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Kilmore GAA 2016 Reports

posted 5 Jan 2017, 07:17 by Brian Carroll

Kilmore GAA Secretary’s Report

Our year began, as most usually do, with our club AGM on Saturday 2nd January 2016 in the clubrooms. A good turnout attended and everything went smoothly. Trevor Hunt stepped down as Secretary and thanked everyone who had helped him out immensely over the past two years. He was now going to focus on his new position as Minor Board Chairperson. The club thanked Trevor for his amazing work as Club Secretary and for all he has done for the club during his tenure and wished him well in his new position. I would personally like to thank Trevor for all his assistance during my first year as Secretary, and I look forward to working with him over the next two years as Minor Board Chairperson.

The other appointments saw myself appointed as Secretary, Damien Devaney appointed as Minor Board Secretary, Padraig Doyle replaced Christy Carney as County Board Delegate, and Mervyn Foley, as part of the management committee, took over as Junior Manager.

Over the course of the year, many people have helped out in numerous ways. But a special thanks should go to the CE workers who kept the pitch and facilities in such wonderful condition throughout the year. We would like to thank Trevor and his team for their tireless work and hope they continue on their fine works in 2017. There was also several development works carried out during the course of the year. This will be discussed in the Infrastructure & Development report.

Our Dinner Dance took place in the Percy Ffrench Hotel on Friday, 29th January. It was a wonderful occasion and a great night was had by all. Senior Player of the Year honours went to Aaron McEvoy. The John Glancy Memorial award for Junior Player went to Jamie Sharkey and Club Personality of the Year went to Trevor Hunt.

The fixtures list came out for our King & Moffatt sponsored Senior team in February. After our victory in the O’Gara Cup, we now returned to Senior football playing in the Hodson Bay Hotel O’Rourke Cup playing the reigning county champions, Clann na nGael in the opening day fixture. A true welcome back to the big league! We then had Boyle, Padraig Pearses, Elphin, Strokestown, St. Brigid’s and Oran. The championship then pitted us against Oran, Kilbride, Fuerty, St. Dominic’s and Tulsk. Neither competition an easy feat on paper.

We began the year by travelling to Johnstown to play the reigning champions. A wonderful first half display was negated by an opportunist’s goal just before half time. A speculative attempt for a point from distance by the Clann midfield dropped short of its destination, and Clann reacted quickest to finish the ball to the net. Another goal against the run of play after the break added new impetus to the champions and had undone all of Kilmore’s hard work. Kilmore fought back, but a few late scores when we started to tire allowed Clann to run out victors on a scoreline of 2-11 to 0-10. But this was a very close encounter despite the score and a positive start to our first campaign back in the O’Rourke Cup. It was a performance of optimism and one to build on for 2016.

Next up was a home fixture against Boyle on 21/02. This was a game to remember for the Kilmore rearguard. Kilmore were in top form and were superior all over the field. Boyle only mamaged a single point by half time and Kilmore ran out easy winners on a scoreline of nine points to four. This was a dominant display and the running from deep was something that Boyle couldn’t live with. The 20th of March brought a strong Roscommon Gaels contingent down to Kilmore. This was a very different test to Boyle. The Gaels were physically dominant and, despite the valiant effort from Kilmore, they ran out winners on a scoreline of 0-14 to 0-11.

Things took a positive turn over the month of April with Kilmore recording victories over Western Gaels and Padraig Pearses. A stirring second half performance, after some harsh truths were discussed over the break in Frenchpark, really rallied the troops. The 17th of April also marked the return of Paul Garvey to league action with Kilmore. Paul finished the match with a personal tally of 2-3 (or 2-4 according to some!) in a final scoreline of 2-11 to 1-11 in favour of Kilmore. Next up was Padraig Pearses a week later on the 24th in Kilmore. The rearguard yet again gave a solid performance and it was the counter attacking style now evident in this team that gave a platform to build on. But this game will be remembered for the forwards. Kilmore played essentially with only four forwards and their running off the ball along with their ability to score points and goals, was a masterclass to behold. Kilmore won 3-11 to 1-10 against the future county finalists.

