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26th of November 2014 Club Notes

posted 25 Nov 2014, 02:11 by abbeyknockmoy gaa   [ updated 17 Jan 2015, 12:26 ]

There was no jackpot winner in this week's Crumlin Park House & Resource Centre Sponsored lotto. Congratulations to Pat Blade, Killaclogher and Enda Carr, Oranmore who matched three numbers and each receive €40. The numbers drawn were 5, 17, 24 and 26. Next week's draw for €3,300 will take place in Mannion's Bar. The members draw was held at Sunday's AGM and the main prize of €700 went to Geraldine McCormack with Cathal Duffy, Padraig O'Donnell and Frank Gannon each receiving €100. We thank all members who continue to contribute to this fundraising draw. If you wish to enter the Monthly draw which entitles you to free family membership please contact Catherine on 087 6900352 to enter the draw.  


The book on the history of Abbeyknockmoy Hurling Club was launched last Sunday night. It is available for purchase in O' Donohoe's, Abbeyknockmoy, Ryan's of Laragh, Cooke's and Fordham's in Monivea and Flynn's of Lackagh, price €25. The book, which would make a lovely Christmas present, can also be purchased online via our website or by contacting Catherine at 087-6900352. If you have been associated with Abbeyknockmoy Hurling, Camogie or Handball Club's in any capacity you are sure to find a record of your involvement in this book. Thank you to O'Donohoe's for their hospitality, to Councillor Pete Roche and David Burke, Editor of Tuam Herald for speaking on the night and to John Williams, Ballyglunin Photos for his photography.


The Hurling Club AGM took place last Sunday and overall it was an upbeat, productive and well attended meeting with a very positive outcome. The meeting was opened by the Chairman, Tomas Boyle who asked for a minutes silence to remember those who were bereaved in the last year. Tomas asked the Club President, Gerry Flaherty to address the meeting. He thanked all involved in the fundraising throughout the year. He was disappointed on losing the intermediate final and noted we needed more games on a regular basis throughout the summer. He thanked all for their hard work. Gerry also noted it was terrible that there was two month break between each of the three championship group matches and it is the same with Junior with the lads needing games on a regular basis. Gerry thanked all the Club Officers for their work in 2014 and hoped that 2015 would be a good year for Abbey.

Chairman, Tomas Boyle 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 the running of the club. Tomas felt that at underage a greater emphasis needs to put towards our trainers, methods of training kids, adults, etc. A special thanks to all our sponsors for their continued support. Tomas also noted the many social night's, fundraisers that took place throughout the year. Tomas thanked all club officers, delegates, team managements and their families 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 retaining the Connacht Tain League, to the U-16 team 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 continued success now in its 10th year and thanked all those for coaching and helping out with the kids. Also, he thanked to Mary Coleman for their help in organising the Cul Camps during the summer which was a success again with 80 or more kids taking part. A special mention went to the Camogie club who are in 4th 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, Crumlin Park House & Resource Centre, Michael F Dolan & Co., Loughnane's Joinery and the many companies that took up sponsorship with the club calendar, he thanked them for their generous sponsorship & hoped that the 2015 calendar would be a great success again. He then thanked all everyone involved in the weekly lotto and thanked Frank Fahy for his help in securing our annual Lotto License. Brian paid tribute to Sean Moran for officiating many league and championship adult games and to our young Referee David Staunton. He then paid thanks to all his fellow officers, Noel Coen, Sean Moran, Brendan Connelly, Frank Gannon and 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 Michael Coleman (Hurling Committee) and Tommy Boyle (County & U-age) for attending those meetings in a very busy year. Special mention was made to Catherine Forde who produced a book documenting the history of hurling in the parish from as far back as the 1880’s. It was a huge undertaking by anyone and thanked Catherine for the time and effort she had put into it throughout the year. He also pointed out that in 2014 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 2014, 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 2014 and hoped it would be a successful year on and off the pitch.

Treasurers Frank Fahy and Catherine Forde 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. Frank noted that all members of the current intermediate team had paid their membership this year and it should the commitment from the lads to the hurling cause. The monthly draw numbers had improved greatly and thanked all who continue to enter in it. Catherine spoke of the issues we had with ACC Bank closing and the transferring of direct debits, etc. to our new bank. They 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 - Brendan Connelly,  Vice Presidents - Fr. Joe O'Brien, Sean O'Donohoe, Joe Coleman, Mal Dolly, Bosco Culkin, Jim McWalter, Brendan Geraghty, Paddy Keary, Paddy Williams, Gerry Flaherty Chairperson - Tommy Boyle, Vice Chairperson - Jody Flaherty, Secretary - Brian O'Donnell, Ast. Secretary - TBC, Treasurer - Catherine Forde, Ast. Treasurers - Frank Fahy, PRO – Cathal Duffy, Hurling Board Delegates - Michael Coleman, Child Welfare Officer - Keith Higgins, Intermediate Manager - Brian Cooley & Gerry Farragher, Junior Manager - Aidan Flaherty, U21 Manager - Brian Flaherty, Minor Manager - David Carton. Remaining managerial and officer positions will be filled at the Under Age AGM which is taking place in the coming weeks. You can read the full secretary's report on the club's website.

Abbeyknockmoy Hurling & Camogie club are excited to bring you the The Ice Queen Pageant as our main club social night  this Christmas. It promises to be a fantastic night of entertainment. Further details will be confirmed in the coming weeks. Follow our "Queens" preparation through our facebook page