Kilruane MacDonaghs Notes
A huge crowd gathered in the clubroom for the best ever attended Adjourned AGM. Chairman George O Leary kept the meeting moving smoothly and ensured that the extensive agenda was completed. Billy O Shea was installed as vice-chairman and Ger Ryan was appointed to fill the vacant position of assistant treasurer. Alan Cunningham was ratified as trainer/coach for the senior hurling team and his appointment was warmly welcomed. He returns to the post after a two year stint with Clare. Alan will be joined by manager John Quinlan and John Hyland.
Gilbert Williams was appointed junior hurling manager and he will be assisted by selectors Dinny O Meara and Tommy McDonald. Paddy Williams was confirmed as U-21 hurling manager with Pat Shanahan, John Quinlan and John Hyland also on the ticket. Brian Gaynor continues as minor manager and retains Mick Cleary, David Quinlan, Eoin Hogan and Freddie Williams as selectors.
A lively discussion took place on the affiliation of a second junior hurling team and the meeting decided that for the first time in over a decade Kilruane MacDonaghs will field a third adult team with participation in the junior C championship. Manager and selectors for this team will be ratified at the next meeting. There was also unanimous agreement not to enter any football teams.
Len Gaynor was appointed to fill the complementary roles of Coaching Officer and Schools Liaison Officer. He will also chair the hurling committee. Michael Hogan will head the finance committee and Kevin Quinlan was nominated as Injury Claims Officer. The first committee meeting of the year was pencilled in for Friday February 5th.
The Annual General Meeting of the juvenile club takes place on this Friday January 22nd in the clubroom at 8.00 p.m. The juvenile club had a very busy and successful year so hopefully this will be reflected in the attendance. Everybody interested in the promotion of juvenile games is invited to attend.
The Juvenile Presentation will take place in The Complex on Friday January 29th at 7.30 p.m. On that night the successful U-10, U-12 and U-14 hurlers will receive their medals. Parents and players are requested to be present at 7.15 p.m. in order that the function can have a punctual start. Guest of honour will be the 2009 All-Star fullback Padraig Maher of Thurles Sarsfields.
Membership is now due and can be paid to any committee member. The subscriptions for 2010 are: adult players €40, student players €20, non-playing adults €20 and juveniles €10. Membership is compulsory for all players and the closing date for renewal is March 31st.
Promoters and subscribers are reminded that monthly payments must be kept up to date.
The club would like to extend its sympathy to the family of the late Peter Cooney Kyle. Peter was a great club stalwart who gave loyal and committed service for many years. He was an active member of the club committee, rarely if ever marked absent, and attended the recent AGM. Peter was a reliable promoter of the weekly Lotto and always had his returns in on time. He was ever willing to do his bit in the fund raising ventures whether it was county or club draw, sale of work or raffle. Peter was an integral part of the Thomas MacDonagh Park Committee over many decades and was a familiar presence as a steward on match days. A great supporter of club and county he was generally one of the first in the parish to hoist the blue and gold colours and one of the last to lower them whether in victory or defeat. Peter was typical of the many unsung heroes in the GAA. He worked quietly and effectively in the background never seeking the limelight but rejoicing in the club’s success and backing it to the hilt when fortunes were low. Peter was a highly respected member of the community and the huge turnout of club members who formed a guard of honour at his funeral was an eloquent testimony to his popularity.
The club also extends its sympathy to the Buckley family Kilruane, the Murphy family Emill and the Guest family Gurtavalla on their recent bereavements.