The annual general meeting of the club was held in January. The Chairman Leo Coffey recalled the historic occasion on St. Patrick‘s day when the senior team won the All-Ireland club championship. Everybody involved were complimented and congratulated especially P. J. Molloy who was honoured as manager of the year by the Galway sports awards. Secretary Kerril Hanlon submitted a written account of all the clubs activities during the past year and thanked everybody involved in the club. Jarlath Cloonan of Cloonan Oil was thanked as the main sponsor for his continued support to the club and also Gerry Melia of Melia Construction for sponsoring the annual Christy Kelly tournament. President Fr. Tony King concurred with all the sentiments expressed by the previous speakers and stressed the important role of the G.A.A. in the parish. He also thanked everybody who gave their time voluntarily and expressed a wish that the club would initiate links with the G.A.A. in Northern Ireland.

Club Officers for 1998: Honorary Presidents: Bobby Gardiner, Georgie Moran and John Joe Ruane.

President: Fr. Tony King.

Vice President: Pake Ruane.

Chairman; Leo Coffey.

Vice Chairman: Peadar Monaghan.

Secretary: Jarlath Cloonan.

Assistant Secretaries: Martin T. Kelly and Kerril Hanlon.

Joint Treasurers: Mike Quinn and Tom Carr.

P.R.O: Mixie Donohue.

Hurling Board Delegate: Tom Cloonan.

Football Board Delegate: Gerald Corbett.

Team Managers: Senior and Intermediate: Pat Nally.

Junior Hurling: Paddy Gannon.

U-21 Hurling: Noel Kelly.

Minor Hurling: Mixie Donohue.

Junior Football: John Connolly.

Minor Football: Luke Glynn.

Congratulations to P. J. Molloy on receiving the Chamber of Commerce Athenry person of the year for 1998. P. J. was nominated by the Athenry G.A.A. club and was selected for his life long commitment and excellence to hurling and football in the parish as a player and mentor.

Oireachtas final win: Congratulations to Brian Feeney (captain), Brendan Keogh, Paul Hardiman and Joe Rabbitte who played for Galway recently when they defeated Cork. Eugene Cloonan and Donal Moran were also panel members.

Athenry G.A.A. club are on the crest of a wave with the senior hurling team having won the county championship for the third time in five years.  The senior hurling team lived up to their favourites tag from the beginning of the year and after drawing the county final they made no mistake in the replay against a spirited Abbey-Duniry outfit.  The underage structure initiated many years ago by Tom Cloonan and Sean McGovern is now reaping its rewards as Athenry fielded five adult teams in different championships in 1998.  Players like Paul Hardiman, Gerry Keane, Pat Higgins, Paschal Healy and John Hardiman are now proud holders of four county senior championship medals as well as an All-Ireland club medal.  The Athenry team had a comprehensive victory in the Connacht club final and now proceed to meet the champions from Munster in February.

Athenry Intermediate hurlers created history by being the first club to win the senior and intermediate championship in the same year.  Athenry gave a wonderful display of hurling skill, stamina, speed and courage to overcome a gallant Craughwell team on a scoreline of 17 points to 2 goals and 9 points at Ballinasloe.  The experience of captain Declan Higgins, John Hardiman, Dermot Monaghan, Michael Cahill and Pat Hession combined with the determination of minors David and Shane Donohue, Derek Carroll and Kevin McCarthy and the eagerness of Emmet Caulfield, Aidan Cahill, Richie Brady, Diarmuid Bums, Darragh Burke and John Conway ensured Athenry were going to take home the Mick Silver trophy.  Declan Higgins carried on a proud family tradition of captaining Athenry teams while John Hardiman was voted “Man of the Match” by Galway Bay FM. The scorers in the final were David Donohue 9 points, Diarmuid Burns 3 points, Emmet Caulfield 2 points, Darragh Burke, John Hardiman and Shane Donohue with 1 point each.  This victory crowned a most successful year for team manager Pat Nally and selectors Luke Glynn, Mattie Gannon, Jackie O’Shea, Martin T. Kelly and Sean Hynes who now have their sites set on a much greater prize in club hurling in the new year.  Good luck to all concerned.

