Tipperary’s Churn Racing Championship was launched on April 16 in the Tipperary Co-op, Supervalu, Kickham place, Tipperary Town.
Special guest and GAA pundit Marty Morrissey from RTÉ performed the opening ceremonies.
The weather was favourable as it drew a huge crowd to this action packed free event.
The crowd was entertained by local compere Willie Ryan (Bun) while the CJ. Kickham brass and reed band played out ‘It’s A Long Way To Tipperary’.
There was great enthusiasm on the night as participants lined up to give an exhibition of churn racing, an event that requires a combination of speed and skill to control the revolving churn as they reach speeds of up to 40km per hour.
Addressing the large attendance at the launch Marty Morrissey described the churn racing: “I find it exhilarating to watch unique talents in a unique location. It takes a lot of skill and a lot of practice to get to the level we see in Tipperary – while it’s not quite the Munster Hurling Championship it’s not far off it!”
On a summer’s evening back in 1964 the workers from Tipperary Co-op decided to race milk churns through the Main street of the town. This year we celebrate its 50th anniversary and it will be once again the main attraction of this year’s Festival on the 11th and 12th of July.
Last year’s All – Ireland churn racing Championship saw thousands of spectators gather on the street to watch this fantastic event as the churns rumbled down the 100m course.
General Manager, Ted O’ Connor of Tipperary Co-op, who are the main sponsors of the churn racing said: “This is a great event, a unique Tipperary Town tradition and it celebrates the deep-rooted agricultural and farming history of the area. Tipperary Co-op is delighted to see so many clubs and organisations taking part”.
For more details on the 2014 All – Ireland churn racing championship check out our Facebook page ‘Tipperary Churn Racing’, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meanwhile, on Easter Monday, listeners had the chance to tune in to RTE Radio 1’s Mooney Show between 3pm and 4.30pm. Stevie O’Donnell and Elaine Fitzpatrick, both organisers with the Tipperary Churn Racing, talked at length about the upcoming event on July 11th & 12th.
Readers can hear their full interview online at www.rte.ie/radio1/mooney