The Club is proud to begin the 2006 football season as a senior club after its County Intermediate football final victory in the 2005 season. The other success of the 2005 season was the club’s minor “B” County final victory.
It is a great honour for the club that at this time, Sean Fogarty, current Munster Council Chairman, is one of the club’s proudest members and remains closely involved with the club at adult and juvenile levels.
Perhaps the club’s proudest moment in recent years was the defeat of Loughmore-Castleiney in the Mid Senior Football final of 2001.The success of this Moyne-Templetuohy team must give hope for the future as it contained five minor players. The game was played at Templemore on September 15th, 2001 and Moyne- Templetuohy supporters had little expectation that the fifteen year gap since the club had its last victory at this level over Loughmore would be bridged. The goal which divided the teams in the end was set up after Tom Guilfoyle’s free ended up in the hands of Michael Esmonde who crashed it to the net from close range. The final score was 1-9 to 0-9.
Reaching the County Intermediate Hurling Final in 2001 was also a proud achievement even if the failure to regain senior status was a major disappointment. The departure of Coach, Dinny Cahill to his new post as Antrim hurling coach on the eve of the final did nothing to settle nerves on the big day and it is hard to escape the feeling that his untimely departure may have cost Moyne-Templetuohy a return to senior ranks.
The club’s U21 footballers maintained a strong tradition in 2000 by winning the Mid “A” title in spectacular fashion before bowing out in the County Semi-Final replay.
In 1995 the club gleaned some consolation for its early exit from the senior championship by winning the County “B” League in hurling.
The amalgamation of the hurling and football clubs in the parish in 1990 helped streamline club finances and administration and paved the way for the development of the club’s grounds at Templetuohy. The development process was delayed for a number of years but in 1999 the club completed its clubhouse which now compares with the best in the division. Soon after the opening of the clubhouse the club embarked on the development of its second pitch. This project was completed in 2001. At present, preparations are under way for the next phase which will involve levelling the main playing field. It is hoped to get this project under way as soon as weather permits in the spring.
The club had an unexpected success in 1990 when its Junior “B” team defeated the Moycarkey-Borris, the “A” champions to earn a place in the County semi-final of the “A” competition. After defeating Skehinarinka in the semi-final the team defeated Ballina by 2-8 to 1-8 to become County Junior “A” champions.
One of the most satisfying achievements of recent times was the historic defeat of Loughmore-Castleiney in the Senior Football final of 1986.
Moyne-Templetuohy defeated Portroe in 1987 to become County “B” Hurling champions.This game went into extra time in the repaly before Moyne emerged as victors by a margin of 3-14 to 0-12. The performances of Jim Gleeson, Tom Guilfoyle, Willie Maher, Theo Lloyd, Jim Kennedy, Tom Quinlan and Sean Everard gave promise of much successin the future for the club.
In 1983 the club regained senior status following a convincing victory over Portroe in the County Final of the Intermediate Hurling Championship. “The Tipperary Star” described this victory as “a well orchestrated team performance that reflected well on trainer/coach, Martin Esmonde and the Moyne selectors”.
In 1981 Templetuohy-Moyne overcame Father Sheehy’s by a margin of 2-5 to 0-7 to become County Intermediate football champions.
In 1980 history was made when the club won its first ever County Junior Football title by defeating Arravale Rovers on a scoreline of 1-5 to 0-4. The decisive score in the game came came when Michael Fogarty was fouled afer receiving a pass from Eamonn Kelly.A penalty was awarded and Toddy Sweeney cracked the ball to the net.
The historic year of 1970 began in Moyne Hall early in January with the appointment of the following officers and officials at the Annual General Meeting: President- Rev. J. Bergin, P.P.; Vice Presidents -Rev. John Egan (Lisheen), Rev.T. O’Keefe, C.C.; Chairman – Michael Everard, Lisheen; Vice Chairman, – Patrick Doyle, Kylemakill; Secretary – Robert Manton, Assistant Secretary – Thomas Quinlan, Moyne Village ; Committee – Myles Troy, Thomas Purcell, Richard Fogarty, Edmund Davy, Anthony Cantwell(Snr.) James Fogarty, Kilclooney, William Grady (W); Selection Committee – Phil Blake, John Travers, John Everard, William Sweeney, Hugh Craddock; Trainers, – John Travers, Phil Blake,; Senior team captain -William O’Grady, (W) ; Vice Captain; Richard Fogarty.
