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Fiserv Confirmed As Sponsors Of Tipperary Jersey

Payments firm Fiserv have been confirmed as sponsors of the new Tipperary jersey, following the Tipperary GAA’s announcement yesterday of a new two year sponsorship deal, replacing Teneo as their jersey sponsor, for both Tipperary hurlers and footballers.

This latest sponsorship is yet another uplift in the fortunes of Co. Tipperary’s finances, following on from the agreement announced last week with FBD Insurance, for naming rights to Semple Stadium.

The financial services technology business employs some 200 people in Nenagh here in north Tipperary and over 400 employees in Dublin.

Head of the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region at Fiserv, Mr John Gibbons stated that the company had strong links with Tipperary, having set up their Technology Centre in Nenagh in 2017, and were proud to partner with Tipperary GAA, supporting the county all the way to Croke Park.

Mr Tim Floyd, Secretary of the County Tipperary GAA Board, stated that from the beginning it was clear that Tipperary and Fiserv were aligned in a commitment to growing this great county, both with the same passion to achieve excellence.

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TUS & Munster Post Primary Schools GAA Sign New Sponsorship Deal.

The Technological University of the Shannon (TUS) and Munster Post Primary Schools GAA have signed a sponsorship deal that will see the newly designated TU provide financial and skills support to the provincial post primary school hurling and football competitions until 2025.

Pictured at the launch of the sponsorship where left to right, Adrian Flaherty, TUS, Liam O’Mahony, Chair National Post Primary Schools GAA, Prof. Vincent Cunnane, President TUS, Colm Hayes, Chair Munster Post Primary Schools GAA, Jimmy Browne, Vice President – Campus Services and Capital Development TUS and Eoin Ryan, Munster GAA Council, front row left to right, Luke Earls, Pierce Connery and Cathal Conroy, Kilmallock. Picture: Alan Place

There are approximately 130 schools across the six Munster counties participating in 30 competitions which will now be rebranded to include TUS, for example the TUS Dr Harty Cup and TUS Corn Uí Mhuirí.

For the next three and a half years, TUS will work in partnership with Munster PPS to provide further support to the post primary competitions both on and off the pitch. This will include financial investment, support in promoting the post primary school competitions, providing campus facilities for matches, and examining opportunities to provide coaches and strength and conditioning personnel to schools as part of an agreed development framework. Both organisations will also explore potential postgraduate research opportunities appropriate to the overall objectives of the Munster council.

Welcoming the agreement between TUS and Munster PPS GAA, President of TUS, Professor Vincent Cunnane said, “TUS has a strong track record of support and engagement with the Munster council, which has included among others the co-funding of development officers, and the use of facilities for games. With this new agreement TUS will deepen that relationship further and work with the Munster PPS committee to further develop the games at post primary school level.”

TUS Vice President Campus Services and Capital Development Mr Jimmy Browne added, “Sport has been a strong part of our identity here at TUS, and sport, particularly in the past two years during the Covid pandemic, has been an important part of young people’s development. It has been an anchor and a means of connection both in terms of our communities and our schools. From TUS’s point of view that connection and ethos of support and inclusion is a key part of who we are, and these principals align perfectly with Munster PPS GAA. The development of young people and what sport provides them with in terms of skills right through life, is a great fit with our educational ethos too, and that remains the focus of our partnerships with the GAA.”

Munster PPS GAA Chairperson Mr Colm Hayes said, “Munster Post-Primary Schools GAA is pleased to have secured a sponsorship deal with our new partners TUS, which will assist us in running our large programme of games and further help to promote Gaelic Games in our post-primary schools across the province. Great work is being done by teachers, coaching and games development personnel and coaches in post-primary schools across Munster and these competitions give schools the opportunity to introduce young exciting talent into their teams, giving our players a flavour of what is required at the top level. We look forward to working with TUS as partners over the next three and a half years.”

TUS Sports & Recreation Facilities Officer Mr Adrian Flaherty added, “This agreement is about the embedding of a longer partnership that will see TUS supporting post primary schools. As well as providing financial sponsorship, we will supply students from our various sports programmes, including our strength and conditioning programme, to schools as part of the agreement. This will allow us to assist students and coaches as well as support the Munster council in its work. We will also provide facilities for games, as well as promoting the Munster PPS games at every opportunity.”

Provincial PPS Servicing Officer Mr Eoin Ryan said, “We in Munster PPS GAA are delighted to be associated with TUS. Each year we run 30 competitions across three age grades in both hurling and football. Our competitions are based on inclusion and participation and with the support of TUS and through programmes such as the TY Future Leaders Programme, it is hoped that we will encourage future administrators, skills, strength and conditioning coaches, statisticians etc as well as finding the All Stars of tomorrow.”

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Significant Expansion of Greyhound Care Centre Programme

At least 4 new Greyhound Care Centres to be introduced around Ireland.

Rásaíocht Con Éireann (RCÉ) / Greyhound Racing Ireland (GRI) has announced plans for the introduction of at least four new regional facilities across the country for the preparation and rehoming of retired racing greyhounds.

The Greyhound Care Centres, which are expected to be operational by March 2022, represent a significant expansion of RCÉ’s care centre programme.

RCÉ today commenced a tender process for the delivery of at least one Greyhound Care Centre in four separate regions, namely West Coast (Connacht), Munster & South Leinster (Munster, Wexford, Kilkenny, Carlow), Metropolitan (Dublin, Kildare, Laois, Meath, Wicklow, Louth) and Midlands/Ulster (Westmeath, Offaly, Longford, Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal).

