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Club Notes: 12th October 2020

posted Oct 13, 2020, 5:29 PM by Mark Baldwin

Picture Intermediate Win 76 Included Ray O'Brien, Dave Doyle, Pa Sheehan and Kieran Ryan.


Notaí CLG Tulach an Iarainn sponsored by Goalpost Ireland Tallow


CLG Tulach an Iarainn would like to pass on our condolences to the Pratt family on the passing on Richie. Richie was on the field committee in 1963 when we purchased our field where were are currently situated.

Deise Super Draw : It is on this Wednesday and can be viewed on The Waterford GAA Facebook page. Any money owed can be handed in this week please. It will be broadcast at 6pm from outside Fraher Field.

The Playing Field: With all playing activity finished or stopped with Covid 19 I had a few articles from the last lockdown . One such one was from Noelie Sheehan from his playing days. He decided to focus on football and from such insight here is what Noelie had to say.

At the AGM in 1980 " Noelie yousir would you look after the auld football and pick your own selectors".
In a hurling club like Tallow that means we can now concentrate on the real workings of the club ( Hurling), whether three or five selectors who are the selectors going to be, hurleys, sliothars and nights for training etc..

Tallow won four minor football titles 1967, 68, 69. lost out of Ballinacourty in the west in 1970 and won again in 71. So football was there. So the junior with the bones of the above panels was won in 1975 against Killmollorans. The following year intermediate football 1976 against Gaultier. Senior then.


Ballinacourty were beaten in the quarter final 1980. They were champions of two years so probably on the run of 11 or 12 matches unbeaten until Liam Moroney popped up to send them packing. Liam did the same in the senior hurling final against Dunhill scoring the vital goal as well. Dual allstar no doubt.

So I based my selection on fellas I played with from that era, very difficult I may add.

In goals I have a choice of Brendan Hartigan, Don Henley, Bernard Pratt( The Bear) , Dinny Cunningham, Kevin Tobin, Michael Masterson who played in goals for Longford seniors and Timmy Sheehan.

Timmy in goals. He played senior and was fantastic against all teams.

My full back line is Milo Aherne , ciotog and out and out footballers. Long clearance, saucy.
Full back Liam O'Brien (Fada) never beaten, powerful and no prisioners taken.
The other corner Tom McSweeney( Kiely) fast off the mark, always first to the ball, Ned Powers mantra if your second to the ball your last, saucy. Kiely captained Waterford U21 footballers a tenacious tackler.

Half Back Line: Pat Daly another teak tough devil. Strong and saucy.
Billy Sheehan centre back, captained Tallows first major u16 football county against Mount Sion in 1966. This started the ball rolling. Against Tramore in U21 county final. Billy scored immense frees to help Tallow win. Tramore had won the senior the week before eight or nine U21's.
Tom McCarthy ( The Bomber) OMG. What a footballer. Strong, tough, athletic , ran for NACAI winning numerous county medals at distances. Was a county minor at fifteen, sixteen, seventeen and then he fell in with bad company Chuck, Jimmy Cronin and JAP( the Convent street gang) .

Centre Field Kieran Ryan( Ferrari engine) . Tough, had it all.
Ray O'Brien ( Pigeon) sheer class. A rogue in a nice way. Speed. Both were midfield against Ballinacourty in 1980 , say no more.

Half Forward line : Eric Curley: The Johnny Giles of Tallow. Silken skills, what a football brain. Would send a pass to you on a six pence. His goal to equalise the minor football when he linked with bomber and time up absolute gem. The replay in Lismore Eric captained the team in 1971 led the team through the wicket gate on the town end. With him was Noelie who captained Tallow to win the minor hurling against Ferrybank. Brother Cantwell principal of CBS Lismore had taught both Eric and Noel." Who is going to win today he asked. Noel said we are from Tallow.
Centre forward Matt Harper. Came from Wexford, What an addition. Tough, no nonsense, beautiful solo and shimmy.
The Doyler, Tommien. Class, strong, tough, intelligent and would die for you. Some free taker.

Full Forward line . corner forward Mickey Curley, what speed , skill . Free taking to win intermediate in 76 . Class.
Full forward John Hartigan. Roguesh eye . What talent. Speed . Class.
Corner Mutty Curley. Skill, great side step, saw him run rings around Mick Bohane St. Finbarrs Cork minor team in Dungarvan in 1968. They got the fright of their lives. Cork went on to win the All Ireland . Mick Bohane lost his place . Tallow contributed to Waterford minor footballers in
67/68 big time. Three years later Waterford lost the U21 Munster football final in Fermoy to Cork ,same again Cork were lucky.

How did I not pick Mick Beecher strong and brillant, John Fitzgerald (Claudie) couldn't be stopped. Con Ryan, strong and courageous , Trasher who won the match against Clashmore in 1976. Mikey Hartigan who was the man to send on , a tough oppenent, who was dishing it out, some battle then. teak tough and saucy, the Norris's Tom , Paddy and John? . You won't like to try and mark any of these boys. They would just trample you. Liam Moroney, Johnny and Michael Geary, exceptional tough players and good footballers.

Six families at the time who had three or more players .
In goal Brendan Haritgan
Con Ryan, Frankie Ryan, John Norris Neddie Curley corner backs
Full Backs Tommy Norris and Noel Sheehan.
Half backs Timmy Sheehan, johnny Geary, Aidan Ryan and Michael Geary.
Centre Backs Billy Sheehan and Paddy Norris
Centre Feild Kieran Ryan and Connie Curley
Half Forward Mutty Curley, bills Curley, Mikey Curley and Paul Curley
Centre Forward Mark Geary and Philly Curley
Corner Forward Mikey Haritigan , Pat Sheehan, Johnny Curley and Dave Sheehan.
Full Forward Seanie Sheehan and John Haritgan.
Connie scored six points in an U21 county final to win it.
Johnny scored a goal against Ferrybank in a minor football final in 1967.
Tommy Norris full back on U16 first county final win against Mount Sion.
Some amount of medals in the above group. I won't like to pick that team.

The families are Curleys, Gearys, Hartigans,Norris, Ryans and Sheehans. Between those 27 players.

David.how did i leave out Henleys..Don.Great football goalie...Pat.Billy.Connie and John . ....Also Tallow played in 3 senior semi football finals...1980..Ballincourty..1983..1984....not too sure of years above.Ballinameela was one...they met Ferrybank in final..other..semi final...???..We finished in 1986..I think.when drawn against Ballincourty.in first round and never fielded, never heard off. I was in Glanworth at this stage...

Run For Ryan: Ryan Hurley is a twelve year old boy from Tallow. He has suffered hardship all his young life and faces health issues daily.Ryan has been in Crumlin hospital for the past 15 weeks and underwent a major spinal operation on the 1st October. His two brothers Alan and Cian who both play underage for the club and his parents Seán and Teresa need your help. The family are under financial pressure as one parent has to be at Ryan's side at all times. A donation page is set up on gofundme.com and run4ryan. I have it included on the Tallow Facebook page for all of those willing to help . With level three guidelines in place an unofficial walk is taking place over the weekend. This is not organised and can be done at any time. A goal of 245km kilometers is the distance between Tallow and and Crumlin so it is hoped to walk that distance in our local area. It's all up on Facebook for any enquires .

Tallow GAA Lotto Supported by Kearney's Restaurant.
12/10/2020 Jackpot €14,600 No Winner Numbers:3,5,24,28
Consolation Prizes: Martin McCarthy, Alan Buckley, Liz Barry , Kate Sheehan
Promoter: Kay Toomey
Next Draw : 19/10/2020 Clubhouse 9pm Jackpot : €14,700
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