Our senior players continue to set fun challenges for the juveniles, a plea to shop local while our efforts to help the vulnerable in our community continue. All this and more in this week’s news on the Blues
We Are Community
Once again we wish to thank our army of selfless volunteers who have been busy purchasing groceries, fuel, delivering prescriptions and generally helping the vulnerable and over-70s in our community throughout the last three weeks. It is during times of crises that we really see the benefit of a tight and caring community and the people of Nenagh and indeed our club, have been more than willing to put the shoulder to the wheel to help those in need.
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.
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.
Once again we wish to thank our senior stars for providing daily fun challenges for our juveniles to help keep their skills sharp. The generosity of adult players in doing this is very much appreciated by the entire club. We also wish to thank Niall Cahill for coordinating all of this and of course Barry Heffernan who kindly donated one of his championship jerseys which will be given to one of the juvenile participants.
The Late Br. Pat O’Connell
We wish to extend our sympathies to the family and friends of the late Brother O’Connell who has recently passed away. Since 1967, Brother O’Connell worked extremely hard to promote the Rice Cup competition and won it in 1969 when he took charge of Our Lady’s Templemore after they defeated Charleville. He later transferred work to St. Joseph’s CBS, Nenagh and won it for a second time as manager in 1988 when they defeated Ard Scoil Rís, 2-8 to 1-2. The 1988 side featured a number of Nenagh Éire Óg players including Pádraig O’Kennedy, Liam Walsh, Frank McGrath, John Tucker (0-1), Michael Loughnane, Mervyn Scanlon (0-1) and Eddie Guerin who scored 1-3 in the final.
He took on the role of secretary, chairman and president of the Rice Cup committee and coached hurling in Nenagh CBS for many years with countless numbers of our players benefitting from his expertise. In 2017, St. Joseph’s CBS made a presentation to him to thank him for his many years of service to the competition and it was made by former Nenagh Éire Óg player, Mr. Paul Dolan.
Those of us who were taught by Br. O’Connell will remember an enthusiastic, kind-hearted and caring man who always had the interests of the students first. His enthusiasm passed on a love of Science and Religion to all his pupils.
To his brothers Sean and Daniel, sisters-in-law Chrissie and Noreen, his nephews, nieces, Brothers in religion, relatives, the staff and students of Nenagh CBS and his wide circle of friends we offer our sincerest condolences.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
The club wishes to extend its sympathies to the Jones family and in particular to Taff whose mother Megan from Ynysddu, Torfaen in Wales passed away recently.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam
We also wish to extend our sympathies to the family and friends of the late John McKenna, Ballygraigue and Cookstown, Tyrone. John’s grandson Pearse Morris is currently part of our senior hurling panel while his granddaughter Ceri played camogie with us for many years. Jason McKenna, another grandson, is another former player with the club.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
1991 League Final
We have been posting old photographs to our social media channels recently and one which garnered a lot of attention this week was the one above of Michael Cleary accepting the Hogan Cup from North Tipperary board chairman, Borris-Ileigh’s Billy Ryan after we had beaten Borrisokane, 2-12 to 0-13, in the North league final. For our younger members, the North League was a huge competition back in the 1980s and 1990s as the winners got to play the runners up in the North senior championship final for the right to represent the division in the county championship. The finals often attracted well over 1,000 supporters and both Toomevara and ourselves won the Dan Breen Cup coming through this route.
The Nenagh team that day was Seamus Kennedy, Fergal Hynes, Conor O’Donovan, Frank Moran, Denis Finnerty, John Heffernan, Michael Grace, Philip Kennedy (0-2), Jim Nagle, John Kennedy (0-1), Michael Cleary (0-7), Con Howard, Michael Kennedy (1-0), Neilly Corbett (1-1), Eddie Tucker. Substitutions: Paul Kennedy for Grace, Barry O’Brien (0-1) for Howard.
