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:

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.

Indoor Sub-Committee Meeting


A meeting of the Indoor Sub-Committee will be held Sunday, the 2nd of September, at 12.00pm in the Tullamore Court Hotel.

All Clubs looking to take part in this years Indoor National competitions should send 1 representative to attend.  Fixtures and other competition related issues will be discussed and decided.

Anyone with any questions can call Gerry Ferguson 0872496915

Upcoming Tullow Show Sunday 19th August

Details for this weekend pull is as follows
Competition Weights: Men’s 580kg National Championship & Open 6 aside 435kg
Ladies Competition also on the day.

Chef Judge Martin Egan 086 8376103

Saturday night weigh in will be at 7pm to 8pm at Eire Og Gaa club Carlow (Same venue used for 640kg on 8th july)

Sunday morning weigh in will be be on site at Tullow Show Grounds.  Weigh in from 10.30am – 12pm, first pull to start at 12.30pm

National League for 600kg & 680kg held on Sunday 29th July

All Ireland League 2018

Sunday past saw the third and final round of the All Ireland league.

It was held at the old Connolly Army Barracks, in Longford.

The final results after the three days is as follows with Castlegregory winning gold in both category with G&B also getting Silver in both category also.

Over All Winners after day 3

Castlegregory – Gold on 39 points.
G&B – Silver on 33 points.
Ballinastoe – Bronze on 22 points.

Castlegregory – Gold on 43 points.
G&B – Silver on 30 points.
GnaC – Bronze on 16 points.


Results on to-days third round:-
G&B – 15 points.
Castlegregory – 10 points.
Ballinastoe – 10 points.
Leo Boys – 3.
Mix Team – 6.
GnaC – 0.

G&B – 15 points.
Castlegregory – 10 points.
Ballinastoe – 10 points.
Leo Boys – 4.
Mix Team – 4.
GnaC – 0.

Photos from the days event will follow.