Happy Birthday Gerard 

Gerard Ryan of Fantane demonstrates his impressive lung capacity as he celebrates his 70th birthday recently!

Gerard Ryan of Fantane recently celebrated his 70th birthday. The celebration took place in the Community Centre on Saturday 25th of June where Gerard was joined by family and friends including his ‘team’  of cyclist and running friends. Happy birthday Gerard and may you have many more of them.

Gerard with his family at the Community Centre on the occasion of his 70th birthday

Gerard with his family and two of his sisters

Gerard with some of his ‘team’ of runners and cyclists!

Gerard with Trevor, Christy and Thomas

Teresa, Patricia, Gerard and Eileen enjoying the birthday celebrations

Gerard with Martin Ryan & Breda and Jimmy Farrell


Hill-walkers in Upperchurch

Upperchurch boasts 3 Fáilte Ireland approved loop walks ranging from 6Km to 10Km which cover some of the most wonderful undulating hills and forests that Ireland has to offer. The trails are nestled into the beautiful Slieve Felim mountains in North Tipperary. Upperchurch and the surrounding areas will offer you a warm welcome and walker friendly accommodation and food to suit individuals and groups alike.
Eamonn an Chnoic Loop is a moderate hillwalk through farmland and offers a panoramic view of Upperchurch and 6 surrounding counties. It is 8Km long and takes approx 2 and a half hours starting and finishing in Upperchurch village.
The Birchill Trail offers a lowland walk through farmland and woodland. This trail is 8Km long and takes approx 2 and a half hours. It begins at PJ Ryans pub, Rosmult, Upperchurch ( 11km from Thurles on Upperchurch Road).

The Knockalough Walk is a 10Km walk with a 6Km option available. This walks entails one steep climb and magnificent views over the surrounding countryside. You will follow in the footsteps of Red Hugh O’Donnell who travelled through this area on his way to the Battle of Kinsale. This walk takes apprix 3 hours. The trailhead for this walk is signposted from Pendy’s Cross. For further information visit www.upperchurch.ie


A panoramic view of the beautiful countryside of North Tipperary

Enjoying one of the walks

Negotiating the local terrain near Upperchurch

Through hill and dale

Heading off on one of the hill-walking treks

John Murray from RTE’s ‘The John Murray Show’ is joined by Pat Shortt and John Kenny aka "D’unbelievables" on a walk recently around the hills of Upperchurch

 St. Theresa’s Green Flag Ceremony 

Proud Principal and Pupils raise the Green Flag at St. Theresa’s

On June 23rd, The Feast of Corpus Christi, Fr. Irwin and Fr. Barry concelebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving to acknowledge the wonderful work of children and staff during the school year at St. Therese’s N.S. Following this, sixth class pupils proudly raised the First Green Flag. It was a very happy occasion for all concerned. Under Mrs. Kenneally’s guidance, the fourth, fifth and sixth class worked hard to fulfil the requirements for the awarding of the flag. Later, refreshments were served by parents in the school hall where an exhibition of all the children’s work during the year was displayed.

Cúpla focail ón Phríomhoide tar éis an Aifreann

Enjoying the festivities at St. Theresa’s

No one said we couldn’t play – so we did!

D’ya really think so?!!! Fr. Nicholas in conversation with Michael and Rena having a word with Joe

Lookin’ well ladies

Some of the ‘workers’party’ of St. Theresa’s

Five beauts in a row! More than Kilkenny could ever achieve!!! 

Jim, Danny, Philip, Michael and Donal at the school celebrations

Cheers all round! Ya can’t bate a nice cuppa tae!!!

The teaching brigade!

De boys enjoyin’ a cuppa at the raising of the Green Flag Ceremony

An occasion for all the family

 Borrisoleigh Group in Lourdes 

The beautiful Bascilica in Lourdes

On June 16th last a group of about 15 locals travelled on pilgrimage to Lourdes. They were among a total group of about 700 that travelled from the forty-six parishes of our diocese. The pilgrimage went very well and even the weather was good in contrast to last year when it rained every day! The local Lourdes committee wish to sincerely thank all who supported their recent fundraising collection. Your generosity is deeply appreciated.

Some of the group that went on pilgrimage to Lourdes recently

Vinny Stapleton in procession at Lourdes

Denis Ivors undercover! Lourdes may be in the South of France but boy can it rain!!!

This is your captain speaking! Denis takes a breather from the cockpit as he flies back to Shannon!

 Glenkeen Cemetery Mass and Blessing of Graves 

The gathering congregation at Glenkeen Cemetery Mass on Monday 27th June

Mass was celebrated in Glenkeen Cemetery on Monday June 27th. The main celebrant was Fr. Everard who was joined by Fr. Irwin and Fr. Barry. After the Mass the graves were blessed. May all who are buried in this sacred place rest in peace.

Angela, Brigid and Margaret

Paying their respects to the dead in the ancient buriel ground of Glenkeen Cemetery

Mad to have their photo taken!!!

 Borris-Ileigh GAA News 
Senior Hurling: We were defeated by Kiladangan in the North Senior hurling Quarter final last Sunday. Even though we welcomed Brendan Maher back after a long injury we performed poorly overall. We now find ourselves in the O Riain cup and need to up the anti big time.

Junior Hurling: Our match last week was cancelled so its quite possibly to be on next week-end. We are down to play Portroe in the second round. Ballina defeated us in the first round but we were short a few players on the night. Hopefully we will have a full turn out next time.

Minor Hurling: We have been drawn against Portroe in the first match. This is down for Thursday 30th. June in Nenagh at 7.30pm.
Club merchandise is available between 11am. to 1pm. in the pavilion every Saturday or contact 087 9439531.

Anyone requiring a receipt for the Tipp GAA Draw please contact T.F. Stapleton on 086 3334826.

The club extends its sympathies to the family and relatives of Eric Rusk who passed away recently. Ar dheis de go raibh a anam dilis.

 Congratulations Orla 

Orla Ryan – chosen to play for Tipperary on the Primary Game Team
Congratulations to Orla Ryan, sixth class pupil at St. Theresa’s N.S, who has been chosen to play for Tipperary on the Primary Game Team at the forthcoming Munster Senior Hurling Final in Páirc Uí Chaoimh. This is a great achievement for Orla and for her school and we wish her every success on the day.

 Clodagh Macra Annual Funday 

Clodagh Macra will hold their Annual Ice cream Funday on Sunday 3rd July at 2-5pm in the Sportsfield, Templederry in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland. Activities on the day include Tug of war, bouncy castle, pillow fighting, sponge throwing, clothes hanging competition and many more! A great family day out is guaranteed! As it is a worthy cause all support on the day would be greatly appreciated.

 Pic of the Past… down memory lane 

 Scór na nÓg County and Munster Ballad Group Winners – early 1980s
Gina Kenny, Irene Kenny, Valerie Kenny, T.J. Hogan and Sheila Kenny

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