JOHN Carmody, who managed Kilmaley to senior hurling championship honours in 2004, has returned as team boss.
At the recent annual general meeting of the club, he defeated Niall Romer for the job of senior team manager. Carmody, who was part of the senior management team under Patsy Fahy at St Joseph’s last season, will again have former St Joseph’s and Clare player Ciarán O’Neill in his team. O’Neill has spent the past two seasons as part of Diarmuid O’Leary’s senior management team at Newmarket-on-Fergus. He was the Kilmaley coach when Carmody managed the team to the county crown in 2004. The third member of the newly appointed management team is Tommy Keane, a member of the Kilmaley team that won the Hamilton Trophy for the first time back in 1985. A year later, he captained Clare as they reached the Munster final where they lost out to Cork in Killarney.
Kilmaley also have a new chairman in former Clare star Conor Clancy. A member of Clare’s All-Ireland winning sides of 1995 and 1997. He takes over as chairman from Vincent Hennessy.
AT a well-attended annual meeting of the Banner GAA club recently, many tributes were paid to the outgoing secretary, Domhnall O’Loinsigh, who did not seek re-election.
O’Loinsigh presented a comprehensive report on the year’s activities in which he highlighted a significant increase in club membership and reported on the club’s contribution to the GAA’s 125 celebrations. He made specific reference to the county board’s plan for the development of underage hurling in Ennis and the report produced by a committee headed by Cyril Lyons. O’Loinsigh noted that many of the proposals contained in the report were very similar to those made in a written submission by the Banner club back in July 2005. The club would, he said, have to wait and see how the report was received by all the clubs in the town but the Banner club would support it in principle.
“Let’s plan together for the future with confidence,” was the message to members by chairman John Dingley in his address to the meeting. The club had come through a turbulent year and a half and was even stronger now as a result of a supreme effort by a core group of officers and members who succeeded in saving the club.
“We were lucky this time but circumstances have changed now and we may not be able to get ourselves back on track again, particularly in the area of fundraising, should the same thing happen,” the chairman warned.
The progress made by the minor club was highlighted but minor club secretary Gerry Sexton cautioned against complacency, as it is becoming more and more difficult to train and supervise underage teams. Because of the difficulties involved there was a need now, more than ever, for support from parents and members to help our in running the club, he said.
On the development front, the club is to establish a development committee with a view to upgrading the facilities at Shanaway Road, while tackling the drainage of the field and completing the access road are listed amongst the priorities.
The following officers were elected: president, Tom Pyne; vice-president, Declan O’Regan; chairman, John Dingley; secretary, Owen Rynne; assistant secretary, Oran Rynne; treasurer, Brid Dilleen; PR O, Tony White; Irish officer, Domhnall O’Loinsigh; county board delegates, Owen Rynne and John Dingley; Bord na nÓg delegates, Kieran Patton and Tony White and urban board delegate, Tony Talty.
COLM Honan will continue as Clonlara senior hurling manager for 2010 after being re-appointed at the club’s annual meeting at the weekend. The former All-star led the club to the Clare Champion Cup title in 2009, a season in which they were pipped in the final of the championship. Michael Nihill will manage the club’s U-21 team this year, while John Moloney Senior is the junior B team manager.
Michael Hogan was re-elected as club chairman, while outgoing secretary, Noreen Campbell and treasurer, Jim Guinnane were also re-appointed for 2010.
O’Callaghan’s Mills minor
SECRETARY Billy Murphy gave a detailed report of the year’s activities to the recent annual general meeting of the O’Callaghan’s Mills minor GAA club.
Although there was no silverware on view, teams representing the club competed well in all competitions.
Chairman James O’Halloran, in his address, thanked all who attended but again, he was disappointed this year that so few parents turned up on the night. He appealed that more would help out with the coaching of underage teams.
Officers elected for 2010 are:
Chairperson, James O’Halloran; vice-chairman, Kevin Lynch; secretary, Billy Murphy; assistant secretary, Pat O’Brien; treasurer, Sheila Pewter; assistant treasurer and coaching officer, Joe O’Gorman; PRO and Bord na nÓg delegate, Neil O’Brien; first aid officer, Brian Nolan and féile officer, Rita McInerney.
