A reconvened AGM of Shannon RFC completed the election of officers and other personnel to their executive committee after the initial nominations were suspended in order to facilitate a procedural error in the process. To comply with club rules a fourteen day period prior to the AGM was required to ensure the nominations were deemed applicable and thus the reconvention took place last week.
On the back of a successful season the body of the meeting was reminded of the clubs annexing of the AIB Cup for the first time, the reclaiming of the Munster senior cup and second place position in the AIB league which by any standards can be deemed a hugely successful season. Allied to their seconds winning the Transfield cup, the thirds winning the Oâ00Carroll plate and their underage sides winning numerous trophies it was another year of triumph for the parish side.
Outgoing President Tommy Rowan highlighted this fact in his final role as club president when he handed over the reins to Liam Costello, a man whose association with Shannon began when he was 10 years old and encompasses his entire family.
The honour of becoming Shannonâ00s 76th president is one which is richly deserved by Liam whose involvement with Shannon has been ongoing as a player, coach and team manager for almost 40 years. In his emotional acceptance speech Liam highlighted his familyâ00s role in the club over the years and made special mention of his late father Joe, who like Liam was a stalwart of Shannon RFC. Dedicating his year in office to his father, Liamâ00s wish during his year in office is further success to Shannon both on and off the field. Thereâ00s no doubt that Liam will bring decorum and pride to his role and an ethic of hard work.
Another major change in Shannonâ00s executive line up sees Jack Keane take up the onerous task of Club Chairman after five years under the stewardship of Pat Oâ00Connor. Whilst stepping aside as Chairman, Pat Oâ00Connorâ00s depth of knowledge and experience will not go untapped and he will remain a valuable member of Shannonâ00s Committee as incoming Junior Vice President. In his five year tenure, Patâ00s guidance of Shannon was exceptional and his affable approach to the continuing problems faced, not only by Shannon, but the entire club rugby community ensured Shannon maintained their status in the upper echelons of Irish Rugby.
As a long serving member of Shannonâ00s executive committee Jack Keane brings a wealth of experience and his business acumen will ensure that Shannon RFC will continue to lead the way both on and off the field.
His progression to Chairman is probably the model of how committee structures work in the club.
A Native of Co. Leitrim, Limerick has been his place of work for a considerable time and his involvement with Shannon began 20 years ago when his sons began playing with the club.
He progressed through the ranks and became Chairman of Underage and has held the role of Executive Officer prior to his accession to Club Chairman. His primary duties for the last number of years have been the development of the Clubs successful corporate functions and other much needed methods of fundraising, a task for which the club are much the better for.
Jacks previous role as executive officer were taken over by another long standing committee member Pat Downey.
Treasurer Neil Oâ00Carroll reported on the clubs finances and explained to the members about the ongoing developments in Coonagh and Thomond Park. As usual the Treasurers report was comprehensive and left the members in no doubt regarding the continuing difficulties clubs in general have in maintaining financial stability. Shannon RFC, however are very fortunate to have such a committed and dedicated man in Neil Oâ00Carroll to oversee probably the most difficult job on the club.
Thereâ00s no doubt that there are difficult times ahead, but Shannon couldnâ00t be in more capable hands.
Congratulations were also offered to Club members, Gerry Oâ00Loughlin and Tony Wallace both of whom served in their highest respective offices in the Munster Branch. Tony was President of the Munster Association of Referees while Gerry served as president of the Munster Branch in another historic year for Team Munster. Once again a strong Shannon contingent played their part in that wonderful Heineken Cup victory and again congratulations were offered to all those involved as well as Trevor Hogan who won the Magners League with Leinster.
The Full election of Officers was as follows; President; Liam Costello. Vice President; Martin Clancy. Junior Vice President; Pat Oâ00Connor. Chairman; Jack Keane. Hon Secretary; Tadgh Crowe. Hon. Asst. Secretary; Ger Mc Closkey. Treasurer; Neil Oâ00Carroll. Asst. Treasurer; Tim Oâ00Donoughe. Executive Officer; Pat Downey. PRO; Andrew Mc Namara. Fixtures Secretary; Gerry Ryan.
The first event of the 2008/09 season has begun. Tag Rugby takes place every Tuesday evening at 7:30 at the Dragonâ00s Den All Weather Pitch at The Intermediate School. It is open to both men and women and all are welcome.
OLD CRESCENT RFC
Pat Rickard PRO
The club AGM was held recently at the clubhouse in Rosbrien. The following people were elected as officers for the 2008/9 season.
President: Glen Quin
Senior Vice President : Niall Sheehy
Hon Secretary: Dale Harrow
Hon Treasurer: Eddie Duffy
Registrar/ Assistant Secretary: Pat Rickard
Hon Fixtures Secretary: Pat Reddan
Munster Branch Rep: Brian Nolan
Media Officer : Frank Larkin
Club Captain : Phil Glamazina
Management Committee Members:
The latest Car Draw took place before the meeting and the winner of the car was Vincent Ireton.
