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Declan Ryan Exits As Tipperary Manager

Tipperary Hurling Manager Declan Ryan

County Chairman, Sean Nugent, will now lead the search for a replacement management team, following the expected exit by Senior hurling manager, Declan Ryan, who has decided to end his two year reign as Tipperary senior hurling boss.

Tommy Dunne (Coach)  and Michael Gleeson (Selector) have also decided to step aside from their posts.

The Tipperary GAA County Board and the Tipperary senior hurling panel have thanked all three men “for leading Tipperary to two Munster senior hurling championship successes and their dedication and commitment in their rolesAll three men have made a great contribution to the GAA in Tipperary over a long number of years and we are fortunate that men of their calibre have been willing to serve the county so generously and so loyally. We acknowledge the time, effort and many personal sacrifices they and their families have made in the interests of Tipperary’s senior hurling fortunes and we firmly believe that their good work will lead to continued success for the county.”

The board went on to wish all three individuals and their families continued well being and stated they looked forward to their “continued involvement with and contribution to the GAA in Tipperary“.

Eamon O’Shea, who was Tipperary County Coach during Liam Sheedy’s successful period in charge, is being linked as a possible replacement, as is indeed Liam Sheedy himself.


Thurles Traffic & Road Closures Planned For September

The following temporary traffic arrangements have been agreed following consultation with Thurles Gardaí, North Tipperary Co Council, Consultants and Contractor:-

Barry’s Bridge

Suir Bridge
Two lanes of traffic will continue to operate over Suir (Barry’s) Bridge however there will be only one footpath open on this Bridge at various times while necessary works on railings and footpath surfaces continue.

Turtulla Bridge
There will be Lane closures in operation with single lane shuttle traffic in operation controlled by Traffic lights.
Flagmen, using manual ‘Stop/Go,’ signalling will operate during peak times from 08:00 – 10:00 hrs and 16:00 – 18:00 hrs.

Drish Bridge
Works will continue here with single lane traffic in operation controlled by Traffic lights.

This current operation of temporary Traffic Management will be reviewed regularly.

Other Proposed Road & Street Closures In Thurles Planned

North Tipperary County Council and Thurles Town Council propose to make an order closing the following roads to the public to facilitate the Women’s Tipperary Mini Marathon which is being held in Thurles on September 30th, 2012.

This order is sought under the ROADS ACT 1993 – 2007 (SECTION 75 OF THE ROADS ACT 1993) ROADS REGULATIONS 1994.

  1. N62 – O’ Donovan Rossa Street, Thurles to the junction of Templemore town. Period of Closure: From 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday 30th. September, 2012.
  2.  L4039 – Jimmy Doyle Road, Thurles. Period of Closure: From 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday 30th. September, 2012.

Alternative Route for motorists is via R501 Richmond, Templemore to Borrisoleigh and via R498 Borrisoleigh to Thurles.
Pedestrian access only will be permitted during these temporary closures.

Any objections, which persons may wish to express, to these proposed closures of the above routes should make same in writing to reach Mr Marcus O’Connor, Director of Roads & Water Services, North Tipperary County Council, Civic Offices, Limerick Road, Nenagh Tipperary not later than 12.00 noon on September 5th 2012.


Thurles Credit Union Report Student Loans Increase

Thurles Credit Union has reported a significant increase in applications for student loans ahead of the 2012 / 2013 academic year. The Local Credit Union believe that the increase in the third level registration fee (€2,250) combined with the significant increase in day to day costs of going to college, has forced many students & their parents to borrow in order to meet this necessary cost.

I am aware that recent research carried out by the Irish League of Credit Unions in the last 12 months indicates that students (72%) are still relying heavily on their parents to help fund their 3rd level education. On top of academic fees, average monthly spend (excluding rent and bills) stands at approximately €480. Half of the students surveyed rented accommodation during the college year paying €330 -€350 for rent, plus €70 – €90 on average for other necessary bills each month. e.g Utilities like Gas, Electricity, Heating & Waste Disposal Charges, often not factored into the overall equation.

This research also found that 55% of students are forced to work part-time throughout their academic year, with 33% skipping University lectures to enable them to do so. Financial issues (68%); fear regarding the passing exams (68%) and not getting a job after college (64%) are the greatest worries for Irish students.

