Posts Tagged ‘ Thurles ’

Extra Time Needed If Replays Not Being Covered


It’s a travesty to say that the G.A.A. have turned down the opportunity to show the Leinster semi-final replay between Kilkenny and Galway. The drawn game last Sunday was an advertisement for what is possible in sport. For Galway to recover from what seemed to be an unassailable Kilkenny lead just shows what this sport is all about. Fat ladies and all that may have been mentioned with ten minutes to the final whistle but no one in their right mind could imagine that she wouldn’t get to sing a note. It’s difficult to work out the reasons for not showing this game live. Do the G.A.A. seriously believe that players will be working the morning of a championship match? That’s one of the reasons John Horan, Chairman of the Leinster Council gave as not to play the game at 2.30, it would be unfair on the players to give up a full Saturday. The fact that Tullamore is a busy town on a Saturday was also taken into consideration for not having the early start. 12,000 plus people attending a match, a negative for a town? Seriously? This year’s Munster championship replay between Cork and Waterford was streamed live on RTE Player instead of television and the resulting coverage was far from ideal, it was a poor effort to say the least. In last years Leinster championship, the semi-final replay between Kilkenny and Dublin was also reduced to internet viewing. The message coming down from the top to grass roots level is to promote the game, promote the game, promote the game and yet when they get a chance themselves, they fail miserably. Continue reading

Seven Arrested Following Cross Country Chase


Gardaí in Thurles are investigating an aggravated burglary which occurred at a house near Killenaule, Thurles, Co Tipperary shortly after 3am this morning.

It is believed up to seven men were involved in the incident in which a family of two adults and three children were in the house at the time.

Five of these men left the scene in one vehicle and another two left in the family’s 4X4 vehicle.  Cash and Jewellery were stolen during this incident.   Continue reading

Hurling – Cork & Clare Progress As Cats Run Out Of Lives

Is It The End Of An Era?

Is It The End Of An Era?

Cork 0-19 Kilkenny 0-14 

Cork ended Kilkenny’s reign as All-Ireland champions in Thurles on Sunday as the cats finally ran out of lives and for the first time in seventeen years failed to make the semi-final of the championship. Cork march on to play Dublin while Kilkenny now have plenty to ponder, as they will no doubt attempt to bounce back next year. The big moment of the game came shortly before half time when Kilkenny superstar and talisman Henry Shefflin was sent off for a second bookable offence. Both cautions were soft but unarguable under the rulebook. Continue reading

The Quest For Liam McCarthy – The Story So Far

Liam MacCarthy 25609c13aJust a few days until the All-Ireland quarter-finals and as six teams becomes four we take a look at the championship so far and the winners and losers.


The real winners thus far in the championship has been the supporters who have been treated to possibly the best championship for entertainment and quality for many years. The qualifiers have provided games never seen in this format before and in both provincial championships we have seen the odds upset. Continue reading

All-Ireland SHC: Dublin Advance As Galway Overcome Stubborn Laois

Liam MacCarthy 25609c13aLeinster Senior Hurling Quarter Final Replay – Dublin prevail at second time of asking against 14-man Wexford

Dublin 1-17 Wexford 0-12 

Dublin comfortably advanced to the Leinster semi-final at the expense of Wexford on Saturday evening at Parnell Park. Dublin dominated most of the game with man-of-the-match Paul Ryan helping himself to 1-09. Wexford’s case wasn’t helped by the dismissal of centre back Andrew Shore as early as the 7th minute and from this moment struggled to contain Dublin who were more efficient and productive than the week previous in Wexford Park. The Dublin forwards had a better understanding and balance this week and now advance to a semi-final with kingpins Kilkenny. Although showing improvement in this game Anthony Daly will need his troops to up their game considerably again to worry the cats. For Wexford its back to the drawing board and re-group ahead of their qualifier clash with Antrim. Manager Liam Dunne will be disappointed that his side couldn’t back up last weeks impressive showing in Wexford but will start favourites to get past Antrim and hope to get their challenge back on track. Continue reading

Battle For Hurling Supremacy Commences

Liam MacCarthy 25609c13aIts that time of year again, evenings are long with the smell of cut grass in the air and when the hurler on the ditch is louder than ever with opinion and complaint on the year ahead. This Sunday sees the start of the 2013 Hurling Championship (with no disrespect to the lesser counties which have battled it out in recent weeks) with Clare and Waterford travelling to Tom Semples field in Thurles to battle it out for a place in the Munster semi-final and a crack at Cork. Both these sides have genuine provincial aspirations and hope that with some luck could be their year to climb the steps of the Hogan Stand. Tipperary, Cork, Limerick, Kilkenny, Dublin & Galway will have similar aspirations but outside these counties the rest only harbour thoughts during night hours with eyes wide asleep. Continue reading

Have a Spooktacular Halloween at Home

With a bank holiday to look forward too, an extra hour to enjoy and a whole week off school for the kids, it really just comes down to the ultimate question- what to do this Halloween?

There are loads of events around the country so you don’t need to go away to have a frighteningly enjoyable Halloween. Here is a taster of some of the great events and festivals across Ireland this Halloween.

The Spirits of Meath Halloween Festival with its thriller nights and friendly witches takes place from 19th October to the 5th November.

Blackwater Open Farm in Wexford is taking on a more traditional approach to celebrate Halloween this year with face painting and fancy dress on the 28th.

Longford will see the ‘Dead of Night’ Halloween celebrations on the 31st,while the Galway Aboo Halloween Festival caters for the young and the brave as ghosts and ghouls take over Galway’s Latin Quarter on the 26th to the 28th October.

Thurles in Tipperary is holding its fifth annual Halloween festival from the 25th to 31st October. This seven day festival caters to all with a variety of events from poetry reading to a fireworks display to a street cycle race.

Kerry will host the Ballybunion Halloween Festival which takes place on Halloween night with a bonfire, beach party and street parade.

There are also LOADS of festivals throughout the Capital so check out what is going on in your local area.

Have a safe and fun Halloween.