Welcome to Nenagh Éire Óg, a proud north Tipperary GAA club – nine-time north Tipperary and one-time county senior hurling champions (1995).
Nenagh Éire Óg (Éire Óg An tAonach) play in navy blue and sky blue and field teams in hurling, Gaelic football and Camogie while the handball arm of the club is growing fast. Éire Óg are nicknamed the Blues and the club’s home field can be found at MacDonagh Park on St Conlon’s Road, Nenagh.
In 2014 Nenagh Éire Óg was named North Tipperary Club of the Year. Nenagh Éire Óg has won the North Tipperary Club of the Year award on four previous occasions – 1979, 1989, 1992 & 2009.
In 2014 Nenagh Éire Óg catered for over 400 active members (175 juvenile, 225 adult) and in 2015 we hope to grow that number.
Crucially, however, we are not simply interested in developing our playing population. We are also interested in attracting volunteers who are interested in becoming coaches with the club and administrators of the club.
There are plenty of very practical ways in which you can help your club.
So, if you are interested in lending a hand drop us a line.
The Nenagh Éire Óg Code of Ethics, Conduct & Practice can be accessed here.
- Club Officers & Committees
- 2017 Team Managements
- Hurling In Nenagh
- Inter-County Players
- Divisional Hurling Championships
- County Hurling Championships
- All-Ireland Championships
- Divisional Football Championships
- County Football Championships
- Camogie Championships
- Players who have won All-Ireland medals with Tipperary
- North Tipperary Hurlers of the Year
- North Tipperary Footballers of the Year
- Club members who became North & County Board officers
- Interesting Snippets
- Club Lotto
- Club Membership
titles with Tipperary in 1958, 1961, 1962, 1964 & 1965.
Club Officers & Committees
Presidents: Michael Hynes, Jack Kennedy (RIP), Jimmy Morris, Ger Gavin, Mick Burns & Tommy Mulcahy.
Chairman: Enda Costello.
Vice-Chairman: Liam Heffernan
Secretary: Anne Kennedy.
Treasurer: John Tooher.
PRO: Éanna Costello.
Juvenile Club Reps: Cyril Bailey.
North Board Reps: Enda Costello.
County Board Rep: Rory Flannery.
Juvenile Club Chairman: Cyril Bailey.
Juvenile Club Secretary: Catherine McTiernan.
Juvenile Club Treasurer: Mel Gleeson.
Juvenile Club Registrar: Aine Garrigan.
Juvenile Club PRO: Noelle O’Shea.
Child Welfare & ASAP officer: Eileen Kennedy.
Club Coaching & School Liaison Officer: Phil Hennessy.
ICT Advisor: Enda O’Sullivan.
Health & Safety Advisor: Liam Quinn.
Cultural Officer: Mairéad Long.
Club Committee: Rory Flannery, Matt Lillis, Jim Kennedy, Noel Coonan, Martin Morris, Marion Ryan, Bartley Ryan, Noel Tomlinson, Eamon Brennan, Michael Madden, Michael Ryan, Fr. Tom Seymour, Eddie Sheary, Jim Nagle, Noel Coffey, Enda O’Sullivan, Jimmy Hourigan, Mark Long & Derek Lillis.
Club Development Committee: Jim Nagle, Séamus Cleary, Enda Costello, Declan Bailey, Michael Geaney, Ger Gavin, Jimmy Minogue & Rory Flannery.
Club Finance Committee: John Tooher, Séamus Cleary, Jim Nagle, Liz Duggan, Bernie Heffernan, Breda Conroy, Derek Lillis, Cian Tucker, Ronan Walsh, Liam McGrath, Mel Gleeson, Cyril Bailey, Josie Mackey, Eddie Sheary, Anne Kennedy, John Phelan & Enda Costello.
Club Lotto Co-Ordinators:
County Board Draw: Ger Gavin & Marion Ryan.
Online Lotto: Jim Nagle & Derek Lillis.
Field Committee: Jim Kennedy, Matt Lillis, Mick Hynes, Michael Madden & John Foley.
Complex: Noel Coonan.
