Nenagh Éire Óg News on the Blues 25 November 2018
The Late John Kissane
All in the club were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of John Kissane this week.
Originally from Doon East, Ballybunion, the Kerry native moved to Nenagh in the 1980s and found a home in Nenagh Éire Óg where he would have a massive influence both as a player and coach.
He was a part of the intermediate and junior football teams that captured North and county honours in 1986 and 1988 but it was for his Gaelic football coaching that will be fondly remembered by many.
During the 1980s and 1990s Nenagh was one of the most dominant clubs in Gaelic football in the county and won numerous honours, both in the North and county during this period, thanks to the influence of John.
With John as coach the club won an impressive seven North Tipperary senior football titles, two North Tipperary intermediate championships, seven under-21 titles and seven minor titles as well as a myriad of juvenile crowns. We also won two county intermediate, two county junior, two county under-21, one county minor, two county under-16, one county under-14 and two under-12 county titles, all in the A grade, under John’s watchful eye.
Thanks to John’s coaching and influence a large number of players from Nenagh Éire Óg and in neighbouring clubs whom he coached, represented Tipperary at inter-county level. He was very proud of the senior career of Mark Sheahan and 1998 was a particularly satisfying time for him as three of his players, Chris Bonar, Jim McAuliffe and captain Kevin Coonan, were part of the Tipperary junior football team that won the Munster and All-Ireland finals. He also coached Brian Farrell who was part of the Tipperary minor football panel in 1995 that captured the Munster title.
John himself was also an accomplished referee who took charge of numerous games within the county while his son Alan has become one of the top up and coming referees in Munster. John was also a selector with the Tipperary under-21 sides in 1993 and 1994 and was heavily involved with numerous divisional North Tipperary sides.
To Alan, Mairead (Young), Enda and Amy, grandchildren Ewan, Ronan, Garvan, Sarah, Noah, Clodagh, Daire, Emmett and Aoife, son-in-law Alan, daughters-in-law Marisa and Orla, brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, cousins, neighbours, relatives and friends the club offers its sincerest sympathies.
Laochra Gael Awards
Everyone in the club sends their congratulations to out very own Laochra Gael, Tommy Mulcahy. “Muller” as he is affectionately known as is fully deserving of this award after a lifetime of service to the GAA and in particular to Nenagh Éire Óg and St. Mary’s Handball Club.
Currently Tommy is the club’s vice president and in the past held every administrative role within the club while he also served as chairperson and secretary of St. Mary’s Handball Club as well as holding various positions at Bord na nÓg level.
Tommy has more than once put his shoulder to the wheel when it comes to the club and held many managerial roles with adult and juvenile hurling and Gaelic football teams over the decades. A prominent referee he was the man in the middle for numerous championship matches across the county.
Most, if not all of the players in the club have at some stage been coached by Tommy as it gave countless hours of service to the juveniles and without his enthusiasm and dedication camogie would not be in the prominent position it currently enjoys as he, in the past, coached the game in St. Mary’s primary school and helped them achieve numerous Cumann na mBunscol titles.
We also extend our congratulations to Anslem Walsh of Shannon Rovers who also picked up a Laochra Gael award. Anslem’s sons Rory and Oisin played with the club at juvenile level while Anslem himself helped coach our juveniles during the 1980s.
Congratulations to all the worthy winners. Without their selfless volunteerism, the GAA would not be in the healthy position it enjoys in Irish society.
— Nenagh Éire Óg (@nenagheireog) November 21, 2018
Annual General Meeting
The club’s AGM will take place on Thursday, December 13th at 8pm in the club house. We look forward to seeing all club members there on the night as look back at 2018 and look forward to 2019.
Cumann na mBunscol
This week was a historic occasion for the primary schools of the county as for the first time ever all the Gaelic football finals were held in Semple Stadium and Nenagh were represented by Gaelscoil Aonach Urmhumhan.
The boys were successful in the under-11 final against Fethard while the under-13 girls were unfortunately defeated by St. Joseph’s, Tipperary however, while it is nice to win the importance of having fun and getting to experience playing in Semple Stadium is of far more significance. We wish to thank the school and indeed all the schools in the parish for their continued support of Gaelic games and the staff for kindly volunteering their time to teach the fundamentals of our games to the young boys and girls.
One Nenagh man deserves huge praise for the continued success of Cumann na mBunscol and that is their PRO John Manly. John has given countless hours over the years organising and promoting this tremendous competition as well as coaching Gaelic games in Nenagh Éire Óg and it was fantastic to see his own school, Dualla NS, capture some silverware in Semple during the week also.
Congratulations also go to St. Mary’s first year team who captured the county A champions on Wednesday last after great wins over Cashel Community School and Ursuline, Thurles. Kerry Howard played in defence and had two fine games while their senior team advanced in the Munster senior B championship after a great win over Scariff. Meanwhile, Nenagh CBS recorded a 3-10 to 0-9 win over Gaelcholáiste Mhuire an Mhainistir Thuaidh (Cork) in the Dr. Harty Cup and have now advanced to the quarter finals. The draw for the quarter finals will take place next month. Best wishes go to the Nenagh College senior team who are in action tomorrow, Monday.
— RangGemma (@rang4gemma) November 22, 2018
The great Michael Ryan collects the under-11 medals his fantastic side won this year from Robert Byrne and John Sheedy of Portroe on North Tipperary Captains’ Night in the MacDonagh Park complex this weekend.
Proud parents Mags and Andy Cawley with their son Mason who collected medals on behalf of the under-13 squad at the North Tipperary Captains’ Night in MacDonagh Park on Friday last.
Divisional Team News
The Peadar Cummins side were defeated by South Tipperary in the semi final but later beat West Tipperary.
We had two players on the under-14 Roger Ryan panel, Conor Tierney and Taurai Shayanewako, who reached the final but were beaten by Mid Tipperary.
