Message from the President
I am happy to say that meeting have been continuing with Beulah International about the option to buy-back into our existing site. Beulah is continuing to refine and improve the internal plans for the new building for approval by the Council. As previously stated, the Club will make a decision on whether to take up the return option when all the plans and costings have been finalized.
It is important to note that the relocation is likely to occur in July/August timeframe and the Re-Development Committee and the members of the Committee of Management are considering several suitable sites around the CBD for lease. At this stage, commercial confidentiality precludes giving specific details.
Although there was an overwhelming vote [274 for and 68 against] in favour of a sale, at a Special General Meeting on 21 September 2016, five dissident members, Charles Wright, Felicity Allen, Jim Kilmurray, Dan Twohig and Sean McGinley are continuing to take legal action against our Club. The Club Secretary, Felicity Allen, is one of these dissident members. Their actions have already cost our Club considerable monies [mainly legal fees] and Committee time. One can only wonder at their motivation and failure to accept the vote of our Members.
Despite taking legal action against our Club, for acting on the overwhelming vote by the Members to sell the Club premises, our Club Rules prevent us from removing the Secretary for such action. The Secretary has refused to “excuse herself” when the Committee of Management [COM] wishes to discuss sensitive legal, redevelopment and relocation issues. This has caused some friction but the COM remain committed to the mandate given by the vast majority of our Members.
I should, however, advise Members that the Secretary has had restrictions placed on her use of Club facilities. The restrictions were put in place by a Committee of Management vote on the basis that the Secretary had misused Club facilities and the privacy of Members information. As well, there is currently an investigation being conducted by Independent Counsel into the Secretary following allegations of serious misbehavior, including mishandling of membership applications and misuse of Club funds.
Unfortunate recent events have necessitated action against the Treasurer. He is temporarily banned from the Club premises except for attending Committee Meetings in his role as Treasurer. This temporary ban was imposed following complaints, under occupational health and safety, by staff members against him.
I would again like to put on record my appreciation of the great work being done to achieve a secure and successful future for our Club by our Vice President Helene McNamara and Committee Members, Conrad Corry, Ciaran Crehan, James Dunne, Sean McKeon and Brad Green [our new Committee Member]. My thanks also goes to our excellent Manager Mark Dalmau, and his dedicated staff.
I look forward to catching up with you over the St Patrick’s Week celebrations and will certainly keep you, the Members, informed on the exciting times ahead for a rejuvenated and financially secure Celtic Club.
Brian Shanahan O.A.M.
13 March 2017.
Celtic Club Annual Report 2015-2016
Celtic Club Sale News
The Special General Meeting on the proposed sale was held last evening. After a long night with 344 votes cast, you as members have decided to support the sale of our current Club premises to Beulah International.
There were 274 votes for the sale; 68 votes against, and 2 informal.
After a long and sometimes emotional journey to get to this stage, I would like to thank all members for their patience and support in reaching this resolution. In particular, I would like to pay tribute to the work of past Presidents and the Members of the previous Committees of Management. I will also take this opportunity to specially acknowledge the contribution of Francie Collins who worked tirelessly on behalf of our Club in the early stages of our sale/redevelopment project.
It is now time to focus on the opportunities we have to rebuild our Club. It will be a Club, which can support and promote our Irish and Irish Australian culture and traditions in Melbourne and Victoria.
Your feedback, ideas and avid support are needed and welcome as we move to the next stage of the project.
The Committee of Management looks forward to working with you. We are energised by the trust you have shown in our capacity to achieve great things for the Celtic Club and its members.
Brian Shanahan O.A.M
- Supplementary Notice for Special General Meeting 7th June 2016 (Available to members on request)
- Article on Sale/Redevelopment 16/05/2016 (Available to members on request)
- Letter to members 29 February 2016
- Celtic Club Age Article 09/03/2016
- Financial Statement Year End 30 June 2016 - Download here
- Annual Report - Download here
- Minutes from the 2015 AGM - Download here
- A letter from the President 21/12/2015
- Rules 2015 ByLaws (these will be put back up on the website pending recent changes to the By-Laws)
The Celtic Club is currently managed by a Committee of Management elected by the Members.
