2004 News

2004 DURLAS ÓG NEWS ARCHIVE

UNDER 16’S DEFEATED IN COUNTY FINAL REPLAY

Durlas Óg. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-7

Arravale Rovers……………….3-8

Commiserations to our under 16’s who were defeated by Arravale Rovers in the County Under 16 ‘A’ Football Final Replay in Cashel (Sunday 21st November). Like the drawn match there were very little between the sides and with three minutes remaining we trailed by two points. Arravale scored a goal and two points in the closing minutes to record a flattering seven point winning margin and so add the Under 16 title to the Under 12, 14 and minor titles already won this year – a unique achievement.

We played with the breeze in the first half and dominated the first quarter scoring three unanswered points through Scott Grey (2) and John Joe Bourke. Another Scott Grey point in the 20th minute was followed two minutes later by a great passing movement by our forwards which saw Anthony O’Gorman being fouled in the square and from the resultant penalty Scott Grey made no mistake to leave the score Durlas Óg 1-4 Arravale Rovers 0-0. This goal seemed to inspire the Tipperary Town side and they finished the half the stronger scoring 1-2 to our solitary point to leave us with a three point interval lead (1-5 to 1-2).

Arravale started the second half in much more determined fashion and had 1-1 on the scoreboard inside five minutes to take the lead for the first time. We fought back and thanks to two points from our star player, Scott Grey we regained the lead (1-7 to 2-3) with ten minutes remaining. Three unanswered points by the Tipperary Town lads gave them a two point lead as we entered the dying moments of the match. Despite our best efforts we were unable to get any more scores on the board and Arravale finished the stronger scoring a further 1-2 before the full time whistle was sounded and the cup was on it’s way back to Tipperary Town.

Well done to all our players on their magnificent effort. They can all be very proud of their achievements this year and it is most unfair to play your first match in the competition in early March and the county final eight months later in mid November. Special thanks to the mentors, Eoin Costelloe, Aidan Dundon, John Dorney, Andy Ryan, John O’Gorman and John Cahill for all their work with the players.

Scorers : Scott Grey 1-6, John Joe Bourke 0-1.

We lined out as follows: Sean Moloney, Paul Connors (Captain), Stephen Dorney, Liam Phelan, Patrick Leahy, Conor Moloney, Paddy Bourke, David Morris, Michael Cahill, John Joe Bourke, Scott Grey, Shane Dorney, Eoin Dwyer, Padraic Maher, Anthony O’Gorman. Subs: Michael Gleeson for Anthony O’Gorman, David Mahony for Shane Dorney, Shane Maher, Michael McGrath, Ciaran O’Shea, Rodney Mason, Peter Donnelly, Shane Meagher, John Callanan, David Collins, Brian Callanan, Laurence Bourke, Michael Keane, Sean Smith, Bobby Stakelum, Conor Ryan, Darragh Stakelum.

UNDER 16’S DRAW COUNTY FOOTBALL FINAL

Durlas Óg. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-8

Arravale Rovers……………….1-8

We played a thrilling draw with Arravale Rovers in County Under 16 ‘A’ football final on Saturday (13th November) in Dundrum. Very little separated the sides throughout the match and the teams were level on four occasions during the 60 minutes. The day was near perfect for football with very little breeze and the pitch was in great condition for the time of the year.

Arravale Rovers opened the scoring after two minutes with a Timmy Dalton free and centre forward Scott Grey got our first score in the 10th minute to level the match. Both sides scored two further points each to have the scoreboard reading 0-3 to 0-3 after twenty minutes. The crucial score of the first half came in the 23rd minute when a good attacking move split the Durlas Óg defence and the ball finished in the net for an Arravale goal. The Tipperary Town side added two more points before the interval but Scott Grey kept us in the match scoring three points to leave the half time score Durlas Óg 0-6 Arravale Rovers 1-5.

We played our best football in the opening ten minutes of the second half and points from Padraic Maher and Scott Grey, his seventh of the match, left the minimum between the sides. A great cross field pass by Padraic Maher found midfielder Michael Cahill in space and he soloed from the 45 metre line to hit an unstoppable shot to the net to give us a two point lead. Arravale fought back and scored two points in a five minute spell to have the sides level with 15 minutes remaining. The final quarter of the match was very tense with both sides missing scoring opportunities. Our defence held firm and goalie, Sean Moloney was called upon to bring off two magnificent saves to deny the Tipperary Town team certain goals. When the full time whistle sounded the sides were level at 1-8 each and the Under 16 ‘A’ football championship having commenced in early March is still undecided.

This was a great team performance and all players can be proud of their displays. Our team showed great character and played some delightful football.

Scorers : Scott Grey 0-7, Michael Cahill 1-0, Padraic Maher 0-1.

We lined out as follows: Sean Moloney, Paul Connors (Captain), Stephen Dorney, Liam Phelan, Patrick Leahy, Conor Moloney, Paddy Bourke, David Morris, Michael Cahill, Eoghan Dwyer, Scott Grey, Shane Dorney, John Joe Bourke, Padraic Maher, Anthony O’Gorman. Subs: Shane Maher for Anthony O’Gorman, Ciaran O’Shea for Shane Dorney, Michael McGrath, David Mahony, Rodney Mason, Michael Gleeson, Peter Donnelly, Shane Meagher, John Callanan, David Collins, Brian Callanan, Laurence Bourke, Michael Keane, Sean Smith, Bobby Stakelum, Conor Ryan, Darragh Stakelum.

Our thanks to our supporters for attending in good numbers at the final.

COUNTY UNDER 16 HURLING CHAMPIONS

 Durlas Óg…………. 4-16 Kilruane McDonaghs ………..1-5

Congratulations and well done to our under 16’s who gave a magnificent display against Kilruane McDonaghs in The Ragg on Saturday (6th November) to win the Under 16 ‘A’ title for the ninth time. The team played with great skill and determination throughout the match and went on to record a convincing victory.

Kilruane played with wind advantage in the first half but we started the stronger and points from Michael McGrath, Shane Meagher and Paddy Bourke had us 0-3 to 0-1 in front after seven minutes. In our next attack wing forward, Patrick Leahy, ran through the Kilruane defence and passed to Michael Gleeson who rattled the back of the net with an unstoppable shot. Kilruane replied with a goal in the 20th minute to leave two points between the sides. We finished the half the stronger and scored a further 1-3 to leave the half time score Durlas Óg 2-7 Kilruane McDonaghs 1-2, Conor Molony being our goal scorer.

Paddy Bourke had the ball in the Kilruane net inside 30 seconds of the restart and when the same player scored another goal in the 12th minute with a delightful flick the cup was on its way to Thurles for a record ninth time. Some excellent points in the closing stages from Michael Cahill, Padraic Maher (2) and Paddy Bourke (2) had the scoreboard reading Durlas Óg 4-16 Kilruane McDonaghs 1-5 when Paddy Russell sounded the full time whistle.