Best of luck to Tom Kennedy, Dermot McTiernan, Jamie Kennedy, Aaron McLoughlin and the North Tipperary panel in the Garda Cup this Saturday.
Disappointment for our under-21 hurlers, the AGM is fixed for Thursday 13th December while a large number of our juveniles represent North Tipperary. All this and more in this week’s news on the Blues
Nenagh Éire Óg 0-12 Kilruane MacDonagh’s 0-16
Our under-21 hurlers exited the championship this afternoon in Gardiner Park, Borrisokane following a physical yet sporting encounter with Kilruane MacDonagh’s on a scoreline of 0-16 to 0-12. The low scoreline belies the fact that this was a highly entertaining encounter and both sides are to be credited for the ferocious, determined tackling and skilful performance on a beautiful, sunny afternoon. Kilruane MacDonagh’s will now meet Toomevara in the North Tipperary final. The club wish to thank the management team of Martin Morris, Phil Hennessy, Barry Heffernan and Michael McNamara and the panel of players for all their efforts this year.
Annual General Meeting
The club’s AGM will take place on Thursday, December 13th at 8pm in the club house. Motion and nomination forms are available from the club secretary, Anne Kennedy, or they can also be collected from the notice board in the complex. The deadline for return of these forms is November 22nd.
Get Well Soon Tommy
Club stalwart Tommy Mulcahy is feeling a little under the weather at the moment due to illness and everyone in Nenagh Éire Óg wishes him a speedy recovery.
North Tipperary Inter-Divisional Squads
Well done to our boys on the North Tipperary inter-divisional squads. Both under-13 and under-14 teams played the first two rounds this week and will continue hurling for the next two weekends.
The under-15 tournament will be held on December 1st. We have nine players spread over both the under-13 Peadar Cummins panels (Mason Cawley, Filip McIntyre, Cian Connolly, Zac Keller, Keenan Rice, Sam O Farrell, Aodhán O Connor, Seán McNamara, Jack McLoughlin) two for the under-14 Roger Ryan tournament (Conor Tierney, Taurai Shayanewako) and four on the under-15s (Aaron McLoughlin, Tom Kennedy, Dermot McTiernan, Jamie Kennedy). The best of luck to North Tipperary teams in all upcoming matches.
Cumann na mBunscol
Best wishes to Gaelscoil Nenagh who play in the Cumann na mBunscol finals this week in Semple Stadium. The under-13 C LGFA team face St. Joseph’s, Tipperary on 11:10am while the under-11 C football side play Fethard at 12noon. Both of these fixtures are on Thursday 22nd November.
Former Nenagh Éire Óg hurler Barry Coffey continues to make waves in soccer this week as he captained the Irish under-19s side who defeated Belgium 1-2. Barry capped a fine performance with Ireland’s opening goal which you can see in the video above. Barry was also interviewed by Celtic View where he mentioned his love of hurling, Emma Watson and Lady Gaga! You can read this piece here.
Club News 11 November 2018
It was with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Rory Flannery on Friday last.
One of the great club servants, Rory held various administrative positions in the Nenagh Éire Óg club at juvenile and adult level. From his roles as one of the founding members of the club lotto and one of the key men involved in the formation of the Nenagh Éire Óg juvenile club in the early 1980s. Rory served as adult Club Chairman from 1999 to 2003. More recently, he represented the club at County Board level. One of the club’s greatest supporters, Rory hardly ever missed a club or county game of any kind.
The Flannery family have long been associated with the Nenagh Eire Óg club and Rory was first and foremost a family man to whom he was so dedicated and of whom he was so proud. We have all suffered a great loss, so how much greater must be the loss to his own family and extended family to whom is offered our deepest sympathy.
Funeral arrangements are as follows: Reposing in Ryan’s Funeral Home, Nenagh, this Sunday from 4 o’c to 7 o’c. Remains arriving to St. Mary’s of the Rosary Church, Nenagh, on Monday for Requiem Mass at 12 noon. Burial afterwards in Lisboney New Cemetery.
As a mark of respect, the club will be closed on Monday 12th November and this week’s lotto draw has also been cancelled.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílís
Following the disappointment of last Sunday’s defeat to Toomevara in the under-21 quarter-final, the Blues were back in action on Saturday against Roscrea in a play-off which Nenagh comfortably won on a scoreline of 2-18 to 1-11.
Unfortunately, with time just up, Adam Carey received a nasty facial injury following an off the ball incident and we wish him well in his recovery. We hope he will be recovered in time for next weekend’s North Tipperary semi-final clash with Kilruane MacDonagh’s. This game is due to take place in Borrisokane on Sunday next, 18th November, at 2:30pm with Peter Carroll (Burgess) refereeing.
The other semi-final pits Kiladangan up against Toomevara and this is scheduled to take place in MacDonagh Park, Nenagh at 12 noon on Sunday.
Nenagh Éire Óg are seeking entrants for Scór competitions this year. Last year Ormond’s Clodagh Hackett was vert successful in the recitation competition. There are many other competitions for primary school level (Scór na bPáistí) and more for Secondary (Scór na n-Óg). The North Tipperary final takes place in Borrisoleigh on Friday November 16th. Please contact Tom Boland on 085 202 3385 for more details.
Healthy Club Project
Two-times All-Star and former Nenagh Éire Óg manager urges everyone to get the flu vaccine
Seán Treacy was one of the country’s most formidable centre-half backs in the late 1980s and 1990s and gave one of the all-time great displays in the 1989 All-Ireland semi-final between Tipperary and Galway. He is fondly remembered by the Westerners and all fans of hurling for his dashing displays in the maroon during his inter-county career. Seán graduated from player to manager and was in charge of the Nenagh Éire Óg side that captured the North Tipperary senior hurling title in 2009.
