RESULTS & FIXTURES
Over the past two weekends our Minors,Intermediates and Juniors were in championship action. Unfortunately their campaigns have come to an end.The Minors had to give second best to Holycross-Ballycahill in the Mid final. Our Intermediates lost their preliminary county quarter final to Arravale Rovers and on Saturday last our Juniors narrowly lost their Mid semi-final to Moycarkey-Borris in a pulsating clash that was decided in extra time. We thank the the management teams and panels for their efforts throughout the season.
This weekend our B panel play Boherlahan-Dualla in a losers group clash. See Mid fixtures for venue and times.
ALL- IRELAND WIN
In a week that saw Mayo lose the All Ireland Football final we congratulate James and Morgan Lyons of Ballyhaunis who were members of the Mayo minor hurling team that won the All Ireland Minor C Final on September 7th last. The lads are grandsons of the late Micheal Maher,Castlemeadows.
DUBLIN CITY MARATHON
Club member and selector,Andy Ryan is going to walk the Dublin City Marathon on the 28th October in aid of Diabetes Ireland. He would be delighted to accept sponsorship for this very worthy charity from club members and supporters. We wish him well on Bank Holiday Monday.
Minor: Good luck to our minor footballers who play Drom-Inch in the final on Saturday next ,September 7th in Templemore at 2.30pm. We last contested the MId final in 2007 losing to Loughmore-Castleiney.
They will play Holycross-Ballycahill in the Mid Minor Hurling Final on Saturday,September 14th. Time and venue to be decided.
ALL IRELAND 7S.
The club make a welcome return to Kilmacud Crokes on Saturday next to take part in their prestiguous 7 a side tournament.This competition is one of the highlights of the All Ireland Hurling Final weekend.On our last visit in 2006 we reached the semi final stage losing to Portumna. Good luck to the team management and panel of players. Details of the draw,times and venues are available on the host clubs website from tomorrow.
Congratulations to Michael Russell and the Tipperary Intermediate team on their victory over Kilkenny in the All Ireland Final played in Nowlan Park on Saturday last.
TIPPERARY GAA WEEKLY DRAW
Congratulations to Theresa Ryan,who was a winner in last weeks draw. As always thanks to all our members who support the draw and all our fundraising efforts.
At our last club meeting the club extended its sympathy to the families and friends of Alice Doyle,Benny Brophy and Pat Delaney on their recent bereavements.
We have 3 teams in action in the next week.
Minor Hurling v Upperchurch/Drombane in Sarsfields pitch at 7.30pm on Wednesday July 24th and away in Littleton to Moycarkey/Borris on Wednesday 31st July at 7:30p.m
Seniors O Riain Cup Semi Final v Borrisokane on Friday July 26th in Templemore at 7:15p.m
Juniors v Moycarkey/Borris in Littleton at 7.30pm on Saturday July 27th.
Congratulations to Michael Russel who was part of the victoriuos Tipperary Intermediate panel who captured Munster honours last Friday night. Congratulations also to Aidan McCormack,Ronan Maher,Michael O Brien,Stephen Cahill who qualified for the Munster U21 final by defeating Cork last week.
Our Supporters Club are gearing up again for the 2013/2014 season.The officers and committee members would like to thank all our loyal members who have made the weekly club lotto a resounding success.The funds are a vital source of revenue to our club as the new dressing-rooms are now in the early stages of construction and with the new lotto being launched shortly,we look forward to the continued support of our members. New members are always welcome.To become a member please contact Garry Mernagh,Thomas Callanan or Ger Donnelly. Meeting of all promoters will take place at 9p.m tonight Wednesday in the clubhouse
We have 4 teams in action this week.
Minor Hurling v Holycross/Ballycahill in Sarsfields pitch at 7.30pm on Thursday July 18th
Intermediate Championship v Grangemockler/Ballyneale in Ballingarry at 6pm on Saturday July 20th.
Juniors v Moyne-Templetuohy in Templetuohy at 6.30pm on Sunday July 20th.
Best wishes to Aidan McCormack,Ronan Maher,Michael O Brien,Stephen Cahill Michael Russell and the Tipperary U/21 and Intermediate teams who are in Semi and Munster final action this week in Semple Stadium.
