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More parish involvement needed, O’Curry’s AGM hears

AT the reconvened annual general meeting of O’Curry’s GAA club, held at the School House in Carigaholt last Wednesday, Michael Curtin was elected as club chairman in succession to Kieran Harvey who stepped down. In his address, Harvey congratulated the senior footballers on reaching the knock-out stage of the county championship.

Secretary Margaret Keane stressed, in a detailed report, the need for full parish involvement in the club while the treasurer Mary Collins-Lynch called for a big effort in 2010 with regard to fundraising. The work of the various team mentors was acknowledged and it was agreed that the club is fortunate to have such dedicated and unselfish personnel involved.
The following officers were elected:
Patron, Fr Pat Culligan; life president, Jimmy Keane; chairman, Michael Curtin; vice chairman, William Downes; secretary, Margaret Keane; registrar/IT officer, Brian Troy; assistant secretary, Maureen O’Shea; joint treasurers, Dinny McMahon and Mary Collins-Lynch; assistant treasurer, Ann Carmody-Weaver; PRO, Alan Troy; Irish officer, Assumpta Concannon; lotto co-ordinator, Pakie Keane; delegates to county board, Michael Curtin and Alan Troy; Bord na nÓg delegate, Maureen O’Shea; field committee chairman, John O’Looney.

THE annual general meeting of Doonbeg GAA club took place in the clubhouse at the weekend and elected a new chairman and treasurer.
After six years at the helm, Michael Neenan stepped down from the chairman’s post to be replaced by John Keane who has served as chairman of the minor club in recent years. Neenan was elected as the club’s county board delegate. Nuala Shanahan was returned as the club secretary.
Geraldine Kelly did not seek re-election as club treasurer and she was replaced in the position by her husband, Patrick.
There will be a meeting in early February to appoint the various sub-committees including the team management personnel.
The following were elected to office at the annual meeting;
Life president, Pádraig Haugh; -president, Fr Joseph Haugh; vice presidents, JJ Downes, Joe Hurley, Murt McInerney; chairman, John Keane; vice chairman, Brian Shanahan; secretary, Nuala Shanahan; assistant secretary, Lorraine Tubridy; treasurer, Patrick Kelly; assistant treasurer, Murt McInerney; PRO, Joe Hurley; registrars, Brian Shanahan and Lorraine Tubridy; players’ representative, Philip Smith; county board delegate, Michael Neenan.

Naomh Eoin
IN his report to the 36th annual general meeting of Naomh Eoin GAA Club on Sunday, long-serving secretary Michael Boland described 2009 as a successful year for the club. They won the Division 4 league title, reached the junior A championship semi-final while, at underage level, they won the U-12 Division 4 title and the West Clare U-12 title. Amalgamated with O’Curry’s, they won the Division 3 county crown.
Chairman John Bonfil congratulated all involved in the running of the club. He especially acknowledged the players who travel long distances to play for the club as well as team coach Joe Joe Whelan for his efforts, pointing out that he attended 60 sessions with the squad.
Congratulating the schools for their work, he expressed delight that the Clare Supporters’ Club had helped in the appointment of two additional coaches in West Clare and he noted that, currently, an U-11 winter league for five clubs, Naomh Eoin. O’Curry’s Kilrush, Kilkee and Doonbeg, was taking place on the beach in Kilkee.
Joint treasurer Kieran Keating reported a healthy balance sheet.
Parish priest Fr Michael Casey told all present that the club had a bond and a will to win and he urged the players to “go the extra mile for the sake of the club”.
The meeting was told that drainage work on the pitch was almost complete.
Club founder Gabriel Keating praised all who work for the club in any capacity and he expressed the hope that the club will benefit from one of the €25,000 grants for the work that has recently been carried out on Páirc Eoin.
Training will commence on Saturday week, February 6 and this will be followed by a meeting of players to select a team manager and selectors for 2010.
The following officers were elected:  life president, Gabriel Keating; president, Seán Keating; vice president, Fr Michael Casey PP; chairman, John Bonfil; vice chairman, Martin Downes; secretary, Michael Boland; assistant secretary, Martin Haugh; joint treasurers, Kieran Keating and Joseph Bonfil; joint PROs, Gabriel Keating and Michael Considine; lotto co-ordinator, Theresa O’Gorman; youth officer, Martin Downes; assistant youth officer, Gerard Tevlin; youth committee, Oliver Keating, John Bonfil, Pat Magner; registrar, Kieran Keating; Irish officer, Denis Geaney; co- board delegate, Gabriel Keating; Bord na nÓg delegates, Joseph O’Gorman, Martin Downes, John Bonfil; insurance officer, James Keating; team managements, U-8/10, Martin Haugh and Patrick Roche; U-12, Martin Downes and Pat Foley; U-14, Joseph O’Gorman and John Bonfil; U-16, Shane O’Callaghan and Gerard Crotty.

Tulla minor
THE annual general meeting of Tulla Minor Club was held recently. Before a sizeable turnout, outgoing secretary, Paul Caulfield gave a comprehensive account of the club’s activities over the past year. Outgoing chairman, Gerry Lynch thanked everyone who contributed to the running of the club during the year and wished the incoming executive every success. The meeting was also addressed by the senior club chairman, Declan Hogan who complimented the club on the work it was doing in the promotion of Gaelic Games in Tulla.
Gerry Lynch stepped down as chairman after three years at the helm and Jude O’Mahony was elected as his successor. Secretary Paul Caulfield moved to the role of coaching officer. The following officers were also elected: vice chairman, John Kearney; secretary, Brian Culloo; treasurer, Maria Considine; assistant treasurer; Olivia Harrison; coaching officer, Paul Caulfield. Anyone interested in helping out with the promotion of Gaelic Games among the young people of Tulla should contact any member of the above committee. Membership of the club may be paid to any member of the committee and anyone wishing to avail of the facilities at Dr Daly Park must have membership paid.


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