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Tipperary Dismantle Waterford To Win 42nd Munster Title

HurlingFinal Score: Tipperary 5-20 (35 Pts) – Waterford 0-13.

Tipperary’s John McGrath and Seamus Callanan were the leading scorers, as the Premier County easily dismantled Waterford’s Déise side, in yesterday afternoon’s Munster SHC final at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick.  Both men generated a collective total of 4-13 (25 pts); with McGrath chalking up 3-02 (11 pts), and Callanan 1-11 (14 pts); both combining their immense hurling talents.

Tipp will now advance to an All-Ireland Semi-Final on August 14th next, leaving a dejected Waterford to face Wexford in the quarter-finals on July 24th.

Today’s meeting of Derek McGrath’s Waterford charges against Michael Ryan’s Tipperary demolition crew, mean that the former have lost their last five Munster final appearances against the latter, since 2009 and most recently just last year.

Perhaps it was the inclement weather conditions prevailing or perhaps it was a disastrous game plan, but overall it was a poor hurling first-half.  While Waterford came out of the blocks sharply and reacted very well to Tipp’s first-half nine minute goal; 15 minutes later their game plan had collapsed, never to return.

Despite this, at half time the scoreboard showed Tipperary a mere two points clear; Tipperary 1-07 (10 pts), to Waterford’s 0-08; the points on both sides coming from Tipp’s S. Callanan, J. McGrath’s goal, and Padraic Maher, with the Déise’s contribution arriving via P. Curran, A. Glesson, P. Mahony, and J. Barron.

Just six seconds into the second half and Waterford’s Patrick Curran narrows the Tipp gap to just one point. However from that point onwards Waterford appeared to be reduced to producing a poor quality, almost schoolboy, style of hurling, which would lead to Tipperary unleashing a merciless intensity and to Waterford’s eventual annihilation.

Only 5 further points were to be added to Waterford’s tally over the next 39 minutes; coming courtesy of P. Mahony and P. Curran. Reading the game, Tipp now upped their intensity with scores arriving from S. Kennedy, S. Callinan, N. McGrath, J. McGrath, B. Maher, S. Callanan, and later Sub’s Jason Forde and Aidan McCormack.

Some 74 minutes of overall game time saw the Tipperary score at 5-20 (35 pts) to Waterford’s 0-13, with Tipperary easily taking their 42nd Munster title.

Kilkenny’s successful manager Brian Cody, as always, was lurking in the crowd today, continuing to view Tipperary form.  Based on their more recent hurling presentations, he will have learned that perhaps Kilkenny may still have preparations to make, if they are to remain All-Ireland Hurling Title holders.

Tipperary Team: D. Gleeson; C. Barrett; J Barry; M. Cahill; S. Kennedy; R. Maher; P. Maher (0-01); B. Maher; M. Breen (1-01); D. McCormack; Patrick Maher ; N. McGrath (0-01); J. McGrath (3-02); S. Callanan (1-11), and N. O’Meara.

Subs: J. Forde (0-01) for N. O’Meara; S. Curran for D. McCormack; K. Bergin for B. Maher; A. McCormack (0-01) for N. McGrath and D. Maher for R. Maher.

Referee: B. Gavin (Offaly).


Parkinson’s Association To Hold Thurles Golf Classic

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Parkinson’s Association Golf Classic

The Tipperary Branch of the Parkinson’s Association of Ireland are to hold a Golf Classic at Thurles Golf Club.

Local correspondent Mr Gerry Bowe reports:-

The Parkinson’s Association of Ireland (Tipperary Branch) was established some 12 years ago and today continue to provides continued services and supports to people affected by the disease both here in county Tipperary and indeed nationally.

The Tipperary Branch of the Parkinson’ Association of Ireland will hold a Golf Classic at Thurles Golf Club on Monday August 1st next. To this end supporters are being invited to sponsor a “Tee box” at a cost of just €50.  Of course donations, no matter how small, are also most welcome and further details can be had by contacting one of the following locally: Mr John Hackett, Mrs Peggy Kirby or Mr Stevie Smee.

Parkinson’s is a disorder of our body’s nervous system, which directly impacts upon one in every 500 people and currently approximately 8,000 people in the Republic of Ireland have been diagnosed as suffering from this progressive neurological condition.  People suffering with Parkinson’s require regular inputs from Specialists who deal with this condition from diagnosis and onwards; so as to ensure that symptoms are managed effectively and greater quality of life is maintained.

