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Tipp’s Anguish During Hurling ‘Famine’ Years Revealed

Noel A new publication reveals Tipp’s anguish during hurling ‘Famine’ years.

Three times Tipperary All-Star Tadhg O’Connor, who captained Tipperary to win the 1971 All-Ireland, (the last before the ‘eighteen year famine’) has revealed, in a new book, that had the ‘back-door system’ been in place back then, Tipperary would have won more All-Ireland titles.

In a new book entitled ‘Captains of the Premier Ship,’ which was penned by local journalist Noel Dundon of The Tipperary Star and which is to be launched on Saturday November 15th in St Patrick’s College here in Thurles by Nicky English, the Roscrea man states that while Tipperary were just outside the standard in the straight knock-out system, a back-door would have given them vital extra games and, crucially, a chance to make amends.

Tipperary, having beaten Kilkenny in the All-Ireland Final of 1971; a game made famous by the appearance of Michael ‘Babs’ Keating in his bare feet, surrendered their Munster and All-Ireland titles in 1972. The team bounced back in 1973 to reach the Munster final again. Limerick were the opponents for the second time in three years, but on this occasion Tadhg ended up once more on the losing side.

“We were just outside the standard and losing those games meant that your season was over. We were beaten by the eventual Munster winners and they went on to at least contest the All-Ireland final. We were not too far off at all and I suppose if the current back-door system was in place back then, we would have been in the shake-up a lot more often. But it wasn’t and, when you lost in the championship, that was it for another year. The back-door came about forty years too late for us,” he said.

Tadgh played in three National Hurling League Finals, but won only one medal, when Tipperary beat Galway in 1979. However, he cited the importance of the league and said that players always made themselves available to play for Tipperary whenever they could, because, having been knocked out so early in the championship, it was the only show in town for regular games in the ‘blue and gold’ jersey.

Also contained in the book, which is a 320 page history of the twenty one All-Ireland winning senior hurling captains from the county and a record of the twenty six All-Ireland titles captured, the legendary Jimmy Doyle tells of how he cried the day1964 captain Michael Murphy was told he would have to retire from the game due to a recurring knee injury. Doyle, captain in 1962 and 1965 described his Thurles Sarsfields clubmate as ‘stylish and classy’ and added that he had a magnificent All-Ireland Final on the great Eddie Keher in 1964.
“I went to school with him and lived near him. He was always in and out of our house at home in Bohernanave, Thurles. When he was forced to retire I was so disappointed for him because he lived for hurling and loved it. I cried actually when he got the news,” Jimmy said. He added, “We nearly reared him and he was a brilliant sticks-man. He was as good a half back as there was and he was badly missed when he departed the scene. It was very hard on him. It was cartilage trouble – a problem which would be mended now in a few weeks – but it was the finishing of a hurler back then. I had a scare myself training for the club when one of the lads came down on my knee during football training. I was out for a good while and I realised how quickly it could all come to an end – as it did for Michael. I was lucky, I managed to get back but the knee was never the same.

“I was always very fond of Michael – himself and Sean McLoughlin are great club men and great Tipperary men. McLoughlin was so unlucky not to captain Tipperary to an All-Ireland title in 1963 – we spoke about it recently and I told him that along with Michael’s injury, one of my regrets would be that we didn’t win the All-Ireland when McLoughlin was captain,” Jimmy says.

The book ‘Captains of the Premier Ship,’ which will be available in local bookshops after the launch, is a real collectors item as well as being a very interesting insight into those unique ‘band of brothers’ – Tipperary’s All-Ireland winning senior hurling captains.

All profits from this most excellent publication will be donated to the mental health charity AWARE.

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Fine Gael Doners Brother On Board Of Irish Water.

waterPer yesterdays Irish Times (29th Oct 2014) the brother of a Fine Gael financial donor was appointed to the board of Irish Water. Mr Andrew Sheehy is recorded as having given €1,000 to M/s Lucinda Creighton, when she was then contesting a Dáil seat for Fine Gael. Ms Creighton is reported to have stated that Mr Sheehy “made a donation to my campaign in 2007, but I don’t really know the guy.”

Mr Andrew Sheehy is recorded under Standards in Public Office (SIPO) records as having donated €1,000 to Ms Lucinda Creighton in 2007, when she then contested and eventually won a Dáil seat in the constituency of Dublin South East. Mr Sheehy’s  SIPO declaration lists his address as Cashel, Co Tipperary.

