P.J. Molloy takes over as Senior Hurling Manager 1996 - Mixie Donohue

At the annual general meeting of Athenry G.A.A. club P. J. Molloy was a very popular choice on his appointment as senior hurling manager for1996. 

Outgoing chairman Peadar Monaghan who had completed his term of office welcomed a very large attendance to the community hall. He then outlined the great achievements of the club during his three year term of office which included winning five "A" county championships in 1994, winning a third minor "A" Hurling championship in a row in 1995 under manager Tom Howley and also winning the minor “B" football under the managership of Roy O’Brien in 1995, for the first time. The U-13s also won the Fr. Joe Walshe Cup managed by Tom Cloonan. 

The chairman also thanked everybody involved with the major development at the club grounds at Raheen which was near completion in conjunction with a FÁS scheme.

Tributes were also paid to all players who lined out for the club during the year and also all the hardworking committees, especially the fundraising committee under the direction of Martin T. Kelly. 

Jarlath Cloonan of Cloonan Oil was also thanked for his generous sponsorship during the year.

The chairman expressed great disappointment at being "pipped" at the post in the semi-final of the All-Ireland Club Championship against Dunloy and also going out of the Senior Championship at the quarter-final stage. Dissatisfaction was expressed by many members over not having a proper fixture calendar.

The secretary, Kerrill Hanlon, gave a very comprehensive report on the year’s activities and congratulated all players who represented Galway during the year. These included under-14, Kieran Flannery and Cian Burke; under-16, Diarmuid Cloonan, Shane Donohue and David Donohue; minor Richard Brady and John Feeney; senior Joe Rabbitte, Cathal Moran, Gerry Keane and Brian Feeney; junior Dermot Monaghan and Brian Higgins; masters Mixie Donohue,R J. Molloy and Luke Glynn.

Compliments were also paid to Kieran Flannery who won the County Féile U-14 hurling skills; Athenry Vocational School on yet another All-Ireland success; John Hardiman on his success with St. Raphael’s College, Loughrea; Jarlath Cloonan on his involvement with the Galway senior team; Tom Pageon his great success with Athenry Athletics Club; and also the underage success of the Athenry Camogie Club.

Votes of sympathy were extended to all who suffered bereavements, especially the families of Joe Corbett, Paddy Egan and Paul Waldron who were closely associated with the club.

The Treasurer Michael Quinn gave a detailed report on the clubs finances and expressed concern over the expense involved in running a successful club. Martin T. Kelly gave an account of the club’s lotto and thanked all the sellers and the committee who run the lotto weekly.

Officers elected for 1996: 

Hon. Presidents, Michael John Quinn and Joe Ruane
President, Fr Tony King
Vice President, Pake Ruane; 
Chairman, Leo Coffey 
Vice Chairman, Peadar Monaghan 
Secretary, Kerrill Hanlon 
Assistant Secretaries, Billy Caulfield, Martin T. Kelly 
PR.O. Mixie Donohue
Treasurer, Michael Quinn
Hurling Board Delegate, Tom Cloonan
Football Board Delegate, Gerald Corbett
Executive Committee for 1996
All club officers plus Michael Treacy, Barry Keogh, Ann Cloonan, Ann Treacy, Luke Glynn, J. J. Kelly, Noel Kelly, Jim Ruane and Juno Barrett

Team Managers for 1996:

           Senior Hurling:
          
P. J. Molloy (unanimous choice)

Intermediate Hurling:
TBC by Executive Committee 

Minor Hurling:
Paddy Kelly


Junior Hurling:
Dermot Monaghan

Junior Football:
John Connolly

U-21 Football and Minor Football:

Roy O’Brien

Juvenile Managers:
U-l2 Pádraig Ryan
U-14 Tom Cloonan
U-l6 Mixie Donohue
Mixie Donohue P.R.O. St. Mary's GAA Club for the Athenry Journal April 1996

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