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Update from Hon. Sec. 19/01/2021 – Liam O’Seanacháin
I hope you are all keeping safe and healthy. We can see a light at the end of this tunnel with the onset of the Vaccine Programme. We wish the Government would make someone accountable for it, speed it up and set a faster timeline for its delivery.
The process we had to replace our physical AGM occurred with very little effect on where we currently are. No Nominations for any positions came in, so all the outgoing Officers who indicated their willingness to continue remain in situ.
The position of Chairman has not been filled. This is very disappointing so far, but the search goes on. Where will we find someone with the vision and leadership skills to take on our proud Club? That person will be surrounded and helped and supported by a very dedicated Exec. Committee. This can be a very rewarding challenge for any Club Member, male or female, young or old. The running of the Club is a very structured process—the wheel doesn’t have to be invented!—Whereas some of us on the Exec. Comm. have asked a few individuals to consider it, without success, we do feel it is everyone’s responsibility to assist in the search. We are also currently hindered by not being able to meet in person, with the restrictive measures in place. Still, we must continue to make every effort, as a whole Club, to find a solution to this dilemma. Consult with everyone and we will solve it successfully.
We had two submissions to the AGM process: one from a player proposing that Selection teams in both Hurling and Football consist of 3 only, as it was felt that 5 was too cumbersome on the sideline to make good,fast decisions. There is a lot of support for that idea; both sets of Selectors for the coming year have been identified, so final ratification by the Executive hasn’t occurred yet. Both Managers have a huge input to this.Discuss.
The second submission was from a very involved person in the Club who gave observations on various aspects of the Club. These were discussed among the Exec. and a reply from the Club was issued to that person, where all the issues were addressed. 2 of the main points were (a) provision of a Ball Wall and All-Weather surface with Floodlighting. All agreed this would be a massive project, which would involve a great amount of Planning, Fundraising, accessing Grants from various Bodies etc. In reality it is a 2-3 year project. There is no way the Executive members could take on this. This would need a young and enthusiastic Group with vested interests; eg :Players or Members with families and children involved in the Club, from all branches of the Club, i. e. Ladies Football, Underage and Main Adult Club. (b) Worrying about the age-profile of the Exec. and a yearning for a younger profile and hoping for ‘New Blood’ to come on board in the Management of our Club. I’m sure we all would like to see this happening. I would say the ages of the Exec. Comm. Range mainly through the 70’s, 60’s and 50’s…massive experience, but would be more than happy to pass on the baton to a younger generation.
We had a Report from both the Chairman,Adrian Glossop, and Secretary,Pa Andrews, of our Amalgamated Clubs called Diarmaid O Murchus concerning u21, Minor and U 16. The bad news was that we had no Hurling in any of those age groups. There is a serious problem re Numbers playing Hurling, which will have to be addressed urgently.
PADDY O’DRISCOLL, A PROUD SHAMROCK AND RINGASKIDDY MAN.
The news of Paddy O’Driscoll’s death touches us all with sadness and pleasant memories of long ago.
Paddy was an older brother of Joe, who passed away late last year. The O’Driscoll family was a corner stone unit in the village over two generations. Paddy grew up in the 1940’s and 1950’s and shared and enjoyed life with the neighbours and friends. The Pump Field was the local recreation ground where lads got their first introduction to hurling and football. Times were tough then for everybody.
Along with his friends they had a useful Minor Football team in 1953 and competed in the final against Carrigaline. This extraordinary game produced only one point for the whole hour, Carrigaline taking the honours. Joining Paddy on the team were his brother Joe, Jerh. Coveney, Richard Palmer, Donal McDonnell (Monkstown), Jim Turner, Donie Livesey, Charlie Harte, Terry Frizelle, Danno Pierce. Jackie O’Driscoll and Joe O’Flynn – All his old boyhood friends, some of whom revelled in the Shamrock colours in later years.
The pursuit of his career took him away from the village but his bonds and links were never eroded. On Easter Sunday 1966 in Douglas, Shamrocks faced Ballincollig in the Intermediate Hurling Championship with a very depleted team. Paddy was not found wanting when he got the call and gave a great hour when we lost narrowly. Ronnie Sisk’s late effort for goal just went inches over the bar. Another seventeen year old raw youngster from Shanbally got a baptism of fire that day and it didn’t do him any harm. He now lives in the Kennel Boreen.
Paddy O’Driscoll will always be a true son of Ringaskiddy and those of us who knew him and befriended him were the lucky people. Ar dheis De go raibh a Anam dilis.
Seán O’ Tuama 19/01/2021
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