This was a truly remarkable victory for a physical strong and skilful Durlas Óg side. Scott Grey was a most confident goalkeeper all through and made one great save in the second half. The full back line of Paul Connors, Stephen Dorney and Liam Phelan were very solid and never gave their opponents time to settle on the ball. Wings backs Michael Cahill and Shane Maher showed some lovely touches with Michael Cahill scoring a brilliant point from 70 metres in the second half. Centre back and captain, David Morris led by example and got in some great clearances. The midfield pairing of John Joe Bourke and Padraic Maher were superb and they gave quality ball to the forwards. The half forward line of Michael McGrath, Conor Moloney and Patrick Leahy played with purpose and determination and they never allowed the Kilruane half- backs to dominate. The full forward line scored 3-10. Paddy Bourke gave the Kilruane defence a torrid time and finished as top scorer with a tally of 2-7. Full forward, Shane Meagher distribution of the ball was excellent and he scored two delightful points. Michael Gleeson who received a serious injury in the Mid final gave the side a tremendous boast when he was passed fit to play. He gave a remarkable display, contributing a goal and a point and he well deserved the great ovation he received when he left the field midway through the second half. Substitutes, Eoghan Dwyer, Michael Keane, Shane Dorney and Kevin O’Gorman all played their part when they came on. We must not forget the other panel members Bill McCormack, Ciaran O’Shea, Jamie Lennon, John Callanan, Peter Donnelly, David Collins, Brian Callanan, Rodney Mason, Sean Smith, Laurence Bourke, Bobby Stakelum, Conor Ryan and Darragh Stakelum.

David Morris received the cup from County Bord na nÓg Chairman, J.C. Ryan after the final whistle.

Our scorers were: Paddy Bourke 2-7, Michael Gleeson 1-1, Conor Moloney 1-0, Padraic Maher 0-3, Shane Meagher 0-2, Michael McGrath, Patrick Leahy, Michael Cahill 0-1 each.

Thanks to team mentors, Paddy Moore, John Dorney, Phil O’Halloran, John Cahill and Jim Dwyer for their great work throughout a long season.

Thanks also to all our supporters who turned out in large numbers and gave the team every encouragement.

TIPPERARY G.A.A. DRAW

Congratulations to Frances Lambe who recently won €600 in the Tipperary G.A.A. Draw.

CLUB DRAW

Congratulations to the following winners in our Christmas Draw for County Board Draw members – Stephen Ryan, Bill Dwyer, Phyllis Kennedy, Jack Gooney, Thomas O’Brien, Catriona Keane, Billy O’Dwyer, Esther Cornally, Denis Collins, Claire Foran. Each receives €50.

COUNTY BORD NA nÓG P.R.O.

Congratulations to our Chairman, John Smith who was elected as County Bord na nÓg P.R.O. at it’s recent Convention. We wish him the very best in his new position

MEDAL PRESENTATION NIGHT

There was a very large attendance at our medal presentation night last Friday (3rd December) in Scoil Ailbhe. Guests included, Archbishop Clifford, Neil Ryan, Mid Bord na nÓg secretary, Denis Maher, Games Promotions Officer, Diarmuid Moran, representing our sponsors Morans, and Tipperary Under 21 players Patrick McCormack and Richie Ruth.

The highlight of the night was the presentation of the County Under 16 ‘A’ hurling medals. The Under 16’s also received their Mid hurling and football medals as well as trophies for the Carlow and O’Loughlin Gaels tournaments. The other recipients on the night were Under 14’s (Mid Feile na nGael), Under 13’s (All-Ireland Kilmacud Crokes 11’s), Under 12’s (Mid ‘C’ hurling and football, James Stephens Tournament) and Under 10’s (Ballyboden St. Endas Tournament).

Thanks to Mr. Quigney, Principal of Scoil Ailbhe, for the use of their facilities. Thanks also to those who assisted in setting up the hall and the ladies committee for looking after the catering.

It was a very enjoyable night and it was most encouraging to see so many parents and former players in attendance.

UNDER 16’S QUALIFY FOR COUNTY HURLING FINAL

We defeated Moyle Rovers in the county semi final in New Inn last Saturday. Our team gave a very committed performance to overcome a strong Moyle Rovers side and qualify for the county final for the third year in a row. The final score was Durlas Óg 1-11 Moyle Rovers 1-7. Our final opponents will be Kilruane McDonaghs and the final will be played on the weekend of 6th/7thNovember.

We lined out as follows: Scott Grey, Paul Connors, Stephen Dorney, Liam Phelan, Michael Cahill, David Morris, Shane Maher, Padraic Maher, John Joe Bourke, Michael McGrath, Conor Moloney, Patrick Leahy, Eoghan Dwyer, Shane Meagher, Paddy Bourke. Sub: Kevin O’Gorman for Eoghan Dwyer.

MID UNDER 16 CHAMPIONS

Congratulations to our under 16’s on retaining their Mid Under 16 ‘A’ hurling title last Saturday. See Mid Bord na nÓg match report hereunder.

Durlas Óg …………………0-20

Moycarkey-Borris…………0-3

Durlas Óg retained their Thurles Credit Union Under 16 ‘A’ hurling title following a convincing win over Moycarkey-Borris in The Ragg on Saturday. The Thurles side had the advantage of the wind in the first half but they found it hard to breakdown a tight marking Moycarkey defence. They led by 0-5 to nil after 20 minutes. Durlas Óg turned on the style for the remainder of the half and scored a further seven points to give them a commanding 0-12 to nil lead at the interval.

Moycarkey-Borris to their credit battled very hard in the second half but found it difficult to score against a well organised Thurles defence. Durlas Óg scored eight points to Moycarkey’s three in this half to record an impressive victory.

After the match Mid Bord na nOg Chairman, Joe Moran, presented the cup to the Durlas Óg captain, David Morris. Durlas Óg will play the South champions, Moyle Rovers in the county semi final.

Durlas Óg : S. Grey, P. Connors, S. Dorney, L. Phelan, M. Cahill, D. Morris, S. Maher, J.J. Bourke, P. Maher, P. Leahy, C. Moloney, M. Gleeson, E. Dwyer, S. Meagher, P. Bourke, M. McGrath, C. O’Shea, B. McCormack, S. Dorney, J. Lennon, K. O’Gorman, M. Keane.

Moycarkey-Borris : J. Doran, E. O’Dwyer, N. Kinane, E. Flanagan, P. Kennedy, K. Moran, R. Ryan, P. Shortall, W. Foley, C. Clohessy, A. Ryan, T. Flanagan, J. Fanning, S. Mockley, L. Power, M. Kavanagh, C. Healy, T. O’Gorman, J. Barry, M. Roche, J. Bergin, S. O’Dwyer.

Referee : P. Cullen (Loughmore-Castleiney)

TIPPERARY GA.A. DRAW

Congratulations to Bridget Carew, Jim Dwyer, Michael & Barry McGrath who were recent winners in the Tipperary G.A.A. Draw.

UNDER 13’S VICTORIOUS IN KILMACUD CROKES TOURNAMENT

Well done to our under 13’s who won the Kilmacud Crokes Under 13 Tournament last Saturday. This tournament was run in conjunction with the All Ireland 7-a-side. The team won all their matches defeating Four Road (Roscommon) in the final. Four Roads caused a major upset in the semi final when they defeated a fancied Kilmacud Crokes side.

The panel was Damien Ryan, Rory O’Shea, Stephen Maher, Shane Dempsey, Denis Maher, Michael Russell, David Maher, Tommy Doyle, Brian Keane, Cian Treacy, Robert Murphy (Captain), Aidan Barrett, Donal O’Gorman, James Morrissey, Aidan Loughnane, Ross Kealy, Kevin Smith, Patrick Dunne.

COUNTY FINAL DEFEAT FOR UNDER 12’S

Our ‘B’ team were defeated by Nenagh Eire Og ‘B’ in the county ‘C’ hurling final on Monday evening. The team gave a great display but had to give best to a physically stronger Nenagh side on a scoreline of 2-4 to 1-2. We got off to a great start with a Conor Lanigan goal from a free after six minutes. The Nenagh boys replied with two well taken goals midway through the half. Denis Moore scored a great point near the end of the first half to leave us trailing by 2-0 to 1-1 at the interval. We tried very hard in the second half to break through the Nenagh defence but despite our best efforts we couldn’t get the vital scores. Our only score was an Aidan Ryan point. At the final whistle the Nenagh side were victorious by a five point margin (2-4 to 1-2). The team can be very proud of their achievement in contesting a county final and the majority of the team are young enough for under 12’s for the next two years. Thanks to our supporters who were present in large numbers.

