Dromard Club Notes for Friday 18th of December 2015

posted 15 Jan 2016, 10:56 by Eamonn Kiernan

Lotto draw: The numbers Drawn for Monday the 7th December were: 9, 17, 19, 24. There was no Jackpot winner. The €20 prizes went to: Dennis Maguire, Niall Vance, Margaret Martin, Paul McEntire and the seller’s prize was won by Gerry Mimnagh. The Jackpot is now €9,400 so get your tickets at Moyne Stores, Gortamone Stores, Corrigans Gala Store or the Clubhouse. Thanks again to all who play our lotto either weekly or subscribe on an annual basis, it is very much appreciated.


AGM: The Senior Club AGM was held on Sunday last the 13th of December in the Clubhouse with a good attendance present, including some senior and junior players.

The outgoing Chairman, Anthony Maguire, and Secretary, Dermot Reilly, presented their review of Club activities in 2015. The Chairman noted that it was a challenging year for the club on and off the field but highlighted areas of progress including the success of the annual lotto drive and the astro turf facility. The Chairman thanked Enda Macken and the outgoing senior management team for their contribution to the club and all those who helped out with the club’s junior, under 21, minor and underage teams. The Chairman also thanked the many people who contribute to the running of the club in various ways including in particular Kevin Hourican, Bernie Greene, Thomas Donohoe and many others who helped out during the year.

The Secretary’s report covered the Club’s on-field activities in 2015. Overall Dromard’s fortunes were mixed this year with the senior team again highly competitive, finishing third in Division 1 of the league and reaching the knock-out stages of the championship, before suffering a disappointing loss to eventual winners Killoe in the semi-final following a run of consecutive fixtures. After a disappointing Division 3 campaign, Dromard’s very encouraging performances in the junior championship were acknowledged and it is hoped that the progress made with this team in 2015 can be built on next year. Thanks to the management team of Gerry Sheridan, Peter Mimnagh, Con McLoughlin, Aidan Gray and Danny O'Toole for their work and effort with this panel all year.

The financial report for 2015 was presented by Treasurer Frank Smith.

The election of club officers saw Michael Reilly take over from outgoing Chairman Anthony Maguire. Dermot Reilly, who fulfilled the role of Secretary for two years, was not seeking re-election to that post. James Mimnagh and Emmet Masterson are to take over the duties of Club and Fixture secretaries.  Aine Vance was elected to replace outgoing Treasurer Frank Smith. The list of officers for 2016 is as follows: Chair: Michael Reilly, Vice Chair: Dermot Reilly, Secretary: James Mimnagh/Emmet Masterson, Assistant Secretary: John Duffy, Treasurer: Aine Vance, Assistant Treasurers: Gus McEntire and John Joe Donohoe, Co. Board Delegates: Gerry Mimnagh, John Duffy, Joe Murphy. Coaching officers: John McNaboe, Paul Hourican, Peter Darcy. PRO: Thomas Conefrey. Cultural Officers: Paul Hourican and Eamonn Kiernan, Child Officer: Susan Murphy (TBC), Health and Welfare Officer: Mary Reilly.

The new Chairman, Michael Reilly, thanked his predecessor Anthony Maguire for his hard work during his term of office and discussed some priorities for the coming year. The formation of a finance committee to oversee the Club’s fundraising activities, including the lotto, is to be explored. The club incurs significant costs each year to cover the range of activities provided at all levels and age groups and to maintain the Club’s excellent facilities. It is therefore vital to maintain a stable funding source for the Club into the future and to build on the success of the annual lotto initiative. The new Chair encouraged anyone interested in joining this committee to contact himself or any member of the executive.


Senior Team Manager for 2016: It was also announced at the AGM that Mark Heslin is to succeed Enda Macken as senior team manager for 2016. Mark previously managed Gortletteragh and the Leitrim minor footballers. The Club is delighted to have Mark on board  for 2016 and look forward to working with him in the months ahead.


Underage Management 2016: An underage preseason sub-committee will be starting up shortly to kick off reviewing underage team coaches for next year. We aim to have a least 3 to 5 people involved in each team. If you would like to get involved in any way either in coaching, administration or just helping out please contact Paul on 087 2482055. We hope to build on this year’s success and continue the good work from last year.

SOSAD (Save Our Sons and Daughters) talk: Thanks to all those who attended the very informative SOSAD talk held in the Clubhouse on Tuesday last.

Employment Opportunity:  Leitrim / Longford GAA County Boards are jointly seeking a Hurling Development Officer. Applications or more details from secretary.longford@gaa.ie. The closing date 11/12/2015.

Boom Spraying Pesticide Application course in Clubhouse: This course will commence in early December. The purpose of this course is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to apply pesticides using a Boom sprayer in accordance with legislations and recommended safe practice. The course will entitle the recipient to register with the Dept. Of Agriculture as a professional user and to purchase and apply Professional Use Pesticides. The cost of the course is 220 Euro and is of 3 day duration. IFA members please contact Sean Conefrey, Cammagh 086 8188023 to book a place or contact Teresa McNerney Dromard Developement Association Ltd at 086 1026252 for further information.

GAA Books: There are a lot of GAA books from former players and managers available at the present time, click on the following link for a list of them from Easons: http://www.easons.com/search/go#w=GAA

€9,000 Christmas Present:  Why not give your loved one a chance to win €9,300.00 every week of the year for 52 weeks in 2016, and at the same time support your club by purchasing our annual lotto subscription. You can do this by either dropping an email to DromardGAANewsletter@Gmail.com and we will arrange a special give voucher and envelope presentation pack, or go online and subscribe directly by clicking on http://dromard.longford.gaa.ie/Lotto-Membership ,  or just ask any club officer.