Thurles, European Town of Sport in 2012, got its current week long Sarsfields Festival of Gaelic Sport under way on Friday July 4th last, with same continuing until July 12th next, inclusive.
The festival got off to a flying start on Friday morning last with the first ever official ‘Indoor Target Bowling’ competition; with all 90 competitors in attendance playing for the Olden Cup and associated individual medals for runner’s up and winning team members.
This new game, designed in particular for wheelchair and special needs participants and developed by James O’Driscoll, proved extremely popular with teams and their sponsors representing Roscrea, Birr, Thurles, Nenagh, Templemore and other areas all taking part.
M/s Susan Greene Chairperson of the Irish Road Bowling Association (Bol Chumann na hEireann) was on hand in person to supervise the judging and present the medals.
Also in attendance and spotted in the large crowd present were Catherine Purcell (Rehab Care), Michael Dundon (Sarsfields Festival PRO), Michael Maher (Chairperson Thurles Sarsfields Club) and John Lanigan & Johnny Enright (Joint Festival Chairpersons).
Mrs Margo Olden (Thurles Guardian Angel School) was also in attendance to present, for the very first time the Olden Cup, which this year was won by a group representing Thurles Sarsfields and captained by Declan Ryan.
Tipperary claimed their first championship victory today, since their Munster Final win of 2012, while alas, 2012 All-Ireland finalists Galway are now left to reflect on another disappointing season.
Eamon O’Shea secured his first championship win at the helm, thanks to the unbelievably powerful finish from his team, which ended Galway’s involvement in the 2014 championships, with the score-line of 3-25 (34pts) to 4-13 (25pts).
Tipperary, in front of almost 18,500 spectators, came from six points down to beat Galway by nine points, in what can only be described as a truly thrilling All-Ireland qualifier. Galway were 4-12 (24pts) to the Premier County’s 1-15 (18pts) clear, however in the remaining 19 minutes plus stoppage time, the Premier County scored 2-10 (16pts) against their opponents, latter who manage just 0-1 during the same period of time.
Drom & Inch ace, Seamus Callanan, bagged two of Tipperary’s goals, earning personally in total, half of Tipperary’s overall final tally (17pts) at game’s end. John O’Dwyer added six points while Noel McGrath chipped in another five points from play.
Lar Corbett also came to life in the second half, landing two superb points into the Thurles town end of Tom Semple’s hallowed turf. Single individual points also came from the sticks of Woodlock, Bergin, Maher and McGrath, thus adding to the overall Tipperary final winning tally.
Today’s victory by Tipperary could yet kick-start that awaited September trip to Croke Park.
Tipperary Team: D. Gleeson, P. Stapleton, P. Maher, M. Cahill, B. Maher, J. Barry, C. Barrett; R. Maher, J. Woodlock, G. Ryan, P. Maher, N. McGrath, J. O’Dwyer, S. Callanan and L. Corbett.
Subs: K. Bergin for R. Maher; S. McGrath for G. Ryan and J. O’Brien for L. Corbett.
Keep LEADER in the Community: NO to Alignment
North Tipperary Leader Partnership
North Tipperary LEADER Partnership, and other Local Development Companies from across the country, are calling on communities to support the forthcoming LEADER Rally in support of the retention of the bottom-up approach of LEADER, by local development companies.
The rally will take place on Wednesday July 9th at 1.30 pm outside Dáil Eireann and will be addressed by Marian Harkin MEP, Liadh Ní Riada MEP and others.
North Tipperary LEADER Partnership has successfully delivered the LEADER Programme for over 20 years. Now, however, the government is proposing to change this system, which is regarded by the EU as being a model of best practice throughout Europe and one that has successfully supported the economic, social and community development of rural communities throughout Ireland in recent decades.
The proposed policy change being driven forward by Minister Phil Hogan & the Department of Environment Community and Local Government is called Alignment, and aims to transfer the delivery of the LEADER Programme to newly established committees within each Local Authority Area. Local Development Companies are now entering a critical phase in determining the outcome of this alignment process; the protection of the LEADER model in Ireland, which is the most successful LEADER delivery structure in the EU, is in danger of being lost, and with it, the years of experience, skills, expertise & local relationships built up over the years by North Tipperary LEADER Partnership and similar companies.