First Aid & Referees Room:
Health & Safety: Liam Quinn.
Scoreboard: Noel Tomlinson.
Healthy Club Committee: Michael Geaney, Nuala Connolly, Thomas Moylan, Clare Slattery & Greg Browne.
Scór: Mairead Long & Shane Connolly.
Social Committee: Josephine Mackey, Geraldine Quinn, Valerie O’Brien, Catherine Grey & Noreen Coffey.
Games Development Hurling Committee: Jim Nagle, Phil Hennessy, Eamon Brennan, Noel Coffey, John Kennedy & Enda Costello.
School Liaison: Phil Hennessy.
Juvenile Games Equipment: Shane Connolly.
Handball Committee: Eamon Spillane.
Membership & Registration: Derek Lillis, Anne Kennedy & Aine Garrigan.
Player Insurance: Eamonn Brennan.
Communications & ICT Committee Website: Darragh Costello.
Text Service: Jim Nagle & Enda Costello.
Facebook & Twitter: Enda O’Sullivan & Éanna Costello.
Club Newsletter: Catherine McTiernan & Enda O’Sullivan.
Camogie Club Officers – Chairperson: Denise Morris, Secretary: Caitriona Morris, Treasurer: Marie O’Brien, PRO: Enda O’Sullivan, Assistant PRO: Séamus Morris, Registrar: Catherine Kennedy & Child Welfare Officer: Mark Hassett.
Camogie Committee: Mary Mulqueen, Judy Mulqueen, Mairead Long, Tom McAuliffe, Liam McGrath, Michael Hallinan, Conor Ryan & Noel Coffey.
2017 Team Managements
Senior Hurling: Donach O’Donnell (Manager), Shane Stapleton (Coach), Brian McDonnell, Declan Bailey.
Junior A Hurling: Paul Ryan (Manager), John O’Donoghue, Billy Flannery, Derek Lillis & Cian Tucker.
Junior B Hurling:
Under-21 Hurling: (Vacant)
Minor Hurling: David Minogue (Manager),
Under-16: Noel Coffey, Donie O’Brien, Paul Lillis, Ger McCarthy, Alan Kelly & Shane Hennessy.
Under-14: John Manley, Donnacha Quinn, Kevin Mulryan and Peter Jennings.
Under-12: Paul O’Farrell, Shane Connolly, Ronan Walsh, John Kennedy, Louise Hickey & John McNamara.
Under-10: Kevin Tucker, Willie O’Brien, Kevin Connolly, Donach O’Donnell & Gavin O’Connor.
Under-8: Rory O’Farrell, Anthony Whyte, Darragh Quinn & Mike Hogan.
Under-6: Niall Cahill, Paudi O’Leary, Cyril Bailey, Brian Duggan, Robbie Foley, Ciaran Mullarkey, Denis Ley, Michael Corrigan & Tom Coughlan.
Senior: Paul Henry (manager) & Bertie Sherlock (Coach).
Under-16: Martin Ryan & Liam McGrath.
Under-14: Martin Morris, Christy McLoughlin, Kieran O’Brien & Caitriona Morris.
Under-12: Martin Morris, Christy McLoughlin, Kieran O’Brien & Denise Morris.
Under-10: James O’Dwyer & Denise Morris.
Under-8: Ciarán Morris & Michelle Conroy.
The Éire Óg facilities include: two playing pitches, sports and social amenity hall complete with stage, changing rooms with shower rooms and toilets, fitted kitchen, shop, 40 x 20 handball alley, raised viewing area, offices, meeting rooms, gym and hurling alley. The club has hosted National League fixtures and various other high-profile fixtures while our handball alley has been the venue for many provincial and All-Ireland championships.
