Sunday, 8 October 2017

Important win for St.Mary's hurling club,Clonmel.

At Golden G.A.A.grounds yesterday Clonmel St.Mary's had a surprisingly easy victory by 2-19 to 0-11,win over Mid-Tipperary champions,Gortnahoe-Glengoole,and by winning this Tipperary Intermediate County championship they assume senior status.While a win such as this might not represent a 'big deal' to many people to those of us with a desire to have hurling and Gaelic football flourishing in every club in Tipperary it is very important.
                      Clonmel is a big town,but it has never had a senior hurling team capable of challenging at county level.Since it's foundation in 1928,St Mary's have flew the  hurling flag in Clonmel.(I am not ignoring Clonmel Og who were formed over 30 years ago are promoting Gaelic Football and hurling and making good progress) St.Mary's sister club is Clonmel Commercials who have had much success at Gaelic football.Having won county minor hurling titles in 2015 and 2016 St Mary's have the material,and the management,to be very successful in senior ranks.I very much hope that they win a county senior championship in the not too distant future.Successful clubs,more especially ones that have success in both codes are greatly hampered by how club competitions are arranged,and played in the county,involving a cluster of games being played at this time of year to complete competitions.The fact that such an important competition as under 21 hurling only starts in the month of October is a disgrace.St Mary's will be involved in Munster club championship-many of their players are eligible for under 21 grade.They will also be involved in a County senior football final with Commercials,and maybe in Munster club.No further comment is necessary.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

The death of Liam Cosgrave.

I learned,with sadness,of the death of former Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave.The Cosgrave Dynasty has deep roots in Irish public life; an ancestor was killed at The Battle of Vinegar Hill during the 1798 uprising of The United Irishmen.Liam Cosgrave's father,W.T.Cosgrave, took part in the 1916 Rising being 2nd.Lieutenant in the 4th. Battalion of Irish Volunteers.W.T.'s step-brother,Goban Burke,was killed early in the rising.This caused W.T. great anguish as it was he who encouraged his step-brother to join the Volunteers.W.T.Cosgrave became President of the Executive Council of the Irish Free State following the death of Arthur Griffith,and the assassination of Michael Collins.He led the country during it's formative years of a brutal,senseless,Civil war and economic deprivation.
      Liam Cosgrave was Minister for External Affairs in the Inter-Party government of 1954-57.He became Taoiseach in the coalition government of F.G.and Labour between 1973-77.Liam Cosgrave,like his father,W.T.,always put the interest of the country before his own,or party political interests,a practice seldom,if ever,rewarded in this country.The Cosgrave legacy,of sacrifice,honest,integrity,truth and great service to this country will live on.May they all rest in peace.