Founded in 1885, the year following the birth of the association, the name Arravale Rovers Hurling and football club first appeared in Gaelic annals in 1886 and since that time has had a long and honoured connection with the GAA. In 1895 the club had the distinction of repersenting the county and winning All-Ireland Senior Football honours in the process, the first such final to be played at Croke Park, then known as Jones Road, Dublin. A commemorative plaque to mark that occasion was unveiled at Croke Park in 1996 by the then GAA President, Jack Boothman in the presence of several members of the Arravale Rovers club
Sean Treacy Park, Tipperary Town is the home of Arravale Rovers. The present pitch is located on the site of the old Military Barracks in the town. The field was officialy opened on June 3rd 1962 by Dan Breen and played host to Kerry and Meath in football and Cork and Tipperary in hurling. Mick O’Connell played for Kerry that day and the great Christy Ring scored 2 goals for Cork. Throughout the years the field and the adjoining grounds have seen different developments and some big matches. In 1975 Sean Treacy Park played host to the All Ireland U21 Football final between Kerry and Dublin which saw former Kerry player and manager Paudi O Se win an All Ireland medal.It also saw the great Mick O’Dwyer patrol the sidelines as he managed the county to U21 and Senior All Irelands in the same year.
In recent years with the development of Semple Stadium, Sean Treacy Park has seen less of County teams playing in the ground. Although in 2010 the club hosted both the All Ireland Intermediate club Hurling semi final and the All Ireland Junior Club Hurling semi final.
These days Sean Treacy Park plays host to club and colleges matches and in January 2011 Ard Scoil Ris defeated Thurles CBS in the quarter final of the Harty cup. Many of the possible up and coming intercounty players were on show on the day and with a fine and loud audience it made for a great atmosphere. In February of this year All Ireland A Colleges Champions Nenagh CBS played Ard Scoil Ris twice in the Harty Cup semi final-the 1st game ending in a draw.
In 2004, a committee was setup with the purpose of creating modern facilities that our members, players and supporters could recieve benefit from. During the past few years, great strides have been made with the development work.
The committee envisaged a plan which would transform Sean Treacy Park. The committee proposed a five phase project which involved redevelopment of the lower field and banks around the field, building of new dressingrooms/clubhouse, redevelopment of the front entrance and carpark and a new covered stand. The dedicated finance committee provided the foresight and leadership to plan and oversee the plan to its completion in 2010 with the final addition of the stand.
The widening and addition of lights to the lower field has given the club a year round training field. The redevelopment of the banks has given the club additional ground to cater for our senior, juvenile, ladies football and camogie clubs to train without the restriction of space. The building of our new dressingrooms has given the players and mentors valuable space for our expanding team panels. The addition of the new covering over the seating has given the public watching games in our field more protection from the elements. In 2010, the club installed a new medical room and electronic scoreboard.
While the main development has now been completed, the club has still much to do. These include improvements to the new dressingrooms and a hurling wall to enhance our skills in hurling.
The club is grateful to the finance committee who completed much of the work in good financial times and as a result of their work the club is debt free. The club embarked on fundraising ideas from a Car Draw to golf classics to race days.
We are grateful to the support and help of our members and the local people of Tipperary Town and hinterland as this work would not be achieved without their voluntary contributions. We thank also those who constantly contribute to the weekly running of our club through selling of Lotto tickets and County Board Draw tickets.
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