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Thurles Sarsfields International Hurling Festival 2013

On behalf of the organising committee I would like to invite you to our third annual International hurling festival featuring hurling, camogie, road bowling and camán abú.  The festival starts on Wednesday evening when the first rounds of Camán Abú take place. 

Friday the 12th July

Friday is a big day with “Target Ball” for special needs starting @ 11am. The second Annual Interprovincial Road Bowling Championship taking place @4pm, venue – Cormackstown Road.   Thurles Sarsfields U12 Ladies Footballers take on Templemore in the outside field @6pm.  The finals of the Camán Abú take place at 7pm @ the same venue.

We are having a welcoming social around 9.30pm, with music by “The Monks” a group specially chosen for the occasion.  It should be a good night at the Centre and a welcoming Gathering.

All the events are free.

Saturday July 13th.

In Dr Morris Park and in the outside pitch we have the International Hurling Tournament for the Tom Semple Cup and it goes on all day.

The Camogie takes place in St Patrick’s College grounds for the Helen O’Mara Cup again taking place throughout the day

After the finals we will have a celebration social for all in the Sarsfields club house.  The music is by “Silver Dollar” and again all entertainment  is free.

Thurles Sarsfields extends a warm welcome to all and hope it will be a great weekend of sport, music and a wonderful Gathering .

John Enright

Chairman Organising Committee.

Thurles Sarsfield’s International Hurling 2013 Gathering Weekend

Glamour has been added to the International Hurling Festival with the addition of eight Camogie teams competing for the Helen O’Mara Cup donated by the Thurles Camogie Club in memory of Helen.  Helen was a dedicated camogie player from Kilkenny who was club treasurer for many years and a long serving committee member.  It is indeed fitting that our first ever camogie tournament is honoured by her name. 

The competing teams are – Indianapolis USA, Na Piarsaig Cork, Kildangan and Roscrea Tipperary, Patrickswell Limerick, Lixnaw Kerry, Feakle/Broadford Clare, and Portlaw Waterford.  All are very welcome.

The games will be played in the grounds of St Patrick’s Third level College of Education Thurles, by kind permission of Very Rev Tom Fogarty, College President.

The Cork Connection  

There is nearly always a Cork presence in Thurles on Munster Final weekend.  Combined with our festival there is great representation, hurling from Kilbrin, home of current Cork Senior star William Egan, and former Cork hurler Jack Field.  It will be a Cork take over on Friday night with the road bowling. Saturday will see the biggest GAA club in the North city side, Na Piarsaig, playing Camogie, and as always expecting to win.

North Kerry Hurling

Hurling is endemic in North Kerry.  We had Kilmoyley last year who were in hard luck not to take the title, this year we have Ballyduff and Causeway for the Tom Semple Cup and Lixnaw for the Camogie.  A Kerry presence on Munster Final Weekend very much adds to the occasion.

Mayo in Force

Hurling Officer, Adrian Hessian, loves his hurling and is bringing two teams from Mayo, Tureen, current Carew Cup Holders, and Castlebar who are trained by Gerry Lane (Noel’s brother) who caused Tipp many headaches in the eighties.  Westport are the Michael Cusack Cup Road Bowling holders.  There is a strong Mayo presence in Thurles, John Moroney’s wife Maureen is a great Mayo woman and Ger O’ Hagen is current Chairman of Thurles Sarsfields Ladies football.  It was his home club that sold hurleys to Toureen in the fifties to start hurling in that parish.

The Dubs are Coming

Under Kevin Broderick Raheeney Hurling Club are making history, they are coming to Thurles for the first time for our Munster Final weekend festival.  They will join Setanta, the all Irish speaking team, for an assault on the Tom Semple Cup.  They are both in serious training for the competition and both expect to win.

The Social Side

With twenty four hurling and Camogie teams from all over, the scene is set for a very pleasant weekend.  We are also expecting Thurles people from home and abroad to gather in numbers to be part of the Thurles Sarsfields “Gathering weekend”.  There will be a great mix of people from the four provinces, The USA, Great Brittan and our own Diaspora.

The Monks are playing in Sarsfield’s Social Centre on Friday night and Silver Dollar is centre stage on Saturday night.  The Sarsfields pubs in town are putting on musical entertainment that will be appropriate for the occasion.  A friendly mix of hurling, camogie, camán abú and road bowling will be on display.   All are welcome to our Festival which promises great entertainment and above all a great sporting weekend.

Camán Home for the Hurling.

Thurles Sarsfields Press Release International Hurling Festival

The third Thurles Sarsfields International Hurling Festival to be held at Munster hurling final week-end, July 12th and 13th, was officially launched by the Minister of State for Sport and Tourism, Alan Kelly TD at Sarsfields Social Centre, Thurles, on Friday night May 31st.

