Around the Clubs in Tipperary

Rosanna Tennis Club

Rosanna Tennis Club

Rosanna Tennis Club are delighted to announce that their annual children’s coaching sessions will commence in the Tennis Club week beginning April 15 for children who have completed senior infants up to twelve or sixth class. Lessons will run for four weeks at a cost of €20 for members and €30 for non-members. Places are limited. There is an open registration night on Monday 8th April from 6 – 7pm in Rosanna Tennis Club. Names taken on the night will take priority. Fess also to be paid on registration. For more information contact Lisa 086 3584620.

For adults Rosanna are also excited to offer Cardio Tennis. The club ran this new initiative during the winter to huge success and would like to offer more people a chance to enhance their fitness and tennis levels. The sessions are one hour long and will run for six weeks. For more information and to book your place, as places are limited please contact Catherine 0879656294.

Don’t forget our club night is still Friday night and now that the weather is getting more clement what better way to spend a few hours than playing tennis with friends and finishing off the night with a cup of tea and a good chat. If you would like to join Rosanna Tennis Club you’re welcome to come along on Friday nights. We are always open to new welcoming new members and look forward to seeing some new faces as well as all our present members for the new tennis season.

Tipperary Town Wildlife

We are all too familiar with the common nettle and learn from an early age and painful experience to avoid this plant. But despite its stinging nature that nettle has a very important role as a nursery for the caterpillars of butterflies. The adult lays its egg on the leaf and when the caterpillar emerges its spins a web and delicately draws the leaf around itself. It will develop slowly over the nest few months safe from birds and grazing animals. Three species of Irish butterfly use this plant, the resident small tortoiseshell, the peacock and red admiral that are summer migrants. The tidy towns committee is currently planting nectar rich plants throughout the town but is also important to provide food for their caterpillars. On recent nature walks with local schools in the Tipperary hills we have been pointing out the importance of nettles for wildlife.

Arravale Rovers 

Arravale Rovers U 14 A Footballers had a disappointing defeat to Cashel on Monday, March 18 in Sean Tracey Park in the Peile na Nog. The final score was Arravale Rovers 1.1 Cashel 2.3. The team did not play as well as they can and didn’t do themselves justice on the day.

Everyone knows they can play much better and the club wishes them the best of luck against Knockavilla Kickhams in the semi-final in Golden at 6pm on Thursday, March 28. All support would be very appreciated.

Arravale Rovers U12 D-team played Rosegreen on Sunday, March 24 in the 1st round of the West Championship. The final score was Arravale Rovers 6.2 Rosegreen 0.2. The entire team performed very well, each supporting one another and the final score was proof of this. The standout players on the day were: E. Lonregan, E. Ryan, A. Richardson and M. Butler. The next matches for the U12 D-team will be on Monday, April 1 in Sean Tracey Park at 5.30 pm and the U12 A-team will follow that game at 6.30 pm also in Sean Tracy Park, both teams to play Cashel.

The U16 A-footballers will also play on Thursday March 28 against Clonoulty in Clonoulty at 6pm. Support for all matches are very much appreciated.

Saturday April 13 is a club fundraiser in Thurles Greyhound Stadium your chance to, ‘Go to The Dogs’ tickets are €10 and can be collected from all playing members of the club and club Officers. This should be a very good nights entertainment.

Training continues in Sean Treacy Park next Saturday 10 to 12 for our juveniles and new members are always welcome.

Tipperary Wheelers and Triathlon news

On Sunday March 24th nine members travelled to Ennis to participate in the Ennis Duathlon. The race consisted of a 2.7k run 17k bike followed by a 2.4k run and a large field of 127 athletes completed the course. Congratulations to Claire Devitt who finished 3rd lady on the day. This is the second time this year that Claire has had a top three finish. Well done to Martina Byrnes who had an excellent race finishing the sixth lady, and shortly after was our third lady Mary Ryan who had an excellent day out for her first duathlon. Six men represented the club and the first over the line in 12th position was Tommy Byrnes, 27th and improving his times was Denis Cremmins, in 36th position we had Stephan Ryan, 59th Paddy O Callahan, 66th Richie English, and finally in 72nd Kevin Mc Grath who is showing fantastic improvements.

The Men’s Meet and train continues every Wednesday night at 8pm to 9pm on the complex track. If you want to get fit, have a bit of fun, no matter what level you are at why not come as we caters for everyone. The ladies run night also continues every Tuesday night from 7pm to 8pm and has large numbers attending every week.

The leisure cycle continues every Sunday from the sports complex at 10.30am. The cycle caters for beginners and a road worthy bike and helmet a compulsory.

For any more information on the above or any future events log on to

St. Michael’s 
Schoolboys Soccer

Three Saints U14 players Willie Armshaw, Zac O’Halloran and Mark Furlong head to England on Easter Monday with the Kennedy Cup squad for a week long training camp. They will play some top teams with a game against Notts County on Tuesday, followed on Wednesday with a game against Burton Albion at the new English International training centre St Georges Park and to finish it off with a game against Nottingham Forrest on Thursday. The club would like to wish the three players and the squad the best of luck on their trip.

