Cu­mann na mBun­scol hold AGM

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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 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.

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