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The death has occurred of Joe Finnegan

Joe, known to everyone as one of the sport’s gentlemen, died yesterday after suffering a stroke recently. He had a long involvement in table tennis in various roles serving the Bray & District League on the Leinster Branch for many years. His commitment to the running of the large Bray Open event every season was a significant contribution to the sport. In later years he was appointed as a Vice President of the Irish Association.

Joe umpired at the World Veterans Championships in Dublin in the 1991/2 season and later at Special Olympics events in Ireland. He qualified as an International Umpire and travelled to officiate at a number of international open events outside Ireland with his friend, the late Kiron Choudhury. He was Chairman of the former Leinster Umpires Association and played a major role with his friend, Kiron in the establishment of the its successor, the Irish Umpires Association.

In 2009 Joe’s long service and administration in the sport was formally recognised by the Irish Association when he was awarded the highest accolade in Irish table tennis, the Joe Veselsky Award.

The Association expresses its deepest sympathy to his wife Dorothy and family.  His funeral will take place privately on next Monday at 10.30am in “The Vevay”, Queen of the Peace Church, Bray, Co. Wicklow.

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Ken Strong receives a Volunteer in Sport Award

Pictured are Mary O’Connor (CEO Federation of Irish Sport), Ken Strong and Richie Gernon(EBS). The Volunteer in Sport Awards ceremony took place on Tuesday 12th of November 2019 in Farmleigh House in Dublin. At the ceremony, Ken Strong was announced as the overall winner of the Volunteer in Sport Award for Co. Tyrone respresenting the sport of table tennis. Ken has been involved in many capacities in Irish Table Tennis for 50 years, from Chairman of Tyrone Table Tennis to National Senior Men’s coach at World, European and Six Nations Championships. He has served as Chairperson, Secretary and International Director on the Board of Table Tennis Ireland, as well as on the management committee, followed recently by 4 years as President. His longevity, dedication, personal sacrifice and professional contribution continues to this day. The Federation of Irish Sport Volunteers in Sport Awards recognise the contribution of the 450,000 people who ensure sport in Ireland happens each week. It is estimated that 37.2 million hours of volunteering, across Ireland’s 14,000+ sports clubs and associations, occurs each year.

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Success at International Umpires Exam

It gives me great pleasure to announce that we have had great success in the recent International Umpires Exam.

I am delighted to report that all 7 candidates passed.

The new International Umpires are: Adam Brown, Adrian Brown, Arnold Morgan, Jay McAllister and Jim Sterling from Ulster, and Terri McKeon and Con O’Ceadaigh from Leinster.

Congratulations and well done to all. It is a great achievement!!!

Certificates and badges will be presented at a TTI event as soon as they are received.

Vivienne Barry

Chairman

Umpires and Referees Association

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New National Umpires

Following the recent Umpires Refresher course, Table Tennis Ireland is pleased to announce that 6 Umpires passed the written and practical exams and have subsequently been awarded the status of National Umpires.

The successful candidates are: Adrian Brown, Adam Brown, Jay McAllister, Arnold Morgan, Con O’Ceadaigh and Jim Sterling.

Sajjad Haider passed the County Umpires exam.

Well done to all. Certificates and Badges will be presented at the Ulster Open.

Vivienne Barry

Chairman

Umpires and Referees Association

20th November 2015

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Umpire Exam Success for Ulster Branch

The results of the recent County Umpires Course Exam,  held on 22/6/14 in Dromore, County Down, have just been released.

The following members from Ulster Branch, including two of the youngest candidates in the Province, Adam Brown 16 and Kenny Cloke 13, are to be congratulated on this achievement.  There is a constant demand for umpires at many events, and once these new candidates complete their training they should have ample opportunity to develop their skills and progress in umpiring.  Vivienne Barry was the course Tutor.

1. Adrian Brown
2. Adam Brown
3. Jane Cloke
4. Kenny Cloke
5. Will Fleming
6. John Holmes
7. Charlie Nugent
8. Jim Walker

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ITTA UMPIRE AND REFEREES ASSOCIATION – Yellow Cards

ITTA UMPIRE AND REFEREES ASSOCIATION

NOTICE FOR PLAYERS AND COACHES

The following is a list of offences for which Yellow Cards will be issued:

1.       KICKING TABLE OR SURROUNDS

2.       THROWING BAT

3.       HITTING BALL DELIBERATELY OUT OF COURT,

4.       SWEARING

5.       DISRESPECTFUL BEHAVIOUR TO UMPIRE, REFEREE OR CONTROL TABLE STAFF

6.       VERY LOUD SHOUTING WHICH DISTURBS PLAY ON OTHER COURTS

7.       DIRECTING SHOUTING OR FIST PUNCHING TOWARDS THE OPPONENT

8.       DELAYING RETURN TO TABLE AFTER SET/TIME OUT

9.       SUPPORTERS OR COACHES HECKLING/DERIDING/SHOWING DISRESPECT TO OPPONENTS OR OFFICIALS.

10.   SPITTING

A warning may be given for a first offense, except No. 10 which will be an immediate Yellow Card.

Condition of Bats will be checked and any Bat found to be illegal or damaged will not be allowed.

In some circumstances the player may be allowed to use such a bat, on condition that the bat may not be used again.

A record of such bats will be kept.

Vivienne Barry

Chairman

17/10/2012

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Umpires Selected for Major Events

ITTUA Umpires Joe Finnegan and Kiron Choudhury have been selected to Umpire at the ITTF English Open in January 2011, followed by the Special Olympics World Games in the Summer. This is fantastic news for the two Umpires and highlights the opportunities available in this area of our sport. Commenting on the appointments, ITTA Secretary Ken Strong stated:

“I am pleased to congratulate Kiron and Joe on these two very important appointments. It is indeed an honour for the ITTUA to have two of its members selected to officiate at two of the highest profile events in the ITTF Calendar. We wish them both every success at the events.”

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New Umpires Presented With Certificates

Kathleen Reynolds, John Finn, John Dempsey, Ronan Rooney and Rena McCarron Rooney have recently qualified as Irish County Umpires. Gregory Keogh is another County Umpire qualified recently, not in the picture.

They received their Certificates and Badges from the ITTA Secretary Kenneth Strong at the Butterfly Senior Nationals in DCU.

Congratulations to all and best of luck in your Umpiring careers.