Fixtures: Saturday, April 30 - Under 14s League home v Clerihan ko 1 o’clock. Under 16s Tipperary Cup semi Final Home v Bansha Celtic ko 11 o’clock.

Clanwilliam Rugby

The Clan U11s travelled to Thurles last Sunday, March 24 and played two games. First game was against Nenagh and the boys showed their class with some brilliant individual tries. This team once again continue to improve with every game they play and continued their winning streak. We travelled with only nine players and the Clan boys showed their determination and great team spirit against a well-organised Thurles team. Never Give Up and Put Your Body On The Line would be an understatement to describe this outstanding team. The coaches are very proud of boys and well done again. The team that travelled were Dominic Hayes, Killian Fitzgerald, Jack Kelly, Adam Dunne, Donagh Hickey, Patrick O Callaghan, James Kennedy, Aaron Buckley and Jack Heffernan. Thanks to Thurles for their hospitality on the day.

Dundrum AC

The Munster masters road championships were held in Moyglass Co. Tipperary last Sunday. There was a large field of runners in both the men’s and ladies races over 4 miles. We had eight athletes in action in various categories. Willie O’Dwyer was our first finisher in 14th place in a time of 22:15 and he was 5th O/40 next was Donal Keane 19th in 22:25 and was 11th in the O/35 category. The two lads were on the county scoring six that won the silver medals in the team event O/35. James Ryan had a good run to be 30th in 23:13 and 5th in the O/45 section. Michael Moore was 47th and 2nd in the O/50 race in 23:44 and he teamed up with P J Holmes who had a time of  27:54 and Gerry Ralph who finished in 29:36 to win the bronze medals tn the O/50 club team race. Michael also was on the O/50 county team that won the silver medals. Noel Casey with a time of 27:49 and Pierce Butler 29:36 completed our club O/35 team who finished 6th out of 14 competing teams on that age group.

We also had one juvenile in action at the national indoor championships in Athlone on Sunday. Eimear Loughman ran in the U/15 800m but was out of the medals. 

The club was also represented at the Moyglass four-mile road race on St Patrick’s day. Kevin Moore was first home for the club in second position with a time of 21:30. Ruaidhri Devitt, Brian Devitt and Michael Moore finished in 13th, 17th and 18th positions with times of 23:43, 24:38 and 24:41. Michael J Ryan recorded a time of 26:17. Claire Devitt and Karen Ryan were 5th and 6th senior lady with times of 28:35 and 29:04.

Galtee Walking Club

The Galtee Walking Club’s fifth annual walking Marathon took place on Sunday last over its now familiar route on Slievenamuck Ridge overlooking the beautiful Glen of Aherlow. On a dry but cold morning a record number of 110 participants arrived at Rock an Thorabh car park to register before Mary Ryan cut the tape to send them on their way. Although the route remains the same, the direction alternates from year to year and this time the eastern section was first with a 21km loop to Bansha Woods after taking in a section of the Aherlow Nature Park. The 44 people who had registered for the half Marathon completed their walk on arriving back at base but the other 66 continued on to complete the full event on the western section to Moore Abbey and back. While the marathon is mainly a walking event, some people chose to run and the first person to complete the course was Brian Ankers from Dublin in a time of 4 hours, 35 minutes. Brian was unhindered and maybe even spurred on by being shocked by an electric fence along the way. He was followed closely by Christopher Walshe in second place. Congratulations to them and to all who completed the course. The number of people expressing favourable comments and a wish to come back next year bodes well for the future of the event.

There are so many people to thank for their part in the successful running of the Marathon, particularly, of course, the main organiser, Rody Tierney. Thanks also to Josephine, Mary, Catherine and Breda for the organisational help, to Tom for the photography and to Sean, Helen and the Civil Defence for support along the route. Thanks to Mike and Joan for getting up so early to walk the entire route checking that all signs were in place. Thanks to all who placed the signs and to those who manned the checkpoints and provided sweeping duties on the route and anyone who helped in any way. The club also wishes to thank Coillte and the local farmers who generously allowed access to their lands.

There are no club walks on Easter Sunday but normal services resume on Sunday, April 7 with an A walk meeting at the Nire Valley Car Park at 10am, a B walk meeting at Kilcoran Lodge Hotel, Cahir at 10am and a C walk starting from Hollyford Village at 11am. The evening walks also get under way the following Wednesday, meeting at Clydagh Bridge at 7pm.

Tipperary Tiger Sharks

On Sunday 3rd March, 19 members of the senior squad of the Tipperary Tiger Sharks travelled to Askeaton Co. Limerick for one of the most prestigious competitions on the swim calendar – North Munster Championships. It was an incredible day for all of our swimmers who through their dedicated training and hard work, together with the commitment of the coaches Nora Ni Murchu, Shelagh Murphy, Micheal Foley and Denis Kennedy, achieved great PB’s with a combined total of 224.50 seconds dropped off their times. Every swimmer demonstrated good form, fine stroke technique and the desire to win. As a result the Tipperary Tiger Sharks finished this gala with 1 new B Grade swimmer and 35 individual medals. We also had 23 4/5th finishing places, which was a reflection of the high standard and aspirations of our swimmers and the club.