In the first round of the Mid Championship ( run on a league basis in 1970) Moyne “trounced” Sarsfields, scoring two goals in the last minute of the first half and finishing with an impressive tally of 5-14 to Sarsfield’s 2-11. This victory was even more convincing as Moyne-Templetuohy lined out without Dinny Dunne and Dick Fogarty who had been sent of the previous week in a football game, and goalie, Tom Russell was forced to retire with a knee injury. Russell had to be replaced by Willie O’Grady whose place at centre field was taken by Marin O’Grady. The real star of the game was centre back, Jim Fogarty, who justified his place on the county senior selection. Tom Egan also hit form and helped himself to 1-8. Others to impress were Mick Coen who had a “grand game” at wing back and Martin Esmonde.
The two first round winners, Moyne-Templetuohy and Moycarkey -Borris met in the second round and again the Moyne men inflicted a heavy defeat on the opposition, running up a score of 6-11 to Moycarkey’s 0-5. Martin Troy scored three of Moyne’s goals. Willie Fogarty scored 1-4 and Bill Grady 1-2. The Mid final against Sarsfields promised more that the two previous Final meetings in ’42 and ’46. With the first round rout of the “Sars” still fresh in their memory the Moyne lads intended to make amends for past hurts.
The final began frantically and by half time Moyne-Templetuohy had built up a five point lead. In the Second half Sarsfields fought back with two quick goals to take the lead. Two more points left Moyne trailling by three points. This was the real test of the young Moyne team. Instead of trying to wipe the deficit out at once Tom Egan took his points and in a thrilling finish the Moyne men came out winners by one point on a scoreline of 2-11 to 3-7. The team on duty was: Willie O’ Grady, Tom O’Grady, Jim Fogarty, Tom Fogarty, Martin Esmonde, Jim Fogarty, Mick Coen, Willie O’ Grady (Captain), Michael O’ Grady, Willlie Fogarty, Martin Troy, Tom Egan, Bill O’Grady Tom Quinlan, and Paddy Sweeney. Sub. Martin O’Grady for Tom Russell. This “Historic Victory” was celebrated in grand style in the parish. On Sunday evening bonfires blazed at both ends of Moyne village and Willie Grady was carried shoulder high. “There was music and dancing on the streets until midnight and needless to say the cup was filled – and emptied- several times.” On Monday night a motorcade of three hundred cars met the team on the Thurles road and escorted them to Templetuohy where bonfires also blazed.
The Juveniles had their share of success in 1970 also when they regained the Br. Doody Cup (u-15 Rural Hurling) after a lapse of two years, defeating Moycarkey Borris by 4-8 to 6-1. The team was John Quinlan, Dan Egan, Dinny Kelly, Toddy Sweeney, Michael Larkin, Donal Leahy, Dominic Everard, John Liston, Stephen Hennessy, Michael Cormack, John Skehan, P.Cormack, Ger. Phelan Ollie Phelan. Tony Leahy, Fergal Ryan. Best for the winners were Michael Cormack, Dinny Kelly, Stephen Hennessy, Michael Larkin and P. Cormack.. In 1970 five of the Senior Hurling Panel were active at inter-county level. These included Martin Esmonde, Mick Coen, Jim Fogarty, Killoran, Tom Egan, and Jim Fogarty, Kilclooney. Jim Fogarty also served on the County under 21 team which was beaten by Cork in the Munster final while Denis Curtis was on the County Minor panel.
Glory at Last.
