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Death Of Anne Doyle Glenbane Holycross Thurles

With Sincere SympathyIt is with great sadness we learned of the death today (Wednesday 22nd July 2015) of Mrs Anne Doyle (née Reidy), Glenbane, Holycross, Thurles, Tipperary.

Mrs Doyle, who passed away in the loving care of the nurses and staff of the Community Hospital of the Assumption, Thurles, was pre-deceased by her husband, latter former hurling legend John Doyle, her brother Fr. Ray and son-in-law Danny.

Mrs Doyle’s passing is deeply regretted by her loving sons John and Michael, daughters Margaret, Sandra, Colette, Elizabeth and Anne Marie, brother Gerry and sister-in-law Ann Marie, daughters-in-law Una and Josie, sons-in-law Kevin, Henry, Seamus and Maurice, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and a wide circle of friends.

Funeral Arrangements
Mrs Doyle’s earthly remains will repose at Egan’s Funeral Home, Thurles, on tomorrow Thursday July 23rd from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to arrive later at Holycross Abbey at approximately 8:30 p.m..
Requiem Mass will take place on Friday at 11.30 a.m. with burial afterwards in the Abbey Cemetery.

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

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

Borrisoleigh Annual Festival Begins July 24th To 26th

All roads will lead to Borrisoleigh this coming weekend for the annual Borrisoleigh Festival, which takes place from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th July.

Here there will be something for everyone and for all ages over the course of this well planned festival weekend.


Pictured here prior to the launch of the 2015 Borrisoleigh Festival sponsored by Ryan’s of Camden St., Dublin are:- Back Row: Brendan Maher (Tipperary Senior Hurling Captain), Sean Shanahan, Marie Shanahan, Patrice Cooney, Mayor of Borrisoleigh, Tom Mason, Phil Mason, Kathleen Scanlon, Nuala Ryan, Fiona Max, Breda Ryan. Front Row: Joe Loughnane and members of the Ryan Family, Bernie, Liam, Martin (Snr), Pauline and Brenda.

Programme of Events
The weekend will kick-start with the Tomás Max Camogie U10 tournament on Friday evening to be held in the Town Park. Macks Funfair will also be present in the Town Park all weekend. The opening of the Festival will take place in The Square, with this year’s main sponsors, Ryan’s of Camden St. Dublin, making their official declaration at 9:00pm. This will be followed by live music from that hugely popular band ‘Acoustra’.

Walking Tours
Saturday July 25th starts early with walks organised by the Bush and Briar Ramblers to Knockanora (The Tower) and Latteragh, Forest Loop. Registration for these walks takes place in the Community Centre, to the rear of the Church, at 9.30am and 10.30am respectively.

A Historical Walk through Borrisoleigh takes place from 3:00pm to 6:00pm; starting at Shanahan’s Centra Store, coming down to McDonagh Square and finishing on Pallas Street. This event promises as always to be an enlightening and entertaining journey as participants examine Borrisoleigh’s past rich history.

Line Dancers
Borrisoleigh ‘Line Dancers’ will be displaying their fancy footwork from 12:00 noon to 1.30pm in McDonagh Square. A Food and Craft Fair will also be taking place in the Square from 12:00 noon to 6:00pm with local food and handmade crafts for sale.

Bake 4 Borris
A baking competition, ‘Bake 4 Borris’, will tantalise your taste buds also on Saturday. All baking entries must be dropped into the Community Centre before 2:00pm. (Viewing is from 3:00pm with the final results being announced by judges at 6:00pm.) Note: Entry is free and all cakes will be sold afterwards in aid of Festival organisational costs.

Be part of Irish TV
Irish TV will be present to record some of the events on Saturday, so ladies be sure to put on your best ‘Frock’ and you men, your best ‘Bib and Tucker,’ for this most publicised of televised event.

Variety Concert
Also on Saturday a ‘Variety Concert’ featuring talent from Borrisoleigh and neighbouring parishes begins at 7.30pm in The Square. There will be a special guest appearance by the Dubai Rose, Marie Ryan from Ballyroan; latter who will be interviewed by the local Mayor Patrice Cooney. Marie will also present the prizes for the school art competition. This Artwork will be on display to view in the local Community Centre throughout the weekend.

