Thurles Sarsfield’s Hurling Festival Chairman, John Enright demonstrates road bowling skills.
IPB Insurance, in association with North Tipp County Council and Thurles Sarsfields International Hurling Festival, will lead the way for “The Gathering 2013,” here in Thurles on July 12th to 14th next.
Welcome Home And Enjoy Thurles Co Tipperary
The joint organisers of this year’s International Hurling Festival, under the Chairmanship of John Enright, are inviting home all Thurles people, wherever they may be, for the International Hurling Festival, now in its third successive year.
This year in particular, they are inviting back former Sarsfields Club Members and players who have been associated with this successful club in the past. They are calling on same to “Camán home for the Hurling,” on July 12th and include the Munster Final on Sunday July14th and guaranteeing to make this a most joyful reunion for all concerned.
This year’s festival will once again be centred on the International Hurling Competitions featuring the Tom Semple Cup and Carew Cup, latter names famously associated with Thurles and the GAA.
The festival will again include road bowling, wheelchair hurling, camogie, Camán Abú and other numerous social events that are currently still being finalised and for which full details will be posted as planning progresses. For now, just put this weekend date into your diary and begin planning your visit, thus making Thurles the centre of International Hurling and a special annual weekend for all who the game.
Latest Gathering News For Thurles Sarsfields International Hurling Festival.
(1) All the way from Salt Lake City, we welcome Fr. Paddy Carley and some 30 friends travelling here once again for the festival.
(2) Two full coaches from Indianapoliis, Illinois, who will spend a week in the area, playing hurling and camogie at the festival.
(3) Mr Tom Bergin from Moyne is arriving with an enhanced group of Kilburn Gaels hoping to make it a ‘three-in-a-row,’ for the Tom Semple Cup. (Mr John O’Riordan from Ardfurt, the Kilbrun Chairman has been rumoured as stating he is determined to keep the cup.)
(4) Seán Callanan with Dunboyne is back for the third year hoping this time it will be third-time lucky for his group.
(5) Former Sarsfields stalwarts Colm O’Rourke, Jamie Murphy and David Kerins are bringing the All-Irish speaking Setantas back again.
(6) Ger Collins, former Tipp County Minor, is bringing back Naoimh Moninne for the third time. Louth are also sending a road bowling team to compete in the Cusack Cup.
(7) McCormack is a name very much associated with Thurles Sarsfields. The McCormack clan from Keady are coming back a third time expecting this time to win the Tom Semple trophy. They also have strong ambitions with regard to road bowling.
(8) Mayo are coming with a huge contingent, Toureen ( Carew Cup Holders ) and Castlebar for the hurling, Ballina for Camán Abú and Westport for Road Bowling. David Hughes and Peter Goggin are the current Interprovincial ‘Michael Cusack Cup,’ champions. Mr Adrian Hession, the Mayo development officer, is the driving force here.
(9) We have a second Setanta team from the Gaeltacht in Donegal, giving us our second Irish speaking team.
(10) Ballyduff and Causeway are our two Kerry teams. It’s great to see two traditional clubs from North Kerry joining us.
(11) North Cork are arriving representing the birth place of Dr. Croke, Kilbrin.
(12) Last year Manorhamilton became the first Leitrim team to hurl in Thurles and Mr Steve Feeney is bringing them back this year for more of the same.
(13) Damian O’Doherty and Na Magha from Derry are coming back again and very welcome indeed.
(14) Fulham Irish from London, under Mr Michael Ruby from Kilshannig in North Cork will be the third London club to take part in the Tom Semple Cup.
(15) It is great to see Naas hurling manager Pat English bring his native Carlow club Ballykellin to this year’s festival.
(16) Another new entrant this year is the Rialto club from Dublin under Mr David Broderick.
(17) Bernie O’Dowd and Louise Lanigan, Thurles Sars Camogie, and Deirdre Murphy from the Munster Council are organising a senior seven-aside camogie tournament in St Patrick’s college, the latter I hasten to add is a fantastic addition to this Thurles Festival.
All in all, this year’s festival promises to be the biggest and best to date, so do stay tuned as we continue to keep you up to date with all events planned, as same are confirmed here on Thurles.Info and our sister website Hidden Tipperary.
There will be a free WEEE electrical recycling collection day in Thurles at the Mid-Tipperary Mart, Cabra Road,Thurles on Saturday 11th May 2013. The Mart will be open from 10am to 4pm. It will be free for the general public to bring any household item with a plug or a battery to be taken away for recycling.