Athenry also fielded 3 junior hurling teams.  The junior “A” team reached the semi-final while the junior “B” and junior “C” teams gave a good account of themselves but failed to qualify for the knockout stages- of the championship.  Well done to manager Paddy Gannon, trainer Gerry McNamara and selectors Padraic Ryan and James Lundon.  A major disappointment was the failure of the minor team at the semi-final stage where they were beaten by Mullagh.  The U-21 team have played one game so far.

In juvenile circles it was a quiet year by Athenry standards.  The highlight of the year though was the winning of the 13 a-side hurling schools championship for the first time ever by Athenry Boy’s N.S. In the final they beat their long time rivals Loughrea to record a magnificent victory.  Well done to trainer Tom Cloonan and all the team.  The U- 1 5 team won the Brian Daly tournament in Killimordaly for the third year in a row beating Sarsfields in the final.  The U-10 and U-12 teams are showing great promise for the years ahead.

Ground Purchase: Athenry G.A.A. club purchased land at Carnaun for extra playing pitches to accommodate all the teams.  This is a major undertaking by the Athenry club and a draw was launched recently to help offset the cost involved.  A draw for a car and many other worthwhile prizes will take place at the clubs annual social in January.  Tickets for same are £20 and are available from all club members. This is an excellent draw and all members and supporters are earnestly requested to support it.

Sponsorship: St. Mary’s G.A.A. club are grateful to Paddy and Olive Coffey for their generous sponsorship of all teams during 1998.  The work of the lotto committee is also appreciated to help finance the club.  The annual Christy Kelly memorial 7 a-side tournament which was won by Athenry in August was sponsored by Melia Construction.

Special Awards in 1998: Athenry club nominated P.J. Molloy to contest the Athenry Person of the Year Award which was organised by the Chamber of Commerce.  P.J. was selected from four very worthy candidates as the winner for his outstanding contribution to sport over a long period in the parish of Athenry.  The Athenry club also held a special function for P.J.  Molloy in 1998 to honour and recognise his many achievements in sport for Athenry and Galway.  The function which was held in Dobbyn and Coffey’s bar and restaurant was attended by many celebrities which included Michael Ó’Mhuirearthaigh and many former inter-county players who played with and against P.J. The junior and minor football teams of 1948 and the junior hurling team of 1957 who won their respective championships were guests of honour at a special function held in Dobbyn and Coffey’s.  Well done to Mike Quinn who initiated and organised this function.  Noreen Hanley was also selected for the club person of the year at the annual social in 1998.

Bereavements: Sincere sympathy to the family of Jim Ruane who was a member of the club executive committee for many years and his brother John-Joe who was honorary vice-president of the club also Sean Dempsey a former hurler who died during the year.

The Athenry club would also like to wish a speedy recovery to loyal supporters Carmel Farragher, John Connolly, Tom McNamara and Mattie Toole who are recovering from recent illness also Billy Caufield who played with the Intermediate team earlier in the year and was unable to play in the final due to illness.

Congratulations to former great Sean Keane and his wife Anne on the birth of their beautiful twin daughters Niamh and Emer who were born during the year.

The annual general meeting of the club was held in January.  The chairman Leo Coffey recalled the historic occasion on St. Patrick’s Day when the senior team won the All-Ireland club championship.  Everybody involved were complimented and congratulated especially P.J Molloy who was honoured as manager of the year by the Galway sports awards.  Secretary Kerril Hanlon submitted a written account of all the club’s activities during the past year and thanked everybody involved in the club. Jarlath Cloonan of Cloonan Oil was thanked as the main sponsor for his continued support to the club and also Gerry Melia of Melia Construction for sponsoring the annual Christy Kelly tournament.  President Fr.  Tony King concurred with all the sentiments expressed by the previous speakers and stressed the important role of the G.A.A. in the parish.  Fr. King also thanked everybody who gave their time voluntarily and expressed a wish that the club would initiate links with the G.A.A. in Northern Ireland.

