Handball: Crossakiel AGM

February 01, 2017

All ready to go for the Crossakiel 24 hour Handball Marathon

The Crossakiel handball Club held its Agm last evening and below is list of Officers for 2017.

Steven Quinn agreed to stay on as Chairman while Michael McGee is the new Club Secretary taking over from Mark Farrell who is now the new Juvenile Officer. All other officers were elected unopposed.

Election of Officers:
Chairman: Steven Quinn
Vice Chairwoman:  Jackie Farrell
Secretary: Michael McGee
Vice-Secretary: Susan Farrell
Treasurer:  John Farrell
Vice-Treasurer: Susan Farrell
PRO:  Michael McGee & Susan Farrell
Juvenile Officer: Mark Farrell
Caretaker: Vinny Farrell
Development committee: Jackie Farrell & Fergal McCabe.

In his opening address the chairman Stephen Quinn said the "the year will go down in the club history namely with the sad passing of former Chairman Hughie Reilly.  "It was very hard hitting for the club as he was such a great ambassador for the club both steadfast and ambitious and he wished that the club will grow, develop and also a 40 x 20 court will be built".  It is something to strive to said the Chairman. Steven remarked Hughie was immensely proud of all the work done by the Club in "Tom's Wish to Walk" 24-hour fundraising event which raised a staggering €8,000. It came in 3rd in the list of fundraising.  "For a small club with the biggest heart it was brilliant and what the club pulled off was phenomenal". The likes of Susan Farrell, Mark Farrell, John Farrell, Ita McDermott were thanked for their superhuman efforts all that weekend. Susan Farrell was also thanked for her tremendous efforts as Club PRO over the year.

Defibrillator - The initiative by An Post to fundraise for the defibrillator supported by the community and the handball club was warmly welcomed by the Chairman. The event was co-ordinated by Fergal McCabe and it is now installed on the outside of the club. An Post will also be donating a Perpetual Cup in memory of Hughie later this year.  A plaque in memory of Hughie will also be installed at the location of the original 3 wall court again possibly around the Jim Connell weekend event. The Chairman also mentioned the late Tommy Grimes for his unstinting work with the Jim Connell Committee.  With the loss of Hughie, Steven poignantly said "We are on our own now we have no leaders".

The Chairman congratulated Mark Farrell in his doubles success in the 60 x 30 court winning both the Singles Junior Championship singles and doubles with Michael McGee.  Steven also recounted his own narrow loss 20-21 in the third game to Kilkenny in the Leinster Junior doubles final decider alongside Kells man Joe Cummins. He also thanked the work with the Juveniles particularly Susan, John & Mark Farrell for their great input. "We have never been a massive club it's all about quality not quantity when it comes to Juvenile success".  The Chairman also recounted the sad passing of legends of the game with Louth's Joey Maher and the Kilkenny's Michael "Ducksy" Walsh. The club was represented at  Ducksy's funeral by Mark Farrell, Steven Quinn & Michael McGee.

The Chairman listed a number of high's and lows throughout the year. The fundraising drive by the club for "Tom's Walking Wish",  the continued success by the Juveniles, championships success for Mark Farrell &  Michael McGee,  the weekly fundraising and the plaque to be unveiled in Hughie's memory later in the year. The low's was definitely the loss of our inspirational leader in Hughie Reilly which hit the club hard he said.

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