AGM Report 2016

posted 14 Dec 2015, 12:31 by Fiona Sampson

The Annual General Meeting of Whitegate Hurling Club was held on Sunday December 13th. The outgoing Chairperson David Solon who was completing his fifth year in the role spoke of the very strong position that the club was in, on and off the field. He commented on the senior team’s performance against Cratloe in the championship. Their commitment having lost one third of the starting line up, their display and attitude was exemplary. The minor team were also singled out for attention in his address as the only team to bring silverware to the club during the year. He also made reference to the current position of the club in respect of the up and coming developments, which are due to commence in early 2016. Davy thanked all those that had assisted in various ways throughout his tenure as chairman. He concluded his address by wishing the incoming committee the very best in writing the next chapter in the clubs proud history.

The secretary gave a detailed report of the year. He paid tribute to all those involved in assisting the club throughout the year; first aid/ physio, referees, those who assist team officials, cater for teams/ events in the clubhouse. He paid tribute to the chairman who he said poured his heart and soul into the club. He offered condolences to all those that suffered bereavement during the year.

The financial report was distributed by Michael Ryan. The success of the club Lotto was recognised and those involved were thanked for their commitment.

The management of the senior team for the coming season was ratified at the AGM and all present are eagerly awaiting the draws for the senior championship. All other team management was deferred to the incoming committee.

The following were elected for 2016: President’s: Ned Cahill, Sean Hynes; Vice Presidents: Michael Doyle, Tommy Holland & Paddy Bugler; Chairperson: Tony O Rourke; Vice Chairperson: Ger Hogan; Secretary: Fiona Sampson; Joint Treasurers: Adrian Hynes & Michael Ryan; Child Liaison Officer: Trevor Kelly; Committee: Raymond Cahill, Ian Fahy, Colm Madden and Kieran Gibbons.

March/ April round up.

posted 12 Apr 2015, 12:42 by Fiona Sampson

The month of March was relatively quiet with just a few challenge games being played at adult and under-age levels. However, the opening weekend in April brought about a significant change with a full schedule of games down for decision.

Senior Team:

The senior team had played various challenge games in the run up to the opening fixture of the Clare Cup against neighbours Scariff. This was played in Scariff on Saturday 4th April in glorious weather. The team got off to a flying start and dominated throughout the game. They were victorious on a score-line of 0-24 to 0-9. Eoin Quirke scored a total of 12 points with the remaining scores coming from a variety of players. The starting team was; Andrew Fahy, John Minogue, John Bugler, Conor Mc Dermott, Stephen Malone, Brendan Bugler, George Waterstone, Eoin Quirke, Paul O Rourke, Patrick Minogue, Colin Burke, Shane O Rourke, Paddy Burke, Ian Fahy and Michael O Brien.

Their next fixture was against St. Josephs Doora Barefield, played on Saturday 11th in Gurteen. The conditions were very different from the opening weekend with a stiff breeze across the field which we played with in the first half. We went into the break with four point lead and a lot to do in the second half. The opposition levelled the game before a super goal line save from Eoin Patterson was the impetus required for the lads to drive ahead and capture another valuable two points. The final score was 0-17 to 0-11. The team was;  Andrew Fahy, Eoin Patterson, John Bugler, John Minogue, Stephen Malone, Brendan Bugler, George Waterstone, Eoin Quirke, Paul O Rourke, Patrick Minogue, Colin Burke, Shane O Rourke, Paddy Burke, Ian Fahy and Michael O Brien.

They are down to play Broadford next weekend with Tulla and Kilmaley to follow.

Junior Team:

The Junior team opened their campaign in the “A” league with a game against Ballyea in Whitegate on Sunday 12th April. This was a rematch of last year’s championship final. The opposition were always the better side and won the game on a score line of 1-16 to 1-8. The highpoint of this game was the performance of the players making their debut at this level. There are a number of players yet to join this panel which will leave a bright season for this group under the new management team of Brian Durack, Pat Chapman and Johnny O Brien.

Under 8 and Under 10:

The first under 10 blitz of the season was held in Whitegate on Saturday 4th. There were teams from Sixmilebridge, Clooney / Quin, Tulla, Feakle/ Killanena and Whitegate in attendance.  A total of 87 children participated in the games.

The opening blitz for the under 8’s took place on Saturday 11th in Kilmaley, where there were games against the Banner and two sides from the home club.

Anyone that may be interested in assisting with any of these teams will need to be garda vetted as per regulations. Forms for this are available from Tony O Rourke.