The panel was Allan Butler, Peter Coman, Eoghan Leahy, Cathal Ryan, Aidan Ryan, Stephen Ryan, Ronan Maher, Paul Morrissey, Paul Maher, Conor Lanigan, Stephen Kennedy, Stephen Cahill, Denis Moore, Cathal Stakelum, Shane Butler, Shane McCormack, Aidan Doyle, Brian Ryan, Tom Meehan, Brian O’Connor, James Ryan.

UNDER 10’S VICTORIOUS IN BALLYBODEN TOURNAMENT

Well done to our under 10’s on winning the Ballyboden tournament on Saturday. The team gave great performances winning all their matches. They beat Ballyboden in final by 3-3 to 0-1. The panel was: Shane McCormack, Brian Ryan, Peter Coman, Caley Maher, Jack O’Connell, Aiden Ryan (Capt.), Cathal Ryan, Ronan Maher, Padraig Phelan, Kevin Dunne, Conor Lanigan, Stephen Cahill, Aiden Doyle, Stephen Ryan, Jack Lineen, Brendan O’Loughlin, Jonathan Loughnane, Tom Tierney, Rory Dwan, Sean Wade

Every player played his part in the team effort and a great day was had by all.

GREAT DISPLAY BY UNDER 8’S IN COUNTY BLITZ

The under 8’s had two teams in the county Under 8 Blitz last Saturday. Both teams gave great displays and their skill level was of the highest level. Each player received a sliothar. Well done to the team and their mentors.

COUNTY UNDER 12 ‘C’ SEMI FINAL

Well done to our under 12 ‘B’ team that scored a thrilling victory over Skeheenarinky in the County ‘C’ hurling semi final last week. Our very young side gave a brilliant display to win on a scoreline of 2-1 to 0-2. We lined out as follows: Allan Butler, Peter Coman, Eoghan Leahy, Cathal Ryan, Aidan Ryan, Stephen Ryan, Ronan Maher, Conor Lanigan, Stephen Kennedy, Shane Butler, Paul Maher, Denis Moore (Capt.), Cathal Stakelum. Subs: Shane McCormack, Stephen Cahill, Aidan Doyle, Brian Ryan, Tom Meehan.

DURLAS ÓG WELL REPRESENTED ON COUNTY TEAMS

We were well represented on county teams at the weekend. Bill McCormack and Kevin O’Gorman were members of the Tipperary under 14 panel that won the Tony Forristal Tournament in Waterford. Michael Cahill, Padraic Maher and John Joe Bourke were members of the under 15 county team that travelled to Cork while Michael Gleeson, Paddy Bourke and David Morris played for the county team in the All Ireland Under 16 Arrabawn Co-Op championship. Congratulations and well done to all.

MID FINAL DEFEAT FOR UNDER 12’S

Hard luck to our gallant under 12 hurlers who were defeated by Loughmore-Castleiney in the Mid final replay. The drawn match last Tuesday was one of the best juvenile matches played for many years with Loughmore-Castleiney scoring an equalising point in the last minute. The replay on Friday evening was once again very close but despite a tremendous effort by our team we had to give best to Loughmore-Castleiney. Thanks to the players and mentors for the great effort they put in throughout the year and for the enjoyment they gave our supporters who we thank for turning out in such large numbers at both matches last week. Congratulations to Loughmore-Castleiney on winning their third u-12 title in a row. See Mid Bord na nÓg match reports hereunder:

Centenary Co-Op Under 12 ‘A’ Final

Loughmore-Castleiney …… 2-8

Durlas Óg ………………… 3-5

The holders, Loughmore-Castleiney came from behind to secure a draw with Durlas Óg in a thrilling Centenary Co-Op Under 12 ‘A’ final played before a large attendance at The Ragg last Tuesday evening. The first half was very evenly balanced with Loughmore-Castleiney leading by a goal (2-4 to 1-4) at the interval. Durlas Óg scored two goals mid way through the second half to take a one point lead. Loughmore-Castleiney fought back and equalised with five minutes remaining but the Thurles side replied almost immediately with a delightful point that looked like been the match winner. Loughmore-Castleiney had other ideas and came in search of the equaliser. With time almost up they were rewarded for their efforts with a great point from 40 metres to level the match. Referee Eamon Buckley’s final whistle sounded almost immediately and both sides would have to meet again.

Centenary Co-Op Under 12 ‘A’ Final Replay

Loughmore-Castleiney …… 2-1

Durlas Óg ………………… 1-1

The replay last Friday in Littleton was again a very close affair with Loughmore-Castleiney holding on to retain their title and also completing three in a row of under 12 titles. The opening half was very tense with both defences on top. The only score of the half was a brilliant Liam McGrath goal for Loughmore-Castleiney. Durlas Óg upped their game in the second half but were unable to break through a tight marking Loughmore defence. Despite a further Loughmore-Castleiney goal the Thurles boys never gave up and responded with 1-1 to leave a goal between the sides at the full time whistle. Both teams are to be commended on serving up two excellent matches that were a great advertisement for underage hurling.

Loughmore-Castleiney defeated St Mary’s (Clonmel) on Monday in the county semi final. Best wishes to them in the county final next Monday in Semple Stadium.

Loughmore-Castleiney : P. Nolan, D. Butler, A. Sweeney, J. Hennessy, L. Egan, T. McGrath, T. Maher, J. Meagher, J. McGrath, P. Hennessy, L. McGrath, J. Nyland, K. O’Connell, L. Treacy, P. Morris, R. Maher, D. Brereton, C. Cleary, P. Egan, C. O’Brien, E. McGrath, D. O’Brien, M. Meagher, B. McGrath, N. O’Connell, K. Manton, P. Nolan, A. Cummins, D. Tormey, D. Fogarty, P. McGrath, O. Hennessy, N. Ryan.

Durlas Óg : K. Smith, G. Culley, S. Moroney, J. Ryan, P. Purcell, P. Crone, M. O’Dwyer, M. Shannon, D. Ronayne, D. Corbett, A. McCormack, J. Stakelum, P. Dunne, K. Dowd, M. Lanigan., A. Butler, J. Lyons, M. McCormack, E. Leahy, D. Moore, P.Morrissey, P. Maher, C. Stakelum, S. Kennedy, S. McCormack.

Referee: Willie Clohessy.

THURLES HURLING & CAMOGIE SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE

This year’s Thurles Hurling & Camogie School of Excellence kindly sponsored by Thurles Credit Union concluded last Friday. It was once again a most successful week with large numbers participating. Thanks to the organisers, coaches and all who assisted to make it a most enjoyable week for everybody. Special thanks to Eoin Kelly and John Carroll for their attendance.

PRESENTATION TO PAT STAKELUM

Our President Pat Stakelum who had his collection of medals stolen some months ago was presented with replica medals at a function in Ballycahill Community Centre last Friday. Thanks to the Holycross-Ballycahill club for their excellent organisation of the function.

CLUBHOUSE EXTENSION OFFICIALLY OPENED

Saturday 14th August 2004 was another red letter day in the history of Durlas Óg when our clubhouse extension was officially opened by Munster Council Chairman, Sean Fogarty and blessed by the Patron of the G.A.A. Archbishop Clifford before a very large attendance. The extension consists of an extra dressingroom and a store/equipment room. We have also modernised our kitchen and converted one of our existing dressingrooms into a meeting room. The development received grant aid from the National Lottery as well as Tipperary North County Council and Thurles Town Council. Our Chairman, John Smith in his address thanked everybody associated with development including the building contractor, Michael Scanlan, those who helped to secure the various grants and the people of Thurles and further a field who supported our fundraising ventures. Both Archbishop Clifford and Sean Fogarty commended Durlas Óg for the work they are doing for the youth of Thurles and congratulated them and wished them well on the opening of the extension. Club Registrar, Ger Sammon was a very capable Master of Ceremonies.

