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Club Notes: 25th May 2020

posted May 26, 2020, 5:44 PM by Mark Baldwin   [ updated May 26, 2020, 5:45 PM ]

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This week I asked Mick Mangan our former trainer between 2011 and 2012 a few questions.

PRO: So Mick how did you end up training Tallow?
MM: A phone call from Denis Tobin in 2011 asking me to train Tallow.

PRO: Had you any prior knowledge of the Tallow club?
MM:I knew very little about Tallow and took on the challenge.

PRO: Had you a good working relationship with your fellow selectors and the club chairman?
MM: I had a great relationship with Denis Tobin and Liam Mul.

PRO: What attributes do you look for in a player?
MM: A good player has skill ,leadership and work rate.

PRO: Why do you love the game of hurling?
MM:Since I was five years of age I was involved in hurling. Best game in the world.

PRO : What were your favourite moments of 2011?
MM: .My favourite moment 2011 was beating Lismore who were hot favourites having hammered Tallow the year before.

PRO: Anything you would have done differently?
MM: It was tough going and with a tight panel it was hard to do anything different.

PRO: What was the turning point of the year?
MM: The turning point was beating Lismore. It gave us belief to drive on. When things were not going well,I got all the players into the dressing room and said the door swings both ways. Ye are with us or against us. County final was on October 16th and we would aim for that. When I came out of the dressing room Liam Mul said if you get them to a County final you are some man.

PRO: I remember we trained the day after the semi final win. To say there was a high there would be an understatement..
MM: Winning the semi final brought huge joy and passion to the parish. The feeling was unreal.Training the next day brought the lads closer.

PRO: It was a massive occasion to get to the county final in 2011?
MM: I was delighted to get to the county final but would have been more happy if we had won.

PRO: What happened between yourself and Cunny before the final?
MM: I had a few words with the ref,Cunny wasn't happy and I let him know I wasn't putting up with any sh*t.

PRO: You had great time for Tom Feeney...
MM: I had good time for all the players. I had words with Tom Feeney to hang in there but he didn't.

PRO: The introduction of Tommy Daly in the semi final..
MM: At the semi final I called Tom Daly , he thought I was calling somebody behind him. I had a few choice words telling him no. 4 was on his hands and knees and to clean him out. Tom was like Tallow's Christy Ring.

PRO: How did yee not include Shane Finn McCarthy in yer five subs used in the final?
MM: Shane Finn didn't come on in the final as he was injured in training.

PRO : Things didn't go so well in 2012 in comparison..
MM: 2012 was very disappointing after getting to the County final the year before.

PRO: I would say that Tallow would always have a grá for you getting us to the 11 final?
MM: I got on very well with the people of Tallow and I am still in contact with a lot of them. They are a great bunch.

PRO: Best bet of advice you would give a new coach starting out?
MM: The best bit of advice I would give a coach is to be honest and straight talking.

PRO: Who was that Quack Law you had with you on occasion?
MM: Ian Law is the chiropractor that was with me. He has treated lots of hurlers including some from Tallow.

PRO: You have trained a lot of teams in different counties. What traits do you instil in your teams?
MM: I try to install belief, honesty, work rate and leadership in any team I coach.

PRO: How do you think hurling is progressing and do you evolve with the changes?
MM: Like everything else hurling is moving with the times and I try to move as much as I can with it.

PRO: What ever happened to the boys you brought down in 2012?
MM: The fellow against Carrig was Ger. I had him on a college team that won All Ireland. Labhras played Harty,played senior with the Glen and is family friend. I asked them to join as I needed to strengthen the panel but the obstacles that were put in my way were unreal by people in the club but Denis Tobin and Liam Mulcahy were a big help in getting them through. The fellow that played midfield was Cal O'Leary ,good hurler,friend of the two lads. When he saw what was happening with the transfers he said he couldn't understand how Tallow people could love the County board more than they loved Tallow. He just walked away. Most clubs that win Counties have outsiders,which is a fact and I felt Tallow needed that.

PRO: Would you have had a few altercations with referees down the years?
MM: I have respect for referees as I did a bit myself.

PRO : Would you play a sweeper ?
MM: I would play a sweeper only if I thought it was necessary.

PRO: Your favourite players you've trained?
MM: I have trained a lot of college teams and club teams. A lot of them are great friends today. But Teddy McCarthy Cork,Pat O' Neill Kilkenny,James Murray Waterford were three great leaders.

PRO: Do you shout for Cork or Clare?
MM: I support both Cork and Clare,if they are against each other I support Clare.

PRO: What was the best excuse you got for a player for missing training or a game?
MM: I have herd a lot of excuses , gone mountain climbing was one of the strangest. A selector said it was a new one.

PRO: Who do you admire in the game at present and if you could coach any team who would you like to?
MM: I admire Kilkenny as they play only hurling and would like to coach any Kilkenny club.

PRO: Would you attend any of the ex teams you trained games over the years?
MM: I keep in touch with all the teams I have coached and often go back to watch matches.

PRO: Do you still learn new things about the game and you can coach players in ?
MM: One thing about hurling you learn every time you go out.

PRO: Thanks Mick.
MM: All the best to Tallow in the future and I will keep watching your progress.


Tallow GAA will like to pass on our condolences to the family of Tom Rooney on his recent passing.

Club Notes: 18th May 2020

posted May 20, 2020, 5:58 AM by Mark Baldwin   [ updated May 20, 2020, 5:59 AM ]

Notaí CLG Tulach an Iarainn sponsored by Goalpost Ireland.

Astro Turf Wall: A small bit of repair was to the wall in ball alley and astro turf. One or two cracks appeared and a small hole appeared. IT's looking well for when a ball can be struck off it again.

Run for Pieta House: Here is the chairman's address on it.