Speaking to Thurles.Info earlier today on these issues, Mr Donal Scannell, CEO of Thurles Credit Union stated: “The significant cost of third level education puts phenomenal pressure on both parents and students starting or returning to 3rd level education this year. The increased registration fees combined with monthly rent and bills, books and materials and day to day expenses are a significant financial burden to many families. We have also seen the removal of financial assistance to postgraduate students. In the last budget, the postgraduate maintenance grant was scrapped making it even harder for students to attain postgraduate qualification.

Thurles Credit Union is available to support both parents and students as they prepare for the academic year. Thurles Credit Union offers one of the most competitive personal, student and education loan rates on the market. We encourage anyone who is looking to finance their education or who simply want some advice on planning ahead or budgeting to call into Thurles Credit Union and speak to a member of staff. Planning ahead where possible is the best way to prepare for these expenses.”

So we asked Donal the following question; “What can Thurles Credit Union really offer to students at this important stage in their academic lives?

We share with you Donal’s advice, which is as follows:-

Continue reading Thurles Credit Union Report Student Loans Increase


Reminder Thurles Hosts Tipperary Mini-Marathon 2012

As we have already stated in a previous blog on June 17th last, North Tipperary Sports Partnership & South Tipperary Sports Partnerships have come together to organise this year’s Tipperary Women’s Mini Marathon, which will to be staged here in Thurles on Sunday Sept 30th,starting at 11.00am.

(Click on image, left, for larger picture.)

Now in its third year this 10k Mini Marathon has grown from strength to strength since the inaugural event also in Thurles in 2010.  The number of people expressing an interest in and registering for this event is now greater than ever.

North Tipperary Councillor John Hogan, Chairperson, North Tipperary Sports Partnership, encourages women to register TODAY on www.tippminimarathon.ie before the deadline closes for reduced registration fees.

Registration price is just €15 (plus 0.99 cents online fee) up to Friday (Tomorrow) August 31st.  As & from Sept 1st this fee will increase to €20. Closing date for all entries is strictly Sept 24th 2012.

For further information please contact Elaine Cullinan at NTSP Tel: 067-43604 or Email info@ntsp.ie or Valerie Connolly at STSP Tel: 062-64737

Registration in now open on line Here, or follow them on Facebook


IRFU & GAA Enter Talks On 2023 Rugby World Cup.

The Irish Rugby Football Union has confirmed that it has entered into preliminary discussions with the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) in relation to the availability of GAA grounds, as part of a possible Irish bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

Acknowledging that any future bid by the IRFU would be heavily dependent on both Government and GAA support, the IRFU state that they will understand and fully respect any GAA decision made when their response is delivered, in due course.

The number of stadia required for any future bid for this tournament has not as yet been decided, but a key element of future planning would be to first establish the number of locations and venues available, before a feasibility study could be undertaken, thus determining Ireland’s capacity to host such a tournament.

The Rugby World Cup in New Zealand showed what a country of four million people could achieve, so an overall Irish bid is something that should be discussed and I believe every citizen is very aware of the huge benefits from both a social and economic perspective, that could be achieved from hosting the third largest sporting event on the globe, especially in terms of attracting visitors and showcasing Ireland’s global potential, ” stated Mr Philip Browne, IRFU Chief Executive.

In Kerry and West Cork for the first two decades of the GAA, rugby and not Gaelic football was observed, by many, as the county’s pre-eminent sport. The word Caid (Word meaning ‘Bulls Scrotum.’) originally referred to the ball, an egg-shaped object, which was in early use. It was made out of animal skin, with a natural bladder inside. Indeed this traditional game of ‘Caid,’ publically referred to as ‘rough and tumble,‘ was popular with peasantry particularly from these areas, throughout the nineteenth century.  As late as 1885 a renowned team from Ballymacelligott were issuing regular challenges for matches with many parishes here in Munster, under the two basic forms of the game, Cross-country Caid and Field Caid, the former often played & decided by Irish parish boundaries.

So will that ‘Hallowed Ground,’ that is Semple’s Field here in Thurles the ‘European Town of Sport 2012,’ play host to a game of ‘rough and tumble,‘ in 2023?

I believe so. We have come a long way from the days when the 1527 Statutes of Galway, banned ‘hokie,’ the hurling of a little ball with sticks on a Sunday & the Sunday Observance Act of 1695, which later imposed a fine of one shilling for anyone found playing sport on a Sunday, latter law which by the way was not repealed until, yes, 1962.

Your comments please.