Annual General Meeting
Hi folks, do you want the good news or the bad news? Which do you want to hear first, the good news or the bad news? Well actually I’m afraid I’ve only got the good news! I’m Back! That’s right folks, after a couple of very tense hours checking and recounting all the votes I was returned as the club’s Public Relations Officer (PRO). I don’t know whether I should laugh or whether I should cry but I suppose I should really point out that I am just messing around with regards to the checking & recounting the votes (I imagine you already knew that) and you’re going to have to put up with me for another year…ahh!!! Moving on our Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held last night, Thursday 28th November, in the club rooms and I would like to thank all the club members who attended the meeting.
Club secretary, Martina McKeown, presented her annual report which was divided into the following sections senior team & reserve team achievements, under 21 trials, details of our ASAP policy, underage structures, financial affairs, administration, club membership, Scor competitions, referees, club merchandise, bereavements and looking to the future. She highlighted the challenges facing the club and the age old problem of few young faces on the committee. She pointed out that it was a challenging year playing senior football but it was now important that the players regroup and refocuses on the task ahead in 2014. Regarding the administration affairs and club meetings she made reference that attendance for the first half of the year was very good but sadly this dwindled towards the end of the year and felt this needed improvement for the year ahead. For your information if you are a fully paid up club member you can request a copy of her detailed & comprehensive report so please don’t hesitate and get in touch.
Youth Officer Report
With regards to our juvenile teams Pascal Smyth gave a detailed account of all the events and achievements of our underage teams during 2013 and presented his report under the following headings Go Games, (under 8’s and under 10’s) Terence Reilly Memorial Shield, under 12 team, Bosco Carroll Memorial Cup, under 14 team, under 16 team & minor, juvenile coaching, code of best practice & volunteerism. He paid tribute to all the underage coaches for their efforts in coaching and looking after our young players over the course of a fun-filled year of activities and was pleased to report an increase in the number of coaches who have completed the Foundation Level Coaching & Child Protection course. He stressed the importance of redoubling our efforts to establish a strong coaching culture in the club and appealed to more club members, including parents, current players, retired players to volunteer and show a willingness to carry out the initial foundation level course and gain a coaching qualification. He highlighted many challenges throughout his report and the different opinions on amalgamations, which created a good debate from members present, and will no doubt be food for thought for the incoming committee. He thanked referees who officiated at blitz sessions and he thanked all parents who continue to support the club and looked forward to working with them again next year. He concluded with an interesting comment “There are three kings of people in the world, the wills, the wont’s and the cant’s. The first accomplish everything, the second oppose everything and the third fail in everything!”
Tina Rooney presented her financial report which again was very comprehensive and gave an item by item account of our income and expenditure over the past year. She highlighted the revenue generated from our Top 4 lotto sales last year was well down with the balance being produced by other fund raising events such as the Golf Classic, Rock Country night, membership etc. Regarding our expenditure it was very evident from the spread-sheets that insurance & affiliation’s along with general expenses, injuries and physiotherapy treatment costs remaining a significant constraint on the club. She emphasized the importance of administering the financial affairs properly and having correct financial procedures in place and highlighted that she intended to implement accounting methods in order to comply with best practice guidelines.
