The Premier Newspaper February 3rd

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Fire at popular Cashel Restaurant

Two units from Tipperary Fire and Rescue Service dealt with a blaze at a well known restaurant in Cashel last weekend.

Rescue Service teams attended an outbreak of fire at Chez Hanz in Cashel on Sunday night.

The fire was quickly brought under control by firefighters from the nearby station.

It is thought that the fire impacted the kitchen area of this popular Tipperary restaurant. The alarm was raised at approximately 11pm at the premises on Moor Lane in the historic town.

Firefighters from Cashel dealt with the incident which is

understood to have started in a boiler room.

It is understood the restaurant could be closed for a number

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Tipperariana Book Fair returns to the Ballroom Fethard

The Tipperariana Book Fair returns to the Ballroom Fethard, Co. Tipperary, E91 AH76 on Sunday 12th February 2023 from 12 o’clock until 4pm. After a hiatus of two years, the Fethard Historical Society looks forward to once more hosting what has long been vaunted as “the most successful one-day book fair in Ireland”. Regular attendees will notice the earlier opening and closing times.

Any queries relating to the Book Fair can be directed to the society’s Chairman Michael Mallon or by email at

As always book dealers from all over the country will be present offering a wide variety of books from specialist first editions, historical

tomes, children’s books, general interest, and popular fiction. There is literally something for everyone.

Tipperary authors of books published last year will also be in attendance so it’s the ideal opportunity to come along, meet the author and buy a signed copy of that book for which you’ve been waiting. This year’s authors include among others: Margaret O’Brien (Weather Report), Sean Hogan (editor, Series of Centenary Booklets), Peter O’Grady (Enemies of the People) and Fethard’s own Jasper Murphy and his fellow South East Scribes (Winter Miscellany).

The Fethard Historical Society also has its own stall offering incredible value in

secondhand books of all genres: bestselling popular fiction, thrillers, the classics, poetry, gardening books, cookery books etc. It’s a great chance to find a bargain or track down that particular book for which you’ve been searching.

The Book Fair returns with all the individual touches that make it so unique: live music provided by a talented piano player, the chance to browse at leisure and the always popular popup café featuring tasty treats and home baked goodies.

The Fethard Historical Society is currently accepting donations of books for its stall. Books can be dropped into the Fethard Ballroom on Saturday 11th February 2023 from 10am until

5pm or contact Mary Hanrahan on 087 900 9722.

Admission is €3 and, as always, accompanied

children are free making this a family friendly outing.

Please note there isn’t an ATM/ Card Machine on

site, so cash is the order of the day. In the interests of sustainability, it is also suggested that customers bring their own bags.

Members of Fethard Historical Society photographed at the launch of this year’s Tipperariana Book Fair which takes place in Fethard Ballroom on Sunday, February 12, 2023, from 12 noon to 4.30pm. This is a welcome return for book lovers and dealers all over Ireland who are looking forward to travelling to Fethard after an absence of two years due to Covid restrictions. L to R: Terry Cunningham, Mary Healy, Catherine O’Flynn, Michael Mallon, Pat Looby and Mary Hanrahan.

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Moorehaven Day Service in Cashel officially opened

The Fianna Fáil Minister for Disability, Anne Rabbitte TD officially opened the Moorehaven Day Service Centre in Cashel this week, as she was hosted in Tipperary by her Fianna Fáil colleague, Jackie Cahill TD and the Cathaoirleach of Tipperary County Council, Cllr Roger Kennedy.

I spoke to Shauna O’Keeffe this week about her incredible victory in Dublin where she overcame the odds to win the National Senior Elite Light Welterweight Championship.

I say she overcame the odds, not because she wasn’t the best fighter at the event, but because of the injury nightmares and setbacks she has had to endure over the years.

Ronan Quirke sums it up perfectly in his article on page 35 when he says ‘You don’t always get what you deserve in sport, but Shauna O’Keeffe just has’.

From losing two previous finals to suffering injuries to her elbow and wrists, Shauna has had to show remarkable strength, both mentally and physically, to come back after a considerable layoff to eventually achieve her dreams.

And her aspirations won’t halt now that she is a National Senior champion, or at least they shouldn’t.

However, travelling to these events and being part of the National Senior Elite Programme doesn’t come cheap. Shauna works for Abbott in Clonmel and was full of praise for their kindness and understanding when it came to getting time off. But she now needs a sponsor. This girl has shown huge courage and bravery to make the strides she has but with some financial backing, who knows what she could yet achieve.

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The Minister first met with the management, directors, staff, service users and their families in Moorehaven in June 2021, when Cathaoirleach Kennedy and Deputy Cahill first started making the case to her for funding for residential respite services for the county.

At the official opening in Moorehaven in Cashel, Minister Rabbitte announced to an excited and enthusiastic crowd that she will be providing €500,000 to Moorehaven for the full operation of respite services in County Tipperary, which will cover both north and south of the county.

Ardfinnan News - Update on Ardfinnan Bridge

The Bridge update Roughan & O’Donovan (ROD) Consulting Engineers Options

Assessment Report on Ardfinnan Bridge has been released to Cllr Micheal Anglim and Ardfinnan Community Council.

The Consultants report considered 5 options

- Formalise Existing Arrangement

- Independent Footbridge

- Cantilever Downstream

- Cantilever Upstream

- Bridge Widening

Thankfully the ROD Consultants have agreed with Ardfinnan Community Council and the wider community that an Independent Footbridge is the best option and they recommend that it be progressed to the Preliminary Design Stage.

The report is with the National Transport Authority now and they

will be reporting back in the coming weeks. The process has been painfully slow moving but this is the first time that it is in writing that an Independent Footbridge is the preferred and consultant recommended option when dealing with pedestrian safety on Ardfinnan Bridge which is a massive step in the right direction.

Cllr Micheal Anglim will continue working behind the scenes to continue bringing this important project forward to a satisfactory conclusion. Cllr Anglim thanked Ardfinnan Community Council, Tipperary County Council and ROD Consultants for their cooperation and Jackie Cahill TD and Cllr Terry Shannon for their assistance.

Ardfinnan’s Mega Family Funday is BACK, Saturday 24th of June is the date and

we are going BIG, in fact so BIG our attraction this year is the BIGGEST in the Island of Ireland and that’s no lie.

We have a new event in store so save the date as preparations are currently under way and once finalised we will be launching. Make sure to keep an eye on this space as no one is gonna want to miss this.

Ardfinnans Anglers Club

The AGM of the above club will place on Tuesday February 7th in the community hall Ardfinnan at 8pm.

Members and intending members are earnestly requested to attend. Death Condolences are extended to Josie Shone and family on the recent passing of her brother Terence O Mahoney, May he Rest In Peace.

Nostalgia Alert!!! Over the next few weeks, we will take a look at some “poems we learned in school” by publishing the poem itself and giving a brief analysis of what the poem is about. To kick off, we will look at “Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost.

Robert Frost was an American poet born in 1874. He claims he wrote “Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening” in just 20 minutes but this may be a slight exaggeration given the perfect structure and form of the poem. Frost also claimed that this poem was his “best bid for remembrance”. This claim is correct as this poem is widely regarded by both experts and non-experts as one of his greatest poems. It was a favourite of President John F Kennedy who invited Frost to read at his inauguration. Kennedy also ended many of his campaign speeches with the last two lines of the poem “And miles to go before I sleep/ And miles to go before I sleep”.

President Joe Biden is also a fan of the poem. In fact borrowing a line from the poem, he called his autobiography “Promises

To Keep”

On the surface this seems a simple enough poem. In four short stanzas of four lines each, Frost tells the story of a man travelling through the countryside on the 21st December (“the darkest evening of the year”) when he stops and stands to watch snow falling in a woods. The scene is tranquil and while the traveller would like to stay longer to admire the beauty of nature but he remembers that he has business to attend to in the real world and decides to move on. There is not much else to it or so it seems.

Many people claim that there is a darker meaning to the poem and that the traveller may be suffering from depression (“the darkest evening of the year”). He sees the dark woods, the peaceful silence and he wants to stay there forever and free himself from all his obligations in life. In the end he decides not to give into his depression/ suicidal thoughts.

Regardless of how you interpret it, I think everyone will agree that this is one of the most beautiful poems ever written.

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening BY ROBERT FROST

Whose woods these are I think I know. His house is in the village though; He will not see me stopping here

To watch his woods fill up with snow. My little horse must think it queer

To stop without a farmhouse near Between the woods and frozen lake

The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake

To ask if there is some mistake.

The only other sound’s the sweep

Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep.

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Sarah’s Cycle 2023 coming this month

On Sunday, February 26, a group of leisure cyclists will gather at the Meitheal 21 on the Abbey Road in Thurles to honour the memory of the beautiful Sarah Dillon who passed away suddenly in April 2014.

Sarah was just nine-yearsold.

Sarah played football with Clonmel Town Football Club and was a member of the Dolphin Swimming Club and On Your Toes Dance Group in Clonmel, where she excelled. This cycle is organised

each year as a training spin for the Annual Tour de Munster Cycle which is celebrating its 23rd year.

150 cyclists will complete a four day, 640km tour through Munster to raise vital funding for the six Munster branches of Down Syndrome Ireland. Sarah along with her parents Trish and Brian have been an integral part of both events and Paul Sheridan, of Tour de Munster, said: “Sarah has touched so many lives in a very special way it was only fitting that

her beautiful memory should be honoured and remembered and therefore this cycle is dedicated to Sarah’s memory.” With this in mind an open invitation has been extended to all cycling enthusiasts to join in this cycle and “Share the Journey” to honour Sarah’s memory. So please come along and join them on Sunday February 26 with three routes on offer- 100km, 50km and a 6km family cycle, there’s something for everyone. Rolling starts from 9am.

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On Sunday, February 26, ‘Sarah’s Cycle 2023’ will take place at the Meitheal 21 on the Abbey Road in Thurles to honour the memory of the beautiful Sarah Dillon. Photos: John D Kelly.

Key issues impacting the growth of business between India and Ireland discussed at Chambers‘ meeting in Shannon

A collaborative undertaking between County Tipperary and Shannon Chambers and the Irish India Business Association (IIBA) resulted in a delegation from Indian companies in Ireland visiting Shannon last week. The visit included a tour of Jaguar Land Rover’s software development centre in Shannon and a meeting with Shannon Chamber members in Shannon Airport House.

The primary focus of the visit was to identify areas of opportunity for increasing trade links between the visiting companies and Chamber member companies and to address key issues impacting the growth of business between India and Ireland and vice versa.

The delegation was led by the chairman of the IIBA, Liam Lynch, partner, KPMG. He was accompanied on the visit by Roger Kennedy, Cathaoirleach, Declan Burgess, Councillor,

and Anthony Fitzgerald, Head of Enterprise, Tipperary County Council and Michelle Aylward, chief executive, County Tipperary Chamber. The Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council, Tony O’Brien, also attended.

The visiting companies represented a broad spectrum of sectors including technology, mining, hospitality, retail, pharmaceutical, consultancy services whilst Chamber member companies attending the meeting are involved in instrumentation, software, healthcare, automation, and transportation.

As stated at the meeting, the opportunity to do business with India is vast, but understanding where to start, adapting to cultural differences, and building trust and confidence are essential starting points.

Focusing in on two discussion areas, people and doing business

in India, the key takeaways from the meeting were that a mechanism for addressing skill gaps in both countries needs to be found and that the vastness of India and a perceived lack of trust is hindering many Irish companies breaking into the Indian market. Solutions put forward included reducing the time span in acquiring visas for Indian nationals seeking to work in Ireland, enhancing connectivity and networking opportunities in India using the resources of the IIBA and its sister organisation in India, and working with State agencies to assess the possibility of organising trade missions between the two countries.

IIBA chairman Liam Lynch summing up the actions emanating from the meeting said: “India now ranks 37th in the world for the ease of doing business with and it has very advanced networks,

however, key challenges for Irish companies looking to expand to India are breaking into the market and finding the right partners. Increasing the awareness of brand Ireland in India, and collaboration and exchanges are the way forward and the IIBA will do everything in its power to move this agenda forward.”

Michelle Aylward, chief executive, County Tipperary Chamber, speaking on behalf

of Tipperary and Shannon Chambers said that both Chambers, while noting the key actions emanating from the meeting, will focus particularly on asking Government to address the issue and concerns raised regarding the issuing of visas.

“We are particularly concerned about the long processing time in issuing visas, the paperwork involved, and the high cost of visas. Many companies

within our networks have stated that the work permit and visa process combined is extremely cumbersome and inefficient, adding significantly to companies’ talent acquisition costs. That will be our priority action from this meeting in the weeks ahead.”

The IIBA and the Chambers in Tipperary and Shannon plan further collaborative undertakings of this nature during 2023.

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Shannon Chamber president Eoin Gavin (third left front) pictured with the visiting delegation from the Irish India Business Association. The meeting was attended by the Cathaoirligh of Clare (second left front) and Tipperary (second right front) County Councils and by the chief executive of Tipperary Chamber, Michelle Aylward (third front right). Photograph by Eamon Ward
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Pride of Place Award for Cahir

The Twentieth annual running of the Pride of Place Awards took place in the Burlington Hotel, Dublin last weekend in front of an audience of 500 hopefuls trying to secure silverware for their community.

Pride of Place celebrates the extraordinary work carried out by communities all over the 32 counties in various categories that have been nominated by their council and Cahir Tidy Towns and Tipperary Men’s Shed had been shortlisted for the final night. The ethos of the awards is about acknowledging and recognising in a meaningful manner the important fantastic work of communities.

One such entrant was Cahir Tidy Towns in the towns under 5000 population category and following a comprehensive application aided with council tuition from Marie Cox and a lengthy interview process the group were travelling with high hopes.

Tidy Towns activist and local Councillor Andy Moloney explained that everything and anything that goes on in the area was judged and the adjudicator

went back as far as 1991 when Cahir was first by-passed to the current day to decide on the outcome.

In recent years the Enterprise Towns awards, Social Inclusion, Green Flags, new walks and tree planting on top of the plans with the RRDF funding for further improvements helped the group to achieve a runner up trophy and €500 cheque on the night. The CEO of Tipperary county council Cllr Joe McGrath and County Chairman Rodger Kennedy were also on hand to hail the victory.

Cahir has made great strides in recent years and this is down to every man, woman and child who continue to promote the area in whatever way they can. Whether it’s by providing top class sporting facilities, schools, the many festivals, hospitality, Irish music and culture, tourist attractions etc., it is all part of the adjudication process.

