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Club Notes - 29th March 2015

posted Apr 12, 2015, 11:47 AM by Mark Baldwin   [ updated Apr 12, 2015, 11:59 AM ]
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On behalf of Tallow GAA Club we extend deepest sympathy to Frances and Billy Forrest and family Youghal on the death of their daughter Emer. Our condolences also to the Buckley family Tallow on this sad occasion. Ar dheis lamh De go raibh si. 

I know I’ve mentioned it elsewhere but just another gentle reminder that membership is now due. Please contact Donna Buckley or Finn McCarthy. 

The Late Billy Henley RIP:
It was with great sadness that we received the news from across the Atlantic of the sad passing of former club player Billy Henley. Billy, who had been ill for some time, passed away last Saturday morning in the United States where he had been living for some with his family. He served the club with distinctionover a long period and the Henley family have made a huge contribution to the GAA over many years. His nephews and grand nephew continue the great tradition to this day lining out with club and county. Billy played on the 1966 u16 football team which won the county title, a seminal victory which heralded the dawning of the most successful era in Tallow GAA history. His finest hour in the club jersey was probably in the Intermediate semi final against Fourmilewater in 1970. He started at corner forward that day but as the Tallow back line came under sustained pressure Billy was switch to corner back where he excelled. .
 He will be fondly remembered as a lively character, good natured and full of fun. We extend deepest sympathy to Billy’s family in America and here at home . Ar dheis lamh De go raibh a anam uasal.

Sargent Cup League:
Tallow 1-15 Cappoquin  1-19
Cappoquin marked their return to competitive senior hurling with a 4 point win over Tallow last Sunday morning in the league.  Conditions were difficult with a strong cross wind contributing to some errant shooting f but both sides nevertheless ended up with a credible points tally.
The Late Fr Tommy Meagher R.I.P:r
More than anybody else the late Monsignor Tommy Meagher, affectionately known as Fr Tommy, is credited with the emergence of Kilkenny as a hurling power from the late 50s after a relatively barren spell.   Along with people like Ned Power he was a true pioneer of coaching in hurling. He analysed the game of hurling like it had never been done before and identified the individual skills of the game.  Working with other coaches they devised routines (drills we would call them now) that would hone and perfect these skills. This will resonate with anybody who attended the Ned Power School of coaching excellence back in the day. 
Dublin dual player Dessie Ferguson and Tipperary’s Donie Nealon played a big part in setting up the coaching courses in Gormanstown while Cyril Farrell and Fr Bertie Troy were early students who joined a fleet of qualified coaches who helped raise standards and improve the technical command and understanding of the game nationwide
 These renaissance men, because in hurling terms that’s what they were, did not receive acclaim from all of their contemporaries back then. They weren’t heralded as the great innovators and visionaries which they truly were. I remember Ned Power , shortly before he passed away, telling Damian O Neill that they met a lot of opposition at the time and were derided in some cases for attempting to introduce this alien concept called coaching. It’s laughable in hindsight as we are now in an era where coaching has become de rigueur almost from the cradle.
Most of these men have gone to their eternal reward now. They have left us a rich legacy.
Tallow GAA club extends deepest sympathy to the family and Friends of the late Fr Tommy Meagher. I measc laochra na bhflaitheas go raibh a anam uasal.

Club Notes:
Our PRO Kate is on a well earned break in Oz so I will be filling in for a couple of weeks. I’m a bit out of practice as it’s a while now since I wielded the pen. Fear not my Lifer friends! I have mellowed with age. You’re the man Paddy Joe!! Back at the helm! What a legend!!                                                     
If anybody has anything for club notes please email                                           No doubt Kate and Eithne will be meeting up with many old friends from home like Trisha, Niamh Mac and Eve Murphy.  We send them all greetings from home and hope they’re doing well. By the way Luke you better be home for calving next year. Finn is run off his feet and he’s trying to collect membership money as well (which, by the way folks, is now due).

Deise Delight in Tallow
Our luck was certainly in with no less than 4 winners in this months Deise Draw held last Friday night: First past the post was Bobby McCarthy who scooped the top prize of €10,000. Other winners were Johnny Geary, Lena McCarthy and our coordinator Fada. Congratulations to all. Our thanks to Fada and Denis Tobin who put in a tremendous effort promoting the draw and of course Coleman Flynn (Chuc) who sold the winning ticket.  Still plenty of time to put you’re name in for future draws. Contact either of the lads or any our promoters

Duirt Siad:
“I hope this Ireland we’re fightin for is worth it”
Actor Cillian Murphy in The Wind That Shakes The Barley.