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John Reidy Memorial Hurling Tournament Conneff Park, Clane 4th June 2022 theplayingfields.ie
JOHN REIDY – A TIPP NATIVE, BUT A KILDARE GREAT The news of the sudden and untimely death of John Reidy on August 16th 2019. sent shockwaves through the entire Kildare hurling community and indeed the wider hurling community, especially his native Tipperary. John Reidy was synonymous with Clane and Kildare hurling. It would be fair to say that for a generation of hurlers in Clane, John Reidy was Clane hurling. His towering frame and passion for the game enthralled so many young hurlers as they learned the skills of the game under his tutelage. Born on August 29th 1958, John attended Burgess National School and the Christian Brothers in Nenagh for his secondary school education. John won a North Tipperary Intermediate Hurling Final in 1976 at 18 when Burgess beat Kiladangan in the final. The hurling people of Kildare, however, became familiar with John Reidy when he took up a job with Chadwicks in Naas and transferred to Clane GAA. Burgess and Tipperary's loss was certainly Clane and Kildare's gain. John became an integral part of both the Clane and Kildare hurling teams. He won an All-Ireland B title with his adopted county in 1989. He later went on to manage the team in 1994 and 1995 and served as a county selector under 2 different managers from 2006 to 2011. During that period, he was always striving for the betterment of Kildare hurling, constantly encouraging young players to don the white jersey and try to leave it in a better place when they ended their careers. Even when he wasn't actively involved as a player or selector with the county, John was assisting KFM as a match day analyst.
John's son, Paudie, inherited his father's love for sport and from a young age he represented his county with distinction in both Gaelic Football and Hurling. Being John's son, however, hurling quickly became his number one passion and he became a vital cog in the Kildare senior hurling team. His daughter Emma's husband Adrian McAndrew was also a star of the county hurling team, and it was a wonderful source of pride for John to have both Paudie and Adrian driving the county forward. One of John's proudest hurling moments, however, was donning the Clane jersey with Paudie to win the Kildare Intermediate Hurling Championship in 2001. While John lined out at full back on the day and Paudie at full forward, with John's monstrous drive of a ball, he could still find his son with a pass when it was on. John was also a successful businessman and a great mentor to both of his children as they built their careers. He worked hard all his life and with Catherine by his side, they built a very successful hardware and DIY business in Kildare town. Outside of hurling, his primary interests were the country pursuits that he was raised with. John liked hunting for game and had an excellent shot. He bred springer spaniel dogs and was a big fan of the horses and greyhound racing. The timing of John's sudden death in Naas Hospital, at just 60, could not have happened at a more poignant time, just two days before his beloved Tipperary won the All Ireland senior hurling final, a victory he would have rejoiced in and indeed maybe even divinely assisted in. While he had spent a very large part of his life in Clane, John was first and foremost a Tipperary man. He was hugely loyal to native county and a wonderful Tipperary hurling supporter. There was a huge outpouring of grief as news of his death emerged and the esteem in which he was held was underlined by the massive crowds, including the many who travelled from Tipperary, attending his wake and funeral. His stature as a true hurling man was also reflected in the minute's silence observed in his memory prior to the 2019 All-Ireland Under 20 hurling final. One of the last text messages on his phone was to John Sheedy, brother of Liam and a selector on the Tipperary senior team. Hurling occupied his thoughts right up to his passing. Liam and John Sheedy and Ken Hogan showed the true value of friendship when taking time out from their 2019 All Ireland celebrations to come to the house to pay their respects on the Tuesday. 3
There are a lot of positive words that people who knew John Reidy would use to describe him, but passionate and kind-hearted are two that almost everybody would say. He was passionate about everything he was involved in and his passion could always be seen in his facial expressions and heard in his voice. He was also an extremely generous and kind-hearted man. He was giving of his time, but he was also a man that went out of his way to help people in any way he could. Above all else though, John Reidy will be remembered as a wonderful family man who was closest of all to his nearest and his dearest. John and Catherine truly were a team They were inseparable and shared many great loves in life. He adored his son Paudie and daughter Emma and was always there to advise them and share their joys with them. In recent times he had the pleasure of his grandchildren arriving into his life. Sadly for them they have had too little time to share with a wonderful man. John will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He has been taken from us far too soon, but his loss will be greatest felt by his wife Catherine, daughter Emma, son Paudie, his own mother Emma, grandchildren Lauren-Beth, Claudine, Tess and Billy, brothers Paddy and Michael, sisters Josephine and Una, son-in-law Adrian and daughter-in-law Caroline. The big man’s passing has left a huge gap in Team Reidy that won’t be filled, but the values he has instilled in his family and the passion he showed for his chosen sport, will ensure that his memory lives on in all who knew him. We will all remember the big Tipperary man who came to live among us in Clane and became a great of Kildare hurling. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis Morgan O’Callaghan
He was very popular, much loved and appreciated by all round him. He tried to imbue and instill in his charges the same enthusiasm and spirit for the game of hurling as he abundantly possessed himself. Getting the best out of lads was just another of his many talents.