Credit must also go to those who may no longer be with us and have kept the flag flying over the years and Cllr Moloney points out that Tidy Towns started in Cahir in 1959 and while it may not have

Local link extension

Cllr Andy Moloney has announced that the local link bus extension has now been granted for 2 days a week on Tuesdays and Fridays from Ardfinnan, Clogheen, Ballylooby & Cahir leaving at approx 9.30am and returning at 1pm. This is a breakthrough and while it is not a full service or ideal times to suit it is a start and will be judged on its usage on a monthly basis. Moloney said “we need to get the word out that local link provides this service and you need to be registered with them and give 24 hours notice of booking to avail of the service. At the moment people are getting a bus from these

Cahir Social and Historical Society

The Society hosted its second lecture of the year in Cahir House Hotel on Thursday, February 2, 2023. Once again a great crowd turned up to hear to the lecture that started at 8pm. Aoife Nic Giolla Coda, Chairperson of South Tipperary Beekeepers Association was Cahir Historical Societies Speaker on the night. Aoife gave a talk titled ‘The Honeybee and the Environment’ that was most interesting and delivered lots of insights into Bee Keeping and how it affects the environment. We look forward to the next one!

The Society reminds all that Annual Membership subscriptions are still available at €20.

been to the scale it is now, it was nevertheless started and kept going over the years by many who cared enough for the town and this award is for them also.

With €13m being pumped into the town in the coming years with the aim of increasing footfall and retail, it was all taken into account and Cahir is up to the challenge. While Moloney accepted the trophy, he said all credit must go to those at home and with the likes of Swiss Cottage, Cahir Castle, the Galtees, The Vee and Mitchelstown Caves on our doorstep we can look forward to Cahir being a major destination town in the coming years. Cllr Moloney congratulated the Tipperary Men’s Shed who won in their category on the night also and thanked Tipperary County Council for the nomination and Marie Cox in particular for her support and also thanked Cahir Development Association for the assistance in PowerPoint presentations and their input on the day. While many went home on the night without any award, on this occasion Cahir Tidy Towns were in the mix of winners.

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Garda Districts Annual Senior Citizens Party

Cahir Community Gardai would like to thank all who attended to celebrate the Cahir Garda Districts Annual Senior Citizens Party last Friday evening. The organisers were overwhelmed with the support & it was a great evening for everyone.

The night began with a “changing of the Garda” as Superintendent Kieran Ruane of Cahir Garda District opened the event and welcomed everyone.

Superintendent Ruane had only just transferred to the Cahir District last week and received a very warm welcome!

The Cahir Men’s Shed started the entertainment off which was followed by dancers from the McGrath School of Dancing, Transition Year Students from Coláiste Dun Iascaigh who performed songs from their

recent show ‘Annie’ and finally Superintendent Edmund Golden entertained us all. While Superintendent Golden has now transferred to the Thurles District, he’ll surely be back in Cahir for next year’s event in 2024?!

Special thanks go to all who

helped on the night as well as the preparation beforehand especially the Coláiste Transition Year Students, members of the Seventh Tipperary Scout Group, Cahir Fire Service, Clonmel Civil Defence & the staff of Cahir House Hotel. We hope to see you all again in 2024.


villages to either Mitchelstown or Clonmel just to get to Cahir and this vital link will help immensely but it will need to be used if it’s to be maintained in the long term.”

Cllr Moloney had asked for this important link so that people could get to the social welfare offices in Cahir and it’s important to know that whoever would like to use this service has registered with local link as you need to ring to book your seat a day or 2 before you travel. This service accepts the free travel pass. The local link number is 052-6166140 or e mail and intending passengers should register their interest.

Cahir Ladies Gaelic Football Club

Last Saturday evening Cahir Ladies Gaelic Football Clubs under 19s and 14s players were presented with their championship medals at an event in Cahir House Hotel.

Cahir Ladies Gaelic Football Clubs is very grateful to Special Guest Waterford Ladies Footballer Michelle Ryan for taking the time to come along to present the players with their medals on the night. The Club is very proud of each of the girls. Michelle spoke on the night about the great memories she has and said that football the girls will make great memories themselves along with great friends they will have that forever. The club thanks everyone who came to support the girls and the management teams too.

At our Meeting on Wednesday February 1 the Speaker gave valuable information on applying for Social Welfare Payments and any extra allowances. Art Classes commenced last week with Petronella and will continue for six weeks. The Exercise /Yoga class is in the McAuley Room at 1.30pm on Tuesdays and the Cookery Class started in the ETB Rooms on February 2. All classes are free to participants and funded by ETB. For further details call our Secretary on 086 0507545. Our Spring Lunch is the next social outing. We look forward to meeting you all.

Cahir River Search

and Rescue

The non profit organisation of Cahir River Search & Rescue is holding an E.G.M in Cahir House Hotel on Thursday February 16 at 7.30pm.

Cahir Ladies Gaelic Football


Last Saturday evening Cahir Ladies Gaelic Football Clubs under 19s and 14s players were presented with their championship medals at an event in Cahir House Hotel.

Cahir Ladies Gaelic Football Clubs is very grateful to Special Guest Waterford Ladies Footballer Michelle Ryan for taking the time to come along to present the players with their medals on the night. The Club is very proud of each of the girls. Michelle spoke on the night about the great memories she has and said that football the girls will make great memories themselves along with great friends they will have that forever. The club thanks everyone who came to support the girls and the management teams too.

There was shock and disappointment last weekend when Eddie Lonergan announced his decision to retire as secretary of Cahir GAA Club after 41 years of dedicated service as secretary of the Club. Eddie has served with 12 different Chairmen since he took over as Secretary in 1981. John Casey was Chairman in 1981, followed by Jerry Tarrand in 1982, Mossie Hyland in 1983 and 84, Michael Costello 1985 to 87, John Casey 1988 to 1990, Dan Costrigan 1991 to 93, John G O’Donnell 1994 to 96, Pakie Hyland 1997 to 2004, Denny Whelan 2005 to 07, Larry Molan 2008 to 2010, John O’Connor 2011 to 2016, Pat O’Brien 2017 to 2019 and Larry Queeney 2020 to 2023 and everyone of them was full of praise for the dedication and efficient way that Eddie carried out his role. As a player, Eddie played mainly as a back and won a County under 15 football Championship in 1967 when Cahir defeated Kilruane McDonagh’s in the final in Semple Stadium. This success was followed in 1969 by a South under 17 championship victory. Eddie was corner back on the Cahir football team that won the inaugural intermediate championship in 1979 and the Senior Football league in 1980. Football was Eddie’s first love but he always trained with the hurlers and played in goal in many Cahir hurling teams.

Eddie’s first role in Club administration was in 1973 when he took on the role of treasurer, and in 1981, he was elected secretary of Cahir GAA, a position he held until today, 41 years later. His attention to detail and record keeping was second to none, and his annual secretary’s reports presented in booklet form give a detailed and comprehensive account of all Club activities and are kept by many as collector’s items. Eddie also acted as co-ordinator for the

County Board draw and the Club’s draw the Joker. Eddie attended every training session and often had to attend training in Duneske GAA field before transferring to the main GAA field for another teams training session. Eddie rarely missed a match in the park and he was always first there and last to leave to ensure everything was in order. Eddie has overseen huge changes in the club from the days we were togging out in the boots of our cars. The first two dressing rooms were completed in the late 1970s followed by the new dressing rooms in 2005, the erection of the stand, the purchase and development of our Duneske GAA field, the provision of lighting and enclosure of that field, followed by the development of the main field with an all-weather pitch and the full enclosure of the main field. He has been a constant presence ensuring everything is recorded and all work is done properly.

In 1987, Eddie took on the role of Secretary of the County football Board and gave 23 years’ service to football within the County. Here also Eddie displayed his skill at record keeping and his annual reports were always of

the highest standard. During this period, Tipperary enjoyed many successes, Munster final appearances, All Ireland B success, Munster under 21 winners and especially the Tommy Murphy Cup winners in 2005 and the resultant trip to New York which Eddie really enjoyed. The Club is grateful to Eddie and his family, particularly his mother Margaret for all the work she did for the Club over those years. There were no mobile phones back in 1981, and Margaret was always busy taking phone calls and messages when Eddie was out. She has washed and ironed thousands of jerseys for the Club over the years and always had them folded, packed and ready for the next game. The Club is grateful to Eddie and his family for the office they have provided in their house over the last 41 years and it’s still a hive of activity with people dropping off County Draw tickets, joker tickets, collecting jerseys and balls or just dropping in for a chat with Eddie who is always available. We wish Eddie many more years of happy involvement in Cahir GAA Club and hope to see him at all the games just like he has done for the last 50 years.

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Mary Ahern, Pat Lambert & Chris Carrigan from Ardfinnan enjoying the Cahir Garda Districts Annual Senior Citizens Party Eddie Lonergan on his last day as Cahir GAA Secretary with Chairman Larry Queeney

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Tipperary Men’s Shed wins at all-Ireland community awards

Tipperary Men’s Shed lifted a major prize at the prestigious Pride of Place community awards in Dublin on Saturday evening (January 21).

The group claimed a Judges Special Award at the gala ceremony held in the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road, with judges praising the members’ impact.

“The men’s shed is making a big impact on the people who benefit from their work. They are involved in a huge range of activities that affects the whole town.”

The awards, hosted by RTE’s Marty Whelan, took place in in front of 400 community volunteers from across the island.

Sponsored by IPB Insurance, the Pride of Place competition was initiated 20 years ago though a Co-operation Ireland programme to acknowledge the invaluable work undertaken by volunteers and those involved in local community development.

It has grown into the largest

Arravale Rovers

2022 was a great year for our U15s winning the West hurling and football titles.

Football began back at the end of March when the boys were unbeaten. They played Cappawhite Gaels, Rockwell and Cashel. They went on to beat Ballina in the county semi and played in the county final against Dúrlas Óg.

The hurling began in July with another strong campaign. With the bare minimum separating them and Cashel at the group

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competition recognising community development achievements on the island of Ireland.

President Michael D. Higgins, who is Joint Patron of Cooperation Ireland, said the awards played an important role.

“The Pride of Place awards are a most important initiative, reminding us that creating societies that are ethical and inclusive is a task for all of our citizens, of all ages and circumstances.”

Pride of Place founder and Chairman Tom Dowling said, “It is 20 amazing years since the very first awards ceremony and the ethos of the awards has never changed. It continues to be about acknowledging and recognising in a meaningful manner the important caring work of all our communities as they continue their daily journey of making the path of life easier for all.”

Dr Christopher Moran, Chairman of Co-operation Ireland said, “Co-operation

stage, Arravale went on to beat Cashel in the final in late September.

In a celebration in the Abbey the boys were presented with their medals by this years Tipperary senior hurling captain Noel McGrath. A special word of thanks to the boys mentors Eddie Moroney, Matthew Moroney, Conal Donovan, Stephen Ryan, Johnny Ryan and Brian Jones. Well done lads, here’s to plenty more hurling and football in 2023!

Ireland has no other programme that embodies the charity’s ethos better than Pride of Place.

“We work to build relationships across the island and Pride of Place plays a critical role in that work. The impact the awards have had in towns and villages across the island since they started 20 years ago cannot be underestimated, and the continuing success of the awards is down to the dedicated volunteers and their love of where

they live.

George Jones Chairman, IPB Insurance said, “On behalf of our local authority members we are proud to be associated with the Pride of Place awards as title sponsors. This competition provides a fitting platform to recognise the great strides volunteers across the island of Ireland are making in building more sustainable and liveable communities.”

Gaelscoile Tipperary

Tickets for Tipperary Musical Society’s highly anticipated production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame are now on sale.

With music by Alan Menken (Disney’s Beauty & The Beast, Sister Act, A Christmas Carol) and Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, The Prince of Egypt), this Disney spectacular will be a first for Tipperary Town, and one of the first in Ireland.

Based on the novel by Victor Hugo, with songs from the Disney animated feature, The Hunchback of Notre Dame showcases the film’s Academy Award-nominated score, as well as new songs by Menken and Schwartz. Peter Parnell’s new book embraces story theatre and features verbatim passages from Hugo’s gothic tale. The musical begins as the bells of Notre Dame sound throughout the famed cathedral in fifteenthcentury Paris. Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer who longs to be “Out There”, observes all of Paris celebrating the annual Feast of Fools festival. Held captive by his devious caretaker, the archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo, he escapes for the day and joins the boisterous crowd, only to be treated cruelly by all, but

the beautiful gypsy, Esmeralda. Quasimodo isn’t the only one captivated by her free spirit, though – the handsome Captain Phoebus and Frollo are equally enthralled. As the three vie for her attention, Frollo embarks on a mission to destroy the gypsies –and it’s up to Quasimodo to save them.

A sweeping score and powerful story make The Hunchback of Notre Dame an instant classic. Tipperary audiences will be swept away by the magic of this truly unforgettable musical. Paul Norton returns to Tipperary to direct the Disney classic after making his debut with TMS last year for the hugely successful Fiddler on the Roof. Stephanie Browne and Mary Rose McNally also make a welcome return to the society resuming their roles as choreographer and musical director respectively.

The show will open on Monday 13th of February and run for 6 nights only, closing on Saturday February 18th.

Tickets can be booked by calling into The Tipperary Excel Centre or over the phone on 062-80520 or online www.Tipperaryexcel. com

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Quiet Quitting

Quiet quitting is a phenomenon that has been talked about for months now, the term refers to doing the minimum requirements of one’s job and putting in no more time, effort, or enthusiasm than necessary. It doesn’t necessarily mean people are not doing their job, it is referring more to the fact that they are not going above and beyond.

While the definition represents different things to different people, “quiet quitting” is little about quitting. It has been described as carrying out only the tasks that are stated in your job description, for others it is more about work life balance. One could argue it is about having healthy boundaries, respecting that office hours are office hours and anything after that or before it is your time, not to be interrupted by work.

The timing of “quiet quitting”, post pandemic is no coincidence. Covid was the ultimate reset – covid was the moment that people started asking big questions “What do I want for my life?” Do I want to continue working the way I have? Or do I want something different? Do I want to enjoy my fami-

ly? Do I want to be able to enjoy my life? The realisation that life is so fleeting and so short, naturally makes people reassess and prioritise. It seems that quiet quitting fits into the great resignation story.

The term coined as ‘The Great Resignation’ is a trend that describes record numbers of people leaving their jobs after the COVID-19 pandemic. Those leaving appear to be workers in privileged positions, resignation rates are highest among mid-career employees, the same demographic that are speaking the loudest about quiet quitting. A recent Gallup poll found that the largest group of workers reporting being “not engaged” are those born after 1989.

The core energy behind quiet quitting is coming from knowledge workers who are members of Generation Z (born between 1997 and 2012). This generation is focused on making sure they have a good work life balance as well as mission driven work. They are not afraid to be honest about not doing the work that they are paid to do, if it is after hours, then it can wait.

A walk on the wildside Grey Heron with Rupert Butler

Just as dusk starts to shroud the surrounds of a large bird suddenly appears out of the gloom, croaking harshly as it beats its way to some distant roost. There is something prehistoric about herons when seen and heard at this time of day that would give you the shivers if you didn’t know.