Our thanks to those who assisted in anyway to make the day a memorable occasion. Special thanks to the Ladies Committee who did an excellent job to cater for the large numbers.

LAUNCH OF THURLES HURLING & CAMOGIE SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE

The annual Thurles Hurling and Camogie School of Excellence sponsored by Thurles Credit Union was launched at Pairc na nÓg last Thursday evening.

The School of Excellence which in now in its fifth year is jointly organised by Durlas Óg and Thurles Camogie Club. This years event will take place from Monday 16th August to Friday 20thAugust between 2.00 p.m. and 5.00 p.m. daily. The venue will be Dr. Morris Park and the organisers are very grateful to the Tipperary County Board for the use of this excellent facility.

The under 8 players from Durlas Óg and Thurles Camogie Club were in attendance at the launch and they were put through their paces by their coaches and demonstrated their skills to the delight of those in attendance.

John Mullen, C.E.O. Thurles Credit Union, speaking at the launch said that Thurles Credit Union was once again delighted to be associated with the School of Excellence and he praised the work of the organisers in promoting hurling and camogie in Thurles. He wished everybody an enjoyable and successful week.

Both Bernie O’Dowd, Chairperson Thurles Camogie Club and John Smith, Chairman Durlas Óg thanked Thurles Credit Union for their generous sponsorship and looked forward to the week of fun and enjoyment where the boys and girls from six to fourteen years will learn the skills of our native games.

There is great interest in this years School of Excellence and it is anticipated that in excess of 200 boys and girls will be attending. Registration Forms are available from Durlas Óg and Thurles Camogie Club. The closing date for receipt of Registration Forms is this Saturday.

Qualified coaches will be present throughout the week and Tipperary players will be in attendance as guest coaches. There will also be many volunteers from both Durlas Óg and Thurles Camogie Club present to assist the coaches and ensure the smooth running of the week’s activities.

Denis Maher, Games Promotions Officer, who was responsible for the commencement of the School of Excellence in 2000 and who has played a leading role each year in the event will again be the overall Co-Ordinator.

UNDER 16’S QUALIFY FOR COUNTY FOOTBALL FINAL

Well done to our under 16’s who defeated Moyle Rovers in the County ‘A’ Football semi final. Final score Durlas Óg 0-12 Moyle Rovers 0-9. The team gave a very committed display and played excellent football. We will play Arravale Rovers in the final.

UNDER 10 HURLING LEAGUE FINALS

The under 10 hurling league finals were played last week in Pairc na nÓg before a large attendance. The first match of the evening was the third and fourth place playoff and here Conor Lanigan’s Wexford side had three points to spare at the final whistle over a gallant Cork team captained by Stephen Ryan. In the Shield final the result was in doubt up to the final whistle but Tipperary captained by Aidan Ryan held out for a two point victory over Kilkenny ably led by their captain Peter Coman. The prizes were presented by two of our former players and current members of the Tipperary Under 21 side, Patrick McCormack and Richie Ruth. Our thanks to them and also to referee, Jimmy Sweeney. Thanks to the under 10 mentors for their excellent organisation of the league and all who assisted to make the league a great success.

The teams were:

Wexford: Conor Lanigan (Captain), Caley Maher, Brian Ryan, Eoin Barrett, Jonathan Loughnane, Brendan O’Loughlin, Padraig Phelan.

Cork: Stephen Ryan (Captain), Shane McCormack, Rory Dwan, Jack O’Connell, Paddy Carroll, Jamie Buckley, James Bracken.

Tipperary: Aidan Ryan (Captain), Ronan Maher, Cathal Ryan, Jack Lineen, Tony O’Brien, Patrick Brennan, Philip Loughnane.

Kilkenny: Peter Coman (Captain), Aidan Doyle, Sean Wade, Tom Meehan, Tom Tierney, Brian O’Connor, Tommy Barrett.

UNDER 16’S DEFEATED IN CARLOW TOURNAMENT FINAL

Well done to our Under 16’s who were narrowly defeated by Glen Rovers in the All Ireland Under 16 Club final hosted by Carlow Hurling Club. In the group matches we defeated Lucan Sarsfields (Dublin), Clarinbridge (Galway) and Bishopstwon (Cork). We beat Kilmallock (Limerick) in the semi final but had to give best to Glen Rovers in the final. This Glen Rovers side were All Ireland Feile na nGael champions in 2002.

COUNTY SCHOOLS FINAL

Hard luck to Scoil Ailbhe who were defeated in the Under 11 county final in Semple Stadium. The team gave a great display and well done to all concerned especially Mr. O’Reilly and Mr. McCullagh for their excellent preparation of the team.

MID FINAL DEFEAT FOR UNDER 12’S

Commiserations to our gallant footballers who suffered defeat to Loughmore-Castleiney in the Mid final on Monday evening in Holycross. Despite a great second half comeback we were four points behind at the full time whistle having being in arrears by twelve points at the interval. All the players are to be commended on their efforts especially their second half display. The final score was Loughmore-Castleiney 3-7 Durlas Óg 4-0. We wish Loughmore-Castleiney the very best of luck in the county semi final. Our team and scorers were: John Stakelum, Allan Butler, James Ryan, Sean Moroney (Captain), Michael O’Dwyer, Padraic Crone (1-0), Peter Coman, Patrick Dunne, Aidan McCormack (2-0), Kevin Smith, Philip Purcell, Darragh Mulcaire, Mark Shannon, James Lyons, David Corbett (1-0). Subs: Denis Moore, Mossy McCormack, Eoghan Leahy.

See Mid Bord na nÓg match report hereunder.

Loughmore-Castleiney …………. 3-7

Durlas Óg …………………………4-0

The holders, Loughmore-Castleiney, had to withstand a great Durlas Óg comeback in the second half to score a four points victory in a highly entertaining and thrilling Morans under 12 ‘A’ football final at Holycross on Monday evening.

Loughmore-Castleiney dominated the first half and their skilful play and teamwork had them leading by 3-6 to 1-0 at the interval. During this half the Loughmore side got some delightful scores and played an attractive brand of football. It was hard to see any way back for the Thurles boys in the second half but having made some positional switches at the interval they raised their game. The town side scored three second half goals and held Loughmore to one point and despite an epic last five minutes Loughmore-Castleiney held on to retain their title and also complete three-in-a-row of under 12 ‘A’ football titles.

Both teams are to commended for serving up a thrilling match played in a most sporting manner. After the match Mid Bord na nÓg Chairman, Joe Moran, presented the cup to the Loughmore-Castleiney captain, Thomas McGrath.

Loughmore-Castleiney: C. Cleary, T. Maher, A. Sweeney, D. Butler, L. Egan, J. Maher, J. Hennessy, J. McGrath, J. Nyland, P. Hennessy, L. McGrath, P. Egan, K. O’Connell, L. Treacy, P. Nolan. Subs: T. McGrath, R. Maher, B. McGrath, E. McGrath, P. Morris, A. Cummins, D. Brereton, P. McGrath, N. O’Connell, D. O’Brien, M. Maher, C. O’Brien, P. Nolan, D. Fogarty, K. Manton.

