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133rd Clonliffe Harriers AGM Report

The 133rd annual general meeting of Clonliffe Harriers A.C. took place in the club premises last night (March 19th).  There was an excellent turnout of club members for the AGM, possibly the best in the past ten years.  It is particularly pleasing to see such interest by the members in the running of the club.

At the outset of the meeting the minutes of the 132nd AGM were approved.

Secretary`s Report: The meeting then heard from Noel Guiden who outlined that the club was in a very healthy state moving into 2019. He outlined that there was a great through put of young athletes from the juvenile into the junior men and into the senior men’s ranks and that the future also looked equally promising on the women’s side with a lot of the older juveniles moving now into the junior ranks and in turn will hopefully move into the senior ranks.  He cautioned, however, on the absence of athletes competing in the technical events in particular hurdles, jumps and throws which needs addressing.  He also thanked and congratulated all of the club members on their work in the promotion of the club’s various events and in turn, therefore, the promotion of Clonliffe Harriers A.C. in particular on the Morton Games, the Brother Schools Cross Country and the club’s two open races, the Clonliffe 2 and the ERP Christmas Cracker 5k.  He thanked all who had volunteered and assisted with these events but outlined the need for more volunteers to get involved in the running of their club and to assist the club in respect of all its activities.  He thanked and congratulated the treasurer Eoin Murray who was stepping down as treasurer at this AGM and thanked the President, the committee and all of the athletes and coaches for their contribution over the previous twelve months to the club.

Captain`s report: Joe Cooper then presented his report, he outlined briefly the highlights of the year which included on the cross country front the team winning the Dublin Senior title, finishing 2nd in the National Senior, the junior team finishing 1st in the Nationals and at the European Junior Cross Country the team finishing 11th.  The Masters O/65 team winning the National title.  On the road he outlined that the men’s team had won both the National half marathon and the National marathon titles and in track and field had won the National indoor league and the National outdoor league and had competed in the European Clubs Cross Country in the A Division finishing 9th.  He singled out two athletes for special mention being Efrem Gidey who was 5th at the European Clubs in Portugal and successfully defended the All Ireland Schools Cross Country Championship and Eoin Peirce who against the odds had won the National indoor 1500m title, he paid particular tribute to Eoin Peirce who has been in the club since he was a U/12 and had always been available to compete for the club when called upon.  Finally he thanked all of the athletes, coaches and committee members and stewards who had volunteered at the various races and requested that all concerned build on the successes of the past year and that if that happens all can look forward to future success in the coming year.

Treasurer`s report: Eoin Murray presented his final report as the club’s Honorary Treasurer, he presented a very healthy set of accounts which showed that the club was in a very healthy position with profits being made by both the club bar and also by the club’s athletics activities. The club had incurred considerable expenditure over the previous twelve months by way of repairs required to the club’s premises and despite this substantial outlay a still very healthy profit had been returned.  He congratulated all concerned with collecting of the clubs subs, those who volunteered in the club bar, all those who organised and assisted with the running of the club’s various promotions all of which contributed substantially to the club’s finances.  Finally he thanked the president, his fellow officers and the committee for their support and for the work which had been carried out by all concerned during his tenure as Honorary Treasurer.

Juvenile Captain’s Report: Gladys Cooper outlined the great successes enjoyed by the juvenile section over the previous twelve months. She paid particular tribute to Ray Fitzsimons for the superb work he had carried out with the juvenile sprints group which has now grown substantially over the previous twelve months and had delivered substantial success at juvenile and junior level and in turn a number of these had now progressed to the senior group under the stewardship of John Shiels.  She also outlined that over the previous twelve months six new coaches had come on board with the juvenile section and that the juvenile membership continues to grow and thrive to now some 200 plus juvenile members.  Gladys also presented a document outlining all the successes of the juvenile members over the previous twelve months.  See attached: (coming soon)

