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CUMANN NA MBUNSCOL.
MINUTES OF THE
2014 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING.
Tipperary Allianz Cumann na mBunscol held their 2014 Annual
General Meeting on Wednesday 26th of February 2014, in Hayes’s Hotel
Thurles, at 7.30pm.
The Chairperson Paddy Kelly presided.
Paddy Kelly opened the meeting and welcomed everyone. He
thanked all the delegates for making the journey to Thurles.
The Standing Orders were adopted. They were
proposed by Conor Doyle and seconded by Michelle Skehan. The Minutes of the
2013 A.G.M. were presented to the delegates by Secretary Aodan Wrenn. There
were no matters arising from the Minutes. The 2013 A.G.M. Minutes were proposed
by Michael Corcoran and seconded by Michael Heffernan.
Secretary Aodan Wrenn proceeded to go through his Secretary’s
Report for 2013. This Report was proposed by Conor Doyle and seconded by
Treasurer and Equipment Officer Jerry O’Donnell then went
through his Treasurer’s Report. Jerry spoke about Mick Forde, a
Tipperary Allianz Cumann na mBunscol stalwart from Clonmel, who sadly passed
away recently. Jerry asked the meeting to observe a moment’s silence for Mick.
R.I.P. After the minutes silence Jerry went through his Report. It was
extremely comprehensive, as usual. Jerry went through every item on the report
with the delegates. He said that the Equipment Scheme is working very well and
it’s very important that it continues. He informed the delegates that the
balance in the Bank is 18,163 euro. He said that it’s a healthy position to be in
but we must continue to get all our grants or else we would be in trouble. He
mentioned that helmet sales are down on previous years and this is a sign of
the continuing recession. He emphasised the importance of our Equipment scheme.
Jerry feels that our Equipment Scheme is the foundation base of hurling in
Tipperary. Jerry said the County Board appreciate everything that primary
school teachers do to promote Gaelic Games. Jerry finished by thanking the
County Board for all their assistance. The Treasurer’s Report was proposed by
Michael Heffernan and seconded by Michael Corcoran.
Address of the Tipperary County Board Chairman:
The new Chairman of Tipperary County Board Sean Nugent
then addressed the Annual General Meeting. In his address he said:
“It’s a pleasure to be at this important meeting. It’s very important to be here. The County
Board acknowledge the great work of Primary teachers. Many All Ireland winners
of recent years have come through Allianz Cumann na mBunscol and Primary school
games. Teachers have made huge contributions to the GAA. I enjoyed going into
the Primary Schools in 2010 with the All Ireland cups. We are pleased to give
you the County Board Grant and I promise that we will continue to provide this
grant to you. At the Officers’ Night in the Tipperary Institute tonight Joe
Carton, the Munster Coaching and Games Officer, said that Tipperary have the
best Primary School coaching scheme in Munster, in particular for school-club
links. We have two new GDAs on board with us now. David Egan is the new North
Tipperary GDA and Padraig Moloney is the new South Tipperary GDA. I wish them
the best of luck with their jobs. I would like to thank John Cummins and Tadhg
O’Connor for all the great work they did, as GDAs, over the years. I’d like to
finish by thanking your Officers for all their hard work. There is a lot to be
done and they do it well. Best of luck to you all in 2014.”
Address of Guests
Dinny Maher, the County Coaching and Games Manager,
addressed the meeting. He thanked the Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Officers, and
teachers for their hard work. He said
it’s important to keep the Coaching Scheme, in the schools, alive. He said that
Andy Ryan, the Mid Tipperary GDA, will be setting up a review of the Primary
Schools Coaching Scheme. Andy will be calling on the Tipperary Allianz Cumann
na mBunscol officers to assist in the Review. Dinny said that Workgroups will
be set up. He stated that the Coaching Scheme has had a huge impact on
Tipperary G.A.A. It has, according to Dinny, contributed to Tipperary’s success
at under age level, in recent years. Dinny finished by wishing all schools the
very best for 2014.
In his Chairman’s Address Paddy Kelly covered the
He thanked the three Officers at the top table for their
co-operation and good work throughout the year.
