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Public Consultation On Recommendations Of Firearms Expert Committee Launched.

Minister of State at the Department of Justice, Mr James Browne TD, established the Firearms Expert Committee (FEC) on a non-statutory basis, in June of 2022.

The FEC included representation from stakeholders, the Department of Justice and An Garda Síochána. The purpose of the FEC was to serve in an advisory capacity to Minister Browne, providing guidance on a wide range of matters related to firearms licensing within the Irish State.

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The FEC held nine in-person Committee meetings over a period of nine months.

The final reports of the FEC were published on the 31st March 2023. The reports, along with the summaries and minutes of the FEC’s meetings are available HERE.

These FEC reports contain recommendations to the Minister on a wide range of firearms matters, in line with its comprehensive terms of reference. Minister Browne has stated throughout the FEC process that no changes to policy or legislation arising from any of the recommendations of the FEC will be implemented without prior consultation with stakeholders.

With this aim, Minister Browne has now launched an online consultation platform. This will allow stakeholders to indicate their level of support for all of the substantive recommendations of the FEC. This consultation platform is available HERE.

In addition to the online consultation platform Minister Browne will invite national representative organisations to make open submissions to him on behalf of their membership.

Minister Browne would encourage as many people and organisations as possible to participate in the online consultation, so that everyone with an interest in these important matters can have their voices heard. The online consultation will close on Friday June 2nd 2023.


Tipperary Rural School Honours Irish Six Nations Rugby Hero, Brian Gleeson.

Freelance local journalist Tom Ryan reports;

A historic Irish Primary school, which in 1970, became the first Primary School in Ireland to introduce mixed rugby (boys and girls playing together), gave an ecstatic welcome to illustrious past pupil, Brian Gleeson of the triumphant under 20 Irish Six Nations Grand Slam winning rugby team, when he was feted
as ‘Guest of Honour’ at a reception in the afore mentioned, flags and bunting bedecked school, to
mark his achievements, recently.

Rahealty National School situated outside Thurles (latter home of the GAA) is just a few kilometres down the road from Semple Stadium.
It might once have seemed an unlikely venue for a major rugby occasion, but the school under then Principal, Mr Michael Quinlan of Thurles RFC in1970 pioneered a legendary rugby story which was to receive national media coverage for many years.

When past pupil, Brian Gleeson, brought the Six Nations Trophy into the school recently, he was accorded a tumultuous reception. Pupils and parents sang “The Fields of Athenry” and pupils sang a song about the victorious under 20 Irish team and wrote a poem about Brian Gleeson, who was accompanied by his parents, Pat and Fionnuala Gleeson and his sister, Aoibhe. Another sister, Ciara, is a pupil at the school where Deputy Principal, Michael Harty is a trained rugby coach.
Pupils formed a Guard of Honour on Brian’s arrival with the Six Nations Trophy and he was led into the school by the renowned, lone pipe, Mr John McCarthy of the Dr. Diarmuid O’Hurley Pipe Band from Cashel, Co. Tipperary.

Children carried miniature Irish tricoloured flags, courtesy of School Caretaker, Jim Fogarty as they sat on little stools for the occasion.
A sumptuous repast was enjoyed by all, including a fabulous cake in the shape of a rugby ball and treats were courtesy of past pupil, Siobhan Holohan.

Brian and his parents, Pat and Fionnuala, and sister Aoibhe, were welcomed to the school by School Principal, Mrs Edel Kelly Ryan. A former star dancer with the Bru Boru Seisiun Group in Cashel, Mrs Kelly Ryan noted that they might be back again next year celebrating as Brian would be eligible to play for the Ireland under 20s again next year.
A proud former Rahealty NS Principal, Thurles RFC personality and former rugby referee, Michael Quinlan spoke of Brian’s achievements with Rockwell College, Senior Clubs, the Munster Academy and the Munster panel.
Mr Quinlan presented a beautiful Genesis Art piece to Brian Gleeson in memory of eight students who wrote the poem, “Our Brian Gleeson”. Students recited their tribute in verse and Mrs Edel Kelly Ryan presented a copy of the poem to a delighted Brian.
Local priest and noted vocalist, Father James Purcell sang “Ireland’s Call“ and was joined by the young pupils, parents and guests who included Jackie Cahill ,TD. and local Councillors, Jim
Ryan, and Seamus Hanafin. Fr. Purcell offered a special blessing ahead of the World Cup in South Africa.

Mrs Kelly Ryan said Brian Gleeson and his classmates had great success over the years in both hurling and football, Quote “From early on it was clear to see, Brian was extremely driven”. “When he took the Number 8 jersey on the Irish team, there was great excitement in the school, but the joy that Brian brought to the school over the following months, he would never know.” added Mrs
Kelly Ryan.

The famous school’s mixed rugby finals in their grounds annually are one of the highlights of the sporting year in Tipperary with leading rugby personalities from various parts of Ireland frequently in attendance.

The school has a high profile and has featured often on local and national Press, on a number of RTE Shows including “The School Around The Corner” with the late Gerry Ryan and also BBC radio.

Former School Principal Mr Michael Quinlan of Thurles RFC, who started it all in 1970, said “I have the privilege of observing intelligent young people aspiring to be Primary Teachers prepare and deliver lessons to their young charges. There are some important criteria by which their efforts are assessed but by far the most important is inclusion. I am passionate about the necessity that our Primary School classrooms are inclusive in every way. For me rugby is the most inclusive field game Boys and girls of primary school age can play. There is a role for everybody regardless of skill or ability”.
Mr Quinlan said that in his teens Brian faced a real dilemma as so many talented sportspeople do.
“He was being wooed at the highest level by another code and a decision cannot have been easy. We can be happy an important decision was made for all the right reasons and lucky for us that decision was the game of rugby football”, added Mr Quinlan.


