John Coughlan


Secretary's report for AGM   07/02/2017

Secretaries Report – AGM


On behalf of the executive committee I would like to welcome you all here tonight to our annual general meeting. Your attendance this evening signifies your interest in our club and your interest in its continued development. We need more volunteers to help our club progress not only on the field of play in terms of coaching and mentoring but also by helping with tasks such as fundraising.


In 2016 we fielded boy’s teams at U8 and U13 grades while also running an underage academy catering for children 5-8 years. Great credit has to go to Chris Redmond, Jason Carroll, Ray McHale, Ben Dunne, Anthony Kelly and Liam Kelly whose work has set down a good foundation for the club moving on into 2017. This season we can field teams are U8, U10 (two teams) and U14 grades.


Special mention too to Robyn Whelan and Aislinn Somers who help out with our boy’s academy.


Our girls section fielded teams at U11, U13, U16 and minor grades in 2016. The U11 girls improved no end during the course of the season with the players showing great dedication to training and will be a team to watch in 2017. The U13 team had great success winning a Feile title following a close hard fought final with St Finians of Swords. The girls finished their season off capturing a U13 shield final win with a comprehensive win over Croi Ro Naofa. Our U16 girls enjoyed more success capping another successful year off with their second U16 championship title in a row. The players and their management team put in an unreal amount of hard work and subsequently got their just rewards. Our minor girls had another good season winning the league and losing out in the championship final to a very strong (and tall) Scoil Uí Chonaill side. The experience gained in 2016 will stand to the girls for the coming season ahead.


I want to thank all our coaches who worked so hard over the 2016 season Patricia Monahan, Amy O’Driscoll, Jessie Lynch, Jemma Lynch, Britney Maher, Louise Whelan, Aoife Dillon, Glen Archbold and Debbie Whelan. Special mention to Liam Kelly and Patricia Monahan who coordinate our juvenile section their commitment to the club is outstanding.


I have to mention the G4G promotional video produced by the LGFA in Croke Park which featured our juvenile girls and mentors. What a wonderful opportunity to showcase our club last time I checked the video had been viewed 13, 327 times on the LGFA Facebook page alone.


I have to give a mention to the St Eithnes girl’s school team who reached the Fingal final in Parnell Park only to lose out in the end to a strong Greenlane’s side. The team was coached by Shauna Manning and Amy O’Driscoll with the majority of the girls St Monica’s players.


Janet Lynch principal of St Eithnes and all her staff continue to give great promotion of our club within the school to which we are extremley thankful.


Our AFL 4 team had a good season just narrowly missing out on the play-offs their improvement over the course of the season was a testament to the lad’s hard work. A number of the younger players really stepped up to the mark which can only bode well for the 2017 season.  The team is without question going through a transition period making the coming season an interesting one for all concerned. It’s great to see a number of former players returning to our club this season and I wish them all the very best for the year ahead.


The AFL 10 team did really well again just missing out on the league final with a number of the lads giving outstanding performances over the course of the season.  Our AFL 10 team is our development squad providing players with an opportunity to play adult football and giving them valuable experience before making the move up into first team football.


I would like to thank our GAA management team of Vincent Murphy, Pat Finn, Rory Quinn, Tom Clancy and Dean Rooney.


What can I say about our adult ladies team although there were a few bumps in the road at the start of the year the girls responded well and got their just rewards by becoming champions of Dublin. In my opinion what eventually won the championship for the girls was their team work from 1-30 everybody played their role. Anyone who attend the final out in Fingallians (and there was huge club support that night) witnessed one of the finest performances from any St Monica’s team and the resilience shown by the girls to come back from being four points down with 20 minutes gone on the clock to go on to win by five was simply unbelievable.


In December Sorcha O’Kelly, Jessie Lynch and Lisa Breheny were honoured by being chosen to play on the Junior Dub Stars team a fitting ending to what was a brilliant season for St Monica’s Ladies team.


I would like to thank all the players, mentors, parents and supporters for their true dedication and commitment to our brilliant club – St Monica’s. I would especially like to thank our mentors for their outstanding work; our club continues to grow because of your dedication to promoting Gaelic games in Edenmore. Well done also to all our mentors who took part in the Code of Ethics workshop back in January 2016 and the coaching course organise by Harry Cavanagh.


We need to now build on from what was achieved in 2016 and strive to achieve even greater success in 2017.


