Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Club Notes - 5th June

Séamus O’Brien - A True Gentleman
On behalf of all in the Club we would like to send our deepest sympathies to the family and many friends of the late Séamus O’Brien, Murphy Place, who passed away last week. To say that Séamus was steeped in the GAA would indeed be an understatement, as since he was first elected Abbeyside club Secretary at the 1953 AGM in the Scouts Den, Séamus has served the Association in many different ways. Séamus was a selector on the Waterford Hurling Team in the 1957 All Ireland Final and in 1960 he was elected as Secretary of the Western Board, a position he held for 19 years. Throughout his time as Secretary of the Board, Séamus proved to be an excellently efficient Secretary, and it was only natural that he would be promoted to higher office which happened in 1979 when he was elected as Waterford’s representative on Central Council. In a remarkable 30 year term as Central Council delegate Séamus was elected to the Management Committee on two occasions and during his time on the Committee the major redevelopment of Croke Park took place. Throughout his time on Central Council Séamus constantly fought the cause of the ordinary GAA player and member trying at all times to ensure that the GAA remained true to itself. When Séamus retired from his role as Central Council delegate in 2009 he was deeply honored to be elected as President of Waterford County Board, a position he held at the time of his death.
Séamus had a keen interest in the promotion of our games among the youth and this is perhaps best seen in the service he gave to Bord na nÓg, as he served as Secretary to both County and Western Bord na nÓg and as Register to both the Western Board and County Board na nÓg. For over 50 years Séamus’ writings in the Dungarvan Leader were a must read for all GAA fans in the West Waterford area, and working closely with his great friend Tony Mansfield, both men ensured that not a trick was missed on the GAA beat in the County. Whilst Séamus served the Association at National, County and Divisional level it was in working for his beloved Abbeyside / Ballinacourty that he derived the greatest pleasure. This year marked his 60th consecutive year as a member of our Club Committee where his attendances at meetings were exemplary. Over the years our club like all clubs has had many difficult decisions to take, and Séamus’ well thought out and sound advice meant that the club always had an invaluable source of wisdom guiding us on the right path. Séamus took great satisfaction from the various County Titles won by our club down the years and whilst Séamus was never one to let his emotions get the better of him, I can recall one occasion where a referee was being a little slow in blowing a full time whistle (eight minutes of injury time had been played!!), and Séamus duly made his way from the press box to the sideline to enquire was the full time whistle ever going to be blown. The game in question was a Western Minor Football Western Final where Séamus’ grandson was playing and when the whistle was blown Séamus celebrated the win like a first ever Senior Title.
Throughout his lifetime of working for the GAA Séamus was at all times an absolute gentleman in his dealings with members of other clubs. Talking to a former Chairman of Bord na nÓg at the weekend he said that Séamus O’Brien would always make you feel that your question or difficulty mattered to him, and that a problem with an under 12 Competition was just as important as resolving a difficulty in Croke Park. Séamus had an encyclopedic knowledge of the Rule Book and Administration of the GAA. At County Board meetings he would regularly cite the relevant rule or bye law off his head whenever a difficulty arose, and his was an opinion that was rarely or indeed ever questioned. It is certainly true to say that his loss to the GAA in Waterford is a great one, as we have lost a great fountain of knowledge. In talking to many people over the past week the one thing that kept reoccurring in conversation, was the high regard in which Séamus was held by all who worked with him. This is in no small part down to the manner in which Séamus dealt with those he came into contact with. A phone call or visit to Murphy Place was always most welcomed and on the rare occasion that Séamus could not give the answer to a question or advice on a myriad of different issues immediately, then you could rest assured that it would arrive as soon as was humanly possible. It is this kind hearted nature and wise counsel in difficult times that all of us who knew and worked with Séamus O’Brien will miss the most. As was said in Thurles on Sunday prior to a moments silence in his honor, the Déise is all the poorer for his passing. Again we send our sympathies to his family and friends but especially to his children Deirdre, Caroline, Dermot, Brendan, Seamie, Colm, Greg and Kevin. May the soil of his beloved Abbeyside rest gently on his soul.

Jack The Joker
No. Drawn - 39
Our popular Jack the Joker Fundraiser will continue this Sunday night in Kennedy’s Live where the Jackpot will be €12,666 as on Sunday night Jim Egan was drawn out of the drum but did not find the Joker, however he did win €50 euro, while Jonathan and Kevin and Biddy Egan won €25. The following are the numbers that haven’t been turned yet 3, 11, 18, 30, 40, 41, 43, 44, 45, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52.

Senior Hurling
On Monday we played Ballyduff Upper in the County League and at the end of an open game of the hurling the sides were level.
This Saturday evening at 7:30pm we play Ballygunner in the County Championship in Walsh Park.

Intermediate Hurling
We play Clashmore/Kinsalebeg in the Western Championship this Sunday at 2pm in Bushy Park.

Intercounty Activity
On Saturday evening last the Waterford Junior Footballers had an excellent win over Tipperary in the Munster Semi Final where James O’Mahony had a fine game at wing back, while Shane Briggs, Sean O’Hare, Stephen Enright, Gary, John and Patrick Hurney were all on the Senior panel for their defeat to Kerry.

Club Bingo

Our Bingo continues this Sunday night in the CBS Hall where the jackpot is €750.
Club History
Abbeyside / Ballinacourty GAA Club was formed in 1967 as a result of the amalgamation of Abbeyside Hurling and Football Clubs and Ballinacourty Football Club. It is situated within the Parish of Abbeyside, Ballinroad and Garranbane. Located on the eastern side of the River Colligan, it forms the northern and eastern shorelines of Dungarvan Harbour from Abbeyside Church to Ballinacourty Lighthouse
Development Fund
Abbeyside/Ballinacourty GAA Club has been growing at a dramatic pace over the past 10 years with the population of our parish increasing rapidly. We must ensure that we have the best facilities for all our players. We want to ensure that the next generation have the facilities that they need and deserve. We are asking supporters and friends to support this project over the next five years.
Strategic Plan
Past generations have had their visions for the future of our club. These are our current aims and with these achieved we hope to hand on the club to future generations in the same healthy state it was passed onto us.
Abbeyside/Ballinacourty GAA Club, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, Ireland.
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