The chairman, Jimmy McGeough, commenced his address by stating that 2012 was an historic year for the club winning our first ever intermediate trophy and he stated that 2013 was also an historic year playing with the “big-boys” of Monaghan football. He said maintaining our senior status was always going to be a difficult with limited playing numbers and with injuries there were very few games we fielded a complete and full strength team. He referred to the two championship game against Ballybay and Latton where the team gave their best performance of the year. He highlighted there were many lessons to be learnt and while we are dropping back to intermediate ranks it was essential that all the players use the experience gained and take significant confidence from playing at this level and use it as a spring board for next year. He paid tribute to the senior team management of Jim Clifford & Cormac McFadden for their huge effort and the panel of players for their endeavour during a very tough year and urged the players that they are returning to a difficult and competitive league and it will not be easy. In relation to the reserve team he pointed out that we have a small panel of players to select from but were able to field in most of the games and they gave a good account of themselves and thanked Gerard O’Brien and Finbar McDermott for the time they devoted to encouraging the reserve players. He then moved on to the juvenile section of the club and expressed that this was a very important part of the club. He said he was absolutely delighted that good coaching structures have been put in place and thanked the work of the youth officer Pascal Smyth and his sub-committee for administering the juvenile affairs of the club. He thanked all the underage mentors in recognition of the immense voluntary commitment of time and effort they devote to promote and nurture our games at the grass root level and keep up the good work. He congratulated a number of our young players who are currently playing for their college / university in the higher education leagues and pointed out it was wonderful to see the lads playing at the highest level of football. He highlighted the fact that without referees there would be no games and this year we were lucky to have three referees, Anthony Tate, Nicky Calvert and Fergal McGeough and thanked them for their work in carrying out a difficult and demanding job and expressed hope they would stick at it for the year ahead. He acknowledged the great work of Hugh Carroll, Seamus Tate and Anthony Clerkin for looking after the pitch and lining out the field before matches and informed the meeting that Seamus Tate had indicated his intention to hang the keys up after many years serving in that role. The chairman paid tribute to Seamus for the many years’ service to the club and hoped that if called upon next year he will answer the call! He commented on the cultural aspects of the club and congratulated Kayla Farrell on winning a county title when she won the individual solo singing competition in Scor Spraoi and thanked the other participants for taking part. On the administration affairs he thanked his fellow club officers and committee members for their work throughout the year but emphasised that the current workload falls on the shoulders of a small group of people and underlined that this was one of the clubs biggest challenges and unless more people come forward and offer to help in the running of the club this will be a serious problem. Regarding the financial affairs he thanked the members who sell the Top 4 lotto envelopes and appealed to club members for a greater need to participant and help out with the raising funds. He thanked Bridie & Aidan Sheridan, Noreen Calvert and Mickey Friary who continue to make an invaluable contribution towards the club with their efforts. He thanked the local community and beyond for supporting the lotto and stated it was very much appreciated during these difficult and challenging times. He made reference to a very successful golf classic that took place during the year and the hard work of the sub-committee which was chaired by Ollie McQuillan. He thanked the committee members who helped out with organising the event for the club and also thanked Paddy McKeown and Donal Guckian for all their efforts in ensuring the success of this fundraiser. He also thanked all sponsors big and small for their generous support especially the main sponsor Aidan & Marie Murray of Mullinahinch House Private Nursing Home. With regards to the Country night he paid tribute to all the singers who contributed to the making of the Rock Country CD and a special word of thanks to Robert Brown for his invaluable input. The standard this year was really, really high and a lot of people have expressed praise for the quality of the CD. He thanked club secretary Martina McKeown for her work and assistance during the year and he also thanked Tina Rooney in her many roles as club treasurer, team physio and club cook. He thanked Ann Carroll for taking care of the jerseys and he knows the lads appreciate putting on spanking clean and fresh jerseys. He thanked the management of the Maple Bar, Raymond & Patricia Treanor and Pauric & Bernie Sherry, for their kind and generous support over the years with sponsorship deals and wished them the best in the future. He concluded by stating that it was a fabulous year for the club and while 2013 was a challenging year he believed that there were plenty of opportunities for the club and that he was looking forward to next year with great interest and anticipation and urged everyone, including committee members, team management, all players and club members to put their shoulder to the wheel to make sure we are ready to take on all the challenges.
Election of Officers
The election of officers was as follows; President Canon G. Ferguson, Chairman Jimmy McGeough, Vice Chairman Ollie McQuillan Secretary Martina McKeown, Assistant Secretary Siobhan McQuillan, Treasurer Tina Rooney, Assistant Treasurer TBC, PRO Michael Carroll, Players Representative Mark Daly, Youth Officer Pascal Smyth, Registrar Pat Brannigan, Committee Members Tom Daly, Anthony Tate. The Irish & Cultural Officer and the ASAP Officer positions were not filled and will be appointed in due course.
“Annual Yearbook – Our Journey”
This year’s annual yearbook entitled “Our Journey” was officially launched at our annual general meeting and is now on sale. I have always maintained that a picture is worth a thousand words and in my mind it’s easier to recall the enjoyment and excitement with images and this year’s book is just that. It is a pictorial record of A lot of events that occurred during 2013 and is truly a collector’s item. It is loaded with information and features 400 pages, (full colour), including action shots, team photographs of our underage teams right up to senior level, match reports and other interesting articles on various events that the club held during the year. I really do hope that the images I have captured will leave a lasting impression on you and hopefully will be something you will treasure for many years to come. If you are interested in buying a copy of the yearbook they are on sale in Coyle’s Service Station or alternatively you can send me a text message to 086-1041165 or email firstname.lastname@example.org confirming your name and details. Books cost a reasonable €20 each.