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Kilmore GAA Secretary Report 2015

posted 5 Jan 2016, 09:57 by Brian Carroll

Secretary’s Report 2015



The first event of the 2015 year was the AGM on the 3rd of January. It was a low key affair with the evening passing smoothly. Gary Vesey who had completed his 3 years as club treasurer thanked all those who have helped the club in any way, in the previous 12 months and also during the 3 years of his tenure as a club officer.  Jenny Connellan was elected as the new treasurer of the club. Brian Carroll took up the position of assistant treasurer. Kevin Caslin replaced Dermot Foley as the player representative on the Executive. Stephen Coy was ratified as manager of the Senior team for 2015.

The seven motions that were put before the AGM were approved:

Motion 1: Amend section 7.2 of the Constitution by deleting Scór Officer and replacing it with Irish language and Cultural Officer. Proposed by Tommie Kenoy. Seconded by Trevor Hunt

Motion 2: Amend 7.2 as follows. The terms of office of Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer shall be limited to 3 consecutive years in any one term subject to the following exception, the term of office of any of the 3 officers mentioned above may be extended for one additional year by an AGM on the recommendation of the Executive where a situation arises where any two of the above officers’ terms are ending at the same AGM. Proposed by Tommie Kenoy and seconded by Gary Vesey.

Motion 3: Add section 7.15 to the Constitution, a Finance, and Subcommittee shall be formed. Proposed by Brian Carroll, seconded by Jenny Connellan.

Motion 4: Add section 7.15b. An Infrastructural Development Committee shall be formed. Its membership shall be decided at the first meeting of the Executive annually. Reps from the minor board and ladies club shall be included- passed by all.

Motion 5: A History Committee shall be formed by the Executive. Its membership shall be decided at the first meeting of the Executive annually – passed by all

Motion 6: Amend rule 92 – A chairperson of a General Meeting, Executive Committee meeting or any Subcommittee meeting shall in the event of a tie, whether on a show of hands or on a ballot, have a casting vote in addition to his vote as a member, other than for the election to any position. In such cases where there is  an outgoing officer nominated and the count ends in a tie, the outgoing officer shall be deemed elected. In all other cases the outcome shall be decided by lot. Proposed by Jamie Sharkey and seconded by Michael McGuire.





Motion 7: Amend rule 25 as follows. A copy of the constitution shall be displayed at all times on the club website and shall be available to any club member at any time upon request. Proposed by Tommie Kenoy and seconded by Harry Reynolds.  


In January, the great Kilmore man Frank Dennehy took up the position of County Board President. It was very deserving for a man who has given so much to club and county down through the years. 


Early in the New Year the Infrastructural and Development Committee met, please see attached their annual report.


In regards work carried out around the facilities, a special thanks has to go to the community employment workers (previously FÁS workers) and the development association. The workers on the scheme deserve a special mention for the many hours and days of work throughout the year that can go unnoticed. There are so many big and little jobs completed that keep the club going and ticking over, from the outdoor work in the height of the growing season to indoor work in the winter. The club has a three year plan put in place with the development association in regards works to be carried out, and the lads on the scheme do so each week in a very commendable way.   I myself, put it down to the good Supervisor they have!!!.  I have no doubt they again will answer the call in 2016 when needed as they have done so many times in the past. 


The first big night of the New Year was in the Percy French hotel where we had a return to the dinner dance days in a change from the American tea parties of the past. A great night was had by all. Derek Connellan won senior player of the year on the night, with Donal Carroll winning junior player of the year and John Gannon winning U-21 player of the year. Peter Joe Fitzmaurice was a worthy winner of our club personality of the year award. JJ McWeeney was also honoured on the night for all his work and commitment to Kilmore Ladies GAA. The fixtures list came out in February and paired Kilmore in the Senior Championship 2 against Elphin, St Croans, Castlerea, Boyle, and Strokestown. In the O’Gara cup league, the teams looked forward to playing against some teams  which we haven’t come up against in a number of years in a league format. In the group was Kilmore, Creggs, Oran, St Aidans, Fuerty, St Dominics, St Croans, Kilbride, Clann na Gael B, and Castlerea St Kevins.

