Despite being top scorers for most of the game, in front of 8,651 spectators, the Tipperary versus Kilkenny Allianz National Hurling League Division 1A encounter today became a game of two haves with Tipperary ending up beaten once again by Kilkenny in their home pitch at Nowlan Park.
Eamon O’ Shea’s Tipperary troops appeared on fire as they rattled in the goals in the first-half, to enter the dressing rooms at the half-time leading two goals ahead of their arch rivals.
However despite the determined skills of Seamus Callanan, latter who produced a hat-trick, Kilkenny took the day, walking off clear winners by six points with Kilkenny’s Colin Fennelly scoring a massive 3-05 (14 pts) for his home side.
Despite the 3-6 (15 pts), mostly struck home from play by Tipperary’s Seamus Callanan, his own personal tally just wasn’t enough to carry the boys in blue, with Kilkenny’s Henry Shefflin, Colin Fennelly and Walter Walsh collectively totting up 4-15 (27 pts) between them, to take a well deserved fighting home victory.
With 15 minutes on the stopwatch, Tipperary appeared to be the dominant team, having bagged 3-3, (12 pts) with goals scored coming from Noel McGrath, Jason Forde and Seamus Callanan.
Colin Fennelly’s first goal for Kilkenny didn’t appear until the 24th minute, but the efforts of Reid and Walsh keep Kilkenny in touch until Henry Shefflin’s goal in the 31st minute demonstrated the possibility that this game was not yet over. Kilkenny’s third goal came in the 44th minute, rifled home courtesy also of Fennelly, to be answered by Tipperary’s Callanan some six minutes later.
It took Kilkenny almost 56th minutes to eventually draw level, assisted in their quest by a goal from Fennelly and levelling the score at 4-14 (26 pts) to 5-11 (26 pts). The battle for final victory was now on with both sides continuing to level on a further three occasions.
A devastating fifth goal from Mark Kelly, together with three successive points from Hogan (2 pts), Fennelly (1 pt) all unanswered by Tipperary, would eventually seal a win for this Kilkenny home team.
Final score: Kilkenny 5-20 (35 pts) – Tipperary 5-14 (29 pts).
Tipperary Team: D. Gleeson, P. Stapleton, T. Stapleton, C. Barrett; S. McGrath, C. O’Brien, M. Cahill (0-2), P. Maher, J. Woodlock (0-1), K. Bergin, P. Murphy (0-1), B. Maher (0-1), N. McGrath (1-3), S. Callanan (3-6), J. Forde (1-0).
Subs: P. Maher for J. Forde, J. O’Dwyer for K. Bergin, D. Maher for S. McGrath, M. Heffernan for P. Murphy and R. Maher for C. O’Brien.
One person has been arrested following a Garda drink-driving checkpoint set up in Thurles.
To date this year 152 people have been arrested for drunk driving, in comparison to 148 in the same comparative period last year.
Here in Thurles, 149 vehicles passed through the checkpoint, with 102 drivers being breath tested, resulting in just one suspected arrest.
The high visibility checks are understood to have been set up as part of a roads operation begun late last year called Operation Surround, where Gardaí have promised to conduct Mandatory Alcohol Testing (MAT) checkpoints, targeting intoxicated drivers particularly at weekends, throughout the country.
In Waterford, 612 vehicles passed through Garda checkpoints, with almost 400 breath tests conducted, resulting in one person being detained.
Checkpoints were also mounted overnight in areas of Kerry and Limerick, but no drivers were arrested on suspicion of drunk driving.
Regular listeners to the radio station Tipp FM should note that the “Down your Way” programme, recorded last night in Thurles at The Monks Licensed Hostility will be broadcast tonight between the hours 7.00pm and 8.00pm. If you miss it tonight you can hear the repeat programme mid-day on Sunday next between 1.00pm and 2.00pm. This weekly specialist programme is recorded each week by popular local radio host Eamon O’Dwyer.
Tonight’s radio programme will as usual get intimate, while discussing the more positive aspects of what’s happening here in Thurles through chatting with individuals and featuring some the Premier Counties outstanding local musical talents.
