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Nine Day Sports Festival Set For Thurles Co Tipperary


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 and download the complete festival brochure.

Walking Club Visits Thurles This Weekend

St. Mary's Famine Museum, Thurles. Tipperary.

St. Mary’s Famine Museum, Thurles. Tipperary.

Some 50 members of Fingal Walking Club have arrived here in Thurles today, with many of these visitors remaining within our midst over the coming weekend and into the early part of next week.

These welcome visitors are staying at the Anner Hotel, Business and Leisure Centre, situated on the Dublin Rd, east of Thurles town and as I write some are enjoying a quiet stroll in the hills above the picturesque village of Upperchurch.

This visiting group, organised by Active Breaks Ireland, will be met later this evening by personnel representing St. Mary’s Famine museum; latter who will both welcome our guests and brief them on matters pertaining to the historical important of this part of Co. Tipperary.

On Sunday next, June 21st, this group will also undertake a guided walking tour of Thurles town centre, visiting amongst other places St Mary’s Famine Museum and Lár na Páirce GAA museum.

Welcome to Thurles, Co Tipperary.

“Get Your Kicks On Route 66″ – Surprise Tipp Meeting

During August, 2014 last, Mr Thomas O’Connor (Limerick) and Miss Deirdre Ryan (Thurles) made their dream trip and contracted a guided motorcycle tour of the historic Route-66 (Will Rogers Highway), from Chicago to Los Angeles. rent touring motorcycles and offer guided tour programs in several regions of America. These guided tours provide an experienced leader as well as a support van for supplies, luggage, etc.


Top pictures: Show Thomas O’Connor, Deirdre Ryan, on Route-66 with support van driver Patrick Hayes. Bottom Pictures: Show Patrick and Regina Hayes with historian Monsignor, Dr. Maurice Dooley, during their stay in Hayes Hotel, Thurles, latter building the birth place of the Irish Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) .

What a surprise when Thomas and Deirdre arrived in Chicago to discover that their support van driver was none other than Mr Patrick Hayes, a daily reader and regular contributor here on Thurles.Info.

Mr Patrick Hayes is descended from ancestry in Loughmore (East), Thurles Co Tipperary, and has just recently been certified as a foreign born Irish Citizen. Patrick has Ryan ancestry and he and Deirdre, during their trip shared many stories and jokes about distant cousins meeting halfway around the world. Thomas was quite impressed by Patrick’s detailed knowledge of Thurles and its surroundings areas.

Patrick and his wife Regina, returned to Thurles for a brief visit just last April (2015), introducing his lady wife to many of the old haunts he had previously discovered while researching his families long history in the Loughmore area. During their April 2015 trip Regina and Patrick visited St Mary’s Famine Museum while staying at; yes ‘Hayes Hotel’ in Thurles. The couple met with friend, historian and roots researcher Monsignor Dr. Maurice Dooley, while also renewing their friendship over dinner, meeting with Thomas and Deirdre in Templemore.

Perhaps another motorcycle tour will be Thomas and Deirdre’s future together; touring the south-west National Parks perhaps or the Rocky Mountains, with Patrick no doubt acting once again as their support van driver?

My sincere thanks to Deirdre, Thomas and Patrick for sharing their remarkable story with us. All matters now considered, is not our world really just a small place?

Tourism Seminar Afternoon – Cahir – 19th of May 2015


A “Tipperary Tourism Seminar” will take place on the 19th of May from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in Cahir House Hotel as part of Tipperary Enterprise Week 2015.  All persons involved in any way in the tourism industry are very welcome to attend this free event.

Seminar Schedule and  Speakers
‘Chairperson & Introduction’ – Mr. Joe MacGrath (Chief Executive, Tipperary County Council).
Irelands Ancient East’ – Mr. Ruairi Deane (Fáilte Ireland).
Commercial Advantages of a Responsible Tourism Approach’ – Mr James Chilton (ReThink Tourism & Irish Centre for Responsible Tourism).
Heritage Sites in Tipperary and the Value of Tourism to Tipperary’ – Mr. Chris Corlett (Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht).
Tipperary Tourism Company’ Ms. Marie Phelan, (Tourism Development Officer).
Business Supports Available to Tourism Industry in Tipperary’ Ms. Rita Guinan, (Tipperary Local Enterprise Office [L.E.O.] ).

Those wishing to attend can book their place directly by visiting

Invitation From Tipperary County Council

TippM/s Ann Marie Brophy, Executive Librarian, Library Service, Tipperary County Council reports as follows:-

An Cathaoirleach, Cllr. Mr Michael FitzGerald and Chief Executive Officer Mr Joe MacGrath of Tipperary County Council are inviting you, the public, to take part in one of their “Ireland 2016 Workshop and Public Consultations”  to be held on the 25th May 2015, at the Abbey Court Hotel Nenagh (beginning sharp at 7.00pm) or on the 26th May 2016, at the Hotel Minella Clonmel, (also at 7.00pm sharp).

“Our plans to commemorate 1916 will include a very wide and exciting range of cultural and community activities, involving especially our young people. As well as formal and informal commemorative events directly related to the Rising, we will be working with artists, poets, musicians, Irish language bodies, festivals – in fact everyone in our community – to ensure that 2016 is a truly memorable year,” said An Cathaoirleach Cllr. FitzGerald.

“We are asking you to become involved by attending a public workshop to allow everyone who is interested to offer their own suggestions and listen to the ideas of others. Your ideas will then be brought forward to our 2016 committee,” said Chief Executive Mr MacGrath.

Remember: To secure your place you in these discussions you must register now at either of the two venues named above via or contact M/s Mary Quigley on Telephone 0761 06 5000 on or before 3.00pm on Friday 22nd May 2015.

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