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Club Notes: 8th April 2019

posted Apr 14, 2019, 10:15 AM by Mark Baldwin   [ updated Apr 14, 2019, 10:17 AM ]

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Pairc Eamonn De Paor Fixture :
Cois Bhride v Dungarvan U13 Football 11th April 6.30pm.
13th April U15 Football v St. Olivers 3pm.

Tallow GAA Lotto Supported by Kearney's Restaurant.
8/4/2019 Jackpot €3,000 No Winner Numbers 1,14,16, 22
Consolation Prizes : John Sheehan , Martin Sutherland, Carmel Daly, Leanne Sheehan
Promoter : Mary Murphy
Next Draw: 15/4/2019 Kenirys,Jackpot :€3,200 

Senior Hurling Championship :
Tallow 3-12 Dungarvan 0-22

In a game where we were arguably second best for long periods of the game, it was hard not to leave Fraher Field last Sunday thinking we should have gotten at least a share of the points. Especially when the highlights reel would surely be full of some excellent Tallow scores. It’s easy to say that in a game of 16 placed ball scores, that this was won and lost on frees, but that would not tell the full story. With ten minutes left Tallow found themselves 6 points down and playing against a strong wind. But then Thomas Ryan stepped up and scored 3 quick-fire goals to breathe life back into our challenge including one in injury time to draw the game level for a 7th and final time. However it was not to be as Dungarvan sealed their win with the final point of the game.

Playing with a strong breeze Tallow started slightly better and Jordan Henley opened the scoring in the 3rd minute. Points were traded until Darah Buckley scored the point of the first half, soloing up the right wing before striking over the bar from the sideline to put us a point up after 11 minutes. Dungarvan equalised and then the game turned into a free taking competition between Waterford stars Thomas Ryan and Patrick Curran, scoring 5pts a piece to leave the game level at 0-8 each after 28 mins. Tallow finished strongly to see out the first half. Firstly Paul O’Brien made a great catch from a Dungarvan puckout, shipped a heavy tackle before laying off a lovely pass to Ryan Grey who dispatched it over the bar to regain the lead. Great to see Paul back playing his first match after a long injury layoff. Tallow’s spirit was now up and some great defensive work saw us win a free out on our half back line. Darah Buckley made a great run to the opposite corner and the ball found it’s way to Jordan Henley, in the full forward line recovering from a heavy knock to put Tallow into a two point lead at halftime 10 points to 8.

The second half started with a missed free from Thomas Ryan that could have opened up a 3 point lead which unfortunately became one of the stories of the second half. In the 33rd minute Tommy made one of his surging runs through the heart of the defence before passing to Ian Beecher who was fouled when a goal looked a possibility. After the resulting free, Dungarvan would outscore us 9 point to 1 over the next 18 minutes. The first where we were lucky not to concede a goal, only for a great save from Shaun O’Sullivan. The management team rang the changes to get the lads going again with Tommy Daly and William Henley coming on. And it was William, playing his first game since 2016, who gave us a lifeline by winning a penalty, which Thomas dispatched to the corner. Tallow 1-12 Dungarvan 0-19. Thomas then again made one of his surging runs and produced a wonderful strike straight off the hurley into the top corner to leave us a point behind. You got the feeling that we were going to produce another comeback and show the resilience that we know this team is capable of. Dungarvan scored the next two points before William Henley fed Thomas on the overlap from the left wing to level up the scores with his third goal. But unfortunately Dungarvan sealed the win with a final point. We had a few chances to level it up that we did not take and will definitely be asking questions as to why we were not awarded a clear free on Thomas at the end to give us a final chance to level.

Overall, this was a spirited showing from a team that has put in a lot of work this year. There will be regrets and recriminations but I think they showed enough for us supporters to be positive about the year ahead. The unfortunate thing now is that after training all year and after playing only one game, championship hurling is being placed back on the shelf for the clubs. Waiting to be dusted off at a date yet to be confirmed.

Tallow:
Shaun O’Sullivan, David O’Brien, Jake Beecher, Mark O’Brien, Kenneth Kearney, Robbie Geary, Darragh Mulcahy, Jordan Henley (0-3) Kieran Geary, Bob McCarthy, Ian Beecher, Paul O’Brien (0-1), Darah Buckley (0-1), Thomas Ryan (3-6 1-6f) Ryan Grey (0-1).

Subs: Tommy Daly for Kieran Geary. William Henley for Bob McCarthy. Rob O'Sullivan for Kenneth Kearney
Deise Super Draw: After a bumper year last year in which we had eight prize winners the Deise Super Draw commences again on 24th April . Six draw over six months. There are twenty prizes. 1st prize is €12,500, 2nd prize €2,500, 3rd prize €1000, 4th -7th prizes €500, 8th-13th prizes €250 , 14th-20th prizes . Tickets are €15 a month over a six month period which totals to €90 for the year. The breakdown of the ticket money goes as follows. €4.50 is paid to the deise draw with €11.50 retained by the club. This along with the lotto is one of the main fundraisers for the club and anyone's support is very much appreciated. Tickets available from promoters in town.



Club Notes: 1st April 2019

posted Apr 4, 2019, 7:19 PM by Mark Baldwin   [ updated Apr 4, 2019, 7:20 PM ]

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Committee Meeting:
The monthly Tallow GAA committee meeting will be held on Thursday 4th April at 8.30m.

Pairc Eamonn De Paor Fixture :
Cois Bhride v Lismore U13 Football 3rd April 6.30pm.

