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Waterford Taster Sessions

Munster TT conducted two taster sessions in Waterford on the 23rd August and 30th of August in conjunction with Waterford Sports Partnership.

Everyone is delighted to confirm that the sessions will continue up to the end of September with a view to setting up a club in Waterford City. The first sessions attracted 30 participants on the first session and 23 on the second with a mix of beginners, social players and competitive players involved.

A great start to the project! Well done to all involved on some great sessions, and the Munster Branch and the Waterford Sports Partnership for setting up this great initiative.

For more information and details on how to get involved please contact: Liz McEnaney on 086 783 7385
or [email protected]

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Irish Para Training at Lisburn Racquets

Ireland’s National Para Table Tennis squad travelled to Lisburn Racquets on Sunday 7 August 2022 for a full day of training under the watchful eye of coach Sam Logue. Some of the Ulster Junior squad attended to act as sparring partners. Squad training gives players the motivation to improve their game and to succeed. Today, was no exception as players put in 110% effort. Some of these players are at the start of their careers but recent coverage of table tennis in Commonwealth Games Birmingham 2022 has given each of them goals to strive for. Table tennis is one of the most adaptable and inclusive sports there is for people with all kinds of disabilities. Whether you want to play for fun or competitively, opportunities exist. For more information contact [email protected]

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Table tennis Para Open Day in Cork (Munster) Sunday 26th of June

Table tennis Para Open Day in Cork (Munster) This Sunday!


Calling all Wheelchair Athletes, all Wheelchair users or if you have Mobility or Intellectual Disabilities, Table Tennis is open to you. Everyone can play!

Come and play Table Tennis here in Cork!


You are invited to the Munster Para Table Tennis Open Day, from 1pm-3pm this Sunday 26th June. Taking place in Terence MacSwiney Sports Hall (James Kenneally Sports Centre), Harbour View Road, Hollyhill Lane (EIRCODE T23 W880). Everyone is welcome to come and try out the wonderful sport for all.

Table Tennis, For All, For Life

https://www.facebook.com/MunsterParatt/photos/a.111093448308233/111093148308263

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European Youth Paralympics Games

The following players have accepted their selection for the European Youth Paralympics Games, in Finland. The team travel to Helsinki from the 27th June – 4th of July.

  • Sean Geoghegan
  • Jude Sheldon

European Paralympic Youth Games are organised as an introductory international event for many aspiring Para athletes. We are very excited to have two of our own para athletes competing in this prestigious event.

We would like to wish the very best of luck to all our players and Coach Sam Logue who travel to Helsinki next week!

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Report of Cork Para Camp

A total of 18 players, 8 coaches and 3 sparring players attended the National Para Camp in Cork on the 19th June.

The Camp was hosted by the Beech Hill and Leeside clubs combined on behalf of Munster Branch. Sam Logue, TTI Para Coach , oversaw a busy and enjoyable day.

We are pleased to report that the Camp was visited by Cliona Horan, Sports Inclusion Disability Officer with Corks Sports Partnership. Munster Branch continues to enjoy a strong relationship with CSP. Thanks to everyone who contributed to an enjoyable and instructive event. Particular thanks to the coaches Sam, Mick, Alan, John, Ben, Margie, Paula and Philip. 


Just before commencement of the Camp, Eoin Kelly, Chair of Munster Branch, presented Alan Hurley, South Coast TT Club, with a TTI Award for Male Coach of the Year.

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The death has occurred of Leslie William Hunt

Table Tennis Ireland are saddened to learn of the death of Leslie William Hunt. 

Leslie was an excellent player and club member in Connacht, with CBC Galway.  

We would like to extend our condolences to Leslie’s extended family and many friends. May he rest in peace. 

Funeral Arrangements and Book of condolences are available here: https://rip.ie/death-notice/leslie-william-hunt-renmore-galway/499183/

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The Annual General Meeting 2022 of the Irish Table Tennis Association

Dear Member,

Following on from the notices issued by the Board on Friday 20th of May, the Annual General Meeting of the Irish Table Tennis Association (ITTA) Company Limited by Guarantee will take place on Saturday 11th of June 2022 at 10:30am in the Conference Room in Irish Sport HQ at the National Sports Campus. We kindly request that each member wishing to attend the AGM to register using the link below before Wednesday 8th of June by 11.59pm, to aid us with providing lunch for all our members who are attending the AGM. The deadline is to allow us confirm final numbers with the caterer and also inform them of any special dietary requirements.