Downfall Of Many Men – “Slow Horses & Fast Women”.

The song sung hereunder, is about the Irish boxer, of the 1930s. Mr Jack Doyle latter who was known as ‘The Gorgeous Gael’.
Born into a working-class family on August 31st, 1913 in Cobh, Co. Cork; he would pass away on December 13th, 1978 in Paddington, London, England.

Jack was tall (six feet five inches), good-looking and a multi-talented individual. He was a contender for the British Boxing Championship; a Hollywood actor, and an accomplished Tenor (between baritone and alto), however his often generous nature and love of drink was to be his eventual downfall.

Doyle became involved with the actress Movita Castaneda. Following a celebrity wedding, in Dublin’s Westland Row Church, (Jack’s second wedding; he was previously married, in 1935, to Judith Allen), after which the couple toured both sides of the Irish Sea, selling out Music Halls and Opera houses.

About this time, Jack fought his last professional fight, against a journeyman named Chris Cole. Same took place in front of some 23,000 fans, in Dalymount Park, Dublin. He arrived for the event late, having stopped at The Clarence Hotel for refreshments. The bout saw an inebriated Doyle, go down in the first round.
Soon afterwards, having had enough, Movita packed up and moved back to Hollywood, where she would go on to marry film star Marlon Brando.

Doyle, shortly afterwards, found himself in Mountjoy Jail, Dublin, having assaulted and knocked out a Garda Detective, in a Dublin pub. Having moved to England he spiralled downwards into alcoholism and bankruptcy and found his friends had deserted him, as fast as his bank balance, latter spent in his own words on “slow horses and fast women”.

I had the privilege of meeting Jack on several occasions, in the early 1970’s, walking on the sea front in Bray, Co. Wicklow, where he had a flat for a short time. His only source of income during this time was an allowance he continued to receive, by agreement, from former wife Movita.

Sadly, Jack died in 1978, aged just 65 years, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, in the City of Westminster, Central London; his death caused by cirrhosis of the liver. He is interned in the Old Church Cemetery, on the outskirts of Cobh town, Co. Cork, Ireland, his grave today visited by thousands of people annually.

The Contender.

Singer: Irish (Co. Kildare) Folk Musician, Dan McCabe, [latter who is expected to tour in Co. Tipperary shortly].
Original Lyrics: (Shown Hereunder), From the pen of Cork born Irish singer and songwriter Jimmy MacCarthy.

The Contender. [Original Lyrics]

When I was young and I was in my day,
Sure I’d steal what woman’s heart there was, away,
And I’d sing into the dawning,
Saw a blaze into the morning,
Long before I was the man you see today.

I was born beneath the star that promised all.
I could have lived my life without Cassandra’s* call,
But the wheel of fortune took me,
From the highest point she shook me,
By the bottle live by the bottle I shall fall.

There in the mirror on the wall,
I see the dream is fading,
From the contender to the brawl,
The ring, the rose, the matador, raving.

And when I die, I’ll die a drunk down on the street.
He will count me out to ten in clear defeat.
Wrap the Starry Plough* around me,
Let the piper’s air resound me,
There I’ll rest until the Lord of Love I’ll meet.

There in the mirror on the wall,
I see the dream is fading.
From the contender to the brawl,
The ring, the rose, the matador, raving.

* In Greek Classical Legend, Cassandra was the daughter of Priam and Hecuba, endowed with the gift of prophecy.
* Starry Plough, a banner, a socialist symbol, the significance of which it was declared, that a free Ireland would control its own destiny, “from the plough to the stars”.


Harty Cup Final Results – FBD Semple Stadium.

Thurles CBS came up just short in today’s Harty Cup final, with Cashel Community School emerging victorious by a single point.

A point in injury time, by Golden Kilfeacle’s Eanna Ormonde, sealed Cashel’s first ever Harty Cup victory, in front of a packed Ardán Ui Riain.

Thurles CBS could never hit their strides against a very dominant Cashel defensive display, led by the imposing Ger O’Dwyer, brother of Australian Rules Football star, Orla O’Dwyer.

In the end the final scoreline read Cashel Community School 0-12Thurles CBS 0-11.

Both teams now advance to the Schools All Ireland series.


Harty Cup Final – FBD Semple Stadium.

FBD Semple Stadium today plays host to the first ever all Tipperary Harty Cup Final – Munster Schools Senior A Hurling Final between Thurles CBS and Cashel Community School.

Thurles CBS will be aiming to win their ninth Harty Cup final, whilst Cashel will aim to upset the odds and go for their first title.

Thurles CBS came through the Group Stages and following a narrow victory against St. Coleman’s College Fermoy; they again had a comfortable win against Midleton CBS in the semi final. Cashel successfully navigated the group stages and a 3 point victory against CBC Cork was followed by a sensational win against Ard Scoil Ris, Limerick, by the narrowest of margins in the Semi Final.

Apart from being the first all ‘Premier final’ in the competition’s 106 year history, today’s clash will see club mates square off, with Cashel King Cormac’s and Knockavilla Kickhams having representation on both panels. An interesting family battle is also expected, as Thurles CBS and Holycross Ballycahill star Robbie Ryan will, no doubt, aim to gain the upper hand over his uncle Brendan Ryan (Holycross Ballycahill GAA), who manages the Cashel CS team.

The presence of two Tipperary teams in the final is a testament to the dedication of the players, their mentors and Teachers and also their GAA clubs and mentors, from all over Mid and West Tipperary.

Throw in for todays historic fixture is at 1:00pm.