Gold and 2 Bronze for Ireland at World Indoors

A hugely successful Indoor World Championships saw Irish teams return home with a large medal haul, after being involved in the knockout stage of every single Senior men’s event across the week.

In the closed competitions, Ireland won 560kg Gold and took Bronze in the 640kg and 680kg events. Ireland finished 4th in the remaining closed competition, the 600kg.

In the open events, St. Pats went one better than they managed at the 2016 World Championships in Volendam, Netherlands. This time the club won all 4 of the senior men’s weights. Mountain View also won Bronze in the open 560kg competition to round out a very strong showing by all Irish participants in the Championships.

Congratulations to all the Mountain View and St. Pats members, along with the pullers from Clonmany and Carndonagh, who travelled to Xuzhou, China to take part and are now returning home as either first time medalists or multiple World Champions. Continue reading


The Associations AGM will take place on March 25th at 2pm in the Tullamore Court Hotel. A copy of the constitution as it currently is, can be found here.

The Nominations and Motions are as follows;



President Elect:

  • Dan McCarthy
  • Martin Egan
  • Nicola Conway
  • Pat McGirl

Secretary:  Annette Colfer

Treasurer:  Anthony Pender



Executive Committee of ITOWA:

In order to meet our requirements under the new Governance Code, as well as to restore the Association to a solid financial footing, in light of constantly increasing insurance costs and to improve the governance and transparency of the Association, the Executive proposes the following motion:

(Motion 1) To Adopt and implement the Administrative Goals for 2018, including adopting the required constitutional amendments (if you have difficulty reading the plan, a copy can be downloaded here):

Goal Measurement Criteria

1.Compliance with the New Governance Code

2.Have all members of the Executive sign off on the Core Grant application each year.

3.Disciplinary Penalties

4.Review Provincial Board Structure

5. Set up & Publish Registered Officials Database

6. Appoint a Clubs Liaison Officer to the Executive and make it an elected position every 2 years, in line with the Secretary and Treasurers positions.

 Adopt the Corporate Code of Governance Review penalties for   Offences

 Provincial Delegates to be elected at Provincial A.G.M.

 Provincial Board Compliance

 Increase the Number of Active Officials

 Appoint a Clubs Liaison Officer


Provide Funding for 2018 I.T.O.W.A. Objectives in compliance with Sport Ireland

 Budget Proposal  Presented by Financial Officer To A.G.M.

  1. Introduce Individual Membership
  2. Change the affiliation year, so that it runs from April 1st to March 31st. This is instead of the current year which runs from January 1st to December 31st. This change will prevent indoor clubs from having to re-affiliate in the middle of their season, or before international competitions and will ensure they are covered by insurance throughout the season.
  3. Review Membership Category Structure
 Increased number of Members Club Category, Officials Category,   OTHER

 Change the Affiliation year


1.Delivery of Coaching Courses at Introduction and

   level 1,Youth, and Ladies

2.Delivery of Level 2 pilot Course  

 Increased number of Level 1 Coaches.Coaching Development   sessions for Youth and Ladies and Schools
Existing Clubs


  • List of Officers. (i.e. Contacts Telephone No’s & e-mail addresses)
  • Financial Reports (i.e. End of year statements)
  • P.R.O. Information (i.e. Newspaper photos, local radio. Etc)

2 Club Development

  • Youth / Ladies team’s taking part in at least 2 Provincial and 2 national Championships
  • Each club nominating a member to take Coaching Course.


  • Standardise training equipment. (i.e. pulleys gantries etc)
  • Indoor mats & ropes.
  • Coaching. (Club coach taking level 1 coaching course.)

4.Assist Clubs to avail of Funding through Sports Capital, Local, and Association Initiatives.

 Increased number of clubs Competing.

 Increased Participation within Clubs

 Standardize Training Equipment


Link in with Clubs (offer open training days)                                                                                   

Invite teachers to level 1 coaching days                                                                                     

Keep schools informed/ get feedback on T.O.W. in their school

Continue to link in with LSP in our active areas

 Increase Youth Participation

 Increased number of level 1 coaches

 Teachers can give their opinion on how it is or is not working for   their school, Allows ITOWA to assess the development officers   delivering to schools.                                                                                           


1. Publish Quarterly Report /Newsletter of T.O.W. activity.

2. Coordinate Club Provincial/ National P.R.O.

3.Contact Database of  Local & National  Radio/Press

 Distribute to all members.

 Promote club locally/Provincialy/Nationally

 Coverage of  Tug of War Championships

Health & Safety  and Child Protection

1.Delivery of Code of Ethics Courses for Coaches

2.Garda Vetting of  Under Age Coaches

3.Prioritise H&S awareness within club,

4.Promote Club Members Health Awareness                                      

 Code of Ethics Statement

 Up Date Coaching Records.

 Club  Safety Statement

 Medical Health Check.

Sources of Income:

  1. Yearly Affiliation/Membership
  2. Gate Receipts
  3. Sport Ireland Funding

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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.

Click here for funeral arrangements.

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.

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

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.