President’s address: Paddy Marley who commented upon the great turnout for the AGM which was the best in years. He congratulated the club’s captains, coaches and athletes, in particular the coaches for the time which they give to the athletes and the club.  He commented upon the successes enjoyed by the club at cross country level with the juniors winning the National Title and then competing in the European Clubs, whilst the Senior men had finished 2nd he commented that it was disappointing that the opportunity was not availed of to possibly win back the National Title.  He commended the outstanding performances by the club’s athletes on the track which included the winning by the men’s team of both the indoor and outdoor League titles and also commended all individual members who had enjoyed success at national level.  He congratulated all in the club on the winning by the club of the Athletics Ireland Club of the Year (Performance) for the fourth successive time.  With regard to the club’s promotions he thanked all concerned for their input into the Morton Games, the Clonliffe 2, the ERP Christmas Cracker, the Brother Schools.  He also congratulated all concerned with the clubs various other activities including the Grand Prix Series.  He thanked all who had taken the time and made themselves available to steward at the club’s various events, he congratulated and thanked the club treasurer for the excellent job he had done over the previous years, he also thanked the people involved with the club’s lotto and the bar committee.   He thanked all of the clubs sponsors including the clubs main sponsor Hireco and then all of the clubs individual sponsors including Kavanaghs, ERP, Brother, Behan & Associates, Commercial Hygiene Services, Loki Sports and all the individual sponsors of various club races included in the Grand Prix Series.

Elections were held and the following were elected:

President – Paddy Marley

Vice Presidents – Colm Brennan, Tommy Griffin, Johnny O’Leary, Maurice Ahern, Paddy Marley, Frances Mansfield, Noel Daly, Peter McDermott and Alex Sweeney.

Honorary Secretary – Noel Guiden

Honorary Treasurer – Brian McDonald

Club Captain – Joe Cooper

Ladies Captain – Louise Carraher

Committee members – Caroline Tuite, Paddy Tuite, Stephen Harkness

Trustees – Johnny O’Leary, Tommy Griffin, Maurice Ahern

The members also passed the Motion which had been brought by the committee unanimously: “That the annual subscription for membership of Clonliffe Harriers A.C. as of 2020 be increased by the sum of €10.00 per category of membership”.

Under the heading of any other business it was agreed that the incoming committee will consider the following matters:

The position on the committee for a Health and Safety Officer

The position on the committee for a  Welfare Officer

To consider refurbishments to the clubhouse and dressing rooms (in particular the ladies dressing rooms).

Dominic Branigan outlined that December was the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Billy Morton and he as making progress on how to appropriately commemorate this and that he would liaise with the club’s committee further during the course of the year.

On conclusion of any other business the president closed the meeting by thanking all concerned for their attendance and participation.

Clonliffe Harriers AGM next Tuesday March 19th

Members are reminded that the Annual General Meeting of Clonliffe Harriers A.C. will take place in the club bar next Tuesday March 19th at 8.45 p.m.

See attached Notice: 2019ClonliffeAGMnotice

Members are encouraged to attend and participate. This is your opportunity to have a say in the running of your club.

132nd Clonliffe Harriers AGM Report

The 132nd club AGM took place in the club bar last night Tuesday March 6th. Although the attendance on the night could certainly not be described as ‘substantial’ there was fairly good contributions from the club members in attendance.

