Club Notes 5/3/18

Junior Hurling
The first round of the county league which was postponed due to the weather conditions has yet to be rescheduled. All players will be notified of same.

Minor Football
Round 1 of the Mid-Minor A Football Championship was postponed due to weather conditions. We will instead play Boherlahan-Dualla on the 10th of March at 3pm in Templetouhy.

U21 Hurling
Our amalgamated U21 team play in the first round of the championship on March 19th V Boherlahan Dualla in Boherlahan. Time to be confirmed.

Ladies Football
The first league game of the year takes place in Kickham Park on Sunday 11th of March against Nenagh. Time to be confirmed. Keep an eye on our Facebook for more.

Juvenile Winter Academy
Our Winter Academy continues this week. Kids born between 2005 and 2010 are to attend on Tuesday evening.
Kids born between 2011 and 2014 are to attend on Thursday evening.
Each training session is from 5.45pm to 6.45pm at the Presentation Sports Complex with a €2 charge for lights.
All kids born from 2005-2011 should bring their helmets with them on their allocated training night. Indoor hurleys will be provided

Table Quiz
Our annual table quiz is rescheduled for Friday 23rd March at 9pm in the Monks (O’ Gorman’s) pub. A table of 4 is €20. Our Minors will also be presented with their Mid-Football medals on the night. Tickets (€5 each) are now available from members of the fundraising committee and at all adult/juvenile sessions. Thank you for your support.

Lauren represents Thurles Gaels in Pres Thurles victory


Lauren McCormack, a key member of our Junior Ladies Football team, added another medal to her collection on the 22nd February last. Lauren played wing-forward on the Presentation Secondary School team who won the Munster Senior A Football in spectacular style on a scoreline of  4-12 to 1-7. We are thrilled to have such a great representative of our club on the team and what a role model she is to our younger players. Best of luck to Lauren, her teammates and mentors in the All Ireland Senior A Semi-Final.

Club notes 29/1/18

Strength and conditioning training for all Junior, U21 and Minor players continues this Wednesday and Friday at 7:30pm in Kickham Park.

U21 Football
The u21 Football Championship fixture versus Boherlahan has been postponed until further notice.

Ladies Football
Our first training session of the year will take place Tuesday January 30th at 7:30pm in Kickham Park. We look forward to having you all back training. Off course we welcome new players.


The adjourned Juvenile Club AGM will take place on Friday 2nd February at 8pm in Hayes Hotel.  We will also host Dungarvan GAA’s u8s and u10s this Saturday 3rd February.

 Winter Academy
Our Winter Academy continues this week.
Kids born between 2005 and 2010 are to attend on Tuesday evening.
Kids born between 2011 and 2014 are to attend on Thursday evening.
Each training session is from 5.45pm to 6.45pm at the Presentation Sports Complex with a €2 charge for lights.

Club Notes 22/1/18

Our adjourned AGM took place on Friday January 19th in Hayes Hotel with a good attendance from officers and players. Many ideas for the coming year were discussed.

Strength and Conditioning training with Padraig O’ Connor for all Junior, Minor and U21 players commences Friday 26th January at 7:30pm in Kickham Park. We are looking forward to seeing everyone back.

 U21 Football
Our amalgamated U21 football team played their first championship match of the season on Saturday 20th January versus reigning champions Gortnahoe-Glengoole. Well done to them on their comprehensive victory on a scoreline of 3-14 to 1-6. They now await their next group game versus Boherlahan-Dualla in two weeks. The panel and scorers were as follows:
Lee Tierney, Paul Murphy, Chris Lawlor, Daniel O’ Shaughnessy, Mark Ryan  (0-1), Sean Moloney (0-1), Dylan O’ Shaughnessy, Diarmuid Leahy  (0-1), Jack Taylor (0-2), Darren McGuire (0-3), Sean Hayes (1-0), Conor Bowe ( 0-3), Gearoid O’ Connor (0-1), Damien Cantwell (1-2), Ben Ryan, Dale Loughnane (1-0), Chris Munroe, Shane Ryan, Paudie Gleeson, Curtis Ryan, Jamie Hackett, Michael Mulcaire, Sean Connors, Sean O’ Gorman, Shane Lowe,Eoin O’ Gorman.

Ladies Football
A meeting for all Junior players and parents of juvenile girls will take place on Friday 26th January at 7pm in Kennedys Loughtagalla. Plans, fixtures and our hopes for the next few months will be discussed so it is vital that everyone attends. Thank you.

Our Winter Academy continues this week.
All kids born between 2005 and 2010 are to attend on Tuesday evening.
All kids born between 2011 and 2014 are to attend on Thursday evening.
Each training session is from 5.45pm to 6.45pm at the Presentation Sports Complex with a €2 charge for lights. Well done to all players who attended last week, keep up the great work. As always, new players are more than welcome.

Club Notes 15/1/18

Our adjourned AGM will take place on Friday January 19th at 8pm in Hayes Hotel. All are encouraged to attend. Reminder that membership is opened to be paid on our club website. The deadline is the 31st of March.

U21 Football
Our amalgamated team play their first championship game of the year against Gortnahoe-Glengoole. This takes place on Saturday January 20th at 3pm in Templetouhy. They played Loughmore Castleliney in a challenge match recently, coming out on top on a scoreline of 0-9 to 1-5.

