Sunday, March 25, 2007


The Ballymore Eustace GAA club annual general meeting was held on 8th December 2006 in the community resource centre.
This meeting was both vibrant and emotional in light of the recent DRA meeting and the consensus decision reached by both the county board and the club.
Many headlines could have been written about this meeting.( Brown steps down after 3 years) (Gorman returns as chairman) (Joint Presidents)
Pat Brown stepped down as chairman after a successful 3-year term. He was thanked for his hard work and commitment to the club and showed his true commitment by taking on the role of Vice Chairman for the coming year.
Tim Gorman was returned as chairman a position he held previously for 13 years. TJ Gilroy was elected as club secretary and Paddy Nolan remains as treasure. The club is in good hands with a mix of young and experienced officers and committee members.
What a shambles: We must ask the question what is the Kildare County Board doing to promote GAA in Kildare. Is it fair that Ballymore or any club should play the first round of the championship in April and the next round in August. Should amateur players have to play 5 weeks in a row? The answer is NO.
The Leinster Council found in favour of Ballymore on the basis that Kildare County board did not notify Ballymore and did not give sufficient notice of the venue time and date for the match. Kildare s argument was that they had sent an e-mail. This was never received. The Kildare county board could not show to whom or when the e-mail was sent.
The Result
A consensus decision was reached between Kildare County Board and Ballymore Eustace G.A.A. club. Ballymore agreed to stand down from playing in the 2006 Intermediate Championship, in return Kildare County Board would not seek to have Ballymore relegated automatically to junior and both parties agreed to pay their own legal expenses

Eddie Hubbard club secretary spoke very emotionally in his report about the loss of our club President Mr Tom Hanlon during the year. Tom was one of Ballymore s great Gaels, he had not only served as President but also served as chairman of the club for a long number of years and he was a life long member of the club. When Tom moved to Limerick to work he travelled back to Ballymore to train and play with his team, Eddie also stated that Tom was a good friend and he had know from his school days when they had both went to school in Tipperkevin. Not only was Tom a very fine footballer he was a very accomplished athlete and boxer. He was known to his friends as having the sweetest fists in Ballymore. May he rest in peace.

Michael Byrne gave a comprehensive report on the work of the juvenile committee in both hurling and football. Keep up the good work.

The meeting welcomed club Treasurer, Paddy Nolan and Tom Quinn to the meeting and wished them good health in the future following their illness.

The officers elected are:

Patron: Fr Sean Breen P.P.
Joint Presidents: Jim Clarke, Eddie Hubbard.

Vice Presidents: Mon Conway, Jimmy McLaughlin, Ethne Daly, Sean Farrington, Tom Quinn, Eugene Gilroy.

Chairman: Tim Gorman
Vice Chairman: Pat Brown
Secretary: T.J. Gilroy
Treasurer: Paddy Nolan
Co Board Delegate: Eddie Hubbard
Registrar: T.J. Gilroy
P.R.O. John Hubbard

Ciaran Conway, Tadhg Grace, Tm Quinn, Pat Brown, (jun) Michael Byrne.

Grounds committee:
Jim Clarke, Eugene Gilroy, Seamus Brown, Ciaran Doyle, John Doyle, Jimmy McLaughlin.

Intermediate Selectors:
Mick Hyland, (trainer) Pat Murphy, Tim Gorman.
Junior Selectors:
Pat Browne, Eugene Gilroy.
Congratulations to our near neighbours Eadestown on winning the Ladies All Ireland club title and also Moorfield on winning the Leinster title.

€50 for players, €30 for non-playing members. Students €20 and Juvenile €10.

Members Club Draw:
This draw was set up to service a long-term loan taken out by the club. Everybody will agree that the facilities are second to none. In order to maintain the high standard of amenities we have for players, juveniles, supporters and people who use the field we need your help. This draw is not fully subscribed; anyone interested in joining should contact any member of the committee. The Draw is 20 a month will take place on the last Thursday of every month.
The winner of last months draw was Donal Hubbard €300. The draw has been changed for the coming year. First Prize is 200 and 3 prizes of 50 each and in the summer both All Ireland hurling and football ticket will be part of the prizes.

Race Night in Paddy Murphy Friday 9th February at 9 pm. Horses are 20 each from any committee member so why not come along for a night of fun at the races.

Training will commence Tuesday 16th January at 8pm and every Tuesday and Thursday.

S.O.S. Is anyone out there interested in sponsoring Tennis Court Nets and Basketball rings. You can contact any member of the committee.
John Hubbard PRO

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