Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Club Notes - 13th December

Jack The Joker
Our ever popular Jack the Joker fundraiser continues this Sunday night in Alice O’Connor’s Bar where the jackpot is €6000 as on Sunday night John Healy was drawn out of the drum and chose card number 52 which when turned was not the joker but he did win €50. Marian Whelan and Yvonne Sheehan won €25 each. As well as our group of ticket sellers tickets can be purchased from Village Flowers, Spar, Mousies Takeaway, Minnies Bar, Abbeyside Post Office and Crotty’s Bar.

Our Annual General Meeting took place in Ballinroad Hall on Saturday night last, where there was a very good turnout to review the activities in the club in 2017 and to plan for 2018. Following a moments silence to remember those members who passed away this year, the first item on the agenda was the Treasurer’s Report. As usual Pakie Hurney's report gave a very detailed account of the club accounts and all those present were left in no doubt of the huge amount of work that goes into raising the money needed to run our club every year. Pakie thanked all those who work so hard to raise these funds and thanked our main club sponsors  Adesco for their  continued support of the club.
Following this Tomás Kiely's Secretary's Report gave a most comprehensive review of the club activities both on and off the field.  Whilst we would all have wished for better results at Senior Level this year Tomás referenced the large amount of serious injuries we had this year and the fact that a number of players got their Senior debuts in 2017. Also the victory by our Junior hurlers in the County Final and the Under 21 hurlers Western Title give further hope for the future.
Our Chairman Michael Briggs then gave his inaugural address as Club Chairman.  Michael thanked all those who worked so hard for the club throughout the year, from our Juvenile Section right through to the Senior Club. In praising the work of our hardworking volunteers Michael appealed for more people to get involved in working for the club to help lessen the burden on those already doing this work. Michael also gave details of a planned Health and Wellbeing Initiative which is hoped to be up and running in early 2018. Michael concluded his address by congratulating Austin Flynn on being inducted into the Munster GAA Hall of Fame.
The election of officers then took place with the following elected.

Presidents: Austin Flynn, Liam Enright, Éamonn Keane, Joseph Organ, Jimmy O’Leary, Bernard Shields, Fr. Michael Enright, P.E.
Vice Presidents: Fr. Michael Brennock, OSA, Fr. Colin Fives, OSA, Fr. Ned Hassett, PP
Chairman: Michael Briggs
Vice Chairman: Michael Cosgrave
Secretary: Tomás Kiely
Assistant Secretary: Eleanor McGrath
Treasurer: Pakie Hurney
PRO: Neil Moore
Membership Officer: Pat Keane
Children’s Officer: Bríd Slevin
Committee: Sean McGrath, Conor Clancy, Joe Cleary, Jim O’Mahony, Michael O’Donovan, Ian Kiely, Jack O'Hare, Ger Collins, John Dillon, Danny McGrath.

Senior Manager
At a club committee meeting after the AGM Peter Queally was ratified as manager of our Senior Hurling and Football teams for 2018. His selectors Shane Briggs and Laurence Hurney were also ratified and we wish them the very best of luck for the year ahead.

Club Winter Raffle
Tickets for our club winter raffle are now on sale throughout the parish with a number of attractive prizes on offer including heating fuels such as home heating oil, timber and coal. The draw will take place in January and we appeal to all our supporters to please support the draw as best you can.

Munster GAA Hall of Fame
On behalf of all in the club we would like to congratulate our own Austin Flynn on being selected as the recipient of this year's Munster GAA Hall of Fame Award Winner. This is a fantastic and most deserved award for Austin who was of course selected at full back on the Waterford Hurling team of the Millennium.
During his illustrious playing career with Waterford Austin won 3 Munster Titles, 1 National League and of course he was on the team that captured Waterford's last All Ireland title in 1959. Austin was a near permanent fixture at full back during this Golden Age for the Déise, and his fine performances were acknowledged when he was selected on the Munster team which won the 1960 Railway Cup.
Throughout this time Austin gave great service to our club but unfortunately County Senior Hurling honours eluded the team as they suffered defeat in four County Finals. Austin remains an extremely popular figure in our Club to this day, is always generous with his time and is most willing to offer help and advice whenever he is asked.
Once again we congratulate "Austeen" on this wonderful award and thank Munster Council for acknowledging a true giant of the game.

Austin Flynn celebrating his 1959 All-Ireland Hurling Final
victory with Bridget Whelan and Bridget Flynn

Club Bingo
Our club bingo session continues in the CBS Hall this Sunday night with a jackpot of €1250.

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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