In the coming weeks we hope to organise our own coaching course with the aim of educating all our team mentors further. Coach education not only improves the quality of our club training sessions but is giving our players the opportunity to be the best they can be and in turn our club will continue to excel on the field of play.


In 2016 we were able to send a coach into St Malachy’s school this was a vital step for the boys juvenile section which was struggling to maintain numbers. The benefit of having a coach in the school can be seen already as we are able to field teams at U8 and U10 grades this season in a two team group. I would like to thank Grainne Roche for her support of our coaching programme.


We have talked at previous AGM’s about improving the facilities in and around our club house in 2017 some of these upgrading tasks will be completed. Our club is very close to drawing down national lotto funds previously promised to us for the purpose of upgrading our facilities. Priority will be given to the upgrading of the dressing rooms, the installing of a lift and the replacement of the windows at the front of the club house.


Like all government funding red tape can hinder and delay your plans but I am confident that the end line is very close for us making 2017 a year to really put St Monica’s on the map within our community.


I am extremely honoured to mention the continued influence our small but proud club has on the Inter County scene.


Megan Colman has been chosen to represent the club on the Dublin U16 panel in 2017 while Kieron Curley Howard continues to excel on the Dublin U14 development squad. Chloe Kelly is currently a member of the 60 strong Dublin U14 panel while Maria Lidia Flores represented St Monica’s on the Dublin U12 development squad panel in 2016 with Megan Colman and Denise Manning on the U15 Squad.


The cost of running a GAA club continues to increase each year our club pays approx. €36,000 out to the GAA and LGFA for affiliation fees, registration fees, player injury insurance and public liability insurance. This as you can imagine is a huge amount to try and sustain each year for a small club like ourselves.


It is therefore vital that all members’ juvenile and adult; male and female pay their membership to the club. We have no problem in taking payment in instalments but everyone has to pay their share. If you joined a gym or a golf club you have to pay membership being part of our GAA club is no different.


Fundraising this year will be one of our main priorities as we try to elevate the pressure on our club funds. One of our long time fund raising ventures is our club lotto however I’m saddened to report that sales amongst player membership especially is nearly non-existent.  Tickets are €2 for one panel and €5 for three. I would urge all members to support our lotto more in 2017.


We have an opportunity to sell lotto tickets in Centra however we need volunteers to make this happen any club member with a hour to spare and would be willing to lend a hand please let me know. Likewise anyone willing to get involved on a fund raising committee just let me know.


I would like to thank Carol Monahan for the tremendous work she does in organising the lotto on a weekly basis. There is a lot more work involved behind the scene that people realise and at the end of the day the club is the real winner here especially if we can help improve our lotto sales.


Carol has taken the decision to step down from our executive committee this year I would like to acknowledge and thank Carol for all her work over the years in her role as club registrar.


A special mention of thanks to Diarmuid McHugh for his support of our club in 2016 McHugh’s Centra came on board as our adult team(s) club sponsor this was a huge bonus for the club and one that we which to improve on going forward.

I would also like to thank Ali’s Lido and Mark Barbers for their sponsorship of our girls and boys Feile teams in 2016. Their sponsored insured that our players looked the part on and off the field of play.


I would like to acknowledge the contribution and support to our club that is made by our golf society and pool team. I wish both all the very best for the year ahead.


I wish to thank all our 2016 committee members for their enthusiasm and dedication namely Paul Dillon, Anthony Kelly, Tom Clancy, Carol Monahan, Harry Cavanagh, Amy O’Driscoll, Patricia Monahan, JJ Brennan, John Coughlan, Suzanne Farrelly, Chris Redmond, Emma Lynch and Mark Lyons.


I would also like to Eamonn Murphy for his commitment and dedication ensuring that our club house is organised and ran to a very high standard. A big thank you to Patsy, Carmel, Kevin and Carol who volunteer weekly to come in and clean the clubhouse basically given the place that extra touch. Thanks also to Tommy who helps out with the cleaning and maintenance around the building and grounds. Thanks also to everyone who helps out behind the bar your commitment is appreciated by us all.


Finally I would also like to thank St Monica’s youth centre for their continued support of our club and for allowing us the use of the hall to train our juvenile players and academy without this facility we would be lost.


St Monica’s GAA club is at the heart of our community and we are very proud of its long standing position in our parish.


I look forward to working with you all in 2017 and am excited as to the ongoing progress of our very proud club.


Is Míse,

Pilib Ó Ceallaigh,

An Runaí.