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Tipperary Town Wildlife

Tipperary Town Wildlife

The Swallows have returned to the skies above our town and even if they don’t bring the weather with them they still carry the joyous sounds of spring. After their long journey from Africa they will spend a few weeks fattening up before starting the rigorous job of raising a family. Last years wet cold summer had a big affect and with very few insects around many swallows was unable to raise their chicks.

Hopefully this year will be better and we can all help by leaving wild margins and areas of grass uncut. This will provide food for insects and these in turn will be eaten by birds. Also reducing the amount of chemicals we use in our gardens and communities will have a beneficial affect. People once believed that swallows hibernated in the mud at the bottom of lakes or floated in the sky like clouds.

Today in our knowledge driven world we longer believe in such stories but in the process I think that nature has lost a little bit of its romance. Thankfully there are still plenty of mysteries and children’s questions to engage those with an interest in Tipperary town wildlife. Questions to

Dundrum Athletic Club

On Friday, April 26 Kevin Moore ran excellently to finish in second position at the Faugheen 5K with a time of 15:29. John Shanahan, Michael Ryan and Yves Lemaitre finished with times of 16:29, 16:46 and 17:53. Michael had PB and Yves won the under 19 category. The clubs other Michael Ryan recorded a time of 18:58 and Karen Ryan was 6th lady with a time of 21:52. John Shanahan was also in action on Sunday, April 28th winning the youth service 5 mile in a time of 27:50. Ruaidhri Devitt, Colm Bradshaw and Dymphna Ryan had times of 28:30 and 29:15. Dymphna was first lady and she won the 5K at Knocknanne on Saturday, April 27. PJ Holmes ran the Kilnaboy 10 mile road race recently with a time of 75:20 in tough conditions.

Juvenile results last Wednesday the Co. Tipperary secondary schools track and field competition was held in Templemore. The club had six athletes taking part. We had three medal winners. Eimear Loughman representing Ursaline Thurles won a bronze medal in the intermediate girls 800m. Michael Boland representing Rockwell won a silver medal in the senior boys 1500m and Stephanie Moore won a silver medal in the intermediate girls long jump competing for St. Josephs Doon. Jean Kelly also represented St. josephs and was 4th in the junior girls 800m. Tommy Moore and Thomas Furlong competed for St. Fintans Doon in the minor and junior boys respectively but were out of the medals.

Lourdes Support Group

Tipperary Lourdes Support Group wish to thank all who helped and contributed in any way to their recent collection. Your support was greatly appreciated.

Mooreabbey Milers

We have had a very busy season so far. All our aspiring athletes have been training hard on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and some noteworthy PBs have been registered in the Dungarvan 10, Ballycotton 10 and Mallow 10. This season’s beginners took on a 5K challenge and dedicated themselves to an extra training run which took place on Saturday mornings starting out from Galbally Community Field. The goal was to participate in the Run with Ray 5K Challenge in Clonmel where Jane, Paddy, Michael, Therese, Deirdre & Margaret all ran with great form and registered great times for their first ever 5K event. It’s onwards and upwards now for this group who have set their sights on the Bilbo Ger Mullane Memorial 10K in June. Go neiri an bothar libh!

Congratulations to Mooreabbey Milers Stuart Moloney who registered 5th place in the Tipperary County Intermediate Road Championships.

On the County Championship front we put forward a strong ladies team for the County Masters event at Ballingarry on Sunday, April 7 and were delighted with a Gold Team medal for Trisha Blackburn, Ann Coughlan, Kathryn Hogan and Carol Quish. Individually, Tom Blackburn achieved bronze in his category and all the ladies had podium success in their categories. A busy season lies ahead with members training for the Limerick Marathon in May and many pencilling in the Ballyhoura Summer Series, which runs from June to September. Preparations are well underway for the Mooreabbey Milers 8K run on Saturday, August 24, in Galbally, which promises to be a great event as it coincides this year with the Galbally Gathering.