Our Supporters Club are gearing up again for the 2013/2014 season.The officers and committee members would like to thank all our loyal members who have made the weekly club lotto a resounding success.The funds are a vital source of revenue to our club and with the new lotto being launched shortly,we look forward to the continued support of our members. New members are always welcome.To become a member please contact Garry Mernagh,Thomas Callanan or Ger Donnelly.
INTERNATIONAL HURLING FESTIVAL
We held our third annual International hurling festival last weekend.The club extended a warm welcome to locals and visitors alike for a great weekend of sport,music and above all a wonderful gathering.After all the planning the event was a fantastic occasion and a resounding success for all concerned.The club were delighted to be at the helm in organizing all the events as our contribution to the nationwide Gathering initiative.
The enthusiasm and enjoyment displayed by all the participants in the Caman Abu Recreational Hurling Tournament on Wednesday and Friday nights was clearly evident and worth all the hard work.Tescos and The Post Office were the winning teams with Larry Fogartys and Noel Ryans the runners up. They received their medals at a social evening immediately afterwards with music by the 'The Monks'. We were delighted to welcome Pat Daly and Mick Martin from the Croke Park Games Development Cttee to the event.
Earlier in the evening the representatives from the Rebel county carried off the Michael Cusack Cup for the second Annual Interprovincial Road Bowling Championship held on the Cormackstown Road.
In Saturdays glorious sunshine 16 hurling teams and for the first time 8 camogie teams battled it out in Dr Morris Park, Sarsfields pitch and St Patrick's College in the International Hurling and Camogie Festival.There was a feast of hurling to be seen at all the venues throughout the day.The winners were Causeway,Kerry(Semple Cup),runners up,Emeralds(Kilkenny);Setanta Dublin(Carew Cup),runners up Thurles Sarsfields and Setanta Donegal(Culhane Cup), runners up Naomh Moninne(louth). Na Piarsaigh,Cork were the first winners of the Helen O Mara Cup for the inter club camogie tournament with Indianapolis the runners up.After the finals a celebration evening was held for all in the clubhouse. Tom Semple's daughter,Anne Gunning and Tony O Mara,Helen's son presented the Semple and O Mara Cups to the the winning Causeway and Na Piarsaigh teams.Club Chairman Michael Maher and Festival Chairman,John Enright presented the other trophies.
The weekends events did not happen by accident.We say thank you and well done to the organizing committee,spearheaded by their Chairman,John Enright, to the many club volunteers who were available throughout the week to liase with the visiting teams,organize and officiate at the caman abu,hurling and camogie games,organize the catering and entertainment. Thank you also to the local press;Tipp FM;photographer John O Loughlin;Thurles Town Council;Local knights of Malta;An Garda Siochana,the residents of Cormackstown Road;Cumann Luthchleas Gael,Croke Park,for their assistance with trophies,our match referees,all our local sponsors especially Lisheen Mines for their continued support,St Patrick's College,Tipperary County Board, Pat and David for making their facilities available to us.
We were delighted and honoured the Festival was selected as a Gathering event for North Tipperary.Our thanks to North Tipperary County Council especially Ms.Attracta Lyons,for her assistance.
We especially thank IPB Insurance as the main sponsor of the Festival.
We hope the Festival was a worthy contribution to 'The Gathering 2013'.
We extend our best wishes for a speedy recovery to club stalwart,Jack Cooke who is recovering following a recent operation.
At our recent club meeting votes of sympathy were passed to the Coffey,Whelan,Sweeney,Cullagh and Doyle families.
Thurles Sarsfields International
Hurling Festival 2013
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.
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.
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.
Camogie takes place in St Patrick’s College grounds for the Helen O’Mara Cup again
taking place throughout the day
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.
Sarsfields extends a warm welcome to all and hope it will be a great weekend of
sport, music and a wonderful Gathering
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
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
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.
Home for the Hurling.
Thurles Sarsfields Press Release International Hurling Festival
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.
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
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Senior: We play Drom Inch in a County League fixture on Wednesday June 5th in Holycross at 7.30pm.