The meeting heard the Honorary Secretary’s address. The Honorary Secretary congratulated and thanked Pamela Cooper who on the night would be stepping down having spent ten years as Ladies Captain.  He also paid tribute to the club treasurer Eoin Murray for the job he had done with the club’s finances in recent years. He also outlined that one of the challenges facing the club arises as a result of the booming numbers and that is the availability of individuals who would act as coaches or assistant coaches, this is one of the challenges facing most clubs particularly with athletes nowadays staying in the sport on a competitive basis longer and longer which meant that there was less available volunteers to help with the very important job of coaching and indeed volunteering generally with the club.  He encouraged club members who may be thinking of ‘hanging up the spikes’ to consider helping the clubs coaches.  He also encouraged members generally to continue to assist with the volunteering for various events held by the club which increased enormously the club profile and also assisted with the club’s finances.  He also thanked the people who had assisted with the PR in the club generally and in particular Stephen Harkness for his work on the club’s social media and Shane Rooney for his reporting of various races and the social functions and Liam Hennessy for his reporting on the Grand Prix Series.  He also suggested to members with the club now going to compete in Group A of the European Track and Field Club Championships in Birmingham on the weekend of May 26th and 27th that it would be a great boost to the team if as many club members as possible could see their way to travelling to Birmingham for that weekend.  He thanked the club’s officers, committee and members for their continued support and wished all in Clonliffe continued and great success in 2018.

The Club Captain outlined a successful year for the club with the winning of the indoor and outdoor track and field Championships a particularly notable achievement, he also outlined the successes of the club in the winning of club titles at National Marathon and Half Marathon, with the teams finishing 1st and 2nd in both competitions, he outlined that the team had finished 3rd at the European Clubs Group B in Leiria Portugal and that the club had been recognised with performance club of the year for the third successive year. Whilst it was a disappointing year at Cross Country level the team would be redoubling its efforts.  The individual achievements of the club members and team members were all documented on the club website.  He thanked the athletes for their support, the coaches and committee for their full backing throughout the past year and thanked all members who had helped out at various club events over the year and again appealed to club members to attend Birmingham to support the team competing in the European Group A.

The Honorary Treasurer presented the club account and took the members through the account which showed that the club continued to be in a very healthy state.   He outlined the continuing excellent work which was being carried out by the Bar Committee and that this had been reflected in the performance of the bar and he encouraged members to continue to use the bar for various functions.  He also outlined the very successful financial position of the ‘athletics’ side of the club and took the meeting through the overall club account.  He thanked the members, the club captains and officers for their continued support in all aspects of the club’s finances.

Pamela Cooper the Ladies Captain confirmed that she was stepping down as lady’s captain after ten years, she took the meeting through the major improvement in the lady’s section over the previous ten years from a handful of athletes to now where there were 60/70 athletes in the lady’s section competing on a regular basis. She outlined the individual successes enjoyed by the club members over the previous twelve months in particular the success of Snezana Bechtina at World Masters Indoor where she finished 2nd in both the 200 and 400.  She also outlined the team success enjoyed by the ladies section of the club over the previous twelve months.

The juvenile captain outlined for the meeting the continued growth in the juvenile section and thanked the juvenile coaches who put in enormous amounts of time and commitment to looking after the club’s future athletes. She outlined recent matters which had been undertaken by the juvenile section including a recent bag pack by way of a fundraiser for a future trip.  With regard to the successes enjoyed by the juvenile members over the previous twelve months attached is a comprehensive report of those achievements: Juvenile Captain AGM report 18

Paddy Marley then addressed the meeting with his President’s address, he outlined that once again 2017 had been an enormously successful year in the life of Clonliffe Harriers with successes on and off the track. He paid tribute to the work which had been carried out by the club captains and in particular by Pamela who was stepping down after ten years as Lady’s Captain and indeed two years prior to that as vice-captain and commended her on the outstanding commitment she had shown to the club. He thanked the individuals who headed up the club’s various activities in particular Noel Guiden for the Morton Games and Brother Schools Cross Country, Mick Kearney for the Clonliffe 2, Eoin Murray for the ERP Christmas Cracker 2 Mile, Maurice Ahern and his subcommittee for the Grand Prix Series, he thanked the various club sponsors and in particular Helen Flynn and Hireco who are the club’s main sponsor, he also thanked the various other sponsors, Brother for the Schools Cross Country, Kavanagh’s for the 2 Mile, ERP, Behan & Associates for the Grand Prix Series and the various club members who sponsored the 16 races throughout the course of that series, he thanked Colm Doran for his sponsorship of juvenile events and John Shields, Loki Sports for their sponsorship of the club athletes of the year.  He also paid tribute to the work carried out by the treasurer in presenting such a robust club account, to Noreen Keane and Johnny O’Leary for their work on the club lotto, George Maybury and Alan Worrall on the health and safety work, the bar subcommittee of Paddy Tuite, Caroline Tuite and Joe Cooper and thanked the various individuals who stewarded at events and built courses and in particular paid tribute to both Sean Callan and Alan O’Neill.  He congratulated all of the athletes on their successes throughout the year and in particular those who had received international recognition and he thanked the committee for the superb work put in throughout the course of 2017.

