Successful Senior and Juvenile AGMs

December 3rd, 2016 | by admin
Successful Senior and Juvenile AGMs
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The St. James’ senior AGM took place on Sunday 27 November in the St. James’ G.A.A. clubhouse Mervue. The AGM was well attended on the night. Club President Martin Crowley opened the meeting and spoke briefly on the year gone by and recognised all the hard work that was being done on and off the field of play. He also mentioned the untimely passing of the late Darragh Frain and all that Darragh had contributed to the club and the G.A.A. Furthermore, all of the executive officers gave their address and thanked all the players, coaches, supporters and volunteers for all the help throughout the year. It was noted that the Juvenile club was doing great work at underage level and the senior club acknowledge all of their achievements to date, notably being awarded the ‘club of the year’ for 2016 by the Juvenile Galway County Board. The election of officers was another important aspect of the AGM. Chairperson Jimmy Newell was reinstated and accompanied by him was David Henry as vice Chairperson. Tony Hanley was voted in as Treasurer and Pat Burke also kept his status as club Secretary. In addition, David Henry retained the PRO role and he thanked Ciara Howley, Declan Furey and Jim Cotter for all their help and cooperation during the course of the year. It was highlighted by the PRO that the club was very grateful to Journalists Judy Murphy and John McIntyre of The Galway City Tribune, for all the publications in 2016 regarding club activity. Seamus Burke was elected as Children’s Officer and Jim Cotter restored his title as Cultural Officer. Mr. Cotter mentioned that the St. James’ Irish music club was increasing in numbers and had up to 50 members. Juvenile Secretary Gary Casey stepped down as National School Liaison Officer and Keith Murphy was appointed this position. Shane Forde was elected as County Board delegate, while Peter Bennett was given the role of club registrar officer. Moreover, There was motions that were discussed on past on the night. This concluded the business of the meeting.

Meanwhile, the St. James’ Juvenile club had its AGM on December 1st in Cumann Theach Pa Grealish. Numbers were extremely high at this Annual General Meeting and Chairperson David Henry welcomed everybody in attendance. The Chairman noted that 2016 had brought much success for the St. James’ Juvenile club. He highlighted all the hard work and dedication of all the players, mentors, volunteers, parents and supporters of the club. In addition, it was stated that there was productive work being done at underage and this was recognised by the Galway G.A.A. Juvenile Football Board recently. It was a great honour for the club to receive Juvenile Club of the Year 2016. Secretary Gary Casey mentioned that that the Juvenile section of St. James’ G.A.A. continues to grow and is producing a lot of good talent. He added that ‘The Grass roots Academy’ is increasing in numbers each year and is competing at a very high level. In the Secretary’s report the committee were made aware of the different age groups and its success on the playing field. The U-12 team reached two County A finals in 2016, narrowly losing to Claregalway and Athenry in both finals. The management team which consisted of Keith Murphy, Ronan Collins, Declan Folan and Benny Fahy were thanked for all their contribution and efforts. Furthermore, the U-13 and U-14 teams had successful seasons and competed at the A divisions. On Sunday 24 April 2016, St. James’ Football Club made history when they were crowned the National A County Champions for the first time. The management of Jimmy Gillespie, John melody, Ronan McNulty, Mick Ralph and physio Stephen Diviney took the county by storm by winning the Féile, beating the cream of the county in the middle of their league campaign, dispatching Oranmore, Barna, Loughrea, Salthill and Claregalway in the process. They captured the Niall McGinn Cup after defeating Claregalway in the final 1 – 6 to 0 – 4. Not only was the Feile a great achievement but also the way they approached and prepared for games all year. The management team introduced club and county star Paul Conroy and Eoin Concannon in their training sessions. The Jimmies went on to win the County Shield Championship defeating Clarinbridge in the final. The U-15 and U-16 teams also enjoyed good seasons. The U-16 squad captured the County U-16 shield when they defeated An Cheathrú Rua, while the U-15s reached the semi-finals of the county league. The appointment of Keith Murphy as National Schools Coaching Officer is another positive step forward for the club. The clubs aim is to promote St James’ in the National Schools to the best of its ability. Also Alan Murphy and David Henry are working closely with ‘The Bish’ and St. Mary’s College Galway to help the club players develop and enhance fundamental skills. It was highlighted, all the hard work that is being done by Dennis Carr (Galway G.A.A. Schools Coaching Officer) in the National and Secondary schools in Galway city, notably the St. James’ catchment area.
David Henry was reinstated as chairperson and Arthur Hynes was voted in as vice chairman for 2017. Secretary Gary Casey stepped down as secretary and it was Shauna Kerr who was elected in to fill this role and alongside her as vice Secretary, Denise Shaughnessy. Club stalwart Con O’Donovan was elected as Treasurer and Mattie Harte, vice Treasurer. Con O’Donovon thanked all the clubs sponsors, especially Tony Hanley who contributes a large percentage of money to the entire club. There was a stellar effort put in with fundraising in 2016 and many thanks were extended to the St. James’ senior men’s and ladies committee for their help during the year.

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