St Catherines Juvenile Club Cúl  Camp 2017

3rd to 7 July 10.00am to 2.30 daily

  • 167 boys and girls from the parish took part
  • The children were from Conna, Curraglass & Ballynoe Schools
  • Paudie O Brien Midleton, and Noel Crowley Fermoy, GAA GDAs were very helpful with organising the camp.
  • Cost this year: €60 for first child, €50 second child, €40 for subsequent children
  • A new system of ordering and delivery of kits was introduced this year.

 The managers of the Minor, U16 and U14 Hurling & Camogie teams kindly sent out texts to players who wished to put their names forward to coach / help at camp. The response was great, so much so, that we did not need the help of first years who kindly offered. As a result, an afternoon 3 day skills workshop was organised. I wish to thank Ian O Connell who helped put in place the coaches for that: Colm Spillane, Shane Kingston and Robbie O Flynn. Participants paid €20 which covered the cost of the coaches.

Noel O Brien was Head Coach and organised the coaches, helpers, and oversaw the groups. A meeting was held the previous week to talk with them. Thanks to Finola Neville for helping with this.  The coaches were provided with a skills / drills frame work to follow each day  in Hurling, Football and handball,  which took age and ability into account. It was evident that due to the high standard of coaching, children improved their skills throughout the week, while at the same time having fun with their friends. Paul Davis, Child Protection Officer helped with Garda Vetting.

Helpers / Coaches

Noel O Brien

Rory Galvin

Caoimhe Galvin

Niamh O Regan

Finola Neville

Maireád Rohan

Aoife Hurley

Eoin Sheehan

Niall O Regan

Kevin Geary

Laura Hayes

Brendan McKee

Kieran Neville

Philip Keane

Caoimhe Hayes

Josh McGuckian

Áine Mulcahy

Eoin Davis

Sarah Barry

Niamh Mulcahy

Cathal Leahy

Eoin Wallace

Megan Draper

Eoin O Riordan

Linda O Donnell

Sam Dunning

Throughout the week many people helped in all sorts of ways to unsure that the week ran smoothly. Without them, we could not have run it.

Pat & Deloras Hartigan who made such an effort to have the venue in top condition. Your dedication to the Club is very much appreciated.

Thanks again to Brendan Hurley and Batt Sheehan from Conna Handball who oversaw the Handball station.  Handball is one of the 4 GAA codes (hurling, football, rounders & handball) and it has become an integral part of the camp.

I wish to thank the young Redmond Higgins, who put traffic calming measures in place to ensure children got to and from the camp safely. Pat O Brien and Niall Murray helped Redmond. Sonny Cotter helped at home time on the gate.  Thanks to all the parents who were there  each morning to help get the camp going smoothly, from buying milk, helping with lost & found and settling children in. Parents helped supervise lunchtimes and were very generous with their time on the last day when we cleaned up the dressing rooms and dugouts.

I had a great bunch of women helping with kits and generally being available to help out….no job too big or small. I will list names, but if I leave someone out, my apologies: Susan Sheehan, Angela O Donoghue, Marie O Donoghue, Cathy Cotter, Majella Pietropaolo, Mags Fitzgerald, Mikaela Hall, Deirdre Twomey, Mags Regan, Antoinette O Donnell, Lisa O Mahony, Celine Mc Auliffe, Breda Dinneen, Fiona Higgins, Fiona Sheehan. and I know that I could have counted on so many more.

I wish to thank the U6 managers Ed Ahern  who gave us the use of his equipment for the week. Thanks also to Brian Sheehan and James Spillane who helped organsie equipment as well.

The camogie club are very generous in offering help always. Thanks to the wonderful talented girls who offered their services as coaches and helpers. With so many little people, the camp could not have been run without them.

 Our guest Colm Spillane visited us on Tuesday. He patiently signed hurleys, helmets and jerseys, and encouraged our rising stars, before running a very successful afternoon skills workshop for our older camogie and hurling players.

Thanks to John O Mahony, our PRO  (buy next week’s Avondhu)

Our Head coach, Noel O Brien was outstanding during the week. He coordinated drills, and organised the helpers and coaches for each day. He helped place children, where they would not only be at their level of ability, but ensured they were among friends as well….. not an easy job keeping everyone happy!

Finally, to the parents who trusted us with their darlings for the week, thanks for getting them to the pitch on time and following Redmonds ‘one-way’ traffic system. Your support and dedication is appreciated.

I feel the camp was successful this year, we may not have got it all right, but we learn from our mistakes, celebrate our successes and build on it to make 2018 more enjoyable for all.

Imelda O Connell

2017 Cúl camp Coordinator