Now, more than ever, we need your support, so that communities, and not Local Authority Committees, can continue to decide how LEADER funding should be administered in this area.
Coach transport from North Tipperary to Dublin will be provided free to all those wishing to support our cause on the day. Buses will leave Thurles at 9.00am from outside the Sarsfields Centre and from Nenagh at 9.00am outside the Abbey Court Hotel. All rally attendee’s should be back in both venues by 6.30pm.
For further information, to confirm your attendance or enquiries regarding coach routes, please Tel: 087 9873489 or email email@example.com or contact Jim Finn, (Chairperson), Tel: 086 6037222.
Mountshannon, Clare, Ireland – Members of the public are now able to observe one of the first White Tailed Sea Eagles born in Ireland in over a century; courtesy of a new Viewing & Information Point that has been officially opened on the shores of Lough Derg in County Clare.
Located at Mountshannon Pier and operated by Mountshannon Community Council, the Golden Eagle Trust and Clare County Council, the new Viewing Point features telescopes and information and displays about the White Tailed Sea Eagles. The facility will remain open until the end of September.
Norway’s Ambassador to Ireland, His Excellency Roald Næss joined Mayor of Clare Cllr. John Crowe in Mountshannon today in recognition of his country’s close links with the Golden Eagle Trust’s programme to reintroduce the bird to Ireland.
The Mountshannon breeding pair, a six-year-old male and five-year-old female, were collected as chicks on the island of Frøya off the west coast of Norway by the Golden Eagle Trust. The birds were released in Killarney National Park before relocating to Lough Derg in 2011. The pair, named Saoirse and Caimin, created history in 2013 when they reared the first chicks to fly from a nest in Ireland in 110 years. The pair successfully hatched another chick in late April of this year.
Mayor of Clare Cllr. John Crowe welcomed the introduction of the Viewing Point which he said provides the general public with “a unique opportunity to view the birds at close quarters without disturbing them”.
He added: “The breeding success of the Mountshannon pair is in no small part down to the wonderful work of the Golden Eagle Trust, Clare County Council and Mountshannon Community Council, as well as the goodwill and support shown by the local community. This Viewing & Information Point will help to further safeguard these impressive birds and their nesting activities, as well as to promote their ecology and conservation.”
Norwegian Ambassador to Ireland, His Excellency Roald Næss described the increase in the number of nesting pairs of White Tailed Sea Eagles in Ireland as “encouraging” and expressed his delight that Norway has played a central role in the reintroduction programme.
He continued: “Norway is home to one of the largest White Tailed Sea Eagle populations in the world and has been instrumental in helping organisations such as the Golden Eagle Trust to reintroduce the species to countries where the bird once flourished but is no longer found. Being able to view this breeding pair thrive here in County Clare is a tribute to everyone concerned and I hope the people who visit this Viewing Point truly value what is happening here.”
Welcoming the official opening of the Viewing & Information Point, Dr. Allan Mee, White Tailed Sea Eagle project manager, commented: “We are very conscious of the risk of disturbing the birds especially during nesting periods, so we warmly welcome this structure which is purpose built and designed specifically for the purposes as a Bird Viewing and Information Point. It will help put Mountshannon on the map as the destination to come and enjoy perhaps Ireland’s largest and most spectacular breeding bird. To have a nesting pair of eagles here on our doorstep is unique and one that the local community in Mountshannon will I’m sure help nurture into the future”.
The Viewing Point will be maintained by Mountshannon Community Council, whose Chairperson John Harvey said: “Since the White Tailed Sea Eagles first arrived here three years ago, members of the local community have given tremendous support to the Golden Eagle Trust to ensure the birds were given every possible opportunity to thrive. The Community Council looks forward to welcoming people to the village and the Viewing Point, which we regard as a wonderful addition to the local tourism infrastructure.”
Minister Phil Hogan, what in the name of God have you started?
