'It doesn't matter if you are male or female once you have the best interests of your GAA club at heart'

'It doesn't matter if you are male or female once you have the best interests of your GAA club at heart'
Dohenys' Alan Sheehan manages to flick the ball from Kiskeam's Tomás Dennehy. Picture: John Delea.

DOHENYS GAA Club will have an all-female top table of administrators for the year ahead following a recent club meeting.

Mary Maybury has been elected to serve as chairperson, while Anna Hurley will act as secretary for this year. Caroline McCarthy remains as the club treasurer. 

The Dohenys GAA Club all-female top table for the coming year: Anna Hurley, secretary; Mary Maybury, chairperson and Caroline McCarthy treasurer.
The Dohenys GAA Club all-female top table for the coming year: Anna Hurley, secretary; Mary Maybury, chairperson and Caroline McCarthy treasurer.

Newly elected secretary Anna Hurley is looking forward to getting started in her new role.

“I’m looking forward to a new challenge and getting stuck in,” declared the GAA enthusiast.

The Dunmanway based club are fortunate to possess such capable and diligent club administrators. 

The trio boast a vast array of skills, lots of experience and a genuine love for their local club team. 

Anna is looking forward to working with both Mary and Caroline in the foreseeable future. 

“I have known Mary and Caroline for as long as I can remember. They have been involved in both the Doheny and Sam Maguire clubs with decades. 

"I know that we will work well together.  We all share a lot of the same visions for the club going forward. 

"I will be looking to both of them to share their wealth of experience with me.” 

The Dohenys GAA Club is one of the few clubs nationwide to possess an all-female top table. The Carbery divisional club is to be applauded for their vision as they bid to help the club enjoy more success in the coming years. 

Anna is delighted to play her part in their all-female top table but feels irrespective of their gender it is their love for their local GAA club that matters the most. 

“It wasn’t a premeditated move, but I feel it has worked out well.  There are female officers in GAA clubs all over the country and females involved in a lot of roles within the organisation. 

"Personally, I don’t think it matters whether there are males or females in any role, as long as they are capable and have the best interest of the club and organisation at heart.” 

The huge success Tracey Kennedy has enjoyed in a plethora of roles within Cork GAA has served to highlight the expert roles female administrators can bring to their club. 

“I feel that Tracey’s progress has certainly encouraged more females to put themselves forward within their own clubs.  However, I believe that Tracey is a great role model within the GAA, regardless of being a female.” 

Anna has always been a passionate Dohenys GAA supporter.  Her family have always been steeped in Dohenys GAA. 

She is thrilled to help out her beloved club and always valued the importance the club played in her local community.

“Growing up, I spent a lot of time at our club’s home, the Sam Maguire Park. 

"I could be playing with friends, helping to make sandwiches, serving behind the bar or attending games. 

"I always knew how important it was being involved in such a big part of our local community.” 

Anna has always helped out in a variety of roles down through the years with the Dohenys GAA Club. 

Two club stalwarts Fachtna McCarthy and James McCarthy have agreed to assist Anna during her spell as secretary. She is hopeful her previous administrative experience will help her in her new role as club secretary.

“I’ve been on the Doheny executive committee, fundraising committee and social committee for a few years.  I also spent a couple of years as PRO for the Doheny Ladies GAA Club. 

The Dohenys Ladies football squad celebrate winning the 2017 West Cork Junior football league.
The Dohenys Ladies football squad celebrate winning the 2017 West Cork Junior football league.

"Secretary is a busy role. Fachtna McCarthy and James McCarthy have agreed to take on some of the duties, to ease the burden for me. 

"This will help me to maintain a manageable work-life-club balance.  For as long as I can remember, my family (Murphy) have been involved in the GAA, both on a local, club and school level. 

"It is part of who I am. My husband, Paudie is a Castlehaven man, so he is fully aware of the commitment required. 

"Our two, young children are no strangers to the GAA scene already and have been attending matches all over the country.” 

The Dohenys club are fortunate that they possess a plethora of committed volunteers all working to ensure the club has a bright future. 

Anna is grateful to all their committee members. 

“There is a lot of voluntary work going on in the club, but as is the case in many other clubs, we are always looking to welcome new members.” 

The Doheny GAA Club boasts a very impressive history. The club possesses fantastic facilities.  Their junior hurlers, underage club and U21 teams’ have enjoyed great success in recent seasons and their ladies club is thriving. 

Anna is hopeful the club can enjoy a successful future.

“The Doheny GAA Club was formed in 1886. We are very proud in Dunmanway to be home to Sam Maguire, after whom, the All-Ireland football cup is named. 

"A lot of development has taken place in recent years, with new dressing rooms, a gym and more recently, the astro-turf pitch. 

"We have great numbers in our underage club and great credit goes to all the mentors and parents involved.  The Doheny Ladies Club is also going from strength to strength. 

"They recently joined our U21 B hurlers in receiving West Cork medals at our annual Doheny dinner dance.”

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