The lights are on!
If you’re like me and really look forward to the festive season and having a good time with friends and family then surely you would agree that there’s no better time of year than the magic of Christmas and seeing a spectacular 30 foot high Christmas tree up on the village green that dazzles and looks stunning when the lights are switched on you can’t but feel the excitement in the air. All credit to the Christmas tree committee and fair-play to Philip Clarke, Anthony Clerkin, Colm McCormick, Kevin Clear, Rory Dobbin, Keelan Clerkin and Aaron Clerkin who braved the elements last Saturday morning and pulled out all the stops to ensure the tree was up for all of us to enjoy. I hope people appreciate just how much time and effort went into getting the tree up in order to enhance the village and making it look special over the Christmas season and if you have not already supported their fund raising campaign you can help by buying a bulb or alternatively make a donation towards the cause. Once again a massive well done to all the workers, the tree looks totally amazing. Merry Christmas everybody.
Due to the fact that it’s been a slow week for news I hope to bring you some player profiles over the coming weeks. This week I caught up with my younger brother Martin and he had this to say when I presented the following questions; Name? Ahhhhhhh Martin Carroll (took him a while to answer that one!!!) Have you a nickname? Blinkers. What are your achievements to date? Magill Cup 1996, Paddy McGuigan Cup 1999, Reserve League Division 4 2010. What is you ambition? To be able to get up on Monday mornings. Favourite GAA player? Sue Ramsbottom. Favourite sports person you admire the most? Tiger Woods (some man). Favourite GAA grounds? Dartrey. Favourite music / band? Crystal Swing. Favourite Actor / Actress? Jenifer Aniston. Favourite sporting TV moment? When average Joe’s won Dodgeball. Favourite film? Shrek. Favourite TV program? Glee. Favourite food? Once it’s dead I’ll eat it! Favourite restaurant? Rockcorry take-away. Favourite drink? Any soft drink. What are your hobbies? Sleeping and sleeping. Other sports interests? Badminton. GAA Likes? Female attention. GAA Dislikes? Early games. What words do you over use? OMG!. What famous person would you like to meet and why? Brian Cowen – I’d like to tell him something! What’s your most favourite place in the world? Bed. What’s been the most embarrassing moment of your life? Can’t tell you that! If you were stranded on a desert island what are the two things you couldn’t live without? I can’t tell you that either!
TOP 4 LOTTO JACKPOT €10,300
The numbers drawn last Monday night were 15, 18, 19 and 21. There was no jackpot winner of €10,200.00. The following won €15 each :- Bridie Sheridan Rockcorry, Joe Clear Rockcorry, Owen McCarron Aghabog, TJ Lynch Cootehill, Noreen Calvert Rockcorry, George Nixon Newbliss, Ann Cassidy Clones, Frank Dobbin Rockcorry. Congratulations to all the winners. Next week our jackpot will be €10,300.00 and the draw will take place in Fitzpatrick’s.
TOP 4 Lotto Christmas Draw
This Monday night, 19th December, we will be holding our Christmas draw in Fitzpatrick’s and we will have loads of additional cash prizes including 1 x €100, 2 x €50, 5 x €20 plus all the normal prizes. This will be our last lotto draw in 2011 and on behalf of the club I would like to thank you for supporting our lotto draw and we look forward to your continued support during 2012.
‘Off the Booze and On the Ball’
Ulster GAA has backed an exciting new health challenge to its members … ‘Off the Booze and On the Ball’, which was launched in Croke Park recently. This fun challenge with a healthy twist invites participants to abstain from alcohol for the month of January and in doing so seek sponsorship to go towards their local GAA club. Participants are also encouraged to engage in some new exercises that help them reach their recommended weekly activity levels during the month, and hopefully beyond. Ulster GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghail urged Ulster GAA members to get involved in the campaign. He said, “This is an excellent opportunity for our members to start the year in a healthy manner. Many of our teams begin preparing for the season ahead at this time so it’s ideal for our playing base, but we would be hopeful that the wider membership would get involved and truly make this a community effort!”. Individuals and panel members can sign up at www.gaa.ie/asap where they will receive a sponsorship card and an information pack containing details on health, exercise and diet. Further information is also available from respective County ASAP Officers. All participating clubs will be in with a chance to win a training session with one of Ireland’s leading high performance coaches or one of the country’s leading sports nutritionists in 2012.
Rockcorry GAA Annual Yearbook
Any company, individual or family that would like to place a small advertisement or a best of luck note in our upcoming annual yearbook you can contact me on 086-1041165. Advertisements cost a reasonable €20 or if people would like to take a larger advertisement I would be delighted to talk to you.
Monaghan GAA Yearbook
The official Monaghan GAA yearbook was launched last weekend and the publication gives a comprehensive review of all Monaghan GAA activity in 2011, records the fortunes of Monaghan county teams in all codes and recounts the story of the various club championships within the county and is available to buy at €10 each.