Club Notes: 13th January 2020

posted Jan 13, 2020, 5:53 PM by Mark Baldwin   [ updated Jan 13, 2020, 5:55 PM ]

AGM: The annual Tallow GAA annual meeting takes place this Friday at 8pm in the clubhouse. This social gathering will detail the running of a modern GAA club. The financial side will be broken down and all of playing activities of the previous year reviewed. We welcome anyone new, be they old or young with new ideas that would like to part of a group.

Club President Eddie Cunningham pictured receiving the Seamus O'Brien award from our new county board chairman Seán Michael Regan at the Local Bar Waterford GAA awards on Friday last. Eddie is and has always been a proud Tallow man and it was a great honour bestowed to him and the Tallow Club is delighted to have his achievements and commitment recognised over the years.

CLG Tulach an Iarainn will like to offer a condolences to the family of Peggy Matthews (nee Tobin) of Dublin and late of Tallow. Peggy was the sister of the late James Tobin who acted as secretary of the club during the seventies. He was an honourable and efficient man who left the club in a debt of gratitude becasue of his involvement. Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a hanam dílis.

Tallow GAA Lotto Supported by Kearney's Restaurant.
16/12/2019 Jackpot €11,000 No Winner Numbers:2,15,18,20.
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Yearly tickets are now available to purchase at €100 or standard tickets at €2 each from promoters or businesses around town.

Club Notes: 6th January 2020

posted Jan 8, 2020, 6:29 PM by Mark Baldwin   [ updated Jan 8, 2020, 6:33 PM ]

his week I spoke to James Beecher about his favourite games over the years. He came back from Dublin in 1993 after studying to become a butcher. He played senior from 94 to 06. His career was affected by two bad injuries. One was a discolated knee cap against Carrigtwohill and the was hip operation which ended his career. He ployed his trade across all lines of the defence as well as stint in the forwards. On the managerial side he was manager of both U21 hurling victories in 2002 and 2003. He last managed Tallow seniors in 2010.

Two games stick out in my head when I look back to my playing days. Oddly enough bought were drawn games, maybe that tells it's own story !

Both were around 2005/06. The first was against near rivals Lismore in a championship game in Cappoquin. For the most part we were terrible in the first half and were nine points behind at the break. We pulled ourselves together and came away with a share of the spoils, I suppose it nearly felt like a win after being nine adrift.

The second was a challenge game against Cloyne. They had been competing for Cork senior titles at the time and you know yourself as a player you always wanted to test yourself against top opposition. I just remember it being a very good game of hurling where we more than held our own.

Favourite games watched at club would be; as young fella, the 85 senior and 86 minor successes were mighty. The back to back U21 titles 2002/03 were special to be involved in as you well know. At inter county, it's hard to beat that 2004 Munster final !

AGM is on Friday the 17th January at 8pm in the clubhouse.

I was listening to Ray Silke speak prior to the Corofin Nemo Rangers game.The same game in which Corofin were trying to get to their third Club All Ireland Final in a row. He spoke how Corofin didn't win counties in U21, minor, u16, u14 last year. How the match TG4 were showing was going to be defined by winners and loosers but he stated that it is skillset that is more important to coach youngsters. It is more important to have youngsters still involved in later years than weighed down by winning and loosing. They might not all be playing but could be future secretaries, lottery sellers and chairman and would be vital for any vibrant club in the years to come. So developing them is surely what is needed.

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Club Notes: 31st December 2019

posted Jan 8, 2020, 5:58 PM by Mark Baldwin

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Tallow GAA would like to wish a very happy , prosperous and healthy new year to all in the new year.

Engagement : Congratulations to both Bob McCarthy and Kathryn Coakley on their recent engagement.

Sponsorship : We will announce new sponsors over the next few weeks or so and because of this new jerseys will be purchased. Seán Walsh has also new Tallow tops in his store.

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Consolation Prizes: Eillie Cavanagh ,Pauline Power, Dolores Duffy, Mary O'Brien
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Next Draw: 6/1/2020 Corner House 9pm.

Club Notes: 16th December 2019

posted Dec 16, 2019, 5:56 PM by Mark Baldwin

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Two pictures for yee this week. The first picture of three victorious Tallow captains at the social in Youghal for the 1981 teams which was held in 1982.
Included are John McCarthy Junior Hurling captain, Con Ryan U21 Hurling captain and Philly Curley the minor captain. 

