AGM - The Blacks and Whites AGM was held last Saturday in Tom Walsh Park. The chairman Ned Moran welcomed the large attendance and proceeded to introduce Eddie Doyle, club secretary to present his report.
Mr Doyle detailed what had been a mixed year on the playing field. The Intermediate footballers claimed what was to be the only silverware of the year when they won the league title in April beating Clara. Unfortunately the result was reversed in December as both teams met again in the championship decider in St James Park. Mr Doyle also highlighted the fact that the final was played on 23rd December which was not ideal to say the least having last played competitively in April. A new football campaign is promised in 2013 with the league and championship all finished by early May which will in theory reward a form football league team.
The Junior Hurlers had a disappointing year after mixed league and cup competition results, a positive first round performance against Cloneen gave hope of a championship campaign however they were defeated by eventual winners Thomastown at the quarter final stage. Mr Doyle asked for renewed commitment from all players and looked to 2013 with some optimism with Paddy Mullally the team manager again.
Membership of the club was consistent with that of 2011 with a lot of underage players registered which is encouraging. The option to make stage payments to those who require it is again available and encourage considering the current economic climate. Mr Doyle also asked for assistance with registration and indeed other aspects of running the club as the same people seem to carry the can time and time again. The running of the club can be time consuming and onerous and hoped that other people can make some contributions to help in any way to ease the burden on the club officers.
Congratulations were extended to the Kilkenny senior team on their All Ireland success and Pat Nolan was wished all the best in 2013 as he undertakes his selector job with the Kilkenny minors. Club Members involved with the Kilkenny Intermediate team were also congratulated on their Leinster Final Success namely Paul Murphy, Niall Kennedy, Chap Cleere, Dr Michael Helly and manager Pat O Grady.
Fundraising was also highlighted with a greater emphasis to be placed on Piltown tickets in 2013 by all members as it can be a great source of revenue for the club if ran correctly. Compliments were paid to those who gave their time in the organising of the hunt canters which was a great success and raised a lot of money. The Parents Association were also thanked for their help with the bag packing in December which again yielded great funds which goes to the juvenile and camogie branch of the club.
Mr Doyle then thanked all who helped in the running of the club in 2012 and highlighted Ned Morans contribution and dedication to the club over the years as he opted to step down from the role of chairman of the club
Treasurer Nancy Moloney then presented a detailed account of the clubs healthy financial affairs which again showed just how important the indoor grass hall has proved to be in generating revenue for the club and a big thank you was extended to Bridie Lennon who looks after its running. Its importance in terms of maintenance into the future was again highlighted with a special maintenance brush to be purchased shortly. Nancy also presented the bar account in a healthy state even after an unsuccessful year. She then thanked assistant treasurer Lilly Brennan for her help with the bar account and wished her well in her recovery from her recent operation. Christy Kealy and Johnny Barcoe were also thanked for their help in running the club lotto among other things
Chairman Ned Moran then addressed the crowd with what was to be his last as Club Chairman and stated that he would definitely not walk away from the club but felt that people staying in positions within the club for too long was not good and welcomed a fresh approach and fresh ideas and wished his successor well who ever it may be. He again thanked all who work to maintain the club grounds, clubhouse, indoor grass hall etc and similar to all in attendance looked forward with optimism to the 2013 year. Ned’s final address was greeted with warm applause and he is certainly wished well by all club members after giving great service to the club for a long number of years. Thanks Ned.
At Juvenile level, the current amalgamation of Graignamanagh and Blacks and Whites (St Fiacres) was ratified for another year.
The meeting then concluded with a minutes silence for club members who lost a family member during the year. The following officers were elected:
President: Sean O Grady
Vice President: Ned Moran
Chairman: Dr Michael Helly
Vice Chairman: Mick Lennon
Secretary: Edward Doyle
Assistant Secretary: Breda O Dowd
Registrar: Patrick Savage
Assistant Registrar: Thomas Phelan
Treasurer: Nancy Moloney
Assistant Treasurer: Lilly Brennan Christy Kealy
PRO: James Doran
Youth Officer: Michael Moloney
Child Welfare Officer: Gerry Murphy/Kieran Murphy
Co. Board Rep: Pat Nolan
Northern Board Rep: Dick Barcoe
Football Rep: Doyle
Safety Officer: Patrick Savage
Juv Co-ordinator: Ned Kelly
Schools Hurling - The Schools hurling team has resumed training each Monday after school in Graiguenamanagh GAA pitch from 3.30pm. All involved to make themselves available.
Bord na Nog - The Bord na Nog AGM will be held in the coming weeks at Tom Walsh Park with a date finalised soon. Date and time will feature once decided.