FEBRUARY 13th 2016
MEATH SENIOR COUNTY STAR MICKEY BURKE PAID A VISIT TO OUR CLUBHOUSE SATURDAY FEBRUARY 13th TO PRESENT MEDALS TO OUR 2015 VICTORIOUS U-14 & U-15 BOYS AND OUR U-14 GIRLS. CONGRATULATIONS TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU’S. HERE ARE THE PHOTO’S OF ALL THE RECIPIENTS.
JULY 21st & 22nd 2015
KICK FOR CIAN
Cian McDonnell Lynch was a four year old child from the village of Carlanstown who had suffered from a very severe form of Dyskeratosis Cingenita which affects one in a million people. Cian was very badly affected by this condition and in March 2011 went completely blind at the age of one, soon after this doctors diagnosed that Cian’s bone marrow was failing and there began the constant trips to hospitals for platelet and blood transfusions. In 2013 Cian had a successful bone marrow transplant. In January 2015, Cian was diagnosed with microscopic pulmonary avms and doctors were unsure if this new serious problem was a side affect of his bone marrow transplant. Cian’s parents Lisa McDonnell and Donal Lynch never gave up hope and brought Cian to hospitals in London and Boston where he was assessed for a possible double lung transplant. This transplant was estimated to cost in the region of $1 million. A local committee was st up and a massive fundraising drive began, first in the Kilbeg and Moynalty parishes where Cian’s parents Lisa & Donal come from. Through a hard working committee working through social media this fundraiser soon spread nationwide and by October 2015 almost €500,000 had been raised.
Sadly on the evening of Monday October 5th 2015 news filtered through that wee Cian had lost his brave battle for life and had passed away peacefully in the Children’s Hospital in Crumlin surrounded by his parents Lisa & Donal, sister Chloe, grandparents and other family members while recovering from surgery for a PEG insertion and a liver biopsy.
As part of the fundraising drive for Cian, St. Michaels GFC and Moynalty GFC joined forces and held a Kick for Cian Summer Camp ran over two days, first in Moynalty and in Carlanstown on the second day. As can be seen from the photo’s from the St. Michaels Camp all the children enjoyed themselves. The Kick for Cian Summer Camp raised €5,800 for the two days and an earlier “Crack for Cian” ( players cracked an egg on a team mates head and made a donation ) held between St. Michaels GFC and Cortown GFC players raised €500.
All photos by & copyright of Pascal Reilly.
REST IN PEACE CIAN……GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
FRIDAY OCTOBER 16th 2015
CLUB PLAN LAUNCH
It was decided at our 2014 AGM that we should set about putting in place a 5 Club Strategic Development Plan as per the process set out by the GAA in Croke Park. We had met with Mairéad Delaney the then Meath Co. Board Development Officer back in 2013 about setting out a plan back then, however nothing “developed” from that meeting so we decided to call upon the present Development Officer Jason Plunkett who along with Jim Mullery came down to our first Focus Group held in our Clubhouse on March 5th 2015. Group leaders were appointed to head the different Focus Groups which were as follows: 1….Coaching and Games Development….Felim O’Reilly, 2….Club Structures and Administration…. Tommy Moriarty, 3….Finance and Fundraising…. Gabriel Curtis, 4….Facilities and Development….Sean Gaffney jnr, 5….Communication, PR and Culture….Pascal Reilly. Ronan Curran was appointed chairman of the group and he made great work to have the plan finished over the Summer and ready for the launch in our Clubhouse on Friday October 16th 2015. We are now one of only a handful of clubs in Meath to have the Plan in place and we will endeavor to have all its contents in place by October 2020.
The following photos are from both the Focus Group night and Launch night, all photos are by & the copyright of Pascal Reilly.
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