Swinford GAA is up and running again in 2013. The AGM was held in mid-December while the first club meeting of the year was held on Saturday, January 12th in the Gateway hotel. The principle club officers of Vincent Roughneen (Treasurer), Elizabeth Gallagher (Secretary) and Mick Murtagh (Chairman) were returned for the final year of a 3 year term.
Our main event of 2012 was the Robert McCallion pitch re-dedication match between Mayo and Donegal. Little did the lively crowd know that they were at a pre-run of the All-Ireland! Tickets were slightly easier to come by that day, but Jimmy still ended up winning his match.
Apart from this one off event, business as usual continued on the field of play. Our Saturday morning u10 and u8 sessions are particularly successful with over 50 kids showing up week in, week out. There is a very vibrant underage program, with our u14s particularly excelling last year.
At senior level we have a very talented and dedicated management team in place who hope to get the best out of Swinford’s finest in 2013.
In 2013 we plan to have a club meeting, open to all comers, on the second Saturday of each month (where possible), in the Gateway hotel. This meeting will be publicised on in local papers, SwinfordGAA.ie and on our Facebook page.
We have set out goals for the year in four different areas;
- Pitch & Facilities
The aim is for the club meeting to review the progress each month in each area and make any adjustments as required. New volunteers are always welcome. Whether you want to get your hands dirty coaching on our pitches or helping out on the social committee, there is something different for everybody. We have an active network of people in the club at the moment, but we always want to encourage as much participation from the community as possible.
There will be a monster 25 card drive on February 22nd in the Swinford Secondary School Hall. Do your best to get hold of a ticket before hand as demand is high for what promises to be a great night.