Tom Semple and the Thurles Blues by Liam Ó Donnchú is the long-awaited biography of Tom Semple and his legendary Thurles Blues.
Tom Semple, the GAA icon, whose name is immortalised at Semple Stadium, is synonymous with the game of hurling, since he led the Thurles Blues to All-Ireland glory in 1906 and 1908.
Read about these earlier heroes of the camán and of Tom Semple’s training regime and tactics. Follow the Blues on their amazing tour to Brussels and historic Fontenoy in 1910.
Find out about the fascinating story of the early years of Thurles Sports field, now Semple Stadium, and how it developed into today’s ‘Field of Legends’.
The role Tom Semple and others played in the War of Independence is also detailed in this hardback publication, which contains more than 400 pages. The book is illustrated throughout and offers new insights into the life and times of yesteryear.
Liam O’ Donnchu is a native of Hollyford, Co. Tipperary, a former teacher Liam is a founder and director of Lár naPáirce, the museum of Gaelic Games in Thurles and P.R.O. of Semple Stadium. He is a former player, secretary and chairman of Thurles Sarsfields GAA Club and at the time of publication its vice president. Liam has also written several other books including:
He also recently published volume one of the history of Thurles Sarsfields GAA Club.
Liam’s voice is frequently heard too as the MC and announcer on big match days at Semple Stadium