Chairman Praised Volunteers and Fundraisers at Desmonds AGM

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Castleisland Desmonds GAA Club Chairman, Jimmy O’Connell praised and thanked the club volunteers. ©Photograph: John Reidy

First Desmonds Lotto Draw of 2017 at Fagin’s

Desmonds GAA Club will hold its first Lotto draw of 2017 in Fagin’s Bar on this Saturday night, January 21st. The Jackpot is at €2,600. Tickets are €2 each or three for €5.

Volunteers Thanked at AGM

The annual general meeting of Castleisland Desmonds GAA Club was held on Sunday, January 8th. and over 30 members attended.

Chairman, Jimmy O’Connell thanked all of those involved with the club for their voluntary efforts. He specifically thanked John McGaley, Dr. Dave Geaney and Mike McCarthy who were stepping down as the senior management team.

Also exiting were: Edmund Hartnett and Colm O’Shea from the junior team and Jim O’Connor and D.J. Brosnan from the minors. The chairman hoped to be in a position to recommend management teams soon.

The secretary’s report detailed the substantial progress made to the pitches and the clubhouse. Organising a club like Desmonds now demands a considerable effort from many people. A copy of the report is available for members who could not attend.

The treasurer’s report showed that substantial progress was made in reducing the club’s loan. They thanked all of those who put so much effort into major fundraisers during the year.

The following officers were elected for 2017:

President: Donal Kelliher; Chairman: Jimmy O’Connell; Vice Chair: Michael J Kearney and Dan Lynch; Secretary/registrar: Colm Kirwan; Treasurers: Willie Dom O’Connor and Angela Ring O’Donoghue; PRO: Gerard Murphy; County Board delegate: Sean McCarthy; North Kerry delegates: Jimmy O’ Connell and Sean McCarthy. Pitch/Grounds Development:  Martin Downey and Dan Lynch. Coaching Officer: William O’Connor; Insurance: Denny Lyons; Irish/Cultural Officer: Tomás Ó Conchúir.

A Children’s Officer and delegates to St. Kieran’s will be appointed at the first executive meeting of the year.

A number of positive motions were proposed and were referred to the executive for consideration.

Gemma Kearney (left) and Kayla O’Connor got the Kerry U-16 call-up. ©Photographs: John Reidy.

Kayla and Gemma on Kerry U-16 Team

Congratulations to Kayla O’Connor and Gemma Kearney who have been selected on the Kerry U-16 panel for 2017.

Kayla and Gemma were involved in a number of intense trials over the last few weeks and impressed the management enough to be named on the official panel.

Both girls are no strangers to the Kerry jersey with Kayla also starring for Kerry when they won the U-16 All-Ireland championship in 2016. Gemma also played a starring role when Kerry reached the U-14 All Ireland final in 2016.

Well also to Desmonds players Paris McCarthy and Jessie Cahill who have made the Kerry U-14 ladies panel for 2017. A well deserved honour for two very committed and talented girls.

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