A LARGE crowd was in attendance as the Bord na Og held their convention held in Nowlan Park.
Chairman Willie Dempsey welcomed everybody to the meeting. He thanked all the clubs for their co-operation during his first term of office and looked forward to the year ahead. The chairman congratulated St Kieran’s College and the Kilkenny senior hurlers on their magnificent achievements during the year. Both teams deserved tremendous credit for the way they won their respective All-Irelands.
Secretary Martin Quilty then gave an in-depth account of the year’s events. More than 700 games had been played, 198 of these in Gaelic football. He thanked the men in black of the county, the referees, for their work during the season.
The secretary also thanked the people who look after the pitches throughout the county and those who make their pitches available during the year. Joe Pyke’s continued hard work earned mention from both officers in his new role as treasurer.
A motion of sympathy was passed by the convention for Tommy Kelly, the Bord’s former treasurer who had died during the year. His endeavours over the years were remembered.
A motion from the Glenmore club about football sparked plenty of healthy debate. All in attendance agreed that the format of the under-14 championship had been a huge success. One suggestion that was mooted during the debate was to play the minor football championship during the Summer. It was agreed to defer that idea to the next Bord na nOg meeting.
County officers Paul Kinsella, Ned Quinn, Pat Dunphy and Conor Deniffe also spoke at the meeting.
Bord na nOg officers elected were: chairman Willie Dempsey (Thomastown), vice-chairman Bosco Bryan (John Lockes), secretary Martin Quilty (Slieverue), treasurer Joe Pyke (Clara), PRO Patrick O’Flynn (St Martin’s), registrar John Reid (Dunnamaggin).