In the above video he talks about how he nearly lost his life following a serious battle with the flu and he urges everyone to get the flu vaccine. Below is a highlights video from the 2009 Hibernian Inn North Tipperary senior hurling final in which Seán was the Nenagh manager.
The minor camogs capture the county title, European glory for Christopher Ryan while the under-21s were in championship action. All this and more in this week’s news on the Blues
Our under-21 hurlers played Toomevara in the North Tipperary quarter-final on Wednesday evening in Borrisoleigh and with the sides level after fifty minutes of play, the referee was forced to call a halt to proceedings due to a thick fog enveloping the pitch. The game was re-fixed for Kilcoleman on Sunday afternoon and on this occasion the Greyhounds emerged victorious, 3-12 to 2-17. The result now means Éire Óg will play Roscrea in a play-off, most likely next weekend, for a place in the North semi-final.
While Toomevara deserved their win, there was a lot of positives for manager Martin Morris to ponder, no more so than the never say die attitude of our players which saw them score two late goals, the first of which can be seen in the GIF at the top of this page.
Please keep on eye on social media this week for details of the play-off match.
For some fantastic photographs from today’s game please check out Padraig Hogan’s social media sites.
Minor Camogs Capture County Title
Congratulations to our minor camogs who today captured the county C title following a superb win over a gallant Drom & Inch side in the Camogie Grounds, The Ragg on a 5-4 to 1-12 scoreline. This is our second minor county title, our last came when we won the B decider in 2013.
The diligent and hard-working management team of Conor Ryan, Liz Duggan, Emer Ryan, Zoey Gratton and Noreen Ryan worked extremely hard with the girls and the improvement was evident in every match while the panel of players themselves showed up to training every time with a positive, good-natured attitude and pushed themselves hard as they honed their skills.
Well done and congratulations to everyone involved from all in the club.
Panel: Niamh Sheridan, Abby Sheedy, Ella Carey, Ellie Spain, Katie Morris, Meaghan Morris, Meghan Grace, Rachel O’Connor, Lucy Spain, Caroline Browne, Maeve Hassett, Joanne McDonnell, Siobhan Collins, Michelle Barry, Ciara Sherlock, Caoimhe Connolly, Lilly O’Brien and Sarah Hallinan.
Under-6 and Under-8
Our under-6 and under-8 girls finished up their year on Saturday with a party in Nenagh College. Our thanks go to Adventure World for the wonderful party and to the club for paying for it. The girls had a long year which started out in the first week in February with the Éire Ógre camp.
Thanks to all the parents who helped out with training throughout the year in the complex, in St Mary’s Secondary School Sports Hall and in the field. The parents would like to thank the hard-working committee and club officers for all the support throughout the year. The under-6 girls received their end of year medals this morning as well as treats. We would like to wish the under-8 girls who are moving onto under-10 the very best of luck. Our under-6 and under-8 girls will start back training in February with the annual Éire Ógre camp. New players are always welcome to come along and give camogie a go.
European glory and a little piece of history for Cookie
Christopher Ryan, affectionately known as Cookie, created his own piece of history by featuring on the Amsterdam GAA side that played in the AIB junior football club championship recently against Dublin side St. Finian’s. Amsterdam became the first GAA club from mainland Europe to play in the club championship with Cookie being introduced as a half-time substitute but he couldn’t prevent his side from finishing on the wrong side of a 0-8 to 0-6 scoreline.
However, despite the defeat it has been a great year so far for Cookie as he helped his new teammates capture the European 11-a-side and 15-a-side championships. Congratulations Cookie from everyone in the club.
Amanda Stapleton Benefit Fund
Saturday was an entertaining day for the many people from Nenagh who travelled to Borrisoleigh for the Amanda Stapleton Benefit Fund. Proceedings kicked off with a 5KM fun run with a number of brave souls from the club participating. Later that evening the legends from both Tipperary and Kilkenny played a challenged match which ended in a draw. One young man’s evening was made when Kilkenny legend Michael Kavanagh presented Odhran Cahill with his jersey from the game. A truly thoughtful and magnanimous gesture from the eight-times All-Ireland winner which once again highlights the generosity of our GAA stars but Odhran was quick to remind Michael, and more importantly his father Niall, that his blood runs blue and gold!
Michael Geaney is a GAA Healthy Club Hero, Michael Heffernan is nominated for the Tipp FM Club Player of the Year award while the minor camogs qualify for the county final. Once again this week’s notes are chock-a-block with news on the Blues
Michael Geaney – A GAA Healthy Club Hero
The club received that fantastic news recently that Michael Geaney was honoured by Croke Park after his sterling work in promoting the GAA’s Healthy Club Project.
In 2014, Nenagh Éire Óg were one of just sixteen clubs nominated to pilot the programme and from the beginning Michael was the driving force behind the initiative in the town. In his time he has organised numerous talks and events aimed at helping people in our community including talks on mental health, gambling, alcohol and addiction. Influential speakers such as Seamus Hennessy, Conor Cusack, Justin Campbell and Shane Martin among others have visited the area to share their knowledge and experience and have thus helped many people in our community.
In our opinion, Michael is one of the true heroes of the GAA, a man who goes about his business seeking no glory or attention and diligently does his best to help out the club where ever possible. During his time as juvenile chairperson, Nenagh Éire Óg dominated the hurling landscape winning numerous divisional and county championships and the majority of our senior hurlers were part of those successful outfits.
Today, thanks to volunteers like Michael, the Healthy Club Project has grown to include 150 clubs up and down the country including Tipperary’s Lorrha and Dorrha, Newport, JK Brackens and Fr. Sheehy’s and has created partnerships with Healthy Ireland, the National Office for Suicide Prevention, the HSE, and is proudly supported by Irish Life.