The second one is of the Waterford minor hurlers against Cork from 1968. John Horgan (know as the Blondie John) strikes the ball for Cork under pressure from the late John Hartigan. Beside him is Andy Heffernan and to the right is Mutty Curley.

Festive Cheer: On behalf of Tallow GAA we would like to wish anyone who has a connection near or far to the club a very happy Christmas and a prosperous new year .Nollaig Shona agus Athbhliain faoi Mhaise Duit.

Hats and Stickers: Tallow beanie hat available at €10 and €2 repectively. Contact The GAA What's App, Terence or The Tallow GAA Facebook page for anyone interested.

Tallow GAA Lotto Supported by Kearney's Restaurant.
16/12/2019 Jackpot €10,200 No Winner Numbers: 7,9,18,22.
Consolation Prizes: Sarah O'Mahoney, Eileen Roche, Pa O'Flaherty, The Legend.
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Next Draw : 23/12/2019 Teds 9pm Jackpot : €10,400.

Tickets available from most businesses in town and from promoters at €2 each. The lotto is creeping up nicely at present and would a great festival present. Next weeks draws result will appear on the January addition.

Club Notes: 9th December 2019

posted Dec 16, 2019, 5:51 PM by Mark Baldwin   [ updated Dec 16, 2019, 5:52 PM ]

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Tallow GAA would like to congratulate our club President Eddie Cunningham on being awarded the Séamus O'Brien award in this year's Local bar Waterford GAA awards.

Pat Grant spoke eloquently of Eddie's involvement in the association on WLR FM. He stated how he served as secretary of Tallow GAA club at the age of sixteen and has held nearly all positions of his club. He was selector of Waterford minor footballers in 1967. He was selector of both hurling and football at minor grade for Waterford in 1968. His greatest achievement on the county stage was in 1992 as minor hurling selector as Waterfordwon Munster but lost out narrowly to Galway in the 1992 All Ireland Minor Hurling Final. On the administration side he served as Western board chairmain and treasurer for several years. He worked on committes for both Croke Park and the Munster Council as well as being a referee assessor. For Tallow he was involved in nearly all aspects of teams from the sixties onwards. A selector in our 1974 intermediate triumph, he was there in our senior glories of the eighties and a minor selector in 1997. His last team involvement was part of the management team of 2011 that guided Tallow to a county final appearance. Cunny has given a lifetime of service to our club and we would like to acknowledge his outstanding work and no man deserves this award more.

Picture 1 : Eddie as selector prior to 2011 county hurling final.

Picture 2 : Part of the minor victory of 1980.

Picture 3 : A minor himself for Tallow in 1956.

Picture 4 : Selector for the Tallow minor footballers of 1969.

Hats and car stickers : Both of these available for €10 and €2 respectively . Contact through GAA Whats App or Facebook.

Well done to the Cois Bhríde U16 footballers who won the u16 football County final on Sunday in a rain swept Bushy Park against Clan Na Gaeil. The same opposition we beat fifty years ago in the minor football final. Noelie Sheehan scored two goals, Tom Doyle and John Hartigan three each and Mossie Walsh with two points.

Tallow GAA Lotto Supported by Kearney's Restaurant.
9/12/2019 Jackpot €10,000 No Winner Numbers: 4,13,21,23
Consolation Prizes: Alice Tobin, Tom Tobin, Angela O'Hara
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Next Draw : 9/12/2019 Lukies 9pm Jackpot : €10,200.
Tickets available from most businesses in town and from promoters at €2 each.

Club Notes: 2nd December 2019

posted Dec 3, 2019, 3:50 PM by Mark Baldwin   [ updated Dec 3, 2019, 3:51 PM ]

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Stepping up to adult grade can be a daunting experience. This week I spoke to Ian Beecher about his step up to playing adult hurling from underage.

PRO: Before one could play adult hurling at any age deemed one was good enough. It changed then to 17 and followed that to 18. Had you played junior grade before you played senior grade?

IB: Never played junior no.

PRO: I remember that you played in two county finals against Ballygunner . You scored a goal against Ballygunner in the U14 one and the minor one went to a replay. You memories of both?

IB: Don’t remember u14 one. Got 2 goals in the first minor county , were up by 8 with ten minutes left and drew, lost replay .

PRO: So you played Senior before you played Junior , how did you feel with the age restrictions in so far as you were eighteen before you could play adult hurling?

IB: Didn’t bother me really I was playing with few underage teams so was busy with that .

PRO:The first few challenge games and league games how did you find the speed of the game, strength of opponents etc..