Next up was championship action. On the 14th of May, we travelled to Castlerea to play Oran in the opening round of the Mulryan Contruction Intermediate Football Championship. As we all remember, this game didn’t go according to plan. After a very positive start, Kilmore capitulated and were dominated in nearly all areas of the field. We then suffered our largest ever championship defeat, 4-11 to 8 points. This was a demoralising defeat, but a large turnout of 18 players at 9am the following morning for training showed the true heart and pride of this Kilmore team. This was the ultimate way to turn a negative into a positive. They turned up eager to put that performance behind them and set their collective sights on the task ahead. It was from this day that the platform was set for this group of men to win the Intermediate Championship.

Next team up was our neighbours Elphin in the league on the 4th of June. Our return to action was left with a bitter taste in the mouth after losing by a single point on a scoreline of 13 points to 1-9. This was the first of three straight losses in the league which was to leave us with a nail biting finish to the league.

Luckily, our championship form was a different class. Kilmore looked like a team resurgent on the 18th of June in Strokestown when we dominated Kilbride. Our midfield was supremely confident and set the platform for victory along with a power running game from the half back line. Conor Devanney was a non entity as Colm Garvey tracked him all over the field. Without him, Kilbride were rudderless. Kilmore put up their highest score of the year. We finished 2-15 against 9 points for Kilbride.

Of course our next league fixture against Strokestown was a major blow on the 3rd of July. We lost 4-14 to 1-9. Stephen Coy and his management team had a fight on their hands with St. Brigid’s on the horizon on 20th of July. The St. Brigid’s game is one that Kilmore will rue as a missed opportunity. We lost on a scoreling of 2-11 to 1-11 but it’s one that Kilmore could and probably should have won. This loss set up a must win encounter against Oran as our final league fixture

Before this, the championship was back in action. This was a tough contest against Fuerty on the 6th of August. Home field proved to be a welcome advantage. It was a physical and a fast encounter. Kilmore showed no end of skill and heart to secure a win by 11 points to 9 points. This put us in a good position to advance. But St. Dominic’s had other ideas a week later on the 13th of August in Knockcroghery. Kilmore played with a lack of passion that didn’t typify the season. The heart and determination was all from St. Dominic’s. We lost by a single point on a scoreline of 1-12 to 1-11.

Our final divisional championship fixture on the 28th of August against Tulsk. Given the scoring difference, in our favour, a result was all that was needed, and since Fuerty beat St. Dominic’s, we didn’t even need that! Luckily, as a result was all we managed. We drew a tough encounter 1-11 to 2-8 to secure safe passage through to a Quarter Final vs Eire Og.

Kilmore needed a blistering 2nd half display during this encounter to see off Eire Og. Our ability to kick points was the difference between the two teams, and Kilmore ran out eventual winners on a scoreline of 1-13 to 2-5. This game showed that Kilmore were still vulnerable to goals and a better opposition might have capitalised.

The semi final was a different story. Kilmore played Fuerty on the 25th of September in a nail biter of a contest. This was a game of passion and pride that Kilmore had to fight into injury time to come up trumps. Goals again were a worry and seemed to be dogging Kilmore once again as they conceded two in the first half of football. However, Kilmore’s ‘never say die’ attitude was never more true than the semi final. We were a point down with a minute to play and in need to something special. Cue the Garvey’s brothers and their late heroics. Joe Garvey’s expert fielding at midfield set up Paul’s point. Then a quick free from Derek Connellan set up Colm. Kilmore’s injury time heroics turned the one point deficit into a single point victory. Sport is the truest form of drama and these players were writing their own script. Kilmore won 0-15 to 2-8 to set up a final against our new adversary Oran, back in Strokestown at 4pm on the 9th of October in the Mulryan Construction Intermediate Final.

The 9th of October saw a game of two halves. A stunning first half display completely overshadowed by a capitulation in the second half. With Kilmore not only in a commanding lead, but Oran being down to 14 men shortly after the break, the final looked to be almost ended as a contest. Then highly intelligent footballers took highly improbable shots for about 30 minutes of football and you’ll have a record zero scores in a half of championship football for Kilmore. Oran sat deep after losing a man and Kilmore were unable to break them down. It was a game that Kilmore left behind them, but also one we shockingly could have lost. A last minute decision to award a free out as Oran fisted what some might have thought to be the winning point will serve as a stark reminder about how close to a devastating upset we came.

