Kilruane MacDonaghs Camogie Club AGM

24 Feb 2010 by Gilbert Williams

Presentation to 2009 Adult Player of the Year recipient, Louise Hogan, by club chairman, Philip Heenan at the club’s AGM in Cloughjordan.

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The AGM of Kilruane Camogie club was held on Friday night 5th February 2010 in the GAA Complex in Cloughjordan. Over 50 people attended including parents, players and selectors. The chairman, Philip Heenan, in this address, thanked the officers and trainers/selectors for all their hard work and commitment to their roles during 2009. Whilst our teams did not win any silverware in 2009, he stressed that there is huge potential in our club from U8/10’s right up to Junior level and if we continue to work hard, success will come our way in 2010.

Reports were presented by the outgoing Secretary – Josephine Tierney, Treasurer – Patricia Costello and PRO – Helen Heenan.

Josephine gave an account of the club’s activities during the year both on and off the field and thanked her colleagues on the committee for their help and assistance during the year.

Patricia provided a very detailed analysis of the club’s income and expenditure for the year and stressed the importance of fund-raising to keep the club afloat and to provide anything that the players may need during the coming year.

The outgoing PRO, Helen Heenan, advised that the club annual newsletter had been circulated to all registered families in the club. She expressed thanks to the local newspapers, Nenagh Guardian, Midland Tribune and Mark O’Leary and Kilruane GAA club website for including the weekly notes and photographs during the year.

The chairman, Philip Heenan, gave his address:-

2009 was a busy year both on and off the field, which brought new challenges that had not been faced before such as participating and hosting of Feile na nGael in Jun-09. Thanks to the host families for opening your doors to our visitors from Clare, to Kilruane Hurling Club for making their facilities available to us during the weekend and for their kind sponsorship of the Feile tracksuits for the team. A word of thanks also to Josephine Tierney who was our Feile Rep for her role in this weekend.

Another new challenge in 2009 was participation at A grade at U12 and U14 league and championship – while success alluded us, this voyage into unchartered waters was both demanding and challenging.

Philip paid tribute to our two teams who do not play in championship proper, U8 and U10, with special thanks to the four trainers, Billy, Ann, Eithne and Willie for nurturing these seeds with great care.

It was a year of misadventure for the older teams, U16’s, U18’s and Juniors. This year the trophy cabinet is bare, apart from the U16’s winning the Nenagh Tournament.

Lets hope that 2010 proves to be a year that effort and skill is rewarded and hopefully some silverware will arrive back to Kilruane. It has been 12 years since Kilruane won an Adult competition and lets all join together in creating a winning formula that management, players, parents and supporters can work in harmony for the desired reward. It will take a huge effort, but I have no doubt, a huge effort will be put in and the success that has been achieved in recent years at underage level will now be accomplished by our adult players.

As well as looking forward, we also have to look back and I would like to thank the following:-

  • All the players who put in a huge effort in 2009
  • To the management of all those teams for giving up your time for the betterment of camogie in the parish
  • To the parents for the thankless taxi jobs all year to and from training and matches and for supporting your daughters on the field

 Sincere word of thanks to:-

  • Kilruane Hurling club – for their continuous support, use of their excellent facilities all year and to Pat Williams for his kind assistance during the year.
  • Ardcroney Field Committee for making the field available to us during the year
  • Knockshegowna Hurling club for also making their field available for matches

 Last, but by no means least, Philip paid tribute to his fellow officers, Josephine, Patricia, Helen and Sinead for their help and assistance during the past year.

Let this coming year be a year for each and everyone of us, parent, player and members alike, to work that little bit harder and turn this great club into any even greater club and in the words of Colin Powell:-

A dream doesn’t become a reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.

A short discussion also took part on the future of camogie in Kilruane, with many parents, selectors and players giving their input. It is also important to remember that everyone needs to get enjoyment from the game at both training and matches. All agreed that the future is bright for Kilruane Camogie and it will require more hard work and commitment to win the silverware.

The new officers elected for 2010 are as follows:-

Chairman Philip Heenan

Vice Chair Sinead Williams

Secretary Ann O’Meara

Treasurer Patricia Costello

Asst Treasurer Sinead Williams

PRO Paul Callan

Child Welfare Officer Niamh Enright

Registration/Insurance Officer Helen Heenan

County Board Rep Joe Cahill

Committee: all of the officers above plus Katy Starr, Josephine Tierney, Mary Maher, Mary Gibson, Carmel Austin, Noel Coonan, Willie Percy, Catherine Enright.

Trainers/Selectors for 2010

U8/U10

Billy Hill, Catherine Nevin, Ann O’Meara, Willie Percy, Peter McCarthy, Mike McGrath.

U12

Mary Gibson, Louise Hogan, Katie Kennedy, Philip Heenan

U14

Freddie Williams, Kathleen Ryan, Stephen Murphy, Sinead Williams

U16

David Enright, Katy Starr, Helen Heenan

U18 & Junior

Ronan Harding, Joe Cahill and Catherine Enright

Adult Player of the Year Award

This was awarded to Louise Hogan for her tremendous work with the U16 and Junior panels during 2009, see photo.

Presentation Night

The Presentation Night and Disco for the U8’s, U10’s, U12’s and U14’s will take place on Friday 26th February 2010 in the GAA Complex Cloughjordan.

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