I’d like to say a huge congrats to everyone who made this Pieta charity run,walk and cycle such an overwhelming success.

When I became Chairman one of my aims was to get the greater community of Tallow more involved with our club. Never in my wildest dreams did I think we would get such a positive response to this event.

Sorry the video is so long but that’s down to the sheer volume of people who got involved. 126 people from young to old along with newborns and toddlers brought along for the ride.

Over 1,000 kms were covered. Basically we covered the distance of Tallow to Portugal.

More importantly €2,620 has been raised so far. The donation page will remain open until the end of the week.

Proof positive the community spirit is alive and well in Tallow.

Regards
Ter McSweeney
Chairman
Tallow GAA

Below are pictures of some of those involved in the event.
 






Club Notes: 11th May 2020

posted May 11, 2020, 5:51 PM by Mark Baldwin   [ updated May 11, 2020, 5:52 PM ]

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Birthday Greetings: We have three players celebrating birthdays this week. Darah Buckley and Robbie Geary are both twenty one years old and Shaun O'Sullivan is hitting thirty.

President's Address: John Horan spoke eloquently and articulate on the Sunday Game on the playing of games this year. He stated that if social distancing continues there will be no games played. So if you can't shake a mans hand on the street you can't mark him in a game.

Run For Pieta House: The club is organising a twenty four hour run or walk for Pieta House this coming Friday at 7.30pm to the following Saturday 7.30pm. We have over 70 participants at the present and we have decided to set the challenge to cover 500 kilometres in the 24 hour period.We will provide regular updates during the challenge on our Facebook page and Club What's App Group. The target is only a bit of fun so that we have something to aim for. One can follow the link on our Club Facebook and what's app to donate to Pieta House.

Colin Cunningham Interview Part 3 :The final part of the Bubbles interview the first part of of his management underage and the final part is of his time as a referee .

Another good time for me was the involvement with teams in the 96/97 season. The late Seanie Sheehan contacted me to get involved . It was 1996 and he was struggling to get players involved in training teams. I was travelling up from Dungarvan so before senior training I would train an underage team for an hour mainly the under 16 and minor teams. To say in was hard was an understatement as I was doing 12 hour shifts in Dungarvan and trying to play myself and training 2 teams it was lucky I was a single man but you just couldn’t say no to Seanie as Dad was working with him part time and he was a great family friend to us. I went on my first trip with Tallow then up to the north of Ireland to county Tyrone with an under 16 hurling team in the middle of July. It was an experience I will never forget. As you can imagine marching season in July and we were planning to come home from Portadown on the Sunday afternoon but the Garvaghy road in Drumcree which was no go zone in July was next to the train station so we were diverted to Newry to catch a train. The scenes of helicopters flying overhead and army vans flying passed our bus to the station was something we had never witnessed before. We had a great bunch up there helping in Johnny Geary, Tom Doyle Rachael Ryan and of course Seanie. We won the tournament and that was the start of friendship with Finn McCarthy who was a selector and Liam Mulcahy who was living in the north but later moved home to Tallow. We lost the minor western minor A final in 96 with a team if more effort to be honest was put into them would have won that. We made some changes in the background team and got more help in for the 1997 season and won the minor A hurling county beating Mount Sion in the final. The bunch of lads I started with were the likes of James Murray, Shane Glen McCarthy, Seamus Tobin, Sean Slattery, David O'Brien, Shane Finn McCarthy, Barry Power, Mossie O’Brien and Roy Henley. These lads were mad for hurling and were a pleasure to deal with. From that point I got the bug and was involved in many winning teams over a 20-year period. But the best of all is the friendship you make with these players and watching these lads develop to adult grade and hold their own with any team.

So you decided to become a referee . I know at the time we had no referee in the club and Cunny was on the luck out. How did you decide to become a referee?
CC: Firstly I’m now retired again from referring so answering these questions is only going on my past experience.
But I took it up as you said because there was a real shortage so I decided to give it a go. I wasn’t coaching any teams because of shift work commitments so I decided to referee a game once a week to keep the interest going when off. If you don’t have referees you don’t have games. I have a small lad playing under 9 and 10 so when I’m at his games I’m usually the one who gets the job to officiate it.

It's a thankless job for the most part . When things go bad your ridiculed, When things go right there is nothing said. Thoughts on this?
CC: To be honest like players referees want to have a good game also. I would be my own worst critic if I made the wrong decision. I always had Timmy Sheehan one of my umpires anyway to tell me when I was wrong. When driving home I usually go through the game and see did I miss much and was there anything I could have done differently. Some mentors/players will think back when their careers are over why the hell did I abuse that referee and probably regret it. Remember nobody is perfect and everybody makes mistakes. You see with other sports with VAR and a TMO official and still the wrong decisions are made. The referee is there to enforce the rules he didn’t create them.

I always thought the best referees are the ones who speak with the players on their level and not on an authoritative level. To me the best referee in the county and the one destined to go higher is a man who explains the free to the player without shouting him down. How would you describe your attitude in dealing with players?
CC: I was lucky enough to have a good playing career. What upset me as a player was no explanation for a free from the referee just blow the whistle and point in the direction. Communication to the players is one thing I was big on. If you explain it in simple detail and the players are usually happy enough with this. I suppose the main thing I realised when I moved from a player to the official was the amount of rules that are out there. I suppose like most players I never had rule book because we think we know it all. It’s not the ref’s job to explain the rules to the players. The mentors should make sure the players as well as themselves should have a good knowledge of these. I was also very slow to move a ball forward if a player back chatted as id try to explain first the reasoning the free and if they persisted then I would have no choice and to bring it forward. “Conflict is often miss communication”.