Ladies Football
We are currently looking for a manager for our Junior Ladies Football team for the coming season. If interested, please contact club secretary Shelly Loughnane on  0873807936.

Thurles Gaels Juvenile Club AGM took place on Friday 12th of January in Hayes Hotel, with a good attendance. The adjourned Juvenile Club AGM will take place on Friday 2nd February. Time and venue to be confirmed.
The positions of the following club officers were ratified on the night:
Chairperson: Morgan Lanigan
Secretary: Aisling McGinley
Assistant Secretary/Garda Vetting Officer: Sara Leahy
PRO: Eimear O’ Dwyer
Lotto Coordinator: Deirdre Donoghue
School Liaison Officer: Thomas Campion
Coaching Coordinator: Morgan Lanigan
Equipment Manager: Declan Murphy
Committee: Thomas Campion, Pat Flanagan, John Leahy, Kieran O’ Dwyer.
Parents Committee: Miriam Ryan, Maura Doyle, Mai Burke, Anita Troy, Sara Leahy, Deirdre Donoghue
Fundraising Committee:  Aisling McGinley, Morgan Lanigan, Declan Murphy

Winter Academy
Please note a few changes to our Winter Academy schedule.  It has been decided to hold training for each group every week and not fortnightly as was before Christmas. Going forward the following days are for the following groups:
All kids born between 2005 and 2010 are to attend on Tuesday evenings.
All kids born between 2011 and 2014 are to attend on Thursday evenings.
Each training session is from 5.45pm to 6.45pm at the Presentation Sports Complex with a €2 charge for lights. We have a busy year ahead of training, blitzes and lots more fun and games, so we hope everyone can attend. As always, new players are more than welcome.

Club Sympathies
We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the families of Michael Murphy, Tommy Ryan, Frances Egan, Willie Maher, Tom O’ Connell, Tony Donnelly, former Thurles Kickhams and Thurles Fennellys player Michael Kenehan  and former Thurles Fennellys player Jimmy Jordan. May they all rest in peace.

Club Notes 21/12/17


Our Annual General Meeting took place on the 15th of December in Hayes Hotel. The hard work put in by all members in 2017 was reflected upon. Thank you to outgoing Club Officers Paul Mahony and Adrian McGinley for their service in the past number of years. We are sure that their successors will aptly fill their roles. It was also great to be see some of our younger members elected as committee members.

The following positions of Club Officers were ratified on the night:

Chairperson: Kieran O’ Dwyer

Vice Chairperson: Paul Shelley

Secretary: Pat Flanagan

Assistant Secretary: Philomena McNamara

Treasurer: Brian Fitzgibbon

PRO: Eimear O’ Dwyer


Our newly elected Club Officers look forward to working with all players and members of Thurles Gaels in 2018. We hope that through hard work, enthusiasm and teamwork our club will continue to grow.



The Presentation Sports Complex was transformed into a winter wonderland on Saturday last as we held our very first ‘Thurles Gaels Family Christmas Party.’ Dozens of our young members thoroughly enjoyed the occasion. They met Santa himself, had storytelling with Mrs. Clause and played Christmas games. A sincere thank you to committee members, mentors and parents for their hard work and generosity which made the day such a success. It was a fitting end to the year, highlighting the dedication of our volunteers that has been so apparent.

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Ladies Football 

Following our AGM on 24th of November the following club officers were elected:

Chairperson: Margaret Cosgrave
Secretary: Shelly Loughnane
Assistant Secretary: Sara Leahy
Treasurer: Amy Jordan
PRO: Eimear O’ Dwyer

2018 promises to be an exciting year and we look forward to working closely with you all. Huge thanks to all those who have supported our Christmas fundraiser to date.

Congratulations to Trisha Fogarty, the winner of our 100 prize. Also to Mairead Gleeson and Tomas Molumby on winning a Thurles Gaels bobble hat each. A huge thank you to everyone who supported our fundraiser. We really appreciate your generosity.


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Club Lotto

There was no winner of Tuesday night’s lottery.
Numbers: 2,20,21,26

Lucky Dip Winners:
Larry Mackey
Margaret Loughnane
Jimmy Looby
Josie Kavanagh
Mary Mahony

That was our last draw in 2017. Thank you for your continuous support of our lottery which is vital to keep our club going.  The next draw is 9th January in Mackey’s Bar. Jackpot worth €16,000.


Merry Christmas

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all players, members, coaches, volunteers, parents, supporters and sponsors a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year. Thank you for everything in the past 12 months and we look forward to a busy 2018!

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Online survey will help GAA develop 2018-2020 Strategic Plan

Information below provided by We would encourage all members, club officers and players to fill the survey out.

Every GAA member and anyone with an interest in Gaelic Games is being encouraged to help the Association develop its Strategic Plan for the period 2018-2020 by completing an online survey.

Every completed survey will play its part in developing the GAA’s strategies and goals for the next three-year period.

If you have strong views on how the GAA should deal with issues such as fixture planning, coaching structures, administration, rules and regulations, recruitment and retention of players, ticketing, the promotion of hurling, and training of referees among many others, this is your opportunity to have your voice heard.

A Steering Group chaired by the Uachtarán-tofa, John Horan, has been put in place to develop the Association’s strategy and this survey is part of phase one of the process.

The survey will run until January 15, 2018, after which the second phase will involve the production of a consultation paper based largely on the feedback from the survey.

