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Olympic Boxer Charged With New Criminal Offences

Mountrath, Co.Laois Olympic boxer Mr Michael O’Reilly, aged 23, who left the Olympic Games in Rio after news emerged of a failed drugs test, has been charged with three new criminal damage offences as a result of an alleged incident in Ballybeg, Littleton, Co. Tipperary, on April 18th of last year.

Mr Michael O’Reilly was due to compete with the Olympic middleweight boxing division in Rio during August of last year. The boxer had already been before Thurles District Court charged with being intoxicated in a public place and engaging in abusive, insulting or threatening behaviour.

Garda Sergeant Declan O’Carroll informed Judge Elizabeth MacGrath at Thurles district court this week that Mr O’Reilly had made no reply to any of the charges laid against him.  The court heard that a charge relating to an alleged breach of the Public Order Act in failing to comply with the directions of a member of an Garda Síochána, was being withdrawn by the State.

Sergeant O’Carroll asked for an adjournment of the case until March 7th next, when two other co-accused would also be brought before the court in the coming weeks; while requesting the only new bail condition the Gardaí required in relation to Mr O’Reilly was that he stayed away from the Littleton area. Acting solicitor for Mr O’Reilly, Mr J.J. Fitzgerald, stated that there would be no objection to this new condition, since Mr O’Reilly had no known business in the area.

Judge Elizabeth MacGrath then agreed to remand the accused on continuing bail until March 7th next, on his own surety of €500, with the additional condition requested by an Garda Síochána also granted, that he stayed away from Littleton in Co. Tipperary.


Cummins Family, Tipperary, Ireland’s Fittest Family


Sons Mark & Henry, Father Jim and daughter Ciara Cummins are named ‘Ireland’s Fittest Family 2016.’

Meet the ‘Cummins family’  from Rahealty, Thurles, Co.Tipperary, who have been crowned ‘Ireland’s Fittest Family 2016’; following last night’s performance of various tests of endurance featured on RTE1, latter aimed at identifying Ireland’s toughest and strongest family foursome.

The family led by their dad Jim, sons Mark (rugby player and lifeguard), Henry (involved in equestrian pursuits), and their daughter Ciara (an All Ireland winning athlete), won the final, beating strong contenders the ‘Ryan family’ from Co. Donegal, and the ‘McCarthy family’ from Co. Clare, in a close knit series of robust fitness challenges.

Recorded over some 8 weeks during last summer, the Cummins family sprinted, climbed, hung, crawled and dragged their way through a myriad of obstacle courses to take home the first prize of €15,000 and the title ‘Ireland’s Fittest Family 2016’.

Congratulations to all involved.


Thurles G.A.A. Memorabilia Fair 2016

In association with Lár na Páirce, (Thurles GAA Museum), a G.A.A. Memorabilia Fair will be held on Sunday, November 27th, 2016, from 12.00 noon to 4.00pm, in the Thurles Sarsfields Social Centre (beside Semple Stadium).


This G.A.A. Memorabilia Fair will give private collectors / customers a chance to browse and search a large selection of match programs, club histories, hurling, football, camogie and handball publications, as well as other G.A.A materials / collectables, while in the spacious surroundings of the Thurles Sarsfields G.A.A. Centre, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Collectors and sellers are cordially invited to attend this event, where it is hoped they will find plenty of material to interest them. Sales positions, free of charge, may be booked in advance simply by contacting the organisers no later than November 23rd next.

Admission to this busy annual collectors event will be €3.00, with accompanied children free of charge. The venue provides for disabled access, bar facilities, teas and coffees; with same located within a five minutes walk from Thurles Railway Station.

For further information please contact:-
Seamus King: Mobile – 0872246245 or Liam Ó Donnchú: Mobile – 0866036547.


Biddy Ryan To Be 2016 Inductee Into LGFA Hall Of Fame

biddy_ryanYesterday saw Tipperary’s M/s Bridget (Biddy) Ryan introduced as the 2016 inductee into the Ladies Gaelic Football Hall of Fame (LGFA). One of the founding members of the Ladies Gaelic Football Association, she attended the first ever meeting of the LGFA at Hayes Hotel here in Liberty Square, Thurles, Co. Tipperary back in 1974.

M/s Ryan has held a long association with Ladies Gaelic Football, having played with Co.Tipperary through the 60’s and early 70’s, before retiring just before the first ever Ladies Gaelic Football All Ireland Final in 1974. Same final featured Tipperary; the team of which she was then acting Secretary, and who defeated Offaly in October of that same year.

Since 1974, M/s Ryan has continued her  involvement in an administrative capacity with Co. Tipperary, and currently holds the Post of Chairperson of the Tipperary Ladies County Board.

M/s Ryan is also one of the founding member of her local club in Ardfinnan, and remains both a member and an Administrator of that club. She will officially be inducted into the Ladies Gaelic Football Hall of Fame on Saturday next at the ‘TG4 All Stars’ which will be held in the Citywest Hotel, Dublin.

Congratulations and thank you for your huge contribution to sport.


Thurles Sarsfields To Honour Seán McLoughlin


Mr Seán McLoughlin, a former Thurles Sarsfields and Tipperary hurler, is to be honoured by his Club on Saturday November 19th 2016.

This event will take place at Thurles Sarsfields Social Centre, Bohernanave, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, where Mr McLoughlin will be rightfully inducted into the “Thurles Sarsfields Hall of Fame”.

All are welcome to attend this celebration; but most especially will be welcomed former hurlers who, in the past, have played with or indeed against Seán, at either ‘Club’ or ‘County’ level.

The induction ceremony for McLoughlin will commence in the Thurles Sarsfields Social Centre at 8.00 p.m. sharp.

To Mr McLoughlin goes our thanks for his contribution to sport and our congratulations on his forthcoming induction ceremony.