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Still Now The Hurling Hero’s Hand

Still Now The Hurling Hero’s Hand

© Author & Poet Tom Ryan.

[Dedicated to Thurles Sarsfields Hurlers of the past.]

Still now the hurling hero’s hand
That wedded to the ancient ash of his camán
On green and glorious fields of youth
Forged memories magical.
Abandoned now the stalwart hurl of pride,
Hewn from the ash of Killough Hill,
That in many a field of trial had fashioned
The powerful poetry of play.
The game is over,
The nets are down,
The passion spent,
The hero’s home.
He hurls but now in memories
On dark, cold winter nights
By the fireside’s of Cuchulainn’s Gaels.
Or wherever hurling folk assemble
With the ash in their head and heart,
To play and play again
The stirring games of yesterday.


Tom Ryan, “Iona”, Rahealty, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.


Launch Night For Thurles Sarsfields New Pitch Development

Thurles Sarsfields Club Chairperson, John Cahill, reports:-

“On behalf of the Officers of Thurles Sarsfields GAA Club, I would like to extend an open invitation to friends and followers of Thurles Sarsfields GAA Club, and to every member of the wider Thurles Community, to attend the launch night for the Thurles Sarsfields New Pitch Development which takes place tomorrow night, Friday 30th March at 7.30pm.

This is an important social infrastructure development for the parish of Thurles, which will be of major benefit to the community in the years ahead. The Club is launching this ambitious project on Friday night at 7.30pm at Thurles Sarsfields Social Centre, in Bohernanave where Club Officers will provide a short information session on the project.”

Note: All members of the public are most welcome to attend.


Tipperary Keep Cool To Deny Dublin

Despite a rather unexplained sluggish start, the Premier County have gone on to reserve a place in this year’s Allianz NHL semi-finals, following an 11point victory over Dublin at Croke Park today.

Dublin came into the game from the start, with a definite mission and had chalked up eight points to their credit within the first ten minutes, same coming courtesy of Keaney, Burke, Winters, Sutcliffe and McGibb.

However, Tipperary kept their cool, while stepping up the gears, to meet Dublin’s advance and had restored full uniformity by the 23rd minute. Tipperary now showed their true skill and their ability to control the final result, as confirmed by John McGrath’s 27th minute goal, granting them a well-deserved 4 point lead at half time.

However, the Premier would be reduced to 14 men in the second half, with their No.9, Ronan Maher, side-lined following a second yellow card offence. Despite this numerical disadvantage, Tipperary continued to extend their lead, with points coming courtesy of Alan Flynn, John McGrath and Jason Forde and despite hitting 10 points in their opening 12 minutes, Dublin managed only another 10 points for the remainder of their game.

Overall, Tipperary provided the greater skill in the second half, no doubt encouraged by a 49th minute Michael Breen goal and eventually finished up the victors by 11 points despite their numerical inconvenience.

Final Score: Dublin 0-20 (20pts) — Tipperary 2-25 (31pts).

Man Of The Match:  Padraic Maher, (Centre-back).

Tipperary Scorer on Target:– J. Forde 9pts; J. McGrath 7pts ; M. Breen 3pts; R. Maher 2pts; S. Curran, C. Darcy & J. O’Dwyer 2pts each; and finally A. Flynn, S. Kennedy, B. Heffernan and P. Maher 1pt a piece.

Tipperary Team: Brian Hogan; Alan Flynn; James Barry; Michael Cahill; Barry Heffernan; Padraic Maher; Paudie Feehan; Seamus Kennedy; Ronan Maher; John McGrath; Billy McCarthy; Seán Curran; Michael Breen; Jason Forde & Cian Darcy.

Substitutions: John O’Dwyer for C. Darcy; Paul Maher for S. Kennedy; Paul Shanahan for M. Breen; Tomas Hamill for P. Feehan; Willie Connors for B. McCarthy.

Referee: Sean Cleere (Co. Kilkenny).


Thurles Author Captures GAA Communications Award

The 2017 GAA MacNamee Award in the category; “Best GAA Club Publication” goes to a Thurles author.

At this time every year the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) rightly seek to honour excellence in the areas of communications, public relations and journalism, specifically related to the activities of their Association.

Mr Liam Ó Donnchú and Mr Tony Wall at the launch of Thurles Sarsfields GAA Story.

These coveted annual awards are named after the late Mr Pádraig MacNamee, a former President of the GAA, Chairman of the GAA Commission (1969-1971) and a member of the RTÉ Authority.

It will surely come as no surprise to readers that GAA headquarters at Croke Park have recently announced that “Thurles Sarsfields GAA Story Volume 1”, by local author Mr Liam Ó Donnchú, Ballymoreen, Littleton, Thurles, has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 GAA MacNamee Award in the category – “Best GAA Club Publication”.

New GAA president, Mr Seán Ó hOráin, is expected to present these awards at a function in Croke Park, towards the end of this month. To Mr Ó Donnchú go our sincere congratulations, on what is not just simply a sports publication, but also a social commentary on the life and times of the people of Thurles and Co. Tipperary.

This truly enjoyable publication, which was launched in November 2017 by former Tipperary and Sarsfields hurler Mr Tony Wall, details the fortunes of the Sarsfields club, in Thurles, latter being the birthplace of the GAA, (1884) from the earliest times to 1959.

Mr Ó Donnchú has been involved in GAA communications in Tipperary for many years. His work with GAA programmes at Semple Stadium and the annual production of the Tipperary GAA Yearbook, has, in the past, received recognition nationally. In 2015 he published the well researched Tom Semple & The Thurles Blues.

Some few copies of “Thurles Sarsfields GAA Story Volume 1” remain available here in our local bookshops e.g. Bookworm, Lár na Páirce, Eason and Thurles Sarsfields Social Centre. Signed copies can also be ordered direct (Plus €10 extra for postage and packing) from the author, Mr Liam Ó Donnchú, Ballymoreen, Littleton, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.


‘Tipperary Venue’ Gets Planning Permission Duration Extension

Model of proposed ‘Tipperary Venue’.

Tipperary Co Council has agreed to extend the duration time applicable to the planning permission previously granted for the €460m ‘Tipperary Venue’, latter a designed sport and leisure complex, initially planned for the village of Two-Mile-Borris, near Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Planning permission for this, as yet, undeveloped complex is held by Mr Richard Quirke, who made the application to extend the duration of the planning, citing Ireland’s serious economic past downturn as his reason why the proposed development had as yet not got off the ground.

A casino, which had been part of the original plan for the Two-Mile-Borris location, has been omitted.  Readers will remember that An Taisce representatives had informed an oral planning appeals hearing, that the proposed Tipperary Venue was, quote; “ill-conceived and warrants comprehensive refusal.

The Tipperary Venue plans had initially included a casino, a racecourse, a 500-roomed hotel, an 18-hole golf course, a greyhound track, a 15,000-seater entertainment venue, and parking for 6,000 cars. Other features included a sprint track, an all-weather floodlit track, an equestrian centre, some 31 retail outlets, helicopter facilities and a church.

A replica of the 1829 American White House as it stood then, was also to be built as a memorial to the Cuffesgrange, Kilkenny born Architect Mr James Hoban, (1758 to 1831) who designed the original Washington White House, now the official residence of the President of the United States and used as a home by every American President since John Adams; as indeed was a reproduction of Lafayette Park, latter an incubator of progressive architecture and regarded as one of the few historically stable urban renewal zones in the United States.

Tipperary Council planners has now agreed to extend the initial planning permission period to March of the year 2023.