A blast from the past from 1984, our new club WhatsApp group is up and running while our new community lotto is proving to be very popular. All this and more in this week’s news on the Blues
New Community Lotto
We hope you and your families remain safe and well during these times and we want to thank you for your generous support for the old Éire Óg lotto over the years. Before COVID-19 the jackpot for our lotto was at €2,100 and in order to close down the old model we are donating €1,000 between two very well deserving community charities.
The new Friendly Lotto will operate as follows:
1. Starting jackpot €2,100 and will increase each week it is not won by €100
2. Four numbers will now be drawn each week from numbers 1-32.
3. Draw takes place every Monday night.
4. The week that the Jackpot is not won, €200 is placed into a separate draw fund.
5. Any week the jackpot is won, €200 is not added to the separate draw fund.
6. Ten tickets will be drawn weekly for 10 weeks to enter this separate draw. The prize fund at the end of this 10 weeks will be €2,000
7. A prize fund of €1,500 will be distributed as follows: €500 for 3 lucky winners with the additional €500 to one of our designated local charities.
8. A player may be drawn more than once in a 10 week period to qualify for the €500 draws.
9. The cost of each lotto ticket remains at €2 for one ticket and €5 for three tickets.
o 52 weeks (50 + 2 free)
o 25 weeks
o 10 weeks
o 3 lines in a week for €5
o Minimum play is for €10 – Play for as little as €2 per week (One line for 5 weeks)
Our club volunteers once again went above and beyond the call of duty this week to help the vulnerable in our community. We expressly wish to thank co-ordinators Bartley and Marion Ryan for all their work and our army of volunteers who have been shopping for groceries and collecting medicines for those who can’t venture out.
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.
A new members’ WhatsApp group has been set up and those who wish to be added please text 083 820 5530.
It will be a ‘no-reply’ service and members will receive club notes, Lotto results and match fixtures when we’re back in action. All new online Lotto players will be added.
Grass in the goalmouths
With all the use our main pitch gets annually, it is unlikely anyone has ever seen grass growing in the goalmouths but due to the current lockdown, we are getting a glimpse at how quickly nature can heal with a lovely covering of grass in the goalmouths. Hopefully it won’t be long before it has been removed by goalkeepers manning the area!
May 2020 GAA Newsletter
Blast from the Past
In 1984 Tipperary shocked Offaly (how times have changed!), in front of 4,500 spectators, to record a 1-14 to 0-12 win in MacDonagh Park, Nenagh in the second round of the National Hurling League. Carrick Swan man Tom Waters scored the only goal of the game while our own Philip Kennedy came on as a second-half substitute. Both sides were plying their trade in division two at the time and Tipperary ended up winning the league and earning promotion to the top tier. Also in division two were Westmeath, Kerry, Dublin, Antrim, Kildare and Wicklow. By virtue of winning the division two league they also qualified for the knock-out stages of the main competition and defeated Laois 1-14 to 0-9 in the quarter final before Limerick defeated them in the semi-final, 2-10 to 1-10.
Included in this week’s notes is the match programme from the day which was produced by the senior club and all proceeds were donated to the Éire Óg Nenagh juvenile club. Over 1,500 programmes were sold netting the club a tidy £450, a considerable sum in 1984. Indeed, it was very late on the night before that the staff in the Guardian managed to get it printed. As can be seen from the colour of the programme, it was very much an Éire Óg Nenagh orientated publication with articles written by chairman Jerry Quinlan, Chris Middleton, Tommy Mulcahy and Martin O’Connor. The programme, through its advertisements, provides a snapshot of the local businesses at the time, some of which are still in operation today. The club would like to remind our members to please support local in these difficult times.
The club would like to offer its sympathies to the family and friends of the late Elizabeth Flannery, late of Carrigaline, Cork and Nenagh, Tipperary. Ms Flannery is a sister of Billy and the late Rory Flannery.
We also wish to offer our condolences to the family and friends of Margaret (Peg) McCabe (née Sweeney), late of Ballyheigue, Kerry and Nenagh, Tipperary. Ms McCabe’s grandson Brendan (Bob) captained our minors to North and county honours in 2012.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anamacha.
Juvenile and Camogie News
This week the under ten boys took part in a football competition. The boys were challenged to see how many kick passes to a partner they could complete in thirty seconds. The boy’s submitted video’s of themselves completing the challenge to their coaches. There was a prize for the best score and an open draw for all who entered for a further prize. The coaches created a video montage with some very en-trend music of all the entries which provided wonderful entertainment for everyone and is a available to see on the club social media sites.The winners of the prizes were Eibhin Darcy and Karl Boland, well done boys, congratulations and great work. Thank you to Kieran Mularkey for all your hard work on this event, great job and thank you to David Mularkey for assisting with his demonstration video. This week we look forward to a hurling challenge for the boys.
Under eight boys are planning to mix it up for the next few weeks by receiving two skills/drills to practice for that coming week. This is a chance for the boys to practice their skills rather than competition. We anticipate that these skills/drills will give the boys the opportunity to have their hurls in hand as much as possible by playing and practicing the skills for that week. We are very lucky to have the input of our senior players, captain and vice captain Daire Quinn and Tommy Heffernan demonstrating the skills/drills over the next few weeks. Thank you kindly to both senior players for their time and effort in supporting our under eight stars on this initiative. This week Daire was the star of the show, Daire sent the boys a video demonstrating striking and collecting the sliotar on the move. As part of the video Daire set the boys a challenge and we anticipate the boys are using this fabulous weather we are having to practice Daire’s drill. Thank you to Daire for taking the time to link in with the boys. If any parent or guardian has a questions please drop a note to one of the coaches.
Videos of senior Tipperary camogie player Grace O’Brien are available on the club social media sites for players to enjoy and incorporate into their routines to assist all juvenile members maintain and develop their skills by completing their own mini training sessions at home until we get back to training and games in the future.
The North Tipperary under fourteen skills challenge league is up and running and Nenagh Eire Og are performing strongly. Keep up the good work lads. Well done to Paudie Malone GDA for organising this event.
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. It is so important that the children do some practice at home to help them enjoy group training and blitzes when they eventually return. In addition, it would be fabulous to see the home coaching translate into an increased number of coaches within the club in the future.
We all know you miss the action in the club grounds but we must all remain aware that all club facilities and fields are still closed to everyone. This applies even whether you are maintaining social distancing or not, the grounds are closed to everyone, there are no exceptions. We look forward very much to getting back to action but for now we must remain mindful that you may not enter the club grounds under any circumstances. Please keep up the good work in this regard.
Stay practicing, encourage each other, stay safe, observe the guidelines and mind each other.