IB: Played at a higher speed . Opponents were generally much older and were much stronger .

PRO: How did you find the speed of the game in your first championship encounter?

IB: The speed of the game was faster than underage hurling but it was the strength of players that really surprised me. It was much harder to beat opponents,was nearly bullied out of it. Also was taken off at half time on debut which shows it didn’t go well .

PRO: You came up against the Ballygunner halfback line of Mahoney, Hutchinson and Walsh. Pretty strong.How did you feel on the build up to the game and the day of the game?

IB:Build up to the game went fairly well I thought. Obviously was a bit nervous due to playing such a big side and especially because it was first championship game for the club.

PRO: How much of a help were you brother Robbie with about two years experience and James your uncle in stepping up?

IB: The two lads were a huge help to be fair. I suppose James was always giving advice before and after games and wishing the best before hand
which helped a lot. Rob made me feel more comfortable I suppose in the dressing room with lads I hadn’t played with before which was good, and he also told me who to stay away from at training .

PRO: How was you confidence after the game?

IB: Confidence wasn’t great to be honest after. We were beaten badly and had a bad game personally too.

PRO: How did the rest of year go for you?

IB: Rest of the year went well I thought for my first year. Got to play a nice few matches which boosted my confidence and I got experience under the

PRO: What did you think you needed to work the most on at the time to get up to speed?

IB: Definitely I needed to work on the strength to get up to the level of other lads.

PRO: How has been your toughest opponent so far?

IB: Toughest opponent was probably that half back line on my debut vs Ballygunner . They were very physical and very hard to win any ball from.

PRO: What is the best game you played in?

IB: Best game I played in I’d say was against Ballyduff over in lismore last year, game went to extra time and we won it in end, probably didn’t deserve to win it either which made it even better.

PRO: Your favourite position?

IB: Favorite position is half forward line.

PRO: You fluttered with center back in the league. How did you find the backs?

IB: Did really like my time center back to be honest, struggled to read the game there. We were very stuck on numbers that day so I was put back
there. Suppose I’m not used to marking lads.

PRO: What advice would give an young fella joining a panel?

IB: To keep training away as often as possible and play as much game time as you can.

PRO: I remember your uncle playing at center forward and breaking countless hurleys. Would you break many hurleys in a year and do you travel far
for hurleys?

IB: I don’t go through too many to be honest I’d say if I broke 3/4 a year would be the most. Mostly go to Fitzgerald but I’ve went to Torpey a few times recently.

PRO: Has college hurling improved you?

IB: College hurling has definitely helped me, its played at a high pace as there’s lads on county teams playing against you, very tough especially the
time of year with weather conditions

PRO: The u20's against Tipp this year...

IB: U 20s v Tipp: disaster from start to finish. Came up against very good team, very disappointing.

PRO: How do you find that you lost the traditional 21 and you a year underage gone?

IB: Would have liked to play another year u21 but sure at least I’ve years ahead of me playing senior hopefully.

PRO: The change to u17, U20 and the fact there is only U19 in the county and adult there after?

IB: I think the change in u17 and u20 was a bad move overall, lot of lads missed out on playing for there clubs due to it.I think not having u21 for club
is a poor decision as lads who can’t break onto the adult team miss out on an opportunity to play club games on a regular basis. This isnt going to help there progress.

PRO: What are you hopes for Tallow both on and off the field over the next years?

IB: Hopefully in Tallow we can push on a bit further than we have done in previous years and get into a few semi finals and that.

PRO: If you could buy one player for Waterford who would you buy?

IB: I'd probably buy Tony Kelly.

PRO :Your all time hurling team?

IB: Eoin Murphy.

Ritchie English, Ronan Maher, Sean Finn.

Padraig mannion, Paudie Maher, Diarmuid Byrnes.

Noel mc Grath, Tony Kelly.

Joe Canning, TJ Reid, Henry shefflin.

Turkey legend, Ken Kearney, Kieran Geary

Hats And Car Stickers : Still available at €10 and €2 respectively. Can contact through Tallow Facebook and Tallow What's app.

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Club Notes: 25th November 2019

posted Nov 29, 2019, 2:21 PM by Mark Baldwin   [ updated Nov 29, 2019, 2:22 PM ]

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Committee Meeting: They will be a committee Meeting in the clubhouse on Thursday at 8.30pm.

Camoige :Congratulations to the Tallow U13 camoige team who won the county final on Saturday last against Ring. We would also like to acknowledge the Tallow camoige player Kathryn Coakley who won her second All Ireland Club football. title in a row with Mourneabbey.

