Ian O’Leary – PRESIDENT chaired the meeting which was attended by 54 members all of whom signed the register of attendees which is appended to these minutes
ITEM 1. Apologies :
Don O’Riordan , Landy Hill , Mark O’Sullivan , Garry Duffy , Ralph Keyes , Hugh Foley , Colm Murphy , Michael O’Gorman , Kenny Murphy , Dan O’Connell and Niall Murray .
ITEM 2. Deceased members :
A minutes silence was observed in honour of those members who passed away since the last AGM .
ITEM 3. Minutes :
The minutes of the AGM of last year , having been online for the last two weeks as is now the custom , were approved by the meeting and signed by the President .
ITEM 4. Honorary Secretary’s Report :
In the 11 and a half months since the last AGM , the Executive has met on 20 occasions which comfortably exceeds the one per month as stipulated by the club rules . Without exception , each and every committee Chairman and the constituent members have been of courteous assistance in every way at the Executive or in subsequent dealings . I would like to acknowledge the absolutely invaluable assistance that our club Secretary has been . Fiona Burke is unfailingly helpful and a veritable mine of information in relation to the club or the Branch . Many thanks .
As you all know , Brian Humphries is stepping down from his role as Chairman of the Management committee . Under Brians stewardship and in difficult times , the club has flourished and thrived in the face of economic hardship . It is in no small way , that due to the hard work of his committee and his enthusiasm that the obstacles were overcome and we are so well placed looking to the future . My thanks to Brian for his guidance , in particular , in my early days as Hon. Sec..
To Ian O’Leary , (1) my thanks for his kind invitation to be club secretary . I hope his trust in me was well founded and (2) my gratitude for a thoroughly enjoyable year . Throughout the year Ian proved a resourceful and insightful President through items such as the Bateman cup and the club International and was always willing to take calls or offer advice . Now Ian will have time to relax and play golf and wind down after a tough three year stint .
Finally , to Colin Kilbride , an absolute gentleman and true friend – I will be forever grateful for your unstinting courtesy and willingness to divulge the vast repertoire of rugby administration you have accumulated . Enjoy your retirement – for the present . I wish the club all the best for the coming season ,I look forward to working with my other club Officers and wish Peter O’Leary and Michael Daly well .
ITEM 5. Club Captains Report :
Gerry told the meeting that we had a great start to the season by beating Bohs . Ballinahinch and Lansdowne and continued this into the Munster cup which we retained by beating Garryowen in the final .Tough inconsistent through the year , we finished strongly with the retention of he Bateman cup against UCD and showed that , on our day , we can beat any side .
This will allow the confidence to bring a consistency to next setason for players which will please Tom Mulcahy , Mick O’Driscoll and Terry Dillon who did such a wonderful job this season . Also to Jerry Murray , Tom Kiernan , Anthony Horgan and Ian Mitchell my gratitude for the support you all gave the Senior squad even in difficult times . To Jerry Holland , Ian Doyle and Matt Kearney , Kenny Murphy , Dr. Tom Cahill , Brian fox and Alan Keane , my thanks also , for administration , logistics and keeping us all in one piece medically on the field . Ian O’Leary was hugely supportive and e ngaged with the team at all opportunities . Best of luck to Peter O’Leary as incoming . Good luck too, to Brian Walsh and Micko on their appointment to the senior Munster coaching ticket – well deserved . Congratulations to the u/20 team on winning the Fraser McMullen trophy and to Max Abbott , Rory Burke , Daragh Moloney and Ryan Foley on their participation in the u/20 World cup.
Thank you to all in CCFC for the appointment to Captain such a prestigious club . I have enjoyed it immensely .
ITEM 6. Statement of accounts and Hon. Treasurers report :
The Hon. Treasurer , Jim Murphy , presented his accounts for the year to the meeting . Afterwards , he took questions from the floor regarding same . The accounts are not available online but , on appointment with the Hon. Treasurer , any member who has a fully paid up subscription may view same. A full financial statement is attached to the hard copy of the minutes .
ITEM 7. Presidents Address :
The President , Ian O’Leary began by thanking Finian O’Driscoll for the opportunity to be President of such a prestigious club and acknowledged that the support and structures in CCFC made the job that bit easier . It was a challenge but a wonderful experience . Apologies for no trophies . Financially , the club received income from gate monies , sponsorship , AIL assistance , and the club programme in difficult economic times . We also garnered income from the hire of our facilities , parties , etc. which are available in a beautiful premises , good location and with good food and service .
In the current climate , there are huge issues with the game divided between the amateur and professional games . Within our orbit , the obvious benefit accruing to Dublin clubs in 1A are the Friday night derby games and resultant financial windfalls . This is in some way due to the IRFU/Leinster getting their own way and keeping the clubs at heel with no professional involvement . The recently published sustainability report ensures that there are no real costs to the game ie. IRFU .
We are well positioned too in terms of our people – with Greg Barrett at the IRFU , Bertie Smith as incoming Munster President , Brian Humphries as Chairman of the Senior clubs group , Padraig Higgins in finance at the South Munster branch and the senior Munster coaching ticket of Mick O’Driscoll , Brian Walsh , Garrett FitzGerald . John Kelly is Chairman of the professional game committee .
Our current sponsors , Kearys , are staying with us for another year but we will lose Euromedic after the generous 3 years . Our thanks and appreciation for their contribution . Into the future , we are currently exploring new option which may become open to the club .
