The annual general meeting took place in the clubrooms on Boyle Park, Friday 18/11/2022 and the following officers were elected.
President Patsy Boyle
Vice Presidents Danny McQuillan, Gerry Carragher, Fr Michael Gilsenan and Jimmy Reilly (Ballybay road)
Chairperson, Jimmy O’Reilly, Vice Chairpersons, Roseanna Clarke and Damien Clarke
Secretary Margaret Hughes, Assistant Secretary Pauline O’Reilly
Treasurer Patricia Quinn, Ass Treasurer Gerry Hughes
PRO Tom Farrell and Sabrina Shalvey Cultural Officer Ena Clerkin
Coaching Officer Aogan Og Farrell Games Development Darren Lavery
Health and Well Being Officer – Killian Moynagh
Development Damien Clarke, Insurance officer Margaret Hughes
Registrar Pauline O’Reilly
Committee:- Jim McNally, Shane McGorry, Francis McGorry, Derville McDermott, Shane Smith, Thomas McDonald, Benny McIntyre, Seamus Fox, Roseleen Fox, Raymond Quinn, Elizabeth Mc Cabe, Martin Shalvey, Martin Hughes, Donal Murphy, John Reilly, Aidan Brazil, Aogan O’Fearghail, Cliona Farrell, Patrick McBride, Eugene McCabe
Secretary’s Report 2022
During the year all our teams provided great entertainment. Participation and enjoyment at underage level all year was exceptional. I don’t need to go into detail as our Coaching Officer, LGFA and Camogie Reports tell it all. A great effort was put in by so many to try and keep juvenile football and camogie alive and joyful for all. It is important going forward that the fun element is not forgotten and that children, players, coaches, match officials and all volunteers are treated with RESPECT. Poor behaviour at matches towards children and match officials is becoming more common across the GAA and we as volunteers, parents, coaches and supporters must take responsibility and play our part for zero tolerance of same.
Our U20 team started off the year by winning their league. Our Reserve men and Senior men displayed some great football and due to injuries struggled and went down in league but managed to stay Intermediate.
I just want to thank all committee members, coaches and players for their help to me as secretary and I have to especially mention our Chairperson Jimmy and Treasurer Patricia. If I do say so myself – we made a great team. Unfortunately for all involved Jimmy has stepped down as Chairperson for the coming year but I know he will still be there when needed. “Jimmy your number is top of my phone list”.
I ask all here to help in some way in the coming year 2022 as we all need help and encouragement. There is an unbelievable amount of work involved in the day to day running of the Club including Insurance, registration, fixtures, fundraising, ground maintenance and last but most important Child and Player welfare. Rules and guidelines must be followed to protect the Club, our juveniles and ourselves as individuals volunteering both for now and into the future.
I especially want to thank our Senior Management team in 2022 and in particular Stephen McGovern, Aiden Brazil, Paddy McCabe, Adrian Crosson and Aogan O’Fearghail. I found them very helpful and professional in all dealings during the year. Thanks to Aoife McDonald and Simon Gaffney for all their help with Physio. Thanks to Tony Mahon for keeping the grounds in great shape and to Damien Clarke who always is available to do whatever needed around our facilities.
Gratitude to all voluntary help which is what the Club is made off – where would we be without you all —- yourselves on committee, coaches, lotto sellers/helpers and this year all who helped with our tuck shop at home games. Lastly a special thanks Donal Murphy who this year completed training and is now Refereeing within the County for underage and Reserve games. It is just brilliant to have a Referee from the Club and hopefully more will follow.
Mairéad Ní hAodha
Drumgoon Camogie Report 2022.
2022 was another good year for Drumgoon Camogie. We had over 80 juvenile players registered so Monday evenings were very busy on Boyle Park. We entered teams in U13, U15, U17, Junior and Intermediate competitions. We also had a number of players representing the club at all levels in inter-county competitions.
The U-7’s, U-9’s and U-11’s took part in a number of blitzes throughout the year which they thoroughly enjoyed. In August out U-11’s took part in the County Blitz in Castletara and after a very exciting final came out as overall winners.
