ATHENRY CLUB NEWS​​


CLUB AGM FIXED FOR 31ST MAY 2021

​Dear Members the following date has been set for the Athenry Association Football Club Annual General Meeting 2021. Monday 31st of May 2021 at 7.45pm via Zoom Video Meeting.
The agenda is as follows from 8pm sharp:
printed agenda can be viewed here
1. Chairman's Address
2. Secretary's Report
3. Treasurer's Report
4. Election of Officers
5. Membership 2021/22
6. Motions
7. AOB
(Notices of motions must be emailed (athenry@galwayfa.ie) to the Honorary Secretary seven (24th May) clear days before the date of the Annual General Meeting. No other proposals for Notices of Motion shall be taken from the floor at an AGM.

Twenty five members of the club shall form a quorum at the Annual General Meeting.
Nominations for roles (Chairman, Secretary, Registrar etc.) to be submitted (athenry@galwayfa.ie) by Monday 24th of May.

To register your attendance for the AGM Zoom meeting email athenry@galwayfa.ie by Sunday 30th of May to get the Meeting ID and Passcode. 

Yours in Sport,
Athenry AFC Committee


MAY TRAINING TIMES NOW UPDATED

Athenry Football Club is pleased to announce our new Underage training schedule for the month of May. To access please  CLICK HERE  to view.


WELCOME BACK
We are now very much on the ‘pathway’ to the safe return of training beginning week Monday 26th April 2021. We would appreciate it very much if you took some time to read the protocols and become familiar with them again. Please see  HERE  to read on. 


LATEST DRAW WINNERS

We are pleased to announce our latest Limited Members Draw Winners for March 2021 as follows - 1st Fiona Kelly, 2nd Elaine McAndrew, 3rd Catriona Cannon. Well Done and Thank You for your kind and generous support. For all monthly Winners please see  HERE.


FAI SAFER RETURN TO TRAINING PROTOCOL

The Football Association of Ireland has an updated Safer Return to Training Protocol ahead of the return to training for players at Under 18 level and younger from next Monday, April 26. To access the list of protocols and useful information documents please see  here.

NEW TRAINING TIMETABLES NOW ONLINE

In line with ongoing preparations and official protocols Athenry AFC have now updated their 'astro' training schedules in line with general 'return to play' guidelines. Athenry have also added two new training areas to this timetable with Raheen & Clarin venues now included. To view these new schedules please see HERE.


ATHENRY AFC - RETURN TO PLAY
We are absolutely delighted for all our coaches and most importantly players that they are returning to training on Monday 26th April. At this stage we are revising protocols and confirming the training schedule for the coming weeks. Team Managers will contact parents early next week with all the information. If you require any further information please don't hesitate to contact us on 
athenry@galwayfa.ie


FAI STATEMENT ON UNDERAGE RETURN

The Football Association of Ireland confirms that underage football, Grassroots and League of Ireland, can return to non-contact training from April 26th, the first step on a phased return for football at all levels of the game. To read more from the official FAI statement please see here.

FAI notes Government green light for underage return | Football Association of Ireland


1971-2021 CLUB CENTENARY PUT ON HOLD - HAPPY APRIL FOOLS!!!!

Athenry AFC would like to announce that it's planned upcoming 50th Anniversary celebrations of the formation of the club that they had intended for 2021 has now been postponed until next year 2022. Club secretary Colin Bane will make a further statement on this later today. In the meantime he released a short press release for local news media saying "It has come to the club's attention that an anomaly has existed in our club records for some time and this was brought to our attention by Mr Des Glynn whom we are extremely grateful to for". Mr Glynn, one of the original founders and historians of the club had realised that due to a mistake in his original diary, which he has since attributed to a rogue tea stain that a 2 was mischievously made to look like a number 1 and was never corrected for historical purposes. Mr Peter Gilhooley and Mr Thomas Fahy, stalwarts of the club since the 70's have also been asked for their comments but have been unable to be located or contacted at this time.


TEXAS HOLD'EM POKER FUNDRAISER

Athenry AFC is pleased to announce that we will be hosting our Online Poker Classic for Over 18's and tickets are now available from our Clubforce link  here. This event takes place on Saturday 17th April 2021 at 8pm and Buy In is €40 with a maximum capacity of 180 people. Prizes run from €100 to €1000. Full instructions can be see on Online Poker Classic Rules and Regulations  here. See our advert on our events page here.


HAPPY MOTHERS DAY TO ALL

A massive THANK YOU to all of our Mothers out there. Athenry Football Club wants to celebrate 'Mothering Sunday' and wishes you all to have a wonderful day. Appreciation for all that you do is a year long thing but today is a SHOUT OUT celebration. Enjoy the day!


FEBRUARY LIMITED MEMBERS DRAW RESULTS

Our latest Draw Winners for February 2021 were as follows 1st Tommy Fahy 2nd Frank Sweeney & Co 3rd Shane Gilhooley. Our Limited Members Draw operates on a 50:50 basis - 50% of the entry money received each month will go out in prizes for that months' draw. The draw is limited to 500 tickets and you can enter by paying a standing order of €12 per month or one yearly payment of €144. Tickets available by contacting any Committee Member or see link here. Please support this major development for your Club.


