Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Tues. 4.05. pm.

Dia dhibh,
There will be full meeting of the Club in the Clubroom on this Wednesday night 25th at 8.30pm. All members are requested to attend
The following were €20 winners at the most recent Club Lotto draw, which was held in An Craoibhin; -Eugene Cregg, Odran and Pauline Feely, Liam Mullaney, Tom and Pat Cox, Cathy and Steve Garavan, Michael Paul Gilmartin, Katrina Rodden, Paul Condron, Joe McDermott and Richie Walsh. The house prize was won by Danny Mulryan. The lotto envelopes are now sponsored by Brogan’s and Natural Options Pharmacies.The jackpot wasn't won and it will stand at €5,200 for this week's draw which will be held in the Railway Bar on this Saturday night. Team C will be in charge.
The Minor Club registration evening for all U10 boys will be held in the Sports Complex on this Tuesday (tonight as I post) from 6.30pm to 8pm. All boys born in 2002 and 2003 and who would like to play for Boyle in the coming season are asked to attend. Each boy must be accompanied by a parentor guardian. Those registering for the first time must bring along their original birth certificate (long version).
Errata…..How is the advocacy for GUM SHIELD use progressing?

People might consider the purchasing of SEASON TICKETS covering League/Championship first round/Al-Ireland Club Final and so on costing €75 for early purchase and €85 later. To find out about it log into the Roscommon GAA web site.

Does anyone have a copy of Sean Og O’Ceallachain’s book of say five years ago, for sale, called ‘Giants of Gaelic Football’ which includes a series of essays on the likes of Gerry O’Malley and Packie McGarty and so on?
The Club is making a special effort this year to get widespread participation in Adult Scór. The County Semi Finals of Scór will be held on 25th February and entries must be with the County Scór Committee by 20th February. The Club is hopeful of having participation in set dancing, figure dancing, instrumental music, question time, ballad group, recitation, solo singing and novelty act. Those wishing to participate should contact Martin Dolan on 086 2413529.
Congratulations are extended to Club member Pat Goldrick on his appointment as County Minor Board Secretary.
The Club extends its sympathy to Sean and Ann Young and Family, Carrick Road on the death of Ann's sister Pat who was buried on Tuesday the 24th in Belfast.
The GAA certainly has a battle on two fronts currently.
1. The scenes of indiscipline at the week-end games in Portlaoise were totally unacceptable. I have observed the inadequate provision of stewarding from time to time at very crucial games and a study of the St. Brigid’s v Corofin game (which could have been much worse) is an education in those inadequacies. I have mentioned before the attitude to referees and decisions by rugby players and seeing the reaction of players as they are being sent off there, is illuminating. I remember Paul O’Connell being sent off (sin binned) was it last season (?). Last week end I saw the captain of Ulster-a south African if I am not mistaken- remonstrating with the referee-for just few seconds-even after Ulster had got a crucial penalty. The referee, quick as a flash, changed his decision and gave the penalty to the opposing side.
2. The payments to managers issue is going to be game changing. How it can be resolved is impossible to see. If managers are clearly paid then players will have a totally legitimate claim to be paid also. But…..where is the money going to come from? It is not there. I believe that the game has gone too far away from being the amateur game it really should be. The demands on players and County Board and Club Officers are too much. The financial requirements are too demanding. Is the development of the GAA in these ways an image of the Celtic Tiger? Like all things it better return to reality and have the courage to do so though the current Croke Park hierarchy don’t give me the sense that they have the imagination, courage to recover the position. Clubs and their active membership will have to more vocal as to their views. Of course how they can do that is almost like the position of the ordinary people in the wider living sense in this country.
Ladies Club;
The A.G.M of Boyle Ladies GAA Club will be held in the Clubroom on Sunday 5th February at 5pm. Arrangements are in progress for the recruitment of a new management team for the juior ladies panel. Those wishing to be considered are asked to submit proposals to John Cummins not later than Friday next 27th January.
Go raibh maith agaibh,
Martin Dolan/T.C./F.L.
P.R.O. Boyle GAA Club

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