Tipperary GAA Club Focus – Lattin Cullen GAA Club
Club Name: LattinCullen
Hurling: Junior A
Football: Senior with Aherlow
Club Colours: Green & White
Chairman: Gerry Maguire (0876774261)
Secretary: Sinead Pearl (0879977337)
Treasurer: Catherine Hogan (0874199942)
PRO: Sharon O’ Dwyer (0876824173)
Children’s Officer: Teresa White (0872130483)
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Brief History of the club:
The revival of Gaelic games in 1886 gave rise to three clubs in the parish of Lattin/Cullen; Lattin, Cullen and Shronell. Given its rich cultural and nationalist tradition, the area west of Tipperary town was fertile ground for the spread of the GAA ethos. The three clubs in the parish did battle with each other until the “one club one parish” rule in 1961 and LattinCullen GAA Club was established. The club acquired its own field in 1949 and on March 24th 1957 the official opening of the Canon Ryan Memorial GAA Hall occurred. This was an outstanding achievement for the club as the entire building works were completed voluntarily by committee members.
LattinCullen Juvenile Board was formed in 2000 and huge credit is due to Eamon Buckley for his dedication to juveniles in the early years. Eamon a club official for numerous years and esteemed Tipperary County Board Treasurer in recent times.
Our underage structure has enjoyed numerous successes in both disciplines down through the years. In recent years we have been joined with Aherlow and continue to encourage all juveniles to enjoy Gaelic games and have fun and each year when we run very enjoyable Cúl Camps at Easter and summertime.
LattinCullen LGFA is a vibrant and active club since 2005 winning many accolades in all grades, including county titles and having players on Tipperary teams.
Over the decades, LattinCullen GAA Club has provided numerous “wearers of the Blue & Gold”, administrators at West and County Board level and recipients of Laochra Gael awards. The club is indebted to Jackie Hannon, a former player and long time club official who compiled the book “A history of Gaelic games in Lattin and Cullen 1886 -2000. This book covered in detail a history of the parish’s involvement in Irish games and activities including hurling, football, camogie, athletics, sport days, set dancing/ceili and Scór. It was only fitting that the sportsgrounds was renamed Hannon G.A.A Park in memory of Jackie’s brother Jimmy (RIP), a lifetime stalwart of the club as a player, mentor and administrator
Huge credit must go to our current treasurer, Catherine Hogan who has been a dedicated club official since 1994. The club enjoyed great success in the late 1950’s and 60’s with eight West Senior Football titles over a fourteen year period. One of the great players of this team, Mick Byrnes played at No 3 for Tipperary Senior Footballers and in 1969 he was awarded Tipperary Gaelic Football Sports Star. Further roll of honours in the club include County titles in Intermediate football 1989 , Junior Hurling 1992, Intermediate Hurling 1996 and All Ireland 7’s Junior Hurling in 1993. These titles were made all the more special by the number of brothers, fathers, sons, uncles, nephews represented on these victorious teams including; Morrisseys, Maguires and Kielys.
The club has continued to work hard in improving and developing the club facilities. Since 2000 an additional hall has been added to the existing hall providing extra dressing rooms, shower facilities, meeting rooms and kitchen/dining area. Extensive work was done to the field and the club boasts a fully seated covered stand, electronic scoreboard, ball wall, all weather playing surface with flood lights.
A huge thank you to everyone involved in the many exciting club developments undertaken in 2020! Work started on our Walkway on the pitch perimeter in July and finished with the lights being switched on in October. This project was completed voluntarily by the current committee, ex committee, players and ex-players and entirely self-funded by the club! The club is currently participating in The Irish Life GAA Healthy Club Steps Challenge and GAA’s Ireland Lights Up Walking Initiative. The walkway is hugely popular with all ages; it is an invaluable asset to our parish and has played a huge part in providing a safe and secure environment for people to exercise and in promoting the health and wellbeing of many in these challenging times. In addition we erected new goal posts and nets, installed Broadband and a Smart Board which will be a great asset for presentations, guest speakers and match performance analysis. Our 2021 project is to have a fully equipped gym. Our presence on Social Media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter continues to grow and we published a Newsletter in December, all of this has kept people connected throughout lockdowns. We held our first ever “Virtual” AGM in December 2021 and in addition our Facebook page facilitates weekly streaming of weekend mass.
During Covid Lockdowns the club played an active role in a local support network, providing support to people in the community by delivering their medicines/shopping etc and being at the of the phone for a chat. For many years now, Lattin-Cullen GAA makes our hall and kitchens available to all bereaved families within the parish for catering, prior to and after funerals, a service that is acknowledged, respected and greatly appreciated by everyone.
