Aghabullogue GAA AGM Report 2019

December 17, 2019

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 16th DECEMBER 2019


SECRETARY REVIEW AND REPORT .


Secretary Review:

2019 has been a hugely active and successful season for Aghabullogue GAA club on all fronts. In terms of competitions, to be still playing on a number of fronts in the month of December means only one thing-success!!

When we built our Astro Turf facility, I don’t think any of us envisaged what a successful and vital part of our teams it would become-in fact it is so busy between clubs renting it out and our own teams using it, it is a tribute to all the people who had the foresight and vision for it and to all those who had the commitment to see the project through. Of course, the next stage of development is coming up and with recent grant approval from Sports Capital, and a further application being processed through Leader, it should help us enormously to achieve our goals.

6TH April seems a long time ago when we officially opened the facility and I would like to thank all those who organized this great family club event. Tracey Kennedy, Chairperson of Cork County GAA Board kindly attended to officiate as did Fr. Peadar and many other dignitaries from various Boards. To have our own young players giving an excellent exhibition added greatly to a most enjoyable occasion.

June 2019 saw us host Feile u14 hurling finals weekend in the club, hosting Na Fianna from Laois for the weekend. In conjunction with the Camogie club, it proved to be a hugely successful weekend with many friendships forged over a few friendly drinks-on the playing front our young hurlers performed admirably bowing out at semi final stage. A big thank you to all who helped make this a most enjoyable few days which really showcased our facilities to clubs from Dublin, Waterford, Kerry, Tipperary, Limerick, Antrim and Laois.

Sat 3rd August proved to be a historic day for Aghabullogue GAA and in particular for Paul Ring & Conor Smith. They were part of the Cork u20 Football team who beat a fancied Dublin Team in an enthralling All Ireland Final in Portlaoise. What a weekend for both players and the hoardes of supporters who travelled to support the lads on what was a wonderful achievement and a brilliant occasion. The homecoming, organized in Peake was a brilliant night and both players have proved what level headed people they are and an inspiration to generations to come. Their families can be so proud of their achievements, as we all are. Paul was further honoured as the July recipient of the Muskerry GAA Sports star Award and was nominated on the u20 Football Team of the Year.

Many of our players took part in the Greg Long Poc Fada in July, organized by the Camogie club, and it is right and fitting that we continue to remember players like Greg and John McSweeney who we remember with our Annual tournament on St Stephens Day.

We had a big winner Shane O’Leary in the Final Clubs Draw of 2018/19 and Pierse Murphy, Draw Co-Ordinator presented Shane with a cheque for €20,000 on a great occasion in the clubhouse on 9th Aug. It is brilliant to see a big winner when such a big effort goes in to sell this draw year on year, raising valuable club funds.

Also in August, the new club website got up and running on www.aghabulloguegaa.com under our communications officer Michael Dilworth & Deirdre O’Leary and is proving to be a massive success.

During the year ,we had a number of speakers and tutorials on a numerous range of topics. We covered areas of coaching, compliance, player welfare, child protection, GDPR, Foundation Courses, and a variety of other areas. These were always well attended and I want to thank all those who organized these events, in particular Emmet Foley, who always has his finger on the pulse in this regard.

2019 is also the 50th Anniversary of the Camogie Club. We congratulate them on a massive achievement and wish them every success in their celebrations over the next few months and we will support their endeavours in this regard.

And so to the playing front, continuing at pace as I write this.

At Intermediate level, the club had a very successful year and we continue to compete strongly in both hurling and football.

I want to thank both management teams under Jimmy Thompson and Tom Tarrant for the work they put in in 2019.

In Football we reached the Q-Final beating Mitchelstown and St Finbarrs and eventually losing out to Knocknagree who went on to win the championship.

In Hurling, we enjoyed a great run beating Barrs, Glen and Douglas before bowing out at semifinal stage v Blackrock, who also went on to win the Final. I want to thank everyone involved for the great effort put in and I believe there is a lot more to come from this group. It is important that we continue to support the players to achieve their potential. It was great to see the players attending Rylane Boxing club and putting on a great show in our complex earlier this year Thank you to Dan Lane and his coaches for helping out in this regard.

