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Show Jumper Greg Broderick Acquires Fortwilliam, Borrisoleigh

Thurles, Co. Tipperary native and Irish Olympic show jumper Mr Greg Broderick is the new owner of Fortwilliam House, Borrisoleigh, Co Tipperary, together with the attached 217 acre estate.

Mr Broderick is understood to have paid €2.2m for the house, together with a number of dated stone farm buildings and the 217 acres of prime Tipperary land.

Mr Broderick came to International prominence on his mount ‘MHS Going Global’, having previously competed on the National and International show jumping scene, and being crowned ‘Showjumping Ireland Nation­al Champion’ in 2014. He was also instrumental in Ireland capturing the coveted Aga Khan Trophy at the Dublin Horse Show in 2015, due to his clear round as then part of the Irish Aga Khan team, while last year chosen to represent Ireland in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

His gelding mount ‘MHS Going Global’ of which Mr Broderick owned a small share, was recently purchased by Greek heiress Athi­na Onassis Roussel, latter the granddaughter of Greek-Argentine shipping magnate, Aristotle (Ari) Onassis, who amassed the world’s largest privately owned shipping fleet and was one of the world’s richest and most famous men.

The Cooke property at Borrisoleigh, which was sold by local auc­tioneer Mr Vincent Ryan, is now expected to form part of a future major expansion plan by Mr Broderick, including the erection of a new stable block, gallops, paddocks, offices and a viewing area.

The newly purchased classic Georgian property, on the banks of the Cremogue River and boasting 800m of road frontage, is located within 1km of Bor­risoleigh village and is centred around a substantial dwelling in need of refurbishment. Same property was the ancestral home of the Cooke family, of which the last surviving mem­ber passed away on November 12th 2016 last, thus making the holding the subject of an Exec­utor Sale.


Cork Take Four Point Win Over Tipperary

The reigning Provincial and All-Ireland Hurling Champions Tipperary were dethroned by Cork this afternoon, with the latter gaining their first championship win in Thurles since 2006.

Cork began well, taking 3 points in the first 4 minutes, courtesy of Conor Lehane, Luke Meade and Seamus Harnedy, but Tipperary by the 7th minute were even, with points from Noel McGrath, Brendan Maher and and Sean Curran.

A point by Cork’s Alan Cadogan is answered by Tipperary’s Michael Breen and so for the first 35 minutes spectators witnessed a superb exhibition of point-taking, with both teams levelling the match for an incredible 12 times. Half-time score Tipperary 0-15pts –  Cork 0-15pts.

At the beginning of the second-half Conor Lehane put Cork back in front with his fifth point of the match, quickly answered by Tipperary’s Dan McCormack. Cork’s Pat Horgan gets a point, followed in the 43 minute by the first goal of the game from Cork’s Shane Kingston. Tipperary’s John O’Dwyer (Bubbles) grabed a point back following a foul. Score now stands Tipperary 0-17pts – Cork 1-17 (20pts)

Points continue to be traded, coming from Cork’s Mark Ellis, Conor Lehane, Pat Horgan and Shane Kingston; all being answered by Tipperary’s Noel McGrath, Michael Breen and Seamus Callanan.

Then in the 56 minute Tipperary take the lead, as Callanan switches play to target John McGrath, positioned on the edge of the square. The Loughmore / Casteliney man did not fail; rifling the sliotar into the top corner of Cork’s net. Score going into the 57th minute Tipperary 1-22 (25pts)Cork 1-21 (24pts).

Cork’s Conor Lehane now equalises and with just over 10 minutes to go fellow team mate Shane Kingston puts the Rebels once more in the lead.

Points follow from Tipperary’s Niall O’Meara and Brendan Maher, answered by Cork’s Conor Lehane leaving the score at the 67th minute, Tipperary 1-24 (27pts)Cork 1-24 (27pts).

A further point from Cork and then disaster; the sliotar bounces to a waiting Cork substitute, Michael Cahalane, and he buries it easily past the Tipperary goal keeper Darren Gleeson. Despite four minutes of additional playing time and an intrepid and audacious Tipperary team, the full-time final scoreboard read Tipperary 1-26 (29pts) –  Cork 2-27 (33pts).

Despite Corks 4 point win; surely today’s game must go down on record as one of the closest Munster championship ever contested in recent memory.

Tipperary Team: Darren Gleeson; Cathal Barrett; James Barry; John O’Keeffe; Seamus Kennedy; Ronan Maher; Padraic Maher (Capt); Brendan Maher; Michael Breen; Dan McCormack; Sean Curran; Noel McGrath; John O’Dwyer; Seamus Callanan, and John McGrath.

Tipperary Substitions: Niall O’Meara for Sean Curran; Joe O’Dwyer for Seamus Kennedy and Alan Flynn for injured Cathal Barrett.