Under 14:

This team were due to open their campaign with a home fixture against Ennistymon on Friday 3rd, here they received a walkover. Their second round fixture was away to Ogonelloe on Sunday April 12th.  This game ended in a defeat on a score line of  1-9 to 6-8.

Their next game is at home to Parteen followed by an away fixture against Tulla.

Fixtures for these and the other underage groups are available to view on the Clare GAA website.

Club Lotto:

Congratulations to all those that have won prizes in the lotto over the past few weeks. The jackpot is now €3000.  Results are posted weekly on the face book page “Whitegate GAA club”. Thanks to all for your continued support.

Child Welfare:

The underage coaches and officers of the club had a talk from Fergal Grey Children’s officer for the County Bord in the last few weeks. This was to update all present on changes arising out of the new “Code of Behaviour” that came into effect at the end of last year. This is available for interested parties to download on . The Child liaison officer in the club is Trevor Kelly.

Date for the Diary:

Whitegate will be the venue for a challenge between the Clare Under 21 team and the Offaly Senior’s managed by Brian Whelahan. Two of our club players Eoin Quirke and Colin Burke are part of the under 21 panel which are preparing to defend their Munster and All Ireland crowns. The game is to take place on Wednesday May 6th @ 7.30pm (provisional). Please come out and support the local players and manager Donal Moloney.


The Senior/ Junior players are currently selling tickets as a fundraiser. These tickets are based on the time that the first goal is scored in the Munster Championship game against Limerick on Sunday 24th May. The tickets cost €2 and are available from any player. They will also be for sale at home games over the coming weeks.

Club Social 24/01/2015

posted 7 Feb 2015, 10:33 by Fiona Sampson

The hurling club held a very successful social in the Mountshannon Hotel on Saturday January 24th. This night held a joint purpose, the presentation of medals to the Junior B league winners from 2014 and a commemoration of the Intermediate league and championship winners of 1984. The guest of honour on the night was Anthony Daly.

The junior team last season suffered only one defeat which was unfortunately in the championship final and stopped short in allowing the team a perfect season. This team were undefeated throughout the league stages and overcame Wolfe Tones in the final which was a very competitive. The team was captained by Terence Fahy and managed by Padraig Hynes, Kenneth Doyle and Johnny O Brien. The team were introduced by their manager Padraig Hynes to receive their medals from Anthony Daly.

The second presentation on the night was made to honour the achievements of the Intermediate team of 1984. This panel of players lost only one game during the campaigns of 1984 it being the centenary cup final. They were victorious in the league and Championship. The captain of this team was Michael Madden and it was managed by Michael Doyle, Pake Minogue and Billy Hickey. We were very fortunate on the night to have so many of the team present with John Kennedy and Michael Kelly returning from New York and London respectively. Prior to the presentation we were fortunate to hear a recording of a song written by the late Sean Donnellan which celebrated the victory over St Josephs in the Championship final. This team were introduced by Kenneth Doyle who had interesting insights to the players. The team and management were presented with mementoes of sculpted limestone.  Anthony Daly was on hand to present these also.

Following the presentations there was opportunities for all those that had gathered for the presentation to reminisce. The entertainment for the night was by Sean and John Hogan and DJ Donnacha. A word of thanks to Pauline, Dara and John and the staff of the hotel for a lovely meal.

Andrew Fahey All-Star Sports Camp 19th - 22nd August 2014

posted 22 Aug 2014, 10:01 by D Tuohy   [ updated 22 Aug 2014, 11:11 ]

Over 116 young Hurling & Camogie players turned up during the four days of the ALL STAR sports camp.  The camp was for boys and girls from 5 to 16 years old. Head coach & organiser Andrew Fahey would like to thank all the participants, their parents and the coaches that helped each days of the camp. Particular thanks goes to the visiting coaches.
On Day 1 -      Peter Casey (Clare Coaching & Games)
                       Heather Cooney (Galway Camogie))
                       John Conlon (Clare)  
                       Shane Dowling (Limerick)
                       Jason Flynn (Galway)
On Day 2 -      Brendan Bugler (Clare)
                       Shane O' Donnell (Clare)
                       Richie Power (Kilkenny)

On Day 3  -      Aaron Cunningham (Clare)
                        Declan Hannon (Limerick)
                        Seamus Callanan (Tipperary)

On Day 4 -      Padraig Brehony (Galway)
                       Damien Hayes (Galway)
                       Cathal McInerney (Clare)
                       Paddy Stapeleton (Tipperary)
                       Kate Lynch (Clare Camogie Captain)  

Andrew Fahey's All Stars Sports Camp 2014

Membership 2014

posted 22 Feb 2014, 13:04 by Fiona Sampson

The club membership is now due. Following a discussion it was decided to leave the rates the same as 2013. However, it was decided that priority will be given to fully paid up members of the club for Clare’s championship matches.


