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7th December 2015 Club Notes

posted 10 Dec 2015, 00:43 by abbeyknockmoy gaa   [ updated 4 Jan 2016, 04:25 ]

There was no jackpot winner but two players matched 3 in the Crumlin Park House & Resource Centre Sponsored lotto draw held on the 7th December in Moran’s Bar. Numbers drawn were 9, 20, 26 and 28. Congrats to Geraldine Delaney, Abbeyknockmoy and Jamie Moran, Glenaveal on matching three numbers winning €40 each. The seller’s prize went to Kelly’s Bar. Next week’s draw on the 14th December will be held in The Woodside Monivea with the jackpot now at €8,900. All results are available on line at ; Facebook and Twitter.

 AGM 2015: 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, Brendan Connolly to address the meeting. He thanked all involved in the fundraising throughout the year. He was delighted with the success the club enjoyed in the year namely winning the intermediate final, Connacht Final and quarter final in London. He wished the management and team the very best of luck in the all-Ireland semi-final against Creggan of Antrim in January. Brendan thanked all the Club Officers for their work in 2015 and hoped that 2016 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. 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 winning the County and Connacht finals, defeating Robert Emmets in the All-Ireland Quarter Final and also reaching the Junior All-Ireland 7-aside final. The team also look forward to the league semi-final in the coming weeks along with an All-Ireland Intermediate semi-final in January 2016 against Creggan Kickhams of Antrim. Great credit must go to the team and management who since January have put Trojan work to reap the rewards of this success. Brian then pointed out that the under-age coaching is a continued success now in its 11th year and thanked all those for coaching and helping out with the kids. A special mention went to the Camogie club who are in 5th 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 Better Bedding, Coleman Roofing & Carpentry, A1 Autoparts (Intermediate Team Sponsors), Sean O’Donohoe and the many sponsors who supported and sponsored the team towards the end of this year in their bid for County and Connacht cups and our quarter final win in Ruislip, Crumlin Park Self Catering Accommodation (Lotto Sponsor) and all our supporters who have taken an advert in the county final programme and without their support our financial position would be much more difficult. He then thanked 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, Kenny Watts, Danny Keenan, Sean Moran, Frank Gannon, Brendan Connolly, Michael Flaherty and the GRD workers. Thanks to Noel Coen who assisted with maintenance at the club recently. Thanks also to Tommy Farragher & Padraig O’Donnell who upgraded the showers in the dressing rooms, 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. He also pointed out that in 2015 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 2015, 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 Christmas and hoped that 2016 will continue to be a successful year on and off the pitch.

Out-going Treasurer Catherine Forde and assistant Frank Fahy 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.  The monthly draw numbers had improved greatly and thanked all who continue to enter in it. 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 2016: President - Brendan Connelly, Vice Presidents - Fr. Joe O'Brien, Sean O'Donohoe, Joe Coleman, Mal Dolly, Bosco Culkin, Jim McWalter, Brendan Geraghty, Gerry Flaherty, Paddy Keary and Paddy Williams.  Chairperson - Tommy Boyle, Vice Chairperson - Jody Flaherty, Secretary – Jerry Quirke, PRO & Ast. Secretary – Cathal Duffy, Treasurer - TBC, Ast. Treasurers - TBC, Hurling Board Delegates - Michael Coleman, Child Welfare Officer - Keith Higgins, Senior Manager - TBC, Junior Manager - TBC, U21 Manager – Padraic O’Donnell, Minor Manager – Paul Flaherty. 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.

Finally, congratulations to Keith and Collette Ruane on the birth of their baby girl last weekend and also to Darren Blade and Alice O’Sulivan on the birth of their baby girl. Congrats also to Wayne and Lorraine Moloney who got married last weekend.