Durlas Óg: J. Stakelum, A. Butler, J. Ryan, S. Moroney, M. O’Dwyer, P. Crone, P. Coman, P. Dunne, A. McCormack, K. Smith, P. Purcell, D. Mulcaire, M. Shannon, J. Lyons, D. Corbett. Subs: D. Moore, M. McCormack, E. Leahy.

Referee: Kevin Butler (Drom-Inch)

CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to Leugh N.S. on their brilliant achievement in winning the All Ireland soccer final last week. It was a magnificent success for the school and well done to all concerned.

THANKS

Thanks to Pat Donnelly, a recent winner in the Tipperary G.A.A. Draw, who presented two sets of training bibs to the Club last week. It was a very thoughtful gesture by Pat and many thanks for his generosity.

TIPPERARY G.A.A. DRAW

Congratulations to Mae and Lily Callanan who won €200 in the Tipperary G.A.A. Weekly Draw.

FEILE NA NGAEL COUNTY SEMI FINAL DEFEAT

We were defeated by Moyle Rovers in the county semi final played in New Inn last Friday. The final score was Moyle Rovers 2-9 Durlas Óg 1-7. Our scorers were Bill McCormack 1-2, Kieran Morris 0-3, Barry McCormack 0-1, Denis Maher 0-1.

UNDER 12’S QUALIFY FOR MID FOOTBALL FINAL

Well done to our under 12’s who defeated J.K. Brackens in the Mid Under 12 ‘A’ football semi final last Monday. The team lined out as follows: John Stakelum, Allan Butler, James Ryan, Sean Moroney, Michael O’Dwyer, Padraic Crone, Peter Coman, Patrick Dunne, Aidan McCormack, Kevin Smith, Philip Purcell, Darragh Mulcaire, Mark Shannon, James Lyons, David Corbett. Subs: Denis Moore, Mossy McCormack, Eoghan Leahy. They now play Loughmore-Castleiney in the final next Monday.

FOUNDATION LEVEL COACHING COURSE

Congratulations to those who successfully completed the recent Foundation Level Coaching Course. Thanks to Games Promotion Officer, Dinny Maher, for conducting the course.

UNDER 16’S WIN MID FOOTBALL TITLE

Congratulations to our under 16 footballers on defeating Moycarkey-Borris to win the Mid title for the first time since 1992. It was a great display and well done to all the players and mentors on their achievement. See Mid Bord na nÓg match report hereunder.

Durlas Óg …………………… 2-14

Moycarkey-Borris ……………0-7

Durlas Óg scored a convincing victory over the holders, Moycarkey-Borris in the A.I.B. Under 16 ‘A’ football final last Monday (17th May) at the Outside Field, Thurles.

The Thurles side, playing some excellent football, dominated the first half and were leading by 2-7 to 0-1 at the end of the first quarter. Their goals came from Anthony O’Gorman and Scott Grey. They added four further points to Moycarkey-Borris two to leave the half time score Durlas Óg 2-11 Moycarkey-Borris 0-3. A feature of the first half was that eight Durlas Óg players got their names on the scoresheet. Moycarkey-Borris improved after the interval and the second half was more evenly contested. Both defences were on top and scores were hard earned. Moycarkey kicked four points with corner forward Willie Foley contributing two while the Durlas Óg attackers were limited to three points in the second half to leave the town team convincing winners at the full time whistle.

Durlas Óg laid the foundation for their victory with their first half display but their mentors will be worried by their indifferent form in the second half. Great credit is due to Moycarkey-Borris who tried their very best and never gave up. Mid Bord na nÓg Chairman, Joe Moran presented the cup to the Durlas Óg captain, Paul Connors after the match.

Durlas Óg : S. Moloney, P. Connors, Stephen Dorney, L. Phelan, P. Leahy, C. Moloney (0-1), M. Gleeson, D. Morris (0-2), M. Cahill (0-1), D. O’Mahony (0-1), S. Grey (1-4), Shane Dorney (0-1), J.J. Bourke (0-1), P. Maher (0-3), A. O’Gorman (1-0). Subs: S. Maher, C. O’Shea, L. Bourke, J. Callanan, D. Collins, M. McGrath, S. Meagher, P. Donnelly, M. Keane, R. Mason, S. Smith, B. Stakelum, D. Stakelum, C. Ryan, J. Shannon, B. Callanan, D. Keady, E. Dwyer.

Moycarkey-Borris : C. Healy, E. O’Dwyer, N. Kinane, E. Flanagan, P. Kennedy, A. Ryan, L. Power, D. Ronayne, K. Moran, J. Fanning, C. Clohessy (0-3), P. Shortall (0-1), T. Flanagan (0-1), S. Mockler, R. Kearney. Subs: W. Foley (0-2), A. Healy, R. Ryan, M. Roche, P. Molloy, T. O’Gorman, M. Bracken.

Referee: Kevin Butler (Drom-Inch)

FEILE NA nGAEL MID CHAMPIONS

Our under 14 hurlers retained the Mid Feile na nGael title last Saturday (17th April) defeating Moycarkey-Borris in the semi final and Loughmore-Castleiney in the final. Both matches were played in the Sarsfields Pitch and heavy rain during both matches made conditions very difficult for all teams. We got off to a great start in the semi final and went on to lead by 1-4 to Moycarkey-Borris 0-1 at the interval. The Moycarkey boys tried their very best in the second half but they couldn’t find a way through a tight marking Durlas Óg defence. Our forwards added 1-3 to leave the final score Durlas Óg 2-7 Moycarkey-Borris 0-1.

The conditions deteriorated for the final and great credit is due to both teams for serving up a thrilling match. Loughmore-Castleiney who were county under 12 champions in 2002 were favourites for the title but the Durlas Óg side played with great determination and no little skill to record a deserving victory. We played with the strong win in the first half and thanks to goals from Bill McCormack and Barry McCormack we held a 2-1 to 0-1 half time lead. Kieran Morris pointed a free early in the second half and this was to be our last score of the match. Loughmore-Castleiney had the better of exchanges for the remainder of the half but tenacious defending by our backs held the Loughmore boys to three points and at the full time whistle we had retained our Mid title on a scoreline of Durlas Óg 2-2 Loughmore-Castleiney 0-4. This was a great team performance and credit is due to all our players for their tremendous effort in most difficult conditions.

After the match Mid Bord na nÓg Chairman, Joe Moran, complimented both teams on an excellent match and presented the trophy to the Durlas Óg captain, John Shortt.

The county semi final against the South champions will be played in mid-May.

We lined out as follows:

John Paul Dwan, Stephen Maher, Brian Stakelum, John Shortt, Michael Russell, Denis Maher, Darren O’Neill, Liam Cullen, Kevin O’Gorman, Damien Grimes, Robert Murphy, Barry McCormack (1-0), Bill McCormack (1-0), Kieran Morris (0-2), Tommy Doyle. Subs: Brian Keane for Damien Grimes, Cian Treacy, Rory O’Shea, David Maher, Damien Ryan, James Morrissey, Aidan Barrett, Donal O’Gorman, Ross Kealy, Gary Butler, Niall Bohan, Philip Cullen, Shane Dempsey, Aidan Loughnane..

WELL DONE

Well done to Michael Gleeson (Captain), David Morris, Padraic Maher, Michael Cahill, Paddy Bourke and John Joe Bourke who were members of the Mid under 16 hurling team that won the Garda Cup final.

COUNTY BOARD DRAW

Congratulations to Gerry Spain, Pat Donnelly and Ger Donnelly who were recent winners in the County Board Draw.