John Reidy had many facets to his big character. He was first and foremost a great family man. His wife Catherine was the apple of his eye, and he treasured their exceptional relationship. Paudie and Emma, their children and their extended families, were always a priority in his life. John loved his Tipp background and roots. He cherished and held dearly his very strong family ties with his mother, late father and his special bond with his brothers and sisters.
Munster Hurling Finals were an annual pilgrimage for the Reidy family. They always included David Harney on those memorable days with his best friend Paudie. There they would have their own minny game and brush shoulders with some the greats of the hurling world on the famous hallowed ground at Thurles.
John was a passionate hurling I was privileged to have played with John Reidy. man/sportsman/business man/Tipperary/Kildare man. Whether he was at full forward or full back, John always had FIRE IN HIS BELLY which was John was a colossal and a giant of a man in every infectious to the rest of us. sense. He would light up a room with his enormous smiling disposition. His engaging personality charm The opposition and his marker most certainly and good humour endeared him to his many many knew that John was there on the field of play, friends and acquaintances near and far. Whereever and for that matter the ref was in no doubt John went a conversation would be struck up and either, as this full-blooded warrior was not going enjoyed with lots of laughter and banter thrown in for to lie down easily or take defeat lightly. John good measure. relished the heat of battle.
A special mention to others whose support made the tournament possible;
• Justin Dunne • O’Meara Sports • Louise Conlon • John Egan John would be beaming with enthusiasm and I can still see John Reidy grabbing the high ball excitement with today’s line up of matches with from the scamaill, • Bog OakandSculptures • Daniel O’Neill men being bounced in every this hurling festival. He would love to meet and greet direction, turning, heading for goal like Tony • Gourmet Grill Doran or John• Rigney, Cleere Sports all the visiting teams and their managers, especially the goalie shaking in his our guests from Tipperary and Wexford. boots, and no man in Ireland or even Setanta • Scafftech.ie himself would• venture David Harney to stop him. What a man, John loved to chat with former players and officials was John. • Kevin O’Sullivan about past and future games or sport. He always had views and predictions regarding up coming fixtures, inside information on certain players and the form they might be in.
John managed many teams here in this club and for Kildare with distinction.
John Reidy was an exceptional man, larger than life. We were all enriched to have known him, played with him, been friends with him and to have shared our lives with him. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis Larry Harney
Note from Anthony O'Dea – Club Chairman Clane GAA
On behalf of Clane GAA I would like to welcome all our teams & guests to the second John Reidy Memorial Tournament. I would especially like to welcome the Reidy family who have been a huge part of this Club for many years. John was a Clane GAA stalwart and made a huge contribution to hurling not only in Clane but also with Kildare where he served for many years as player, mentor and manager. He was a huge part of our Club and community and is fondly remembered far and wide by everyone who came into contact with him. We are delighted as a club to honour him again today with this hurling tournament and I would like to thank the Reidy family and all our visitors for attending. I would especially like to thank all of the Clubs who have gone out of their way to be part of this tournament and hope they have an enjoyable time in Clane GAA and a successful year in 2022. Anthony O’Dea Note from Kevin O'Sullivan - Chairman of Hurling. A very warm welcome to all the visiting teams, mentors and supporters. This is the second year of the tournament and it is great to be no longer under the cloud of a pandemic. We appreciate the effort you have made to travel to Clane to honour the memory of John Reidy. It's fantastic to have clubs from Cork, Galway, Mayo, Meath, Tipperary and Wexford here today. Best of luck to all the teams and we look forward to a super day of competitive hurling. Thanks also to all the volunteers in the club who have made this day happen again but in particular our Senior Hurlers and the tournament coordinator Joe Muldoon. We hope you enjoy your day with us in Clane Gaa. Kevin O'Sullivan 6
John Reidy Memorial Tournament – 2022 Launch Night
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John Reidy Memorial Tournament – 2022 Launch Night
The John Reidy Hurling Tournament - 2021
John Reidy Memorial Tournament – 2022 Launch Night
Last year saw the inaugural John Reidy Hurling tournament place. With Covid-19 restr still a part of everyday life, the initial tournament started off on a slightly smaller scal this years event.
