A well renowned local GAA magazine makes its much anticipated return to the bookshelves tomorrow night with the launch of Tradraí 2014.
Published by the Newmarket-on-Fergus GAA club, Tradraí takes a look back on the year gone by within the GAA club and the wider GAA community. To the surprise of many the publication has not been printed for the last two years after being a staple part of most bookshelves over the last thirty years.
The launch of Tradraí 2014 takes place tomorrow evening at the GAA Clubhouse in Newmarket-on-Fergus with the activity commencing at 20:00. Refreshments will be provided while some up and coming musicians will also be present on the night along with some well known faces in local GAA circles.
Some of the many features included in the magazine are; ‘Men In Black’ which gets the views of local referees on the game of hurling. ‘Meet the Minors’ gives an insight into the lads behind the championship winning minor team. There are team reports from all club teams along with reports from all the local primary schools on GAA in each school. An innovative competition is to be found whereby patrons are given the difficult task of picking the greatest Newmarket-on-Fergus team of all time. Aswell as that there are interviews with some of the top names in the GAA.
Behind the thirty second edition of Tradraí is a team of experienced and exciting contributors. Chief Sportswriter with The Clare Herald and Clare FM Sports Reporter Páraic McMahon is Editor of the publication. Former Tradraí Editor and one of the leading writers of ‘A Proud Past’, Con Woods is also present on the committee. Vivien Grogan a secondary school teacher and local historian adds a different dimension to the setup. Former club PRO and Editor of the 2010 edition, Annmarie Meehan brings a cutting edge to the group. Journalism student, Ryan Corry who has done extensive work with The Clare People mixes his sharp wit into the magazine.
Speaking to The Clare Herald, McMahon expressed his delight with the publication. “It’s great to see the return of such an established and recognised magazine. Thankfully we’ve had the backing of the entire community with this project and I would like to pass on my gratitude to all members of the Tradraí Committee along with the Club Executive in particular Chairperson Bob Enright”.
Such magazines are very important in communities according to the Editor. “Tradraí is an integral part of the GAA club in Newmarket-on-Fergus, its part of our history and it does bring the village together in a way that is quiet rare. This wouldn’t be possible without the support of our advertisers, all of whom are local and were more than delighted to get involved”.
By taking a glance at the Tradraí Committee it’s evident that there is a desire to provide a publication that will serve future generations within the GAA club and their aim is to inspire more people to get involved with the GAA along with a top-quality magazine. They’ve already achieved the latter but only time will tell if they fully achieve their goals.
C.L.G. Cora Chaitlín has extended an invite to the people of Clare and beyond to join with them on the 19th in launching Tradraí which is printed by McNamara Printers. Copies of the magazine are available locally in Newmarket-on-Fergus at The Sports Bar, O’Neills Pub, Eurospar, Spar, The Hunters Lodge and Beirne Forecourt. To order your copy, email firstname.lastname@example.org.