Death Notice

The Irish Tug of War Association would like to extend its sincere sympathy to the family of Patrick Kehoe on the sad news of his passing. We would also like to express our sympathies to all his fellow Boley club members.

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Gold, 2 Silver and a Bronze for Ireland at the B&I’s

Day 1 of the Indoor British & Irish Championship was held today in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh where the closed competitions took place. There was great success for Ireland in both men’s weights.

The final of the 600kg was an all Ireland affair, with Ireland B (represented by Mountain View) taking Gold by defeating Ireland A (represented by St. Pats).

Ireland B (represented by Carndonagh) also made the final of the 680kg event. They came away with silver, after losing out to Scotland. Ireland A (represented by Clonmany) defeated England to win the Bronze medal.

St. Pats won Gold in an open club 640 competition that was also held today. Mountain View took silver in this event.

Congratulations to all involved and best of luck in tomorrows open competitions.


The Associations AGM will take place on March 25th at 2pm in the Tullamore Court Hotel. The positions of President Elect, Secretary and Treasurer are up for election. All nominations for these positions, as well as any proposed motions, should be submitted to the secretary by February 28th to


St. Pats Complete 8-A-Side Clean Sweep

The final of the National Indoor Championship Series took place last Sunday in St. Mary’s Hall, Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford. St. Pats took Gold in the 560kg to complete another clean sweep of Indoor Championships. They were stopped short of going unbeaten in all competitions however, as Mountain View defeated Carndonagh in the 5-a-side final.

The 3rd competition of the day, the Open 640kg competition, was also won by St. Pats.

The 560kg round robin was topped by St. Pats, who went into the straight final Continue reading


There will be an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Association on Sunday the 4th of February at 2pm in the Tullamore Court Hotel, outlining a number of proposed changes in advance of this years AGM. Some of these proposals will require constitutional changes, so they need to be discussed with members before the AGM. We hope as many members as possible can make it. Below is a letter from the President, outlining the reason behind the EGM.


To All Members
As we begin another year for Tug of War Sport in Ireland; with the Remainder of Our National Indoor Championships and the upcoming British and Irish Indoor in Northern Ireland, followed by the World Indoor Championships a month later in China, I wish all our Clubs, Members, and Officials the very best.
At our most recent National Executive Meeting, the Committee unanimously agreed to put forward a proposal to our Members for Discussion/Approval at an E.G.M Outlining the Administration Goals for 2018


1. To Adopt the Governance Code for Administration of Sporting Bodies, and to ensure that all our Members, including Officials, who administrate/work within our Sport are aware of and comply with the Governance Regulations of the code.  (Breakdown of the Governance Code requirements can be found here)
2. Set out and adopt the I.T.O.W.A. Administration Goals for 2018.
3. To Restructure our Club Affiliations, and Introduce Individual Membership Fees which is required to meet the increasing cost of Insurance and administration of the I.T.O.W.A
4. All Clubs will have equal Voting Rights.
5. And all Members will have a Range of Personal Benefits, and the opportunity to Voice their Ideas and Proposals within our Tug of War Family, that will help promote and develop our Sport.
6. Officials that are active through our Championship Competitions will have full Voting Rights. These are the People that run our Sport on the Ground their Valued Experience must be taken into account in matters concerning the Development of the Irish Tug of War Association.


I’m asking all our Members Past & Present to read our Proposal and Come and Support at the E.G.M.  So we can all pull together in an Open and Inclusive team, for the Future of our Sport.
Dan Mc McCarthy
I.T.O.W.A. President


Proposals can be found here



St. Pats 1 Win Away From Clean Sweep

The 1st National Championship of 2018 was held on Sunday in the Youth Club in Buncrana, Co. Donegal. The weight on the day was the 600kg Championship and there is now only 1 more round of Indoor Nationals left before the British & Irish Championship in February. As the indoor season reaches its peak, the result on Sunday had a very similar look. Much like the rest of the season so far, no club has been able to close the gap on St, Pats. The club took the 600kg title and are now only 1 round away from a clean sweep of National Championships.

There were 3 competitions ran on the day, with an Open 680kg competition being ran as well as the 600kg Championship weight and the 5-a-side 375kg.

The round robin in the days main event ended Continue reading

Important Notices for All Clubs

The affiliation forms for 2018 are now available at the Affiliate Your Club page.

Full member clubs will need to register before the 31st of January in order to have a vote at the upcoming AGM which will be held on March 25th. This includes all indoor clubs, who will need to re-affiliate before February, to have a vote. There is no change to the affiliation process from last year. A proposal surrounding individual affiliation will be put forward at this years AGM, but for now, standard club affiliation still applies.


Gerry Ferguson

At a recent meeting of the Executive, Gerry Ferguson has been appointed to the newly created position of the Clubs Liaison Officer to the Executive. As some of you may be aware, it is now mandatory for all National Sporting Bodies to become compliant with the Governance Code by the end of 2019. This will be a 2 year process that will involve policy’s and changes to be made and adopted, covering a wide range of areas. This is designed to improve the operation and transparency of all sporting bodies.

As part of these changes, a Liaison Officer should be appointed to communicate between the Executive and the Clubs, on an ongoing basis. Gerry has agreed to take on this role. A proposal to make this an elected position, in line with the Secretary and Treasurer, will be put forward at this years AGM.

The 1st point of contact for all clubs who have any questions or issues will continue to be their Provincial Delegates. These delegates are elected by all the clubs for this specific job. After that, Gerry will be the main point of contact for club matters and will work with the Provincial Delegates as well as chair subcommittee meetings. Contact information for all Delegates can be found on the Contacts page.