IT WAS a case of new faces coming on the scene at the Bord-na-nOg annual Convention which was held in Nowlan Park on Monday night. John ‘Bosco’ Bryan (John Lockes) stepped down as vice-chairman, while John Wemyss (O’Loughlin Gaels) took up the position.
Also, in the key role of secretary, Martin Quilty (Slieverue) departed under the five year rule and he was replaced by Tommy Bawle (Dicksboro).
Chairman Willie Dempsey (Thomastown) welcomed delegates to the meeting and reflected on what had been a positive year, during which close to 900 games had being completed by the end of November.
In his address he noted the reintroduction of the minor football leagues which proved to be a success. Virtually all the championships at this stage had being completed in the calendar year, with the exception of the under-16 football championship which should be completed within the next couple of weeks.
Well done all
Mr Dempsey praised the efforts of people involved at Bord-na-nOg level and thanked the various sub-committees for the endless work they had undertaken and completed. In particular he thanked John ‘Bosco’ Bryan and Martin Quilty for the years of effort they had put into the promotion of the activities of the Bord.
He also thanked the clubs for their co-operation in completing fixtures as scheduled and believed the new streamlining of the fixtures had being a huge help.
The chairman congratulated James Stephens on winning the minor Roinn A hurling championship, which was the most prestigious competition of the Bord. He also paid tribute to the Larchfield outfit in relation to their efforts at the national Feile-na-nGael finals, and he also praised Dicksboro for their display at the football Feile.
Mr Dempsey warmly congratulated Edmond Delaney from Conahy Shamrocks on winning the Feile hurling skills competition. In doing so Edmond achieved the maximum achievable score, which was a first.
Ideal role models
The Thomastown man also congratulated the Kilkenny senior hurling team on their achievements during the year, when they won the National League/Championship double. He praised all involved for the honour and glory they brought to the county, and he described the players as ideal role models for all young people involved in sport.
He also congratulated the Kilkenny under-21 and intermediate sides on landing the Leinster titles and he wished new Kilkenny minor team manager, Pat Hoban well in 2013.
Mr Dempsey also congratulated St Kieran’s College on winning the Leinster senior hurling league title while he praised Kilkenny CBS Kilkenny for making a bold bid to win the All-Ireland title, but they were beaten in the final.
During his address he also thanked his fellow officers for their efforts during 2012 and also thanked the senior officials for all their help and co-operation.
Secretary Martin Quilty read his final report to the large crowd. He had special words of praise for the men in black (referees) without whom the games would not be able to be played. He thanked all the people who had helped him during his time in the role.
PRO Patrick O’Flynn thanked all the clubs for supplying teams for match programmes and he hoped for the New Year that they could continue the policy of supplying as many match programmes as possible for the finals.
County Board chairman, Paul Kinsella and secretary, Ned Quinn were amongst the guest speakers who addressed the meeting.
One recommendation from John Lockes (Callan) and Dicksboro in relation to having eight teams in Roinn A at under-14 level was discussed. The matter will come before the new Bord’s first meeting.
Officers elected - chairman Willie Dempsey (Thomastown); vice-chairman:John Wymss (O’Loughlin Gaels); secretary Tommy Bawle (Dicksboro); treasurer Joe Pyke (Clara); registrar John Reid (Dunnammaggin); PRO Patrick O’Flynn (St Martin’s).