The largest attendance this decade gathered in the Thomas MacDonagh clubroom for the Annual General Meeting of the senior club last Thursday. A very productive and positive meeting, which included a healthy sprinkling of players, reflected on the most successful year for the club since 1986.
Senior goalkeeper and accountant Kevin O’Brien presented a very detailed set of accounts on behalf of joint treasurers Michael Cahill and Carmel Daly. Despite the massive cost incurred in the development of the Sports Complex, the balance sheet showed the club to be in a very healthy financial position, with the lotto and county draw being the main sources of income. Carmel and Michael received the plaudits of the meeting for the competent and professional manner in which they handled the finances of the club.
County draw promoter Joe Cahill was complimented on enlisting a record number of subscribers.
In a comprehensive and perceptive report, which included a detailed record of all matches played, outgoing secretary Philip Quinlan recalled the achievements of the U/21, minor and U/14 hurlers as well as the success enjoyed by our schools and county representatives. He also highlighted the official opening of the Sports Complex, with its magnificent facilities, as a special day in the club’s history. In a typically eloquent and inspirational address, Chairman Len Gaynor thanked all who had worked for the club and he urged everybody to maintain the intensity of their effort, in order to sustain the momentum which had been created in recent years.
The following were elected for 2007: Presidents: Fr. Tom Hannon, Fr. Burke, Tom Cleary and Paddy McCarthy; Vice Presidents: Roche Williams, Paddy Quinlan, Mick O’Meara and Martin O’Meara; Chairman: Connie Grace; Vice Chairman: Robert O’Leary; Secretary: Kay Cahalan; Joint Treasurers: Michael Cahill and Carmel Daly; Assistant Treasurer: Denis Cahill P.R.O: Gilbert Williams.
Outgoing Chairman Len Gaynor was applauded for the very effective and dynamic leadership he has given the club in the last five years. Outgoing secretary Philip Quinlan was thanked for the very effective manner in which he carried out his duties. Both Len and Philip are going to remain very active and influential in the club where their experience will be invaluable.
Incoming Chairman Connie Grace brings a wealth of experience, garnered at Bord na nÓg level, with him. New Secretary Kay Cahalan will slot seamlessly into the position, having filled the post of assistant for a number of years.
Former Clare hurler and selector Alan Cunningham was named as manager of the Senior hurlers. His appointment was warmly greeted by the delegates. Michael Hogan and Jim O’Meara complete the management team with Alan. Mark O’Leary was reappointed as U/21 hurling and football manager while Dinny Cahill will again be in charge of the minors. The Junior football manager will be appointed at the adjourned A.G.M. All selectors will also be ratified at that meeting.
Last Saturday’s car wash organised by the juvenile club was a sparkling success and the returns for the day exceeded all expectations. A new set of jersey’s will be purchased for the juveniles and the hefty surplus remaining will be used to fund coaching initiatives for our young player. Thanks to Sean Ward, Jim O’Meara, Michael O’Neill, Jimmy Cahill, Christy Morgan, Cronan Casey, John Hyland, Liam Boyle, Pat Quinlan, Ger Maher, David Williams, Kieran Cahill, Ronan Boyle, Timmy Walsh, Robert Ward and Craig Morgan who kept the steady stream of customers satisfied throughout the day. A special word of thanks to Willie Lennox, proprietor to the Emo filling station, who provided us with the facilities to organise this very successful fundraiser.
of the senior club will be held in the clubroom on Thursday January 11th.
The U/14 hurlers, Féile and championship winners in North Tipperary, will be presented with their medals at a function in the Western Pass on Friday January 26th. All-Ireland minor medallists Eoin Hogan and Seamus Hennessy will be guests of honour on the night.
will be held in the clubroom on Thursday February 2nd.
The club’s dinner dance will be held in the Abbey Court Hotel on Saturday February 10th. The victorious U/21 and minor hurlers will be presented with their medals at the function.
The club website which has lain dormant for period has been revamped and will be updated on a regular basis. The weekly club notes can be accessed on the site which also contains profiles, picture gallery and items on the club history. A visit to the website is highly recommended. The address is www.kilruanemacdonaghs.com. The club is indebted to Mark O’Leary for his work in reorganising the site.
The club would like to extend its sympathy to Helen Conway on the death of her sister and to May Casey on the death of her aunt.
The club would like to wish its players, members and supporters, both home and away, a peaceful Christmas.