Our AGM took place on Friday, 24th January. Many thanks to those who attended, and well done to those who were either re-elected or elected to the committee. A very special word of thanks goes to our out-going Treasurer, Thomas Mitchell, for his years of tireless dedication to the club, for which we are all very grateful. We would also like to thank Joe and Thomas O’Donnell for all their hard work on our Lotto last year.
The following officers were elected for 2014:
Life President: Jim King (Cavan)
President: Pa McAvinue (Cavan)
Chairman: John McNamara (Leitrim)
Vice-Chairman: Shane McCauley (Donegal)
Secretary: Karen McCauley (Donegal)
Assistant Secretary: Ciarán McNamara (London)
Treasurer: Sue Burke (London)
Public Relations Officer: Karen McCauley (Donegal)
Club Registrar: Conor Hallissey (Cork)
Lottery Officer: Aodhán Reaney (Mayo)
County Board Delegates: John McNamara (Leitrim); Shane McCauley (Donegal)
Coaching Co-Ordinator: Shane McCauley (Donegal)
Social Committee: Aodhán Reaney (Mayo); Conor Hallissey (Cork); Tom Gormley (Sligo); Damien McLoughlin (Sligo); Thomas Mitchell (London); Derek Dunne (Cavan)
We would like to wish our committee and everyone involved with the club all the very best for a successful season. Go raibh mile maith agaibh go léir.
Many congratulations and best wishes for the upcoming year to St. Joseph’s clubman, Declan Flanagan, following his re-appointment as PRO for the London County Board. Declan had a very successful year as PRO in 2013 and he is a credit to our club. Comhghairdeas libh go léir, Déaglán.
Flynn’s Bar & Diner, West Ealing (https://www.facebook.com/flynnsbarealing), have very kindly sponsored our new kit for the upcoming 2014 season.
On behalf of everyone at St. Joseph’s, would like to extend our sincerest congratulations to Aogán Ó Fearghail on his appointment as Uachtaráin-Tofa CLG. It is a very proud moment for Aogán’s club, Drumgoon, and the people of Cavan. The Cavan exiles here, in London, will be very proud to welcome our first ever Uachtaráin Chumann Lúthchleas Gael in the very near future.
End of Year Get Together
St. Joseph’s held the annual pre-Christmas get together on Saturday, 10 December, in The Shanakee, Ealing Broadway. A ‘craic-ing’ night was had by all! Many thanks to Bill Joyce and his lovely staff at The Shanakee for the food and warm hospitality extended to us; we are grateful for your support and look forward to your continued support in 2012. Many thanks also to the Social Committee for arranging the complimentary drinks, which were greatly received by players, management and supporters alike! The night capped off what has been a great year for the club.
St. Joseph’s on RTÉ Programme
St. Joseph’s featured on an episode of The Business on RTÉ One on 5 December. In the series, George Lee, economist, journalist, television and radio presenter, and former politician, explores how the 70 million people around the world who claim Irish descent could help to ease the country in its hour of financial need. Despite the recession and the turmoil in Europe, the series remains positive, optimistic and focused on solutions rather than problems. In Episode 4, George Lee interviewed Declan Flanagan and St. Joseph’s players Alan Fee and Mark McNulty about one of the oldest networks for the Irish diaspora, the GAA.The programme is available on RTÉ Player at http://www.rte.ie/player/#!v=1125382 until 26 December 2011 (St. Joseph’s feature from 0:02:25). It is definitely worth a watch. Well done to everyone, but especially to Alan and Mark.
Fundraiser for Mark McGovern
St. Joseph’s raised £2,000 for Mark McGovern at a very successful Night at the Races held on Friday, 26 August, in McCann’s, Hanwell. Mark, from Belcoo, Co. Fermanagh, suffered serious head injuries in a game in San Francisco in June. We have several players from Mark’s club in Belcoo. The money raised will go towards Mark’s medical and rehabilitation costs and was gratefully received by The Mark McGovern Rehabilitation Fundraising Committee. The club would like to extend their thanks to everyone who supported the night. Special mention to both our raffle winners, Owen McGee and the Adam and Eve pub, for generously donating back their prizes of All Ireland tickets to auction, which raised even more money on the night. Special thanks to Tom Mitchell for organising the night and managing the tote with the help of his assistant, Anthony Duffy, Alan Fee for supplying the mixture of music, and our MC for the night, Mike Cullinane. The club would like to extend their best wishes to Mark on his continuing excellent progress, he is an inspiration to us all. Pictures of the night are available in the Gallery.