Most of you will know them as they sit motionless by some watery retreat waiting patiently for some unsuspecting fish or amphibian to come within range of that spear-like beak. I have always been amazed by their patience whilst fishing, I for one would be gone home long since. Although fish and amphibians comprise the majority of their diet they are not adverse to taking young mammals or birds when the opportunity arises. Often I have spotted them plucking young ducklings from the water whilst seemingly oblivious to their mother’s demonstrations.

They nest high above, a large ungainly platform

which I doubt would pass any health and safety audit. Sometimes several pairs or more will nest together forming heronries. Although solitary by nature they become very gregarious at this time of year.

It often amazes me how they will find the smallest body of water, even small ornamental ponds in people’s gardens in which to fish. It doesn’t endear them to the occupants, especially if fish have been added at considerable expense.

In Irish mythology the screeching of herons was seen as an omen that bad weather was on the way. Also if a heron flew up-river it was also a sign that conditions were on the point of deteriorating, whereas if it flew with the river then calmer conditions were on the way. Whatever way it flies if you happen to spy it as dusk starts to fall there is something sinister about it, especially when accompanied by those harsh croaking tones.

It seems that quiet quitting is more about people sticking to only working during work hours, not answering emails, calls or DMs after hours so you could argue, bosses who are getting angry about quiet quitting are essentially getting angry that they are not getting free labour. Workers are creating healthy boundaries by doing the work they are assigned to do and not subjectively taking on new responsibility without an incentive. Perhaps by working this way companies will adapt cultures where people are rewarded for carrying out additional tasks. Some argue that the quiet quitting term comes from an overwhelming anxiety that management are losing control of the workforce. As a result of Covid many companies began to work remotely overnight, today some still are, others have adapted a hybrid approach. But there is a concept that bosses know that without a physical office it is very difficult to maintain control and get people to do more than what they are paid to do.

Listening to and reading about quiet quitting has been fun, interesting, a little confusing, contradicting and illusive but the truth is if your staff turn up every day, do exactly what you ask of them, but don’t go above and beyond, they are still working! It is just that simple. If employers expect or want their workers to go above and beyond perhaps sit down with your staff redefine and collaborate new tasks, new responsibilities new expectations – some call it a promotion and with that comes additional pay and benefits.

Some people will always be driven by ambition, enjoyment, perfectionism or insecurity to do more than is asked of them, but if you expect everyone to do that, by definition it isn’t “above and beyond” any more. I am going to be exploring this topic is greater detail on my Instagram page

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Overwhelming response to Christmas Food Appeal

St Nicholas/St Mollerans Conference Svp in conjunction with the local Secondary and Primary Schools ran their annual food hampers appeal which provided 100 hampers delivered to the elderly and families in our community. This year the Conference wrote to all the schools in the locality to ask if they could come up with some ideas on raising funds for the occasion? As the students and teachers are best placed for ideas on raising funds, such

things as a non uniform day, a quiz/question time, and raffle were put forward. The response has been overwhelming with over €5,000 raised by the Secondary and Primary Schools. This money collected was used to provide over 100 food hampers and food vouchers and fuel to the needy in our community. The Hampers were supplied and distributed by Supervalu, Carrick-on-Suir and the President of the Conference, Michael Lonergan thanked the

principals, teachers and students in all the schools and parents who took part in the campaign and congratulated them on the magnificent effort in raising funds to help those less fortunate in our community.

2022 has been a very difficult year that we might all prefer to forget but the effort and initiative shown by our young people in our schools has to be commended and we in the Conference are very grateful for all their hard work and support.

1st year students made wooden reindeers, the proceeds which were presented to St. Nicholas and Mollerans Conference of St. Vincent de Paul. L/r, Michael Lonergan, President, SVdP, Marian Grace, Treasurer, SVdP, Muireann Crowley and Caoimhe O’Connell, both students at Scoil Mhuire and Mona Killeen SVdP.

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Crehana Primary School. Front l/r, Cullin, Bea, Brooke, Doireann and Sophie. Back l/r, Ms Curry, Bridget Fitzpatrick, SVdP, John Connolly, SVdP, Breda Hanrahan, school secretary, Mrs Foster, Deputy Principal, Tilly O’Donnell, SVdP. St Marys CBS Primary School. L/r, Denis Cotter, Principal, Tilly O’Donnell, SVdP, pupils Jack and Charlie, Bridget Fitzpatrick, SVdP, and John Connolly, SVdP. Comeragh College. L/r, Aoife Walpole, Bridget Fitzpatrick, SVdP; Roisin Burke, Karol Obigor, Roisin Flynn, John Connolly, SVdP, Jessica Moroney, Jodie Carroll, Terry Lonergan, Tilly O’Donnell, SVdP, Michael Lonergan President, SVdP and Anne Cleere. ERSS Edmund Rice Secondary School. Front l/r, John Connolly, SVdP, Ms Linda Barry, Deputy Principal, Ms Majella Gleeson, Principal, Transitional year students and 5th year young SVdP members; 1st year students representing the 1st year choir along with student council representatives, Bridget Fitzpatrick, SVdP and Mr. Guilfoyle. Scoil Mhuire Ballyneale Primary School. L/r, Cathal Dooley, Principal, Bridget Fitzpatrick, SVdP, John Connolly, SVdP and students. Newtown Primary School. Front l/r, Pupils: Tadgh, Aaron, Katlyn, Michael, Michaela and Finlay. Back l/r, Miss Cahill, John Connolly, SVdP; Bridget Fitzpatrick, SVdP. Scoil Mhuire, Greenhill. Seated l/r, Molly Brawders and Filka Sandova. Standing l/r, Sarah Kelly, Sarah McCoy, Nyah Ahearne, Michael Lonergan, President SVdP, Jessica Cullen, Mary O Keeffe, Principal, Madison McGrath, Ruby Prout, Bridget Fitzpatrick, SVdP; Tilly O’Donnell SVdP, John Connolly, SVdP. Presentation Primary School. Pat Robinson, Principal, Bridget Fitzpatrick, SVdP, pupils, Billy, Alice, Dante and Harry, and John Connolly, SVdP.
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New Suckler Scheme Must be Accessible for All Farmers

IFA Livestock Chairman Brendan Golden said the Terms and Conditions of the new Suckler Carbon Efficiency Programme (SCEP) must not be prohibitive for suckler farmers.

He said the scheme is a vital income support for suckler farmers at €150/cow for the first 10 cows and €120/cow for all remaining cows on the farm.

Brendan Golden met with senior Department of Agriculture officials earlier this week in advance of the Terms and Conditions for the scheme being finalised.

He highlighted a number of issues that must be taken into account before the scheme opens in mid-March.

“IFA has objected from the outset to the compulsory requirement for farms to be in the Bord Bia QA for the scheme. He said Quality Assurance is a market requirement and must be rewarded from the market place. It’s neither appropriate nor acceptable that suckler farmers will be forced to become Bord Bia

Quality Assured in order to be eligible.

SCEP is due to open in midMarch and all eligibility criteria can only apply from that date. Actions or decisions taken by suckler farmers on their farms prior to this date cannot impact on payment levels or eligibility for the scheme.

Brendan Golden was referring particularly to the star ratings requirement of calves born on farms this year. “Farmers made these breeding decisions long before any CAP Strategic plans were finalised or accepted by the Commission and before any scheme Terms and Conditions were available. Therefore, this cannot be used as a mechanism to reduce payments or determine eligibility for farmers in the scheme,” he said.

He also identified the high level of ambition set out in the Strategic Plans document for the measures in the scheme and said farmers must be provided with maximum flexibility in reaching these targets for genotyping;

calves born from 4 and 5 star bulls; and the numbers of 4 or 5 star rated cows on the farm.

“The genotyping requirement must allow farmers sample calves at the time of tagging to address the issues experienced with this aspect of the BDGP and provide for a more efficient sampling process on farms,” he said.

He said generational renewal is a major challenge on suckler and beef farms and it is critical this scheme provides maximum flexibility to new entrants to suckler farming in establishing reference numbers for scheme payments.

Brendan Golden said new entrants must be provided with a rolling reference year to allow for the herd to be built up while participating in the scheme.

He said the objective in developing the Terms and Conditions for this scheme must be to facilitate the maximum number of farmer participants by ensuring the criteria is practical, deliverable on farm and does not involve unnecessary bureaucracy.

Review Needed of Application Terms for Energy Supply Scheme

The terms attached to the Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme (TBESS) need to be reviewed, according to IFA National Farm Business Chair Rose Mary McDonagh.

Ms McDonagh said “as part of Budget 2023, TBESS was introduced to support businesses in dealing with increases in their energy costs between last September and next month, in

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“At our AGM earlier this week, the Taoiseach mentioned in his speech that there has been a low uptake

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their energy costs. Secondly, the requirement to return each billing period separately is proving very costly with some farmers and small businesses reporting that the cost to get their accountant to make each return is more than what the relief will be.

“I am asking the Government to look at this scheme again to simplify it to achieve its objective of supporting farmers and other

businesses in meeting higher energy bills. An average energy price for 2021 in comparison to 2022 should be sufficient. We are also suggesting one return to cover the billing period,” she said. The Farm Business chair concluded, “given the difficulties relating to this scheme, at a minimum we need an extension to the current scheme deadline of next Tuesday to allow more time to submit applications”.

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Pictures -The Premier Flashback with Joe Kenny: 1988

The Purple Armageddon, who were finalists in the Borderline/HMV band of 1988 competition, and gave a recital in Beatties Lounge, Gladstone Street, Clonmel on Friday, March 18, 1988. The local band was one of the six finalists in the competition. The band members are Dermot (Bass), Tom ‘Tod’ O’Donnell (Keyboards and Vocals), Mike (Guitar) and Keith Grimson (Drums). Dermot and Mike were previous members of a local Rock band called ‘Ice’.

Some of the local hurling supporters that turned out on Friday, September 16, 1988, when C.J. Kickham’s GAA Club, organised a public open-air presentation to John Leahy to mark the honour which he brought to his club and parish during 1988 by his deeds on the hurling field with Mullinahone and Tipperary. The presentation to Mullinahone’s 1988 hurling captain had been arranged also to coincide with John’s 19th birthday.

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Photographed at the C.J. Kickham’s open-air celebration for John Leahy held in Mullinahone on Friday, September 16, 1988, are L to R: Hugh Madden, Pat Egan, Billy Horan and Larry Madden. Boys and girls photographed after receiving their First Holy Communion at St Lawrence Church, Fourmilewater, Ballymacarbry, on May 29, 1988. Pictured on the opening night of Kickham Country Weekend in Mullinahone on Friday, August 12, 1988, are L to R: Marcus De Burca, Eddie Dalton (chairman Tipperary Historical Society), and Pat Keating. Photographed at the official opening of the Avonmore Home & Farm shop in Fethard on February 27, 1988, are L to R: Pat Kirby (manager), Cllr John Holohan, Deputy Noel Davern, Teachta Dála (TD) and Deputy Brendan Griffin, Teachta Dála (TD).

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Members of Kilcash Foróige Club photographed at the Regional Achievements Day held in the Country Club Ballroom, Fethard in June, 1988. Members of F-Troop Foróige Club from Carrick-on-Suir photographed at the Regional Achievements Day held in the Country Club Ballroom, Fethard in June, 1988. Matty Tynan (front centre) photographed with his election team that helped him win the ‘Mayor of Fethard’ competition run in conjunction with Fethard Festival on July 3, 1988. Matty is pictured holding a hurley that was autographed by the Tipperary hurling team, which he raffled as part of his campaign. Back L to R: Mary Tynan, Maura Tynan, Mr and Mrs Tim Shanley, Catherine Meaney and Michael Tynan. Members of Coolquill Athletic Club, established 1945, photographed with their coaches in September 1988 at their clubhouse, which is situated between Killenaule and Ballingarry. The newly formed Fethard Camogie team who played a challenge match against Gortnahoe as part of Fethard Festival held on Saturday, July 2, 1988. Pictured with the team is Tossy Lawton who started the club and was a former player with St. Rita’s Camogie team in the 1960s Gortnahoe Camogie team who played a challenge match with the newly formed Fethard Camogie team at Fethard Festival held on Saturday, July 2, 1988


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What our TDs are saying

Leo Varadkar must ‘come clean’ about heartless role in denying funds of illegally-charged nursing home fees to patients – The Rural TDs

and reveal the facts publicly immediately, according to the Rural Independent TDs.

The Leader of the Rural independent Group of TDs, Deputy Mattie Mc Grath, has today stated:

who suffered extreme financial hardship because of consecutive Health Ministers’ actions, must be told the truth.”

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and other cabinet ministers, who were allegedly conniving in a disgusting legal strategy to reduce refunds of illegal nursing home charges, must be honest

“The Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, has serious questions to answer about his personal involvement –while Health Minister - into the secret nursing home changing scandal, designed to subvert the natural justice rights of citizens. The reported over 300,000 vulnerable elderly residents directly impacted, many of whom have since passed away, and their respective families,

“Yesterday and again today in the Dail, the Taoiseach failed to provide any clarity into his personal involvement with this deceptively cold and calculated deal. We need to know if the Taoiseach and other cabinet and former ministers were fully aware of the exact operational workings of this deceptive strategy, which was overly callous to the country’s most vulnerable elderly citizens.”

“Depriving those affected of their legal entitlement to full reimbursement is heartless and

cruel. Failure to now come clean and deny those families the truth is abhorrent and sinister, especially as this heartless legal strategy needed the approval of the serving Health Minister at the time. We need to know if Leo Varadkar and other serving ministers in the current cabinet agreed to extending this deceitful practice. Clearly, the Taoiseach’s explanation of his involvement in this cruel scandal is not credible.”

“Any attempt by Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and the Green Party to remove the ‘heat’ from this diabolical scandal, by kicking it onto the Attorney General, is

completely unacceptable.”

“This disgusting issue has been swept under the carpet for far too long. The public must be provided with transparency, openness and accountability. That is why the Rural Independent group is demanding an emergency Dail debate on this matter, so that the public and impacted families can be given the truth behind these astonishing revelations.”

“Equally, the Tánaiste Micheál Martin’s denial of possessing any knowledge of a strategy to deny refunds of illegally charged nursing home fees to patients by the State, when he was Health Minister between 2000 and 2004,

lacks credibility.”

“The government cannot spin, duck or hide on this scandalous issue for the deliberate purpose of protecting current cabinet ministers. A deliberate strategy to deceive families who were overcharged for nursing home care from the 1970s until late 2000s is rotten. Those who approved such a deal must be held accountable.”

“It is no longer tenable for this government to continue ignoring scandal after scandal, or crisis after crisis, as if it is somehow normal or like another day in office,” concluded Deputy Mc Grath.

We need mental health services that empower our children and young people to fulfil their potential - Browne

fully staffed and provide support when and where they are needed.

The proposals, introduced by Sinn Féin spokesperson on Mental Health, Mark Ward TD, and spokesperson on Health, David Cullinane TD, will be debated in the Dáil on Tuesday.

