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2013 Chairmans AGM Address

posted 6 Jan 2013, 10:44 by Unknown user   [ updated 6 Jan 2013, 10:44 by Colm Beirne ]
I want to welcome everyone of you to our AGM here today and thank you all for coming out this evening. It is my honour to address you this evening after completing my second year as chairman of this great club. 2012 was an eventful year for our club. Our senior team retained their senior league status by mixing the good with the bad. We finished on 10 points but some good displays were equalled by some very poor displays. Our group campaign in the championship was the same with an excellent win over Western Gaels cancelled out by a very poor effort against Strokestown and an unlucky defeat against Padraig Pearses. Our senior status was confirmed for 2013 with a battling win over St Croans. I want to thank our senior selector John Crowe for the work and effort he put in with the senior team. I also want to thank our manager Noel Crossan for his effort, commitment, time and dedication he has put in with the senior team. Our junior team competed during the year with numbers very tight on the panel in a lot of games. They had a great league campaign and finished joint second on 14 points but were then knocked out in the Quarter final by a team who had finished 6 points behind them. Thankfully the county board have changed this for 2013 and this crazy situation can never happen again. The junior B team were successful in winning the northern final and were then defeated by a very fit St Brigids team. Our junior grade is of crucial importance to keep players involved and I would encourage every available player to get involved in 2013. I want to thank our manager Anthony Carroll for his great effort and time he put in to working with the junior team. I also want to thank his selectors Colm Garvey and Paul Beirne for all their efforts. Our U-21 team had 2 good wins in the group stage of the championship but were then defeated by St Barrys in the county semi final. I want to thank our manger Martin Garvey for his efforts and time with the team. I also want to thank his selectors Michael Connellan and Pat Gannon for their work. I want to thank all players involved with our senior, junior and U-21 team for their commitment and work in 2012. I would ask every player to give it that little bit more in 2013 and hopefully you will get your rewards on the pitch. Our underage teams again competed as good as ever despite small numbers on panels. The highlight of the underage year was our U-14 team who gave us all a few very good days out along the way to winning the league & championship double. I congratulate Raymond Early and his management team on this mighty achievement. I want to thank all our underage managers and selectors for their work with their teams. Your help is very much appreciated by the club. I want to thank our minor board committee, our chairman Padraig Doyle, Secretary Ann Sheridan and treasurer Gary Vesey. You 3 officers hold a crucial role in the development and future of Kilmore G.A.A. club and I thank you for all your work and efforts. I especially want to thank Ann Sheridan who has unfortunately decided that she wishes to step down as secretary of our minor board. I thank Ann for all her work and I hope to see Ann involved with the club in the near future. I want to thank the parents of all underage players for all their patience and work with our underage teams. 2013 may be a very special year for our underage teams. Our decision to field a joint team with Shannon Gaels at U-14, U-16 and minor will hopefully ensure that all our young players get to play at the highest grade possible. I stress the point ALL our young players as it would be a disaster for our club to lose any young players because of us fielding a joint team. I hope this can be a successful partnership but we as a club must always keep our own identity. I want to thank everyone in our club who has supported any fundraising venture that we took on as a club during the year. Our club draw, Horse racing night, senior team sponsorship, last man standing, golf classic and all our other fundraisers we done I thank you most sincerely for all you financial support. i am well aware of the difficult financial times that our country is experiencing at the moment and your support in these times is even more crucial to our club. I ask you again for your  support in 2013 in any fundraising adventure we take on. We need money to continue the upkeep of these excellent club rooms so as our future players have the best available facilities at their disposal. In 2011 we introduced our text messages which I hope and I think keeps everyone up to date with whats happening in the club. Our website is now into its second year and I would encourage everyone to check it out and keep up to date with everything that’s happening. Our website was launched on the 14th of August 2011 and since then we are averaging 18 visitors a day which is a good start. I would encourage anyone who wants anything circulated via our text or website to contact myself and anything we can do we will. I want to thank Tommy Reynolds and all his lads in FAS for all the work they put in during the year here at the pitch. In particular their work in the preparation of the pitch for the Strokestown game was most helpful. Thanks to everyone who volunteered to help out at the pitch during the year, Thanks to all stewards and people who helped out on getting the pitch prepared. This year our Kilmore GAA golf society got up and running and I congratulate and wish Tommie and everyone on the Golf society the best of luck.  Our ladies GAA continues to progress within the club. Our ladies club is in safe hands under JJ MCWeeney and his committee and I would appeal to everyone to support our ladies GAA in any way you can. Our SCOR also continues to prosper in the club under the great work of Annette McWeeney and her committee. Our SCOR committee hosted a regional heat this year in SCOR and was a great nights entertainment for anyone that was there. I would encourage as many people as possible to get involved in SCOR in the year ahead. I want to thank the teachers of our 3 schools in the parish. We can be proud of all our young people in the parish and a lot of credit must go the the way they are been taught in our 3 national schools.  I congratulate everyone who represented our club with Roscommon in 2011, in particular Jack Sharkey who was a member of the Roscommon senior panel in 2012. A special congratulations to Dara Feely who brought a Connacht minor league and championship winners medal back to our club, I want to congratulate our former player Garreth Carroll who managed the Roscommon minor team and Damien Tiernan who was part of the minor management team. I want to thank my secretary Alan Ffrench and my treasurer Gary Vesey for all their work and efforts throughout 2012. Thanks to Damien Tiernan who steps down as PRO after 2 years for all his work. I want to thank all members of our executive for the co-operation and work in 2012. Our club would struggle without a good executive and I appreciate all they effort and work you all put in. I also want to thank all members of our sub-committees, our finance committee, our development committee and our historical committee. Your work is very much appreciated. I want to thank every player, supporter and member of our club for everything in 2012 and I ask you all for your support in 2013. As like every other year many families in our parish were hit by death in 2012. I extend my deepest sympathy to each and every person who has lost a loved one in the past and we all pray for you all during difficult times. In particular we remember Ann McEvoy who was buried just over 24 hours ago. As we sit here in our home dressing room I would ask every single player and supporter of our club to give everything you have on and off field for Kilmore G.A.A. in 2012. This is the greatest club any person could be a part off and every person should be proud to say their from Kilmore. Kilmore holds great respect in the county and we need to keep that going. I wish you all the best of luck in 2013 and I apologise to anyone I have forgotten.
Brian Carroll
Kilmore GAA Club