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Lattin Cullen Ladies

Lattin Cullen Ladies

The U16 girls played Thurles Sarsfields on May 6 in the plate final. The game kicked off a 2.30pm in New Inn. From the start Thurles Sarsfields were very strong and it wasn’t long before Thurles opened the scoring within the first five minutes and the scores rolled on from there. Lattin had a good few chances but the wind was at their disadvantage. By half time the score was Thurles 2-5 to Lattin Cullen 1-3.

After some inspirational words from their trainers Lattin Cullen came out in fighting force and made an excellent come back. Lattin were determined to prove that they were the better team. It wasn’t long before both teams were level. In the last few minutes Lattin managed to get 2 points from play. Everyone played to the best of their ability and it was proved in the end with Lattin winning. The final score was Lattin Cullen 3-7 Thurles 3-5. This was a great achievement as last year we were unable to field an U16 team.

The team was as follows: Noelle Looby, Grainne Cole, Maria Nash, Caitlin Buckley, Orla Landers, Aisling Ryan, Helen Quirke, Katie O’Donoghue, Lara O’Dwyer, Megan O’Neill, Emer Quirke, Clodagh Cunningham, Hannah Dawson, Grainne Looby and Jenny Quirke. Subs: Katie Cunningham, Kayleigh O’Farrell, Sinead Quirke.

Tipperary Town Ladies Soccer

Congratulations to our U10’s 12’s and 14’s on their first ever season. The kids, coaches and managers did us very proud with U10’s winning plenty of their Blitz games and the U12’s and 14’s finishing 4th and 3rd respectively in their leagues. Six of the girls were involved with Emerging Talent squads (County team) so all in all it has been a great success in our first year. Thanks to everyone who helped out all season with sponsorship, kits, lifts etc. We couldn’t exist without you and we’re looking forward to an even better year next year.

TTLFC 1-0 Clerihan - A massive result this week against last years league champions Clerihan. The girls have worked harder then ever this year in preseason and to nick the win against such a strong team is testament to the spirit and determination of the Tipp Ladies.

This was probably the highest quality game the girls have been involved in and the Tipp girls themselves brought a lot of that quality to the table. Maggie Gilsenan in goals is having a great spell of form with her second clean sheet in a week. Her defence has clicked as well with Aisling Daly, Lisamarie Hayes, Hayley Dewick and lady of the match Martina Wills looking almost unbeatable as a back four. A midfield of Bianca Ryan, Aoife Lynch, Loll Kenneally and Claire Crowe offers much creativity and a great deal of passing nuance. Add to that a strike partnership of Jade Looby and Stephanie Walsh and you begin to see why after in only their second season this side has suddenly became challengers for top honours.

The move for the Tipp winner was exquisite with Jade playing a defence splitting pass into the path of Claire who was denied by a brilliant save from the Clerihan keeper but following in to lash the ball home was Steph to give the home side a well deserved win. This was a great win for Tipp and against such a good side gives the girls great motivation for the rest of the season. That said they will be tested to the limit next week by a very talented Nenagh side and will need again to bring their A game to the table if they are going to get anything out of that game.

Arravale Rovers Juveniles

On Saturday May 18, Arravale Rovers U12 C Team played Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams U12 D team at 11am in Dundrum. The match was played in good sunny conditions. Arravale played great in both half’s, showing great passing movement and getting into great scoring opportunities. Arravale went on to win by 14 scores to Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams 1 Scores.

Our goalie on the day was Caleb Hickey, who had a very strong game, kicking the balls to our backs, Brian O’Donnell, Aidan Roche, and Oisin McCall. Brian, Aidan and Oisin cleared any ball that came into the backs and kicked up field to our midfield of Donagh Hickey, Eoin Kelly, Michael Lowry and Padraig Russell. Donagh, Eoin, Michael and Padraig all got onto the score sheet and tracked back to help our defense and passed balls to our forwards Will Hogan (Captain), Raymond Kelly and Evan O’Connor. Will, Raymond and Evan played great, grabbing scores in tight spaces.

A great day’s football for our U12 C Team and a big thanks to Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams for the strong performance they showed on the day and for their hospitality.

Our scorekeeper Bella was back and Bella tracked the scores with precision and timing. A big word of thanks to all of our parents who drove to Dundrum and for all of their support. 

On Monday May 13, Arravale Rovers U12 C Team played Cappawhite U12 B Team at 7pm in Sean Treacy Park. The match was played with a strong wind blowing down and across the field. Arravale played against the wind in the first half and played extremely well across all positions. In the second half, the team showed true spirit and determination and won out in the end with Arravale scoring 5 scores to Cappawhite’s 3 scores.

Our goalie on the night was Will Hogan, who had a very strong game, kicking the balls to our backs, Brian O’Donnell, Aidan Roche, and Oisin McCall. Brian, Aidan and Oisin had a lot of ball to clear in both half’s and had a great gaming weathering the storm they faced. Our midfield was made up of Eoin Kelly, Michael Lowry and Raymond Kelly. Eoin, Michael and Raymond had a tremendous amount of work to track back and move forward and ran up and down the pitch passing the balls into our forwards of Caleb Hickey, Padraig Russell (Captain on the night and led by example) and Evan O’Connor. Caleb, Padraig and Evan played great, grabbing scores in windy conditions.