Elections were held and the following officers and committee were elected to serve the club into 2018:

Honorary President: Paddy Marley

Honorary Secretary: Noel Guiden

Honorary Treasurer: Eoin Murray

Captain: Joe Cooper

Lady’s Captain: Orna McGinley

Committee Members: Caroline Tuite, Alan Worrall, Stephen Harkness

The trustees were re-elected: Johnny O’Leary, Maurice Ahern, Tommy Griffin Senior

Under the heading of any other business there was a discussion surrounding the availability of club gear and it was agreed that club members would look into the availability of performance gear to have this branded and would obtain costings and would submit this to the secretary for onward consideration by the incoming committee.

It was also agreed that the incoming committee would consider how appropriate to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Billy Morton in 1969.  There was a discussion surrounding this.

The Committee meeting concluded at approximately 10.40 p.m.

Reminder: Clonliffe AGM Tuesday March 6th (Confirmed)

Reminder: Members please note that the Annual General Meeting of Clonliffe Harriers AC will take place on Tuesday March 6th at 8.30 in the club Bar.

Notice of Clonliffe Harriers AGM

Members please note that the Annual General Meeting of Clonliffe Harriers AC will take place on Tuesday March 6th at 8.30 in the club Bar.

See attached Notice: 2018AGMNotice

 

131st Clonliffe Harriers AGM Report

The 131st Clonliffe Harriers AGM took place in the club bar on Tuesday March 7th.  It was a fairly well attended AGM which enjoyed lively contributions from the club’s members from the floor.

The meeting heard firstly an address from the club Honorary Secretary who outlined the healthy state of the club with continued growth in membership with current membership at in excess of 500. In particular there was a great expansion of the juvenile section and great credit is due to the work of juvenile captain Gladys Cooper and her team.  The Honorary Secretary also stated that the club had enjoyed outstanding athletic successes and that the meeting would hear from the various captains and that the club for the second successive year had been awarded by Athletics Ireland the Performance club of the year award.  He also stated that the club’s finances were healthy and that the meeting would hear further on that front from the Honorary Treasurer.  The Honorary Secretary went on to outline the administration of the club over the previous year, the various promotions conducted by the club and thanked all concerned for their assistance and dedication with the running of these various events and in particular the Morton Games and event which all members of Clonliffe Harriers should be justifiably proud of.  The Honorary Secretary also thanked the club’s sponsor Hireco and the many additional sponsors who sponsored various events throughout the year, he finally thanked the club’s athletes, the club’s coaches, the club’s officers and committee members.

The club captain Joe Cooper presented his report and outlined the outstanding success of the club’s athletes over the previous years. In summary these were:

Masters National Champions – Matt Slattery O/65 1st 100, 200 and 400.

National Indoor Champions – Ian Rogers 1st pole vault, Andrew Heaney 1st high jump.

National Track and Field Championships – Brian Gregan 1st 400, Rory Gunning 1st javelin, David Flynn 2nd 3000 SC, Declan Murray 2nd 800m, Niall Counihan 2nd triple jump, Chris Sibanda 3rd 100, Andri Mahon 3rd triple jump.

There had also been a national 5 mile track record set by Sergio Ciobanu of 24.13 and during the year a new club record by Rory Gunning in the javelin 63.24m and Keith Marks in the long jump 7.48.