Tallow GAA Lotto Supported by Kearney's Restaurant.
1/4/2019 Jackpot €2,800 No Winner Numbers 18, 20, 22, 28.
Consolation Prizes :Mary Walsh, Pauline Power, Joe Geary, Deirdre Donnelly
Promoter : Kearneys
Next Draw: 8/4/2019 Lukies,Jackpot :€3000

Championship : 
The first round of the Waterford senior hurling championship commences this weekend. We play Dungarvan on Sunday at 2.15pm in Fraher Field . So come down and support the players and mentors it would be greatly appreciated.

League Matters: 
Waterford lost out to Limerick in the National League Final. Limerick showed the confidence an All Ireland can bring as they controlled the game for the most parts.

Scoil Mhuire: 
Well done to the boys seven a side football team that won the western title last week. Panel of the the nine players used was : Bryan Miguel, Ben Grey, Paul Henley, Joseph McDonnell, Luca Tobin, Ben Sheehan, Aidan Murphy & Alex Good. They play the county final against Ballygunner on Tuesday of this week.
The girls had a great win in the Camoige seven a side too, their panel was as follows : Lucy Donnelly. Kate Mackintosh. Amber Neville. Rhona Casey. Caoimhe Whelan. Fiona Mulcahy. Aoife Condon.

Comhbhrón: 
The club would like to express our sympathy to the family of Kieran Geary and Mick Barry on the passing of Kieran's uncle and Mick's brother John Barry. .Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Junior Hurling :
Our first round against Lismore due to be played on Saturday is postponed.

Anti Social Behaviour : 
Yet again the hurling field is used as a waste dump for the youth of the town. A full plastic black bag was collected by one man on Sunday last. It contained rubbish as well as beer bottles. It should not be tolerated.

Tallowmen in New York: 
Here are two Tallow men Vice President Mikey Prendergast and club member Roy Henley at the recent Waterford Convention in New York


Club Notes: 25th March 2019

posted Mar 30, 2019, 8:50 AM by Mark Baldwin

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Tallow GAA Lotto Supported by Kearney's Restaurant.
19/3/2019 Jackpot €2,400 No Winner Numbers 4,12,17,28.
Consolation Prizes : Ciara Whelan, Ava Geary, Angela Doyle, Barry Power.
Promoter : Marian Forbes

25/3/2019 Jackpot €2,600 No Winner Numbers 3,9,16,23.
Consolation Prizes : Michael Delaney, Kathleen Delaney, Mary,Cliona, Rod &Anna,Mgt Barry
Promoter : Gerry Crowley
Next Draw: 1/4/2019 Corner House,Jackpot :€2,800.

Senior Hurling League: 
We played Abbeyside on Saturday last and came on victorious on a scoreline of 2-13 to 0-13 .

Certainty of uncertainty:
We again fall foul to the uncertainty that is the Waterford club fixture schedule . The first round of championship is put back a week and the second round is postponed for a date to be determined.How this couldn't be determined as a back up plan B I don't know ?
It will now go as follows:

The first round of Senior Hurling Championship will be deferred for a week until w/e April 7th.

Round 2 of the Senior Hurling Championship will be postponed for a date to be determined.

Rounds 1 and 2 of the Senior Football Championships will proceed as scheduled.

The dates for the initial rounds of the Senior Championships are as follows:

weekending April 7th - Round 1 Senior Hurling Championship

weekending April 14th - Round 1 Senior Football Championship

weekending April 21st - Round 1 Senior Football Championship.

League Matters : 
Waterford with fourteen men for the last fifteen minutes ground out a good victory against Galway to progress to the league final. We wish Tommy, Jordan and James the best of luck in the final in Croke Park.

U19 Football:
Cois Bhride a had great 3-10 to 2-3 win over Stradbally on Sunday.

Membership: 
Those who who pays their membership for Tallow GAA before the 31st March 2019 will be entered into a draw for two nights B&B with one evening meal for two in the Riverside Hotel in Killarney in association with Tallow Area credit union. This is the last week to avail of the opportunity .
Single € 30 Couple € 40
U18 € 25 Student Player € 40
Player € 50 Player & Partner € 60.
Payments can be made to both Billie Jean Sheehan and Shaun O'Sullivan.

Club Notes: 18th March 2019

posted Mar 18, 2019, 5:56 PM by Mark Baldwin

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County Senior Hurling League: 
We played our first round of the county senior hurling league on Saturday last on a damp and sodden evening in Tallow . We beat Ballyduff on the scoreline of 0-14 - 0-7. We play our next game away against Abbeyside at 5pm next Saturday.

Granville Hotel GAA Award for February: 
Well done to Tommy Ryan on picking up the February award after scoring 4-5 in his last four league games.

U19 Football : 
Cois Bhride's game against Stradbally was postponed on Saturday last due to a waterlogged pitch.

No club lotto on the notes this week on the event of the bank holiday Monday.They will appear next week.

Membership: 
Due to the restricted capacity at Walsh Park tickets for both Munster championship games will not be on public sale and available through the county board and clubs only. This is incentive enough to buy Tallow GAA membership. Still waiting on alot of players to pay and they will not be insured if they don't pay.
Single € 30 Couple € 40
U18 € 25 Student Player € 40
Player € 50

Player & Partner € 60.
Payments can be made to both Billie Jean Sheehan and Shaun O'Sullivan.
Those who who pays their membership for Tallow GAA before the 31st March 2019 will be entered into a draw for two nights B&B with one evening meal for two in the Riverside Hotel in Killarney in association with Tallow Area credit Union