The expansion of the care centre programme comes on foot of a record year for the Irish Retired Greyhound Trust (IRGT), which, in the year up to 30th November 2021, assisted in the rehoming of 2,000 greyhounds compared to 1,578 for the same period in 2020.

Mr Philip Peake (Interim CEO of RCÉ), said the purpose of the new care centres will be to prepare retired greyhounds for rehoming and enabling members of the public to view dogs before adopting them.

He continued, “The welfare of greyhounds is at the core of everything these care centres will provide for as evidenced by RCÉ’S tender specification for prospective operators. All facilities must abide by strict security, hygiene, and welfare standards, including maintaining exercise paddocks, food preparation areas and kennels to the highest standards consistent with the RCÉ’s recently launched ‘Code of Practice on the Care & Welfare of the Greyhound’.”

Mr. Peake said a specific focus of the new care centres will be to promote greyhounds as pets through use of social media and on-site visitor rooms.

“Each of the proposed care centres will feature a visitor room to facilitate engagement with potential adopters, to show DVDs of greyhounds which have been rehomed, to complete paperwork and to allow potential adopters sit with greyhounds for a period of time,” he added.

“Operators will also be obliged to use social media to promote retired greyhounds for rehoming, to provide regular updates and show photos/video of any training being provided to the greyhounds, to promote successful adoptions and to show photos/video of greyhounds living in their new homes,” concluded Mr. Peake.

Further details are available from www.grireland.ie.

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Tomorrow Sat. Oct. 30th Three Hours of Pumpkin Festivities At Holycross Market.

Muppet Monster.

It is “Ready, Set, Go” for Halloween Festivities at Holycross Market, here in Holycross, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, tomorrow, with their extra special “Holycross Pumpkin Fest” taking place.

A host of spooky and other spectacular events will take off, promising to entertain young and old and guaranteeing the very best in family fun.

Market organisers will be seeking those skilled conker fighters to participate in the “Tipperary Conker Championship” which will result in a trophy and prizes for both the winner and runner-up.

Don’t forget Ruadhán Gormally, that incredibly talented Galway born puppet maker, who was recently featured on the Ryan Tubridy Show, will be here in Holycross Market tomorrow, to entertain and delight with a collection of his best puppets.

A “Muppet Monster” style Puppet will also be raffled off as part of the afternoon’s much anticipated festivities.

As stated, the market will be extending their opening time by one hour, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm, with lots of extra music, tricks, treats and other shenanigans, for children and adults, in honour of this truly Irish tradition.

Meanwhile; the market organisers of this Holycross Market Pumpkin Fest, want to keep the family fun rolling out over the full Halloween holiday, with other ‘spooktacular’ Halloween activities after their market closes.

Create Your Own Halloween Puppet from Paper

After Ruadhán Gormally’s puppet display, you’ll be inspired to make your own puppets. To make these easy Halloween hand puppets, all you need is paper, glue, scissors and some ‘crafty’ creativity.

Make Some Halloween Garlands.

Street area’s and stalls at the Holycross Market will be decorated for Halloween. Why not have a go at making your own Halloween decorations? Many of us will remember making these paper garlands as children. Why not put a Halloween spin on this oldest of paper crafts. No skill required, just some folding and cutting with a scissors. Just click HERE.

Learn to Draw a Favourite Halloween Monster.

You are sure to see lots of creepy costumes at the Holycross Halloween Market. When you get home, why not learn to draw a few. As always, Art for Kids Hub offers hundreds of free tutorials on how to draw our favourite Halloween characters. With lessons for all ages and abilities it’s no wonder this channel has over 5 million subscribers. Click HERE.

Bake Some Halloween Buns with Mum.

Once you have eaten all the delicious cakes you bought at Holycross Market, try out some of these delicious Halloween bakes, courtesy of Oldlum’s by clicking HERE.

Play Some Halloween Games.

Still feeling competitive after the Holycross Conker Championship? Here are five other Halloween games that will provide lots of fun for young and old.
Halloween Charades click HERE.
Pin the Spider on the Web click HERE.
Wrap the Mummy click HERE. (Persuade Mum to buy a few extra toilet roll)
Halloween Relay Race click HERE.
Guess the Gross Food click HERE.

See you all tomorrow at Holycross Market Pumpkin Fest. It’s the place to be.


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Johnny Enright Jnr. Appointed Tipperary Senior Hurling Selector

THURLES.INFO wishes to extend its congratulations and best wishes to Johnny Enright Jnr, formally of Dublin Road, Thurles, on his appointment as Tipperary Senior Hurling selector, alongside Manager Colm Bonnar and fellow selectors Tommy Dunne and Paul Curran.

Johnny, the son of Susan and the late John Enright, is a decorated former Tipperary, UCC, Thurles CBS, Durlas Óg and Thurles Sarsfields hurler, who captained the “Blues” to County Senior Hurling success in 2009, being just amongst one of his many honours.

He is considered to be one of the finest and most skilful exponents of the game to have been produced from Durlas Óg and Thurles Sarsfields GAA clubs.

He is now tasked with guiding the Tipperary Senior hurlers back to the summit in pursuit of All Ireland success and to challenge the current Champions Limerick – the home county of his late father John Enright Snr.

We wish Johnny every success on his appointment.

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