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Club History & Roll of Honour

Historic Achievements of the Club and its Members 

Tom Hanrahan of Mong was the first Thomastown man to play for the Kilkenny Senior Hurling Team. 
In 1962 Thomastown and Thomastown Rangers met in the Southern Junior Hurling Final. (Played in Thomastown) 

Tom Mullins, Podge Dack and John Brennan captained Junior All-Ireland winning teams in 1928, 1946 and 1984 respectively.

Billy Grace captained Kilkenny Minors to All-Ireland victory in 1960.

Pat Kearney captained St. Kierans to All-Ireland Colleges victory in 1971.

Dick O'Hara captained the Kilkenny Vocational Schools All-Ireland winning team in 1975.

Thomastown won seven U-14 hurling championships in a row 1951-1957.

Joe Costelloe won an All-Ireland Senior Football Colleges medal with Gormanston in the 1970's. His mid-field partner was Denis 'Ogie' Moran of Kerry.

Brendan O'Sullivan played in four Munster Colleges finals with De La Salle, Waterford, Senior and Junior, Hurling and Football.

Thomastown Club has 6 holders of an All-Ireland Senior Hurling Medal that they won with Kilkenny
  • Peter Pendergast: (1) 1947
  • Ollie Walsh: (5) 1957, 1963, 1967, 1969, 1972
  • Tom Walsh: (2) 1963, 1967
  • Cha Whelan: (2) 1963, 1967
  • Dick O'Hara: (3) 1979, 1982, 1983
  • Paudie Lannon: (2) 1982, 1983 
 
In 1990 the club grounds were opened with a challenge match between Kilkenny and Cork, almost a decade later the teams met in Grennan again in the final stages of fundraising for the Ollie Walsh Memorial which now stands on Mill Street.

In 2004 Jonjo Farrell was the youngest player named in the Kilkenny People Team of The Week when aged 16 he scored 1 goal in injury time and 2 goals in extra time of the Southern Junior Semi-Final Replay against Windgap. 

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In 1981 Thomastown contested the finals of each of the following competitions: 
  1. U-12 Hurling League
  2. U-12 Hurling Championship
  3. U-13 Football
  4. U-14 Football
  5. U-16 Football League
  6. U-16 Football Championship
  7. U-16 Hurling League
  8. U-16 Hurling Championship
  9. Minor Football Championship
  10. Minor Hurling League
  11. Minor Hurling Championship
  12. U-21 Football Championship
  13. Senior Football Championship 
This set of finals became known as the baker's dozen.

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The Thomastown Rangers 

From the late 1950's until 1972 there were two hurling clubs in Thomastown Parish. Thomastown and Thomastown Rangers. The Rangers Club drew mainly from the southern and western sides of the parish though the town and other parts of the parish were always represented. The Forristal, Neill, Bookle, O'Keeffe, Treacy, Donnelly and McEntee families are the ones that most readily come to mind when one thinks back on the players and officials of the Rangers Club. 


In all, Thomastown Rangers contested three Southern Junior Finals and one County Junior Final. Of the Southern finals, without doubt, the one most remembered is the clash in 1962 between Thomastown Rangers and Thomastown, played before a capacity crowd in Grennan. In a tense game Thomastown emerged victors on a scoreline of 1-8 to 2-1. Thomastown that year went on to win the County Junior Championship defeating Coon 7-9 to 4-4. In 1963 and 1964 Rangers contested the Southern Finals, going down to the Rower-Inistioge in 1963 on a 5-5 to 4-3 scoreline, and beating Windgap the following year by 3-5 to 1-8. Unfortunately though they were defeated heavily in the County Final by the Northern Champions Gowran by 9-7 to 1-3. 

Thomastown Rangers and Thomastown between them helped to set a record that is unlikely ever to be equalled. During the 1963 Leinster Senior Hurling Championship and the 1964 All-Ireland series Ollie Walsh of Thomastown was the Kilkenny no 1 goalkeeper, while his understudy was Ray McEntee of Thomastown Rangers. 

The two clubs amalgamated in 1972 to form Thomastown Utd. G.A.A. Club, and the now redundant Thomastown Rangers jerseys were the first worn by the newly formed Ballyhale Shamrocks. 

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THOMASTOWN'S ONLY SENIOR COUNTY HURLING TITLE 

Kilkenny Senior Hurling Final 1946 

The Intermediate championships having been scrapped after 1937 meant that successful junior teams frequently found the automatic promotion to Senior ranks quite difficult to master. Since 1938, only two successful junior teams, Mullinavat and Threecastles had managed to reach Senior finals, both of which were lost. 

