Terry O’Regan takes over St James’ G.A.A.

January 5th, 2016 | by stjamesgaa
Terry O’Regan takes over St James’ G.A.A.
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St James’ GAA Club was founded on 22 March 1994 to cater for football in the surrounding areas, Mervue, Ballybane, Renmore, Ballybrit, Castle Park, Wellpark and Doughiska . Since then the club has gone from strength to strength and this is clear from the many successes they have achieved. Over the last number of years the club has fielded teams in all age groups through uniting juvenile players from the above mentioned areas under the umbrella of St James. The club has had great success in recent years winning back to back the Minor A County Championships in 2006, 2007, 2009. They also captured four Minor A West Board titles during those same years. At Intermediate level, the club narrowly missed out on the 2006 and 2009 county titles. In 2010, the club won the Galway Intermediate Championship, beating An Spidéal in the final. They had already defeated Carna-Caiseal in the semi-final, after two strongly contested replays. St. James’ progressed and crowned their success that year by winning the Connacht Club Intermediate Championship. St. James’ was also awarded the Club of the Year in 2010 in recognition of its achievements. From there they went on to beat Gneevguilla of Kerry in the All-Ireland Intermediate Club semi-final. The match was played in Mallow, County Cork. On 12 February 2011, St. James’ faced Lisnaskea Emmets of Fermanagh in the All Ireland intermediate club football final in Croke Park. They narrowly missed out on this championship.
Since then St James’ have established themselves as a strong club with plenty of potential and have competed in all levels quiet well. However, the dream of lifting the Frank Fox cup still awaits them and seems to be quiet hard to achieve due to the dominance of Corofin. Nevertheless, St James’ faced Corofin in the Senior A league final several weeks back and were unfortunate not to capitalize and capture the Division one title. In addition, the outgoing manager, Frank Doherty has stepped down and will take over the St James’ minor team for 2016. Terry O’Regan will now take over the reins and has a lot of experience in Gaelic games at both club and inter county level. In 2012 he brought much success as St James’ G.A.A. captured the U-21 A County title, comprehensively beating Corofin in the final. That same year the senior team went on to capture the Division 2 senior league title. Mr O’Regan was also involved on the management of the very successful St James’ Minor teams that went on win two County A titles in 2009 and 2010. It is believed that he is looking forward to the season ahead and he is a very ambitious person and will help the club going forward in 2016.

Meanwhile, The St James’ Adult and Juvenile AGMs took place in December. Jimmy Newell was voted in for a second year as Chairperson along with Pat Burke as Secretary. Treasurer Bernie Deady stepped down after along successful period as Treasuer. In addition, Tony Hanley was elected as the new Treasurer for 2016. It was noted that the coming managers for 2016 would consist of Terry O’Regan (Senior Manager), Colin Murphy (Junior A manager), John Egan and Ruairi McCann (U-21 managers) and Frank Doherty (minor manager). Other officers that were reinstated consisted of David Henry (PRO), Peter Bennett (Registrar), Seamus Burke (Children’s officer), Jim Cotter (Culture/Scor Officer), Shane Forde (Football Board Delegate. David Henry was elected as the new chairperson of St James’ Juvenile committee. Gary Casey was re-elected as Secretary and Con O’Donovan was reinstated as club treasuer. In addition the club noted all the hard work and dedication of the former chairperson Martin Concannon. Martin contributed a vast amount of work to the St James’ club. In addition he was the predecessor for the outing chairperson Peter Bennett in 2009. Juvenile success was merited in 2015 with many teams competing at a high level and capturing silverware. St James is a very progressive club and competes at all levels from juvenile to senior football in County Galway. The success achieved across these levels has ensured a healthy membership and secures a position of strength going forward. Last year the club celebrated 21 years since its formation in 1994.

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