ITOWA actively involed with schools across the country

Kilmacanogue NS, Co. Wicklow

Kilmacanogue NS, Co. Wicklow

The Irish Tug of War Association is going to be actively involved with schools across the country.






CONTACT DETAILS:  086 3713869

EMAIL: ladiestugofwar2015(@)gmail(.)com

Click here to see photos from some schools which have been given ropes by the Irish Tug of War Association.

active-schools-flagClick here to see details of some of the school projects which were held in Wicklow in 2014 & 2015

ITOWA Ladies Development

Ladies panelAll ladies interested in forming a team or joining an existing team should contact the Ladies Liaison Officer, Cathy O’Toole.

Click here to see report and photos of the Irish Ladies panels trip to represent their country and the 2015 European Championship in Belfast.

British and Irish Championship

The inaugural British and Irish Championship was held today in Huddersfield, England. Having replaced the UK Championships, it was the first of what will now become a yearly event for both outdoor and indoor tug of war. One Irish team traveled to take part in the championship, made up of pullers from both Cuan Rithe and Carndonagh.

Ireland, bronze medalists at 680kg

Ireland, bronze medalists at 680kg

In the first competition, the closed International mens 600kg, 7 teams took part. The semi final line-up was Northern Ireland B vs England B and Scotland A vs Ireland. Scotland and Northern Ireland went on to contest the final with Northern Ireland taking Gold. England defeated Ireland for the bronze.

In the second competition of the day, the closed men’s 680kg, 7 teams also took part. This time the semi final line-up was England A vs Ireland and Scotland A vs England B. England A and Scotland A progressed through to the final with England A coming out on top. Ireland took the bronze, defeating England B.

In the two open club competitons Uppertown from England defeated Northern Ireland’s Country Club in the final of the men’s 640kg competition. Ireland’s Cuan Rithe got the better of Kilroe from England for the bronze. Country Club bounced back in the final of the 560kg to overcome Raunds for the Gold while Cuan Rithe lost out 2 ends to 1 to Uppertown for the Bronze.

World Indoor reminder

The world indoor championship takes place in Volendam, Netherlands from the 18th to the 21st of February. All puller are reminded that tue’s (therapeutic use exemption) need to be submitted to TWIF if they are travelling and are presently on medication.

Passing of former president, Eddie Hubbard

Eddie HubbardThe association are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former president, Eddie Hubbard. Eddie was a life long servant of the sport serving on the Leinster board for many years and also served as president of the association from 2009 to 2013. Eddie was best known in Tug of War circles for the many years he spent giving commentary on competitions and had a great natural ability to keep the spectators informed of what was happening on each rope. Sincere condolences to his wife Nuala and their family and friends. Eddie will be laid to rest following mass on Tuesday in Ballymore Eustace.

Click here for funeral arrangements.

Ag ndeanaigh Dia trocaire are a ainm.

Click here to see tribute from Ballymore Eustace facebook page.


The AGM of the ITOWA  will take place on  Sunday  the 13th March in The Tullamore court at 2pm.

All motions and nominations to be submitted by the 10th February.

The following positions are up for Nomination – President elect, Secretary and Treasurer.

Affiliation for 2016

The affiliation forms for the 2016 season are now available at the Affiliate Your Club page.

Clubs who plan to compete at the British and Irish Championships or the World Indoor Championships must first affiliate to the ITOWA.

A club can register as a full member if it has been registered as an associate member for at least two years. Full member clubs who register before the 31st of January will have a vote at the upcoming AGM.