Cumann na mBunscol hold AGM
THE 2008 AGM of Cumann na mBunscol Cill Mhantáin took place on Thursday, November 27, in the Ramada Hotel Bray.
Although the attendance was disappointing, there was nevertheless some lively debate, especially about the restructuring of our leagues to reflect the non-competitive ethos that is coming from Croke Park for underage games up to and including under twelve level.
The meeting opened with the Chairman’s report in which Jim O’Riordan was glad to announce that all of our competitions were completed, despite some adverse weather at certain stages of the year.
Reference was made to discipline, which thankfully, the lack thereof, is not a major issue, but the chairman reminded the attendance that lack of discipline, especially from the sideline will not be tolerated. I
n west wicklow, Tommy Brennan is now heading up a committee of nine teachers and they have a full programme of events for schools in their area. It was noted that events in west Wicklow are already noncompetitive.
In the south a number of blitzes, in association with Coiste na n-Óg, have been run and this is a step in the right direction. Jim noted that we are now a multicultural society and that Cumann na mBunscol is an inclusive organisation in which all children are treated equally.
Treasurer Annemarie MacKenna presented a meticulous set of accounts and was glad to report that we have a healthy balance. The PRO, Ciarán Byrne thanked members of the local print and broadcasting media and the County Board for their support during the last year. Without the assistance of Dave Devereux, Mark Brennan, Shay Fitzmaurice and Michael Sargent it would not be possible to get the message of Cumann na mBunscol across the county. Our success in promoting ourselves was reflected in a national award for public relations. The Garden County access to the local media is the envy of many other counties!
County Board Administrator Michael Murphy addressed the meeting and once again stated that the Board will give whatever assistance it can to Cumann na mBunscol. The local primary school is vital in introducing young children to the world of Gaelic games. Michael remarked that the strength of the juvenile levels is as a result of the enthusiasm and support of the national school teachers who promote Gaelic games.
He also remarked that the school is vital to the growth and development of our games, especially in areas where there is not a very strong juvenile section in the local club.
County coach, Gareth Doyle said that there are now five full-time coaches visiting schools in the county. Gareth coaches in the Bray area, Colm Gaskin in the East and Michael O’Sullivan in the west.
Hugh Kenny and Leighton Glynn are also available to assist schools. Gareth emphasised the importance of having a good club-school link. The Céim ar Aghaidh resource has been a very successful innovation.
The outgoing officers were all returned unopposed, much to the disappointment of some of them! However one notable retirement was our long-serving hurling officer, Andrew Cornyn.
Andrew was thanked for his outstanding service to hurling at under age level in the county and has been succeeded by Micheál Ó Murchú from St. Cronan’s. All wished Micheál well in his new role.
Some disappointment was expressed at the lack of interest in girls’ football. Some felt that it was because the same teachers are involved in coaching all teams and that it is very difficult to be running two teams in the school situation. What is needed is lots of new blood!
There was a sub committee set up to look at the selection process for the GAA/INTO Mini Sevens. This committee will meet on 13th January. The 2009 Allianz football leagues will proceed as in other years. There being not other business the meeting concluded.
ST. BRIGID’S LAND FIRST ALLIANZ TITLE!
St. Brigid’s 2-6, St. Patrick’s Wicklow 2-3: This final was played in beautiful Autumn sunshine that beamed down on Kilcoole GAA grounds on Thursday, November 20. What a wonderful display from some very young hurlers on both teams!
The game got off to a fast pace with an early goal from St. Pats’ Liam O’Brien. However St. Brigid’s fought back and it wasn’t long before Cormac Foley lobbed in a goal for the Greystones side. Wicklow captain George O’Brien scored two points from his mid field position as did Thomas Foley for Greystones.
This left the sides level at halftime. Both teams came into the second-half full of determination with great displays from Christy Moorehouse and a series of points from Darren Curran, the Greystones captain.
However when St. Pat’s Gary Walker scored their second goal the tension mounted. St. Brigid’s fought hard until Jamie Fallon scored St. Brigid’s second goal. This game was full of energy, determination and excitement. Both teams gave us a splendid display of their hurling skills in an atmosphere of sportsmanship and respect. It was with great pride that Darren Curran accepted the trophy from Mr. Andrew Cornyn, Hurling Officer from Cumann na mBunscol, Cill Mhantáin.
St. Brigid’s: Shane Fenelon, Eoin Lennon, Kevin Smith, Niall Deeney, Thomas Ryder, Thomas Foley, Darren Curran, Clancy Smith, Cormac Foley, Conal Deeney, Sean Lubey, Jason Chatham, Jamie Fallon, Cian Gilmore, Cathal Smullen.
St. Pats: David Nickelson, Christy Moorehouse, Aaron Fitzpatrick, Christy Moorehouse, Bill McHugh, George O’Brien, Fred McHugh, George O’Connor, Cormac Murnane, Liam O’Brien, Gary Walker.
The GAA will be celebrating the 125 anniversary of its foundation in 2009.
Next week there will be information on how Cumann na mBunscol at local and national level will be marking this significant milestone.
Ciaran O’Neill, Rúnaí, Michael Murphy County Administrator, Annemarie MacKenna Cisteoir, Gareth Doyle County Coach and Jim O’Riordan Cathaoirleach at the Wicklow Cumann na mBunscoil AGM.
St. Brigid’s winners of Roinn a Tri of Allianz Hurling League.