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Bulletins from Wexford GAA Management Committee Meetings 10th & 30th November 2020

Wexford GAA Management Committee

Meeting 10/11/2020, via Microsoft Teams

Information Bulletin

Correspondence

Correspondence was received from Monagear-Boolavogue with regard to the Wexford People coverage on post county final celebrations which the club felt damaged the club’s reputation.

Monagear-Boolavogue requested that that it would be noted that the club had at no stage had any case of COVID-19 amongst players or club members and that all HSE guidelines were followed at all times for post-match meal following the final.  

Correspondence was received from Rathgarogue Cushinstown in relation to the standard of referee in their last championship fixture. The correspondence was referred to the Referees committee. The Chairperson was of the view the standard of refereeing was poor in the game concerned.

A request for short term bank loan/overdraft facility for approval from St.Mary’s Rosslare was granted to facilitate development of a walkway at the club.

A request for loan approval from Davidstown-Courtnacuddy was approved in principle pending full documentation.

A vote of sympathy was passed to the Stafford family and the Naomh Éanna club on the recent passing of Sean Stafford former president of Wexford GAA.

Convention 2020

Nominations were confirmed as follows:

Chairperson:                                     Micheál Martin          (St.Johns Volunteers)

Vice-Chairperson (2):                     Bobby Goff                (Glynn Barntown) /  John Kenny       (Horeswood)

Assistant Secretary:                        Andrew Egan            (Davidstown-Courtnacuddy)

Treasurer:                                          Andrew Nolan          (Sarsfields)

Public Relations Officer:                 PJ Howlin                  (Duffry Rovers)

Children’s Officer:                            This position is selected and not elected

Development Officer:                      This position is selected and not elected

Coaching Officer:                             Tommy Cousins      (Kilmore)

Oifigeach Gaeilge & Cultúr :          Cian O’Lionain         (St.Martins)

Central Council Representative:   Dermot Howlin         (Bannow-Ballymitty)

Leinster Council Representatives (2):              Cathal Byrne (Ballyhogue) / Mary Foley (Buffers Alley)

It was agreed that the Management Committee would proposed that delegates for Leinster Convention and Annual Congress would be selected from the management committee for 2021 and going forward as in the past number of years, elections were held in the past but in most years some Delegates were unavailable, also certain workshops are held for the different roles and it is best practice for the person occupying that role to attend.

Motions were proposed from Management Committee and received from a number of clubs and were discussed. An Runai will seek clarifications in relation to a number of the motions arising from the discussions and will update at the next meeting.

Wexford GAA Club Card 2021

The following terms were agreed for sale on the 2021 Wexford GAA Club Card:

€90 presale for 2020 Club Card Holders from Wednesday 13th November to Wednesday 25th November. Current holders can still avail of the discount beyond this date, however if a club has reached its limit it will not be possible to purchase. (first come, first served and limited to one ticket per person)

€150 for general sale from Monday 25rd November

  • Valid from 1st January to 31st December 2021
  • Admits ONE person only to the card holders nominated clubfor Wexford Adult Club Games only*
  • Access code to view online all Wexford Adult Clubgames streamed by Wexford GAA TV in 2021
  • Maximum of 40 Cardsper club to ensure access for Club Card holders at Level 2 of the National Framework for Living with COVID-19
  • Access through designated turnstile only
  • Transferring of this GAA ClubCard at a match day venue is strictly prohibited
  • Misuse of card will result in confiscation.
  • Priority access to further Wexford GAA Adult Clubfixtures in the event of restrictions easing beyond Level 1 of the National Framework for Living with COVID-19 **

Additional Information

*subject to fixtures taking place in Level 1 and 2 of the National Framework for Living with COVID-19 only.  There will be no admission to events taking place at Level 3,4 or 5 of the National Framework for Living with COVID-19

**in the event of attendances of greater than 1,000 people being allowed at fixtures, Club Card holders will receive priority access to all Wexford GAA Adult Club fixtures.

It was not possible to bundle the Club Card with the Cairde Membership this year due to the limited supply of Club Cards.

Online Shop – Christmas Items

A number of gift ideas were proposed for sale via the website to compliment the Club Card and Caride Membership offerings. The Cathaoirleach suggested the incoming chairperson and the Runai finalise proposals for the next meeting.

Finance Update

It was agreed to deposit €500,000 with the Croke Park Development fund for future developments. Fortunately, Wexford GAA is in a strong financial position and this money will be need with the planned developments to Ferns COE and Chadwick’s Wexford Park in the years ahead. It was agreed drawdown of this money in the future would require a minuted decision of the Management Committee.

 

 

 

Wexford GAA Management Committee

Meeting 30/11/2020, via Microsoft Teams

Information Bulletin

 

Correspondence

Motions submitted by St.Fintans for Convention were withdrawn and will not be in clar. The club were happy to support the Bannow-Ballymitty motion with regard to under age competition age grades and their motion with regard to u20 Championships will be discussed at the first county board meeting in January as championship age grades are not specified in Bye-Laws.

Convention

            Logistics

The National GAA COVID Committee are meeting this evening and an update will be circulated to all clubs following the circulation of revised recommendations.