A great night’s football for our U12 C Team and a big thanks to Cappawhite for the strong performance they showed on the night, it was a very close game and could have gone either way. Thanks again to our supporters who showed up on the night and gave great support from the sideline to our team.

Membership is now over due and if any body has not paid it yet please pay at the next training session.

Kellogg’s Cúl Camps Summer Camps are on in the club between Monday July 1st and Friday July 5th. More information will be available in the coming weeks.

Training continues every Saturday morning from 10 am to 12 for under 6 to 12 year olds. All are welcome to attend.

 Upcoming fixtures are Arravale Rovers U12 A Vs Clounoulty Rossmore U12 A in Golden at 7pm on Thursday May 23. Any support for the boys would be very appreciated. 

Tipperary Town ICA

The Tipperary Town ICA held their AGM in April and the following officers and committee were elected: President Y. Kelly, Vice President K. Dalton, Arts & Crafts, Hon. Secretary G. O’Connell, Hon. Treasurer M. Collins, Grianan Teactha, N. O’Sullivan, PRO A. Lonergan. Timire and contests secretary B.Withero, hostesses C.O’Donnell and G.O’Connell gave the annual report. The meeting included a talk from Adapted Living on the importance of making a will. Some members took part in craft classes. Some of our members visit

Cluain Arann, day care centre and nursing homes to entertain residents each week. We are involved in community through church gate collections for charity, local choir writer’s group and much more.

The May Guild meeting had a fun table quiz and the members of the craft class displayed their work decoupage pictures, beautiful beaded jewellery, greeting cards for all occasions and handbags of various shapes and colours. Thanks to K. Dalton for her guidance and help.

Members are going to An Grianan for south Tipperary in September; please pay remainder of fee before Federation meeting on June 10, where tickets for the Federation Gathering Garden party in Dundrum House Hotel on June 23, will be available.

Tipperary Town Wildlife

Mini beasts were the order of the day as the girls from St Michaels Girls National School paid a visit to St Mary’s graveyard to carry out a survey looking for creature’s great and small. For most of the class this was there first every trip to the church and their new teacher had only been in the job for a few hours. Stones were turned over and nettles examined as we discovered ladybirds, woodlice, ants, worms, bumblebees, beetles and the caterpillars of butterflies. This wide variety of species shows that the environment of this precious habitat is very healthy. All these insects provide food for birds and we found House sparrows feeding in the long grass. Our last stop was a look inside the church and a poignant reading of a plaque remembering former students of the Abbey school who fell during the Great War. Only one surname from the list was represented in the class. This unique combination of wildlife and history makes St Mary’s an excellent spot for education and awareness. Questions please to

Galtee Walking Club

The weather held and all three groups who took to the hills last Sunday had a good day. The ever-popular C group drew 27 members for a glorious outing in the Comeraghs with Liam and Shane Doheny. Meeting in Kilsheelan village, they car-pooled into the foothills of Knockanaffrin to make their way along forest tracks to the lovely Lough Mohra. Disturbed only by the feeding activities of fish on insect, the still calm waters of the lake were a meditative experience as the group lunched under Knockanaffrin, taking in the panoramic vista that stretched out to the horizon over Waterford. After a round of the lake, Liam led the way back through ever extending circles of forest path to the pick up point. The afters are still to be reported on, where many took up Marion’s invitation to tea and cake down the road. Thank you Marion and Liam and Shane for all your effort and for a unique outing in the Comeraghs.

A change of plan saw Ann O’Donnell lead the B group out from Galtee Castle car park and into the lovely Blackrock Valley. Enjoying relatively balmy weather conditions, the first leg of the journey took them down to the Two Rivers and then along by the old famine wall. Taking the Zig Zag from there, they ascended to point 609 and took a break for lunch. From here they circled around to make their return journey home in high spirits, well pleased with this alternative outing.

Paul Ryan’s A walk was led by our esteemed chairman Tom, who stepped into the breach at the last minute to navigate a novel route of the Horseshoe in the Galtees. Starting from Clydagh, they took the path along by the river to ascend the north face of Galtee Mor. It was clear and warm on top, so a welcome lunch was enjoyed for a change! Then it was across to Galty Beg where they bid farewell to the ‘two seniors’ who decided to head back via the usual route of Cush and Clydagh. The ‘more youthful’ rest continued on to point 786 and then north to Knockastakeen. The final push was onto Cush and finally, with legs beginning to falter, they made it back to Clydagh after 6 hours of true A style endeavour. Well done all and thank you Tom.

Next weeks walks Sunday May 26, Joe Brown will meet the A walkers at 10am at Galtee Castle car park for a hike in the Galtees. The B group will meet at 11am at Rock an Thorabh for a round of the Ridge with Eddie McGrath. Wednesday evening walks continue as scheduled.

