Club Notes 15th January

Senior Team Management

Jim Clifford will continue in his role as team manager of the senior team after the management committee unanimously decided to let him continue.  Jim will be joined by Cormac McFadden who as team selector developed a very good working relationship with Jim during 2012. The management committee are delighted to have the two guys back on board and we remain confident that no stone will be left unturned as they prepare to face one of the biggest challenges to date, playing senior football.

Reserve Team Management

Meanwhile, Gerard O’Brien was also ratified to manage our reserve team. Unfortunately, due to small numbers we have struggled to field a team at this level over the past two seasons but Gerard has outlined that he will do his best to re-establish a strong and vibrant reserve team structure. On behalf of all the committee members I would like to wish both team managers and panel of players all the best for the upcoming year in their endeavours to bring silverware to the club.


Well it’s that time of year again lads, time to brush the old cobwebs off the gear and get back into action to prepare for the upcoming year. The team management has informed me that training will continue on Friday 18th January in St. Mary’s Hall and all players, both senior and reserve, are requested to be ready to start at 7.30pm sharp.

Annual Social & Presentation Night

Our annual social and presentation night is always an exciting and popular night in our calendar and it provides a great opportunity to socialise with family and friends. This year’s event will, without doubt, have that extra touch of “magic” as we celebrate once again the historic achievement of our senior team that won the Vincent McAviney Cup. This night promises to be a fantastic occasion and a night not to be missed so make sure you keep free Saturday 9th February because the Hillgrove Hotel, Monaghan will be the place to be. The night will also include many other highlights including presentations to the latest inductee into our Hall of Fame and awards will also be presented to our senior, reserve and minor players of the year. Tickets for the night are now available from any committee member and cost €25 each and admission will be by ticket only. We are aiming to have the dinner served at 8pm sharp so ladies start getting the ol’ glad rags out and the bling-bling on and gentlemen do whatever you have to do because we’re going to paint the town green!

Monaghan GAA Awards Night

The Monaghan GAA awards night takes place in the Hillgrove Hotel this Saturday 19th January. Special guest on the night will be Michael Duignan. Mark Daly will be presented with his award for Intermediate player of the year and if anybody is interested in attending please contact club Secretary Martina McKeown for ticket information.

Monaghan GAA Winter Coaching Workshops 2013

A coaching workshop entitled “Speed Endurance with and without the ball” will take place on Wednesday 23rd January between 7.30pm – 9pm. The venue will be the Monaghan County Training Grounds located at Cloghan and the tutor will be Roger Keenan (Ulster GAA). This part outdoor observation / part indoor interactive session will look at practical methods to increase players fitness levels both before and during the playing season. The session is free of charge and open to coaches of all age groups. A workshop entitled “Developing Systems of Play” will take place on Wednesday 6th February between 7.30pm – 9pm. The venue will be the Monaghan County Training Grounds at Cloghan and the tutors will be John Morrison / Terence McWilliams (Ulster GAA). This indoor theory session will look at strategies and systems of play that will get the best from the players at your disposal. Coaches who have their own magnetic tactic boards are asked to bring them. Finally, a coaching workshop entitled “Games to Develop Football U16 to Senior” will take place on Wednesday  13th  February  between 7:30pm to 9pm. The venue will be the Monaghan County Training Grounds located at Cloghan and the tutor will be Tony Scullion. This is an Indoor Interactive Session based on Games (small-sided, conditioned and Full sided) to improve various aspects of Team-Play.
Spring Coach Education & Development Programme 2013

A Foundation coaching courses will take place on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th February (football only). Times - Fri 7-10pm Sat 9:30 – 4:30pm; Cost - €30.00; Venue – To be confirmed. Foundation Courses can be arranged for week nights and delivered over 3 weeks. If anybody is interested in this please get in touch as soon as possible. This course is open to beginner coaches of all age groups. Attendees are reminded that they MUST also complete a GAA Child Protection Workshop (Friday night) to fully complete their Foundation Coaching Award. Please log onto our website for a full schedule of courses and information at

Club Motto

Thank you to all who replied to our club motto request, it is very much appreciated. Your suggestions and comments have been great to read and over the next couple of weeks we will try to incorporate all your valued feedback to finalise a club motto or mottos. You can submit your suggestions by text message to 086-1041165 or email or alternatively upload your suggestion to our Facebook page, it’s that simple.

