New Chairman sought
FERRYCARRIG HOTEL was the venue for the A.G.M. of Wexford Community Games. It's been a stop-start sort of year for the games in the county, what with there being no county Secretary for a couple of months in the early part of the season and then the resignation of the county Chairman a month or so ago.
With the county having no Secretary, the outdoor team events had to be rushed to completion and there were many withdrawals as a result. Now here we are again without a county Chairman or a county Vice-Chairman, as the meeting failed to elect anyone to fill either post. Wexford Community Games are appealing to Areas to think long and hard and submit some name to fill the positions.
The 2014 calender of events will not be getting under way until early in January. At the last N.E.A.C. meeting in Dublin it was announced that the national finals for 2014 will be held over two weekends, both in Athlone I.T., from August 15-17 and August 22-24, so there is plenty of time for Areas to consider nominating someone for the vacant positions at county level.
President Margaret McDermott welcomed all the delegates and guests. There was a disappointing number of Areas and delegates present. In attendance were Vice-Chairman of Wexford County Council Robert Ireton and Caitriona Reynolds, National Child Officer, as well as Noel Ferguson, representing Leinster Rugby and Sport Active Wexford.
Child Officer Caitriona Reynolds was warmly welcomed to Wexford. Caitriona explained the process of Garda Vetting and emphasised the need for all volunteers at all levels, Area, county, provincial and national, to be Garda vetted. Indeed, anyone who was helping out with coaching, managing teams etc. must be vetted for the 2014 season. There is still up to a six-month waiting list so Areas are encouraged to get their forms away on time for the forthcoming season. These forms can be downloaded from the Community Games website.
County President Margaret McDermott read out a letter of resignation from outgoing Chairperson Brendan Byrne. Brendan thanked everyone for their co-operation during the year and all the officers who had supported him. Brendan has now emigrated abroad for work and Wexford Community Games wishes him all the very best in his new life.
She thanked all the Areas for their hard work on behalf of the childen and said that the year ended on a high with a total of 69 medals coming home to Wexford from the national finals in individual and team events. She pleaded with Area personnel to support the games and the county meetings, of which there are about five for the year.
John Carr, who came on board as county Secretary at the end of May, said that 22 Areas were registered for 2013 and hopefully that will increase in the coming season. He thanked the Area Secretaries for their co-operation in sending in the paperwork, mostly on time.
I know, he said, that gathering up the panel sheets and birth certs etc. is a nuisance, but they are a necessity, and in the interest of fairness have to be checked and double-checked.
Treasurer Delores Moran had the accounts up to date and a detailed report on hand for the delegates. She thanked all the generous sponsors, Funges of Gorey, the County Council members from the regions, the Local Community Grant Scheme and Sports Active Wexford for their allocation of funds to the Games. She also thanked all those who subscribed advertisements and donations to the annual sports and culture programme.
P.R.O. Anne Cowman once again thanked the local papers for their continued loyalty and coverage of the activities of the Games. Even with the advent of websites and Facebook etc., there is no better way to get the message across than in the county's local newspapers.
She thanked Alan Aherne and Michael Carty for their support and South East Radio for coverage of the Leinster and national finals and the county photographers who cover most of the activities taking place throughout the year. She thanked John Carr for setting up the county's own website - www.wexfordcommunitygames.com - and said this would be a very useful site and hopefully of great help and assistance to the Area Secretaries.
Games Director Jason Moran thanked all the Areas who hosted competitions, the co-ordinators, referees, judges and stewards, Glynn-Barntown G.A.A. club for hosting the team finals and Ballyhogue G.A.A. club and Bree Community Games for hosting the county athletic finals.
The following were elected: President, Margaret McDermott; Vice-President, Kathleen Howlett; Secretary, John Carr; Assistant Secretary, Mikaela Doyle-Murphy; Treasurer, Delores Moran; Assistant Treasurer, Imelda Dempsey; P.R.O., Anne Cowman; Games Director, Jason Moran; Registrar, Jimmy O'Neill; Youth Officer, David Doyle-Murphy; N.E.A.C. delegate, Delores Moran; Sub N.E.A.C. delegate, Jason Moran; Leinster delegates, Anne Cowman and Margaret McDermott; National A.G.M. delegates: Anne Cowman, Kathleen Howlett, Delores Moran; Development Officer and committee: Martin Murphy (Chairperson), Eilish Kehoe, Anne Cowman, Jason Moran, Jimmy O'Neill, John Carr; Appeals committee: Jimmy O'Neill, Kathleen Howlett.
The county officers will appoint the new Child Officer shortly and volunteers are needed to sit on the Appeals committee.
The Bree-Davidstown Area are once again top of the list in the county and will represent Wexford at the national awards ceremony in Derry in late November.
The Castlebridge-Crossabeg Area were runners-up. The youth and adult volunteers of the year are to be chosen by the officer board.