Cassidy’s Hotel, Dublin
Joe Farrell, Joe McCarthy, Gillian Moriarty, Paul Kelly, Cathal McGuinness, Sr AnneMarie Farragher, Gareth Jones, Michelle O’Donovan, Aileen O’Brien, Alison Sheehan, Emer Johnston, Richie Doran, Eddie Martin, Stephen Gibbons, Shane Boyle, Colin Walsh, Brendan Murphy, Niamh Walsh
(Apologies: Mary Roache)
Joe McCarthy delivered his last address, since he is standing down after 12 years of excellent service. There have been many highlights and achievements, so a big Thank You to Joe from everyone in the ISSSC.
Niamh Walsh expressed her gratitude to both Joe Farrell, who is standing down as Treasurer and to Joe McCarthy, who is standing down as Chair. She reminded all schools to complete the annual membership form, and return along with the €50 fee.
Joe Farrell presented the annual statement of accounts. Thanks to the on-going support of The Irish Sports Council, we are currently ‘in the black.’
Each region spoke about their past year of sporting events, and possibilities of new events going forward.
GAA coaching, through local club coaches, tag-rugby through the IRFU, Futsol coaching through local clubs, ‘Sprocket Rocket’ a bicycling initiative through the Local Sports Partnerships were all presented as good ideas. All schools are encouraged to try new events, especially with nearby ISSSC schools.
Motions to the AGM
The Irish FFA team currently receive a commemorative ‘Cap’ from the FAI, but have to return their Irish kit. It was proposed that the ISSSC fund a set of Irish kit each year for the players to keep. The cost is estimated to be about €400. This idea was accepted in principle, so Colin Walsh will investigate and report back to the executive with more precise details and costs.
St Ultans in Navan and St Ita’s in Drogheda want to join with the Dublin region for their football league. This was agreed to in principle. Richie Doran will look into the possibility of drawing up a two-tier football league.
The usual busy calendar of events, both regionally and nationally, was drawn up. In future each regional rep will email their event calendar to Richie Doran before the AGM, which he will upload onto the website. Clashes will be ironed out at the AGM.
A big Thank You to Richie Doran who has worked hard to prepare for the launch of our revamped website – www.isssc.ie Please send event photos to him (via Dropbox is best)Also event details will be on the calendar, including a Google Maps link! Web texts re events can be sent out (via webtext.com) A schools contact list will be also available, while Richie said he can set up a ‘members-only’ link for our personal emails and mobiles.
Richie said he is happy to run the website this year, but will probably need regional reps to help out next year.
It is important that schools get parental permission for use of photographs, and put a link to the site on their school’s own website.
Cara, out of IT Tralee, is trying to promote Sportshall Athletics in our schools. Contact Niamh Daffy from Cara for details.
Active Schools Flag
Mayo Education Centre is promoting this initiative to increase the amount of time spent on sports activities in schools. Some complained that the application process is onerous, however a few schools have achieved the flag.
Spirit of Sport Award
Joe McCarthy has spent a great deal of time searching for the perfect award, with a reasonable price and easy availability. He produced a sample of an award that fulfils all these criteria. It is hoped that each school will receive two of this by the summer, to be presented to one boy and girl of the school’s choosing. The cost will be covered by the membership fee.
Election of New Committee
Niamh Walsh was elected as the new Chairperson
Aileen O’Brien was elected as the new Treasurer
Colin Walsh and Richie Doran will decide at the next executive meeting who will be Secretary.
Dublin Rep – Richie Doran
Munster Rep – Colin Walsh
North Leinster Rep – Eddie Martin
South Leinster Rep – Paul Kelly
West Rep – Mary Roache
Football For All Review
There was very positive feedback from this year’s international event, held in Dublin. It was well run and behaviour was good.
Next Executive meeting will be held in early December.