The Cavan County Board convention 2016 took place in the Hotel Kilmore on Thursday night and all went to script. As there was no contests for any positions on the board no votes were needed on the night. The single change to the county board for 2017 will see Shercock native Anglea Hamilton replace Gary Robins as assistant secretary.
Martin Cahill delivered the treasures report which show that the income of the county board was up by almost €400,000 while the expenditure was up by just over €120,000. The board produced a surplus of €290,336 for this year which is a massive improvement on 2015.
The Cavan GAA Chairman Gerry Brady spoke with Damien Donohue at the Cavan GAA Convention
Fundraising activities brought in almost double when compared with 2015 mainly thanks to the jailbreak initiative which netted a profit of approximately €105,000.
It was announced that Cavan will launch their new jersey on January 21st 2017 in the sports shop in Cavan town.
County teams’ administration expenses rose by over €46,000 and when challenged on it from the floor chairman Gerry Brady quoted John O’Mahony by saying “Don’t expect your players to play 5 star if they don’t stay 5 star”.
Former Chairman Tom Reilly spoke about the initiative to “keep the home fire burning” which is aimed at the GAA club members calling round to the elderly members of the community to check on them. The board are running a special night when Kerry visit Kingspan Breffni Park in the spring where each club is asked to bring in six or seven elderly people from their area to the game and entrance while be free to them for the match.
Gerry Brady in his chairman’s address paid tribute to former Cavan manager Terry Hyland and his management team over his term. He also which incoming manager Mattie McGleenan every success for the coming year.
He remembered former chairmen of Cavan County Board Paddy Donohoe and Phil Brady who passed away during 2016 and also remembered Kingscourt Star club man and selector with Cavan seniors and under 21’s Joe McCarthy who also passed.
He address the ongoing issue of hurling and expressed disappointment that the under 21 project was unsuccessful due to lack of player participation. He informed the meeting that it was the boards hope that Cavan would enter the Lory Meagher cup in the coming year but number at training would have to improve for the decision to stand.
The night was concluded with a presentation to Gary Robbins as a token of gratitude for his work during his five years as assistant secretary.