Last Saturday night our club AGM took place in front of a packed community hall. We had comprehensive reports from our Secretary Noreen Burke, Treasurer Mary O’Regan and Chairman Richard Burke which were all very well accepted by the floor. They were joined at the top table by our life president Ted Fouhy who was a very proud man indeed.
In her secretary’s report Noreen gave a very detailed account of all the on field activities over the last 14 months and she went through each match played in league and championship in great detail. She stated that our form in division one of the hurling league was an improvement which saw us just lose out on a semi final spot after a playoff defeat to Newtownshandrum.
In the football league we did not fare so well with a few heavy defeats to some superior teams but thankfully this was all put right in the championship when we had three great wins against Ballyhooly, Millford and Grange in the final to take the 2015 North Cork title.
In the hurling championship Noreen congratulated the team, trainer and selectors on an outstanding year which has so far bought success in many different competition’s. She said it has been a fantastic 14 months for the club winning a North Cork championship in hurling and football, a county championship and league and topped off with a Munster final win last Sunday week. She urged the club and community to get behind the whole squad in the pursuit for All Ireland glory.
Mary O’Regan in her treasurer’s report showed a very detailed outlook of the club’s financial state and also showed that it takes a serious amount of funds to run a GAA club these days. Mary deserves so much credit for the job she does with the finances in the club as most weeks she is being handed different amounts of money by different people and she always has every detail in top order. The report showed that it seems to be like running a small business these days and all this is done by Mary on a voluntary basis. A big thanks to Mary for her time and dedication shown to the job over the last number of years.
Next up was our long serving chairman Richard Burke who this year will be taking the top seat for the eight year running. Richard gave a very detailed account of club activities and said that 2015 was one of the proudest years in the club’s history. He gave a comprehensive run down of the games that took place and congratulated everybody involved in bringing success to Shanballymore in 2015/16. He urged the club to keep up the hard work and to bring further success to Shanballymore in 2016. Richard thanked his fellow officers for all the work put in over the last 14 months and said it was great to be working with such dedicated people. He gave an excellent account of the club in numbers which reads as follows :
- 5 cups won.
- 4 championships won.
- 1 league won.
- 116 hurling training training sessions.
- 11 hurling championship matches unbeaten.
- 18 hurling league matches played.
- 12 football league & championship matches played.
- 540 followers on Facebook.
- 1402 followers on Twitter.
Richard also gave a detailed description of our facilities which are being updated yearly, he said the next and final faze of the field perimeter fence will be finished in the coming weeks when the weather improves. He also said that we will be taking ownership of two state of the art dug outs in the coming weeks which will really add to the surrounding area of the pitch.
He paid credit to our ground staff Mick Burke and Mick O’Keeffe who have kept our facilities in tip top shape over the last 14 months. Richard also thanked everybody who has supported Shanballymore GAA club through the many fundraising events held throughout 2015 and said without this support it would not be possible to run the club on an weekly and monthly basis.
He thanked our main sponsor Sherry Fitzgerald O’Donovan for their continued support throughout the year and also thanked anybody who made a financial contribution to the club in 2015/16. He finished up by wishing the team and mentors the very best of luck in the upcoming All Ireland semifinal and said that every effort would be made to bring All Ireland glory to Shanballymore GAA club.
Next up was the election of officer’s for the coming year and this was over looked by club president Ted Fouhy. Ted said he was delighted to be involved in Shanballymore GAA club over the last 14 months and stated that his request to have just one cup on the table for the AGM had been well and truly answered with five shinning pieces of silverware in front of him. He thanked the community for showing great support throughout the year and asked for it to continue in 2016 and especially this Sunday in Killeedy against the cats. He said the players and mentor’s deserve a serious amount of credit for the hard work put in during 2015 and urged them to go all out and bring home an All Ireland cup to Shanballymore.