Our online club couch quiz is a massive success, the adults show the juveniles they can dress themselves while Donnacha Ryan and Barry Coffey return to their GAA roots. All this and more in this week’s news on the Blues
Online Club Couch Quiz
Last night we held our very first online couch quiz with the wonders of technology bringing quizmaster Michael Cleary into our homes as he posed the questions using Zoom and participants sent in their answers using WhatsApp.
The evening began with Tipperary stars Grace O’Brien, Barry Heffernan and Jake Morris answering questions submitted by viewers before the first four rounds of the quiz.
Then we had anther Q&A, this time with Racing 92 rugby star and former Éire Óg hurler Donnacha Ryan. We were surprised to learn that the 2.01 meters tall and 115kg man used to drive a Fiat Cinquecento with the driver’s seat pushed forward but also thrilled to discover that himself and Michael Cleary promised to return to junior hurling for one more shot at glory. We look forward to the two of them lining out in the full-forward line in the near future.
The club wishes to thank the organisers Shane Hennessy, James Mackey and Donnacha Quinn who put in trojan work to ensure the evening’s success. We also wish to thank the correctors Mikey Hallinan and Dáire Quinn.
We especially wish to thank our generous sponsors Anna Kelly, Joe Mulqueen (Andy Flynn’s), Costello’s Oil, Cleary’s Daybreak, Mattie Lillis and Sheedy’s Centra. Without their generosity the night would not have been the success it was and we remind all our players, supporters and members to please support our sponsors during these difficult times. We also wish to thank the two Barrys, Heffernan and Coffey for kindly donating jerseys for the raffle.
Congratulations go to Niall “Mousey’ Madden and his Google assistant Clodagh Cleary for winning the quiz with Helen O’Dwyer and Caoimhe Cannon finishing in second and third place.
Helping the Vulnerable
Once again we wish to thank our army of selfless volunteers who have been busy purchasing groceries, fuel, delivering prescriptions and generally helping the vulnerable and over-70s in our community throughout the last three weeks.
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.
Celtic FC Star Challenges our Juveniles
Celtic FC soccer star Barry Coffey challenged our juvenile players on day 41 with an exercise about spacial awareness and knowing what is going on around the player in possession. Barry, wearing his Éire Óg top and Republic of Ireland shorts, demonstrated his exceptional soccer skills while easily fulfilling the task he posed. Thanks to Barry for taking time out of his busy schedule to help our younger players improve themselves.
In the video below you can see Barry score a goal in his last ever game for the club, the North Tipperary under-16 final against Roscrea in 2015 at six minutes, 40 seconds. Barry came on as a second-half substitute and helped secure the win with his vital finish. Juveniles please note Barry’s exceptional fist pumping abilities which are what first attracted Brendan Rodgers’ attention to the rising star.
Juveniles Challenge our Senior Stars
Our juveniles have been challenged by our senior stars in recent weeks to complete a daily skills task and they have risen to any challenge put to them however, now the tables have turned with the juveniles putting the challenges to our adult players and they have started with a real mean test.
They have demanded our senior players put on a GAA jersey. The challenge sounds simple until you realise that the player must be in a handstand position. Not one to flinch, Pearse Morris has succeeded in this devilish challenge as can be seen in the video above. Numerous other videos of members completing the tasks have been published to our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts.
Well done to everyone who participated and provided us all with a good laugh. The club’s officers have all committed to completing the task as well but strangely some have yet to send in their video. Once they do, it will be published!
Juvenile and Camogie News
Éire Óg Juvenile club and Camogie club skills challenge continues each day having completed six weeks to date. We plan to continue these daily challenges as long as possible to facilitate all underage players that wish to take part involved in club activity on a daily basis.
The daily skills challenges have proven to be a great success with our younger members and their families. In order to monitor and improve this project a short survey was made available for completion. Fifty two families responded with seventy seven children represented and results can be found in the following link: https://forms.office.com/Pages/AnalysisPage.aspx?id=9d0Z_OZymkWQ5NkVBTNaHh4ZVrGYWIlBv4HqwrrLk-FUMFdTMlpNV0dGMzM1UVAyRUtRRkhNM0VFUi4u&AnalyzerToken=kAqKbnDFcop0tSS3VhUSZMMHdNOM3MeH
hank you to those who participated in the survey and gave great feedback. The results will guide us as to how this project will be improved to make it more worthwhile and enjoyable for our Future Stars. .
