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Death Of Mickey (The Rattler) Byrne, Moyne Road, Thurles

rattlerIt is with great sadness we learned of the death today, Sunday 16th October 2016, of Mr Mickey (The Rattler) Byrne, No. 54, Moyne Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

Predeceased by his loving wife Mary, daughters Bridget and Marie; the Tipperary hurling legend and Thurles Sarsfields GAA Club’s Honorary President Mr Byrne passed away peacefully this morning, aged 93 years.

His passing is most deeply regretted by his loving sons Paul, Martin, Dixie, Chanel, Sean (Raz) and Noel; daughter Ena; brother Dinny; sister Gertie (Cooke); sons-in-law; daughters-in-law; grandchildren; great grandchildren; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; nephews; nieces; relatives; the GAA community; neighbours and a wide circle of friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Byrne will repose at Thurles Sarsfields Social Centre, Semple Stadium, Thurles, on Tuesday evening next (October 18th), from 4.00pm to 8.00pm.

His body will arrive at the Cathedral of The Assumption, Thurles, on Wednesday morning, October 19th at 10.15am for Funeral Mass at 11.00am. Interment will take place after Mass in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles, Co Tipperary.

Note: Family flowers only please, donations if desired to Thurles Community Hospital of the Assumption.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.


Death Announced Of Hurling Great Mickey Rattler Byrne

deathIt is with great sadness we learned of the death of Thurles Sarsfields GAA Club’s Honorary President and Tipperary hurling legend Mickey (The Rattler) Byrne, who has passed away peacefully at his home in Thurles, this morning, aged 93.

His passing this morning; on the very day of the 2016 County Senior Hurling Final; in which his club is participating at 3:30pm in Semple Stadium, is particularly emotional and heart rending.

Mickey Rattler Byrne was the winner of fourteen GAA County Senior Hurling Championships with his beloved Sarsfields Club, together with five GAA All-Ireland Senior Hurling Medals with the Tipperary Senior County Team.

His sudden passing will most certainly occasion a dark cloud over today’s proceedings, as well as a great sadness in the hearts and minds of all people in Co. Tipperary and much further afield.

Full funeral details will be announced later.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.


Child Welfare & Protection In Sport Training

litTipperary Sports Partnership is facilitating a ‘Child Welfare & Protection in Sport Basic Awareness’ training. This course is aimed at sports leaders, children’s officers, parents or anyone working with young people in sport.

A central goal for all those involved in sport for young people is to provide a safe, positive and nurturing environment, where children can develop and enhance their physical and social skills.

Promoting a child-centred environment should go hand in hand with identifying and eliminating practices that impact negatively on safe and enjoyable participation in sport for young people.

The next series of workshops will be delivered by Sport Ireland tutors on October 19th, at the LIT Campus in Thurles, starting at 6.00pm sharp.

This training will enable Children’s Officers/Sports Leaders to:-
• Implement best practice in protecting the welfare of participants.
• Create a child-centred environment within the sports club.
• List categories of abuse and some indicators associated with abuse.
• Make an appropriate response to a disclosure.
• Make a report to designated officer or appropriate Statutory Authorities.

Prior registration with Tipperary Sports Partnership is necessary, so please contact them to obtain a registration form. A nominal fee of €15 is required to secure your place. Please book early as places will be limited on the workshop.

A ‘Certificate of Attendance’ will be awarded to those taking part on full completion of the course.

Note: For registration or further information on a course near you, please contact TSP Clonmel office (052-6187080) or TSP Nenagh office (067-44888).


Tipperary Hurling Teams Back In Thurles Tonight

The 2010 – Homecoming of Heroes

Tipperary Hurlers Homecoming
As every true Irish man and woman in the world today is aware, Kilkenny Senior Hurlers were out-gunned in Croke Park, Dublin, yesterday afternoon, and despite Kilkenny’s Kevin Kelly netting an early goal in the second half, Tipperary stepped up displaying a hurling master-class to ensure that the Liam MacCarthy Cup would head back for the 27th time to the Premier County tonight.

So also news has similarly spread regarding our Minor Hurlers, latter having won their 20th All-Ireland title, with a seven-point win over Limerick.