Denis Klimonov (9) was on winning form when he took home a gold medal for 100m Free together with a PB of 2.67 sec and also 0.85 sec in 50m Back.

Alan Flannery (11) swam very well in his events by winning 2 bronze medals for 50m Breast and 50m Free with a PB of 1.06 sec. He also achieved PB’s of 4.00 sec in 50m Back, 2.83 sec in 50m Fly and 0.51 sec in 100m IM.

John O’Sullivan (11) an excellent swim, winning a gold medal for 100IM and 2 silver medals for 50m Fly and 50m Breast which in itself included an impressive PB of 6.44 sec, other PB’s included are 0.27 sec in 50m Fly and 0.36 sec in 100m Back.

David Kennedy (12) a fantastic swim achieving PB’s in all of his events, 3.60 sec in 50m Back, a superb 7.85 sec in 100IM, an equally impressive 6.84 sec in 100m Free and a phenomenal 18.00 sec in 100m Back.

Micheal McCabe (12) a great result by achieving a ‘B’ Grade time in 50m Back with a PB of 2.84 sec, he also achieved 2.53 sec in 50m Free together with a bronze medal, he also had 0.62 sec in 100m Free.

Ben Hogan (13) was on a winning streak with his outstanding performance, his day started with a fantastic 12.32 sec PB in 200m Free clinching his first gold medal, his second gold came from 50m Back, his third gold in 100m IM, his fourth gold in 100m Free and his fifth gold in 100m Back. Ben also achieved PB’s of 4.83 sec in 100m IM, 2.92 sec in100m Free and 0.22 sec in 100m Back.

Evan Hadnett (13) swam very well by achieving PB’s of 3.14 sec in 50m Back and securing his first bronze medal, 0.22 sec in 50m Fly and a second bronze medal, 4.45 sec in 100m IM and a third bronze medal, 4.13 sec in 100m Free.

Tomas O’Murchu (14) also swam very well on the day by winning a silver medal for 100m Back and a PB of 1.42 sec, he won a bronze medal for 50m Back, he achieved a very credible 6.55 sec in 100m IM and 0.52 sec in 50m Free.

Michael McCormack (14) another great performance by winning a bronze medal for 100m Breast and a PB of 0.91 sec and then going on to secure a second bronze medal in 100IM with an incredible PB of 7.34 sec, also a third PB of 2.63 sec in 200m Free.

Fedor Klimonov (14) gave another superb performance by winning a gold medal for100m Breast, he went on to win a second gold medal for 100m Fly and a PB of 1.41 sec, he also won a silver medal for 100m IM and with an impressive PB of 5.63 sec.

Callum Fanning (16) another excellent swim by achieving PB’s in all of his events, 1.23 sec in 50m Back which also secured him a bronze medal, he also achieved an amazing 7.12 sec in 100m IM and another bronze medal, 3.46 sec in 200m Free, 0.53 sec in 100m Free and 4.76 sec in 50m Free.

Paddy Kennedy (17) another great result by winning a gold medal for 100m IM and a PB of 1.54 sec, he also won a bronze medal for100m Breast and 0.32 sec in 50m Free.

Robert Murphy (17) a great swim resulting in a bronze medal for 50m Breast and a PB of 3.00 sec, he also had PB’s of 2.87 sec in 100m Breast, 2.89 sec in 100m IM and 3.27sec in 50m Free.

Emma Ryan (11) off to a great start by winning a gold medal in 50m Back and a PB of 3.91 sec, she also won a bronze medal for 50m fly and another bronze for 100m IM and a PB of 4.74 sec, she also achieved PB’s of 2.47 sec in 100m Free and 2.64 sec in 100m Back.

Stephanie Deegan (13) performed very well by winning a gold medal in 50m Free and a PB of 2.70 sec, she also won a silver medal for 50m Breast and she achieved PB’s of 2.05 sec in 200m Free and 0.59 sec in 100m Free.

Sinead Kinane Ryan (13) swam well and achieved PB’s of 1.21 sec in 50m Back, a solid 4.70 sec in 100m IM and a brilliant 6.73 sec in 50m Free.

Katie O’Flynn (14) a great performance by winning a gold medal in 100m IM and a PB of 3.94 sec, she also had PB’s of 2.61 sec in 200m Free and 0.45 sec in 100m Free.

Maebh Rafferty (14) also swam very well with a bronze medal for 50m Back and a PB of 3.24 sec, she also won a second bronze medal for 100m IM and a PB of 3.84 sec. She also achieved a brilliant PB of 7.26 sec in 100m Breast, 1.28 sec in 100m Free and 0.51 sec in 100m Back.

Hazel Foley (15) a good solid performance with great PB’s of 4.78 sec in 200m Free, 3.82 sec in 100m IM, 2.16 sec in 100m Free and a fantastic 7.58 sec in 50m Free.

Louise Marnane (15) also swam very well with a PB of 0.31 sec in 50m Back.

Congratulations and Best wishes to Micheal McCabe who has now achieved all of his ‘B’ Grade times and will join the Senior Squad. Well done also to all the swimmers who took part in the events and should be proud of themselves.

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