Mullinavat: Pat Hoban takes over the hot seat



HOBAN IN THE HOT SEAT-Congratulations to Pat Hoban formerly Mullinavat on his appointment as Minor hurling manager for Kilkenny in the coming year. Pat had a very successful stint at county level leading Kilkenny to two All Ireland victories at the Intermediate grade when he was in charge. The Mullinavat GAA club wish him and his management team the best of luck and hope they can bring a minor title back to Kilkenny in 2013. Pat was a great servant of the Mullinavat club and is the holder of All Ireland medals at senior level with Kilkenny.

MULLINAVAT GAA CLUB A.G.M.-Mullinavat GAA members gathered in the club rooms in the Hurling field in Mullinavat to review the year 2012. A good attendance gathered to hear the reports of the various arms of the association on their successes over the year. The meeting was opened by Billy Walsh Chairman who welcomed everyone and duly asked Secretary Pat Roughan to read the agenda for the meeting. He also informed the floor that the team managers for 2013 would not be decided on at the meeting as a special sub committee was formed to come back with recommendations for the appointments of Junior and Intermediate team managers. Pat then read the minutes of the 2011 meeting which were passed and seconded. He then gave his secretaries report for 2012 in which he thanked all the members who had helped him during the year. He congratulated the Minor team of 2011 on their victory and thanked former Kilkenny star Cha Fitzpatrick for presenting them with their medals at the Annual Dinner Dance.

He had wonderful praise for the way the players got involved in the Brawl in the Hall fundraiser and in particular Willie O Dwyer who along with his counterparts in Kilmacow brought the night to fruitition. This was a tremendous success and put a sizeable amount into the club coffers and was a great night for the spectators as well. His review of the Intermediate hurling year was that training was a little inconsistent but that the potential to be successful was still there and hoped that 2013 would bring success. The Junior A team received great praise for their efforts during the year suffering only one loss in the semi final of the league. Their success in the Championship was the highlight of the year beating a fancied Graigue Ballycallan team in the final in Hugginstown after a tense exciting game. This has now allowed the club to be represented in the Intermediate grade and the junior grade for the first time in the clubs history. He also wished two players from the team speedy recoveries who had received injuries during the season namely Kevin Aylward and Robbie Malone

The junior B team had a very indifferent year and it proved difficult at times to field a team due to numbers in the club. He concluded by thanking all the various people in the club who had helped fundraise as this was probably one of the hardest tasks in the running of the club. He wished the incoming management teams the very best of luck in 2013 and hoped for more success on the field of play. Next up was the treasurer’s report and after a very detailed report by Jim Conway it showed the clubs to be in a good financial position. He again thanked all the management teams for their co operation during the year with regard to training and pitch availability. He was also high in praise for John Joe Aylward and family of Ballyogreek who along with Michael Law kept the dressing rooms spic and span over the last year. Jim also thanked Anthony Conway for his help in the maintenance of the field.

Chairman Billy Walsh addressed the gathering and thanked the outgoing Intermediate management team he praised the Special Junior A team management who after many years of trying had reached the holy grail. The other highlights of the year for him were again the massive success of the boxing and the ladies of the parish winning their second senior county final in 3 years. He again looked forward to 2013 and thanked all his fellow officers for helping him carry out his duties during the year. John Dempsey then gave a report on the Bord Na Nog activities for the year and said that there were 107 members between under 8 to minor participating. He then gave a detailed report on all teams activities and thanked his fellow officers and parents for their co operation during the year. He also mentioned the Juvenile A.G.M. would probably take place early in the New Year with Friday 11th of January as being the likely date. Michael Law reported on the camogie year with the highlight being the winning back of the Senior championship. The future looks bright with victories being achieved by the Under 12s and 14s during the year. He again paid tribute to the hurling club for their support and stressed that without them it would be difficult to keep going. Joe Anthony was next up with a report on the Handball activities and while victories were thin on the ground club member John Walsh was the hero of the day winning an All Ireland singles title in Monaghan. He also reported on the World Championships which were held in Citywest and even though we had no winners some of the club members took part. He finished by saying that the Olympic committee were looking at introducing Handball to the Olympics and that it was going to be showcased at the 2016 Olympic games in Rio in Brazil.