Forty teams will be competing for the Semple, Carew, and O Mara Cups over the two days, including teams from St Louis and Indianapolis in the United States, Great Britain, Northern Ireland, and from counties in Ireland where hurling is not the number one game.

The festival is a flagship event in North Tipperary for “The Gathering”, the IPB Insurance sponsored government initiative to encourage Irish people abroad to holiday at home this year.

The festival  will feature sixteen teams taking part in the Tom Semple Cup with the Jackie Carew Cup going to the winners of the B section. Eight camogie teams will be taking part in the Helen O Mara Cup competition and a new feature this year is an inter-pubs Caman Abu tournament, recreational hurling for people who have never played the game or who no longer do so.

Road Bowling will take centre stage on the opening day of the festival with many of the top exponents of the game in action. There will also be a competition  for local “celebrities”.

John Enright, chairman of the Thurles Sarsfields  organising committee, welcomed the backing of IPB Insurance for the festival which, he said, puts a focus on Thurles as a  tourism centre, with the focus on hurling.

” We believe an event like ours which builds on the great hurling tradition in the area, has immense tourism potential. We are appealing to the public to encourage their family members who are abroad, to come home for the festival. We can assure them of a great weekend’s sport and entertainment”, he said.

Attracta Lyons, Community and Enterprise Development Officer with North Tipperary Co Council, said this is an exciting opportunity for us all to play our part in showing what is best about our county and people.” We can reach out to our friends and loved ones overseas and invited them home. This is going to be an incredible year in Ireland and we want North Tipperary to be part of it”, she added.

Joe McGrath, Manager of North Tipperary Co Council said – The exciting programme showcases the sporting and cultural heritage of our county and will be a great boost for the local economy.

Ronan Foley, CEO ,IPB Insurance,  said that IPB Insurance is proud to be partners in this fantastic initiative. “I believe  “The Gathering”   will reap long term economic and social benefits for the country”, he added

The Gathering 2013

Latest News on the Gathering: Thurles Sars International Hurling Festival.

·         All the way from Salt Lake City with have Fr. Paddy Carley and 30 friends travelling here for the festival.

·         Two busloads from Indianapoliis, Illinois, are spending a week in the area just so they can take play hurling and camogie in our festival.

·         Tom Bergin from Moyne is coming with an enhanced group of Kilburn Gaels hoping to make it a three-in-a-row for the Tom Semple Cup. John O’Riordan from Ardfurt, the Kilbrun Chairman is determined to keep the cup.

·         Seán Callanan with Dunboyne is back for the third year hoping this time it will be third-time lucky for them.

·         Former Sarsfields stalwarts Colm O’Rourke, Jamie Murphy and David Kerins are bring the All-Irish speaking Setanta’s back again. You’d never know Jamie to be a fluent Irish speaker!

·         Ger Collins, former Tipp County Minor, is bringing back Naoimh Moninne for the third time. Louth are also sending a road bowling team to compete in the Cusack Cup.

·         McCormack is a name very much associated with Thurles Sarsfields. The McCormack clan from Keady are coming back a third time expecting this time to win the Tom Semple trophy. They also have strong ambitions in the road bowling.

·         Mayo are coming with a huge contingent, Toureen (the Carew Cup holders) and Castlebar for the hurling, Ballina for Camán Abú and Westport for Road Bowling. David Hughes and Peter Goggin are the current Interprovincial Michael Cusack Cup champions. Adrian Hession, the Mayo development officer, is the driving force here.

·         We have a second Setanta team from the gaeltacht in Donegal, giving us our second Irish speaking team.

·         Ballyduff and Causeway are our two Kerry teams. It's great to see two traditional clubs from North Kerry joining us.

·         North Cork are represented from the birth place of Dr. Croke, Kilbrin.

·         Last year Manorhamilton became the first Leitrim team to hurl in Thurles and Steve Feeney is bringing them back this year for more.

·         Damian O’Doherty and Na Magha from Derry are coming back again and very welcome.

·         Fulham Irish from London, under Michael Ruby from Kilshannig in North Cork will be the third London club to take part in the Tom Semple Cup.

·         It is great to see Naas hurling manager Pat English bring his native Carlow club Ballykellin to this year’s festival.

·         Another new entrant this year is the Rialto club from Dublin under David Broderick.

Bernie O'Dowd and Louise Lanigan, Thurles Sars Camogie, and Deirdre Murphy from the Munster Council are organising a senior 7-aside camogie tournament in  St Patrick's college. A fantastic addition to our festival.