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Death Of Paddy Doyle, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

It was with a great personal sadness that I learned of the death this morning, Monday 10th August 2020, of Mr Patrick (Paddy) Doyle, No.7 Moyne Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mr Doyle who made a total of three championship appearances with Tipperary between 1965 and 1966, was vice-president of Thurles Sarsfield’s and a former All-Ireland winner. A winner of seven senior county titles with Thurles Sarsfields, he also managed the Laois hurlers and coached the Tipperary minor team for some three years.

Mr Doyle passed away this morning, peacefully, surrounded by his loving family.

Predeceased by his beloved wife Kay, his brother Jimmy and his sister Olive; the passing of Mr Doyle will be most deeply regretted by his heartbroken children Karen and David, son-in-law Liam; Richelle; sisters Anna and Breda; his grandchildren Eve and Kate to whom he was devoted; nieces; nephews; extended relatives; GAA associates; neighbours and friends.

Requiescat in Pace.

Funeral Arrangements.

The earthly remains of Mr Doyle will repose at Hugh Ryan’s Funeral Home, Slievenamon Road, Thurles on tomorrow evening Wednesday, 12th August, from 5.00pm to 7.00pm, with strict adherence, as always, to social distancing and face coverings.
Mr Doyle will be received into the Cathedral of the Assumption, Cathedral Street, Thurles, on Thursday morning, August 13th, for Requiem Mass at 11:00am.
[Note: Due to HSE and Government restrictions, numbers are limited within the Cathedral Church, building].

Those unable to attend the Requiem Mass for Mr Doyle, due to virus restrictions, can view same live online HERE.

Interment will take place immediately following Requiem Mass, in St Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

The extended Doyle family wish to express their appreciation for your understanding at this difficult time and have made arrangements for those wishing to send messages of condolence, to use the link shown HERE.

Note Please: Family flowers only. Donations in lieu, if desired, to the Irish Cancer Society.


Legend Jack Charlton Dies Aged 85

Legendary and much respected former Republic of Ireland manager Mr Jack Charlton has died at the age of 85.

The former Leeds and England defender, who won a World Cup winner’s medal in 1966, had in the last year been diagnosed with lymphoma, latter a cancer that begins in the infection-fighting cells of the immune system. He was also battling dementia.

John (Jack) Charlton OBE DL Rest In Peace

A family statement reads: “Jack died peacefully on Friday, July 10 at the age of 85. He was at home in Northumberland, with his family by his side.
As well as a friend to many, he was a much-adored husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
We cannot express how proud we are of the extraordinary life he led and the pleasure he brought to so many people in different countries and from all walks of life.
He was a thoroughly honest, kind, funny and genuine man who always had time for people.
His loss will leave a huge hole in all our lives but we are thankful for a lifetime of happy memories.”

Give It A Lash Jack

Affectionately known to all as Big Jack, the Newcastle native became the Ireland soccer manager in 1986 bringing unprecedented success to the national side as he guided the Republic to their first major finals at Euro 88 and two more in the space of 10 years, qualifying for the World Cup in Italy in 1990 and four years later in 1994.

A keen trout fisherman, Mr Charlton spent many happy hours fishing on Lough Corrib.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.


Homework Helper: Four Great Resources from FAI

Practice your soccer skills with the help of current and former Republic of Ireland Internationals.

FAI Homeskills

FAI have just completed Week 7 of their FAI home skills videos. Every weekday at 11:00am on the FAI Grassroots Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages, a new skill is introduced by their Ambassadors, current and former Republic of Ireland internationals, with a demonstration of the skill by FAI development officers, and current domestic and international players.

Each day, the FAI invite viewers to submit their own video performing a skill; for a chance to win an FAI Goodie Bag. A library of all 35 skills is available on YouTube: FAI Homeskills.

FAI Guide to Healthy Eating

The FAI recently re-launched its Healthy Eating Guide in conjunction with SPAR, to encourage parents and kids who are at home to eat healthy and learn some new dishes that are favourites of FAI’s Senior International players. They have twenty recipes in total that can be found here: FAI Healthy Eating Guide.

No Barriers at Home

In February FAI launched the ‘No Barriers at Home’ programme, a joint initiative with London to promote UEFA EURO 2020 and teach children about players who have overcome barriers in their lives. There are twelve inspirational stories, one from each of the host cities of UEFA EURO 2020. To access the ‘No Barriers at Home’ programme view HERE.

We Will Draw

FAI have also created some fun colouring pages of current Republic of Ireland Senior Internationals which are available HERE.


Homework Helper: Virtual Sport’s Day

The annual school sport’s day is one of the most enjoyable days on the school calendar. While schools may be closed, that does not mean that the annual school sport’s day is cancelled.

Why not have a virtual sport’s day instead, with the help of HealthyKidz.com?

HealthyKidz.com provide a holistic primary in-school and after school programme focusing on physical, emotional and general well-being. By working with children in schools, they aim to develop their speed and agility, strength, flexibility, balance, cardiovascular fitness and emotional well-being.

To get involved, schools and pupils can formally register to participate in the Healthykidz.com virtual sport’s day challenge and track your school’s virtual sport’s days via the Healthykidz.com app.

View HERE for more details about school and pupil registration.

If your school isn’t registered, HealthyKidz.com provide lots of free resources and ideas for parents and pupils.
You can download the free ‘Virtual Sport’s Day Preparation Pack’ by viewing HERE.

In addition, preparation for the annual end of year virtual sports day is supported by videos and tips divided up over weeks of virtual training. Weeks 1 to 3 are already up and running.

Week 1 events include the sprint and long jump. View HERE.
Week 2 events include the high jump and the classic egg and spoon race. View HERE.
Week 3 events include the wellyboot toss and super strongman challenge. View HERE.

Why not get the whole family out to the back garden and have some fun while the weather remains sunny!

Play Safe.


Semple Stadium Gets Permission For Kinane Stand Face Lift

Semple Stadium, Thurles

Semple Stadium (Semple’s Field) here in Thurles, Co Tipperary, has been granted permission to undertake a €8-9million euro face lift on its Kinane Stand, known as the “Old Stand”.

Last resting place of Tom Semple, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

The Kinane Stand, which affords space for 14,500 spectators currently, is expected to retain the same capacity, on its full project completion. Planning permission granted is for five years, with the project expected to be long-term.

This 45,000 capacity Semple Stadium project, foresees the inclusion of improved player and match-day facilities, with a new gym, physio, dressing rooms and media facilities.

Planning permission has already been granted for the re-development of an extra tier, which will provide an area for corporate hospitality and function facilities.

These planned new improvements are designed to take Semple Stadium up to the standard of other state of the art GAA venues, e.g. Dublin’s Croke Park and the recently re-developed Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Ballytemple, Cork.

However, commencement of this, to be welcomed, project is unlikely to take place until the end of 2020 at the earliest, due to the present Coronavirus crisis and pandemic.

Thurles GAA museum, “Lár na Páirce”

Will this new promising venture see the Thurles GAA museum, Lár na Páirce, now move from its current restricted space on Slievenamon Road, to this more open and spacious area, offering free accessible parking?

One would hope so, thus offering sports loving tourists and those attending games, an equal opportunity to view our rare GAA history, while also walking on that hallowed turf which is after all “Semple’s Field”.