The AGM of the Carnmore Juvenile Hurling Club was held on Wednesday the 3rd December in the Carnmore Community Centre. There was a very good attendance.
The Secretary’s report from Declan O’Brien outlined the very active and successful year of 1997. No trophies were won by the under age teams but a big number of players participated in four age groups.
U10s participated in the City League and Oranmore blitz. They travelled to Ennis and played a challenge game there. From April to November they took part in training sessions every Saturday morning at Carnmore pitch. Great credit and gratitude is due to Michael Hanley, Declan O’Brien, John Fox and Enda Flaherty who looked after this age group.
U12: During April and May this age group played 3 City League games. They played a number of games in the championship against Abbeyknockmoy, Killimordaly, Oranmore and Sarsfield. Carnmore qualified for the County Quarter Final but were defeated by one point by Ardrahan who eventually won the County Final. A huge amount of work was put in by Thomas Grealish, Declan O’Brien and Declan Flaherty with this age group.
U14: This team had a great run in the championship. Under the management of Johnny Kerrigan, Declan Walsh and Thomas Grealish this team reached the County Final. On the way they defeated Ardrahan, Kilconieron, Kinvara, Ballinasloe and St. Thomas’s but were defeated by a physically strong Liam Mellows team in the final at Ballinasloe.
U16: The under 16 team had stiff competition in their group games. They were grouped with Sarsfields, Meelick, Eyrecourt, Oranmore and Ahascragh. They were unlucky not to qualify from their group as they were leading well in a couple of their games .Sean Davoren, Ronnie Walsh and Michael Paul Flaherty deserve great thanks for their efforts with this team.
Parish Leagues: The following Parish Leagues were held during the year and were a great success. Again, thanks to the sponsors for their generosity.
- U12: Mannion Motors Parts Cup for winners. Mannion Motor Parts Shields for runners-up.
- U14: Carnmore Juvenile Committee Shield.
- U16: Michael Greaney Perpetual Trophy.
Congratulations were expressed to Gary Dillon who was on the Galway Under 14 team this year, to Anthony Davoren who was on the Galway under 16 team and also to B. Hanley, B. McCartan, O. Glynn, G. French and T. Casserley who were on the Galway U12 City League Team.
Clare centre back and All Star Sean McMahon helped with a coaching session at the pitch on November 15th. This was a great success.
A detailed Treasurer’s Report was presented by Pakie Fox. He outlined the expenditure which is significant and also the cash in. A couple of very successful fund raising events were run during the year, i.e. pound per linedraw and a dance held in the Oranmore Lodge. Details of very generous sponsorship from local businesses and individuals was highlighted and appreciation was expressed. Special word of thanks to Johnny Kerrigan who did tremendous work in this area. The bottom line in the Treasurer’s Report shows a very healthy bank balance.
Election of Officers: The outgoing and hard working Chairman Patrick Killilea addressed the meeting, thanking everybody for their efforts and support during 1997. He encouraged the involvement of parents and invited new members to get involved in the club. He expressed sympathy on behalf of the club to all in the Parish who were bereaved during the year. A special word of sympathy for the family of Paraic Hynes was expressed. Paraic was a former Treasurer and dedicated worker with the Juvenile Club.
A new team of officers were elected for the 1998 season:
- Chairman John Kenny (Rock Road)
- Vice-Chairman Patrick Killilea
- Secretary Michael Walsh (Lydican)
- Asst. Secretary John Fox
- Treasurer Ronan Walsh
- Asst. Treasurer Gerry Glynn
- Coiste Iomana Delegate Pakie Fox
- U10 Team Management: John Carr, Paraic Donoghue, Mary Davoran, Martin Leonard
- U12 Team Management: Paraic Hession, Martin Leonard, Gerry Giles, Enda Flaherty
- U14 Team Management: Thomas Grealish, Declan Flaherty, Sean French, Máirtín O’ Connell
- U16 Team Management: Declan Walsh who will select his own.
Under A.O.B. issues such as:
- Plans for 1998
- Sourcing of Hurleys
- Increased involvement of Parents
- Generating interest in hurling among children from all areas of the Parish
- Development Plan for under age hurling in the Parish
- Registration of players for Insurance purposes.
Chairman John Kenny closed a very successful meeting by encouraging all to attend the Senior Hurling Club AGM on December 15th.
Bertie Linnane, P.R.O.