Would Thomastown, the Junior champions of 1945 fare any better when they faced up to the bigger Senior clubs in 1946? They served notice that they were going to be a force to be reckoned with when they disposed of Mooncoin in the first round and then knocked out James Stephens in the second. In the semi-final, Thomastown beat a strongly fancied Dicksboro team, the 'Boro having put out double champions, Eire Og in the first round. The second semi-final saw Carrickshock defeat a rejuvenated Tullaroan by 3-10 to 3-5 in what was a terrific match. 

Senior Final 1946: Thomastown v Carrickshock 

This meeting of near Southern neighbours, Thomastown and Carrickshock, attracted a near record attendance to Nowlan Park on Sunday the 11th of October. The "Kilkenny People" reported that "the match was not a classic, but that it had phases of play which kept the standard at a high peak and an enthralling finish to the end" 

Carrickshock opened strongly, and as the half progressed, many Thomastown folk and indeed many neutrals were wondering if they were about to witness a total whitewash such was the 'Shock's supremacy. 

Carrickshock put on two early points before Liam Kelly had a goal for Thomastown to steady their nerves but it was only momentarily as Carrickshock then took complete control of the game. With the Thomastown defence creaking badly, Carrickshock scored four goals between the 15th minute and half time, to lead at the break, 4-4 to 1-1. The goals came from Phelan, Fleming, T. Butler and "Builder" Walsh. 

On the resumption, Thomastown got the break they needed when Challoner had an early goal. Further sustained pressure paid off when Ryan netted to leave a six point margin (4-4 to 3-1) between the teams. The Thomastown rally went on unabated and it was now the turn of the Carrickshock defence to wilt.Two further points put Thomastown only four points behind with ten minutes remaining. Paddy Fleming had a Carrickshock point to give them what was only to be temporary relief. After that it was all Thomastown, as Lennon goaled to narrow the gap to a very unsafe two points as the game entered its final minutes. After a hectic goal mouth scramble, Podge Dack finished to the net for Thomastown to lead for only the secong time in the game. With almost the last puck of the ball, Liam Kelly pointed to leave Thomastown the Kilkenny Senior Hurling champions for the very frst time by a two point margin. 

Thomastown had created hurling history by becoming the first club to win back to back Junior and Senior titles. They had the unusual experience of having to replace both their goalkeeper and sub-goalkeeper through injury during the match. They also lost the very influential Dan Kennedy who too had to retire through injury. 

Goalie, Power, was sound until his injury forced him to retire. Podge Dack and Jack Galway were sound defenders along with Peter Prendergast. Donnelly and Kelly did well at midfield whilst in attack, Ryan, Challoner, Lennon and Kelly shone brightest. 

Thomastown Team: K Power, Paddy Stapleton, Jack Galway, R Cassin, Podge Dack, Peter Prendergast, Joe Prendergast, Luke Donnelly, Liam Kelly, J Challoner, R Moore, Walter Ryan, Dan Kennedy, E Ryan, T Kelly. Subs: P Lennon and J Gibbons



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ROLL OF HONOUR

Hurling Titles

Senior Hurling Championship: (1) 1946

Intermediate Hurling Championship: (1) 1983

Junior Hurling Championship: (4) 1927, 1945, 1962, 2005

Southern Junior Hurling Championship (7) 1924, 1927, 1945, 1959, 1962, 2004, 2005

Southern U21B Hurling Championship (1) 2009

Cahill Cup (Junior): (1) 2005

Open Draw Championship: (1) 1985

Minor Hurling Championship: (6) 1941, 1954, 1956, 1959, 1975, 1981

U-16 Hurling Championship: (9) 1951, 1952, 1953, 1959, 1963, 1972, 1973, 1979, 1981, 2009

U-16 Ollie Bergin Memorial Tournament: (1) 2003

U-14 Hurling Championship: (16) 1946, 1947, 1949, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1982, 1991, 1993

U-14 Hurling League: (1) 2005



Football Titles

Senior Football Championship: (4) 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985

Intermediate Football Championship: (1) 2010

Junior Football Championship: (2) 1963, 2004

Open Draw Football: (1) 1984

U-21 Football Championship: (3) 1980, 1981, 1983

Minor Football Championship: (9) 1973, 1974, 1975, 1980, 1981, 1982, 2006, 2007, 2008

U-16 Football Championship: (8) 1958, 1959, 1963, 1972, 1973, 1981, 2003, 2004

U-14 Football Championship: (8) 1954, 1970, 1971, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1993, 2010

U-14 Roinn B Football League: (1) 2009

U-14 Football Feile: (2) 2005, 2006