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J.K. Bracken's GAA Club, Templemore
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Founded: 1992
County: Tipperary
Grounds: Páirc Shíleáin, Templemore
Coordinates: 52°47′56.50″N 7°50′08.68″W / 52.7990278°N 7.8357444°W / 52.7990278; -7.8357444Coordinates: 52°47′56.50″N 7°50′08.68″W / 52.7990278°N 7.8357444°W / 52.7990278; -7.8357444
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J.K. Bracken's Gaelic Athletic Club is a Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) club serving the parish of Templemore, Clonmore and Killea in County Tipperary, Ireland. JK Brackens compete in the Tipperary GAA county and Mid-Tipperary divisional competitions and is one of only two clubs in Tipperary that consistently contest the senior club championships in both the hurling and Gaelic Football. The club is also nationally renowned as one of the country's leading GAA Scór clubs, and in 2016 began the promotion of GAA Handball within the parish. Currently, the club fields 21 teams from under 6 up to senior grades and has approximately 250 playing members.

The club is named after Joseph Kevin Bracken, "the radical stonemason from Templemore", who was one of the seven founding members of the Gaelic Athletic Association in 1884.[1] Furthermore, Bracken was the first Chairman of the Tipperary County Board,[2] he served as vice president of the GAA, and of the original seven signatories, he was the longest serving member on the GAA national executive. He was an elected representative and chairman of Templemore Urban District Council, and was a member of the oath-bound republican organisation the IRB (Irish Republican Brotherhood)

JK Brackens GAA club (along with only 2 other GAA clubs) have the unique honour to have their club named after both a founding members of the GAA and a local parishioner.


Pre-Formation Era - the 1980s[edit]

There was always a strong tradition of Gaelic games in the parish even pre-dating the GAA, however before 1992 the parish had a disjointed approach to representation in club GAA competitions, with the Éire Óg Club represented the area in football, Clonmore intermediate hurling and the Killea club for junior hurling.

Throughout the decade prior to the club's formation, combined parish teams were entered in various competitions. In 1980 Clonmore and Killea amalgamated as Clonmore / Killea and enter hurling teams competing at junior, intermediate and senior levels. This arrangement continued until the GAA centenary year of '84 when Clonmore and Killea agreed to enter Junior and Intermediate competitions as single clubs but competed as one club at senior level, and it was under the name of JK Brackens that this group played as. The following year JK Brackens competed at Minor and Under 21 hurling only, however in ’86 and ‘87 the Brackens represented the parish at senior grade once more. A senior JK Brackens selection did not feature in 1988 as Clonmore had won promotion to senior ranks by virtue of winning the County Intermediate Huring Championship of 1987. Instead ‘The Brackens’ were represented at minor and under 21 grades only, and it was at these grades that JK Brackens claimed their first silverware, winning Mid Minor B and Mid Under 21 B hurling titles in 1989 and 1990 respectively.

The period from ‘79 to ‘91 was up to that point the most successful period for hurling in the parish, with Killea winning Junior A Mid titles in ‘89 and ‘91, (their first silverware since 1928), Clonmore winning Intermediate Mid title in ’79, ’84, ’86 and Mid and County honours in 1987. Add to this Minor and Under 21 B titles in ‘89 and ‘91 for the JK Brackens selection, the case for a single GAA club for the parish grew strong impedes with the common consensus amongst players and local GAA officials was that to compete and grow the games of hurling and football that a ‘one parish, one club’ approach must be adopted, just like the majority of GAA clubs throughout Ireland. It was also believed that Gaelic football in the parish would receive a major boost with the inclusion of Templemore Éire Óg in a Clonmore Killea partnership and so it subsequently proved, with local Gaelic football benefiting from increased player participation, game preparation and on-field success.

