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Nine Day Sports Festival Set For Thurles Co Tipperary

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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 www.thurlessportsfest.com/ and download the complete festival brochure.

“Foot Golf” Now A First For Cashel, Co. Tipperary

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Denis O’Meara, John Foran and Michael Bannon become the first three people to play ‘Foot Golf’ in Co. Tipperary’s  history.

Welcome to the new and wonderful world of “Foot Golf” here in the most scenic of areas in Co. Tipperary. Same comes courtesy of Cashel Golf Range, Ballyknock, Cashel, latter venue situated just off the R639 [Map Ref], close to Cashel town.

Yes ‘Foot Golf’ is now the latest new precision Irish outdoor pursuit to hit Co. Tipperary, blending those two most enjoyable of recreational sports, namely Football and Golf.

“What is Foot Golf ?” I hear you ask!  Well it all started back somewhere between the years 2006 – 2008, possibly beginning first in the Netherlands.  Basically is comes down to simple logic “Why play just one sport when you can play two at the same time”. Players simply take two great sports; Football and Golf, then combine both together using the existing rules attributed to the game of Golf.

Players kick a regulation No. 5 soccer ball into a specially designed 21-inch “cup” which replaces the normally expected standard golf hole. In doing so players attempt to take the least amount of kicks as is possible between each hole. The player who plays all 18 holes with the fewest kicks wins.

For most players each round will take approximately two hours to complete and soccer balls can be cheaply rented at this same Cashel venue – or you may wish to bring along your own.

The attraction of this new sport is that it can be played by anyone who is a lover of either golf or football, while involving whole families from young children to grandparents.  Same is now being recognised as the perfect outing for that close group of Friends (Ladies and Gents), that Corporate Event and of course that ever popular ‘Hen‘ or ‘Stag‘ party outing.

“What do you wear?”  Simple answer, “whatever you like”, with the exception of possibly football boots with studs and golf shoes with spikes which, as a general rule, are not allowed for obvious reasons. Ordinary ‘Runners’ or other soft type footwear is acceptable and indeed recommended.

All in all this game promises to be a most inexpensive outing for families, with no expensive sports clothing or golfing equipment required. Also importantis the fact that this new sport offers that important daily two hours of light exercise, recommended to maintain physical fitness and overall health and wellness.

Congratulations to ‘Cashel Golf Range’ for their initiative in introducing this most enjoyable of new sports to Co. Tipperary. Meanwhile if you fancy a game then Phone 062-62111 this weekend.

Funeral Arrangements Of The Late Jimmy Doyle

deathIt was with great sadness yesterday we reported the death, (Monday June 22nd 2015), of hurling legend Mr Jimmy Doyle, lately of No 2 Church View, Bothar-na-Naomh, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mr Doyle passed away unexpectedly, pre-deceased by his sister Olive and brother Gary and deeply regretted by his sorrowing family; daughter Janet, sons Gerry, Walter and James, sisters Hannah and Breda, his brother Paddy, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
Mr Doyle’s body will repose at Sarsfield Social Centre, Semple Stadium, Thurles tomorrow Wednesday, June 24th, from 4:00pm to 8:00pm arriving to the Church of St. Joseph and St. Brigid, Bothar-na- Naomh, at 8:30pm.

Requiem Mass will take place on Thursday morning at 10:00am, with funeral afterwards to the Island Crematorium, Rocky Island, Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

Munster Hurling Final Most Likely Set For Thurles

hurlingThe 2015 upcoming Munster Hurling Final Clash between Tipperary and Waterford is now most likely set to go ahead at Semple Stadium, here in Thurles.

Tipperary set up the this much anticipated encounter with the Waterford side on Sunday last following their polished performance against Limerick in their semi-final at the Gaelic Grounds (Páirc na nGael), which saw a classy Tipperary team come out convincing winners, overcoming their rivals by 4-23 (35 pts) to 1-16 (19 pts).

With Páirc Uí Chaoimh is currently unavailable due to major stadium redevelopment, choices of venue could include the Páirc na nGael in Limerick or Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney, however if Waterford are agreeable, Tipperary could benefit from a slight home advantage.

Final public confirmation on this July 12th venue is expected to be officially confirmed following tonight’s meeting of the Munster Competitions Control Committee.

Death Of Legendary Hurler Jimmy Doyle Announced

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The late Mr Jimmy Doyle R.I.P

It is with great sadness we confirm that legendary Thurles Sarsfields and Co. Tipperary hurler Mr James “Jimmy” Doyle has passed away.

Known and revered as one of the greatest hurlers in the history of the game, Mr Doyle, who was in his 76th year (born in Thurles in 1939), played as a right wing-forward for the Co. Tipperary senior hurling team.

Born in Thurles, County Tipperary, Mr Doyle first excelled at hurling while a student at Thurles Christian Brothers School (CBS) in the town, arriving on the inter-county scene at the age of just fourteen; linking up with the Tipperary minor team.

He made his senior début in the 1957–58 National League, going on to play a key role for Tipperary during a hugely successful era for the team. Mr Doyle also captained the Tipp team twice to All-Ireland victory in both 1962 and 1965, winning in total six All-Ireland medals, nine Munster medals and seven National Hurling League medals.

As a member of the Munster inter-provincial team for twelve years, Mr Doyle won eight Railway Cup medals. Also at club level he won ten championship medal with Thurles Sarsfields and at the time of his retirement Mr Doyle’s career tally of 18 goals and 176 points ranked him as Co. Tipperary’s all-time top scorer. (This record remained in place until June 24th 2007 and was only then broken by hurling great and right corner-forward Mr Eoin Kelly).

Also during his playing career he won three Cú Chulainn awards, as well as being named Texaco Hurler of the Year in 1964/1965. He was included at right corner-forward on the Hurling Team of the Century in 1984 and later, as left corner-forward, on the Hurling Team of the Millennium in 2000.

Following his retirement in 1973 Mr Doyle became involved in team management and coaching, which included a spell as manager of the Co. Laois senior team.

To his family and many sporting friends go our condolences on his death. Details of his funeral arrangements will be posted on this website later.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

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