Yours sponsorship and any future support in hosting this event, as always, will be very much appreciated.


Up For The Match

A large number of sporting events taking place in Thurles this week as part of the Thurles Annual Sports Fest.


Pictured yesterday evening: This group, some in period costume, who arrived in Thurles to attend the 1916 hurling final re-enactment between Tullaroan (Co. Kilkenny) and Boherlahan (Co. Tipperary).

From 11.00am today an Indoor Bowls Competition will get under-way in the Premier Hall; while at 12.00 noon, a Road Bowling event will begin on the Cormackstown Road.

Tomorrow Sunday a 6k Fun Run will take place from the Thurles Croke’s grounds (Nenagh Road) at 11.00am, while an under 18’s and adult Ladies Rugby Matches will all kick off at the Thurles Rugby Club (Moyne Road) from 12.00 noon.

So if you are ‘out & about’  today and tomorrow do trot along and join in.


Note Change To Thurles Sports Fest Programme

We understand from the Thurles Sports Fest Committee that two errors appear on the recently published programme brochure, issued publicly to homes throughout Tipperary today. One of these errors regrettably is also carried presently on their website, for which the committee humbly apologise.

Firstly the Thurles Sports Fest Committee wish to point out that the Festival will run from July 1st to July 10th 2016 and not July 1st to July 9th as published on the brochure.

Secondly, and more important, the ‘Scór Bowls for Special Needs’ event, scheduled originally for Friday July 8th 2016, will in fact open this year’s festival on Friday July 1st 2016 at 11.00am.  We wish the best of luck to all of those set to take part.

To remind you all of this upcoming event, please see pictures on video hereunder from the very first successful Bowling occurrence in 2014.

To watch in HD please click HERE.

The Thurles Sports Fest will now in fact get off to a flying start with a well attended official ‘Indoor Target Bowling’ competition, and with all competitors playing for the coveted Olden Cup, together with associated individual medals for runner’s up and winning team members.

You can find an up-to-date Calander of correct Sporting Events for the festival HERE


Thurles Sports Festival Begins July 1st 2016

Large numbers of visitors are expected to converge on Thurles for this year’s ‘Thurlessportsfest’ which will lumber up on Friday July 1st 2016; beginning at 11.00 am and continuing until July 10th 2016 inc.

The Thurles Sports Festival Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank, in particular, Tipperary County Council, LIT, Thurles Chamber of Commerce, Failte Ireland, Thurles Credit Union, The Anner Hotel, Tipperary Star and Tipp FM for their support of this 10 day festival event.

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‘Thurlessportsfest’ will officially kicks off on Friday morning at 11.00am with a ‘Scór Bowls for Special Needs’ event. This official ‘Indoor Target Bowling’ competition, will compete for the coveted Olden Cup, together with associated individual medals for runner’s up and winning team members.

At 6.30pm a ‘Horse (or Pony) and Trap Parade’, will be found heading in the direction of ‘Semple’s Field’, to the nearby Thurles Sarsfields Pitch, for possibly the most historic of this years super 10 days of sporting events.


Picture shows – Mr Liam O’Donoghue (Lár Na Páirce), Miss Fiona O’Sullivan (Tipperary Rose of Tralee & Irish TV Presenter), Mr John Enright (Thurles Sarsfields and Thurles Sports Festival Member) examining the new specially designed 1916 style hurley’s ahead of ‘Thurlessportfest’, July 1stJuly 10th next.  (Photo G.Willoughby.)

This historic parade on Friday evening will culminate with a 1916 ‘Hurling Final Re-enactment’, match, beginning at 7.30pm sharp in the Sarsfield’s Pitch, and same will be an admission free spectator event for all comers.  The two teams taking part in this re-enactment will be Tullaroan (Representing the Premier Counties oldest rivals, Co. Kilkenny), playing Boherlahan (Representing the honour of our own Co. Tipperary).

Meanwhile a ‘Family Fun Cycle’, will also be taking place at 7.00pm in association with Upperchurch-Drombane Cycling Club. This event will be a 10k cycle race through parts of Thurles town and out into the countryside, with all competitor standards welcome to participate regardless.

We will be highlighting further sports events taking place during ‘Thurlessportsfest’ in the days leading up to July 1st next.