Head of the Waterford CPA:
After Waterford's impressive win against Clare, which saw them qualify for the National League semi final, the question on club managers lips is " will this affect the club championship?". The semi final vs Galway is scheduled for Sunday24th March, which is 7 days before the club championship throws in. So 7 days before the first championship match that club managers and players have been preparing for since January, they are not guaranteed that the match will actually go ahead. Club games will be postponed if Waterford qualify for the National League final, as the final is fixed for Sunday 31st. The weekend the club championships are due to start. Can you imagine the outcry across national media if this happened to the Munster or Leinster Hurling championship. Imagine if Brian Cody or Davy Fitzgerald found themselves in a position where they weren't sure if their 1st round game was going ahead or not. How would that affect their minute attention to detail? Why should club players and managers be treated any differently.
In 2006 former GAA Director General, Páraic Duffy in his capacity as Player welfare officer, made a presentation to the National Coaching/ Medical Conference on the subject of providing a better programme of games for club payers. He was subsequently asked to prepare a discussion paper on the subject. In it he raised the following issues as the main reasons for club players unrest.
There is a palpable sense of anger among club players and officials which has its origins in the following areas of dissatisfaction:
(i) The frequent postponement of club games to meet the needs of inter-county teams
(ii) The absence of serious competitive games for clubs over long periods during the summer months when conditions are most suitable
(iii) The obligation to play most of their games in concentrated batches and at the beginning and end of the year when playing conditions are often poor
(iv) The emergence of a training-based rather than a playing- based culture within our games that is discouraging players from getting involved with GAA clubs, particularly when one considers that other sports promote a games based culture - an infinitely more attractive prospect to the majority of players.
Yet here we are less than two weeks before championship is due to begin, facing the same issues as 2006. What has changed? Granted the postponed League game against Galway, due to weather conditions, is the root cause of this fixture congestion. But where was the forward planning? If the dates are that tight, that one postponed game in an Irish winter ( who would have thought !!) can have these knock on effects, then the competition is not fit for purpose. The GAA have agreed to the Club Month of April which was championed by the CPA. But are they only paying it lip service if games are shoe horned into the month and the club month is treated as an inconvenience that has to be tolerated. Where is the support for the clubs to prepare for the club championship, the support to improve the club championship standards. Inter county players cannot play with their clubs 13 days before an inter county championship fixture, yet these same players are expected to play club championship 6 or 7 days after playing for their county. Many for the first time this year. Duffy raised this issue again in 2006.
The demand from inter-county managers for exclusive access to their players is creating an unhealthy gulf between club and inter-county players, and is diminishing the status of the club and club competitions. Many inter-county players never train with their clubs until the county team is eliminated from the championship, or until the week before a club championship game. This situation is unlikely to change unless we legislate e.g.
Inter-county players must be allowed to play or train with their clubs on one night per week from Monday-Friday, except:
(i) During the week prior to a National League game
(ii) During the two weeks prior to a senior Provincial or All-Ireland Championship (including Qualifier game
(iii) During the three weeks before an All-Ireland Senior Final.
Of course everyone in Waterford hurling hopes that the team go on and achieve their aim of winning the National League and even further success in Munster and All Ireland campaigns. But lets learn from past mistakes, which were raised as far back as 2006 and probably even further. Lets give clubs and club players the same rights. Let them be able to plan for championship games secure in the knowledge that games will not be postponed by factors which can be legislated for with some joint up forward planning. Let players play in regular periods and not have to play in concentrated batches just so it doesn't affect inter county team preparations at the start of the year or to make Munster club fixtures deadlines at the end of the year.

Club Notes: 10th March 2019

posted Mar 12, 2019, 5:45 PM by Mark Baldwin   [ updated Mar 12, 2019, 5:46 PM ]

Tallow GAA notes in association with McGrath's pharmacy

Tallow GAA Lotto Supported by Kearney's Restaurant.
11/3/2019 Jackpot €2,200 No Winner Numbers 6,7,15, 27.
Consolation Prizes : Stephen Pratt, Caoimhe Whelan, Mia O'Flynn , Vincent O'Connell
Promoter : H
Next Draw: 19/3/2019 Kenirys ,Jackpot :€2,400. 

Answers to last weeks questions:
1 Which Tallow men captained Waterford senior hurlers in the 1980's ?
Liam O'Brien 1981, Connie Curley 1985 , Mick Beecher did the league of 1986 but Timmy Sheehan captained in championship

2 Who captained the Waterford minor hurlers in 1998 ?
Seán Slattery

3 Tallow were suspensed in the early fifities. They set up a minor team for a couple of years under what name?
They went under the name Bride Valley Rovers

4 1887 it was recorded that we played in the football championship. The original Tallow club was founded by a Kerry man named Kelly-Lynch. What name did they play under?
They were called "The Faughaballas".

Membership:
Players are not insured if they do not pay their membership and alot need to address this. Due to the restricted capacity at Walsh Park tickets for both Munster championship games will not be on public sale and available through the county board and clubs only. This is incentive enough to buy Tallow GAA membership.
Single € 30 Couple € 40
U18 € 25 Student Player € 40
Player € 50

Player & Partner € 60. Those who who pays their membership for Tallow GAA before the 31st March 2019 will be entered into a draw for two nights B&B with one evening meal for two in the Riverside Hotel in Killarney in association with Tallow Area credit Union

Pairc Eamonn De Paor
Ned Power tournament on Friday at 6.30pm
Cois Bhride

16 March 2019 under 15 football division 3 Cois Bhride v Ballinacourty B 3pm.

League Fixture Saturday 16th March v Ballyduff at 5pm.