Teachta Browne said:

Tipperary Sinn Féin TD Martin Browne has called for cross-party support for their party’s proposals that would ensure mental health services for children and young people are properly resourced,

“Scandals in our CAMHS were laid bare once more last week, and the government needs to act urgently to ensure that we have services that are fit for purpose for our children and young people. The current services are not, and there are serious concerns and risks for patients currently accessing CAMHS.

“In Tipperary, I am aware of in-

Lowry during Dail Statements on the matter on Thursday.

Addressing the recent revelation in the Interim Report on CAMHS, he says ‘Like all the damning reports on the failings in our Health Services, this Interim Report on Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services struck an alarming cord.

‘In the Mid-West we have 116 children on a waiting list for assessment for over 1 year. Many of these children are from North Tipperary.

‘We have a nation of people who can clearly see the abysmal state of our Health Services. When we thought things couldn’t get any worse, out pops this disturbing report on CAMHS’ says Deputy

‘This failure affects our children and young people. Our vulnerable and voiceless citizens. It is a disgrace, an abomination and a scandal. It is heartbreaking to learn that so many young people have been utterly failed.

‘People are angry. They are disgusted. Above all else, they are

Local TD Jackie Cahill believes that the Templemore Garda College pitches should be made available to the local community sports groups in the town. The pitches have not been used at the Garda College for a number of years, although they continue to be maintained by the OPW, and according to Deputy Cahill, they are in very good condition.

Deputy Cahill believes that publicly owned infrastructure, such as the pitches at the Garda College,

stances in which young people have been discharged with little or no support until their next meeting with CAMHS. That has meant for some young people that they were without advice for up to 3 months.

“Where the government has failed, Sinn Féin wants to offer solutions.

“Our spokesperson on Mental Health, Mark Ward, and spokesperson on Health, David Cullinane, would reform mental health services to ensure that they are properly resourced and fully staffed.

“Early intervention is key - all children and young people deserve the opportunity to reach

their potential. Children and young people must have access to mental services when and where they need them.

“Services should be extended to 25 to prevent ‘cliff edge’ of 18. The majority of acute long-term mental health difficulties develop between ages of 16 and 25.

“We are calling for multi-annual funding for CAMHS to be able to operate and forward-plan, to be able to properly staff teams, and we are calling for integrated IT system to improve quality of care

“We want accountability in mental health services and so are calling for a national clinical director for mental health, a role that was removed in 2016.

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frightened. The mental health of our children and adolescents has been compromised. The questions on everyone’s lips is ‘how is it possible that so many cases within the CAMHS system were simply lost. How is it possible that cases were not followed through once a child reached 18 years of age.

‘How were young people left taking antipsychotic medication indefinitely without the required monitoring that is essential to their well-being.

‘These are not isolated incidents.

The fact that it happened in four out of our five CHO’s makes this a national scandal of the highest order.

‘This lack of follow up has left some families without a review appointment or advice about their child’s care while on medication.

should be made available to local groups, particularly when they are left idle.

Speaking this week, the Fianna Fáil TD said: “It is my understanding that the Garda College in Templemore currently does not have teams in third level competitions, but the five local sports groups looking to gain access to the pitches would be willing to come to an arrangement whereby the Garda teams could access the pitches at any time.

‘These practices have grave repercussions for a child’s physical and mental health. It cannot and should not be tolerated.

‘It is evident from the report that there are serious deficiencies in leadership, management and integration structures which must be urgently addressed. There is a massive problem with staffing deficits. The CAMHS Interim Report points to stress and burnout in a significant number of team members.

‘There is insufficient staff to provide a safe level of care across the vast majority of health care services. Thousands of staff have fled the Irish Healthcare Service. Excessive demands are being placed on remaining and existing healthcare staff. They are overwhelmed and simply cannot cope.

“JK Brackens GAA, Templemore Camogie Club, Templemore Ladies Football Club, BT Harps Soccer Club and Templemore Athletic Club have all individually been given access to the pitches over many years but this practice has now ceased, leaving the clubs with a lack of space. I am pleased to support a formal arrangement being placed before the Garda College and OPW, that would see these group again being granted access to the pitches in Templemore.

“Sinn Féin wants to empower CAMHS to be able to respond to issues raised in the Mental Health Commission’s interim report.

“The report did not come as a shock to any family who has experience of accessing CAMHS. They know too well that this government has been failing young people as waiting lists have dramatically increased under their watch.

“We must introduce national standards for monitoring antipsychotic medication.

“We must develop a joined-up and comprehensive health and social care workforce strategy to increase education places and training opportunities between

‘A vital health service cannot run successfully unless there is sufficient manpower in place to keep the wheels turning. Until we succeed in retaining and recruiting staff, we will not see improvements in our health services. Providing extra capacity and additional services is absolutely necessary but a wasted exercise if there are not sufficient people to allow them function.

Since, this damning Interim Report was made public, the Minister has said that the HSE is seeking to appoint a National Clinical Lead for Youth Mental Health, which will bring consistency to how teams across the State are regulated.

‘I also welcome the recruitment of an Assistant National Director to ensure the kind of integration that the Interim Report has highlighted is put in place.

“Public amenities and facilities such as these have been developed using taxpayers’ money and they belong to the state. As such, this should be reflected by granting local groups access to these facilities, so that the public might benefit from them.

“The potential to further utilise the Templemore Garda College sports pitches is very promising. I hope that we will see cooperation from the Garda College and OPW in relation to this matter and I will continue to work with all to see

the Departments of Health and Higher Education, the HSE, Regional Health Areas/Hospital Groups, and higher education institutions.

“We must increase undergraduate and post-graduate courses and training places for mental health professions based on evidence for required staffing levels and projected population needs to reduce reliance on overtime and international recruitment.

“Our mental health services are in crisis and we can do so much better.

“We owe it to our children and young people to deserve hope, solutions and mental health services that are fit for purpose.”

‘This will bring the provision of Mental Health Services in line with the way in which adult Mental Health Services are delivered. ‘While such announcements are welcome it is critical that they materialise as quickly as possible. Every action taken to address the dysfunction and anomalies is welcome.

‘However, we must also acknowledge that we are attempting to close the stable door after so much damage has been done to defenseless victims. It is certainly cold comfort to the children, adolescents and their families who have fallen victim to the recent malfunction of the service.

‘Minister together with all Members of this House, you have an obligation and duty to ensure effective action is implemented with urgency’

a mutually beneficial agreement being put in place”, Deputy Cahill concluded.

The Government TD is also continuing his work with the We Just Want To Swim campaign, and he is in contact with the Minister for Justice, Simon Harris TD in relation to the upcoming meeting between members of the campaign and the Minister in relation to access to the Garda College swimming pool for local schools and groups.

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“The potential to further utilise the Templemore Garda College sports pitches is very promising” – Jackie Cahill TD

Remembering Seanie

The loss of our beloved father Seanie O’Neill in early January brought us profound sadness but mixed with that grief were feelings of pride and gratitude that Fiona, Anne-Marie and I were blessed to have spent so many years of our lives with such a kind person and wonderful father.

Sean was born on February 12th 1940 with the given name of John Valentine O’Neill but in the Old Bridge he was simply known as Seanie or Seanie Néill to give him his full moniker. The Bridge was obviously a good spot for nicknames as he was later known as “Sceach” for correctly identifying a blackthorn bush up on Scrouthea. He was the eldest child of Paddy O’Neill and Maureen Nee Power, much loved parents to Seanie and his two brothers Tommy and Pa and later much loved grandparents to us. Seanie’s cousins and neighbours, The Lambes, also claimed Paddy and Maureen as grandparents, especially as Paddy was a great handyman who could fix anything but most importantly, he was a dab hand at building wooden go-carts for the kids to race down the hill.

The Bridge was a place renowned for it’s unique spirit, identity and neighbourliness in post war times and though our Dad was a reserved man he fondly recalled his days of youth playing skittles on the road, listening to fireside tales of the Banshee and how the community would hire a big bus once yearly for a day trip to the seaside in Clonea. This was the extent of Summer holidays in the 1940’s and 1950’s and for

many people it was their first time ever seeing the Atlantic Ocean. Seanie always remembered with amusement the words of one elderly lady on her first ever visit to the beach, “My God, did you ever see such water”, this always brought a chuckle to Dad. Seanie’s grandparents also lived on the Bridge and for a boy growing up during a period of rationing in Ireland, the second house afforded Dad the opportunity of an extra dinner from Mother Néill, something not to be sniffed at in those times. Incidentally, his grandmother lived for 99 years and 8 months, so near and yet so far.

Seanie joined the army in 1958 and was based in the Curragh Camp. Despite his reserved nature, we learnt that he qualified as a marksman in his time there and he did tell me that he developed a love for soccer playing in the right back position on the Army team. Dad was always an avid sports fan and one story always stood out to me from his time in the Curragh.

Waterford qualified for the All Ireland

Hurling Final of 1959 and as his mother was a Déise woman, Paddy and Maureen secured a lift to the match and they picked Seanie up in Kilcullen before travelling on to Croke Park. The match between Waterford and Kilkenny actually finished in a draw and the trio repeated the trip for the replay where Waterford emerged victorious, indeed the last time they lifted the Liam McCarthy Cup. Of course Dad was a staunch Tipperary fan and I fondly remember all the days we spent travelling to and from hurling matches in Pairc Ui Chaoimh, the Gaelic Grounds, Killarney, Thurles and Croke Park. I particularly recall the enjoyment of witnessing the All Ireland triumphs of 1989, 1991 and 2001 in his company.

Seanie returned to Clonmel in 1960 to train as a psychiatric nurse up in St. Luke’s Hospital. This turned out be his vocation and he dedicated the following 35 years to this profession before retiring in 1995. It was so uplifting for Fiona, Anne-Marie and I to see all the old work colleagues who turned up at Dad’s funeral, some coming from Laois, Kilkenny, Cork and other parts of Ireland. They had such nice things to say about Dad but the most common theme was that he was a “gentleman” who always carried out his duties with the utmost professionalism. We thank all those people for turning up and for telling us what Seanie meant to them. We remember with great fondness the wonderful social calendar that existed in St. Lukes throughout the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s from sporting competitions to the wonderful Hospital Ball which attracted

patrons from all over Clonmel and South Tipperary. Seanie spent many years on the organising committee for the dance and it is hard to believe now but for most of it’s existence, the dance actually took place in the hospital itself until the fire officer declared it unsafe in the 1980’s. Dad did say that the event lost some of it’s earlier charm when it was relocated from the hospital to the local hotel.

With St. Luke’s, Seanie also got to play more sport and in the late 1960’s, their Gaelic football team appeared in the South Final with the sprightly Seanie scoring 2-1 to help St. Luke’s win the title. I was talking to one of Dad’s old work colleagues at his reposal when after complimenting his nature and work ethic, he added “he was a handy corner forward as well”. I love the way many people, most of them male, rate a person’s sporting prowess up there with their personality traits.

The life story of Seanie would only ever be half complete without the introduction of a certain sweet little Bridie Green from O’Neill St. It was now the early 1960’s when after returning to Clonmel that Seanie set his sights on Bridie. She informed us later that this was not the first time that they had met and that a much younger Seanie had carried her books home from school when she was still in primary school. Of course, Bridie had then gone away at the tender age of 13 to become a nun, firstly based in Killorglin and later in Llantarnham Abbey in Wales. Thankfully, for us anyway, she returned just before Dad came back from the Curragh and Bridie’s life of celibacy was fully relinquished when they married in St. Mary’s

Church Clonmel on June 27th 1964. The reserved and understated Seanie had found his energetic dynamo that was our wonderful mother. There is no doubt that Bridie was the love of Dad’s life, he worshipped her and travelled the world loving every minute that he spent by her side.

The family way soon followed with Fiona arriving in 1965, AnneMarie in 1968 and thankfully some balance was restored to the family when I came on the scene in 1970. Seanie was a fantastic family man and us children have always felt blessed with the parents we had. He always went over and above to support his family, working two part-time jobs in the 1970’s and 1980’s along with the day job in St. Luke’s. He delivered furniture for John Ryan and he picked apples with his father in-law John Green to supplement the family income. This commitment combined with Bridie’s thrifty nature meant that the whole family got to go on a family holiday to Spain in 1977, a wonderful experience for us children and something which inspired in all three of us a lifelong love of travel and all thanks to our parents, Seanie and Bridie.

Dad always supported and backed his children in the decisions that we made. When Fiona needed some help with her Maths homework in secondary school, Seanie took an adult algebra class to help her get through it. He seldom told us how to do anything but if anyone expressed an interest in furthering ourselves, he just backed us, one hundred percent. He was non-judgmental, he never pushed his opinions on others and he treated everyone he met the same way. This belief in fairness and equality was evident in our family where each child was treated the same and we were all afforded the same opportunities. He was a profoundly fair man and a Christian by nature and he had a “live and let live” attitude to all he encountered no matter their background.

A typical example of Dad’s outlook was when Anne-Marie’s husband Tom approached him

seeking permission to ask Anne-Marie to marry him. Seanie’s response was typical, “if it’s ok with Anne-Marie, it’s ok with me”. We are so proud with how Dad was regarded in the wider community and we really saw that at the time of the funeral with all the old friends and work colleagues who showed up to pay their respects. I have always admired Seanie and Bridie’s wide circle of friends, they are truly loyal to one another and they have a remarkable dedication to the true meaning of friendship. I have a personal story which shows how people viewed Seanie in the community. Back in February 1987, I was sitting at home on a Sunday afternoon contemplating on whether or not I would start my Leaving Cert homework. Around 2 o’clock there was a knock on the door and there stood Clonmel Town FC stalwart Paddy Turner who informed me that the first team goalkeeper had just fallen ill and I had to play for the first team at half past two. My gear from our Youths match the previous day was still unwashed in the gear bag as Paddy drove me into the iconic Showgrounds pitch where I togged off in his car behind the goal. Then, I had to deal with the fact that this was a Regional Final against our big rivals, St. Michaels, I was only 16 at the time. Despite a narrow defeat that day, this was the beginning of a long and wonderful career for me playing with Clonmel Town. What I didn’t know at the time was the background story of how they ended up calling on me to play that day.

The legendary figure of Richie Blanche was manager of the First Team at the time and

many years later he told me how he decided to go with this unknown 16 year old for that big match. He approached the Youth Team manager of the day, the late, great Cyril O’Flaherty who always backed me to play but Richie needed more. “Who is the Youth keeper” said Richie, “Stephen O’Neill” says Cyril, to which Richie replied “Who’s he”. “He’s Sean O’Neill’s son” said Cyril followed again by “Who” from Richie, Cyril said “Sean O’Neill who works up in St. Luke’s” and Richie responded “Ah, you mean Seanie Néill from the Bridge . . . . . . go get him”. Only for Seanie’s good name, I might never have got a start that day and so I have that to thank him for as well.