Foundation to Present Day[edit]

In 1991, the three parish GAA clubs approached the county board to assist an amalgamation and the county chairman appointed Michael Frawley of Emly to oversee and assist the process. Following a lengthy exercise in which county board appointees visited the parish on over a dozen occasions, the three clubs democratically voted their clubs out of existence for a 5 year period, and backed the formation of a single club. One of the most influencing factors in this decision was the voice of the playing personnel, who voted by 56 to 3 in favour of an amalgamation.

In February 1992, at a special convention in Páirc Shíleáin, the attendance of close to 150 members of the three clubs, gave their overwhelming support to the new venture, and the JK Brackens GAA club was officially formed merging the former GAA clubs of Templemore Éire Óg, Clonmore GAA and Killea GAA, and thereafter was ratified by Mid and County Boards, and by Croke Park for a five-year period. In 1997 some members of the Killea GAA club decided to leave the partnership and reform into their old entity however many player from that catchment area decided to play under the Brackens flag and likewise, some players from Templemore and Clonmore have chosen to hurl Junior B with Killea GAA. The JK Brackens Juvenile GAA Club was also formed in 1992. Its formation was less complicated as its predecessor, the Templemore Éire Óg Juvenile Club had catered for the youth of all the parish including Killea and Clonmore.

The newly formed Club was an immediate success with the Intermediate footballer and hurlers both winning Mid championships in ‘92 and there was also several titles won at Minor, U16, U14 and U12 levels. The footballers repeated their achievement in ’93 and also added county honours, thus winning promotion to senior ranks where they have remained since. The Mid Intermediate Hurling championship was ultra-competitive at this time and included teams such as Drom-Inch GAA and Upperchurch-Drombane GAA. JK Brackens had to wait until ’96 and ’97 for further Intermediate titles to add to the trophy cabinet. ‘Brackens lost two successive county finals in both of these years however they won promotion to senior level by virtue of winning two divisional crowns in a row, and have subsequently competed at senior grade since.

1997 was also the year that the 'Brackens won their first county hurling title winning the Under 21 B championship[3] in a side captained by Eamonn Corcoran. Further B hurling county titles were claimed in 2002 and 2004 at U21 and Minor levels respectively. The club had to wait until 2002 for their first title at senior level, winning the Mid Senior Football Championship, a historic achievement as they were the first parish side to claim the trophy in 38 years. They have subsequently won the title 5 time since the turn of the millennium thus breaking the dominance of Loughmore-Castleiney GAA. Brackens won their title in senior hurling silverware winning the Cahill Cup in ’07 and ’08,[4] and they won their first county titles at senior level in 2005 and 2006, winning the Tipperary Division 1 Football League, the former year a first senior county title for the parish in 69 years.

In 2016 the club took a major step forward in the promotion of Gaelic games within the parish when it was agreed that the club would join Killea GAA at minor and under 21 levels under the name JK Brackens Óg. In effect, this arrangement extended the agreed structures of the juvenile club up to 21 years of age, and therefore the teams had the full pick of the parish while players were free able to represent their own half at the parish at adult hurling. This agreement also allowed players from Killea to play football with JK Brackens at Junior and Senior grades, as their club had no affiliated Gaelic football teams. The foresight of both clubs proved an instant success when the Brackens Óg lineup completed a historic double, winning the Mid Minor A football crown and the parishes first Minor A hurling title[5] in a squad that boosted 3 members of the All-Ireland winning minor team of that year.

JK Brackens Óg created further history on St. Patrick’s Day 2018 by winning the County Under 21A Football title[6], a club first A county title, and bridged a parish gap of 45 years.

Other historic milestones reached at juvenile level was the Under 12 County hurling title in 2003, the club's first A championship county title, and the same group of players won the A football crown at Under 14 in 2005.