It is envisaged the meeting will be held via Microsoft Teams and it was agreed by Management that club delegations would be limited to the following:

1,The County Board Rep.

2.The Chairperson or Secretary.

The votes for the election of vice-chair will be counted at 5pm on Monday by tellers Eamonn Hore and Dave Ormonde and the result will be advised during convention.

            Motions

Motions as circulated to clubs earlier that day were discussed. The Runai proposed that a document explaining the reasoning for each motion would be circulated in advance of the meeting to the registered attendees.

Concerns were expressed in relation to the motions from St.Martins, St.Josephs and Oulart the Ballagh and these will be highlighted in the explaining document.

Accounts

The accounts were approved at a meeting earlier this afternoon at a meeting with auditors Martin and Ruairi Quigley and have been subsequently also circulated to the Management Committee and clubs. A net surplus of €507,228 was achieved in 2020 following on from the surplus of €369,422 for 2019. Overall Wexford GAA is in a strong financial position as €220,000 is still due to be drawn down from Sports Capital Grants in relation to Ferns COE. €500,000 has recently been lodged on deposit in Croke Park to go towards planned Development works in Ferns COE and Chadwicks Wexford Park and a further lodgement will be made in the next month. The Cathaoirleach paid tribute to the Treasurer Andrew Nolan and the Finance Committee for such a healthy surplus. Andrew gave an overview of the figures which will also be done at Convention.

  • Income from streaming fixtures via Wexford GAA was a significant boost in minimising losses due to restrictions on attendances.
  • County Team expenses were down significantly due to the halt on activity during lockdown.
  • Support from Government due to various wages schemes and also Sport Ireland Funding for championships were of huge value in offsetting losses in income due to the pandemic.
  • Given the circumstances, commercial and fundraising income was not down significantly and thanks were noted to all who supported fundraising initiative es during the year. The support of our main sponsors Zurich, our naming rights partner Chadwicks, our Corporate Partners and competitions sponsors should also be highlighted for their continued support.
  • The Model County Draw covered the annual loan repayment in relation to the Ferns COE. Tickets sales were down only 2% which is a phenomenal effort in the circumstances. Clubs also benefited to the tune of a combined €270,000 in retained sales.
  • It was noted that 2021 will also be a challenging year and that with a number of development works planned continued stringent monitoring of costs would be required especially if restrictions on attendances continued as looks likely.

A number of the members of the committee noted the huge credit that is also due to the chairman for the turnaround in the financial position during his tenure.

Officer Reports

The officer reports have also been circulated to all clubs. An Cathaoirleach thanked all volunteers on the various sub committees for their assistance during his tenure and thanked the secretary’s and officers for their reports.

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Development Updates (Ferns, Chadwicks Wexford Park)

Dave Tobin advised that further information has been requested in relation to the planning application for Ferns COE. A reply will be drafted addressing every issue raised.

Similarly, a request for further information in relation to application for Chadwicks Wexford Park is also being worked on.

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Cairde Loch Garman Membership  2021

Cairde Loch Garman Supporters Club Memberships for 2021 will go on sale next week and there will be no change in membership price for 2021. The funding raised by memberships is crucial for development of both facilities and our coaching structures and it is important to note that access to tickets when available is a reward for those who support these initiatives.

Those who sign up for 2021 will receive a complimentary Wexford GAA reusable coffee cup and there will be a draw for a Wexford GAA Supporters Hamper from those who sign up prior to Christmas.

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AOB

The Cathaoirleach proposed that at convention Mick Kinsella’s term as president would be proposed to be extended for 2021.

The Cathaoirleach congratulated Shane Roche and his management team on their appointment for the Senior Football team and wished them all the best for the 2021 season

A decision regarding the minor and u20 Hurling Championship semi-finals is expected before Wednesday.

The Wexford GAA Yearbook will be launched prior to Convention on Monday and will be available for €18 from the following shops:

Wexford Town: Easons, North Main Street.

Enniscorthy: Easons, Court Street.

Gorey: Easons, Main Street.

Bunclody: Steemers/O’Learys Newsagents, Main Street.

New Ross: Campbells Toys, South Street.

Featuring contributions from all clubs and covering our club championships across all codes and the fortunes of our Inter-County teams during a historic 2020 season taking place in the midst of a pandemic. 

Clubs are required to purchase 10 copies of the Yearbook at a reduced rate of €15 and these copies will be available for collection from the office in Chadwicks Wexford Park from Wednesday 9th December.

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Dominic Williams working on a new edition of his Wexford GAA bible and as the last version was supported by the supporter’s clubs he has applied for funding to Wexford GAA. A contribution of €5,000 was approved.

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The Cathaoirleach closed the meeting by saying he really enjoyed his time as Chairperson and working with all the members of the Management Committee for the betterment of Wexford GAA and wished the incoming Chairperson the very best of luck

Michael Martin thanked Derek for his well wishes and support and on behalf of the committee thanked Derek for his service and that it was very important to recognise the achievements of his tenure. He has dealt with historical legacy issues and left us in a much better place and it was up to the next committee to continue on the good work.