Club Notes 19th November

Monaghan GAA Gala Banquet

In the words of Frank Brady (Monaghan minor team manager) “cream always rises to the top” and it was certainly a case of Crème de la crème last Friday night when Gaels from all over the county travelled to the Hillgrove Hotel where Monaghan GAA hosted a Gala Banquet to honour and pay tribute to the victorious Senior and Minor teams that secured Ulster championship titles in 2013. It was an historic year for the county and the occasion was marked in fine style with a prestigious black-tie gala dinner and it was wonderful to see all the players and back-room teams swapping their tracksuits or Monaghan jersey’s for a smart black-tie suit. In addition, the victorious senior team of 1988 returned for a nostalgic reunion to mark the 25th anniversary of their Ulster title triumph when they defeated Tyrone and it was a great opportunity to go down memory lane and relive some of the glory days and honour a team of legends.  It really was a special night of celebration and a very enjoyable evening and on behalf of the Rockcorry GAA club I would like to extend once again a massive well done to the management teams and all the players for providing us with wonderful memories during 2013 that we shall cherish forever and we look forward to next year’s campaign with great excitement and anticipation.

Annual Yearbook – ‘Our Journey’

The launch of the clubs much awaited annual yearbook entitled ‘Our Journey’ will be officially unveiled at our annual general meeting on Thursday 28th November. The yearbook takes the same format as previous editions and is divided into sections and is packed with more information than ever before.  The yearbook is well-illustrated and features 400 pages (full colour) and records our historic journey through senior football and includes a great selection of photographs (up to 1000) and other memorabilia. It contains comprehensive match reports of all our games including senior, reserve, underage and all our nursery age groups. It also documents all our off-field experiences and activities ranging from our Rock Country Night, the annual Golf Classic, our Annual Social & Presentation Night, the Juvenile Presentations, various Charity Events, Memorial Tournaments, the 3-legged Race Guinness World Record, Rockcorry Bowls Club, Rockcorry Badminton Club and Rockcorry Tidy Towns to name but just a few chapters. It showcases the club and recognises the key role and the amazing work being carried out by a lot of people who work willingly and extremely hard behind the scenes to ensure the club remains at the forefront of this great association. The yearbook is overflowing with photographs and is packed full of wonderful memories that hopefully you will all cherish for a very, very long time making it a perfect souvenir or gift this festive season.

Annual General Meeting

The date for our annual general meeting has been fixed for Thursday 28th November. The annual general meeting is the most important meeting of the year and ALL club members are invited to attend in order to reflect on the last twelve months and to look ahead for the upcoming year. It is also a time to elect a new management committee and to communicate with other members about how the club is functioning. Nomination forms have been circulated to all club members and should be returned to club secretary Martina McKeown before the required date.

Monaghan GAA Coaching Conference

The 2nd Monaghan Coaching Conference will take place on Saturday the 23rd of November 2013 in a joint venture with Patrician High School and Inver College Carrickmacross. This year the main target is club coaches ranging from u6?s to senior in both football and hurling. With the success of the Monaghan county teams this past summer the Conference is appropriately titled ‘Building on the Success’ with the Keynote Address’ being delivered by two of the men responsible for the success. Malachy O’Rourke (Senior Manager) and Ciaran ‘Dinky’ McBride (Minor Coach 2013). Ryan Porter (Monaghan Senior Fitness/ Strength & Conditioning Coach), Terrence ‘Sambo’ McNaughton (Antrim Hurling) Paul Divilly (Ulster Regional Hurling Development Officer) and the Monaghan Coaching & Games staff will all deliver workshops which focus on a wide range of topics which is sure to have an interest with every gael in county Monaghan and further afield. There is a small fee for attending the Conference (€10 per person Or €30 for 4 club delegates), with each delegate receiving a copy of Coaching Templates, which was designed by Monaghan Coaching and Games Development staff. The Conference is kindly sponsored by Plantium Tanks Ltd. Registration form has to be returned by the 20th of November.

