The first of this year’s senior hurling quarter- finals takes place on Sunday evening in Templemore at 7pm between champions Thurles Sarsfields and Drom - Inch in what should be one of the games of the year. A huge crowd is expected for this mouth-watering clash between the county champions of 2011 and 2012 and the game could well be decided on who gets the breaks on the night.
Both the U21 A & B county football finals were played last Saturday. In the A final Loughmore – Castleiney were going for two in-a-row having won last year’s county final and despite their best efforts last Saturday had to give second best to Ardfinnan who came out on top by 0-11 to Loughmore’s 1-5.
In the B county final Upperchurch- Drombane went down to Ballinahinch Gaels by 1-6 to 0-7. Again Upperchurch gave it everything on the night and like Loughmore did all in their power to bring the honours back to the Mid. We congratulate both teams on reaching the county final and with a bit of luck could have been crowned county champions.
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Mid Minor Football
In Rd 5 of the A football championship last week Holycross had a comfortable win over Drom, Thurles Sarsfields pipped JK Brackens by a point. In the B championship Upperchurch had a one point win over Loughmore, Moyne- Templetuohy Og drew with Thurles Gaels in a high scoring game and Gortnahoe had a w/o with Boherlahan.
O Mahoney Print
Thurles Sarsfields defeated Moycarkey in Rd 3 of the Junior hurling league played last Friday evening by 0-16 to 1-10.
In Rd 2 there were wins for Moyne- Templetuohy over St Mary’s Clonmel, Thurles Sarsfields over Arravale Rovers, Holycross were beaten by Moyle Rovers and Drom went down to Ballina,
Scor Sinsear All Ireland
Noel Joyce and the set dancers from JK Brackens did the division, county and province proud not to mention their club when they emerged victorious in the Scor Sinsear All Ireland held in Derry. Noel with his own composition, “The Day I scored the winning goal” won All Ireland Champion 2013 in Aithriseoireacht.
JK Brackens Set dancers were crowned All Ireland Champions in Rince Seit. Congratulations to Máiréad, Nicole, Katherese. Jennie, Eoin H., Dominic, Stuart, and Eoin B. and to their mentor Johnny Delaney. A magnificent achievement and congratulations to all involved .
Hall of fame
Congratulations to Mickey Byrne former Thurles Sarsfields and Tipperary great who will be inducted to the Tipperary Association Dublin Hall of Fame at their annual awards dinner on Saturday May 25 at the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel Dublin.
Mickey who is current President of Thurles Sarsfields is a most deserving recipient of this award. Mickey , known to one and all as “the Rattler” held down the right-full- back position for Tipperary for 12 championship seasons between 1949 and1960.
He had served an apprenticeship before his debut season of ’49 though, and was a substitute on the All-Ireland winning team of 1945. It all began for Mickey in the sense of formal hurling when he attended Thurles CBS, winning a Dean Ryan cup medal with the school in 1939. He graduated to the Tipp minors playing in the losing 1941 final against Cork. In 1944 Mickey won his first county senior medal in what was to prove a spectacularly successful career with Sarsfields.
By this stage Mickey was knocking on the door of the Tipperary team and was a substitute on the successful 1945 panel which was led by his club-mate John Maher, and which altogether included a remarkable 12 Thurles men. The following three years were lean years for Tipp as Cork regained the ascendancy in Munster, though it was Limerick who were to prove Tipp’s masters in those years, and when there was a major shake - up in personnel in 1949 after three disappointing years, Mickey’s time had come. By then Tipp won the All-Ireland title in 1949, only three of the 1948 team had survived to share in the glory, and the new team was backboned by the likes of Mickey Byrne and some of the star minors of the ‘45-’47 era such as John Doyle, Pat Stakelum and Phil Shanahan. This team had some huge battles with Cork over the next six years, and it was an atmosphere in which Micky Byrne, with his indestructible style revelled in the uncompromising exchanges that were an integral part of this era. Mickey was part of a great full-back-line along with Tony Brennan and John Doyle, with the peerless Tony Reddan behind them. Right through the 1950s, after the retirements of Brennan, and Reddan, Mickey Byrne remained a constant presence in the number 2 jersey for Tipp, with the exception of the 1954 season when he played at right-half-back, but he had to wait until 1958 for his 4th All- Ireland medal. In the intervening years though, he had two of his career highlights when he captained his club to Dan Breen cup success in both 1955 and ’56.
This was the start of Sarsfields great run which gave them 10 county titles in 11 years, and meant that Mickey picked up a record 14th county senior medal in 1965 at the ripe old age of 42. This is a record that will surely stand the test of time. Mickey also picked up 8 National League Medals along the way, which makes him one of the leading medal winners in this competition, and indeed it was with a League victory over Cork at the Cork Athletic Grounds in 1960 that he bade farewell to inter-county hurling after a long and illustrious career. Mickey notoriously one of the wittiest characters in Tipperary GAA, was chosen with his defensive colleagues the late Tony Brennan and John Doyle in one more full-back-line; that of the Tipperary Millennium team, and considering that half a century had passed since they were in their prime, it speaks volumes for the reputations that they have achieved.