The deadline of September 30th 2014, given to County Councils by the Revenue Commissioners to vary property tax charges by 15%, at the behest of the Revenue Commissioners, has given the search for ‘Urban/Rural Funding Equalisation Debate’ a now much more added urgency.
Publicity shy Dublin Labour TD Kevin Humphreys; yes him who recently confronted that unfortunate rat, as it scurrying across the polished floors of Leinster House, warns he will become ‘rebellious’ (God forbid Kevin, control yourself, you will have us all protesting) if central funds for local authorities are diverted from councils in his thriving Capital City of Dublin, to be spent in “Hillbilly Country”, latter also referred to in EU dispatches, (strictly in the interest of political correctness you understand) as “Rural Ireland.”
Mr Humphreys is seriously losing sleep about critically important local issues in Dublin, now much in need of urgent funding. It appears from press reports that the government could redirect funds to rural, less well populated areas in our State; due to the excessive property tax yields in Dublin. This government decision could see Mr Humphreys turn savage, especially since these rural voters have been less than sympathetic to Labour Party policies, in recent local elections.
Dublin’s Moving Statues
I myself, a well known rural Co Tipperary blow-in, can partially understand where Humphreys ( Latter no relation to character in satirical British sitcom “Yes Minister”) is coming from, particularly in relation to the necessary funding of items like the “Moving Statues” of Dublin. Please allow me to further elaborate.
Statues of Viscount Gough & Molly Malone
I believe it was Jury’s Hotel, Dublin that financed the statue of the fictional 17th century, third generation, double jobbing, fishmonger (by day) and part-time prostitute (by night) “Molly Malone.” Molly Malone, of that well-known ballad of the same name has become the most recent of Dublin’s moving statue; “shifted” (Please interpret latter word using a biblical understanding) from the bottom of Grafton Street to be possibly relocated temporarily on Andrew Street.
The statue affectionately known by Dublin natives as “The Tart with the Cart”, “The Dish with the Fish”, “The Trollop with the Scallops” and “The Dolly with the Trolley”, has just cost the Irish tax payer €50,000 for its recent removal, it’s cleaning, repairs etc.. Happily the €50,000 spent should see visitors not noticing any change in her newly welded appearance when she once again appears back ‘on the town’ at her new temporary location outside the tourist office now established in the former St Andrew’s Church on nearby Suffolk Street.
This statue will of course incur further costs later, pending the end of Luas works in 2017, when she will be again relocated to her former ‘beat’ on Grafton Street, slightly north of her more recent location.
The repairs to the Molly Malone statue were necessary, because of cracks brought about by tourists sitting on her. How do I know this? Take a look at the tourism facts & figures for the Top Ten free attractions in Ireland for 2013.
Note that No 1. on the list of Tourism attractions was The National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin (641,572), followed by No 2. The National Botanic Gardens, Dublin (550,000), No 3. Farmleigh House, Dublin (435,476), No 4. National Museum of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin (404,230), No 5. Newbridge Silverware, Kildare (350,000), No 6. Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin (339,264), No 7. National Museum of Ireland, Natural History, Dublin (284,323), No 8. The National Library of Ireland, Dublin (260,152), No 9. National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Dublin (251,226) and finally No 10. Chester Beatty Library Dublin (250,659) and all but one have got the same thing in common.
It is also interesting to note the tourism facts & figures for five of the top ten paid-for attractions in 2013, namely:- The Guinness, Storehouse, Dublin (1,157,090), National Aquatic Centre, Dublin (858,031), Book of Kells, Dublin, (588,723), St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin (410,000) and Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin (326,207) have also all got one thing in common.
So have you spotted how Molly got cracked? Yes correct, fourteen out of the fifteen top Irish Tourist attractions hold a Dublin City address. These over abundant tourists now visiting Dublin are no better than street vandals; sitting as they do under Molly’s ample semi-bared blossoms, to have their photographs taken. These unprofitable tourists have being encouraged to visit Dublin, through the spending of millions of Euro by Fáilte Ireland, attracting them only to Dublin city over the last five years, to the detriment of unfunded rural Ireland and Co Tipperary in particular.
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