camogie, which produced very exciting Finals.

There were winner’s medals, and runners-up medals, for all panel members of the schools competing in the Finals. Everyone who took part really enjoyed their day out in the Cathedral of Hurling, Semple Stadium.


The Under 11 Hurling and Camogie Championships were run in accordance with the 2011 rule change about the implementation of Go Games, from the under 12 grade down. We organized Go Games Competitions for schools to play in the Under 11 grade, and created a competition for schools who wanted to enter two teams. The aim of this was to increase the number of children who get to play in all games. The rules were that all substitutes were to be brought on at half time. Players were not allowed to solo the ball. They could tap it on their hurley and then let it off. It made for very quick and exciting games. The number of schools competing in Under 11 Hurling has risen from 50 to over 90, in the 3 years that we’ve used the Go Games model. In Under 11 Camogie the number of schools participating has risen from 17 to over 50. This is a serious increase in the number of schools playing, and the number of children who get to play in all games. The 2013 competitions were run off as Blitzes, as in the previous two years. When it came to the County Finals the Under 11 matches were played on a smaller sized pitch in Semple Stadium, with two matches going on at the same time. Schools have expressed their satisfaction with how the Go Games Competitions are going. There’s less pressure on the children to win, when they play in Go Games. The children enjoy playing in these Blitzes and we hope to continue to use this Model going forward. When it came to the County Finals all school mentors, both in Under 11 and Under 13 games, wore the Respect Initiative bibs on the sideline.

All in all there were 28 County Finals, over two days, in Semple Stadium. Thankfully everything went very well thanks to the co-operation of the teachers, the schools, the GDAs, the TY Students (who helped with the scoreboard and as umpires/linesmen), the Semple Stadium ground-staff and the Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Officer Board.


The results of the Hurling and Camogie County Championship Finals for 2013 were:


Under 13 Hurling:

Roinn A: Scoil Ailbhe, Thurles beat Templemore

Roinn B: St. Marys CBS, Clonmel beat Two Mile Borris

Roinn C: Moycarkey and Kildangan drew. The trophy was shared.

Roinn D: Carrig Nenagh beat Drom

Roinn E: Thomastown beat Ardcroney

Roinn F: Toomevara beat Anacarty

Roinn G: Lorrha-Redwood beat Rossmore

Roinn H: Ballinaclough beat Ballagh


Under 11 Boys Hurling:

Roinn A: Templemore beat St. Peter and Pauls, Clonmel

Roinn A1: Carrick on Suir CBS ‘B’ beat Templemore ‘B’

Roinn B: Cashel B.N.S beat Gaelscoil Durlas

Roinn B1: Cashel B.N.S ‘B’ beat Gaelscoil Durlas ‘B’

Roinn C: Upperchurch beat Borrisoleigh B.N.S

Roinn C1: Borrisoleigh B.N.S ‘B’ beat New Inn B.N.S ‘B’

Roinn D: Thomastown beat Kilruane

Roinn D1:Rosegreen B and Gaelscoil Carrick on Suir ‘B’ drew. The trophy was shared.

Roinn E: Anacarty beat Leugh

Roinn E1: Drangan ‘B’ beat Leugh ‘B’


Under 13 Camogie:

Roinn A: St. Marys, Nenagh beat Holycross

Roinn B: Boherlahan beat Presentation Thurles

Roinn C: Cashel G.N.S beat Ardcroney

Roinn D: Lissenhall beat Dunkerrin

Roinn E: Anacarty beat Ballinree


Under 11 Camogie:

Roinn A: Boherlahan beat St. Marys, Nenagh

Roinn A1: Ayle ‘B’ beat Rosegreen ‘B’

Roinn B: Lissenhall beat New Inn G.N.S

Roinn C: Rosegreen beat Ballina

Roinn D: Thomastown beat Dunkerrin


A DVD was produced, by Michael Trehy, Fethard, of all the finals, and this proved to be very popular among the many parents and schools who bought it.



The Primary Game was a great success, once again, in 2013.


Tipperary lined out boys and girls football teams, in Killarney, against Kerry on the 26th  of May. The young Tipperary boys and girls footballers played with pride, determination and skill.


In Hurling, and Camogie, Tipperary had a great day out in the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick, on June 9th in the Munster semi final. The young hurling and camogie players played superbly on the day.


For all children it was their first time playing for mighty Tipperary and it is a day they will remember forever. All 44 children did themselves, their parents, their schools, their clubs and their county proud. Well done to each and every one of them!

Congratulations to all the children who pulled on that special Tipperary jersey this Summer for the first, but definitely not the last, time.

Sincere thanks to all our selectors who gave a huge commitment to the Primary Game this year.


Tipperary Allianz Cumann na mBunscol held their Football AGM on Thursday 12th September 2013, in Hayes’ Hotel Thurles, at 7pm.


The Football Championship was very exciting, producing some excellent matches.


Tipperary Allianz Cumann na mBunscol will hold their County Football Finals on Thursday November 7th and Friday November 8th 2013 in Cashel, Holycross and The Ragg. The results will be published in next year’s Tipperary County Board AGM booklet, as this report has been written before the 2013 Finals have been completed.



