The Tipperary Football Committee, in conjunction with Nenagh Éire Óg and Permanent TSB (Nenagh), are proud to announce the inaugural John Kissane Sevens, a Gaelic football tournament which will be held at MacDonagh Park in Nenagh on June 3 (Bank Holiday Monday).
This event will comprise of two tournaments - a juvenile competition as well as a seven-a-side adult contest featuring several clubs from across North Tipperary. The tournament represents an integral part of the recently-published strategic plan for Tipperary football which can be viewed on the Friends of Tipperary Football website.
It was decided to name the competition after the late John Kissane, a Kerry native who dedicated many years to the promotion of Gaelic football across many clubs in the North division, but most particularly with Nenagh Éire Óg.
During the 1980s and 1990s Nenagh was one of the most dominant clubs in Gaelic football in the county and won numerous honours thanks to the influence of John.
With John as coach the club won an impressive seven North Tipperary senior football titles, two North Tipperary intermediate championships, seven under-21 titles and seven minor titles as well as a myriad of juvenile crowns. They also won two county intermediate, two county junior, two county under-21, one county minor, two county under-16, one county under-14 and two under-12 county titles all at the A grade under John’s watchful eye.
Thanks to John’s coaching and influence many players from Nenagh Éire Óg represented Tipperary at inter-county level. He was very proud of the senior career of Mark Sheahan and 1998 was a particularly satisfying time for him as three of his players (Chris Bonar, Jim McAuliffe and captain Kevin Coonan) were members of the Tipperary junior football team which won the Munster and All-Ireland titles. He also coached Brian Farrell who was a member of the Tipperary minor football panel in 1995 while captured the Munster title.
John himself was also an accomplished referee who took charge of numerous games within the county while his son Alan has become one of the top up-and-coming referees in Munster. John was also a selector with the Tipperary under-21 sides in 1993 and 1994 and was heavily involved with numerous divisional North Tipperary sides.
John didn’t just confine himself to Nenagh Éire Óg and spent many happy days spreading the football gospel in numerous other clubs including Knockshegowna, Burgess, Portroe, Silvermines and Kiladangan among others.
The juvenile tournament is expected to commence at 2pm while the adult competition will throw in at 5pm. There are specially-commissioned medals for both events while the winners of the adult competition will receive O’Neill’s designed half-zips.
Food on the day will be provided by Joe Mulqueen of Andy’s Bar, Nenagh.
If any adult club would like to enter please phone the organizing committee on 083 334 3347 as soon as possible.
The event is open to the public and the event organizers look forward to seeing huge numbers turn out in remembrance of a man who did so much to promote Gaelic football.