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Tom Semple and the Thurles Blues Launch

posted 3 Jun 2015, 14:57 by Brodersen Ridgley   [ updated 3 Jun 2015, 14:58 ]


By Liam Ó Donnchú

The long-awaited biography of Tom Semple and his legendary Thurles Blues, will be launched at Thurles Sarsfields Centre, beside Semple Stadium, on Saturday June 13th at 8.00 p.m. Tom Semple, the GAA icon, whose name is immortalised at Semple Stadium, is synonomous with the game of hurling, since he led the Thurles Blues to All-Ireland glory in 1906 and 1908. Read about these earlier heroes of the camán and of Tom Semple’s training regime and tactics. Follow the Blues on their amazing tour to Brussels and historic Fontenoy in 1910.

Find out about the fascinating story of the early years of Thurles Sportsfield, now Semple Stadium, and how it developed into today’s ‘Field of Legends’.

The role Semple and others played in the War of Independence is also detailed in this hardback publication, which contains more than 400 pages. The book is illustrated throughout and offers new insights into the life and times of yesteryear. All are welcome to attend the book-launch.


Books costing €30 will be available from bookshops in Tipperary or online from

Books may also be ordered by post (€35) from: Liam Ó Donnchú, Lár na Páirce, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.