In u21B football, after two wins v Ballinora, it took two matches against Canovee to claim the Mid Cork Title and this after a very exciting replay. We then went on to play Courcey Rvs in County QF which we won well-that was on 10th May-

Six months on we waited to beat Buttevant on Dec 1st and we play Newcestown in Final in Pairc Ui Rinn on 15th Dec!! We wish them every good luck and hope to bring home our second county title in 2019, which would be a fitting end to the year.

Lots of patience required by an excellent Management team of Rob O’Keeffe, Donal Moynihan, Eddie Twomey and Brian Buckley. Congrats on their success which augurs well for the future. This is a very talented group of players with a great future.

In Premier2 U21 hurling, we beat Valleys, Followed up with a brilliant win against Inniscarra and lost narrowly Bride Rvs in the QF. This team has really given its supporters great games in this grade and have showed that we can compete at higher levels.

At Minor level in both hurling and football, we competed very strongly at respective grades and while a huge effort was put in these teams did not reap the rewards. Again thanks to the mentors involved for their time and effort in keeping our younger players involved.

In Junior B Football, we lost out narrowly to Inniscarra in championship and competed well in the league without success.

And so to the team that has surpassed all expectations in 2019, the Junior B hurlers. As selector Denis Murphy said, this has been a 4 yr project of ups and downs. 2019, a year in which we gained some extra players, trained better than previously and ended up winning our 1st Mid Cork Championship since 2011 and then going on to win our 1st adult county hurling title in 28years when this superb team of youth ,age and no little heart and experience beat Ballyhea 1-10 to 9pts on 3rd Nov in Pairc Ui Rinn to claim the Dan Hoare Cup. It was a great day for selectors, Denis Murphy, Ciaran Kelly and Mick Healy. A special thanks to Anthony, Padraig, Michael, Tomas, Ian, Tom, Kevin & Niall and many more who helped make this such a special occasion.

To David Moynihan, an outstanding captain and leader and to all 30 players who brought this title home, there is great credit due to you all and you deserve to celebrate your victory. The team were beaten by a point in extra time in Junior County league semi final v Kanturk and recently lost again by a point to Inniscarra in Muskerry league Final.

The County leagues and Mid Cork Leagues have proved invaluable and we intend to enter teams in both hurling and football in both in 2020.Under recent proposals, these leagues are to be incorporated into Regional Leagues in 2021.

I have included all team results under separate heading and details of various results can also be found under Cork Gaa Website, Muskerry Gaa and Rebel og Gaa Web,under Competitions.

I want to give a big shout out to all who were involved in various teams this year, whether as coach, selector, mentor, or any involvement as the club are very appreciative of all your individual and collective efforts.

We are well represented at County Board level and we congratulate Marc o’Siochain on his election in Dec 2018 as Vice chair to the Board. He continues to do sterling work on our behalf as does John Crean as Development officer of Muskerry Board .We value their sound advice on various matters.

I also want to thank President Sean Reihill for his ongoing involvement and support for all our team activities. Sean is a very active and enthusiastic President and we really appreciate his input.

I also want to thank Martin Corkery and his development team for their valued contribution to our club-Martin has included a report of the years activities below.

Underage, from u6 to minor is a vital part of our club and I include a report of underage activity compiled by Emmet Foley for you underneath. It is very heartening to see big numbers at youth level. Thank you to all those who attended the Primary schools in a coaching capacity in 2019. A schools visit is scheduled for Wed 18th Dec.

Congratulations to our local primary schools on their Sciath na Scoil successes in 2019.

 

    

2019 Club Development Report (Martin Corkery) 
It was another busy year on the development front. With our AstroTurf facility now completed and officially opened it was wonderful to see it in great use over the year. While the facility is actively used by our Camogie and GAA players from u6 up, we have had over 165 bookings from other groups and clubs from around the Aghabullogue parish hinterland who use the astroturf. I estimate that in excess of 3,500 people have used the facility before you include the extensive usage of our camogie and GAA players during 2019. Aghabullogue GAA & Camogie clubs’ leadership in providing facilities and opportunities for our community is something we should be very proud of and it delivers significant social benefits to our locality.

I want to thank and acknowledge the work of the complex team led by John Barry Murphy in maintaining our facilities. As we add new facilities every few years it add to their workload but their efforts have been superb and we have a complex that is the envy of many of our visitors.