UNDER 14 LEAGUE FINAL

The final was played last Saturday between Kevin O’Gorman’s Team A and Bill McCormack’s Team C. The match was very keenly contested and in the early stages of the first half it looked like that Team A was going to record a convincing victory. Team C had other ideas and three goals midway through the half had them leading at the interval on a scoreline of 3-0 to 1-5. The second half was very competitive with Team A getting some vital scores in the closing stages to secure the league title. Final score Team A 5-9 Team C 4-5. After the match our Chaplain, Fr. Joe Walsh commended all the players who took part in the league and presented the Declan Long Memorial Shield to a delighted captain, Kevin O’Gorman. Our thanks to Conor and Stakelum Office Supplies for sponsoring the prizes for the winners.

The following were the teams that played in this year’s league:

TEAM A : Kevin O’Gorman (Capt.), Damien Grimes, Denis Maher, Robert Murphy, Brian Keane, Aidan Loughnane, Aidan Barrett, Philip Purcell, Greg Cully, Kyle Loughman, James Ryan, Simon Purcell, Allan Butler, James Ryan (S), Paul Maher, John Paul Dwan.

TEAM B : John Shortt (Capt.), Barry McCormack, Stephen Maher, James Collins, Damien Ryan, J.P. Dempsey, Ciaran Stapleton, James Morrissey, Padraic Crone, Sean Moroney, Ryan Murtagh, James Lyons, John Stakelum, Denis Moore, Mossy McCormack, Stephen Kennedy, Darragh Mulcaire.

TEAM C : Bill McCormack (Capt.), Liam Cullen, Michael Russell, Tommy Doyle, Cian Treacy, Niall Bohan, Garry Butler, Shane Dempsey, Aidan McCormack, Mark Shannon, Sam Martin, Christy Burke, Mark Lanigan, Shane Butler, Ross Kerrigan, Eoghan Leahy, Darren Martin.

TEAM D : Kieran Morris (Capt.), Darren O’Neill, Brian Stakelum, David Maher, Ross Kealy, Rory O’Shea, Philip Cullen, Donal O’Gorman, Patrick Dunne, Kevin Smith, Paul Morrissey, David Corbett, Michael O’Dwyer, David Farrah, Colm Cooke, Kieran Dowd, Thomas Maxfield.

UNDER 12 FOOTBALL BLITZ

We took part in the Under 12 Blitz in Castleiney last Saturday morning. Despite having to field an understrength team our boys acquitted themselves well but had to give best to our opponents Clonakenny and Drom-Inch.

POKER CLASSIC

Our Annual Poker Classic last Sunday night was very successful. Thanks to everybody who supported the event and well done to organiser, Larry Ryan and those who assisted in anyway. The proceeds from the night go towards our Clubhouse Development Fund.

SCOIL AILBHE YARD LEAGUE

The Scoil Ailbhe Yard League final was played last week and resulted in victory for Cian Treacy’s team over Thomas Maxfield’s team in a very exciting and most competitive match. Durlas Óg sponsored the league and we thank all the boys who played and teachers, Mr. Ryan, Mr. O’Reilly and Mr. McCullagh for their organisation and encouragement to the participants.

DURLAS ÓG NEWSLETTERS

June 2004

MID FOOTBALL TITLE FOR UNDER 16’S

Congratulations to our under 16 footballers on winning the Mid title for the first time since 1992. They defeated Moycarkey-Borris in the final by 2-14 to 0-7. It was a great display and well done to all the players and mentors on their achievement. The county semi final against Moyle Rovers will be played in July.

The team was as follows:

Sean Moloney, Paul Connors (Capt.) Stephen Dorney, Liam Phelan, Patrick Leahy, Conor Moloney , Michael Gleeson, David Morris ,Michael Cahill , David Mahony ,Scott Grey, Shane Dorney , John Joe Bourke , Padraic Maher , Anthony O’Gorman . Subs: Shane Maher, Ciaran O’Shea, Laurence Bourke, John Callanan, David Collins, Michael McGrath, Shane Meagher, Peter Donnelly, Michael Keane, Rodney Mason, Sean Smith, Bobby Stakelum, Darragh Stakelum, Conor Ryan, Jonathan Shannon, Brian Callanan, David Keady, Eoin Dwyer.

FEILE NA nGAEL MID CHAMPIONS

Well done to our under 14 hurlers who retained the Mid Feile na nGael title by defeating Moycarkey-Borris in the semi final and Loughmore-Castleiney in the final. Unfortunately we had to give best to South champions, Moyle Rovers in the county semi final.

We lined out as follows in the Mid final:

John Paul Dwan, Stephen Maher, Brian Stakelum, John Shortt, Michael Russell, Denis Maher, Darren O’Neill, Liam Cullen, Kevin O’Gorman, Damien Grimes, Robert Murphy, Barry McCormack, Bill McCormack, Kieran Morris ,Tommy Doyle. Subs: Brian Keane, Cian Treacy, Rory O’Shea, David Maher, Damien Ryan, James Morrissey, Aidan Barrett, Donal O’Gorman, Ross Kealy, Gary Butler, Niall Bohan, Philip Cullen, Shane Dempsey, Aidan Loughnane.

TIPPERARY G.A.A. MEMBERS’ DRAW

Thanks to those who have joined the new Tipperary G.A.A. Members’ Draw. The Draw is our major source of income and your support is very much appreciated. Congratulations to Mae and Lily Callanan who recently won €200.


CLUBHOUSE DEVELOPMENT

The extension to the clubhouse is now completed. Our thanks to builder, Mike Scanlan and his team for their excellent work. The extension consists of an extra dressingroom and a store/equipment room. The development has received grant aid from the National Lottery as well as Tipperary North County Council and Thurles Town Council. Thanks to everybody for their co-operation and support during the building works. The official opening of the extension has been provisionally fixed for Saturday 14th August. More details later.

DEFEAT FOR U/12’S IN MID FINAL

Commiserations to our gallant footballers who recently suffered defeat to Loughmore-Castleiney in the Mid final. Despite a great second half comeback we were four points behind at the full time whistle having being in arrears by twelve points at the interval. Our team was: John Stakelum, Allan Butler, James Ryan, Sean Moroney (Captain), Michael O’Dwyer, Padraic Crone, Peter Coman, Patrick Dunne, Aidan McCormack, Kevin Smith, Philip Purcell, Darragh Mulcaire, Mark Shannon, James Lyons, David Corbett. Subs: Denis Moore, Mossy McCormack, Eoghan Leahy.

CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to the following who successfully completed a Foundation Level Coaching Course recently: Liam McCarthy, Ger Sammon, John Hickey, Pat Stakelum, Darra Purcell , Paddy Kenny Sean Corbett, John Moroney.

Thanks to Dinny Maher, Games Promotions Officer, for conducting the course.

THANKS

Many thanks to Pat Donnelly who sponsored two set of training bibs. His generosity is very much appreciated.

UNDER 10’S

The under 10 hurling league continues on Thursday evenings. Challenge matches have been played against Kilkenny sides James Stephens and Castlecomer as well as Thurles Camogie under 12 team. Football training is on Wednesdays at 6.30 p.m.

COUNTY SEMI FINAL DEFEAT FOR U/12 ‘B’ TEAM

Our under 12 ‘B’ football side were defeated by Ballylooby in the county ‘C’ semi final. Our very young team, many of them underage for the next two years, gave a great display against a very strong Ballylooby side that went on to win the county final. This was our first match in the championship as we had no opposition in the Mid championship. Well done to players and mentors.

UNDER 8’S

The numbers attending at under 8 training continue to increase. We welcome all the new players. Training continues each Saturday at 10.00 a.m.

SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE

The annual Thurles Hurling & Camogie School of Excellence will be held from Monday 16th to Friday 20th August. Our thanks to Thurles Credit Union for their continued sponsorship. More details in the coming weeks.

