Youghal GAA Club held its Annual General Meeting at Club Áras last Sunday evening ( Sunday 11th Dec 2011) with a very big attendance present.
The outgoing Chairman of the Club David Kilgannon thanked everyone who helped the club and himself over the previous 12 months and congratulated the players and selectors of all teams in the club at all grades.
Present was the Uachtaran Chumman Luthcleas Gael Crioistor O Cuanna who also spoke to the meeting encouraging everyone to support the club for the coming year. The President congratulated the Chairman of Youghal GAA clubs underage section Fergal Keenaghan and his committee and team of voulanters for their great work within the club and he singled out Youghal GAA’s Cul Camp as one of the most organised events in the country.
Cork County Board and Youghal GAA Club Culture Officer Liam O Laochdha echoed those sentiments and remarked that there will be two significant dates in March for the Uachtaran.
We also, at this time, remember all those associated with the club who have gone to their eternal reward. Former players, young and old, some unexpectedly, passed away during the year and we remember Pádraig Coyne, Tom Pomphrett, Donal O’Neill, Frank O’Brien. Recently, a great friend to many of us, Tony O’Connell, a man who did tremendous work for the club in maintaining fields and premises was called to his eternal reward and we remember him tonight also. To all members, supporters and families who suffered bereavements during the year, we extend our deepest sympathy. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-amanacha. Our annual Mass for deceased members and friends will be celebrated early in the New Year, as it was not permissible to do so tonight.
Club Áras continues to go from strength to strength under the hard work and guidance of Ken Bulman. The courtesy and commitment of Ken and all his staff has to be acknowledged by all and without his drive, the ‘buzz’ around the place would be missing. Special mention must also go to Deirdre McCarthy for the assistance she has given Ken and the time she has put into the club, particularly recently. Caroline Malone, who has just completed a three year FÁS term, is thanked too for the additional work she has put into the club when required. Special thanks also to Tony Kelly who puts in a lot of voluntary time in the club helping out. Our thanks to all who use the club facilities and we would ask members to think of supporting your club throughout the year when possible.
To all the FÁS employees who are doing wonderful work, in maintaining our fields and within Club Aras, the club wishes to thank you for your help and dedication to the club and the pride you take in working for the club. Our club could not be as active as it is without your input.
To Paddy Coleman, Billy Carroll, John Parker and Mickie Walsh, who represent us at County Board and East Cork Board we thank them for their commitment in attending these meetings. Also, to any member who may have attended or represented the club through the year, thank you very much.
Congratulations to Bill Cooper who played Senior Hurling Championship with Cork this year, the first Youghal player to do so since 1984. Congratulations also to players who represented the club on Imokilly Hurling and Football teams and who played at College level.
To the hard working committee members, selectors and parents who look after our juvenile members, I would like to say a big thank you to the juvenile club officers, under the guidance of Cathaoirleach, Fergal Keenaghan, your trojan work is beginning to reap its rewards and the club are indebted to all of you for your efforts. Our juvenile club continues to go from strength to strength and the numerous titles won, at all grades, during the year is proof of this. The juvenile section of the club is in good hand and it will not be long before we see the fruits of their labour breaking into the adult club. Congratulations to all involved and best wishes for 2012.
2011 saw the official launch of Youghal Ladies Football club, under the guidance of Catriona Hill and Cormac Galvin. A young and vibrant club that will go from strength to strength no doubt and we wish them all the best for the future.
YOUGHAL CAMOGIE CLUB
This branch of Gaelic Games continues to expand, due to the dedicated work of their club officers, committee and mentors. Congratulations are extended to them on their successes during the year and best wishes for 2012.
We would like to thank all the schools in the parish for their continued promotion of Gaelic Games throughout the year. To the teachers and principals thanks for allowing our coaches, Siobhán Downing, assisted by Shane Spillane, Daniel Mulcahy, and Ken Dempsey, the time to teach the skills of our national games to the young boys and girls. Also thanks to John Parker, who liaises with all schools and looks after gear etc., for the matches. Keep up the good work as the benefits are already there to see and a special thank you to Christy Cooney who donated Club Jerseys to our local National Schools.
Thanks to all the various “physio teams” who looked after our injured players during the year. This year we had some serious injuries and it is good to see them all on the road to recovery. To Dr. Michael Twomey, who also gives his time and attention to our players, when asked to do so, we thank you sincerely.
The club currently has three registered Referees, in Shaun Oliphant, Jim Daly and Christy Hennessy. A directive, issued from Croke Park earlier this year, outlined that for insurance purposes and Official Referee must be appointed for all games, including challenge games. This might have made things difficult, but we would like to thank all three club referees who willingly gave of their time, free of charge during the year, when asked to referee challenge games and it is great to see, what has always been club policy in this regard still continuing. We would also like to acknowledge their willingness to referee schools games when requested.
