Our volunteers help over 75 vulnerable people in the parish, beautiful wild flowers take over MacDonagh Park while the under-12 camógs enjoy a puck around. All this and more in this week’s news on the Blues
Club Volunteers go above and beyond the call of duty once again
Once again our team of volunteers have gone above and beyond the call of duty this week with over 75 deliveries of food, groceries and medical supplies being made to the most vulnerable in our parish. Some grateful people have even been receiving the Catholic church’s parish newsletter from our volunteers.Their selfless acts have ensured that vulnerable people have been able to cocoon safely over the last number of weeks as Covid-19 continues to wreak havoc on across the globe.
It is during times of crises that we really see the benefit of a tight and caring community and the people of Nenagh and indeed our club, have been more than willing to put the shoulder to the wheel to help those in need.
Our volunteers will continue to provide these services for as long as is required and if you need any assistance please contact club coordinator Bartley Ryan on 086 735 8359.
Juvenile and Camogie News
Éire Óg Juvenile club and Camogie club took break from daily challenges this week after the fifty days of challenges completed since lock down commenced. Coaches from each group will develop a training plan to take our Future Stars through to return of games. These plans will be communicated shortly to the various groups.
Under-ten girls and boys have received a ‘Two Hundred Touch’ challenge to help them maintain and develop their skills over the next two weeks. Challenge cards outlining the specific skills of camogie, hurling and football have been forwarded to the under ten groups and we would encourage parents to support the children in practicing these skills each day where possible. Additionally, this coming week the children will be asked to design a skills video demonstrating some of the skills they practiced over the fifty day skills challenges. The children can pick any of the strength & conditioning, hurling, football or family fun games which we did during the daily challenges recently and make a video of themselves practicing the chosen challenge then send the video into the group text where the video will be uploaded to the clubs social media platforms.
Our juvenile players continue to go to great efforts to display their appreciation of the work being done by the front line workers. This week we saw beautiful art work from Naoise and Bronagh Kelly who paid special thanks to their hard working aunt. Keep sending in your pictures and videos, we love to see them all and no doubt these messages are providing much positivity to the hardworking front line workers.
Some of Nenagh Éire Óg’s Camogie under-12s entertained us all with a video of their virtual puck around. It was a fabulous idea and we all loved seeing everyone out with their hurleys. Thanks to Caitriona Fahy for the video which can be enjoyed on the clubs social media sites and below.
Thank you to all the parents who encourage and support practicing our games at home each day, this is central to the children maintaining and developing skill levels and ultimately the enjoyment of our games. It would be fabulous to see this translate into an increased number of coaches within the club in the future.
We all know you miss the action in the club grounds but we must all remain aware that all club facilities and fields are still closed to everyone. This applies whether you are maintaining social distancing or not, the grounds are closed to everyone, there are no exceptions. We look forward very much to getting back to action but for now we must remain mindful that you may not enter the club grounds under any circumstances. Please keep up the good work in this regard.
Stay practicing, encourage each other, stay safe, observe the guidelines and mind each other.
Following recent Garda advice in line with the latest GAA statement and guidelines, our fields and facilities remain closed with no exceptions. All are asked to respect GAA and HSE protocols. John Tooher, Senior Chairman.
Statement from Tipperary County Board
Following the announcement of the Governments Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business last weekend, plus Croke Parks statement welcoming the proposals, Tipperary Co. Board have issued the following update to their members and clubs on a few areas arising from the continuing Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.
Club Games/Training & Pitches
Following on from Croke Parks statement we are instructing our clubs to continue to refrain from organising on-field activity so therefore our GAA facilities must remain closed until July 20th as part of efforts to prevent gatherings which breach the restrictions.
The GAA will issue detailed advice before any return to play, outlining the steps we have to take to facilitate the re-commencement of our training and games, both in terms of physical engagement and around the use of our facilities.
Tipperary Co Board is confident that we will still be able to play club competitions this year, subject of course to public health guidance. There will be a phased resumption of training at club level to allow players to prepare appropriately for playing games.We can confirm however that no inter-county games are expected to take place before October.
The protection of all the people who play and attend our games is of paramount importance and must come before any on-field activities. Getting our championships and leagues finalised in their present format will probably be impossible so over the coming weeks the County Management Committee and Co CCC will draw up possible scenarios based on the potential time frames available. Naturally these will only be recommendations and will have to be approved by Co Committee before seeking a derogation from Croke Park to change our championship structures agreed at the 2019 Co Committee meeting.
Old Betsey has cut her final blade of grass as exciting new lotto is in the pipeline
In recent days we have received the news that Old Betsy, our mower of many years, has cut her last blade of grass and is on her way to the GAA fields in the sky.
That has meant that the club have to seek a New Betsy to carry on maintaining our playing fields in pristine condition which is going to place a huge financial strain on the club. A suitable new mower is going to require a five-figure sum and with that in mind we have an exciting new club lotto in the pipeline.
