There was a full attendance at the 85th West G.A.A. Convention held in the Sean Treacy’s clubrooms at Kilcommon last Thursday night.
The delegates were welcomed by club chairman, Michael Hanly, who wished the board well in their deliberations and hoped that they would enjoy the facilities at their disposal ‘the last payment for which had recently been made.’
Board chairman, Tom English, got the business of convention under way with the secretary’s report.
Michael Long had additional material to report on Scór, which resulted from an e-mail from Irish Language and Culture Officer, Roddy Crehan, who was unavoidably absent.
In the course of this communication, Roddy Crehan siad: ‘I am pleased to inform you that 2013 has been our most successful year, of recent times – with all clubs bar one (who shall remain nameless for now) taking part in the West Final of Scór na bPáistí. This involved a marathon show of 5½ hours, at the Marian Hall in Tipperary with over 150 children taking part. This was made possible thanks to the sterling work of Christine Lonergan and the Arravale Rovers club and my fellow committee members Sheila Carey (Seán Treacys) and Tom McDonald (Éire Óg/Annacarty).’
The division had some success to report. Arravale Rovers Figure Dancing group and Aoife Butler from Sean Treacys in Solo Singing went on to win the county final of Scór na nÓg while the Sean Treacys Question Time team of Shane Stapleton and Patrick and Brian Carey went all the way to the All-Ireland final in Derry.
In conclusion the secretary requested clubs to appoint a Scór or cultural representative,
Concern for Dual Players
A county board committee is in existence to investigate the welfare of 14-21 year old players in the county, especially dual players.
The chairman of the committee, P. J. Maher, was the first guest to speak at convention and spoke of the over-exposure to games of many younger players ‘dragged and pulled from manager to manager.’ He hoped the committee would establish how prevalent this problem was by exposing the facts rather than listening to hearsay.
He asked the clubs and mentors involved at this level for their co-operation and contributions.
In introducing the treasurer’s report, the chairman complimented Sean Bradshaw, who was standing down from the position under the five-year rule, on his outstanding work over the past five years. The treasurer reported on the big decline in gate receipts and remarked how dramatic the decline was if one were to compare the year’s income with four years ago.
The deficit for the year was €629 and he also pointed out for the county chairman’s attention, that they were still owed €20,000 by the county board! In conclusion the treasurer thanked the officers and clubs for their courtesy and help to him over the five years.
County chairman, Sean Nugent, who was attending his fourth convention in the week that night, paid tribute to the Sean Treacy’s club on their outstanding facilities. He complimented the board on the completion of their games program by the beginning of December, the only division to have done so.
He made reference to the County Strategic Plan and the requirement of the division and clubs to produce their own plans. He spoke about the need to evaluate all parts of the association in the county and that the plan at county level couldn’t be completed without the input from the division and the clubs.
He referred to the decline in gate receipts, which was the experience of the Mid and South divisions also. The North had bucked this trend as had the county board. He believed the division’s match program would be helped in 2014 as they will be enabled to play their games at a later date.
Chairman, Tom English, used his speech to thank all the officers, clubs and referees for their contributions to the success of the board’s activities during the year. He was particularly critical of the verbal abuse that referees had to endure and called on spectators to desist from such practice. He also expressed gratitude to the division’s sponsors, to the Red Cross and particularly singled out Jerry Ring for his continued great work for the board. He concluded by saying that even though our success at county level was slim, he believed our future was bright.