Clubs focus on a range of health topics, including healthy eating; mental fitness and emotion wellbeing; physical activity for non-playing members; gambling drug, and alcohol awareness (including becoming smoke-free clubs); engaging older community members; and the provision of games for persons with special needs and those from minority groups, amongst other things.
Once again we say congratulations to Michael, there is no more worthy recipient.
Our under-8 hurling finished up on Saturday after a great effort all year. Having started back in February we had thirty at every training session for hurling and Gaelic football. The parents gave huge support throughout the year to ensure that the children got to training. Phenomenal support was provided through all the help with coaching, encouraging, feeding and with whatever job needed to be carried out, our thanks to them all for that. Great friendships were made by the children and parents all year which was lovely to see develop.
On Saturday morning we had keenly contested hurling matches followed by a number of novelty and fun events. We had two obstacle courses, relays, tug-of-war and other fun games. The parents provided delicious food as always for the families after training and the club generously provided goodie bags for all the children and siblings. For those moving up to under-10 we wish them all the best of luck as we do those who are staying with the under-8s.
We are delighted to see the huge work going on in the local primary schools to promote Gaelic Games. Please keep the boys practicing over the winter at home.
The Camogie side have qualified for the county minor C final following a 6-8 to 1-8 win over Templemore Camogie Club in The Ragg on Sunday morning last. Two quick-fire Caroline Browne goals early in the first half set the girls up and they never looked back from there.
Team: Niamh Sheridan, Ciara Sherlock, Abbie Sheedy, Caoimhe Connolly, Megan Grace, Ella Carey, Michelle Barry, Rachel O Connor, Caroline Brown, Lucy Spain, Ellie Spain, Siobhan Collins. Substitues: Meagan Morris for Siobhan Collins
Congratulations to Nenagh Handball Club’s Sinéad Meagher and Laura Shinnors (Lahorna) who won the 60 X 30 Ladies Junior Doubles All-Ireland Final today in Carlow beating Dublin opposition of Lisa McKenna and Maedbh Ní Dhalaigh. This is an outstanding achievement particularly by Sinéad who, returning from injury, has now won all four Ladies Junior All-Irelands this year, 40×20 Singles and Doubles and 60×30 Singles and Doubles. Well done to the ladies and their coaches. Proud day for all.
Amanda Stapleton Benefit Fund
On Saturday next two events take place in Borris-Ileigh GAA club with the aim of raising money for charity. Firstly, a 5KM run will take place at 11am and we hope a huge crowd from the club, wearing their Éire Óg colours, will turn out.
Secondly, a legends match between Tipperary and Kilkenny, featuring a host of former players, occurs that same day, at 6pm, in Bishop Quinlin Park, Borrisoleigh. There will be live music and other activities on the night. This will be a fantastic opportunity to see former greats like Eoin Kelly, Lar Corbett, Paul Murphy and Tommy Walsh clash one last time on the field of play.
While there is still huge disappointment surrounding last weekend’s county final defeat there is some small measure of consolation for team captain Michael Heffernan who was this week nominated for the Tipp FM Club Player of the Year award after his fantastic displays all year for the Blues. Michael faces stiff competition for the award from Clonoulty Rossmore’s Conor Hammersley, Jerome Cahill of Kilruane MacDonagh’s. Denis Maher of Thurles Sarsfield’s and Jason Ryan of Toomevara. Best of luck Michael.
— Ronan Quirke (@feck_it) October 23, 2018
Shane Hennessy and Killian Gleeson’s Charitable Work
Two of our senior hurlers are going all out to help other less fortunate than we are and deserve huge credit for doing so.
Both men are off to Capetown in South Africa in June, 2019 to volunteer for the GVI women adn childcare programme The main aim of this project is to improve the lives of the children and their communities by improving the standards of education and by providing them with greater opportunities to help themselves in later life.
The long term objectives of GVI is to build long term self-sustainability in the Project Sites. Rather than the partners GVI work with becoming reliant on their presence, GVI are always looking to empower the local staff and community members so that they can carry on the particular work of a project once they have moved on to assist someone else.
Congratulations Na Piarsaigh
We extend our congratulations to Darragh Droog, John Fitzgerald and Shane O’Neill on Na Piarsaigh’s great win in the Limerick senior hurling county final. All three were involved with our seniors this year and played a massive role in our run to the county final. Best of luck in the Munster championship lads
— Darragh Droog (@DroogieD) October 27, 2018
Happy Retirement Mr. Hannigan
During the week it was revealed that Nenagh CBS teacher, Mr. Hannigan, had announced his retirement from the Tipperary senior footballers having been playing with them since 2006. Mr. Hannigan is a hugely popular teacher in the school and has coached a lot of young players in the CBS in both hurling and Gaelic football. During his inter-county career he represented the county on an impressive 36 occasions in the championship, scoring 0-13 points in the process.
In November 2017 he coached the school team to the county A football title having been extremely unfortunate not to win it in 2016. We here in Nenagh Éire Óg wish to congratulate him on his amazing career and look forward to his continued hard work in promoting Gaelic games to our juveniles who attend the school.
The seniors suffer a cruel heartbreaking county final defeat, Jake Morris receives his Bord Gáis Energy under-21 team of the year award and the minor camogs qualify for the county semi-final.
We extend our commiserations to our senior hurlers who were unfortunately beaten by a superb Clonoulty Rossmore side today in the Tipperary Water county final on a scoreline of 2-13 to 0-23. To say the panel, management and club left no stone unturned in their efforts to win today is an understatement but it simply wasn’t to be. To Clonoulty Rossmore we extend our congratulations and wish them the very best as they embark on their Munster campaign.
We wish to thank the people of Nenagh for their amazing support both this afternoon and in the weeks leading up to the game. The town has been decked out in blue and navy while the roars from the Blues’ fans today was deafening. All of your support has been gratefully received by everyone involved with the team.
