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Abbeyknockmoy Hurling AGM Report   10/12/2012

The Hurling Club AGM took place Sunday the 25th of November and overall it was a upbeat and productive meeting with a very positive outcome.

The meeting was opened by the Chairman, Brian Griffin who asked for a minutes silence to remember those who were bereaved in the last year.

Brian asked the Club President, Brendan Geraghty to address the meeting. Brendan thanked all the Club Officers for their work in 2012 and hoped that 2013 would be a good year for Abbey. He also made mention to the efforts of the Team Selectors & Management stating that it's not always easy to yield a team but to their credit all fixtures were fulfilled throughout the year. It's been a tough year for Abbey but he believes that if we all pull together we can achieve great things, and he has no hesitation that we as a Club will put out some good teams next year. He pointed out that 2013 would see the 25th anniversary of the 1988 County Senior Champions and the 50th anniversary of the 1963 Monivea team who won the Junior North Board title. He hoped that remembering such occasions would spur the Club into further glories.

Chairman, Brian Griffin briefly outlined some of the fundraising events held by the Club and thanked all for their efforts so far but stressed the need for more help in fundraising. A special thanks to all our sponsors for their continued support. He went on to mention some positive moments from 2012 such as our own club men Brian Flaherty who made the Galway Panel which made it to the All-Ireland Final this year, to Brian Costello who won the Christy Ring Cup, received an All-Star and also being named player of the year. Brian also paid tribute to the Camogie Club who are going into their 3rd year, he thanked them for all their help in developing and raising funds for the Club and wished them all the best for the coming year.

Brian then turned his attention to our Club Treasurer, Declan Molloy and pointed out that Declan puts in a huge amount of work behind the scenes which often goes unnoticed, he thanked him and stated that he deserved due recognition for all his efforts. Brian then went through the playing year and whilst it didn't bear any great results he noted that our under age structure is good and with more commitment 2013 could be a year to look forward to. He then introduced to the floor the topic of a club ethos based around respect and responsibility. This discussion produced some good ideas and everyone agreed that going forward we would work to further implement a club ethos.

Brian Flaherty gave the secretary's report. In the report he said the club fielded nine teams from U-6's to Intermediate with approximately 180 players taking part. He thanked the Galway County Board whom we take direction from and thanked Sinead Garvey for her day-to-day correspondence via e-mail with the county board and delegating this material properly. He then pointed out that it had not been the most successful year on the playing pitch with the exception being the U-16's who reached a county final and put in a gallant performance and the U-13's who won their first ever county championship. Also, the U-12's finished top of their league in that competition. He then went through a brief synopsis of adult team performances and their various results during the year, and pointed out that the under-age coaching on the Sunday morning is a big success now in its 8th year and thanked all those for coaching and helping out with the kids. Also, thanks to Pat and Mary Cooley for their help in organizing the Cul Camps during the summer which was a success again with 50 or more kids taking part. A special mention went to the Camogie club who are in 2nd year of operation and how it has been a great success so far, he wished them well for the coming year and thanked them for their efforts as they have been an integral part in all aspects of the club operations this year. To the athletics club who use our facilities, it is a welcome addition to the many activities taking place in the community. He then thanked our sponsors that help defray the costs involved in the running of the club, with special mention to Galway Homeopathic's for sponsoring the adult teams and O'Donohues Bar & Lounge for their generous sponsorship. He then thanked all everyone involved in the weekly lotto and thanked Brendan Geraghty and Annette Murray for their help in securing our annual Lotto License. He then paid thanks to all his fellow officers, Michael Flaherty and Co. from the Rural Development Co. for helping maintaining club facilities, Seamus McWalter for who looked after our medical requirements, all who officiated at club games around the county and helping out officiating our home games in league or challenge games, the club delegates Sean Moran and Martin Treacy (adult) and Aidan Flaherty and Sinead Garvey (U-age) for attending those meetings in a very busy year. He also pointed out that in 2012 we lost a lot of very good friends and members of Abbey hurling especially Paddy Quinn only last week and who worked with the club over the past 10-15 years through FAS & Galway Rural Development, we can only offer our sincere sympathy to all those families and to all others who lost family or friends during 2012, may they rest in peace and we wish a speedy recovery to those who are ill at this time.

Finally, thanks to the local media especially the Tuam Herald for their help throughout the year. He then wished everyone a happy 2013 and hoped it would be a successful year on and off the pitch.

Treasurer Declan Molloy gave a detailed report on the income & expenditure of the club for the year, and thanked all those who generously sponsored the club during the year. He also thanked thos who voluntarily helped out with selling lotto tickets & hosting the lotto every week.

Next up were the managers reports which were kept brief. Keith Ruane, manager of the Minor Team outlined that we were drawn in a group with Portumna, St. Thomas, Killimor, Carnmore, Killimordaly and Mountbellew. Only won 2 games and failed to progress to the quater finals. He thanked the players for their attendance at both training and matches, and thank to selectors Aidan Flaherty & Brian Cooley for their work all year.

Officers elected for 2013: President - Brendan Geraghty, Vice Presidents - Fr. Joe O'Brien, Sean O'Donohue, Joe Coleman, Mal Dolly, Bosco Culkin, Jim McWalter, Chairperson - Brian Griffin, Vice Chairperson - Patrick Flaherty, Secretary - Brian O'Donnell, Ast. Secretary - Brian Flaherty, Treasurer - Declan Molloy, Ast. Treasurers - Gerry Flaherty & Mike Burke, PRO - Sharon Gannon, Hurling Board Delegates - Sean Moran & Martin Tracey, Child Welfare Officer - Keith Higgins, U21 Manager - John Blade & Brian Flaherty, Minor Manager - Keith Ruane Remaining managerial positions will be filled in the coming weeks and all under age positions will be elected during the Under Age AGM which is taking place in the coming weeks.

Some great ideas were discussed regarding team development & these will be key focus over the coming weeks & months. Overall this was a very positive AGM given that all in attendance were of the same train of thought and that is to pull together, work hard & produce some positive results both on and off the pitch in 2013.





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