It is with great sadness we learned of the death yesterday, (March 1st) of former Tipperary Goalkeeper Tony Reddin (Goalkeeper of the Century and the Millennium), in his 96th year.
Mr Reddin died following a short illness, surrounded by his loving family at his home in Banagher, Co. Offaly.
T. Reddin R.I.P.
Born Martin Charles Reddington in Mullagh, Co. Galway in November 1919, Tony began his hurling career as a juvenile with his local club in 1933, winning a Connacht junior hurling medal with Galway in 1940. He would go on to play senior hurling and would play with Connacht in the inter-provincial championship in 1946.
One year later having crossed the Shannon to take up farm work in Lorrha, he joined the local club, where he immediately caused excitement with his unusual ability displayed in North Championship games.
Nicknamed “Thaudy,” in 1948, he assisted Lorrha win the North Tipperary senior hurling title making a succession of brilliant second half saves in the final against Borris Ileigh. Despite losing to Holycross/Ballycahill in the County final later that year, his performance brought him to the immediate attention of the then Tipperary manager Mr Paddy Leahy.
He joined the Tipperary panel later in 1949 and for the next nine years his performances as goalkeeper for the Premier County earned him the status and arguably the title of “greatest ever hurling goalkeeper”.
Tony won three All Ireland Senior Medals in 1949, 1950 and 1951 as well as three Munster Titles. He also won 6 National Leagues in 1949, 1950, 1952, 1954, 1955 and 1957; 5 Railway Cup medals with Munster in 1950, 1953 and 1955, and 1 Oireachtas medal.
Tony was named the GAA’s Hurling goalkeeper of the century in 1984 and was named on the ‘Hurling Team of the Millennium’ in 2000.
Mr Reddin’s death is deeply regretted by his loving wife Maura and children Catherine (London), Eamon (Sligo), Jacinta (Dundalk), Majella (Gorey), Collette (Dunstable), Dermot (Sheffield), Brenda (Ardrahan), Noelle (Lucan), Cathal (Bray), and their spouses, Pat, Jane, Brian, Murt, Paul, Dawn, Pat, Gerry and Yasmin, his 28 grandchildren and 2 great-granddaughters; also his sisters Kitty and Betty, relatives, neighbours and many friends.
Mr Reddin’s body will repose at his home on Tuesday from 12.00 noon until 7.00pm with removal afterwards to St. Rynagh’s Church, Banagher, Co Offaly, arriving for prayers at 8.00pm.
His Requiem Mass will take place on Wednesday at 12.00 noon, followed by burial in Bonoham Cemetery, Rathcabin.
It is with great sadness we learn of the death, last Saturday (28th February 2015) of M/s Marion O’Gorman (née O’Dwyer), Rathmanna, Thurles, Co.Tipperary.
M/s O’Gorman passed away surrounded by her loving family, while in the care of the Mater Private Hospital, Dublin and is sadly missed by her family, husband Noel Carey, son Bryan, daughter Lisa, parents George and Josie, daughter-in-law Emma, son-in-law Stuart, sisters Rita, Siobhan, Geraldine, Colette and brother Michael, together with other extended family, relatives and friends.
Marion’s body will repose at her residence on Tuesday evening from 5.00pm to 8.00pm, with removal on Wednesday morning next to the Island Crematorium, Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork, for service at 1.00pm.
“Mr Waste lived across the street, right opposite the Slows,
And every weed that ever grew, in his front garden grows.
Bill Waste lost all his lesson books, Moll Waste on hers she scribbled,
And so between the pence and pounds away their money dribbled.
This story is a sad one; the end is as you fear.
Yes the Waste’s are in the Workhouse now, Oh dear, Oh dear, Oh dear.”
With a General Election due before April 2016, the Labour Party (Irish: Páirtí an Lucht Oibre) held their Party Conference this weekend in the INEC Convention Centre in Killarney, Kerry.
Tánaiste Joan Burton of course was in attendance, as indeed was the self confessed Pretender to her leadership, Mr Alan Kelly, latter honoured to have been given a mandate to serve the people of Tipperary. (Of course one wonders will there be anything left for him to lead after the next election, as Joan slips away, with her pension, into obscurity.) But then as my granny used to say, “Try not to mock the afflicted.”
In her speech the Tánaiste had no new real announcements stored up to report to the ‘great unwashed’. She did vow to bring full employment back to Ireland in three years. “Everyone who wants a job will have one or at least the opportunity to get one, by 2018,” she unconvincingly rattled without stating any proven methodology.
As expected Joan did launch an attack on mischievous militant elements evident during various demonstrations, accusing them of hijacking and bullying at peaceful protests. Nothing like the belt of a burst water balloon upsetting your hair style to implant forever, political memories, as any rowdy schoolboy will confirm.
Picture above shows Left- Right: Mr Justin Blackwood (Bowe Travel), Mrs Catherine and Mr Michael Bowe (Owner/Manager Bowe Travel), M/s Nikita Purcell (Latter accepting a €500 Holiday prize voucher on behalf of her sister Fiona Purcell), Mr Martin Penrose (Rep. ‘If Only’), M/s Aisling Kennedy (Bowe Travel) and M/s Catherine Ryan (Bowe Travel).
This successful event was held to offer expert advice to all those intent on planning their Honeymoon, a Luxury Holiday Cruise or indeed an Adventure Family Holiday. Several hundred people turned out to this well planned event on the night, all partaking of the refreshments freely on offer, while also taking the opportunity to chat with numerous expert holiday planning professionals, readily provided.
At the end of this very informative evening M/s Fiona Purcell was drawn as the lucky winner of a €500.00 holiday voucher which will no doubt greatly assist in her 2015 holiday plans.
Can’t help wondering will Fiona need someone to carry her suitcases in the coming weeks? Congratulations Fiona and yes, with only a few moments notice, we can provide you with essential case carrying assistance, if and when required.
Tipperary’s Molly Sterling will represent Ireland at the 60th Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, Austria this year, 2015.
The final vote lay in the hands of the general public and it was down to a two-horse race last night as 16 year old Tipperary Musician and Songstress Molly Sterling edged out runner-up performer Kat Mahon latter singing ‘Anybody Got a Shoulder,’ by four points (Total of 104 points), on RTE 1’s ‘The Late Late Show.’
Molly’s song “Playing With Numbers” was co-written with Greg French and rendered live last night on TV with the passion and feeling of a professional performer twice her age.
Entertainer Panti Bliss, one of the four commenting RTE panel members which also included Phil Coulter, Linda Martin and Mairead Farrell, insisted “This is the song for me,” even before the voting had commenced.