And what a supporter Dad was when I played all those years with Clonmel Town. He followed us everywhere and he was a literal supporter. Whether we won or lost, Seanie was always there at the end to say “well done” or “you did your best” never exaggerating in victory or in defeat, just there, always. It was the same for Fiona and AnneMarie as they pursued their education and their dreams, he always backed their decisions, stood with them and supported them, like a rock, that was our Dad.

It is fair to say that a piece of dad died back in 2016 when his

beloved Bridie passed away but still he lived on independently with minimum fuss, his time in the Army and fishing on the banks of the river in Poulakerry standing to him. And despite a steady decline in his health in recent times, he retained his dignity and respect right to the end. Finally, on behalf of Fiona, Anne-Marie and I we would like to thank all the carers and palliative teams who took care of Dad in recent months.

To Father Billy Meehan, thanks for being a genuinely caring man and thanks also for your very kind description of Dad, “a feature on the street in Irishtown with his distinctive hat”. To Suzi Molloy and Ann Gubbins, thanks for your continued support and commitment to Dad over the last few years. We also want to give special thanks to my wife Jean who always treated our Dad with great care and attention, it is no surprise that Seanie referred to you as his third daughter. Seanie also leaves behind his brother Pa and his adoring grandchildren, Jack, Alex, Katy, Will, Hugh, Sophie and Ben. Thanks for everything Dad, we love you and say hi to Bridie for us.

“Stop my friends as you pass by, As you are now so once was I, As I am now so you shall be, So live prepared to follow me.”

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The late Sean O’Neill who passed away recently Sean pictured with his children Anne-Marie, Stephen and Fiona. Sean O’Neill with his wife Bridie. Sean with his children, grandchildren, son in-law Tom and daughter in-law Jean.

In Memoriam In Memoriam

O’Dwyer (Anniversary)

Teresa Lonergan (née Dennehy)

Teresa, who passed away recently, shortly before celebrating her 88th birthday, was the second youngest of three boys and eight girls, Kevin the eldest and Doris the youngest.

Her father Bill, on returning from WW1, set up as a tailor at 27 O’Neill Street, Clonmel.

Her mother Norah O’Neill hailed from the Gaeltacht region of Dún an Gaoithe, Newcastle.


In loving memory of Willie O’Dwyer, late of 10 Heywood Terrace who died on February 1st, 1993.

Along the road to suffering, you found a little lane. That took ,you up to heaven and ended all your pain. Although we sadly miss you, we know we’re not alone, For you are watching over us

From a place you now call home. So Dad always stay beside us, It helps to know you’re there.

Always remembered and so sadly missed and loved.

Maria, Kitty, Jackie, Timmy and families.

As a young girl Teresa enjoyed Irish Dancing, seen below with her sister Doris, Moira (Daly) Mullins and Frances Smith. Teresa loved everybody, and they in turn loved Teresa , and sure, why wouldn’t they?

Teresa with her younger sister, and lifelong friend Doris, loved the dances, and when Teresa married her husband, the late JohnJoe Lonergan, the dance scene became an even bigger part of their lives, as JohnJoe played the saxophone and clarinet with Mick Delahunty and others.

Teresa worked with her sisters Madge and Elsie at the then Clonmel Drapery, and later at Winston’s and Clinton’s, where she honed her highly regarded social skills. Her older brother Paddy, sisters Elsie, May and Josie emigrated to Nottingham England in the late 40’s early 50’s. Anna went to London and Phyllis to Dublin.

Teresa was a mother-figure to so many and grandmother to a multitude.

She is survived by her brother Frank, and will be sadly missed by all.

“Ar Dheis Dé go Raibh a Anam Uasail”

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As a young girl Teresa enjoyed Irish Dancing, seen here with her sister Doris, Moira Daly and Frances Smith. The late Teresa and JohnJoe Lonergan.
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White Heathers raise €6,840 for Air Ambulance Service

Ballyluskey White Heather Harriers held their annual New Year’s meet at Peppardstown, Fethard, on Sunday, January 8, 2023. The meet was organised in association with the Guiry family, as a fundraiser for the Community Air Ambulance Service, in memory of

the late Bobby Guiry who passed away on November 12, 2022. Bobby was a long-time supporter of the White Heather Harriers and always enjoyed hosting his annual Christmas lawn meet at his home in Peppardstown. The wonderful turnout and generous support

from everybody on the day was a fitting tribute to his memory and will greatly benefit an enormously worthwhile cause. The event was a huge success and raised the incredible amount of €6,640 on the day with a further €200 collected since.

Fethard Players excel at the Abymill

Fethard Players finished a most successful five-night run of their production, ‘A Wake in The West’, on Saturday night last, January 28, in the Abymill Theatre. The delightful comedy, produced by Marian Gilpin, was play commenced on Tuesday night – a special reduced priced family performance – which gave the cast a huge boost hearing the enthusiastic laughter and response from the audience.

This year the Fethard Players used an online booking service to facilitate people choosing their

theatre seats from their home or phone, which proved very successful and opened ticket sales to a much wider audience. The demand for tickets exceeded all expectations on Wednesday, resulting in all performances for the rest of the week being ‘sold out’. The producer, Marian Gilpin, deserves great credit for bringing the Fethard Players back-to-life, after an absence of four years due to Covid. The welcome back resonated in every night’s performance, where the cast responded equally to send each audience home with

a smile on their face and laughter in their hearts.

The Fethard Players cast included five experienced actors: Alan Bourke, Ann Walsh, Niamh Hayes, Colm McGrath, and Liam O’Connor; along with four newcomers to the stage: Lar Fanning, Mary Boland-Prendergast, P.J. Henehan, and Una Kiernan. All excelled in their roles and radiated the signs of a very ‘happy cast’ and production team. All’s looking bright for the future of drama in Fethard. Well done to all involved in the production.

Ballyluskey White Heather Harriers presenting the proceeds of their New Year Meet, which amounted to a total of €6,840, to the Community Air Ambulance Service, in memory of Bobby Guiry, Peppardstown, who passed away in November 2022. Bobby was a long time supporter of the White Heather Harriers and always enjoyed hosting his annual Christmas lawn meet at Peppardstown. Back L to R: Cathal Slattery, David Guiry, Cillian Slattery, Nicola Guiry, Philly O’Connor, Jack Ronan. Front L to R: Fiona Slattery, Lorraine Toner [Air Ambulance] Anna Cooke, and Mary Jane Kearney.

St. Vincent de Paul

The Fethard Conference of St. Vincent de Paul would like to thank most sincerely, all who contributed to our annual appeal at Christmas. The total amount received was €5,205 for which is a record for us, and this, is in spite of less numbers attending Mass than in the past, although many people did donate other than at the Church gate collection.

The generosity of the parish is most encouraging to all of us and helps to continue our work locally. If anybody wants to help us at any time you can contact us at the following postal address, The Treasurer, St. Vincent de Paul, Fethard, and receipts will be sent by return. Please do not send cash through the post under any circumstances. Again, thank to you all.

Social Dancing in Fethard Ballroom

Fethard Ballroom continues its social dancing on Sunday, February 5, to the music of ‘Peter Burke’. All are welcome to come along and enjoy a great night’s entertainment and

GAA Sports Development Lotto Results

Fethard GAA Sports Lotto draw results for Tuesday, January 24, 2023, are as follows: the numbers drawn were: 5, 15, 21, and 34. We had no Jackpot winner and three ‘Match Three’ winners who received €50 each: Orla McCarthy, Sarah Standbridge and Michael Quinlan. One Lucky Dip winner received €100: Jason Power.

Killusty National School now Enrolling for 2023

Killusty National School is now enrolling for September 2023. Please note that school opening hours will change to 8.50am from September 2023. For further information on enrolment Please contact School Tel: 052 6132314, Email:


Facilities available: Main

social dancing from 8.30pm to 11.30pm. Admission is €10, which includes tea and cakes. For further information or for booking the Ballroom, contact Eileen Coady, Tel: 086 0776420.

Parish Church Lotto Draw Results

There was no jackpot winner in this week’s Parish Lotto on Thursday, January 26, 2023. The numbers drawn were 8, 12, 13 and 19. The winner of the weekly draw for €30 was Fiona Ryan.

Next week’s Jackpot for Thursday, February 2, will be €3,550.

Playing pitch and side pitch; Basketball Court; Infant basketball hoop; Tarmac Playgrounds; Yard Games; Use of Community Facilities – Tennis Courts, Soccer Pitch; Smart Flat Screen Panels in classrooms.

Initiatives/Activities Available; Green Schools and Sustainable Initiatives including An Taisce,

Spring Clean and Pickerpals; Junior Entrepreneur from Third Class up; Blue Star Programme; HSE - Health Promoting School activities; Cumann na mBunscol Games, Soccer, cycling; Tag Rugby Programme delivered by Munster Rugby; Weekly GAA training; Music and Dance initiatives; Active Student

Council; Flower and Vegetable Gardening; Incredible Edibles Programme; Junior Coding; Regular Engagement with Heritage Council and Museum; Active School Flag Activities; Participation in Regular Art Competitions; Regular engagement with Community Projects.

The late Bro Paul D. Brennan, Eldoret and Kabongo

Bro Placido, Patrician Mission, Eldoret, Kenya, has informed us of the death of Bro Paul D. Brennan, that occurred on January 25, 2023. Bro Paul’s funeral service is scheduled to take place on February 1. We hope to receive a link to watch his funeral service online. We will publish the link on this website when received. We send our sincere condolences to the Patrician Mission on behalf of all who knew Bro Paul here in

Fethard. May he rest in peace. Bro Paul, was a regular visitor to Fethard and kept us in touch with his work, and also kept in touch with many of his former pupils at the Patrician Brothers in Fethard. Bro Paul, better known in Fethard as Bro. Paulinus, taught in Fethard for many years and was instrumental in the Fethard Patrician Brothers school team winning the Kinane Cup in 1963. A victory still recalled fondly, in

fact Bro Paul attended a reunion of the Patrician Brothers 1963 Kinane Cup winning team in Fethard in October 2006.

Bro Paul left Ireland in 1978 when he volunteered for the Kenyan Patrician apostolate. He went on to be involved very actively with the very first Patrician Primary School in Africa and was also the coordinator of the new Patrician Primary School and Dispensary at Kabongo, Eldoret.

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Fethard Players cast photograph after their succesful run of five nights in the Abymill Theatre. Back (standing) L to R: Niamh Hayes, Alan Bourke, Una Kiernan, Liam O’Connor, P.J. Henehan. Front L to R: Mary Boland-Prendergast, Lar Fanning (bed), Com McGrath and Ann Walsh. The late Bro. Paul D. Brennan, who died in Eldoret, Kenya on January 25, 2023

FETHARD: Joe Kenny

Mr Michael Mallon, Chairperson Fethard Historical Society, presented Mary Hanrahan with Life Membership to mark her many years dedication to Fethard Historical Society since it was formed in 1988. Mary served many years as secretary and several terms as chairperson over that time. Photographed at the presentation are members L to R: Mary Healy, Michael Mallon, Mary Hanrahan and Pat Looby.


Ballylooby/Castlegrace GAA

Development Lotto

Results: 24/01/23

No jackpot winner & two match three winners. Lucky numbers drawn: 5, 11, 12 & 27. One match three winner: One match three winner: . Liam & Sean 0’Neill online. Next weeks Jackpot: €3,100. The club extend their thanks for your continued support. Tickets available at usual outlets & Castlegrace Gaa.

Ballylooby:Castlegrace GAA

lights up Week 3 Ireland Lights Up walk to take place this Wednesday Feb 1st at 7pm in the Astro. Hope to see you there.

Blessing of the Throats

Wed is Lá Fhéile Bríde, Thursday Feast of Presentation & Friday the The Feast of St Blaise. Blessing of the throats will take place at all week-end masses Saturday & Sunday Feb 4th/5th in our parish.

Turkey and Ham and dessert, tea and coffee.

Pre-booking tickets is essential as there is a limited number available.

Period dress pre 1950s is encouraged with prizes for best dressed person.


The death occurred of Richard (Dick) Keating, Mount Anglesby, Clogheen We extend our sympathy to his sons Richard, Noel, David Shane, daughters Áine Geary & Julie, daughters-in law, son-in-law, grandchildren, brother Eamon, sister-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives & friends. Dick was laid to rest in Shanrahan after his requiem mass in St Mary’s Clogheen on Friday Jan 27th. May he rest in peace.



DUNDRUM: Sean Breen


Last Monday night the Kickhams Lotto Jackpot was worth €4,400. Tickets are available in Butlers Centra, Quirke’s Garage, Heffernan’s Food store and from any committee member or online before 6pm next Monday. If unable to get to shops please support online with the following link: COMMUNITY COUNCIL NOTES.


Congratulations to Mary Furlong, Carhue and Dublin, our share the spoils winner last week winning €265. Envelopes available in all the usual outlets in Dundrum and from the dispenser boxes in Knockavilla and Donaskeigh villages.


Clogheens St Marys School


Congratulations to the teams of Clogheen School who were in the winners enclosure in the Annual Credit Union Quiz recently. More on next weeks notes

Richard Keating RIP

The death has occurred of Richard Keating Mount Anglesby Clogheen, affectionately known as Dick after a short illness. Dick was a well-known farmer and business person along with his late wife Ann who developed a world wide

known brand of cheese namely Beal Lough Cheese. They also had grown numerous vegetables in their glass houses that were supplied to shops near and far. In his younger days Dick had a great love for rally driving and as co pilot he competed with the best in Ireland. Dick is survived by his daughters Aine and Julie, sons Richard, Noel, David and Shane, his brother Eamonn, grandchildren, and all his extended family and many friends. Following requiem mass


Preparations for our lipsync fundraiser is in full swing. Our advertising push for our program is well under way, with the deadline for businesses to get their ad into our program fast approaching. The committee are trying to reach every possible subscriber, but if you haven’t been asked, please contact any member of Knockavilla Community


Meanwhile our tickets are fully sold out. All we can do at the moment is set up a waiting list for any tickets which may become available. If you would like to be included on this list please contact Kieran on 0877934071.

Please be advised, we cannot facilitate walk-ins on the night without tickets, or will we have any facility for patrons to stand.

in Clogheen church, he was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.

The Wedding of Ballyporeen Ballyporeen, Clogheen, Burncourt Heritage Group have great pleasure in inviting you to “The Wedding of Ballyporeen” in the Community Hall on Saturday 18th February 2023 at 8.15pm.

We are planning an exciting evening of historical reenactment, food and general festivities.

Ticket price: 12 Euro includes Main Course: Roast Beef or


Exercise class

What a fantastic crowd of people turned up at our RejuvenateGolden Gym beginners exercise classes last Monday evening.

A fantastic class very suitable for people with aches and joint pains and suitable for the active retired Class starts at 6pm with Adrian Clancy.

Come on down to our GAA complex and join us. Both men and women welcome.

Music Festival

Golden Country Music Festival on Sunday 19th February from 2.30pm to 6.30pm in Golden

Kilfeacle GAA complex main hall in Golden Tipperary

Tickets just €25. Available locally from Nellie O’Connor on 087 6228932, John O’Brien Obs Kilross on 087 8253139, Gala shop Golden, Golden post office and online at

A brilliant lineup of top country music stars on the day.