During the year we pushed on with phase 2 of our development plan which was to develop a secure, wheelchair accessible food lit walkway around our facilities. This development will result in the creation of a 615m floodlit walkway around the old pitch and AstroTurf and includes the removal of the galvanise fence on the southern boundary as well as some additional works from the old dressing rooms in. We estimate that this project will cost ~€150k and we have already secured €10k from Cork County Council, €36k from Sports Capital Programme through various funding application in 2019. We also have a live funding application submitted to Avondhu Blackwater Leader Group for ~€100k who have been very supportive of our project to date. We expect to hear the outcome of this proposal very shortly. Should we get good news from Avondhu Leader we hope to start the tender process asap in the New Year and aim to have the project completed by mid year 2020 all things going well. If we don’t get funding approved we could still be in a position to start this project but it would need to be completed in a phased basis over the coming year(s) as we look for alternative sources of funding for each phase.


I would like to thank the club executive for their continued support with these projects and I would also like to acknowledge the role of Daniel Crowley, Rob Allen, Martin O’Mahony and Stephen Buckley for their help and assistance in pulling together the 3 funding applications completed to secure funding for our walkway project. They have given of their time freely and it is greatly appreciated.


2019 Juvenile Report

2019 was a positive year for the juvenile side of the club. We competed well in most grades, won some silverware and hosted the Feile Hurling

The Nursery age groups U6 – U11 organised, by Rebel Og continues to thrive. With the focus on developing the basic skill, movement and fun aspects of both codes, player engagement is high. As always the challenge is to get coaches, with the coach / player ratio particularly important for the younger age groups. These grades are non competitive so participation is key.

Our U12s had a great year. Drawn from the U11s and U12 we had big numbers and the team played a lot of matches. We qualified for the play offs in both codes, losing narrowly to eventual winners Ballinora in the hurling semi final and St. Vincent's in the football.

Our U13 footballers entered a team to defend the Rose Cup in Tralee and acquitted themselves well.

The U14 group had a busy year with 2 football teams, 1 hurling team and Feile in both codes.

The footballers first team lost the league semi final to Mallow, but had better luck in the championship winning the Division 1 Mid Region beating Buttevant in the final. Na Piarsaigh beat us in the County Semi final. We also competed in the Feile but failed to emerge from the group stages. The second team competed well in a 13 a side league giving some much needed game time to our fringe players.

Our hurlers reached the league final, only to be beaten narrowly by a strong St. Catherine's side. The same opponents beat us in the championship semi final and went on to complete the double.

A highlight of the year was our hosting of the hurling Feile in Hurling and Camogie. The team, were badly hit by injuries but were a credit to the club and lost in a shoot out in our semi final. Great praise must go to everyone who helped with the set up and running of the event. The full club got involved and it really was a weekend to remember.

The u16s had a mixed year. Our hurlers lost to Donoughmore in the championship semi-final but got revenge for that defeat in the league semi-final, before going on to win our second trophy of the year by beating Courcey Rovers in the final. The footballers had to withdraw from the league and championship as we were unable to field. We struggled with numbers at this level with 6 x U14s and 1 x U13 starting in the hurling league final. This is being addressed by the club this year.

Our minors were unlucky not to add to our haul of silverware with the footballers losing the League and championship finals to a very good Eire Og team. Our hurlers finished the league mid table and put in some good performances in championship beating Cloughduv before being knocked out by Owen Gaels.

Thanks as always to the senior club for its support and to the officers, coaches, parents and especially the players. 

 

 

I also want to commend all those players who represented the club at various Cork levels, at Cork development squad level and various colleges and divisional Level. It is great to see our players achieving at the highest level.

 

I want to especially thank my fellow officers in particular Denis Ring Chairperson and John Tarrant Treasurer, all officers, committee members, team managers and selectors and players for your help and co-operation during 2019. I would like to thank all who have helped me compile this report, especially Emmet Foley and Martin Corkery and Michael Dilworth for their contributions.

I want to thank Ast Secretary Anthony O’Riordan for his help with teamlists especially at league matches, in addition to all his other duties. Anthony carries out his major workload willingly and most efficiently, and both players and officials in the club hold him in the highest regard.

Brendan Barry Murphy, our club referee, does an excellent job. It is great that we have an able referee in our club to represent us and he and his team are destined for bigger things to come. 

