The Thurles Sarsfields player won 2 All Irelands during his illustrious 15 year career with the Tipp seniors and was Player of the Year in 2010.Acting County Board PRO Joe Bracken said Lars three scintillating goals on Tipp’s way to victory in the 2010 All Ireland guaranteed his place for eternity in hurling history and put him among the legion of greats in our treasured game.The 34 years olds retirement is the latest departure from Michael Ryan’s panel as Shane McGrath, James Woodlock and Conor O’Mahoney have all called time on their careers in recent days.
The Tipp club claimed the title after beating Eyrecout of Galway 1-14 to 0-2 in the final at Croke Park.After getting the opening score just moments into the game through Aishling Moloney – who was chosen as player of the match – Cahir never looked like surrendering the lead for the remainder of the match.Indeed, it took their opponents almost a quarter of an hour to get on the scoreboard. The Tipperary side’s manager Marie Casey told Tipp FM Sport after the match that her players ‘were superb on the day’.
Roger Federer made a winning return to the French Open with a dominant first-round victory over Lorenzo Sonego.The Swiss 20-time Grand Slam winner, playing at Roland Garros for the first time in four years, beat the Italian 6-2 6-4 6-4.He arrived to a standing ovation on Philippe Chatrier court and left with the crowd on their feet in delight.The 37-year-old will play German lucky loser Oscar Otte, ranked 145th in the world, in the second round.Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber said the pain from an ankle injury was “not my excuse” after her shock first-round exit at the French Open.The German fifth seed lost 6-4 6-2 to world number 81 Anastasia Potapova.The three-time Grand Slam champion said she “did not have much expectation” after pulling out of the Madrid and Rome clay tournaments this month.Elsewhere, Spanish 19th seed Garbine Muguruza came from a set down to beat American Taylor Townsend 5-7 6-2 6-2.Muguruza was broken for a second time late in the first set by the world number 83 but breezed through to win the next two sets in the first main draw match on the new Simonne Mathieu court.The 2016 French Open champion will play Sweden’s world number 172 Johanna Larsson in the second round, following her victory over Slovakian Magdalena Rybarikova.Russian Potapova, playing in her first French Open, faces Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic next. Source: BBC
“When I first came in, we were going to get agendas out (to the public), televise meetings and treat people with more respect. And that happened for a while. Then, as the composition of the council changed, thingsstarted to become morepartisan and a lot moreuncivil, both online and inperson. It’s not working forme, and I don’t want to bepart of it anymore,” he said. Though he is pleased with some of the things the borough has accomplished under his watch, including televising municipal meetings, forming a stronger relationship with the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) and facilitating the sale of the old borough hall while identifying the site of a new municipal complex, not to mention in recent months Coffey said he was dissuaded from seeking a second term due to limited powers and contrasting viewpoints. Coffey said, though he’ll be relinquishing his mayoral title, he’s not planning to go very far. OCEANPORT – Howmuch of an impact does themayor really have in theborough’s current form ofgovernment? “The focus will be maintaining a stable tax rate and reducing wasteful spending, while continuing to invest funds in infrastructure, roads and parks. We’ll all be focused on the development of the new borough hall complex and fighting the overdevelopment proposed at Fort Monmouth,” Proto added. Coffey points to the development of Fort Monmouth as a subject about which he and the council fail to see eye-to-eye, and a conversation he has not been able to make much headway on. “Every meeting I’ve been part of, for the most part, they have been conducted with great civility and respect between the council and residents. But depending on the topic, the discussion may get heated,” Proto said. “Sometimes there are residents who are passionate about a subject and conduct themselves in a disrespectful way to the council. And those residents will be responded to. Respect is a two-way street, but at the end of the day, we’re all working toward the same goals.” Coffey, who works full time as corporation counsel for the city of Bayonne, also said he is not comfortable with the manner in which council business is sometimes conducted at public meetings and on social media platforms. Under the borough form of government, the mayor does not have a vote in municipal matters, but does have the power to decide split votes, as well as the authority to veto a council decision. “They want the fort area to look like Oceanport. But you’re talking about sticking 720 homes, four liquor licenses and 100,000 square feet of commercial space into 430 acres. By definition it will look different. I think it’s OK that it’ll look different in 10 years. They don’t,” Coffey said. “I can’t help but be involved and maybe I’ll be more effective by questioning A, B, C and D from the audience than I am right now,” he said. “I’m the guy who volunteers to run basketball. It’s what brings me joy. This whole town runs on volunteers to an absurd level. If the council and mayor disappeared tomorrow, people would be less cognizant than if all the volunteers in this town stepped aside on a random Tuesday.” Coffey took office in 2016 after defeating two-term Oceanport Mayor Michael Mahon as a write-in Democratic candidate, a victory he sealed after just 60 days of campaigning before the November election. It was a question posed and answered by Mayor Jay Coffey in a recent interview, in which he said, “After four years, I think I’d have a larger and more positive impact on the lives of residents by overseeing our recreational basketball league than I would in another term.” With the mayoral seat open in Oceanport, a current member of the all-Republican council, Robert Proto, has announced his candidacy for the position, and feels a sitting mayor is not nearly as inconsequential as Coffey suggests. “Our form of government is one of a strong council and a weak mayor. I’m aware of it just as Jay was aware of it, just as previous mayors were aware of what they were signing up for,” Proto said. “You can certainly go in with your own agenda and vision, but you need to communicate with council members and your committees in order to accomplish your goals. If you’re not willing to be flexible and compromise, you’ll have a difficult time.” Proto, who is runningunopposed in the Juneprimary election, said thecouncil has made greatstrides in communicatingwith residents over the pastfew years, but recognizedthat sometimes emotionsand passions can take overon both sides of the dais. As for his future initiatives, should he win the seat in November, Proto said he “won’t try to recreate the wheel.”