Kilmore’s relegation from Senior football in 2015 was a devastating blow. Kilmore set their ambition on returning to Senior football as soon as possible. This is what they accomplished. The replay was then set for 2pm on Saturday 22nd of October. Another record for Kilmore saw us being 8 points down after 8 minutes. Kilmore were 1-5 to no score down early and had to remain composed to get back into this game.

It was through skill and a desire to stick to the game plan no matter what that allowed Kilmore to triumph. Kilmore pulled themselves back into this game to set up extra time. Extra time was all Kilmore. It was also the setting for a melee that had future repercussions for the team. There was a double sending off for each team which saw Kilmore lose two pivotal players. Kilmore were in control throughout and had the game over as a contest, luckily, when the melee occurred. The final result was all that mattered. Kilmore were county champions and had returned back to Senior football.

Kilmore then had a Connacht Quarter Final a mere few hours later against Monivea Abbey in Tuam. But a 10 point loss was not the story of this weekend and also a fine return considering the strain on the players. The tragic loss of our Club President, Frank Dennehy overshadowed all porceedings. His death was felt throughout the entire GAA community. Frank was GAA to the core with both Roscommon and Kilmore GAA clubs benefitting from his lifelong tireless service and we can only hope that our final win was a timely send off for a man with the club at his heart.

At the end of a long year, the club would sincerely like to thank the players for their tireless effort throughout the year. A special mention also has to go out to Stephen Coy and his management team of Padraig Doyle, Michael Maguire, Karl Foley, Mervyn Foley and Gerry Connellan for all their hard work and commitment.  The effort they put in was extraordinary and no doubt was the catalyst for our success on the field.


The Junior team had a mixed year in 2016. They worked hard on building on the progress of the previous year. In Division 5 of the league, we were pitted against Kilbride, Ballinameen, St. Aidan’s, St. Joseph’s and Michael Glavey’s. While our Cozy Homes Junior B Opponents were Clann na nGael, Elphin, Oran, Michael Glavey’s, Kilglass Gaels and St. Croan’s. A major positive was how our Division 5 team went undefeated in league football and only lost points at the end of the season when they were unable to field against Roscommon Gaels.

The league started off brightly on the 3rd of April against Kilbride in Kilmore. The two point victory allowed many people to showcase their talents. Kilmore won 0-12 to 1-7 in their opening fixture. Next up was Ballinameen on the 21st of May. Kilmore put on a tour de force and displayed some stunning finishing. Kilmore ran out comprehensive victors 2-17 to 2-6 to keep us motoring in the league.

Next up was a championship outing against Clann an nGael. Unfortunately, we were unable to field and Clann were unwilling to reschedule so we were forced to concede. But the championship continued on with a home fixture against Elphin on the 10th of June. This was a hard fought game that turned into an agonising defeat where, despite being the dominant team, we went down by a single point after conceding three goals and an amazing last minute free conceded us to defeat. A heart breaking defeat to our bitter rivals on a scoreline of 3-3 to 1-8.

A break of three weeks led us into July, where the games came by thick and fast. Championship continued on the 1st against Oran. This time we were the one’s celebrating a one point victory. A physical encounter, which was to be expected given our history our history with Oran in 2016, allowed us to get the points on a scoreline of 1-12 to 2-8. Then, 5 days later, on the 6th of July, Kilmore was out on home turf again. This time it was the league against St. Aidan’s. Kilmore put on a masterful display and dominated all over the field. The score of 2-14 to 2-4 didn’t reflect the sheer dominance of Kilmore. Then 2 days later we were out in action, yet again. While these games are seriously tough on the bodies, the momentum they generate when you’re winning is powerful.

Kilmore rode this wave of success against a physical and determined St. Joseph’s team on the 8th of July. This was Kilmore’s 3rd game in eight days, but they fought hard in front of a nice crowd in Kilmore. We ran out winners 14 points to 1-8. The crowd witnessed more than a pulsating Kilmore team. They were treated to Daragh Feeley’s refereeing debut. The club would like to thank Daragh for allowing the game to go ahead and for doing such a wonderful job (for us!) as a referee.

A week later, Kilmore were out in championship once again. A vaunted Michael Glavey’s team travelled to Kilmore on the 15th of July. There was no end of skill on display in Kilmore, but we were unable to find that extra gear to claim victory. We lost by 2 points, 1-9 to 1-7. On the 29th of July, we managed to get some degree of revenge against Michael Glavey’s in the league. We won on a comprehensive scoring display of 2-17 to 15 points. This was the last action until the league semi final on the 6th of November.