Player Profile Kieran Geary:



Q. When did you first play senior hurling for Tallow?
Ah, it would have been a relegation play-off in 2006, I think it was against Ballyduff Lower, I
replaced Bear at corner back, it wasn’t a position I got used to.
Q. How did you find the step up?
It wasn’t bad considering you had players of the calibre of Paul O’Brien, Aidan Kearney and
James Murray around you. The speed of the hurling took a while to get used to but training
with these lads you soon got used to it.
Q. What was your favourite game you played in?
The county final in 2015 against Ballygunner, despite not winning the game, we gave a good
account of ourselves and I think we could have went on and won that if we believed a bit
more in ourselves. They are the games you want to play with your club, it is what you train
for so hopefully we might get back there this year.
Q. What was your favourite football game?
We won the Junior Football county championship in 2010, despite doing little to no training
as a result we drew Kilfenora of Clare in the Munster Championship in Tallow. We won the
game 1-15 to 2-7, but it was the large Tallow support that turned out to see a Munster
championship game played at home which stood out, it’s something that doesn’t happen too
often.
Q. The changes since you started playing?
There is a lot more commitment at club level now than there would have been previously,
every club is trying to get any advantage they can now, Nutrition, Stretching, Boxing, Yoga,
etc… Gym work is a necessity now for the club player and luckily we have excellent
resources with the club gym in Tallow available to players to do that.
Q. How do you find the fixtures set for the team?
There isn’t any easy group in the Waterford Championship, I suppose the structure of the
championship means that every game is crucial with the top team in each group getting
through and the remaining teams jostling for position in the qualifiers. As a group we are just
taking one game at a time, starting the 31
st
of March.
Q. How do you expect Waterford go in this year’s championship?
The early league outings are promising, hopefully we will see Tommy and Jordan in Croke
Park a few times this year.
Q. What changes would you like to see in the GAA?
A specific time in the year for club championship games to be played where certainty of
fixtures is provided to players. In recent years it’s almost like there is two seasons within one
in the club championship in Waterford, it is hard to keep players motivated over a nine to ten
month season.
Q. Would you like to get involved in coaching when your career ends?
Definitely, might give it a few years yet.


Q. Your favourite's (top 3) hurlers and footballers today?
Hurlers
Joe Canning
Patrick Horgan
Padraic Maher


Footballers
Aidan O’ Shea
Conor McManus
Rory Beggan


Q. Your favourite retired (top3) hurlers and footballers?
Hurlers
John Mullane
Ken McGrath
Henry Shefflin


Footballers
Ciarán McDonald
Peter Canavan
Maurice Fitzgerald

Club Notes: 1st March 2019

posted Mar 12, 2019, 5:35 PM by Mark Baldwin   [ updated Mar 12, 2019, 5:36 PM ]

Tallow GAA Lotto Supported by Kearney's Restaurant.
4/3/2019 Jackpot €2000 No Winner Numbers 7,17, 20,22.
Consolation Prizes : Eamon Forbes , Aisling Cusack, Christian Pratt, Mark Stewart.
Promoter : J Geary.
11/3/2019 Lukies Jackpot 2,200.

Membership: 
n Association with Tallow Area Credit Union any member who pays their membership for Tallow GAA before the 31st March 2019 will be entered into a draw for two nights B&B with one evening meal for two in the Riverside Hotel in Killarney.

Tallow G.A.A Membership benefits:
Communication - we will keep you up to date on all upcoming fixtures.
Eligibility for All -Ireland Final Tickets. “All Ireland Final tickets are not available for public sale. Each County board receives an allocation of tickets for the final. These are filtered down to their clubs and subsequently the club members.” (gaa.ie) (Membership must be paid on or before 31st March 2019.)
Entry into a Membership Draw. Membership can be handed into Billie Jean Sheehan.
Subscription for 2019

Single € 30 Couple € 40
U18 € 25 Student Player € 40
Player € 50
Player & Partner € 60.

Deise Super Draw: 
After a bumper year last year in which we had eight prize winners the Deise Super Draw commences again on 24th April . Six draw over six months. There are twenty prizes. 1st prize is €12,500, 2nd prize €2,500, 3rd prize €1000, 4th -7th prizes €500, 8th-13th prizes €250 , 14th-20th prizes . Tickets are €15 a month over a six month period which totals to €90 for the year. The breakdown of the ticket money goes as follows. €4.50 is paid to the deise draw with €11.50 retained by the club. This along with the lotto is one of the main fundraisers for the club and anyone's support is very much appreciated .Tickets will be disbursed to promoters over the next week or so.

Engagement: 
Congratulations to Joey Power and Sarah Tobin on their engagement over the weekend.

Postponement of Waterford's N.H.L. Game: 
With the inclement weather at the weekend I have being informed of the the follow...
Please see below the GAA refund policy for the Allianz League fixtures postponed today due to the adverse weather conditions:

Tickets will be valid for the re-fixture.

Otherwise refunds can be issued once tickets are returned to the source of purchase prior to re-fixed game.

Posted back tickets would need to come back with postmark prior to re-fixture.

Postal orders can be returned to:
Ticket Returns,
Tickets.ie,
334 The Capel Building,
Mary's Abbey,
Dublin 7

The club sends its deepest sympathies to the Maguire family on the sad passing of Brian. Beannacht Dé lena anam uasal.

Ned Power Tournament : It was great to see the kids turn out for the start of the tournament last Friday night in horrendous conditions.It continues over the next few Friday nights. Let's hope the tutelage at the start of their careers will bring them forward. An rud a tchí an leanbh, Gní an leanbh.

Pairc Eamonn De Paor : Cois Bhride u10 footballers are in action at 11am 10th March in the field.

Questions: A few for those of yee with regards to Tallow GAA.
1 Which Tallow men captained Waterford senior hurlers in the 1980's ?
2 Who captained the Waterford minor hurlers in 1998 ?
3 Tallow were suspensed in the early fifities. They set up a minor team for a couple of years under what name?
4 1887 it was recorded that we played in the football championship. The original Tallow club was founded by a Kerry man named Kelly-Lynch. What name did they play under?

Club Notes: 25th February 2019

posted Mar 12, 2019, 5:24 PM by Mark Baldwin   [ updated Mar 12, 2019, 5:26 PM ]

Notaí CLG Tulach an Iarainn sponsored by McGrath's chemist.

