Around the clubs in Tipperary Town

Tipperary Musical Society

Tipperary Musical Society

Rehearsals are in full swing for Tipperary Musical Society’s upcoming production of The Producers. Box Office is opening this coming Monday, February 4. Be sure to get your tickets early for one of the funniest musicals of all time. The Producers tells the story of Max Bialystock who was once the king of Broadway, but now all his shows close on opening night. One day Max is visited by a timid accountant Leo Bloom who remarks that under the right circumstances a producer could make more money from a flop that a hit. The plan is very simple. Raise far more money than you need, and then make sure everyone hates the show. No one will be interested in it, so you can pocket the surplus.

To insure their plan works they produce a musical called ‘Springtime for Hitler ‘written by former Nazi Franz Liebkind. They also get the insanely flamboyant Roger De Bris to direct. With all this in place how could their plan go wrong? The show will feature the award-winning cast that won best overall show at the 2012 AIMS awards in Killarney. The Producers is a must see. With dancing Nazi soldiers and little old ladies named hold me touch me and kiss me feel me audiences are sure to be holding their sides with laughter.

Don’t be disappointed; be sure to get your tickets for this hilarious comedy. The show is running from February 10 to 23, in the Simon Ryan Theatre, Tipperary Excel Centre, Tipperary Town. Box Office 062-80520.

Tipperary Singers

After a long break since the busy Christmas Season, the Tipperary Singers resume choir practise on Monday, February 4 at 7.45pm in the Community Centre in St. Michael’s Street. As the Spring Season starts, it brings with it a new cycle of songs making it an ideal time to join the choir. New members will be made most welcome and are needed.

Sadly, the Choir this week has lost its oldest and very dear member, Ned Walshe R.I.P.  Ned, with his wife Margaret and their daughter Mary, have been the most loyal and hardworking members throughout the life of the choir.  Ned joined the choir on retiring from C.I.E. some twenty years ago. While visiting him last week he expressed to me his deep appreciation for all the delight and fun, camaraderie and friendship he enjoyed over the years.  He was most diligent about the learning of his teach tapes and words, always the perfect student.  His endless jokes and sharp wit were the delight of every practise and will be greatly missed; there was never a dull moment with Ned around. He held the position of Treasurer since the mid-nineties and was efficiency personified.  We extend our deepest sympathy to Margaret his wife and their extended family at this very sad time.  May rest now in peace.

Tipperary Town Wildlife

Very few birds are hardy and adaptable enough to survive on the main street in Tipperary town. One such species is the Pied wagtail or sometimes called the “wee willy wagtail”. It has distinctive black and white plumage and a long narrow tail that is in constant motion and the birds searches for food between the legs of people. Its diet consists of small insects and these are often plucked from the wing mirrors and radiator grilles of cars. During the winter large flocks roost together in trees and on flat rooftops. They also take advantage of scraps of food and on a recent visit to St Michaels Girls National school we saw a pair of Pied wagtails in the schoolyard feeding on bread.

Arravale Rovers Ladies

Training resumes this Friday night for U8’s, U10’s and U12’s at Sean Treacy Park from 6.30 to 7.30pm. Training for U14’s and U16’s runs from 6:30 to 8pm. Hope to see you all there. New members always welcome. 

Arravale Rovers

Last Saturday was a big occasion in Sean Treacy Park as Tipperary took on Kerry in the McGrath Cup Final. Despite poor weather conditions, both teams gave it their all in front of a crowd of nearly 1,000 spectators, as Kerry emerged victors on a score line of 1-12 to 1-5. It was competitive game, and we wish Tipp the best of luck for the league and championship campaign.

A reminder to all players of both codes that training continues every Wednesday and Saturday. We hope to see you there.

The Arravale Rovers Dinner Dance will take place on March 17 in Aherlow. Tickets cost €30. Please contact Ian (0872075447), Stephen (0860822680) or any committee member for tickets. It promises to be a great night with music by Plan B.

Congratulations from all in Arravale Rovers to the Abbey CBS who won the Munster Semi Final this week. We wish them luck in the final.

Finally, membership is now due - please pay at your earliest convenience.

Tipp Wheelers and Tri Club

Ten brave members took to the Wicklow Mountains on Sunday, January 27 to participate in the, ‘Hell and Back’ 10k assault course. Well done to James and Nora Cunningham, Jimmy Beston, Bridget Coughlan, Sandra O Brien, Jimmy Butler, Claire Devitt, Phyllis Richardson, Martina Byrnes, and Maurice Crowe.

On Saturday, February 2 at 10am the club will hold a beginners triathlon, which consists of a 500m swim, 20k bike approx, and a 5k run approx. The triathlon is designed for members who are starting triathlon for the first time this year, to get a taste and introduction without the nerve element wondering what to expect. Full details can be viewed on

Arravale Rovers Juveniles

Juvenile training is on Saturday, February 2 from 10am to 12noon in Sean Tracey Park. All players are asked to bring gum shields for football training. Players are also reminded to bring runners and boots if the weather is bad, as training will be held indoors.