All clubs are encouraged to ask their members to complete the online survey which will take approximately five minutes – GAA Strategic Planning Survey


Thurles Gaels AGM 2017

Our Annual General Meeting took place on the 15th of December in Hayes Hotel. It was well attended by players and members. The hard work put in by all members in 2017 was reflected upon.  The need for all members of Thurles Gaels to support fundraising efforts next year, whether that be the Senior club, Ladies Football or Juveniles, was highlighted. It is vital that everyone gives their all next year so that our club can reach its full potential.

Thank you to outgoing Club Officers Paul Mahony and Adrian McGinley for their service in the past number of years.  Paul served as Club Secretary. He was thanked by Chairman Kieran O’ Dwyer for his service and it is hoped that he will continue to be involved in some way. Paul’s successor is Pat Flanagan. Pat is very well respected within our club and further afield in County Tipperary. We are sure that he will use his years of experience within the GAA and benefit the club greatly. It was also promising to see some of our younger members elected as committee members, we hope they will bring some of their youthful energy and initiative to the committee.

The following positions of Club Officers were ratified:

President: Nancy O’ Dwyer

Vice President: Michael Gleeson

Chairperson: Kieran O’ Dwyer

Vice Chairperson: Paul Shelley

Secretary: Pat Flanagan

Assistant Secretary/Insurance Officer: Philomena McNamara

Treasurer: Brian Fitzgibbon

PRO/Ladies Football Rep: Eimear O’ Dwyer

County Board Rep: John Donovan

Mid-Board Rep: Pat Flanagan

Player’s Rep: Liam Dorney

Children’s Officer: Aisling McGinley

Club Lotto Coordinator: Larry Kavanagh

Committee Members: Pat Kerwick, John Dooley, John Nolan, Paudie Fitzpatrick, Morgan Lanigan, David Fogarty, Seamus Doran.

The positions of Assistant Treasurer and Child Welfare Officer are yet to be filled. These will be ratified at our next meeting. Best of luck to our new committee for the coming year, a great team has been put together in my opinion. Our newly elected Club Officers look forward to working with all players and members of Thurles Gaels in 2018. We hope that through hard work, enthusiasm and teamwork our club will continue to grow.


Thurles Gaels 2017 St. Patricks Day Parade

We had a great turn out for our St. Patricks Day Parade. Sadly the weather didn’t allow us to clearly display our float. With the theme of this years Thurles St Patricks Day Parade “Sporting Hero’s” We represented all twenty of the hero’s in the Tipperary Star recent poll to find Tipperary’s Greatest ever Sports Person. This was made possible thanks to the kids, their parents for kitting them out, Philomena McNamara for making their signs & other props and of course Catherine & Seamus of Thurles Sawmills for the transport. Thanks also to Secretary Aisling, Assistant Secretary Sara & Phil for decorating the float they dutifully delegated Frankie, Seamus & Morgan to achieve the end result which did the club proud.

Again in keeping with the Parade’s Theme, “Sporting Hero’s” we had a hard job of deciding on who to represent the three clubs that came together to form our club.
Billy Quinn, Rahealty was Captain of Tipperary’s 1953 Minor winning team. He won two minor All-Irelands in ’52’ & ’53’. A few lean years at Senior didn’t help Billy before he moved away ending his hurling for Rahealty & Tipperary. When he moved back to Irelnad he played with Faughs in Dublin to such a standard he represented Dublin at senior level before a rule change. Of course Billy’s son Niall Quinn went on to represent Dublin in Gaelic Football at minor level before becoming one Ireland’s most iconic soccer players.

Sean Russell, Thurles Fennelly’s was honoured in 2015 with a ‘Sean Geal’ Award for his service to GAA in the Cathedral Town. Sean also played for Kickham’s lining out in ’62’ to win a County No.1 Junior Title (Intermediate). He then hurled for many years with the Fennelly’s winning two Mid No.2 Titles before becoming one of the most important cogs in the Fennelly’s machine taking up vital officer positions within the club across three decades.

Jackie Lanigan, Thurles Kickhams, Jackie was on that No.1 Junior Title winning team in 1962. That success brought Jackie & team mate PJ Grace to the attention of County selectors. Both not only helped Tipperary to claim the Title in ’63’, but when injury stopped PJ from carrying out his duties as Captain, Jackie had the honour of walking the steps to lift the Munster & All-Ireland trophies for Tipperary. Like Sean Russell, the Bohernanve boys joined the reformed Thurles Fennelly’s were they had great success.

To cap it all off we had Adrian Mc Ginley Winner of a European Indoor Masters 4 x 400m Relay medal. Adrian was master of our ceremony. Sadly for him he was out staged by our brilliant young Gaels, led by young Brody Donoghue they sang all the way around. It’s true they do love Hurling & Football too. Thanks to everyone who made it possible.

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Thurles Gaels Club Notes 13/03/17

Thurles Gaels Club Notes 13/03/17


We will play Gortnahoe in round 2 of the All county League at 4pm on Sunday next in Gortnahoe. Training continues at 7:30pm on Tuesday and Thursdays in Kickham Park Club membership is now due junior €50, Minor/U21 €20, Juvenile €20 and committee €30 this can be paid via the club website on  All promoters with outstanding monies for the county board draw are asked to please settle their accounts as soon as possible. Club Lottery tickets can be bought from committee members or on Line via .