Journalist and clubman Brian McDonnell tweeted that the jersey worn in the photograph should be re-issued and sold as a retro club top, a suggestion that was certainly popular on social media. However, the Nenagh Guardian’s Gerry Slevin had a different suggestion in the paper that week and issued a stinging criticism of the club’s attire and shortly afterwards a new set was purchased, in sky blue and navy and we have been wearing those colours since.
Incidentally, Gerry Slevin was very complimentary of the performance of full back Conor O’Donovan and awarded him the Guardian’s Player of the Week accolade. It is interesting to note that Michael “Babs” Keating, the then Tipperary manager, had no issues with Conor and Michael playing a league match for their club two weeks before a knockout Munster championship semi-final against Limerick. Indeed, it did the lads no harm whatsoever as Tipperary defeated Limerick 2-18 to 0-10 with Michael Cleary scoring 0-5.
That jersey is savage @nenagheireog – needs to be re-released as a retro option for supporters https://t.co/RxjZIpcbSy
— brian mcdonnell (@sixtwofourtwo) April 3, 2020
If you have any photographs relating to our club, particularly from the 1970s to today, please email them to email@example.com or alternatively send them via private message to any of our social media channels. People love looking at them and it is a great way to pass the time in these difficult days.
We request that where possible, people shop in our fantastic local businesses to help them through these difficult times. Many of them have been very generous to our club over the years in terms of sponsorship and purchasing advertising signs in our grounds and they will continue to do so into the future if we support them now. We also ask you to purchase the Nenagh Guardian on Wednesday. The local paper has been an extraordinary promotor of Gaelic games for well over a century and its archives are a phenomenon resource when it comes to researching games from the past. It would be a shame to lose any of these businesses so please support them now, when they need our custom more than ever. Many businesses are now selling online so please check their social media and websites for further information.
Éire Óg Juvenile club and Camogie club skills challenge continues each day having completed three weeks 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. This week included some fun activities such as Bin Ball which was a nice throwback to last years Cúl Camp.
Family scores can be registered daily, it is fantastic to see so many families doing the challenges together. It is never too late to begin participating, just send your score into the group text on the day, family scores are very welcome. Reminder, 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 to win a great prize kindly given by Barry Heffernan of his Tipperary jersey from last years All-Ireland campaign. Barry will present the jersey to the winning child at a training session.
Sincere thank you must go to Niall Cahill for running the daily challenge and also to all of the adult players in the club who have taken part in the challenge to date. It is hugely uplifting to see the high level of enthusiasm from them in ensuring the juvenile players skill levels increase 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.
We were thrilled to received two wonderful drawings from two exceptionally talented artists and camógs in the club, Amelie and Rebecca, both aged eight, who kindly sent us in these two brilliant pictures of camogie players in full flight. The pictures certainly brightened up our week. Thank you girls for the wonderful drawings.
The Peters Family on RTÉ
Many of our younger members are enjoying their time off school and have been continuing their education watching RTÉ’s early morning educational programme. Imagine their surprise when who should put up on screen cheering on Éire Óg but the Peters family. Have a look in the video below!
GAA Activities for Children
The GAA have added lots of fun activities for children on its website including pages to colour in as well as an educational portal for primary school children.
You can access it here.
Matches on YouTube
This week we have made a number of games from 2013 freely available to view on our YouTube channel. These include the drawn and replayed county semi-final games against Kiladangan. To watch these search Nenagh Éire Óg on YouTube.
The GAA Newsletter
The March edition of the GAA Club Newsletter is now available.
This month’s edition includes the following.
- A message from GAA President, John Horan, and GAA Director General, Tom Ryan, on the Association’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
- GAA Community and Health Manager, Colin Regan, describes how clubs around the country have rallied together to help their communities during the current health crisis.
- Details of the GAA’s partnership with SuperValu and Centra to help feed Ireland’s elderly and the most vulnerable in communities across the island at this most challenging time.
- The importance of looking after your mental health at this stressful time, and the resources that are available should you need help.
- A schedule of upcoming coach development sessions.
- Essays from young GAA members around the country on what their club means to them.
You can read and download the March edition of the GAA newsletter here.
During the current Covid-19 crises our club lotto has been suspended however, you can still play online by clicking here.