The club grounds at MacDonagh Park have undergone a long history of development to arrive at what today is a sports and leisure complex that club members and the community generally can be proud of. Indeed, Sunday, September 27th 1942 saw the fulfillment of the hopes and dreams of a number of staunch GAA people in Nenagh and throughout north Tipperary when the club grounds situated at MacDonagh Park, Nenagh were officially opened. The whole project cost £2,510 at that time. The first committee were: Chairman Frank McGrath, Vice-Chairman Tomas Cleary, Secretary Martin Gleeson, Treasurer Patrick McGrath. Committee: Patrick Hackett, Matt Hogan, Pat Crowe, Michael Brennan, James Mackey, Dan O’Keeffe, John Dwyer, Con Cleary, WJ Chadwick, James O’Sullivan, Tomas Costello, J Rice and Michael Moylan.
In March 1987 a committee under the guidance Ger Gavin and other club officers including Jimmy Morris (Treasurer) and Jimmy Minogue (Secretary) set out with the aim of building a facility which reached fruition in 1989 when ‘The Complex’ was officially opened by GAA President John Dowling. The committee that made this possible comprised of people from all walks of life within the parish. Their dedication and commitment could not be equaled and they can, without question, take their proud place in the club’s history. In 1997 a magnificent new stand was added and officially opened by GAA President Joe McDonagh. Meanwhile in 2005, a state-of-the-art hurling alley was added to complete what is today a sports and social facility the people of Nenagh and the community at large are very proud of.
Hurling In Nenagh
Hurling enjoys a storied history in Nenagh. Indeed, the game was played in the town long before the Gaelic Athletic Association was founded. The first game played under the new rules after the founding of the GAA was between a Nenagh team, John Mitchell’s, and a Lorrha selection. However we have to wait until 1915 for Nenagh to win its first senior title (North Tipperary) when they defeated Moneygall in the final. Some of the names to feature on that team were: Frank McGrath, Billy Flannery, Bill Coonan, Mick Egan and Martin Ayres.
Following 1915 and a troubled period in Irish history hurling it was not until 1926, with the emergence of the Red Rovers, that hurling came to the forefront again. This Red Rovers team was drawn from a small area of the town around the Birr Road and the Turnpike. The team was drawn from a small number of families with very many brothers being involved. They subsequently changed their name to Éire Óg. Some of the prominent players from that period were Bobby and Tucker Morgan, Chris Kennedy, Dick Hogan, Paddy Rohan and John ‘Hyder’ Ryan.
The old Nenagh club was still in existence at this time and drawn mainly from around Pound Street. There were many sterling duels between these two teams. It was after witnessing one such duel that a local curate Fr Hayes decided to try to amalgamate the two teams – he succeeded and the clubs were united in 1947 under the name St Mary’s.
The new club had instant success winning the north intermediate title and county junior title in its first year. Some of the people involved in this new St Mary’s team were Jack Nolan, Billy O’Brien, Eddie John McGrath, Tom Brophy, Jimmy Spearman, Toddy Bolger, Chris Kennedy and Bart Coffey. They contested a north senior final in their early years, but success at senior level eluded St Mary’s. There were however many successes at minor level with one particularly noteworthy occasion in the 1950s when St Mary’s won the north minor hurling and football titles on the same day with 11 of the hurlers going straight back onto the field to assist in winning the football final.
St Mary’s survived as a club until the mid-1950s when, during a low period, it was decided at an AGM to change the club’s name to Éire Óg. The first big success for this club came when it won the north senior championship in 1957 and again in 1964. The club has since won north senior titles in 1992, 1993, 1998, 2001, 2009 and a county senior hurling title in 1995.
St Mary’s and Éire Óg have supplied many players to Tipperary teams, especially at minor level. It was a common occurrence during the 1940s and 1950s to have two and three players from the club represent Tipperary at minor level and many of these Tipperary teams won All-Irelands. At senior level the most prominent player from the club is of course Mick Burns who holds five All-Ireland senior medals (1958, 1961, 1962, 1964 & 1965) and Johnny McGrath who was a member of the 1958 All-Ireland winning team.
Many other players from the club have played senior with Tipperary down through the years, but 1989 stands out as a milestone for the club with three players – namely John Heffernan, Conor O’Donovan and Michael Cleary – featuring on the Tipperary team that finally bridged an 18-year gap to capture an elusive All-Ireland title.