Club Officers for 1998:

Honorary Presidents: Bobby Gardiner, Georgie Moran & John Joe Ruane.  President: Fr. Tony King.  Vice President: Pake Ruane. Chairman; Leo Coffey.  Vice Chairman: Peadar Monaghan. Secretary: Jarlath Cloonan.  Assistant Secretaries: Martin T. Kelly & Kerril Hanlon.  Joint Treasurers: Mike Quinn & Tom Carr.  P.R.O: Mixie DonohueHurling Board Delegate: Tom Cloonan.  Football Board Delegate: Gerald Corbett.  Team Managers: Senior & Intermediate: Pat Nally.  Junior Hurling: Paddy Gannon.  U-21 Hurling: Noel Kelly. Minor Hurling: Mixie Donohue.  Junior Football: John Connolly.  Minor Football: Luke Glynn.

Congratulations to P.J. Molloy on receiving the Chamber of Commerce Athenry Person of the Year for 1998.  P.J. was nominated by the Athenry G.A.A. club and was selected for his life-long commitment and excellence to hurling and football in the parish as a player and mentor.

Oireachtas final win: Congratulations to Brian Feeney (captain), Brendan Keogh, Paul Hardiman and Joe Rabbitte who played for Galway recently when they defeated Cork.  Eugene Cloonan and Donal Moran were also panel members.

On the Crest of a Wave!

Athenry’s hurlers achieved the ultimate honour in club hurling on St. Patrick’s when they captured the Club All-Ireland and took the Tommy Moore Cup home to Athenry for the first time. The historical occasion will never be forgotten in Athenry, as it puts the club on a par with other great clubs such as Sarsfields, Kiltormer and Castlegar who previously won this cup. Athenry struggled at times to win the County Cup, but proved they were worthy ambassadors to represent Galway hurling as they gave their best displays in the All-Ireland series. Athenry had comfortable wins over Four Roads of Roscommon in the Connacht final, St. Gabriels of London and Camross to reach the final against Wolfe Tones of Clare.

A large group from Athenry travelled to London for the game against St. Gabriels. An easy victory for Athenry contributed to an enjoyable weekend. The St. Gabriels club hosted a meal and entertainment for Athenry after the game. The Athenry chairman, Leo Coffey, made a presentation to St. Gabriels on behalf of the club, while Tommy Duane, a former Athenry man, made a presentation to PJ. Molloy, his cousin, on behalf of St. Gabriels. The Athenry group can be very proud of the way they conducted themselves on the trip.

The only minor hiccup for that week-end was when the bus that carried the Athenry group broke down late on Sunday night. Despite the best efforts of the poor old bus driver, ably assisted by John Hardiman, who made sure the horn was working, mechanics Joe Rabbitte and Paul Hardiman as well as director of operations, PJ. Molloy, failed to get the bus going. Eventually, everybody got back to the hotel by taxis. There were some good stories and good laughs afterwards about the incident.

Athenry continued their rigorous training plan after Christmas and played a lot of challenge games for their meeting with Camross, in February in the All-Ireland club semi-final. Athenry gave an exhibition in this game in poor weather conditions that completely overwhelmed a poor Camross side. As a result, Athenry were firm favourites to take the trophy on St. Patrick’s Day. The favourite’s tag in a final can be difficult to handle, but Athenry had a trump card to deal with that.

PJ. Molloy had been through it all before and knew what it takes to keep everybody focused on the job at hand. P.J., with a professional approach, coupled with a striving for perfection in everything he does, must now he be surely crowned as the new King of Athenry. Athenry gave a wonderful display in Croke Park and won with three points to spare. What can one say to this wonderful achievement? To Leo Coffey and his fellow club officers, to PJ. Molloy and his back up team, to Brian Feeney and his panel of 30 players we salute you all and we thank you for the wonderful entertainment and achievements of the past year.

To prove that Athenry can achieve, at any level, Johnny Melia’s side won the Juior “C” Championship by beating Kilbeacanty in dramatic fashion. Athenry were two points behind and time was almost up when Kevin Higgins scored a brilliant goal which left Kilbeacanty devastated. A feature of the junior side was the Donohue and Glynn father and son combination. Unfortunately, the fathers are considering retirement now because their ages re publicly revealed after that final.

