AGM – 27 November 2017
Report of the Secretary
I welcome the opportunity to address the wider club membership in this Report. As will be outlined below, a snapshot of our current position would suggest that we are in a relatively healthy position and we remain on course to building a solid community based club. Like all things in life there are things we do well and we must challenge ourselves to do better in other areas. Highlights of the year include our Féile win, the promotion for the adult team and having two of our minor team play for Dublin this year and these along with the fact that we had more teams and players than ever before representing the club makes all the voluntary effort that goes into running our club worthwhile
Activity in the club
This year we continued with the steady growth of the club, reaching out and involving more families, having more players lining out in club colours, having more coaches and volunteers. will outline below some of the indicators of this activity that is helped by winning games and we do get a boost when we win a trophy just of course as we get knocked back a bit when we lose players or if we have to pull a team from competition. We have five main areas of field activity
We continue to have good numbers in the academy and our 7 year olds are now ready to participate in Go-Games in 2018. The academy is the vital foundation block for our club and we get not just getting young children but also parents who train as coaches who will be the mentors of the future. That is how most of people get involved with the club and we need to pay particular attention to these groups and ensure that they have the resources and facilities to develop the skills in children and get them active as we are very much part of creating healthy communities. A special thanks our transition year students, Paul O Connor and Conor Keane for the help they are giving to the boys and girls in the Academy..
This year we had two teams (U 8 &U 9) and next year we will have three. This is our biggest growth area and the involvement with the girls (football and camogie) has enabled us to become a club that caters for all family members. Many of the girls have siblings in the club and these teams have benefitted from having coaches transfer over from the boys’ side: Also our GDO is in a number of schools that need a club outlet for those and the feedback from the schools is extremely positive. This year, for example, Guardian Angels School put in a girls team in the Dublin National Schools competition for the first time.
CCC 1 (8 to 12 year olds)
This is the area where we have the bulk of our activity as we some age groups where we are in three team and two team leagues. We now have four age groups playing hurling and this will go to five next year. As CCC 1 age groups play go games, the focus in on participation rather than competition but all games are competitive and we are holding our own and that is down to the fact that almost all of these age groups are training two nights per week.
CCC 2 (13- 16 year olds)
The highlight of the year was out brilliant Féile win and we congratulate the players and mentors involved. They are splendid ambassadors for our club and it was great to be in Parnell Park on that Sunday in May. These age groups present their own challenges due to drop-offs and we salute all involve and in particular the mentors who go the extra mile to ensure their teams on the take. It is a huge challenge unique to smaller clubs when the panels are not big and it is something we will have to keep under review.
Our minors had a great year wining Div 5 South of their league which was a great achievement given the small panel available. We congratulate Kevin Quinn and Liam Tyrell on becoming the first players from our club to play for Dublin at Under 17 level. This year we had a second adult team which is proving a great link between minor and senior for our players whilst also prolonging the careers of some of our players who have given great service to the club. Finally we congratulate our adult A team on wining promotion to Div. 7 and the club owes a huge debt to Donáll O Flaharta whose work with this team got a just reward this year.
Work in progress
In taking stock at the end of a busy year, we should all salute the efforts that have brought the club forward. Through our Child Welfare Officer, we have put large number through child protection courses and also first aid courses. We addressed issues around car parking which was proving a risk from a health and safety viewpoint. We are working closely with Dun Laoghaire County Council to secure extra facilities and we are working with Foxrock Parish about Cornelscourt. We have streamlined all-weather training and we are setting up a club lotto and an online shop which shows solid progress. So there is a lot happening behind the scenes which reflect well on our club. On the challenges:-
The facilities in Cornelscourt need significant investment both the pitches and physical buildings and that needs to start in 2018;
We need to develop a medium to long term strategy for the club
The whole area of branding and for example ensuring that all our coaches have club tops etc. needs to be addressed
We need better linkages between teams and we must get more of our adult players involved with juvenile teams
We will have to pay particular attention to our CCC2 age groups so that we field teams and maintain the link between juvenile and adult
We need to build on the community spirit we showed this year for example in cleaning up Cornelscourt for the fun-day
A word of thanks
Finally I want to pay tribute to those whose work behind the scenes enabled those who run teams to get on with their jobs. Last year we put a new executive committee in place and it has transformed the way we do our business: The club owes a huge debt of gratitude to Tom, Mary, Colm, Patricia, Dave and John for the work they are doing behind the scenes. Also the following should get special mention for their efforts and support: Patsy Mooney, Eamon Hussey, Bryan O Connor and Gerry O Gorman, Austie and Andy (of course) and Pat Conaghan for his work in clearing up Cornelscourt for the Fun Day . We should not forget those who sponsored teams [Sheehan Medical of Pottery Road, Digicom and Smith and Williamson (Marc Lowry) in particular] and events and especially our golfers. I also want to thank John Costello of the Dublin county Board and the staff of the Dublin County board and the Principals of St Brigid’s Boys School (Fiona Griffin) and Clonkeen College (Edward Melly) for making facilities available to us. To Darren Magee our GDO whose work has underpinned the growth of the club we owe special thanks. Finally to Paul O’Connor our Chairman, whose trojan efforts on behalf of the club have put us on this good pathway, we say well done.
Ted Mc Enery
21st November 2018