Mixed results for our senior teams, the camogie club unveil their new jerseys while the minors prepare for the North semi-final. All this and more in this week’s news on the Blues
Our senior hurlers recorded a 2-20 to 1-14 win over Éire Óg Annacarty Donohill in the final group game of the FBD Insurance senior hurling championship in The Ragg on Saturday evening. A first-half penalty goal by Jake Morris following a foul on Tommy Heffernan added to by a late Adam Carey three-pointer ensured the win which sees us qualify for the county quarter-finals in second place in the group.
The draws for the knock-out stages of the county championship will take place tomorrow evening.
Junior A Hurling
Our junior-A hurlers play Roscrea next Saturday evening. Please check our website for further details of this match when they are confirmed.
Our minor hurlers were due to play Ballina last Wednesday evening in the semi-final of the North championship but due to the untimely passing of Ms. Karen Meagher the game had to be postponed. Our club sends its deepest sympathies to her husband Joe, sons Conor, Jack and Bobby, her extended family, her wide circle of friends and to the Ballina club. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam.
The match has been refixed for this Tuesday evening and as it is an all-ticket affair, it will be streamed live on our Facebook page for all of our supporters. The venue has been confirmed as Dolla with a 7pm throw-in.
The Men of ’95
Our county senior final winning team of 1995 were due to be honoured at this year’s county final, however, due to the current restrictions on attendances at games the decision has been made to defer this celebration until the 2021 decider.
Alternatively, paper tickets are on sale at the following businesses: JKC’s, Sheedy’s Centra, Albany Home Decor, Foley’s Spar Inver Gortlandroe, Hackett’s Butchers, A Sportsman’s Dream, Cinnamon Alley, Specsavers, O’Connor’s Kenyon Street Market, Keller’s Carry Out off-license and Cleary’s Daybreak on the Limerick Road.
Tipperary GAA Club Draw
The first draw for the new Tipperary GAA Clubs Draw will take place on Friday, 18th September and once again there are amazing prizes on offer including cars and prize money up to €25,000.
Those who have previously entered the draw will have already received information regarding the new draw in the post and are asked to contact their promoters as soon as possible.
Further information about the draw and how to join can be found here.
New Camogie Jersey
Éire Óg camogie jerseys manufactured in Nenagh by Gaelic Armour and sponsored by front line worker Sandra Farrell
Nurses have donned the Nenagh Éire Óg camogie jersey in the past and no doubt into the future the jersey will be worn by frontline healthcare staff. The World Health Organisation has designated 2020 the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife in honour of the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. How appropriate it is then that the club received a call from well known local nurse Sandra Farrell, current Director of Ormond Healthcare, who wanted to donate a set of jerseys to the senior team of Nenagh Éire Óg Camogie Club for the upcoming season.
To tie in with Ms. Farrell’s generous offer, Nenagh Éire Óg camogie club in return wanted to express their thanks to all of the healthcare staff and nurses who have been hugely dedicated and have made many sacrifices since the outbreak of the COVID 19 pandemic. To do this the club have added the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife logo to their jersey this year.
Speaking at the launch of the new Jersey Ms. Farrell of Ormond Healthcare commented on the work of the frontline workers during the current pandemic and said “Our healthcare workers have placed themselves at risk to keep us safe and we’re so grateful to all of them for rising to the challenge in these unprecedented times. I am delighted to support Nenagh Éire Óg Camogie Club this year and I think it is a wonderful initiative that they have placed the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife logo on their jerseys as a way of showing their appreciation to the frontline staff.”
The jerseys will be the first set of officially licensed camogie jerseys designed and manufactured in Nenagh at Gaelic Armour’s new Irish production facility. Gaelic Armour, founded in 2016 by local businessman Billy Hayes, became Tipperary’s first officially licensed supplier to the GAA and only the fourth brand to receive the highly contested intercounty license in the history of the GAA. Gaelic Armour secured the inter-county schools and club license in early 2020 and recently opened a new state of the art facility in Stereame Business Park where they design and manufacture innovative on-field playing kit to athletes, sports teams and individuals.
Speaking at the launch of the new jersey Billy Hayes commented that “having recently relocated our entire operation to new premises in Stereame Business Park it is very satisfying to be designing and manufacturing for a local team based only a stone’s throw from the plant. It’s our aim to offer a real alternative in terms of design and technical innovation to GAA and camogie clubs. Our goal is to grow our business and supply jerseys all over the country in the coming months and years ahead”.
Cathaoirleach of Nenagh Municipal District, Councillor Seamus Morris, who is a former PRO of Nenagh Éire Óg Camogie Club in Nenagh and has been known to source sponsorship from the four corners of Ireland over the years for the camogie club, approached the current committee about placing the new Nenagh 800 Logo on the jerseys for the coming season.
This year Nenagh is celebrating 800 years marking the development of the town over the ages. Due to COVID-19 many of the celebrations have been postponed but not before the town got the opportunity to launch a new website, brand and song. The Nenagh 800 logo will be added to the jersey and the club is delighted to support this initiative and create awareness of this historic year.
