GAA AGM re­calls a red let­ter year for the club

The Corkman - - COMMUNITY NEWS - Mike McGrath’s mm­c­[email protected]­man.ie

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.

SYM­PA­THY

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.

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