The Athenry club is deeply indebted to Tom Cloonan and Sean McGovern for their vision and commitment to under age hurling in Athenry for the past fifteen years. Athenry has had a lot of success during period and progressed to the senior team, capturing the club final on St.  Patrick’s day. Tom Cloonan must be a proud man to see his son Eugene giving ‘a man of the match’ display in Croke Park.

Congratulations to Tom Carr who was elected joint treasurer of the club for 1997. Also congratulations to Pat and Patricia Higgins  on the birth of their baby daughter. Good wishes and a speedy recovery to Bobby Gardiner who was unable to attend the match due to illness. Sincere sympathy to Juno, Dan, Rose and Rachel on the death of Ann. Ann was a great Gael and a great supporter of  Athenry hurling. Ar dheis Dé go  raibh a h-anam.

Signed Mixie Donohue, Club PRO.

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The 1996 Athenry senior hurling championship winning Jubilee team at half time during the 2021 County Final at Pearse Stadium were, back row, left to right: Orla Barrett, daughter of medic Noreen Hanley RIP, Kerril Hanlon, Secretary, Leo Coffey, treasurer, Declan Higgins, Paul Hardiman, Diarmuid Burns, Billy Caulfield, Aidan Poniard, Cathal Moran, David Howley, John Conway, John Hardiman, Gerry Keane, Brian Feeney, Joe Rabbitte, Brian Hanley, Dara Burke, Gerry Dempsey, Liam Howley, representing his father Tom, Selector. Front row: Michael Barrett, grandson of medic Noreen Hanley RIP, Jack O’Shea, Selector, Colin Byrne, Pat Nally, Trainer, PJ Molloy, Manager, John Feeney, Brendan Keogh, Brian Higgins, Eamonn Keogh, Mickey Crimmins, Donal Moran, Pascal Healy, Pat Hession and Darren Higgins, representing his father Pat. Unavoidably absent at the event were Eugene Cloonan, Aidan Cahill, Dermot Monoghan, Liam Hoyne, Emmet Caulfield and Michael Quinn. Paddy Conway RIP was a selector. Featured image compliments of http://athenrygaa.ie/en/

U-16 Football: Athenry had good wins over Dunmore, Tuam and Carraroe to reach its final against hot favourities Corofin. Athenry gave a great team performance to record a major upset by winning on a scoreline of Athenry 2-9, Corofin 0-12. The Athenry team and panel members are: Patrick Gannon, Declan Farrell, Diarmuid Cloonan, Michael John Quinn, Niall O’Brien, Kevin McCarthy, Derek Carroll, Shane Donohue, David Glynn, Tomas Kelly, Kevin Higgins, David Casserly, Kieran Flannery, David Donohue, Martin Coffey, Paddy Quinn, Kieran Corban, Gabriel Freaney, Simon McNamara, Keith Coffey, Cian Burke, Darren Madden, Shane Donohue, Paul Ruane, Martin Brady and Gearóid O’Brien.

This panel is also in the U-16 “A” hurling semi-final.

Under 13 Hurling: Fr. Joe Walsh Cup: Athenry retained this trophy for the second year by recording a comprehensive victory over Abbeyknockmoy on a score of 3-2 to 1 point in the final. Athenry scorers were Matthew Murphy, Christy Cannon, and John Ryan with a goal each while Joseph Kelly and John Brady scored a point each. The Athenry Team are Owen Cahill, Martin Sherdian, Jason Coll, Michael Glynn, Seamus Fahy, John Brady, Darragh Kavanagh, Liam Howley, Brendan Kelly, Christy Cannon, David Carroll, John Ryan, Joseph Kelly, Matthew Murphy, Wayne Connaughton, John Madden, Michael Donnellan, Kirean Kilkelly, Cathal Naughton, Thomas Forde, Cathal Sheridan, Neil Coffey.

Minor Hurling: Athenry reached the semi-final and were fortunate to earn a draw against a committed Castlegar outfit. The score was Athenry 1-13, Castlegar 3-7. Athenry scorers were Eugene Cloonan 5 points, Michael Morrisey 1-1, David Donohue 4 points, Thomas Howley, Aidan Poniard and Richard Brady one point each. Athenry will need a much greater effort to win the replay.

