Barrow Rangers (Paulstown) created a piece of club history at their annual meeting on Friday when they elected not one, but two female officers for the first time.
Mary Bambrick (Goresbridge Road) is the new club treasurer while Ailish Drennan will be the juvenile secretary for the new season.
The meeting began on a sombre note when outgoing chairman, Derek McEvoy reminded the fair sized attendance of the sudden death of clubman, Pat Cassidy in November. Pat was a committee member in 2013 and was juvenile secretary in 2012.
Both Derek and outgoing secretary, Stephen Dormer gave a comprehensive review of the season. Emigration and an unusually high number of injuries had plagued the team throughout the year.
Notwithstanding that the club won the Paddy Cahill Cup and came within a whisker of qualifying for the county championship final. They thanked the local businesses for their continued financial support.
Selectors and trainers of all teams were praised for their work as was anybody that helped out in any way with the running of the club. Players that played for the county were congratulated, Richie Doyle (senior), Ciarán Breen (minor), Cathal Kenny, Cathal English, Ed Prendergast (intermediates) along with Jack Kelly (under-14) and Marc Drennan (under-15).
Paulstown/Goresbridge camogie club were thanked for all their help throughout the season. It was also noted that Colette Dormer had been unfortunate not to pick up an All-Ireland senior medal with Kilkenny.
The local Paulstown boxing club was congratulated on their many successes. Treasurer Christy Kenny presented his report.
The fashion show held at the Lord Bagenal in September was the most successful of the year’s fund raisers. He praised the group of ladies who helped to organise it, some of whom had no connection with the club.
Officers elected - Christy Kenny (chairman); David Staunton (secretary); Mary Bambrick (treasurer); Willie Hanlon (juvenile chairman); Ailish Drennan (secretary); J.J. Staunton (treasurer); Peter Breen (PRO); County Board rep, Michael Shortall; Northern Board rep, Seamus Brennan.
Former Kilkenny goalkeeper, P.J. Ryan will resume as trainer for the third year. He will be joined by last year’s selectors, Eugene Kealy, Stephen Dormer and Ken McEvoy.
The juvenile selectors will be picked later. New chairman, Christy Kenny said that his first priority would be to put a Finance Committee in place.