Club Notes 13/04/20

Hurling and Football Games Postponed

Due to the Coronavirus all Adult and Juvenile Hurling and Football games have been postponed until the present crisis has abated. Training has also been put on hold and both Anner Park Cloneen and Drangan GAA Field are out of bounds for all.

St. Patricks Juvenile GAA Kellogs Summer CÚl Camp

We ask all parents and juvenile players to note that our Annual Summer Camp will commence on Monday 29th June and continue until Friday 3rd July.

Community Delivery Service CoronaVirus

In an effort to help people who are self isolating in Drangan and Cloneen a group of GAA people have got together to arrange deliveries to houses in Drangan and Cloneen. If you wish to avail of this service please place your order by phonong the shop and delivery will be arranged on the following day. We thank the local shops and the officers of St. Patricks GAA club who have arranged this service: Chairperson Jimmy O’Brien, Secretary Catherine Mockler, Assistant Secretary Mark Fitzgerald MCC, Treasurer Marcus O’Halloran and Public Relations Officer Patrick Moroney. A special word of thanks to the volunteers who will be delivering to your doorstep but not entering your house in the coming days and weeks. T

The Birth of the GAA When the GAA was founded in Hayes Hotel in Thurles on November 1 1884 a small number of men met in the Billiard Room but a large number of supporters gathered in the hotel and some say that there were so many other supporters in attendance that many had to go to another hostelry across the street. Among those was a Drangan man Mikey Tobin of Newtown whose son Johnny Tobin captained Cloneen to win the Co. Tipperary Senior Football Championship in 1908. Johnny also lined out with the Co. Tipperary Senior Footballers for a number of years. A Cloneen man’s son was also in Hayes Hotel in Thurles that day. He was Henry Meagher of Tullaroan whose son Lory was to become one of the most famous hurlers of all time. We compliment these men on their support for the most successful venture in modern day Ireland. Getting to Thurles was not an easy task in those days as it probably involved walking or going by horse to Thurles or maybe to get the train in Laffansbridge or Farranaleen. Historians in Tullaroan tell us that Henry Meagher went to Thurles by pony and trap which was probably a bit of luxury at that time.

GAA – The Early Years
One of the first GAA clubs in Co. Tipperary in 1885 was Cloneen who were defeated by Kilcash in a football tournament in Fethard in 1886 which was attended by many thousands according to the report in the Cashel Sentinel who reported that the supporters preserved the most orderly demeanour and sobriety. By 1887 3 more clubs from the parish had affiliated to the Central Executive of the GAA. They were Drangan Davitts, Ballyluskey O’Hanrahans and Crohane. On May 21 1887 Ballyluskey O’Hanrahans were defeated by The Cashel Rock Crackers who had a “hard Earned Victory” according to The Cashel Sentinel. A tournament was held in Drangan with several teams from Clonmel and Tipperary. In a tournament played in Fethard Lisronagh defeated Crohane, Drangan defeated Ballingarry and Poulmucka defeated defeated Ballyluskey. The next few years were dominated by athletic contests with a lot of GAA activity put on hold due to the Parnell Split. In 1892 the number of players on football and hurling teams was reduced from 21 to 17. In a football tournament in Mullinahone Callan and Mullinahone played a draw and Ballyneale defeated Ballyluskey. In a football tournament in Mullinahone there were teams from Grangemockler, Kilcash, Fethard, Drangan, Mullinahone, Callan, Windgap, Dessart and Coolagh. In February 1894 draws and fixtures were made for the Co. Tipperary football and hurling championships but no teams were entered from Drangan or Cloneen.
St. Patricks GAA Lotto

St. Patrick’s Gaa lotto draws are postponed until further notice due to the Covid 19 pandemic. This decision has been taken in the best interest of health and safety for our community. All tickets sold will be held over until next draw can resume. Online and 6 month tickets will be extended to ensure they are entered in correct number of draws. Thank you for your support and understanding and we encourage you to stay safe during this difficult time.

Next draw for a Jackpot of €17,000 will be held when the Covid 19 Pandemicc has abated.
Thanks for your support in the past and we look forward to your support in the future. You can play St. Patrick’s GAA Lotto by logging onto our website “” and also receive our free fortnightly newsletter. We are very grateful to Paul O’ Halloran of O’ Hallorans Gala Shop, Drangan and also to Matt Murphy of Slievenamon Meats, Drangan who have both kindly sponsored the printing of our tickets. We sincerely thank everyone who plays our lotto as it finances the running and development of our clubs.

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