Our championship match vs Kilglass Gaels, due to be played on 17/09, which didn’t go ahead due to some misinformation and miscommunication. Subsequently, we were untimely eliminated from the Cozy Homes Junior B Championship. This was a very annoying end to our championship season.

Then on the 15th of October, we conceded our league game against Roscommon Gaels in the league. This didn’t affect our standing in the league and we finished in second place to set up a league semi final against Fuerty. Given that we still had a league game against Fuerty to play, we requested that it was doubled up with the semi final. However, it was decided that a coin toss would decide the semi final venue. We won the coin toss and received home field advantage.

Kilmore now had Fuerty at home on the 6th of September. This time it was the Junior’s turn to show that never say die spirit. After a tough encounter, Kilmore found themselves down by three points with mere seconds left in the match. The Fuerty manager and selectors even commented that a three point advantage against Kilmore meant nothing, Sure enough, Ray Caslin then stepped up to the plate. After some amazing interplay, the ball found its way to Ray and it couldn’t have ended up in better hands. With that, Ray unleashed a belter of a shot past the Fuerty keeper to level up the tie. Ray’s outstanding effort all year lead to this moment.

The replay was fixed under lights for the 18th of November in Athleague. Unfortunately, this was where the journey ended. Kilmore were sharp and were undoubtedly the better team. However, a series of miscalculations allowed Fuerty to score four goals that allowed them to stay in the game and eventually run out winners. The club would like to thank Mervyn Foley, Gerry Garvey and Brian Carroll for all their hard work throughout the year. Also, to the players for their outstanding contribution. May both the players and the management continue their upward trend in 2017.


Our Kilmore/Shannon Gaels amalgamated u-20 team got into championship action on the 30th of October. They won a close affair against a fancied Tulsk side to open their account. This left them in good position with Boyle and Elphin/Ballinameen the other teams in the group. Kilmore then managed a draw against Boyle in Boyle on the 13th of November to put them through to the semi final of the competition. The final game against Elphin/Ballinameen would then decide who would top the group. The decider against Elphin/Ballinameen was set for Kilmore pitch on the 20th of November. Kilmore played brightly in patches and showed promise, but were ultimately unsuccessful. This set up a semi final date against Oran two weeks later.

On a Friday evening, the 2nd of December, the Kilmore/Shannon Gaels team ventured up to Lisnamult as Kilbride was unable to host at the last minute. A tremendously strong Oran side, who no doubt sought to avenge their intermediate counterparts, flew out of the blocks in what was a whirlwind performance. Given the amount of injuries this team had sustained throughout the year, they were unable to withstand the Oran attack. Further injuries during the game did us no favours. But we’d like to thank all the players and management who showed that the future is bright with many of this team also part of our Intermediate winning team!


I would personally like to thank all our underage teams on what will be looked upon as a successful year. A special word of thanks goes out to our Kilmore/Shannon Gaels minor team who tasted championship success this year. A word of thanks goes out to their management team of Noel Feeney, Derek Connellan, Padraig Doyle, John O’Dowd and Gay O’Dowd for masterminding this triumph. Also, our u-12 team secured the Spring League for Kilmore. I’d like to thank Ray McMahon, John Craughwell and Anthony Dockery for all their time and commitment nurturing our future stars.

The year 2016 was a bright year for Ladies’ football within the club. Kilmore set up a Junior B team this year under the management of Jake Feeley, Paul McElhone & Jamie Sharkey. Jake’s leadership guided this team to the county final in their first year and has set up a good base for future success. The underage also had several positives with the the U-15s winning their championship. Also, to the u-14s who won a pulsating league final against Shannon Gaels. A special thanks to Josie Munnelly, JJ McWeeney and Jamie Sharkey for their efforts this year. Also, a special congratulations goes to Natasha Munnelly who captained the Roscommon U-14 County team to a Connacht title this year. They were unlucky in the All-Ireland semi final, but it shows a bright future for women’s football within Roscommon.

The club would like to congratulated Michael Maguire on his appointment to the DRA committee in Croke Park and to Karl Foley on his appointment as Roscommon Minor manager for 2017.  It is wonderful to see two members of the 2016 Intermediate winning management team making waves at such high levels within the GAA.