Our GAA club lotto jackpot now stands at €12 ,200. Tickets just €2 available locally and online at Concert

A fabulous fully seated concert will take place on Saturday 22nd

April at 8pm in Golden Kilfeacle GAA complex main hall in Golden Tipperary.

Take It To The Limit A Celebration of the Eagles Tickets €29.50

Available online at tickets_m.asp?LL_ID=217

Johnny Brady, Simon Casey, Nigel Connell, The Sheerin Family Band. Bar facilities available on the night.


Our GAA club bingo continues every Thursday night at 8pm in Golden Kilfeacle GAA complex

Turkey and Ham and dessert, tea and coffee.

Pre-booking tickets is essential as there is a limited number available.

Period dress pre 1950s is encouraged with prizes for best dressed person. Raffle on the night with lots of lovely prizes.

Please send news items, birthday celebrations, deaths, and marriages or text me on 0877984929 before Sunday evening at 6pm.

main hall.

Harty Cup Best of luck to all Golden Kilfeacle GAA Club players associated with Cashel Community School Harty Cup team.

Good luck to the team and mentors this weekend in the final.

Let’s go. Advanced full body fitness classes continue every Wednesday evening at 6pm in Golden Kilfeacle GAA complex main hall with Adrian Clancy of RejuvenateGolden Gym

This class is open to both men and women.

Duhill Dramatic Society for South Tipp Hospice

Back by popular demand following hugely successful run in December and to raise much needed funds for South Tipp Hospice

The hilarious comedy by Jim Keary “I’m the one for you” directed by Will Nugent is on in Duhill Community Hall. “An opportunity” if you have missed the play, this is the time!

On this FRIDAY 3RD


Tickets €15 available from any cast member or Lina 087 1334104 Majella 0872854511

Ballyporeen, Clogheen, Burncourt HeritageGroup have great pleasure in inviting you to “The Wedding of Ballyporeen” in the Community Hall on Saturday 18th February 2023 at 8.15pm. We are planning an exciting evening of historical reenactment, food and general festivities.

Ticket price: 12 Euro includes Main Course: Roast Beef or

Ballylooby/Castlegrace GAA will be running a Long Puc Competition to support the Dillion Quirke Foundation.

Monday 6th Feb

12pm Registration

12.30pm Puc Off

Ballylooby/Castlegrace Gaa pitch Entry fee €10.

This Competition is open to Male & Female participants from U15s up to adult.

Best of 3 Pucs.

Longest Puc wins.

The winner will go on to represent the Club in Clonoulty Rossmore G.A.A. Grounds on either 11th or 18th of February 2023. From there, it is envisaged that four participants, 2 from Tipperary and 2 from Kilkenny would then play the final of this Long Puck Competition during half time in the match on Sunday February 19th in Semple Stadium. Get out the hurleys, come out and help the Foundation raise vital funds needed to promote awareness for S.A.D.S. All funds raised will go directly to the Foundation.

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Historic Win for Cashel CS sees them into Harty Final

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Cashel Community School are set to face Thurles CBS in the first all-Tipp Dr Harty Cup Final in the competition’s 105 year history.

CCS overcame Ardscoil Rís in Kilmallock on Saturday 21 January by the narrowest of margins following a crucial point from Adam Daly in the dying seconds of injury time.

The semi final clash was the second time this year that the two sides have met. The Limerick side edged out CCS in the group stages by a goal last October. Cashel were keen not to see a repeat result in the semi final.

The reigning All-Ireland champions got the opening score of the match, a Marc O’Brien point from a free. Cashel CS responded immediately as jointcaptain Ben Currivan produced a point from play. Three scored frees from Ronan Connolly, Cashel’s joint-captain, as well as points from Ardscoil meant there was only ever one score

between the sides. With the exception of their opening score, Ardscoil Rís never took the lead.

Adam Daly split the posts three times in the opening half. David McGrath contributed to Cashel’s tally with a point shortly before half time ensuring the Tipp side held a 0-8 to 0-6 lead heading into the break.

Ardscoil Rís began the second half strong, scoring a point from play just seconds after play resumed. There was just a point between the teams when CCS went for the jugular. Ben Currivan found David McGrath inside the full forward line with a handpass. McGrath delivered the sliotar into the corner of the Ardscoil goal, leaving the scoreboard showing 1-8 to 0-7.

The Limerick men responded very well to the Cashel goal, scoring three unanswered points. CCS corner back Ciaran Byrne cleared the ball from their own line before clearing it from the back line. The sides were

level again by the 53rd minute of play.

Connolly delivered with frees in the second half too, which Ardscoil responded to with scores of their own. The final 10 minutes of the match saw tit for tat scoring in a game where the sides were level seven times.

A Ciaran Byrne point put Cashel CS ahead by a single point in the 58th minute. Ardscoil leveled with a point from a free just as the game entered injury time. Extra-time was anticipated but proved unnecessary as Adam Daly secured the decisive point following a throw-in on the Ardscoil 21-yard line.

Cashel Community School will appear in the first Harty Cup Final in the school’s history. They will become just the second Cashel team to ever feature in the Munster A hurling final, the first to do so in exactly 50 years.

They will face off against Thurles CBS in Semple Stadium at 1pm on Sunday 5 February

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Cashel manager Brendan Ryan with joint captains Ben Currivan and Ronan Connolly. Thurles CBS manager Eamon Buckley (left) pictured with Cashel Community School manager Brendan Ryan at the launch of the Dr Harty Cup final. Thurles CBS captain Tommy Maher pictured with Cashel Community School’s joint captain pairing of Ben Currivan and Ronan Connolly.


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Jack Kennedy, Annerville Football Award winner, pictured with his parents John and Tina and members from Clonmel Commercials GAA Club. Photo Jamie O’Flaherty Paddy Turner, winner of the Jimmy Cooney Lifetime Achievement Award, pictured with United Sports Panel member Muiris Walsh and family. Photo: Jamie O’Flaherty Joe Franklin, winner of the Annerville Award for Pitch and Putt, pictured with his family. Jamie O’Flaherty Meabh Russell, winner of the Annerville Soccer Award, pictured with Caoimhe Perdue who claimed the Annerville Award for Hockey. Cashel hockey player Caoimhe Perdue was co-captain of the Irish Under 21 team at the International Hockey Federation’s Junior World Cup in South Africa last April, and won her first Irish senior cap at the World Cup in Amsterdam in July. Clonmel soccer player Méabh Russell starred on the Ireland Under 19 team that beat England 1-0 in June, while the Wexford Youths defender also played twice against Portugal and Poland. Photo: Jamie O’Flaherty Triathlon is a new sport in this year’s list and is the 43rd sport to be honoured by the United Sports Panel since the awards were first presented in 1959. The winner was Clonmel man Michael Scully, who was the first Irish finisher in the gruelling Ironman World Championship in Kailua Kona in Hawaii. Michael is pictured with his family at the award ceremony in The Talbot Hotel. Photo: Jamie O’Flaherty


Newcastle GAA club held a night of celebration on Sunday evening the 22nd January. The hall was packed with people, young and old who all attended to celebrate our U13’s and their mentors, Darren, Niall, Ray and Graham who had an impressive year winning the South & County finals in their grade in 2022.

The U13’s that won a plate hurling final back in 2021 also received their medals. Well done boys. We were privileged to have Conor Sweeney and David Power in attendance to present the boys with their medals and club jumpers.

We advertised it as a night of celebration as we also wanted

to recognise and celebrate some others members of the club.

Much to their surprise, Joan O’Dwyer, Marian O’Dwyer, Mickey Nugent, Denis O’Grady, Michael Power, and Seamus McGrath were called up to receive a token of appreciation from the club. It is lovely to acknowledge all the hard work and commitment that this group have given to Newcastle Club throughout the years.

Teachers David Hyland and Owen Shortt were also acknowledged for their continued support and promotion of GAA within the school.

Newcastle GAA is a small club, with big heart.

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David Hyland & Owen Shortt of Scoil Mhuire, Newcastle NS with Donal O’Loughlin, Juvenile Chairperson. U13D County & South Winners 2022. Newcastle GAA Chairman Emmet Prendergast pictured with Joan O’Dwyer and Marian O’Dwyer. Conor Sweeney & David Power of Tipperary Football pictured with some of the recipients. U13D County & South winners 2022 & U13D Shield Hurling Winners 2021. All photographs: Cahir Media. Denis O’Grady and Seamus McGrath being presented with their trophies by club chairman Emmet Prendergast.

Annual Fethard Sports Achievement Award presentations

The Butler’s Bar Annual Fethard Sports Achievement Award presentations took place on Friday night, January 20, 2023, before a capacity crowd in Butler’s Bar. Proprietor Philip Butler welcomed all present and introduced the awards sponsor for the night, Bulmers regional sales manager, Declan Ryan, from Ballinure, Killenaule, who is also a good friend of Philip and was a good footballer and hurler in his day. He’s now involved in coaching.

Philip then introduced his special guest – Tipperary senior hurler, James Woodlock, winner of five Munster Hurling medals, one All-Ireland medal and one senior county medal playing with his club, Drum & Inch. James also managed the Tipperary Minor Hurling team that won the AllIreland Minor Hurling final in 2022.

Philip then went on to thank all the people who supported the achievement award ceremony since its inauguration ten years ago in Butler’s Bar. The Fethard Sports Achievement Award competition was run by a steering group selected from local

organisations with the primary aim of developing sports in this town. The selection committee for the 2022 awards were: Mary Godfrey, Austin Godfrey, John Hurley, Michael James Croke, Gerry Murphy, Bobbi Holohan, Richie Cummins, Des O’Meara, Páraic McCormack, Sean Kiely, Liam Hayes and Jurate Syviene.

The first award presented was the December monthly award, won by Eoghan Hurley, who was voted ‘Junior Hurler of The Year’ by the Tipperary New York Hurling Club at their Annual Dinner Dance at Lake Isle, Eastchester, New York, on December 3, 2022.

The winner of the annual ‘Young Sports Person of The Year Award’ was Nicole Delaney who was Wexford Youths soccer team’s U17 ‘Player of the Year’.

The runner-up in the annual ‘Young Sports Person of The Year Award’ was Áine Connolly who represented Ireland at the European Equestrian championships in Holland. The award was presented to Alison Connolly who accepted the award on behalf of her sister who was unable to attend.

The winner of the annual ‘Team

of The Year Award’ were County Champions Fethard Senior Ladies Football Team, accepted by captain Lucy Spillane. The runners-up in the annual ‘Team of The Year Award’ was presented to the Fethard U13 Hurling Team, accepted by team captain Joseph Gaule.

Certificates were presented to the monthly qualifiers for the overall Annual Sports Achievement Award. Liz Lalor (Point-to-Point Jockey), Michaela Lawrence (International Soccer), Áine Connolly (Equestrian), Ben Coen (Jockey), Conor Kavanagh (Munster Rugby), Jack Quinlan (All-Ireland Minor Hurling), Jake Coen (Jockey), Fethard Ladies Seven-A-Side Football Team, Fethard U13 Hurling Team, Darragh Byrne (Show Jumping), Fethard Ladies Senior Football Team (County Champions), Charlie Walsh (Soccer) and Eoghan Hurley (Hurling).

The overall winner of the Butler’s Fethard Sports Achievement Award for 2022 was Jack Quinlan, winner of an All-Ireland Minor Hurling Medal with Tipperary. Runner-up was outstanding young jockey Ben Coen, and in

third place was Irish International U17 soccer player Michaela Lawrence.

Butlers Sportsbar have decided to close the pub section of their business as and from January 31,

2023. One of their popular success stories has been the Sports Awards and Philip, Anne and Anne Marie Butler would sincerely like to thank everyone involved be they steering group members, sponsors

or indeed clubs and supporters who between them helped to make it the success it has become. The Butler family will continue to live in Fethard and keep their offlicence business open.

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Winner of the overall Sports Achievement Award for 2022, was All-Ireland minor hurling medal winner with Tipperary, Jack Quinlan, Tullamaine, Fethard. Photographed at the award presentation are L to R: Declan Ryan, representing award sponsor Bulmers; Philip Butler, proprietor Butlers Bar; winner Jack Quinlan; Mary Godfrey (Steering Committee), and special guest James Woodlock. Runner-up in the overall Sports Achievement Award for 2022, was outstanding young jockey Ben Coen, who was unable to attend due to prior commitments. Ben’s award was collected by Eugene Purcell (centre) photographed with Declan Ryan (left), and special guest James Woodlock. Joseph Gaule accepting the second place in the annual ‘Team of The Year Award’ on behalf of the Fethard U13 Hurling Team. L to R: Declan Ryan, Joseph Gaule (captain), and special guest James Woodlock. The winner of the annual ‘Team of The Year Award’ were County Champions Fethard Senior Ladies Football Team, accepted by captain Lucy Spillane. L to R: Declan Ryan, Lucy Spillane (captain), and special guest James Woodlock. The winner of the annual ‘Young Sports Person of The Year Award’ was Nicole Delaney who won the U17 ‘Player of the Year’ award for her club, Wexford Youths F.C. L to R: Declan Ryan, Nicole Delaney, and special guest James Woodlock. Winner of the Butlers Bar Fethard Sports Achievement Award for December 2022 was Eoghan Hurley who was voted ‘Junior Hurler of The Year’ in New York by the Tipperary New York Hurling Club at their Annual Dinner Dance. Winner of second place in the annual ‘Young Sports Person of The Year Award’ was Áine Connolly who represented Ireland at the European Equestrian championships in Holland. L to R: Declan Ryan representing sponsor Bulmers; Alison Connolly who accepted the award on behalf of her sister who was unable to attend; special guest Tipperary hurler, James Woodlock.

The World is on our doorstep

I was chatting to a friend over Christmas who was telling me all about the 3 holidays he had planned for the year ahead.(These are all separate to his summer family holiday). He was going to Austria skiing in January, cycling in Mallorca in April and Scuba diving in some desert Island in September. Initially I was very jealous but then a thought struck me and I asked if he had ever been through ‘The Gap’. The Gap is a marked pathway in the Comeragh mountains from the Nire Valley over towards Rathgormack. It is one of the most peaceful and scenic places you could ever visit. The answer was No.

Then I asked if he had ever looked down on Clonmel from The Holy Year Cross at night or early in the morning at Sunrise. Again the answer was no.

Then I asked if he had ever stood on the side of Slievenamon where you can look left and see the Bridge in Waterford and from the same spot look right and see

planes dropping down to land in Shannon airport. Again the answer was no.

Finally my point struck home. He was excited to see foreign places but had never really thought about what was on his very own doorstep.

