This week we meet Paddy Murphy and Zoey Gratton, we partner with Centra Nenagh to help the most vulnerable in our community and Barry Heffernan’s 2019 championship jersey is up for grabs. All this and more in this week’s news on the Blues.
We Are Community
Through our Healthy Club Project, Nenagh Éire Óg is helping the community by delivering groceries, fuel and items from local pharmacies to the elderly and most vulnerable. The club put out a request for helpers to complete these tasks and were overwhelmed with the response from players and members from both our GAA and camogie sections and currently have a team of over fifty people who have been busy these past two weeks. We have partnered with Musgraves and Centra in Nenagh and anyone who needs groceries delivered are asked to phone Centra on 067-31830 or alternatively they can ring club coordinator Bartley Ryan on 086 735 8359 if require any assistance whatsoever.
We all want to get back to our normal lives where we can go to MacDonagh Park to meet up with our friends, return to training, play matches and just generally enjoy life. However, in order for us to do just that it is important that we follow the latest guidelines from both the government and HSE so that we can slow down the spread of the virus and help prevent people in our community from getting sick and possibly even dying. The sooner people comply with all the guidelines the sooner this virus vanishes and we can all get back to doing what we love best, watching and playing Gaelic games.
Following a directive from Croke Park we wish to advise our members and the wider community that our grounds at MacDonagh Park are now closed. This includes the use of all pitches and property for recreational purposes, including walking, casual games or gatherings. We once again respectfully ask our players, members and the wider community to respect this directive and not to enter our grounds for any reason whatsoever.
Sport for Business – 30 Under 30 – Paddy Murphy
All of us who know Paddy Murphy recognise his leadership qualities both on and off the pitch and now the All-Ireland minor and under-21 medal winner has been acknowledged for his abilities by Sport for Business. The William Fry sports and litigation lawyer has been busy in recent times advising clients operating within the sports industry including governing bodies, clubs, competitions, county boards, the IRFU, Six Nations, Tipperary GAA and Horse Racing Ireland. It is a well-deserved recognition for a man who works hard both on and off the pitch. Well done Paddy from everyone in the club.
You can read Sport for Business’s article about Paddy here.
Let’s get to know Paddy a little better!
Name: Paddy Murphy
Occupation: Solicitor, specialising in sports law and litigation
Schools/College Attended: Gaelscoil Nenagh for primary school, CBS Nenagh for secondary school, UL & UCD for college
Favourite Position: Centre forward
Achievements with the club to date: u12,14 & minor county titles, u12, 14, 16 & minor north titles, 2 x north senior titles
When and where did you first start playing GAA? 1998 when I was eight with Nenagh
Biggest influence on your GAA career: Michael ‘Skippy’ Cleary
What sporting event would you most like to attend? the rugby World Cup final with Ireland playing
To date what is your favourite moment in sport? Winning the under-21 All Ireland with Tipp in 2010 What has been your biggest disappointment in sport? Losing the 2018 county final because we didn’t perform
Favourite Venue: Nenagh
Favourite G.A.A. player: Noel McGrath – a class hurler & sound fella who has come through life challenges
What sportsperson would you most like to meet? Roger Federer – a magician on the tennis court
What is the hardest part of your sporting life? Balancing my job in Dublin with training in Nenagh – both are equally demanding
Toughest player to mark in training? Barry Heff -he’s strong, fast, good in the air & a sticky marker
Who is the ‘joker’ on the panel? Conor McCarthy
What advice would you give to young players? Work hard on your hurling skills – it’s easy for players to get fit and strong but your skills will separate you from the average player
If you won the lotto what would be the first thing you would buy? A new Tesla
Favourite holiday destination: Guatemala
Favourite Film/TV Show: the Stranger was pretty good. Game of Thrones too
Favourite book you’ve read? Commit by Enda McNulty for sports psychology
In ten-years time…. I hope to be a leading sports lawyer with at least three county medals
Let’s Meet Zoey Gratton
Name: Zoey Gratton
Occupation: Student Teacher
Schools/College Attended: Gaelscoil, Nenagh College, Mary I and Hibernia
Favourite Position: Wing back
Achievements with club to date: County medals at all levels bar Senior