Items can include TV’s, HiFis, washing machines, fridges etc and also smaller items including batteries. It’s a great opportunity for you to clean out the garage or attic of old or broken electrical items.
There will also be a WEEE collection on the same day at Templemore Town Car Park (Sat 11th May 2013) from 10am – 4pm as well.
For more information about upcoming WEEE Collection days around the country please visit Public Collection Days page on the RecycleFree.ie website.
The greyish-brown, White Tailed Eagle, ( Haliaeetus albicilla ) also known as the Sea Eagle can be now observed in North Tipperary skies, hunting for fish swimming just below the surface water of Lough Derg’s shore line.
In the last few days a pair of these magnificent birds have been confirmed as having hatched two chicks in a nest close to the eastern shore of the lake on the Mountshannon side, in Co Clare and directly across the lake from the western village of Portroe, Nenagh, Co Tipperary.
These are the first chicks born from the high profile reintroduction programme which began way back in 2007, with the release of young Norwegian eagles, as part of the white-tailed eagle reintroduction programme.
This Lough Derg breeding pair, a five year old male with his four year old female, were transported originally from the island of Frøya off the west coast of Norway. Nesting here began in late March and these now successfully hatched chicks are the first to be born in Ireland in almost a century.
White-tailed eagles can live for around 25 to 30 years and generally mate for life, with adult pairs choosing to remain within their home chosen territory throughout the year. During the period 1800-1970, White-tailed Eagles, in most of Europe, underwent dramatic declines and were extinct here in Ireland and England by1916, due to intensive persecution from shepherds and gamekeepers who wrongly considered them to be a threat to livestock and game-birds. A more modern threat to these beautiful birds however comes in the form of wind turbines on our ever increasing manufactured wind farms, latter causing significant mortality.
These chicks will be a huge boost to bird watchers and the White Tailed Eagle Reintroduction Programme, following serious initial setbacks, which included the unnecessary deaths of some 27 of the 100 eagles released into the wild since 2007.
Hayley Glavin. Missing
Missing Tipperary Teenager
Gardaí are desperately trying to find the whereabouts of a missing South Tipperary girl.
Miss Hayley Glavin, 17 years old, has been missing from her home in Ardfinnan, Cahir, Co Tipperary, since last Bank Holiday Monday evening last.
Miss Glavin is attractive, estimated to be 1.7m or 5ft 7ins in height and has long brown hair. (Click on image for higher definition.)
When last seen she was believed to be wearing a white hooded jacket with a black stripe, a green tracksuit bottoms, with a green T-shirt and black shoes.
Anybody with information on Miss Glavin’s known whereabouts are asked to immediately contact Cahir Garda Station on Telephone No 052-7445630, or the Garda Confidential Line Telephone No 1800-666-111, or indeed any Garda station.
Please help find her by sharing on all Media.
Update: Great News everyone, Ardfinnan girl, Miss Hayley Glavin, was located this afternoon safe & well. A big ‘Thank You,’ to all who shared our status.
According to latest figures supplied by the Health Service Executive (HSE), over 5,600 patients in Limerick, which supplies health care services to North Tipperary, are waiting more than four years for an outpatient appointment.
There are 1,473 patients waiting at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Dooradoyle.
At the end of February, the Mid-Western Regional Orthopaedic Hospital in Croom had 4,148 patients waiting four years or more.
There were 105,632 patients waiting over a year for a first consultant outpatient appointment nationally across Ireland. The hospitals listed with the longest overall outpatient waiting were:- University College Hospital Galway with 41,035 patients, Waterford Regional with 28,625, Tallaght Hospital with 26,119, Limerick Regional with 23,098, Cork University Hospital with 22,944 and Beaumont Hospital with 22,206.
Meanwhile, plans for the new €14m healthcare facility in Balbriggan, North Co Dublin have now been granted planning permission by Fingal County Council today. You might remember that this centre came to national prominence last year after it emerged the Minister for Health Mr James Reilly added Balbriggan to a list of places chosen for primary care centres, after the final list had already been drawn up by the HSE.
In relation to some prescription medicines, Minister of State Alex White has revealed that for the country’s medical card holders, the number of prescriptions for Viagra has risen from 29,000 in 2000, to 115,00 in 2012. Viagra has cost the Irish taxpayer €28million under the general medical services scheme, since being introduced into Ireland in 1999.