Our younger members represent us well in Scor and I would like to thank our Cultural officer Dolores Long as well as in her role as Chairperson of Scor Muscrai. Scor gives many of our youth an opportunity to showcase talents other than those on the field of play. I wish to congratulate our Scor na nÓg Ballad Group and Rince Foirne teams who have qualified for County Final, and to their coaches Avril and Deirdre.

I wish to thank the juvenile committee under chairperson Brendan Barry Murphy and secretary Sarah King and indeed the very hardworking Emmet Foley for all their efforts in running this vital section so well. I wish the incoming committee every success.

 

OFF FIELD ACTIVITIES:

A club has many parts and I am glad to say we have a vibrant, hardworking talentpool with outstanding people willing to pitch in at various activities during the year. We have a superb Hall Committee and Cards Committee whose dedication to the club is second to none, providing one of the leading venues every Friday Night. Our complex is continually in use, a credit to all involved in bookings etc. Under the chairmanship of Jerry Hubbard, the committee have continued to enhance the complex for all users.

A major thank you to the Development Committee, and especially Martin Corkery and Daniel Crowley .We have paid back 15k to patrons in 2018 and will continue that process annually.

 

Thanks to all who take gates at matches, car parking and look after dressingrooms & maintenance of the pitches. John Barry Murphy& Tús workers & others deserve great praise for ensuring the grass is cut every week, and this group ensure all our facilities are kept to a very high standard. Sanding was recently completed on both pitches. To all who help out on match days ,a particular thanks to you, a small but very dedicated group. While we did not get as many matches as we would have liked this year ,I am hopeful that matters will improve next year. Our facility has been a regular for big matches down the years and God knows the Board need venues like Coachford to boost their coffers!!

Our Cork Clubs Draw membership, now the largest in the County, over 530 under the stewardship of Denis Finnegan, helped out by Sean Delaney, is the envy of all clubs in the County. Well done to Denis and his team of sellers who do a huge amount of work in a small length of time each year to ensure success. This draw provides a major source of income towards the running of the club and we thank everyone who supports us. Finances continue to be a constant need and our Treasurer John Tarrant has to continually monitor the day to day spending to ensure we get value for money.

Our Communications Officer Michael Dilworth helped by Deirdre O’Leary ensures that our website, facebook page and Twitter continues to flourish and is vital communication to those who are abroad or unable to attend matches. In respect of the Website, it is difficult to keep updated if the relevant information is not being forwarded to Michael & Deirdre. A special thanks to Deirdre for taking all club photographs and posting them on our digital platforms.

This year we are on a new platform called Sportlomo and it is a big success, thanks to the Comm Officer’s efforts. In fact, some of Michael’s online performances would easily out do the Two Jonnies!!!!!

Speaking of xmas please encourage our members to put in orders from our Club Shop ably run by Brendan Barry Murphy-its great to see all our members/players wear OUR club logo!! All shopping is now online at www.oneills.com with some great deals on offer.

The club are holding a joint Victory Social with the Camogie club on 28thDec in Oriel House Ballincollig. Tickets €40 are currently on sale and I encourage all our members to support this exciting event. It will be preceded by Mass and wine reception. Medals will be presented to various winning teams and a great night is ensured with Music by Route 66!!!!!

I also want to thank the various catering committees who do a wonderful job whether it’s looking after the needs of teams or visitors to our Complex. A particular thanks to Trish and her team for the spread put on in Riordan’s after the Jun B Final!!Also to Kate for looking after the catering for Astro Turf opening ceremonies and to the Camogie club/ladies committee for the catering at Feile.

 

Thank you to all our delegates at various Board levels for your continued great work.

We always remember those who have passed on, at our Annual Mass, held this year in Coachford in Nov. Thank you to Fr. Peadar in this regard.

2020 will be a busy year in our club. I would encourage everyone to step forward in some fashion to ensure we continue to grow and prosper and I know the members of Cumann Achadh Bolg will do this.

Finally, I wish all incoming officers and selectors and trainers, players and indeed anyone who works for the good of the club, the best of luck in their endeavors for the club in 2020. The year ahead will challenge us in many ways and I am certain we will meet and overcome those challenges together for the betterment of our club. Happy xmas to all your families .

 

Is mise le meas,

Micheal o’hEalaithe ,

Runai.