We also wish to thank all the local sporting clubs and businesses for their wishes of support over the last few days. It was fantastic to see the parish united in sport as Nenagh Celtic, Nenagh Ormond RFC, Nenagh Neptune Swimming Club, Nenagh AFC among others send their best. The businesses excelled themselves in their efforts to fly the Éire Óg flag high and we encourage all our of supporters to continue to shop local.
The schools also pulled out all the stops and once again we thank you all for your continued support and promotion of Gaelic games amongst the youth of our town.
To all of our sponsors and to everyone who purchased signs this year and contributed to our training fund we thank you most sincerely. We could not possibly function without your kindness.
While everyone is very down at the moment there is no doubt that this panel will be back and will continue to do their upmost to bring Dan Breen back to the town. The entire panel and management have conducted themselves in a very professional manner throughout 2018, never failing to give less than 100% in training and matches and have been fantastic ambassadors of our town. Thank you once again to everyone for your unwavering commitment.
The full Éire Óg management and panel are as follows:
Jake Morris Receives his Award for Making the Bord Gáis Energy Under-21 Team of the Year
Congratulations to Jake Morris who, on Wednesday last, received his award for making the Bord Gáis Energy under-21 team of the year following his sterling performances with Tipperary in 2018. Jake was joined by four of his team mates in this prestigious selection, namely Killian O’Dwyer, Brian McGrath, Robert Byrne and Ger Browne.
In further great news Jake and Ger Browne were nominated for the Bord Gáis Energy player of the year award. Also in the reckoning are Fintan Burke (Galway), Mark Coleman (Cork). The winner will be announced at an event which takes place at Dublin’s City Hall on Friday, October 19th.
The full team is as follows: Ger Collins (Cork), Killian O’Dwyer (Tipperary), Brian McGrath (Tipperary), Niall O’Leary (Cork), Fintan Burke (Galway), Robert Byrne (Tipperary), Billy Hennessy (Cork), Mark Coleman (Cork), Ger Browne (Tipperary), Robbie O’Flynn (Cork), Rory O’Connor (Wexford), Cianan Fahy (Galway), Jake Morris (Tipperary), Tim O’Mahony (Cork), Seamus Casey (Wexford).
Our minor camogs continued their great form this year by qualifying for the county semi-final after defeating Fethard today, 2-5 to 0-6.
Fethard were the better team in the first half leading at half time 0-4 to 0-2 with Nenagh’s points coming from Michelle Barry and Lucy Spain. The game turned when a Fethard player was given a straight red card in an incident which resulted in Katie Morris, who was having an outstanding game, going off injured. Nenagh responded with a goal from Sarah Hallinan and a point from Rachel O Connor. To be fair to Fethard they kept up their pressure game and responded with two points to draw the game going into the final quarter. A goal from senior star Rachel O’Connor and a point from a ’45 from Lucy Spain closed out the game for Nenagh who will have to up their game if they are to progress further in this competition. Fethard can be proud of their efforts in the game.
Team: Niamh Sheridan, Abbie Sheedy, Katie Morris, Ella Carey, Caoimhe Connolly, Megan Grace, Rachel O’Connor, Michelle Barry, Lucy Spain, Meaghan Morris, Ellie Spain, Siobhan Collins, Sarah Hallinan, Ciara Sherlock.
“By Order of the Peaky Blinders”
Fantastic news broke during the week about one of our former players, Daryl McCormack. Daryl was a talented hurler and won numerous titles in the blue jersey. Daryl has since moved on and is making waves in the acting world and this week it was revealed that he had secured a role in the hugely popular show Peaky Blinders where he will act alongside stars such as Cillian Murphy. Congratulations Daryl from everyone in the club.
— Sainou Talent Agency (@Sainou) October 19, 2018
The senior hurlers gear up for the county final, the under-15s reach the plate final while the Camogie club hosted a massive blitz on Saturday morning. Once again this week’s notes are congested, with news on the Blues
Our senior hurlers travel to Semple Stadium on Sunday next to play West side Clonoulty Rossmore in the Tipperary Water county final. The sides last met on August 12th in The Ragg in the group stages of the county senior championship with The Blues fortunate to come away with a two-point victory, 1-20 to 1-18. John Fitzgerald and his men will have it all to do if they are to repeat that feat. This game throws in at 15:30 and we would love to see you all there decked out in your sky blue and navy.
This year our players and management have been putting in a monumental effort to try and capture the county senior hurling title. Once again, no stone has been left unturned to ensure that our players are prepared as best as they possibly can be however, with such efforts comes serious financial strains and to help ease the burden a Players’ Training Fund has been set up and if you would like to contribute please contact John (087 950 0912) or Enda (086 174 2530)
Your support is very much appreciated by the players and everyone involved.
— C.B.S Primary Nenagh (@nenaghcbsp) October 9, 2018
The under-8 Camogie girls’ year came to an end on Saturday in MacDonagh Park when we hosted a blitz. Having started in the first week of February this year, with the hugely successful Éire Ógre camp, the girls have continued to train in high numbers. Yesterday, we had 34 girls representing the club. We welcomed clubs from Kildangan, Portroe, Newport, Borris-Ileigh and Doon. Over one hundred girls turned up and played highly entertaining Camogie. Each team played three games and after the club kindly presented each girl with a medal. The parents from the club served up wonderful food as always inside in the complex to thank our guests for travelling for the blitz. Huge thanks must go to the parents for all their hard work and dedication to this group all year. Training for the under-6 and under-8 girls has finished for the year. We will have our end of year party in a few weeks in Nenagh College. Any girl who was missing yesterday and the under-6 girls will receive their medals there.
