Our International Hurling Festival is on July 12th and 13th will be the highlight of The Gathering in Thurles in 2013. We are inviting home all Thurles people wherever they may be for this event. In particular, we are inviting back former Sarsfields club members and players who have been associated with the club in the past. We are saying to them "Camán home for the Hurling" on July 12th and 13th and take in the Munster Final on July 14th. We hope to make this a joyful reunion for all Thurles people. The festival will be centred around the international hurling competitions for the Tom Semple and Carew Cups, names famously associated with Thurles. The festival will include road bowling, wheelchair hurling, camogie, Camán Abú and other social events that are currently being planned, full details will be posted as planning progresses. For now, put these dates in your diary.
Our aim is to make Thurles the centre of international hurling, a home for all who love hurling. Welcome home and enjoy!
Latest Team News on the Gathering: Thurles Sars International Hurling Festival.
· All the way from Salt Lake City we 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 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.
We look forward to seeing you all over the weekend. Stay in touch with the website and facebook page for more information and photo's from our launch and a full festival itinerary.