It is with great sadness we confirm that legendary Thurles Sarsfields and Co. Tipperary hurler Mr James “Jimmy” Doyle has passed away.
Known and revered as one of the greatest hurlers in the history of the game, Mr Doyle, who was in his 76th year (born in Thurles in 1939), played as a right wing-forward for the Co. Tipperary senior hurling team.
Born in Thurles, County Tipperary, Mr Doyle first excelled at hurling while a student at Thurles Christian Brothers School (CBS) in the town, arriving on the inter-county scene at the age of just fourteen; linking up with the Tipperary minor team.
He made his senior début in the 1957–58 National League, going on to play a key role for Tipperary during a hugely successful era for the team. Mr Doyle also captained the Tipp team twice to All-Ireland victory in both 1962 and 1965, winning in total six All-Ireland medals, nine Munster medals and seven National Hurling League medals.
As a member of the Munster inter-provincial team for twelve years, Mr Doyle won eight Railway Cup medals. Also at club level he won ten championship medal with Thurles Sarsfields and at the time of his retirement Mr Doyle’s career tally of 18 goals and 176 points ranked him as Co. Tipperary’s all-time top scorer. (This record remained in place until June 24th 2007 and was only then broken by hurling great and right corner-forward Mr Eoin Kelly).
Also during his playing career he won three Cú Chulainn awards, as well as being named Texaco Hurler of the Year in 1964/1965. He was included at right corner-forward on the Hurling Team of the Century in 1984 and later, as left corner-forward, on the Hurling Team of the Millennium in 2000.
Following his retirement in 1973 Mr Doyle became involved in team management and coaching, which included a spell as manager of the Co. Laois senior team.
To his family and many sporting friends go our condolences on his death. Details of his funeral arrangements will be posted on this website later.
Fianna Fáil’s Mr Seamus Hanafin today succeeded Fine Gael’s Mr Michael Fitzgerald as the new Cathaoirleach (Irish – Chairperson) of Tipperary County Council, having been proposed by party colleague Mr Jackie Cahill and seconded by Mr Roger Kennedy.
Councillor Hanafin described today as being a very proud one, not just for himself, but also for those he represents, together with his family; namely his wife and three children, his mother Peg, Mrs Mona and her husband former Senator Mr Des Hanafin, latter who himself was also, in the past, a Chairperson of North Tipperary County Council some 60 odd years previously.
Accepting his new post, Councillor Hanafin spoke of the need for a comprehensive plan of action with regard to employment, stating that current unemployment stands as the single biggest issue that must be brought under control here in Tipperary and pledged that same is something that he will strenuously battle and fight to redress, particularly during his term as current office holder.
The popular Councillor was later congratulated by his fellow Council colleagues, who unanimously agreed that he would greatly enhance and introduce even greater qualities to this, his newly elected office.
Today also saw widespread tributes paid to outgoing Chairperson Mr Michael Fitzgerald; describing him as fair minded, especially with regards to the very tough tasks undertaken, while taking over a reformed and newly amalgamated North / South Tipperary Council.
Chief Executive, Tipperary County Council, Mr Joe MacGrath stated that Mr Michael Fitzgerald’s name would now go down in the history books as the first ever Cathaoirleach of a new combined Tipperary County Council and thanked him for his unfailing commitment to the office of County Cathaoirleach.
Overall, despite two lulls, it was a master class in hurling from Tipperary this afternoon, as they romped home with a 4-23 (35 pts) to 1-16 (19 pts) victory over Limerick at the Gaelic Grounds, in the 2015 Munster SHC hurling semi-final.
Tipperary’s 2014 ace and ‘Hurler of the Year’ nominee Seamus Callanan hit 2-5 (11 pts) and the uncontainable John O’Dwyer added a further 7 points, as O’Shea’s visitors recorded their biggest championship victory over Limerick since the 2009 All-Ireland semi-final.
