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Thurles Author Captures GAA Communications Award

The 2017 GAA MacNamee Award in the category; “Best GAA Club Publication” goes to a Thurles author.

At this time every year the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) rightly seek to honour excellence in the areas of communications, public relations and journalism, specifically related to the activities of their Association.

Mr Liam Ó Donnchú and Mr Tony Wall at the launch of Thurles Sarsfields GAA Story.

These coveted annual awards are named after the late Mr Pádraig MacNamee, a former President of the GAA, Chairman of the GAA Commission (1969-1971) and a member of the RTÉ Authority.

It will surely come as no surprise to readers that GAA headquarters at Croke Park have recently announced that “Thurles Sarsfields GAA Story Volume 1”, by local author Mr Liam Ó Donnchú, Ballymoreen, Littleton, Thurles, has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 GAA MacNamee Award in the category – “Best GAA Club Publication”.

New GAA president, Mr Seán Ó hOráin, is expected to present these awards at a function in Croke Park, towards the end of this month. To Mr Ó Donnchú go our sincere congratulations, on what is not just simply a sports publication, but also a social commentary on the life and times of the people of Thurles and Co. Tipperary.

This truly enjoyable publication, which was launched in November 2017 by former Tipperary and Sarsfields hurler Mr Tony Wall, details the fortunes of the Sarsfields club, in Thurles, latter being the birthplace of the GAA, (1884) from the earliest times to 1959.

Mr Ó Donnchú has been involved in GAA communications in Tipperary for many years. His work with GAA programmes at Semple Stadium and the annual production of the Tipperary GAA Yearbook, has, in the past, received recognition nationally. In 2015 he published the well researched Tom Semple & The Thurles Blues.

Some few copies of “Thurles Sarsfields GAA Story Volume 1” remain available here in our local bookshops e.g. Bookworm, Lár na Páirce, Eason and Thurles Sarsfields Social Centre. Signed copies can also be ordered direct (Plus €10 extra for postage and packing) from the author, Mr Liam Ó Donnchú, Ballymoreen, Littleton, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

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Thurles Gets A Mention In Graham Norton’s “Holding”

We all know we should be reading more, so it is still not too late to include it in our 2018 list of New Year’s resolutions. To this end, for the year 2018, Thurles.Info (Deo volente) will be recommending for each month, January through to December, a ‘Book of the Month’ blog.

Our first recommendation for this year has to be “Holding” by Graham Norton. You may not be aware, but Graham Norton, the Irish born and much-loved presenter of the BBC’s “The Graham Norton Show”, has written his first fiction novel and it will come as no surprise to fans that same is nothing short of brilliant.

Set in the small west Cork town of Duneen, “Holding” introduces you to a cast of characters whose ordinary lives are irrevocably changed when the body of a young man is found buried on a local building site.

The plot of “Holding” may come as a surprise to readers when one considers Graham Norton’s genius reputation for comedy on ‘Fr. Ted’ and as a T.V. presenter, but “Holding” reveals yet another side to our Mr Graham Norton. His debut novel is a sensitive story of love, loss and hope, punctuated throughout with witty and shrewd observations of life, still to be found, so much in abundance, here in rural Ireland.

A central character in “Holding” is the rotund and often underestimated Garda Sgt. P.J. Collins. In Chapter 5, when a little of Sgt. Collins’ back story is revealed, we discover that our own much-loved Irish town of Thurles, Co. Tipperary gets a mention and plays a part in bringing Garda Sgt. Collins to the remote town of Duneen, quote, “After Graduating from Templemore, he had been stationed in Thurles. He liked the job well enough… In Thurles he worked longer hours than anyone else and was always the first to volunteer for the shifts that nobody else wanted”.

“Holding” by Graham Norton is published by Hodder & Stoughton and is available to purchase at Bookworm Liberty Square, Thurles or online from Amazon.

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No 1 Sought After Gift This Christmas

‘Tis the season to be reading – Thurles Sarsfields GAA Story-Volume I – by Author Liam Ó Donnchú.

Thurles Sarsfields GAA Story (Volume I) has now arrived in Thurles book stores and all involved with the project are delighted with its phenomenal success.