We started the campaign on the 22/03/2015 in great form, beating  Creggs, by 1-13 to 2-5.  This was followed by a second home victory against Oran on the 06/04/2015 with a score line of 2-6 to 0-9.  Another win was achieved when we travelled to Fuerty with the score line finishing at 1-11 to 0-12 in Kilmore’s favour.  From here,   things took a turn for the worst.  Due to injuries, missing players for various reasons, changing of fixtures and some poor play, the Kilmore O’Gara cup team were defeated by St Aidans,  and then St Croans by 1-14, to 3-9. We were leaking too many goals during this period. During this time Kilmore played Elphin in the senior championship and after a hard fought match, our neighbours came out on top by a margin of 1 point.  The poor form continued against Kilbride in the O Gara Cup, which ended in another defeat, while in round 2 of the championship, we went down against St Croans.  However the team got back to winning ways with a determined performance against St Dominic’s in the league which ended up 0-15 to 2-8 to Kilmore. The Lads were then out in championship action again in Strokestown against a strong Boyle team, which ended 3-12 to 0-10 to Boyle. After a break and some good positive training sessions, the tide started to turn again in Kilmore’s favour. Starting with the championship in Kilglass against Strokestown, with the Kilmore boys putting in a very strong defensive display mixed with some superb point taking, in a game in which Kilmore could easily have won, but ended in a draw. This was followed by a championship match against Castlerea, and after another fine display, we again got a draw for our efforts. This put us in a relegation playoff against St Croans in Enfield on the 04/10/2015. After a back and forth game, Kilmore battled hard, but with a strong finish to the game, St Croans held on to win the game with a one point lead. This meant Kilmore bowed out of the Senior Championship for the first time since 2006.

                                                                After the disappointment of the Championship, it looked like the season had come to a very disappointing end, however due to a mixture of results going our way and other teams not fulfilling their fixtures, it meant in the O’Gara Cup Kilmore were back in the hunt in regards a playoff position. This was going to be against Castlerea in Kiltoom which was scheduled for the 06/11/2015. On a cold wintery night, Kilmore showed in 70 minutes, what Kilmore GAA football is all about with a fine display of football, both defensively and in attack. We had the bit between our teeth and came out in the second half determined to win, and that is exactly what they did  by a score of 0-14 to 0-12. Next up was our old friends St Croans (who had beaten us three times already) in the semi-final of the O’Gara Cup, which was again in Enfield and victory would see the winners promoted to the O’Rourke Cup in 2016. After a very poor start to the match, we were  10 points down at half time and with injuries all around the pitch.  The lads again came out in the second half with the wind in their favour, and secured a fantastic victory by 2-8 to 3-7.  With promotion guaranteed we headed for the O’Gara Cup final in Oran on the 22/11/2015. With our captain fantastic back from New Zealand, the boys produced a display to be proud of and came out winners on a score line of 0-10 to 0-08. The season ended on a great high of winning the O’Gara cup and congrats to all players and management alike. Well Done to Stephen Coy, and his selectors of Michael McGuire and Padraig Doyle. It’s onwards and upwards for 2016.


In regards the Juniors, there was a great improvement in regards the numbers turning out for training and matches in 2015.  The Junior team had a very mixed bag this year. Our junior team got their 2015 campaign off to a winning start with a 7 point win over Tulsk back on the 15/02/2015. After this St Ronans, pulled out of the Division 6 league, so Kilmore were awarded the points for this game. The junior championship started off in Kilmore against neighbours Kiglass, however Kilglass were too strong on the evening and came out the winners by 1-8 to 2-9 on a fine Friday evening in May. Next up was a Wednesday evening clash in Kilbride, where a powerful Kilmore side turned on the style and were deserving winners. Back to the championship on the 17/07/2015, Kilmore defeated Boyle in Kilmore with a fine performance. On the 24th of July in the junior league, Kilmore defeated Creggs by 2-16 to 1-7. This was followed by 2 games in a week, where we were defeated by Kilbride on the Saturday in the championship, but defeated St Faithleachs in the league the following Wednesday. Due to ours and other results, Kilmore Juniors were now in the Division 6 final against Kilbride in Elphin on the 17th of September. Unfortunately on the day, Kilbride were the stronger team and won out in the end. The Juniors’ season ended with a defeat to Oran in Tulsk in the championship in October. The year had some great wins in the league and there is a lot to build on in 2016. Thanks to Donal Carroll and his selectors, Mervyn Foley and Gerry Garvey for all their efforts in 2015.


In order to keep all the teams going, a lot of funds need to be raised. In regards Fundraisers, Kilmore GAA had a very successful year. Thanks to Jenny Connellan for all her work in her first year as Treasurer for the club. She has been a pleasure to work with and is a great asset to the club. Herself along with the Finance Committee, had worked tirelessly all year to make sure the club is in a good healthy financial position, in order to maintain and develop the club in the coming years. If it was not for the work of this committed bunch of die-hards, it would not be possible to provide the teams on the pitch with the best possible resources to succeed. I would also like to thank every member who has both bought and sold tickets for the club in 2015.  Fundraisers for the year included, “Wither away with Kilmore GAA” , the Summer Activity camp, the Annual Club draw, the Kilmore Inaugural  Footgolf competition, the End of Summer BBQ, the Last Man Standing competition as well as many raffles throughout the year on top of our successful 50/50 competition. The club also secured grant aid of €7,342:00 by the Government in the sports capital grant.