Junior: We make the short journey to Kickham Park to play Thurles Gaels in Rd 1 of the Mid Championship on Saturday 8th June. Throw in a 7.30pm.
Well done to the Tipperary U/21s and to Aidan,Michael and Stephen on their fine win over Limerick in the Munster Quarter Final.
Good luck to the Tipperary Seniors and to Padraic,Lar,Pa and Michael as they begin the defence of their Munster crown in the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday next.
INTERNATIONAL HURLING FESTIVAL
Our third annual International Hurling Festival was launched by Minister of State,Alan Kelly and club officials in the clubhouse on Friday evening last. A great crowd was in attendance to hear John Enright, Chairman of the organizing committee outline details of this years event. The festival taking place on the weekend of July 12th and 13th,will this year feature 16 teams and road bowling will make a welcome return on the Friday evening. A new feature will be an inter-club camogie tournament run by our Camogie club.Add in the Caman Abu recreational hurling tournament and a great weekend is planned by the hardworking organizing committee.We wish them well and our notes will keep club members informed of the preparations.
U8&10’s: Training was called off due to the number of our girls who were making their First Holy Communion last Saturday. We hope all of our girls had a great day and we hope to see all of you back to training this Saturday.
U12’s: Our U12’s are in action Tuesday 21st May in the semi final of the league against Portroe in the Ragg. This was the next step in our hard fought but rewarding league journey. Our last match of the league group stage, which saw us come out on top of the table, was against Roscrea and turned out to be another strong performance for the U12’s. Final score was Thurles 3-2 and Roscrea 2-1. Please come out to support the girls and their management team on Tuesday. ‘Sars Abú’
U16’s: Under 16 County Final. Last Tuesday 14th May our Under 16 camogie team created little a bit of history when they became the first team, from the recently formed Thurles Sarsfield Camogie club, to win a county final. Going into this match as underdogs, against a fancied Cashel side who had comfortably beaten Sarsfields in the preliminary round of the competition, Sarsfields had 3 points on the score board before Cashel knew what hit them. Cashel came roaring back into the game in the second quarter and went in at half time leading 1-2 to 0-4. The Thurles Selectors must have had harsh words with their players at half time, because straight from the throw in Sarsfields then took control of the match. Sarsfields management pulled a master stroke by moving Nicola Loughnane from full forward to mid field.
With Nicola Loughnane and Ciara Cummins dominating mid field and both scoring long range points our forwards sprang into life. Two goals and 3 points from centre forward Karen Kennedy along with points from Sarah McKevitt put Sarsfields in the driving seat. Cashel only managed one score in the second half. Bríd Ann Tierney was rock solid in the goals. Our full back line of Norah Kennedy, Katie Cahill and Kate Tierney were making life difficult for Cashel’s full forwards and our half backs of Aoife Butler and Sarah Stakelum haunting the Cashel wing forwards. Our captain Caitriona Skehan really lead from the front, putting herself on the line on a number of occasion’s while clearing ball after ball. Robyn Moore had the Cashel defence bewildered with her darting solo runs and the only way they could stop her was to concede frees which Karen Kennedy gratefully converted. Karen scored 2-5 in total from play and frees and along with her many hooks and blocks and her huge work rate she surely deserves “(Wo) Man of The Match”.Cashel had no answer to our wing wizard Sarah McKevitt whose penetrating runs and point taking were a joy to watch. The old saying that your “full forward line is your first line of defence” was never truer than on Tuesday evening. Jenny McCormack, Rebecca Loughman Twomey and Amy Kennedy fought like tigers to stop any clearances by the Cashel backs. With 5 minutes to go and Cashel pushing hard, super sub Kirsten Harris pulled first time on an incoming sliotar to rattle the Cashel net and put Thurles Sarsfields out of sight of Cashel.
Congratulations to the management team of Lenny Philips, Liz Nevin, Louise Lanigan and Bernie O’Dowd.
U8’s & U10’s – 10am to 11am Saturdays
U12’s – 10am to 11am Saturdays
- 6pm to 7pm Tuesdays
U14’s - 11am to 12noon Saturdays
One of the great legends of Tipperary hurling, Mickey "The Rattler" Byrne has been honoured by the Tipperary Association Dublin as the Hall of Fame winner for 2012.