Every year Croke Park introduce rules to make it much harder to referee the game. Small infractions that become red cards. If you looked at this years leagues they were destroyed with over fussy refereeing blowing for everything . Surely the referee accessor Willie Barrett has to take all the blame for this? It's either by the book or let it flow. Which or them would you agree with ?
CC: It’s a strange one but since been a referee I now watch a game as if I’m assessing the ref and how did he go. On February last my oldest son was never at Croke Park so while in Dublin I went to the double header there with him. Dublin v Wexford in the hurling and Dublin v Donegal in the football. The hurling game was so stop start and it was so frustrating to watch. I heard afterwards there was a lot of criticism to the referee. To his credit it was a hard game to control. The off the ball antics from both sides was crazy. Mentors and players are no fools and if they get a hint that a ref is whistle happy they will play the game to suite his style of referring and play for frees. If they realise the man in the middle will let it go they play away as what usually happens later on in the championship year! Every year there are trying to improve the game by introducing new rule changes. I have no problem with this if it works but give it time because I hear after 2 weeks this rule has to change its not working. Mentors, players and referees all need “TIME” to adapt to these changes. I think the mark for the forward in football is a great change but the stick it’s getting from mentors is crazy for just not giving it a chance. I’m a big fan of American football and you look at the wide receivers getting millions of dollars each year to field for a touchdown with defence doing everything in their power to stop them. I think a forward in Gaelic football to field a ball at least deserves a kick at goals.

We can blame referees for everything but the players are as much at fault for the ills of the game.Review of the four below and thoughts to combat them.
1 Before if a player was given a free the player dropped the ball and the free was taken . Now they hold the ball or throw it away.

CC: To be honest if I was a mentor, I would tell my players to hold onto the ball until your teammates are set up. If he decides to throw it away then I would penalise him. Remember a free can’t be taken without instruction first from the referee.

2 Sledging : Player takes a shot it goes wide. His opponent roars in his face.
CC: I suppose we have all done it regrettably in our playing careers. It’s a horrible site to see in a game. Again if I was referring I would take action on it.

3 Player gets a little tap and rolls along the ground conning the referee.
CC: As I said above if players realise your whistle happy they will play for a free. Cut it out early in the game by ignoring the antics and you’ll see that it will stop.

4 Game nearly over . A point in it. We will take a football All Ireland for example. Dave Clarke Mayo goes to take a kick out with three of his backs hauled to the ground by Dublin forwards..
CC: Time nearly up in all Ireland most players would do anything for the team to win. Actions like this are discussed in preparation for the game and players know what there are doing. Good Managers read the rules and work them to their team’s advantage knowing what they can get away with. It’s up to Croke Park then in off season to change this.

Are referees in the county accessed and have you been accessed yourself?
CC:Yes referees are assessed at least once each year and yes I have been assessed. Every intercounty game the referee is assessed.

Having retired from hurling not at your fitness peak to now be a marathon and iron man competitor surely if the referees become professional your a cert to get referee inter county with your fitness levels?
CC: In matches I have tracked myself regularly and I have often done between 4.5 and 5.5 miles. It’s all stop start so it’s nearly that amount of miles in sprints which is completely different to long distance running which is one pace for the duration of your run. One Saturday night I reffed Mount Sion v Passage in a senior hurling game in kill. After working at home all day and then travelling down from Tallow. Doing the game which I can tell you was a cracker that ended up in a draw at 0-18 points each I had done 5.4 miles. But the mental strain from concentrating for the 60 plus minutes I was absolutely knackered going home in the car and I was hopping fit at the time from athletics. If I wasn’t at a high level of fitness I wouldn’t be a referee. I have done 9 marathons each one hard but to referee a county final at a high standard and grade is just as hard on the body as a marathon.

Is there a loophole in the GAA disciplinary procedures that allowed appeals when by right there only shown be one?
CC: The report of the referee to be filled out correctly is so important after a game. Any mentor reading this if you get to knock out stage of your championship I would advise you to start videoing games. On appeals without video evidence to argue against the report of the referee you probably wasting your time and effort as I’ve learnt from past experience as been both a mentor and a referee.

How should the GAA entice people to become referees or umpires?
CC: There needs to be a lot work done on getting new referees. You might think I’m mad but you get into it and enjoy it. But dealing with the abuse from mentors and spectators after a game no person should have deal with that. When out on the field you can control the players. The side-lines were the issue for me. Panic from the line brings panic out onto the field and causes more harm than good. What I would do is to clear all side lines for matches of team officials. Put them all up in the stand were available. Hit the clubs hard for discipline. Money talks so fine them. If they have somebody costing them a fortune every year on fines they won’t be long getting rid of them. I have been at games watching fools shouting abuse and all their doing is making a complete clown of themselves. An embarrassment to their club and families. The same people in my eyes would be too cowardly to do the job in the first place if asked and would run. I can tell you refereeing is not an easy job as what I said earlier the ref is trying to have a good game as well as the players out there. Would I encourage friends to be a referee to be honest until something seriously improves from inter county down to club level no I wouldn’t in the current situation. A rule I had I wouldn’t start any game until umpires and whoever is doing the side line is identified. Both of these cause trouble even if only a friendly game is been played. I have seen Tallow matches, league and friendlies started with no umpires and linesman identified and you can always guarantee there will be some trouble before the games finishes. The referee is wrong here. Don’t start the game and wait until filled by both teams. You have enough going on while officiating the game. I had good empires with me for championship games which helped me as I had great trust in them.There are a lot of very good referees out there. One in particular in Waterford who is top of my list is Thomas Tyler Walsh. The Tipperary v cork under 20 Munster final and Tullaroan v Fr O’Neill’s in the club all Ireland as an example were 2 outstanding games. For watching them games as a referee Tyler had a lot to do with them been so good and exciting. He will surely get bigger games this year. A referee can make or break a game.

