Míle Buíochas

It is frequently said that in most sporting organisations that it is the people behind
the scenes that are paramount to their success. Equally one of the greatest challenges
facing the GAA over the past fifteen years has been the erosion of the spirit of
volunteering. Our Club is certainly no different in that regard.

The best part of ten years ago when Jo Buckley, of Ballyphilip, heard the amount
of money that White’s Cross was paying annually to wash its jerseys at a local dry
cleaners, she decided to take on the role for the following season. Since then this
scribe calculates that Jo, along with her daughter Michelle and mother Nonie,
have put through in excess of 300 washes on behalf of White’s Cross GAA. Not
alone did they wash the jerseys, but in order to prolong the life of the sets they hung
them on a clothes-line to dry, rather than using a tumble dryer. When one considers
that each jersey set would hold on average 25 jerseys, one begins to appreciate the
task involved. Moreover the various club officials that ever went to the Buckley
home to collect a set on match day always found each of the jerseys folded tidily in its
kit bag.

Jo Buckley has decided to call time on this arrangement and give her over-worked
washing machine a break, not to mind herself and her two assistants! While they
never took this duty on to receive any accolades, White’s Cross GAA would like to
publicly thank the Buckley family for this wonderful support. Given that the Club’s
junior footballers has won fifteen competitions in the time they have been completing
this task, we will be back to check out the brand of washing powder used, should we
begin any sort of losing streak in 2011!

Comhgairdeachas!

Heariest congratulations to Paul and Sharon Noonan on the birth of their twins
Hannah and Darragh. Paul has been in charge of our minor footballers for the past
number of seasons, as well as operating in the full-forward line on the second junior
football squad. He has stepped down as his role with the minors for the moment,
for obvious family reasons, but we do expect to see him togging out for the junior
footballers later in the year!
Paudie Curtin has taken over as coach to the minor footballers, and it is anticipated
that his wealth of experiences, will benefit this young squad greatly. Indeed Paudie
was selector to the Clyda Rovers side that went to the last two premier intermediate
county football finals. He has also had lots of previous experiences with White’s
Cross, including playing under 21 many years ago with us and managing the junior
footballers for much of the first decade of this millennium.

Postponement of Annual General Meeting & Annual Raffle 2010

Postponement of Annual General Meeting & Annual Raffle 2010

Like many of the planned activities throughout Ireland, and indeed further afield,
during the month of December, the White’s Cross GAA AGM and Annual Draw were
both postponed due to the adverse weather. The AGM had been initially planned
for Monday, December 6th but had to be put back to December 13th, due to icy roads
around Upper Glanmire on the proposed date. Two weeks later, and the Annual
Draw scheduled to take place on the 20th December also fell foul of the weather.
The draw will now take place on Saturday, January 8th at 9pm in the Stirrup
Bar. December 2010 is not a one we will easily forget…!

At the AGM the existing chairperson Pat Reid informed the meeting that he would
not be letting his name go forward for re-election to the post. Having completed a
five year tenure, Pat felt it was time for a change to this lead position. Tim Mulcahy
quipped that Pat was the only Kilkenny men he knew to have successfully completed
a five-in-a-row in 2010!

There was much praise from members on the floor for the unassuming manner
in which Pat had conducted his business in the preceding five years – a period
that would go down in history as the most successful years in the Club’s history.
Various members commented that Pat had played a vital role in that success, and that
he had facilitated greatly the extraordinary success of the Club’s Junior footballers,
simply by not interfering in the business of others. Equally, where the intervention
of a head-officer was required Pat was always available, and invariably brought a
calmness to situations which facilitated better decision making.

Pat O’ Callaghan, who had served as treasurer for a number of years, was
elected as the in-coming chairperson and Lar Burke replaced him as treasurer.
Seamus McCarthy took on the roll of vice-chairperson, Murt Kelleher is the
new registrar, and Pat Reid was elected County Board Draw Co-oridinator. The
remaining posts were occupied by the out-going officers, with a number of members
elected to the general committee for the first time.

Election of Officers:
President: Dermot Whooley
Vice Presidents: Fr. Ted Sheehan, John Drummy Sr, Jo Buckley, Ted Kiely
Chairperson: Pat O’ Callaghan
Vice Chairperson: Seamus McCarthy
Secretary: Martin Kelleher
Treasurer: Laurence Burke
Communications Officer: Conor Kelleher
Cultural Officer & Web-Site Co-Ordinator: Jonathan Kenneally
Registrar: Murt Kelleher
City Board Delegates: John Drummy & Ed Buckley
County Board Delegate: Dermot Whooley
County Board Draw Co-Ordinator: Pat Reid
Other Committee Members: Dominic Cahill, Richard Sherlock, Eoin Murnane, Brian

Harte, Martin O Flynn, Ray Donohoe, Rupert Aitken