Also in August our U12 team took part in a blitz in Croke Park. This was a fabulous experience for the 22 girls and their mentors. The girls played fantastic over the three games, doing the club and county proud. Many thanks to Margaret McCabe and all who helped make this very memorable day possible.
The U13’s got to the league final but lost out to Lacken. But they had a great championship campaign, comprehensively beating Shercock in the final on Boyle Park in September.
Our u15’s reached the championship semi-final. The u17’s reached the Div. 2 final but despite giving it their all, they lost out to a very strong Bailieboro team.
We had great numbers turning out for all our juvenile teams this year and hopefully we will have another good year in 2023.
For the first time in a long time we fielded two senior teams – Junior and Intermediate. The Intermediate team reached the championship final which was a great achievement in their first year at this level. While the final didn’t go our way it was great experience for the girls. Our very young junior came up against more experienced and stronger teams in the championship, but this was also invaluable experience for the girls and will stand to them for next season
A big thank you to all the coaches, parents and volunteers who helped out in anyway during the year.
We would also like to really thank Drumgoon Éire Óg committee for accommodating us throughout the year and especially Jimmy facilitating us in every way possible and Tony for keep the pitches in such good condition all year.
Drumgoon Ladies Report
Senior ladies this year were in position to enter two teams in both league and Championship for the first time which is a massive achievement for our club. Our senior ladies retained their status in the Intermediate Championship after a good championship campaign were they reached the quarter finals. They also had a good league losing out in the semi-final to Belturbet by the narrowest of margins. We would like to thank our Main Sponsor Patrick Moynagh/Moynagh Accounting for his continued support and belief in our ladies team.
Underage had a good year with our U8/U10 competing well at all County Blitz’s and our U11 girls reached the final of the Cornafean Tournament. Thanks to Coaches Aisling McDermott Teresa and Seamus McCann and all other helpers at trainings
Our u12 and U14 teams had a good league and championship reaching the semi-finals in both age groups. Thanks to Coaches u12 Michael & Daniel Ward and Elaine Clerkin. U14 Coaches Roisin Carroll, Martin Carragher and Helen O’Brien
We hosted the Feile on Boyle Park which seen our U15 girls reach the final but unfortunately lost after extra time by 1 point. This was a great day on Boyle Park welcoming neighbouring clubs and parents. Thanks to all who helped on the day.
Our U16 girls competed well over the year and our Minor ladies are currently out training in preparation for their upcoming Semi Final. Thanks to U16 coaches Brian Ahearne, Sarah Clarke and Megan Moynagh, and minor Coaches Aisling McDermott and Brian Ahearne. We wish our Minor girls good luck in their upcoming semi-final.
We would like to congratulate our club players who are achieving success in football outside our club, Catherine Ahearne on winning the Ulster Minor Championship with Cavan Minor Ladies for the second year in a row and to Sarah Clarke on her HEC Rising Star 2022 award representing DCU College.
Finally I would to thank the club, Committees and parents for all their help and support over the year, and a big thank you to Jimmy Reilly for his assistance in organising all games on the pitch, not a easy job with so many teams across the board, but he always got it sorted.
Chairperson Drumgoon LGFA
2022 Drumgoon Éire Óg coaching officer report
We have had another enjoyable and successful year on the playing fields in 2022. Our underage academy structure goes from strength to strength and has provided many opportunities for fun, skill development and competition for all teams throughout the year. Our coaching team has increased to 25 and the further up skilling of coaches has been a positive note.
Our nursery and Go games squads have continued to develop and enjoy many games based activities and fun routines on Boyle Park throughout the year. The boys were able to showcase their skills on many occasions and we thank all the coaches from u7 to u11 for their efforts and patience in caring for the development of our youngest players. This initial fundamental phase is extremely important for the development of the children as we need to make a lasting impression at a young age for them to stay and play with Drumgoon. We were also delighted to take part again in the U12 league this year with our boys reaching a final on the 3g.