Tallow GAA lotto sponsored by Kearney's Restaurant Tallow.
Numbers : 9,11,25,28. No Winner.
Jackpot €2000 . Next Draw Corner House. 4-3-2019. 9pm
Consolation Prizes €25: M Geary, P. Martin, M Delaney, P. Fitzgerald
Promoter : Corner House

Minor Football :
The Cois Bhride minor footballers opened their account on Sunday last in Tallow with a good 4-10 to 1-12 win over Clashmore.

McGrath's Chemist: 
We would like to acknowledge the continued sponsorship of McGrath's chemist of our club. A sponsorship that is now on seven years . We appreciate the gratitude of Helena and Roger and to all those who support and benefact the club.

Operation Transformation : 
Our six weeks are up and the final walk ending on Thursday last. A good initiative that promotes fitness and healthy living. It was pleasurable for the the group that under took the walk and a well worth exercise.

Ned Power Tournament
Our Annual Ned Power Hurling Tournament starts Friday1st of March at 6.30pm on the astro turf.

Teams for 2019:

WATERFORD: Adam Pratt, Ben Sheehan, Tommy Forbes, Dylan Kerrigan, Paulo Miguel, Ella Daly, Oscar Cunningham, Lucas Henley, AJ Goulding.

CORK: Michael Murphy, Darragh O’ Brien, Lee Guildea, Brian Murphy, Josh Mangan, Alex Walsh, Jack Dee, Bob O’ Brien, Ciara Martin.

Tipperary: Jack O’ Connell, Keith Martin, Ryan Whelan, Jack Corkery, Paul Hegarty, Rhys Shead, William Walsh, Liam Sheehan, Amy Power.

Kilkenny: Matthew Walsh, Daniel Henley, Sean Mangan, Oscar Morrison, James McDonnell, Katelyn McCarthy, Darragh O’ Donovan, Oisin Lynn, David Murphy.

Liam Mulcahy Interview Part 2

L.M: Just a few amendments to last week’s piece. I was a bit harsh on the football clubs in Tyrone. Many were indeed helpful and allowed us use of their facilities.(I’m going north soon) Going back to the Mount Sion game (around 2011 according to you) I have to say Mick Mangan was fully behind starting Paul O once he became aware of the character of the player he was dealing with. One last thing! Get your dates right. My modelling career finished in the 80’s. Now drive on.

PRO: Has the age profile of the club has changed since you returned from Tyrone?

L.M. : Not a huge amount to be honest; maybe slightly younger now. We probably have a better gender balance alright which is a big plus but we still need to work on this.

PRO: The JP McManus donation to all clubs country wide came to great satisfaction to all. With the opening of Croke Park to rugby and soccer a few years back, three sold out concerts a year why hasn't the GAA in turn looked to offer such a package as JP to all clubs?

L.M.: J.P. is an exceptional benefactor. . Limerick in particular and the GAA in general has greatly benefitted from his munificence. I wouldn’t entirely agree with the populist view about the GAA and its finances. GAA headquarters has managed the finances of the biggest sporting organisation in Ireland prudently and a lot of money is ploughed back into the game. I don’t have figures to hand but they have been issued; letting people know where the money is spent. The GAA (Headquarters) has bailed out clubs and counties, in financial trouble, that we don’t even know about. Tallow GAA club has benefitted on a number of occasions from grant aid from the Munster Council, to assist development of facilities. Munster Council has also come to the aid of the county.

Clubs don’t need handouts. They can manage the day to day running, thanks to the work of magnificent club volunteers and generous local support,, but need financial grant aid to develop and expand. Clubs in Waterford had to pay a levy for years to reduce the county debt. We’ve had two years free of it but it’s likely to be reintroduced, if this half baked development goes ahead. Now that is crippling clubs!!! They shouldn’t have to bear that burden! We’ve enough to do to manage our own finances.

One thing that really annoys me is the idle ill informed pub talk, usually from people with an anti GAA agenda who make no contribution to the community or any sports organisation. The GAA is not perfect but it is a great organisation! They are aware of the difficulties clubs face but are so far not addressing them.

PRO: You grow up in the early seventies did you realise then that the club was in a golden period on the playing field?

L.M.: You do realise I wasn’t exactly the greatest exponent of the game the club produced? I played a bit of underage in the ‘70s, my greatest claim to fame being part of the u14 squad that won the double in ’71 – and I only made that because I was big and awkward. (Ned found a use for all players). Of that panel, (I better be careful here in case I miss someone) Kieran Ryan, Pat Daly, Stephen Curley, Pigeon, Connie and Micky Curley, Timmy.Sheehan all played at inter county level. It was the same at every age level. The u21s of ‘76 had 8 or 9. We were Tallow. We expected to win. Not alone had Ned Power honed the skills; he honed the minds. They talk about sports psychology now like it’s something new in the last decade in Ireland.. Ned was at it back in the late 60s. You asked were the players aware that the club was going through a golden period. I’m not sure they were. They were that conditioned to winning they thought it was normal. It was the perfect storm! The master coach had quality material.

PRO:The club is in its second coming (reformed in 1919) , how much did we lose in information by not logging our history?

l.M: A lot to be honest. Even the very premise of your question can be disputed. Tallow is listed in Michael Cusack’s Celtic Times ( a Gaelic games newspaper published in 1887) as one of 12 clubs participating in football competition that year in Waterford. This is a valid historical document – the facts are indisputable. . We have no proof, only hearsay, regarding the duration of that original founding club. We do these men and women involved in 1887 a disservice by not acknowledging that point as the foundation of Tallow GAA club. Leading up to Centenary year the GAA encouraged (I think they even provided grants) clubs to record their history. We missed out big time. Men like Harry Ronayne had a wealth of knowledge. A lot of that is lost with their passing which would now make the compilation of a club history much more difficult.