When and where did you first start playing GAA? Nenagh 2000
Biggest influence on your GAA career: My family
What sporting event would you most like to attend? NBA game
To date what is your favourite moment in sport? Beating Silvermines in the county intermediate semi-final
What has been your biggest disappointment in sport? Losing the munster intermediate club final
Favourite Venue: MacDonagh Park
Favourite G.A.A. player: Paudie Maher
What sportsperson would you most like to meet? Messi
What is the hardest part of your sporting life? Maintaining fitness over Christmas
Toughest player to mark in training? Alanna Morris
Who is the ‘joker’ on the panel? Ellie Spain
Tell us a joke: Why do cows wear bells? Because their horns don’t work
What advice would you give to young players? Always do your best
If you won the lotto what would be the first thing you would buy? A car
Favourite holiday destination: Canada
Favourite Food: Enchiladas
Favourite Drink: Apple juice
Favourite Music: The Script
Favourite Film/TV Show: Brooklyn 99
Favourite book you’ve read? Hunger Games
In ten-years time I hope to be….. Successful primary school teacher and healthy
One thing you may not know about me…… I’m a ciotóg and love Irish
Check our website tomorrow when we will find out a little more about another two seniors, Shane Hennessy and Megan Grace
Juvenile and Camogie News
Nenagh Éire Óg Juvenile club and Camogie club skills challenge continues this week having completed sixteen days so far. We aim to continue it as long as possible to keep all underage players that wish to take part involved in club activity on a daily basis.
Huge thanks must go to the adult players in the club that have taken part in the challenge. It is hugely uplifting to see the high level of enthusiasm from them in ensuring the juvenile players skill levels have increased throughout this difficult time. Thanks also to all the parental involvement at home each day. 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.
Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine.
Thank you to all of our juvenile members and their families who took time last Thursday evening to participate in the national show of appreciation for health care workers. Well done to all who participated.
Thank you to senior hurler & Senior Hurling All Ireland winner Barry Heffernan who has kindly given us a Tipperary jersey from last year as a prize for our underage skills challenge. 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. Barry will present the jersey to the winner at a training session. Well done Barry 👏👏👏
Families Mental Health
Check out the following poster for clever ways of maintaining both your and your family’s mental health during these few weeks of isolation.
One of the great facilities the town offers is our wonderful library and with our movements restricted during the current Covid-19 crises why not check out their free online services which can help pass the time? You can join the library for free and get eBooks, audiobooks, online magazines and newspapers or even take language and other courses for free.
Further information about all the library offers can be found here.
Free and Fun Workouts
For anyone that’s missing out on physical activity or for those who wish to have fun family exercise you should check out Joe Wicks channel on YouTube where every morning at 9am he posts new and fun PE videos for you to try at home. These are proving a global hit and a great way to work off excess energy both for you and the children.
You can access his YouTube channel here.
We have all been touched by cancer at some stage of our lives and this year, the Irish Cancer Society’s main fundraising drive, Daffodil Day, was cancelled due to the current pandemic however you can still contribute to this wonderful cause by texting DAFFODIL to 50300 to donate €4.
Here’s The Cranberries song Daffodil Lament.
During the current Covid-19 crises our club lotto has been suspended however, you can still play online by clicking here.
Here is a poem, written in 1869 by Irish-French poet Kathleen O’Meara (1839-1888) titled And People Stayed Home. It seems appropriate for the times we are living in.
“And people stayed home
and read books and listened
and rested and exercised
and made art and played
and learned new ways of being
and listened deeper
someone met their shadow
and people began to think differently
and people healed
and in the absence of people who lived in ignorant ways,
dangerous, meaningless and heartless,
even the earth began to heal
and when the danger ended
and people found each other
grieved for the dead people
and they made new choices
and dreamed of new visions
and created new ways of life
and healed the earth completely
just as they were healed themselves.”