Saturday, 29 October 2011

A look back to 1983 / 84 at Ennis Tennis & Badminton Club

President Oliver Moylan, Vice President Frank McInerney, Chairperson Tom Eade, Vice Chairman Johnny Flynn, Secretary Phil Molony, Treasurer Mary Burke, PRO John Flanagan, Tennis Captain Johnny Flynn, Badminton Captain Con Kearney & Mick Molloy, Gerry Bredin, Roger Fox, Fran Feighery, Kay Murphy, Kieran Tuohy, Brid Doohan, Brid McInerney.

Major Events
AGM Sept 23rd. Family Membership available
Nov 1983 New Clubhouse opens with 2 badminton courts, dressing rooms, viewing gallery, 2 new tennis courts with floodlights, elevated car park, new gate and perimeter fencing,
100 badminton members and 120 tennis members. Joint memberships became available for the following season.

Tennis Court 2 is resurfaced and the new Court 3 is laid.
Floodlighting installed on courts 1 & 2

Security fencing is put around the club perimeter.

Turnover £15, 588
Amount spent on Clubhouse and grounds £81,364. Creditors owed £11,056

Friday, 14 October 2011

Junior Badminton News Friday 14th october

Junior Badminton News Friday 14th October

Moya Ryan selected to Under 15 Irish Squad..
Congratulations to Moya on her recent selection to the Under 15 Irish Squad.
Moya will be working towards team selection for the Quadrangular in Scotland 2012.

Ulster U13 Open, Lisburn
Good luck to Karen MacNamara & Lana Browne who head to Lisburn this weekend
for the Ulster U13 Open. The girls were runners up recently in the U14 girls doubles
in the Autumn Juvenile Open in Dublin. A great achievement considering that both are
still playing in the U13 age group.
Munster Squad Training
Ennis players currently attending the U13/15/17 coaching sessions are
Ronan Foley, Karen MacNamara, Lana Browne, Sally Molloy, Roisin Dwyer,
Moya Ryan, Sophie Marron, Aine Ryan, Maurice Molloy, Ciara Dwyer,

Amy MacNamara, Megan Bredin
Community Games All Stars
Congratulations to club members Sophie Marron & Eoin Flynn representing Ennis St. Johns.
They have been invited to attend the annual Clare Community Games awards night on Friday 21st October in the West County Hotel. Well done to both.
Results - Junior Blitz 8th October
26 Juniors took to the courts last Saturday to take part in the first blitz of the season.

Group 1 .... Winners   – Aine Ryan & David Moloney on 90 points
            Runners up –Karen MacNamara & Brendan Dolan on 86 points

Group 2 .... Winners   – Emma Duffy & Emma Joyce (aka Emma²) on 74 points
            Runners up –Siun Moran & Aoibh O’Reilly on 69 points

Special thanks to our “raffle organisers” the 3 amigos, Jill Broderick, Emer Murray
and Aoibh O’Reilly....    

Prize winners in the raffle – Sean Hanrahan, Siun Moran, Daniel Jakab, Emer Murray,
Brendan Dolan & Jack Bugler)

Thursday, 13 October 2011

'From the Archives' - Archive of Club events 1959 /60

Members will be aware that Ger Browne has curated a comprehensive and fascinating history of the club. The following is his file for 1959 / 60

Chairperson John D O’Farrell, Vice Chairman Gerry O’Neill, Secretary Joint Una O’Brien & Gemma Healy, Treasurer Joe Williams, Patron: Fr Queally, Mary Purcell, Maureen O’Connell, Breda McDonnell, Gerry O’Neill, Tom Dillon, Flan Galvin, Frank O’Dea, Frank McInerney, Gerry Collins, Bernard McBride, G Connolly.
Major events
Jack O’Neill, Breda Fitzpatrick, Senan Carroll and Vera Neville leave Ennis. (all on last years Committee)

AGM held at the Club on Tue 29th Sept. Club opens Frid 2nd Oct
Subs: Gents 30/-, Ladies 25/-, Family £2

A card drive for a fat lamb or cash value £4 was held in Oct.

