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GAA National 125 Celebrations – November 1st

Sunday 1 November 2009

GAA National 125 Celebrations

In Thurles, “the birthplace of the GAA”

Sat night Oct 31st

Grangemockler GAA Club Bloody Sunday Commemeration Game:

S.F: Tipp v Cork in Semple Stadium 7pm (Under Lights)

Sun Nov 1st

11.00am: Special 125 Mass

• To be celebrated by Archibishop Dermot Clifford

• Before mass commences, 4 past presidents and Tipperary County Board President, Tomás Ó Baróid will bring symbolic GAA items to the alter.(Narrator: Liam O Donnchú)

(The 5 gifts to be Sam Maguire Cup representing football, Liam McCarthy Cup representing hurling, the 125 flag, the Boston Rule Book and the Official Guide).

• Readings of the day by Uachtarán agus Ardstiúrthoir CLG.

• Guí an Phobail to be read by the 4 provincial chairmen plus the overseas rep (if present)

• Presentation of offertory gifts by Thurles KRF juveniles wearing the 4 provincial jersies.

• Music and Hymns by Cathedral Folk Group

• Special Mass Booklet to be compiled by Jim O’Sullivan and John Arnold

12.00 noon: Procession from Thurles Cathedral to Croke Monument at Liberty Square.

Led by the Artane School of Music.

A flag colour party with Durlas Óg U14 panel carrying the 32 county flags.

Also the Tricolour, the 4 provincial Flags and the 125 Flag by National GAA representatives.

Representatives of each County, Ard Comhairle and Past Presidents.

Representative from every Tipperary Club behind their respective Divisional Banner.

12.15 pm: Cermony at the Dr Croke monument Liberty Square.

Fear a Tí: Micheál Ó Muirchearthaigh

Welcome from Cathaoirleach Chontae Thiobraid Arann, Barra O’Briain.

Pat Walsh (descendent of Maurice Davin) to read letter from Dr. Croke to Ml. Cusack.

Wreath to be laid by Uachtarán CLG.

Appropriate music from Artane School of Music

2.30pm: Munster Club S.H. Championship: Tipp v Cork:

• Big Screen on Town End Terrace

• Distribution of flags by TG4

• Presentation of TG4 Player Awards

4.15pm: Coiste Chontae Thiobraid Árann: Laochra Sean Ghaeil Awards in Dome Semple Stadium

32 recipients ie. 8 from each Division in Tipperary.

Special Guest: Cristóir Ó Cuana, Uachtarán CLG.



TG4 GAA SCHEDULE – Sunday 1st November 2009

12:15pm Sam Maguire Documentary

1:00pm Top 50 GAA Peil – 50 Best Gaelic Football Goals

2:00pm GAA BEO – Thurles Sarsfields (Tipperary) v Newtownshandrum (Cork) – Live from Semple Stadium, AIB Munster Club Hurling Quarter-Final

4:10pm Top 50 GAA Iomaint – 50 Best Hurling Goals

5:15pm Micheál O’Hehir Documentary

6:15pm Laochra Gael: Cormac McAnallen

7:20pm Laoch GAA 125 – A look at the top 3 Hurlers & Footballers from the last 25 years.

7:30pm GAA @ 125 Bliain History of GAA Programme 1 – Like a Prairie Fire

8:00pm GAA @ 125 Bliain History of GAA Programme 2 – Conflict and Consolidation

9:30pm Cogar : John 3:7 Documentary

10:00pm Geantraí : GAA 125

11:30pm Ringy

Another first for TG4 – a full day and night of Gaelic Games themed programming as the channel celebrates the 125th GAA Birthday in style

As the country’s biggest sporting organisation prepares to mark the 125th Anniversary of its foundation on 1 November TG4 has unveiled a special GAA programme schedule to mark the occasion. The station has dedicated most of its schedule on that day to Gaelic Games with viewers getting the opportunity to see live GAA action as well as a mouth-watering wide range of GAA-themed content in other programme types including documentaries, profiles and music.

The main live match coverage on this special day will be from Semple Stadium, Thurles for the AIB Munster Club Hurling Quarter-Final with Thurles Sarsfields from Tipperary taking on Cork champions Newtownshandrum in what will undoubtedly be an exciting encounter. There will be special events happening at Thurles during the day to mark the 125th Anniversary of the GAA and TG4 presenter Micheál Ó Domhnaill will have all the latest news from there.

The live match coverage will be complimented by a wide range of specially commissioned/selected programmes with a GAA theme including: Sam Maguire documentary, Micheál O’Hehir, Top 50 GAA Football Goals, Top 50 GAA Hurling Goals, Ringy, the Cormac McAnallen tribute programme, the first showing of the new John 3:7 documentary and a specially commissioned edition of the traditional music series Geantraí with songs and tunes with a GAA ring to them.

The Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) was founded on November 1st 1884, by a group of spirited Irishmen who had the foresight to realise the importance of establishing a national organisation to revive and nurture traditional, indigenous pastimes. In addition to this on-air feast of GAA, fans and viewers will also have the opportunity to get involved by voting for their favourite Hurler and Footballer of the last 25 years. Micheal O’Muircheartaigh and a panel of experts from The Star and TG4 have selected a shortlist of twentyfive players who they consider to be the finest stars of the GAA in the last 25 years.

Now we need your votes to decide who will be crowned the best footballer and hurler of the last 25 years, and who will be honoured during the live coverage from Semple Stadium, Thurles on 1st November. The public and viewers will have the opportunity to win 2 Premium Tickets for three years with all the information on Legendary sports broadcaster Jimmy Magee will also be asking some tough GAA questions with viewers getting the chance to win premium tickets to the All-Ireland Finals. All the information will be available on

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