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Ardmore GAA Club, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, Ireland.

Charmans Address AGM 2016

 

Duffcarrick,

 

Ardmore,

 

Co. Waterford.

 

Tel:024-94850

 

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Mob. 087-9815625

 

30th December 2016

 

 

 

 

 

Chairpersons Address:

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. President, Vice presidents, Members, Ladies and gentlemen,

 

 

 

It is my pleasure to welcome you all here tonight to our Adult AGM. In taking up this position a year ago I felt then that I would be reporting a very good year in 2016 but regrettably this is not the case. A number of events occurred during the year that put things in a different perspective.

 

A major shock was the loss of Dr. Joe Meehan, Vice president of the club who over his time in Ardmore gave his time and profession in serving so many of our players nursing injuries sustained in the field of battle. Joe was much more than our doctor but a gentleman also who had always a kind word to say to everyone he came in touch with. To his family , Ar Dheis De go raibh An Anam.

 

2016 also seen the passing of a number of our former players and to them also our sincere sympathy to families and friends.

 

 

 

On the field of play things did not turn out the way we had hoped . Relegation from Intermediate Hurling to Junior status in 2017 was not an easy pill to swallow but I am sure with our ever increasing young guns getting stronger plus the vast experience of our elder members of the squad should be an enough to regain promotion back to where we belong in intermediate grade at the end of 2017.

 

Our senior footballers won two games and went close in reaching our first semi Final spot  in the Conway Cup for a number of years and with further commitment and dedication this goal is not out  of way in achieving.

 

Special thanks go to John Power and Frank North and their management’s teams over the past year for looking after both grades which they gave a 100% in their respective roles.

 

 

 

 Looking forward to 2017 in both Grade’s I wish our New Management set-up the very best in their endeavours and let’s hope that silverware shall return once more to this very proud club.

 

 

 

 

 

Under 21s Grades  made progress but without success and wish to Thank Adrian O Donnell, Seamus Prendergast and Declan Prendergast for looking after them during the year which started in February and not finish only 12 days ago. Long year for all concerned and certainly at county Board level this must be addressed.

 

 

 

At Minor level due to a very tight panel under again Adrian O Donnell competed but without success. Thanks again to all involved.

 

 

 

 

 

To our Juvenile Club under the auspices of Patrick Reardon and Kirstan O Sullivan had success with the Under 16 squad winning one county and runner up in the other. Well done to Tony Keane and Co-selectors for all your hard work.

 

 It was great to see so many brought on board to help with different age groups , all the way down to 6 years of age and again I say thank you.

 

 

 

Before I leave the pitch of play I must thank the O Donnell Family for their care given to maintaining the pitch in its excellent condition which is envied right across the county and beyond. Also I must thank my DSP/Fas men and women who contribute enormously to the upkeep of the club house and grounds. Lets hope we will have this continue as certainty going forward is not guaranteed.

 

A special word of thanks must go to one of the most important jobs on the fields of play which most at times , taken for granted and that is our first Aid Officer  Caroline Tutty Power. A sincere thanks from me and my fellow officers for continuing to handle this position for a number of years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To my fellow officers Jay Prendergast Vice Chairman, Nick Keating ,Secretary, James O Donnell Treasurer, Margaret Murphy , Child Welfare officer and Thomas Conway Pro I wish to sincerely thank you all for the amount time given to your various positions within the club during 2016 and I know some had to balance time with your own busy life and work schedule which at times was not easy. Again thank you all.

 

Also I wish to thank Jay Prendergast and Tom Cronin as our delegates to Western Board and County Board meetings in which they regularly attended on our behalf.

 

 

 

One of the major challenges all clubs face on an annual basis is Finances and we in Ardmore are no different. I n regard to this I must thank all our sponsors big and small for their generous contributions over the course of the year as without them, the club would find it very difficult to stay afloat. Our main sponsor over a number years has being John and Ber Quinn and have now decided  due to scaling back in their business will not be continuing with their sponsorship arrangement for 2017. I fully understand and appreciate their position and wish to thank them sincerely for all their support over the years. Also our current arrangement with the Cliff Hotel is nearly at an end and so too I thank you.

 

 

 

Our club undertakes  annually our weekly Lotto, Deise Draw, Membership, Pub Quiz, Cake Sales,  Long Puck, Golf Classic and this year the Ardmore Olpmpics, all in their own right huge success. To John O Donnell and Mary Prendergast for their endurance in running the Lotto on a weekly basis and which contributes largely to our finances, thank you both. To all the promoters of the Deise Draw and especially Breda Cronin who has up to 50 members in same. As stated the club would not survive without the efforts of so many and I regret not naming all as I feel I may forget someone.  Thank you all.

 

I nearly forgot to mention the number of donations received during the year from at home and abroad, thank you for your support.

 

So all in all finances are always a challenge so I hope as many as possible will help in some way in addressing same.

 

 

 

 

 

A major challenge I see ahead for the club is filling positions within the club structure and this is fairly evident when it comes to our monthly executives meetings as very few show up. This is  a worrying trend as this is where  all decisions are made and should be made concerning the running of the club. Therefore it is highly important that as many as possible should attend. Taking this on board lets hope 2017 things shall improve.

 

 

 

My sympathy also goes out to family and friends of all within our community who may have lost a loved one over the year. Rest in Peace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally in summing up I wish to state that I am very proud of being a member of Deuglan Naofa  not to mention to be your chairperson and I look forward to 2017 in confidence and by all putting our shoulder to the wheel, players, mentors and followers , silverware is achievable.

 

 

 

To all have a Peaceful and Prosperous New Year.

 

 

 

 

 

Noel Conway ( Chairperson)