Last year I stated that the 2012 County Football Final results would be in this report, and here they are:


Under 13 Football:

Roinn A: St. Marys CBS Clonmel beat Scoil Ailbhe

Roinn B: Two Mile Borris beat Cashel B.N.S

Roinn C: Grange beat Moycarkey

Roinn D: Ballylooby beat Scoil Eoin Naofa, Roscrea

Roinn E: Boherlahan beat Ardcroney

Roinn F: Ballyneale beat Toomevara

Roinn G: Kilbarron beat Anacarty

Roinn H: Cappawhite beat Lorrha-Redwood

Roinn I: Kilvemnon beat Ballinaclough


Under 11 Football:

Roinn A: St. Peter and Pauls, Clonmel beat Tipperary CBS

Roinn A1: St. Peter and Pauls ‘B’ beat Carrick CBS ‘B’

Roinn B: Templemore beat Cashel B.N.S

Roinn B1: Templemore ‘B’ beat Gaelscoil Clonmel ‘B’

Roinn C: Ballylooby beat Boherlahan

Roinn C1: New Inn B.N.S ‘B’ beat Rosegreen ‘B’

Roinn D: Rahealty beat Scoil Eoin Naofa, Roscrea

Roinn D1: Corville, Roscrea ‘B’ beat Scoil Eoin Naofa, Roscrea ‘B’

Roinn E: Lissenhall beat Cappawhite

Roinn E1: Newcastle ‘B’ beat Leugh ‘B’


Under 13 Ladies Football:

Roinn A: Mount Bruis beat Ballylooby

Roinn B: Boherlahan beat Rathkeevin

Roinn C: Rahealty beat Moyne

Roinn D: Cloneen beat Loughmore

Roinn E: Anacarty beat Mullinahone

Roinn F: Bansha beat Poulacapple


Under 11 Ladies Football:

Roinn A: Mount Bruis beat Boherlahan

Roinn A1: Gaelscoil Durlas ‘B’ beat Our Lady’s of Mercy, Cahir ‘B’

Roinn B: Sisters of Charity, Clonmel beat Gaelscoil Durlas

Roinn C: Rosegreen beat Ballylooby


Public Relations

Weekly coverage of Tipperary Allianz Cumann na mBunscol fixtures, matches, results and the now famous Allianz Cumann na mBunscol ‘Player of the Week’ can be found on our web-site: They can also be found in the Sports Section of the following Newspapers:  South Tipp Today, The Tipperary Star, The Nationalist and The Nenagh Guardian. The Tipperary Allianz Cumann na mBunscol article, and “Player of the Week” segment, runs 52 weeks a year. News updates from Tipperary Allianz Cumann na mBunscol are also on the airwaves, on: Paddy Finucane’s GAA Preview Show, on Tipp FM, on Saturdays from 5 pm to 6 pm, Lina Ryan’s Sports Round Up, on Tipp Mid West Radio, on Saturdays from 6.30 pm to 7 pm. All information on Allianz Cumann na mBunscol-related matters can be checked out on the website, and in John Manley’s weekly column in all Tipperary Newspapers. We are also on Twitter where we relate Allianz Cumann na mBunscol news to our followers.


Equipment Scheme

Tipperary Allianz Cumann na mBunscol has operated a very successful equipment scheme over the past twenty years. It is open to all schools in Tipperary. There is an equipment night organized by Gerry McDonnell where schools come to order their equipment for the year. Approximately 1,400 helmets and 2,000 hurleys are subsidized annually. The volume of the equipment subsidized and distributed by Tipperary Allianz Cumann na mBunscol is the highest in the Country, North or South.

A full range of equipment useful to coaching within schools is offered, with an updated list becoming available each year. Tipperary Allianz Cumann na mBunscol is very grateful to the Tipperary County Board for the 11,000 euro grant it gets annually from them. We are also very grateful to the Croke Park Helmet and Hurley Scheme, for the 14,000 euro we receive from them annually.



I would like to thank all the teachers in Tipperary for all their great work and co-operation, over the past year.


I would like to sincerely thank Dinny Maher, the Tipperary Games Promotion Manager, and the GDAs (Andy Ryan, John Cummins, Tadhg O’Connor and Kevin Halley) who greatly helped us throughout the year. They particularly helped us with our County Final days and our Under 11 Go Games blitzes. I would like to personally thank Andy Ryan for being of such great assistance on County Final days. He provided us with TY students, who worked for 2 long days as umpires, linemen and score board operators. They really helped us ensure everything ran off very smoothly. We look forward to working with the GDAs, and Dinny Maher, over the next 12 months.


I’d like to thank the referees, umpires, linesmen and caretakers who facilitated the smooth running of our games throughout the year.


Thank you to the teachers who acted as co-ordinators of the various Blitzes we ran throughout the year.


I want to sincerely thank the Selectors of the Primary Game who gave us huge commitment. The teachers in question gave up a lot of their free time time to ensure the children had a day out they will never forget. Tipperary Allianz Cumann na mBunscol is hugely appreciative of the efforts of these teachers.


Well done to ALL the boys and girls who played with such pride, skill and determination every time they pulled on their school jersey, over the past 12 months.


We would like to say a big thanks to Cumann na mBunscol Sponsors Allianz for all their generous sponsorship over the years. We greatly appreciate everything they have done for us.


Bhi bliain iontach aris, ag Cumann na mBunscol Thiobrad Arann, i 2012, agus taimid go leir ag tsnuth go mor le 2013. Le cunamh De beidh bliain den scoth againn.


I wish to sincerely thank the Tipperary County Board for all the wonderful support it has given, and continues to give, to Tipperary Allianz Cumann na mBunscol.

We greatly appreciate their assistance and help. Without their support we wouldn’t be able to function as well as we do.

Thank you to Secretary Tim Floyd, Chairman Sean Nugent and everyone in the County Board, for the tremendous work they do for our National Games, in Tipperary.


Tipperary Allianz Cumann na mBunscol wishes everyone in the Tipperary County Board a very happy Christmas, and a peaceful New Year.



Aodan Wrenn.


Tipperary Allianz Cumann na mBunscol.