Kitty England Roscrea receiving a Volunteer in Sport Award from Mary Dorgan, Sport Ireland along with Valerie Connolly Tipperary Sports Partnership, sponsors of the Volunteer Section of the Awards.
A wonderful evening of hospitality, talent, entertainment and good food was enjoyed by all those present at the annual Canon Hayes Sports Awards Banquet held in Ballykisteen Hotel on Saturday night.
Well done to Kitty England, Roscrea who was among the nominees honoured for the Volunteer in Sport Award sponsored by Tipperary Sports Partnership. Kitty was accompanied by family members and various members of Co Tipperary Community Games committee were present to lend their support including President Breda Christie, Asst Treasurer Eleanor McCahill, Asst Treasurer, PRO, Sandra O’Dwyer, Asst Sec., Peggy Colville. There were also several former games competitors present in other roles and parents of former competitors including Martin O’Loughlin, team manager of Cycle Ireland. His son Michael O’Loughlin, now a professional cyclist with several major titles under his belt gave us numerous hours of enjoyment watching in action winning gold medals in AIT. There were many trips down memory lane during the evening.
Winner of the local award Amee Leigh Murphy Crowe, Tipperary Town, Ireland Womens Sevens Rugby player of the year 2017 and top try scorer for Ireland on the World Series paid tribute to Breeda Christie starting that her skills were due to Breda's training when she was a member of Tipperary Athletic Club.
Sean Tobin, Clonmel winner of the County award is Ireland’s youngest ever sub four minute miler. Sean who represented Ireland in the European Cross Country on Sunday, was also a former competitor and youth member along with his siblings Anthony and Laura.
Several of Tipperary Ladies Intermediate Football Team, winners of the Team County Award also tasted success with community games. Indeed most of those involved used community games as a stepping stone. Congratulations to Martin Quinn on doing a super job as M C and for his hard work organising this prestigious event now in it’s 22nd year. Well done to all.
MUNSTER & COUNTY NEWS
The Munster AGM took place on Sunday, Dec 3rd in the Firgrove Hotel, Mitchelstown. Delegates were informed of the following confirmed changes to the National Programme the Team Changes are in the Confirmed Winter / Summer Games Lists enclosed (there are many Changes so please take note).
The Following Individual Events are also confirmed for the May National Finals Weekend : Debating, Swimming, Cross Country, Marathon, Duathlon, Gymnastics, All Talent Competitions, Art, Model Making & Handwriting.
August National Finals Weekend : Athletics, Cycling, Judo.
Because of all the changes competitions will be coming thick and fast after Christmas we hope to have most Dates for Events at the County Meeting on the 17th January.
Munster & National Dates
Munster Finals (Winter Games) : Saturday 31st March 2018 - (Summer Games) : Saturday 07th July 2018 in UL Limerick.
National Finals (Winter Games) : 26th and 27th May 2018, (Summer Games) : 18th and 19th August in UL Limerick.
Munster Charges Change
At previous Munster Finals everyone paid €5.00 to gain entry to the UL, but starting this year because its an open University UL are not allowing Munster Community Games to collect on the gate any longer so there will be a charge of €5.00 from each participant no entry charge to the Munster Finals for Parents, Coaches etc. The payment has to be collected from the Areas by County and sent to the Munster Treasurer.
Dates For Diary
10.01.2018 Closing Date for Entry Forms for Winter Games -Team Events.
15.01.2018 Closing Date for Area Affiliation
17.01.2018 County Board Meeting / Draws for Winter Team Events
09.02.2018 County Finals of the Community Games U14 Table Quiz : Presentation School, Thurles at 8.00 (More Details Later)