Our club has always been inclusive to the community and our facilities are actively used by LattinCullen Seniors/Juveniles LGFA, 3 National schools for games, concerts and fundraisers, primary/post primary schools matches at county & provincial level, 45 drive, music classes and regular concerts for adults and minors by Ceoltas Ceoltoiri Eireann, Irish dancing classes and other events.
Club Fundraising and Club Lotto
Since the start of our weekly Lotto in 2011, every jackpot won to-date has been won within the Lattin/Cullen Parish! Due to pub closures we live streamed the Lotto on Facebook every week. Unfortunately, due to ongoing Covid restrictions, our Lotto ceased for a significant number of weeks in 2020 and has only recently resumed in March 2021. The Jackpot is now a whopping €17,500! In July 2020, we launched our Lotto online with ClubForce and it has proved to be a great success with locals home and away!
In 2015, 2017 and 2019 we held very successful fundraisers showcasing the best of the parish’s dancing and talent skills under the scrutiny of celebrity judges. All three events were held in Ballykisteen Hotel and were sell out shows. The ongoing success of the Lotto and our large fundraisers are due to the dedication, commitment and enthusiasm of our promoters and sellers, in conjunction with the support of the Lattin/Cullen community and adjoining parishes.
Unfortunately, we were unable to hold any club fundraising event due to restrictions and lockdowns. However, we held a hugely successful “Socially Distant” Family 5k Walk/Run/Cycle in June 2020. We raised over €5000 for South Tipperary Hospice Movement and it was great to see participant’s videos/pictures on our social media outlets!
Famous Club Members
Nicky English: Player/ All Ireland Tipperary Player/6 All-Stars /Manager
Nicky is without doubt our most prolific club man, having won every honour as a Tipperary player and manager. His accolades as Tipperary hurler include All Ireland Minor, U21 & Senior (2), Munster Minor, U21 (2) and Senior (4) titles. In addition he won 5 in a row UCC Fitzgibbon hurling titles, National League and Railway Cup trophies. His numerous awards included six All-Stars, Tipperary Cidona Awards, Man of the match, Hurler of the Year 1989, corner-forward on the Tipperary hurling team of the millennium and many more. Despite all of this acclaim, he never forgot his roots and played hurling and football for the club for over twenty years until his retirement in 1999 due to injury. He cherishes his three county club medals; Intermediate football 1989, Junior Hurling 1992, Intermediate Hurling 1996 and in 1982 he captained Lattin/Emly U21 Football team to county honours. Nicky was Manager to Tipperary Senior Hurling team from 1998-2002 and led them to two National League, one Munster and one All Ireland titles.
Michael Maguire-Player & Administrator
As a club player for almost 30 years, Michael enjoyed great success from 1958, winning 8 West Tipperary Senior football medals, West Senior Hurling, West Intermediate Hurling, West Junior Hurling (3) and West U21 Football Medals. Michael played Junior and Senior football and intermediate hurling for Tipperary. Michael has held many esteemed administration positions, starting as club secretary in 1967, club chairman, Secretary & Chairman of the West Board, Chairman of the County Board 1991-1993 and Central Council Representative. In 1999 Michael was honoured to be presented with Life President of the West Board. His three sons, Pat, Gerry and Brian won numerous West & County titles with LattinCullen and won Munster and All Ireland medals with Tipperary teams. Currently his son Gerry and daughter Sinead are Chairman and Secretary of LattinCullen.
George Ryan –Player/Referee/Administrator
George won numerous divisional awards with LattinCullen, including 7 senior football, 1 senior hurling, 2 junior hurling and 3-in-a-row U21 football medals. In 1962 he played on the Tipperary U21 football team and later on he was a selector for Tipperary Minor and U21 football teams. George made his debut as a referee in 1962 and 1979 was the high point in his referring career as he took charge of the Munster minor football final, the National Hurling League Final, the All Ireland hurling club final and the All Ireland senior hurling final.
He travelled to America in 1983 with the All Stars and was referee for games in New York and San Francisco. In 1985, George was referee again for the All Ireland senior hurling final. George played an active role as a club official, with roles as Chairman and secretary for many years and was Vice Chairman and Chairman of the West Board
Since the foundation of the club, we are indebted to committee members, coaches, parents and managers. Lattin Cullen GAA Club’s motto is to develop, preserve and promote Gaelic games, culture and lifelong participation/volunteerism