Under 21 Hurling: One game played so far with an easy victory over Ardrahan.

Junior “B” Hurling: The junior “B” team reached the quarter final of the championship where they defeated by a strong Mullagh side.

Junior “C” Hurling: The junior “C” team defeated Sarsfields in the quarter final on a scoreline of 1-9 to 1-5. Athenry scorers were Shane Donohue 1-4, Mixie Donohue 2 points, Michael Morrisey, Kevin McCarthy and Noel McDonagh 1 point each.

Intermediate Hurling: The Intermediate team reached the quarter final of the championship where they lost to a very strong St. Thomas’s side by 2 points at Loughrea.

Senior Hurling: Congratulations to the new 1996 county senior champions. Athenry reached the final after an exciting draw, a replay and extra-time with Clairinbridge. The extra hurling had Athenry in good shape for the county final meeting with Carnmore at Kenny Park Athenry. After a tough but sporting occasion Athenry emerged victors on a scorline of : Athenry 2 – 6, Carnmore 1 – 6. Minor star Eugene Cloonan scored 1 – 4, Pascal Healy scored 1 – 1 and Joe Rabbitte scored a point. The Athenry team who did their parish proud were – Michael Crimmins, Eamonn Keogh, Gerry Keane, John Feeney, Brian Higgins, Brian Feeney, captain, John Hardiman, Colin Byrne, Brendan Keogh, Joe Rabbitte, Pat Higgins, Brian Hanley, Donal Moran, Pascal Healy, Eugene Cloonan and substitutes John Conway and Cathal Moran.

Compliments to manager P.J Molloy and his selectors Jackie O’Shea, Tom Howley, Paddy Conway, trainer Pat Nally and first aid Noreen Hanley. Thanks to everybody including wives and girlfriends who had to make huge sacrifices in order to achieve this success. Commiserations to Carnmore who contributed to a very sporting county final.

Great scenes of jubilation and celebration followed this victory. The Athenry team took great pride in winning the county cup in their own home town. Best wishes to Athenry in the club championship. Great credit is due to the Carnmore players and officials who came to Athenry on the Monday night after the match for a social get together. This epitomises the true spirit of sport and please God Carnmore will have their day of success also.

Players who represented Galway county in 1996

Under 14; Cormac Cloonan captained the Galway U. 14 team in the Tony Forestal Tournament in Waterford. They lost by 1 point to Tipperary in the semi-final. Gearóid Harty was also a panel member.

Under 16: Diarmuid Cloonan, Shane and David Donohue and Kevin McCarthy represented Galway in the Nenagh Co-Op Under l6 Tournament. John Hardiman was team coach and trainer. Galway defeated Limerick in the final by 1-12 to 10 points.

Minor Hurling: Eugene Cloonan, Aidan Poniard and Richie Brady played on the Galway team which were unlucky to lose to Tipperary in a replay. Eugene Cloonan was top scorer for Galway.

Under 21: Eugene Cloonan, Brian Higgins and Donal Moran played on the victorious team which defeated Wexford in thefinal. Eddie Brady and John Feeney were panel members. P.J. Molloy who was “man of a match” when Galway first won this competition in 1972 beating Dublin was also a selector with this team.

Junior Hurling: John Feeney and Emmett Caulfield played on the Junior team which defeated Kilkenny in the All-Ireland final.

Senior Hurling: Joe Rabbitte, Brendan Keogh, Brian Feeney and Gerry Keane won National League medals by defeating Tipperary in May. Brian Feeney gave a sterling performance while making his championship debut against Wexford in the All-Ireland semi-final in August. Jarlath Cloonan was a selector with the team.

Congratulations to the seniors on their win against Four Roads, Co. Roscommon, in the Connacht Club Final. Athenry 1-15, Four Roads 1-8. Congratulations on the London victory lads! I you “showed them who drank the buttermilk!”

Senior Hurling Team:

The senior team started their training campaign early in the year and were in good shape when the championship began. The first game against Portumna was a difficult encounter but Athenry with superior skill and stickwork overcame the stiff Portumna challenge to win their first game.

