Sympathy: Dromard GAA Club extends its sympathy to the Brady family, Edenmore, on the death of Bridie Brady, to the family of Vera Connolly, Moyne, who passed away on Friday last and to the Finnegan family, Castlepoles, Arva, on the death of Eileen Finnegan. The Club offers its condolences to the extended Duffy family on the sad passing of Jimmy Duffy, Moyne. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a ainmneacha.
Happy New Year: Dromard GAA would like to wish all our players, members and supporters a very happy new year. Athbhliain faoi shéan is faoi mhaise daoibh.
O'Byrne Cup: Well done to the Longford Senior Footballers on their win over Louth in Darver on Saturday in the first game of the 2018 season. Dromard's Ronan McEntire lined out at midfield for Longford. Best of luck to Denis Connerton, Enda Macken and all the Longford backroom team and players as they commence the new season.
Dromard AGM: The AGM of Dromard GAA took place on Saturday December 23rd in the Clubhouse. The meeting was well attended and saw the Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer provide a comprehensive account of the Club's activities in 2017. Outgoing Secretary James Mimnagh gave an overview of the on-field activities in 2017. He outlined the senior team's good performances in the Championship along with the need for an improved league showing. The efforts to revive the club's second squad were noted, with further progress needed in 2018 to ensure all fixtures are fulfilled. Chairman Michael Reilly reviewed all club activities in 2017. He thanked everyone in the community who supported the club during the year, especially those who renewed their membership to the Club's Monthly Members Draw. This is now the Club's primary source of income and is essential to meeting the significant running cost of running the Club, maintaining its facilities and providing the services which are enjoyed by the whole community. The Chair thanked senior manager Sean Hagan and his selectors and backroom team for their commitment in 2017, and confirmed that they will remain in charge for the 2018 season. On behalf of the Club, the Chairman offered his sympathy to the families of the bereaved in 2017. Treasurer Áine Vance gave a presentation on the Club's financial position in 2017. Lastly, the meeting turned to the election of Club Officers for 2018. Outgoing Secretary James Mimnagh and Treasurer Aine Vance were not seeking re-election. The Chairman thanked both for all their work for the Club during their terms in office and expressed the hope that James and Aine will take up positions on the Executive again in the future. The AGM saw the following Club Officers appointed for 2018. Chairman: Michael Reilly. Vice Chairman: Stephen Reilly. Secretary: Gerry Sheridan. Assistant Secretary: tbc. Treasurer: Dermot Reilly. Assistant Treasurers: Aine Vance and John Joe Donohoe. PRO: Thomas Conefrey. Assistant PROs: Thomas Donohoe and Kevin Hourican. Children's officer: Susan Murphy, Cultural Officer: tbc. Coaching Officers: Paul McEntire and Paul Hourican. County Board Delegates: Gerry Mimnagh, other delegates tbc.
Monthly Draw Winners: Congratulations to the following winners of the Monthly Members Draw for December. The Draw took place at the AGM on December 23rd. The €500 prize went to John Carragher. €100 each went to the following: Eugene McNaboe, Jamie Lee, Faye and Ava Reilly, James Martin and Siobhan and Nicky O'Hara.
Midland League Shield Final: Congratulations to senior player and outgoing Club Secretary James Mimnagh who lined out on the Longford RFC team who defeated Edenderry on Saturday last in the Midland League Final. Longford defeated Edenderry on a scoreline of 23-20.
Dromard Ladies Club Notes
Welcome to 2018: Dromard Ladies Club wish all their players,bparents and supporters a happy and prosperous New Year and would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that helped in any way to make 2017 a season to remember.bThe trick now is to try and repeat the successes of 2017 in 2018.bAs you all know by now we have a new chairperson going forward this year,bso welcome aboard Brid Mimnagh. I am sure you will give her every help so don't be shy in volunteering your help in any way you can. A simple offer like 'I will wash the tops after matches' means a whole lot so don't consider any job too small as all these offers make for the smooth running of any club. The most important thing is to let her know asap what you are prepared to do, so that she is able to sit down with the committee and put plans into practice for the start of the new season. The old maxim 'Fail to prepare then prepare to fail ' always rings true.
Fuel Draw: Can everybody return their tickets and money to Bernie or to Moyne Stores by the end of the week. If this is not possible please leave them into the clubhouse before Mass on Sunday 7th so that we are able to make the Draw on time at 12:30pm. If you have not bought your tickets yet there are still a few available in the shops so don't miss out on the chance to win one of 6 excellent prizes and Good Luck to everyone.
Birthday Greetings: A busy time for celebrations for Shauna O'Reilly from our Senior Panel, Aoife Brady and Clodagh Duffy from our Minor Panel, Alyssa McErlean from our U/14s and last but definitely not least Erin Kearney who will be 8 years old on Saturday. Have a really lovely time from all your teammates in Dromard.