Mens Football changes

Over the winter months the Club’s Executive appointed Mark Kavanagh as the Manager of the adult 1st team; he’s ably supported by Harry Keegan, Paul Kiernan and Gerry Lynders. It is a return to some of the older more traditional values of the club and we wish the lads every single success on their journey. 2017 was not a good year for the team but we remain steadfast in our view that 2018 can be a very different story with many good young players now coming through to maturity.
To that end we extend our sincerest thanks to Alan Durnan, Brian Berrigan and their management team for the work they’ve done over the past two years; we wish them every success in the future.

The Junior Team also has new management with Donal Kinsella, Austin Shields & Bill McGillicuddy now officially in charge. In many respects this team is as important to the club’s growth and we will endeavour to give the lads every support to progress the team up through the leagues in the coming years.

Our Minor Management team has also changed hands as last year’s minors have now graduated to adult level. Eamon Kinsella, Adrian Henchy & Peter Lee are over the lads as they compete in Division 2. So much to play for.

Sports Capital Grant success

The Club has learned that we have been successful in our application for funding from the Sports Capital Grant for the full amount of €150,000!

This will mean the construction of a fantastic, brand new All-Weather facility will begin in due haste with work hopefully completed over the 2018 season.

This is another stunning success on the part of our Finance Committee so enormous credit must go to Alan Merriman, Brian McGrath & Felim McAllister.

The silent, thankless and often invisible work these men do on all our behalf is breathtaking. It should never be taken for granted; this is a painstaking process and I speak for the wider membership in expressing our deepest thanks to all three for seeing this application through to a successful conclusion.

The work done to secure this funding would not have been possible without the able assistance of Downey Planning & Michael J Kennedy Solicitors, we extend our sincerest thanks to them for all their efforts in helping to make this possible.

This is the next phase of development in Ballymastone which will result in the campus becoming a state of the art facility, the envy of clubs across the country, safeguarding our facilities into the future for the next generation of players and families coming through. It is a landmark day in the Club’s history.

Finally we also thank all public representatives for their help in making this dream a reality.

A great day in the life of St Pats GAA Club!
Many thanks again.

Le gach dea ghuí,Rory O’Neill
Chairperson

31 December 2017: Vetting Deadline for Managers, Coaches and Mentors

From 01 January 2018, if you as a Manager, Coach, Mentor or Referee, you are committing an offence if you are working with underage players and are not Garda Vetted.

The Club is also committing an offence by permitting this situation. The Executive of St Pats GAA Club require all concerned to fully comply with vetting requirements under National Vetting Bureau ( Children and Vulnearable Persons ) Act 2012 to 2016.

There are TWO STEPS involved in this:

  • National Vetting which is simply done on line
  • Child Protection Course done via Croke Park/Parnell Park through our CPO

E-Vetting commenced in April 2016. Since then St Pats GAA Club has coordinated a vetting process that is still very far from complete and must be an ongoing and fundamental exercise.
Garda Vetting is only valid for 5 years, so anyone who was not vetted in the last 5 years needs to now apply for vetting immediately in order to meet the deadline of 31 December 2017.

What is now needed:
The Executive of St Pats GAA Club require all Managers, Coaches, Mentors and referees to fully comply with vetting rewquiriements by year end.
All managers must supply to the Children’s Officer – by 30 October 2017 – a full listing of everyone who is coaching/mentoring with their teams and either indicate that they are vetted (within last 5 years) or confirm they are currently making an application for vetting.

This is about protecting the Club, the Officers, the Coaching Staff and foremost protecting the children in our care.

E-Vetting is a simple confidential process for more information please follow this link.

The good news is that our CPO Fiona Gallagher has arranged a Child Protection Course for Wednesday night 04 October in Keelings 19h30 for those needing to complete Stage 2.

If you have not completed this course and intend to coach/mentor for the coming season it is imperative you make an effort to attend.

If you’ve any queries or need any assistance with vetting, please email our Child Protection Officer, Fiona Gallagher  087 639 4840.

Donabate Golf Club initiative

The Club recently met with Donabate Golf Club to discuss joint initiatives. They have been a great supporter of our Club over the years and would like to offer the following to all St Pats members:
 
Discount for Pat’s Members – Donabate GC have agreed a new Membership deal for our members, on the basis of 10 new members in same year, then a further discount of extra 10% on any membership offers, including already discounted special Introductory rate – if 5 join, the discount is 5%.
 
Green Fees – They are offering a 10% discount on Green fees to our members.
 
Use of their premises – Caterer John Wynne provides excellent catering to their members & guests and also for functions booked in advance. Why not check out their updated & improved website for details of their restaurant & Sunday lunch menu. (Under licensing laws, they do ask that our members sign in their visitors book inside the entrance door.)  
If any of our members would like to inquire about their venue for a family event, just ring Robert on 018436436 who will take all the details; the restaurant can be cordoned off for privacy if desired.
 
Junior Golf & Tennis: Donabate Golf Club have a thriving Junior Golf Section (aged 8 years upwards) and have room for new members. Junior golf is run entirely by volunteer golf members, so we would need to get their agreement in advance depending on numbers involved. Annual Fee is €105.

Donabate Tennis Club is also resident at Donabate Golf Club and are also keen to welcome new membership.

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