St Michaels Schoolboys Soccer FC

Our under 15s had a home game against Cashel Town in the league last Saturday. We completely controlled the game and won comfortably in the end 7-0. Shane Neville scored four with a goal each from Daniel Kelly and Willie Armshaw and a goal for the seventh.

The under 13s game against Clerihan was called off.

Fixtures for February 2: Under 12s away v Cashel Town. Under 14s home v Moyglass. Under 16s away v Peake Villa.

Dundrum Athletic Club

Shanahan make it three in a row

John Shanahan continues his winning ways when he won a five-mile road race in Kilmallock in a time of 28:05 on what was a very demanding course. Ruaidhri Devitt finished in second position in a time of 30:30. Michael Moore was 6th with a time of 31:30 and Brian Devitt was 8th with a time of 33:00. Claire Devitt has managed to get in the prizes three races in a row when she won the ladies category in a time of 37:20. The Club would like to congratulate Kevin Moore on Winning the Munster under 23 cross-country award. This is a well-deserved recognition of Kevin’s brilliant performances over the past 12 months. There will be a 5K-road race in Moyne next Sunday.

Galtee Walking Club

A dark cloud hangs over the Galtee Walking Club following the news last week of the death of long time club member, John Walsh. John was a very popular member and leader and we all have fond memories of his walks in the Comeraghs and the Nire Valley in particular. We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife Mary and all his family. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal. As a mark of respect to John all club walks scheduled for last Sunday were cancelled.

Looking to next weekend, the Glen of Aherlow Winter Walking Festival goes ahead as planned and the scene is set for another successful event. Based at Aherlow House Hotel and organised by Aherlow Failte and the Galtee Walking Club, the festival features a choice of nine walks over the Saturday and Sunday on both sides of the glen. The degree of difficulty varies from the more strenuous five hour climbs on the Galtees to easier three-hour loop walks on Slievenamuck. Evening events at the hotel include the festival launch on Friday and dinner and entertainment on Saturday. Full details are available on our website, We look forward to meeting all the visiting walkers and introducing them to this special corner of Tipperary.

Tipp Hills Pitch & Putt AGM

The clubs A.G.M. took place at the Excel Theatre on Wednesday 23rd January. The following is a short synopsis of proceedings.

The club chairperson, Mike Brennan, opened proceedings with his report on the 2012 year. He thanked all involved at committee level, our sponsors (without whom it would be impossible to keep the club going), a special thanks to James Ryan, John Hanley and Ray Lyons for the great work carried out on the course in 2012 and the FÁS and Tús workers for their invaluable help.

The Chair spoke of the success the club had over the past twelve months, which included Munster and County titles from Breda White Lonergan – Munster Matchplay, John Paul Mullally – Munster Matchplay, Breda White Lonergan and Mike Brennan – Munster Mixed, Breda White Lonergan – County Matchplay, Johnny Martin – County Strokeplay. Mike also congratulated Breda White Lonergan, Anthony Culhane and James Ryan on representing Tipperary at Munster and All Ireland Inter-County level. To have three players from the same club representing your county was a great honour for the players and the club. Also mentioned was the successful Munster Matchplay finals we hosted during the summer and the very positive feedback the club got from some of the country’s top international players. The chairperson complemented the very successful Carlsberg Cup competition held last June and paid special thanks to Eamon Ryan, Stephen and Joan Ryan of The Porter House for all their help in making the competition possible and such a success. He then thanked the F.A.I. Chief Executive Officer John Delaney for providing the excellent sponsorship along with the other main sponsors Diagio Ireland.

Outgoing Club Secretary, Stephen Cavanagh, spoke of the work carried out on the clubhouse: new toilets and kitchen, the tarmacking of the car park, outside lighting, the progress of our clubhouse roof. Stephen also expressed his disappointment in the club being refused grant aid from the recent Capital Sports Grants Scheme. It seems all our hard work on the Hills over the past four years went un-noticed at national level. However, he did have some positive news in that local TD, Tom Hayes is helping us to try and secure funding elsewhere. After the secretary’s report was complete our club treasurer Nicky Cummins gave a very detailed report on the clubs end of year financial position. The treasurer pointed out to all present that it cost approx. €38K to run the club in 2012. This figure has to be met by our sponsorships, memberships, green fees and Lotto sales. He asked that a special effort be made in 2013 to increase our sale of weekly Lottery tickets, which would bring certain income to the club every year. Finally, the club registrar and Hon. President Sean Keane gave a report on membership numbers and how the numbers had reduced from over 350 approx. in 2009 to just 150 in 2012.

The chairperson thanked both officers for the great work they did for the club last year and in previous years. The complete committee for the 2013 season is: Chairperson: Michael Brennan, Vice-Chairperson: Michael Murphy, Secretary: Stephen Madden, Treasurer: Nicky Cummins, Registrar: Sean Keane, Juvenile Officer: John Hanley, P.R.O.: Eddie Tuohy. Committee: Stephen Cavanagh, Ray Lyons, James Ryan, Jess White Nugent, Breda White Lonergan, John Paul Mullally, Johnny Martin, DJ Lynch, Hughie Hogan, Anthony Culhane.