However, that didn’t stop an action-packed day of hurling with 5 participating teams including two of this years teams; Clane and Buffers Alley. They were joined by Kilcormac/Kiloughy of Offaly, Naomh Olaf from Dublin as well as Raharney of Westme
Last years, tournament was played on a round-robin basis with the 5 teams competin against each other in a single group. The top 2 teams; Kilcormac/Kiloughey and Buffer progressed to the final, with the Offaly team coming out on top.
The shield final was contested by the 3rd and 4th place teams. This saw Clane come up against Naomh Olaf. Clane came out on the right side of a hard fought contest, with c Sean Christiansen picking up the shield to top off a great day for Clane hurling.
Inniscarra – Cork
Clane - Kildare Inniscarra GAA club in Cork was founded in 1886
the club secretaries, Clane were the firstwhen GAAone clubofestablished in County Timothy O'Sullivan was elected to the committee the Cork County Kildare. A set of white Clane jerseys were used forofthe Board on itstoformation alsoofinKildare 1886. Inniscarra was 1903 All Ireland final, leading the tradition one of 22 clubs that entered the county senior wearing all white as their county colours. hurling championship in 1887, a competition they Clane have won the most Kildare senior hurling went on to win in 1889. championships (16), and have been top of the Kildare SHC Inniscarra registered success at underage level Roll of Honour for 110 years. have That said, it’s been a while in Cork in recent years, most notably winning the since the last win (1922)! 2017 U-21 championship. Clane are the current Kildare Under 23 ‘A’ hurling champions having won the innagural Under 23 championship in 2021 as part of a hurling and football double.
Tooreen – Mayo
Tooreen Hurling Club is a GAA club based in the village
Navan O’Mahony’s - Meath of Tooreen, County Mayo.
Navan O’Mahonys is a dual club located in Navan, Co. They are the current Mayo Senior hurling champions Meath. having defeated Ballyhaunis in the 2021 county final. With a strong tradition across both codes, they have won They are also the reigning Connaught Intermediate 20 senior football championships and 2 senior hurling hurling champions. championships. As well as being the reigning county champions, Navan O’Mahony’s 2 hurling titles came in the form of Tooreen sit at the top of the roll of honour in Mayo back to back wins in the 1980’s. They defeated Killyon in with 31 county titles to their name. the 1985 final, and defeated Clann na nGael in the 1986 decider.
Buffers Alley – Wexford
Buffers Alley is one of the oldest clubs in Wexford, founded in the late 1870s. Buffers Alley won 8 Wexford SHC finals between 19821992 Buffers Alley became the first and only County Wexford club to win the All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship in 1989 with a well-deserved win over O'Donovan Rossa of Antrim. Buffers Alley is the home club of Clane hurling legend Larry Harney. Larry’s son David later played club hurling with Buffers Alley, along with John Reidy’s son Paudie.
Burgess - Tipperary
Founded in 1885, Burgess is a GAA club located in North Tipperary. It is also the home club of the late John Reidy. Burgess have won a total of 14 North Tipperary Intermediate Hurling Championships throughout their history. The first of these came in 1941, with the most recent in 2005. Notably, the Burgess team that defeated near neighbours and arch rivals Kiladangan in the 1976 North Tipperary Intermediate Hurling Final, included an 18-Year old John Reidy.
