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North Tipp talent celebrated at Municipal District Awards

Thursday, 30 November 2017

North Tipp talent celebrated at Municipal District Awards thumbnailCathaoirleach of the Municipal District, Seamus Hanafin, with Roscrea award recipient, Alan Tynan and Cllr Michael Smith, who put forward Alan for the award.

THE MUNICIPAL COUNCIL for the Thurles, Templemore and Roscrea areas held an awards ceremony last week, recognising the remarkable achievements of several local people and groups who have excelled across a very varied selection of disciplines.

It was a proud night for the families of the seven award recipients, who varied greatly in age and talents, but shared the common link of having outdone themselves through hard work and determination and having achieved exceptional results.

The awards ceremony, held in the Templemore Arms last Thursday night, was attended by Tipperary Oireachtas members, as well as members of the local clergy and Gardai.

All of the eight award recipients were proposed to receive an award by one of the nine Councillors sitting on the Municipal Council and Alan Tynan from Roscrea received an award in recognition of his remarkable talent across a multitude of sporting disciplines.

From Assumption Park in Roscrea, Alan is a pastman of Cistercian College, where his sporting excellence was nurtured and first noticed.

The multi-talented youngster played hurling, Gaelic football and rugby in his school days and a few years down the line found himself playing county for Tipperary in both codes of GAA and gearing up for Senior Cup rugby as Roscrea's star man.

After earning minor hurling honours, a few minor football honours and playing in a Leinster Senior Cup Alan already has an impressive career behind him.

Following a year that saw him be a star for Tipp's minor hurling and football All Ireland finalists, as well as Roscrea's Senior Cup winning rugby team, Munster Rugby have taken him under their wing.

20-year-old Alan played a handful of Munster development and Munster A games and following several impressive performances, peaked at out-half in a crucial AIL showdown against league favourites Lansdowne.

Earlier this year the Roscrea based Young Munster star was named in Ireland's World Cup squad to travel to Georgia this Summer and was also the out-half on the Roscrea team who defeated Belvedere College 18-11 in the St Patrick's Day final at the RDS in 2015.

"This is a remarkable 20-year-old man that has already achieved greatness," Cllr Michael Smith, told the large audience at the awards ceremony last week.

"I know Alan's family had to make great sacrifices for his greatness and its a testament to Alan and his family about how much of a sporting man he is. His father and grandfather were also tough men on the sports-field and on the other side of the family, the England side, they also had great sporting success.

"Alan has enjoyed many great victories, but the most remarkable memory I have of him is in defeat in Dublin. He kept a smile on his face and carried on and you need real steely determination to do that," Cllr Smith said.

After accepting the reward Alan made a brief speech, thanking Cllr Smith and his family for their support, who said "come everywhere with me and drive me forward."

Martin Leyden, a native of Sligo who moved to Templemore in 1979 to begin work in Our Lady's Secondary School in Templemore, was also a recipient of an award and was recognised for his years of service as an athletics coach.

Five students received scholarships to the United States under his guidance and he has remained a stalwart member of Templemore Athletics Club since 1984, and is credited as their hardest working fundraiser. Since the Club's inception over €1.7-million has been spent on its facilities.

Cllr. Eddie Moran proposed Martin for the award and in his address described Martin as "the greatest man in Templemore."

"He has done so much great work in the town since he came here and he has the Club with no debts and its open seven days a week. He is a credit to our town," Cllr. Moran said.

Addressing the audience after receiving his award, Mr Leyden thanked the Sisters of Mercy for first offering him his job, which brought him to Templemore in 1979. "If you have the facilities you will get the athletes - I always believed that," Mr Leyden said.

The management company for the now closed Lisheen Mines, Vedanta, also received an award from the Municipal District. Cllr John Hogan proposed the company receive the reward in recognition of their outstanding professionalism in dealing with local people after they faced losing their jobs with the closure of the mine.

Opened in September 1999, the mine produced zinc and lead and was once one of the largest zinc deposits in the world. Cathaoirleach of the Municipal Council, Seamus Hanafin, said the mine contributed to the economy of Tipperary and sponsored a new children's playground in Thurles.

"Mining is a dirty industry and one people rarely ever celebrate it, but this is a unique occasion because its probably the first time in the world a mining company has been granted a civic reception by a community," Cllr John Hogan said.

"When this mine first opened people objected to it, but the company came and met the people and promised to leave the environment in a better condition that they found it. They trained all their workers and helped them find new jobs and over 90% of them were successful and when it came to closure they invested significantly in trying to attract a replacement company onto the site," Cllr Hogan said.

Now the site is designated a bio-economy campus, the only one in Ireland and one of only six in Europe, Cllr Hogan explained thanking the management of the company for their performance.

Other recipients of awards included rugby star JP Cooney, Thurles Boxing Club and Loughmore Tug-Of-War Club.

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