The GAA 125 Munster Final weekend in Thurles from Friday July 10th to Sunday July 12th promises to be a weekend to remember. While the Munster Minor and Senior Hurling finals will of course be the highlight of the weekend, there will be a varied and entertaining programme of events for the public commencing on Friday night, July 10th. That night there will be a Historical Presentation in The Tipperary Institute at 8pm. On Saturday, July 11th there will be an U-12 Hurling Blitz at 11am in Dr. Morris Park with participants from all Munster counties. Also at 11am the Munster Poc Fada final will take place at Thurles Racecourse. At 7.30pm there will be a special GAA Mass in Thurles Cathedral. At 8.30pm there will be a Munster Final “Night at the Dogs” at Thurles Greyhound Stadium with half price admission for patrons wearing their county GAA jersey. Also at 8.30pm Open Air Entertainment will commence in Liberty Square at which the new Tipperary GAA 12 track CD featuring the winning Tipp GAA Supporters Song “The Mighty Blue and Gold” will be launched. At 9pm the torch run from Michael Cusack’s home in Carron, Co. Clare commemorating the 125th anniversary of the GAA will conclude in Liberty Square. The torch will leave Carron at 12 noon on Saturday and will be brought by Clare clubs to Limerick where it will be handed over to be brought through Limerick City by Limerick clubs. At 6pm it will be handed over to Tipperary at Finnegans outside Limerick City and will be brought via Newport to Thurles by the clubs on the route. More details of the trip through Tipperary will be available next week. On Sunday the torch will be carried by former players from the Munster counties from Liberty Square to Semple Stadium arriving between the Minor and Senior games. It will be brought into the Stadium by Tipperary and Thurles Sarsfields hurling legend, Jimmy Doyle, who graced many Munster minor and senior finals with his unique skills. Other events on the Sunday will include the Guinness Gig Rig in Liberty Square from 10am and entertainment from the Artane Boys Band in Liberty Square from 12.30pm.

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