South Tipperary Sports Partnership held their fifth Sports Festival for older adults in the Clonmel Park Hotel which was facilitated by Margaret O’Keeffe from Go for Life and supported by PAL Eleanor Dolan.
This year the group were introduced to Camann Abu, the GAA’s recreational hurling game for adults. This activity was led by Johnny Cummins and Michael White who brought great life and fun to the session.
Johnny said - “It was amazing to see some people who were apprehensive about the activity at the start getting really involved by the end”. This activity brought out the competitive side of the group and was thoroughly enjoyed.
Eileen Mullins, Carrick on Suir ARA, commented -”I really enjoyed the hurling as I had never used a hurley before and I am going to buy one and practice and I intend joining the gym”.
The festival was attended by over 40 participants who also enjoyed activities such as Walking, Gym Activities, Polybat and Line Dancing.
Kathleen Finn led the Polybat activity which also proved very popular, so much so that some of the participants wish to introduce the activity to their groups. Following the activities participants enjoyed a beautiful meal at the Park Hotel.
Representatives from the following groups participated in the Festival: Ardfinnan Community Social Club; Ballingarry Senior Citizens; Ballyporeen I.C.A., Carrick-on-Suir A.R.A.; Carrick-on-Suir I.C.A; Cahir A.R.A.; Cahir Day Care Centre; Clonmel A.R.A.; Clonmel I.C.A.; Club 66; Elm Tree Project; Faugheen I.C.A.; Fethard I.C.A.; Killenaule A.R.A.; Killenaule I.C.A.; Killenaule Senior Citizens’ Club; Mullinahone Senior Citizens; Newcastle I.C.A.; South Tipperary Branch Arthritis Ireland; Tipperary A.R.A..
Quotes from the Day
“I found the gym most useful, in getting ready for the mini marathon” - Mary Fitzgerald (Cahir ARA)
“Camann Abu was great fun and brings out the competitive streak in us and very active’ - Nellie Nugent (Newcastle I.C.A.)
“Most enjoyable day and very beneficial for the older age group” - Kitty Norton (Ballingarry ICA)
STSP would like to thank all the participants who took part on the day, especially volunteers Eleanor Dolan, Hilda O’Neill, Jim Kissane and Paula Quirke for their assistance in making the day such a success. We would also like to thank Go for Life, the HSE, Tipperary GAA, the Civil Defence and the Park Hotel.