It is also interesting to note that Kevin Coonan was the first player from Éire Óg to captain an All-Ireland winning football team when he captained the Tipperary junior football team to success in 1998. The club were also represented on this team by Chris Bonnar and Jim McAuliffe while Martin Healy was a selector.
In 2010 Éire Óg’s Hugh Maloney and Michael Heffernan were members of the Tipperary panel which so famously dethroned Kilkenny in the All-Ireland final.
In 2016, Éire Og were represented on the Munster and All-Ireland winning Tipperary Senior Panel by Barry Heffernan and Daire Quinn. The same year also saw Andrew Coffey claim a spot on the U21 Team of the Year for his performances with Tipperary, and Jake Morris play a leading role with the Tipperary Minor team who won Munster and All-Ireland titles, with Jake winning the man of the match in the Munster final.
eighteen occasions for the Tipperary senior hurling team.
Great credit is due to Boysie Hogan, Eamon Spillane and Christy Collins for re-organising the handball section of the club and coaching the boys and girls.
The town of Nenagh is renowned for its handball champions. The game flourished and set a high standard particularly during the years 1930 to 1960. Handball in the 1920s was played at the alley in Pidgeon’s Land, Silver Street. Then the Shamrock Club 3 Ball Alley in Silver Street, to which a back wall was added, was the main source of action. Many of the town’s champions sprung from this court. The CBS Alley in John’s Lane was a great nursery and played a big part in developing many of the champions from the ’40s to ’60s.
Indeed, in acknowledgement of the contribution to handball in the town Nenagh UDC in 2001 erected a plaque on the wall at Shannon Development (Shamrock Club) in Silver Street in honour of the All-Ireland handball champions of Nenagh from 1934-2000. They were: Joe Hassett, Ned Hassett, Joe Bergin, Paddy Kennedy, Jackie Sweeney, Connie Cleere, Michael O’Gorman, Michael McMahon, Denis Carey, John Rice, Tommy Cleere, Paddy Gleeson, Michael ‘Boysie’ Hogan and Pat Cleary.
Due to the lack of a court in Nenagh for a long number of years handball has not been developing as we would wish however Nenagh Éire Óg had the foresight to include a very modem 40 x 20 court in the Complex at MacDonagh Park.
Divisional Hurling Championships
- Senior Hurling (9): 1915, 1957, 1964, 1992, 1993, 1998, 2001, 2009, 2014.
- Intermediate Hurling (1): 1947 (St Mary’s).
- Junior A Hurling (8): 1953, 1962, 1983, 1999, 2000, 2009, 2012, 2014.
- Under-21A Hurling (7): 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1993, 1994, 2015.
- Minor Hurling (21): 1938, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1951, 1953, 1955, 1969, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1989, 1991, 1992, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013.
- Under-16A Hurling (15): 1972, 1975, 1979, 1982, 1988, 1990, 1992, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015.
- Under-15 Hurling (3): 1968, 1969, 1970.
- Under-14A Hurling (11): 1972, 1973, 1974, 1978, 1988, 1996, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2011.
- Under-13 Hurling (3): 1966, 1967, 1970.
- Under-12A Hurling (6): 1972, 1984, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2007.
- Under-12C Hurling (2): 2004, 2005.
County Hurling Championships
- Senior Hurling (1): 1995.
- Intermediate Hurling: 1947 (St Mary’s).
- Junior A Hurling (2): 1983, 2000.
- Under-21A Hurling (5): 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1993.
- Minor A Hurling (8): 1969, 1977, 1978, 1991, 1992, 2008, 2012, 2013.
- Under-16A Hurling (5): 1975, 1979, 1982, 1988, 1990.
- Under-14A Hurling (7): 1972, 1973, 1974, 1988, 2003, 2009, 2010.
- Under-12A Hurling (4): 1984, 2002, 2006, 2007.
- All-Ireland Seven-A-Side: (2) 1998, 2008.
- All-Ireland Féile Peil na nÓg (Division 4): 1986.
Divisional Football Championships
- Nenagh Institute won consecutive senior football titles from 1911 to 1919.
- Senior Football (7): 1989, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997.
- Intermediate Football (4): 1962, 1974, 1988, 1998.