1971 started off rather disappointingly for the Mid Tipperary Senior Hurling Champions, when on 3rd April in the first round of the Championship they were surprisingly defeated by Moycarkey by 2-13 to 2-9. The second round was not played until the 6th June when Moyne Templetuohy got back on the winning trail with victory over Drom-Inch by a narrow margin of 3-15 to 4-8. As in the previous years, the County Championship was an open draw and on Sunday 13th June, Moyne Templetuohy faced Borriskane in the first round of that Championship. Moyne were outstanding in the game, giving their opponents a lesson in the art of scoring The game ended with the scoreboard reading, Moyne Templetuohy 7-14, Borriskane 1-2.
Two weeks later Moyne Templetuohy played their 3rd round of the Mid Tipperary Championship. The opposition was Na Fianna, (Upperchurch, Clonakenny and Clonmore), and the result was Moyne Templetuohy 8-14, Na Fianna 1-3.
It was back to the County Championship the following Sunday, July 1st, when Moyne Templetuohy defeated Clonoulty/Rossmore in the second round by a margin of 5-13 to 4-7. Seven days later, however, their hopes of retaining the Mid crown were dashed when they suffered a 5-11 to 3-9 defeat at the hands of Sarsfields.
On the 22nd August the County Quarter Finals were played and Moyne’s opponents were the West Champions, Éire Og/Annacarty. Moyne made no mistakes and ran-out easy winners when they defeated the West Champs by 4-12 to 2-6. Because of Tipperary’s involvement in the All-Ireland Championship, the County Semi-finals were not played until the 10th October. Moyne Templetuohy’s opponents were Ballybacon Grange, led by their much respected “Star” Michael Babs Keating. However, Moyne -Templetuohy had its own “Star” in Jim Fogarty, Kilclooney who was a sub. on the victorious Tipperary Team of ’71. He held a tight rein on “Babs” all through the semi-final, allowing him only one point from play. Babs, however, did score two goals from frees. Moyne- Templetuohy reached their first ever county final, by beating the men from the South by 4-12 to 3-3. Scorers for Moyne -Templetuohy that day were, Tom Egan 0-8 (0-6 frees), Tom Quinlan 2-1, Murty Troy and Bill Grady (R) 1-1 each, and Martin Grady 0-1.
The build up to the final was neatly summarized later by Culbarie in his “Ballad of ’71”:
“The bold Roscrea had held firm sway three seasons in a row,
And now the fourth was booked for North, on the latest betting show;
The Punters brash, produced their cash and laid it on the line,
At threes and more for a winning score against the lads of Moyne.”
Convinced that the punters had got it wrong the men women and children of Moyne and Templetuohy converged on Semple Stadium on November 1st to urge their heroes to victory. The Roscrea team contained some notable County “Stars” such as Francis Loughnane, K. Carey, T. Murphy, Liam Spooner and of course Captain of the Tipperary All-Ireland winning team of that year, Tadhg O’Connor. Wearing the underdogs tag, Moyne Templetuohy, right from the start confronted their opponents with almost fanatical intensity and completely knocked Roscrea out of their stride. When John Moloney blew the final whistle the scoreboard read, Moyne-Templetuohy 2-8, Roscrea 0-6.
One of the many talking points of the game was Martin Esmonde’s outstanding performance. His task was to marshal, none other than France Loughnane, known to hurling followers all over Ireland for his skills and match winning scores. However, on that day, he failed to score from play and his total contribution was just three points from frees. Another feature of the game was the number of wides Moyne -Templetuohy had during the game – sixteen in all. The scorers for Moyne -Templetuohy on that great day were, Martin Grady 1-1, Tom Egan 0-3, Murty Troy 1-0, Paddy Sweeney 0-2, Willie Grady and Willie Fogarty 0-1 each. Again, Culbaire described it best:
“But the Grady clan was in the van, the Fogartys close beside,
For many a day their parish may recall the year with pride;
And it will be known how Esmonde, Coen, with Sweeney and Tom Russell,
Egan, Quinlan, Troy filled the cup of joy and won the tussle.”