Local Football Match Abandoned Following Player Injury

 ‘Tipperary Water’ County Under 21 B Football Semi-final between Clonoulty v Portroe abandoned at half-time.

The ‘Tipperary Water’ County Under 21 B GAA football semi-final had to be abandoned yesterday evening, following a serious leg injury to Clonoulty-Rossmore Team Captain Garry Donnelly.

The match against Portroe, being played at Inch ‘The Ragg’, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, saw the Clonoulty-Rossmore lad suffer a suspected broken leg, while in the process of kicking possibly the last point of the first half.

An ambulance was summoned and referee Brian Tyrell, after initial attention to the players condition, blew half-time. The ambulance, from Thurles Ambulance Base, was quickly on the scene and following a speedy examination by the crew, it was decided to transfer the player to hospital, via the Irish Community Air Ambulance service.

Following a discussion by officials it was also mutually agreed by those in attendance, to call off the match.

We wish Mr Donnelly a full and speedy recovery from his accident, in the weeks ahead.


Fascinating Story Of Tipperary’s Paddy McCarthy

Tipp Mid West Radio’s Tom Hurley Reports On ‘The Cashel Pioneer.’

In 1900, an Irishman named Paddy McCarthy arrived in Buenos Aires, the capital city of Argentina. After initially working in the port, he obtained a position as a physical education teacher in a school, but also boxed and became involved in football as a player, coach and referee.

In fact, he competed in what’s considered the country’s first ever professional boxing match and his name is also associated with the foundation of Boca Juniors football club, with some even crediting him for assigning them their trademark blue and gold jerseys, which they still wear today.

Later through his work with the Sports Municipal Committee of Buenos Aires, Paddy McCarthy did much to promote sport especially among the young but is purported to have gone to his grave in 1963 at the age of 92, having revealed little about himself or indeed his time in Ireland. Interestingly however, it is written that he was born on the 17th of March 1871 in Cashel, Co. Tipperary and attended the Christian Brothers School. It has also been suggested that he had the Premier County’s GAA colours very much in mind, when selecting a kit for Boca Juniors.

McCarthy’s fascinating story will now be the subject of a 4-part documentary to be aired on Tipp Mid West Radio, which uncovers more about his time in Argentina and investigates his links to the historic town of Cashel.

It emerges that from around 1850 until the end of the century, Argentina had been a popular destination for Irish emigrants especially from the Midlands, with numerous people from Cashel continuing to make the voyage well into the 1920’s. As a consequence, hurling was one of the sports introduced from abroad, which became increasingly popular.

The documentary has uncovered a lot of new information on Paddy McCarthy and the high regard in which he was held in his adopted homeland. For example, he had the distinction of refereeing the first ever Superclásico, latter the name given to the football derby played between Boca Juniors and River Plate. Boxers he regarded as friends included Babe Herman and Gene Tunney, whilst he is also photographed with the president of Argentina, the Duke of Kent and the Prince of Wales when they visited Buenos Aires in 1931. He was also the recipient of a gift from Theodore Roosevelt.

Interviewees for the programme include Cashel residents Albert Carrie, Seamus King, John O’Connor and Tom Wood.  Noel Blanchfield from Ballyneale who resides in Yonkers, New York outlines how he became intrigued by McCarthy’s story, having first come across his name in the United States. Among the other contributors is academic and historian Edmundo Murray from Buenos Aires, who has conducted the most extensive research on McCarthy to date.

The revealing 4-part documentary entitled ‘The Cashel Pioneer’ by Tom Hurley will be aired over four Wednesdays at 11.05am on Tipp Mid West Radio, beginning on April 19th next. The programmes can be heard outside the county on www.tippmidwestradio.com.


Death Of Michael Maher, Racecourse Road, Thurles

As already reported, it is with a great sadness we learned of the death today, Wednesday 8th March 2017, of Mr Michael Maher, Roselawn, Bawntameena, Racecourse Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

Mr Maher passed away peacefully while in the loving care of the Matron and Staff of Ardeen Nursing Home, Abbey Road, Thurles.

His passing is most deeply regretted by his loving wife Margaret; son Kevin; daughters Edel, Claire and Emer; brother Francis; sister Nancy (Hickey); sons-in-law; daughter-in-law; ten grandchildren; brothers-in-law; sister-in-law; nephews; nieces; extended relatives, members of the wider G.A.A fraternity; neighbours and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Maher will repose in Hugh Ryan’s Funeral Home, Slievenamon Road, Thurles on Friday, 10th March, from 5.00pm to 7.00pm, to arrive at the Church of St Joseph and St Brigid, Bothar na Naomh, Thurles at 7.30pm.

Requiem Mass will take place on Saturday, 11th March, at 10.00am. Interment will take place immediately afterwards in Holycross Cemetery, Holycross, Thurles Co. Tipperary,

Note: Family flowers only. Donations, if desired, to Alzheimer Society of Ireland.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.