Thousands expected at Thurles Sports Fest from this weekend

Thurles Sports Fest Kicks off this weekend

Thousands expected at Thurles Sports Fest from this weekend

The final preparations are in place for Thurles Sports Festival 2016 which commences on Friday next and is expected to attract hundreds of visitors to The Cathedral Town.

The festival, now in its second year, has something for everybody such as a family 10k cycle taking place on Friday 1st July beginning from Lit Campus, Thurles from 6.30pm; a 6k fun run taking place on Sunday 3rd July; and a sports talk focusing on personal stories of GAA players will take place on Tuesday 5th July in LIT mongst many other events.

Thurles Sarsfields will of course be running the successful tournament for the Tom Semple Cup on Saturday 9th July with some of the best clubs in the country taking part. For further details on the wide range of sporting activities which will take place visit our website on www.thurlessportsfest.com.

For all those music lovers the Garth Brooks Irish experience will perform in The Premier Hall on Saturday 9th July. Tickets are only €10 and available today from Bookworm in Thurles or by calling Tommy on 0894487657. Come and dance the night away to all your old favourites.

For the GAA fan, one of the highlights of this festival will be the re-enactment of the 1916 All-Ireland between Tullaroan and Boherlahan. 100 years later the two clubs have come together to mark this historic occasion by going back in time to appreciate how the ancient game has changed and evolved over the last century.

The two teams will depart from Lar Na Pairce at 6.30 pm on Friday in period dress accompanied by horse drawn carriages and vintage cars and will make their way through the streets of Thurles to Thurles Sarsfields Outside Field where the match will take place.

At 7.00pm a twenty minute match will take place between the u12 teams of Boherlahan and Tullaroan to demonstrate the modern game and the big match will follow with Archbishop Kieran O Reilly throwing in the ball which was custom at the time - the match will be an exhibition game rather than a competitive one. So whatever your plans for this Friday, don’t miss this historic occasion in the Thurles Sarsfields Outside Field.

The Sean Treacy Pipe Band and Thurles Silver Band will be attendance to add to the occasion and Tipperary Rose of Tralee, Fiona O'Sullivan will also be present. Prior to throw-in, 'Faith of Our Fathers' and the National Anthem will be perfomed with real gusto and each player will receive a personal souvenir of the game as a memento of the historical occasion.

Officials from the Tipperary and Kilkenny County Boards as well as representatives from Croke Park will travel to the European Town of Sport for the commemorative event and Irish TV will be featuring the Sports Fest over two programmes in the coming weeks.

Among the other sports featuring will be Road Bowling for the John Enright Cup on Saturday at Cormackstown Road; and Scor Bowls on Saturday 9th for Special Needs for the Margo Olden Cup.

There will also be polocrosse, soccer tournaments, pony camps, the National Weightlifting Championships , rugby boot camp, camogie, ladies football and model aeroplanes exhibitions.

Thurles Sports Fest are grateful to have the continued support of Tipperary County Council, Failte Ireland, IT Thurles, Tipp Fm Radio, The Tipperary Star, Thurles Credit Union and Thurles Chamber of Commerce.

The Festival Committee members have been very busy in recent weeks getting everything into ship shape. They include: Cllr Jim Ryan, Danielle Martin, John O'Shaughnessy, Ciaran Lynch, John Butler, Tommy Barrett, John Lanigan, Laura Maloney, John Enright.