  • Mid Tipperary Senior Football Championship (5) 2002, 2006, 2011, 2013, 2014[7]
  • Mid Tipperary Intermediate Hurling Championship: (3) 1992, 1996, 1997
  • Tipperary Intermediate Football Championship (1) 1993
  • Mid Tipperary Intermediate Football Championship: (3) 1992, 1993, 2002
  • Tipperary Under-21 B Hurling Championship: (2) 1997,[8] 2002
  • Mid Tipperary Under-21 B Hurling Championship: (6) 1990**, 1993, 1997, 2002, 2009, 2014
  • Tipperary Under-21 A Football Championship: (1) 2018*
  • Mid Tipperary Under-21 A Football Championship: (5) 1998, 2008, 2014, 2017*, 2018*
  • Mid Tipperary Minor A Hurling Championship: (1) 2016*
  • Tipperary Minor B Hurling Championship: (1) 2004
  • Mid Tipperary Minor B Hurling Championship: (3) 1989**, 2004, 2012
  • Mid Tipperary Minor A Football Championship: (10) 1992, 1994, 1998, 1998, 2000, 2007, 2012, 2014, 2016*, 2017*
  • Mid Tipperary Junior A Hurling Championship: (2) 1997, 1998
  • Mid Tipperary Junior A Football Championship: (3) 1997, 1999, 2000
  • Mid Tipperary Junior B Hurling Championship: (1) 1999
  • Tipperary Junior B Football Championship: (1) 2003
  • Mid Tipperary Junior B Football Championship: (2) 2003, 2007

Note: * JK Brackens Óg. ** Amalgamated Selection, pre club formation.

Notable players[edit]

This lists outlines current or former JK Brackens players that have represented and won provincial or national honours with Tipperary. Further information on parish and club players who have represented Tipperary County teams throughout the years can be seen on this page http://www.tippgaaarchives.com/?page_id=14

Player Tipperary Teams Represented Honours Won Notes
Brendan Bane Minor Football 1986

U21 Hurling 1989, 1990

Junior Hurling 1988, 1991, 1992

Munster U21 Hurling 1989, 1990

All-Ireland U21 Hurling 1989

Munster Junior Hurling 1988, 1991

All-Ireland Junior Hurling 1991

John Bane Minor Football 1995 Munster Minor Football 1995
Martin Bohan Minor Football 1968

Masters Hurling 1994, 1996

Munster Masters Hurling 1994, 1996

All-Ireland Masters Hurling 1994, 1996

David Bourke U21 Football 1998

Junior Football 1998

Intermediate Hurling 1998

Munster Junior Football 1998

All-Ireland Junior Football 1998

Bourke has also won an All-Ireland Championship with the London Hurlers in the 2005 Nicky Rackard Cup, alongside former Bracken's player Paul Doyle[9]

Bourke also has won 2 Fitgibbon Cup medals with WIT in 1999 and 2000

Martin Bourke Junior Hurling 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1992

Masters Hurling 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003

Munster Junior Hurling 1985, 1988

Munster Masters Hurling 2000, 2001, 2003

All-Ireland Masters Hurling 2000, 2001, 2003

Bourke became the first player from the parish to captain a Tipperary side to honours in the 1988 Munster Junior Hurling Final

Bourke was captain when Templemore CBS won its first Harty Cup and Dr. Croke Cup (All Ireland Schools A hurling) in 1978 [10]

Seamus Bourke Minor Hurling 1975

U21 Hurling 1977, 1978

Senior Hurling 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983

Junior Hurling 1985, 1987, 1988

Masters Hurling 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002

Munster U21 Hurling 1978

Munster Junior Hurling 1985, 1988

Munster Masters Hurling 2000, 2001

All-Ireland Masters Hurling 2000, 2001

Bourke was part of the winning UCD Fitzgibbon Cup team of 1978
Shane Bourke Minor Hurling 2006

U21 Hurling 2008, 2009

Senior Hurling 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

All-Ireland Minor Hurling 2006

Munster U21 Hurling 2008

Munster Senior Hurling 2011, 2012, 2015

Bourke was the winning UCC captain in the 2012 Fitzgibbon Cup competition[11]
Paddy Caddell Minor Hurling 2016, 2017 Munster Minor Hurling 2016

