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Friday 19 September 2014

Celtic look back on a top year

Published 08/01/2014 | 05:20

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Rock Celtic looked back on a year that had many highlights and when hard work enabled the committee to get the finances into a good state to meet their commitments arising from a substantial investment in the development of facilities at the grounds at Sandy Lane over recent years.

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Rock Celtic looked back on a year that had many highlights and when hard work enabled the committee to get the finances into a good state to meet their commitments arising from a substantial investment in the development of facilities at the grounds at Sandy Lane over recent years.

The high points included the senior team recapturing of the Meath and District League title after a gap of two years after finishing champions in successive seasons. This success was achieved during the six years of Shane Reddish's tenure as manager that regrettably ended at the start of the present season, with the former Dundalk star stepping down for business and personal reasons.

Fortunately the club were able to turn to his assistant David Hoey, who in his dual capacity as a player played no small part in the reclaiming of the title last year. He brings considerable experience from a lengthy and successful League of Ireland career with Dundalk culminating in securing an FAI Cup winners medal in 2002 to the role.

Tributes were paid to the out-going manger and also great stalwart Feargal Smyth who helped in the management of the team and has given so much at administrative and coaching level, and in all areas of running the club in recent years. He resigned from the committee, and his namesake Richard Smyth, a former player and valued mentor and schoolboy coach, returned after serving in that capacity some years ago.

The other big cause for rejoicing was the landing of a four year deal by James Dunne with the Mighty Reds. The 15 year-old defender headed off to Old Trafford in August to look to forge a successful career as a professional with one of the world's most famous and successful clubs.

Honorary secretary, Cronan McCabe who has helped in his development, acting as his coach at club and representative level, wished James the 'very best in his football career'.

In his report he noted that the club caters for over 300 players from juvenile to adult level, and referred to other juveniles who are making their way up the local ladder, being invited to be part of the Dundalk Youths team and selected to be a part of the Dundalk Schoolboys squad to take part in the prestigious Milk Cup in the north from where some budding stars progressed to became household names across the water .

A couple of the club teams also undertook trips to England and one gained the experience of training at Manchester City.

The club also organised and ran its own soccer summer camp for boys and girls between the age of 6 and 14 which was a great success, and are looking at running it again.

Chairman Martin McDonnell in his address to the meeting, talked of how the club set up it's own office in the clubrooms, complete with a comprehensive data base of members, and had forged a cross border link with Lisburn Rangers. It played host to a number of teams from the Northern club which has invited the club to pay a reciprocal visit to their headquarters.

The chairman said he would like to see older and past members of the club become more involved in the club.

Officers and Committee for the next 12 months: Chairman, Martin McDonnell; vice-chairman, Eugene Fee; secretary, Cronan McCabe; treasurer, Johnny Hanna, committee, Anthony Kieran, Lonan McDonald, Donal Lynch, Alan Farrelly, Richard Smyth.

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