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Tipperary Dismantle Waterford To Win 42nd Munster Title

HurlingFinal Score: Tipperary 5-20 (35 Pts) – Waterford 0-13.

Tipperary’s John McGrath and Seamus Callanan were the leading scorers, as the Premier County easily dismantled Waterford’s Déise side, in yesterday afternoon’s Munster SHC final at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick.  Both men generated a collective total of 4-13 (25 pts); with McGrath chalking up 3-02 (11 pts), and Callanan 1-11 (14 pts); both combining their immense hurling talents.

Tipp will now advance to an All-Ireland Semi-Final on August 14th next, leaving a dejected Waterford to face Wexford in the quarter-finals on July 24th.

Today’s meeting of Derek McGrath’s Waterford charges against Michael Ryan’s Tipperary demolition crew, mean that the former have lost their last five Munster final appearances against the latter, since 2009 and most recently just last year.

Perhaps it was the inclement weather conditions prevailing or perhaps it was a disastrous game plan, but overall it was a poor hurling first-half.  While Waterford came out of the blocks sharply and reacted very well to Tipp’s first-half nine minute goal; 15 minutes later their game plan had collapsed, never to return.

Despite this, at half time the scoreboard showed Tipperary a mere two points clear; Tipperary 1-07 (10 pts), to Waterford’s 0-08; the points on both sides coming from Tipp’s S. Callanan, J. McGrath’s goal, and Padraic Maher, with the Déise’s contribution arriving via P. Curran, A. Glesson, P. Mahony, and J. Barron.

Just six seconds into the second half and Waterford’s Patrick Curran narrows the Tipp gap to just one point. However from that point onwards Waterford appeared to be reduced to producing a poor quality, almost schoolboy, style of hurling, which would lead to Tipperary unleashing a merciless intensity and to Waterford’s eventual annihilation.

Only 5 further points were to be added to Waterford’s tally over the next 39 minutes; coming courtesy of P. Mahony and P. Curran. Reading the game, Tipp now upped their intensity with scores arriving from S. Kennedy, S. Callinan, N. McGrath, J. McGrath, B. Maher, S. Callanan, and later Sub’s Jason Forde and Aidan McCormack.

Some 74 minutes of overall game time saw the Tipperary score at 5-20 (35 pts) to Waterford’s 0-13, with Tipperary easily taking their 42nd Munster title.

Kilkenny’s successful manager Brian Cody, as always, was lurking in the crowd today, continuing to view Tipperary form.  Based on their more recent hurling presentations, he will have learned that perhaps Kilkenny may still have preparations to make, if they are to remain All-Ireland Hurling Title holders.

Tipperary Team: D. Gleeson; C. Barrett; J Barry; M. Cahill; S. Kennedy; R. Maher; P. Maher (0-01); B. Maher; M. Breen (1-01); D. McCormack; Patrick Maher ; N. McGrath (0-01); J. McGrath (3-02); S. Callanan (1-11), and N. O’Meara.

Subs: J. Forde (0-01) for N. O’Meara; S. Curran for D. McCormack; K. Bergin for B. Maher; A. McCormack (0-01) for N. McGrath and D. Maher for R. Maher.

Referee: B. Gavin (Offaly).


Coffee Morning In Aid Of Cancer Research

UHLA ‘Coffee Morning’, in aid of Cancer Research, will take place at the home of Kathleen and Ernie O’ Connor, Long Orchard, Templetuohy, on Sunday next, July 17th, 2016.

[Directions: Approximately 1km on the left hand side, as you travel from Templetuohy village in the direction of Johnstown.  Look out on the L.H.S. for balloons identifying the venue.]

This event on Sunday is being hosted by Dolores Gleeson, Aine Maher and Kathleen O’Connor, and will run from 11.00am in the morning through to 2.00pm in the afternoon. Tea’s, Coffee’s, Home – made Buns and Cakes will be available free of charge, however guests attending are invited to make a donation, however small, to this worthwhile fund raising event.

New €3m Breast Cancer Treatment Unit at University Hospital Limerick

Meanwhile a new era for the care of patients, suffering with breast cancer in the Mid-West region, was marked on Thursday last with the official opening of a new €3m treatment unit at University Hospital Limerick (UHL).

In 2015, there were some 206 cases of breast cancers diagnosed in women at UHL; latter whose ages ranged between 23 and 96 years. This new constructed unit; occupying the fourth floor of the €16.5m designed Leben Building at the Dooradoyle campus, will in future mean that for the first time women in the Mid West region; which includes North Co. Tipperary, have a single centre caring for all breast cancer outpatients needs.