- Junior Football (5): 1962, 1974, 1985, 1986, 2010.
- Under-21A Football (12): 1981, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2009.
- Minor Football (9): 1977, 1983, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994.
- Under-16 Football (14): 1973, 1975, 1979, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1995, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2012.
- Under-14 Football (16): 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1978, 1979, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1992, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013.
- Under-12 Football (19): 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009.
County Football Championships
- Nenagh Institute won county senior football titles in 1911 & 1915.
- Intermediate Football (2): 1988, 1998.
- Junior Football (2): 1986, 2010.
- Under-21A Football (2): 1991, 1993.
- Minor Football (1): 1990.
- Under-16 Football (2): 1988, 1990.
- Under-14 Football (1): 1986.
- Under-12 Football (3): 1972, 1984, 1990.
- County Junior A Championship (1): 2015.
- County Junior A League (1): 2015.
- County Junior B Championship (1): 2013.
- County Junior B League (1): 2013.
- Munster Junior B Plate (2): 2011, 2012.
- County Under-18B Championship (1): 2013.
- County Under-16B Championship (1): 2012.
- County Under-15A League (1): 2014.
- County Under-14A Féile na nGael (1): 2013.
- County Under-14A League (1): 2013.
- County Under-14A Championship (1): 2012.
- County Under-14B League (2): 2008, 2010.
- County Under-14C Championship (1): 2008.
- County Under-13A League (2): 2012, 2013.
- County Community Games (1): 2012.
- Munster Community Games (1): 2012.
- County Under-12A Championship (1): 2013.
- County Under-12A League (3): 2011, 2012, 2014.
- County Under-12B Championship (1): 2010.
- County Under-12B League (1): 2009.
- County Under-12C Championship (1): 2008.
*On the inter-county scene several Nenagh Éire Óg players have shone brightly. Ciara McGrath (2010), Aileen Duggan (2011), Alanna Morris (2011), Rachel Spillane (2013), Saoirse Gleeson (2013), Grace O’Brien (2013 & 2014), Aisling O’Brien (2013), Rachel Maher (2013), Maeve Coffey (2014) and Hazel McAuliffe (2014) have all won a Munster under-16 titles with Tipperary. Ciara McGrath won an All-Ireland under-18 title and a Munster junior title with Tipperary in 2011 while Aileen Duggan (2011) and Alanna Morris (2011 & 2012) also won All-Ireland under-16 titles with Tipperary. In 2013 Aileen Duggan and Alanna Morris helped Tipperary to a Munster under-18 title. In 2016 Rachel Maher, Grace O’Brien, Sarah Quigley, Alanna Morris and Hazel McAuliffe won Intermediate Munster Championship Medals with Tipperary.
Players who have won All-Ireland medals with Tipperary
- Senior Hurling: John McGrath (1958), Mick Burns (1958, 1961, 1962, 1964 & 1965), Michael Cleary (1989 & 1991), Conor O’Donovan (1989 & 1991), John Heffernan (1989), Hugh Maloney (2010), Michael Heffernan (2010), Barry Heffernan (2016), Daire Quinn (2016).
- Under-21 Hurling: Roger Coffey (1979 & 1980), Brian Heffernan (1979, 1980 & 1981), Michael Kennedy (1980), Philip Kennedy (1980 & 1981), PJ Maxwell (1980), Jim O’Sullivan (1981), John Flannery (1985), Declan O’Meara (1995), Kevin Tucker (1995), Robbie Tomlinson (1995), Paddy Murphy (2010), Michael Heffernan (2010).
- Minor Hurling: John McGrath (1949), Paddy Hallinan (1953), Mick Burns (1955), Michael Gilmartin (1955), Anthony Tierney (1956), Devere Reynolds (1956 & 1957), Phil Hennessy (1957), Paddy Kearns (1957), Paudie Kennedy (1957), Michael Griffin (1976), Dennis Finnerty (1980), John Flannery (1982), Michael Heffernan (2006 & 2007), Patrick Murphy (2007), Killian Gleeson (2012), Barry Heffernan (2012), Jake Morris (2016).