Would you rather referee adult of underage games?
CC: I mainly did adult games but what I liked about doing juvenile games was spotting good emerging talent coming through the ranks. You see a lot about a player also when you’re out in the field with them and you get to know certain players on how they react to certain situations. I’ll admit I wasn’t the easiest of players to deal with when playing but again as I said earlier sure I knew it all having studied the rules of the games when playing!

To me the dirt is long gone out of the game. Do you think a player on a yellow should get the benefit of the doubt from the referee rather than just throwing out a second yellow?
CC: I’d admit I was very slow to send somebody off. I was sent off once ever “wrongly I may add” and it’s a lonely walk to the line and you feel awful for leaving your team mates down. I’d give you every chance I could when on a yellow and I would often remind the player through the game to take it easy when carded. Most players hate the thought of been sent off and generally regret it afterwards. I have often seen some players go out of a game when put on a yellow card as it effects their game not wanting to be sent off.

I have seen the yellow boots on you . So you want to stand out from the crowd. Surely your bandana from your running and glam metal eighties is only waiting to be sprung for a game?
CC: You try buying a black pair of boots lad. I still have the yellow ones and hopefully for a long time more. More players should use the head band. It would stop the sweat dripping onto your face from under the helmet in summer and also keeping your head warm in winter while playing. I got one for entering a 10 mile road race in Mallow. Firstly, I thought what the hell would I use this for but now they are ideal for training when running and I wear them most times running the road.

Club Notes: 5th May 2020

posted May 5, 2020, 4:56 PM by Mark Baldwin   [ updated May 5, 2020, 5:03 PM ]

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A glimmer of hope: The Taoiseach speaking on The Late Late Show on Friday night stated that GAA could be back in August as he classed it as minimal contact sport ( he hasn't seen many matches so). If you look at it though things are far from clear cut on the matter. GAA is a non professional sport while professionals can cocoon at home GAA players cannot . They work in the front line and if you take the Dublin star Jack McCaffrey as an example. He as a doctor is in the epicentre of the crisis and to have him marooned onto a pitch or into a dressing is too risky a chance to take for him and any other person working in the front line sector.

The Dollard Cup:
At Present Senior County hurling champions in Waterford go straight into the Munster Club and if they are successful they enter the All Ireland Club series. The All Ireland club tournament started in 1970. The Dollard cup was a precursor to the he 1950s the Cork Churches Tournament. . That tournament was an initiative by the then Bishop of Cork to raise money from the gate receipts in trying to build five churches.
I remember my grandfather telling me at the time that Tallow couldn't beat Erin's own. We lost to them in five county finals, four in the thirties and one in the twenties.The Dollard cup was a tournament which was held in very high esteem at the time. Winners of the tournament were rewarded with suit lengths or gold watches. If Tallow did win Dummy Flynn the local tailor would have nearly a years work in cutting suits for the Tallow team. We beat Mooncoin who had the majority of the then current Kilkenny team in the Dollard cup in the thirties. The cup instead was named after a Father Dollard.I have a picture below of the cup and found it very hard to get any information on its winners or history.There is no engravings on the cup. I also have included the medal from the 1945 game which belonged to the late Harry Rohan. That game went to a replay and was played against Tipperary opposition. They gathered a mass of Tipp senior players which weren't aligned to the club but that common practise at the time. Tallow no angels in that regard either enrolled a few Dungarvan players for the replay and duly won.

  


The last picture is of a presentation to the Tallow team of their Dollard cup medals in 1956 . The medals were won some time previously. The event took place in the 'Arch Ballroom' . It was held to Tallow selected Waterford senior hurling team in a special in the group of GAA VIP's are ( Tallow addresses unless otherwise stated). Lismore Dec O'Sullivan, Tom Lannen, Dec Goode, all of the Serenaders, Michael Mulcahy, Michael Hickey , John O'Connor , William Sheehan, Mick Curley, Thomas Burke, Jim Deane, Michael Harty, Mick Beecher Ballyduff, Jack Burke, Willie O'Brien, Pa Sheehan, Jimmy Cunningham, Vin O'Donoghue Dungarvan, Davy Doyle leader of the famous Bridesiders , Jack O'Brien, Tommy Sheehan, Noel Condon, Simon O'Leary (former Garda) , John Donovan, Ned Condon and John McGrath. Frank Ryan renowned Internationally acclaimed tenor made the presentation of medals on the occasion.

Club Notes: 20th April 2020

posted Apr 21, 2020, 5:59 PM by Mark Baldwin   [ updated Apr 21, 2020, 6:00 PM ]

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Well done to John Hennessy who won the €50 voucher for flying the flag for the front line heroes.

