Over eighty teams will be taking part in the Thurles Sarsfields International Hurling Festival in July which, this year, is a week-long event to tie in with the Munster hurling final.
For the first time the festival will include ladies football and juvenile hurling tournaments in addition to the usual, thirteen-a-side hurling, camogie, road bowling, and Caman Abu competitions which have been so successful over the last three years.
The Target Ball bowling competition for the handicapped, such a big hit last year, will again be part of this year’s festival.
Former Sarsfaields chairman, John Enright, says that the Semple, Carew, and Culhane Cups will again be the main feature of the hurling festival but this year teams will be taking part from some of the more traditional counties with the aim of upgrading competition. Sixteen teams will participate in these, with eight teams in both the camogie and ladies football tournaments.
Last year a Caman Abu inter-pubs/societies recreational hurling competition was introduced and was a big hit. This year it is planned to have thirty two teams involved and the event will be run over three nights in the week leading up to the Munster final.
The festival will commence on July 5th with the ladies football, target ball, and road bowling events. The Semple, Carew, and Culhane cups hurling and the camogie competition for the Helen O Mara cup are on Saturday July12th.
John Enright said that the cultural side of the festival is not being forgotten and this year a Ceili House will be staged at the Sarsfields Centre on Saturday July 12th following the competitions and presentation of prizes.
Said John Enright – The festival is evolving each year and has grown steadily over the last three years thanks to the great support of our sponsors and the hard work of our committee and club members. Our aim is to promote Thurles as a sports tourism centre for the benefit of the town and to achieve this we would welcome all the support we can get from the Thurles public”, he added.