Tomorrow marks our first draw in our new Lotto, the community rallies around Shaun Hilmi while The Boys are Back in Town!!! All this and more in this week’s news on the Blues
Tomorrow marks the first draw of the New Community Lotto
Tomorrow evening, Monday, marks our very first community lotto and we encourage all of our players, members and supporters to join online. If you would like to subscribe please click here. The cut off for tomorrow’s draw is 6pm so make sure you have subscribed before then.
The very first jackpot will be €2,100 and will grow by €100 every week it is not won. For further information about how our lotto works please click here.
Shaun Hilmi’s Journey
Shaun Hilmi, brother of senior panalist Craig, played hurling and Gaelic football for Nenagh Éire Óg, is a regular tennis player and a talented athlete with Nenagh Olympic Athletics Club.
In recent months he started to feel discomfort in his hip which, unfortunately, has been diagnosed as Ewings Sarcoma Cancer, a rare condition that only affects 2.93 people out of a million. This aggressive disease has already spread to his lungs and a ten-centimetre tumour has been discovered on his right glute muscle, which was lying on a nerve which has caused him immense pain.
Shaun will have to undergo six cycles of chemotherapy, surgery and possibly radium. That’s without including the physiotherapy sessions and rehabilitation he will have to complete after his treatment to get back 100%. Unfortunately, in the world we live in today, money talks! Shaun’s treatment will be very expensive and which he needs to give him the best possible chance of making a full recovery.
A Go Fund Me page has been set up and we are asking the GAA community to come together and help Shaun complete his journey back to full fitness.
All donations, no matter how big or small, will be greatly appreciated by Shaun and the Hilmi family.
His cousin Jake Morris and Celtic FC star Barry Coffey have started a 30-second plank campaign to raise funds while Republic of Ireland soccer star Shane Long has sent his best wishes. You can follow Shaun’s journey on Instagram.
The Boys are Back in Town
On Wednesday evening last Chairman John Tooher was trilled to, at last, open our gates once again for training as the junior-A hurlers were put through their paces for the first time since last March.
It was fantastic to hear the chit chat, wise cracks and the sound of ash on leather echo around Thomas MacDonagh’s ground once again after the eerie silence of the last few months.
On Thursday it was the turn of the camógs to make a welcome return as the seniors resumed training with an impressive 30 players working their socks off, delighted to be back playing.
Our senior hurlers returned to MacDonagh Park on Friday evening with the panel working hard while maintaining social distancing. Hopefully we will never experience another lockdown and uninterrupted enjoyable evenings of Gaelic games will be enjoyed Coronavirus-free long into the future.
Nenagh Éire Óg takes great pride in being an inclusive club where all members of our community are more than welcome to play, support and volunteer and be an important part of the Nenagh Éire Óg team.
To celebrate Pride Week and we changed all our profile photographs on our social media channels to the one above, incorporating the Pride flag and our crest. Bigotry and intolerance, in any guise, are not welcome in our club and we strive to ensure that MacDonagh Park is a welcoming place for all.
For brilliant GAA-themed article on Pride Week by Joanne and Steven O’Riordan please click here.
Check out this drone footage, captured by Killian Gleeson, of Shane Hennessy pucking out the ball in MacDonagh Park.
It was great to see a very strong senior
camogie panel return to the pitch this week, all of whom are looking forward to the Senior Championship 2020 where they will face Annacarty at home on the 7th of August.
The committee is working with mentors to get the rest of the teams back onto the pitches after the 5th of July and we will issue further communication on this next week.
In the meantime please ensure you do the following for your child;
- Register with Nenagh Éire Óg, you have to be a member to play and for club insurance purposes.
- Compete the Covid eLearning module https://learning.gaa.ie/covid19learning
Parents and mentors need to complete this.
- Complete the health questionnaire for your child.
Parents/Mentors need to complete this also and anyone wishing to be at the complex using the facilities.
Your daughter will be unable to train unless all of the above are completed. We look forward to welcoming everyone back.
Under eight boys received two new videos last week with football skills to practice at home from Mikey Hynes. Thanks to Mikey for linking in with the group and your demonstration video.
Specsavers Éire Óg Under eight and ten boys and girls fun challenge – “Eye love Éire Óg/Eye on the Ball” – the eagerly awaited final compilation videos of all entries have been circulated and are also available on the club social media sites. The final videos are a wonderful collection of all the children’s individual efforts and celebrations. The good news is each child who submitted an entry will receive a Specsavers goodie bag which will be distributed in the very near future. Well done to every girl and boy who entered and thank you to the parents who worked hard behind the scenes supporting and encouraging our young stars in this challenge. Thank you to Kieran and Niall for all the work you have put into coordinating this event. This was our last hurrah to keep the children’s spirits up while away from the field.
For any child that wishes to return to training and their family feels comfortable around their child’s return we hope to have the children back training in the next few weeks subject to all safety protocols. It has been a long absence from the training field and we cannot wait to get going again. Well done and thanks to all the parents that promoted Gaelic games at home throughout this time. Guidelines and requirements for a safe return to training will be issued on the various group communications.
Under sixteen teams are receiving recorded training sessions to practice skills in the garden. These recorded sessions are also posted on the Éire Og newsletter for anyone to revisit. Management and players are very much looking forward to getting back on the training field.
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.
Thank you to all those who have already signed up online to the new Nenagh Éire Óg club lotto. Please visit www.nenagheireog.com for anyone else who wishes to join.
Congratulations to Seán McCullough
We send our congratulations to Nenagh Ormond’s Seán McCullough who was recently elected Munster Rugby President for the upcoming season. A fantastic achievement for Seán and for everyone connected with sport in the town.
Please click on the link to see ways we can support volunteers who are unable to return to club activity due to Covid-19