Tipp Hurlers Fun Run a massive success
There was a huge turnout, despite the very inclement weather, for the Tipperary hurlers 6km fun run/walk in Thurles last week with a very special atmosphere prevailing.
They came from far and wide to take part in a wonderful initiative, young and old alike, and everyone entered into the spirit of the occasion which was driven on by that special group of men known as Tipperary hurlers.
Yes, we often criticise them, give out about them, and even dismiss them on the one hand, while on the other hand we praise them, glorify them and blow them up. But, on a cold wet Saturday afternoon in December, Tipperary’s hurlers showed their true mettle as they used their profile and the respect they have earned to raise much needed funds for Suir Haven in Thurles and for Friends of St Luke’s Hospital in Dublin, where their former teammate, Eddie Connolly of Loughmore Castleiney is currently having treatment.
It was on foot of Eddie’s sudden illness during the Autumn that hurlers decided to act and when they sent out the clarion call to the people of The Premier County, they were not found wanting.
The participants began assembling in the lashing rain at Dr. Morris Park from about 12:15 onwards and nobody seemed to mind the conditions. They were dressed for the occasion and even with the water running down the road at Killinan, nobody seemed to care. They were taking part to support a fantastic cause and would have run in a hurricane if the need arose.
The runners and walkers gathered in the belly of the Old Stand at Semple Stadium after registering and soon enough the line-up began with Tipperary Captain Brendan Maher on hand to do the count down, wish everyone well for the race and emphasise the hope that everybody would enjoy the experience. And, they did.
Practically every parish in Tipperary was represented in the race and all ages donned the runners to make the journey around Seskin from Bohernananve, Killinan, onto Cormackstown and back onto Abbey Road, Kennedy Park and into Dr Morris Park again where Today FM sports journalist Paul Collins was on hand to welcome eveyrone back with some gentle ribbing.
Congratulations to the Tipperary senior hurling players , all of those involved in organising the event, and all those who participated - it was afabulous show of support to a great cause and a great Gael.