Athletics training for Juveniles 8 to 16 years old has recommenced on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7 to 8pm in Galbally Community Field. The aim is to prepare them for the track and field events that commence in May. Training for adults continues on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7pm with an additional Wed evening run pencilled in every two weeks where our training will take the road for a variety of distances from 6K upwards.

Our training is suitable for all levels of fitness, so if you jog a bit and would like to join some like minded people or maybe you are just starting out on a fitness regime you would be very welcome at Mooreabbey Milers.

St. Michael’s Schoolboys

Under 13s were beaten 2-0 at home last week to Peake Villa in the league.

Under 15 played our second game of the under 15 championship at home to Clonmel Celtic and made in two wins from two which keeps us very much in the running for the league. Shane Neville again with a stunning hat-trick and Willie Armshaw with the other goal in a 4-2 win. 

Tipperary Town Ladies Football Club

March 31 - Shield quarterfinal. Shinrone 2-1 TTLFC

The Shield quarterfinal and a hotly contested game. The Tipp girls showing that they are right there with the best teams this season and but for a bit of luck on the day this could have been a totally different story. Shinrone though are a team that have been together a while now and will be a tough test for any side. Tipp Goal scorer was Claire Crowe.

April 14. League Week 1. Clerihan 2-1 TTLFC

The first league game and another cruel result but the performance was one of a lot of promise for the season ahead. Clerihan league winners last year will again be the team to beat so a one-goal loss away from home is nothing to get disheartened about. This game was played in very high winds, which made good football very difficult. The visitors had the wind in the first half but struggled to make it count. Tipp dominated the first half in terms of possession and field position but found clear goal scoring chances harder to come by then maybe should have been the case. Tipp had plenty of half chances though and but for some poor luck in the final third would have been totally deserving of more than one goal. As everyone involved in football knows if you don’t take your chances then its inevitable that the opposition will punish you and that’s exactly what Clerihan did. With one of only a handful of breakaways they managed to squeeze the ball into the Tipp net after a good save from Susan Quinn. 1-0 down at half time seemed very cruel to the visitors.

The second half started with a 40 yard wonder goal from Clerihan and at 2-0 down playing against the wind Tipp fans could have not been blamed for fearing the worst. They should not have worried as this team is the fastest improving team in the division and they showed exactly what they have learned from last season. They dug in gamely and battled for every ball, even managing to play some nice football along the way. They slowly worked their way back into the game and late on managed to pull one back through Claire Crowe. That goal came a little too late and it was only the clock that got the better of Tipp in the end.

April 28 - League Week 2 - TTLFC win well over Cashel Town Ladies

A great win here for the Tipp Town girls who were too strong for a much-changed Cashel team. This win keeps the girls right up at the top of the table even at this early stage and that’s exactly where they will want to stay as the season progresses.

Arravale Rovers Juveniles

Our U12D Footballers played Clonoulty on Monday last, April 22 however they lost on a score line of Arravale Rovers 1.1 Clonoulty 3.3 in Clonoulty. All the players worked hard but the better team on the night was Clonoutly. Players who played well were Jack English, Daniel Ryan, and Edward Moroney with a great goal, Patrick O’Donnell, Ronan Finnan and Mark Butler.          The team also played Sologhead on Thursday, April 25 in Sologhead, on this occasion coming out on the right end of a score line that read Arravale Rovers 7-8 Sologhead 4-5. It was a hard won game, with Sologhead pushing us the whole way. The lead changed hands though out the game with Arravale just pulling away near the end. Eoghan Lonergan standing out as he scored some valuable goals. Other player who played well was Andrew Richardson and Eamonn Ryan at midfield, Adam o Donnell and Mike Howe. Diarmuid Cummins and Brian Touhy made big impacts when they came on. 