In the second game of the championship Athenry got off to a flying start with goals from Eugene Cloonan and Cathal Moran against Loughrea in Tuam. However, Athenry struggled for long periods in the game and did not produce a polished performance. It took two second half-frees from Brendan Keogh and two from play for Joe Rabbitte to see off the challenge of Loughrea.

For the third game of the championship versus Gort, Athenry made some position changes as they were not happy with the performance against Loughrea. Gerry Keane moved to full back releasing Brian Feeney to centre back. Pat Higgins moved to centre forward with his brother Brian moving from centre field to right halfback. The positional changes worked well and Athenry gave their best performance so far in the championship scoring 1-22 to 1-12. There were excellent performances on the day by Brian Higgins, Brendan Keogh, John Hardiman, Donal Moran, Brian Feeney and Gerry Keane.

Athenry are now in the quarter final of the championship. Well done to manager P.J. Molloy, selectors Pat Nally, Martin T. Kelly, Paddy Conway, Tom Howley and Jackie Shea. l firmly be ieve the club championship should not cease totally during the summer months while the county team are involved in the championship.

Intermediate Hurling Team:

The intermediate team have the same management as the senior squad which in effect means the two groups train and prepare together. The intermediate team had good wins over Killimor 1st game, Leitrim / Kilnadeema 2nd game, lost to Ballinasloe in their third game and won their next game against Tommy Larkins giving a great team performance scoring 1-19 to 10 points. There is a nice blend of youth and experience in this team who have now reached the quarter final of the intermediate championship. Athenry’s best performers are Gerry Dempsey, Billy Caulfield, Dermot Monaghan, Paddy Kelly, Declan Higgins and Ronan Kilcommins with a lot of experience while on the youthful side Cathal Daly, David Howley, Aidin Cahill, Dara Burke, Liam Hoyne and Diarmuid Burns are playing very well.

Junior B Hurling Team:

The Junior B hurling team have only one game played so far beating Tommy Larkins. Best performers in this game were Michael Cahill, Brendan Burke, Sean Keane, Mattie Gannon, Pat Hoyne, Peter Kelly, Liam O’Brien, Michael Waldron, Liam Connell, and second half substitute David Donohue.

Minor Hurling Team: Athenry got off to a good start with wins over Clarinbridge. Athenry had an easy victory over a disappointing Loughrea team in the next game and got a walkover from Portumna in the third game of the championship. Well done to manager and trainer Paddy Kelly and selectors Tom Cloonan and Dermot Monaghan.

U-14 Juvenile Team:

The Athenry under l4 juvenile team won the first championship of the year for the club when they defeated Craughwell in an exciting final in Loughrea. This team showed great character and fighting spirit as they were heavily defeated in a group game by Portumna earlier on. In the final a wonderful goal by Joseph Kelly, excellent free taking by Cormac Cloonan and great goalkeeping by Gearoid Harty saw off the challenge of Craughwell. Other great performers were John Brady, David Carroll, John Madden, Senan Coffey, Padraic Quirke, Joseph O’Brien, Liam Howley and Oliver Freaney who helped to capture the Joe Sammon Cup. Athenry went on to represent Galway at the under 14 Féile in Waterford. Even though they failed to qualify for the knockout stages of the Féile competition they gave a wonderful account of themselves especially in their group match against Glen Rovers from Cork. Athenry led by a point at half time playing against a very good Cork side. They only succumbed to the pressure near the end of the game when Liam Howley had to go off injured. The Athenry lads can be proud of the courage and the skill they displayed in Waterford and did themselves and everybody associated with the club proud. For all of us who travelled it was a wonderful weekend and a most enjoyable experience. Once again many thanks to the long serving stalwarts of under age hurling in Athenry, Tom Cloonan and Tom McGovern, selectors Paddy Kelly and Vincent Madden. We hope the Under 14 Cup will be the first of many for Athenry in 1996.

The U-16 hurling competition is about to commence shortly. Also, the U-16 footballers won their first game of the championship beating Dunmore.

