The U21 hurlers play Toomevara in the North Final on this Sunday. No venue or time have been confirmed. Check fixtures in The Guardian. The team faces a mammoth task against Toomevara who overcame the holders Burgess last Sunday. While Toomevara enter the game as favourites, MacDonaghs have the ability to rise to the occasion, but it is going to take an almighty effort from every player, from the first to the last whistle. The team has prepared well and is ready for battle. We are asking every MacDonaghs follower, young and old, from every corner of the parish to rally behind this team and to give the players the vocal support they need to push them over the line.
A very productive and well attended AGM was held in the clubroom on last Friday December 7th. There was tremendous participation from the attendees with plenty of constructive debate and discussion. Chairman George O’Leary welcomed the delegates and outlined his vision for the club. The outgoing secretary Kay Cahalan gave a detailed account of club activities during the year. Kay is relinquishing her post after six years and several speakers lauded her invaluable contribution to the club. Kay is remaining on committee where her experience will be a huge asset. It was decided to defer the appointment of secretary and assistant secretary until the Adjourned AGM while a subcommittee examines the club structures and redefines the roles and responsibilities of all office holders. Treasurer Ger Ryan presented a detailed set of accounts which highlighted the huge cost in running the club and funding ongoing development. Ger stepped down for his position and was thanked for his work during his term in office. All positions were filled on the night with the minimum of fuss. The following were elected: Presidents Tom Cleary, Paddy McCarthy, Tom McLoughney and Fr. Enda Burke; Vice-Presidents Roche Williams, Michael Banaghan, Martin O’Meara and Fr. Tom Whelan; Chairman George O’Leary; Vice-Chairman Michael Hogan; Treasurer Joan Melia; Assistant Treasurer Michael Cahill; P.R.O. Gilbert Williams; Registrar Carmel Daly; County Board Delegate Len Gaynor; North Board Delegate Gilbert Williams; Injury Claims Officer Kay Cahalan; Coaching & Schools Liaison Officer Len Gaynor; Senior Hurling Jim Williams (Manager), Michael Ryan and David Quinlan; Junior Hurling Matt Cleary (Manager), Brian Gaynor and Pat Quinlan; U21 Hurling John Hyland (Manager), John Quinlan and Paddy Williams; Minor Hurling and Football Jimmy Cahill (Manager) and Junior Football Pat Murphy (Manager).
The following subcommittee was appointed to examine the administrative structures of the club: George O’Leary, Kay Cahalan, Sean Ward, Mark Spain, Colin England, Denis Darcy and Gilbert Williams. This committee was mandated to bring forward specific recommendations to the Adjourned AGM with a view to making the club a more effective and efficient unit, with roles and responsibilities more clearly defined.
The following attended the AGM: Tom Cleary, Tom McLoughney, Michael Banaghan, George O’Leary, Kay Cahalan, Ger Ryan, Michael Cahill, Dinny Cahill, Jimmy Cahill, John Cahill, Carmel Daly, Susan O’Brien, Mary McLoughney, Sean Ward, John O’Meara, Jim O’Meara Len Gaynor, David Quinlan, Michael Ryan, Colin England, Michael O’Neill, John Hyland, Pat Shanahan, Johnny Peters, Sean Melia, Mark Spain, Pat Murphy, Denis Darcy, Matt Cleary, Michael Hogan and Gilbert Williams (31).
By common consent this was one of the most successful Annual General Meetings in recent years. The deliberations were frank and constructive. There was a welcome willingness from the delegates to accept positions of responsibility. The mood was very positive and there was a quiet air of determination from all concerned to drive the club forward. However, a good start is only half the battle and it is imperative to build on this encouraging start by having a successful adjourned AGM on Thursday January 10th and following up with a successful Sale of Work on Sunday January 27th.
The Adjourned AGM will be held in the clubroom on Thursday January 10th at 8.00pm. All players, supporters and committee are asked to make a special effort to be present.
Membership fees remain the same as last year: U6, U8, U10 and U12 €10; U14, U16 and U18 €20 and non playing adults €20. There is a special membership package for all players over minor. All adult players will be briefed on this before the start of the playing season.
Commiserations to Jack Peters, Darragh Peters, Stephen Cleary, James Cleary, Niall Shinners and the Nenagh C.B.S. team who made their exit from the Harty Cup after losing out by a point to Midleton.
George O’Leary, Michael Cahill, John O’Meara and Gilbert Williams represented the club at the North Convention.
Len Gaynor and Gilbert Williams will represent the club at the County Convention in Thurles on Monday December 17th.
Sale of Work
A general meeting of all club members will be held in the clubroom on Tuesday December 18th at 8.00pm to advance preparations for the Sale of Work which takes place in the Thomas MacDonagh Complex on Sunday January 27th. All supporters, players and committee are asked to attend. It is going to take a united effort from all club members to ensure that the Sale of Work is a success.
The AGM of the juvenile club takes place in the clubroom on Friday January 11th. All interested in the promotion of juvenile games in the parish are asked to attend.
The presentation of medals to the U10 hurlers, U12 A footballers, U12 B hurlers and the U14 hurlers will take place in the Thomas MacDonagh Complex on Friday January 18th at 8.00pm. Guest of honour on the night will be All-Ireland minor medallist Jack Peters. We will be looking for the assistance of parents in supplying sandwiches, cakes buns etc. We have received tremendous support from parents during 2012 and we anticipate the usual generous response on this occasion. More details later.
There will be extra prizes at the Lotto draw on Monday December 17th. The last draw before Christmas will take place on Sunday December 23rd and NOT in its usual Monday night slot. After that the Lotto takes its traditional festive break and resumes on January 7th. The club would like to thank all who continue to support the Lotto. A particular word of thanks to our loyal subscribers and promoters whose commitment and dedication ensures the ongoing success of the Lotto. In the New Year the club hopes to recruit extra promoters which should increase the weekly participation in the Lotto.