National Ladies and Youths training day

A National Ladies and Youths training day will be held this Sunday, the 2nd of July, at Gratton Og GAA Grounds, Stonepark, Co. Longford from 11am. Any youths who have not already been involved in the youth training days, but are interested in making the Panel for this years GENSB tournament, should attend this Sunday. This years GENSB will be held on August 26th in Retie, Belgium.

For further information contact Eddie Fitzgerarld 0851153282, Gerry Ferguson 087 2496915 or Cathy O’ Toole 086 3713869.


Safeguarding 2

A Safeguarding 2 ethics course will be held on the 30th of April at 11am at the Longford Arms Hotel, Main St, Longford Town.  Anyone interested in attending this course can contact Cathy O’Toole 086 3713869 or People interested in attending this course must have already completed Safeguarding Level 1.

National Ladies and Youths training day

National Ladies and Youths training day on the 26th of March at GnaC’s training ground on Main Street, Longford Town. Youths are from 11am-1pm and Ladies are from 1pm-3pm. The coaches of all Ladies teams are asked to attend to discuss the fixtures for the coming outdoor season.

For further information contact Gerry Ferguson 087 2496915 or Cathy O’ Toole 086 3713869.


Please contact your local club if you are interested in ladies Tug of War and the chance to represent your country at international level.

Ballinagh, Co. Cavan – contact Christina 087 9779332

Ballinastoe, Co. Wicklow – contact Cathy 086 3713869

Loughmore, Co. Tipperary – contact Patrick 087 2797757

Kiltevna, Co. Galway – contact Olivia 086 0845472



Eire Og reach last 16 at GENSB

The Eire Og team made up of pullers from Ballinastoe, Grove, GnaC & Rockies pulled well at the GENSB Games hosted by the Stans club in Switzerland.

Eire Og squad at GENSB

Eire Og squad at GENSB

They were drawn in a strong group which included Ebersecken but the lads pulled well and got enough points to qualify for the knockout stages. They were unlucky in the last 16 draw to be paired with Stans the hosting club and lost the contest in two straight ends. Stans eventually lost the final to rivals Sins also from Switzerland.

Click here to see full results.

Click here to see photos thanks to the Stans club.

MayFest 2016

Cathy O’Toole and some of the ladies from the Ballinastoe Tug of War club attended an event called MayFest 2016 which was run by Vision Sports Ireland for people with visual impairments at the ALSAA Sports Complex, beside Dublin Airport on the 21st of May.

The group at MayFest

The group at MayFest

Vision Sports Ireland are the National Governing Body for sport for vision impaired people in Ireland. The event was officially opened by Michael D Higgins. It involved competitions and demonstrations across a range of sports suitable for vision impaired people like Tandem Cycling, Futsal, Tennis (using a sound emiting ball), 100m sprints and Tug of War. Cathy and the girls organised the Tug of War competition with all the participants on the rope having some visual impairment. Vision Sports Ireland member Patricia McCarthy was very happy with the event and very grateful to Cathy and the girls for their efforts, ” Everyone was delighted that you came along. I personally appreciate all the effort you went to in ensuring that everyone enjoyed their experience of tug of war.”

Click here to see photos from the event.

Scoil Mhuire Robinstown, Navan

Scoil Mhuire Robinstown

Scoil Mhuire Robinstown

On Monday 25th of April, Helen Coyne, a member of the Irish Tug of War Association, visited Scoil Mhuire Robinstown, Navan, Co. Meath.

As part of their school’s Active Week , the children were getting an opportunity to try new and interesting sports.

Almost 90 children from 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th class participated in a short information session about both Indoor and Outdoor Tug of War and got a chance to examine some of the gear involved. The class groups were split into teams and some great contests followed. A Tug of War rope was presented to the school and it is envisaged that Tug of War will certainly feature in future P.E. lessons and school sports events.

Thanks to school Principal Shane Foley for the warm welcome extended to the Irish Tug of War Association and to staff memebers Gerard Bradley, Fiona Breheny and Laura Kearns for their assistance and photographs.

Click here to see photos from the day.