All-Ireland Minor Hurling 2016

Caddell captained the victorious Our Lady's Templemore Harty[12] and Croke Cup [13] teams (All-Ireland A Schools) of 2017

Caddell was selected captain of the 2017 Tipperary minor hurling panel

Jim Cahill Minor Hurling 1985, 1986

Minor Football 1986

U21 Hurling 1989

U21 Football 1987, 1988, 1989

Junior Hurling 1992, 1993

Munster U21 Hurling 1989

All-Ireland U21 Hurling 1989

Sean Collum Minor Hurling 1989, 1990

Minor Football 1989, 1990

U21 Hurling 1992, 1993

U21 Football 1992, 1993

Junior Hurling 1995, 1996

Intermediate Hurling 1997

Senior Football 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005

Senior Football Tommy Murphy Cup 2005

All-Ireland Senior B Football 1995

Collum captained the 1993 Tipperary Senior football team to their first appearance in a Munster final in 49 years

Collum coached the victories UCD Fitzgibbon Cup team of 2001[14]

Éamonn Corcoran Minor Hurling 1995

U21 Hurling 1997, 1998

Intermediate Hurling 1997, 1998

Senior Hurling 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

Munster Senior Hurling 2001, 2009

All-Ireland Senior 2001

National Hurling League 1999, 2001, 2008

Corcoran is the only senior All-Ireland winner in the club since its foundation

He is the club's only All Star, he was selected at right wing back on the 2001 team [15]

Corcoran has won 2 Fitzgibbon Cups with WIT in 1999 and 2000, and was awarded the Player of the Tournament for both years

Pa Delaney Junior Hurling 1988 Munster Junior Hurling 1988
Ian Delaney Minor Hurling 2003, 2004

U21 Hurling 2006, 2007

Munster Minor Hurling 2003

U21 Munster Hurling 2006

Delaney was a member of the Roscommon senior hurling team that won the 2015 Nicky Rackard Cup [16]
Aidan Doyle Minor Hurling 1996

Minor Football 1996

U21 Hurling 1998

Intermediate Hurling 1998

Munster Minor Hurling 1996

All-Ireland Minor Hurling 1996

Doyle was man of the match in the drawn All-Ireland final scoring 4 points from play
Lyndon Fairbrother Minor Hurling 2015, 2016 Munster Minor Hurling 2015, 2016

All-Ireland Minor Hurling 2016

Fairbrother was awarded the 2015 Young Hurler of the Year by the Munster Council [17]
Tomas Hamill*** Minor Hurling 2011, 2012

U21 Hurling 2013, 2014, 2015

Senior Hurling 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017

Munster Minor Hurling 2012

All-Ireland Minor Hurling 2012

Munster Senior Hurling 2015, 2016

All-Ireland Senior Hurling 2016

Hamill represented JK Brackens at juvenile level only. At senior club level he represented Killea from 2011 to 2013, transferring to Moyne Templetouhy in 2014

Hamill also has won a Fitgibbon Cup with WIT in 2014

Declan Lynagh Minor Football 2007

U21 Football 2010

Munster U21 Football 2010
Dean McEnroe Minor Football 2012

U21 Football 2014, 2015

Junior Football 2014, 2015

Munster Minor Football 2012

Munster U21 Football 2015

Kevin Mulryan Minor Hurling 1998, 1999

Minor Football 1998, 1999

U21 Hurling 2001, 2002

U21 Football 2000, 2001, 2002

Junior Football 2000

Senior Football 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Munster Minor Hurling 1999

Senior Football Tommy Murphy Cup 2005

National Football League Division 3 2009

Mulryan was a selector over the victorious Tipperary Minor Football panel which won Munster honours in 2012
Tom Murphy Minor Hurling 2015, 2016 Munster Minor Hurling 2015, 2016