CLG Tulach and Iarainn would like to pass on our condolences to the Harney family on the passing of Joe Harney. Joe was a member of 1959 Waterford All Ireland winning team. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Colin Cunningham Interview Part 2 :Management
As a manager 2008 was a year that holds memories. Trevor Sheehan was a selector with me and we were told to get a trainer for the year ahead. We decided to go the Tipperary direction so I contacted Ken Whelan a friend of mine from Lismore who was a jockey living in Cashel on who he would recommend and within our budget. He gave us the name of Kevin O'Sullivan who was the Cashel goalie and was talking about retiring from playing. Trevor and I met Kevin and after leaving Pat Fox's pub on the way home we both knew he was the man to train our lads. He had helped out a junior team in Tipperary for 2 seasons so the pressure was on us for getting a man with no real experience to train Tallow. In the first round we played Ballyduff who were the county champions from the 2007 season over in Cappoquin. We were going well in pre-season and it was great on the day we clicked and think won the game by 15 points, Luke McCarthy at corner forward was on fire and gave one of his best displays ever in a Tallow Jersey. Finn McCarthy Luke's dad chest was out that night and on full voice as he was so proud of his 2 sons who played senior for Tallow. In that year we met Ballygunner in the quarter final in Dungarvan. Again, we were complete outsiders after been fighting relegation or not getting pass the quarter final stage in the previous year’s championships. Shaun O'Sullivan in goals kept us in the game in the first half and the lads grew with confidence as the game went on and we ended up winning the game and it lifted the whole town to beat them. it was the last time we have beaten Ballygunner at senior level. After beating them we ended up getting De Le Salle in the semi-final. From the fire pan to the fire as what materialised afterwards this was the start of their great run in the Waterford senior championship. we lost out narrowly in that game on a horrible day with a goal from a miss hit 21 meters free the difference between us. They ended up winning the county final. Kevin was outstanding with the lads and it was the start of his coaching career. He later went on to work with Liam Cahill with the Tipperary minor and under 20s/21s all Ireland winning teams and is currently working with the Waterford senior hurling panel also. Pressure was on use also as at that time the club under the leadership of chairman John McDonnell were in a 700,000-euro development of our club grounds. Building a new clubhouse, developing a new pitch from a bog and installing an astro training pitch with a wall ball. It was exciting times around the town and with our seniors doing well I hope it helped in the collecting of money to pay for this. I can still remember Tom McSweeney dropping the generator down to the field and this was used to run the lights. Many a time it over heated and stopped but we just got on with it and lads just went home to shower as we had no dressing rooms to tog out in.

I suppose people don't understand from big towns and cities the difference a win makes to a small town or village in a senior championship game our when your team is going well. When Tallow win it lifts the whole town and the crack and atmosphere is electric and you always end up in the” night club" Lukies Bar to Ann's tunes. On one occasion our first aid officer who happened to be the wife was away so I got her brother in law who was a GP is Cork to step in as a favour. He was a from a strong rugby background in Cork city but what he witnessed from our lads in the build and what happens close up on the pitch he still talks about. Nobody got injured that day as I think the boys though he was a lad that I picked him up on the road on the way to the game and handed him the first aid bag.

Club Notes: 13th April 2020

posted Apr 13, 2020, 11:23 AM by Mark Baldwin

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I spoke to Colin Cunningham this week on his involvement with Tallow throughout the years as player, selector. manager, referee and vice chairman of the club.
Part One Bubbles talks about his favourite games he was involved with as a player. Here is his accounts.

Colin Cunningham:
My best memory of playing with Tallow was the under 21 A western hurling final in 1988. I was under 16 and Tallow were struggling to field a team for the mid-week final in Cappoquin. Pat "legend" Murphy who was manager of the team saw me play for the west Waterford team in the Munster under 16 divisional championship semi-finals that year. He and his selectors Johnny Geary and Tomas "Hocker" McCarthy took on punt on me and gave me the number 4 jersey for the game. We were playing a star-studded Lismore team who were the hottest of favourites. On the night there were some heroics from our lads and after watching the video down through the years I still don't know how billy Curley in goals made save after save and how Eddie (bill's dad) who was camera man could keep a steady hand while videoing it. Paul Curley at full forward was just outstanding and Lismore couldn't handle him. Kieran "spud" Murphy and Dermot Henley in midfield covered every blade of grass and all our lads put bodies on the line to win that game. John Joe Henley's goal in the second half was one of the best ever seen in Cappoquin as he often reminded me when sharing a house with him in Dungarvan. I’ll never forget the celebrations afterwards in John Lyons bar and even my dad Dennie joined in. My older brother Michael T was at full back so it was nice to win something playing alongside him as he later emigrated to Germany. We played Ballygunner in the county final months later and lost which was the only county hurling final I ever played in so the year 1988 was a nice memory for me. When you get a taste of success no matter how small it was, I couldn't wait to make the step up to senior and to make the break through to the team of 1990 and represent Tallow at the highest level.


I was 18 when I started playing with the Tallow senior hurling team. In my first 3 years as a player we lost 3 county senior semi-finals in a row from 1990 to 92. All 3 teams Roanmore, Lismore and Ballygunner went on to win the finals in them years. I would love to have played in a county senior final for Tallow but the semi-final of 92 was the last chance I got to play in one. I had many great times playing senior for Tallow after 92 without winning very much. I was living in Dungarvan and Cork from 1993 to 2002 so playing hurling with Tallow kept me in touch with was going on in the town when I was doing flying visit up on my Honda 50. We had many good teams but Lismore, Ballygunner and Mount Sion were one step ahead of the rest so making the breakthrough was very hard.

Happy birthday to the bóthar himself Mike Prendergast who celebrated his eightieth at the weekend. Let's hope him and everyone are keeping safe.

Club Notes: 6th April 2020

posted Apr 6, 2020, 6:15 PM by Mark Baldwin   [ updated Apr 6, 2020, 6:22 PM ]

A season like no other, a time like no other , this weeks I posted a few questions to Tallow's co captain for 2020 Bob McCarthy and Robbie Beecher.

PRO: Firstly with the championship originally down to being played at the end of March how do you feel about such any early championship start?

BMC :I was enjoying the short run into championship I actually like the split season gives people a chance to enjoy the summer for travel and work. I do think a definite start for second season would be beneficial in an ordinary year.

RB: I don’t have any issue with the club championship kicking off in March in particular . If anything it’s gives the lads with less pace in the legs a better cut off it this time of year ! It’s just hard to motivate lads for the summer when we don’t know when we could be playing our next competitive game.

PRO:You yourself had a good core fitness level and the Covid-19 put a halt to collective training . Your thoughts on mandatory shutdown?

BMC: An absolute must great response by the gaa in such uncertain times. Which is being adhered to by all levels it seems.