I would also like to thank the outgoing Chairman and Secretary of the Minor Board. Both Padraig Doyle and Ann Sheridan have completed their duties year on year in a way which has been of great benefit to the club. Padraig has been Chairperson for 7 years and Ann has been in her position for over 6 years. They have done so, for their commitment to the cause, but also due to the fact they were required to as no one else would take up the mantle. New officers will be ratified at the AGM on the 02nd and I hope this will start a routine of new young parents getting involved. We all have a part to play and we need more young parents with children to actively get involved in the club, as all new development works that are currently being completed are been done so our children and future generations can enjoy our club facilities.  We are an open club that wants new voices and new faces to help progress the club.


Scór was a section of the club that had little progression in 2015. Olive Higgins resigned from her position of Club Scór and Cultural Officer in May, and her position was not filled for the remainder of the year. This is an area that we as a club intend to give extra focus on in 2016. We encourage anyone within our general members or outside to speak to club officers if they want to get involved.


The GAA sport of Rounders is back up and running within the club in the guidance of Clare Connellan and Nicola Craughwell. So far, there have been very good turnouts for training, with the children really taking to the new format introduced by national headquarters.  The ladies hope to enter community games competitions in 2016.  


With Kilmore deciding by a general meeting not to compete in the U-21 competition in 2015, the club combined with Shannon Gaels for the new U-20 competition. This is the first adult team to be combined in the recent past.  The partnership was very successful, and all sides worked together to make sure the focus was on getting the best possible results on the pitch. Due to St Aidans pulling out of the competition late on, it meant Kilmore/Shannon Gaels went straight into a Semi- final again St Faithleachs. In wet and windy Ballyleague, Kilmore secured victory and progressed through to the Final on a score line of 1-6 to 0-8 on the day. In the final, we travelled to St Ronans to play Western Gaels. After a great start to the second half, putting 5 points on the board without reply, Kilmore/Shannon Gaels dominated the match and went on to win the competition by 1-13  to 0-8. Thanks to Brendan Bourke as manager and his selectors:  Damien Tiernan, Colm Garvey, Donal Carroll and Michael Murtagh. Also a special thanks to Shannon Gaels on their cooperation on all matters during the few weeks.  The weekend ended with another Cup for the shelf.


On December 20th Peter Joe’s card game was a success as always. Thanks to Peter Joe and JJ McWeeney for organising the event and to Peter Joe’s team of sellers. Selling for the club as we all know is not an easy job.  The work does not go unnoticed and is genuinely appreciated by the Executive of the club and the Finance Committee. Well Done to the overall winner on the night John Craughwell.

Big thanks also to David Connellan who on the 28th of December organised the final fundraiser of the year in a clay pigeon shoot at the pitch. This is its second year on the go and David puts in a huge effort on the day, we have no doubt the locals and the Kilmore die-hards will be out in force again to support him and Kilmore GAA for this event. Also on Bank Holiday Monday December 28th 2015 Kilmore GAA club is organising a reunion of the club’s 1974/1975 Football Panels and Club Officials. This event is being organised by the club at the request of the players who made history for the club by winning the North Roscommon Junior Football Championship in 1974 and the Roscommon Junior Football Championship in 1975.

The 1974 team was captained by Michael Connellan. It created history by becoming the first team from the parish to capture a title by winning the North Roscommon Junior Championship, eighty five years after the club was founded in 1889. The following year Pat King led the club to our first ever Co Title, the Roscommon Junior Championship. Historic times indeed. A day of events is planned to commemorate this special event.

In general, it has been a real mixed year for the club in 2015, but it definitely ended on a high. We had some bad times in terms of results and being relegated in the senior championship, and just missing out in the Division 5 Junior Final, to the fantastic highs of winning the O’Gara Cup and combined U-20 Championship. In closing, I want to thank everyone who has helped me in the past year as Secretary of Kilmore GAA. Thanks to our main sponsors Murtaghs Bar, Carrick on Shannon for their on-going support.  Thanks to Tommie, Jenny and all the Executive for all their hard work in 2015, as well as all players, and the management teams who give up their time, week in , week out for this great club.  Finally, above all I would like to thank my wife Siobhan along with Katie, John and Emily for putting up with me while I am on club duties.   


Here’s to another successful year in 2016 for Kilmore GAA.