All-Ireland Minor Hurling 2016

Alan O'Riordan Minor Football 2011

Junior Football 2015

Munster Minor Football 2011

All-Ireland Minor Football 2011

Colin O'Riordan Minor Hurling 2012, 2013

Minor Football 2011, 2012, 2013

U21 Hurling 2013, 2014, 2015

U21 Football 2014, 2015

Senior Hurling 2014

Senior Football 2014, 2015

Munster Minor Football 2011, 2012

All-Ireland Minor Football 2011

All-Ireland Minor Hurling 2012

Munster U21 Football 2015

National Football League Division 4 2014

O'Riordan became the only the second clubman to captain a victories Tipperary side when he led the U21 footballers to the 2015 Munster Championship

He was only 15 when he won an All-Ireland Minor Football title

He became the second clubman to be nominated to an All-Star for the 2014 Football team [18]

He was vote GAA U21 Player of the Year in 2015 [19]

O'Riordan was awarded a professional rookie contract in Australian Rules Football with the Sydney Swans [20]

Kevin O'Riordan Minor Football 2007, 2008

U21 Football 2010, 2011

Munster U21 Football 2010
Darren Owens Minor Football 1995

U21 Football 1996

Munster Minor Football 1995 Owens scored the winning goal in the Munster minor decider of 1995

Note: *** Represented JK Brackens at juvenile level only

GAA Scór[edit]

JK Brackens places a substantial emphases on the cultural aspects of the GAA and has become one of the county's leading Scór clubs gaining recognition nationally. This arm of the club is centered in Clonmore village where these activities are given the same level of credence as on the field activities.

Recent significant successes include Scór Sinsear Set Dancing Munster titles in 2013 & 2017 and an All-Ireland title in 2013.[21] Furthermore, Clonmore man Noel Joyce has won treble Munster and All-Ireland Scór titles in 2013[22], 2015 and 2017[23] in the Recitation competition. Additionally, in 2015 Noel coached Ciarán Byrne to claim Scór na nÓg Munster and All-Ireland awards.[24]

Playing Fields[edit]

Páirc Shíleáin[edit]

Páirc Shíleáin (or "The Park" as it is often affectionately referred to) is the home grounds for the JK Brackens GAA club, is located in the Town Park area of Templemore Town. The pitch was first levelled, sodded and enclosed by local Templemore GAA volunteers in 1924 but this tenancy was initially a turbulent one and involved many strict conditions from landlords Templemore UDC, including no training, a fee per match played and ground sharing with the newly formed Templemore RFC. A suitable agreement was eventually reached between Templemore GAA and the Urban Council in ’53 and the venue was officially opened on the 8th of May 1955 when the Tipperary played Wexford in a senior hurling tournament. On that occasion the grounds were dedicated to St. Sileann, the patron saint of Templemore.

Tipperary hosted the Kilkenny hurlers on May 28, 1980 marking the officially opening of the clubhouse, The Carroll and Grant Pavilion, named in memory of two local Gaels, Arthur Carroll and Bill Grant who both won All-Ireland football medals with Tipperary in 1920, (it was also this duo who represented the club to first mark out the club grounds when acquired from the council in 1924). A spectator stand was completed in 1994, Tipperary beating Dublin in a hurling challenge on that occasion.

Since the club's foundation, Páirc Shíleáin has been the club's home ground for training and matches for both senior and juvenile clubs. Over these years several additional facilities have been added such as a spectator stand extension, a clubhouse extension, electronic scoreboard, hurling wall with an additional training area

Graffin Sportsfield[edit]

Originally the home of Clonmore GAA club, Graffin is used as the club's second pitch for training and occasionally for home games, and it is also rented out to the Knock GAA club for that club's junior B hurling team. Located in the townsland of Graffin directly 1.5 kilometres north of Clonmore village, the grounds were first acquired in 1927, it was levelled and re-sodded in 1987 with the dressing rooms built and open in 1988. During the 1970 and ‘80s the Clonmore club often trained in Templemore as the village field could not handle the increased activity during this period


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