Tuesday 27 October saw another little bit of club history made when Warrenpoint GAA held our first virtual AGM kindly hosted by PKF-FP and it saw one of our largest turn outs at any AGM.
Outgoing club secretary Anne McCormack presented her report to the AGM highlighting that 2020 has been an unprecedented year in all of our lives as we live through a Covid -19 Pandemic. Anne noted how the pandemic has had a significant impact on our community and the impact on the GAA club cannot be underestimated.
Anne spoke with great pride about how, when reading the end of year reports from each section, it is very evident that the Covid- 19 pandemic impacted on every aspect of club life, from games to administration, to club events, social club, cultural activities and Healthy Club Project. “Yet it is remarkable how each of the challenges we faced, were overcome with diligence, hard work, meticulous planning and each challenge was managed with good humour, strong leadership across the club and adherence to the Covid -19 guidelines.”
Little did we consider that, when we turned the lights out in Pairc Liam Uí Ír on Wednesday 11 March after a Senior Football challenge game against Saul, that we would not hear the sound of the big leather ball or the clash of the ash until the 29 June when GAA clubs could resume activities. Anne, on behalf of the senior committee expressed a deep sense of gratitude to our club members, players, coaches, mentors, administrators, parents of underage children and supporters for their co-operation and patience during these challenging times. We pay tribute to club members who gave so generously of their time to assist with the club Covid 19 Response Plan. We also show our appreciation for club members who worked on the front line, in the NHS, the emergency services, our local community shops and pharmacies which continued to function and to service our needs during the lockdown.
Finally, the detailed, heartfelt and passionate secretary’s report drew to a end the great pride and community ethos the GAA fosters a strong sense of community spirit within Warrenpoint as evidenced in recent times and unites us in good times and bad times. “In this context we thank Club Chaplain Canon John Kearney for his ongoing support and we extend our warmest wishes to Canon Kearney on his retirement after 22 years of dedicated and outstanding service to our community.” Club Chairman Larry Byrne thanked his senior committee for their hours of work, commitment and dedication to every role they take on. He paid particular reference to outgoing officers, Secretary Anne McCormack, Registrar Hugh Carr, Treasurer Donal McCormack and Development Officer Feargal McCormack who held their said position for full terms and who gave their all of every aspect of their roles.
2020 Elected Senior Committee:
CHAIRMAN Larry Byrne
VICE CHAIR Paul McKibben
SECRETARY Daniel Bird
TREASURER Shane Lavery
ASSISTANT TREASURER Micheal Moore
REGISTRAR Colm Rice
ASSISTANT REGISTRAR Hugh Carr
PRO Aislíng McGivern
DEVELOPMENT OFFICER Anne McCormack
CULTURAL OFFICER Carmel McGrath
PLAYERS REP James Heaney
We wish our senior committee all the best for the incoming season and year ahead.