My thanks to Jerry Holland (Rugby), Ray Clarke (financial projects) , Peter and Dermot O’Leary and Peter O’Sullivan (bar) , Michaels Daly and Boland (H+G) , Don O’Riordan and Rose Dunne (membership) , Frank O’Connor , Don O’Riordan and Ross O’Dowling (lunches) , our Toastmaster Tony Roche , Pat Twomey (ezine) , Clodagh and Erica O’Sullivan (shop) , Der O’Riordan and Pat Moynihan ( website ) Finian O’Driscoll (sponsorship) , Kevin Fielding (juveniles) , Aidan McNamara , Hugh Foley and Kevin Flanagan (youths) , Jim Murphy and Pat Twomey (finance and ticketmaster) , John O’Mahony (secretary) our office manager Fiona Burke and our trustees Gary Horgan , Landy Hill , Tom Kiernan and Noel Murphy .
A special mention for Brian Humphries . It was a second term for Brian . First as President, then as chairman of the Management committee . A quick thinker and a massive support - as a successful businessman his contribution was immeasurable . In his role of chairman of the Senior clubs, CCFC are the envy of many others . Joanne , will now get to spend some time with him !
Brian is to be replaced by Michael Daly . A proven quantity and a remarkably efficient operator , Michael was the project manager on the new club house so his value is evident . An astute doer , I wish him well .
Highs and lows : Bruce Springsteen-BBQ – volunteerism : Saturday morning coffee-now a social event : Viber- the value of the ladies in the club and a new departure : Der- Sunday night debriefings : Valentines night- Gerald Kean and Lisa : Dolphinx2 : President and Captains dinner –with the Munster senior cup : the tornado – blew the roof off the dressing rooms : u/20’s- Fraser McMullen win : Rory , Max , Daragh , Ryan , Mossy and Tomas – represented their country : Pat “Crash” – Miracle recovery : Rea Kennedy – leaving Mothercare .
Tom Cahill – loss of Fiona : Brian Wayne – RIP : Kenny Murphy – a “special one” : Jack Kyle and the 16 year old lady on the boat : Sean Kelly – opening Croke park : the Bateman cup – Gerry Hurley and all the players .
Finally , to Peter my best wishes for the year . With Peter Good and Jerry Holland to follow , that will take us to our 125th . The club is in a good place and I am proud to be on the board in such august company .
My thanks to my wife Jane and my family and to all members for a wonderful year .
ITEM 8. Club Appointments :
|Position||Candidate||Proposed by||Seconded by|
|President||Peter O’Leary||Ian O’Leary||Greg Barrett|
|Senior Deputy||Peter Good||Peter O’Leary||Finian O’Driscoll|
|Junior Deputy||Jerry Holland||Peter Good||Pat O’Keeffe|
|Hon. Treasurer||Jim Murphy||Ian O’Leary||Peter O’Leary|
|Hon. Secretary||John O’Mahony||Jim Murphy||Paul Derham|
|Chair.of Manag||Michael Daly||Brian Humphries||Brian Ludgate|
|Vice President||Kevin Fielding||Peter Good||Pat Twomey|
|Hugh Foley||Ian O’Leary||Peter O’Leary|
|Rea Kennedy||Peter O’Leary||Brian Humphries|
|Ken FitzGerald||Brian Humphries||Peter O’Leary|
|Executive Member||Clo. O’Sullivan||Ian O’Leary|
|Don Mullins||Jerry Holland||Pat O’Keeffe|
|Tony Roche||Noel Walsh||Stan Waldron|
|Hon. Auditor||Eileen Keyes||Jim Murphy||Finian O’Driscoll|
|Hon. Solicitor||Ray Shanahan||John O’Mahony||Jim Murphy|
ITEM 9. Elections :
On the night , the Director of Rugby , Jerry Holland recommended to the Executive that the following should be the Senior XV coaching ticket .
(1.) Coach : Tom Tierney and David Corkery,
(2.) Manager : Kenny Murphy ,
(3.) Selector : Ralph Keyes .
The DOR also recommended that Tom Mulcahy coach the u/20’s , assisted by Paul McCarthy and don Mullins .
Both recommendations were endorsed by the Executive .
ITEM 10. The Presidents Acceptance :
My thanks to Ian for inviting me to be President of this prestigious club following my Dad , uncle Archie and my brother . To my wife Gillian , daughter Jenny and son Robert too , for embracing the year with me .
Well done to Ian for the fantastic job he did throughout the year . The support Ian got from all members made this possible .
Since the scouts approached me to join Con., I have been involved in all areas of the club and loved it all . We have an awesome juvenile system and must continue to nurture it . As a Senior selector for 8 years , I was lucky to have been with wonderful coaches and players and I’m immensely proud of that …..even if I was away for a few weekends .
New players and committees have been put in place . Thank you to all who helped . We are so lucky in having so many willing to help the club .Your time is greatly appreciated .
I have 3 goals for the season .
I will do everything I can to support our teams to achieve success ,
I will do my best to hand over to peter Good , a financially secure club and
I will promote Con. as the premier club to ensure the talented young players want to join.
To all who are retiring , thank you and congratulations . The club is a better place for your time and contributions . I hope next season is as successful from u/6 to our Seniors .
I have always been proud to be a member of CCFC and hope at the end of the season , you will feel that I carried out my role as President in the manner which does honour to our club .
ITEM 11. Subscriptions and Budget :
Jerry Holland proposed the adoption of the annual accounts . This was seconded by Peter O’Leary .
The subscription levies were proposed by Finian O’Driscoll and seconded by Jim Murphy .
ITEM 12. AOB:
Jim Murphy wished to have his admiration for the club’s volunteers recorded . He said that without these people , and there are so many he did not wish to begin using names , we could not survive . Bertie Smith wished to be associated with those remarks .
Stan Waldron wished to congratulate Michael Boland on the excellent job he did in providing the club with its own water – via the well . A worthy exercise , said the Treasurer, given the relatively modest cost to the club .
There being no further business, the President closed the meeting.