Azzurri has deals to outfit four other county teams, providing jerseys, warmup suits, and bags. New York’s previous arrangement with O’Neills cost the association up to $17,000 a year, money that will remain in the NYGAA coffers under this new deal. New York will receive $3 per New York jersey sold.
Thursday night’s NYGAA meeting is likely to result in changes to the controversial and costly weekend player rules. There are several motions before the delegates seeking either to eliminate or curtail the weekend imports.
Weekenders have long been a fixture in the New York Gaelic games, so outright elimination is not expected. However, with increasingly stringent enforcement from the INS, several teams were left holding the bag last season when players failed to make it past the authorities. These clubs were out both the price of the flight and the services of the player.
Against this backdrop, a reduction in the number of weekend players seems likely. President Liam Bermingham is keen to see a motion to tighten up player registration enacted. Bermingham wants to take the onus off competing clubs to raise objections and says, “It is the responsibility of the NYGAA to police illegal players.”
Thursday’s meeting will have a lot to say about how games are conducted at Gaelic Park this season, so all delegates are urged to attend.
The following are the results of the recent New York Ladies GAA election: chairperson, Nollaig Cleary; vice chairperson, Rosie O’Reilly; secretary, Cathy McKenna; assistant secretary, Breda Carroll; treasurer, Varina Carey; assistant treasurer, Eleanor Fox; PRO, Collette McGoldrick; assistant PROs, Deirdre Doherty and Joan Kiernan; registrar, Sharon Levins; assistant registrar, Ger Mahon; Irish language officer, Mary Melly; development officer, Pauline Boylan.
The Dublin Gaelic Football of New York will hold its annual general meeting on Sunday, Feb. 9, at 5 p.m. at the Heritage Bar, McLean Avenue, Yonkers. Details, (718) 204-4929.
MAYO F.C. AGM
The Mayo Football Club will hold its annual general meeting on Sunday, Feb. 9, at 3 p.m. at Behan’s Pub, 4299 Katonah Ave., the Bronx. All new and old members welcome. Details, (914) 720-1137.
MANAGHAN LGAA MEETING
New York’s Monaghan LGAA club will hold their annual general meeting Monday, Feb. 10, at 8 p.m. in Sean Og’s Bar, Woodside. Details, Sandra Swinburne at (718) 721-0396.
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ARMAGH DINNER DANCE
The County Armagh Association and Football Club will hold their dinner dance on Friday, Feb. 21, at the Astoria World Manor, Astoria, Queens. Guests of honor, Rory McCreesh and Eugene Grant. Distinguished service honoree, James Cullen. Details, (212) 967-2627.
ASTORIA GAELS DANCE
The Astoria Gaels will hold its 11th annual dinner dance on Saturday, Feb. 22, at Riccardo’s, 21-01 24th Ave., Astoria, Queens. Cocktails, 8-9 p.m., followed by dinner and dancing. Guest of honor, Siobhan Kyne. Music by Silverline. Monster raffle, $10,000 in prize money. Details, (917) 951-8939.
SAM FOR JERSEY
The Sam Maguire Cup and members of the County Armagh team, the 2002 All-Ireland Champions, will appear on Sunday, Feb. 23, from 2-6 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Armor Place, Dumont, N.J. Music by Eugene & Pat Clancy, The Blackwater Boys. Details, (201) 384-6388.
FERMANAGH AWARDS NIGHT
The Fermanagh Gaelic Football Club of New York will hold their annual awards night on Friday, Feb. 28, at 9 p.m. in Rory Dolan’s, McLean Avenue, Yonkers.
Award winners are Fermanagh LGFC Club Person of the year Pauline Boylan and GFC Club Person Michael Murphy. Joint recepients of the inaugural John Joe Mc Govern
Memorial award, which honors the GFC Player of the Year, are Stephen Owens and
Fergal Brennan. Ladies Footballer of the Year award goes to Majella McCabe,
and overall Most Improved Player goes to Chrissy McSweeney.
The 69th annual New York GAA banquet takes place March 1 beginning at 8 p.m. at the Astoria World Manor in Astoria, Queens. Limerick’s Maurice Foley is the evening’s guest of honor.
KERRY F.C. DANCE
The Kerry Football Club of New York will hold its annual dinner dance on Saturday, March 8, at the Astoria Manor, Astoria, Queens. Guest of honor, Darragh O’S