U21 Hurling

Thurles Gaels/ Moyne Templetouty had a 3-17 to 1-8 victory over Thurles Sarsfields in round one the u21 hurling championship. No Date has been confirmed for the next round of fixtures in this group.

Juvenile Club

Training has now commenced for all Juveniles in the Ursuline convent on Tuesdays and Fridays between 7pm and 8pm for u6s and u8s.

All u10 and 12s are in Kickham park from 5:30pm to 6:30pm.

Our 8s hosted a very successful football blitz on Saturday last in Kickham Park. Despite the weather all the kids had great fun and enjoyment against Upperchurch and Boherlahan.

U14s We play JK Brackens on Thursday the 6th of April in our First game in the football championship.

U16s We play Upperchurch on the Monday the 3rd of April at 6:30pm in Kickham Park.

Players are asked to attend training at the appointed times. New players are always welcome and should come along on training nights anyone requiring further information should contact Morgan on 0833533893. Membership is now due and can be paid to committee members or via

Ladies Football

Training on Wednesday at 7:30pm and Saturday 11am in Kickham Park all players new and old are asked to come along. Membership is now due €60 for adults and €40 for under 18. All players are reminded that the championship is just around the corner so attendance at training is vital.

St Patricks Day Parade

Sporting hero’s was the theme of our float and the big work put in by Phil, Sara and Aisling really stood out many thanks to all the kids that took part. The Club would like to thank Morgan Seamus and Frankie on their decorating skills putting great work into getting the float right for the day. We would like to thank Seamus and Catherine for providing the transport on the day. Special mention to Brody Donoghue who lead the chorus to warm up the dampen crowd.

Thurles Gaels Club Notes 21/02/17

Thurles Gaels Club Notes 21/02/17


Training for all junior players on Thursday at 7:30pm. All players are asked to attend . Our first game will be against Marlfield in the County League on the 12th of March in Kickham Park. Club membership is now due Junior €50, Minor/U21 €20, Juvenile €20 and committee €30 this can be paid via the club website on  All promoters with outstanding monies for the county board draw are asked to please settle their accounts as soon as possible. Club Lottery tickets can be bought from committee members or on Line via .

U21 Football

Thurles Gaels Moyne Templetouthy were defeated by Gortnahoe in the final of the Mid u21 B football on Sunday last in Templemore on a 3-10 to 3-6 score line. The team got off to a slow start and found themselves ten points down mid way through the first half but plucky determination reduced the score to two points ten minutes into the second. However the effort was prove too much and Gortnahoe got the crucial scores to seal the win. Curtis Ryan, Paul Murphy, Daniel Shaughnessy were best on the day. Next up for this group will be the hurling championship.

Juvenile Club

Training has now commenced for all Juveniles in the Ursuline convent on Tuesdays and Fridays between 7pm and 8pm. All u12, u14 and u16 teams will be in football action on the weekend of the 3th, 4th and 5th of March; fixtures will appear here next week. Players are asked to attend training at the appointed times. New players are always welcome and should come along on training nights anyone requiring further information should contact Morgan on 0833533893.

Ladies Football

Training on Wednesday at 7:30pm and Saturday 11am in Kickham Park all players new and old are asked to come along. Membership is now due €60 for adults and €40 for under 18. All players are reminded that the championship is just around the corner so attendance at training is vital.

Table Quiz

On Friday the 10th of March 2017 at 8.30pm all roads lead to The Monks Pub where we will be holding a Table Quiz. Table of 4 will be €20 and there will be a large Raffle taking place on the night.

Mary Moroney Tournament

A small squad headed down and despite losing our semifinal to hosts Anner Gaels. The players showed good character and we’re in touch until the final few minutes when a goal confirmed defeat.
A break while the other semifinal was played and thanks here to the ladies on the tea, sandwiches and buns.

We faced Moneygall/Clonakenny in the Shield Final. We played against the wind in the first half and were wasteful in front of goal. We had a two point deficit to claw back after the halftime ended 2.04 – 3.03. Both games were tough the boys gained great experience. They had to get stuck in and they did. The team settled and got the start needed with the first score. We went on to open up a big lead. Playing his first hurling match for the club Cian (The Barbarian) Glesson was very effective, if a little wayward on the ball. The back line was a lot tighter after Dylan Shocks moved to full back, Cillian Donoghy, Shane Ryan and Martin Reilly were on top in the halfback line. Chris Munroe showed his skill set fielding the ball on numerous occasions. In attack Brian O’Halloran was very effective on the ball, always looking for his man, never panicking. While Aaron Delaney and Shane Stapleton brought strength and hard running that made room and possession for Jack Murphy, Luke Beresford to play their part. Dylan Molomby played up front, midfield & backs he continues to improve and is a vital part of this group. Our other backs Ben Buckley and Robert Donoghue improved as the day went on. With Shaun Kennedy (full back) and Gary Delaney in goals preventing what could have been a massacre in the first half of the first game. It set us up for the rest of the day. Well done to all sixteen of the lads, to come away with the Shield was the only way we could’ve capped what was a great experience.  That said our opponents came back to give us a wee fright. On the day Gary Delaney in goals, Ben Buckley, Shaun Kennedy, Martin Reilly, Robert Donoghue, Dylan Shaughnessy, Shane Ryan, Cillian Donaghy, Aaron Delaney, Chris Monroe, Dylan Mulomby, Shane Stapleton, Luke Beresford, Brian O Halloran, Ciain Gleeson, Jack Murphy.
Well done yo all the boys, it was a first hurling game for Gaels for a few of the boys.