He thanked the Primary Game Selectors, the GDAs, the
Blitz Co-ordinators and all the teachers who gave up their free time to coach
He thanked Paddy Collins for his great work as
Tipperary Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Handball Co-ordinator.
He thanked the County Board, Allianz, Munster Council,
Coiste Naisiunta and Coiste na Mumhan for their generous financial assistance
and overall support.
He thanked the Semple Stadium Management Committee for
continuing to make Semple Stadium available to us for our Allianz Cumann na
mBunscol Hurling Finals.
He thanked referees who refereed Tipperary Allianz
Cumann na mBunscol matches, and caretakers of GAA pitches used by Tipperary
Allianz Cumann na mBunscol.
He re-iterated the importance of paying the 30 euro
registration fee. Each school must pay the fee if they wish to participate in
Allianz Cumann na mBunscol competitions this year.
He thanked the teachers for their continued promotion
of Gaelic Games in our Primary Schools.
He thanked all the clubs who provide their pitches for
us to use.
mentioned that it is of up-most importance for anyone writing match reports to
put the word Allianz before Cumann na mBunscol. He said our P.R. grant will be
affected if we don’t because the amount of times counties use the Allianz term
in the media is being monitored in Allianz Headquarters, in Germany, and they
will reduce the P.R. grants given to counties who do not have a sufficient
percentage of Allianz ‘hits’ in the media.
finished by wishing all the schools the very best of luck in 2014.
P.R.O John Manley went through his P.R.O Report.
It was very comprehensive and thorough.
Our Assistant P.R.O. Paudie Fahey; for looking
after all the P.R. material for the Football competitions, and for his help
last June in Semple Stadium with the writing of the match reports.
The regional newspapers, Tipp FM and Tipp Mid
West Radio; for giving us good exposure.
Allianz, for being a loyal sponsor.
The County Board, for all their assistance.
Ger Ryan (former Tipperary County Board P.R.O.),
for all his support throughout the years.
Tipperary Yearbook Committee, for giving us
excellent exposure again this year, in the Yearbook. They gave us a 10 page
spread which was brilliant.
Michael Trehy, for all his work on the
production of our County Finals DVDs.
Everyone who follows us on Twitter.
Andy Ryan, and the GDAs, for assistance on
County Final Days, and throughout the year.
John mentioned that the Allianz Cumann na mBunscol National
Awards will take place again next November. He stated that Tipperary schools
have done very well in it, over the years.
John finished by thanking all the teachers for all their
great work, and their co-operation, during 2013.
Election of Officers
Officer: Jerry McDonnell.
These positions were taken en bloc. The above
officers were proposed by Michelle Skehan and seconded by Michael Corcoran.
The positions of delegates
to various Committees were taken en bloc. They were proposed by Kieran Healy
and seconded by Michael Heffernan.
Tipperary Allianz Cumann na mBunscol P.R.O. John Manley
informed the meeting that the Communications Committee was no longer in
The Tipperary Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Committee members were returned en
bloc. They were proposed by Shane O’Brien and seconded by Paudie Fahey.
The Coiste Gearan
members were returned en bloc except for John Lalor, who was standing down,
having retired from the profession. The four other members were proposed by
Paudie Fahey and seconded by Michael Corcoran. Eamonn Riall, Lissenhall NS,
took the final position in the Coiste Gearan, after being proposed by Aodan
Wrenn and seconded by Mary O’Donnell.
Football: (Kieran Healy – not standing). Orry Ryan, Paudie Fahey, Shane O’Brien.
Liam O’Sullivan was proposed by Aodan Wrenn to replace
Kieran Healy. Mary O’Donnell seconded that proposal and thus Liam O’Sullivan
was elected to the position as Primary Game Football Selector.
Ladies Football: All standing. (Labhaoise
Cunningham, Katie Sweeney, Anne Marie Landers).
Hurling: All standing. (Paddy Kelly, John Manley,
Pat Buckley, Conor Doyle).
Camogie: All standing. (Michael Corcoran, Tammy
Cullen, Michelle Skehan).
