The fourth Thurles Sarsfields Festival of Gaelic Sport which commences on Friday, July 4th has been expanded to a week-long event and will feature all aspects of traditional gaelic games.
The highlight of the festival since its inauguration has been the hurling competition for the Tom Semple Cup and this will again be the case this year, with such well-known clubs as Passage(Waterford champions), Clara(Offaly), Ballyboden St enda’s(Dublin), Ballybrown(Limerick), Turloughmore(Galway), Silvermines, Clonakenny, and Sarsfields, among others, vieing for top honours).
Festival 2014, however, sees the addition of handball, rounders, ladies football, juvenile hurling tournaments , and athletics to complete a most comprehensive round of sporting activity in the town throughout the week.
It will also feature a concert on Saturday July 5th –The Irish Garth Brooks Experience at Sarsfields Social Centre, promoted by Tipp FM who are media partners with Sarsfields for the festival. On Saturday July 12th, the festival will close with a Ceili Mor in the Sarsfields Social Centre.
The programme of events is as follows –
Friday July 4th – Target Ball (bowling for the disabled) at Sarsfields Centre from 11.30 am to 1.30 am for the Margo Olden cup.
Saturday July 5th – The Irish Garth Brooks Experience Concert, promoted by Tipp FM at Sarsfields Social Centre at 9pm; Durlas Og under 16 hurling tournament preliminary rounds; Road Bowling competitions; Ladies Football Tournament(Sarsfields Outside field) tournament.
Sunday July 6th – Four mile road race/fun run and walk at 11 am organised by Chamber of Commerce and Croke AC, beginning Greyhound Stadium, via Killinan, Seskin, back to Semple Stadium (registration 10.30am).
Monday July 7th and July 8th – Caman Abu (recreational hurling tournament) Sarsfields outside field, 7pm.
Wednesday, July 9th –Handball, 7.30 at handball alley, Semple Stadium
Thursday, July 10th, Handball, 7.30;
Friday, July 11th – Caman Abu finals. 7pm ; Handball, 7.30;
Saturday, July 12th – Semple and Carew Cup hurling tournaments, Morris Park/Sarsfields outside field, 10.30;
Camogie tournament, O Mara Cup, St Patrick’s College, 10 am;
Durlas Og juvenile hurling tournament finals;
Rounders tournament(Croke AC grounds, 11am);
Ceili Mor in Sarsfields Social Centre at 9.30 pm.
Joint chairmen of the Sarsfields organising committee, John Enright and John Lanigan said that they are delighted with the support they have received this year from bodies such as Tipp FM, Chamber of Commerce, Tipperary Co Council and the various sporting organisations which have come on board. “This involvement has made the event a true festival of gaelic sport, embracing all the disciplines which were part of the GAA at its foundation. It is the only such event in the country, has been endorsed by Croke Park, and, with the backing of the Thurles public, it promises to be a wonderful occasion,” they add.
There is no admission charge for spectators to the hurling, camogie, ladies football, rounders, road bowling, target ball, or caman abu competitions. There is a registration fee for the road race/fun walk(10 euro) and tickets are available for The Irish Garth Brook experience and Ceili Mor.