TIPPERARY SUPPORTERS CLUB AGM REPORT

The AGM of the Tipperary Supporters Club brought a good gathering of Tipperary supporters to the Templemore Arms Hotel on Wednesday March 24th. The written reports and audited accounts for 2009 were laid before the meeting and explained in detail by Eamonn Buckley, Treasurer, and by John Ryan, Assistant Teasurer.

A record number of almost 2,400 members had joined the Club in 2009. The Golf Classic was again a major success as both an attractive event for supporters and a substantial fundraiser. Sponsorship and donations and the special All Ireland Final Weekend Golf Classic were also very successful in raising funds. Other activities including proceeds from the Tipperary Credit Card (see www.tippsupportersclub.com ) completed the income for the year. Grants of almost €168,000 were made to cover expenses incurred in the preparation of the Tipperary SH Panel including catering and accomodation, travel expenses, training gear and hurling boots, physical training, medical expenses and intensive training weekends. Due to reaching the All Ireland SH Final there were additional expenses of Team Outfits and a contribution to the All Ireland Team Holiday Fund. Other donations made were mainly for the benefit of underage hurling in Tipperary with sponsorship of the All-Ireland Under 16 Hurling Championship which is organised by Tipperary Bord na nÓg. The All Ireland Under 16 Trophy, which had been won by Tipperary, was on display at the meeting along with the Munster SH Trophy. Neil Ó Riain, Secretary of Tipperary Bord na nÓg, thanked the Tipperary Supporters Club for their sponsorship, which was in its fourth year.

In his report Secretary Joe Tuohy summarised the highlights of the Club’s activities for the year. He also expressed condolances to all those who suffered bereavements since the previous AGM. John Coman, PRO and Membership Officer, reported on another record year for numbers joining as adult members and as junior members. In his address as Chair John Tierney announced that the Annual Golf Classic would take place in the County Tipperary Golf and Country Club, Dundrum, Co Tipperary on the 13th and 14th May. He said that the Club was even more relevant in difficult economic times and in the light of current circumstances the fee would be €600 per team of 4 and that individuals would be especially welcome to enter at €150 per person. John thanked everyone who had helped him in his role during his first year as Chair of the Club including Club members, sponsors, funders, committee members, County Board and Bord na nÓg officials, team manager, selectors and backroom team and of course the players who wore the Blue and Gold with great pride and skill.

John Tierney was re-elected as Chair and he paid warm tribute to the contribution of Matt Gleeson, who had been a stalwart Committee Member for many years and who had decided to retire from the Committee. As Treasurer of the County Board, Eamonn Buckley was re-elected automatically as Treasurer of the Club. Also re-elected were John Ryan, Assistant Treasurer, Joe Tuohy, Secretary and John Coman, PRO and Membership Officer.

The meeting was also addressed by Barry O’Brien, County Board Chair; Michael Fenton, President, Tipperary Association, Dublin; and by Liam Sheedy, SH Manager. On behalf of the players Liam Sheedy thanked the Club for the support during that year and previous years. Liam urged all Tipperary supporters to assist the Club and spoke of the strong unity and desire for further success within the SH Panel. Also present at the meeting were Lar Corbett, Noel McGrath and Brendan Maher.

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TIPPERARY SUPPORTERS CLUB AGM REPORT

 

A fine gathering of Tipperary supporters came to the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel www.louisfitzgeraldhotel.com  on the Naas Road, Dublin for the AGM of Tipperary Supporters Club on Wednesday March 18th. The written reports and audited accounts for 2008 were laid before the meeting and explained in detail by Eamonn Buckley, Treasurer, and by John Ryan, Assistant Teasurer.

A record number of over 2,300 members had joined the Club in 2008. The Golf Classic was again a major success as both an attractive event for supporters and a substantial fundraiser. Sponsorship and donations and the fundraising lunch at the Munster SH Final, which was run in conjunction with the Tipperary County Board, were also very successful in raising funds. Other activities including a Radio Fun Quiz and proceeds from the Tipperary Credit Card (see www.tippsupportersclub.com ) completed the income for the year. Grants of almost €105,000 were made to cover expenses incurred in the preparation of the Tipperary SH Panel including catering and accomodation, travel expenses, training gear and hurling boots, physical training, medical expenses and intensive training weekends. Other donations made were mainly for the benefit of underage hurling in Tipperary with grants to cover costs of the Minor and Under 21 Panels and the sponsorship of the All-Ireland Under 16 Hurling Championship which is organised by Tipperary Bord na nÓg.

In his report Secretary Joe Tuohy summarised the highlights of the Club’s activities for the year. He also expressed condolances to all those who suffered bereavements since the previous AGM and in particular to the family of the late Michael Spike Nolan, Treasurer of the Club who had died in May 2008. In his final address prior to his retirement as Chair Ger Ryan announced that the Annual Golf Classic would take place in the County Tipperary Golf and Country Club, Dundrum, Co Tipperary on the 14th and 15th May. He said that the Club was even more relevant in difficult economic times and in the light of current circumstances the fee would be reduced to €600 per team of 4 and that individuals would be especially welcome to enter at €150 per person. Before leaving the Chair Ger thanked everyone who had helped him in his roles as Assistant Treasurer, Secretary and Chair of the Club since he joined the Comittee in 1998 including Club members, sponsors, funders, committee members, County Board and Bord na nÓg officials, team managers, selectors and backroom teams and of course the players who wore the Blue and Gold.

John Tierney of Shannon Rovers was elected as Chair and he paid warm tribute to the enormous contribution of Ger Ryan, tributes which were echoed by many speakers on the night. As Treasurer of the County Board, Eamonn Buckley was re-elected automatically as Treasurer of the Club. Also re-elected were John Ryan, Assistant Treasurer, Joe Tuohy, Secretary and John Coman, PRO and Membership Officer. Presentations were made to the following who had retired during the past year: Gerry Ryan as PRO and Membership Officer; John Costigan as County Board Chair; Ed Donnelly as County Board PRO; Ger Ryan as Club Chair and John English, former Chair of the Club and founder member who was retiring from the Committee after 23 years of dedicated involvement.

The meeting was also addressed by Barry O’Brien, County Board Chair; Michael Fenton, President, Tipperary Association, Dublin; Liz Howard, Uachtarán, Cumann Camógaíochta na nGael; Willie Ryan, SH Captain; and by Liam Sheedy, SH Manager. On behalf of the players Willie thanked the Club for the support during that year and previous years. Liam urged all Tipperary supporters to assist the Club and spoke of the strong commitment, talent and enthusiasm within the SH Panel. Also present at the meeting were Conor O’Mahony (Vice-Captain), Diarmaid Fitzgerald and Benny Dunne.

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