Our annual VHI Cul Camp took place from July 25 to 29 last. 44 players aged between 6 and 12 took part in the week-long event . Trained coaches took different groups every day and went through some great fun games and drills. The coaches were very skilled at  spotting those who needed advice and extra help with their skills. They helped each player to get the most enjoyment from playing Gaelic games, and encouraged each player to reach as high a standard of play as they could. They did all this while keeping the overall mood of fun and enjoyment. (We think that Timmy Hammersley learned a thing or two from our lads, because he went on to score 13 points in the West Hurling final on the following Sunday).

County Hurling Star Seamus Callanan attended on Tuesday and spent a lot of time with each group, answering questions and showing some of the skills and tricks he uses to improve his own game .

Football and hurling skills competition were held on Wednesday . The winners of each section will represent the club  in  Semple Stadium later in the month .

The winners were - U12 Football :Jim Quirke; U10 Football : Sean Dowdall; U8 Football : Clodagh Fanning; U12 Hurling : Adam McGrath; U10 Hurling; Eoin Gallagher; U8 Hurling : Sean Gubbins

These competitions were run over several events with points awarded for the completion of tasks. The winners were those who had the best array of skills rather than those who were good at one item. Everyone received a jersey, togs , socks and a gear bag . These went down a treat.

On Friday morning our own Conor O’Sullivan brought the Munster minor football Cup with him to the camp.

He showed it to each group and everyone got a chance to hoist it up over their heads, giving all participants a chance to experience the feeling of being presented with a cup. Well done on Sunday in Croke Park, Conor. After lunch the awards were presented and everyone who took part got a medal.

This camp would not have taken place if we didn’t have volunteers from our own club willing to help out.

We were not found wanting in this regard. Six young players gave up the week to assist in coaching. Conor O’Sullivan, Damian Bourke , Eoin Whyte and Philly O’Mahony for the boys and Rachel Bourke and Catriona Peters for the girls . We cannot thank or praise these young men and women highly enough .

We got away with having reasonable weather conditions for the week, and no injuries or any other mishaps are to be reported.

All in all a great week of fun and enjoyment was had by all. This was very evident every evening when no one wanted to go home. 

So thanks to everyone who contributed in any small way and we hope to see you all again next year and hopefully some new faces as well .


This weekend our senior footballers play Killenaule in Round Two of the County championship in New Inn.

Hopefully we can negotiate this hurdle and gain revenge for the defeat of 2009. By now our minor hurlers will have played their play off game against Éire Óg and a positive result here could  bring a semi-final next week.

Tipp Minors

Well Done to the Tipp minor football brigade including Conor O’Sullivan, and their backroom squad including Stephanie Tarrant, who had a great win over Roscommon in the All-Ireland semi-final on Sunday last. Further proof of the progress of Tipp football on the bigger stage.

Club Draw

Draw promoters and supporters should note that the August draw will be held on Saturday night in the McGrath Centre


We held the second Major of the year, The President’s prize - Mr. Gerard Dineen, in Ballykisteen Hotel and Golf Resort on August 20. 29 members played in glorious sunny conditions. The scores were as follows:-

Nearest the Pin was Dessie Ryan.

Front 9 - Marcus Magee

Back 9 - Brian Shiels

3rd Cat. 1 Donal Bradshaw

2nd Cat. 1 Jerry Morrissey

1st Cat. 1 Pat Fanning

The overall winner was Dallan Brown

West Tipperary mental health association will hold a health promotion evening in Ballykisteen Hotel on Wednesday, August 31, at 8pm.