Churn Racing & Salsa Band
A large crowd is expected at 7.30pm for the Churn Racing display on Pallas Street which will feature some of the participants from the All Ireland Churn Racing competition held in Tipperary Town. This is a great opportunity to now see this unique and growing sport. To truly add to the festival atmosphere there will be live music in The Square with ‘Ochy Calderon’ Latin Caribbean Fusion Salsa Band; beginning from 9:00pm.

Family Fun Day
There will be a Family Fun Day in the Town Park on Sunday July 26th from 2:00pm to 5:00pm. This features a number of entertaining events such as a Veterans Hurling Tournament, Bubble Soccer, Vintage Car Display, Strongman Display, Tug of War, Pony Rides, Athletics, Sheaf Tossing, BBQ, Games of Skill, plus much, much more.

Live Music
Live music starts in The Square with Old Time Dancing by ‘The Castle Trio’ from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. They wll be followed on stage by the wonderful ‘Ebony’ from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. The band ‘Silver Dollar’ will finish off the live outdoor music from 8:00pm to 9.45pm with the official closing of the Festival by Lord Mayor Patrice Cooney.

Note: In the event of severe or inclement weather; all outdoor music gigs, due to play outdoor in The Square, will move to the village Community Centre.

Local pubs will also have live music on this weekend and even some Storytelling with the hilarious comic monologues of Fergus Costello; latter performing his show ‘Tell me lies horse’ in Finn’s pub on Saturday at 9:00pm.

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Tipperary Are Munster Final Hurling Champions 2015

HurlingWith 43,084 fans in attendance at Semple Stadium, Thurles, today; for Waterford it was to be their first defeat of the hurling season and for Tipperary it was to be their first Munster hurling final title win since 2012. For both teams also it was to remain a game of ‘points’ only.

Tipperary opened the scoring with a long distance point from Niall O’Meara, with his team colleague Seamus Callanan popping over a second, from a rather soft awarded free and all within the first three minutes of the game. Colin Dunford was first to open Waterford’s account with a point.

Within the first fifteen minutes, points from Tipperary’s Callanan,  Shanahan, O’Dwyer, Ronan Maher and Waterford’s Colin Dunford left the scoreboard reading Tipperary four points clear with Tipperary 0-06 to Waterford’s 0-02.

However by the twenty ninth minute Tipperary gains were to be levelled with Tipperary 0-07 Waterford 0-07, courtesy of Waterford’s Jake Dillon, a long-range point from fellow comrade Austin Gleeson, three points from Maurice Shanahan and all despite another beautiful strike from Tipperary’s Seamus Callanan,

On the thirtieth minute the scores are level again despite a rather dubious free expertly taken and driven over by Tipperary’s John O’Dwyer; followed by Waterford’s excellent long distance strike from Shane Fives. Waterford now take their only lead through their captain Kevin Moran, but Tipp full-forward Michael Breen splits the posts to tie up the game once again and with just one minute of added time in the first half, Seamus Callanan points over from a free from near the sideline.

Half-Time Score: Tipperary 0-10 Waterford 0-09.

First score of the second half came from Tipp’s Jason Forde, but received quick replies from Waterford’s Shane Fives and a Maurice Shananahan ’65, which, once again, left both teams level; Tipperary 0-11 Waterford 0-11.

By the 60th minute Tipperary’s hard work and superior physical fitness appears to make headway with points from Lar Corbett, John O’Dwyer, Niall O’Meara, and the accurate genius that is Seamus Callanan. With only one Waterford reply from Maurice Shanahan, tallies for both teams read Tipperary 0-17 Waterford 0-13.

In the sixty third minute Shanahan scores again but Waterford supporters know a goal is now a must and when Callanan’s ’65 goes between the posts hopes for a Waterford triumph begin to fade. Both team tallies read Tipperary 0-18 Waterford 0-14.

Before the full-time whistle; with two minutes of extra time added, Waterford gained two further points from substitute Patrick Curran and Austin Gleeson, but Tipperary were not wanting with answered points; added by Tipp’s John O’Dwyer, Patrick Maher and Shane Bourke.