The match began with Tipperary playing into the breeze and due to a weak Tipp clearance, Limerick’s Declan Hannon stroked over the first point of the game. This was repeated by Limerick’s Hannon and Shane Dowling again in the seventh and eighth minute. However in the ninth minute Seamus Callanan rifled the ball past the Limerick goal keeper to level the scores. Just two minutes later again Callanan, from a well taken 65, put Tipperary into the lead and which, despite Limerick’s best efforts, for the remainder of the game, Tipperary fully retained.
Further points from Tipperary would follow, right throughout the first half, emanating from the sticks of again Seamus Callanan, Bonnar Maher, Shane McGrath, Niall O’Meara, Gavin O’Mahony, Jason Forde and John O’Dwyer.
Then in the 23th minute yet another goal for Seamus Callanan ensured that Tipperary were right on top.
Points from Shane Dowling, David Breen, Graham Mulcahy, Seanie O’Brien, Declan Hannon and Donal O’Grady did keep Limerick ticking over, however at half-time as players left the field the score board read: Limerick 0-12 (12 pts) Tipperary 2-12 (18 pts).
Second Half Summary Tipperary V Limerick June 21st 2015 at the Gaelic Grounds.
The second half began with Tipperary playing with the wind. The conversation earlier in Limerick’s dressing room appeared to have worked with Limerick greatly upping their pace. Shane Dowling goals a penalty and follows same with two points, one from a 65 against the wind and all unanswered by Tipperary. By the 49th minute the scoreboard read Limerick 1-15 (18 pts) – Tipperary 2-13 (19 pts).
However this was as close as Limerick would get to closing the gap and by the 50th minute Seamus Callanan had answered with a further 2 points to his ever increasing game tally. Tipperary followed with a further 4 points from John O’Dwyer and a goal from Jason Forde, leaving the score Limerick 1-15 (18 pts) to Tipperary’s 3-18 (27 pts) by the 58th minute.
Further points from Tipperary’s John O’Dwyer, Seamus Callanan, Shane Bourke and Jason Forde and then another goal from substitute Michael Breen; answered only by a point from Limerick’s Graham Mulcahy, saw the full time scoreboard reading Limerick 1-16 (19 pts) Tipperary 4-23 (35 pts).
Tipperary Scorers: Callanan (2-5), J. O’Dwyer (0-7), J. Forde (1-3), P. Maher (0-3), M. Breen (1-0) S. McGrath (0-2), N. O’Meara (0-1), J. Woodlock (0-1), S. Bourke (0-1)
Tipperary Team: D. Gleeson, P. Stapleton, J. Barry, C. O’Brien, K. Bergin, P. Maher, R. Maher, J. Woodlock, S. McGrath, J. Forde, B. Maher, P. Maher, J. O’Dwyer, S. Callanan and N. O’Meara.
Subs: M. Cahill for P. Stapleton, M. Breen for S. Callanan and S. Bourke for N. O’Meara.
There will be four opportunities to donate blood next week, when the Irish Blood Donation Clinic visits Thurles, Co. Tipperary; attending at The Dome, Semple Stadium, in the town.
Opportunities to donate will begin with an afternoon clinic on Tuesday, June 23rd; operating from 2:00pm – 5:0pm
This clinic will also be available on Wednesday June 24th,Thursday June 25th and on Monday June 29th; opening on all latter 3 named dates from 6:00pm – 9:00pm each day.
For further details please check the IBDC website at www. giveblood.ie or contact them by Telephone on 061-306980.
Remember: Only 5% of the population are regular blood donors, while over 1,000 Irish people will receive transfusions every week nationally. To provide this service over 3,000 blood donors are needed each week here in Ireland
There is no substitute for human blood, so where possible please help save a life by simply taking the time to donate.
Some 50 members of Fingal Walking Club have arrived here in Thurles today, with many of these visitors remaining within our midst over the coming weekend and into the early part of next week.
These welcome visitors are staying at the Anner Hotel, Business and Leisure Centre, situated on the Dublin Rd, east of Thurles town and as I write some are enjoying a quiet stroll in the hills above the picturesque village of Upperchurch.
This visiting group, organised by Active Breaks Ireland, will be met later this evening by personnel representing St. Mary’s Famine museum; latter who will both welcome our guests and brief them on matters pertaining to the historical important of this part of Co. Tipperary.