Dicksboro GAA Club


December 2013

 13th December 2013


The AGM of Dicksboro GAA club was held last Friday night (13th December) in Palmerstown - Chairman Eddie Holohan welcomed all & opened by calling for a minutes silence for deceased members of the club. Following the reading & adoption of the previous years AGM , Eddie Holohan addressed the attendance by summarising that while 2013 was a disappointing year for the club on the playing fields, (apart from the notable successes of the all-conquering U16s), significant progress had been made in other club developments. He listed the main successes of 2013 as the Launch of the clubs Strategic Five Year Development Plan by GAA President Liam O`Neill, an increase in membership, the clubs strong financial position, the finalisation of the clubhouse refurbishment works, the awarding of Club Cill Chainnigh Award & the holding of the clubs second hugely successful kids Summer Camp. He thanked all club sponsors particularly adult sponsors Grassland Fertilisers & underage sponsors Aut Even Hospital. He praised the Lotto team, the many club mentors, The Finance Committee, members of the Executive, the ground works team under Mick Byrne & especially the outgoing senior management of Ger Henderson, Mick O Flynn, John O Gorman, EJ Ryan & Liam Maher. He concluded his address by stating that Dicksboro is facing into a challenging year ahead both on & off the field and urged renewed commitment & hard work by all members of the club.

Secretary Pat Moylan gave a comprehensive report of all the club activities. He offered that 2013 was a year of reality for Dicksboro on the field and echoed the chairman`s sentiments that a lot had been achieved off the field. He praised all mentor teams, particularly the all-conquering U16 panel coached by Jim Kerwick, Sean Moore, John Treacy & David Carroll. He offered special congratulations to the Camogie club on winning a first historic Féile na Gael Division 1 Championship in warm July. While the capture of silverware may have been viewed as disappointing in 2013 he added that the provision of game time, coaching & skills development to all players must remain the strong focus of the club. On the development/fundraising front, The Lotto team & the Finance Committee were congratulated. He added that a huge proportion of the membership / families of the club were not purchasing a Lotto ticket on a regular basis and that this would be pursued in earnest in 2014 to generate necessary funding for proposed clubhouse refurbishment works, On the clubs communications front, Tom Beirne & Edmund Nolan were thanked for their excellent work on the clubs website. The secretary asked for a better response to requests for help and assistance from all members & families of the club. He thanked his fellow executive officers & particularly the outgoing officers, Simon Walton & Niall O`Gorman not seeking re-election. He concluded that with renewed commitment, hard work & dogged determination by the full spectrum of club membership that Dicksboro would progress on & off the field in 2014. 

Treasurer Seamus Rochford delivered his normal comprehensive financial report to all delegates. Again he advised of the financial challenges that 2014 would bring with the areas of club Lotto expansion & cost control in key club areas of expenditure the main priorities ahead. A launch & extension of the Dicksboro GAA Lotto is planned for early 2014 along with requests of financial support from local businesses, current & former members etc. to finance clubhouse refurbishment works.

Election of officers followed: Chairman Eddie Holohan, vice Chairman Jim Murphy, Secretary Pat Moylan, Treasurer Seamus Rochford, Juvenile Chair Pat Carroll, Registrar Paschal Bergin, Irish officer Jim O `Neill, Grounds Chair Mick Byrne, Development Chair Sean Moore, Games Chair Frank Morrissey, PRO Edmund Nolan & Childrens Officer John Timmons. Co. Board rep appointed: Jim Murphy & Northern Board rep; Noel Deevy. The Club Constitution was proposed & seconded for the year ahead. Recommendations & AOB drew discussions on the areas of formulating a hurling review committee, transition management of players from juvenile to adult, player regrading & the difficulties of ensuring pitch space for all groups in the club. A proposal to increase adult non playing membership to €50 was voted on & ratified by the attendees. The AGM concluded with the presentation of the Patsy Lacey Perpetual Award to club player of the year winner, Shane Maher.

 7th December 2013

Childrens Christmas Party

Santa made a special visit to Palmerstown this afternoon to the delight of numerous boys and girls who had gathered for the Christmas disco/party. Each child then had an opportunity to visit Santa in his grotto, designed and made by Anne Bawle and her helpers, where they were given a small present. The grotto proved to be a magical experience and a couple of hours of fun, games and dancing made for a lot of very happy children. A big thank you to all who helped in any way on the day.