Aylward takes over hot seat at ’Irelands

Maurice Aylward   (Photo: Eoin Hennessy
The Young Irelands (Gowran) have signed up former Ballyhale Shamrocks All-Ireland club championship winning manager, Maurice Aylward to lead them for the 2014 season.

The Young Irelands (Gowran) have signed up former Ballyhale Shamrocks All-Ireland club championship winning manager, Maurice Aylward to lead them for the 2014 season.

Mr Aylward (left), who guided Shamrocks to All-Ireland success at senior level and St Patrick’s (Ballyragget) to a success at junior level, left the former at the end of last season having completed an agreed term.

Mr Aylward was chased by a number of other clubs, but after D.J. Carey stepped down as boss of ’Irelands the South Kilkenny man was installed in Gowran. His selectors for the new season will be Denis Quinlan, John Comerford and Alan Roche.

The club held their annual meeting in Gowran school hall recently and it attracted a large attended. The meeting was chaired by Liam Walsh.

Treasurer Patrick Farrell gave a detailed report on what was a good year financially for the club. He pointed out that huge funds would be needed in the coming years to fund the new club development.

Secretary Eddie Power thanked the main sponsors, Farm and Industrial, Rednut and 777 Taxis for their continued support.

Chairman Liam Walsh spoke about the new development (see Barrie Henriques column) and said it was an exciting time to be involved with Young Irelands.

He paid tribute to loyal clubman John Comerford, who stepped down from his position on the Kilkenny County Board, at the end of the year after over 20 years service.

A minute’s silence was observed as a mark of respect to deceased members.

Officers elected - chairman Liam Walsh; vice-chairman Paul Farrell; treasurer Patrick Farrell; assistant treasurer, Billy Carroll; secretary Eddie Power; assistant secretary Mary Holden; PRO John Drennan; assistant PRO J.J. Lennon.

School Liaison Officer, Ciaran Phelan; ASAP officer, John Comerford; Safety Officer, Tom Hogan.

Various Board delegates, Eddie Power, Denis Quinlan and Ciaran Carroll.