RB: Look it’s obviously far from ideal but given it’s an international emergency what can you do. There's plenty woods and country roads around to keep lads ticking over!

PRO: Do you feel the championship will resume and if it does in what format?

BMC: I don’t think anyone can really answer that accurately. But I do feel we will get a change in format maybe a straight knock out scenario with less repercussions for being knocked out.

RB: It’s impossible to know. I suppose it all comes down to how long more sporting activities will be stalled. One would assume the inter county games will be played first so realistically the club championship will more than likely be in knockout format if it’s even played at all.

PRO:One is to self isolate , have you trained in any capacity since the outbreak?

BMC: Plenty of exercise but not in terms of drills or anything some hurling to keep that aspect going.

RB: I have been doing some running and plenty work at home to keep me busy. Kieran Geary is the man to follow in that regard. He can be seen in action daily sprinting around Tallow and he’s fond of a romantic stroll on many an evening . A real role model!

PRO:How do you think the GAA and the county board should act if it's a prolonged inactivity ?

BMC: A puck fada to win the county championship from the back road Tallow to Lismore. One day competition winner takes it all or maybe a free style competition to win it.

RB: There’s not much they can do really . It’s a waiting game for now and just hope that we can get back to normality as soon as possible

PRO:Your a teacher yourself and with exams uncertainty how would games be played with college and second level exams incomplete?

Dusty : Id imagine all school games will be cancelled. I’d urge the department of education when they read this to put clear guidelines in place for all leaving cycle students as soon as possible and inform student. even as a plan b if this doesn’t lift. Students need certainty regarding of what format takes shape. Sport is not primary focus of schools.

PRO:The Tallow GAA community has people of various age groups. Self isolation for those of an older generation or acute sickness must be a lonely time , would you think there is anything to be done to help those vulnerable?

BMC: Well I do think we need to be sensitive in terms of what we post on line and in groups forums a calm reaction is best. Our older generations are resilient they have seen many situations come and go through the years and maybe it’s best leave the advice to them. I think the community are doing all they can.

RB: Just checking in with them and making sure there ok for everything . It’s great to see local heroes such as Stephen Pratt and Jake Neville keeping the Fire Station and Grocery outlets running smoothly in these difficult times.


1961 Bowling . 
I was given this picture of a bowling competition. The picture was taken in Kilwinny around Mikey Hogan's around 1961.Dan Savage is holding the cup beside Tom "Hocker McCarthy. Others included from what I can make out are Tommy Herlihy, Billie and Noelie Sheehan. John And Liam O'Biren, The two John William McCarthy's, Eugene Barry, James 'Jumbo' O'Brien, John and Tony Lacey, Mary O'Brien, Mag Flynn and Chuck.

Flags for for front line Heroes: Tallow Gaa Club is flying a flag at Páirc Éamon De Paor in support of front line heroes, it would be great if we could have as man y flags flying on the town as possible. Post photos of your flags flying on Tallow Gaa Facebook page and Tallow Gaa will run a draw for a €50 vouchers for Kenirys Centra for everyone who does.

Club Notes: 30th March 2020

posted Mar 30, 2020, 5:16 PM by Mark Baldwin

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Championship Matters : Well this week was championship week but the current climate has changed all that. When championship will be , what format and if at all who knows with the current climate?

Pairc Eamon De Paor: Both fields cut and looking great but lock down order of the day. The field is now closed until April 19th as order from Croke Park. This is to include use of all pitches for games, training or walking actives. The gym is closed to all and will remain closed until we have been given clearance. The field had some litter around it for a period and while walking out of town one would notice rubbish thrown into ditches. It won't take much to bring a bag and collect the litter. So the next time you gander for a walk you could bring a bag and the town and its outskirts would look a lot more pleasant.

GAA on TV: No live sport for anyone but TG4 always come to the rescue so watch out for All Ireland Gold ,Cluichí Na Bliana and new Laochra Gael shows.

Deise Draw : The latest from the Deise Draw is that it they are hoping to commence the Deise Draw for the end of June Friday 26th. However we all appreciate the uncertainty at present and of course health is paramount.

Club Notes: 23rd March 2020

posted Mar 23, 2020, 4:56 PM by Mark Baldwin

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COVID-19: So week one of shutdown has elapsed. Strange when you see that field is getting it's first cutting and the nights will be getting longer and no activity in the field. To any club members that have to self isolate , we hope that when the epidemic ends one can shake hands, talk closely or even give a hug to those. Everyone has to listen to the HSE guildlines. Feel free to use to the field but it has to be with family members. 

Help Needed: If anyone in the community is in need of help during the crisis feel free to post on the Tallow GAA Whats App or Tallow GAA Facebook and we will do our best to help. Anyone older who hasn't access to this should try and contact someone in the club and we will try to resolve it.

Johnny Geary Interview Part 3:

"The Meadowfresh Man"

He ran, he rattled , he pulled , he tackled, he's the meadowfresh man.
America trekking, a session a becking, Kilruane ah feckin!!, he's the meadowfresh man.
The aggro's a batting, Portlaw selector could get a flaking, he's the meadowfresh man.
Natural colour hair fossil, we know it's the bottle, he's the meadowfresh man. 

PRO: Erin's Own in the county final. A much altered Tallow team from the ‘85 final team... 
 J.G.: Yes after relegation in 86 we reached the 87  Intermediate co Final against Erins Own in Walsh Park . Erins Own had Damien Byrne and Chuck O Connor both top intercounty men at the time . We struggled to get the win but did in the end . It was a very different team from the 1984/85 team with a few players retiring and a number leaving the club. 

PRO: Upon promotion we played in four consecutive semi finals. We lost each one to the eventual County champions. Regrets? 
J.G.: I think we probably should have won 2 of those and probably should have won another co title with that team but it wasn’t to be. 
 
