Update to Coaches, Admins, Teams and Club Members
As Chairperson I would like to give you a quick update post our AGM was held on Monday.
The Past Weekend
First of all we must acknowledge a fantastic weekend for our club.
Our Under 15 Southern Gaels Hurlers had a great league semi-final victory on Saturday in a wet and windy Ballyogan. We look forward to their final.
Our Under 14 Girls played with great spirit and skill in their Shield final but on this occasion it wasn’t their day. However, the girls showed great determination on the day, and it was great, in Clonshaugh, to see such a large turnout of supporters wearing the black and amber for the match. The players, coaches and parents should be very proud of the journey they made to reach the final.
Our Under 15 Girls had a great win in their Shield final at home under lights in Stepaside on Saturday displaying all their skills and teamwork. The future of Ladies football looks very bright with these two great teams performing really well and they are great role models for our younger players.
On Saturday, seventy Boys from the U11 to U16 teams, their coaches and parents travelled to play Gaelic Football in the Connaught Air Dome, Centre of Excellence in Mayo. The boys put on a great display against their Mayo opponents, Breaffy GAA and Aghamore GAA, in the new indoor dome. The centre of excellence is very impressive, as the attendees on Saturday can attest to, and we aim to make a visit there a part of our annual calendar.
Our Club had a very major milestone on Sunday with our Men’s Football team winning promotion to Division 4 of the Adult Leagues. This caps off a decade of great progress by this team, advancing up through the ranks to this level which will see our team pitted against elite clubs from across the county. It is also worth noting that 13 of the starting team graduated from our underage structure, playing together from an early age.
Many thanks to all their coaches who have guided them throughout their careers. Special mention to their management team of Paul O’Connor and Johnny Magee for all their hard work.
This milestone plus all our progress made across male and female, at Juvenile and Senior level, in Camogie, Hurling and Football has been noted and commented on by senior officials in the various County Boards.
On a personal level on Sunday our son, James, played his final game for the club as he has emigrated. It was great to see him finish on such a high and it marks the end of a continuous run of 25 years where our children played for the club. He heads off with the best wishes from the club for his next adventure.
Many thanks to those who attended the AGM last night. In the next two weeks we will advise you of the roles which the new committee members are undertaking. We have great plans and ambitions for the club and our new appointments which will reflect this ambition. Many thanks to everyone who served on our committee in 2023 and those who have volunteered to do the same in 2024.
The Secretary and Chairperson’s report is available online on our website and captures our achievements and challenges. I am confident that our 2024 committee will, with the help of all coaches, administrators, members and players, build on our achievements and continue to take action to address all the challenges outlined in the report.
Our Goal - re our Gender split
I updated the attendees at the AGM on a key metric for the club. A key goal for the club is to have a 50/50 gender split and mindset in the club. Colm Kennedy, our Registrar has advised me that our playing members are split 52% Male and 48% female. Our adult playing members are 47% male and 53% female. It’s great to see the gender mix, it has transformed our club and will be key to our future success and ensuring the club is operating under the One Club principles.
Club social activities.
At the AGM we outlined the need to expand on our social agenda and calendar for all members, at both Juvenile and Senior level.
The key date in our social calendar is this Saturday, 25th November 2023 at 8pm at Fitzpatrick’s Castle, Killiney with our Christmas gathering. I appreciate that there are other activities happening with other clubs and schools, but it would be great to see as large a turnout as possible.
We get very few opportunities to socialise together and create and foster friendships across the club. It is also one of the final fundraising activities for the club and key for us on meeting our financial forecast for the year. We will also be announcing some awards on the night, but the main focus will be on fun and enjoyment. I hope to see as many of you there as possible and have made a commitment to keep speeches to the minimum.
As we reach the end of another busy year, many thanks to all our players, coaches, administrators, referees, parents, guardians, supporters and friends.
All your effort and support is greatly appreciated and helps us make the Gers the vibrant club it is today.
Long may it continue.