Nenagh Eire Og Notes 24 May 2021
Ger Gavin RIP
All in Nenagh Éire Óg were shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden passing of former Chairman and Life President Ger Gavin last Friday. Ger was devoted to Nenagh Éire Óg and worked tirelessly for the Club over the years. Ger held many roles with Nenagh Éire Óg - he was Chairman from 1986 - 1996 and again in 2004 - 2005, in between he was vice chairman on three separate occasions and he also served as Treasurer in 1986.
It was during his first term as Chairman that Ger's qualities as an administrator came to the fore when Nenagh Éire Óg enjoyed one of their most successful periods, both on and off the field. On the field the club won North and County hurling and football titles in minor and U21. But crucially the titles also came at senior level with two North senior titles and of course a County senior title in 1995. Off the field Ger and his Committee set about the task to upgrade Mac Donagh Park and in these years the Complex and Stand that we have today were developed. These achievements were recognised in 1989 when Ger was the recipient of Munster Clubman of the Year, an award he richly deserved.
Following his departure as Chairman in 2005, Ger did not rest on his laurels but continued to be involved in all aspects of Nenagh Éire Óg. He has been central to all fund-raising in the club since then and for years has been one of the biggest club promoters of the County Board Draw and the Club Lotto. Indeed Ger was passionate about the Tipperary Draw and was an invaluable member of the Draw Committee for over 30 years.
Ger became Nenagh Éire Óg Life President in 2010 and his dedication to the GAA was further rewarded in 2015 when he was presented with a Laochra Gael award by Tipperary Co Board.
Ger was full of enthusiasm about the current plans to upgrade Mac Donagh Park, how heartbreaking it is for us all that he will not be around to see this project come to fruition. His lifetime commitment and dedication to Nenagh Éire Óg are well renowned and we are all very fortunate that Ger Gavin became involved in Nenagh Éire Óg - he will be sorely missed by all. A true Nenagh Éire Óg man, may you Rest in Peace Ger.
To his wife Bridie, his daughters Deirdre, Marion and Claire, his sons Gerry and Brendan, his adored grandchildren and all his extended family we offer our sincere sympathies.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílís.
Monday night's Lotto Draw was postponed as a mark of respect to the late Ger Gavin. The draw was held on Tuesday where the Jackpot was €5,200.
The week 10 supplementary draw was held last week and the three winners of the €500 were Conor O'Donovan, Pamela O'Brien, Ballywilliam and Niall Cahill. Congrats to all.
We thank you all for your continued support of our lotto, those who wish to join can do so through the link on the club website - www.nenagheireog.com.
Hurling Wall Fundraising
The fundraising for the new Hurling Wall and Astro Turf pitch will continue over the coming weeks as we try to meet our target for this phase of the project. We sincerely thank all of those who have donated to date and thanks also to our team of members who have worked hard over the past number of weeks organising these donations.
With the contracts signed last week for this phase of the development and the work due to commence in the coming weeks, we ask that you please continue to make your donations, all donations are greatly appreciated.
Further information on this phase of the project/fundraising can be had from Liam Heffernan, Mary Jo O'Reilly or Anne Kennedy.
The deadline for the payment of membership is now 31st May. With both adults and juveniles now all back training, we ask that all players please pay their membership immediately. Players will not be covered under the Player Injury scheme unless they have their membership paid. The link to pay is on the club website and all information on how to register for Foireann can also be found here. Membership can also be paid at training to mentors.
Return To Play
As a mark of respect to the late Ger Gavin all adult and juvenile training was cancelled over the weekend and the club grounds were closed. The club grounds will reopen and training will recommence on Tuesday May 25th.
We would ask all players and parents/guardians to observe and co-operate with all the Covid protocols that will be in place in order to ensure a safe training environment for all.
Training slots for the juvenile groups have been issued on the various WhatsApp groups, welcome back and enjoy!
Éire Ógres 2021 / NÉÓ Nursery - Boys & Girls
Starting Saturday 29th May for 4 weekends. The Ógres this year is different than before. It will take place outside on the main field in MacDonagh Park (E45 HY06) from 10am until 11am.
Both boys and girls are welcome. Parents must remain for the hour. Any boy born in 2016 that wishes to attend needs to contact Erica on 0868774496. Any girl born in 2015 or if they have turned 5 already can contact Paul on 0864692641. Please contact before Friday May 28th to register for the Ógres as an online health questionnaire needs to be completed before taking part. Erica and Paul will also add people to the appropriate WhatsApp group to keep you informed about the Ógres.
Cost of the camp will be €2 per session paid at the gate and all participants will get a Éire Ógres t-shirt at the end of the 4 weeks. No hurls or helmets required.
Under 7 boys are back training on Saturday mornings 10am-11am. Boys born in 2014 or 2015 are more than welcome to come along.
Under 9 boys training on both Tuesday and Saturday. Training continues on Tuesday evening from 6 to 7 and Saturday morning from 10 to 11. New players are always welcome.
The Under 11 boys are back training. Any boy born in 2010 or 2011 are welcome to come along. Training for hurling takes place Tuesday and Friday at 6.00 and training for football takes place every Wednesday at 5.30.
The Under 13 boys resumed training Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, very important that we have good attendance going forward
The Under 15 boys hurling training will continue every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday with football due to start shortly.
The Under 17 boys training continues each Monday, Wednesday Friday and Saturday morning. We would also be delighted to welcome back any former members of this squad who would like to hurl or play football. There has been a very good response from our squad. Already this group had shown the determination and commitment of last year with four high tempo sessions.
Reminder to get your Garda vetting up to date please. You cannot be involved as a coach or mentor in any juvenile coaching set up without your GAA Garda vetting being up to date so please apply asap
Photo attached: The late Ger Gavin pictured recently in MacDonagh Park.