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.