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Kilkenny’s Reign Ended By Underdogs Tipperary

Residents of St Columba Terrace

Any doubts raised in recent weeks as to where is the Home of Hurling, were answered this afternoon as Tipperary clearly denied Kilkenny an unprecedented fifth All-Ireland Hurling title in a row, with a truly inspirational performance.

Kilkenny were not helped by Henry Shefflin’s 12th minute departure from the pitch after his seemingly miracle cure from his cruciate ligament injury just proved a bridge to far.

Kilkenny were kept starved of scoring opportunities for much of the game and Richie Power was left carrying most of the burden, scoring mainly from frees, but still managing to keep Kilkenny in  touch.

Tipperary built on their narrow one point lead after the break with goals from Lar Corbett and then Noel  McGrath and even goalkeeper Brendan Cummins pitched in with a long puck to score a point and add to Kilkenny’s problems .

Eoghan Kelly made his usual outstanding contribution with 7 frees delivered with pin-point accuracy, as fans have come to expect.

Benny Dunne and Seamus Hennessy took full advantage of ocasional signs of desperation and distraction by Kilkenny and two superb points from substitute Seamus Callanan proved Tipperary had plenty in reserve if needed.

Tipperary and Kilkenny have met 20 times previously in this championship with Tipperary winning 12 times, Kilkenny 8 times and no draws. Kilkenny have beaten Tipperary twice in a final, way back in 1967 and of course last year. But for Tipperary in 2010 and in the 123rd All-Ireland Hurling title it is Corbett and Kelly whom history will recall with a special pride.

One group of Thurles residents living at St. Columba Terrace, Bohernanave, will be especially pleased with the final result, having bathed their terrace in a sea of blue and gold, setting an example for the rest of Thurles Town.

Final Score: Tipperary 4-17.     Kilkenny 1-18.

Tipperary: B Cummins (0-1, f); P Stapleton, P Curran, M Cahill; D Fanning, C O’Mahony, Padraic Maher; B Maher (0-2), S McGrath; G Ryan (0-1), Patrick Maher; J O’Brien (0-2); N McGrath (1-0), E Kelly (0-7, 7f), L Corbett (3-0). Subs: C O’Brien for O’Mahony, S Callanan (0-2) for O’Brien, B Dunne (0-1) for S McGrath, S Hennessy (0-1) for B Maher.

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Tipperary Win All-Ireland Hurling Final 2010

Tipperary has finally done it and are the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Champions for 2010! Kilkenny’s five-in-a-row was not to be, as 3 Lar Corbett goals gave us our first All-Ireland title win since 2001.

With a 4-17 to 1-18 final scoreline, it was an epic contest and a great game of hurling. Kilkenny fought hard and were worthy opponents in this epic battle. Tipperary dominated the first half but were only leading by 1-10 to 1-9 at the break.

In the second half Tipperary were on fire again and then Lar Corbett scored two goals in 2 minutes in the third quarter. This denied the Cats their chance to stand alone as the greatest team ever in the history of the GAA. Tipperary’s Lar Corbett added his third goal in the final minutes to complete an historic win.

The festivities are likely to continue for days as Tipperary celebrates a great win in Croke Park today.

Picture: gaa.ie

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One Million Euro Could Be Laying On Your Property

Check it out folks, there just may be a €1 million bonus laying on your property this morning.

Astronomy Ireland has pinpointed Tipperary as the most likely site where a meteorite may have crash-landed from space at 9.20pm on Wednesday night last.

Chairman of Astronomy Ireland, Mr David Moore said: “We’ve had hundreds of calls and we’ve pinpointed the location to in and around Tipperary, however the organisation is hoping to have an even more precise location in the county as more reports begin to be logged. We are now looking for reports from people in Tipperary or the surrounding counties who saw a very bright fireball streak across the night sky. The rock could be worth one million euro.”

Meteorite about the size of a large Walnut

Our picture shows one  meteorites located shortly after it fell near Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow, here in Ireland in 1999. Note the ‘ thumb type’ indentations on the rocks surface.

So how do I recognise a meteorite?

Well it will look partially different to any ordinary rock. Meteorites come in many shapes and sizes and may have ‘fusion crust‘ which is a thin coating of glass rather like the glaze on a ceramic tile. This glaze will covers most of the outside of the freshly fallen meteorite. However this coating may very quickly crumble and falls off.

Freshly fallen meteorites, quickly recovered, are usually black over all or most of their outer surface. If they hit a particularly hard surface on the ground, they will probably chip or break into several pieces. When the interior of the stone is exposed, a stark contrast between the light coloured interior and the dark black outer fusion crust is very clearly noticeable.

Meteorites almost always contain non-oxidized iron when they land and once on earth they begin to rust.