According to the Irish Times, Mr Andrew Sheehy’s brother is listed as Colman Francis Sheehy in the Companies Registration Office (CRO) under records held on behalf of Irish Water. Information supplied on the Irish Water website shows Mr Coleman Sheehy named as one of the board members and confirms he is “involved in property investment and development.” Mr Sheehy’s appointment was approved by the then ministers Phil Hogan and Pat Rabbitte in November 2013.

Only two members of Irish Water’s board applied for their positions through a public recruitment process, according to records released by the Department of the Environment. None of the remaining board members, who are each entitled to an annual fee of €15,000, went through the same process and each was hand-picked by Ervia, latter new name for former Bord Gais.

In CRO documents confirming his directorship of Irish Water, Mr Sheehy’s current occupation is listed as; Property Consultant and director of Melot Properties Limited. His brother Mr Andrew Sheehy is also listed as another director of Melot Properties Ltd..

Mr Andrew Sheehy is known to socialise in Fine Gael circles, and is understood to be an associate of Mr Frank Quilter, a well-known national figure in the Fine Gael party.  Co Kerry native Mr Frank Quilter is also among a number of ten donors listed as having donated €1,000 each to Ms Creighton campaign in 2007.

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Frank Rafter Art Exhibition To Open In The Source Thurles

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Artist Frank Rafter.

M/s Lorraine Treacy, Thurles Library, The Source, Cathedral Street, Thurles,  Co Tipperary, reports:-

An exhibition of the selected artistic work of former Thurles dentist and keen environmentalist Mr Frank Rafter will go on display in the Source exhibition centre on Wednesday next November 5th at 7.00 p.m.

Presented to the public by Thurles Library and entitled ‘From the Edge,’ the exhibition will give an idea of how Frank’s work has progressed over recent years; from mainly painting through a return to drawing and on to printmaking, which is now this artists main preoccupation.

This exciting exhibition will also feature some of the books that Frank has made; these being artists’ books which he has made and books of his photographic work which document some of his very welcome obsessions.

Frank says, “Much of my drawing and print work is concerned with the concept of binary opposites, such as smoothness, rust, growth, decay, glitz, dereliction;, all derived initially from the idea of edge – a persistent obsession in my thinking.”

The area of artists’ books exerts a deep fascination for Frank as they unite his two great interests, art and literature.

The exhibition will run from Wednesday 5th to Tuesday 25th of November 2014 during normal library opening hours and later on at selected performance evenings.

For further information contact Thurles Libraries’ M/s Ann Marie Brophy –  Tel: 0504-29720.

A visit to this upcoming exhibition is truly not to be missed and comes highly recommended.

Remember:  Wednesday next November 5th at 7.00 p.m.

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Press Realise By Thurles Right2Water Committee

Thurles Demonstration For Our Right To Water

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Mr Michael Lange, newly appointed Chairman of Thurles Right2water Committee reports.

Formation of the Thurles Right2Water committee.

“I am pleased to announce the formation of the Thurles right2water committee. The committee has been formed as a cross party, non-political forum to provide voice and direction for the people of Thurles against current unfair and inequitable water charges.
The water charges in their current form drastically punish middle and low income earners while having almost no effect on higher earners. Since the introduction of austerity many families and households around the country, particularly in Tipperary, have struggled to make ends meet.

During the winter many households already have to choose between heat or food on a daily basis. I believe that the water charges represent a huge injustice on these people and indeed on all of the people of Ireland. When “pay by metering” for water is introduced will households now also have to choose which child’s turn it is to have a shower on a given day? For me the constant slide in the standard of living experienced since the onset of austerity has taken a leap into the obscene.
We simply cannot afford to pay any more. Health care, property tax, universal social charge, education fees increasing, road tax, stealthy reduction of tax credits in the budget of 2013, the list goes on and on. We are already struggling to keep our heads above water. There is no more blood to be squeezed out of this stone.

We constantly hear about a recovery in the country at the moment, I ask a recovery for whom? Yes jobs are returning into the economy, but what standard of living do we now have as a result of the payment from those jobs? Look to your own lives, your own households, your own families, your own weekly finances and ask yourself are you part of this recovery? Look at your own access to services here in Thurles and in county Tipperary and ask yourself are you feeling the recovery, has austerity ceased to be harsh on you?

We already pay for our water. The Irish people pay 1.2 billion Euro per year for water through general taxation. At the last attempt to introduce water charges in Ireland between 1994 and 1997 there were extensive national protests. There was also a national boycott campaign. The then government capitulated to the pressure the people of Ireland imposed on them. Instead of charges they increased the rate of motor tax and VAT and diverted these extra funds towards local authorities to fund the cost of providing water to the public.