Up to 30,000 Tipperary supporters, young and old, from all over Tipperary and further afield are expected to converge on Thurles town tonight (5th September 2016), to welcome home and congratulate both the successful Tipperary Minor and Senior All Ireland hurling team winners.

‘Semple’s Field’ (Semple Stadium, Thurles) will be fully open, allowing access from both ends from 5.00pm, and both victorious teams are expected to arrive in their respective buses at that venue between 7.00pm and 7.30pm.

Following the customary well deserved congratulatory speeches, it is hoped that as many people as possible will get a chance to meet and greet the individual players.

Kilkenny Homecoming
Back across the border, supporters of Tipperary’s old rivals Kilkenny will gather also this evening at Nowlan Park, where fans will get their chance to welcome home their ‘Black and Amber’ heroes.

Both teams however will be keeping in mind that preparations for the 2017 hurling challenge will get under-way today, but for the moment Tipperary Minor and Senior hurlers are the undisputed 2016 All Ireland Champions.


Liam MacCarthy Cup Returns To Tipperary

The ‘Cats’ had only 5 lives, as Tipperary proved with their comprehensive 9 point win over old rivals Kilkenny, in the 2016 All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship held in Croke Park, Dublin, this afternoon.

Today’s event was Tipperary’s first triumph since 2010 and their 27th success over the years. Goals this afternoon came courtesy of John O’Dwyer and John McGrath, while 13 points left the hurl, with the razor sharp accuracy of a determined and focused Seamus Callanan, correctly identified as “Man of the Match”.

Today’s decider saw master-classes in hurling from the full 15 man Tipp outfit and especially from the Premier’s Noel McGrath, Seamus Callanan, John McGrath, Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher and Padraic Maher; but all demonstrating sheer skill and determined ferocity.

For Michael Ryan, who took over as Tipp’s ‘Commander-in-Chief,’ his first management attempt must surely have given him more than just a little satisfaction, while taking on and defeating the well acknowledged skill and might of Kilkenny’s manager Brian Cody.

In what was a compelling first half match, both teams had levelled their scores 10 times before Munster Champions Tipperary produced two late points, leaving the scoreboard readings Kilkenny 0-12 Tipperary 0-14.

The first score, in what was to be a lively second half, came from a foul by Shane Prendergast on John McGrath and was pointed over by Tipp’s Seamus Callanan.  Two points from Kilkenny’s Reid and a goal from Kevin Kelly around the 42 minute appeared to cause little concern to the Tipp side, who were back level by the 46 minute, thanks to points from Seamus Callanan and newly arrived substitute Jason Forde.

Tipperary appeared to show a greater hunger by the 50th minute, and were also demonstrating a freshness not often seen on a Tipperary team coming up to the final 20 minutes of play. Points from John ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer and Seamus Callanan saw Tipperary move ahead and then came the goal from ‘Bubbles’, and the scoreboard read Kilkenny 1-16 (19pts) to Tipperary 1-22 (25pts).

Six points in the lead; Tipperary looked a faster team at this stage of the match, but Kilkenny were hanging on as Tipp’s Noel McGrath passes to his younger brother John, who found the back of the net with yet another goal.

But there was life in the ‘Cats’ still and Kilkenny’s Richie Hogan retaliated with a second goal in the 63rd minute. The scoreboard read Kilkenny 2-19 (25pts) to Tipperary’s 2-26 (32pts). Could Kilkenny suddenly retaliate as oft seen before?

Later points from ‘Bonner’ Maher, Seamus Callanan ensured no such last minute Kilkenny resurrection; leading to a full-time score of Kilkenny 2-20 (26 pts) to Tipperary’s 2-29 (35pts).

Tipperary Team: D. Gleeson; C. Barrett; J. Barry; M. Cahill; S. Kennedy; R. Maher; Padraic Maher; B. Maher; M. Breen; D. McCormack; P. Maher; N. McGrath; J. McGrath; S. Callanan and J. O’Dwyer.

Subs: J. Forde for M.Breen; N. O’Meara for D. McCormack, D. Maher for M. Cahill, K. Bergin for N. McGrath, T. Hamill for S. Kennedy.

Referee: B. Gavin, (Co. Offaly).

Congratulations to the Tipperary Senior Team on their well deserved victory.