Tournament Tournament Rules and FormatRules and Form
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Clane - Kildare
Clane were the first GAA club established in County Kildare. A set of white Clane jerseys were used for the 1903 All Ireland final, leading to the tradition of Kildare wearing all white as their county colours. Clane have won the most Kildare senior hurling championships (16), and have been top of the Kildare SHC Roll of Honour for 110 years. That said, it’s been a while since the last win (1922)! Clane are the current Kildare Under 23 ‘A’ hurling champions having won the innagural Under 23 championship in 2021 as part of a hurling and football double.
Navan O’Mahony’s - Meath
Navan O’Mahonys is a dual club located in Navan, Co. Meath. With a strong tradition across both codes, they have won 20 senior football championships and 2 senior hurling championships. Navan O’Mahony’s 2 hurling titles came in the form of back to back wins in the 1980’s. They defeated Killyon in the 1985 final, and defeated Clann na nGael in the 1986 decider.
Blackrock – Cork
Founded in 1883 (a year before the GAA itself), Blackrock National Hurling Club is the oldest hurling club in Cork. Blackrock won eight of the first nine Cork Senior Hurling Championship titles and, in the early years of the All-Ireland Championship when the winning clubs represented the county, subsequently claimed the All-Ireland titles for Cork in 1893 and 1894. Blackrock have gone on to claim a record total of 33 Cork Senior Hurling Titles from a record 52 final appearances, with the most recent title coming in 2020.
Moycullen – Galway
Founded in 1914, Moycullen Hurling Club are the current intermediate county champions. Moycullen claimed the county title last year when they defeated Killimor in a tense final thanks to a last minute goal. Interestingly, this wasn’t Moycullens only intermediate county final in 2021. Only a few months prior to the 2021 county final, they took part in the re-scheduled 2020 final, where they lost out to Kilconieron. Luckily, they hadn’t long to wait for the opportunity to bounce back.
theplayingfields.ie A note from the tournament sponsors – The Playing Fields The Playing Fields music festival will take place on the weekend of August 26th and 27th in Clane, Co Kildare.
After the success of the 2019 Festival and the disappointment of having to postpone the 2020 and 2021 festival Clane GAA grounds will play host to the festival that will celebrate some of Ireland's greatest musicians. Acts such as Hermitage Green, Wild youth, Jerry fish, and many many more will turn The playing Fields of Clane Gaa into a weekend not to be missed. It is a great privilege for The Playing Fields Festival to be able to support the “John Reidy Memorial Hurling Tournament” given that John was such a great supporter of Clane Gaa. The best of Luck with the Tournament organisers and we look forward to seeing you all soon. Let the games and the Music begin.
The John Reidy Hurling Tournament - 2021 Last year saw the inaugural John Reidy Hurling tournament place. With Covid-19 restrictions still a part of everyday life, the initial tournament started off on a slightly smaller scale than this years event. However, that didn’t stop an action-packed day of hurling with 5 participating teams including two of this years teams; Clane and Buffers Alley. They were joined by Kilcormac/Kiloughy of Offaly, Naomh Olaf from Dublin as well as Raharney of Westmeath. Last years, tournament was played on a round-robin basis with the 5 teams competing against each other in a single group. The top 2 teams; Kilcormac/Kiloughey and Buffers Alley progressed to the final, with the Offaly team coming out on top. The shield final was contested by the 3rd and 4th place teams. This saw Clane come up against Naomh Olaf. Clane came out on the right side of a hard fought contest, with captain Sean Christiansen picking up the shield to top off a great day for Clane hurling.
A special thanks to our tournament sponsors
Bog Oak Sculptures, Clane
A special mention to others whose support made the tournament possible;
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Justin Dunne Louise Conlon Bog Oak Sculptures Gourmet Grill Scafftech.ie Kevin O’Sullivan
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O’Meara Sports John Egan Daniel O’Neill Cleere Sports David Harney
Eoin Nolan 087 4655429
Thank you to our club sponsors for their continued support