AGM Report

The AGM of the Tipperary Supporters Club was held in a good atmosphere in the Louis Fitzgerald  Hotel, Naas Road, Dublin on Wednesday March 30th. The written reports and audited accounts for 2010 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 2010. 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 despite the difficult economic times. Other activities including proceeds from the Tipperary Credit Card (see www.tippsupportersclub.com  ) completed the income for the year. Grants of almost €137,000 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 and medical expenses. Due to the thrilling All Ireland SH victory there were additional expenses of 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, and was won by Tipperary.  The All Ireland Senior and Under 21 Trophies were on display at the meeting.

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, especially to the families of the late Simon Ryan, John Doyle and Jimmy Butler Coffey. 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 12th and 13th May. He thanked all the Tipperary Supporters for their generosity in supporting the fund-raising efforts of the Club even in difficult economic times. John thanked everyone who had helped him in his role 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.  In particular he paid tribute to Liam Sheedy, Eamon O’Shea and Michael Ryan for the superb standards which they had set in three successful years of management.

John Tierney was re-elected as Chair and he paid warm tribute to the contribution of Simon Ryan, who had been a loyal Committee Member for many years and who had passed away suddenly in February.  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 Seán Nugent, Vice-Chair of the County Board on behalf of Barry O’Brien, County Board Chair who was unavoidably absent.  Jarlath Daly, President, Tipperary Association, Dublin congratulated Liam Sheedy who had recently been selected as Tipperary Person of the Year 2010.  On behalf of the players Declan Ryan, SH Manager, thanked the Club for the support given by the Club.  Declan urged all Tipperary supporters to assist the Club and spoke of the strong desire to win back-to-back All-Ireland titles within the SH Panel. Also present at the meeting were Noel McGrath and Pádraic Maher.

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