Clonard to field in the two codes
Clonard G.A.A. club was handed a reprieve when a new set of officers were eventually elected at the Annual General Meeting of the club on Saturday.
There has been much speculation as to the future of the club, if any, over recent months, particularly when they were unable to decide on a way forward following a series of meetings. The previous meeting ended in a 50-50 divide as to the club's future, with the Chairman, Ger Cashman, not giving his casting vote.
The club decided to hold an Annual General Meeting seeking nominations for the various posts. However, the Chairman, as well as Secretary, Angela McCormack, and Treasurer, Seán Dwyer, indicated they would not be seeking re-election.
All outgoing officers were nominated for re-election but the remaining nominees for the posts of Chairman and Treasurer withdrew, leaving the club in something of a dilemma with no nominations to put before the meeting.
The meeting, which attracted an attendance of approximately 25, decided to adjourn briefly to consider the developing situation which had now hit crisis point.
Following the adjournment, Chairman Ger Cashman informed those present that they would accept nominations from the floor in an effort to fill the vacant officer posts.
The club's County Board delegate, Dave Ormonde, impressed on those present that should they fail to elect an officer board there would be no club.
When proposals were accepted from the floor, Michael Power, who is also actively involved in the ladies' football side of the club, was elected as Chairman replacing Ger Cashman.
The post of Secretary vacated by Angela McCormack, who is also Secretary of Wexford County Coiste na nOg, was filled by Lisa Kavanagh, with Eleanor Browne taking up the position of Treasurer, following the decision of Seán Dwyer not to seek re-election.
Barry Redmond stepped aside as Vice-Chairman, while he also withdrew his nomination to stand for the post of County Board delegate, leaving the way for the return of the long-serving Dave Ormonde.
The new club committee will now meet to discuss the playing structures both at adult and under-age, but it's now clear that they hope to continue as Clonard Football Club and Clonard Gaels Hurling club.
The club is still involved in the delayed Under-21 football Roinn 1 championship semi-final joined with Volunteers under the Wygram Gaels banner, with their much-postponed fixture with Ballyhogue scheduled for this coming weekend.
The Clonard decision will also impact on the remaining town clubs as it means that the transfer embargo will remain in place there.