Total income raised from memberships and golf classics amounted to €20, 467. Total expenditure was €15, 978 and this was made up of subsidising the Celebration Night and buses to away games, donations to various school, club and county teams.
The highlights of the year for him were the performance of the minor hurlers, the hosting of Feile na nGael in Dublin, the success of St. Brigids and Setanta in the Féile, the standard of hurling from the Dublin clubs especially in Division 1.He also praised Fingal on their achievements in the National League.
He expressed disappointment with the performance of our senior and under 21 hurlers. He felt the very poor performance of the u-21’s was not helped by the late appointment of the manager and his selectors.
Membership is now at the 815 mark- about half this number have paid up for 2012/13. The target for 2013 is to reach the 1,000 mark. The committee decided at our last meeting to work on a getting a representative from each club to promote FODH.
He thanked Niall Scully, Kevin Nolan and Mick Hanley for their coverage. Great use is made of texting and e-mailing to communicate with our members. He expressed the wish to get some younger person on board to handle social media so that we can make better contact with young fans.
Our Celebration Night was a great success and justified the expenditure of over €3,000. The players, clubs and schools honoured on the night were very thankful.
He complimented the Co Board on their commitment to the development of hurling and stated that the successes of the past ten years can be attributed to them.
He expressed the hope that Dublin hurling continues to grow and this will only happen if we succeed in winning an All-Ireland at senior or u-21 level in the next few years. To do this he feels that the star dual players will be needed. This issue has never been solved to the satisfaction of hurling. Players themselves will have to make the call but managers should not be allowed to tell a dual player that he will not play football if he decides he wants to hurl. He believes that the next few months will be interesting and he expects the four dual players to play and train with Shay Boland’s team.
He complimented Cumann na mBunscoil and Tom O’Donnell for his efficent running of Post Primary games.
He thanked the members of FODH Committee.
Election of Officers
Liam Mulhall was elected PRO and he will work on various social media. All present were invited to join our committee and attend our next meeting on April 15th.
A good discussion took place on the dual player issue. Michael Kilbride felt that under 21 players should not be allowed play for the senior teams. Weak County Boards are allowing team managers to run the show to the detriment of Dublin GAA. John Hennessy said he would raise this issue at a Management Meeting. Peadar Mac Canna felt that all members who have not paid up for 2013 should be contacted. The chairman thanked Michael Kilbride for making parking at O’Connells Schools available at €5 instead of the usual €8.
Next Meeting: Monday April 15th at 6.30pm