P.R.O. I stated in my notes that I felt that the GAA hierarchy seems lost to the volunteers that they serve. Would you feel that there is such a big void?

L.M. The GAA has become such a big conglomerate that in some ways that is inevitable. The club fixture calendar or lack thereof, is crucial. I don’t think the will to seriously tackle it is there. We live in hope.

PRO: The under twenty grade is gone now at club level to u19. How will such a move work with teenagers doing straight to adult level?

L.M. Here is a typical example of the Brussels syndrome in action. They should have left well enough alone.

PRO. Would you see the benefits and non benefits of the digital age ( social media, youtube, whats app etc...) in the running of a GAA club?

L.M. I’m not a tech head like you Fada (can just manage the aul whattsapp) but overall the digital age has brought huge advantages in terms of communication and information. It can be abused of course by bullies and I would favour more stringent controls.

PRO:We introduced a club crest to the club around 2002 or 2001 , would you have knowledge on it's design?

L.M. The club crest features the Bride and Lisfinney castle encircled by a Celtic T. I was involved to an extent. It was the initiative of Tallow GAA Juvenile Club. We asked Billy Sheehan to task the pupils of Scoil Mhuire to come up with a design. If memory serves me correctly I think it was Deirdre Moroney who came up with a design (which may have been inspired by a similar emblem on a historical pamphlet written by Mrs Pat Cantillon) very close to what we have today. I know you had misgivings about the castle at the time but it was built by the Earls of Desmond and was occupied by Japer Pyne MP in mid 1800s. Pyne was an ardent advocate for the rights of tenant farmers. Interesting character! Maybe if you have a slack week you could write about him.

P.R.O. To my recollection the club's first official trip was to London in 1979. You were involved in subsequent trips to the North (mid to late nineties, US (2002) and Barcelona (2007) how do you recall such ventures and future voyages?

L.M
. I’ve great memories of all trips. I made the last London trip and I think Finn and myself were the only ones to make all tours; several to the north, New York, Boston, Mannheim, Barcelona, Budapest, etc. We were blessed with a great crew. We never had a bit of bother from the lads (the young ones at least). Plenty of GAA clubs around Europe now! The key is you must play a hurling match. I don’t care what standard but it gives a focus to the whole trip. I know Ter has mentioned the possibility of a trip but we can’t leave everything to that
man. He has enough on his plate. Maybe one of the young guns would take it on and give Geary and myself a break.

Anyway, best of luck with the PRO job. To quote Johnny Geary you are following a long line of cracked PROs!! Think you’ll fit the bill ok.


Lotto Winner.
Ronan Cronin (centre) presented with his lottery winning cheque from his fellow New Street native Lotto Coordinator John O'Sullivan. To Ronan's right is John's fellow Monday night man Dennis Tobin. Ronan's daughter Kayla is in the front of the picture.

Club Notes: 18th February 2019

posted Feb 19, 2019, 8:04 AM by Mark Baldwin

Tallow GAA lotto sponsored by Kearney's Restaurant Tallow.
€1,800 . Next Draw The Hotel. 25-2-2019.
Consolation Prizes €25: Liam Moroney, Anne O'Brien, Eamonn Forbes, Darah Buckley
Promoter : Mary Murphy.

Fixtures : Senior Hurling.
Championship: First Round v Dungarvan Sunday 30th March Fraher Field at 1.30pm.
Second Round v Clonea Saturday 6th April 6pm Fraher Field

League Fixtures.
Saturday 16th March v Ballyduff at home 5pm.
23rd March v Abbeyside away at 5pm.
27th April v Dungarvan home 7pm
4th May v Lismore away 7pm.

Operation Transformation : The last week of the walk commences again at 7pm on Thursday next at the club grounds. The numbers have slowly increased and feel free to attend on the concluding walk.

Committee Meeting : The first committee meeting of the year is on at 8.30pm in the clubhouse.

Membership: In Association with Tallow Area Credit Union any member who pays their membership for Tallow GAA before the 31st March 2019 will be entered into a draw for two nights B&B with one evening meal for two in the Riverside Hotel in Killarney.

Tallow G.A.A Membership benefits:
Communication - we will keep you up to date on all upcoming fixtures.
Eligibility for All -Ireland Final Tickets. “All Ireland Final tickets are not available for public sale. Each County board receives an allocation of tickets for the final. These are filtered down to their clubs and subsequently the club members.” (gaa.ie) (Membership must be paid on or before 31st March 2019.)
Entry into a Membership Draw.
Subscription for 2019

Single € 30 Couple € 40
U18 € 25 Student Player € 40
Player € 50

Player & Partner € 60.

League Matters: Waterford continue their winnings ways in the league with another convincing win. Tommy carried his goal scoring form with another goal to accompany his two against Laois . Jordan made his competitive start and the two will be biting at the bit to start the next two games with the business end of the league approaching.
Limerick produced the powerhouse performance that the mantle of All Ireland Champions seems far from an albatross that sometimes weighs down on a team.

Cois Bhride: The annual Ned Power tournament will be on Friday 1st March in Pairc Eamon De Paor.

Go Raibh Maith Agat : We'd like to thank Brian Henley for his time and effort on equipment in the gym. Tallow are very fortunate to have members who epitomize the value of one club working together. Basher is definitely one of those. He is a few years off yet (I would think a record) of reaching Ned's age (52) when he played in a junior county final.

Walsh Park:
Planning permission was giving the green light on the development. Surely now we could have clarity on IF Waterford will play their home championship games there.

