Ballindine, Co. Mayo

December 10, 2020

2020 AGM Chairman’s Address

2020 AGM. The Chairman’s Address:
2020 has been a very challenging year for the GAA and club activity. We started out the year with great expectations but that was not to be as Covid 19 struck.
The senior league was called off which was a massive blow as we expected to go to Division 2. All club activity was postponed to the end of July and the Senior championship was run off. We managed to hold on to our senior status. I would like to thank the Senior and Junior Management Teams as well as the players for their effort.
Our underage had a great year but the highlight for me was the minors winning the B championship. It’s a testimony to the Bord na Nog, to the managers, selectors and everybody involved with all the teams at underage.
John Costello came on board as secretary of the club in February. We are delighted that he took this position and he is really competent in this role. I have to thank Niamh for all she has done also.
Our club lotto was also put on hold due to Covid 19 early in the year. However the finance committee have changed and adapted their practices in selling tickets and doing the lotto draw every Sunday and as a result, we are still one of the most successful lottos in the county. We are very lucky to have such a dedicated club presto committee. Thank you to all our members who purchased tickets for the Club and County Draw. These monies together with the presto form a large part of our financial coffers. A special mention to the Senior Team who raised funds through their “last man standing” fundraiser. It was a great success. These monies are going towards gym equipment for our hall.
This year we also got the pitch made longer and wider and the walkway around the pitch completed and I just want to say a big thanks to McHugh’s Builders and all the volunteers who helped out. I also want to thank McHugh’s Builders as the main sponsor and all other sponsors of the club. I would urge our members to shop local and continue to support our local businesses who are the backbone of our community.
We also got the carpark and roadway tarmacadamed down at the old pitch.
Our website was also upgraded this year and I would like to thank Joe Reapy and Darragh McGale for their work. I want to thank all the businesses that purchased signs which are on show around the pitch.
I want to thank Danny Mc Hugh, Supermacs for his sponsorship of the new scoreboard at the pitch. This is a state of the art scoreboard.
I want to thank the building committee for all the work they have put in.
I want to thank John Noone our groundsman for all the work he has done in keeping the pitches in such good shape.
Now that Mayo have reached the All Ireland Final I want to wish Colm and all the Mayo panel and management the very best of luck.
Finally, I hope that Covid 19 will be over in the next few months and things will get back to normal. I wish you all a healthy and happy 2021.
Lawrence Daly
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