April 2004

MEMBERSHIP/REGISTRATION FEES

Thanks to those who have paid their Membership/Registration Fees. Some players have yet to pay their fees and we ask them to attend to this matter by Saturday 1st May at the latest. On that date both Ger Sammon, Registrar, and Ger Donnelly, Treasurer, will be available in the Clubhouse from 10.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. to accept outstanding registration fees. The fee for this year is €20 per individual with the second and subsequent members in each family €10 each.

LARGE INCREASE IN NUMBERS ATTENDING UNDER 8 TRAINING

There has been a large increase in the numbers attending under 8 training. Over 50 young boys have been attending in recent weeks. These numbers are most encouraging and we extend a warm welcome to all the new players and mentors. It is hoped to organise a Foundation Level Coaching Course for new coaches in the near future. Training for under 8’s is at 10.00 a.m. on Saturday mornings.

CLUBHOUSE DEVELOPMENT

The extension to the Clubhouse is nearing completion. The extension consists of an extra dressingroom and a store/equipment room. Our kitchen has also been recently upgraded and in this regard thanks to Larry Ryan for all his work. The development has received grant aid from the National Lottery as well as Tipperary North County Council and Thurles Town Council.

FUNDRAISING

Thanks to all who supported our Annual Poker Classic on 29th February. It was once again very successful and special thanks to organiser, Larry Ryan and his team for their efforts. Congrats to former Durlas Óg player, Tony O’Mara who was the winner. Our Caretaker, Pat Callaghan was also in the prizes.


IMPRESSIVE START BY UNDER 16 FOOTBALLERS

The Under 16’s have had an impressive start to the Mid football championship with victories over Moycarkey-Borris and J.K. Brackens. They play Boherlahan-Dualla on Easter Monday at 7.00 p.m. in Pairc na nÓg. Eoin Costelloe and Aidan Dundon are assisting the selectors with the coaching of this team.

The Under 16 hurlers have played challenges against Kilkenny sides Dicksboro and O’Loughlin Gaels in recent weeks. We will have two teams participating in this year’s championship. Our ‘A’ team has been grouped with Moycarkey-Borris; Moyne-Templetuohy; Holycross-Ballycahill and Drom-Inch in the ‘A’ championship. The ‘B’ team will have Gortnahoe-Glengoole and Upperchurch-Drombane as their opponents in the league rounds of the ‘B’ Championship.

BRIGHT FUTURE FOR THE UNDER 10’S

The Under 10’s competed in the recent Mid Indoor Hurling Blitz in the Ursuline Sports Complex. They gave great displays over the two days and a bright future is forecast for this very talented group. Training continues on Saturday mornings at 10.00 a.m. Our thanks to Sarsfields for the use of their facilities for indoor hurling during February and March.

GLEESON CAPTAINS MID UNDER 16’S TO VICTORY

Durlas Óg were well represented on the Mid Under 16 hurling team that recently won the Inter Divisional Garda Cup defeating North Tipperary in the final. Michael Gleeson captained the side from wing back, David Morris and Padraic Maher were the corner backs, Michael Cahill played at midfield while the Bourke brothers, John Joe and Paddy were wing forward and full forward respectively. Well done to all concerned.

UNDER 12’S PREPARE FOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

Our Under 12’s continue their preparations for the football and hurling championships. Football training is on Wednesdays at 6.30 p.m. and hurling training on Saturdays at 11.00 a.m. We played Blackrock (Cork) and Moyle Rovers in recent hurling and football challenges. The Mid football championship commences on Wednesday 21st April with a home match against J.K. Brackens. The other teams in our group are Holycross-Ballycahill and Loughmore-Castleiney. Our opponents in the Mid Under 12 ‘A’ Hurling Championship are Loughmore-Castleiney, J.K. Brackens, Holycross-Ballycahill and Moycarkey-Borris. Our ‘B’ team in both football and hurling will have no opposition in the Mid ‘C’ championships and qualify for the county semi finals in both competitions.

DEFEAT FOR UNDER 14’S IN PEIL NA nÓG

We suffered a heavy defeat to Loughmore-Castleiney in the Mid semi final of Peil na nOg. The Mid Feile na nGael quarter final against Boherlahan-Dualla will be played on Easter Saturday in Boherlahan. Our hurlers have played Nenagh Eire Óg, Lismore and Blackrock in recent hurling challenge matches. The Mid football championship will be commencing the last week in April and our opponents in the league rounds will be Loughmore-Castleiney, Upperchurch-Drombane and J.K. Brackens. The opposition in the hurling championship includes Loughmore-Castleiney, Boherlahan-Dualla, Moycarkey-Borris, Upperchurch-Drombane and Drom-Inch.

UNDER 14 HURLING LEAGUE

Our annual Under 14 hurling league concluded recently with Kevin O’Gorman’s team defeating Bill McCormack’s team in the final. Fr. Joe Walsh presented the Declan Long Memorial Shield to captain, Kevin O’Gorman and congratulated all the players (60 plus) who took part over a number of weeks. Thanks to Conor and Stakelum Office Supplies who sponsored the prizes.

CLUB COLOURS

With the championship season commencing we remind all players to be properly togged out for their matches – White togs/ red & white socks.

LADIES COMMITTEE

There was an excellent response to our proposal to form a Durlas Óg Ladies Committee. Our thanks to those who responded – Nora Ryan, Mary Moroney, Phyllis Kennedy, Frances Butler, Catriona Keane, Anne Marie Cullen, Louise Lanigan, Joey Gleeson, Margaret Doyle, Joan Bourke, Frida Dunne, Patricia McElgunn. An informal meeting has taken place at which the responsibilities of the committee were discussed. It was decided to nominate contact persons from the committee to liaise with team mentors in regard to catering for visiting teams etc. It was also agreed that the committee would look at fundraising ideas such as bag packing in Dunnes and a table quiz. You will be kept informed of progress.

CLUB MERCHANDISE

Orders are now been taken for new club leisurewear. Please contact Tom Meehan. There are also a small number of Durlas Óg Club tops and kitbags available.

CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to Pat Donnelly, Gerry Spain and Ger Donnelly who were recent winners in the Tipperary G.A.A. Draw.


TIPPERARY G.A.A. MEMBERS’ DRAW 2004-2005

The Tipperary G.A.A. Members’ Draw 2004-2005 was launched recently at a function in the Park Avenue, Thurles. The draw consists of 12 monthly draws and 36 weekly Lotto draws. The first draw is on Friday 14th May. Subscription is €100 or €10 per month. There will be free draws in January 2005 (for December 2004 members with minimum 6 months membership) and April 2005 (for March 2005 members with minimum 9 months membership). 50% of the subscription fee is returned to the Club. A copy of the Draw Brochure is enclosed.

The G.A.A. Members’ Draw is our major source of income. Last year it cost in excess of €25,000 to run our Club. Our sincere thanks to those who have supported the Draw in the past. Your support is greatly appreciated.

The following Durlas Óg members were winners in the 2003-2004 Draw:

June 2003 €200 Michael & Barry McGrath

July 2003 €500 Spain, Fewer & Quinlan

July 2003 €1,000 Michael & Barry McGrath

Sept. 2003 €200 Tina Loughman

Jan. 2004 €200 Margaret O’Donovan

March 2004 €200 Gerry Spain

March 2004 €1,666 Pat Donnelly

March 2004 €200 Ger Donnelly

Our Draw Co-Ordinator is Tom Meehan and promoters are Dick Callanan, Michael Kennedy, Gerry Spain, Pat Stakelum, Jim Dwyer, Jimmy Coppinger, Michael Russell, Michael Carroll, Sean Costelloe, Frank Mockler, John Smith, Ger Donnelly and Tom Meehan. Many thanks to all of them for their efforts and commitment to the draw.

