Minutes of Annual General Meeting Held in Irishtown Stadium November 12th 2015
Attendance: Dee Ní Cearbhaill, Edel Haverty, Michael McGovern, Jim O’Neill, Brendan Glynn, James Cottle, Lisa and Marín Shine, Gary Park, Paudie Lavelle, John Thuellier, Niall O’Connell, Don Anderton, Paul Kelly, Philip Matthews
Apologies: John Fitzsimons, Ilona McIlory, John Caird, John Cairns and Larry Ryder Minutes of the AGM held Tuesday the 13th of November 2014 at Irishtown Stadium were approved read and signed.
Treasurer’s Report: Was given by Edel Haverty. She reported that Karl Gohery the Registrar had registered 625 members . The income for the year was 73,832 compared 50,901 in 2014. The year’s expenditure was 50,948 compared to 31,919 2014. Surplus for 2015 was 22,824 compared to 18,271 in 2014. The accounts were adapted without dissent. Proposed by Niall O’Connell and Seconded by Don Anderton.
Secretaries Report: The Club’s bid to regain the Dockland’s 5k was Successful. Under the Directorship of James Cottle , the race went ahead on the 18th Of June 2015. A lot of hard work went into it. James formed a sub-committee of volunteer’s throughout the club who helped to organise it. The club provided 100 Stewards for it. Nearly 1700 people registered and 1500 people actually participated. Notwithstanding one issue the Race was very successful, it was well organised and Stewarded. The club also provided the Stewarding 100 for the Grand Thornton 5k Race In September. The works on the track were completed in July 2015 and The new track has been up and running for a few months so although some very minor repairs may take place for a two week period Next Summer. Prior to July , it was a very difficult winter without the track from a logistical point of view. The club trained in Ringsend Park and Sean Moore Park on Tuesday Night’s . This has a knock on effect in terms of membership and general attendance at training.
The club in conjunction with IMC hosted the GV Ryan meet in Morton Stadium Santry and it was a hugely successful event. Also during the Year the Goal Mile was held by the club in Ringsend Park and the Meet and Train was held in Sean Moore Park. Both went really well
Since the track was upgraded the club has started to grow its membership again. As a consequence of this the Juvenile section had to introduce a waiting list in September to cope with the ever increasing demand of membership. The adults section is nearly at capacity too. With the increasing surges in membership , whilst of course this is good, this has led to an increase in administrative burdens. A positive knock on effect of having a very big membership is that the Club has continued to enjoy success right across the board. Adam Mc Mullan qualified for the European Indoors in Prague and Brian Murphy made the Relay teams for the world Championship’s. Matthew Behan has also enjoyed another very successful season. In Cross Country both Men’s and Women’s teams have won a lot of Medals. An Example being Recently at the Leinster Novices where the men’s and ladies both got a team bronze. In road races and other races in all categories similar success is being enjoyed. Participation in the Club continues to be huge in the Club. This was evident at the Dublin Marathon where the club had in excess of 50 people running . Every week in Races across Ireland and further afield you will find Crusdaders have athlete’s running them.
The Club has started to orgainise more Social events. With a new dedicated Social officer in situ there will be a club social event taking place roughly once a month. The report was proposed by James Cottle and Seconded by Michael McGovern.
Coaches Report: Coach Cottle said Cru men dominate in track and field and Cru women seem to strong in XC with both genders strong in road racing. Track and Field January: National junior and U23 indoor championships: Silver for Matthew Behan in 60mH Gold for James Kelly in U23 shot put Silver for Danny Lawlor in U23 shot put Bronze for Danny Lawlor in junior 28lb weight for distance Bronze in U23 35lb weight for distance
February: Glo Health Open games in Athlone: Matthew Behan ran 2nd fastest ever junior indoor 60m hurdles. Gold for Matthew Behan in Leinster juniors indoors 60mH. Leinster senior indoors: Nick Ennis won bronze in 200m Paul Breslin won silver in 400m National senior Indoors: Gold for Adam McMullen 1st long jump MS Bronze for James Kelly in shot put MS Leinster masters indoors: Paul Francis won O/45 400m gold Liam Lyster won O/55 silver in long jump Liam Lyster won O/55 gold in shot put.
May: Brian Murphy ran in Irish 4x400m relay team at the Bahamas relays. Matthew Behan broke Irish national junior record for 110mH in Cork
June/July Matthew Behan represented Ireland in 110m hurdles in European Junior Championships in Eskilstunsa in Sweden. Colin Quirke represented Ireland in discus in European Championships in Crete.
July onwards: Ivan Kinehan won O/35 800m gold in Masters national championships and represented Ireland in World championships in Lyon National T&F: Adam McMullen won gold in LJ: 7.89m (PB) Colin Quirke won gold in discus Killian Barry won silver in hammer 4x400m men’s team took silver: Rob Lee, Nick Ennis, Kevin and James Woods. Brian Murphy took silver in 400m Richard Morrissey took bronze in 400m. Both Brian and Richard on Irish 4x400m relay squad at Beijing world championships. Brian ran in semi-final and contibuted to a new Irish National record.
