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4th of December 2013 Club Notes

posted 4 Dec 2013, 00:04 by Unknown user   [ updated 23 Dec 2013, 03:52 by abbeyknockmoy gaa ]

Congratulations to Brendan Geraghty who won the jackpot of €6,100 last night and to Daithi Ruane who was a match three winner. The numbers drawn were 1, 9, 17 and 25. Next week's draw for 1,500 will take place in O'Donohoe's.

The Hurling Club AGM took place last Sunday and overall it was a upbeat and productive meeting with a very positive outcome. The meeting was opened by the Chairman, Brian Griffin who asked for a minutes silence to remember those who were bereaved in the last year. Brian asked the Club President, Brendan Geraghty to address the meeting. He thanked all involved in the fundraising especially those involved with the Thousandaire fundraiser. Lotto not going as well as should be and appealed to all players to sell tickets. Brendan commended all of the 25 year celebrations, complementing the Hurling & County board for the jubilee celebration at Pearse Stadium on County Final day. He noted that alot of supporters on the day still appreciated the team of '88. He also wished to thank all involved in the 60th year celebrations in O'Donohoe's. Brendan thanked all the Club Officers for their work in 2013 and hoped that 2014 would be a good year for Abbey.

Chairman, Brian Griffin briefly outlined some of the fundraising events held by the Club and thanked all for their efforts so far but stressed the need for more help in fundraising. A special thanks to all our sponsors for their continued support. Brian also noted the many social night's, 60th year celebration in July, the jubilee night in McGann's in September thanking special guests PJ Molloy and Noel Treacy, the great day in Pearse Stadium in October and the great pride that was felt when the team took to the field. Brian also thanked all who put the club DVD together especially Tommy Devane, Pat Conroy and club officers involved. Brian also paid tribute to the Camogie Club who are going into their 4th year, he thanked them for all their help in developing and raising funds for the Club and wished them all the best for the coming year. Brian thanked all club officers, delegates and team managements for their efforts throughout the year. He wished everyone a Happy Christmas and New Year

Brian O'Donnell gave the secretary's report. In the report he said the club fielded twelve teams from U-6's to Intermediate with approximately 180 players taking part. He thanked the Galway County Hurling Board whom we take direction from. He pointed out the success was attained at all levels throughout the year from our intermediates success in the inaugural Connacht Tain League, to the U-14 County Feile success. Brian then went through a brief synopsis of adult team performances and their various results during the year, and pointed out that the under-age coaching on the Sunday morning is a big success now in its 9th year and thanked all those for coaching and helping out with the kids. Also, thanks to Pat and Mary Cooley for their help in organising the Cul Camps during the summer which was a success again with 50 or more kids taking part. A special mention went to the Camogie club who are in 3rd year of operation and how it has been a great success so far, he wished them well for the coming year and thanked them for their efforts as they have been an integral part in all aspects of the club operations this year. He then thanked our sponsors that help defray the costs involved in the running of the club, with special mention to O'Donohoe's Bar & Lounge for their generous sponsorship. He then thanked all everyone involved in the weekly lotto and thanked Brendan Geraghty and Annette Murray for their help in securing our annual Lotto License. He then paid thanks to all his fellow officers, Margo Van Oosterhout, Michael Flaherty and Co. from the Rural Development Co. for helping maintaining club facilities, Seamus McWalter for who looked after our medical requirements, all who officiated at club games around the county and helping out officiating our home games in league or challenge games, the club delegates Sean Moran (adult) and Tommy Boyle (U-age) for attending those meetings in a very busy year. He also pointed out that in 2013 we lost a lot of very good friends and members of Abbey hurling, we can only offer our sincere sympathy to all those families and to all others who lost family or friends during 2013, may they rest in peace and we wish a speedy recovery to those who are ill at this time. Finally, thanks to the local media especially the Tuam Herald for their help throughout the year. He then wished everyone a happy 2013 and hoped it would be a successful year on and off the pitch.

Treasurer Declan Molloy gave a detailed report on the income & expenditure of the club for the year, and thanked all those who generously sponsored the club during the year. He also thanked those who voluntarily helped out with selling lotto tickets & hosting the lotto every week.

Next up were the managers reports where a brief report from all managers was given. 

Officers elected for 2013: President - Gerry Flaherty,  Vice Presidents - Fr. Joe O'Brien, Sean O'Donohue, Joe Coleman, Mal Dolly, Bosco Culkin, Jim McWalter, Brendan Geraghty, Paddy Keary Chairperson - Tommy Boyle, Vice Chairperson - Patrick Flaherty, Secretary - Brian O'Donnell, Ast. Secretary - Brian Flaherty, Treasurer - TBC, Ast. Treasurers - TBC, PRO - Brian O'Donnell, Hurling Board Delegates - Michael Coleman, Child Welfare Officer - Keith Higgins, Intermediate Manager - Michael Coleman, Junior Manager - TBC, U21 Manager - Brian Flaherty, Minor Manager - Michael Gannon, Underage Chairman - Michael Coleman. Remaining managerial and officer positions will be filled at this evenings (Wednesday) club meeting at 9pm and all under age positions will be elected during the Under Age AGM which is taking place in the coming weeks.

U-15's were defeated by Micahel Cusacks (Beagh-Kilbeacanty Amalgamation) in their county final on a score-line of 1-8 to 0-8. Match report to follow in next week's edution.

Just a reminder that the 'Glory for the Red & Blue' DVD is still available to purchase through club officers and in the parish shops & cost €25. The double disc DVD which was produced to commemorate the team of 88's victory also looks back over the history of hurling in the parish over the years and captures some fantastic moments. With Christmas just around the corner this DVD would make an ideal gift for anyone involved in the sport or from the parish. 

Our intermediate player Tommy Farragher is to travel as part of a group of volunteers early in the new year to Mombasa, Kenya where they are to build classrooms for primary school children and also assisting with a feeding programme for 100 preschool children. A fundraising dance takes place in the Abbey Inn on Friday the 13th of December. Tickets are €5 with music by Tom Flaherty and Francis Fahy. Please support this worthy cause.