PRO:I remember your later days. The shin guards; the belts! A game in Abbeyside against St Saviors around 96...  You were stretched....
J.G.: Yes unfortunately as we got a bit slower Fada we were getting a bit more prone to picking up injuries so I had a good few in those years . I decided it was time to call it a day soon after that ,I still played a bit of Junior when they needed a few bodies. 
 
PRO: How competitive was the Tallow team when you retired? 
 J.G.: We were reasonably competitive , probably mid –table but  had fought relegation for a few years to remain in the senior ranks.  

PRO: Did you play much football for the club? 
J.G.: Yes played a lot of football at under age and we won a lot of football titles in those years . We never really concentrated on Football in Tallow It usually provided a break from the hurling but would have had some good players down the years but I think we were a forgotten outpost when it came to selection on inter county underage teams. 
 
PRO
:You have had a go at management. How has it altered from your earliest times to your most recent? 
J.G.: When I finished hurling in the min  90s I got involved with the management end of it with the seniors and was involved for 2 other stints the last being 2016/ 18 . I found it completely different this last time ( probably my age ) I'm not sure is it as enjoyable anymore from players and management point of view and there is now huge commitment involved with a much higher fitness level . Unfortunately the fixtures structure is chaotic – starting training in Jan for possibly one Championship match at the end of March , early April and not playing Championship again till July / Aug. Players train to play matches and the enjoyment of that , not wait in the wings for Inter-county fixtures to finish . I think it is something the GAA need to address or players will find sports with  more structured outings. It is also putting huge financial burdens on Clubs paying trainers etc for this extended period. 
 
PRO:You had a fairly hairy encounter on the line against Portlaw in 01 in a relegation game. What happened?
J.G.: Ya , lets just say there was a bit of a misunderstanding on the line with a few Portlaw men when things were getting heated both on and off the field. I think we met up a few years later and had a few pints and a good laugh about it. 
 
PRO: What are you future hopes for Tallow GAA in the coming years both on and off the field? 
J.G.: Tallow was always recognised as a good hurling parish and always has decent hurlers . I hope we can put the structures in place to get the best out of what we have and compete at the best level we are capable of . We are short on numbers but if we can get a few quality players coming through every year  ultimately you would love to see another senior hurling championship come to Tallow . We are amalgamated with Shamrocks at under age as Cois Bhride who are currently doing a lot of work at underage and there is tremendous work also being done by Neil Moore , Tommy Ryan and Tieran Murray at schools level so hopefully the future will be bright. 

PRO: Finally who was the best player you played with and against?
J.G.:  While John McDonnell and Tom McSweeney were very “Sweet hurlers” I think Liam O'Brien was the pick of the bunch I played with when he eventually got going (which could take a belt from the opposition or one of ourselves.)  Pat Ryan of Mount  Sion or Eamon O Shea of Kilruane McDonaghs /Tipp were probably the best I played against. 
 
  PRO; Your best Tallow 15 that you played with ?   
J.G.:                            

                                                        Martin Murphy 
 
Jim O'Donoghue                                  Liam O'Brien                  Kieran Ryan 
Connie Curley                                       Mick Beecher               Timmy Sheehan 
                         John McDonnell                                  John Fitzgerald 
Ray “ Pigeon “ O'Brien                      Philly Curley                    Paul Curley 
Seamus “ Trasher “ Treacy               Pat Murphy                    Pat Daly 

Club Notes: 16th March 2020

posted Mar 17, 2020, 6:35 AM by Mark Baldwin

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Mairead Sheehan: Sadness struck Tallow GAA circles on Monday night last when we discovered the ultimately death of our treasurer Mairead Sheehan. The one word that I would associate with Mairéad is longevity. She acted as treasurer of the club from the mid nineties on. When the financial side of club became more like a business Maireáds vigilance and astute bookkeeping always had our accounts in order. Her loyalty to Tallow could never be questioned and even in ill health she continued to act as one of the front bench of the club. She was part of the lotto committee and was a Monday night regular for years. Her GAA heritage was always ingrained in her blood and she carried an All Ireland hurling medal as a brooch as a symbol of pride. To the Sheehan family we wish to extend our sympathy on the passing of Maireád . Beannacht Dé lena anam uasal.

Here is the eulogy from her funeral mass as read by Jimmy O'Gorman.

A dark cloud descended over Tallow and the surrounding area on Tuesday morning last when the news broke that one of it's most highly respected residents Mairead Sheehan had unexpectantly passed to her eternal reward. We all know that we are saying our final goodbye to a devoted family person, a great friend and neighbour and an outstanding servant to the community.

Mairead was born in Convent Street in 1947 into a family of eight to Billy & Eily Sheehan, her brothers Sean, David, Billy, Noel, Pat and Tim and her younger sister Bernadette. Unfortunately the passing of her eldest brother Sean, younger sister Bernadette and dear friend and sister in law Nell affected her deeply. She always spoke of them with fond memories, no doubt they are now once again reunited.

Throughout her lifetime, Mairead remained what she always was, a Tallow person through and through, a woman so very proud of where she came from, a woman who in a whole variety of ways, did everything she could do to further and promote her home place. Never was that more manifested than through her involvement with the GAA club, which stretches over a number of decades and which has now only ended through that final call from the man above.

Almost from her infant years, the spark of genius that would subsequently manifest itself in both work and sport was there for all to see.
On finishing her education at national and secondary level, Mairead took up employment in Dublin, firstly working in Arnotts before joining the civil service. Of the many projects she was involved in, in this sphere, Glenveigh National Park in Donegal was her pride and joy and also the developments of Kilkenny and Cahir Castles and their surrounds to name but two.