William ‘Billix’ Quinn Trophy

William ‘Billix’ Quinn Trophy

Thurles Gaels would like to thank you for playing our U14 Blitz. This will be the first of what will become an annual event. To mark it we will award the winners the Billix Quinn Trophy. William ‘Billix’ played a major roll in setting up one of our founding clubs, Thurles Fennelly’s. Interestingly that teams first Championship game back in 1949 was against Loughmore Castleiney.

In the past Junior hurling teams contested this trophy, on Sunday we will give it a new lease of life. We hope all clubs enjoy the day, 1 ½ hours of hurling for each team, almost four hours of entertainment for those who attend. See you all on Sunday.


We have four teams playing 15mins aside,

             Thurles Gaels

             Ballyskenagh Killavilla

             Loughmore Castleiney




Thurles Gaels  
Loughmore Castleiney


Ballyskenagh Killavilla
Loughmore Castleiney


Ballyskenagh Killavilla


Loughmore Castleiney


Ballyskenagh Killavilla
Thurles Gaels


Thurles Gaels

Thurles Gaels Club Notes 07/06/16

Thurles Gaels Club Notes 07/06/16

Junior Hurling

We defeated Boherlahan in our final game in league Division 2 with a 41 point winning margin our aim to make the final it was a big ask. The boys put in a good effort winning in the end by 6-6 to 0-9.Training for all junior players on Tuesday and Thursday at 7:30pm. We will play a challenge game this Saturday players will be notified at training on Thursday. We will be taking part in the Junior Hurling tournament on the Weekend of the Munster Hurling final as part of the Thurles Sports Fest for the John Ryan Memorial cup. Reminder Club Lottery tickets can be bought from committee members, in the Credit Union Car park or on Line via .

Juvenile Club

Training continues in Kickham Park starting at 10:30am all players are asked to attend. We have also returned to Kickham Park on Tuesdays at 6:30pm this is for all age groups from U6 upwards. Anyone interested in getting involved should contact Morgan on 0833533893.
U12: Hurling. We were defeated by JK Brackens in the first round of this year’s championship. Next game V Clonakenny at 7pm tonight Wednesday in Kickham Park.
U14: Hurling. All attention has turned to the upcoming Feile Na Gael taking place in Tipperary / Waterford. Training has been tailored towards this weekend and players have been contacted about training. Our next outing in the championship is at home to Roscrea on Thursday the 23rd of June at 7pm.
U16: Hurling. Attention has now turned to the upcoming hurling championship for this group training as been organised and players have been notified.

Ladies Football

Training on Wednesdays at 7:30pm and Saturday at 10:30am in Kickham Park all players new and old are asked to come along. We would expect that a big effort will be put in for this year’s championship with all players making training regularly.

Feile Na Gael

For the first time since 1992 Tipperary/Waterford will be hosting the Hurling extravaganza that is the Feile Na gael.This takes place from 17th to 19th of June. The club is host to Gort Na Mona from Belfast Co. Antrim and preparations have been put in place for their arrival. There will be both Cup and shield competition so a minimum of 4 games will be played over this stunning weekend. Friday we will play two games against Carrick hurling club from Leitrim at 4:45pm followed by Burgess at 6:30pm both games will be played in Kilcoman. Then on Saturday morning we play Gort Na Mona in Kickham Park at 10:30am from there it’s either a cup or shield quarter final. All support is welcome over the weekend. More Details can be found on our website

Feile na nGeal June 17th – 19th 2016

Thurles Gaels will this year host Gort na Móna of Antrim in Division 8 of 2016’s ‘Feile na nGeal’.

This will be a unique occasion and the first time our young club gets to experience this festival of hurling. Over 3,00 young hurlers across 160 teams will participate in the biggest juvenile sports event in Europe this year.  It is indeed a big undertaking, from the upgrading of club facilities, the hosting of the traveling team all building to peak on Saturday night when the two clubs, players, parents and locals come together for an evening of food & entertainment. Thurles Gaels guests will be Gort na Móna of Antrim, with over forty players, mentors & parents traveling to Thurles it certainly promises a lot. Upon their arrival we shall raise the club flag of our guests to mark Kickham Park becoming their home for the weekend.
Of course we can’t forget about the hurling, on Friday evening Thurles Gaels will take a bus to Kilcolman home of Burgess GAA of Tipperary. There we will first give support to our guests Gort na Móna as they play Burgess @4pm. Our first ever game in Feile na nGael we play Carrick hurling Club of Leitrim @4.45pm, followed by Gort na Móna v Carrick @5.45pm . The last game of the evening sees us play Burgess @6.30pm.
Both teams will head back to Kickham Park for refreshments, there we will have a little chat about our clubs history and what being part of it & the GAA means to us. It will have been a long day, a good rest will be needed for Saturday. The next morning promises a lot, Kickham Park will be alive like never before as we play Gort na Móna in our final group game. No matter what the result both teams will have a knock out match to play @2.30pm.  If either wins they will then have a semifinal at 6.30pm.
When the hurling draws to a close for the day, we have a BBQ arranged for Kickham Park in our Marquee.  Then we will have a Quiz with teams made up of players from both clubs. Here’s a tip, knowing your clubs history will be a big help to winning the top prize. Music, song and everything you would expect hurling mad people to do (that’s right, talk about HURLING :-) ) We can’t wait, as we said preparations are underway with the club house getting a face lift. So kids, pucking all day and study at night, only 4 more sleeps to Friday.

