Photo of Tipperary Gaelic Football team (dark shirts) in a clash against Longford. Photo John D Kelly

Photo of Brendan Cummins (who works in Cahir), Tipperary Senior Hurlers Goalkeeper, saves a goal in a match against Cork with a sea of disappointed supporters behind him. Photo by John D Kelly
Photo of Tipperary Hurlers in a game against neighbours Waterford. Photo by John D Kelly
All images of GAA sports, cycle racing and mountain biking kindly provided by John D Kelly, Clonmel.
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Cahir hosted a major triathlon event and enhanced it with a three-day festival. Follow the links above for more information

Tipperary's Senior Hurling team won the All-Ireland Final at Croke Park on Sept. 5th against arch rivals Kilkenny. To spur on "The Lads" and the fans, local band 'Johnny B and the Boogie Men' had written and recorded 'The Premier Rap'. The CD is on sale in Dolan's SuperValu and can also be downloaded from...

www.johnnyb.ie

All proceeds from the sales will go the the Chernobyl Children's Project - so dig deep!

The video made to promote the CD has been going down a storm on YouTube with almost 10,000 views in the first few days. This 'high budget production' was shot in the Parochial Hall and other locations around Cahir with the help of some friends of the band who all take starring rôles (offers are coming in).

The Band - John O'Brien (vocals and guitar), Tommy Buckley (lead guitar), Hamish Brewster (bass) and Oisín Kelly (drums). Video production and editing by Tessa 'no jersey' Davis.

UPDATE!!!! Tipperary won the final - beating Kilkenny by 4 goals and 17 points to 1 goal and 18 points. A wide margin for a final but still a very tough match against an excellent team that never give up.
For the uninitiated a goal is worth three points.

UPDATE 2!!!! Sept 11th 2010. Today at Semple Stadium in Thurles, Tipperary also won the All-Ireland Under-21 Hurling final, beating Galway by 5-22 to 0-12. The views of 'ThePremier Rap' on YouTube have now passed 90,000

Spectator Sport in and Around Cahir

Just like most nationalities the Irish are keen (read fanatical) about sport, and the national teams for Association Football, Rugby and Hockey compete very effectively at the highest international levels, as do many athletes, golfers and other sportspeople . There is huge support here for leading clubs in the English Premier League and many fans travel regularly to the UK for matches. However, Ireland's sports fans have a big advantage over most other countries - they have their own GAA sports also!

The Gaelic Athletic Association was founded in Thurles, Tipperary, in the late 1800's for "...the Preservation and Cultivation of National Pastimes". The most popular of the GAA sports are Hurling and Gaelic Football. The ladies version of Hurling is called Camogie and the ladies also play Gaelic football. Sports such as Handball and a few others are also popular. Hurling and Camogie are played with a ball similar to a baseball but with raised seams (called a Sliothar - pronounced 'Shlitter) and a stick - the 'Hurley'.

Gaelic Football is a bit like a cross between Association Football and Rugby Football. It is played with a round ball but this can be picked up. Australian Rules football is derived from Gaelic Football and teams from each country often play against each other. Hurling and Gaelic Football are very exciting games to watch and both are 'All Ireland' games with teams from the Republic and Northern Ireland taking part in competitions.

Hurling and Gaelic Football Matches

Both are played at local town and village level and at county level so you can see local matches at the GAA ground in Cahir (Ardfinnan Road opposite the Catholic Church) and county matches at Semple Stadium in Thurles (35 minutes up the M8 from Cahir).

Cahir Park AFC (association football) also play their home games at the GAA ground but also use the pitches located at the Duneske Sports and Leisure Complex.

Horse Racing

You haven’t encountered the real Ireland until you’ve been horse racing! Cahir is centrally located between all three Tipperary racecourses, all of which have ample car parking beside the track, with stands giving excellent panoramic views. Bar and Food available.

Clonmel Races

Tel: 052 6122611
www.clonmelraces.ie

Thurles Races

Tel: 0504 23272
www.thurlesraces.ie

Tipperary Races

Tel: 062 51357
www.tipperaryraces.ie

Greyhound Racing

Clonmel

(every Tuesday and Sunday) Tel: 052 6183333

Thurles

(every Tuesday & Saturday) Tel: 0504 21003

Cycling

Cycling road races sometimes pass through the area and national Mountain Biking events sometimes take place on the wooded lower slopes of the mountains.

Cahir GAA Club

As you would expect, Cahir has a thriving GAA sports scene with twenty teams of various age groups in Camogie, Hurling and Men's and Ladies Gaelic Football. The main pitch is located opposite the Catholic Church on the Ardfinnan Road.

www.cahirgaa.com

Photo of Tipperary Ladies Gaelic Football team in a match against Clare - Photo by John D Kelly
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The small population of Ireland and the bias of that population to the main cities, makes it difficult to finance professional sport at the 'town' level - as it is in most European countries. Therefore the top level competition is at the county level, as it is for Cricket in the UK. However, the county teams are still 'amateur' and the players have day-jobs as well as their playing, training and general fitness work.

When you see the skills involved, and the level of fitness required, it is hard to believe that the players do not do this 'full-time'.

Photo of cycle road racing. Photo by John D  Kelly
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Cahir Park AFC

Cahir Park Football Club celebrates it's centenary in 2010, having been formally founded in 1910. However, records show that Association Football was popular in the area from 1897 and possibly earlier. "The Park", as the ground is called, was originally part of the Charteris Estate and the entrance gate which forms the club logo was the entrance to Cahir House (now the hotel). After the demise of the Charteris Estate the club bought the ground for the princely sum of £480 in 1962.

The 1920's were a particularly successful period with the senior team, 'Cahir Park', reaching the Munster Senior Cup final in 1927.They lost 2-1 to the Bohemians of Cork in a game played in Cork but this was quite an achievement for a club from a small town.

In 1930 they defeated Glasnevin of Dublin by four goals to two in the final of the FAI (Football Association of Ireland) Intermediate Cup at a Dublin venue. As a result of this success they gained entry to the FAI Senior Cup where they again met Glasnevin—but this time Glasnevin won to even the score.

The junior team, known as 'Cahir Unknowns', were also very successful in this period. In 1928 they reached two major finals, the FAI Junior Cup and the Munster Junior Cup but lost both to bigger clubs from Dublin and Cork. Even so this was also a major success for a small-town club.

In 1932 Cahir Park played Shamrock Rovers, Ireland's most successful senior football club, in an exhibition match. Shamrock Rovers fielded five international players, including John Burke of Cahir. John, a former Cahir Park player, played for Ireland and captained the team in a match against Belgium.

The club entered the North Munster League (1947/1948 season) and won it first time. They then played in the Munster Senior League for a while before reverting to local football. They became members of the TSDL (Tipperary Southern & District Football League) in 1979 and have been constant and stalwart members ever since.

www.cahirparkafc.ie

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