National Track and Field Championships – Clonliffe 1st

National Junior Cross Country – Clonliffe 1st

National Novice Cross Country – Clonliffe 1st

National Intermediate Cross Country – Clonliffe 1s

National Marathon – Clonliffe 1s

National Half Marathon – Clonliffe 1st

National Indoor League Final 2017 – Clonliffe 1st

The Honorary Treasurer then presented his report and took the meeting through the club’s balance sheet and trading account and outlined a very healthy state of the club and paid tribute to all concerned who are involved in the collection of members subscriptions, also the various volunteers who assist with the club’s promotions and hosting of events all of which provide a very healthy stream of income for the club. He also thanked Noreen Keane for her work in connection with the club lottery and thereafter dealt with questions from the floor on the annual account.

The ladies captain presented her report and outlined the difficulties which had been experienced in fielding teams particularly for cross country events, she thanked the athletes who had competed for the club, all of whom had competed to the best of their ability. The highlights were Leah Bergin 2nd National U/23 Indoor 400, Aursa Jermubaskyte 2nd National Indoor triple jump and 3rd National Indoor long jump (club record).  Ciara McCallian had been selected to compete for Ireland in the 4 x 400 European Relay team and had also finished 3rd in the National 400 Track and Field Championships.  Aursa Jermubaskyte had finished 1st in the National Track and Field triple jump with a jump of 12.00m – a PB.  In September Greta Streimkyte finished 4th in the Rio Paralympic 1500 in a pb of 4.45.06.  In cross country the team finished 3rd in the Dublin Novice and 2nd in the Dublin Intermediate.

The juvenile captain presented her report on the juvenile section which had been a particularly busy year for the section with membership having grown in huge numbers, by way of illustration the U/12 group had in the order of 70 to 90 young athletes attending each session. The juvenile captain thanked the coaches and parents who had provided assistance and in particular she thanked the new coaches who had come into the group, Grahan Mahon, Leo Hession, Ulrich Neiberg and Yvonne Burke.  She also outlined that the club had instigated a new initiative which saw the club host a juvenile all medal open Meet which was an open track and field competition held in May and proved to be a very good success and it was hoped that this would continue to grow and would grow even more in the summer of 2017.  On the athletics field the highlights were the finishing 2nd of Sean O’Leary in the U/19 cross country and 3rd U/18 with the U/16 boys winning silver in 2016.  In track and field Craig Giles had won the National U/17 800 and finished 2nd in the 1500.  Sally Sumola had won U/13 long jump gold and silver in 80m, Caitlin O’Reilly U/16 silver in 100, Cian Bolger U/16 1500, Justina Gedvilas silver javelin, Jonas Norvasisus bronze shot putt and Sean Carrick U/19 gold 3000m.

The club president Paddy Marley then addressed the meeting, he took the members through the club’s annual promotions and thanked the various race directors of these promotions and thanked their teams and also the volunteers who had assisted and given freely and willingly of their time throughout. He also thanked Noreen Keane who looks after the club’s lotto, he thanked the club’s coaches and paid tribute to the extraordinary successes enjoyed by the club’s athletes under the various coaches. He paid tribute to all concerned with the winning by the club, for the second time, of the prestigious performance club of the year.   The President also thanked the club’s sponsors and in particular Hireco who had been the club’s sponsor now for over ten years and he thanked the various sponsors of events in the Morton Games and in the various road races hosted by the club.

The meeting elected the following officers and committee to serve the club:

  • President – Paddy Marley

    Honorary Secretary – Noel Guiden

    Honorary Treasurer – Eoin Murray

    Men’s Captain – Joe Cooper

    Ladies Captain – Pamela Cooper

    Committee Members: Caroline Tuite, Alan Worrall, Paddy Tuite

    The trustees were all re-elected: Johnny O’Leary, Maurice Ahern, Tommy Griffin Senior.