During those years in Dublin, Mairead was a proud member of the Waterford Association and was the first secretary of that branch. Many locals who ventured to Dublin during that period for matches in Croke Park, when money was not as flahul as today, were glad to have a roof over their heads in Mairead's flat for the night before and after the games. It wasn't unusual to have 20 people sleeping on the floor as first back from the pub got the couches but were damn glad of the cover for the night!!

Her nephew Conor is presently secretary of the Waterford Association in Dublin and so continues the family link.

Whilst in Dublin, Mairead was also a playing member of Terenure Tennis Club and on the social side of things, the table tennis club. Her other hobbies included Camoige, which she played in her younger days and Mairead also loved swimming and quizzes. There was hardly a weekend went by during the working year when Mairead would return home on a Friday evening to return to Dublin late Sunday evening, the car invariably full with locals returning to the capital when transport was at a minimum.

It's almost 30 years ago as Mairead's mam got on in years, she decided to return home. She transferred from Dublin to the CSO Office in Cork and around that time, took up officer ship in Tallow GAA. Mairead was an outstanding treasurer and would literally mind mice at the crossroad where money was concerned, she was extremely prudent and realised how difficult it was to finance the many activities of the year. We have a Sean Ochal which goes: Ní Bheidh a leitheid an aris, which is certainly true to Mairead as treasurer of Tallow GAA Club.

Being a true community person, Mairead's activities weren't just confined to GAA. She was a tireless worker on behalf of many, a staunch worker with St Vincent de Paul, her work carried out with the greatest privacy and dignity, loved the community centre and all it entailed, drama and pantomime and never missed the Ballyduff Drama Festival, which is currently running and no doubt Mairead would have been present at all this week's performances. Mairead was also treasurer of the local Credit Union for many years and involved in the local active retired ladies Social Group.

One of Mairead's most treasured possessions was her father's Waterford Junior Hurling All Ireland winning medal of 1934. A special medal was commissioned that year being the 50th anniversary of the founding of the GAA and boy did she wear that medal with pride all her life.

In every parish there is no doubt a person like Mairead Sheehan who contributes to an active and vibrant community, always positive in her approach to the many facets of her busy life.

The people of Tallow will be all the poorer for Mairead's passing but the richer for having known her and worked alongside her in the community.

I conclude this tribute with a heavy heart having known the Sheehan family for over 6 decades and spent many a happy hours company of Mairead's late father Bill and Uncle Pa at several club games analysing the standards and listening to the stories of some of the characters playing our treasured games on the banks in Lismore, Cappoquin and Fraher Field. Stories and memories I will treasure for years to come.

The Sheehan family would like to sincerely thank all those who attended and sympathised with them during recent days especially those who travelled long distances to do so in support of Mairead.

So Mairead, you have prepared your final treasurer's report and you did so. as you always did, in a professional and dignified manner. You leave behind a legacy that all of us would be proud of, a legacy that will stand the test of time. May the rich soil of the town you loved so well rest gently on you. Slan leat ma soar chara agus go niri an bothar leat. Ar dheis de go raibh a anam deilis…...


Tallow GAA wish to sincerely thank Jimmy O'Gorman for the lovely words above and for encapsulating in his words the sentiments of everyone from Tallow GAA who worked alongside Mairead.

Pandemic : The Corona Virus has struck a fear into the country and an air of uncertainty have developed in the landscape .
The GAA are imposing a blanket ban on all GAA activity .This means no games, trainings,meetings , collective gym sessions.until at least March 29th. Tallow GAA will be adhering with this and no activity will take place from now until the blanket ban is lifted.

An té nach bhfuil láidir, ní foláir dó bheith glic.

We also got this from Alan Milton from the GAA .

A chairde, 

Can you ensure the note below is circulated to all of your County Team Managers and players and passed on to Club Secretaries to be shared with their Club Managers and players too. 

Le meas, 

Feargal 


A chara, 

The GAA's Medical, Scientific and Welfare Committee, the Gaelic Player's Association and the Gaelic Athletic Medical Association (the representative body for Team Doctors) wish to stress the crucial importance of all players and team personnel adhering strictly to HSE guidelines in relation to social distancing and other aspects of the current Covid 19 pandemic. 

In practical terms, this means the following: 
  •  Players should not congregate, even in small numbers, for training sessions. 
  • Indoor shared Gym facilities are to be avoided, as such environments pose considerable limitations on a users ability to adhere to both 'Social Distancing' and contact transmission guidelines advised by the HSE. 
Team managers, backroom personnel and players at all levels have not only a duty of care to each other but also to the wider community around them at this time.

It is expected therefore that County and Club teams across the country will adhere to both the letter and spirit of what has been asked of them at this challenging time. 

Le meas, 

Dick Clerkin (Chairman, GAA Medical Sceintific and Welfare Committee)
Paul Flynn (CEO, Gaelic Player's Association)
Dr Sean Moffatt (Chairman, G.A.M.A)

Tallow GAA Lotto Supported by Kearney's Restaurant.

As pubs in Tallow have decided to close their doors at the weekend Tallow GAA have decided to postpone this weeks lotto. All existing books of tickets will stay with our sellers and we will carry out the draw at the next available date.
We would like to thank you all for your continued support and hope you understand our decision.

I was going to write a piece about fixtures and leadership from the GAA following on from last Thursday's announcement but truth be told it matters little when one looks at the big picture. I hope citizens looks out for each other in the correct medical advised manner and that we as a nation can surmount the big challenge that lies ahead. Be kind, be practical and be safe and we hopefully with the help of God can pull through this.
Robert Zimmerman wrote

'Twas in another lifetime, one of toil and blood
When blackness was a virtue the road was full of mud
I came in from the wilderness, a creature void of form
Come in, she said
I'll give ya shelter from the storm.


Let's hope that the shelter arrives.

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