Co. Board Meeting 8th Feb 2010


APOLOGIES:     Joe Pyke (Chairman, Bord na nÓg), Martin Quilty (Secretary, Bord na nÓg)
& Michael Tierney (Rower Inistioge).

Cathaoirleach, Paul Kinsella, presided.

Bord Gáis:
Mr. Tony Kelly and Mr. Paraic Lalor, representatives of Bord Gáis provided details of their company’s switching offer available to all G.A.A. clubs who switch from the ESB to Bord Gáis as their electricity supplier which will reduce their electricity bills by a minimum of 10% in year one.  Following a question and answer session an information pack outlining details of this offer was distributed to all delegates.

Minutes of County Board meeting held on 18/01/2010 were approved.  Proposed by Pat Walsh (Slieverue) and seconded by Tom O’Reilly (Football Board).

Minutes of Management meeting held on 25/01/2010 were approved.  Proposed by Conor Denieffe (P.R.O.) and seconded by Eddie Blackmore (Piltown).

Matters Arising:
“Ruling on Thomastown notice of Motion in relation to Junior Championship”.

Sean Doherty (Galmoy) said that while he accepted the ruling by the Cathaoirleach he would ask the Board Officers and the Regrading Committee to take account of the spirit of the motion when dealing with applications for regrading by Senior and Intermediate clubs.  Dan Kenny (Southern Board) stated that at a recent South Board meeting all clubs present had been in favour of curtailing the regrading of players and he called on Senior and Intermediate clubs to desist from fielding players in the first round of the Junior Championship whom they know would not be available for subsequent rounds should they win.  Richard Nolan (St. Martins) pointed out that what he called the other side of the story highlighting the fact that a couple of Senior clubs had won the Junior Championship in modern time and had gone on to compete successfully in the Intermediate grade for a number of years afterwards.

Cathaoirleach concluded the discussion by stating that clubs had until County Convention to come up with a formula satisfactory to all sides and reminded delegates that any change to the existing championship structures would require a two-thirds majority.

Club Constitution:
Cathaoirleach again reminded delegates of the importance of ratifying the Club Constitution and asked that any clubs that had not already done so, to do it at their next meeting as a safeguard to themselves in the event of any unforeseen difficulties arising.

All Ireland Club Championships:
Cathaoirleach wished St. Lachtains (All Ireland Intermediate Club Hurling Finalists) and Ballyhale Shamrocks (All Ireland Senior Club Hurling Semi-Finalists) every success in their forthcoming games.  He commiserated with Blacks & Whites on their recent defeat at the semi-final stage of the Junior Club Hurling Championship.  He also wished Kilkenny County Vocational School hurling team every success in their forthcoming All Ireland Final.  Tickets for the All Ireland Intermediate Club Final will be on sale in Nowlan Park during office hours up to the Friday prior to the game.

Player Injury Scheme:
Changes to the Player Injury Scheme for 2010 were outlined including the reduction in the maximum cover for both medical and dental claims to €4,500 per claim and the ending of the physio cover except for the post operative treatment.  Excess in the case of each claim now raised to €100.  It was further noted that a referees report was now required for all injury claims pertaining to games and that claims for head injuries will only be processed where the recommended helmets (Marc, Mycro and Azzurri) had been worn.  Verification of club membership of each injured players will also be required.

Senior Scór & Tra na Ceist:
Delegates were reminded that entries for Senior Scór and Tra na Ceist were now due.

National Youth Forum:
Youth Officer, Conor Brennan, updated meeting on details of forthcoming National Youth Forum which will be held in Croke Park on February 20th.  A total of ten delegates are required to attend from each county and a small number of places remain to be filled.  Transport will be provided for delegates on the day.

Child Protection Course:
Approximately half the clubs have now completed this course with the remainder due to complete it inside the next six weeks.  Clubs have responded very positively to date and hopefully remaining clubs will continue this trend.

Promotion of National Hurling League Games:
P.R.O., Conor Denieffe, outlined details of the promotion of the forthcoming National Hurling League games against Galway and Waterford.  Competitions will be organised in both the Kilkenny People and on K.C.L.R.  As part of the promotion of the Waterford game a juvenile game involving primary school kids will be held at half time in the senior game.

Strategic Review:
Delegates were reminded that representatives of both the adult and juvenile sections of the clubs were required to attend the official launch of the five year Strategic Plan taking place in Hotel Kilkenny on Monday, 15th February.  County Board delegates were also invited to attend.

Votes of Sympathy:
The Fanning Family, 64 Mary Mount, Ferrybank, Waterford on the death of Martin Garry Fanning.
The Kenny Family, Rathkieran, Mooncoin, Co. Kilkenny on the death of Teresa.
The Teehan Family, Bullochill, Ballyfoyle, Co. Kilkenny on the death of Maureen.
The Dowling Family, Tullaroan, Co. Kilkenny on the death of Ann.
The Mackey Family, Graigswood, Lisdowney, Co. Kilkenny on the death of Nicky.
The Reddy Family, Rahard, Mullinavat, Co. Kilkenny on the death of Jimmy.
The Tyrrell Family, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny on the death of Michael.
The Love Family, Clogh, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny on the death of Anne.
The Maher Family, Clogh, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny on the death of Ted.
Votes of Sympathy:
The Maye & O’Grady Families, Mountloftus, Skeoughvasteen, Co. Kilkenny on the death of
Margaret Maye.
The Linnane Family, Walstown, Tullaroan, Co. Kilkenny on the death of Ellen.
The  Kelly Family, Farrentemple, The Rower, Co. Kilkenny on the death of Babsie.
The Grace Family, Foulkstown, Glenmore, Co. Kilkenny on the death of Mary.
The Treacy Family, The Venue, Blackrock, Cork on the death of John Treacy.
The Phelan Family, Tullogher, Co. Kilkenny on the death of James Phelan.
The Quinlan Family, Mullinakill, Tullogher, Co. Kilkenny on the death of Peter Quinlan.
The White Family, 20 Cremore Park, Glasnevin, Dublin 11 on the death of Peg White.
The Colclough Family, Barna, Freshford, Co. Kilkenny on the death of Annie Colclough.
The Doyle Family, The Forum, Belmount Road, Ferrybank, Waterford on the death of Helena.
Billy Hoare & Family, High St., Graignamanagh, Co. Kilkenny on the death of Pat Hoare.


Address by Micheál Martin, Croke Park, on Congress Motion re. games for 8 – 12 age group.
Hurlers Co-Op Draw.
Forthcoming Games in Nowlan Park.
Report on Youth Convention.
Renewal of County Board Annual Passes.
(Remaining Passes to be picked up)

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