St. Michael’s Schoolboys

U15’s Win League - Saints just had to avoid defeat to Clonmel Town last Wednesday night at home and the league title was theirs. The groundwork was done the week before with a great win at St Kevin’s to put then in this position. The occasion seemed to be getting to the players as they were not playing with their usual confidence and were making some mistakes. Town were the team that looked the more likely to score but Saints escaped. The game changed in the space of three minutes when first a long shot from Conor McGrath went through their keeper’s hands and into the net to put us 1-0 up. It was to get better when it was 2-0 soon after when a corner was headed to the net by a Town defender. It stayed that way to halftime. Again the second half Saints let Town come on to them, but good defending from Jamie Ryan, Billy Keating, Jack Hogan, Zac O’Halloran and a couple of fine saves from Maurice Mulhair in goal kept the advantage at two. Our midfield of Conor McGrath, Kieran Breen, Willie Armshaw and Luke Quinn were trying hard to get the ball to Shane Neville up from who looked dangerous every time he was on the ball. Dean Walsh and Joe Griffey both worked hard too when introduced with some good defending when needed. Town’s pressure paid off when they reduced the lead to a goal with ten minutes to go. Saints lifted their game for the last ten minutes to secure to win and the league title. It wasn’t the best game from St Michaels this season but they were undefeated through the league section winning all their games and well deserved champions. Jamie Ryan received the league trophy from Ger Hally and thanked the large number of supporters on the night and through the league for their support, and he also thanked Darren McGrath and Gerry Cummins for their coaching and commitment to the team through out the season. Well done to all.

Kennedy Cup - In the build up to the Kennedy cup on June 10, South Tipperary played the Carlow League in a friendly last weekend. We had Zac O’Halloran, Willie Armshaw and Mark Furlong playing but were defeated 1-0.

DD Cremins Tournament - The DD Cremins tournament will take place over the June bank holiday weekend.

Summer Soccer School - St Michaels Cooke Park again is a venue this summer for the Eflow FAI summer soccer school. It will take place from July 22nd to 26th. Last year it was a great success with it been one of the largest soccer schools in the country. If anyone is interested in booking a place this summer it can be done by going into the FAI website on go to the FAI Summer Soccer Schools, prices are at a reduced rate this year.


Arravale Rovers

On Saturday week last our senior footballers took to the field in the first round of the County Senior Football Championship against Moyne Templetouhy. In an impressive display, we emerged convincing victors on the night. Hopefully this vein of form will continue for the rest of the championship, and the club wish them the best of luck in their next outing.

The club would like to congratulate the Tipperary Minor Footballers on their thrilling victory over Cork in the Munster Semi Final. We particularly would like to congratulate our own Ciarán Lowry who gave an impressive display on the night. We wish him and the panel the very best of luck in the final against Kerry.

Tipperary play Kerry in the first round of the Senior Championship this coming Sunday, and with a large contingent of Arravale men on the panel, we cant wait to see some of our own on the big stage. We wish them all the best of luck.

Finally, Arravale now have a range of club gear (tracksuits, shorts etc) that is available on order from O’Neills.

For further details, contact club secretary Claire O’Brien.

Dundrum AC

A number of athletes from the club travelled to the Portlaw five-mile road race recently. Kevin Moore was 4th with a time of 26:47. John Shanahan, Michael Ryan and Ruaidhri Devitt completed the team finishing in 8th, 15th and 16th positions with times of 27:53, 28:54 and 28:59 and 29:49. The lads combined to win the team category.

Dymphna Ryan won her forth race in a row completing the course in a time of 29:26. Padraig Coen and Michael J Ryan completed the course in times of 29:49 and 30:58. Yves Lemaitre won the junior race in a time of 30:38.

Brendan Kinnane finished the Clonmel 10K in a time of 38:54 and Karen Ryan recorded a time of 45:30.

Padraig Coen finished a two-mile race at Ballynonty in a time of 11 minutes.

There will be a club meeting at the scouts centre on Friday, May 17 to discuss the upcoming club 10K.

Juvenile results - The club had nine athletes taking part in the Co. U/12 to U/19 track and field championships over the weekend. Our small squad were had a good weekend with six bringing home medals.

We had gold medal wins for Michael Boland in the U/18 boys 3k with a time of 10:13. Stephanie Moore won gold in the Girl U/17 L/J with a new PB of 4:71. Eimear Loughman at U/16 won double gold in the Girls U/16 800m and 1500m. Tommy Moore won gold in the U/15 100m. He also won silver medals in the javelin and 80m hurdles and bronze in the 200m and L/J. We also had fine bronze medal wins for Jerry Hayes in the boys U/14 javelin and Sarah Armshaw who had a great race to win the bronze in the U/12 600m. Stephen McDonald competing at U/13, Kieran Browne at U/14 and David Carroll at U/12 were unlucky to come away empty-handed but will have another day.