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Club Notes - 30th March 2015

posted Apr 12, 2015, 11:59 AM by Mark Baldwin   [ updated Apr 12, 2015, 12:01 PM ]
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Photo of Billy Henley in the club colours circa 1974

Junior Football Championship:
Tallow play Affane  on Friday 10th and Shamrocks on Friday 17th. Both games in Ballyduff

On behalf of the members of Tallow GAA club we extend our sincerest sympathies to Gerty Murphy and family on the sad passing of her mother Patricia Treacy.  Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam

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

The Late Fr Tommy Meagher R.I.P
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.