​SPONSOR A TREE
The Moanbaun Sports Development Project is gathering pace and we are looking to You for your continued amazing support in this fantastic community project. Funds are needed to progress the next phase of the community walkway. Could you sponsor a tree for as little as €20? Are you a company who would consider sponsoring a number of trees? YOU can Sponsor a tree at trees.moanbaun.com . Please can you like and share this amongst your friends and family to help us progress this brilliant development. Thank You!

DEVELOPMENT NEWS

Check The Progress Here

More fantastic drone footage of the developments going on at the club, this is a video of our progress to date. Many people have enjoyed the walkway and shows what can be done when we work together within our community. You can help by viewing/liking/sharing this video, sponsoring a tree/trees or joining our clubs development draw. A massive thank you to Iain Shaw for the drone footage.


ON YOUR BIKE!

Athenry Football Club is fully supportive in getting us all healthier and promoting better communication about the new Galway to Athlone greenway cycle route. We are encouraging people to make a submission for the Galway to Athlone greenway to pass through Athenry. (SEND YOUR SUBMISSION HERE). Individuals will have preferences as to the route but we are encouraging everyone to make a submission stating why it should pass through Athenry in the first place. Please take the time to make a submission. There is some useful information on this site and a link to download a submission form to return by freepost. SEE MORE HERE


CLUB DEVELOPMENT DRAW WINNERS

The Club Development Draw Winners for November and December 2020 were as follows. December 2020 - 1st Oliver Whelan, 2nd Paul Mitchell, 3rd Adrian Gain. November 2020 1st Alan Eastwood, 2nd Joe Maloney, 3rd Caroline Gorton. Thank you to everyone that entered. Your support is greatly appreciated. If you would like to enter our Monthly Draw or for more information please check out our link in the Limited Members Draw Tab.


A RETURN TO FOOTBALL?
Galway FA Press Release; Regarding Return to Football.
The past few months have been extremely challenging. The constant uncertainty of what lies
ahead has made this winter a tougher one than normal. Our game has not escaped the impact of this virus with the voiding of the 2019/2020 season and the severe schedule impacts to the 2020/2021 season with the ban on games and contact training since early October and the increased restrictions that came into effect over Christmas which now completely halts activity until at least 1st February. The situation has also escalated drastically over the past week and all reports are suggesting that the worst is yet to come as our hospitals come under increasing pressure.
This makes any future planning about what is in essence, a hobby, very difficult. However, for most of us involved, football is so much more than a hobby and normally offers us a chance of respite from the daily grind. We have no concrete dates except the current Government date of 31st January, and it has been impossible to get any further dates on record.


The Galway FA are continuing to review the various options for completing the 2020/2021
season and will finalise a decision on the best approach as the Government guidelines on
restrictions become clearer. Voiding the 2020/2021 season is not being considered. We are continuing with the expectation drawn from the Government guidelines that football will return in the spring and we will have opportunities to complete our competitions. This will involve either an extension to the season to avail of the long summer evenings, reducing the number of rounds in competitions where viable, removing the odds and evens juvenile format, or a combination of all these.


Within our Clubs, the appetite to return to football when its’ safe to do so is clear and this is
certainly the intention of the Galway FA. Various virtual consultations will take place with the Clubs over the coming weeks as the situation evolves. We encourage all of our Clubs and their members to follow all of the Government Guidelines over the coming weeks and to stay focused on the fact that football will return in 2021.


HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL IN 2021

We cannot wait until we are all back out on the pitch for the all new 2021 season. 
Athenry AFC is wishing everyone a very Happy New Year and want to extend our best hopes, wishes & thanks to our coaches, committee and covid officers that have kept the club going in these testing times. The club will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary year this year having been founded in 1971. Celebrations to follow soon we promise.


ATHENRY REPRESENTATION IN GALWAY FA MILLENIUM TEAM

Well what a fantastic achievement for these lads to have been selected for The Galway FA Team Of The Millenium. No less than four (4) Athenry FC players have been included in what seems to have been a major coup for Athenry as Seamie Crowe, Cathal Fahy, Benny Lawless and Paddy Quinn are all included. Three of the Millenium Stars are still with the club, two as players and one as manager.

Seamie Crowe's return as manager this season will see a strong challenge for the title of best team in Galway when the new season gets underway in 2021 if his history is anything to go by. A manager who brought his full fantastic and highly successful playing experience to the fore when he managed Athenry, previously winning the title. With this season curtailed due to Covid and with the team strongly positioned before the season was prematurely ended Athenry will hope to pick up where they left off under Seamie's proven mentorship.

Cathal Fahy's inclusion was only to be expected considering how the evergreen striker has performed over the years as his enthusiasm and sheer determination have seen no let up, even in latter years where his goals and leadership on the pitch has certainly inspired younger players to come on in leaps and bounds at the club. With his many trophies he must certainly have been one of the first names on the list.

Paddy Quinn must be seen as one of the most cultured defenders to have ever graced the boys in maroon. A complete gentlemen off the pitch and certainly ruthless on it. This has seen him win no less than six (6) Galway titles as well as major trophies over the years. There doesn't seem to be any let up with him gracing the sports field at Moanbaun and beyond, despite assurances a few years ago to this author that he was only giving it one more year. Well Done to all on a super achievement, Legends all of you. To see Athenry's own Team of the Millenium please go to our facebook page.


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