Annual Reports for 2008-2009

As we all know, the New Year is the traditional time to consider what we have done with our time over the past year, and to set goals for the coming year. Among other things, perhaps you've been examining your development as a player, teammate, or coach, and are considering what your contribution to the club will be in the coming season: a sideline cut for a point, a stronger weak-side, better passing, a winning attitude, better inclusion of all club members, more dynamic training sessions? It's the same for us.

2008 was significant in that it was our largest logging campaign to date. We invested heavily in this sector in terms of time and equipment as there are no guarantees of wood quality unless the operation is done by someone who knows the end product. We worked hard to practice low-impact, sustainable forestry techniques in our timber management.

With feedback from customers, our sticks were further standardized from junior to senior in style and quality. Additionally, because of our timber supply, we began offering flaired stock for all hurleys, minor through senior.

We brought on Mycro Helmets so that we could offer North America superior hurling helmets at Irish retail price and we continued to sell the popular Karakal Grips as they steadfastly prove themselves in terms of comfort and quality.

Our Gaelic Football line began selling O'Connor's quality Gaelic footballs in size 4 and 5 and we added first touch footballs and sliotars for youth development.

Because hurleys can often be repaired, we offered a hurley manual dispersing general hurley care information and began preparing and selling bands for repairs. 

2009 marked the beginning of a system that consumed our spare time and the majority of our research and development expenditures for the past year and a half. We began machining hurls which allowed us to further standardize our product, producing them with the same technology as hurls in Ireland. The hurls are still individually hand finished as every hurl needs its own unique attention, but a significant amount of time is saved during production, and the process ensures greater consistency. For those ordering in bulk, we began offering different styles of hurls more consistent with regional preferences (As seen in the center photo below). In the fall, Stephen learned machining techniques, advantages, and limitations while studying with hurleymakers in Ireland.

We also began using new machinery for sanding that better finished the hurls. We also upgraded machinery at the sawmill, moving from a manual to hydraulic mill.

With the continued support of our family and our customers, in the interest of community and culture, and with the understanding of the communion that exist between maker and player, we intend to put the best that is in us, into every hurl.

Enjoy the Pitch! 

and Best Wishes to You and Yours in 2010,

J. O Coigligh and Sons, Hurleymakers

 


American Hurling Company





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