    The following Motions were passed: 1.“Believing National interclub Cross Country Championships to be deemed fair competition we propose that as with the National Track and Field Championships all competitors in National Cross Country Championships, save those National Cross Country Championships which are inter-county only, must wear their official club vests”.

  • 2. “That an athlete does not become a master athlete and eligible to compete in master competition until he or she reaches 40 years of age”.

Under Any Other Business the following were discussed:

The club lotto and the possibility of a direct debit – this to be considered by the incoming committee.

The current state of Irish athletics and performances at major championships.

The updating of the Club’s Constitution.

Eugene Coppinger on behalf of Dublin Marathon thanked Clonliffe for their involvement with the race series, he congratulated Joe Cooper for what was an incredible year in the club.

There was also a discussion concerning the lack of publicity and lack of promotion of the sport of athletics generally.

 

 

Reminder: Clonliffe AGM Tuesday March 7th

Reminder of upcoming AGM: the Clonliffe Harriers AC Annual General Meeting will take place in the Club Bar on Tuesday March 7th at 9.00pm sharp. Any Motions to the AGM must be in writing, and contain both the name of the proposer and seconder and must be with the Hon. Secretary by February 21st.

 

130th AGM Report

The Annual General Meeting of Clonliffe Harriers took place in the clubhouse last night, November 24th.  It was a well attended meeting which heard impressive reports from the three club captains on the outstanding successes enjoyed by Clonliffe athletes and teams over the course of the previous twelve months.

The Men’s Captain Joe Cooper outlined on a month by month basis the results achieved with the highlights on a team perspective being the regaining of the Men’s Senior Cross Country title last March in Rostrevor, Co. Down, the regaining of the National Track and Field league title in Tullamore in August and then the winning of the National Cross Country title again (following on the switch with the intercounties, the previous Sunday in Santry).   The captain also outlined the excellent individual performances by the clubs athletes and made mention of national titles being won by Dara Kervick, Brian Gregan, Ian Rogers and the 4 x 100 squad.

The Ladies Captain in addition to the results achieved by the teams focused on the continued growth in the Ladies Section of the club.  In the field of competition she highlighted the performances of the track and field team in finishing 3rd in the National League and in cross country the performances of the intermediate teams and she also outlined the successes enjoyed by the Meet and Train Group.  The Ladies Captain also welcomed the ‘signing’ this year of Ben Lawlor.

The Juvenile Captain also focused on the continued growth of the juvenile section paying tribute to the coaches who assist: Gerry Carr, Mick Fogarty, Noel Guiden, Bart Rogers and Ray Fitzsimons.  She outlined the successes of the juvenile athletes and paid tribute in particular to Hope Saunders who is moving from the juvenile into the junior ranks and over the course of the year had won the National Junior Cross Country title last March.  The meeting noted the performance of Hope in retaining that title in Santry the previous Sunday and the meeting paid a generous round of applause by way of appreciation.

Presentations were also heard from the club Honorary Secretary on the club’s promotions over the course of the year and from the Honorary Treasurer who took the meeting through the clubs account and outlined the healthy financial position of the club as a whole.

Paddy Marley in his President`s address thanked all who contributed over the previous twelve months to an amazing year in the life of Clonliffe Harriers, in particular he thanked the club members who had responded to all requests for assistance and highlighted in particular Sunday’s interclub cross country with the huge number of Clonliffe members who came out to assist pointing out that these events simply could not take place without the enthusiasm and dedication of all members of the club.  He also thanked all of the clubs coaches, the clubs sponsors and in particular Helen Flynn and Hireco, Colm Doran for his sponsorship of juvenile events, all of the sponsors for the various races over the year, the Grand Prix Series and all of the sponsors who became involved in Morton Games, he also thanked the individual club members who had become ‘Friends of Morton Games’ which had meant that the club was in a position to provide a top class international Meet which was possibly the highlight of the year.