On Thursday, April 25 Arravale Rovers U12 C Team played Rosegreen U12 C Team at 7pm in Rosegreen Community field. The match flowed very well with Arravale taking a slight lead in the first half and continuing the same level of commitment into the second half with the final score of Arravale 12 Scores to Rosegreen 2 Scores. Following on from last week’s game, the boys were much more equipped for this match. Our goalie on the night was Evan O’Connor (1st Half, 2nd half back) who had a very good game, making saves and kicking the balls to our backs, Brian O’Donnell and Oisin McCall (Captain and Goalie in 2nd Half), both Brian and Oisin played really well. Our midfield was made up of Aidan Roche, Eoin Kelly and Michael Lowry. Aidan, Eoin and Michael, ran up and down the pitch, in a very tight game and passing the balls into our forward of Will Hogan and Raymond Kelly. Both Will and Raymond played great, kicking balls from all angles. A great nights football for our U12 C Team - thanks to Rosegreen for the strong performance and their hospitality, a big shout out to our number one supporter Bella Hogan who was cheering for the team from the sidelines and thank you to the parents for driving to Rosegreen.

Our U12 A Football team took on Knockavilla Kickhams last week but unfortunately were overrun, losing by a score line of Arravale Rovers 0.3 Knockavilla Kickhams 4.7. It seemed to be one-way traffic throughout the match as Kickhams were much sharper on the night, taking their scores when the opportunity arose. Arravale did not perform to the best of their ability and Kickhams looked very strong.

The U14 Feile finals weekend was on last weekend on Saturday, April 27 and our U14 team made it there. The team performed admirably throughout beating Inane Rovers in the Semi Final by a score line of Arravale Rovers 3.7 Inane 1.2. The team really put in a huge effort, in this battle, as they had a bad start. Inane got the games first goal in the first half but the boys settled down and came back to win comfortably in the end. They came up against a tough side in Clonmel Commercials in the final. The final score was Arravale Rovers 0.2 Clonmel Commercials 2.10.The match was always going away from the boys from the start but they kept fighting and attacking as they scored the last score of the game. The team that lined out for both games were; M. Donovan, J. Ryan, C. Donovan, F. Mcaul, J. Doyle, M. Moroney, J. Lowry, C Maher, C. Leahy, M. Sharpe, J. Murphy, N. Crowe, S. Smith, F. Halligan. C. Tobin.

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

Training continues in Sean Tracey Park on Saturday mornings between 10 and 12 for our juveniles and new members are always welcome. 

Kellogg’s Cool Camps Summer Camps are on in the club between July 1st and July 5th. More information will be available in the coming weeks so keep an eye out.

Tipperary Wheelers and Triathlon

Thirteen club members travelled to Limerick on Sunday April 28 for the Joey Hannon triathlon. Over 600 competitors travelled the length and breadth of the country to participate in both the sprint and Olympic distances.  The sprint consisted of a 750m swim, 20km bike, followed by a 5km run. First man home for the club in a time of 1hr 13mins was Denis Cremmins, followed by Claire Devitt in a time of 1hr 15mins which put Claire second lady on the day. Next up we had the big man Paddy O Callahan showing good form at 1hr 18mins, Stephan Ryan 1hr 18mins, Martina Byrnes 1hr 20mins and first in her age category, Richie English 1hr 22mins, and Mary Ryan 1hr 28mins. The Olympic distance, which consisted of a 1500m swim, 40km bike and a 10km run. First man home for the club and having a great day out was young Brian Devitt in a time of 2hr 12 mins, local man Graham Butler in 2hr 12min, Tommy Byrnes, 2hr 14mins, Liam Butler who won his age category in 2hr 16mins, Noel Ryan 2hr 21mins, and Keith Kelly 2hr 27mins. Well done to everyone involved.

Sunday April 28 also took Richie Bresnan and Dermot Radford to the John Drumm 115km cycling road race just outside Castleisland. Well done to Dermot who finished 13th in the A1 category. Richie was involved in a crash but got back on the bike to finish.

Club swimming continues on Wednesday mornings at 7am and all are welcome. The leisure cycle has now started on Wednesday nights at 7.30pm from the sports complex. This cycle is for novice and beginner cyclist and everyone are welcome, all you need is a road worthy bike and a helmet.

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