Sunday 17 December 2017

Clonard D-day set

Brendan Furlong

Clonard G.A.A. Club has been plunged into further crisis following the decision of three officers to step aside.

It can now be revealed that the three main officers are not allowing their names to go forward for re-election at the annual general meeting of the club to be held on January 9 in the Community Centre.

Club Chairman, Ger Cashman, along with Secretary, Angela McCormack, and Treasurer, Seán Dwyer, have decided to step down.

The club has already held make or break meetings but members have been unable to arrive at a solution regarding its future.

Their last meeting saw their vote to remain as a club split 50-50, with the Chairman, Ger Cashman, reluctant to decide the club's future on his casting vote, leaving it hanging very much in the balance.

During the course of several meetings, members of the club aired their grievances, with some very heated exchanges.

And, given the concerns expressed by several of those present, the club's future seems to be hanging on a thread.

The club was unable to field hurling teams at under-age and adult levels, having to amalgamate with Volunteers under the name of Wygram Gaels in 2015, and winning an Under-14 shield title.

However, that partnership automatically ceased when the Vols opted to return to being a football-only club at their recent A.G.M.

However, the amalgamated forces won the Wexford District Under-21 football Roinn 1 championship title, leading to them qualifying for the county semi-final which was played on Sunday.

Despite that, the displays of Clonard at Junior football level this year clearly demonstrated the problems facing them as they suffered embarrassing defeats in all of their games before being relegated.

With the Volunteers opting out of hurling to concentrate solely on football, it only added to the problems surrounding the Clonard club, as this year they were unable to field at under-age and adult hurling levels without amalgamating with their neighbours.

Now the club is faced with a huge call at its annual general meeting.

But with tensions escalating, along with the three main officers stepping aside, it's clearly going to be a difficult evening before a final decision is made.

Wexford People

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