Rock of Cashel visits Club
Due to the good offices of John Kennedy, M.D., Toyota, Clonmel, we had the privilege of chatting with Munster and Ireland star, Denis Leamy, when he visited the club for a Q & A session on Saturday 17th May. Some of us were still recovering from the excesses of our Annual Captainsâ00 Dinner the previous evening but we still had a very enjoyable time with Denis. Only a week before his critical Heineken Cup final date with Tououse, this thorough gentleman from Cashel handled an array of questions from the floor
Clonmelâ00s New Internationals
Congratulations to our new Irish internationals, Niamh Briggs and Kate Oâ00Loughlin, who added to their caps when they represented Ireland at the European Championships held in Holland recently. Both of them got among the tries against France, Niamh scoring two and Kate claiming one. Ireland finished third in the competition. Congrats, Ladies!
Weâ00re ready to go again with the biggest and most enjoyable social event in these parts! The Tag Rugby Festival kicks off on Thursday 5th June and runs for six Thursdays. We again have 56 teams going to the start line but this year sees a change in format, with 16 teams going into an â00A Groupâ0 and the other 40 teams going into a more socially-oriented â00B Groupâ0. As ever, apart from the rugby, we have barbecues and discos lined up every night and we will also have live music, including a â00rockâ0 band and a Joe Dolan tribute night. Donâ00t miss the craic. Reminder â00 the tournament this year is strictly over-18
100 Club Draw
Our 100 Club was such a success that it was actually over-subscribed and we ended up with 116 members. This was explained to the attendance at the 100 Club draw for international tickets before the draw actually took place. Denis Leamy drew the winning ball and the lucky winner of two home 6 Nations tickets for the next five seasons is Mick McCarthy, whose son Paul plays on our 1st XV. Well done, Mick.
Our bi-annual Golf Classic takes place at Clonmel GC on Friday 4th July. Paul Garrett, Paddy Fitzgerald and Joe Flynn are the main men here and we hope we will get all our usual teams from all over the country to support us again. Itâ00s rumoured that some of the Munster players might appear. Hope to see you all on 4th July. Team entry is â0¬200. A hole can be sponsored for â0¬100 while a team / hole can be had for â0¬250
Well Done Munster
Theyâ00ve done it again. What a team. They deserve our heartiest congratulations. Good Luck also to Declan Kidney who now moves onto the Irish stage while we say goodbye to Jim Williams who returns to Australia.
Profile- Ian Cooke
Ian Cooke took over the onerous task of Club Chairman a couple of years ago and has handled the job, in a very busy time, in a masterly fashion. Being Chairman means keeping lots of balls in the air, being aware of political situations, keeping the show on the road, listening to all views and ensuring that decisions are made in a timely manner. Ian has mastered the job to the point where he will have a job in vacating the seat! He has also come to realise that the job can be all-consuming if itâ00s not kept in perspective, so we allow him home to his family and to his day job now and again! Well done, Ian.
Our club Lotto draw is running for many years now and is proving resilient in still being a major fundraiser for us. Draws take place every two weeks on a Friday night. Please support our draws by buying a (â0¬2) ticket. You can also buy an annual ticket â00 contact Paul Garrett.
No winner of last weeks Lotto Jackpot. Winning numbers were 14, 16, 17, 22. Jackpot now â0¬2400 in Clonmel RFC-AGM on Friday 2nd May.
BANDON RFC AGM
The Annual General Meeting of Bandon Rugby Club was held in the Clubhouse in Oldchapel at 9pm on Wednesday 28th May.
The meeting saw the very popular outgoing president John "Doc" O'Driscoll thank Robert Quin for honoring him with the presidency for the 125th celebrations and during his report he thanked the hardworking committee and paid tribute to the endeavors of all concerned at all levels Juvenile & Adult in driving the club forward over the last 12 months. He outlined the hard work to all the members present that goes in to the efficient running of the club and concluded by nominating Robert Quin as this years President which was seconded and unopposed.
The various reports from the Captains, House Bar Grounds & Social officer were presented along with Juvenile & Rugby Officers and all in all reported on a successful year with plenty of improvements both on and off the field to be complimented.
The new committee was then elected and are as follows;
President: Robert Quin
Vice-President: Tom Hickey
Chairman: Dermot Oâ00Leary
Hon. Sec: Gerard Oâ00Flynn
Asst. Sec. & Registrar: Willie Driscoll
Treasurer: Conor Nyhan
Asst. Treasurer: Damien Healy
Fixtures Sec: Dick Walsh
Club Captain: Colm Hurley
Vice Captain: Colin Oâ00Mahoney
J2 Captain: TBC
J3 Captain: Ralph Holmes
House Officer: John Oâ00Driscoll
Bar Officer: Patrick Oâ00Shea
Social Officer: Shay Graham
Grounds Officer: Liam Ryan
PRO: Shay Graham
Match Day Official: Michael Corcoran
Youth Officers: Gary McCormick & Tom Davis
Chairman Rugby Committee: Reggie Roycroft
Hon Medical officer: Mary Roycroft
Auditor: Andrew O'Donnell
Coach: Ricky O'Sullivan
Committee Member: Niall Oâ00Driscoll
Committee Member: Mick Calnan
Committee Member: James Neville
Committee Member: Peter Apelbe
Committee Member: John Nyhan
Ex-Officio: John â00Docâ0 Oâ00Driscoll
All news details and events can be found on our website @ http://www.bandonrfc.com/ along with applications for new membership and standing order forms.
Our Function room and facilities are also available for corporate bookings BBQ's Teambuilding and many other uses in conjunction with rebel corporate http://www.rebelcorporate.com/ and of course our new all weather pitch can be booked by contacting Tom Davis on 086 1250989.
PRO & Social Officer 08/09