Finally, we’ve been implementing committees within our club this year and we’d like to thank everyone who gets involved in any way helping out Kilmore GAA. A special thank you has to go to Clare Collins, Barbera Devaney and Yvonne Foley for being a part of the Irish Language & Culture committee going forward. We’re also setting up a Coaching & Games Development committee to ensure our underage has every help moving forward. Of course, I can’t but mention the Strictly committee that was set up this year to help with our major fundraiser ‘Kilmore Does Strictly’. This event was a wonderful success and a joy be a part of. I’d like to express my gratitude to Gerry Tiernan, Clare Connellan, Jenny Connellan, Brian Carroll, Gerard Fitzmaurice and Eleanor Carroll for all their help throughout this event. Also, to the dancers who showed no end of ambition and effort up on the stage in the Landmark Hotel. This itself was a landmark event for our club and I’d like to personally thank everyone involved for a wonderful experience and their unending patience with the likes of myself. Your effort this year will be of benefit to the club for generations and I cannot thank you enough.

I’ve no doubt left off a load of people who are completely worthy of mention. If I have, please do not be offended. This is my first year and I’ve had a steep learning curve to this point. I can only thank all the members of the Executive Committee for their assistance throughout this year. It is wonderfully appreciated. I look forward to working with each and every one of you in 2017 and hope for your same level of tolerance with me. May we all look back on this year as a successful one, both on and off the field and may we have many more like it.

Thank you all for a wonderful year.

Jamie Sharkey 



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Kilmore Minor Board Report 2016.



Minor U18 ( Combined Team)

The Minors commenced their campaign on the 13 of Feb competing in Division 2 of the League. Prolonged injuries to a number of the stronger key players had its impact and despite some close games, we did not retain division two status for the championship.

In the championship we recorded wins over St Michael’s / St Ronan’s, Michael Glavey’s, Boyle and we drew with Western Gaels. We defeated Michael Glaveys in the county semi-final, thus qualifying for a county final place against long term rivals Castlerea. In the final despite struggling at times to stay in the game the players showed real character with a strong second half performance to finish 5 points clear. Congratulations and thanks to the management team of Noel Feeney, Derek Connellan, Padraig Doyle, John O Dowd and Gay O Dowd. Thanks in particular to Noel who continued to stick to the task in hand during difficult times and also to Derek who gave up his time to work with the players in tandem with his own involvement as a player with the Kilmore senior team.

U16  ( Combined Team )     

Our U16’s starting their campaign in Division two of the league on the 6th of February. We qualified for the league semi-final playoff but we were beaten by St Ciaran’s. In the Division 2 Championship we finished mid table. At U16 level our panel consisted of only 19 players and we were just about able to field a team of 15 a side at times. Thanks to the Team Manager Gerard Hollahan and the selectors, Paddy Murray, Chris O Dowd and Damien Devaney.

U14 ( Combined Team ).

Our U14’s commenced their Division 2 league campaign on the 13th of March. We finished top of the league table winning all of our six games and averaging over 24 points a game. We defeated St Aiden’s after extra time in a hard fought league final, and secured the first trophy for the combined teams at underage level. We were promoted to Division 1 for the championship where we put in credible performances against the top teams in Roscommon at that level. In the Garda Cup we reached the final against Boyle, in Boyle on the 10th of December. We finished strongly in normal time to draw level, but were beaten in extra time by a strong Boyle team.  Cathal Caslin deservedly picked up the “man of the match” award after a superb performance.

Congratulations and thanks to the management team of Barry Ryan, Ronan McKiernan, Bernard Donoghue and Paul Corcoran. This U14 group of players are a very skilful and balanced team.           

 U13 Feile : ( Combined Team )

We entered an U13 combined team in the Feile competition and reached the semi-final where we lost to Castlerea by a point. 

U12 (Kilmore team).

Our U12 team captured the spring league title, defeating Boyle in the final despite trailing by 20 points at half time. We competed strongly in the championship reaching the semi-final but came out second best against Clan na Gael. We also reached the final of the Beirne Shield and the final of the Keenan cup but despite our best efforts we did not add to the silverware. We entered an U12 team of 4 in the Roscommon Skills competitions and we finished in second place in the county and went on to represent Roscommon in the Connacht competition. Well done to the team of Niall Hollahan, Mark McMahon, Aaron Dockery and Cameron Craughwell.

