Club Notes 19th March

Thank You

I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation for your generous support of my charity race night last Saturday in Fitzpatrick’s to raise funds for the Irish Heart Foundation and their F.A.S.T Stroke campaign. The support from companies and the many individuals who bought ducks was incredible and it will make a significant step towards my fund raising target. The amount of support and goodwill I received over the last couple of weeks has been overwhelming and I am very thankful for your sponsorship towards the Irish Heart Foundation. If anyone missed the opportunity to buy a duck and would like to make a donation then please get in touch. Once again many thanks.

Man v Food Challenge

As part of the charity race night the last race involved a Man v Food contest. Obviously, raising money for the Irish Heart Foundation we could not expect or demand the participants to eat huge quantities of deep fried food or pig out with mammoth portions of takeaways. This contest was even a bigger challenge, a task so offensively difficult that only the brave and the bold stepped forward to take it on!  The Cream Cracker Challenge essentially involved consuming three cream crackers, without a drink, and the person to successfully manage to finish first claimed the coveted title of “Cream Cracker Champion”.  After working up a healthy appetite and getting plenty of fluids into the system Johnny Reilly, Stephen Lynch, Andrew Carroll, Sean Rooney, Aaron Clerkin, Noel Hall, Kieran Fitzpatrick and Anthony Clerkin volunteered to take on this titanic challenge. During the contest things reached an insane peak as the lads tucked in and shovelled handfuls of crackers down their necks and while the first cracker disappeared in record time it soon became very clear that it was not as easy as it looked as the mouth started to get very, very dry making it notoriously difficult to eat the crackers rapidly without any liquids. Hot favourite,  Noel Hall, got out of the blocks the quickest and set the fast pace but this was no sprint this was a marathon and Aaron “The Bomber” Clerkin steadily and quietly went about his business to claim the first ever ‘Cream Cracker Champion’ title of Rockcorry and congratulations to him. While Aaron savours his new celebrity title after his wonderful victory we have to wait for official confirmation from the Guinness Book of World Records to see if he created a new world record!

Mr & Mrs Competition

A Mr & Mrs competition will take place on Friday 26th April in St. Mary’s Hall to raise funds for the Cootehill Community Cancer Support Group. Tickets for this event are now on sale and cost €10 each. Master of ceremonies on the night will be Northern Sound’s Breakfast-Roll DJ Sean McCaffrey and music entertainment will be provided by the amazingly talented and colourful character Robert Brown. A number of local couples have already signed up for the competition and I when the line-up of couples has been finalised I will reveal all. So folks, if you want to have a laugh and plenty of craic with the various couples while also supporting a very worthy cause then don’t delay and make sure you get your tickets for the first ever Rockcorry Mr & Mrs competition. Doors on the night will be opening at 9.00pm with the show starting at 9.30pm sharp so please arrive early to claim a seat.

Reserve Team Fixtures

The next outing for the reserve team is on Wednesday 3rd April when they travel to Threemilehouse to play Sean McDermott’s at 7.00pm.

Senior Team Fixtures

Our senior football campaign starts on Sunday 31st March with a home game against neighbours Latton. A full set of fixtures has been uploaded to our website at

Final DVD

A new batch of DVD’s has finally arrived and if anyone is looking for a copy of the intermediate league final then please get in touch with myself, Michael Carroll (086-1041165). This is a must for any club member to have in their library and DVD’s cost €10 each.

Club Membership

It is important that ALL players pay their club membership otherwise you will not be covered under the GAA insurance scheme. Club membership is now due 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.

Monaghan Farney Academy Easter Camps

Following on from the success of previous years the Farney academy coaching three day Easter camps will take place for the third year running. The camp is for boys and girls aged between 5-12 and will be run in 3 venues across Monaghan, these venues are Scotstown, Ballybay & Clones. Gaelic football will be at the core of activities during the camp, however activities will also include hurling and camogie. All activities will be delivered by qualified coaches who will ensure your kids have an enjoyable experience while being on the camp. Camp details are as follows: Venues: 1. Ballybay Pearse Brothers Football Ground 2. Scotstown, Kilmore Training Ground, 3. Clones, St. Tiernachs Park Dates: Tuesday 2nd April, Wednesday 3rd April and Thursday 4th April.  Time: 10.30am to 2.30pm Target: Boys & Girls 5-12 years old Entry Fee: €40 for 1st child and €35 for additional children from the same family; Free Hoodie for all Participants For Further Information Contact: Paul O’Connor, (Games Development Manager), Monaghan County Training Grounds, Cloghan, Annyalla, Co. Monaghan. Email: , Tel: 086 8374827


Coach Development Programme U10/U12 ***NOTE CHANGE OF DATE***

A workshop for parents & coaches working with players in the under 10 and under 12 age group will take place on Thursday 21st Thursday 28th March at St. Macartan’s between 7.30 – 9.30pm. The workshops are practical based and participants will be asked to participate in the workshop.

Minor Team

A training session for the minor team, Rock Emmets (an amalgamation between Rockcorry & Aghabog) will take place this Saturday 16th March at 6.00pm in Aghabog. All players will be informed of the details by text. The first game for the minor team is scheduled for Tuesday 2nd April when they travel to play Killeevan at 7.00pm.

Juvenile Fixtures

The under 12, 14 & 16 coaching sessions are now up and running and continues as arranged with team management. The under 12 team will kick-start their football season on Saturday 30th March when they travel to play Magheracloone in the Spring League Zone F. The under 14 team commence their league campaign on Saturday 20th April with a home game against Tyholland in division 4 and finally, our under 16 players will get their first action on Thursday 2nd May with a home game against Tyholland. Please log onto to view a full list of juvenile fixtures for 2013.

Garda Vetting Form

I have uploaded a link on our website for an updated Garda Vetting Form which should be used by everyone requiring Garda vetting. Any member of the committee and underage coaches who have not been vetted previously can you please ensure that you fill in and return the form to our children’s officer, Colm McCormick. For your information a Child Protection Workshop will take place on Tuesday 26th March and anyone interested in participating should contact our youth officer Pascal Smyth to register their interest.

Nursery Coaching

I have been advised by our youth officer that the Go Games & nursery coaching for all under 8 and under 10 players will be starting shortly. Please watch this space for more information.

Juvenile Registration

Any parent or underage player that has not yet renewed their membership can you please do so over the weekend. Those who have not yet returned the signed part of the Code of Discipline may do so either through the school or directly to the youth officer c/o. Coyle’s Service Station. Furthermore, parents & players may check all juvenile fixtures or upcoming events on our club website. In addition, GAA wall planners will be distributed at juvenile coaching sessions over the coming weeks.

Top 4 Lotto Results

The numbers drawn on Monday 18th March were 4, 14, 21 and 28. There was no jackpot winner of €2,200.00. The following won €15 each :- Mickey & Sheila Friary, Rockcorry, Coleen & David Calvert, Sheffield, Jimmy McGeough, Rockcorry, Andy Mannering, Aghabog, Sean & Leo, Rockcorry, Keelyn Granaghan, Rockcorry, Minor McPhillips, Newbliss, Tina & Leo, Rockcorry.Next week the jackpot will be €2,300.00 and the draw will take place in Fitzpatrick’s. Thank you for supporting our Top 4 lotto draw.


On behalf of the club I would like to extend our deepest and heartfelt condolences to the Cleary family on the recent passing of Vincent Cleary. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time and may he rest in peace.

Club Notes

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