- Intermediate Hurling: Paddy Hallinan (1963), Michael Kearns (1963), Michael Heffernan (2012).
- Junior Football: Chris Bonnar (1998), Kevin Coonan (1998), Jim McAuliffe (1998).
- Minor Camogie: Maeve Coffey (2016), Grace O Brien (2016), Ruth Hassett (2016), Sarah Quigley (2016), Hazel McAuliffe (2016).
North Tipperary Hurlers of the Year
- Senior: Conor O’Donovan (1987), Michael Cleary (1989), Kevin Tucker (1993), Eddie Tucker (1995), Hugh Maloney (2004 & 2007), Michael Heffernan (2009), Dáire Quinn (2014).
- Junior: John Heffernan (2001), Stephen Ryan (2009), David Hackett (2012), Alan Kelly (2014).
- Minor: Michael Heffernan (2007), Tommy Heffernan (2009), Seán Geaney (2011), Donnacha Quinn (2012), Barry Heffernan (2013).
North Tipperary Footballers of the Year
- Kevin O’Carroll (1988), Michael Kennedy (1989), Mark Sheahan (1991), Kevin Coonan (1992 & 1998), Richie Flannery (2004), Lenny Ryan (2005).
Club members who became North & County Board officers
North Tipperary Divisional Board
- Frank Maloney (Chairman 1908), William Flannery (Chairman 1915-1921), Frank McGrath (Chairman 1922, 1923 & 1926-1931), Thomas Malone (Chairman 1939-1943), Rev E Murphy (Chairman 1944-1955), Martin O’Connor (Chairman 1976-1978), Jimmy Minogue (Chairman 2002-2004), William Flannery (Vice-Chairman 1913), Tom Cleary (Vice- Chairman 1933), Thomas Malone (Vice-Chairman 1933-1936), J Sheehan (Vice-Chairman 1936), James Burke (Vice-Chairman 1939), Jimmy Minogue (Vice-Chairman 1999-2001), Robert McGann (Vice-Chairman 1940), Rev J Minihan (Vice-Chairman 1946), Martin O’Connor (Vice-Chairman 1970-1971), Frank McGrath (President 1934-1965), Michael Moylan (President 1969-1973), Mick Moylan (Secretary 1921-1964), Padraig Ó Meacair (Secretary 1978-1989), Michael Kelly (Treasurer 1901-1942), Matt Hogan (Assistant Treasurer 1929-1942), Matt Hogan (Treasurer 1943-1960), Tom Brophy (Treasurer 1961-1964), Jack Kennedy (Treasurer 1972-1975), Tommy Mulcahy (Registrar 1992-2007).
North Tipperary Bord na nÓg Officers
- Tommy Mulcahy (Chairman 1980), John Lawlor (Secretary 1964-1967 & 1969), Tommy Mulcahy (Secretary 1968-1969).
Tipperary County Board Officers
- Michael Gleeson (Chairman 1888), Frank Maloney (Chairman 1907-1910), EM Walsh (Secretary 1887), Martin O’Connor (Treasurer 1978-1987), Martin O’Connor (Development Officer 1988), Jimmy Minogue (Development Officer 2012-13).
- Éire Óg’s Michael Cleary won four consecutive All Stars in 1990, 1991, 1992 & 1993.
- Ger Gavin was named Munster clubman of the year in 1989.
- Philip Kennedy was the first player to captain two All-Ireland under-21 hurling teams (1980 & 1981). The club was also represented on these teams by Roger Coffey, Brian Heffernan, Michael Kennedy, Jim O’Sullivan and PJ Maxwell.
- Éire Óg won four under-21A county hurling championships in-a-row 1979-1982.
- Éire Óg was named club of the year in 1979 & 1980.
- Éire Óg’s WJ Spain was the first player to win both hurling (Dublin 1889) and football (Limerick 1887) All-Ireland medals.
- Pat Lee won seven county medals in seven successive years with Éire Óg – minor hurling 1977 & 1978, under-21 Hurling 1979, 1980, 1981 & 1982, junior hurling 1983.