I often have clients visit my Bike Fit studio in Clonmel from all over Ireland who comment on the scenery we have and the proximity to the mountains. Last week a client from Galway told me that he has to drive for one hour to get to a windfarm when he wants to go mountain biking. It takes me 10 minutes to cycle to a vast abundance of woodland and mountain trails where we get to explore to our hearts content. We are also spoiled for choice with an array of almost deserted quiet back roads in all directions to cycle on, never mind one of Irelands most scenic off road cycles on the Suir Blueway.

All of this we get to enjoy for free. There is no charge to cycle in any of our local woods

and mountains. The roads and blueway are also free.

Some of my own personal highlights that I would advise any cyclist or non cyclist to check out this year are:

- Careys Castle just off the Dungarvan road in Clonmel with the tracks up and down Cannon wood. If you are feeling adventurous and want to go back on time you can go deeper into the wood and visit the ruins of Glenary village.

- Lyranearla, the next peak over from Holy Year Cross overlooking the town at dawn when the sun rises from Waterford and lights the entire valley between Slievenamon and The Comeraghs.

- The Holy year cross on a clear night when the lights of Clonmel are like an orange blanket criss crossed with the red and white lights of local traffic.

- The blueway all the way from Carrick to Clonmel or vise versa very early on a Tuesday morning in mid summer when it is just coming to life.

CAMOGIE - Nenagh crowned Munster Senior B Schools champions

St Marys Nenagh 4-10

Coláiste An Piarsaigh, Glanmire 1-14

Coláiste An Piarsaigh, Glanmire raced into an early 0-6 to 0-1 lead against St Mary’s Nenagh in Saturday’s final in Bishopstown. Credit to the Nenagh girls though they never panicked and worked themselves back into the contest to take a slender 1 point lead at the break. Toomevara’s Éimhear Troy had St Marys’s opening score of the game after 15 minutes with a well taken free to make it 0-4 to 0-1 before Glanmire responded with two more points from Orlaith Ní Mhaolain and Emma Nic Giolla Phádraigh. The next 10 minutes belonged to St Mary’s as they really upped their game to slot over 4 points in quick succession from Emma Costello(2) Marie Ryan and

Éimhear Troy.

Orlaith Ní Mhaolain put two between the sides again before St Mary’s struck for a crucial goal.

Jane Ryan offloading to Marie Ryan who finished to the back of the Cork net. At half time St Mary’s enjoyed a 1-06 to 0-08 lead.

Evie Ní Thuama quickly had Coláiste An Phiarsaigh back level after the re-start but two in a row from the Nenagh school put them back in front. In a closely contested third quarter both sides displayed some fine camogie and exchanged points. Two goals from the excellent Éimhear Troy (the second a brilliant first time turn and strike after a great initial catch) put St Mary’s in the driving

seat. A fourth goal from Iris Grace after a long range effort extended St Mary’s lead. As the clock ran down both sides exchanged further points before Coláiste An Phiarsaigh finished with a late goal and at the final whistle there was great scenes of celebrations as St Mary’s were deservedly crowned Munster Champions on a final scoreline of 4-10 to 1-14.

Scorers for St Marys: E Troy 2-4 (02f’s), I Grace 1-2 (0-1 45), M Ryan 1-1, E Costello 0-2, I Kingston 0-1. Coláiste An Phiarsaigh: O Ni Mhaolain 1-6( (0-3f’s0, E Nic Giolla Phádraigh 0-4, E Ní Thuama 0-2, D D Nic Cárthaigh, A Ní Fhoghlú 0-1 each.

St Marys , Nenagh: A Gleeson (Kildangan);M Gleeson

(Toomevara), A Dooley ( Eire Og, Nenagh)(c), E Williams (Kilruane McDonagh);L Nagle, B Kennedy (Moneygall),M Steed(Silvermines); I Grace Burgess-Duharra),K O’Dwyer (Silvermines);E Costello( Moneygall), A Kennedy(BurgessDuharra),A Treacy (Silvermines);E Troy ( Toomevara), J Ryan (Silvermines), M Ryan (BurgessDuharra).

Subs: I Kingston (Kildangan) for M Ryan (43), C Ryan (Silvermines) for J Ryan (48),C Mulcahy(Kildangan) (59) for E Costello.

Coláiste An Phiarsaigh, Glanmire : L Ní Mhuirí ; E Nic Mháinis, L Nic Aoire, Á Nic an Adhastair; A Nic Mhathúna, Y Abernethy, M Ní

Chonchubair ; C Ní Dhonnabháin, E Ní Thuama; A Ní Fhoghlú, E Nic Giolla Phádraigh, C Ni Shúilleabháin; D Nic Cárthaigh, O

Ní Mhaoláin, A Ní Riada.

Sub: R Nic Mhainis for E Mhainis (40).

Ref: Ger Sheehan (Douglas).

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The St Marys Nenagh squad

Extra Time with Ronan Quirke

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Regular readers of this column will know that in sport, you don’t always get what you deserve. The sporting landscape is littered with hard luck stories and what ifs? None more so than the sport of boxing. Back at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, Kenneth Egan was 9 minutes away from what would - should - have been Ireland’s first Olympic boxing gold since Barcelona in 1992. He faced Chinese boxer Xiaoping Zhang in the final. Zhang had beaten the favourite for the gold medal, Russian Arthur Beterbiev in the second round. Beterbiev is currently the unified Light Heavyweight champion of the world in the professional ranks and is ranked as one of the top ‘pound for pound’ boxers anywhere. The fact that Zhang had beaten Beterbiev in only the second round, raised eyebrows but didn’t cause a storm of protest. This was Beijing after all.

I watched the 2008 Egan/Zhang fight again recently and there is no doubt in my mind that Egan won it, and won it clearly. Had the fight taken place anywhere else in the world, Egan would have come out on top. But a home town decision robbed him of gold. Every time Zhang threw a punch, it was greeted with a roar from the partisan crowd. And it seemed that every roar influenced the judges to score the punch in favour of the Chinese boxer. Each time the score was added (and the crowd could see this), another roar and further reinforcement in the judges minds that the local boy was winning. The fact that the punches were landing on Egan’s gloves and could not have been scoring punches seemed not to matter.

Egan took silver and was gracious about it. Very gracious, more gracious that I would have been. But Egan knew the sport well

enough to know that amateur boxing would never get every bout scored correctly. His graciousness reminded us of Sonia O’Sullivan in 1993 at the World Athletic Championships when Chinese runners took all three medals in the 3,000 meters. She too was gracious in defeat even when she knew that she had been wronged. Wronged by state sponsored doping which had been explained away as a diet consisting of the blood of freshly decapitated turtles. Fast forward to Michael Conlon at the Rio Olympics in 2016. Conlon was the reigning world champion and was the favourite for the gold medal. He lost the quarter final to Russian Vladimir Nikitin in what was highly controversial at the time and was subsequently formally suspected of being fixed. It brought the curtain down on Mick’s amateur career in unfortunate fashion. He might have been a little less gracious in defeat than Ken and Sonia but who could blame him. Years of hard graft and toil, and early mornings, all in vain because someone, somewhere, in a room away from cameras, decided that Michael Conlon was not going to win a gold medal. I remember watching the scoring in that fight and feeling nauseous. In the final round, Conlon realised, disbelievingly, he was behind on the scorecards and went out and ‘boxed the ears off him’. Conlon knew something was up but wanted to put in such a dominant display in the final round that no judge could possibly be swayed, no matter what the payday. However, the judges were immune to embarrassment and awarded the fight to the Russian.

You don’t always get what you deserve in sport, especially boxing.

That was 7 years ago and I have become incredibly jaundiced in

Sometimes sport offers us a magical moment

my views on amateur boxing ever since. Kelly Harrington and Amy Broadhurst have brought me back to the sport in recent times. Who couldn’t find joy when Harrington earned a unanimous victory over Beatriz Ferreira of Brazil at the Tokyo games? Hakuna Matata she told us, translates as ‘no worries’ in the Swahili language. And then we sent a 10 person team over to the women’s European championships’ last year. And they brought back seven medals. Amy Broadhurst adding a European gold to the world gold that she won earlier in the year.

Irish Women’s boxing is a crowded field. Broadhurst for example is a natural lightweight but boxes a few kilos heavier at light welterweight because the lightweight position is occupied by Kellie Harrington. The problem for Broadhurst is that light welterweight is not an Olympic class and she will either have to box off against Harrington to qualify for Paris or go even heavier again to find a berth not occupied by a European or World champion.

Enter into this mix, Clonmel’s Shauna O’Keeffe. O’Keeffe had been boxing for several years. And boxing at a high level. In 2016 she made it to the final of the National Elite Championships at the National Stadium where she faced the greatest women’s boxer of all time, Katie Taylor. Taylor was the Olympic champion from London 2012 and would turn professional after her own Rio 2016 Olympic disappointment. Ordinarily, Taylor was crowned National Champion without throwing a punch because there was no-one in her class to go toe to toe with the greatest. When Taylor defeated O’Keeffe in 2016, it was her fifth National title but the first one that she had won in the ring.

On the night, Taylor was the

better boxer, but O’Keeffe was not out of her depth. The scorecards that night read 40-34, 40-36 and 40-36 in favour of the five time World Champion. Taylor was made to earn her national title that year. Roll on to 2017, Taylor had turned professional and Shauna makes the elite final once more. Standing in her way this time was Kellie Harrington. Harrington had moved down a weight to fight at her more natural lightweight as she had been conscious of Taylor’s dominance at the lightweight class. O’Keeffe lost out to Harrington on a split decision. Four years later Harrington was the Olympic gold


Any national title in any sport is hard earned. Unless you are Katie Taylor, they don’t come in the post.

So when Shauna O’Keeffe stepped into the ring earlier this month, for her third shot at the title, she was all too aware of the challenges that she faced. Incidentally Amy Broadhust, the World and European Champion lost her elite final on the same night to Offaly boxer Grainne Walsh. Broadhurst moved up to full welterweight to see if she was competitive at an Olympic class. It was a split decision defeat but one that leaves more questions than answers for Broadhurst.

Shauna O’Keeffe executed her game-plan perfectly last week, winning a unanimous 5-0 decision. The third National Elite Senior title winner for Clonmel Boxing Club, following in the steps of Con Sheehan and Dean Gardiner. Many others, maybe without her strong temperament, might have been lost to the sport. If your weight division is clogged with World and Olympic champions then you have to wonder how you might continue to motivate yourself for a shot at the title. When Taylor leaves the stage, along comes Harrington. And when you look a little north of Harrington’s weight division, you see Broadhurst.

It is a bit like tennis player Andy Murray. Now well past his prime, the former world number 4 will finish his career with three grand slam titles. He lost the Australian Open final 5 times. His curse? He was at his prime at the same time as Roger Federer (20 grand slams), Rafael Nadal (22 grand slam titles) and Novak Djokovic (22 grand slam titles). He kept going, even after his body cried stop, even though deep

down he must have known that one of the three players above would probably beat him 9 times out of 10. And if he did catch one of them in a semi-final, one of the other two were waiting in the final. But that was professional sport. His career earnings on court alone amounting to nearly €70 million.

What Shauna O’Keeffe has achieved is remarkable by any standard. To make a comeback at her age (she is still the right side of 30) and win so comprehensively is a testament to both her sporting prowess and her mental strength. It isn’t a sport that you can pick up where you left off. Ring rust is a real phenomenon for boxers. It takes many months of training to get to the weight that you need to be at without losing power or stamina. Credit too to her coaches in Clonmel Boxing Club for developing a plan with her. But more credit to her for executing it. At any stage the wheels might have come off, an injury here, a failure to make weight there and months of work might have been for naught. Spurred on by previous hurt, previous ill luck and previous disappointment made for a heady cocktail of motivation.

High performance squads beckon, there are World and European Championships later this year. But the real quandary now for O’Keeffe is what to about the Olympic weight classes. But that’s for another day.

Right now, Clonmel have another National Champion to accompany Courtney McGuire.

Clonmel have another athlete to inspire girls and boys. And Clonmel has someone who tells us to never give up on your dreams.

You don’t always get what you deserve in sport, but Shauna O’Keeffe just has.

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Clonmel boxer Shauna O’Keeffe admiring her National Senior Elite Light Welterweight plaque. Photo: Jamie O’Flaherty Shauna O’Keeffe is the new National Senior Elite Light Welterweight champion. Photo: Jamie O’Flaherty

The Hockey Zone


Having drawn (2-2) against Dungarvan last weekend, Clonmel were up against Ucc and keen to get a win

The first quarter saw both sides having chances to go ahead but both goalkeepers made great saves. 15 minutes into the second quarter Ellen O’Donnell made a great run from the halfway line cutting through the UCC defence and winning a short corner.

Injected by Roisin Barry to Marie Mulcahy who found the back of the net.

With the second half underway UCC came out of the blocks fast trying to find the equaliser but Clonmel’s solid defence of Vicki Castellero, Ellen O’Donnell, Aoife Hayes and Fiona Ryan held firm to keep them out.

Clonmel’s midfield of Roisin Barry, Sophia Barlow and Caitlen Buckley worked hard both

defending and attacking to keep it at one nil going into the last quarter.

However, UCC got the equaliser five minutes into the last quarter but Clonmel heads didn’t drop. From the push off Caitlen passed a lovely ball to Aisling Fanning who in turn passed the ball onto Isabel Curran. Isabel weaved around two UCC defenders into the circle winning a short corner. Roisin injected the ball perfectly to Sophie Barlow who made no mistake and put it in the UCC goal. Try as the might, UCC could not get through the Clonmel defence and the home side held on for a very important victory.

Clonmel: Andrea O’Dea, Vicki Castellero, Ellen O’Donnell, Fiona Ryan, Aoife Hayes, Roisin Barry, Sophie Barlow, Caitlin Buckley, Marie Mulcahy, Aisling Fanning and Isabel Curran.

Clonmel advance in Cup

Clonmel got a home draw in Rockwell for the first round of the U16 Div3 Cup, last Saturday, with a 2:30pm start.

The teams had met two weeks previously in Limerick where Clonmel came out the wrong side of a 3-0 scoreline. Despite the loss to the same team, Clonmel were confident, as they had created a lot of chances in the previous match. They worked hard at training to plug the defensive errors and poor finishing they had in the last encounter.

Clonmel started quicker in the first quarter with Rebecca Curran making strong attacking runs down the right wing to deliver the ball into the circle on several occasions. However, the final scoring touch was still not there. Despite a number of circle entries two of which resulted in

penalty corners, goals were not forthcoming. The Limerick keeper Roisin Angermann was on point and looked as if she was on for another clean sheet.

Defensively Clonmel were solid with the back four of Ali Hunter, Emily Hackett, Gracie Cooney and Captain Verona Madigan leaving Goalie Maria O’Connor with nothing to do for the first quarter. Emily Hackett made some impressive tackles from left wing. On the opposite wing Ali Hunter was solid on the turnovers, combining well with Sorcha Kennedy and Rebecca Curran in midfield. The first quarter finished nil-all with Clonmel going to the break the happier and more confident team.

