Thursday, December 8, 2011
Sligo AGM Mins 2011 & Photos
Sligo Handball Board AGM 2011
Sligo Handball Board held its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 7th December 2011 in the St. Mary’s club meeting rooms.
Present: Michael McMorrow, Michael McGee, Peter Chambers, Mark Murphy, Tom Foody, Larry Jones, Jason Earlis, Colin Slevin, Eamon Bellew, Shane Bruen, Hugh McGarry, Connell Cannon, Francis McCann, Martin Golden & Cyril Feehily Sligo G.A.A. Chairman.
Chairman Michael McMorrow welcomed everyone to the AGM.
All-Ireland Success & Provincial titles
The minutes of the 2010 was adopted proposed by Tom Foody and seconded by Peter Chambers. Secretary Michael McGee read out the report for 2011 which ran to 13 pages. In it he congratulated Francis McCann, John McLoughlin & Michael McMorrow on winning All-Ireland handball titles in 2011 and to the Ballymote man on receiving the Connacht “Masters” player of the year award. He also congratulated the 6 Connacht champions both at Juvenile level and the same at adult level. He highlighted that a number of monthly meetings were poorly attended and that a number of fixtures were not played for one reason or another.
The Juvenile sections continue to do us proud with Jason Earlis & Stanley Harte were just 1 point away from reaching the All-Ireland U-15 doubles final. Castleconnor entered a boys & girls team in the Feile finals in Galway and the Secretary thanked club officials Tom Foody & Oisin Quinn for organising new playing gear for the teams. Odhran Quinn Boys U-12 singles B, Jason Earlis, Barry McLoughlin, Stanley Harte,Tommy Trill & Adam McGoldrick U16/17 team. Noel McLoughlin & Shane Wright U-16 B doubles, Marianna Foody & Aoife Quinn Connacht Colleges Girl’s 1st year winners & U-15 doubles provincial , Jason Earlis/Stanley Harte U-15 A doubles were all congratulated on winning Connacht Juvenile titles in 2011. Brendan & Rachel Foody won a historic double in the John Gaffney 60 X 30 doubles juvenile tournament. Throughout the year the Co. Board organised Juvenile Championships in 40 x 20, 60 x 30 & One-Wall. The Secretary thanked Francis McCann Juvenile Officer for drawing up the fixtures. He also had special praise for Francis McCann, Martin Golden, Paddy Walsh, Stanley Harte, Tom Foody & Oisin Quinn for looking after the Juveniles sections in their clubs. He described them as the “unsung heroes” for giving up their time week in week out promoting handball.
The media were also thanked for their great publicity in the local papers. Sligo G.A.A Chairman Cyril Feehily was also thanked for giving the handball board a handball section on their website. Darragh Cox Sports Chief in Ocean Fm was also thanked for the coverage on the airwaves.
The Secretary appealed to clubs to attend Co. Board meetings and that fixtures to be played and on time.
The Secretary thanked all the Co. Board officers for their work throughout the year and to Connell Cannon Connacht Handball Administrator for his professional work on the Connacht Handball Council.
Following the report Chairman Michael McMorrow complimented the Secretary on his report.
Treasurer Peter Chambers gave a breakdown on Treasurers report which showed a surplus for the year mainly due to the All-Ireland raffle which amounted to 819 euros. Castleconnor delegate Oisin Quinn queried registrations and the Treasurer will have more information on this for the next Co.Board meeting. Chairman Michael McMorrow thanked the Treasurer for his report. The report was adopted and proposed by Martin Golden and seconded by Colin Slevin.
Juvenile Officer Francis McCann gave his report and congratulated all the Connacht provincial winners. He praised the Juvenile coaches in clubs and the parents who bring the players to matches. Francis has some ideas on how to promote the game especially in the schools and will be bringing this to the next Co. Board meeting.
Michael McGee again thanked the local media and radio for their coverage on handball this year. He also brought it to the attention of the Sligo Handball blogpage and photoalbum set up this year to promote the handball cause in Sligo even further and would hope to expand the coverage on the radio in the coming year. John McLoughlin was thanked for his contribution to the PRO role in the last year.
Chairman Michael McMorrow began by welcoming Cyril Feehily Sligo G.A.A Chairman to the meeting. In his address he thanked all the Co. Board officers for their work throughout the year, the Juvenile coaches and congratulated all All-Ireland winners. He asked for better support for the Co.Board and that fixtures would be played on time.
Ballymote (Colin Slevin), Castleconnor (Larry Jones & Mark Murphy) & Collooney (Hugh McGarry) gave reports on their developments. Hugh gave a detailed account on the Collooney handball club fundraising efforts and highlighted as of now they have got no lotto, leader or funding from the G.A.A. There is the possibility of a bank bridging loan. The club is meeting with the bank in the next few days. The Club Chairman revealed that the sod turning should go ahead next year and he said” he was determined to go ahead with the project.”
Drumcliffe’s Colin Slevin said they have started a 500 draw. The club is raising 25% while leader is putting up 75% of the cost which in total comes to 120,000 euros. The club hope to start the project in the new year to include a new heating system, lights and roof.
Larry Jones Castleconnor said they hope to have their work completed on the handball court by next spring while Ballymote’s Francis McCann mentioned they have the site, planning permission for new 60 x 30 & 40 x 20 courts. At the moment they are in discussions with Connacht Gold
Cyril Feehily was delighted to attend the Co. Board Agm and thanked the Co. Board for the invitation and to the Officers for their work for handball. He hopes that a new Urban Committee will be in place shortly and asked that a handball representative join the committee as it would improve our standing with the council with the possibility of having 1 wall courts in the urban area. He thanked Mark Murphy for attending the G.A.A. meetings and for asking for jerseys for the juveniles. He was grateful that Curry 125 celebrations was celebrated by the handballers having the 1 wall tournament out in the Cully open wall court. He offered his full support to the Co. Board and asked all in handball to be more “enthusiastic”.
The election of Officers took place and Peter Chambers was elected as the new chairman. There was protracted discussions on the Secretary’s position. It took the intervention of Cyril Feehily to finally break the deadlock with Mark Murphy coming in as fixtures Secretary and Michael McGee agreed to continue in the role for another year.
The list of Officers for 2012 are:
Chairman: Peter Chambers
Secretary/PRO: Michael McGee
Fixtures Secretary: Mark Murphy
Treasurer: Peter Chambers
Delegate to Sligo G.A.A Board: Colin Slevin
Delegates to Connacht Handball Council: Mark Murphy
Delegate to Handball Congress: Hugh McGarry & Michael McMorrow
New Chairman Peter Chambers thanked Cyril Feehily for attending and was delighted to see a great turnout for the AGM. He welcomed all clubs and urged them to attend meetings. The Chairman committed himself to starting a new Juvenile Club in St. Mary’s even for 2 hours a week to start off with. He gave an undertaking that he will do his best to promote the game in the county during his term as Co. Chairman.
The new Chairman thanked everyone for attending the AGM and closed the meeting.
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