The Juvenile Hurling Club held its Annual General Meeting on Monday night 23rd November 1998. It was well attended and it opened with a minutes silence to the memory of those connected with the Club, who died during the year, especially young Jason O’Donoghue, Martin Walsh, Paddy Somerville and Mattie Greaney and for all those who died during 1998. Our prayers are with you.
The meeting then proceeded with the Secretary’s report. The outgoing Secretary gave a detailed account of the clubs activities during the year. It covered all the groups and teams from U10 to U16. He outlined in detail all the championship campaigns of the various groups. He paid special tribute to the team managers, selectors, helpers and teams who tried so hard to bring back a juvenile cup to Carnmore. The highlight of the year was the U16s, under the guidance of Declan Walsh and John Noone, reaching the County Final. Once again Lady Luck deserted our team on Final Day and we bridesmaid once again. This team must be getting quite used to that now but that does not make it any easier, as they lost two County U14 finals in a row in 1996 and 1997. When this team start winning they won’t know where to stop. Tomás Grealish took his panel to Kilmacud Crokes on St. Patrick’s Day and Croke Park in the afternoon to see the Club Finals. Everybody had an enjoyable day out.
Paraic Hessions U12s got to the City League Final losing to Rahoon Newcastle. John Fox, John Carr and Paraic O’Donoghue provided guidance and tuition for the U10s every Saturday from April until Halloween.The Secretary paid special tribute to Canon Noel Mullin, P.P. Claregalway, Nuacht Chláir and Madge Burke for their help during the year.
Mr. John Kenny then gave his Chairman’s address. He said that although no trophies were won, it was not for the want of trying and effort from everybody involved. The Chairman thanked everybody for their sponsorship and in particular everybody who bought tickets for dances, raffles and the draw during 1998. He appealed for more parents to get involved in the running of the club in the coming year.
Treasurer Ronan Walsh gave a detailed account of the Clubs income and expenditure. He paid special tribute to Mr. Johnny Kerrigan for raising so much on his own, year in year out.
He stated it was getting harder to make ends meet with the price of everything going up. He thanked all the sponsors to the Club and also the local shops and businesses in Carnmore and Claregalway for their generosity.
Officers elected for 1999
Chairman John Kenny (re-elected)
Vice-Chairman Patrick Killilea
Secretary Pat McCartan
Assistant Secretary Michael Walsh
Treasurer Gerry Glynn
Assistant Treasurer Ronan Walsh
Delegate to Coiste Iomana na-nÓg Gerry Glynn
P.R.O. Michael Walsh
The Election of Team Managers and Selectors was deferred until later. A lively debate then took place covering a large variety of topics all related to Juvenile Hurling in the parish.
Wishing you all a peaceful and happy Christmas and best wishes for 1999.
Michael Walsh, P.R.O.