Thurles Gaels Club Notes 28/04/15

Junior Hurling

Junior Hurling Division 2 We suffered a 2-20 to 2-12 defeat at home to JK Brackens in the fourth round of the league, no fixture for Division 2 hurlers this weekend we await our semi final opponents. The division 3s play Gortnahoe on Monday the 4th at 2pm in Kickham Park.  Club Membership is now due and can be collected at training or done on line via our website. Junior €50, Minor /u21s €20. Training continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30pm in Kickham Park.

Juvenile Club Training

Training has also returned to Kickham Park on Saturday mornings at 10:30am for all age groups.u12s, 14s and 16s are now training on Wednesdays at 6:30pm. Membership is now due and will be collected at training or can be done on line via our website.

U12 hurling. Next game for this group will be in the Hurling championship which will start in early May.

U14 football. We defeated Durlas og on a score of 6-8 to 1-2.Quarter final against Gortnahoe time and date has not been fixed

U16 Football.  We will play Durlas og Friday at 7pm in Pairc na nog in the mid football Shield semi final.

Old Parish Waterford will play our u9,u11and u14s in hurling challenges on Sunday next from 12:30pm

Ladies Football

Training continues on Wednesdays at 7:30pm and Friday at 7:30pm in Kickham Park. Registration for 2015 will be €60 per adult and €35 for under18s. We were beaten by Boherlahan in our recent league game and this now finishes our involvement in this competition. We will now be focusing on the championship and all players are asked to make sure they make training on the assigned days. Many thanks to Ciaran and Gillian Linnane of Milleas Bar for their kind sponsorship of training tops and hoodies.

Minors Football

We defeated Boherlahan in a close fought game on a score of 5-4 to 3-6 in the third round of the mid football on Friday last. We will have a busy week with two games in four days first up is Loughmore on Wednesday at 7pm in Kickham park. Next up is Gortnahoe on Saturday at 2pm again in Kickham Park. Training at the usual times. Players are reminded that membership is now due details can be found on the club website.

Club Lotto and Club Membership

Both club Lotto and Club membership can be done on line all details of these can be found on our website  or via face book and twitter. Please support our club.

Thurles Duathlon

Sunday, 12th April saw some 65 competitors successfully negotiated the ideally laid out Thurles Duathlon course. Happily, all came home safe with glowing reports of the event.

The day didn’t start out too good as wind whipped up some rain clouds. This only dampened spirits for a short while, unlike our competitors the rain hadn’t the stamina to see out the day, as the “Sprint Race” was ran off in perfect conditions.

 Sprint Race On Another Level 

The “Sprint Race” was the big one in every way possible, close to fifty athletes took to the start/finish line. The sun was winning its battle as the athletes started out on a 24.2km run-cycle-run journey.

The run would cover 3.6km’s taking in Ladies Well. It was clear we had top class athletes lined up for this race. Two of the athletes finished in under an hour. Their was a real buzz after the race about the cycle speeds witnessed by those in attendance, it certainly made a real big impression.

1st; Ciaran O Dubhchonna (Clonmel)-57:15, was second after the first run leg, he easily made up the difference on the bicycle section. He was some 27 seconds faster than the field on the bicycle, he overtook Patrick Ryan and stayed ahead through out.

Just out of the start gate and looking good

Just out of the start gate and looking good

It was the pace setting from every competitor that really impressed. Ciaran demonstrated that perfectly, his total run time for the two legs was 26:03, his last run took 13:12, a real top class performance.

2nd; Patrick Ryan (Tipperary)-58:13 can be very proud, he was one of only two people to lead this event and break the hour mark. Patrick wasn’t content just to secure second place as he pushed all the way to the end line. This was typical of all those who took part. 3rd; Stephen Darmody (Kilkenny)-1:00:30, was almost two minutes clear of fourth and had his transition times been better he could have broke the hour mark.

 It’s All About The Running, Running, Running 

The Ladies race was a very interesting race indeed, with the lead changing hands. As they headed for the final leg there was just 20 seconds between first and second. 1st; Kealey Tideswell(Clonmel)-1:07:25 was 41 seconds ahead of her main rival after the first run leg. She cycled a steady second leg but couldn’t match Denise. As they headed for the final run leg, Kealey showed her prowess as she ran a very impressive time that almost got her into the top ten overall.  A well deserved win that proved it’s not all about the bike.

2nd; Denise Compton(Tipperary Town)-1:09:00, produced a brilliant cycle leg that was eleventh fastest on the day. She moved from third after the run to first but couldn’t hold off the eventual winner.

3rd; Tara Rhatigan(Tipperary)-1:11:33 second after the first run leg, she would drop to third after the cycle leg and despite a simply brilliant last run leg that saw her cut through the field Tara had to settle for third. Who knows with a better cycle section, she might have won this event.