This development was made possible through support funding from the Mid-Western Hospitals Development Trust; the JP McManus Invitational Pro Am; together with the HSE and the National Cancer Control Programme.

One of this country’s leading breast cancer specialists, Professor Niall O’Higgins (Chairman of UL Hospitals Group), has described the new centre as being among the very best in the country.


Thurles Deaths July 9th 2016


DeathIt is with great sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Saturday 9th July 2016, of Mr Joseph Buckley, Castleiney, Templemore, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by his wife Mary and his sons Pat and Fran; Mr Buckley passed away peacefully yesterday at the Midlands Regional Hospital, in Portlaoise.  The passing of Mr Buckley is most deeply regretted by his sons Thomas, Joe, John, Tony, Bryan and Simon; daughters Maura, Teresa, Ann and Bernie; his brother Eddie (Liskeveen); sons-in-law; daughters-in-law; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; cousins; relatives and a large circle of friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Buckley will repose in Grey’s Funeral Home, Templemore, on Monday evening from 6.00pm with removal at 8.00pm to the Church of St. John The Baptist, Castleiney, arriving at 8.30pm.

Mass of the Resurrection will be held on Tuesday morning at 11.30am, with burial immediately afterwards in Templeree Cemetery.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.


DeathIt is with great sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Saturday 9th July 2016, of Sr. Rosario Weir, Presentation Convent, Thurles, Co. Tipperary and formerly of Kilelton, Ballylongford, Co. Kerry.

Predeceased by her brothers Denis, John and William; the passing of Sr. Rosario is most deeply regretted by her Presentation Community and Congregation; her nieces; nephews; nieces-in-law; nephews-in-law; grandnieces; grandnephews; relatives; many friends and past pupils.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Sr. Rosario will repose in the Presentation Convent Chapel, Thurles on today, Sunday, from 3.00pm with prayers at 6.00pm.

Funeral Mass will take place in the Convent Chapel on Monday at 12 noon, with burial immediately afterwards in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.


Thurles Blood Donation Clinic Monday 11th July 2016


The Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) will attend at The Dome in the grounds of Semple Stadium here in Thurles, Co. Tipperary early next week.

Their mobile unit will be in place on Monday 11th July 2016, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm, so where possible do please attend and help save a life by giving blood.

For further details check HERE or contact them on Tel: 061 306980.

Help Save a Life………Give Blood.


Thurles Deaths 6th & 7th July 2016


DeathIt is with great sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Thursday 7th July 2016, of Mrs Charlotte (Lottie) Melbourne (née Neale), Curraheen, Horse & Jockey, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

Predeceased by her husband Harry, the passing of Mrs Melbourne is most deeply regretted by sons Cecil, Gordon, Trevor, Derek, Olive (Clarke), Victor and Nigel; daughters-in-law; son-in-law; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; brothers; sisters; sisters-in-law; nephews; nieces; relatives; neighbours and a large circle of friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs Melbourne will repose at Devitt’s Funeral Parlour, Cashel, tomorrow Saturday from 5.00pm with removal at 7.30pm to Kilcooley Church, arriving at 9.00pm approx.

Funeral Service on Sunday in Kilcooley Church at 2.30pm, followed by burial in St. Mary’s Church Graveyard, Littleron, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Note: Family flowers only please, donations, if desired, to the St. Mary’s Church, Littleton, Restoration Fund.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.


DeathIt is with great sadness we learned of the death, on Wednesday 6th July 2016, of Mr Andrew Gerard (Andy) Brennan, Dovea Lower, Thurles, Co. Tipperary and formerly of Carlow Town, Co. Carlow.

A retired Senior Official of Bank of Ireland; Mr Brennan passed away suddenly, most deeply regretted by his uncle Michael Campion (Drish); his siblings, Joan, Fr. Loughlin, Richard, Michael, Thomas and Pat; his brother-in-law Stephen; sisters-in-law Jackie, Sadia, Anne and Christine; his nephews Joshua, Zack, Oisin and Patrick; together with many friends and neighbours.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Brennan will repose at Grey’s Funeral Home, Templemore, on Saturday evening from 4.30pm to 7.30pm. Removal to St. Laurence O’Toole Church, Inch, Thurles, arriving at 8.15pm (approx).

Funeral Mass on Sunday, July 10th, at 12.00 noon, with burial immediately afterwards in Loughmore Cemetery, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.