- In 1981 Borrisokane won the county under-21 football title, but Éire Óg defeated Borrisokane in the north final which was played after the county final.
- Terry Moloney won an All-Ireland senior medal with Tipperary in 1958 and helped Éire Óg to north final success in 1964. His nephew, Conor O’Donovan, is a dual All-Ireland senior winner (1989 & 1991) and is the proud holder of three north senior medals. Terry was from the Tipperary town area and Conor from Effin in County Limerick. Work brought both men to Nenagh whereupon they transferred their allegiance to the Blues.
- Both county junior hurling titles were achieved with 14 men. Donie O’Brien (1983) and Declan Bailey (2000) had the misfortune to be red carded; both events occurred in the first half of the respective county finals.
- PJ Maxwell captained Tipperary at minor level in 1977 and at under-21 level in 1980 and became the first clubman to bring home silver as captain of a successful Tipperary team.
- Robbie Tomlinson captained Tipperary at minor level in 1992 and at under-21 level in 1994.
- Nenagh Éire Óg became the first Tipperary team to reach a Féile final in 1972. Éire Óg’s captain on that occasion was former club chairman Jimmy Minogue.
- Declan O’Meara was a winner of an All-Ireland under-21 medal in 1995 when Tipperary defeated Kilkenny in the final. Declan O’Meara is a nephew of Mick Burns who won five All-Ireland senior hurling medals with Tipperary.
- Phil Hennessy (senior) was nominated at left half-forward in the Sunday Independent lists of the best players ever who did not win an All-Ireland medal.
- Robbie Tomlinson is only player in the Éire Óg club to win hurling and football north and county medals at every age level from under-12 to under-21 – all won at the A grade.
- Éire Óg’s Kevin Tucker captained Tipperary to the Munster minor hurling title in 1993.
- Nenagh Éire Óg won a county under-12A hurling and football double in 1984 – Eddie Tucker captained the hurlers and Paddy Kennedy (Tullamore Park) captained the footballers.
- Mark Sheahan played in three Munster senior football finals in 1993, 1994 and 1998. He lost out to Cork in first two and to Kerry in 1998. Kevin Coonan came on in the 1994 final when he was marked by Brian Corcoran.
- Frank McGrath captained Tipperary to the under-14 Tony Forristal All-Ireland title in 1988. Frank was also claimed the ‘Player of the Tournament’ award on that occasion.
- PJ Maxwell was selector when Éire Óg won back-to-back county minor A hurling titles in 1991 & 1992. PJ was a selector again in 2008 when Éire Óg won another county minor A hurling title when Paddy Murphy captained the winning team.
- John Tucker (senior) was a selector when the Blues won county under-14A hurling title in 1988. John was a selector again in 2009 when Éire Óg won another county under-14A hurling title beating Durlas Óg at Semple Stadium.
In terms of financing the Éire Óg committee engage in a number of activities. However the two main sources of club funding are membership and the club lotto. Club memberships and the club lotto go a long way toward maintaining the activities of the club which work for the benefit of the local community. In short membership fees and revenue from the club lotto is funneled toward: the maintenance of facilities, playing equipment, affiliation fees, insurance, utility bills, team preparation and other administrative costs.
The weekly club lotto costs just €2. And, you can buy a ticket in a number of the local shops, from a member of our team of lotto sellers or you can consider buying a yearly ticket for €100. Alternatively, of course, you can play the Éire Óg club lotto online – click here!
Club membership can be paid to any club officer or online – all players, managers and team mentors must be fully paid-up club members. The membership fees are as follows: adult €25, under-18 €25, family membership A (one adult & multiple under-18s) €60, family membership B (two adults & multiple under-18s) €85.
Pay your Éire Óg Club Membership online – click here!
Éire Óg are, of course, very grateful to Andy’s Bar who are the club sponsor. And, Éire Óg encourages all members to support the business activities of our club sponsor whenever possible and practical. Andy’s Bar B&B and Restaurant is located at 23 Sarsfield Street, Nenagh. Phone: 067 32494. Proprietor: Joe Mulqueen (086 234 4312). Visit andysnenagh.com