The Nenagh Éire Óg minor Camogie team had a fine win today away to an excellent Borris-Ileigh. Conor Ryan’s charges have improved steadily through the group stage with experienced players like Ella Carey, Caroline Browne and Rachel O Connor gelling well with the younger stars like Michelle Barry and Katie Morris. They have now qualified for the county quarter final to be held next weekend. A special note of praise must go to the referee on the day, Tipperary Camogie star Caoimhe Burke who gave an outstanding display of mature refereeing which belies her young years. She is a credit to her family, her club and to Tipperary Camogie and a role model for women to join the refereeing ranks as she smiled her way through a game that she had full control of.
The senior hurlers advance to the county semi-final, visits from Buff Egan and Seán Kelly to MacDonagh Park, Seán Phelan is honoured in Croke Park and much, much more. Once again this week’s notes are swarming, with news on the Blues……and you can, believe that!!!
Seán Phelen Honoured in Croke Park
Congratulations to Seán Phelan who was honoured in Croke Park on Saturday for his exploits with the Tipperary minor hurlers, picking up an Electric Ireland Minor Star award, as he was named at wing-back on the team of the year. Anyone who saw him in the blue & gold in 2018 were not surprised when the news broke last week as he was instrumental in ensuring that Tipperary won the Munster minor championship. Keep up the great work Seán!
Seniors Advance to County Semi-Final
John Fitzgerald’s senior hurling team advanced to the Tipperary Water semi-final following a 2-17 to 0-18 win over Loughmore Castleiney in Dolla. First-half goals from Philip Hickey and Tommy Heffernan gave the Blues a vital cushion over their opponents and Loughmore, try as the might, were unable to close the gap. The draw for the semi-finals took place afterwards and we now play Thurles Sarsfields in Semple Stadium next Sunday with Toomevara meeting Clonoulty Rossmore, who defeated Kiladangan 1-19 to 1-15, in the other match. The times of both these games have yet to be confirmed.
— Ballygalget GAC (@BallygalgetGAC) September 29, 2018
County Quarter-Finals in MacDonagh Park
On Saturday afternoon last, two of the Tipperary Water county senior hurling quarter-finals were held in MacDonagh Park with Toomevara overcoming the challenge of Drom & Inch while Thurles Sarsfields snatched a dramatic injury time winning goal to break the hearts of Kilruane MacDonaghs.
Once again our army of volunteers excelled themselves to ensure that the occasion ran smoothly and passed off without any hitch. The club would like to thank everyone that helped out including those who sold lotto tickets, parked cars, looked after the shop and worked in the complex.
In attendance amongst the large crowd were Snapchat sensation Buff Egan, who kept his legion of followers updated on proceedings in the two games, and former Uachtarán Cumann Lúthchleas Gael, Seán Kelly.
Buff happily stood in for selfies with his many fans on the day, greeted everyone he encountered with a smile and mesmerised the crowd at half-time with a “tantalizing” exhibition of sideline cuts…..and you can believe that! We can’t wait for Buff to visit MacDonagh Park again.
The full-time scores in the two games were:
Kilruane MacDonaghs 1-16 Thurles Sarsfields 2-14
Toomevara 3-15 Drom & Inch 1-20
If you would like to see highlights from these two fantastic matches tune into TG4 on Monday evening at 8pm.
— GAA 2020 (@GAA_2020) September 29, 2018
Toomevara and Sarsfields through to the semi finals by a single point. Could easily have been Drom v Toome or Kilruane v Sars.. Ronan Maher with a last gasp goal for Sars. Bumper crowd with huge excitement for the masses in Nenagh #GAA #Hurling pic.twitter.com/Ch0h6lDg0u
— Stephen Gleeson (@StephenGleeson_) September 29, 2018
Ronan Mahers Last Second Goal in the Tipp Quarter Final that Clinched Victory for Thurles by a point 2-14 to 1-16 against Kilruane McDonaghs. What a Catch and Finish. Hail💀Hail pic.twitter.com/ZFHaaaTx6t
— Buff Egan (@buff_egan) September 29, 2018
There was great craic (not to mention goodie bags!) to end the year for the under-10 Camogie girls on Thursday evening. Many thanks to all for coming to the training, matches and on road trips throughout the year. The best of luck to those who will move onto under-12, they are well prepared for it. Coaches are hoping to organise a weekly slot at the ball wall in Nenagh College and will be in touch. They would also recommend that all girls consider joining the athletics club for the winter. The track is indoor and it’s a great way to keep the girls active during the cold nights of winter. The parents would like to thank mentors Tom Boland, Barry Grace and David Peters for their hard work, dedication and most of all the love of Camogie that they have instilled in their players this year.
Our under- 12s travelled to the Camogie Grounds, The Ragg on Saturday 22nd to face Mullinahone in the league final.
This team have been working hard under the guidance of James O’ Dwyer, Noel Nagle, Martin Kelly and Rose Sheridan and their hard work really paid off on Saturday with a fine win against a fancied Mullinahone side. The final score was 2-0 to 1-2 with the goals coming from Ella O’ Brien and a long range free from centre-back Clodagh Spain. The work rate, hooking and blocking defined the team in this fine win from a dedicated bunch of young ladies. Captain fantastic and full back Samantha Howard was happy to receive the trophy on behalf of her team who celebrated their win as if it was an All-Ireland.
Panel: Isabel O’ Farrell, Faye Sheridan, Samantha Howard, Naoimh Boland, Aishling Colleran, Clodagh Spain (1.0), Laura Nagle, Eimer Brislane, Grace Cleary, Ella O’ Brien (1.0), Anna O Dwyer, Mairead O’ Brien, Cliodhna Morris, Laura Corish, Katie Ryan, Oriana O’ Brien, Elenor Boland, Holly Tucker.
Our minor team travelled to Carrick on Suir last Saturday week to play the first round of the championship and despite many of the girls taking time off work and parents and management having to make the long trip the game was called off due to the non-appearance of the referee much to the disappointed of the players from both Carrick Swan and Nenagh Éire Óg.