Under 21 County Trails

I have been informed by our youth officer, Pascal Smyth, that the following players Keelan Clerkin, Mark McGuirk, Fergal McGeough & Lorcan Smyth have been attending the county under 21 trails for the past couple of weeks. Over the year the lads put in some powerful and outstanding performances for our senior team and on behalf of everyone from the club I would like to wish them well in their endeavours to attain a place on the county under 21 panel. Go out and give it your best lads.

NUI Galway Captain

Well done to Lorcan Smyth who was recently named captain of the NUIG freshers team. Obviously, from knowing the lad this is not entirely unexpected because Lorcan has been a valuable member of our senior team throughout the year and even in his young days exemplifies all aspects of what we expect in a GAA player. On behalf of everyone at the club our heartiest congratulations to you and we wish you all the best in your future endeavours.

Club Gear

The club recently purchased branded hoodies for our underage members and for adult members. The gear will be available next weekend and it is envisaged to start handing them out in St. Mary’s Hall. I would encourage all our underage players to wear the club gear with pride and please expect a text message during the week confirming exact details of collection.

Rockcorry Bowling Club

The local bowls club who are affiliated to the Irish Indoor Bowling Association are holding a Pairs Tournament and have kindly offered to honour the memory of my father Bosco Carroll. It will take place in St. Mary’s Community Hall and nights of play will commence on Sunday 1st December and will continue every night up to Friday 6th December starting at 7.30pm sharp. The final is fixed for Monday 9th December. The entry fee is €10 per pair and supper will be served and all entry forms are to be returned no later than Friday 29th November to Tom Daly, Drumulla, Rockcorry, Co. Monaghan or alternatively contact him by calling 086-1629227 to make a booking. This competition will be run under IIBA rules and guidelines and the licence Nr MN/20014/3.

Scór Competitions

The Scor na nOg semi-finals that will take place in Tullycorbet on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd November and the final is scheduled in Clontibret on Friday 29th November.

Charity Cheque Presentation

Following Anthony Tate’s recent 40th birthday party the last bit of business was the formal cheque presentation to the two very worthy charities namely Cootehill Community Cancer Care Support Group and the Irish Heart Foundation. The total amount raised from the event was €2,662-00. It was an amazing night and a fun challenge that raised many smiles and provided plenty of entertainment and once again well done to Anthony and his family for organising the event and fair-play to Dwayne Rooney, Martin Carroll, Aiden Sheridan and Pauric Sherry for allowing themselves to be shaved and thank you to everyone who made donations.

GAA Season Ticket Now on Sale

The GAA Season Ticket can now be purchased at a base price of €85 for adults and €10 for juveniles. What’s included? All your County’s Allianz League round matches plus all League semi-finals, play-offs and finals in that code. You also get your County’s opening Championship fixture and all the Allianz League round matches in your selected code plus the AIB GAA Club All-Ireland Finals in Croke Park on St. Patrick’s Day. You will also enjoy discount prices during the Championship. Pay & Play kicks in after your opening Championship fixture. For any queries in relation to the GAA Season Ticket please contact:

Sponsored Walk

It’s that time of year again folks, the time when the Rockcorry & Dartry Community Alert committee will be holding their annual sponsored walk on Saturday 30th November. In the past this has always proved to be both enjoyable and highly successful and the walk is their main fundraising event. This group of dedicated people from the village will get their walking boots on to raise money for the senior citizens Christmas party. Sponsorship cards are currently in circulation and I would urge everyone within the parish and surrounding communities that if you can afford to make a donation then please support them whenever you can.

Top 4 Lotto Results

The numbers drawn on Monday 18th November were 3, 14, 18 and 28.  There was no jackpot winner of €5,700. The following won €15 each :-  John Elliott, Rockcorry, Aileen McGee, Cootehill, Conor Brannigan, Rockcorry, Andrew, Barry & Josh, Rockcorry, Eileen, Tracey, Martina & Mickey, Rockcorry, Laura Doody, Cootehill, Tracey Neville, Navan, Dean Murtagh, Newry. Next week the jackpot will be €5,800 and the draw will take place in the Maple Bar. Thank you for supporting our Top 4 lotto draw.


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