AGM: – The AGM took place in the clubhouse on Sunday evening last with over 40 people in attendance. Chairman Patrick McManus presided over the meeting and gave an overview of the year in his address. He complimented all teams along with their managers and thanked everyone who helped out all year, especially coaches and parents & those who helped out with raising finance especially the Lip Sync Fundraiser and paid tribute to Berni Lynch, Sinead Dolan and Maeve Daly for their work on the biggest fundraiser of the year. Secretary, Sinead Dolan, gave a comprehensive report of the club’s activities and thanked all those who contributed to the efficient running of the club. Sinead covered every aspect of the club’s affairs in 2017 and did a great job in her first year in the post. Gareth Smith, presented a detailed financial report outlining income of €95,794.04 and expenditure of €79,886.41. He thanked all who helped fundraise during the year, especially our sponsors and reported that thanks to everyone’s efforts the club returned a healthy surplus. Tributes were paid from the floor to the 3 main officers for their trojan work on behalf of the club in the last year and special appreciation was expressed to Gareth Smith who was stepping down after serving 3 years as treasurer. Chairman of Park Development, Fergal McPartland, reported on activities in park during the year and thanked a large number of people who assisted during the season. He gave special thanks to Eamonn McGowan and John Joe Cullen for their continued sterling work in the park. The election of officers then took place. The following officers were returned for 2018 –Chairman Patrick McManus; Vice-chairman Alan Wynne; Secretary Sinead Dolan; Asst-Secretary Padraig Kenny; Treasurer John McKeon; Asst- Treasurer John Moran; Joint PRO’s Nicholas Moore/Fergal McPartland; Registrar Neil Nolan; Insurance Officer Kevin Nolan; Safety Officer: Noel Beirne; Co. Board Delegates Paschal Mooney, Eamonn McGowan; Coiste na nOg Delegates Mickey McTigue, Noel Beirne; Park Chairman Fergal McPartland; Coaching Officer Martin McGowan; IT Officer Aidan McKeon; Cultural Officer: Dessy Doyle; Children’s Officer: Gareth Smith; ASAP Officer: Noel Heron; Coiste na nOg Chairman: Stephen McWeeney; Coiste na nOg Secretary: Angus Fee. Thanks were paid to John Nolan and Berni Lynch who stepped down from Coiste na nOg after great work in the last few years. Noel Beirne made a short presentation on the new role of Health and Well Being Officer and it was agreed to fill the position at the first club meeting. There was a short discussion on the position of senior team manager, the nomination of Sean Pierson, as new manager was approved by the meeting. Sean was wished every success and he will appoint his own selectors in due course. The players committee of Shane Beirne, Nicholas Moore, Shane Walsh & Declan Lynch were congratulated for their efforts on this. Warm tributes were paid to outgoing manager, Kevin Nolan and his selectors Noel Moran & Paul Martin as well as kit man Kevin Lee. Underage managers were confirmed as follows: U-7 Boys: Kevin Nolan, Padraig Kenny, Shane McGovern; U-9 Boys: Damien McCabe, Neil Nolan; U-11 Boys: Stephen McWeeney, John Nolan; U-13 Boys: Cyril McKeon, Kenneth Dowler, Richard O’Loughlin; U-15 Boys: Farrell McKeon, Angus Fee; U-17 Boys: Micky McTigue, Fergus Moran, Noel Beirne. Paul Martin was announced as St. Francis Ladies manager and all other ladies appointments will be made at the first club meeting. We wish all officers and team officials every success in the year ahead. A number of club motions were discussed and passed. Former player, mentor, manager and administrator Brendan Canning was fondly remembered and sincere condolences passed to the Canning Family.
Underage Presentation & Awards – The Kevin Keane Annual Player of the Year Awards & medals to last year’s winning teams were presented in the Clubhouse on Friday evening, by Ryan O’Rourke and by Pauric Keane. The award winners were: U12 Girls Player of the year: Grace Harding & Most Improved Player: Rachel McCormack; U-12 Boys Player of the Year: Padraig Kane & Most Improved Player: Aidan Dowler; U13 Boys Player of the year: Jake Tobin & Most Improved Player: Arik Oberwan; U14 Girls Player of the year: Megan Moran & Most Improved Player: Grace McKeon; U15 Boys Player of the Year: Brendan Gunning & Most Improved Player: Daniel Curran; U16 Girls Player of the year: Roisin McGrenaghan & Most Improved: Ciara Lynch; U17 Boys Player of the Year: Chris Boyle McCrum & Most Improved: David Gallagher. We would especially like to thank Ryan O’Rourke who presented the awards. A big thank you also to the Keane Family, for their continued support and to everyone who helped out on Friday, in particular, the Coiste na nOg committee under chairman John Nolan and secretary, Berni Lynch and to all our underage coaches who give their time throughout the year. We want to pay tribute to John & Berni who are stepping down as chairman & secretary for all the hard work they have put into the club over the past couple of years. Also to the parents of the children who help out with transport among other things all year. As always thank you to Willie Donnellan for his patience. Finally, we would like to thank all the local businesses who have supported our underage teams with sponsorship during the year.
U-16 Girls – The girls are still waiting for the final where they play Glencar Manorhamilton. The game will hopefully be played this weekend so please check with club officers for details.
25 Card Drive – Allen Gaels 25 Card Game continues every Sunday evening in Aras Phadraig at 8:30pm. Refreshments served. All welcome.
Lotto – There was no winner of the lotto jackpot & the numbers drawn were 03-06-09-18. The 5 prize winners of €20 each were: Blake Smith, Drumkeeran; Alan Foley, Carrick Road; Cara Syndicate, Drumshanbo; Phil McGowan, Drumshanbo and Laura Cronin, Drumcong. The jackpot now stands at €2,100. Also a reminder that annual lotto tickets are available from any club officers for €85 for the year.
New Arrival – Congratulations to Katie & Barry Gunning on the birth of their son, James, last week.
Sympathy – The club extends deepest condolences to the Mulvey Family, Aughagrania on the sad passing of Packie Mulvey last week.