FROM the very foundation of the G.A.A the local newspaper played a major role in reporting the activities of Irelands major sporting organisation. The national papers of that time were slow to come on board no doubt influenced by the establishment of that era and the Association had to build in strength and influence before the media as a whole became immersed in its activities.
The Clonmel Nationalist founded at around the same time as the G.A.A formed a great sporting partnership with the Association in Tipperary and particularly South Tipperary and extended into West Waterford, Mid Tipperary and West Tipperary. Down the years in common with other local and Provincial newspapers its coverage of games and activities both social and cultural have played a major role in developing the organisation into what it has now become the greatest amateur association in the World.
The Nationalist through it sports coverage has given an opportunity to the G.A.A through its Clubs, Divisional Board and County Board of managing a flow of information to the public on games, fixtures and results and its news views and opinions on G.A.A activities in general are avidly read by G.A.A fans in the circulation area. Social media now provides instant information on so many topics but for the G.A.A fan it’s the local paper that provides that detailed report and analysis that’s so much appreciated by players and supporters alike.
On behalf of the Gaelic Athletic Association in Tipperary I wish to thank The Clonmel Nationalist for their extensive and very beneficial coverage of Gaelic Games over the last one hundred and twenty three years and hope that our excellent sporting partnership will continue long into the future.
Seán Ó Nuinseain Cathaoirleach C.L.C.G Coiste Thiobrad Arann