The rates for the membership are:

Juveniles €10;

Under 21 players and non playing membership €20

Junior and Senior Players €40

Intermediate and Under 21 Medal Presentation

posted 22 Feb 2014, 13:03 by Fiona Sampson

Whitegate Hurling Club hosted a victory social in the Mountshannon Hotel on Saturday 25th January. This night of celebration was to mark our return to the top flight of hurling in the county following the Intermediate Championship success and also to present medals to the under 21 side who captured the first piece of silverware for the club in 2013.

Guest of Honour on the night was Clare’s own Ger Loughnane. Ger took the podium and spoke to the large crowd that had gathered for the presentation of medals. He stressed the importance of moving forward for the coming year with the primary goal for the senior team to maintain this status for the season. The team managers David Considine and Terence Fahy introduced the teams and gave a brief insight in to each player. Presentations were also made by the team captains Brendan Bugler and Michael Dooley to the management teams that had guided them to victory.

Entertainment on the night was provided by Sean and John Hogan, with DJ Tubs ensuring the crowd were kept on there toes.

Thanks are extended to all those that came and ensured the success of the night. A big thanks also to Pauline, John, Dara and staff of the Mountshannon Hotel for their help and attention to detail.

AGM Report

posted 22 Feb 2014, 13:01 by Fiona Sampson

The Annual General Meeting of Whitegate Hurling Club was held on Monday December 30th. A large crowd was in attendance, which was in response to the very successful year had by the club and indeed the county; 2013 is a year that will live long on in the minds. On display on the night were the trophies received at Intermediate, under 21, under 15 and under 14 levels.

The Chairperson David Solon who remains in place for the coming season paid tribute to the success achieved at all levels within the club; special emphasis was placed on very hard fought victory in the under 14 final against neighbours Bodyke, the Intermediate Championship win and the subsequent Munster club championship games against Youghal. The first weekend in November will live long in the memories of the club; which brought a return to senior action and a display of courage, skill and determination that led to a draw following extra time less than twenty four hours after claiming the county title. The chairperson also highlighted the support received at these games and the level of pride that was felt by the club and community at large by the performances of the team over these three games. Tribute was also paid to our clubman Brendan Bugler on his achievements during the year. Alongside being the Intermediate captain, Brenda brought the first All Ireland medal to the club, gained a second All Star award and won a county football medal with Cratloe.

The secretary gave a detailed report of the year. He paid tribute to all those involved in assisting the club throughout the year; first aid/ physio, referees, those who assist team officials, cater for teams/ events in the clubhouse. The financial report was distributed by Adrian Hynes. It was acknowledged to have been an expensive year within the club. The success of the club Lotto was recognised and those involved were thanked for their commitment. A sincere word of thanks to all those that purchase tickets; without this patronage the club could not continue to prosper.

The management of the Senior team for the coming season was ratified at the AGM and all present are eagerly awaiting the commencement of the new season. The under 21 management team are continuing for the coming year with a change in management at some of the underage structures. These posts and the development of a coaching sub group, are to be addressed by the incoming committee.

The following were elected for 2014: President’s: Micheal Cleary, Sean Hynes; Vice Presidents: Michael Doyle, Tommy Holland & Ned Cahill; Chairperson: David Solon; Secretary: Tony O Rourke; Treasurer: Adrian Hynes; Assistant Treasurer: Michael Ryan; PRO: Fiona Sampson; Child Liaison Officer: Eugene Quirke; Committee: John Bugler, Sean Haran, Ian Fahy, Paul McDermott, Ciaran Gibbons and Ger Hogan.

Whitegate All Stars sports camp photos day 2

posted 20 Aug 2013, 13:41 by Unknown user   [ updated 20 Aug 2013, 14:25 ]

Day Two of the all star sports camp proved to be another huge success. Stars that made appearances today were local favourite Bugs, Tulla hero David McInerney and Tipperary captain Shane McGrath. Rollon day three

Whitegate All Stars sports camp photos day 1

posted 20 Aug 2013, 02:52 by Unknown user   [ updated 20 Aug 2013, 14:36 ]

A great day had by all at the All Star camp. Well done Andrew and all those helping out. Fantastic credit to Podge Collins for coming out today after his outing in Croke Park yesterday

1-10 of 51