The meeting elected the following Committee for 2016:

Honorary President – Paddy Marley

Honorary  Secretary – Noel Guiden

Honorary Treasurer – Eoin Murray

Club Captain – Joe Cooper

Ladies Captain – Pamela Cooper

Committee Members: Caroline Tuite, Stephen Harkness, Alan Worrall.

The meeting also re-elected unanimously the club’s trustees: John O’Leary, Maurice Ahern and Tommy Griffin Senior and the club’s vice presidents.

The meeting also passed the two Motions as follows:

“That in recognition of his achievements as coach to St. Aidan’s CBS and in particular his contribution to the juvenile section of Clonliffe Harriers that Alan O’Neill be made an honorary life member of Clonliffe Harriers A.C.”

“That the annual subscription for membership of Clonliffe Harriers A.C. be increased by the sum of €10.00 per category of membership”

Under the heading of any other business George Maybury on behalf of the Irish Masters Athletics Association thanked the club for its assistance with the hosting of the recent British and Irish Masters Cross Country International.

129th Clonliffe Harriers AGM Report

Last night’s 129th Annual General Meeting of Clonliffe Harriers A.C. was a well attended affair, possibly the biggest attendance at an AGM in at least the last five years.

The meeting heard reports delivered by the club’s officers with the three club captains reporting on the successes of the previous twelve months by Clonliffe athletes. The treasurer delivered his report outlining the healthy finances of the club, the honorary secretary delivered a report on the club’s activities over the past twelve months with particular emphasis on the clubs promotions including the Morton Games and Brother Clonliffe Schools Cross Country. The club president in his address paid tribute to the work carried out by the club’s officers and captains over the previous 12 months, to the committee and to the various individuals who had assisted the club in any way pointing out that with the various club activities that it was a huge undertaking and he thanked all concerned for their time and dedication to Clonliffe Harriers.

The AGM elected the following officers and committee members:

Honorary President: Paddy Marley

Honorary Secretary: Noel Guiden

Club Captain: Joe Cooper

Honorary Treasurer: Eoin Murray

Ladies Captain: Pamela Cooper

Committee Members: Noreen Keane, Caroline Tuite, Paddy Tuite

Trustees: Johnny O’Leary, Maurice Ahern, Tommy Griffin

Vice Presidents: Colm Brennan, Tommy Griffin, Johnny O’Leary, Paddy Marley, Maurice Ahern, Frances Mansfield, Noel Daly, Peter McDermott, Alec Sweeney.

The Committee brought four Motions to the AGM which were discussed and all four were passed unanimously by the members.

Clonliffe Harriers A.C. 128th AGM Report

The 128th Clonliffe Harriers AGM took place on Tuesday November 26th with a large attendance of senior members.

Honorary Secretary’s Address

Noel Guiden reported on the administration matters arising in respect of the club’s affairs over the previous twelve months and outlined the work which had been carried out by the various sub committees, he also advised the members of the representation of the club at Dublin County Board meetings and at Morton Stadium Management meetings, he stressed the necessity for club members to become more involved in the clubs affairs and encouraged members to make themselves available to come onto the various sub committees and to help out with the clubs race promotions. He thanked the President, Officers, Committee athletes and members for their endeavours throughout the course of the previous twelve months.

Club Captain’s Report

Joe Cooper reported on a mixed year where the Senior Men’s team had retained the National Senior Cross Country title but had failed to retain the National Track and Field title. He took the members through the highlights on a month by month basis throughout the course of the year and on conclusion thanked the athletes for their hard work and dedication, he thanked the committee for their backing throughout the past year and paid tribute to the clubs hardworking coaches.

Honorary Treasurers Report

Eoin Murray reported on a healthy financial set of accounts, he outlined that overall the club was in a healthy financial position and in particular he reported on a substantial increase in members subscriptions over the previous twelve months, he stressed the importance of the club members becoming involved in the various races wherein the club was providing stewards as this was a healthy source of Revenue. He then took the members through the club’s financial accounts for the previous twelve months and dealt with questions from the floor.