February: National Intermediates: women won silver: Caroline Crowley, Ilona McElroy, Yvonne Macauley, Dee Ni Chearbhaill. Caroline and Ilona won silver for Dublin. Men won bronze: Alban Coghlan, Shane Collins, Michael Kiely, Jason Kehoe.
March: National Seniors: Women won bronze: Caroline Crowley, Aoife Quigley, Catherine Thornton and Dee Ni Chearbhaill.
October: Dublin novices: Women won gold : Gemma Reddin, Ailbhe O’Driscoll-Collins, Yvonne Macauley Amy Wright. Gemma Reddin won individual gold. Men’s team took silver: Michael Kiely, Pablo Sanchez, John Mulvihill, Jason Kehoe.
Leinster Novices: Men took bronze with Pablo Sanchez, Michael Kiely, Garret Dunne, Gary Park. Pablo Sanchez won individual silver.
Dublin seniors: Women 1st with Caroline Crowley individual gold. Orla Drumm individual silver. Scorers were: Caroline Crowley, Orla Drumm, Marie Hyland, Ilona McElroy. Retained title.
November: Leinster Intermediates; Gemma Reddin won individual bronze. Gemma, Helena Walsh and Rebecca Fleming all scored for Dublin.
April: National 10K: Rob Cross 2nd in M40 National Road relays: 3rd women’s senior team: scorers were Orla Drumm, Caroline Crowley and Marie Hyland.
August: Frank Duffy 10 mile (Dublin championships): Stephen Moore won O/35 gold James Cottle won O/55 silver Senior women’s team won bronze: Nina Holmes, Jane Wallace, Kate Murray and Ailis Fagan Men’s team won senior bronze: Stephen Moore, Rob Cross, Richie MacLiam, James Murphy
October: National Marathon championships: James Cottle won national bronze in O/55 category. Men’s O/35 team won Dublin bronze: Ciaran Diviney, Ger Forde and Kieran Martin Men O/50 team won Dublin gold: James Cottle, David Long, Leo Lundy Ciaran Diviney won silver in O/40 in Dublin championships James Cottle won gold in O/55 in Dublin Championships
Mountain Running Jason Kehoe became national running champion in August on the basis of 4 races across the country.
This was given by Deirdre Ní Cearbhaill. President Ní Cearbhaill Said the Dockland’s 5k was the highlight of the year. James Cottle’s hard work was noted. The Hardwork from People in the Club outside the committee at the time such as Niall O’Connell, Liam Fergus, John Mulvihille, Niall O’Connell and Caroline Crowley to name a few was mentioned.
The difficulties of having no track throughout the winter was mentioned. In practical terms, the club had to train in Ringsend Park and SMP throughout the winter, and three people were signalled out praise because of their Hard work in setting up every Week. They were Jimmy O’Neill , Mike McGovern and Séan Murphy. It was also noted the GV ryan took place away from home this year and it is hoped that it can take place in Ringsend in 2016. Also the reopening of the track in the Summer 2015 led to the club managing to register 625 members with 395 Adult Members. This makes us the biggest adult membership in Dublin and 2nd biggest membership in total. Notwithstanding one issue a healthy balance sheet was recorded. Report proposed by Philip Matthews and Seconded by Niall O’Connell.
Election of Officers: Position Nominated Proposed by Seconded by President Dee Ní Cearbahill Michael Mcgovern Philip Matthews Vice-President Jim O’Neill Michael Mcgovern James Cottle Secretary Philip Matthews Michael Mcgovern Dee Ní Cearbahill Treasurer Edel Haverty Jim O’Neill Michael Mcgovern Adults Coach James Cottle Dee Ní Cearbahill Michael Mcgovern Adults Rep Caroline Crowley Philip Matthews Jim O’Neill Juvenile Coach John Caird Jim O’Neill Moya Nolan Juvenile Rep Moya Nolan James Cottle Jim O’Neill Men’s Captain Michael Mcgovern Philip Matthews Dee Ní Cearbahill Ladies Captain Ilona McIlory Michael McGovern Philip Matthews Communications Niall O’Connell James Cottle Michael Mcgovern Registrar Karl Gohery Michael Mcgovern James Cottle
As there was no objections all nominated candidates were deemed elected...
Motions: “I put forward the motion that Crusaders AC shall have the committee position of Social officer” – Proposed Paul Kelly and Seconded By Philip Matthews, “ That the Children’s Officer be member of the committee” Proposed by John Caird Seconded by Moya Nolan Both Motions were passed unanimously.
Crusader of the Year: As the Lady-Captain was in absentia for the AGM , a decision was taken to defer the presentation of the award until the annual Club dinner in February. A proposal from the floor came to defer the presentation annually until the aforementioned event. It was accepted unanimously.
A.O.B : Niall O’Connell gave an update on everything to the do with the Inaugural club calendar for 2016.Paul Kelly will meet with Brian Murphy about re-structuring the club’s website and getting the IPS for himself. Jimmy noted the Death of Sean Kyle (Maeve’s Husband), Jimmy emailed Mrs Kyle on behalf of the club and the club will make a donation to her charity of choice which is the special Olympics. The Goal mile will be on Christmas Day. The President then deemed the meeting closed.
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