All Primary Game Selectors were taken en bloc.
They were proposed by Kieran Healy and seconded by Paudie Fahey.
There were 3 motions on the Clar. Motions 2 and 3 were
passed. These were submitted by St. Colmcille’s Primary School, Templemore.
Motion 2 sought for semi finals to be re-introduced for Under 13 Football
competitions. This was passed. Motion 3 sought for the option to be given to
players, in Under 11 and Under 13 Football competitions, to take 45s out of
their hands. This was passed. Andy Ryan, Mid Tipperary GDA, recommended that
the Secretary would write to the Referee’s Committee to inform them of this
rule change in Tipperary Allianz Cumann na mBunscol’s Football rules. Runai
Aodan Wrenn said he would do this.
Motion 1, from Lissenhall N.S, looked for Under 11 Go
Games matches to be split into 3 thirds. The first 2 thirds would see the score
being kept. The last third would have no score kept and all substitutes would
come on during this last third. A good discussion arose about this motion and
about the running of Go Games. In the end Lissenhall N.S. withdrew the motion. Thus
the motion wasn’t carried. Many delegates contributed to the debate prior to
this. After Lissenhall withdrawing the motion Paddy Kelly, the Chairman,
recommended that in Go Games we would go back to having a minimum amount of
substitutes. There would be a minimum of 3 subs for larger schools’ competitions
and 2 subs for medium to small schools’ competitions. Kieran Healy said schools
who could not field the minimum of substitutes for their competitions should be
allowed to apply to the Runai for an exemption. The Officers would then meet to
decide on whether to allow the exemption or not. The meeting agreed to this.
Paddy Kelly said we would try the minimum amount of substitutes rule, and the
exemption application, for this year and then review it next year.
Re-Grading and Fixtures
The meeting proceeded to Re-Grading and Fixtures. The
Secretary Aodan Wrenn went through each Division with the meeting, and informed
the delegates who was going up and who was going down from each Division. There
were contested re-grading positions in:
Under 13 Roinn D Hurling. Ardfinnan and New Inn
B.N.S. both sought to go down. The meeting discussed the issue. It was pointed
out by the Secretary that both schools struggled badly last year in this
Division. He had the score-lines at hand and they revealed that both schools
suffered many hammerings last year. It was pointed out that the division below
Roinn D has an un-even number of teams in it. It was suggested that we let both
teams down on this occasion, despite the rule clearly saying that only one team
can go down from a division in a given year. Chairman Paddy Kelly asked the
meeting if they would agree to allow both teams down in this once-off
situation. The meeting agreed. Therefore both New Inn B.N.S. and Ardfinnan were
re-graded to Roinn E.
Under 13 Roinn E Hurling. Moyne and Ayle both
sought to go down to Roinn F. Both schools spoke and argued their case for
re-grading. Due to the fact that both schools have the very same numbers
available to them and both cases were identical it was decided by Chairman Paddy
Kelly to have a coin-toss to determine who would go down. Moyne won the toss
and were thus re-graded to Roinn F.
Under 13 Roinn C Camogie. Scoil Eoin Naofa and
Knockavilla both sought to be re-graded to Roinn D. Both schools argued their
cases and once again it was decided to toss a coin to see who would be
re-graded. Scoil Eoin Naofa won the coin-toss and were thus re-graded to Roinn
D in Under 13 Camogie.
The time frame and dates of the Championship were relayed
to the delegates. The delegates were told that Allianz Cumann na mBunscol
Officers will consult with the Semple Stadium Committee, regarding the dates
for the County Finals in Semple Stadium. Those dates would be relayed to the
schools at the earliest convenience. The provisional dates would be Thursday 5th
June and Friday 6th June.
Any Other Business.
Jacinta Coman, Cappawhite, asked if there was a rule
about children wearing glasses playing Allianz Cumann na mBunscol matches. The
Secretary said he would enquire from National Allianz Cumann na mBunscol and
get back to her with clarification.
Chairman Paddy Kelly then closed the meeting, wishing
everyone a safe journey home.
Cumann na mBunscol.