Of course “The Monks” public house still remains one of Ireland’s original and traditional social meeting places here in Thurles and Tipperary, entertaining “Muintir na haíte.“ (Translated from the Irish; “The people of the place”.) Click here to learn more about the history of this ancient tavern which first began trading just after the Great Famine period in Irish History, around 1860.
Note by 10.00 am, each morning, Radio TippFM has a massive 59% of Tipperary people as their audience or over 83,000 people tuned in to listen to their daily programmes each week. TippFM also broadcast live from Thurles Shopping Centre every Thursday from their Pod stand in the complex, broadcasting a great mix of talk and music, as well as offering plenty of exclusive competitions and great give-aways.
Meanwhile if you are around and about Thurles take note that the annual Azerbaijan Orphanages Benefit Night will be held here in The Monks, Thurles, tomorrow night (Friday21st of February) at 10.00pm and the organisers, Joe Brennan, Kevin Kelly and Kevin Callanan would greatly appreciate your support.
Tickets cost €5.00 and there will be numerous Spot Prizes and a Raffle for a Hamper.
Music will be provided courtesy of Kevin Callanan, Carley Maher, Dixie and Paul Byrne, and the Brady’s (Ric, Mac and Martin), so a great night can be expected by all who can attend.
Who knows if you read the history you might even get sight of the Monk himself or the Hound of Death.
A Co Clare developer who was found guilty of raping a Brazilian woman, he had solicited to clean his house in Tipperary, has been sentenced to 7.5 years in jail, with the final 3.5 years of the sentence suspended, after a judge stated that he could not “buy himself out” of a custodial sentence.
The father-of-four named as Mr Thomas Egan, aged 47, of Cahermurphy, Kilmihil, Co Clare, paid over €10,000 in court, same to be forwarded to his victim, latter who has since returned to her native Brazil.
Mr Justice Barry White, noted that Mr Egan had previous to this event an“unblemished record” apart from a minor road traffic offence.
Mr Egan was originally convicted last May by a jury at the Central Criminal Court, of raping the 23-year-old woman at a house in Tipperary on July 5th 2010. Mr Egan had denied the charge of rape, but had admitted having sex with the woman, informing Gardaí that the act was consensual and that she had not shown any fear.
Mr Egan is understood to have approached the victim on a street in Gort, Co Galway and asked her to clean a house. They had travelled to the house in Tipperary in his car and he had set out a number of cleaning tasks for her to undertake.
Sexual advances then made to the victim left the woman afraid to say ‘no’ to him for fear it would make matters worse and afterwards the woman, having replaced her clothing, had asked him to drive her home. The following day, she made a complaint about the incident to Gardaí.
Defence Counsel put it to the court that the woman did not put up any resistance. He also stated that Mr Egan was prepared to offer further sums to the victim of €5,000 a year for three years, with the first payment to take place in December. The court was informed that Mr Egan would not be able to follow through on these additional payments if his circumstances were altered by his being sent to prison.
The judge directed that €50.00 given by Mr Egan to the woman, at the time of the offence, be sent to the St Vincent de Paul.
Littleton Graveyard, Thurles, Co Tipperary Today
(Picture courtesy Patricia Loughnane)
Feelings of sadness and utter despair are being strongly expressed in the community of Littleton, Thurles Co Tipperary tonight as locals try to determine to find ways to resolve the issue of their flooded graveyard.
Numerous meetings have taken place with Tipperary County Councillors over the past number of days and Councillor Seamus Hanafin has been in contact with the Environmental Agency who are expected to meet with him and concerned residents tomorrow at 10.00am.
A long term as well as a short term solution is now being sought, with angry local people now wondering what will happen when this water eventually subsides.
As one angry resident surveying the scene stated; “This is going to end up yet another long drawn out saga with Tipperary Co Council. People outside the area are possibly not aware that this is a highly emotive issue here in Littleton; one that has been on going on here for years in relation to this cemetery and flooding issues. How will we ourselves be buried or indeed take it upon ourselves to bury anyone else in their family plot, while these conditions continue to exist?”
Heavy rain today is expected to raise further the levels of existing flood waters in this area.