Well done and thanks to the U12 management team of Ray McMahon, John Craughwell and Anthony Dockery.

U10 , U8 , U6 .  

Our U10’s, U8’s and U6 had a very enjoyable year starting back training in April. We took part in several blitzes and hosted a number of blitzes in Kilmore. We took part in the County Blitz in the Connacht Centre of Excellence in Bekan, Ballyhaunis on the 27th of August.

In September we competed in the Shane Kelly memorial cup hosted by Strokestown. We recorded wins over Kilbride, Tulsk, and a combined Elphin/Ballinameen team. We played Tulsk in the final and were victorious with a four point winning margin in a game where we had to dig deep and show great determination to close out the game. In October we took part in the Padraig Hanley memorial cup as defending champions and put in great performances to reach the final for the second year running. We were narrowly beaten by a well-balanced Shannon Gaels team.  The future looks bright for this age group and we congratulate them and the team management of Donal Carroll and Richard O Dowd. Thanks to the U8/U6 mentors of Philip Martin, Shane McElhone, Anthony Carroll, Olivia Connellan, Gerry Fitzmaurice and David Connellan who put in a huge effort all year with the next generation of Kilmore players.

Off the Field .

In March we hosted a Child Protection in Sport Awareness workshop where 24 participants took part including 11 from our own club. All 24 received their certificates which is a necessary requirement to coach underage players. At Easter we had our annual table quiz for our combined Kilmore/Shannon Gaels teams to raise funds for training equipment and other expenses.

We concluded the year with an underage presentation night in the community centre where the U10’s and U12’s received their county medals from Brian Carroll and all U8’s and U6’s received certificates of achievement signed by Roscommon star Cathal Cregg.


That concludes a busy and enjoyable year for our minor board where we contested eight finals and won four of them. We thank all the players, parents, mentors and supporters and the support of the Senior Executive during the year. We acknowledge the sponsorship of a set of jerseys for our U10 team from Philip Martin Cora Systems and Richard O Dowd, Farm Relief Services and we also thank Richard for providing a meal for our U10 team after the Shane Kelly cup win. We thank sincerely the Strictly Come Dancing committee for the generous financial contribution to the minor board after running what was a truly remarkable event.

Finally, during the year we acknowledged the contribution of the outgoing Minor Board secretary Ann Sheridan and outgoing Minor Board Chairperson Padraig Doyle with a presentation to both of them for their long and committed service. We also thank sincerely Gary Vesey who is stepping down this year as minor board treasurer and coaching officer.

That concludes the Minor Board report for 2016.


Thank you,

Damian O Duibhanaigh

Runai Mionuir

Cill Mor CLG


History Committee Report AGM 2017.


The main part of the History Committees work was done in 2014 when we organised the celebration of the club’s 125th anniversary. Just as a reminder that year we held a meeting on February 2nd to mark the exact 125th anniversary of the clubs 1st AGM, a motion was passed at that meeting that saw the Strategic plan 2015-2020 put in place, we wrote a Kilmore GAA History that was launched by the then GAA President Liam O Neill in May and we contributed to the celebration of Roscommon G.A.A. 125th anniversary in a significant number of ways.



With that major job completed the committees task now is much simpler. Our role now is to ensure that any major events of the past are properly commemorated and that a club archive is maintained of all club activity for the benefit of future historians and archivists.


In the latter context we have set up a Club Archive in the One Drive Storage area on the Roscommon GAA's New mail system. Committee Chairman Tommie Kenoy, who also chairs the Co History Committee, has responsibility for ensuring that this is kept updated on an ongoing basis. Week club notes are archived as are photos and match reports from major events such as the recent Intermediate Championship success.


We are now asking the Secretaries of the Minor Sub Committee, Rounder’s and the Ladies club to send material from their areas to Tommie for inclusion in the archive.

This will be vital for those who may in future be writing club histories or producing material to celebrate anniversaries. Material should be sent to



The Current committee membership is Tommie Kenoy, Chairman, Jamie Sharkey, Sec and Jenny Connellan. In other words, the club officers. In 2017 Gerry Tiernan will be added to that list as the incoming club Chairman.



There is just one anniversary to be celebrated in 2017 and that is the 25th anniversary of the 1992 Co Junior B Championship success. We will organise this during the autumn of the year and we hope to have a great event to celebrate a success that saw a crowd of auld fellas and a bunch of young bucks join forces to bring the Junior B to Kilmore for the first and only time.


