The annual meeting of St Patrick’s GAA club was held in the clubhouse. Proceedings were opened by chairman, Philip Kenny and prayers were offered by Fr Tommy Murphy for the deceased friends and members.
Mr Kenny spoke of the wonderful year enjoyed by the club and he thanked everyone for their support.
Treasurer Tòmas Healy gave a detailed report on the accounts which showed that through the hard work of the Finance Committee in-roads had been made in the club’s borrowings. He thanked all who supported fund-raising events, those who bought and sold lotto tickets, ran the bingo and attended same, the Piltown draw ticket sellers and so on.
Secretary Noel Cummins gave a detailed report on activities. The development of the upstairs area in the clubhouse had been completed on budget and great credit was due to the Building Committee. The ball wall and machinery shed were also completed.
He thanked the Field Committee for their care and attention to the pitch. It was in excellent condition for the increased training season. For the hosting of the Leinster club semi-final against the Offaly champions the pitch was a lush green carpet.
He thanked all who helped in hosting the various teams at the clubhouse this year. Everyone was happy to help and gave readily of their time.
In December the club had the launch of ‘Bally Boys Abù’ and he thanked all involved in the publication and the planning of the launch night. On activities on the field he spoke about the great year the club had.
Things started with the junior football win, which was followed by the Northern hurling final victory and then the county final against over Piltown. He thanked the players and management teams for their hard work and commitment.
The minor team reached the Roinn B final, which suggested there was a bright future the club. They were defeated by a stronger and older Mullinavat combination.
The junior hurling team went on to win the Leinster club final, defeating Balkyfin of Laois in the decider. The under-21 side won the Roinn A Northern and county finals and credit is due for this to the management team of Dessie Staunton, Paudie Mullhall and Ann Downey.
In the New Year the junior hurlers won the All-Ireland final against Charleville (Cork). Every player was thanked for his great work, as were the back room team of Maurice Aylward, Matt Ruth, Tom Phelan and Mark Swan.
He thanked Cathal Foley and Brian Oxley for their great care of the team; Kieran Delaney for his leadership and Barry Hickey for his support throughout the AIB campaign.
The juvinelle section of the club was being run very well and he thanked the Bord-na-nOg committee for their work and Derek Butler and his selectors on winning the Shield. They hosted an enjoyable and successful Phelan/Stone tournament. M and A Coaches were thanked for their continued support of the club.
Club membership was set at €80 for playing members and €50 for non-players.