(Picture left: Mr Liam Ó Donnchú presenting a copy of the ‘Thurles Sarsfields GAA Story” to GAA President, Mr Aogán Ó Fearghaíl.)

The book illustrates the importance of the town of Thurles in the story of the GAA since its foundation there in 1884. The book isn’t confined merely to the games as it records many of the happenings in the town as the years have passed.

Many readers have remarked on the range and quality of the photographs, many of which have been unseen by the present generation.

Costing €25; Thurles Sarsfields GAA Story (Volume I) is available in Thurles through Bookworm, Lár na Páirce, Eason and Thurles Sarsfields Social Centre.

It can also be ordered by post (€10 extra) from: Liam Ó Donnchú, Ballymoreen, Littleton, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

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Thurles Sarsfields GAA Story Launched In Thurles

The launch of the Thurles Sarsfields GAA story took place in the Thurles Sarsfields Social Centre, here in Co. Tipperary, on Friday last, November 10th, 2017.

The publication was launched, most appropriately, by former Tipperary hurling Manager and legendary Sarsfields and Tipperary defender from the 1950’s and 1960’s, Mr Tony Wall.

Pictured above: Speakers at the launch of the Thurles Sarsfields GAA Story were: (L to R) Mr Michael Maher (Thurles Sarsfields Chairman), Mr Michael Bourke (Tipperary GAA Chairman), Mr Liam Ó Donnchú (Author), Mr Tony Wall (Special guest who launched the publication), His Grace Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly, Mr Seamus Hanafin (Templemore / Thurles, Municipal District Chairperson).

At just €25 (Hard-back / 500 pages); the Thurles Sarsfields GAA Story -Volume 1 is already the most popular and dare I say an essential Christmas gift in 2017, for all Tipp die-hard hurling fans.

Please Note: This exciting publication is now available in Thurles, through Bookworm, Lár na Páirce, Eason and Thurles Sarsfields Social Centre.

A ‘Signed Copy’ can also be ordered direct (Plus €10 extra for postage and packing) from the Author, Mr Liam Ó Donnchú, Ballymoreen, Littleton, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

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Legend Tony Wall To Launch Thurles Sarsfields GAA Story-Volume 1

Thurles Sarsfields GAA Story-Volume 1 – by Author Liam Ó Donnchú

Volume 1 of the Thurles Sarsfields GAA story will be launched on Friday next, November 10th, at 7.30 p.m. sharp, by former retired Tipperary, senior team centre-back, and hurling manager Mr Tony Wall, in the Thurles Sarsfields Social Centre, here in Co. Tipperary.

It was the same Tipperary legendary defender from the 1950’s and 1960’s; Mr Tony Wall, to whom is attributed the ‘tongue in cheek’ remark, quote, “Football is a game for those not good enough to play hurling.”

Mr Wall, a former Irish army Adjutant General (Military chief administrative officer), from Fianna Road in Thurles, joined the Tipperary team during the 1953/54 National League and became a regular member of the ‘starting fifteen’ until his retirement following the 1967 championship.

During that period, he won five All-Ireland medals, six Munster medals and six National Hurling League medals, and captained the team to the All-Ireland title in 1958. Mr Wall was himself a ten-time county club championship medallist with the legendary Thurles Sarsfields.

The Thurles Sarsfields GAA story-Volume 1; as we have previously stated does not confine itself purely to Thurles GAA affairs. Indeed, I would suggest that same can also be viewed as a social or community written commentary, with the many happenings down through the decades, affecting our rural town and surrounding parish of Thurles getting mentioned, and clearly put into date perspective; e.g. the arrival of Urban and Rural Electricity; the Thurles/Titanic connection; the official opening of Thurles Sugar Factory; the Korean War; Fair Days on Liberty Square (West Main Street) and Cathedral Street (East Main Street); The great Count John Mc Cormack’s Concert at Delahunty’s Cinema etc., etc., etc.

Please Note: All are most welcome to attend this official book launch, however if for one reason or another you cannot attend this event, remember this exciting publication will be available in Thurles, through Bookworm, Lár na Páirce, Eason and Thurles Sarsfields Social Centre. A ‘Signed Copy’ can also be ordered direct (Plus €10 extra for postage and packing) from the Author, Mr Liam Ó Donnchú, Ballymoreen, Littleton, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

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