A detailed Agenda was presented for the sixth AGM of Youghal4All which was held on Thursday last, 9 February, with a large attendance present. Chair, Jimmy Flanagan, opened the meeting by welcoming everyone and extended thanks to the Committee, volunteers, and for the ongoing support of the people. He outlined in depth the success of the Festivals organised by the Group over the year. He was delighted to confirm that the St Patrick's Day Parade this year will have their first ever Grand Marshall and no better person than Youghal's Sinéad Kane. Jim confirmed that the Moby Dick Seat proposed for Youghal is not, now, going ahead but instead a beautiful Sculpture (Gregory Peck) as Captain Anab is to be erected.
Secretary's Report, Helen Heaphy Grainge
A comprehensive report was presented by the Secretary, commencing with the formation of the group six years ago, which has gone from strength to strength, and including the works carried out over that time. Getting people active and taking pride in the town of Youghal continues to be a central theme today. The report included details of clean ups by the group at Mall Beach and Quay, Summerfield, the By-Pass on the Cork side, and Green Park which improves the physical image of Youghal.
St. Patrick's Day celebrating 1916 was a huge success and thanks were extended to the many groups and businesses involved. This year's them is Youghal Going Forward which reflects the recent improvements in the town i.e. Boardwalk, Town Walls, Clock Gate, and the many Festivals planned.
The Secretary confirmed that agreement had been reached with the Council on the siting, size and nature of the Moby Dick Sculpture which will serve as an iconic photograph opportunity for tourists.
Moby Dick Festival
2016 Saw substantial growth in the Moby Dick festival, and this year it will be held on the June Bank Holiday weekend.
Unfortunately, due to a change in procedures by the councils re: road closures in the town, the Mackerel Festival could not proceed. These changes in procedures were never notified and despite applying in the normal fashion the cost of attempting to meet these new criteria was upwards of €2,000 - a cost the festival could not hold. This year's Festival will be held in Barry's Lane.
The Youghaloween Spooktacular
One of the most unique Festivals in Ireland, it continues to grow and attract publicity for the town.
The Reverse Santa
Held in aid of the St. Vincent de Paul in 2016 this was a worthwhile way to round off a busy year. Our thanks to all those who donated and to Mr. Fergal Cullinane who made it possible by allowing us the use of his premises. It is much appreciated.
Youghal has a lot to look forward to over the coming years. Much hard work has been done, not just within Youghal 4 All but also other groups within the town. It is important that we keep pushing Youghal in the direction it is going, requiring a concerted effort by state agencies, councils and voluntary groups.
Sincere thanks were extended to Chairman, Mr Jim Flanagan, to the Officers and Committee members, all those involved on the subcommittees and to the people for their support.
A 'Not for Profit' organisation the success or failure depends on the support of locals and businesses, and is achieved through Flag Days, Table Quizzes, Sponsorship, Bucket Collections. Thanks were extended to East Cork Municipal Authority and Youghal Credit Union for their continued support.
During the year a decision was taken to incorporate as a Limited Company, which has now been completed, and will provide the Committee and other group members a degree of protection in the event of any unforeseen financial turmoil. It will also help with state/semi state funding opportunities.
Four of the five traditional annual events were held, excluding the Mackerel Festival, and they were all successful. The combined festival costs were €10,864.26 and generated an income of €13,756.91, a surplus of €2,892.65.
General fundraising generated €2,973.90 , with administrative costs of €2,765.30 giving an overall surplus of €3,101.25.
A Corporate donation of €5,000 is held in a separate account which is ring fenced for the Moby Dick Sculpture, but it is anticipated that the finished product will cost well in excess of the monies.
Election of Committee
Eoin Flanagan, who stepped down this year, was thanked for serving on Committee for three years and for his valuable contribution over that time. Two new members were elected and a welcome was extended to Michael Hegarty and Sandra McLellan.
Any Other Business
The meeting was then opened to the floor, producing a lively and constructive discussion with several ideas mooted.
The encouragement of the attendance and good wishes for going forward, closed the Youghal4All Annual General Meeting 2017.