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Cahir Man wins World Title

In the early hours of Sunday morning news filtered through that Ronan Casey from Ginchy Terrace in Cahir had won a Medal in the World indoor Tug of War Championships in China.

Ronan,aged 27, is a son of Tim and Carmel Casey had travelled to Xuzhou in China with his team mates last week to compete in 2 grades and took home medals in both.

Ronan is a member of the St Pats tug of war team based in Armagh where he travelled weekly from Cahir to train. It was this dedication that saw him leave work early and travel north returning again the same night to get a few hours sleep before work the following day.

Ronan is the only Tipperary man on the team along with 2 Cork men and the rest from Armagh and Louth. The long days and nights of traveling and strict dieting paid off on March 9th when Ronan and his team mates won Gold in the Men's 680kgs World Club Final against a team from the Netherlands.

On Saturday and Sunday he put on his international jersey with the Mountain View club mates where they collected a Bronze Medal in a competition won by Scotland with silver going to Netherlands.

This is an unrecognized and unsponsored sport by the Irish Sports Council even though it was once an Olympic competition.

Local Councillor Andy Moloney who followed Ronan's progress over the weekend has sent congratulations and best wishes to Ronan and his team mates following their huge success as it's not every weekend a world title comes to town.