Paudie O’Kennedy is our new club president, three wins for our adult teams while the under-16s prepare for the North final. All of this and more in this week’s news on the Blues
Our senior hurlers qualified for the semi-final of the FBD Insurance Tipperary senior hurling championship following a 3-12 to 1-8 win over Thurles Sarsfields in Semple Stadium on Saturday last. Three first-half goals from Jake Morris helped Nenagh on their way and they now prepare for a semi-final meeting with Loughmore Castleiney while Kiladangan will play Drom & Inch on the other side of the draw.
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Our junior-A hurlers continued their winning ways with a 0-23 to 1-13 win over Toomevara in Puckane on Sunday evening.
Our junior-C team recorded a 0-22 to 0-13 win over Roscrea in MacDonagh Park on Sunday morning in round 2 of the championship. In what was a highly entertaining game, both sides worked extremely hard with Nenagh just having enough to pull away from their opponents in the end. We wish Aidan Healy a speedy recovery from a knock he picked up in the game.
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Nenagh Éire Óg are delighted to announce that Paudie O’Kennedy is our new club president
The name O’Kennedy is synonymous with GAA in our town and Paudie O’Kennedy has given a lifetime of service to Gaelic games in Nenagh.
From the moment he could walk Paudie was regularly to be found pucking a ball off the gable end of Ciss Fahy’s house, honing his skills before graduating to the Forge Field where many All-Ireland finals were hurled with friends and relations long into his childhood evenings.
As there were no underage competitions at the time, Paudie had to wait until he was fifteen years old before lining out for the club’s minor side against a combination of Portroe and Ballina and his performances soon caught the eye of the county selectors as he helped the club win a North final in 1955 before eventually losing out to the famed Thurles Sarsfields side in the county final, a side littered with future stars of the game including Michael Murphy who would captain the county to All-Ireland senior glory in 1964 as well as the legendary Jimmy Doyle. Of course, our own side were not without talented hurlers as Mick Gilmartin and Mick Burns more than made their own impact on the game.
In 1957 Paudie, along with clubmates Devere Reynolds and Paddy Kearns, won Munster and All-Ireland titles with the Blue & Gold having beaten Limerick 3-8 to 1-4 in the Munster decider before accounting for Kilkenny 4-7 to 3-7 in Croke Park.
One of Paudie’s biggest regrets on the field of play was losing the North minor final in 1957 after a replay, a medal he’d gladly swap his All-Ireland minor for. However, his collection of medals did not end there and he was extremely successful in schools’ hurling capturing a Dean Ryan Cup, two Dr. Harty Cups as well as an All-Ireland colleges’ title as well as two coveted Fitzgibbon Cup medals with University College Dublin.
Paudie was a member of the 1957 North Tipperary senior hurling winning panel and played a starring role in the 1964 success where he contributed four points from wing forward before retiring from playing the game two years later but that did not end his involvement with Nenagh Éire Óg and he served on numerous committees over the years, putting in countless hours to ensure the continued success of the club.
There was no winner of this week’s lotto jackpot. The ten supplementary draw winners:
2.Tom & Ann Healy
Next week’s jackpot is €3,000
We are asking all of our players, members and supporters to join our Community Lotto online here.
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.
The club would like to express its sympathies to the family and friends of Ms. Nora O’Brien after her recent passing.
Ms O’Brien’s family are steeped in Éire Óg history with her late husband Billy having captained the 1957 North senior winning team while her son Donie repeated this feat in 1993. Her other sons Willie and Kieran played and coached with the club for many years while her daughter Noreen has also been heavily involved in the past while many of her grandchildren have also donned the club colours.
To her loving family Patricia (Leo), Donie, Kieran, Noreen (Coffey), Willie and Valerie (Quinn), brothers Eddie, Pat and Micheal, grandchildren, sons in law, daughters in law, brothers in law, Stephen, Noreen and all her nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, neighbours and friends we offer our deepest sympathies.
We also extend our sympathies to the family and friends of Mr. Bryan Geaney who passed away. To his wife Margaret, children David, Conor and Hugh, brothers Michael, Seán and Noel and his relations and wide circle of friends we offer our deepest condolences.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anamacha
New Camogie Jersey available in A Sportsman’s Dream
Under-6 training continues every Saturday morning from ten o’clock to eleven. New faces are always welcome to join, please contact one of the management group in advance via the club’s social media sites if you would like to join so that we can direct you to the relevant Covid protocols and registration process to ensure safe training for your child.
Our under-8 boys held a blitz on Saturday morning v Roscrea. Three Nenagh teams took to the field with each team playing three games. It was a hugely successful morning’s hurling for the boys with everyone playing brilliantly, keep up the practicing at home between training sessions and very well done to all the boys. Training for the under eight group returns to the usual times this week, hurling training will continue each Tuesday evening from six to seven and Saturday mornings from ten o’clock to eleven unless we have a game. New members (boys born in 2012 or 2013) are always welcome. Under eight boys football training is held every Wednesday evening from half-past five to half-past six, everyone welcome, a reminder that gum shields are compulsory for football so please make sure each child brings their own to training.
Under ten boys traveled to Toomevara on Saturday morning to play Toome. All the boys played very well and lots of smiles leaving the pitch, keep up the practicing between matches and training at home. Thanks as always to our hosts. New players always welcome (boys born in 2010 or 2011), it’s not too late to come along and try out hurling or football for the year. Training continues this week for hurling and football as follows:- under ten hurling training each Tuesday evening from six o’clock to seven and Saturday mornings from ten o’clock to eleven unless we have a game. Under ten football training will be every Wednesday evening from half-past five to half-past six. Reminder, gum shields are compulsory for football so please make sure each child brings their own to training. If boys just want to play either code that will be fine.
Our under twelve A team lost out to Newport on Saturday morning in the North quarter-final. The boys played really well and battled right to the end, it was a great effort from the entire team as they never gave up. Into the plate competition now for the boys so lots more hurling and excitement ahead for this group.
Under fourteen boys played Ballina in Ballina in their North quarter-final on Friday evening and while the boys battled hard and put in huge commitment Ballina were the eventual winners on the evening. The under fourteens now go into the plate competition so the boys will have plenty more games and competition in the coming weeks.
Our under-16 panel had a strong win in their North semi-final against Ballina in Toomevara last Monday evening. This was an all-round great team performance. Nenagh had an electric start to the second half of this semi-final with a few really well-taken goals early on that swung the scoreboard in Nenagh’s favor after which the boys kept the scoreboard ticking over with some very accurate shooting to finish the match eventual winners and qualify for the North final on a scoreline of 1-11 to 4-13. Well done to this group of players and their management team. Best wishes from everyone in the final.
Continued good luck to all Nenagh Éire Óg groups in this week’s matches. We’re all looking forward to the games with great anticipation.
This week’s Juvenile fixtures are:
Under-16 A Hurling North Final
Nenagh Éire Óg V Toomevara
Monday, August 31st @ 6.15pm.
Under-12 D Hurling North Semi-Final
Nenagh Éire Óg V Ballinahinch
Tuesday, September 1st @ 6.30pm
Please keep an eye on club social media and text groups as fixtures are subject to change at short notice.
Thank you to all the parents who encourage practicing of both codes at home between training sessions, this is central to the children developing their skills and confidence on the ball and ultimately their enjoyment of the game.
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. Please be mindful of the new additional 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.