 Real Quality In Beginners Race 

The “Beginners Race” saw fourteen take to the start line as they powered through the toughest conditions on the day. This was a top quality race and one that will be hard to top. We had three different leaders after each leg and as the top three headed off on the last leg there was a mere 9 seconds between them.
A 1.6km run to start with and first through the time gate was Ciara Cummins who took a 10 second lead to the transition area from the run. In hot pursuit were all the Ryan’s, Dan, Denis and Will. Denis Ryan was the top athlete on the bike he covered the cycle leg some twenty-five seconds faster than the field. Had Denis improved his transitions he could have easily taken second spot overall.
The overall top three were never going to be caught, they had the pace and discipline you need for these events. 1st; Dan Ryan -34:59 was second to different opponents after the run and cycle legs, he didn’t panic. Never out of the top two at any stage, his final run leg was 10 seconds faster than his first run, a truly super effort to secure the win.

 Ciara Crushes Competition 

2nd overall and 1st Lady home was Ciara Cummins(Thurles)-35:30. Ciara in the lead after the first leg showed she was well up for the battle. She was out paced on the bicycle section, dropping back into 3rd. However her strong running gave Ciara the opportunity to over take and finish second.

Denis Ryan-35:39, third overall just 9 seconds behind gave away 21 seconds on the transitions to Ciara and as mentioned earlier his cycle leg was top class. 4th overall, 3rd in the mens Will Ryan (Clonoulty)- 37:24 was fourth after the first leg and never gave up his position. His time of  was well clear of the next athlete.

In the Ladies Ciara Cummins was a different class taking first, 2nd; Sharon Kelly-45:21, was simply awesome on the cycle section. Despite 3rd; Rachel McGinley-46:31 out running Sharon by over 2 minutes, Sharon flew past Rachel on the bicycle with enough time to spare to seal second spot, leaving Rachel in third. Other notable times/legs: Michael Murphy’s run times were good enough for top five. On the other side Sharon Kelly’s cycle time was good enough for top five.

first men home beginners
First three Men home in the Beginners Race_____ L-R 1st-Dan Ryan, 2nd-Denis Ryan, 3rd-Will Ryan

 Precision Becomes Organised Chaos

The level of commitment was clear to be seen as racers went through the transition area. Gear that had been so carefully placed before the race was now getting pulled and thrown in all directions to ensure a quick get away. The transfer back to running takes some getting used to and the fact that the athletes showed such good pace after the transfer is a great credit to their own individual determination.
We’ve had good reports back, Brian Cleary, Thurles, said “Brilliant event, very well organised for a first year event. Onwards and upwards, bigger and better for next year.” Another Thurles man, Brian Ely was equally impressed, “Well done lads, best marshaled event I’ve been to yet.” Sharon Kelly second home in the ladies Beginners race said, “The kids had a great time at the fun run on Sunday with Thurles gaels! Great event! See you next year.” 

Behind The Scenes

It took a lot of work to take this unique idea and bring it to life. Adrian McGinley is the man responsible for that idea and the bulk of the work. From an early stage he had the backing of Philomena McNamara and Aishling McGinley. Without those three this event would never have happened.
Thanks to all our marshals on the day, it’s clear form the reports back that you made a difference. To our Physios Mel Kelly and Michelle Mc Kelvey, Kobii Cafe, Sarah Leahy ,Catherine Murphy, Seamus Butler, Ryans Brothers Mill Road, The Courtyard, Roynanes, Noel Shorley, Doran Oil, Mac Lochlainns Road markings. Treasa O Dwyer Photography’s, Supermacs Thurles and Jim Mc Sherry Jewellers, we thank you all. We would also like to thank Niall O Sullivan premiertimingsystems, Order of Malta, Thurles Gardai and Thurles Gaels Juvenile parents committee. To all who entered the Thurles Duathlon we hope to see you all back again next year.


Halfway Through The Week

Seven games in eight days, almost halfway there. On Monday we headed to Gortnahoe in weather you wouldn’t leave the cows out in or so I was told by Pat Flanagan (our farming expert).

We had eighteen togged out with some boys missing. After the coin toss it came as quiet a ‘Shock’ when we heard we would be playing with the wind in the first half. That a side the squad was tuned in and well up for the challenge after a good warm up. It took us a while to settle into the game and for our players to realise the conditions were not ideal for traveling with the ball.

We did go in at half time with a lead thanks in the main to two goals brilliantly assisted by Aaron Delaney. His line ball from the right touch line sailed beautifully into the square, Chris Munroe caught turned and with his left foot scored. The next was a text book goal, a fairly central ’45’ sweetly struck was on it’s way toward goal, Tommy McGuire with a little flick with his hand made it impossible to stop.

The second half was always going to be hard against the wind and up the hill. The team showed they can put in the work when needed. They only conceded one goal under a lot of pressure, this kept them in the game. There were mixed feeling for our score of the day. After a powerful run up field and a neat exchange of passes Dylan Shaughnessy struck an excellent point. Sadly it was our only score of the half, but it showed that the team have the ability to compete at this level.

It was a good all round performance, great to see Seamus Holohan and Tommy McGuire back. Seamus adds real steal to our defence and Tommy as he did today will get us goals. Others we haven’t mentioned, Arnold Arlauskas with his super work rate and hand passing, Jack Lawlor playing his first game will improve no end the more he plays. He hasn’t missed a training session, he got up and down the field all day.

Some may have been worried at the start of the year about this group. Two years ago at under 14 they failed to register a win all year, getting a draw in the last shield match v Moycarkey. Well no need to worry, the group we have are honest and work for each other. #proudclub

Christopher Munroe Represents Thurles Gaels

The Mi-Tipp U14’s had a great win at the weekend, winning the Peadar Cummins Cup. The Mid also won the U16 Garda Cup and only lost in the final game of the U15 tournament. All in all the Mid only lost one game out of nine.

