Charlestown Sarsfields AGM 1953 in Co. Mayo

The Annual General Meeting of the Charlestown Sarsfields Football Club was held in the Parochial Hall on Wednesday night. Mr PJ Honan, Chairman, presided. In his address he extended a hearty welcome to Dr Padraic Carney, who was present. He also welcomed to the meeting Sergt Blythe, who was, he said, an enthusiastic supporter of the GAA and he felt he would be a great help to the Club.

Due to circumstances beyond their control, the Club's activities were not as numerous as in other years, and due to the small number of teams in Senior ranks, the number of games played was negligible. Now that the Club had lost eleven of the team which won the Junior Championship in 1951, he felt, added Mr Honan, that it would be only fair to the town and other players, to have them regarded as Junior, as it would be impossible, with the material at their disposal to compete in Senior ranks.

The Secretary, Mr T Murphy, reported that the Senior team acquitted themselves very well, being narrowly defeated by Louisburg, beating Ballina, and going under in their only serious defeat to Castlebar, who eventually ran out easy winners over all rivals in the competition.

The Minor team's activities ended with a defeat at the hands of Aughamore in a knock-out championship. While there was no Juvenile Championship in East Mayo, the Club had a most successful year as regards Juvenile football. The Club's Co Board representative, Rev G Henry, CC, was instrumental last year in organising teams in every townland in the Parish, and on every Sunday and week-day available, competitions were held between the different school teams. He was delighted to welcome Dr Carney into the Club, and also extended a welcome to Sergt Blythe.

The Treasurer, Mr PJ Brennan, reported a successful year despite serious losses due to heavy travelling expenses and damages in a Court action.

Officers elected for the coming year were:

  • President: Very Rev F O'Connor, PP,

  • Vice Presidents: Rev G Henry, CC, and Rev P Higgins, CC, Mr PJ Honan, Dr P Carney and Sergt P Blythe.

  • Chairman: Mr Mike O'Donnell

  • Vice Chairman: Mr Val Harrison

  • Treasurer: Mr PJ Brennan,

  • Secretary: Mr Thomas P Murphy

© Cathal Henry 2003