Well done to Martin T. Kelly and all his Lotto Committee for their hard work and dedication in helping raise funds to finance our successful club.

Finally a sincere thanks to Bobby Gardiner, Mike Quinn, Leo Coffey, Kerrill Hanlon, Peadar Monaghan, J.J. Kelly, Dermot McNamara, Ned Waldron and all who worked on the F.Á.S. scheme to improve and develop our playing pitch at Raheen.

Mixie Donohue, Club P.R.O.

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At the annual general meeting of Athenry G.A.A. club P. J. Molloy was a very popular choice on his appointment as senior hurling manager for 1996.

Outgoing chairman Peadar Monaghan who had completed his term of office welcomed a very large attendance to the community hall. He then outlined the great achievements of the club during his three year term of office which included winning five “A” county championships in 1994, winning a third minor “A” Hurling championship in a row in 1995 under manager Tom Howley and also winning the minor “B” football under the managership of Roy O’Brien in 1995, for the first time. The U-13s also won the Fr. Joe Walshe Cup managed by Tom Cloonan.

The chairman also thanked everybody involved with the major development at the club grounds at Raheen which was near completion in conjunction with a FÁS scheme.

Tributes were also paid to all players who lined out for the club during the year and also all the hardworking committees, especially the fundraising committee under the direction of Martin T. Kelly.

Jarlath Cloonan of Cloonan Oil was also thanked for his generous sponsorship during the year.

The chairman expressed great disappointment at being “pipped” at the post in the semi-final of the All-Ireland Club Championship against Dunloy and also going out of the Senior Championship at the quarter-final stage. Dissatisfaction was expressed by many members over not having a proper fixture calendar.

The secretary, Kerrill Hanlon, gave a very comprehensive report on the year’s activities and congratulated all players who represented Galway during the year. These included under-14, Kieran Flannery and Cian Burke; under-16, Diarmuid Cloonan, Shane Donohue and David Donohue; minor Richard Brady and John Feeney; senior Joe Rabbitte, Cathal Moran, Gerry Keane and Brian Feeney; junior Dermot Monaghan and Brian Higgins; masters Mixie Donohue, R J. Molloy and Luke Glynn.

Compliments were also paid to Kieran Flannery who won the County Féile U-14 hurling skills; Athenry Vocational School on yet another All-Ireland success; John Hardiman on his success with St. Raphael’s College, Loughrea; Jarlath Cloonan on his involvement with the Galway senior team; Tom Page on his great success with Athenry Athletics Club; and also the underage success of the Athenry Camogie Club.

Votes of sympathy were extended to all who suffered bereavements, especially the families of Joe Corbett, Paddy Egan and Paul Waldron who were closely associated with the club.

The Treasurer Michael Quinn gave a detailed report on the clubs finances and expressed concern over the expense involved in running a successful club. Martin T. Kelly gave an account of the club’s lotto and thanked all the sellers and the committee who run the lotto weekly.

Officers elected for 1996

Hon. Presidents, Michael John Quinn and Joe Ruane
President, Fr Tony King
Vice President, Pake Ruane;
Chairman, Leo Coffey
Vice Chairman, Peadar Monaghan
Secretary, Kerrill Hanlon
Assistant Secretaries, Billy Caulfield, Martin T. Kelly
PR.O. Mixie Donohue
Treasurer, Michael Quinn
Hurling Board Delegate, Tom Cloonan
Football Board Delegate, Gerald Corbett
Executive Committee for 1996:  All club officers plus Michael Treacy, Barry Keogh, Ann Cloonan, Ann Treacy, Luke Glynn, J. J. Kelly, Noel Kelly, Jim Ruane and Juno Barrett

Team Managers for 1996

Senior Hurling: P. J. Molloy (unanimous choice)

Intermediate Hurling: TBC by Executive Committee

Minor Hurling: Paddy Kelly

Junior Hurling: Dermot Monaghan

Junior Football: John Connolly

U-21 Football and Minor Football: Roy O’Brien

Juvenile Managers for 1996

U-12 Pádraig Ryan
U-14 Tom Cloonan
U- 16 Mixie Donohue