Club Notes: 11th February 2019

posted Feb 19, 2019, 7:55 AM by Mark Baldwin   [ updated Feb 19, 2019, 7:56 AM ]

Tallow GAA lotto sponsored by Kearney's Restaurant Tallow.
€9,200 . One Winner .Congratulations to Ronan Cronin .
Consolation Prizes €25 : Deirdre Donnelly, Betty Delaney, Adriana Safrankova, Adam Pratt.
Promoter : Colin Cunningham

Junior Hurling : First championship fixture is against Lismore in Ballyduff at 12pm on the 7th April.

Operation Transformation Walk: The numbers are slowly increasing by the week and with two weeks left feel free to come along. We commence at Pairc Éamonn De Paor Thursday at 7pm.

Here's Liam from modelling days circa 2011

I stated a few weeks back that I was going to have a question and answer session with the outgoing chairman of the club Liam Mulcahy .Here is part one of the interview.

PRO: You have finished up four years as Tallow chairman, I remember when you first took over you
said you'd stay for one year. How are you feeling after the four years?
L.M.: One year was never a serious option. That’s what was mooted by the men who
approached me at the time. Now I’m not that naive and neither were they. I remember John
McDonnell saying to me at the time. “You’ll grow into and get to like it” He wasn’t too far out.
Maybe I came to the position too late but sin sceal eile. I had some experience having served
as chairman of Naomh Columcille in Tyrone and Cois Bhride but this was a whole different
ball game. As the late Seamus Brennan once said “this is senior hurling boys”. The position
brings a good deal of responsibility (the chairman is the final arbiter) but it is also a great
privilege and honour to serve as Chairman of your club. Had I my time over I would have done
some things differently. I would have ensured the role and responsibilities of each officer were
clearly defined so there would be no confusion as to who should or should not be doing what.
The GAA provides guidance in this regard. Every GAA club now has at least 10 different
officer positions with new regulations issued weekly. Governance of clubs has changed
dramatically. It’s now like running a business with the adherence to regulations and laws
which that entails.
PRO: Many challenge face the modern day GAA club what are they biggest obstacles facing clubs
now?
LM: I’ve outlined some of the admin difficulties above. It’s like every club would need a
solicitor, accountant and social worker on the committee. From a playing perspective the main
obstacles haven’t gone away. Continuity and certainty of fixtures was and is the main issue.
This is nothing short of a plague on clubs. It has ever been thus! Lads are now skipping off to
the US or even Australia during the championship break. This is going to become worse. You
remember Fada when I was campaigning on the club notes for reform of fixtures. That’s over
20 years ago!!! They will kill clubs unless this is recognized and then the show is over.
Another problem facing rural clubs especially is the lack of numbers. Not a lot can be done
about this. In fairness to most clubs they are making every effort to keep young lads involved.
Clubs are also reluctantly (understandably) facing up to the reality and amalgamating where
necessary.
PRO: With the new Walsh Park in the offering and with the financial cost of such a venture what do
you expect to follow?
LM: Disharmony and more club levies!
Look this is a source of constant debate among and even embarrassment to Waterford Gaels.
Maybe we missed the boat on this one. The ideal solution back in the day (maybe even still)
was to build a compact (25,000) seater stadium in Carriganore. I understand there are issues
about the GAA not developing lands which are not vested in the Association. Now it looks like
a half hearted development to Walsh Park has been sanctioned which may be “ outdated and
not fit for purpose before its even finished” Fraher Field has been promoted as another
option. Not really sure but the course appears to be set. It’s a mess!!
No offence to the wee county but Louth was usually tagged as the worst county ground in
Ireland. They have ambitious plans to redevelop apparently. Let’s hope we don’t assume the
mantle.


PRO: You were involved as a selector in the early noughties and the start of this decade. Was there
much of difference in preparation?
LM: Ah stop. Since then, huge changes! I was selector with Doyler and the Legend around
2000. Murphy couldn’t make it one night and give me the whistle to train the lads. I hadn’t a
clue and proceeded to run the shit out of them with laps of the field – old school. I remember
Murray in particular looking at me, young and all as he was, and I could see him thinking: “this
fellah doesn’t know what he’s at”. Move on 10 years or so with Mick Mangan on board and we
had a bit more organisation and structure, enough to reach a county final. . Preparations in all
serious senior clubs have change utterly over the last few years. Hurling coaches, Gym
programmes, strength and conditioning coaches, diet regulation, GPS player tracking
systems, physiotherapy, yoga etc are now de rigeur – anything that will give the team an edge.
Senior club teams’ preparation is now much more intensive and demanding. It’s a big ask of
young lads and takes commitment and dedication. I’m sure you could answer it better than me
as you have played senior hurling for almost 20 years now.
PRO: We also lost a few great Gaels during your time, a few in which you had a very good working
relationship.
L.M. : I’m not sure where to start Fada. When I think of Pigeon, Billy Henley and later
“Thresher” it’s very emotive. . Gifted hurlers all, coached by the Master, Ned Power. I can’t
cover 20 years. So many good people lost to us! During my 4 years as Chairman, Loretta,
Patsy and Finn passed away –good decent people- you would find no better. Finn is a huge
loss to the community as a whole. I was thinking of setting up a branch of Conradh na Gaeilge
in Tallow. Im not sure I will now without him. I wouldn’t mind putting in the graft but he would
draw the crowd. He had star quality and he revelled in it. He loved Tallow!
PRO: What were the highlights on the field of play?
L.M.: I tend to remember individual performances than specific games. In my time as PRO for
Tallow GAA I recall searching for superlatives to describe the mesmerizing power plays of
Thomas Ryan not to mention your own dogged, daring, dashing displays. In fairness Fada
(and don’t censor this) you took no prisoners!! I’m useless about years but it had to be
‘99/2000 (it was around 2011 Liam) when Paul O Brien returned from South America. Mick Mangan was training us and I
insisted Paul should start, against Mount Sion I think. Mick disagreed saying no lad could be
ready for senior championship after so long out of the game. . Paul O Brien was and hurled a
stormer that day. I knew he would. So to answer your question Fada my highlight was
watching players like your kid brother Paul, Tommy Ryan, Murray etc performing heroics for
Tallow over 2 decades. That’s just my opinion! We reached 2 county finals in the last decade
also and possibly didn’t do ourselves in justice either, certainly not the first.
PRO: Your connection to Naomh Colum Cille is well known. Would you hope to keep that connection
between both clubs?
L.M.: Yes I think we need to reconnect and reinforce contact with N.C. You’ve been up there
more than once Fada. You were there in ’97 and got player of the tournament (u16). I think we
beat Cushendall in the final. I still maintain contact with N.C.
I remember the days when we started the club in the ‘80s. Little support was forthcoming from
the local football clubs. We were viewed as a threat and considered a pitiful gathering of
renegade hurling clowns by some of the football ayatollahs of East Tyrone.
I recall one journey through the hills of Pomeroy with a minor team on our way to
Carrickmore, the republican heartland of Tyrone. The UDR took us off the bus 4 miles outside
Carmen. Guns clicked, young lads goaded, insults fired. It was normal procedure. We never
got into Carrickmore that evening. They held us at gunpoint for an hour or more. That
intimidation is no longer there to that extent but they still face huge challenges trying to keep
the club going. We are due an exchange visit soon again. They need our support still and we in
turn can learn from the passion they have for hurling against all odds.
PRO: How much of a boost is the gym to the club?
L.M. That’s entirely up to the players. The club has provided the facility for them. I know a lot
of the lads use it ; even before they go to work. But it’s the same old story I suspect. Those
who need it most probably use it least.
PRO: How do you feel about the age restrains of rural clubs?
L.M. The strength of the GAA is still rural/village based. At times the GAA legislates for Dublin
and clubs with big numbers. Sometimes they remind me of the bureaucrats in Brussels; not
happy unless they’re drafting meaningless legislation to justify their existence (to the
annoyance and detriment of smaller rural clubs).

