Munster Branch AGM
3rd June 2005 By Munster Rugby
Old Crescent s Finest Assumes Munster Branch Presidency
New Munster Branch President Ken Lyons was suitably proud on assuming the role at the Annual AGM of the Munster Branch on Thursday night. The Old Crescent stalwart was doubly proud in hosting the AGM in the impressive recently completed clubhouse at Rosbrien. Although the Heineken Cup continued to elude Munster for another season, the Celtic Cup was on display and took pride of place.
It was a night of celebration for some, with Frank Byford from Sunday s Well elected Honorary Secretary. However, there was a tinge of sadness, as Diarmuid B. Kelly retired from the role after 22 years of service in the position. Outgoing President Niall O Driscoll paid a special tribute to a man with a passion for rugby who has contributed a wealth of experience to the Munster Branch over the years and he made a presentation on behalf of the Munster Branch. Taking over the role, Frank Byford, known to many as the great statistician of Munster Rugby, was described by a fellow clubman the quiet man of rugby . He becomes only the fourth Honorary Secretary in the last 75 years, edging out Stan Waldron from Cork Constitution in the election for the position.
Involved in rugby for over 50 years, Ralph Murphy from Highfield takes on the role of Vice President of the Munster Branch, with Bob McConkey of Shannon elected Junior Vice President. Jim Riordan was re-elected as Honorary Treasurer, with John Hartery once more assuming the role of Chairman of Management Committee.
Relishing the challenge of what lies ahead, the new President, Ken Lyons, was particularly enthused about supporting the new Rugby Board, which is being set up to look after the interests of the professional game. He was also full of praise for various initiatives supported by his predecessor. In his review of the year, outgoing President Niall O Driscoll was particularly pleased with the success of the Munster Branch Roadshows held early in the season, and the huge popularity of organising schools groups to come to Celtic League matches. With plans afoot to develop the major grounds in the province, he said that it was a vibrant time in the province, and well geared for any challenge that may arise .
The Munster Supporter s Club was also singled out for special mention as it now boasts almost 3500 adult members and 700 Junior members. Some of the highlights of their season included organising pre-match events for both adult and young members, hosting a barbeque for players, meet and greet sessions with the players and developing their hugely popular newsletter Red Alert .
Munster Rugby 2005/6 Munster Branch Officers: President: Ken Lyons, Old Crescent RFC Vice President: JTR Murphy, Highfield RFC Hon. Treasurer: Jim Riordan, Old Crescent RFC Hon. Secretary: Frank Byford, Sunday s Well RFC Junior Vice President: Bob McConkey, Shannon RFC Immediate Past President: Niall O Driscoll, Bandon RFC
Club & Sub Committee Representatives: G. Malone, S. Clancy (Deputy), Bruff RFC; J. Downey, P. Mullen (Deputy), Clonakilty RFC; W. Morrissey, G. Barrett (Deputy), Cork Constitution FC; C. Fitzgerald, JV O Callaghan (Deputy), Dolphin RFC; J. Gibson, P. Chesser (Deputy), Garryowen FC; M. Carroll, P. Scott (Deputy), Highfield RFC; D. Kelleher, N. McCarthy (Deputy), Midleton RFC; B. Nolan, P. Reddan (Deputy), Old Crescent RFC; B. Keating, N. Comyn (Deputy), G. O’ Loughlin, Shannon RFC, Sunday s Well RFC; J. Hartery, J. Fitzgerald (Deputy), Thomond RFC; D. Keohane, L. Martin (Deputy), UCC RFC; M. O Sullivan, W. Hurley (Deputy), UL Bohemian RFC; M. Keller, J. Drohan (Deputy), Waterpark RFC; G. Quaid, B. Collopy (Deputy), Young Munster RFC; B. O Brien, P. Griffin (Deputy), J. King, E. O Grady (Deputy), Junior Clubs North; J. O Brien, M. Keane (Deputy), M. Walsh, J. Barry (Deputy), Junior Clubs South; A. O Donoghue, E. Tobin (Deputy), Munster Association of Referees; D. Kelly, N. O Keeffe (Deputy), Youth Committee; G. Slattery, D. Philpott (Deputy), Schools Committee Management Committee Chairman: John Hartery, Thomond RFC