GAA MATTERS: Last week the CPA walked away from formal talks with the GAA over fixtures. The GAA were sticking with the status quo and to stay as it is. This means uncertainty on the club fixtures. There are two things for one to me that need to be done. Firstly with the half backed April only for clubs, they need to do something radical and give a month of the showpiece times that they have. Be that a June,July or August but one of these would surely surely cure some of the ills of fixture congession and give players the certainty of dates. An ban of intercouty across the board would also ease intercouty player burn out and also financial cost to county boards. The easier one would be that county boards dictate to county managers on when fixtures are on and for them remain on irregardless of training.

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Club Notes: 11th November 2019

posted Nov 14, 2019, 6:22 PM by Mark Baldwin   [ updated Nov 14, 2019, 6:26 PM ]

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Cois Bhríde: Well done to the Cois Bhríde U17 footballers who won the Division 3 county final. Mossie got so excited that he had to leave the field.

Forty five years ago Tallow captured the 1974 Intermediate hurling title. It coupled on an underage success that propelled us to Senior level and a glorious period of the eighties. I spoke to three members of that team who were involved that year. Billy Sheehan (BS) the captain from full back., Jimmy Cronin a wing back on the team (JC) and Tom Doyle the centre forward (TD) and asked a few questions and give information to all three.

In eight years all our near neighbours (Shamrocks, Lismore, Cappoquin and Ballyduff) got promoted to the senior grade. The Western section seemed very competitve?

JC: It was , you could add Fourmile and Geraldines and it was very competitive.

BS: The Intermediate championship was very competitive in the early 70's. Cappoquin beat us in the western final in 1970 I think. We won the West in '71 but were beaten by Bulterstown in the County Final.Cappoquin beat us again in 72 or '73 . We had John Ryan sent off early in the first half.

TD: It was brilliant to be involved in it. Some great tight games.

We won the Keeneland Cup against Lismore (senior grade) earlier in the year. Surley a good sign?

JC: The Keeneland Cup was just an appetizer for things to come and gave us belief in ourselves.

BS: In '74 we beat Lismore in the Keeneland. Lismore were one of the top senior teams then. That win gave us the confidence to go on from there.

TD: The Keaneland Cup was a mighty tournament. We never looked upon it as either Senior or Intermediate, just another game but fantastic atmosphere.

We received a walkover from Clashmore in the first round. How did this happen?

JC: Can't remember the Clashmore walk over.

TD: No Idea. Ask Eddie Cunningham. He was always the brains behind us.!

The following round we beat Fourmilewater 3-8 to 1-6 ...

JC: The Fourmile game was a very physical encounter but our hurling and our fitness levels were super on the day. This day will long be remembered for the death of our own Bill Sheehan a true Tallow man.

TD: The game against Fourmilewater will always be remembered here in Tallow as the day the late Bill Sheehan passed away on the sideline and with another great Gael and friend the late Co. Councillor Ciarán O'Riain praying the Rosary over Bill. Two true gentlemen supporting their own teams who both loved the game of hurling. Leaba i mbeasc na n-Aingil go raibh an beirt acu.

We were due to play Cappoquin in the semi final of the west in September but due to thier involvement in senior football it was held up. Training was on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. A challenge game was

played against Watergrasshill. How did you find the time gap?

JC: The time gap was no problem in them times. All we wanted to do was be in the field. There was no social media or apps available then so it was easy to motivate players.

BS: There was a big gap between some of the games. We also playing football at the time. So between training and football we kept going. I also think at the time we were invited into tournaments , in Castleyons in 74. We beat Sarsfields of Cork who were Senior at the time. We played other tournaments in Castletownroche , Ballynoe and Kilworth. All these were part of festivals. So we stayed around for a few drinks !!!! I think that socail side helped the team to bond in a good way.

TD: Probably went to Redbarn with the rest of the lads.

Tallow played Cappoquin four times in the 1970's prior to the 1974 semi final. We were only victorious on one occasion. Did that bother you?

JC: All western teams were always competitive especially as all the games were considered to be locals derby's and played as such.

TD: No, you win you lose. Take both equally.

The semi final of the west against Cappoquin wasn't played until 24th October . Two months without a game. If that happened now there would be an outcry..

JC: Looking back at some our our fixtures this year not a lot has changed.

