St Pats to host national 680kg in Carrickmacross

14706973_1457367300944362_8352799354904088339_oThe St Pats club will host the national 680kg championship in Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan on Sunday next October 30.

See full line-up on our Fixtures page.

The death has occurred of Paul Clarke

Sincere sympathy to Andrew Clarke of the Rockies club on the death of his brother, Paul. Paul will be laid to rest after mass in Kingscourt tomorrow.

Click here for funeral details.

St. Pats dominate day 1 of national indoors

The clubs who competed in Edgeworthstown were Ballinastoe, Clonmany, Cuan Rithe, Mountain View, GnaC, Kiltevna, St Pats, Stapeltons, Streamstown & Rathkeale. 8 teams took parts in the men’s 720kg competition.

St Pats, national senior champions at 720kg

St Pats, national senior champions at 720kg

The clubs to qualify for the senior semi finals were Clonmany B, Cuan Rithe, Mountain View & St. Pats. St Pats overcame Clonmany in the first semi final and Montian View also overcame Cuan Rithe, both in straight ends. The final between St. Pats & Mountain View was never in doubt as St. Pats were superior and controlled the pull to win the title in straight ends. Cuan Rithe dug very deep to defeat Clonmany in a third and deciding end to win the bronze medal. Ballinastoe and Stapletons qualified for the Div 2 final. The experiences Galway based team coached by Mike Stapelton were two strong for the Wicklow team and they went on to win the gold medal.

Stapeltons, national 720kg Div2 champions

Stapeltons, national 720kg Div2 champions

11 teams took part in the men’s 5-a-side open 450kg competition. This was run off in two groups. Once again the St Pats men were very strong in this event and qualified for the final where they faced Clonmany. St. Pats went ton to win the gold medal in this event with another straight end victory. Cuan Rithe overcame Gort na Cloiche to win the bronze medal, their second bronze medal of the day. This was an emotional day for Gort na Cloiche the hosting club as they remembered their friend and fellow puller, Shauna Banet, who sadly passed away during the summer.

Rebecca Banet presents the Shauna Banet memorial shield

Rebecca Banet presents the Shauna Banet memorial shield

The club organised the Shauna Banet memorial shield for the winners of the youth competition on the day. Four team took part in the youth competition, they were Ballinastoe, Clonmany B, GnaC & Rathkeale. Clonmany B were strong and they ended up winners with Rathkeale runners up. We were delighted that Shauna’s sister, Rebecca was in attendance to present the Shauna Banet memorial shield to Daniel Doherty the coach of the Clonmany team. St Pats and a combined team of Kiltevna & Ballinastoe pullers competed in the the first round of the ladies 540kg 8-a-side league.

St. Pats, winners of the ladies 540kg competition

St. Pats, winners of the ladies 540kg competition

St Pats were superior in this event and took the maximum points for round 1. B&K entered two teams into the first round of the ladies 340kg 5-a-side league. The result for first place as still the same as the St. Pats ladies who are preparing for next summer’s World Games in Poland were very strong and took maximum points once again. Ballinastoe, GnaC A&B and St Pat’s competed in the first round of the mixed 600kg league. St Pats rounded off a great day for the club taking the 7 points with GnaC A finishing runners-up.

Click here to see the final of the 720kg senior between St. Pats and Mountain View.

See full results on Results page.

See leagues after day 1 on our League Tables page.

Click here to see photos from the championship. Thanks to Kiltevna & St Pats TOW for photos.

Set-up of outdoor sub-committee

At the most recent National Executive meeting, it was agreed that an Outdoor Sub-committee would be set up in line with the Indoor Sub-committee that has been running for 2 years now. As a result, the 1st meeting of the Outdoor Sub-Committee will take place on Sunday 6th November at the Tullamore Court Hotel. The Agenda for this meeting is as follows:
  • Dates & Venues of the 2017 National Outdoor Fixtures
  • All chosen venues must be willing to pay the €1,500 fee for hosting
  • Format of the Outdoor National 8-a-side and 5 or 6-a-side competitions
  • Weight Advantage for National Championships
  • Selection of Outdoor National Teams
  • Selection of Teams for the 2017 Outdoor British & Irish Championships
  • Any other Business
Every outdoor club is entitled to send 1 representative only. It is very important that All Outdoor clubs, from every division, send a representative. Decisions made on the day will directly affect the 2017 Outdoor Season. Every club has an equal vote at the meeting and will be able to put forward ideas. The proposals from the meeting will go forward the the Nationa Executive Committee for approval. The Sub-committee will be chaired by Gerry Ferguson. For any more information contact Gerry (087 2496915) or the secretary.

British & Irish Indoor Championships 2017

The British & Irish Indoor Championships will be held at Breaffy House Hotel, Castlebar, Co. Mayo on the 11th & 12th February 2017. All countries are welcome to send clubs to compete in the open club competition on Sunday the 12th.

Click here to visit dedicated page for further information.

European Week of Sport

ITOWA at SARI event

ITOWA at SARI event

On Saturday 10th September Cathy O’Toole and colleagues from the ITOWA attended an event with SARI at the Garda head quarters as part of the European Week of Sport.

Click here to see photos from the event.

The European Week of Sport takes place between the 10-18 September and aims to promote sport and physical activity across Europe. The Week is for everyone, regardless of age, background or fitness level. With a focus on grassroots initiatives, it will inspire Europeans to #BeActive on a regular basis and create opportunities in peoples’ everyday lives to exercise more. As an annual event, the European Week of Sport will inspire all kinds of creative and exciting events and activities in different countries.

Click here to see video.

Click here for a full list of events

Defibrillator Course

We will be running a Defibrillator training course/refresher course on Saturday the 8th of October at 10am in the Tullamore Court Hotel. There is no charge for doing this course. Anyone who has previously attended a course run by the association will need to this refresher course as their qualification has expired now. Can anyone willing to renew or do the course for the first time, please contact the Secretary ASAP so that we can finalise numbers.