Two of Tipperarys greatest ever hurlers, namely Babs Keating and John Doyle

In going through some old photos to day, I came across a classic—-a good quality picture of myself between two of Tipperarys greatest ever hurlers, namely Babs Keating and John Doyle. It brought back memories of some of the great games I saw when Babs and John were playing, be it in Semple Stadium,Thurles, Croke Park,Dublin or elsewhere. It even reminded me of watching my first big game in Thurles in May 1939, accompanied by my father and some cousins. Four years later, I cycled to a Munster final in Thurles on a very small bike and on bad roads. Thank the Lord last September, I was present in Croke Park to see one of the great hurling finals when Tipperary decisively defeated old rivals Kilkenny. Hopefully I will get this photo into the 2nd edition of Behold Aherlow.
Tipperary GAA

Tipperary GAA


War of Independence

Many people regard the abortive 1916 Rising as the start of the War of Independence. In West Tipperary and East Limerick, however, the ambush at Soloheadbeg on 21st.January 1919 is regarded by most people as the real start of the War. From there on many incidents such as ambushes and reprisals took place in this guerrilla type warfare. The British in 1920 set up a body of police that became known as the “Black and Tans”, so called because of their motley uniform. By the end of 1921, there were 9,000 of this much hated force. Their pay was ten shillings per day. The War ended when the Treaty was signed on 6th December 1921 and the Partition of Ireland became a permanent feature.