On Sunday, the minors played Moyle Rovers in what was a very disappointing encounter. The Monroe side were put in the unenviable position of being asked to play Nenagh Éire Óg in the under-18 Camogie championship while at the same time playing a ladies under-19 football match with the result that they visited MacDonagh Park with a severely weakened team. Both clubs are doing their best to promote women’s sports and this situation completely defied any sort of logic with the result that we had a game that was of absolutely no use to either side. Those that were able to make the trip to Nenagh are to be commended for their efforts as they battled all the way through and never let their heads drop. One player in particular who caught the attention of the spectators was Rover’s Makayala O’ Donnell who gave an exhibition of goalkeeping, making a number of miraculous saves. There’s no doubt that we will be hearing more about her in the future.
Fair play to Richard from the Irish Red Cross, helping one of our patrons out of a tricky situation this evening, on top of making sure everyone at the games today was well looked after. pic.twitter.com/FzoA1BJL3T
— Nenagh Éire Óg (@nenagheireog) September 29, 2018
Juvenile Club Clothes Collection
Nenagh Éire Óg Juvenile Club will host a clothes collection on Saturday morning, October 6th.
Unwanted clothes can be dropped to the complex in a black bag between 10am and 11am on the day.
We can accept: Men’s Clothing, Women’s Clothing, Children’s Clothing, Shoes, Handbags, Belts and Household Textiles i.e. Curtains, Towels.
Unfortunately we cannot accept: Dirty/Wet Clothing, Mats, Carpets, Duvets/Pillows, Books, Laptops or Mobile Phones.
If you need assistance or have any query, please contact Shane on 087 6373830.
Congratulations to Emmet Jones who won the Ballydesmond Invitational under-12 plate on Saturday. Emmet is a great clubman and recently helped out with our flag day and, as well as being an exceptional handballer, is a talented hurler and Gaelic footballer. Keep up the great work, Emmet!
Congratulations to Portroe man Liam Sheedy who was appointed manager of the Tipperary senior hurlers for 2018. In his previous stint in the role, Liam led the county to All-Ireland glory in 2010.
One of Liam’s first matches will be on Saturday, November 3rd in Bishop Quinlan Park, Borrisoleigh as the Premier legends face their old nemesis from Kilkenny in a fundraising event for Amanda Stapleton who was recently diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour. Greats like Eoin Kelly and Henry Shefflin will dust off the helmets and hurleys to tog out and it will be a fantastic opportunity to see real heroes of the past one more time in their county colours.
As well as the match that throws in at 6pm, there will be a 5KM club colours fun run at 11am the same day and it would be fantastic to see lots of Éire Óg tops participate for what is a worthy cause. Already Mark Long can be regularly seen pounding the pavements of Nenagh in preparation for the run in his determination to be the first Éire Óg man across the finish line.
Recently the Tipperary County Board launched their rebranded website http://tipperary.gaa.ie
The website is a lot more user friendly than its previous incarnation and the results/fixtures section is a dramatic improvement on its predecessor. We would encourage all Nenagh Éire Óg supporters to visit it and familiarise yourself with all it has to offer.
Two @Kerry_Official men, @buff_egan & I, on a spying mission @nenaghgaa today ! Lovely hurling! @thurlessars @KilruaneJuvGAA @drominch @Toomecamogie @TipperaryGAA @tippstar @NenaghGuardian @nenagheireog pic.twitter.com/RnwKT7u25K
— Seán Kelly MEP (@SeanKellyMEP) September 29, 2018
— C.B.S Primary Nenagh (@nenaghcbsp) September 25, 2018
Seán Phelan receives an Electric Ireland Minor Star Award, the senior hurlers prepare for the quarter-final of the championship, Killian Gleeson seeks your help and much, much more. Once again this week’s notes are thronged, with news on the Blues
Everyone in the club was thrilled, but not surprised, when on Wednesday last, news broke that Seán Phelan has been selected on the Electric Ireland 2018 Minor Hurling Team of the Year. Seán, who gave stellar performances all year in the blue and gold, was selected at wing-back and he was joined by James Devaney (Borris-Ileigh) at wing-forward and Conor Whelan (CJ Kickhams Mullinahone) at corner-back.
The team will celebrate their achievement and receive their awards on Saturday next, September 29th, at a ceremony in Croke Park. We hope Seán and his family have a wonderful day out.
The full team is as follows:
1.Patrick Rabbitte – Galway, (St. Mary’s)
2.Conor Whelan – Tipperary, (CJ Kickhams Mullinahone)
3.Shane Jennings – Galway, (Ballinasloe)
4.Jamie Young – Kilkenny, (O’Loughlin Gaels)
5.Darragh Maher – Kilkenny, (St. Lachtain’s)
6.Seán Neary – Galway, (Castlegar)
7.Seán Phelan – Tipperary, (Nenagh Éire Óg)
8.Conor Kelly – Kilkenny, (O’Loughlin Gaels)
9.Donal Leavy – Dublin, (Naomh Olaf)
10.James Devaney – Tipperary, (Borris-Ileigh)
11.Cathal O’Neill – Limerick, (Crecora-Manister)
12.Ciarán Brennan – Kilkenny, (Bennettsbridge)
13.Luke Swan – Dublin, (Castleknock)
14.Donal O’Shea – Galway, (Salthill/Knocknacarra)
15.Dean Reilly – Galway, (Pádraig Pearses)
John Fitzgerald and his management team have been busy preparing the senior hurlers ahead of their Tipperary Water quarter-final clash against either Loughmore Castleiney or Killenaule who meet on Tuesday evening in Borrisoleigh. This game will take place in Dolla on Sunday next at 15:30 and your support would be appreciated by everyone involved.
With two of the quarter-final matches taking place in MacDonagh Park, Nenagh the club are calling on as many members as possible to volunteer on the day to ensure everything runs smoothly. If you would like to help out please be at the club grounds from 13:00pm.