Clonmel’s confidence was such that Verona Madigan and Gracie Cooney, the two centre backs,

started playing higher up the pitch to support the midfield of Síorfa O’Loughlin, Sorcha Kennedy and Rebecca Curran. Some good balls into the circle lead to Zoe O’Gorman going close twice when her shots went just outside the posts. Lucy O’Neill also managed a shot on target, but the Limerick keeper was able to deflect the shot outside her circle. Molly O’Riordan who rolled on as a sub managed to stop a couple of Limerick counter attacks down her wing.

The breakthrough eventually came in the second quarter, from a penalty corner, after a multiplayer goal mouth scramble, Síorfa O’Loughlin’s shot squeezed under the goalkeeper’s foot, and crept over the line for a score. This was Síorfa’s first goal of the season and a welcome relief for the team,

coach and supporting parents on the sideline.

Clonmel were starting to become overconfident and the two centre forwards pushed further up the field. However, this overconfidence was short lived as a Limerick attack overloaded Ali and Emily, the two remaining defenders. Some last-ditch tackles lead to a penalty corner for Limerick. Limerick converted their chance as Ailbhe Kelly sent the ball down the left of the keeper side for a fine score. Clonmel didn’t wait long to reply and a quick attack up the right wing by Rebecca Curran lead to a cross that was swept in by Zoe O’Gorman with her first touch. The competition was now more finely balanced, and there were further chances on both ends for the remainder of the quarter.

Naraa Kuzai for Clonmel came

close on one occasion, but she was unable to convert.

The final quarter was nervy. Clonmel continued to commit players forward and Limerick threatened to counter-attack when they managed to turnover possession. Limerick came closest with a chance in the last 5 minutes.

A fast break lead to a shot that passed the keeper, but Emily Hackett was covering behind and cleared the ball off the line, saving the day for Clonmel. Clonmel spent the last few minutes holding out a revitalised Limerick side, to take the win, and progress to the next round of the cup.

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Sophie Barlow scored Clonmel’s second goal in their victory over UCC Action from Clonmel’s victory over UCC. Photos: Jamie O’Flaherty Clonmel 2-1 Limerick

The Hockey Zone


Nenagh HC’s U16 team took to the Ursuline pitch in Thurles on Saturday following a super match at Under 14 level where Nenagh beat Cashel/New Inn 4-2 . Nenagh’s Under 16 team is unbeaten in the division and was quietly confident heading into the game against Clonmel HC. Despite an early score by Clonmel when Nenagh had a momentary lapse in concentration, Nenagh were dominant through the first quarter and capitalised by slotting some goals in quick succession past the Clonmel keeper. Clonmel had some good possession in the second quarter but Nenagh had a very clear game plan and confidently played the ball out wide and past the keeper on several occasions. Clonmel valiantly rallied but the absence of some of their

key players made a comeback impossible. Nenagh finished very comfortably in the end to pick up a well-deserved victory. They

remain top of the league and will enjoy a break of a few weeks until the next match again Limerick on February 25th. Clonmel will need



Clonmel’s Rock team headed into this game knowing that Waterford would be their toughest opponents to date in the league. The game started very fast with both sides making several attempts to secure the first goal. Juliet Barlow for Clonmel would score the first goal of the game with a phenomenal reverse shot, unstoppable. Waterford were shocked and quickly tried to even the board, but a quick break from Aoife Fanning to the top of the circle, hitting the backboard with a shot. Waterford were very frustrated and quickly got on the scoreboard to finish the first half 2-1. Waterford secured their second goal soon into the second half, the game was level.2-2. Clonmel knew they needed to dig deep and continue with the pressure to finish the

game winners. Juliet Barlow sent several balls into Waterford’s circle to forwards Daisy O’Keeffe and Searlaith McGarry who were thorns in the side of Waterford’s defense. Waterford put pressure on Clonmel’s backline of Roisin Heffernan, Aoibhe McGrath, Maria O’Connor, Kate Hennessy and Grace Kennedy but they were excellent in defense and cleared every attack. Aoife Fanning got another break and secured Clonmel’s third goal one on one with the goalkeeper. Clonmel 3-2. Waterford were relentless with the pressure but Clonmel’s players

Ada McGarry, Suzanne Kerry and Kate Downey intercepted almost all and were quick with the turnover. Juliet Barlow received a perfect pass from Suzanne Kerry reaching the top of the circle and striking perfectly into the goal.

Clonmel 4-2. Waterford didn’t give up and were continuous with their determination in securing another goal but were not successful. Clonmel were awarded a short corner in the final seconds of the game with Roisin Heffernan coming up to take the shot from the top. Injected by Aoife Fanning to Roisin Heffernan and struck with her full power, Waterford’s goalkeeper saved the shot but Clonmel’s Ada Mcgarry was perfectly placed to receive the rebound and send straight into the goal for Clonmel’s fifth. Final score 5-2.

Clonmel Team: Grace Kennedy, Roisin Heffernan, Kate Hennessey, Aoibhe Mcgarry, Maria O’Connor, Aoife Fanning, Juliet Barlow, Ada Mcgarry, Kate Downey, Searlaith Mcgarry, Daisy O’Keefe, Suzanne Kerry

to dust themselves off before they take on Ashton HC on February 5th.

The Clonmel U/16 hockey team that played Nenagh in the league at Thurles last weekend. Photo: Jamie O’Flaherty The Nenagh U/16 hockey team that played Clonmel in the league at Thurles last weekend. Photo: Jamie O’Flaherty Zoe O’Gorman in action for Clonmel against Nenagh. Photo: Jamie O’Flaherty Rebecca Curran in action for Clonmel against Nenagh. Photo: Jamie O’Flaherty The Clonmel Rock team that defeated Waterford last weekend.


Men’s Notes

Results from Friday 13th to 27th of Jan.

Dominic Stafford (21) & Mick O’Connor (8) take top spot in weeks 2 & 3 of the CYP with a massive 33Pts again as always thanks to or sponsors Maher’s Londis on the Cashel rd.

Week 4:

Of the CYP Sat 28th of Jan to Fri 4th of Feb is up and running the format is a 2 Person Green-somes aka Scotch Four-somes. This format seems to be popular with “The Punters” 34 entries so far with five days to go.

Up Coming Fixtures:

Week 5 of the CYP Sat

4th to Fri 10th of Feb

Maher’s Londis CYP

format will be 12 Hole 4-Ball Stroke -Play. Holes in Play to be confirmed. Please see terms and conditions in posted in lower hall.

As previously discussed, The CYP will run over the next 6 to 8 weeks weather permitting this year will be running with a series of 4-Man/ Ball team events for six weeks or so with the grand finale to be held weather permitting midMarch. Slight change to the “final format” of CYP this year, in previous years we had a series of four-ball formats which won’t change this year and then we ran off a single’s final, This year will be the same except top 48 qualifier’s will go

into an open draw for 12 teams of 4 in final and the best 3 singles cards counted towards the winning team. Full terms and conditions will be posted and watch this space for updates. Hopefully this format will be supported by all and I hope the formats will raise the enjoyment levels also have the usual Competitive edge. Thanks to Alan Maher in Londis Cashel Rd. for his kind support as always.

Course information: Please repair Pitch marks and repair divots. Please use sand in divots as provided on the 1st, 6th and 13th tee-boxes.

Handicap: If you have any queries regarding


Mens Golf:

The Winter League was a hotly contested final between team “No 5” Captained by Robert Hogan and team No Team “No. 12” Captained by Des O’Neill. With Robert Hogan’s team coming out on top in the end, the team included John Grogan, Gerry Maher, Tony Reade, John O’Donovan, Pakie Ryan, & Richard O’Keeffe. The team that came second also put up a fine performance, lead by Des O’Neill the team consisted of Joe Burke, Darragh Stapleton, Kevin McCarthy, Matt Carr, Albie Maher, & John Graves. The competition was Matchplay, the big interest was in the battle of the Captains, and how Des O’Neill would match up to world speed golf champion Robert Hogan. With the help of a few shots and play at a slower pace, Des had a sweet victory on the day. Well done all around.

In 3rd place in the winter league we had Michael O’Grady’s team of Paudie Carr, Brian Webster, Michael Hanly, PA Skeffington, Aiden Fogarty & Aidan Skeffington which competed against Marian Riordan team of Colin Ryan, Danny O’Dwyer, Michael Ryan (R/G), Jack Bergin, Johnny Hannigan & Ken Whelan leaving them in 4th place.

It was wonderful to see so many golfers in the

Venue for the prize giving after a difficult first half of January weather wise.

Spring League:

The Spring League has started; it is a team of five, playing four rounds of golf over the first 9-holes. Each player must sign in at the Golf Shop before each round and the scores must be entered in the computer, the best of luck to everyone.

Ladies Golf: There will be another CPR training course running Saturday 18th of February in the club house from 9.30am to 2.30pm at a cost of €40 per person the maximum class is 6 people. Many people in Ireland die each year after suffering a “Cardiac Arrest”. It is acknowledged that early response and action greatly improves the chances of survival. We are very lucky to have a defibrillator on the wall directly in front of the golf shop door in Dundrum. It is essential that we have as many volunteers as possible trained in its use. We encourage volunteers to avail of this training opportunity. Please contact 087 6252872 for full details.

Our Tuesday morning scramble on Jan 24th was won by Geraldine Cleary, Lady Captain Jacinta Coman, Maura Maher and Bridie Kinsella. Well done ladies.

Our spring league kicked off on Sunday Jan 22th, with eight teams

your handicap, world handicap system etc. Please send email to clonmelgcmenshc@ and Men’s golf will revert asap Teams 2023: Selectors still required for the Junior Cup, Jimmy Bruen, Pierce Purcell if you have any desire to pick a team in this year’s Inter Club fixtures please let Donncha , John O’Brien or Kevin O’Donnell know. * Note the Munster area finals will be held in Clonmel GC on the 1st & 2nd of July 23.*

The only Criteria I ask for when picking a team is everyone who wishes in their respective H/C brackets gets a trial and also when playing in

home or away fixtures that the player wears the correct club attire. Which can all be picked up from Dylan in the Pro-shop reasonably priced.

2023 could just be our year! Get into Golf 2023: Places filling up fast for 2023 GIG program. Please register with Aine in the office or contact Donncha on 0879661322.

Information Night

Friday 27th of Feb.

Junior Notes

Congratulations to Joe Franklin on receiving the Annerville Award for Pitch & Putt. Well done, Joe.


Draw took place on

Saturday 28th January 2023 with a Jackpot of €3,500. Number drawn: 02,22,27,28. No Jackpot winner. One matched-three winner – Mary Horne. Congratulations Mary!

Jackpot €3,600 on Saturday 4th February


Tickets at €2 each and three for €5. Also available to purchase online, QR codes, Facebook.

Vouchers available for all kinds of gifts and presents. Quick Pick Lotto available shortly. NEW MEMBERS 2022/2023

15 months for the price of 12 – join Clonmel Golf Club as a new

member and you will receive 3 months free –membership covered up to 31st March 2024.

If you are looking to join the club, please contact the office for details of rates.

This offer is open to new members and past members who have not renewed their membership within the last 5 years. Golf Ireland fees not included. Terms and conditions apply so for full details please contact Aine at the office on 052-6124050 or download an application form from our website www.clonmelgolfclub. com.

WEBSITE Please visit: www.clonmelgolfclub. com to view our weekly

notes online.


At last, a window of fine weather allowed the ladies to appear on the golf course and even play a competition too.

Hopefully it is just the beginning of greater things to come.

Results of 12 Hole Weekly Competition week ending Friday 27th

Jan. Winner Liz Barlow (21) 26pts.

A great score to start our weekly competitions. Well done, Liz. Matchplay Mondays are in progress. Please be at the clubhouse at 9:50 to draw an opponent or have your match pre-arranged and play between 10-11am.

participating with 6/7 players on each team. Four games to play with only the top 4 scores on a team to count. We encourage you to get out and play for your team.

Best of luck ladies !.

Dates for your Diary: Our table quiz will be held in the Venue Friday 3rd March. This is one of our major fund raisers for the ladies club. It is always a great night with plenty of prizes and also lots of spot prizes. It is always very

well supported by the Men so let’s keep up the tradition. We are looking forward to a wonderful night for all. See you there with your thinking caps on.

Seniors Golf:

The result of last week’s 15-hole scramble; in 1st place John Grogan, Tom Kennedy, John O’Donovan & Denis O’Donnell with 47.8 (52-4.2). In 2nd place Tommy Landers, Jim Kinsella, Larry Hickey & Denis McCarthy 51.8

(57-5.2). In 3rd place Martin Quirke, Liam Ryan (Cashel), Sean Crosse & Liam Treacy 52.2 (57-4.8. Bank Holliday Weekend at Dundrum Golf Club: On February 4th 5th & 6th A Team of 4 Champagne Scramble; Tee sheet available each day from 9am to 12:30pm. Members €8 Visitors €25. Book online https:// visitors.brsgolf. com/Dundrum or call the golf shop on 062 71116.

New Golfing Year Begins

It was great to see the car park full this week and Golfers enjoying themselves on the Course. Senior Men’s Group played Tuesday and Friday in glorious sunshine and the Senior Ladies make a welcome return on Tuesday.

Ladies There is a Ladies Open Singles Stapleford Competition Monday to Sunday for the present.

Ladies Draw time on Thursday is 10.30am.

Ladies Result

Ladies 9 Hole Open Singles played Monday 16th to Sunday 22nd January was won by

Miriam Halley (9) 19pts C/B.

Teams Club Captains have completed Entry forms for Inter-Club competitions and now is the time for all members to consider entry for Panels.

Get into Golf Cahir Park Ladies Committee are running a ‘Get into Golf’ programme this Summer for ladies’ interested in golf. This programme is very enjoyable and no previous experience of golf is necessary. There is an upper limit of 25 for the classes. Please contact Kate in the Club

Office 052 7441474 to register.

Find the Golf Ball

All members are asked to support the ‘Find the Golf Ball’ weekly fundraiser. Envelopes are available in the Bar and Restaurant and in the Pro Shop.

Your weekly €2 is very valuable to build funds for continuous improvement of golf facilities and equipment.

The envelope drawn on Saturday 28th of January was Tom Hickey and his number was 14. It was not a winner but he still receives €20. The next draw will take place on Saturday 4th of February.

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CAHIR GOLF CLUB Mary Costelloe, Liz Barlow, Eleanor Devaney – Lady Captain, Deirdre Ronan and Mary Burke who participated in the first of the Matchplay Mondays recently The winners of the Winter League at Dundrum House Golf Course Left to Right; John Grogan, Richard O’Keeffe, Tony Reade, Club Captain Darren Hayes, Team Captain Robert Hogan, Gerry Maher, John O’Donovan & Pakie Ryan. The team in 2nd place in the Winter League at Dundrum House Golf Course Left to Right; John Graves, Joe Burke, Team Captain Des O’Neill, Club Captain Darren Hayes, Albie Maher & Kevin McCarthy.
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