Elections of officers then took place and were as follows.

Presidents: Fr Tommy Maher, Jim Conway, Michael Carroll

Vice President: Fr Liam Barron

Chairman: Billy Walsh

Vice Chairman: John Dempsey

Secretary: Pat Roughan

Ass Secretary: Brian Kenneally

Treasurer: Jim Conway

Ass Treasurer: Andy Aylward

P.R.O. Michael Duggan

Co Board Rep: Michael Carroll

South Board Rep: Andy Aylward

Bord Na Nog Chairman: John Dempsey

Secretary: Eamon Aylward

School Liasion Officer: Liam Kenneally

Gaelic Officer: Tom Duggan

Committiee: Joe Kelly,Paudge Walsh, Brendan Conway, John Dunphy,Pakie Wall, Declan Wall,Willie Kelly,Anthony Conway,Jamie Fennelly, John Power,Michael Aylward,Michael Law,John Joe Aylward,Tony Duggan,Tommy Duggan.

The meeting concluded with a prayer for all the deceased people in the parish recited by Ned Haberlin.

MULLINAVAT COMPUTER SERVICES-Now in its third year this valuable community service has gone from strength to strength. Offering a wide range of services which include computer training for those who are experiencing I.T. for the first time or those wishing to update their skill set then Mullinavat Computer Services can help you. They also run a course on parental control of computers to help you make sure that your children are safe when surfing the net. They also provide a comprehensive range of printing of tickets, flyers and many other printing requirements at very keen rates. If you’re thinking of purchasing a computer for your family for Christmas then a visit to Mullinavat Computer Services is a must. Mary or Michael will be delighted to prepare a package to suit your particular needs and also have a comprehensive range of computer equipment. Their promise to you is that if they haven’t got it in stock they will get it for you A.S.A.P.

A new addition to the business is the provision of a small selection of electrical goods at really good prices. So if you’re looking for a Christmas gift whether it’s for the computer or an electrical item then call to Mullinavat Computer Services and shop local.

OUR LADYS MIRACLOUS MEDALS-In grateful thanks to our Lord Jesus and Our Lady of Knock Queen of Ireland miraculous medals are now available. Also available are Holy Relics of Sr Faustina and St Padre Pio. For more information call Anne Doran or Tommy O Neill on 086-3273511.

MULLINAVAT UNDER 21 SUCCESS.-Mullinavat under 21 hurling team achieved another success in the southern semi final of the championship recently. Playing arch rivals Callan a team who had defeated them in the minor southern final 3 years ago they turned the tables at a wet and windy Dunnamaggin. Indeed conditions were so bad that the game was in doubt but referee Jim Fitzgearld deemed the pitch playable. Both teams gave it their all in terrible conditions and Mullinavat were the first to score with points from Simon Aylward and John Walsh. With Callan replying with a free Thomas Aylward put Mullinavat back in front by two points with a point from a free and then Callan struck for a goal. They added a point from a free by Jason Corcoran and after 15 minutes the score line read Mullinavat 0-3 Callan 1-2. Simon Aylward pointed for Mullinavat but this was replied to by two points from Callan. Mullinavat were finding it hard to break down the Callan defence but before half time young Liam Fennelly set the game alight. After a great run and off load to Ian Duggan who shot over the bar young Fennelly threw two points of his own over to leave the sides level at half time.

The players went to the dressing rooms to change jerseys they were cold wet and miserable. With the game in the melting pot everyone wondered who could take the initiative in the second half? Both team struggled for the first score but it fell to Mullinavat and Simon Aylward. John Walsh and Liam Fennelly added points before the game was wrapped up as a contest with a goal by Brian Power. This left the score Mullinavat 1-10 Callan 1-4 with 15 minutes remaining. Callan were to score next but this was there last score of the game. Mullinavat added a further goal and 4 points compliments of Ger Malone, Mark Mansfield, John Walsh and it was left to Liam Fennelly to finish the game and result in a 2-14 to 1-5 win for Mullinavat. This puts the Rod Iron men into the Southern Final where they will face the winners of Thomastown and Mooncoin.

Another good performance from this bunch of players and it’s great to see the supply of talent coming through for the future. Here’s hoping that this team can add some silverware to the table for 2012.