Thurles Gaels GAA is a Tipperary GAA club which is located in County Tipperary, Ireland. Both hurling and Gaelic football are played in the “Mid-Tipperary” divisional competitions. The club is centred on the town of Thurles and its hinterland and is a combination of three clubs: Thurles Kickhams, Rahealty and Thurles Fennellys. The club was formed in 2005 under the name “Thurles KRF” and later changed its name to “Thurles Gaels” in 2009.
In 2006 the decision was made to start a Juvenile Club, to guarantee the clubs future and we haven’t had time to look back since.
We have a Ladies Football team and each year we contest at every age level, u12’s to 21’s.
Our membership continues to grow and as always, we are currently looking to expand our facilities to meet the welcomed demands of our thriving club.
This was the first team that played under the name Thurles K.R.F. One of our first memorable moments was a trip to Ballycastle, Antrim. This trip is forever etched in the minds of those who attended as we made the break through and were on the road. Hurling can be a cruel sport and we have had our fair share of sport. While we have won more games than we have lost, we never seem to get our timing right.
We have contested three league finals, two in division 2. In 2011 we defeated Moycarkey/Borris on the newly developed Kickham Park pitch. It was an emotional moment for some, after a lot of hard work and a couple of years with no home. The following year we reached the Division 1 league final, but failed to get going, losing to Thurles Sarsfields.
In 2016 we added the Division 3 league title after defeating Clonakenny in Castleiney. This was a significant win in that it was the first medal players from our juvenile club had won playing for our senior team. This meant a lot to all in the club and we hope they can more to their haul in the future.
In the last couple of years we have fielded teams at Minor(2013) and U21(2014) for the first time under Thurles Gaels name. In 2014 we reached an U21 ‘B’ football semi-final and played a Mid Minor ‘B’ Football Final on one of the wettest summer days in History.
With strong competition in Mid-Tipperary, Thurles Gaels found the early years hard and, that, titles are hard to win. It would take three years and a lot of hard work before we won our first under age title, but we have more than our fair share now.
Take a look here for in depth information on Thurles Gaels juvenile GAA
Ladies Football Club
The latest addition to our constantly evolving club. The Ladies have been playing since 2012. They didn’t have to wait long for success winning the 2012 County-Final that year, September 22nd against Clonmel Og in Drangan. The game had it all, goals, points, tackles, and the odd foul. A great occasion for all and a great way for the team to start life in the GAA.
Numbers have been up and down in the few short years they have been together. There’s brilliant work continually being done for the betterment of the team, which is a credit to the committee. 2014 has seen an up turn in the fortunes of the club. Good numbers and a bit of style to the way they play saw them contest another final. It wasn’t to be their day as a very young and talented team from Latin-Cullen took the honours on the day.
At the moment in our club the Mens, Juveniles and Ladies teams rely on a tight circle of people to carry a lot of responsibility in terms of admin, organising….well everything. However numbers are increasing and the Ladies committee is seeing reward for their efforts and the possibility of two teams isn’t that far away.. The recruitment of new players has been a help and the new season may see some more. A recap of Thurles Gaels Ladies Football for 2017 Click here
Kickham Park, The Mill Road
Our pitch on The Mill Road was the home of the Kickhams since the 1930’s. In 2007 our club decided that renovations would have to be carried out and since then over €140,000 has been spent on the facilities. Gratefully, we now have a magnificent field for all our players both young and old. We see this as just another step on our journey forward as part of an ever growing and expanding Thurles.