Carrick Swan GAA Club would like to wish South Tipperary Games Development Administrator (GDA) Johnny Cummins (Ardfinnian/Ballybacon Grange) the very best of luck in his retirement.
Johnny reaches back to the days of the Fás Scheme, acting as supervisor on the scheme commencing in 1993. He became one of the first coaching and games personnel in the country in 1999 when he was employed as an Urban Development Officer in Carrick On Suir and Clonmel. Johnny’s role quickly changed in 2000 when Tipperary County Board employed full time Games Promotion Officers. He became GPO for South Tipperary servicing Schools Clubs and Coach Education needs in the division.
As the needs of coaching and games changed so did the roles of the GPO’s leading to Johnny third change in 2008 when he was promoted to Games Development Administrator for South Tipperary. While the roles may have changed Johnny’s steadfast energy, enthusiasm and knowledge remained over the years.
He was to the forefront in changing ideas and was always ready to go with the times. He developed a firm coaching and games policy in the division reaching out to all the clubs and schools under his command. He made contributions at Provincial and National level where his experience and knowledge were often called upon.
South Tipperary was his first love and especially the small club or small school. Johnny made sure these units were involved at all times. In his playing career Johnny was best known in football circles. He played minor for three years 1964 to 1966. He then went on to play at all other levels from U21 to Senior. He also represented Tipperary on three Munster Interprovincial teams in Railway Cups
A lot of the current crop of Carrick Swan Senior hurlers will fondly remember Johnny coming into the 'Green School' once a week where he helped all players hone their skills in the yard or the hall. Johnny was always on hand to give worthwhile advice and has been a friend of Carrick Swan GAA Club for a long time. In 2013, Johnny helped train over 20 of our coaches in Foundation & Level 1 Official GAA Coaching courses. Johnny also organised an u10 blitz on The Green this year.
Thanks for everything over the years Johnny, and best of luck in your retirement.