Around the Clubs in Tipperary. . .

Tipperary Musical Society – A Huge Thank You

Tipperary Musical Society – A Huge Thank You

Tipperary Musical Society is still on a high following a successful run of The Producer’s. The cast and crew thoroughly enjoyed performing each night to packed houses and were delighted with the positive feedback from the people of Tipperary. None of this would have been possible without the help of many different groups of people. A huge thank you is due to all the businesses that sponsored TMS this year and also to the many patrons. Without this continuous support it simply would not be possible to produce a show each year. In particular TMS would like to thank their main sponsor Ballykisteen Hotel and Golf Resort. The society is extremely lucky to have such a beautiful rehearsal venue. TMS would also like to thank the staff at the Excel Tipperary for all their help leading up to and during the week of the show. In the current climate it is difficult to get such full houses each night. A huge thank you is due to The Nationalist, The Tipperary People magazine, Tipp Mid West radio and Tipp FM radio for helping to promote the show. Of course most importantly a huge thank you to the people of Tipperary who came to the Excel each night and kept the TMS morale going with their constant laughter. So many people helped to make the Producers a success and it would be impossible to mention everyone. So to anyone that helped out in any way TMS would like to say a huge Thank You.

Bansha Jiu-Jitsu Club

Bansha Jiu-Jitsu Club, the Irish Headquarters of HKI International, recently had the privilege of a number of training sessions with Soke Jack Hogan from Florida, U.S.A. Soke Hogan is head instructor of HKI International Martial Arts. Jack taught a number of classes and gradings on his visit, including seminars in Bansha, Limerick and Killarney.

John Duggan, a native of Bansha and instructor of the Bansha club, was awarded the prestigious rank of 7th Degree Black Belt at the HKI International training camp in Jacksonville, Florid in October 2012. He is the Irish Director of HKI and head instructor of the International Martial Arts Federation and Kyusho-Jitsu Ireland and has been studying Jiu-Jitsu for many years as well as being inducted into the World Martial Arts Hall Of Fame. Soke Jack Hogan and John Dugan struck up a great friendship over the years and both travel regularly between Ireland and the U.S.A to teach seminars in the hope of passing their vast knowledge to others.

The recent tour of classes kicked off on the Sunday with a full day of training in Killarney where Duggan and Hogan put the many who attended through their paces. The following day was spent relaxing with a drive through the Gap of Dunloe and around the Lakes of Killarney before returning to Bansha. On the Tuesday, the Bansha club hosted the next class that was held at the newly opened Bansha Physiotherapy Clinic and Gym. Here students received grade promotions. Those who successfully graded included: Eryk Czerniak, Mateusz Czerniak, Lukasz Michta, Maciei Grzecnv, Cody Eppert, Gary Tierney and Chris Ryan. The club congratulates them and wish them every success for the future. The following night’s class was held in Limerick Aikido Club of Sensei Jason Kenny who is a student of Shihan Duggan. The final leg of the seminar tour was a Sunday class in Bansha Jiu-Jitsu Club. The class emphasis was on advanced pressure point techniques and was a most productive and enjoyable class.

Classes in Bansha every Tuesday and Thursday at 8pm and beginners are always welcome. John is available for training seminars and private tuition and can be contacted by emailing

Tipperary and District Flower and Garden Club

Tipperary and District Flower and Garden Club are holding a wonderful Easter Gala Flower Demonstration, Easter Parade, on Monday March 26 in St. Anne’s Assembly Hall Tipperary.

We are delighted to present three demonstrators that evening: Theresa Collins, Clare Feeney and Mary Keogh, all members of our club and all AOIFA Demonstrators. This promises to be a night to remember filled with inspirational ideas for Easter. All these beautiful arrangements will be raffled on the evening. You will also enjoy some stylish Easter bonnets. Proceeds from the evening will support the World Flower Show, which will take place in Dublin in June 2014. Tickets are €10 each and available from all Flower Club members and at Kingston’s Shoe Shop Tipperary Town. Do come along with a friend to this very special evening of friendship and flowers.

Tipperary Town Wildlife

The Rooks have caught spring fever and the tall trees in Dan Breen house have become a hive of activity. Small branches, leaves and papers are been gathered around town and used to build their nests. Rooks can be very ambitious when it comes to the size of their nesting material. They often have to land on the roof on the old Garda barracks in order to gain enough height and momentum to bring their heavy sticks to the tops of the trees. They feed on soil grubs and are regular visitors to the hills and adjacent farmland. On a recent nature walk with fourth and fifth class from St. Michael’s girls school we stopped to observe the antics of the Rooks. There are also Rookeries located on the Bansha, Dundrum and Emily roads.

Arravale Rovers Ladies

Congratulations to our dancing football stars who received second prize for their spectacular efforts in the St. Patrick’s Parade last Sunday. You were brilliant. The Premier GAA Easter Camp will run from Tuesday 26 to Thursday 28 from 10am to 1pm. Registration is Friday night at training.

Training for all ages continues in Sean Treacy Park every Friday night from 6.30pm.  U14’s and U16’s will also train on Wednesdays at 7-8pm. New members always welcome. 

St. Michaels Schoolboys Soccer

We had three games last weekend with both our under 16s and 12s losing to Clonmel Celtic and Bansha Celtic respectively. Our under 14s played Clonmel Celtic away in the league needing a win to put them back up to second place in the league. Saints started brightly and could have been a goal up after five minutes. We had a shout for a penalty but soon after Luke Quinn scored with a nice flick to put us 1-0 up. Mark Furlong put us two up from the penalty spot after 20 minutes. Conor O’Dwyer made it 3-0 just on half time with a great run to finish with a shot low into the corner. The second half saw no more scoring but we could have added to it when we were guilty of missing some good chances. Some good defending from our backs of Paudie Hickey, Joe Griffey, Zac O’Halloran and Lorcan O’Meara set the foundations for a good win. Mark Furlong and Dylan Ryalph had good games too. The win puts us into second in the league.

Galtee Walking Club

Saint Patrick’s Day has not fallen on a Sunday in the ten years of the Galtee Walking Club’s existence so last Sunday was the first time we had scheduled walks on the National Holiday. On a bright, dry and cool day, George Keogh lead a 13 strong group of B walkers on a 17km, 4 hour loop from Aherlow House Hotel. The route took them through the Nature Park to Christ the King statue and along the south side of the ridge to the Ballagh Road and on to the Bansha Woods car park for a lunch break. The return leg was along the tracks on the northern side with views to Tipperary and beyond, finishing with another visit to the Nature Park. Thanks to George for a lovely walk, greatly enjoyed by all and a special welcome to mother and daughter, Sinead and Bella from Dublin and to Wolfgang and Eva from Austria.

Alec Lee on his first outing as C walk leader took his group of 20 around a most enjoyable 11km forest loop in Russellstown Wood south of Clonmel in the foothills of the Comeraghs. The route, incorporating part of the East Munster Way, provided wonderful views of all the surrounding mountain ranges, particularly the Knockmealdowns only a short distance away to the southwest. Thanks and well done to Alec for all the work in preparing and organising this walk and we look forward to many more. A special welcome to new walkers, Mary, Ann and Catherine.

Next Sunday sees one of the major club occasions with the holding of the annual Slievenamuck Marathon. The event starts from Rock an Thorabh car park at 9am and covers the entire length of the Slievenamuck Ridge. Full details are on our website