TD: I don't see why. Just play it when it comes. What would you be getting excited about? We played an U21 football game in Tramore the day before Christmas Eve.

We also went into the game minus John Lyons our full back with an eye injury and Tom Doyle with a leg injury...

JC: Yes the two lads were a hugh loss especially with the size of our panel but that was Tallow then and we played with them on our minds. We had all come up through the Junior ranks together and spirit was the driving force of the day.

BS: We lost John Lyons the week of the Cappoquin game . I went full back in his place. We also introduced Raymond O'Brien (only 17 then) .

We beat Cappoquin 2-5 to 1-5 . They had won a senior football county final previous to this. . We had two goals disallowed for square balls in a game we should have won more comfortably..

JC: Yes we won by a goal at the finish against our bogey side and a team that produced some of the best hurlers in the western division.

TD: Two goals disallowed? Probably McDonnell charging the goalie.

The western Final against Ballyduff played before a record crowd in Lismore. They had three Waterford seniors at the time. We won 2-8 to 1-3.Bob Ryan got two goals. Tom Doyle was back from injury, Mutty Curley switched from the forwards to the backs. Billy Sheehan had maned the square. The team had a very settled look about it.

Bar Ned in goals , Richie corner back and Johnny Curley , the team was very young...

BS: I think the team that played in the the county final was (ages in brackets)
NEd Power
Tom McSweeney (25) B Sheehan (24) R McNamara
J Cronin (20) L O'Brien (21) M Curley (24)
J McDonnell (24) K Ryan (17)
R O'Brien (17) T Doyle (23) E Condon (20)
J Curley (25) B Ryan S Tracey (20)

Apart from Ned, Richie and Billy Ryan the rest of the team were all under 25. Raymond O'Brien and Kieran Ryan were only 17 . Very young although most of them had played for Waterford underage.

TD: We grew up from U14 together with Ned Power always at the helm of it and it was fantastic that the day arrived when we hurled on the same team together. What a great man he was indeed. Even when in goal he was constantly coaching to the backs in front of him. He played at centre forward as well with us. Richie McNamara would have been those few years above us but was a hugely dependable and skillful hurler and kept many an intercounty hurler scoreless on occasions. Johnny Curley was another of that era and has a Junior County medal as well and is as passionate today as ever and a true hurling man.

The county final in November was delayed after the death of the president and was not called off until 11.30pm on a Saturday night. Not exactly ideal..

TD : I don't remember that but it would have been the same for both teams.

How did losing the 71 county final to Bulterstown help in the 74 decider?

JC: We spoke about that in the run up the 74 final and nobody wanted to feel like that again. It was easy to motivate us.

BS: I think the loss in '71 defininetly helped the progress of the team. Also the Keaneland Cup had a very positive effect. It gave us the belief that we were good enough , also the fact that Lismore were senior and the Shamrock were senior made more determined that ever to get up.

TD: I would say absolutely none except that we were probably more mature a few years later.

We destroyed Clonea in the final by 18 points. A dream scenario... A 38 year wait to play senior hurling ended...

JC: The final was one way traffic and one that set us on the road to the holy grail senior status. If ever a Tallow team deserved this we were them, a dedicated bunch that always punched above their weight.

TD : To be quite honest I don't remember anything about the game but it must have been great for the club. However the great battles against the local intermediate teams were gone and I never enjoyed the senior games to the same degree. Walsh Park or Fraher Field with a small crowd as opposed to a packed Lismore or Cappoquin venue is a no brainer. The local derby atmosphere was a thing of the past.

A lorry carried the team from the bridge to the square. Club president Jimmy Cunningham, Chairman Tom Mulcahy , secretary

John Russell , Ned Power and captain Billy Sheehan spoke . Do you recall any of this??

JC: I remember the lorry and the bonfires that were lit by Gareth Collins and also the singing of Noreen Bawn. All the happy faces in the crowd until I went into Lukies and the rest is history.

TD: No I don't but it was surely great for all those and the town and parish in particular. As with Ballysaggart this year it was a historic occasion in the overall context of the club and I now realise what it must have meant to the older generation of the time who had been involved in the club all of their lives. My overall view is that the GAA is entrenched in our lives. Many, many games and occasions I cannot recall but the many great friends I have made, I most certainly can.

Tallow GAA Lotto Supported by Kearney's Restaurant.
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Next Draw : Lukies 18/11/2019 9pm Jackpot : €9,400.

