Tug of War at the National Ploughing Championships!

On Thursday the 20th September tug of war made it to the ploughing!!  An open 6-a-side catchweight competition was held there.  The competition kicked off at 2pm.  Castlegregory, Mighty Oaks, Killenaule, and a mixed club team competed.  Thankfully, as the competition started the rain eased off so the spectators got to enjoy watching the pulling.  The teams were very evenly matched which made for a great competition.  At the end of the round robin, Killenaule were in the top spot.  The pull for 3rd place was between the mixed team and Mighty Oaks, with the mixed team winning.  The final was between Killenaule and Castlegregory.  Killenaule claimed the first end with great power and determination, however Castlegregory fought back to claim the second end.  This led to a great battle for the 3rd and final end, much to the delight of the spectators.  Castlegregory claimed victory and took the top spot.  We would like to thank all the members of the ITOWA that travelled to participate on the day taking time out from work to do so.  It was greatly appreciated and a great day was had by all at The Ploughing!!!

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Fixtures For Upcoming Indoor Season 2018/19

Open Competition:

Date: 4th November 2018

Venue: Edgeworthstown, Co Longford – Hosted by The Leinster Board

Weights: Mens 680kg (Open) & Mens 640kg(Open), 5-a-side (Open,weight to be decided)

For more information please contact Cathy O’Toole or Fergal Manning


National Indoor Championship 2018/19


Date: 18th November 2018

Venue: Newcastle West, Co Limerick – Hosted by Cuan Rithe

Weights: Mens 680kg National Championships & Mens 5-a-side open 380kg

Judge & Scorekeeper: Pat Lee & Karen Hickey


Date: 2nd December 2018

Venue: Lordship, Co. Louth – Hosted by Mountain View (Provisional)

Weights: Mens 640kg National Championships & Mens 5-a-side open 380kg

Judge & Scorekeeper: PJ Moore & Betty Jeffers


Date: 20th January 2019

Venue: Clonmany, Co Donegal – Hosted by Clonmany

Weights: Mens 600kg National Championship & Mens 5-a-side open 420kg

Judge & Scorekeeper: Pat McGurl & Maureen Geary


Date: 27th January 2019

Venue: Clonmany, Co Donegal – Hosted by Carndonagh

Weights: Mens 560kg National Championship & Mens 5-a-side open 420kg

Judge & Scorekeeper: James Ward & Maureen Geary


  • Ladies & Youths fixtures

Can all clubs wishing to participate in Ladies or Youths please contact Clubs Liaison Officer Mr Gerry Ferguson by October 1st so competitions can be scheduled.


Please note:

  • Saturday night weigh in from 7-8pm,clubs must contact the Chief Judge 1 week before a competition.
  • Sunday morning weigh in from 10-11am, with competitions starting at 12pm sharp
  • 5-a-side competitions are to be run on a league basis over the 2 dates assigned to each weight.
  • A weight advantage of 20kg to be given to division 2 and novice teams in the 5-a-side competitions.  This is capped at 20kg with no additional weight advantage allowed for using a lady or youth.
  • If the hosting club wants to run an additional open weight on the day, this can only take place after the National 8-a-side & open 5-a-side competitions are finished.  The hosting club must provide the medals/prizes for this competition.
  • All pullers must be registered before they can compete.  Please complete Individual registrations online by October 1st. If you do not have a ITOWA ID card, you will not be allowed to compete!

Hosting Clubs Criteria:

  • The hosting club must be affiliated to the ITOWA
  • All outstanding monies owed to the ITOWA must be paid in full by October 1st 2018
  • The applicant must compete at the event
  • The club awarded must provide the mats for the fixture
  • The fee of €500 must be paid on the day to the ITOWA for hosting the competition

MCS Online and in Sport Webinar 2018 – 17/09/2018






The ITOWA received information from Sport Ireland on a free webinar which explores what safeguarding children in the digital world means for sport.

This webinar is aimed at parents/carers, volunteers, NGB’s, clubs, coaches & child welfare officers.

You will learn:

  • The risks facing children in the digital world including bullying, sexting & grooming.
  • How to educate & empower children to better protect themselves.
  • How to mitigate the risks associated with consent & images.
  • How to go beyond compliance to safeguarding children.

The register for this free webinar please use the following link: Ineqe.com/webinar

This free webinar will take place on Monday the 17th of September from 4.00 – 5.00pm.

We think this would be of great interest, especially to any clubs that have Youths as members.

