The 60th A.G.M. of Naomh Fionnbarra G.F.C. was held in Dillonstown School on Monday 23rd November at 8pm. The meeting was well attended from all levels of the club. Colm Markey the outgoing Chairman thanked all those who helped the club throughout the year in all aspects of the club including players, supporters, mentors, committee members and anyone who volunteered their time towards club activity. He also thanked anyone who provided sponsorship to the club over the course of the year including main club sponsors Oxigen Environmental and O'Neills Bakery and other businesses who have sponsored pitch signage. Thomas McQuillan and Nicola Connor gave detailed secretary and treasurer reports. The Juvenile report read by Chairman Brendan Healy highlighted a great year for the club while Martin McQuillan and Joe O'Reilly provided updates in relation to Develiopment and Finance. Items such as Club Membership, Fundraising, Adult & Juvenile Football, Finances and Club Development were discussed on the Agenda.
The 2017 year was successful both on and off the field. The Intermediate team did not win any silverware but had a fairly successful year as they reached the Semi Final of the Championship losing out to eventual winners O'Connells and finished 3rd in Division 2 losing out in the Division 1/2 play off semi final to Hunterstown Rovers. The adult men's teams will play in the Intermediate Championship, in the Division 2 League, in the Paddy Sheelan Cup and in the Division 4 League in 2017. Well done to William Woods who was named Louth Junior Player of the Year and Hugh Osborne who was named Louth U-21 Player of the Year. Thanks to team manager Paddy White, selectors Gerry Leonard & Vincent Osborne, fitness trainer Ciaran McArdle, team physio Ferdia McKeown, kit man Gerry Sheridan, Angela O'Neill who looks after the laundry, those who acted as gatemen, umpires, linesmen, all members of the Senior Committee who worked hard during the year and all supporters of the Club.
The juvenile section of the club catered for age groups from U-7 to U-18. Every Thursday evening throughout the year John Markey Park in Ballygassan was full of young players practising their gaelic football skills. 2017 was quite a progressive year as all players developed their potential further. The main highlights of the year on the field included capturing the U-12 Division 3 League and the U-13 Division 3A League and being Runners Up in the; U-16 "B" Championship. Clearly, there is great potential amongst many of the players within jevenile section and hopefully they can progress in the coming years. Thanks to club Chairman Brendan Healy, secretary Eileen Murray, all of the Committee and all juvenile mentors for their hard work during the year.
The Ladies team had mixed success throughout the year as they competed in the Intermediate League and Championship. Well done to all ladies/girls who represented the club during the year.
Colm McCullough represented the club as a referree for the third year.
The club would also like to congratulate all of our playing members who represented Louth with pride at county level in various age groups from juvenile to the Junior team.
The club would also like to congratulate St. Annes camogie club on the progress that they made this year.
Off the field significant milestones were reached with the second phase of development of the new training field at John Markey Park as the field was drained, levelled, sowed and new flood lights erected. This field should be available for use in the middle of 2018. The conclusion of the upgrade work around the existing field which included the walking/running track, upgraded training lights also took place. The continuation of the "Club Barrs 2015-2017" membership scheme and the successful Mike Denver Country Night event which was the club's main fundraiser for the year. The club are especially grateful to the Fundraising & Development Committees. Thanks must also go all volunteers, Lotto collectors, sponsors, donors and any other benefactors who have helped us throughout the year in these areas. Thanks to Greenblades for cutting the grass on the pitch and to the Tús scheme workers who have helped out during the year.
For the upcoming 2018 year the following Club Executive Committee was elected:
Pesident: Tom Connor
Honorary Presidents: Oliver Morgan, Andy Callaghan, Eugene Shevlin, Pat Hand, Jimmy Hand
Chairman: Colm Markey
Vice Chairman: TBC
Secretary: Thomas McQuillan
Assistant Secretary: TBC
Treasurer: Nicola Connor
Assistant Treasurer: TBC
PRO: Nicholas Butterly
County Board Delegate: Thomas McQuillan
Insurance Officer: Thomas McQuillan
H & S Officer: Brendan Healy
Language & Cultural Officer: TBC
Adult Committee Reps: TBC
Juvenile Reps: TBC
Development Reps: Joseph O'Reilly & Martin McCreesh
Fundraising Reps: Martin McQuillan & Peter Callan
Ladies Reps: Maria Butterly & Ashley Callaghan
St. Anne's Reps: Una Carragher & Mary Connor
The Senior Committee was also elected: Hugh McGrane, Mairtín Murphy, Frank Reynolds, Martin McQuillan, Bryan Sharkey, John Doyle, Gary Connor, William Woods, Colm McCullough & Peter Callan.
Intermediate Team Manager: Paddy White with selectors to be confirmed
Treasurer: David Keane
Coaching Officer: Seamus Cosgrove
Childrens Health & Wellbeing Officer: TBC
Membership rates for 2016 will be as follows: Adults €50, Children €40, Social €30 and Family Membership (2 Adults & 2 Children) €130.
The first Adult Club Committee meeting will be held on Monday 27th November and the first Executive Committe Meeting will be held on Monday 4th December.
The whole club would like to express our sincere condolences to the families of those who died in the parish or who were connected to the club in any way throughout the past year.
The club are hoping to build on the significant progress made in 2017 and are looking forward to a successful 2018 both on and off the field.