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Club Notes - 5th December 2011

posted Dec 4, 2011, 4:07 PM by Unknown user

Bag Packing


Our annual Christmas bag packing fundraiser in Dunnes Stores, Oakville, Clonmel, is upon us again & members of the club & the parish will be contacted in the next week or so to be asked to give a few hours of their time in the week leading up to Christmas in order to make this fundraiser a success. This is a great way for parents of juvenile players or those within the parish who follow the GAA, but who may not be actively involved, in helping in a small way to keep the club on the road. We would ask as many as possible to make themselves available to help out, & if you haven’t been contacted, please feel free to contact any committee member to express your interest.


Clonea U21 Hurlers


Congratulations to Clonea U 21 hurlers on their empathic win over St. Oliver’s in last weekend’s county final. They proved far too strong for the opposition & considering they had to wait for a long time for this final to be played since the Eastern final, the performance was all the more impressive as a lot of the St. Oliver’s players have been engaged in competitive games over the last month with their junior hurlers. It has been a great year for this bunch of players as the vast majority of them also won the U21 football county final with Rathgormack back in July. Indeed, for a couple of the players, Eamonn Cahill, Conor Walsh, Sean Cullen, Steven Kirwan & Sean Lacey, it has been a remarkable year as they also won junior football & hurling county titles during the year. Well done to all involved on a great win to round off the year.


Club 5 year plan


A sub-committee within the club are currently preparing a plan for the development of the club for the next 5 years, with all aspects of the running & organising of the club being looked at with a view of improving the way we operate & advance or aims for the next few years. This plan is being developed in cooperation with the Waterford Co. board & follows on from a number of clubs who did similar plans last year. It is intended to publish the plan in mid-January & we will have more on the plan in the coming week’s notes.


Sean Ahearne


Everyone within the GAA community in Waterford & beyond were saddened to hear of the death of Stradbally senior football manager, Sean Ahearne, last week, at the age of 60, following a long battle with cancer. Sean was at the helm of the Stradbally senior football team since the late 1990’s, & was manager when Rathgormack beat a young Stradbally 15 to win our last senior football title back in 1999. Of course, after this Stradbally went on to win 7 senior county titles in 10 years, beating Rathgormack in 2001, to become the most successful senior football team in the history of football in Waterford. There is no doubt that this bunch of talent players were always going to win county titles, but it is doubtful that they would have won so many without Sean Ahearn as manager as he set a very high standard for those under his charge & he had the great ability of getting the best out of all those who he worked with, both on & off the football field. The people of Stradbally & Ballylanneen have lost a true leader from their GAA club & community, but the legacy that he has left behind within sport & his professional life will live on for many decades to come. All associated with Rathgormack GAA Club would like to offer our sincere condolences to his wife, Bridget, & his children Claire, Robert & Barry & all his neighbours & friends on their great loss. May he rest in peace.