Captain on the day was Jim Fogarty, Killoran and the team lineout was as follows:
Tom Russell Tom O’Grady, Jim Fogarty,Tom Fogarty Mick Coen, Jim Fogarty, Martin, Esmonde Michael Grady, Martin O’Grady, Murty Troy, Willie Fogarty, Tom Egan, Willie O’Grady (R) Tom Quinlan Paddy Sweeney The celebrations following this Co. Final Victory were, naturally, even more elaborate than those that followed the Mid victory of the year before.
Following the County Final victory club chairman, Mick Troy called a meeting in November at which Robert Manton was chosen as a selector for the Tipperary team. Junior Footballers Loose out Narrowly.
Not to be outdone during ’71, the Footballers of the club sought their own moment of glory, when they defeated Templemore in the Mid Junior Championship. However, they lost narrowly to Lorrha in the County Final. The Templetuohy objection, on the basis that Lorrha had an illegal player, dragged on into the following year and was eventually dismissed because of lack of proof. The Templetuohy team included Jack Wilson, Martin Costigan, Tom Grady, Tom Fogarty, Martin Esmonde, Bill Grady, Jim Fogarty, Martin Buggy, Dick Fogarty, Paddy Sweeney, Michael Coen, Willie Fogarty, Dinny Curtis, Mick Shelley, Willie O’Grady. Subs: Dinny Dunne, Martin O’Grady.
1963-Juveniles Win Nine sets of Medals.
The achievements of earlier years were insignificant by comparison with the success of 1963..In a feat never to be repeated the juveniles of the parish captured five Mid titles and four County titles. The first trophy to come to the parish that year was the Corn Padraig when Templetuohy- Moyne had a runaway victory over Loughmore Castleiney, in the Rural Football Championship. Two weeks later the second Football title arrived.Thurles Crokes turned out to be poor opposition on the evening, failing to raise a flag in the final. After defeating Ardfinnan in the County Semi-final of the Rural Competition by 1-6 to 1-4, all minds were focused on the first of the County Finals, with Cappawhite providing the opposition. The game was played at Littleton on the 29th July and when the final whistle was blown Templetuohy- Moyne were clear winners with the scoreboard reading, Templetuohy- Moyne 2-5, Cappawhite 0-3. The captain of the winning team, Paddy Sweeney, received the Fr. Meagher Cup from Fr. J. Power, Vice Chairman, Board na Og.
In the Urban Rural Football competition, having defeated Moycarkey in the Mid-final, Templetuohy- Moyne qualified for their second County final within a month, when they had a convincing victory over Roscrea side, Inane Rovers. The final score was, Templetuohy- Moyne 3-4, Inane Rovers 0-1. The County final was played in Thurles Sportsfield on the 8th August. Arravale Rovers were the opposition. At half-time things were not looking too good for the Templetuohy when Rovers led by 2-1 to 0-3. However, the “Townies” did not get things all their own way in the second half. The boys of Templetuohy -Moyne fought back and at full-time the sides were level, Templetuohy- Moyne 1-5, Arravale Rovers 2-2. Extra time was played and Templetuohy got the scores they needed, winning the final by 3-7 to 2-3. As a result of their victory in both County Football Finals, Templetuohy- Moyne won the “Turas na nOg”- the prize – a trip to the All-Ireland Football Finals that year, for team, subs and mentors.
After defeating Thurles Sarsfields in the Urban Rural Hurling Mid-final, Moyne-Templetuohy had a decisive win over Toomevara in the County Semi-final, with a final score of 5-8 to 4-2. Having won the Rural Mid and County Hurling titles and having defeated Cappawhite in the process, everything looked in order for Moyne-Templetuohy to add the Urban Rural crown to those already collected, as once again they were destined to face Cappawhite. Victory in this competition would ensure a clean sweep in U-15 titles for 1963. It was not to be; Cappawhite finished the stronger on the day and just about deserved their hard fought victory.
Some consolation was available for the Mid champions because after defeating Moycarkey in the U-16 ½ Mid Football Final, Templetuohy Moyne collected their ninth set of medals when they defeated Galtee Rovers in the County Final by 5-4 to 0-1. The match took place in Cashel, and was not played until 24th April 1964.