Club Notes: 5th November 2019

posted Nov 5, 2019, 5:36 PM by Mark Baldwin   [ updated Nov 5, 2019, 5:38 PM ]

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Following months of planning and organising,the date of Friday 25th of October had arrived and on a rain sodden Friday we set off by bus at 12.30pm from Pairc Eamon De Paor to Dublin airport. The bus was full of high spirits and joviality, the bus back would be the complete opposite.

43 of us descended on Prague on Friday evening where we were met by Clive Allen, the Chairman of Prague Hibernians, our hosts for the weekend. Thinks got off to a worrying start as the bus departed without our own chairman who had separated from the group to collect the hurleys from oversize baggage. Obviously hurling was not high on the list of priorities at that moment.

Prague Hibernians ran their annual open day on the Saturday, where they try to promote GAA games in Prague. This is their first year having a hurling team so they were only more than happy to have us there to put on an exhibition. And our lads did not disappoint. After an half an hour or so where the lads had a puck around to blow off the excesses of the night before, we decided to put some structure to the day's events. While our lads divided into two teams, a few of our elder statesmen carried out a coaching session with the newcomers to Prague Hibernians. These included some Czechs, Slovaks, Australians and Irish from Donegal and Roscommon. After that our Tallow teams played an exhibition game among themselves for ten minutes a side to show off the various skillsof the game. After that we divided both Tallow and Prague players into 4 teams and played a round robin. Competitive natures came to the fore and some of the tackles on display would even have had Brian Cody blowing the whistle in those famous Nowlan Park training sessions. But our referee Luke adopted a free flowing approach. We took a break after the hurling where we were introduced to the Irish Ambassador to the Czech Republic, Cliona Manahan, who explained to us that her family had roots in Waterford but she was not sure which part. After this we carried out the same format in football. All in all we were on the playing field from 10.30 to 4pm. The longest training session we've had with these lads in many a year.

That night our hosts graciously held a function for us in "The Down Under" bar where we had drink, food and entertainment laid on for us. Awards were presented to some of our players for their performances on and off the field during the day and a few even took to the microphone to serenade those who were left in the wee hours. This was a great night and we really appreciated the effort made by Clive and his committee.

Like God himself we rested on Sunday and many took in some sightseeing (even if the amount of steps involved was a source of complaint) and others enjoyed the breakfast in McCarthy's Irish Bar. Typical that we went all the way to Prague and still ended up drinking in McCarthy's Bar.

We left our hostel on 8.45 am on Monday morning and arrived back in Tallow at 7pm. Tired, emotional but full of spirit with plans of grandeur to go even further afield next year.

Many thanks must go to the organisational skills of Kieran Geary without whom this would never have gotten off the ground. We have a proud history of GAA tours within this club but our last trip was to Budapest in 2010 and without Kieran's input it may have been a few more years before we left the shores again.

We would also like to thank Tallow Area Credit Union for help with the currency, Longs Coaches for the transport and Lenihan Sports for the tour jerseys. Along with our tour sponsors James Clancy of Clancy's Bar & Guesthouse and Eoin Condon of ECON Electrical.

Finally we would like to thank Clive Allen and Prague Hibernians for the hospitality shown to us and all their assistance in the organising. While trips like these can be seen by some as nothing more than a lads weekend away it is important that we make sure that there is always a strong GAA element to these trips.

Tallow Jersey : We are in the process of getting new jerseys for next year and because of this our current jerseys will be taken off the O'Neills club online shop. Further details to follow on this as Ter is in negotiations with high class fashion designer.

Coimisinéir: to the Shamrocks on their junior defeat.

Picture 1 : Bob McCarthy tight marking.

2 Donnchadh Mulcahy takes no prisioners.

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4/11/2019 Jackpot €9,000 No Winner Numbers: 3,17,22,2
Consolation Prizes: Paulie Harry, Ann Mary Cronin, Paul O'Mahony, Éamon Forbes
Promoter: Éamonn Cunningham
Next Draw : Corner House 11/11/2019 9pm or whatever time they all turn up!! Jackpot : €9,200.

Club Notes: 28th October 2019

posted Oct 28, 2019, 6:14 PM by Mark Baldwin

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

As it was a bank holiday and the draw on a Tuesday , the lotto results will be in next weeks edition.

Congratulations to couple Georgina and Colin Cunningham who completed the Dublin City marathon last Sunday.

Lucht saoire : We will have a report on our escapers from Prague in next weeks notes. 

Picture : This week is from the Tallow school of 1964. A lot men went on to grace the field of play in the Tallow colours.

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