At the County Tipperary Community Games AGM, Rory O’Grady, from Galway, the HSE Community Games National Youth Officer, said the games were alive and well in Tipperary.
President, Breeda Christie, also praised the youth and thanked everybody who supported her in her many ventures during the year.
Michael England, NECA Delegate, said the county supplied an excellent group of young volunteers to assist with the National Finals and would recommend that all of them would be considered for that role again next year. Michael was congratulated on winning Volunteer of the Year award earlier this year.
Claire Hogan, County Youth Officer, would be delighted to hear from anybody in the county who is over 18 years old and who would like to volunteer. Anyone interested has to fill up a Garda vetting form which is available from their area secretary or Andy at 087-2820027 or please ring Claire on 087-9562597.
Team Games Directors Declan O’Shea and Willie Jones complimented the games co-ordinators in the North and South, all area secretaries and team managers who co-operated so well with them during the year in the smooth running of the games but they stressed the importance of only entering teams if they exist at the time of entry and intend to play. Entering teams in the hope that they will round them up when the time comes is not acceptable and cause a lot of confusion.
Both PROs were thanked for the work carried out in conjunction with the media, the website, facebook and detailed annual results which showed a total of 4 gold, 3 silver. 8 Bronze and 8 Pewter medals won by competitors at the National Finals in 2011.
All newspapers and radio stations were thanked for their valuable support. Special tribute was paid to the Editor and staff of The Nationalist, Clonmel for the excellent publicity afforded to the games on a regular basis at both area and county level. There was dismay that Aisling Hoey who did such wonderful work on the website was not going forward for re-election.
Congratulations were extended to the Tipperary Minor Football Team on their victory in the All Ireland Final, almost all of the players are former Community Games competitors. Indeed the proud mums of both Bill Maher and Cathal Quigley are the current secretaries in Kilsheelan and Clerihan.
The Community Employment scheme was complimented on the work they carry out assisting with administration and taking care of facilities. CDO, Catherine McCormack was thanked for her support.
The development teams are still working hard to get outstanding areas involved for 2012. If your child would like to compete in any of the 40 odd events on the calendar and your area needs to be affiliated please contact either Mary on 052-9154484 or
Andy on 087-2820027. They will be glad to help.