Having taken the annual break for the month of December the White’s Cross GAA Club Lotto is now back in action and helping raise vital funds for the club. Indeed without this particular initiative it would simply not be feasible for White’s Cross GAA to pursue its ongoing development works. The aforementioned astro-turf based training area is one such project, whilst the recently installed outdoor gym equipment is another recent development at the club grounds.
Tickets costing €2 for this draw, that takes place every second Monday, are for sale from Hennessy’s Service Station, the Boothouse Bar, the Blackman Bar, the Stirrup Bar, McCarthy’s Sportsworld and from committee members. Alternatively they can be purchased very easily online via our club’s website. All support is greatly appreciated and we hope that you agree from your visits to our facilities that the money is being put to very good use.
Results from January 5th 2015: No jackpot winner: Numbers drawn 1/11/ 24/ 28
Lucky dips 50 euro winners:1. Cárthach Kelleher 2. Ger Flynn 3. Alan McCarthy
Results from January 19th 2015: No jackpot winner: Numbers drawn 7/19/ 25/ 9
Lucky dips 50 euro winners:1. Lillie Shields 2. Carmel Lewis 3. Jo White
Results from February 2nd 2015: No jackpot winner: Numbers drawn: 4/7/11/12
Lucky dips €50 winners: 1.Mary Bowen 2. Liam Clarke 3. Nathalie Cambridge
The next jackpot for the draw on Monday, February 16th, is worth 2,950 euro – if you’re not in, you cannot win! Remember you can play on-line via the links on the club website.
The Irish word Meitheal means ‘work team’ and was used to describe the practice, in rural Ireland, of neighbours helping one another during harvest time. Using the concept that many hands make light work, this communal work ethic benefited everyone involved. In the true sense of this great Irish tradition a ‘Meitheal’ operated at White’s Cross GAA Grounds on Saturday January 19th where there was Trojan work done in the laying of the astro turf pitch. Just in case you need reminding that particular morning was parked slap in the middle of a particularly cold snap of weather with heavy snow on the preceding Wednesday – suffice to say gloves and hats were a prerequisite in the great outdoors on the particular morning.
That all said, at one stage there was close to 20 hardy volunteers working on this vital improvement project for the club. There were volunteers coming and going all day long doing their best and lending a helping hand. Anyway a huge amount of work done and, while smaller pieces have yet to be laid here and there and some cutting so that all the edges fit snug together, the hard graft was certainly completed.
A special shout out once again to Marion Delaney for feeding the troops at lunch-time, just in case they might have disappeared home and not returned! The soup and sandwiches were most welcome after a very frosty morning. Thanks also to Richard Linehan whose great driving of the telescopic loader made the work much easier for the crew of volunteers.
The contractor to finish putting up the remaining poles, install the entrance gates and put the wire mesh panels has since completed his work and the facility is now ready for the players and coaches in time for commencement of 2015 activities.
White’s Cross GAA Juvenile Club held its Annual General Meeting at the Upper Glanmire National School recently. Before a good sized attendance, each of the primary club officers produced excellent reports on the many activities of this club unit. So good were the reports in fact that each of the officers were re-appointed to their roles for 2015!
In his chairperson’s address, Mike O Flynn gave an excellent account of the progress being made on and off the pitch in 2014. He pointed out to the great strides being made in the newly formed girls teams in both ladies football and camogie. Mike also overviewed the up-grading of the club’s facilities and pointed to the following initiatives completed in 2014 alone:
1) Fencing around the car park for health and safety reasons
2) Refurbishment of the new portacabin to make 2 dressing rooms
3) Finishing off the hurling wall ground area
4) Landscaping all around the walkway path
5) A second set of poles and nets to act as ball-stoppers behind the lower goal in juvenile pitch
6) A new outdoor gym area
7) Seating and benches
8) Creation of new astro pitch/training area, including laying of hard-core surface, levelling, laying of astro-turf and erection of perimeter fencing
9) Sanding and vert-draining of the main pitch
10) Erection of 3 new flag poles at entrance
11) Road resurfacing outside external wall
In his secretary’s report, Sean Coughlan spoke of the great on-field success of our under-age teams, culminating in winning four different Rebel Og competitions: Under 12 football, Under 13 hurling and football and Under 15 football. Sean paid tribute to all the players and their coaches across all the different age-groups in both codes and indeed both genders. He singled out for special praise those coaches who give of their time so willingly who don’t have any sons or daughters playing.
In her treasurer’s report, Teresa Quain overviewed the healthy financial status of the club and spoke of how prudently money has been spent in the ongoing club developments, ensuring that best value is being got out of the weekly training contributions paid by the parents of our juvenile players. Teresa was especially grateful to those that had spearheaded crucial fundraising activities including bag-packing and table quiz. She also acknowledged the vital contribution being made by club sponsors – here Hennessy’s Daybreak continue to be the primary sponsor for a third consecutive year. However 2014 saw Valero financial services come on board as sponsors of the Minor team and Salon 33 introduced as first official sponsors of our girls teams. Teresa’s report also accounted for donations and fundraising initiatives undertaken to support third parties including the IMNDA, the L Ryan Fundraiser and Upper Glanmire National School.
Finbarr Pyne, in the PRO report, highlighted the forging of stronger and stronger links with Upper Glanmire National School. Here he praised Imelda O Connell’s contribution as School Liaison Officer and Finbarr Kiely’s great work being done in the weekly coaching sessions, sponsored by the Club. He thanked the teachers at the school for their support of White’s Cross GAA – wishing Michéal Cremin well in his retirement and Patrick O Connell all the best in his reign as Principal. Finbarr also gratefully acknowledged the work of Jonathan Kenneally in the new media space – over a period of 10 years Jonathan has guided White’s Cross GAA through the social media sphere.
The election of officers saw each of the outgoing officers reappointed for the year ahead:
Chairperson - Mike O Flynn; Secretary - Sean Coughlan; Treasurer – Teresa Quain; Communications Officer – Finbarr Pyne; School Liaison Officer – Imelda O Connell; Child Protection Officer – Carmel O Hara; Registrars – Joan Twomey and Pauline O Callaghan.
The support committee for 2015 saw the welcome addition of some fresh blood and consists of:
Michelle Whooley, Marion Delaney, Tommy Stuart, Derek O Connor, Pauline O Callaghan, Seamus McCarthy, Conor Kelleher, John Barry, John O Mahony, Valerie Sisk, Evelina Morley and Nick Harden.