AGM Registration: https://forms.office.com/r/9D7UmhhzkY

Please note the following:

  • Only paid affiliated members who are registered seven days before the date of the AGM/EGM are entitled to attend (Deadline to affiliate 4th of June 10:30am)
  • Associate members are not entitled to attend the AGM or EGM
  • A fully affiliated paid member entitled to attend and vote at the above‐mentioned meeting is entitled to appoint a proxy to attend and vote in his/her stead. Proxy Votes to be emailed to [email protected] or can be posted to “Irish Sports HQ, Sport Ireland National Campus, Snugborough Road, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15, D15 DY62”. Proxy votes must be received by Thursday 9th of June 10:30am, 48 hours prior to the AGM taking place.

Please find attached a copy of the Table Tennis Ireland Strategic Plan for 2022- 2028 (this is a reduced file size version and the full high resolution version can be downloaded after the AGM from the website).

Table Tennis Ireland Strategic Plan for 2022- 2028: https://tabletennisireland.ie/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/strategic-plan-singlepage-final-reduced.pdf

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TTI appoint a National Para Coach

We are delighted to announce that Sam Logue has been appointed as the National Para Coach on a part-time basis. Sam worked previously as a Sports Executive Officer in our head office from 2017 to 2018. Sam will have the overall responsibility for further developing and leading all Para Table Tennis programs for the Association. Sam has been involved in the sport for over 20 years and has been coaching table tennis for the last 7 years. He has experience as an Non Playing Captain for both junior and senior teams competing at international events, and has worked in schools and clubs to develop the sport.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish Sam all the best in his new role and are looking forward to seeing the growth of para table tennis.

The Board would like to thank Paralympics Ireland for allocating funding to support the recruitment of this role.

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Seeking sparring partners for National Para Camps

We are delighted with the return of our sport due to the relaxation of the Covid-19 restrictions. We are excited that our events and camps are resuming to normality.

With this, our para committee are seeking volunteers who can aid with the improvement of our National Squad Para Camps and allow our players to develop further. We are seeking enthusiastic players or coaches who can volunteer at some of our camps to act as sparring partners for our players. There will be no requirement to attend every camp however, we will expect a minimum attendance of 2 camps per year for any volunteers selected. Sparring partners will have the opportunity to learn from the Lead National Coach, and learn more about the intricacies of Para Table Tennis. 

If you would be interested in helping out at our camps, please get in touch by contacting [email protected]. All help would be greatly appreciated and this opportunity will be a great experience for players and coaches of any age.

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Tribute to John Bridgeman

We are saddened to hear of the passing of Johnny Bridgeman, a former top senior player, coach and volunteer, and friend of all who had the good fortune to meet him.

The peak of Johnny’s playing career was during the halcyon days of the 1970s when Table Tennis was regularly reported on in the papers and international players were well known by the public, the era of Caffrey and Langan, when tournaments played out across the Ireland every weekend. He fought many battles on a table tennis table and won more than his fair share. As young man, Johnny played in the famous Crofton club on Suffock Street, in the centre of Dublin.

As well as being in the top cadre of players during that period, Johnny was recognised as one of the best tacticians in the game, a skill he used as a coach. In the 1980s, Johnny became the head coach and leader of Baldoyle TT club, a junior club that developed many underage boys and girls who represented their club, province, schools and country. The club enjoyed an equal mix of boys and girls, many of whom still play, including several para players due to the proximity to the hospital in Baldoyle on the Willie Nolan Road. The friendliness and inclusivity of the club was legendary, and this was due to Johnny’s good nature.

In the 1990s Johnny’s interest grew in the Para side of the game and his shrewd tactical insights and motivational skills helped to shape Irish Para teams that travelled abroad and won many victories.

For those who knew Johnny well, they will remember his stories of bygone games and players, and the sing-alongs for which he was famous. For past members of the Baldoyle TT club, they will remember a generous and wise man who freely gave them countless hours and enriched their teenage years.

TTI offers its deepest sympathies to his family and friends.

Reposing in Jennings Funeral Home, Springdale Road, Raheny on Tuesday evening 22nd February from 5pm to 7pm. Removal on Wednesday morning to St Lawernce O’ Toole Church, Baldoyle, arriving for Funeral Mass at 12.30pm followed by Burial in St Fintan’s Cemetery.