Signed; Jamie Sharkey, Sec.                                  Tommie Kenoy Chairman


Insurance Officers Report AGM 2017.

Insurance and Membership Sub Committee.

One of the most significant events to occur in 2016 was a decision of the Executive Committee to form an Insurance and Membership Sub Committee. This committee will play a crucial role in ensuring that Insurance and Membership issues are properly dealt with and that the club is not exposed to unnecessary liability. Events in Kilglass Gaels and St Faithleachs G.A.A. clubs prompted this move and it is very welcome. The members of the sub- committee will be the Insurance Officer, the Registrar, the Minor Committee Chairperson and a representative of the Ladies Club. The Executive will appoint a Chair at its first meeting in 2017.

Annual Membership Fees and Insurance.

Annual Club Membership Fees must be paid in accordance with rules 2 and 6.2 of the GAA Official Guide and rules 7.6 and 9.1 of the Club Constitution. Those who are not paid up members of the club lose the right to be notified of club meetings, vote at club meetings, stand for elective office, play for the club or to use club premises for any purpose other than as a supporter.  For them to do any of those things as non members would expose the club’s unnecessary liability. It is therefore imperative that membership fees are paid in accordance with the above rules. This has been brought to the attention of incoming Team Management committees at adult level for 2017.The Ladies Club and the Minor Committee should ensure that the same happens at their levels.

Non Members Using Clubrooms. If we allow non members to use our premises without having the proper insurance arrangements in place, we are exposing ourselves to risk of litigation.

Such people or groups, who are not members, who use our premises, (e.g. people doing catering, fitness classes) must bring their own insurance. We need to put a system in place that will ensure that all such individuals or groups have such insurance in place - otherwise any liability that may arise may be ours. It should be noted that another option for such people is to become full club members.

Guest Book.

All non members entering our clubhouse for functions must sign a Guest Book on entering the premises

GAA Injury Scheme.

This is a mandatory scheme and provides benefit to members playing the national games of Hurling, Gaelic Football, Handball and Rounder’s’, (no cover for Ladies Gaelic Players) whose clubs are registered with the scheme and to accredited club personnel performing designated duties in connection with the activities of Clubs registered in the Scheme.


1.1 Players on a team registered with the Scheme who incur accidental injury while playing Hurling, Gaelic Football, Handball or rounder’s only, either: (a) in the course of an official competitive game or a challenge game or (b) in the course of an official and supervised team training session.


1.2 Match officials i.e. referees, linesmen or umpires injured whilst officiating at an official game of Hurling, Handball, Gaelic Football or Rounder’s as specified in Rule 1.1


1.3 Voluntary coaches, team managers, selectors and members of official team parties injured during games or training as specified in Rule 1.1


For the purpose of the Scheme, an Adult is a Full Registered member of the GAA who was 18 years of age or over on registration of his team(s) with the Scheme.

A Youth is a Youth member of the GAA who was under 18 years of age on registration of his team(s) with the Scheme.


Claims 2016. Claims were processed on behalf of the following players during 2016; Ollie Burke, Colman Earley, and Fiachra Doyle.

It is vital for players to note that the following procedure is essential if claims are to be properly dealt with

Claim Procedure for Club Members.

  1. Inform Club Chairman, Club Insurance Officer on the day of the injury or suspected injury.
  2. Complete first two pages of GAA Injury Claim Form in the presence of the Club Insurance Officer. 
  3. This process is to be completed within seventy- two hours (72) hrs of the injury or the suspected injury.
  4. The Club Insurance Officer will then forward the notification of injury to the County Insurance Officer who will forward it onto the relevant bodies.
  5. An acknowledgement and claim number will be issued by Willis and held on a central file by the Club Insurance Officer.
  6. The procedure for making a claim is as follows;

·  Fully complete the claim form in the appropriate sections relevant to your claim, sections B to F.

·  Section C refers to the medical certification.

·  You are required to submit all relevant supporting documentation to the Club Insurance Officer.

·  Section D refers to the Department of Social Protection and must be completed by them where relevant.

·  You are required to collect receipts for your injury (not Invoices).

·  Bring your fully completed claim form with receipts to the Club Insurance Officer.

·  The Official will then examine the document for accuracy prior to signing same.

