The hamlet of Noan in South Tipperary was transformed into Brigadoon last Saturday for the unveiling of the New Tipperary Monument dedicated to the former GAA club in the area. Chairman of the County Tipperary GAA, Sean Nugent, led the dignitaries in their deliberations about the Rangers and the importance of rural life especially in these demanding times. He thanked the committee for their foresight and endeavours with the erecting of this monument. He continued his address with praise for the mentors and players that represented the team in the past and thanked them for the loyalty to the GAA.
The ceremonies commenced with a short parade from Lurgoe cross to the monument ably led by Johnny Hanly carrying the national flag. Pipers from the Sean Treacy Pipe Band followed by the togged out Ballinure children in the famous colours of ‘The Rangers’ and a gathering of at least one hundred and fifty people watched. This was reminiscent of the crowds that used attend on match days in the past.
Miceál McCormack gave an oration on ‘The Rangers’ and touched on the importance of rural life and community spirit like we saw here today. He spoke of the importance of the monastic settlement just down the road in Lurgue or Lissau, namely the Gobán Saor Island or as the outsiders call it, Derrynaflan. Miceál thanked the Armitage family for the use of the field in the past and John O’Dwyer and Bob McLoughlin for their wonderful cooperation with the great site we have for the monument.
The committee of Michael Bulfin, Steve McCormack, Ned McCormack, Johnny Hanly, Roger Shanahan, Michael Fanning, Miceál McCormack and all our sponsors are to be thanked for their efforts. After reciting the ballad of Ballinure and thanking our main sponsor Gleesons Quarries, Laffansbridge, he again emphasized the importance of rural communities and the wish of the organising committee that we would assemble here in the coming years on the Saturday before La Le Padraig to remember our friends and have a cup of tea. Canon Liam then went on to bless the monument and Michael Fanning unveiled the stone. The pipers then played a lovely lament and Sean Nugent sang Slievenamon and proceedings came to a closer with the playing and singing of our National Anthem.