Full Time Score: Tipperary 0-21 Waterford 0-16

A defeated Waterford must now move on and focus on an All-Ireland quarter-final against Dublin on July 26th next, while Tipperary must wait until August 16th for their All-Ireland semi-final.

Tipperary Team: D. Gleeson, C. Barrett, J. Barry, R. Maher, S. McGrath, Padraic Maher, K. Bergin, J. Woodlock, M. Breen, J. Forde, B. Maher, Patrick Maher, J. O’Dwyer, S. Callinan and N. O’Meara.

Subs: L. Corbett for M. Breen, S. Bourke  for J. Forde and C. O’Brien for S. McGrath.

On Friday Go Duck Racing In The River Suir

duckStaff and Management at Hayes Hotel here in Liberty Square, Thurles, Co. Tipperary are running a ‘Duck Race’ on the River Suir on Friday next July 10th in aid of two very worthwhile charity groups.

To purchase and enter your personal Duck for this racing event please note same are currently on sale at Hayes Hotel, Liberty Square and from ‘Fred’s Fashions’ on Slievenamon Road, Thurles.

The worthy charity groups who will benefit from funds raised at this major event will be the Thurles Branch of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVP) and TCL4CF, a charity fund raising organisation which supports Cystic Fibrosis Patient Care in the counties of Tipperary, Clare and Limerick.

This Duck Racing Event will start from both the Ursuline Bridges, latter area situated between Liberty Square and Cathedral Street; starting at 8:00pm sharp, with the runners and riders expected to pass the winning post, latter which will be clearly marked out, directly opposite the Thurles Swimming Pool and Leisure Centre building.

This event will be followed at 9:00pm with a Traditional Music Session, beginning later back in Hayes Hotel.

Ducks cost just €5.00, so please do rent a Duck and do lend your support to this very worthy fund-raising event.

Nine Day Sports Festival Set For Thurles Co Tipperary


Thurles Sports Festival 2015

The first ever sports festival of its kind to be held in Ireland, the ‘Thurles Sports Fest’, will take place in various indoor and outdoor venues, throughout the town of Thurles, from July 3rd next to July 11th inc, with the full support and backing of Tipperary County Council, Tipperary Tourism, Tipperary Sports Partnership, together with LIT Thurles, Fáilte Ireland and Tipp FM.

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This annual festival is massively expanded this year, following on from the previous and hugely successful annual Thurles Sarsfields Festival of Gaelic Sport. Sports teams from across Ireland and abroad are all lined up, once again for the trip to Thurles, as part of this exciting Sports Festival.

The town of Thurles will showcase the best it has to offer as a sports, tourism and shopping destination to the many visitors who are expected to visit the home of the G.A.A. during this 9 days of festival activity. The nine day festival features 24 sports, national and international, as well as very attractive musical and cultural events.

The feast of Sport will see games such as Hurling, Camogie, Ladies Football, Juvenile Hurling, Road Bowling, Rounder’s, Handball, Target Ball (Latter for persons with special needs), Basketball, Soccer, Boxing, American Football, Fencing, Swimming, Golf, Fun Cycle, 5Km fun run/Walk, Taekwando, tag rugby, and a special feature; an International Polocrosse match between Ireland and the U.S.A..

There will also be sports talks, fitness talks, healthy food talks, children’s workshops, a food village to include cookery demonstrations, a craft village, family fun-day, funfair, live music day, dance shows, bouncy castles, climbing walls, G.A.A Heritage trail, re-enactment of the founding of the G.A.A., pub music trail, traditional music sessions and much more.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to avail of special incentives and explore the sights of Thurles such as St Mary’s Famine Museum, Semple Stadium, Lár na Páirce (Latter the G.A.A museum), Cabragh Wetlands, Farney Castle, Holycross Abbey, Pony-trekking with Thurles Equestrian Centre, and Thurles Greyhound Stadium.

We will be bringing you lots more news on this 9 day festival over the coming days, in the meantime why not visit and download the complete festival brochure.

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