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Thurles To Commemorate Towns WW1 Dead

Ecumenical Solemn Commemoration Service on the Centenary of the outbreak of WW1

“If ye break faith with us who die we shall not sleep, though poppies grow in Flanders fields.”
( Extract from the poem ‘In Flanders Fields,’ by Canadian Physician Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae.)

And the band plays Waltzing Matilda, and the old men still answer the call,
but year after year, their numbers get fewer; someday, no one will march there at all.
( Extract from the song ‘The Band Played Waltzing Matilda,’ written by Eric Bogle.)

At the very least, some 75 soldiers and their officers from Thurles and its immediate environs, saw fit to enlist in the British Army, fought and died bravely between 1914 to 1918, and indeed even later, from wounds received, after that ” war to end all wars” period of our history.

Tomorrow night (October 28th 2014) in St Mary’s Church, here in Thurles, an Ecumenical Solemn Commemoration Service on the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War (WWI) will be held, beginning at 7.30pm sharp, to which all are invited to attend. The service of Prayer, Music and Poetry will be conducted jointly by clergy representing both traditions of the Roman Catholic and Church of Ireland communities, led by Rev. Ian Coulter.

Music for the event will be provided by renowned local pianist M/s Mary Rose McNally, with special guest; composer, guitarist and much-loved folk singer M/s Nora Fogarty.  Retired former aide-de-camp to H.E. the President of Ireland and Co Galway native, Commandant Michael Walsh, will give the commemorative address, with a poetry reading by Mr Shane Willoughby.

Names Of Known Thurles Area Officers and Men Who Died In and Following WW1

(Our thanks to published author Mr Tom Burnell for his research.)

Anderson John, Armstrong William Maurice (Capt) M.C., Beirne John, Bermingham Patrick, Bourke James, Brett Timothy, Butler John, Byrne Patrick, Carroll Martin, Carroll Thomas, Carty John, Cassidy John, Cleary Joseph, Cleary Patrick, Cleary Thomas, Coady Edward, Coady Joseph, Coady Richard, Coffey Michael, Cooke Henry F, Cooney David,Cummins John, Conway Denis, Cunningham John V.C., Cunningham Patrick, Cusack Oliver, Dea Patrick, Dwyer Cornelius, Egan Martin, Fitzpatrick Joseph, Gouldsborough Patrick, Griffin Thomas, Hackett Martin, Hanrahan Daniel, Hayes Daniel, Hayes Thomas, Hennessey Thomas, Horan Joseph, Jordan Denis, Kelly James, Kelly William, Kennedy, Matthew, Kiely Owen, Knox Hubert Lt Col., Knox William Lt Col., Lawyer Joseph, Maher Frank, Maher James, Maher James Bernard, Maher John, McCormack Francis, McCormack Thomas, McLoughlin James J, Meany James, Mockler Patrick, Moyler George, O’Brien Lawrence, O’Grady Patrick, O’Shea John, Power Michael, Purcell Philip, Quinlan Joseph, Ryan Andrew, Ryan James, Ryan John, Ryan Martin, Ryan Michael, Ryan Patrick, Scally Patrick, Shields Matthew, Stapleton John, Sullivan Patrick, Terry Timothy, Walsh James.

A ‘Cross of Sacrifice’ was erected in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin, earlier this year, to coincide with the centenary of the beginning of World War One and in particular to commemorate the many thousands of Irish soldiers nationally who lost their lives as a result of both World War One and World War Two.

In his speech at the dedication and unveiling of this ‘Cross of Sacrifice,’ on Thursday, July 31st 2014, President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins stated; “We cannot give back their lives to the dead, nor whole bodies to those who were wounded, or repair the grief, undo the disrespect that was sometimes shown to those who fought or their families. But we honour them all now, even if at a distance, and we do not ask, nor would it be appropriate to interrogate, their reasons for enlisting.
To all of them in their silence we offer our own silence, without judgement, and with respect for their ideals, as they knew them, and for the humanity they expressed towards each other. And we offer our sorrow too that they and their families were not given the compassion and the understanding over the decades that they should have received.
Let us now, together, cultivate memory as a tool for the living and as a sure base for the future – memory employed in the task of building peace.”

Military personnel in particular, community elected representatives and indeed all residents of the town of Thurles are invited to attend and the short Commemoration Service will be followed by a cup of tea and some seasonal “buttered bairín breac,” plus the chance to view a rare display of primary source WWI artefacts’ pertinent to Tipperary and indeed to Thurles.

Admission is free, however a collection will be made during the service with proceeds going to the upgrading of St Mary’s War Museum. (Latter presently under re-construction and due to be reopened as a local tourist attraction on May 1st 2015 next.)

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