Membership closes on Dec 1st 93 members

Second Annual Dinner Dance at the Old Ground Jan 13th. Adm. 17/6. 70 present
Badminton matches with Loughrea, Galway, Limerick, Quin, and Newmarket.
The Club contributes £25 to the Lourdes Invalid Fund at a social in the Old Ground in May Over 50 attended.
The Club produce a play The Troubled Batchelors”. New improved lighting in the hall was paid for by the club
A radio, oil heater and spare rackets were also purchased. Beginners coaching every Monday 7-8pm
The club enters 2 teams in The Dr Rogers Shield at the Ennis Golf Club
Club has a turnover of £164 12 8d and a profit of £5 11 6d. Club donates £25 to the Lourdes Fund
Club Championships

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Membership Option For New Members

The Management Committee has decided to offer 'Pro-Rata Membership'.  This offer will see membership rates reduced,  on a monthly basis,  for NEW MEMBERS ONLY who join between now and 31st May 2012

From 1st June 2012 these new members must pay the full applicable rate to retain membership.

  Members may consider bringing details of this offer to friends or family who may be considering joining our club.

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Junior Tennis Season Commences

Participants in the Autumn Junior Open

Ciara Dwyer and her Waterford partner Louise Sexton
win U16 girls doubles title in Autumn Juvenile Open, Dublin
(see below for details on this tournament)


Badminton Coaching for over 70 juniors aged 7-16 is now in its 3rd week..
Our coaches this year are Al Bredin, Donal Marron, Liam O’Halloran, Tim Daly
& Will O Neill. Many thanks to them.
All coaching groups are full at present.

Will O’Neill’s Coaching Programme - 20 juniors are participating in this new
programme. There are 3 different age groups taking part, each week all groups have three training sessions with one of the sessions concentrating solely on Core Strength and Conditioning. This session is at the early time of 6.30 a.m.!!
Some members  of the Junior Badminton Committee

Will, who is a highly regarded coach each week travels to Ennis and our juniors are receiving the benefits from the invaluable experience he gained while playing extensively throughtout Europe & Asia. Will, is a coach who is much in demand and we are very lucky to have him working with us.
Tom Reidy, International Coach held a Coaches Badminton Clinic in association with Badminton Ireland in UL last Sunday. Ennis coaches (Al Bredin, Donal Marron and Ger Browne) attended the morning session which was theory based and focused on the mental development of junior players focusing on three main areas – control, committment & confidence.
Ennis juniors members (Amy MacNamara, Ciara Dwyer, Moya Ryan, Megan Bredin, Roisin Dwyer, Maurice Molloy, Sophie Marron, Sally Molloy, Lana Browne, Aine Ryan & Karen MacNamara) from the Munster Juvenile Development Squads attended the afternoon session were Tom focused on foot work using various games and doubles tactics.

U12/14/16/Autumn Juvenile Open, Whitehall Road, Terenure, Dublin.

Ennis Club was well represented at this tournament with 15 juniors competing in the different ages... Thanks to all who travelled to play/watch juniors over the 2 days and thanks also to Coach Will O’Neill who made an appearance both days to show his support.....

U12’s – Katie Browne, Ronan Foley, Seosamh Ryan & Patrick Bugler

Ronan Foley showed nerves of steel to win his first round match
21-13, 18-21, 21-17..

Seosamh, Patrick and Katie were unfortunate to go out in
the first round all coming up against very strong players, they did themselves proud, fought hard & gained valuable experience .

In the boys doubles Patrick & Ronan showed great determination winning 2 out of
their 3 matches.

U14’s - Sally Molloy, Lana Browne, & Karen MacNamara
Aine Ryan, Roisin Dwyer, & Maurice Molloy

Maurice having lost his 1st round match to the No. 2 seed went on to be the runner up in the boys plate competition.