It was decided to leave the appointment of team managers until a meeting in early January so that more help with the coaching of teams could be sought and to make contact with every parent.
Those present disagreed with the recent decision taken at the Bord na nÓg convention to suspend the U-12 championship for 2010. The O’Callaghan’s Mills members pointed out that players at this age group have regular competition in other sports.
THE Clarecastle GAA (CADCOg) underage AGM will take place in the clubhouse on Monday at 7.30pm. 2009 was a very encouraging year at underage level, winning three trophies along with getting to the knock-out stages of all but two of their 11 respective hurling and football championships.
In advance of the AGM, all underage hurling and football mentors are asked to attend a special review meeting this Thursday at 7pm in the clubhouse, which will be followed by a general club hurling forum. Following on from these meetings, the adult AGM will take place on Sunday, January 17 at 2.30pm. Nominations for all positions are welcome, with nominations due to club secretary Greg Fogarty by Sunday.
THE Shannon Gaels AGM willbe held in the clubhouse in Labasheeda at 3pm this coming Sunday. All members or anybody interested in joining the club are asked to attend.
MICHAEL Cusack’s GAA Club held its annual general meeting at Gleann Chíosóg recently when chairman, Gerard Kerin acknowledged the work of all those who gave their time during the year, especially those who looked after teams.
The central role played by the club in the 125 celebrations held in the county was also highlighted. Outgoing secretary, Christine Glynn presented a detailed account of the year’s activities highlighting the success of the U-16 team, while expressing disappointment at the relegation of the intermediate team. Club treasurer, Ann Marie Howard presented detailed accounts reporting a healthy balance going forward to 2010.
The following officers were elected: chairman, Gerard Kerin; vice-chairman, Christine Glynn; secretary, Marian O’Loughlin; assistant secretary, Ann Fawl; treasurer, Ann Marie Howard; assistant treasurer, Gregory Davoren; registrar, Lughaidh Kerin; coaching officer, Michael Hynes; oifigeach Ghaeilge, Máirín Connole; delegates to county board and Bord na nÓg, Dominic Conroy and Michael McGann and PRO, Ann Marie Hynes.
Michael Neylon takes charge of Miltown
THE St Joseph’s Miltown Malbay GAA club AGM was held recently. Michael Neylon has been appointed senior team manager in succession to James Healy. The new manager will be assisted by John O’Malley and Martin Flynn. The main highlight of 2009 was the construction of a 1,200-seat spectator stand which has been built and completed to a very high specification in just six months.
The following officers were elected: Chairperson, Caragh Vaughan-Griffin; secretary, Shane O’Connell; treasurer, Tommy Byrne; executive members, Noel Walshe, Michael O’Loughlin, Breda Keane, Francis Lynch, Gordon Kelly, John Meade and Francis Cahill.
KILLANENA GAA club held its annual general meeting recently at the Lough Graney Kids’ Corner, Flagmount. It was attended by 30 members. Chairman Martin Smyth welcomed all the members and the meeting reviewed a very good year at underage level and mixed results at adult level. Secretary Ger Hoey and treasurer John McArthur provided details accounts of the clubs activities and financial accounts.
The officers for 2010 are:
Presidents, Liam Canny and Tommy Clancy; chairman; Martin Smyth; vice-chairman; Thomas O’Mara; secretary, Ger Hoey; assistant secretary, David Noone; treasurer, John McArthur; assistant treasurer, Val McCormack; PRO, Conor McNamara; youth officer/Bord na nÓg, Pat McNamara; Féile liaison, John McArthur; county board delegates, Ger Hoey and Colman Houlihan; team selections (U 6-9) Kieran McNamara, Val McCormack and Kieran McNamara; (U-10-12) Joe Moloney, Toby O’Meara; (U-13-14) Toby O’Meara and James Keane; (U-15-16) Pat McNamara; (U-21) John McArthur; intermediate and junior B, Colman Houlihan and Michael Moroney.