We Must Focus now on those who have left - John Devane

The Chairman of the Mid Tipperary GAA Board John Devane (Boherlahan Dualla) has this week called on a focus to be cast on ‘the scattering’ rather than the Gathering as has been the case for most of 2013.

The Chairman of the Mid Tipperary GAA Board John Devane (Boherlahan Dualla) has this week called on a focus to be cast on ‘the scattering’ rather than the Gathering as has been the case for most of 2013.

In a wide ranging address to Convention, the Chairman lamented the number of young hurlers and footballers leaving these shores to gain employment in foreign climes. And, he offered the view that the spotlight must now be cast on ‘the scattering’ since the Gathering is almost at end.

“The PRO highlighted the problems that clubs are experiencing. It is something we suspected but now the proof is there. It is sad to see our brightest and best people leaving our shores and we need to highlight this,” John Devane said.

Stating that Loughmore Castleiney’s great achievement of winning the county double was the undoubted highlight, the Chairman said that of the 18 championships run by County Board, Mid Tipp were represented in 11 of of the finals.

In congratulating all the winners, he paid special tribute to Loughmore Castleiney - the Senior Club of the Year - and also said that the winning of the Munster Club of the Year Award was fitting reward for their great efforts.

In referring to the intercounty championships, John Devane said that the flagship team, the senior hurlers, had a disappointing season overall. However, he looked forward to 2014 and hoped that there would be better times ahead for Tipp.

In terms of the running of games, the Boherlahan Dualla man said that he felt many of the problems associated with games come down to the number of people on the sidelines. “ There should not be a need to have so many on the sidelines. Two mentors and medics should surely suffice. There probably is not even a need for the subs in most venues, not to mention all of those who are associated with the backroom teams,” he said.

Award Winners

Hurler of the Year - Noel McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)

Footballer of the Year - Colin O’Riordan (JK Brackens)

Young Hurler of the Year - Liam Moloney (Holycross Ballycahill)

Young Footballer of the Year - Jamie Bergin (Drom-Inch)

Hall of Fame - John Costigan (JK Brackens)