Roisin who had a good win in her first round match and was unlucky to come up against Rachel McNulty (tournament winner) in the 2nd round, the result was good
21-16, 21-14.

Lana had a tough fight on her hands in her 1st round match, she
did very well before been overcome by Ulster girl Hannah Wiley, score 21-15, 21-14.

Karen, Lana, Sally & Aine having lost in the first round matches entered into the plate competition.. This was won by Karen who narrowly beat her doubles partner
Lana 21-17, Lana having overcome her other club mates Sally and Aine along the way.  Sally put up a great fight before been pipped by Lana 21-19 and game against Aine was equally close with a score of 21-18.

U16’s – Ciara Dwyer, Amy MacNamara, Sophie Marron, Moya Ryan

Ciara with her Waterford partner Louise Sexton won the doubles final beating the strong pairing of Kate Frost/Kerrie Scott 21-14, 21-14. The girls had an easy win in their first round match and they then faced the fancied No.1 seeds from Leinster, both fought for every shot and their win was well deserved, the final score 21-14,

Moya had a first round win beating Louise 21-10, 21-14, she was then faced with the No 1 seed Fionnuala McCourt (Irish team player) and although Moya played well she lost out 21-13, 21-12.

1st blitz of the season takes place on Saturday 8th October,
10.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. – further details on the badminton notice board upstairs
in the club.


Wednesdays “Fun Games” - 4.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. – this hour is supervised by the “brilliant” Treas Molloy and is open to any junior badminton club member.  Only €2.00, plenty of games.. This hour is very sociable and is a great way for juniors to meet others in the club who are not in their coaching group..

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Tom Mannion Remembered

The community in Ennis and our Club lost a  great friend recently with the passing of Tom Mannion.
Tom was a trustee of Ennis Lawn Tennis & Badminton Club and contributed hugely to its  development.

Some of his achievements with the club include;
  • 1957 Mixed Doubles Champion
  • Former Club Treasurer
  • Club Trustee, Life Member & Regular Sponsor
The following is an anectode of his that was retained by the club's archivist.
Tom Mannion

The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem
In 1961 the Committee,  headed up at the time by Finbar  Dempsey, engaged the above group on their very firrst trip to Ireland for a concert in 'Paddy Cons'. Their fee at the time was €300 which was enormous  by our standards but the support was also enormous. There was no licensing limit on numbers at the time and we we rammed in 2,340 patrons into the hall that night - all in by 9.15pm. Thank God there were no casualties, but the Gardai were very cooperative. The end result was sufficient funds to engage a contractor and build our second hard court.

Here is is his obituary from the Clare Champion

Tom Mannion remembered in the town he loved so well
Written by TM   
MANY tributes were paid this week to the late Tom Mannion of Highfield Park, Ennis. Aged 82 years, the well-known travel agent, community activist and sportsman died last Saturday.
A native of Birdhill, County Tipperary, Tom’s long association with Clare started after school when he took up a position with the former Sales and Catering section in Shannon Airport. He was not long there when he was offered a position in the accounts department of the Old Ground Hotel, the start of a 62-year long business career in Ennis.
At one stage he was a member of no less than 15 organisations, all working for the betterment of the town. His close friend, Canon Brendan O’Donoghue, noted when celebating his funeral mass in Ennis Cathedral on Monday afternoon that Tom’s fingerprints could be found on so many developments over the years.
Canon O’Donoghue told the huge congregation that if asked to pick a signature tune in memory of Tom Mannion, who worked and lived in the Ennis community for so many years, it would have to be The Town I Loved So Well.
Soon after joining staff at The Old Ground, Tom became involved with the Ennis Theatre Guild and later was a member of the committee which organised the famous All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil in I956. He became a member of the local conference of St Vincent de Paul in 1952 and devoted a lot of time in helping the less well-off in the community.
One year later, he was a founder member of An Tostal, organising events at local level to attract visitors, which was the forerunner of Bord Fáilte. The Ennis Tidy Towns group was also to benefit from his involvement and he became committee chairman in the 1960s.