After a lot of training the Mid U14 panel was selected last week. We had Martin Reilly, David McCormack and Gary Delaney take part in the training sessions earlier in the year. Martin and Gary certainly gained a lot of experience from taking part. While David McCormack could have made it had he put in the effort and attended training. We had two who made the last thirty, Oscar Lipinski and Chris. Oscar just missed out, he did both himself and the club proud. When told the news, Oscar showed real class by congratulating Christopher. This is the type of person we want at our club.

On to the competition, the Mid played the West in the first game. It looked tight for a while until the Mid boys settled in. Our first attack produced a goal and while they didn’t pull too far ahead of the West the result was never in doubt. Next up was the South and Chris would get his chance here. In the first few minutes Mid had two goals and the South’s spirit crushed. Chris came on at wingback with five minutes in the first half left to play. In blustery conditions he was very steady on the ball. When in possession he did exactly what was asked of him. He got his head up and played the ball to his team mates. His best moment came when an attack down his opposite wing saw the ball fly in over the corner back who had been pulled out of position. It looked like a perfect ball for the full forward until Chris swooped in to pick the ball and clear the danger. The Mid ran out comfortable winners.

Proud Mam and Secretary, Phil with son Christopher

Proud Mam and Secretary, Phil with son Christopher

It was then onto the final game and winner takes all against the North. Through no fault of his, Chris didn’t get on the field. The North team played a tough game against the wind in the first half and were only down a point at half time. However thanks mostly to Max Hackett’s runs up field, the Mid were able to get the scores needed to bring home the trophy.

It was a great experience for Christopher and while he didn’t make the squad it was also a great experience for Oscar. All the boy’s who put in the effort have improved as hurlers and this will improve our club. We thank them all for their efforts and a massive thanks to Philomena McNamara, Justina Lipinski, Mazzie Jordan, Marie McCormack and Trisha Delaney, the brilliant ladies looking after the boy’s.

Thurles Gaels Response

In light of the recent articles published in the Tipperary Star on the 19th March, Thurles Gaels wrote a response letter to the editor of The Tipperary Star.

The letter can be read here in full as it appears in this weeks paper, dated the 26th March. We thank the editor for printing the letter in full and know that we will continue to support our local paper that does a lot of work for our Association.

The Author’s reply was welcomed and while we may not agree with it all, that is the nature of such situations. There is just one small matter we must address. We never intended for anyone to think the Tipperary Star had accused Thurles Gaels of being in any way involved in the recent ruling. However in response to the many comments heard from individuals in the area, we had to put it in writing that our club was NOT involved in the ruling made.

To finish, Thurles Gaels would again like to thank the Tipperary Star for facilitating our response.


Dear Editor

Having read and absorbed the content of the article by Mr Dundon titled ‘Minor hurling crux in Thurles’ and the accompanying and related article in ‘The View Column’ titled ‘Thurles Minor Hurling,’ we feel obligated to respond.

With respect to the situation concerning Durlas Og and Sarsfields amalgamation, it needs to be highlighted that Thurles Gaels and its Committee had no influence in the outcome or the decision on the ruling finally given by the Tipperary County Board and sub-committee sent up by Liam O’Neill who deliberated in this rule.

For the record we approached Durlas Óg at the Mid Senior Convention and made it known that we would be interested in having Durlas Og players guest for our minor team for the year ahead. This was ultimately the last we heard of it until it was apparent that Durlas Og and Sarsfields were amalgamating at minor level. This obviously made it impossible to have players guest for us.

Mr Dundon quotes our County Board delegate as saying that the current crux is as a result of the establishment of Durlas Og in the first place back in 1979 while in ‘The View Column’ the author describes the above opinion as laughable.

When comments are taken out of context the outcome is laughable, but laughable only insomuch as the journalist failed in the basic requirement in trying to find out the truth, i.e., both sides of the story and the root cause to such an opinion. Not only is the journalist being disrespectful to a man that has been a servant to the GAA for over 50 years but also displayed the characteristics of a media bully in trying to belittle him.

Mr. Dundon in reference to Thurles Gaels states that, “These juvenile teams would be competing against Durlas Óg and the likelihood of Durlas Óg players transferring to Gaels to play alongside their rivals would be very slim.” This statement could be perceived as a matter of fact and we see it as harmful. We also know it not to be the case as we have transferred eight players from Durals Óg and Thurles Sarsfields in the past two years. Six of those players made it possible for our club to field an U21 team for the first time.

Youth is the life blood of any club without which a club will eventually die. Sadly this has been only too evident in Thurles which has seen 4 adult clubs reduced to 2 (not including Durlas Og which now has adult status). Thurles Gaels as a matter of survival had to establish a Juvenile club otherwise the proud histories of Kickhams, Fennelly’s and Rahealty would be consigned to the archives due to the fact that one of the original aims of Durlas Og being a feeder club did not operate as envisaged.

In our opinion, it is quite clear that Mr Dundun has a clear bias towards a Sarsfields-Durlas Og viewpoint which is not helpful in forwarding a balanced analysis and if he is willing to support special dispensations and/or special privileges for some clubs, the result would be chaos.

Finally the stance in these articles is that all clubs are equal, but some clubs are more equal than others.

Yours faithfully

Thurles Gaels GAA Club