Club hosts first ever Virtual AGM

The AGM of Kilmacabea GAA Club took place last Friday night, 8th January 2021 via Zoom. Chairman Dan Hourihane welcomed everyone to the meeting and stated that due to the current circumstances a normal AGM could not take place but that by using current technology everyone that was able to attend in the comfort of their own homes. Dan continued and thanked his fellow officers who without them, the meeting possible would not have taken place. Dan then also thanked Barry Glavin who acted as Co-Ordinator on the night.

The minutes of the 2019 AGM were read and adopted and Secretary Narelle Jennings then gave a detailed account of the past year, and despite the truncated season the highlight was certainly the Junior A’s winning the West Cork title and also the U12’s superb league win. Narelle thanked all her fellow officers for helping her through a difficult first year as secretary and paid tribute to her predecessor Derry O Callaghan for all his help throughout the year. Dan commented that the past year was extremely tough for everyone but gave special mention to the Calnan family, Glandore on the tragic passing of their daughter Sinead. He mentioned that it was like a hammer blow for the whole community and her funeral showed just how loved she was. He then mentioned the Junior’s great victory in the Championship and paid tribute to the special spirit shown in the win over Caheragh in the semi final.  Also the live streaming of games brought a new dimension to the coverage of our games and many thanks go to everyone involved in making that happen. He has noted that Damien Gore once again represented his club and family with pride, especially with his involvement in Cork’s great victory over Kerry in the Munster Championship.

Treasurer Jennifer Sweetnam then gave a detailed account of the club finances and stated that despite the hit to the club’s income due to the pandemic, the club was still in very good financial health going into the future. Comments were made that the new gym facility was a credit to the club and huge thanks must go to James O Donovan who helped to get the whole project over the line.

All outgoing officers were re-elected unopposed for the coming year with the except of the following:

Vice President – Fr Terry O Brien

Registrar – John O Donovan (West Quay)

West Cork Board Reps – Johnny O Sullivan

Coaching Officer – Des Murphy

Michael Tobin then gave a report on the underage activities during the year. He thanked all those that helped to get all teams out onto the training pitch. He noted it was great to see the older players in the club giving a huge help to train younger players, and also praised all those who volunteered to act as COVID officers and noted that they were very diligent and through in carrying out their duties.

A number of issues, such as Team Management, Membership and Competition entry were not finalised at the AGM and will be confirmed in the near future.

There was a lively debate on the new Rebel Bounty draw that is replacing the old County Board Draw. A lot of discussion ensued and it was decided that a future meeting would be needed to discuss the issue in greater depth.

Dan Hourihane closed the meeting and thanked all who attended a very successful first AGM via Zoom.

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