We were very happy to again host the GAA Cúl camp this year. Over 100 children took part in games and fun throughout the week and brought great colour and excitement to Boyle Park during the summer. Thanks to all the coaches and volunteers who made in a memorable week for all our young boys and girls. Best wishes to Chris Conroy who has let his role as Cavan GAA GPO for our area. We wish him well in the future.
Drumgoon again competed strongly across all underage competitions this year from u13 to u17 and it is pleasing once again to see the retention of players throughout the age groups. We are no longer a club who struggle to field teams at under age level and I am delighted with this achievement. Many traditionally bigger clubs have struggled at underage level in recent times so I would like to thank and commend all of our underage coaches for their organisation and determination to keep our players and provide meaningful games and development pathways for them. Thanks also to the parents who give endlessly of their time to allow their children to play our games. We competed strongly on the field all year, reaching semi finals and finals along the way. The ambition for all of our underage players and the pathway I want to provide for them is clear; To develop as many players as possible for our Senior teams and to foster in them a love and loyalty to Drumgoon Éire Óg and our community. Thank you to all our coaches and helpers this year who contributed to the running of our underage teams.
Our adult competitions started off with an historic win for our u20 team in the league, the first victory for a Drumgoon team at this age grade. With a young vibrant team and returning players, it was wonderful to see our u20s compete so strongly in both league and championship.
Last year I reported on the struggles of our Reserve team due to the lack of a proper fixture list for them, coupled with them being ranked in a questionably high division. This year things have only marginally improved. Our league was again up in the air and again playing in a division which was unrealistic for us to compete. Following the completion of our senior teams season it was easier for us to have a stronger panel and competed extremely well in the championship. This was only possible however as the senior season was over. I call on everyone to reflect and try to identify even a couple more age appropriate men in Drumgoon who may wish to return to play for the club with our reserve team.
Our senior team suffered relegation in the league after a gruelling and injury riddled campaign. A championship campaign followed in which again we were extremely under strength. We were successful in avoiding relegation. Thank you to our outgoing management team of Stephen McGovern, Paddy McCabe, Adrian Crosson, Aiden Brazil & Aogán Ó Fearghail. It is the view of our senior panel that while results were unfortunate, our squad has been left in a very good place. Many players have gained invaluable experiences and are now more aware of their responsibility to our club and accountability to each other.
Congratulations to senior team captain Conor Moynagh on winning the division four national league with Cavan and representing us in the Tailteann cup final. As always, Conor wore the Cavan jersey with pride in 2022 and we continue to be immensely proud of him. He is a hero to our underage players and a role model for all our senior players too.
Congratulations and best wishes to Donal Murphy who has undertaken the proud role of becoming a referee and will represent Drumgoon going forward. Our games do not happen without referees and they are sometimes the forgotten members of our association. Being a referee is an extremely important, respected and valued position and should be celebrated as such. I encourage more club members to come forward and represent our club through becoming a referee. On a related note, it has become an increasing situation where referees have been suffering verbal abuse at grounds throughout Cavan and nationally. I am disappointed to note that disrespect of referees has happened on Boyle Park. I urge everyone to reflect on our behaviour for 2023 and remember that the young people we coach, support and care for look up to us and base their actions on what they see us doing.
We have an extremely dedicated team of coaches in Drumgoon. Our aims are to develop the skills and enjoyment of GAA for our young players and all who come to Boyle Park. I wish to focus more on the holistic development of our players in the future. Let us develop strong, well intentioned people as well as good footballers. Let us develop a stronger sense of club pride in them. I want us to become a place for young people of all abilities and ethnicities. To do this we need more coach volunteers. A coach does not have to have played senior football for Drumgoon or won an Ulster championship with Cavan. They have to be well intentioned and focussed on the development of the youth in our community. I have no doubt we have many such people in Drumgoon and I encourage more people to come on board as coaches.
To conclude, thank you and best wishes to Jimmy O’Reilly who steps down as club cathaoirleach. He has given great support to coaching and games development in Drumgoon.
Thank you to Margaret Hughes, Patricia Quinn and all of the committee for your work and guidance.
Finally thank you to my fellow coaches for your sacrifice and dedication to the development and enjoyment of the youth in our club.
Aogán Óg Farrell