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Noel McGrath Guarantees Tipp Unlikely AHL Win

HurlingIn front of an attendance of some 7,895, Tipperary made an extraordinary comeback in Páirc Uí Rinn yesterday to finish top of Division 1A of the Allianz Hurling League, having squandered perhaps numerous possible opportunities in the opening half.

Cork were leading by 0-15 (15 pts) to 0-13 (13 pts) after a rather frenzied first half yesterday, thanks to six accurate frees from Patrick Horgan.

In a breathless, heart pounding second half, Cork would now increase their lead by a further 12 points at one stage, thanks to four goals courtesy of Patrick Horgan, Paudie O’Sullivan and Conor Lehane.  Despite two answering points from Tipp, Cork’s Lehane was to get the first goal, before Horgan’s first goal placed the side ahead by seven; the scoreboard reading Cork 2-16 (22 pts) to Tipperary 0-15 (15 pts).

Further points from both Tipp and Cork were to follow before Hogan would strike yet again with his second goal, leaving Cork visibly safe with a healthy 12 point lead over the Premier county – Cork 4-19 (31 pts) to Tipperary 0-19 (19 pts).

However Cork had not bargained for the sheer belief and spirited attitude of, in particular, Tipperary’s Woodlock, Bergin, Callanan, McGrath and late substitute Kenny.

On the 54th minute Kieran Bergin scored a goal which was to set in motion Tipperary’s remarkable recovery, while Seamus Callanan scored that important free to sever Cork’s lead to just 8 pts in front –  Cork 4-21 (33 pts) to Tipperary 1-22 (25 pts).

Noel McGrath then further narrowed this gap to just one single point, before Conor Kenny hit over the equalising point on the 68th minute – Cork 4-21 (33 pts) to Tipperary 2-27 (33 pts), – and then came that 35 metre distance point from once again Noel McGrath, to finally clinch Tipperary’s hard fought victory.

Final Score: Round 5 Allianz Hurling League Division 1A Final Score: Tipperary 2-28 (34 pts) – Cork (33 pts).

Tipperary Scorers: S. Callanan 0-10 (10 pts), N. McGrath 0-7 (7 pts), J. Forde 1-4 (7 pts), N. O’Meara 0-3 (3 pts), K. Bergin 1-0 (3 pts) and T. Stapleton, J. O’Dwyer, C. Kenny, R. Maher 0-1 (1 pt) each.

Tipperary Team: D. Egan, P. Stapleton, C. O’Mahony, C. O’Brien; K. Bergin, P. Maher, R. Maher; S. McGrath, T. Stapleton, N. McGrath, B. Maher, J. Forde, J O’Dwyer, S. Callanan and N. O’Meara.

Substitutes: P. Maher for B. Maher (1st half blood sub.), P. Maher for B. Maher, M. Breen for S. McGrath, S. Bourke for O’Dwyer, J. Woodlock for T. Stapleton and C. Kenny for N. O’Meara.

Referee: Barry Kelly (Westmeath).

Division 1A Quarter Finals will be played next weekend (28th/29th March).
Tipperary v Offaly (Toss for home venue) – Cork v Wexford (Toss for home venue) – Dublin v Limerick (Toss for home venue) – Galway v Waterford (Waterford venue).

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Death Of Michael Quigley, Drish, Thurles, Tipperary

With Sincere Sympathy

With Sincere Sympathy

It is with great sadness we learned today of the unexpected death on Thursday  March 19th, 2015, of Mr Michael Quigley ‘Cois Abhainn,’ Drish, Thurles, Co Tipperary, a retired ESB employee and late of Barnadomeeny, Rearcross.

Mr Quigley was predeceased by his parents John Joe and Kitty, brother Donie, nephew Kieran and brothers-in-laws Tony O’Regan and Patrick Shanahan.

Mr Quigley sudden death is deeply regretted by his loving wife Ann, son Seán, daughters Ann, Sinéad and Rachel, grandchildren Rebecca, Adam and Amelia, sisters Mary, Ann and Kathleen, brothers Noel, John and Gerard, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, relatives and a large circle of friends.

Funeral Arrangements
Mr Quigley’s body reposed at his home this evening from 4.00pm to 8.00pm. and his removal will take place tomorrow morning (Monday) to the Church of Our Lady of Visitation, Rearcross, Co. Tipperary for Funeral Mass at 12.00 noon. Same will be followed by burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.
Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

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Tipperary Strongly Support Anti-Water Charge Campaign

The joint Fine Gael / Labour government coalition who believed that the anti-water charge campaign had conveniently run out of steam, got a further ‘sharp poke in the ribs today’, when over 80,000 people took to the streets of Ireland’s capitol to protest for the first time this year, sending, yet again, a clear pre-election message.