Watch this space as an exciting new One Club Family Project is in the planning stages and will be announced shortly. Thank you to those involved in bringing this project to fruition.
This weeks challenges were around skills development, spacial awareness and good old family fun. A big thank you to our former juvenile star, current Glasgow Celtic and ROI U19 star Barry Coffey for leading our juvenile boys and girls in the spacial awareness challenge. Barry has had an outstanding few years since he moved to Scotland. We’re all very proud of him, we follow his career and wish the very best for him in the future. Demonstrating the family fun challenge on Saturday evening was the Corrigan clan, their challenge generated lots of family enjoyment and strategising. Much fun was had in the beautiful sunshine completing the challenges this week and on Saturday evening in particular.
It is heartwarming to see so many families doing the challenges together and registering their scores each day. It is never too late for individuals or families to begin participating or just dip in and out of the challenges as it suits, just send your score or participation thumbs up into the group text on the day, all entries are very welcome.
Reminder, any child that regularly takes part in the challenge will have their name entered into a draw by their coach once we return to training to win a great prize kindly given by Barry Heffernan of his Tipperary jersey from last years All Ireland campaign. Barry will present the jersey to the winning child at a training session.
A big thank you to all of the families in the juvenile club who supported the Nenagh Éire Óg table quiz on Saturday night. Our juvenile members posed questions to our club stars on the night, the stars were Grace O’Brien, Barry Heffernan, Jake Morris and Donnacha Ryan. Indeed Jake may be busy building some bridges this week as he was put on the spot with a rather tricky question from one of our U8 boys Ruaidhri O’Brien who asked Jake who his best friend was?…Jake had to think fast!
We are so proud of our adult players in the club who support the challenges on a daily basis and are never found wanting and last week was no different. Our juvenile club look forward to reciprocating the support when we get back to cheering on our senior stars on the other side of these strange times. Senior players will henceforth be known both by name and the specific skill challenge which they championed in support of this project.
Thank you also to all the parents who encourage and support participation at home each day, this is central to the children maintaining and developing skill levels and to the success of the challenges. There is a huge amount of coaching taking place each day by parents and this will no doubt lead to an increased number of coaches within the club in the future.
Stay practicing, encourage each other, stay safe, stay home and mind each other.
The club wishes to express its sympathies to the family and friends of Colette O’Riordan, Roscommon who passed away recently. Ms O’Riordan’s son-in-law David Peters is heavily involved with our juveniles with her grandchildren playing for the club.
We also extend our sympathies to the family and friends of Paddy Whelan, Waterford. Mr Whelan’s daughter Nodlaig and grandchildren are also involved in the club.
We also wish to sympathise with the family and friends of Margaret Peggy Kennedy, Roscrea. Ms Kennedy’s husband Dan is a former chairman of the North Tipperary board and is currently on the County Hearings Committee.
We also wish to sympathise with the family and friends of Monica (Monnie) Hogan, Ballinderry. Ms Hogan was a great supporter of Shannon Rovers and rarely missed a match.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anamacha
Supporting our Teammates
Below is a brilliant image from Mid Tipp Coiste Ná nÓg with suggestions as to how we can help our teammates during the current pandemic.
1993 North Final
Below is a Tweet from Phil Hennessy which features a photograph of a number of legendary club supporters, some of which are no long with us. It was taken after the 1993 North Tipperary senior hurling final when we overcame the challenge of Moneygall in Cloughjordan.
The full match plus a highlights video can be viewed below.
The GAA published the above picture of Barry Heffernan during the week for people to colour in.
We have been informed that Covid 19 testing may commence in Semple Stadium during the next few days. The HSE have requested voluntary stewards to supervise the movement and parking of cars. This may suit clubs or individuals in close proximity to Thurles. Any names received will be forwarded to the HSE who will set up a rota system. Names to be returned to the undersigned.
Tadhg De Flóid Rúnaí Choiste Chontae Tiobráid Árann firstname.lastname@example.org
During the current Covid-19 crises our club lotto has been suspended however, you can still play online by clicking here.