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The death has been announced of former Tipperary GAA referee Pa Joe Hewitt - a well known, popular and greatly liked Gael who lived in the shadow of Semple Stadium, Thurles.
The passing of Pa Joe Hewitt, No. 38, Collins Park, Thurles, Co. Tipperary following illness has been widely regretted with many tributes being paid to him since the news became known.

An employee of Thurles Town Council for many years, Pa Joe worked in St Patrick's Cemetery for a substantial portion of his life and always joked that in his management role in the cemetery, he had many people under him. He took great pride in maintaining the cemetery and was always on hand to help out the relatives of those resting there, when it came to looking after, or maintaining, the graves.

Predeceased by his wife Josephine by only a few short months, Pa Joe passed away suddenly at his home and word of his passing created a shock amongst his neighbours and friends who were numbered as many.

Pa Joe was well known in sporting circles, but especially in GAA where he played for many years with a number of clubs including Boherlahan, Cashel, Thurles Fennelly's and Thurles Sarsfields, usually as a goalkeeper. Indeed, he gave many years of service to Sarsfields and Semple Stadium, helping out in both and doing what he could to ensure that games and events went off smoothly.

He was also an accomplished knight of the whistle and despite his diminutive size he carried great stature on the field and was highly respected and regarded by players, management teams and supporters alike. He was well able to joust with those who offered 'advice' and was never afraid to make the right decisions, now matter how unpopular they made him.

His passing is most deeply regretted by his loving family, sons Patrick and Paul; daughters Teresa, Susan and Joanne; daughters-in-law; sons-in-law; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; brothers; sisters; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; nieces; nephews; neighbours; extended relatives and friends.

JC Wales (Tipperary) - Posts:3040 - 17/01/2017 20:28:31   1946484

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Postponed - Senior Hurling Challenge - Tipperary v St. Thomas (Galway)

The proposed challenge match which would have seen Tipperary hurlers back in action in Cloughjordan on Sunday next will not go ahead as planned as St. Thomas' (Galway) have withdrawn.

The focus turns therefore to Sunday week, January 29th as Antrim welcome Tipperary up North for a challenge match as part of a weekend to remember the late Fr. Alec Reid, Redemptorist Priest, originally from Nenagh and who played a pivotal role in the Peace Process.

Fr. Reid was a member of the Tipperary minor hurling panel which won the All-Ireland title in 1949 and he was joint recipient of the 1995 Tipperary International Peace Award and was also awarded the Tipperary Person of the Year by the Tipperary Association Dublin in April 2006.

On Sunday morning, 29th, at 9.30am mass in Clonard Monastery, 3 commemorative plaques will be presented in memory of Fr. Alec. One plaque will be for Clonard Monastery, one to be placed in the redeveloped Casement Park and one brought back to Tipperary.

Later at 12.30pm in Corrigan Park, Belfast, the match against Antrim will take place.

JC Wales (Tipperary) - Posts:3040 - 17/01/2017 20:32:17   1946485

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Hurling League Division 1A Round 2 Result Tipperary 1-18 Waterford 0-15

Tipp Scorers: John McGrath 1-7 (4f); John Dwyer 0-4 (2f); Stephen O'Brien 0-2; Jason Forde 0-2; Kieran Bergin 0-1; Brendan Maher 0-1; Niall O'Meara 0-1

JC Wales (Tipperary) - Posts:3040 - 19/02/2017 16:14:27   1958261

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