We look forward to the continued support of our members for the 2004-2005 Draw. For those who are not already a member of the Draw with Durlas Óg we ask you to consider joining the new Draw. Further details can be obtained from Draw Co-Ordinator, Tom Meehan or any of the promoters.

February 2004

REVIEW OF 2003

2003 was a most successful year for the Club. We contested five county and nine Mid finals winning two county titles (U/14 ‘A’ Football and U/14 Feile na nGael hurling) and six Mid titles (U/14 ‘A’ hurling, U/14 ‘A’ football, U/14 ‘C’ hurling, U/14 Feile na nGael, U/14 Peil na nÓg, U/16 ‘A’ hurling). We were also runners up in the All Ireland Feile na nGael final.

CLUB OF THE YEAR

Our Chairman, John Smith was presented with the Mid Club of the Year trophy at the recent Mid Bord na nÓg convention. It is a great honour for our club to win this award after a very successful year. It is also an acknowledgement of the great work that is being done by so many in the club and our thanks to everyone who worked so hard throughout 2003.

TRAINING

Training has resumed for the new season. The Under 10’s continue with indoor hurling in the Sarsfields Clubhouse (by kind permission) at 10.00 a.m. on Saturday mornings. The Under 14 hurling league has commenced with over 60 boys participating. Under 16 training on Saturdays at 1.00 p.m. The U/8’s will resume training on Saturday 6th March at 10.00 a.m.

Best wishes to all teams and their mentors in this years championships.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The Annual General Meeting was held in the Clubhouse on Friday night 16th January. Our Chaplain, Fr. Joe Walsh celebrated Mass prior to the meeting and he paid tribute to the great work that is ongoing in Durlas Óg and he looked forward to the year ahead. The meeting was one of the best ever attended in the history of the Club.

The following Officers were elected:

President: Pat Stakelum

Vice-Presidents: Michael Carroll; Michael Murphy; Larry O’Connor.

Life Vice Presidents: Br. Keane; Br. Higgins; Fr. O’Rourke; Dick Callanan; Michael Kennedy.

Chairman: John Smith

Vice Chairman (2): Sean Costelloe; Martin Doyle

Secretary: Jimmy Coppinger,

Treasurer: Ger Donnelly

Co. Board Draw Co-Ordinator: Tom Meehan

Registrar: Ger Sammon

P.R.O.: Noel Dundon

Schools Liaison Officer:Paddy Moore

Caretaker: Pat Callaghan

Durlas Óg celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

CLUB COLOURS

Our Club colours are red and white. With the championship season just around the corner we remind all players to be properly togged out for their matches – White togs and red & white socks.

CLUBHOUSE DEVELOPMENT

Improvements have taken place to our grounds in recent months. Netting has been erected at the rear of both goals. It is anticipated that the clubhouse extension will be completed in the coming months. These works have received National Lottery funding and also grant aid from Thurles Town Council and Tipperary North County Council.

FUNDRAISING

Our annual Progressive “25” Drive was held on Wednesday 21st January in the Sarsfields Clubhouse. It was a tremendous success and our thanks to all who supported the night and special thanks to the main organiser, Phil Brennan and his team for their efforts.

The annual Poker Classic will be held on Sunday 29th February in the Anner Hotel. Larry Ryan is the organiser and tickets are available from committee members. Support for this event would be much appreciated.

LADIES COMMITTEE

It is proposed to form a Durlas Óg Ladies Committee. This committee’s main responsibilities would include catering for social events, visiting teams etc., assisting at fundraising activities and organising social events. No formal ladies committee has existed in the Club even though the ladies have played a significant role in the successes of Durlas Óg over the years and have always been a great support to the Club.

Ladies interested in serving on this committee are asked to give their names to John Smith, Jimmy Coppinger or Ger Donnelly.

MEMBERSHIP/REGISTRATION FEES

Club Membership/Registration Fees are now due. The fee for this year is €20 per individual with second and subsequent members in each family €10 each. Registration Forms will be given to players in the coming weeks and we ask parents to complete and return the forms to team mentors with the appropriate fee.

We welcome our new Registrar, Ger Sammon, and wish him well. Our thanks to Jim Dwyer who served as Registrar for many years and did an excellent job. Many thanks Jim.

CLUB MERCHANDISE

An order will be placed in the near future for Durlas Óg Club tops and leisurewear. More details will be given to the players at training in the coming weeks.

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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The Annual General Meeting was held in the Clubhouse on last Friday night (16th January). Our Chaplain, Fr. Joe Walsh celebrated Mass prior to the meeting and he paid tribute to the great work that is ongoing in Durlas Óg and he looked forward to the year ahead. The meeting was one of the best ever attended in the history of the Club.

Chairman, John Smith, in his address congratulated all our championship winning teams and commended their mentors for their dedication and commitment. He thanked the club officers for the very efficient way they looked after the affairs of the club and he thanked all those who helped in anyway during the year. He gave an update on the present position of our Clubhouse Development and was very hopeful that the work on the extension would be commencing in the near future. The Chairman said that 2004 is a very important year for Durlas Óg as we will be celebrating our 25th anniversary.

Jimmy Coppinger in his usual very detailed Secretary’s Report outlined the achievements of all our teams and gave details of all events in the club during the year. He stated that the highlights were the Feile na nGael All Ireland and the winning of two county and six Mid titles. The secretary was complimented for his excellent report.

Treasurer, Ger Donnelly, produced a comprehensive Financial Report, which despite our very successful year showed a surplus. Ger was the subject of many compliments for his most professional report and his management of the financial affairs of the club.

Jim Dwyer did not seek re-election as Registrar, a position he held for many years. The Chairman thanked Jim for his work as Registrar and for his commitment to the Club.

The following Officers were elected:

 President :Pat Stakelum
 Vice-Presidents: Michael Carroll; Michael Murphy; Larry O’Connor
 Life Vice Presidents:Br. Keane; Br. Higgins; Fr. O’Rourke; Dick Callanan; Michael Kennedy
 Chairman:John Smith
 Vice Chairman:Sean Costelloe; Martin Doyle, Ger Sammon
 Secretary:Jimmy Coppinger
 Treasurer: Ger Donnelly
 Co. Board Draw Co-Ordinator:Tom Meehan
 Registrar:  Ger Sammon
 P.R.O.:  Noel Dundon
 Schools Liaison Officer:Paddy Moore
 Caretaker:  Pat Callaghan

The team selectors for our championship teams in 2004 are:

Under 12: John Smith, Tom Meehan, Sean Corbett, Tony Lanigan,Ger Donnelly, John Moroney.

Under 14: Michael Gleeson, Fr. Joe Walsh, Martin Doyle,Michael Russell.

Under 16: Paddy Moore, Jim Dwyer, John Dorney, Phil O’Halloran, John Cahill.


PROGRESSIVE “25” DRIVE

Our annual Progressive “25” Drive was held last Wednesday night (21st January) in the Sarsfields Clubhouse (by kind permission). There was a large attendance and we thank all those who supported the night. Many thanks to the organiser, Phil Brennan, and everybody who assisted to make the night a very successful fundraiser for our Club. The winners were as follows:

12 games: Michael Hackett & Billy O’Grady. 11 games: John Cosgrave & Johnny Cosgrave; Michael Power & Nonie Ryan. 10 games: Paddy McLoughlin & Billy McLoughin; Monica Butler & Margaret Butler; Paddy Keogh & Gerard Keogh; Larry Ryan & Seamus Cooke; Liam Hanrahan & Benny Maher. 18th game: Thomas Callanan & Pat Mockler; 19th game: Michael Egan & Andy O’Gorman; 20th game: Marie Shortt & Statia Ryan.

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