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Traces Of Cocaine Metabolite Found In Tipperary Greyhounds

Two Tipperary greyhound owners, Mr Dan Clancy, with an address at Kilmore, Cappawhite, Co. Tipperary, and Mr Derek O’Sullivan, with an address at Castleview, Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary, have both been fined after traces of a cocaine metabolite were found in the systems of two of their dogs.

Mr Dan Clancy, informed the control committee of the Irish Greyhound Board (IGB), that he did not dispute the laboratory analysis, but regretted that he had not exercised the necessary appropriate care in the feeding regime of his dog ‘Goes Wilder’, latter whose urine sample was found to contain the prohibited substance Benzoylecgonine.

Mr Clancy was fined €2,500 and further ordered to forfeit prize money won at a race in Limerick Greyhound Stadium on May 5th last.

Mr Derek O’Sullivan, was fined €2,000, after a urine sample was taken at Cork Greyhound Stadium on June 13th from his dog ‘Billys Question’.  Same also tested positive for Benzoylecgonine.

Mr O’Sullivan was of the opinion that his dog may have come into contact with the banned substance, while being exercised in a field close his home.

The IGB control committee, however, rejected both owners explanations and further directed that samples should be taken from any greyhound under their care, and which was presented for racing at Bord na gCon licensed stadiums, for a period of six months.


Maria O’Grady Looses Life In Horse Riding Mishap

Mr Edward and Mrs Maria O’Grady during happier times.

It is with sadness we report that Tipperary native, Mrs Maria O’Grady, wife of top Irish National Hunt trainer Mr Edward O’Grady, (Killeen Stables, Ballynonty , Thurles), was tragically killed in a riding accident yesterday, Saturday 25th November.

Mrs O’Grady (née Anderton) originally from Ballymackey, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, sadly leaves behind two daughters Mimi and Rosie Mai and three of Mr O’Grady’s older children Jonathan, Amber and Lucy.

Mr Jonathan O’Grady issued a brief statement yesterday evening, affirming: “On behalf of Edward and family, it is with shock and profound sorrow that I confirm Maria O’Grady died suddenly today, following a tragic fall on the hunting field. Beloved wife, revered mother and ardent friend, she will be inordinately missed. RIP.”

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a h-anam dílis.


Thurles Man Confesses To Inappropriate Behaviour

Himself a golfing enthusiast, Fr. Paddy Delaney was on duty hearing confessions in Thurles Cathedral, last week, when a tall, slim, middle aged man entered the confessional.

“Forgive me father, for I have sinned”, began the individual seeking atonement.
“What is your sin, my son?”  the kindly priest enquires.
“Well,” the man begins, “First I used some unrepeatable language recently in front of  work colleagues, while out golfing at Thurles Golf Club. Prior to my inappropriate behaviour, I had hit an incredible drive that looked like it was going to travel over 250 yards, but, alas, it struck a power line that was crossing the fairway and rebounded, landing only about 100 yards away.”

“Is that when you swore?” asked an understanding Fr. Delaney.
“Not at all Father.” said the sinner, “After the ball came to a standstill, a dirty great grey squirrel ran down out of a nearby tree and grabbed my ball in his mouth, mistaking it for a nut, before beginning his run for cover.”

“Is that when you swore?” asked the kindly Fr. Delaney.
“Well, not as I recall.” said the man, “Because as the squirrel was fleeing the scene, a hawk dived down out of the sky and grabbed the grey squirrel in his talons, before beginning to fly away in the general direction of Littleton village!”

“Is that when you swore?” asked the golfers confessor.
“No, not yet”, the man replied. “Father, as the hawk carried the grey squirrel away in his claws, it flew up towards the green, and as it passed over a group of beech trees near that same green, the squirrel dropped my ball.”

“Did you swear then?” asked the Priest now getting somewhat impatient.
“No Father, because as the ball fell it struck a tree trunk, before bouncing through some undergrowth. It then bounced off a big rock, and rolled right through a sand trap onto the green and stopped within six inches of the hole.”

“You missed the fu**king putt, didn’t you?” said Fr. Delaney, shaking his head.


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.


Irish Greyhound Board Withholding €36,500 Prize Money

Thurles Greyhound Stadium

A Tipperary greyhound owner has brought a legal challenge to the withholding of €36,500 in racing prize money, after he was fined for allegedly doping or contaminating three of his dogs with the prohibited substance’s Meloxicam and Hydrochlorothiazide.

Mr Owen Mckenna, New Inn, Cashel, Co Tipperary, has brought High Court judicial review proceedings against the Irish Greyhound Board (IGB).

An IGB Control Committee, last February imposed, five fines totalling €1,000 on Mr McKenna in relation to three of his dogs. The dogs, named as “Farloe Rumble”, “Offshore Bound” and “Farloe Blitz” had run at Shelbourne park on September 5th, 2015.

The committee also decided that the prize money of €36,500 should be forfeited and claimed that the owner engaged in a reckless feeding regime for which he must accept the full magnitude of consequences.

Mr Justice Seamus Noonan yesterday granted the owner permission to challenge the IGB Control Committee findings and the case is expected to comes before the court next January.