- Brian Shanahan President
- Helene McNamara Vice-President
- Daniel Thorpe Treasurer
- Felicity Allen Secretary
- Ciaran Crehan
- Conrad Corry
- Sean McKeon
- James Dunne
- Brad Green
Brian Shanahan - President
Helene McNamara - Vice-President
I believe I can be an asset to Committee of the Celtic Club based on both my personal commitment to the Club and its members, and also the skillset I can bring to this role.
My parents were both of Irish heritage. My studies at Melbourne University developed a life long interest in Irish culture and history. Professionally, my work over 35 years includes managing complex projects and budgets and delivering quality services. My skills in high level negotiation, working collaboratively to achieve the necessary compliance and performance standards will benefit the Club and provide accountability to the members.
My ten years experience as a Board member at Doutta Galla Community Health Service trained me in all aspects of governance, finance, accreditation and regulations. I am currently the Chair of the Moonee Valley Legal Service.
My husband, Jim Cusack, and I are both well acquainted with the local Irish community and have been members for many years. Jim was Secretary of the Celtic Club and was awarded the Irish Australian of the Year in 2014.
Daniel Thorpe - Treasurer
Felicity Allen - Current Secretary
I have been Secretary since November 2014 and am responsible for the oversight of membership matters, meeting minutes and correspondence. I have increased the level of information provided to members and corresponded with other Clubs. Membership drives have increased the number of financial members (just over 1,000 at the time of writing). Improved management and better publicity have turned the Club’s fortunes around from loss to profit. Members may decide to sell, but there is no longer any pressing need to sell this iconic site close to public transport. The buildings need renovation but this can be done now that we have an income stream. Thus I disagree with both the ‘sell’ and ‘renovate’ options. Nevertheless, I will be bound by members’ decisions.
John (Sean) McKeon - Committee Member
I grew up in County Roscommon, later attending University and working in Dublin before moving to Melbourne in 1990.
I immediately became involved with the Irish Community between playing football at Gaelic Park, trying to learn Irish Dancing and of course joining the Celtic Club, where I have been a member for some 25 years.
Together with holding business degrees I am a qualified Accountant and worked for many years in banking both in Ireland and Australia. Some 20 years ago I entered the Aged Care industry and since then have owner and managed Hostels and Nursing Homes throughout Victoria and Queensland.
It is such an honour to be entrusted with the care of the elderly and I found it a pleasure to be able to assist our Residents and play a role in improving their quality of life.
I retired 2 years ago and since then have focused on my local community and personal interests. Being a Demons supported has been tough, but the future is bright!
I joined the Committee of Management of The Club earlier this year following a vacancy and subsequent request to Members. I was delighted to accept the opportunity at such an important stage of the Club’s history.
I believe the Celtic Club has a tradition and responsibility to support Irish Heritage & Culture in Melbourne. This is not only facilitated through Irish music, art and literature but as importantly through the social interaction we achieve within the Club.
I hope we can expand and develop this important role going forward and build on our current strengths to ideally become the premier Irish Club in Australia.
Ciaran Crehan - Committee Member
I am committed to improved transparency and accountability to the membership. I believe there is significant scope to enhance business management processes across the Club’s operations. The Celtic Club has the potential to again be a thriving commercial operation, a welcoming community meeting point, and as a recognised centre for Celtic culture. As a committee member I will work to work to meet these goals.
Conrad John Corry - Committee Member & Chair of the Membership, Benefits and Privileges Sub-Committee
James Dunne - Committee Member
Very involved with the Irish diaspora sine leaving Ireland. These groups have provided me with an invaluable anchor in Australia and UK
Strong believer that The Celtic Club plays a very significant role for both the Irish in Australia and Irish tourists
Very supportive of current executive. Support drive for younger members
I am Dublin born and educated. Moved to London when 21 In London was involved with the Irish community, through the London Irish Rugby Club.
Worked for some of the top international brands including Estee lauder. Estee Lauder sent me to Australia as a General Manager. In Sydney, involved in Irish community and became president of the Irish Australian Business Association. Changed name to Irish Australian Society, to reflect the group’s activities.
Major activities were the St Patrick’s Day Ball, Christmas in July and other social activities. In 1988, The Society played a major part in promoting the role of the Irish in early Australia.
Moved to Melbourne as GM L’Oréal. 1992 joined Partum Christian Dior as MD Australia, South Pacific and SA.
Lived in Malaysia before returning to Melbourne to join Ego Pharmaceuticals. I currently work as a consultant in therapeutic skincare
Brad Green - Committee Member