Speaking at the launch of the new jerseys Cllr Morris said “It’s a historic day in more ways than one. With Nenagh 800 taking place this year I am delighted that the club has agreed to place the Nenagh 800 logo on the jersey. Sandra Farrell, former Mayor of Nenagh Town Council, and a camogie player with Nenagh at underage level has come onboard to donate a set of jerseys through her healthcare company Ormond Healthcare, a business that is providing a valuable service and supporting the local economy. We are in a fairly unique situation as the jerseys are being manufactured and supplied locally in Nenagh by Gaelic Armour who will be supporting the local economy employing a mix of staff from graphic designers to production operators at their facility in Nenagh for years to come.”
Commenting on the initiative Nenagh Municipal District Administrator Rosemary Joyce wished Nenagh Éire Óg every success in the coming season and was appreciative of the fact that the club added the Nenagh 800 logo to the jersey adding that “Nenagh 800 is a very special year for the town and we hope to proceed over the coming months and into 2021 with any events that had to be curtailed or canceled as a result of the ongoing pandemic. It’s very fitting to be at Nenagh Castle today to launch the jerseys as the castle is central and iconic to the Nenagh 800 celebrations and synonymous with Nenagh”.
Handing over the jerseys to the joint captains of the senior camogie team, Alanna Morris and Maeve Coffey, club chairman Kieran Malone thanked Ms. Farrell for sponsorship and added that “the new jersey is a great example of collaboration within Nenagh where we a have local businesswoman in Ormond Healthcare supporting the female athletes, Gaelic Armour making them locally, the opportunity to thank the frontline workers by adding the logo and finally we get to raise awareness of historic year of Nenagh 800. The club has received support from the Municipal District over the years in the form of many sports grants so it’s nice for us as a club to be able to give something back also”.
Jerseys will be available in A Sportsman’s Dream on Kenyon Street in Nenagh and available to order online in any size on www.gaelicarmour.com
Senior ladies’ next match is against Clonoulty on Friday at 7.15. Hard luck to the seniors who lost out to Drom and Inch on a scoreline of 3.18 to 2.04 last Friday evening in Round 2 of the Championship.
Our final group game of the season took place on Sunday morning in Toomevara. It was a case of ‘what might have been’. We very nearly got out of jail, coming from ten points down at the second half water break to close the gap to two points as the final whistle neared. A goal would have won it but unfortunately, it came at the other end. Final score Toomevara 3-8 Nenagh 2-6. Well done to all on a great effort and best of luck to Toomevara.
Our two under-12 teams were in action this week.
Team 2 traveled to Borrisoleigh on Monday evening for their final game of the group. A great battling performance from these girls and a superb long-range free by Sophie Hourigan saw us come away with the win.
Team 1 played Shannon Rovers on Wednesday in their second group game and, despite missing four players, they held their own against a strong Rovers team. Rovers tacked on a few scores in the final ten minutes to see us come away with a second loss of the campaign. Well done to all the girls who worked so hard in searing temperatures.
We play Lorrha at home this week in our next game. Details TBC.
No training on Monday as Cúl Camp begins tomorrow.
We will post the match details on the WhatsApp Group as and when we get them.
Our under-10 girls traveled in big numbers to Borrisoleigh this morning for a blitz with Borrisoleigh, Drom & Inch and Thurles Sarsfields. We had 22 girls between our two teams and they played brilliantly. Borrisoleigh hosted the first of four blitzes between the four clubs and they ran a great show. Huge parental support was there for the girls. The girls’ hard work practicing at home has been paying off and with the Cúl Camp this coming week it will come on again. There will be no training this week with the camp. Both teams played four matches and ran themselves into the ground.
There will be no training this week as the Cúl Camp is on in Éire Óg. With the majority of players taking part, it has been decided that training after a long day at the camp would be too tiring for the girls.
Under eight boys hosted Toomevara in MacDonagh Park on Saturday morning. The boys were divided into three teams and each team played three games against the Toomevara teams. It was a hugely successful morning and there were some excellent skills and determination on display from all the boys. At the end of the blitz, there were big smiles in abundance from the boys. The under eight management group is aiming to have more blitzes in the near future so we look forward to these with great anticipation. This week we will have our Cúl camp on the club grounds so no training for the week or next Saturday morning. Keep up the practicing at home as the blitzes will be more enjoyable for the boys the quicker they are at rising and striking which will mean they get more touches during the games making it far more enjoyable. Well done to all the boys who played Toomevara on Saturday morning, fantastic effort all around.
Our under-16 team suffered its first defeat of the championship going down to a stronger Toomevara outfit. Nenagh were well in the game up to the last quarter but a stronger Toomevara finish ensured a comprehensive victory to the boys in green and gold. However, Nenagh Éire Óg have a chance of making amends on Monday night when the knockout stages begin and we play Kilruane in Cloughjordan night at 6.45.
Thank you to all the parents who encourage practicing of both codes at home between training sessions, this is fundamental to the children developing their skills and confidence on the ball and ultimately their enjoyment of the game. A few minutes each day practicing is invaluable to a child’s skills.
Message from Covid Officers.
Thank you to those who volunteered as Covid officers for the different age groups, without this framework and support from parents return to play would not be possible. Thank you to the parents for your patience and co-operation with the new Covid procedures around return to play. Please continue to follow all of the GAA and HSE guidelines.
Thank you to all those who have already signed up on line to the new Nenagh Éire Óg club lotto. Please visit www.nenagheireog.com for anyone else who wishes to join.