Describing politely Irish Water as nothing more than a “toxic quango,” involved protesters from Tipperary sent Minister Alan Kelly and his senior officials and over-paid consultants the message that they ‘cannot and will not pay,’ what they describe as his “back of an envelope calculations.”

This successful protests today follows on from the unjustified jailing of protesters; the wasting of over €85m on private consultants;  the €539m wasted on installing water meters; the latest spending of some €650,000 on current TV advertising campaigns, not to mention hundreds of unnecessary Garda hours, paid for by taxpayers, wasted needlessly on everyday policing of water meter installations.

This naive and unbelievably pubescent planning of ‘Irish Water’ by former Fine Gael Minister Phil Hogan is now recognised by those not as yet forced to emigrate from Ireland, as being tantamount to gross criminal misappropriation by those who were elected with a fiduciary duty to care for and protect our nation’s most basic of assets.

Campaigners, many from Thurles and broader Co. Tipperary will now continue protesting until this or a future alternative Government abolishes domestic water charges; takes steps to permanently enshrine our water in public ownership and returns to the drawing board to devise and implement a more ‘ability to pay, ‘fit-for-purpose’ policy, with regard to our countries natural, God given, water resources.

In the words of Cork born Thomas Davis, creator of the culture of modern Irish nationalism; organiser of the Young Ireland movement and editor of ‘The Nation’ newspaper in the 1840s; “Where Tipperary leads, Ireland follows.”

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Death Of Noel O’Brien, Moyne Road, Thurles

deathIt is with great sadness we learn today of the death (Friday 20th March 2015) of Mr Noel (Anthony) O’Brien, 39 Moyne Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

A former director of Thurles Credit Union, Mr O’Brien was predeceased by his brother Charlie, and his passing is deeply regretted by his loving wife Martha, sons Karl and John, daughter Margaret, brother Paddy, sisters Chrissie and Una, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and a wide circle of friends.

Note: As a mark of respect, Thurles Credit Union will remain closed on Monday morning next (March 23rd 2015), re-opening for business again later at 12.30 p.m..

Funeral Arrangements
Mr O’Brien’s body will repose at his residence tomorrow, Sunday, March 22nd, from 5.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. to arrive at the Cathedral of the Assumption [Map Ref.] Thurles at 8.00p.m.

Requiem Mass will take place on Monday, March 23rd, at 11.00 a.m. with burial afterwords in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

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Thurles – Anner Hotel – Operation Transformation

The Anner Hotel Leisure Centre here in Thurles; currently regarded as one of the best equipped gymnasiums in Munster, offers fitness programs, all especially tailor-made for each individual member. Their team of professional staff share a wide variety of knowledge, training and experience and to this end constantly strive to ensure that each individual resident and member receives the full benefits of all that this magnificent Gymnasium and Leisure Centre has to offer.

This venue also boasts an 18 meter swimming pool with separate kiddie’s pool, thus providing the perfect opportunity for not just exercise, but also time for members and residents alike to fully relax and unwind with easy access to Sauna, Steam room and Jacuzzi.

It comes as no surprise therefore that a great night of rejoicing took place here last weekend at this same wonderful amenity, when teams, led by Anner Leisure Centre staff professionals, all assembled to celebrate their major individual achievements, following eight weeks of “Operation Transformation“.


Thurles ‘Operation Transformation’ Winners

Pictured Above (Back Row): J. Ryan, C. Loughnane, T. Carroll, S. Callanan, C. Maher,  Y. Gilfoyle and M. Maher (Prop. Anner Hotel).

(Front Row:) A. Callanan, E. Coughlan, M.Cahill (Special Guest & Tipperary All Star), C. O’Connell and D. Dempsey.

Operation Transformation“, as our readers are possibly well aware, is an Irish Health and Fitness programme, supported and promoted through cross-media event broadcasting via radio, web and television on RTÉ 2fm, RTÉ.ie and RTÉ One.

This year, working with Anner Hotel Leisure Centre professional staff, namely Joe Ryan, Aksana Sidarchuk, Noreen Flanagan and Shane Butler, some 27 people took part in “Operation Transformation,” losing an amazing 35 stone in their overall weight. ‘Team Joe Ryan’ (Pictured Above)were the overall winners, demonstrating a total weight loss of over 12 stone. This amazing weight loss was closely followed by ‘Team Aksana’, with only 8 lbs dividing them from the overall team winners over the previous 8 week period. The individual winner was Eimer Ryan, latter a member of Shane Butler’s team.

Magnificent Prizes
Special Guest at this “Operation Transformation” prize night was hurling ” All Star,” three-time county club championship medallist with Thurles Sarsfield’s and current Tipperary player Michael Cahill, latter who presented certificates to all those participating.
The winning team received their prize of a 3 months free membership to the Anner Hotel Leisure Centre for each of their members, with the overall winner, Eimer Ryan, taking the top prize of six months free membership.

Congratulations and well done to all those taking part.

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