Ladies Captains Report

Pamela Cooper reported on the continued growth of the ladies section of the club, she outlined the excellent performances of the athletes over the previous year the standout performances included the winning by the ladies of the Dublin Cross Country Championship for the first time in over a decade, the team placing fifth in the National Track and Field Premier Division final and 3rd in the National Senior Cross Country, she also commented upon the individual performances of some of our athletes including Denise Byrne finishing 2nd in the National Track and Field Championships, Leah Moore 3rd in the National Track and Field 200 and 3rd in the National Track and Field indoor 60m and of course Sara McCormack winning team gold on the Irish European Cross Country team and winning team bronze on the Irish World Mountain running team. Finally she thanked the athletes coaches and paid particular tribute to Noreen Keane for organising the Ladies 50th Anniversary celebrations.

Juvenile Captains Report

Gladys Cooper reported on another successful year for the juvenile section with many excellent and promising performances far too numerous to mention, she reported on an increase in juvenile numbers to approximately 150 young athletes, she paid tribute to the coaches who help throughout the course of the year for their enthusiasm and commitment to the club’s young athletes and reported on a very successful trip to Wales in the early summer where 36 juveniles competed in a Track and Field Meet in Liverpool Harriers.

Presidents Address

Paddy Marley outlined the great work and commitment shown by the chairs of the club’s various sub committees including Tom Griffin for the Christmas Cracker 5K, Mick Kearney for the Clonliffe 2, Noel Guiden for the Brother Invitational Cross Country and Morton Games, Noreen Keane for looking after the Women’s 50th Anniversary, he also paid tribute to the work which was carried out by the club’s members in the hosting of various other events and in particular the European Team Championships in the Stadium and the National Inter Counties Cross Country. He paid tribute to the work carried out by the club’s captains, Joe Cooper, Gladys Cooper and Pamela Cooper and to the coaches, the club’s committee and all of the members who had made 2013 such a successful year for the club.

The President went on to thank all of the club’s various sponsors over the year and in particular Hireco who have been a committed sponsor of the club for many years now.

Elections

The following officers and committee members were elected

Honorary President – Paddy Marley

Vice Presidents – Jack Deegan, Colm Brennan, Tommy Griffin Senior, Johnny O’Leary, Maurice Ahern, Paddy Marley, Frances Mansfield, Noel Daly, Peter McDermott, Alec Sweeney.

Honorary Secretary – Noel Guiden

Honorary Treasurer – Eoin Murray

Club Captain – Joe Cooper

Ladies Captain – Pamela Cooper

Committee members – Paddy Tuite, Stephen Harkness, Noreen Keane

Trustees – Maurice Ahern, Tommy Griffin Senior, Johnny O’Leary

Any Other Business

The following matters arose:

Dominic Brannigan made a presentation in connection with the Clonliffe Harriers History Book which will be launched on the 2nd of December, he thanked all of the clubs members and family of deceased and former members for their contributions and in particular paid tribute to the excellent work carried out in respect of club statistics by Killian Lonergan. dominic made a presentation of the first copy of Clonliffe Harriers 1886-2013 to Paddy Marley.

First copy Clonliffe book

Gerry Carr raised the issue of the non compliance by athletes with the ban which had been imposed on health and safety grounds at the 2011 AGM concerning the use of personal headsets and sought the committee’s view as to how this ban was now going to be enforced. The Committee agreed that the ban should be absolutely enforced and that athletes who continued to avail of headsets during Clonliffe training time would be asked to leave the track immediately.

Tom Griffin in respect of the Christmas Cracker 5K requested that any members who have an involvement with companies who provide samples or suchlike make themselves known as he was looking for items for the post race goody bag.

Noel Guiden advised the meeting that the Goal Mile would return to the Morton Stadium on Christmas Eve (10 a.m. to 12 noon) and requested the members to support this very worthy cause.

 

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