New FORAS chairman Declan Carey is hoping to build on the great work done to date as he takes office following yesterday’s annual general meeting of the supporters’ trust which runs Cork City.
Following the AGM, which saw five new board members elected, 30-year-old Carey was elected as chairman, replacing Pat Lyons, who has stepped down from the board. The Hollyhill resident, who works for Amazon, is joined by Mike Derham, who was an outgoing member, and new additions Colm McAuliffe, Conor Hallahan, Gary Fleming, Damien Sreenan and John Paul Clifford.
“The turn-out to the AGM was fantastic,” Carey said.
“We have five new board members and we’re all looking forward to getting our heads down and working closely with our general manager Paul Wycherley for the betterment of the club.
“While it’s an honour to be the chairman, the board consists of seven people and anything we achieve will be as a unit.
“I’d like to thank the departing board members especially, for all their help and the huge amount of work they’ve done in recent years to bring the club to this point. That shouldn’t be forgotten.”
At the meeting, City manager John Caulfield addressed those present and expressed the view that extra funding was required to take the Rebel Army to the next level. City beat Limerick in a pre-season friendly on Saturday and their next outing is away to St Mary’s on Wednesday night.
Meanwhile, City have confirmed Paul Deasy as the club’s new commercial and marketing manager.
Deasy played for City from U17 level through to senior and was part of the side that played Derry City in 2010, the first for the club under the control of Foras.
Deasy, who graduated from CIT in 2014 with a first-class honours degree in marketing, had worked as a senior advertising account manager with The Cork Independent for the past five years.
City general manager Paul Wycherley said: “We were very pleased with how quickly we were able to recruit such an experienced, passionate and knowledgeable person for this role.
“I’m excited about what Paul will bring in heading up our commercial and marketing department.
“I would like to thank David Geary for the fantastic work he has done in the last two seasons and wish him good luck for his next challenges.
“Paul comes in to a re-structured role, where we will still be looking at possibilities to build further.
“Our targets for revenue generation in all off the field departments are higher in 2019, and with the team now coming to shape, I’m sure we have the right people and structures to achieve this, and also look further beyond.”