Using Zoom, our club executive has met in recent days to formulate a plan going forward for this new style lotto, details of which will be revealed in the coming weeks.
In the meantime club chairman, John Tooher along with Jim Kennedy have been cutting the grass using the mower pictured above which does the job required however, it is impractical in the long term. If you would like to volunteer to cut the grass please contact John and he will be delighted to hear from you.
Team Tipperary, a combination of the Tipperary senior hurlers, camógs and LGFA sides as well as the County Board produced a video this week to encourage the people of our county to keep their spirits up and to continue to follow all the advice in relation to Covid 19. It features Seamus Callanan, Conor Sweeney and Aisling McCarthy among other superstars of Tipperary GAA.
You can watch the video here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BeZ2Ih6-CCM&t=3s
Jake Morris chats to Jonathan Delaney
In a revealing interview Jake Morris chats to Jonathan Delaney and gives an insight into his mentality and how he ignored tonsillitis and glandular fever to score a cracker against Crumlin in the FAI under-17 cup semi-final. He also reflects on his hurling career to-date and reveals why he choose the small ball over soccer. Click on the link below to watch this brilliant interview. Well done to both Jake and Jonathan. Jonathan also did another fantastic interview with Barry Coffey which can also be viewed on his Vimeo channel.
The Golf Coaches Association of America has released the 2020 NJCAA Division II All-Freshman Team and our own Scott O’Brien is one of only five US student-athletes, nation-wide, to receive the honour.
A student at Parkland College, O’Brien recorded a 73.6 stroke average over ten rounds and was ranked the 16th best player in the US last season. Congratulations Scott from everyone back home. For more information please click the link: https://athletics.parkland.edu/news/2020/5/8/mens-golf-o-brien-selected-to-2020-njcaa-all-freshman-team.aspx?fbclid=IwAR3XBgkCqY_k5z8UFv-Il7VdFrpM1hHZv3RPKMq0_AHEbnXDWCxkSt5fOHc
Wild Flowers in MacDonagh Park
In recent weeks wild flowers have grown in various parts of our grounds providing vital nectar and pollen for our endangered insects and bees as well as food for our birds. The terrace behind the clubhouse end goals is a sight to behold with the beautiful colours that nature’s artists have painted.
Blast from the Past
In 2013 Nenagh Éire Óg met Silvermines in Cloughjordan in the county senior hurling championship. Aided by a Michael Heffernan goal, Nenagh emerged victorious against that year’s North championship runners-up and advanced to the county quarter-final.
Tipperary GAA Clubs Draw 2020/21
The Tipperary GAA Clubs Draw which was due to commence this month has been rescheduled to commence on Friday September 18th. We are confident there will be a full resumption of games activity well in advance of this date to allow clubs promote the draw. Lár na Pairce office personnel have already prepared the New Draw material and this is ready for collection for any individual clubs who wish to make an immediate start. The Final receipts for the 2019/20 Draw will not be posted out until August 1st which is just about six weeks before the first draw. Enclosed with the receipt will be details of an easy system for paying the new draw subscription on-line if preferred and thus avoiding promoters calling to members houses during the current pandemic.
April’s GAA Newsletter
The latest newsletter from the GAA is now available to read and features about Green GAA Clubs to your mental health. To read please click on the link below.
We wish to extend our sympathies to the family, relatives and friends of Declan Flynn, late of Knockalton, Nenagh and Carrigadrohid, Cork. To his wife Patricia, children Ian, Colin and Laoise, brothers John, Jim, Murt and Frank, sisters Ann, Helen, Mary and Eilish, mother-in-law Margaret Burns, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, relatives, neighbours and the wonderful community in Shandangan and Canovee, his work colleagues in Irish Pioneer Works and Declans large circle of friends in both Cork and Tipperary we offer our sincerest condolences.
We also offer our condolences to the Hynes family on the recent passing of Philip Hynes. To his wife Lily and cherished family Philip, Deirdre and Catherine, sister Nora O’Brien, brothers Pat, Eddie and Michael, grandchildren David, Kate, Aoife, Ian, Jason, Clara and Leah, great-grandchildren, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, cousins, kind neighbours, relatives and friends we extend our sympathies.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anamacha.
Nenagh Celtic F.C.
Nenagh Celtic F.C. have asked us to advertise a very generous offer by their club to any vulnerable person in the parish. If any vulnerable person requires bottled water they are asked to contact the club through their social media channels or alternatively, you can contact Nenagh Éire Óg by email, firstname.lastname@example.org or through any of our social media channels and we will be happy to put you in touch.
The water is bottled in Borrisoleigh using 100% recycled plastic.
During the current Covid-19 crises our club lotto has been suspended however, you can still play online by clicking here.