Club Notes: 2nd February 2019

posted Feb 10, 2019, 10:56 AM by Mark Baldwin   [ updated Feb 10, 2019, 10:57 AM ]

Notaí CLG Tulach an Iarainn sponsored by McGrath's chemist.

Tallow GAA lotto sponsored by Kearney's Restaurant Tallow.
Lotto €9,200
13,19,21 ,27. No winner.
€25 Aoife Tobin, Pauline Power, Eoin Gallagher,Anne O'Brien.
Promoter Prize : Martin Sheehan

GAA National Draw: Could all tickets to be handed into Kate before the end of the week.

GAA Matters : Last Saturday our national broadcaster decided to show it's first live national league game . Why did it take so long to do so? The market was crying out for it and it came at a perfect time as the rugby finished. TG4 are and remain the trend setters for all things GAA promotion. With club games ,underage , and national league they do a job that the GAA themselves seem totally unaware of.

Last Man Standing : Anyone who was knocked out at the weekend has a chance of a buy back of €5. Contact Kieran Geary and Terence McSweeney to avail of the opportunity before Saturday.

Baby Boy : Congratulations to Evan and Billy Jean Sheehan on their birth of a new baby boy Donnachadh.

Membership :
Registration of Members has to be submitted to Croke Park before the 1st April 2019. To renew membership please complete forms (that some may have) to either Billie Jean in the stamped addressed envelope or leave with James Clancy at the hotel.

Tallow G.A.A Membership benefits:
  1. Communication - we will keep you up to date on all upcoming fixtures.
  2. Eligibility for All -Ireland Final Tickets. “All Ireland Final tickets are not available for public sale. Each County board receives an allocation of tickets for the final. These are filtered down to their clubs and subsequently the club members.” (gaa.ie) (Membership must be paid on or before 31st March 2019.)
  3. Entry into a Membership Draw.

Tallow GAA club was founded in 1887 and it is incumbent on all of us to preserve, protect and progress that proud tradition of achievement on the playing fields. We rely on loyal club members to sustain and advance Tallow GAA. Your support is invaluable.

Subscription for 2019

Single  € 30
Couple  € 40
U18  € 25
Student Player € 40
Player  € 50
Player & Partner € 60

Fixtures :Ten years ago on the Sunday Game an interview with the then Director General, he was asked about the most important things at the time. Urbanisation, Club Fixtures and respect for referees at underage were his three issues. I'm going to focus on fixtures here. He stated " We wished players to get a regular program of fixtures". Uncertainty is the biggest bane in this. When the first three group fixtures were provisionally fixed has the rest of the championship dates been made? They are about four scenarios with regards to Waterford's hurling schedule .
1 Elimination from Munster Championship as fourth or fifth in the group.
2 Third place finish meaning pre quarter final game , quarter final and all the way to All Ireland
3 Munster Final appearance . Win into a semi and knocked out or All Ireland Final appearance. Loss Munster Final, Quarter Final appearance and knock out there after.

Cater Waterford's progression in the football championship and the under twenty one hurling progression your looking at ten altercations to fixtures but these could all be cater for in a master fixture list . Players and mentors can't live off the undetermined summer months. They would like to plan for holidays , weddings etc.. An assertive yearly master plan is needed all round.

Operation Transformation Walk : The numbers are increasing and come join again in the collective walk on Thursday 7pm at the clubgrounds.

Club hats and Car Stickers: As winter has arrived a nice Tallow beanie hat is the thing to keep the head warm. We have beanie hats available to all those willing to purchase. Like wise car stickers . Clearence Sale one..Hats are €10. Car Stickers are €2 . Contact Tallow GAA Facebook page or Terence to avail of all offers.

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