A member of the famed Tipperary teams of the 1940’s and 1950’s he is still remembered today for his sterling and unstinting performances over those years.
Mickey "The Rattler" Byrne was born in Dublin in 1923. The family moved to Thurles when he was just 2 years of age and , thus, began a love affair with hurling, Thurles Sarsfields and Tipperary.
In 1939 he won a Dean Ryan Cup medal with Thurles CBS while playing as goalkeeper. Mickey played with the Tipperary minor team that lost the 1941 Munster final to Cork.Over the next few years Mickey’s hurling career took off and he won the first of his fourteen
County Senior Medals with Sarsfields in 1944 while playing at centre field. The following year he was selected for the first time on the Tipperary Senior Team that beat Kilkenny in the AllIreland final and in doing so he collected the first of his five Senior All Ireland medals.
In his career he won:-
• Dean Ryan Cup medal with Thurles CBS
• 14 County Senior Hurling titles with Thurles Sarsfields – a record which stands to this day.
• 5 Senior All-Ireland Hurling medals (1945, 3 in a row 49 – 51 and again in 1958)
• 7 National League medals – he captained the wining Tipperary team in 1960 – his last appearance in his beloved “Blue and Gold”.
He was selected at right corner back on the GAA’s Hurling “Team of the Century”.He continued to play for Thurles Sarsfields for another five years and in 1965 he collected his 14th County Senior Hurling medal when they beat Carrick Davins after a replay in Cashel.
Since retirement, he has been the recipient of many awards acknowledging his contribution to the game. In 2011 he published his life story -"The Rattler, Mickey Byrne, Tipperary Hurling Legend" which was received with great acclaim and which sold out in record time. Typical of Mickey, proceeds from the publication went to the Thurles Sarsfields Club and to local charities."
He is President of Thurles Sarsfield and he still attends as many matches and functions as he can. He takes great pride in watching the likes of Padraic Maher, Michael Cahill, Ger “Redser O’Grady, Lar Corbett, Pa Bourke and all the present crop of Sarsfields hurlers who are keeping the Club at the top.
Mickey is one of the great characters of the GAA world. His wit and fund of stories is legendary. Whatever the occasion, be it at matches, weddings, wakes, or funerals, The Rattler always has an appropriate anecdote , delivered in his own unique style.
Now in his 90th year, "The Rattler" still welcomes the many callers and friends who drop in for a chat to his home where he lives with his son Noel, daughter in law Margaret and their two sons Mícheal and Padraig. Mickey's late wife Mary always had a great
welcome for those who called to the Byrne household in Loughtagalla, Thurles. Here they reared their six boys, Paul, Martin, Michael, Chanel, Sean and Noel and one daughter Ena.
Speaking at the formal announcement of his nomination, Liam Myles, President of the Tipperary Association Dublin, said that “ The Rattler evokes strong memories of a great Tipperary hurling era – one which was still captures the imagination and awe of those who grew up in county in the 1940’s and 50’s”.
“He always gave of his best and was seldom beaten – even in his twilight years”. He went on to quote from John D. Hickey, writing in the Irish Independent on the Monday after the 1958 victory when he wrote “ that Mickey Byrne, although pitted against one of the losers (Galway) best forwards, proved that it will take a great man to lay a compelling claim to his place”.
“Proof positive that the ‘Rattler’ was one of the greats of his era” said Myles. He concluded by stating that “ for his heroic achievements on the hurling fields of Tipperary and Ireland , his strength of character and attitude and the pride he brought to Tipperary people in his playing days, the Tipperary Association Dublin is proud and delighted to name Mickey ‘Rattler’ Byrne as the Hall of Fame winner for 2012”.
Mickey Byrne will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Association’s Annual Awards dinner in the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Naas Road, Dublin on Saturday 25 May 2013.
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Further information from Liam Myles, President Tel.: 087 2866018 email: email@example.com
Tickets for the Awards dinner are available from:
Pat Ryan, Honorary Secretary, 11 Foxfield Grove, Raheny, Dublin 5. Tel.: 087 6376663
The Tipperary Association Dublin Ltd.