The death has occurred of Tommy Rowsome

The Association regrets to announce the death of Tommy Rowsome. Tommy was an outstanding table tennis coach and directly responsible for the development of over 80 boys and girls who represented Ireland at junior or senior international levels. He was known throughout the country, wherever table tennis was played. But Tommy was much more than a table tennis coach. Whether it was in the Glenalbyn Club in Stillorgan in the late 60s and 70s and, later, elsewhere, he created an extraordinary joyful, safe and secure environment. Children and teenagers were given every encouragement to develop their table tennis abilities but, without realising it at the time, were also acquiring valuable life enhancing skills.

Our Chairman Joe Hickey said ‘Any club where Tommy was the guiding light was truly a special place’. For his extraordinary achievements, Tommy was awarded the first ever Honorary Life Membership of Irish table tennis. He was a unique and special person, may he rest in peace.

An online book of condolence is available on

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Next Coaching Webinar, Tuesday 25th May

Table Tennis Ireland wishes to advise you that the next Coaching webinar will take place on Tuesday 25th of May at 7.30pm. We are delighted to announce that we will have a physio and a nutritionist in to discuss areas that can help coaches and players on when we return to play and events.

Next week, we will announce who the mystery guest speakers are. So, make sure to keep an eye out on our website and social medias for more information on this most recent webinar in our Coaching series.

This is not a webinar to miss! To register, please email [email protected] by 12pm Monday the 24th of May and we will send you login details for the webinar.  A CPD Certificate will be issued to those who attend!


Seeking Expressions of Interest for Safeguarding 1 Course (Online)

We are now seeking expression of Interest for the Sport Ireland Safeguarding 1 Course Online. This course is 3 hours long and is recognised by all Sporting Bodies and Local Sports Partnerships. All attendees will receive their Sport Ireland Safeguarding Certificate which will be valid for 5 years.

The course is designed for coaches, officials, volunteers, staff and committee members who are engaged with children, young people and vulnerable adults in sport on a regular basis. This workshop educates participants on the implementation of best practice in safeguarding the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults involved in sport. Attendees must be 16 years of age or greater to attend the course.

For those who have competed a Safeguarding 1 previously which has expired, you can now renew their training online through Sport Ireland’s/Sport Northern Ireland’s Online Safeguarding Refresher Courses.

Sport Ireland also have created, The Sport Ireland Safe Sport app. Which is an information and guidance tool for everyone involved in sport for children, young people and vulnerable adults. The app is aimed at creating greater awareness and understanding about safeguarding and best practice principles in children’s and vulnerable adults sport. Link for further information and how to download here

Please contact the office ([email protected]) to express your interest in attending the safeguarding 1 course, and for any further details about the course. The deadline to express your interest is Monday 31st of May.

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How Table Tennis Ireland celebrated WTTD

On Tuesday the 6th of April we at Table Tennis Ireland celebrated World Table Tennis Day. We hosted an online live session with 2 of our female players and coaches. We hosted the event in conjunction with the ITTF Foundation #FEMpowerment movement. 

Our inspiring hosts showcased many skills and tricks to those that attended and brought them through a live Table Tennis session. As one of the ITTF Foundation promoters for World Table Tennis Day our event was a huge success, and we had a record number of approximately 50 attendees who joined in on the session. 

We would like to thank Craigavon for their help and support in allowing us to have access to their venue to host our event. In addition, thanks to Joe Colvin who provided all necessary support to ensure that we hosted a successful live session. 

Throughout the day many of our female members set skill challenges for everyone to try out.  Many participants have also entered in various skill competitions to win some cool prizes. 

We would like to express our gratitude to our female members who helped us promote and run our event. They have inspired many women to participate in sport.  A special thank you to Rachael Scott, Rebecca Finn, Erin Thompson, Claire Heller, Mia O’Rahilly Egan, Nicole Scott, Amanda Taylor, Rachel Taylor, Lucy Johnston, Lucy Craig, Thuy Linh Cashman, Tara Fusco and Sophie Earley. Their participation ensured the success of our event and helped spread awareness and visibility of Women in Sport within the table tennis community.  

Check out our video below, the highlights of how we celebrated World Table Tennis Day.

World Table Tennis Day Skills Competition

We wish to thank everyone who took part in our World Table Tennis Day skills competition. We had many great entries but there could only be a few winners! We wish to announce our winners of the skill competitions: 

Overall Female Winner – Emily Kidd 

Joint Overall Male Winner – Boris Bonchev

Joint Overall Male Winner – Stefan Bonchev

Coach Rebecca’s Choice – Eimear Hutchinson 

Coach Rachael’s Choice – Ciara Hutchinson 

Best short touch Challenge – Rachel Taylor 

Best Keep-Up Challenge – Amanda Taylor 

Best Accuracy Challenge – Sophia Cogan 

Best Creative Entry – Emma Rowe 

Best Side Edge Challenge – Dilyara Boncheva 

Congratulations to all of our winners! 

We had a very successful and enjoyable World Table Tennis Day as one of the promoters for the ITTF initiative for #FEMpowerment. We can’t wait for next year’s World Table Tennis Day. 


The Death has occurred of Wesley Pappin

Wesley Pappin passed away on 5th of April 2021, in his 93rd year. He had a successful senior international playing career, and he later served in various voluntary roles including that of Chairman of the Association. We wish to extend our deepest sympathies to his sister Joyce, his extended family and many friends. May he rest in peace. An online book of condolence is available on the link below:

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Sport Ireland Diversity and Inclusion Survey


Sport Ireland recognises that sport can make an important contribution to economic and social cohesion and a more integrated society by using the potential of sport for social inclusion, integration and equal opportunities, whilst emphasising the total unacceptability of discrimination in any form.

In order to broaden the scope of our work in the area of Diversity and Inclusion, Sport Ireland is seeking to develop a Diversity and Inclusion policy, the content of which will be informed by a widespread consultation and research process. The Diversity and Inclusion policy document will include tangible targets and actions areas against which Sport Ireland, its funded organisations and partners can work to promote inclusion and respect diversity in relation to participation in sport and physical activity.

Help make sport more diverse & inclusive for everyone by taking part in the Sport Ireland’s Diversity & Inclusion Survey.

Check the link to complete the survey:



2021 AGM Update & Happy Easter

Dear Member,

As previously advised, the Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Saturday 12th June.

Unfortunately, the Board has concluded that it is unlikely to be permissible or safe for 30-50 people to meet in an enclosed space for several hours by that date.

It has therefore decided to hold the AGM online on the same date. The usual notice, reports and details on how the AGM will operate, will be issued to members in May.

Should you wish to discuss any issue relating to this matter, please contact John McKenna, General Manager ([email protected])

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our members a very Happy Easter! 


John McKenna

General Manager

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Women in Sport Live Event for World Table Tennis Day

Come and join us to celebrate World Table Tennis Day! We have now released registration details for our webinar for our Women in Sport Live Event for World Table Tennis Day. See below the details on how to register for our webinar at 11am on the 6th of April for World Table Tennis Day.

There is a maximum of 100 people that can attend our webinar so it is at a first come first serve basis. Places are going fast so make sure you register quick. If you are not able to attend this event, the event will be recorded and displayed on our website. The event will also be shared live on our Facebook event.

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Use the link below to register for the live event…