Andy Griffin is new Tipperary Community Games chairman

There was a good attendance at County Tipperary Community Games AGM which was held on Wednesday, October 17 in Hayes Hotel, Thurles.

There was a good attendance at County Tipperary Community Games AGM which was held on Wednesday, October 17 in Hayes Hotel, Thurles.

South Tipperary certainly responded to the call for more involvement at the “top table” when Andy Griffin from St Mary’s, Clonmel was elected as the new county chairman. Andy has been involved in Community Games for the past few years during which he was instrumental in creating tremendous improvement in participation in all three areas in Clonmel along with John Hoctor, Tom O’Ceallaigh, Mary Walsh and their committees.

Some of the highlights of the year included hosting the county finals of the Art and Model Making, Swimming and Skittles in Clonmel. South Tipperary are now also well represented on the officer board.

Rory O’Grady, National Youth Officer, was the guest of honour on the evening.

Rory outlined provisional plans for 2013. He indicated a lot of changes on the horizon.

It is proposed to try and rekindle the element of the “festival of sport” which was always associated with Mosney. The National Executive are now looking at having two national finals over a four day period ie. Thursday to Sunday, one in June and the other in August.

Some of the under 16 activities have been deleted from the programme therefore targeting a younger age group to the disappointment of many. The feeling is that it is very important to keep young people of that age group competing as they will progress to future involvement.

Our current youth committee are a shining example of this. Claire Hogan and her energetic young committee were highly praised for the competent manner they carried out their duties at County and National level during the year. President, Breeda Christie was very impressed with all of them and stated “they are a wonderful asset to the county”