Seasons Greetings and festive cheer from all in St Pats at the end of another busy year in the life of the Club!
On the field it was another landmark year in many ways. A very impressive year for the Ladies Footballers who secured another promotion. It was the first time we managed to field two teams at Minor level in football. And a very first time for a Minor Hurling team to contest and play competitive hurling. These achievements are a mere snapshot that represent the collective coaching effort by a brilliant cohort of mentors that we are very fortunate to have in our midst.
Off the field, it’s been equally busy with Grounds and Facilities development ongoing and much achieved over the last 12 months. The work on Pitch 2 is now more or less complete. The fence will go in over the course of January. And the next 12 months will be all about putting it into the best possible shape before we get it back this time next year. So not having that area available to us over the next year will pose a challenge in terms of space and slots for training and matches. We urge all members, mentors and coaches to bear with us while this is ongoing.
The CC250 Club is one of the big successes of 2016. From a soft launch to where it is now and the potential for where it can go is a potential game changer for us as a club. Future Grounds Development which will include more lights, an artificial pitch and a Club House will be hugely dependent on the success of CC250 so it’s important we keep the initiative going.
Day to day Fundraising will still always be with us unfortunately and to that end an important one is happening in SuperValu 22-24 December. The Bag Packing slot last year was a big success for us on two fronts. In terms of finance raised and profile raised at a time when the shop is extremely busy. We still have some slots that need filling so contact our Club Secretary Elaine Downey if you or your team can give an hour or two over the course of the three days. It’s vital we fill the slots and maintain this fundraiser.
Finally I’d like to welcome the new members of the 2017 Committee: Alan Merriman, Brian McGrath, Fintan Delaney, Brian Moroney and Ken Spratt.
It’s great to have them aboard and here’s hoping for a successful 2017.
Is mise le meas.
The GAA recently launched their new Membership Card & GRMA Rewards Programme which is open to all adult members. Everyone who registers for the programme will receive a personalised GAA Membership Card. This card can be used to benefit from partner discounts, special offers and to earn points for going to games.
The scheme will go live in January. As soon as you’ve renewed your membership of St Pats, you’ll be able to register. To do this, you’ll need to know your Membership Number. We are currently emailing our adult members with a note of this info. If you need it as a matter of urgency, please email email@example.com otherwise just hang on, it’s coming!
Tickets are now available for sale from Katrina in the Office. If you’d like tickets, please email and Katrina will be in touch. 100% of all ticket sales remain in the Club – they’re a great stocking filler!
StPatsGAA offers an open invitation to anyone in our community who are interested in learning about Men’s Cancer.
We have 3 speakers;
Mark Cooper – our former GPO
Dr Pierre van Staden – Malahide Medical Centre &
Jack O’Connor – Movember Foundation
They’ll be talking about their own experiences – jargon-free!
We encourage men aged from 15 years to attend this important event.
Please share this on your profile to get the word out to as many people as possible.
Sincere thanks to Mark, Pierre and Jack for their time & their help, to DPETNS for the venue and to Ray Brett for organising this event.
St Pats shop opening times:
Sunday 27 Nov:
12h00-16h00 Dpetns Winter Fete
Saturday 03 Dec:
Thursday 08 Dec:
Boys NS 19h00-21h00
Saturday 10 Dec:
Saturday 17 Dec:
Our continued thanks go to Mary Conlon & helpers who do so much for us behind the scenes.
We are currently seeking applicants for the following position:
ADULT HURLING MANAGER – JUNIOR 6
The ideal candidate should have the following attributes:
- A proven track record in management and coaching of hurling
- Suitable player management and organisational skill
- An ability to organise a high standard of coaching
- Be motivated and driven to succeed
- Have the ability and be wiling to work with the club’s officers, other mentors and administration staff
All applicants should submit to the Secretary listing:
- Personal details
- Coaching qualifications
- Management Experience
- Proposed Management Team
- Training Plan for the year 2017 ahead &
- Proposed Annual budget
Completed applications should be returned to the Secretary no later than 17h00 Monday 05 December. They can be sent by email to the Secretary or by dropping it into or posting to the Club Admin Office in the village.
The club is delighted to announce the appointment of Pio Kennedy as the new Games Promotion Officer
St Pats club has received formal approval from the Government to proceed with the sand based pitch. This is a brilliant development for the club and brings to conclusion the tender and approval process.
Thanks so much to the sub committee that came together to make this a success. The tender process involved drafting the scope of works document, interviewing the potential vendors, scoring the various tenders and making the decision on who to go with. Members of this committee included Terry Dowling, Paddy Guinan, Christy McAllister, Paul O’ Neill, Mick Duignan, Paul Kiernan and Brian McGrath.
The potential vendors themselves commented on the high skill set this group had. Thanks to this group for all their time and effort. The group concluded the tender process by nominating Clive Richardson Limited as the vendor of choice.
The process quickly shifted to getting government approval. Members of the Finance committee, our Secretary, our Trustees and Grounds committee helped with this process. We would like to thank Terry Dowling, Jim O’Donohue, John Costello and Michael Reynolds in their capacity of trustees of the club for signing the requested documents. We would like to thank Alan Merriman for acquiring the clubs tax clearance certificate and Brian McGrath for providing support with the financial documents required. We would also like to thank Christy McAllister and Felim Mc Allister for doing all the running behind the scenes with the required documents. As always Elaine Downey worked tirelessly to support all the groups during this process.
Another great day for the club. We look forward to Clive Richardson delivering the pitch in 18 months time working closely with our grounds committee.
Pitch 2 will be off limits from Monday 5th of Sept 2016 due to work beginning on the sand based pitch
Coaches: Make sure that you have made alternative arrangements for training