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Surf will meet Turf at the inaugural Kilkenny Senior Hurlers' Family Race Day, which takes place this Tuesday at Gowran Park.

Australian actor Luke Mitchell, who plays surf instructor and heart-throb Romeo Smith (pictured) in Aussie drama 'Home & Away' will be guest of honour.

He will assist Deirdre Shefflin and Elaine Hickey – wives of Kilkenny hurling legends Henry and Noel – in their selection of the Pauls Most Appropriately Dressed Lady, one of the highlights of the racing event.

Admission to the Race Day is €10 for adults and free for children under 16.


A wheelchair hurling tournament will for the first time be a feature of the Third International Festival of Hurling being organised by Thurles Sarsfields on July 12 and 13.

A host of wheelchair hurlers hope to stage the first ever Wheelchair Munster Hurling final in conjunction with the Munster Senior Hurling final weekend this year.

Sarsfields spokesman John Enright said: "We will have 16 teams from Britain, America and all over Ireland taking part in the 13-a-side tournament for the Tom Semple Cup in honour of the man after whom Semple Stadium is named, and Kilburn Gaels in London will be going for a three-in-a-row win in this event.

"The Carew Cup will go to the best team in the bottom eight of the tournament. This was won by Toureen, Co Mayo last year.

"We will have camogie and road bowling events and by having the wheelchair event it will mean all aspects of hurling are included in our festival."


When Roxholme Bully won the Kirby Memorial Puppy final at Limerick on Saturday, it provided Limerick's oldest GAA club Monagea with a huge bonus.

A GAA club competition was run in conjunction with the JP McManus-sponsored competition in which each greyhound in the 84-dog event represented a Limerick club.

Monagea won the €10,000 prize, plus the valuable opportunity to increase funds through a club fundraiser at Limerick Stadium free of charge.

Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald and joint owner John Garrahy picked up €10,000 when their Droopys Banner defied his long odds by finishing third in the final.

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"Refereeing at the very top level is becoming more intense every day. It's not getting any easier. I love refereeing and you have to take the criticism, it's the same as playing."

– In a rare interview with a top referee, Laois whistler Maurice Deegan (right) on why referees have to take the rough with the smooth.

Irish Independent