To all who gave of their time in preparing teams, ie. jersey minding, water, hurleys etc., a big thank you to all. To the many people who provided refreshments for teams or after training sessions, a míle buíochas duit.
To all those who support and organise our various social activities, during the year, a big thank you. Special thanks to the Dinner Dance committee, who recently organised a wonderful night in the club.
Organising club events, particularly when our main hall is being used is an onerous task and we would appeal to club members to lend a hand when requested to do so. Thanks also to all members and friends who support all these activities.
Thanks to Liam Ó Laochdha for organising our participation in the Scór competitions during the year. Also, this year after a lot of persuading the club was represented on TG4’s “Ceist GAA le Hector” quiz show. Andrew Curtin and Keith McCarthy travelled to Co. Galway to participate on our behalf.
The club thanks Jerry Russell and his hardworking organising committee for keeping the golf classic going for another year. Fundraising at the present time is not the easiest and we would like to thank all who sponsored the prizes, tee boxes, etc., and those who took par in this valuable club fundraiser.
LOTTO/COUNTY BOARD DRAW/FINANCE PROJECT
A big thank you to all who are supporting our club Lotto, County Board Draw and our new Finance Project, all valuable fundraisers for the club.
The club has four dedicated lotto teams who take turns to run the lotto on Monday nights. We also have some volunteers who give a hand whenever they can. Thank you all for continuing with the smooth running of the lotto. Thanks to Shaun Oliphant who distributes and collects lotto books, from the various people and outlets, throughout the town and surrounding areas.
We would like to acknowledge and thank all the business in town for allowing our lotto to be sold on their premises and also those who buy and sell tickets.
The County Board draw currently has a membership of over 300 and we thank all who continue to sell and support this draw. Thanks also to Finbarr Coleman, of our Finance Committee, who co-ordinates this draw for us.
The club is indebted to many people and businesses that sponsored various events in the club during the past year. To anyone who sponsored in any way we very much appreciate your support
Membership registration with Croke Park is now an annual requirement, for insurance purposes and so that the Membership Cards can be issued by them. It is important that this is done early as possible in the year. We have a number of categories of membership and our club Registrar will be only too pleased to provide details on request.
The club shop is getting bigger and it is great to see the children and adults now wearing our club colours around town with pride. Continued success to Catriona and Áine and thanks for your ongoing commitment to the shop.
Once again our local station Community Radio Youghal (CRY), continues to provide great coverage of the local matches. It is a great asset for those that may not be able to attend our games that they can keep up-to-date at all times. Thanks to Mick Sheehan, Mick Walsh and their co-commentators who provide the commentary for the games. Congratulations also the club PRO, Derek Kiely, for his award winning GAA show. We acknowledge also, the local Youghal News and the East Cork Journal for covering club games and activities.
WEB SITE/TEXT SERVICE
Thanks to Cormac Galvin who continues to provide the club with the now expected valuable messaging service. It is great that we can all get to know what is going on for the week with this great service. Cormac also keeps the web site updated and this is a valuable means of keeping up-to-date with club activities for those that have had to move from town. Thanks to all who contribute and provide information for these valuable services.
The country continues to be blighted by unemployment and emigration. Our own town and club have certainly not escaped from these dark times, and we must all hope that things might change soon. The club wishes all those who have gone away and those who are considering going all the best and we sincerely hope that some or all of you may be back sooner rather than later.
Changes continue as part of the new plan that will be implemented with all clubs. The big changes for this year saw the launch of Coiste na nÓg, to run all juvenile matters from minor down, within the county. County leagues were also introduced for all divisional winners of adult competitions. A review of the year and plans for the future were spoken about at a recent County Board meeting. This club will have to implement further changes as they come on stream.
SOCIAL INITIATIVE & ORAL HISTORY PROJECTS
It was intended at the start work on this project during the past year. It is recommended that every club should become involved in running events which would be suitable for the older members of our community. It is an opportunity for every club to possibly involve people who would have played with our club but who no longer participate in club activities. A lot of these people, if they became involved again would offer valuable experience and knowledge that could only benefit our club.
This is a weekly social event that is proving very popular and we thank, Gene Fox, Maighréadh Ní Laochdha and Angeline Murphy, who organise the weekly game. Again more support from club members would be welcome each Tuesday night. It is a weekly event that could possibly be incorporated into the Social Initiative by the club.
President Dan O’Sullivan
Chairman Ger Motherway
Vice Chairman Michael O’Regan
Secretary Alan Hennessy
Treasurer Ned O’Connell
PRO Derek Kiely
Culture Officer Liam O Laochdha
Teams and Managers for 2012
Premier Intermediate Hurling: Peter Queally
Intermediate Football: Peter Queally
Junior ‘A’ Football: Micky Walsh and fellow selectors
Junior ‘B’ Hurling: Kevin Curtin
Under 21 ‘A’ Football: Aidan Foley
Under 21 ‘B’ Hurling: Con Spillane