Annual General Meeting

The Club has at this stage also held its annual general meeting, with a good attendance at the Upper Glanmire Community Centre on the night.  There was no changes in the main officer positions – thus Pat Reid continues as chairperson, Ray Donohoe as secretary and Pat O’ Callaghan as treasurer.

There has been some changes in the various selectors roles.  Paudie Curtain has stepped aside as a Junior A Football selector, with Michael O’ Callaghan taking over.  Similarly Dominic Cahill has relinquished the position of Junior A Hurling selector with Stephen Turpin taking over.  Now that Jonathan Kenneally is stationed in Dublin Paul Noonan has taken over again as Minor Football Coach, a position he also held in 2006 when the team of the time went to the County Football Semi-Final.  Richie Sherlock is also a fresh addition here, as he takes on the role of one of the selectors with Paul.

White’s Cross GAA would like to express gratitude to all those who are vacating roles for their assistance in the past season.  Moreover we wish the new selectors and those continuing in their posts all the best in 2008.  Here’s hoping that in 12 months time each of you will be reflecting back on a job well-done! 

Under-Age Coaching

Coaching for all aged 5 years to 11 years re-commences after the Christmas break on Sunday January 13th at the Upper Glanmire Community Centre.  From that Sunday onwards it will take place there each Sunday morning from 11:30 to 12:30.  New players, both boys and girls, are always welcome.  It has been a joy to witness the skills develop in these youngsters in the eight weeks preceding Christmas.  For example the boys and girls in the 5 to 7 years category have learned to pick, hop, solo, catch and  hand-pass in this time, along with improving their kicking skills.

Thanks Paudie!

A dangerous thing always to single out people for special praise but it is appropriate that we pay special tribute to Paudie Curtain for his outstanding contribution to the Junior A footballers for many years.  Paudie has been involved with this side for the bones of ten years as a manager and more recently as a selector.  He worked quietly and with great enthusiasm behind the scenes and it seemed to be a battle between himself and Finbarr Kiely for the last couple of years to be first to open the grounds ahead of any junior football sessions or games at White’s Cross!  To see the commitment of Paudie made it very difficult for those training to miss sessions.  Following on from the historic first game under lights at Croke Park last spring, Paudie having attended the sell-out game left Dublin before 6 am the following morning in order to simply attend a training session.  This was not something that Paudie broadcast, but simply a matter that came up in conversation, as players discussed the game of the previous evening in the dressing-room prior to the session.  On another occasion he attended another session having travelled the length of the country in a fire-engine, taking in the session on his long and slow journey home.  Thank you Paudie for your huge contribution to our Club.