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Kildangan GAA AGM Report

posted 5 Dec 2011, 15:45 by Unknown user   [ updated 5 Dec 2011, 15:53 ]
  The annual general meeting of Kildangan GAA Club was held on Sunday last the 4th of December in Kildangan Hall and attracted a good attendance. At the meeting members received full reports on the years activities from Club secretary Maureen Fitzgerald and outgoing chairman John Nealon, in addition to a comprehensive financial report from treasurer Fiona Whelan. 

In her secretaries report Maureen Fitzgerald reviewed the past year in detail, starting with the non-playing aspects among which were the registration day for the underage members. One of the highlights of the year  was when the Kelly family erected a bench in the GAA grounds in memory of Pat Kelly who was a lifelong supporter of the club and rarely missed a match. 

On the fundraising front we had a busy year, some of the events were the table quiz in the Cush Inn, The Cake Sale, The Annual Raffle, The Field Day and The Bag Packing in Dunnes Stores. The Pigeon House Lotto also is a great regular source of income and the Secretary stated that we will hope to increase ticket sales in the coming year. In addition The Cush Inn came on board as sponsor of the senior team and the club were saddened to learn of its recent difficulties.

On the playing front, our senior team held its own in Division 4, and were unlucky to lose to eventual winners Sallins in the Junior Championship. The team were trained by Shane Courtney and John Courtney, both of whom put in a tremendous effort.
All those in attendance heard that year on year underage numbers continue to grow, however this in itself brings challenges as volunteers are urgently needed to help with the teams. Maureen stated that many of our Under 6’s enjoyed the thrill of playing their first football match as they took on a number of neighboring Club’s during the year.  Our 7’s, 8’s & 9’s all took part in South Board Blitz Competitions and represented Kildangan very well.  These groups put in some great performances during the year and the progress and development of these players during the season was very noticeable.

Our Under 10’s, 11’s and 12’s competed in the South Board Leagues culminating in the finals day in Hawkfield where all teams took part.  Each of these teams proved to be formidable opposition for other teams in their groups and there is enormous potential within this bunch of players.

Our Under 13’s, competing as Cúchulainn Gaels, won the South Board Division 2 title for the second year running when they defeated Milltown in the final. This team took many ‘scalps’ along the way to a deserving victory in this competition. Our 14’s did very well during the Feile and League competitions and were unfortunate to be defeated in the Division 2 Shield Final.

Cúchulainn Gaels Under 15’s played in the semi-final of the League where they lost to Kilcullen. This team, while mainly made up of 13’s & 14’s, played some excellent football in this competition.  Our Under 16’s commenced the League in March but regrettably we had to withdraw this team from the League due to lack of numbers which has always been a problem at this age group.  In the year ahead Kildangan must dedicate particular effort to the teenage teams within our Club to ensure that the transformation from juvenile to adult player is complete. This is the critical age group where players can be lost and the need to ensure that as many players as possible remain involved is crucial, particularly in a small Club like ours.

Our Cúl Camp was a great success again in July with just about 100 children attending.  The year finished with our annual end of year presentation day which took place in Kildangan Hall on Sunday last.  Most of the children who represented Kildangan during the year enjoyed a great evening and the victorious Under 13 team were presented with their medals.

In his Chairman's address outgoing Chairman John Nealon thanked the committee for their support during his four year tenure, which he found both enjoyable and challenging. John highlighted the ongoing cost of running the club as a major challenge for the incoming committee, as the cost of insurance and the Hawkfield levy were both major items of expenditure for the club. John concluded his address by offering his support to the incoming Chairman Declan McGrath. 

Treasurer Fiona Whelan presented the income and expenditure report, in which she detailed the major items of income and expenditure. The club continues on a sound financial footing, however insurance and Hawkfield are our single biggest outlay. 
The meeting then paid tribute to outgoing Chairman John Nealon who after a very successful four years in the chair decided to step down. During his tenure the club undertook a major development programme, put in place an underage committee, formed a Ladies club in co-operation with Nurney GAA and won club of the year in 2010. A vote of thanks was also proposed for Club Caretaker Tom Moran who worked extremely hard all year to keep the pitch and clubhouse in perfect condition.
The following officers were elected to the executive for the coming year: 

Honourary President: Jim Miller, 
Life Presidents: John Casey, Tom Moran Snr, Joe Pender
Chairman: Declan McGrath; 
Secretary: Maureen Fitzgerald
Assistant Secretary: Mary Claire O Fearghail; 
Treasurer: Fiona Whelan; 
Assistant Treasurer: Norrie Quigley
PRO: Michael Higgins; 
Registar: Fiona Whelan; 
Youth Officer: Claire Quigley
Committee: Gabriel Murtagh, John Kilbride, Tom Moran Jnr, Richard Holligan, Charlie Sexton, Mel O'Dowd, John Reilly, Eileen Miller, Ann Marie Miller, John Miller, John Nealon

Under AOB it was decided to keep the membership fees at their current level. The meeting then concluded