Top 4 Lotto Results

The numbers drawn on Monday 14th January were 1, 11, 12 and 23. There was no jackpot winner of €1,300.00. The following won €15 each :- Mary Patterson, Rockcorry, Pauric & Aileen Reilly, Rockcorry, Dwayne Rooney, Rockcorry, Lynch Family, C/o. McGinns, Newbliss, Gabriel Greenan, Rockcorry, Tracey Rooney, Rockcorry, Philomena Reilly, Dartrey, Pat Brannigan, Rockcorry. Next week the jackpot will be €1,400.00 and the draw will take place in Thompson’s, Newbliss. Thank you supporting our Top 4 lotto draw.

Annual Top 4 Lotto Ticket

Don’t forget, you can now support the club’s Top 4 lotto by entering for 12 months, 6 month or a 3 month period. To play simply select your four numbers between 1 and 28 complete the form and you need never miss a draw again! Tickets cost €90 for the 12 month option. Your continued support is always much appreciated and we wish you good luck in future draws.

Club Sponsorship

It is always pleasing to see that during these tough economic times there are companies or individuals willing to help the club and we are very grateful for the continued support and sponsorship from individuals over the years. We are always open to new and exciting proposals and are always on the look-out for opportunities to develop new and exciting partnerships with companies or individuals who are interested in helping the club so that we can achieve our objective.  Whether it is sponsoring a set of jerseys for the senior or juvenile teams, providing after match refreshments for the nursery players or sponsoring a prize for a raffle we would be delighted to hear from you. In return we would happily give you or your company credit at any event and promote your brand on our website which now has a large world-wide audience. Please get in touch. Don’t always wait to be asked!!!

Fundraising for 2013

Do you have any new fundraising ideas? Can you improve on our current ones? If so we’d be delighted if you could forward any ‘light bulb’ moments for the coming year. As a member or a supporter of the club why not get involved and help out with this important part of the club. All new and fresh ideas are always welcome so please come forward and let us know.

Club Membership

Club membership is now due once again and can be paid to our club Registrar Pat Brannigan. The annual subscription for adults is €20 with all juveniles under the age of 18 costing €5 and any student that can provide a valid student card the membership fee is €5. It is important that ALL players pay their membership as soon as possible otherwise you will not be covered under the GAA insurance scheme. Please note that club membership will close on Sunday 31st March.

Scór Sinsear

If anybody is interested in representing the club in any of the following events please contact any committee member (Figure Dancing, Recitation, Solo Singing, Instrumental Music, Ballad Group, Novelty Act, Question time and Set Dancing)

St. Macartan’s College Gala Ball

This year St. Macartan’s College are celebrating 100 years of Gaelic Games in the college. To mark this milestone the college is inviting all past pupils to join them at a special Centenary Gala Ball on Saturday February 16th in the Hillgrove Hotel for a reunion of past pupils and teachers for what promises to be a night to be remembered. Within our club there are many past pupils and this is a unique opportunity for them to support their ‘alma mater’. All proceeds will go to the redevelopment of the ‘’bottom pitch’’. For details on how to book tickets or to assist in the organisation of a table for this unique event please contact Paschal Smyth or the school office @ 047-81642.

Operation Transformation

Monaghan Sports Partnership and the Irish Sports Council have linked up with RTE’s ‘Operation Transformation’ Programme to transform the masses – by being part of the ‘Operation Transformation National Walk Day’in Castleblayney on Saturday 19th January at 11am. ‘Operation Transformation’, in partnership with the Irish Heart Foundation, the Irish Sports Council and Local Sports Partnerships, will host a number of walks throughout Ireland on this date. The aim of the walks is to raise awareness of Healthy & Active living while encouraging more people to get more active more often. Last year, over 150 people turned out in Castleblayney for the walk and they are hoping to far exceed those numbers in 2013. Monaghan Sports Partnership has once again chosen the scenic Lough Muckno route around Black Island for the 2013 walk on Saturday 19th January 2013. Walking leaders and participants will meet at 10.30am at the Black Island Bridge – parking is available within the grounds of Lough Muckno and it is just a few metres to the bridge. There will be two walking routes available on the day (depending on numbers). The first will follow a 4km route which is easily achievable by the beginner walker or you can choose the more lengthy 7km route for a slightly more challenging walk. Whichever way it promises to be a beautiful scenic walk for families and friends to enjoy and is the ideal way to kick start off your New Year health plan. Everyone will be able to complete the walk at their own pace. They welcome all ages and abilities along on the day and particularly would like to see families getting involved. The event is ideal for beginners to come out and give it a go. Why not make a start today, and remember no matter what age you are, it is never too late to start exercising. The walk will last approximately 35– 45 minutes, so please dress appropriately. You should wear light warm clothing (don’t forget your hat!) and suitable footwear as some areas may be wet or slightly dirty.

Club Notes

If anyone would like to include anything within the notes please send the details by text (086-1041165) or email All notes must be with me before 9pm on Monday evening.