The full quarter-final draw is as follows:
Saturday, 29th September
Toomevara V Drom & Inch
MacDonagh Park, Nenagh at 14:30
Thurles Sarsfields V Kilruane MacDonaghs
MacDonagh Park, Nenagh at 16:00pm
Sunday 30th September
Kiladangan V Clonoulty Rossmore
Nenagh Éire Óg V Loughmore Castleiney or Killenaule
Killian Gleeson Seeks Your Help
Senior hurler, Killian Gleeson, has announced that he is heading to South Africa next Summer to work with a volunteer organisation called GVI in Cape Town on women’s empowerment projects though education and healthcare.The majority of people living below the poverty line in South Africa are women. Many girls around the world are still denied a basic education and women continue to dominate the world’s illiterate population.
By supporting women in South African societies and giving them access to equal opportunities such as an education, jobs and healthcare, everyone benefits. Infant mortality rates go down, more children stay in school, incomes increase and the cycle of poverty can be broken. By volunteering on this programme with the GVI group, Killian will be joining a dedicated team of international volunteers assisting on sustainable and invaluable women’s empowerment initiatives.
If you would like to donate to this worthy cause and help Killian help others please click the following link, all support is greatly appreciated: https://www.gofundme.com/gvi-womans-empowerment-in-ghana
The club like to express its sympathy to the McDonnell family, Gralla, following the recent death of Michael. Michael’s nephew Brian is a member of our senior hurling management team and was the club’s PRO in the past while his other nephew Rory played underage hurling for the club.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
— Think Pink Cycle with the Ladies at the Hub (@think_cycle) September 23, 2018
The senior camogs exit the championship, we have another All-Ireland winner while a club stalwart breaks numerous ladies’ hearts by tying the knot and much much more. Once again this week’s notes are teeming with news on the Blues
Our senior camogie team’s interest in this year’s championship ended in MacDonagh Park on Saturday evening following a 1-11 to 5-16 loss to Clonoulty Rossmore. This year has seen the panel build on the great work of 2017 and beating Borris-Ileigh before losing to Éire Óg Annacarthy and Clonoulty Rossmore in the championship following determined efforts by all the team. The side also reached the league final against Drom & Inch but unfortunately the game was never played. The club wish to thank the entire panel and their management team for all their hard work and we are already looking forward to next year’s competitions.
The under-14 side travelled to Fethard on Sunday evening and recorded a great win. Well done ladies. This was the first time we had a full panel all year and the great work is really paying off.
Our under-8s played a County Camogie Blitz in Doctor Morris Park in Thurles on Sunday morning. Nenagh Éire Óg had two teams playing Fethard, Thurles, Borris-Ileigh, Cahir and Slieve Feilim. When all games were complete the girls had an opportunity to meet with Tipperary dual star Orla O’Dwyer. Earlier this summer Orla played two inter-county matches in the one day. The Camogie captain played in a football championship match against Kerry in MacDonagh Park, watched by a number of our young girls and just four hours later played a Camogie championship match in The Ragg against Offaly. She set up our own Grace O’Brien for the winning goal late on in the game. Someone for our girls to aspire to! The morning was rounded off with a presentation of certificates by the county board. Well done to all involved and a very special thank you to Orla for taking the time to meet with all our young players.
All-Ireland Inter-Provincial Champion
Congratulations to Megan Grace who played for the Munster under-17 Camogie side in the inter-provincials in DCU recently, winning an All-Ireland medal. Well done Megan and keep up the great work.
Working at the car wash (oh oh, yeah yeah)
At the car wash, yeah (ooh, yeah yeah)
The Camogie club will be hosting a car wash fundraiser at Keith Deane’s Car Wash on the Limerick Road on September 30th and the club are looking for the club’s dirtiest cars to get a well deserved and long overdue clean. The wash will cost a very reasonable €10 or €15 for two cars.
Upcoming Club Fixtures
The Hibernian Inn North Tipperary Final
We wish to thank all our volunteers who helped make the staging of this year’s North Tipperary senior hurling final in MacDonagh Park such a huge success. Without their selfless work ethic, these major games could not take place in Nenagh. One particular man went above and beyond the call of duty today and that was Noel Coonan who took care of the dressing rooms, fed the Tulla Pipe Band during the first-half, the VIPs, the referee and his match officials at half-time and cleaned up afterwards. Who says men can’t multitask? Congratulations go to Kilruane MacDonaghs who, for the first time since 1990, claimed their 19th Frank McGrath Cup following a 0-19 to 0-12 win over Kiladangan. Best of luck to both sides in the upcoming county championship.
Fantastic stuff from @MacDonaghsGAA to bridge a gap between north titles stretching back to 1990!! Massive win for the club. A place for new heroes will have to be found on the decorated and class clubhouse walls!! Congrats to all involved on a great victory!! #GAA #Hurling
— Stephen Gleeson (@StephenGleeson_) September 16, 2018
Congratulations to Derek Lillis and Auven Melia who tied the knot over the weekend in a beautiful ceremony. As news of the wedding spread reports of devastated young ladies from around Nenagh and beyond were pouring in but Auven was the lucky girl who ended up capturing this strapping young heartbreaker. The Lillis family regularly put their shoulder to the wheel when there’s work to be done in the club and today was no different with Matt acting as a steward at the North Final. Derek himself arrived to help out while his new bride leapt from the car before it had stopped moving to go and watch her beloved Kilruane MacDonaghs win the title for the first time since 1990. There are many people wondering if her wedding yesterday or Kilruane’s victory today was the highlight of her weekend! Everyone in the club wishes Auven and Derek many years of happiness together.
Club Flag Day
The club held its annual flag day on Saturday with volunteers kindly giving up their free time to collect vital funds. The club wishes to thank all who helped out on the day, the understanding business owners and all the generous people who kindly donated. Without your help the club would not be in the position it is today.