GAA AGM recalls a red letter year for the club
CHARLEVILLE GAA Club secretary Christy Dennehy reported on a red-letter year for the club at their annual general meeting held at the GAA Centre, Baker’s Road, Charleville on last Friday night.
In his comprehensive report, Christy related that they:
• Won the Cork County Premier Intermediate Championship Hurling Final, and thus attained senior hurling status for the club for the first time in sixty years
• Became the first club in Cork County to win both the Junior and Premier Intermediate County hurling finals
• Won the Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship final
• Won the Cork County Under21 Hurling Championship
• Won the Cork County Junior Championship
• Darragh Fitzgibbon became the first ever Charleville player to win a hurling All-Star trophy with the Cork senior hurling team.
Mr. Dennehy detailed the progress of the hurlers in the various grades throughout the year culminating in the success outlined, and the respective trophies won were on display at the meeting.
Turning to their financial situation, Mr. Dennehy said that the cost of running the club continues to grow, which puts considerable strain on club finances, and we are indebted to our main sponsor Martin Condon and Cavanagh’s of Charleville for their most generous support. Thanks, also to Lee’s Centra and SuperValu for their continued support throughout the year, and to the large number of business and individuals who recently contributed to our training fund.
He said that they have approx. eighty members in the County Board Draw, which is a great source of income to the club. “The club receives 45% of the money collected. I would like to thank ‘A’ Football Jim O’Callaghan for looking after the draw and hope more members would be encouraged to join,” he said.
He urged everybody to support the Juvenile Club lotto which is vital to the finances of the club. “I would like to thank all those who have given their time to sell tickets on the street,” he said.
“I would also encourage members and supporters to use the Bar Facilities in the clubhouse in effort for it to survive. The committee is planning to hold a major fundraiser in the New Year, and they will be looking for as much support as they can get from local people.”
DR MANNIX SPORTS FIELD
He thanked the Dr. Mannix Gaelic Sports Field Committee and the Fás personnel for the work they put into maintaining the fields to such a high standard throughout the year. The field committee, he said, raise their funds by running the weekly Bingo, and he appealed for any help in this area, which would be greatly appreciated.
The club would like to extend sincere sympathy to all who suffered bereavements during the year and these will be remembered at the Annual Club Mass which will be celebrated in the New Year.
“We especially remember our President, Matt O’Callaghan, who passed away earlier this year. Matt gave outstanding service to the Charleville Club in many capacities, he was a true Charleville Supporter and we would like to extend our sympathies to his family.”
Finally, Mr. Dennehy thanked his fellow officers and committee for their help and support over the past year and wish them the best for 2019.
Sr. Bernadette Maria, Charleville Heritage Society; Gerry White, Military Historian, Cork, Ian Doyle, chairman Charleville Heritage Society and Billy Biggane, Charleville pictured at the talk ‘Cork People and the Great War’ by Gerry White at the E Centre, Baker’s Road last week.