Monday, 3 October 2011

Winter League

The full range of draws for the Winter Tennis League is on the noticeboard. Entrants are encouraged to arrange and play off matches as soon as possible.

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Club Championships Coverage in Clare Champion

Carkill makes Ennis Championship history PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 September 2011 11:22
Linda Koccher in action during the Senior Tennis Championships in Ennis at the weekend. Photograph by Declan MonaghanThe 2011 Ennis Tennis Championships concluded on Sunday with a series of great finals. The highlight of the tournament was the performance of Ennis man and graduate of the club’s junior section, Robbie Carkill, who captured a clean sweep in the three A grade titles.
The club’s historians estimate that it is 20 years since Carkill’s feat was last achieved. It was the first time that he won the Singles A title and in doing so he displayed a rich range of shots and assertive tactics. On the way, he overcame the holder and three-time champion, Joachim Pintao. The gents’ singles A tournament is the club’s blue riband event and Sunday’s final was the 67th occasion that the PJ Cahill Cup was presented.
In the gents’ doubles, Robbie was partnered by fellow Ennis man, Dave Clohessy. In the mixed competition he teamed up with Angela O’Sullivan. It was also her first time to win at A level.
In the ladies A section, Fiona Healy won the singles for the first time after a close final with Alice Twomey. In the ladies A doubles, Liz Tuohy and Margaret Flanagan saw off Linda Kochhar and Maria Dolan.
In the B1 singles the winners were Noel Herlihy and Cathy Foley with Mary Browne and Tony Cox winning in the B2 section and all are now promoted for next year’s competition.
In the ladies B doubles, the formidable partnership of Una O’Reilly and Siobhán O’Donovan were successful and showed the benefits of representing the club together in various competitions during the summer.
A popular winner in the B mixed doubles was the partnership of Kevin Starling and Teresa Curtin. Kevin has come close on and a number of occasions but Sunday was his first win. In the gents B doubles, club stalwarts Paul Reynolds and Joe Walsh just did enough to defeat the relative newcomers of Chris Rudland and Wayne Burke
Great credit is due to tennis captain Kieran Tuohy and his committee; Colette Fannin, Martin Dunne, Kevin Starling, Martin Guinane and Martin Dunne.

The full list of winners is:
A singles gents: Robert Carkill; r/up: Dan Constantinescu. A gents doubles: Robert Carkill and Dave Clohessy; r/up: Jonathan King and Dave Keane. A singles ladies: Fiona Healy; r/up: Alice Twomey. A ladies doubles: Elizabeth Tuohy and Margaret Flanagan; r/up: Linda Kochhar and Maria Dolan. A mixed doubles: Robert Carkill and Angela O’Sullivan; r/up: Jonathan King and Margaret Flanagan. B1 gents singles: Noel Herlihy; r/up: Stephen Lester. B1 ladies singles: Cathy Foley; r/up: Clair Duffy. B1 gents doubles: Joe Walsh and Paul Reynolds; r/up: Chris Rudland and Wayne Burke. B1 ladies doubles: Siobhán O’Donovan and Una O’Reilly; r/up: Collette Fannin and Aileen Daffy. B1 mixed doubles: Kevin Starling and Teresa Curtin; r/up: Siobhan O’Donovan and Ger Browne. B2 gents singles: Tony Cox; r/up: David Elliot. B2 ladies singles: Mary Browne; r/up: Mary Frances D’Arcy. B2 gents doubles: Vincent and Dino Di Placido; r/up: Tony Cox and Jimmy Singpurialo. B2 mixed doubles: Isobel O’Dea and Tom Byrne; r/up: Anne Twomey and Martin Dunne.