Ninty percent of meteorites will easily attract a magnet. This is especially true for iron meteorites  and you don’t need a special magnet, a simple refrigerator magnet will suffice. However not all rocks that attract a magnet are meteorites. A common earth mineral called magnetite will also attract a magnet.

Professional meteorite hunters often use a home made object called a meteorite stick to help them search and these are very easy to make. Take a magnet and tape it to the end of a long stick. Use a strong magnets salvaged from the back of any old speaker lying about.  Once made simply poke at any suspicious looking rocks lying on the surface and see if they are drawn to the magnet.

Note: If you intend to look outside your own property, please beware that you must first seek the permission of the land-owner to look on their land. But remember you cannot remove any rocks without their consent, they still remain the property of that land owner.

Good hunting.

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Wedding Of Margaret Bohan And Michael Burke

Mrs Margaret and Mr Michael Burke

The wedding took place yesterday of the very lovely Miss Margaret Bohan, only daughter of Mrs Noreen and the late Mr James Bohan, Graffin, Clonmore, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, to Mr Michael Burke, son of Mrs Alice and Mr James Burke, Granstown, Ballacolla, Co.Laois.

The wedding ceremony took place in the historic 19th century Church of St. Anne, Clonmore, Templemore, Thurles, Co.Tipperary, with the ceremony being presided over by Rev. Fr. Fintan Burke, ably assisted by Rev. Fr. Eugene Everard, Rev. Fr. Noel Maher and Rev. Fr. Seamus Bohan.

Escorted down the aisle by her uncle Thomas Bohan, the bride looked totally stunning in an ivory, brushed silk bridal afternoon gown, with a pleated and delicately sequined bodice. Equally beautiful were the bridesmaids, Anne-Marie Walsh and Theresa Carroll, who wore full-length navy, evening gowns delicately adorned with dusky-blue waist bands.

The groom, Michael, and his two groomsmen, both brothers, all looked dashing in their black evening suits elegantly highlighted by white wing collared shirts and matching dusky-blue silk cravats.

The couple publicly exchanged their vows in front of a large gathering of family and close friends, while music and song for the ceremony was performed by the talented harpist and vocalist Carmel Minouge.

Following the ceremony, the new Mr and Mrs Burke retired to the popular local wedding venue, The Templemore Arms Hotel, Templemore, Thurles, Co.Tipperary, where guests were entertained to a champagne and strawberry reception, together with other light refreshments.

Following family photographs in the beautiful manicured gardens of the Templemore Arms, the newly married couple joined their guests in the hotels ‘Belville Suite’ for a lavish feast, which was followed by live music and much dancing very late into the evening.

The couple have chosen the Spanish ‘red mountained’ island of Lanzarote as their favoured honeymoon destination, indeed it was there they became engaged on a previous visit.

“Margaret and Michael, from all your family and many friends in Co.Tipperary and Co Laois go best wishes to you both for a happy, healthy and prosperous life together and thank you both for such a memorable day.”

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Tipperary Senior Hurling Team Remains Unchanged

The Liam McCarthy Cup

As Kilkenny aim for a historic five-in-a-row, Tipperary chief Liam Sheedy has confirmed his team will remain unchanged for Sunday’s All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final against their old rivals.

Tipperary Team: B Cummins, P Stapleton, P Curran, M Cahill, D Fanning, C O’Mahony, Padraic Maher, B Maher, S McGrath, G Ryan, Patrick Maher, J O’Brien, N McGrath, E Kelly, L Corbett.

Twelve of the present side which played in last year’s decider against Kilkenny will again start at Croke Park, with Gearoid Ryan, Michael Cahill and Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher the only new faces this year, replacing Pat Kerwick, James Woodlock  and Seamus Callanan.

Padraic Maher is now at wing-back, Paul Curran is at full-back and former wing-back Brendan Maher is now starring at midfield.

Noel McGrath is again named at corner forward, alongside Lar Corbett and Eoin Kelly, while John O’Brien retains his place after his recent outstanding game against Waterford.

The Liam McCarthy Cup

The Liam McCarthy Cup is the trophy awarded annually by the Gaelic Athletic Association to the hurling team that wins the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship, perhaps GAA fans will spare a thought for the man whose name this cup bears.

Liam’s parents, Eoghan and Brigid MacCarthy, emigrated from Ballygarvan,Co. Cork and settled on the South bank of the Thames in 1851, on the site now occupied by the County Hall.
Eoghan was a sportsman, athlete and wrestler, known as ‘MacCarthy Capall’ or MacCarthy the Horse and spoke mostly Irish, having very little of the English language.

His son Liam MacCarthy was born in London on the 21st May 1853 and at the age of 14 he was playing hurling on Clapham Common. In his early years to earn his living he worked as a blacksmith’s hammer man on the railways.

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