I am very grateful for all the help I have received from our Chairman, John Ahern and all members of the Committee.
This is not a Lifetime role and is open to anybody who would be willing to take it on.
Three of our members had family bereavements during the year and we would like to offer our condolences to them:
First we had the very sad passing of Eileen O’Donoghue, Leo’s wife, we all remember her kindly ways and her catering skills every September at their home in Little Island.
P.J. O’Brien’s father, Peter O’Brien died on the 26th August and John Ahern’s
Mother-in-law, Margaret (Peggy) Sweeney also died on the 26th August.
If there were bereavements in other member’s families that we are not aware of, we offer our condolences.
We held 11 Workshops, 3 in member’s own homes, two of which were full day events and the Woodspun Exhibition and Sale in the Old Mill (James O’Neill) in Kinsale.
We also had a day out in Ballycotton and a day out in Lisnavagh Wood in Carlow.
If there are any volunteers for the role of Demonstrator, they can give their names to the Secretary.
Ger Hennessy came up with a Safety Statement for the Chapter for the School and Home Workshops having put a lot of research into same with Jerry Twomey , Christy FitzPatrick and David Lee.
This event was well supported by the members including our neighbours from Kerry who are always supportive. We got some sponsorship from the National Executive for prizes on the day.
We were well represented by our local Demonstrators John Ahern and Peter Manning.
The event was ably filmed by Bill O’Mahony and Ger Hennessy.
The following day there was a Master Class given by Mick Hanbury at Tony Farrell’s Workshop.
On the 27th July we had a trip to Lisnavagh Woods in Carlow where we had a demonstration on Bowl Coring by resident Woodturner, Willie McHutcheon.
We ended the day with a meal in Mick Burke’s Hotel in Dungarvan.
Seventeen people went on this trip and we had a very pleasant journey thanks to our driver Michael Pattwell in the Togher Scout’s Bus.
Our thanks to Tony Farrell, Kieran Higgins and to Mars O’Reilly and members of Cork Craft & Design of which we are now an Associate Member, for their help.
I would also like to thank the members who gave of their time to act as Invigilators during the Exhibition.
Christy Fitzpatrick took on the responsibility of competition secretary this year.
A big thank you to Marea Power and the people in the school for letting us use their facilities for which we are very grateful.