Despite criticism over the lack of local authority involvement in the erection of blue and gold colours in Liberty Square, Thurles before the All-Ireland hurling final, District Manager Mr Matt Shortt, has praised the efforts of locals and said that their actions were ‘hugely positive.”
The matter was raised at a meeting of the Municipal District by Cllr David Doran who said that he was very disappointed that the council had not gotten involved - they had done so for every other All-Ireland senior final and he felt that the birthplace of the GAA and the home of the Association in Tipperary should have been decorated by the council.
Cllr Jim Ryan, who was one of the organisers of the local initiative to erect colour, said that there was a health and safety issue associated with people putting up bunting and flags from a cherry picker while traffic was moving around, and expressed the view that the council should have helped out.
However, Cllr John Hogan pointed out that every other town and village in the county gets on with the job and does not rely on the council to put up the colours. Cllr Joe Bourke said that it was normally done by the council in Templemore, but this time round he had organised a few people to get together and do the work. Cllr Michael Smith thanked all those communities, groups and associations who decorated the county in a sea of blue and gold and said that their efforts greatly boosted the players spirits.
Mr Shortt said that the feedback received, by-and-large, pointed to a hugely positive initiative on the part of the local community and he congratulated all those involved. He accepted Cllr Seamus Hanafin’s view that the council might have had a ‘civic responsibility’ to get involved in the erection of colour, but added that the work undertaken was done with great spirit. Cllr Ryan did request assistance with taking the colours down in time to come.