British & Irish Outdoor Championships 2018

This year a large Irish squad headed to the British & Irish Championships in Bedford England with 40+ pullers travelling to the event.  Overall it was a very successful championship for the Irish.

Day One: Closed competitions

Saturday kicked off with the 600kg men’s competition.  Ireland had an A & B team in this weight.  Ireland A qualified for the semi-finals, where they defeated Northern Ireland A and went on to claim gold against Scotland A in the final.



After lunch the 680kg men’s took place.  Again Ireland had 2 teams in this weight.  Ireland A qualified for the semi-finals where they met England B, but were defeated.  They then went on to meet Wales in the battle for bronze, but after a very tough battle Wales claimed the medal.  Ireland A finishing 4th.


The last competition of the day was the mixed.  Ireland had one team in this very tough weight.  Ireland picked up points but not enough to claim a spot in the semi-finals.

Overall the first day was tough but successful for the Irish who fought hard for every point on the day.  Massive congratulations to everyone that competed.


Day Two: Open competitions

The day started with the 720kg men’s competition, where Ballinastoe were successful and went on to claim the bronze

The Irish ladies joined forces with the Cornhill Ladies in the 520kg and qualified for the semi-final.  After a very tough battle just missed out on the Bronze.

In the 680kg Ballinastoe were once again successful in taking home the bronze.

Kathleen Kennedy pulled with Haldon ladies in the 560kg competition, and went on to claim silver.

In the 640kg, G & B battled their way to the silver medal.

Again, massive congratulations to everyone that took part and thank you for all your hard work and dedication to the sport all season.  Hopefully next year will see an even bigger squad travelling and taking part.   Thank you to Sue Anderson from the English Tug of War Association for all the fantastic photos.

Consultation On The Proposed Amendments To The Irish Anti-Doping Rules

Sport Ireland has undertaken a review of the current 2015 Irish Anti-Doping Rules (Rules). Pursuant to Article 18.1 of the Rules, Sport Ireland is now inviting Athletes and National Governing Bodies to make submissions to Sport Ireland in relation to the proposed amendments to the Rules.

In order to facilitate these submissions, please find the following two documents:

  1. Consultation Document: This document summarises the proposed amendments to the Irish Anti-Doping Rules and outlines the rationale behind these amendments.

  1. Irish Anti-Doping Rules 2015 Version 2.0: This is the proposed Version 2.0 of the Irish Anti-Doping Rules. Sport Ireland has provided a tracked version of changes between the current version (Version 1.0) and the proposed Version 2.0 of the Rules.


In addition, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) are currently in the process of updating the World Anti-Doping Code for 2021.  Therefore, Sport Ireland welcomes comments from Athletes and National Governing Bodies in relation to the provisions of the current World Anti-Doping Code and its operations. Further information on the 2021 Code review can be found at www.wada-ama.org/en/what-we-do/the-code/2021-code-review.

Sport Ireland invites all written responses concerning the proposed Irish Anti-Doping Rules and the World Code to be sent to Siobhán Leonard (sleonard@sportireland.ie), by July 4th 2018.

After the closing date for the consultation process, Sport Ireland will review the responses received and decide whether any further amendments need to be made the Rules.  The amended Irish Anti-Doping Rules 2015 will be provided to the Board of Sport Ireland at its meeting in September 2018 to be finalised. It is anticipated that the amended rules will come into effect on 01 January 2019.

I.D Cards, Individual Membership and Policy Updates

Last year, the use of I.D cards was introduced for weigh-in at National competitions. This year, every card holder will be entered into a draw to win a range of prizes on offer. These cards will also now be used at competition entrances to gain entry for €5 instead of the typical €10 charged by most shows. These cards are only valid for 1 year, so they need to be renewed for 2018, if you haven’t already done so. New cards will be valid for the new affiliation year, which runs until March 31st 2019.

As passed at this year’s AGM, it is now a requirement of the Association, under article 7.3 of the constitution, for all members to affiliate as individual members of the association and to pay the annual €50 subscription. This applies to everyone, whether they are officials, or individual club members. Once each member completes the individual membership application process, they will be issued with a new I.D card.

In order to make this process as straight forward as possible, the individual membership application process will be done online here

There is also a link in the main website menu. The payment of €50 will be taken online using a credit or debit card. Payment will be handled securely using Stripe Payment Services. Stripe is one of the worlds most trusted and fastest growing processors of online payments and the company’s products are live in 25 different countries. Last year, 40% of people across the UK and Ireland have bought something online using Stripe.

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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