Thurles Sarsfields 13-a-side International Hurling Festival for the Tom Semple Cup

A competition whose aim is to promote hurling on an international basis.The competition is being organised by Thurles Sarsfields one of the oldest,most traditional and most successful clubs in Tipperary.

Not alone will this be a hurling festival but events in keeping with the occasion will be organised by Thurles Sarsfields. The hope is that the participants, supporters and visitors will enjoy the first ever international competition for the Tom Semple Cup. The Tom Semple Cup has been donated by the Semple family in memory of the great Tom Semple who’s name graces Munster’s finest stadium. The competition takes place over the Munster Final weekend July 8th and 9th, and will be an annual event in Thurles no matter where the Munster Final is played. With the modern new roads and transport facilities we are only 1.5 hours away from other likely Munster Final venues.

The Munster Final has a special place in the hearts of all hurling people and we hope that all who come here will experience all that is good about the great Irish cultural game of hurling.

The teams competing this year are Brussels, under Willie Cashin of Moycarkey-Borris and Trevor Keating; Kilburn Gaels are managed by Moyne man Tom Bergin; One of the big names in Robert Emmets is Mick O’Dea of Liscarroll, Co Cork handball fame; The exclusive hurling club of Na Magha in Derry is taking part in its first international competition and is driven by Damian Doherty; The traditional Gaelic club of Keady from Armagh is under the charge of Jim McCormack. Two of Thurles Sarsfields principal coaches, Paddy McCormack and Paddy Moore, have coached many teams from Northern Ireland and have developed strong lasting links with that area; Ger Collins, former centre-forward with Thurles Sarsfields was involved in the setting up of a hurling club in Dundalk, Naomh Moninne. It’s great to see another exclusive hurling club being guests of Thurles Sarsfields; Naas, Co Kildare are managed and coached by Pat English from Carlow and their secretary is a former Watergrasshill hurler Brian O’Riordan; The Wild Geese from Lakenheath managed by Major Tim Neylon are representing the USA. They are the first US army team to take part in an official international competition.

Is this the first fully international competition since the Tailteann Games of the twenties?

With such a diverse range of clubs and talent coming from so many different places it promises to be the start of something great in the hurling world. It will be a major historic event and it is hoped that this event will blossom and bloom to become one of the highlights of the hurling calendar year in
conjunction with the Munster Final.

Contact sarsinternationalfestival@gmail.com for information or queries.

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