·  Once this process is correctly completed by the injured person and given to the Club Insurance Officer, the documentation will then be sent to Roscommon Co Board GAA, who in turn will forward same to the GAA Injury Scheme Administrator.

  1. The player’s injury scheme is intended only to pay supplementary compensation for medical expenses, dental expenses, loss of earnings and permanent disability. Players who have their own private health insurance must claim from this first and produce a statement of account to the Clubs Insurance Officer for forwarding to Willis.
  2. There are important restrictions in each case. Registered members are asked to inform themselves by reading these restrictions on GAA players injury scheme administered by Willis, Grand Mill Quay, Barrow Street, Dublin 4 or on their website
  3. It is player’s/members responsibility to ensure that they have a clear understanding of the injury scheme restrictions as the Club shall not be responsible for excess costs except in exceptional circumstances which shall be decided by the Finance Committee of the Club and endorsed by the Executive.
  4. All players/members should read the official leaflet published by the scheme administrators, Willis.
  5. The Club recommends that all members, but especially those who are self-employed to take out private personal accident insurance.
  6. Note that it is mandatory for all players playing hurling at all times to wear a helmet (with a faceguard) that carries the CE mark at all training sessions and matches, which shall include warm up. It is also mandatory that all football players wear the appropriate mouth-guard for all training sessions and matches.
  7. Players and members are requested to use Public Hospitals where possible. Where private hospitals are required for treatment, prior club approval is required.
  8. The Club shall not be liable for any costs from any members as a result of late notification of Injury in accordance with the time scale laid out by Willis which is currently 60 days.
  9. Finally, any player/member who has any query with the above policy document is asked to contact the Club Chairman or Club Insurance Officer.


GAA Public Liability Insurance Scheme.

Participation in the Public Liability scheme is compulsory on all GAA units.

Public Liability indemnifies the club against claims by members of the public visiting our grounds, club houses and or other properties against accidental loss or injury

GAA pays the first €1.50m in claims in any one year.  In effect this means that the GAA is largely on its own as Public/Employers Liability Insurers:

The club is responsible for minor claims and in this regard it is a condition of the Public Liability Programme that an excess of €1,000 shall apply to each and every claim.

The Scheme covers the GAA as a Sports and Cultural organisation involved in fundraising, social, recreational, sports and other incidental activities. The GAA public liability will cover all the GAA sponsored FÁS schemes.

Where the GAA uses property of others, the GAA Public Liability Insurance automatically transfers to this property while in GAA use and covers the legal liability of the GAA club only.

As mechanically propelled vehicles are not insured under the Public Liability Insurance. Clubs that own Ride on Mower(s) should have them insured whether or not they are used on the public highway. The car park area within a club premises is deemed to fall under the Road Traffic Act and hence motor insurance is required if used in that area or on a public highway. (Therefore our mower must not be used in the car park or on roadsides).

Employers Liability.

Participation in this scheme is compulsory for all GAA units.

The scheme provides for indemnity against all sums that the association shall become legally liable to pay as compensation for claimant’s costs and expenses in respect of accidental bodily injury to any employee arising out of and in the course of his/her employment by the association. This covers the legal liability of clubs to persons employed under GAA sponsored FÁS schemes on GAA property. It should be noted however that cover only applies in respect of employees directly under the control of the GAA unit and where the club is the sponsor of the FÁS scheme.


Other organisations

Organisations, such as, Creches, Gaelscoil, Aerobic, Art and Dance Classes etc, using GAA facilities, should continue to be asked to produce evidence of their insurance with minimum Indemnity Limits of €13m Employers Liability and €6.5m Public Liability.


It cannot be emphasized strongly enough the importance of ensuring that outside bodies, which are granted the use of GAA facilities, have current liability insurances in place which are appropriately extended to provide a specific indemnity to the clubs and the Association for the duration of their usage/occupancy of the GAA property in question.


In the event of the third party not producing their insurance, then access to the premises is to be denied.


Property Insurance.

This policy is compulsory on all clubs.


Lightening; • Glass Breakage (accidental breakage of all fixed glass or

 Explosion; • Burst Pipes;

 Storm; • Flood; sanitary fittings) sanitary fittings). Theft and Subsidence.

 (We checked with Croke Park and they confirmed that this would appear to cover us for theft of Lawn Mower as long as it is stored in a secure area).