Club Notes 22nd January

Monaghan GAA Awards Night

The Monaghan GAA annual dinner and presentation of awards, sponsored by the Northern Standard/R&S Printers, took place last Saturday 19th January, in the Hillgrove Hotel, Monaghan and it was a very enjoyable occasion and congratulations to all the award winners. As you are aware, 2012 was a very special year for our club, winning our first ever intermediate league title. In the clubs journey to secure promotion to senior football Mark Daly was a consistent performer during the year and he played an influential role to cap off an historic and memorable year. His immense contribution to the team cannot be under estimated and over the years he has grown in stature and blossomed into a model player. Inspired by his fellow team-mates, Mark lead at the front and probably had one of his best years ever wearing the “Green & White” jersey and please excuse the pun he was “Solid as a Rock” in the midfield area. A massive amount of ball went through him as he linked up with his defence while setting up numerous attacks with his relentless running and his insatiable appetite for hard work. A naturally gifted player, a leader in his own right, he embodies everything that the GAA stands for. His high fielding abilities were admirable; his tackling impressive, his distribution of the ball excellent, his ability to convert points while under pressure superb and he also showed himself to be one of the finest free-takers in the county. These are just some of the reasons why Mark was named Monaghan GAA Intermediate Player of the Year and once again on behalf of the club I congratulate Mark on his award and we look forward to many more years of him wearing the “Green & White” jersey.

Annual Social & Presentation Night

Do you like having fun? Do you like celebrating? Do you enjoy parties? Well, if the answer is yes to any of those questions then get ready for the BIGGEST event of the year, our annual social & presentation night, which takes place on Saturday 9th February in the Hillgrove Hotel, Monaghan. Taking centre stage will be the victorious intermediate team that won the Vincent McAviney Cup and will without question be the highlight of the night as we once again celebrate and relive those wonderful moments. There are nights out, and then there are nights out and it has often been said that we know how to party & enjoy ourselves and while some nights are fun, there are also crazy, crazy nights but then there are these type of nights that you just have to be there to feel and cherish the occasion. Sadly, these nights only come round once in a lifetime so make sure you get your tickets and experience this memorable night first hand. Admission is by ticket only and tickets costing €25 each can be purchased from any committee member and we look forward to meeting you and your friends to join us in one hell of a PARTY! If you are planning to join us in our celebrations then please get there early. To ensure the night “runs smoothly” it is very important to get it started on time. History, dictates that we are not very good time keepers around the village so we are appealing to everyone to make a special effort to be in the Hillgrove Hotel at 7pm.

Senior Championship Draw

The draw for the senior championship, that sounds good I’ll say it one more time “Senior Championship” was made at last Monday nights county board meeting and we will play our first senior championship game against defending county champions Ballybay in the preliminary round. This will be a massive clash as Ballybay certainly raised the bar in last year’s competition but it should also help provide the motivation required and the determination needed to take-on this challenge. Welcome to senior football lads! Carrickmacross will play Latton in the other preliminary round and the winners will play each other. The full draw is as follows Clontibret v Castleblayney, Maghercloone v Scotstown and Doohamlet v Monaghan Harps.

McKenna Cup Final

Congratulations to the Monaghan senior team for their win against Down in the McKenna Cup semi-final and they now progress to take on Tyrone in the final. Good luck lads.

Monaghan GAA Winter Coaching Workshops 2013

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.

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

Collecting History

The official opening of Pairc Naomh Mhuire in 1991 and the publication of “The Emetresse” by Peter McKenna detailing the history of the club was obviously a special event for the club. This has inspired the club to locate club memorabilia and any other information that can be used to highlight and record the history of the club.  It is part of attempts by the club to build up our records so that we will have a rich resource of history that they will never be forgotten. I am particularly interested in old photographs relating to the opening of Pairc Naomh Mhuire back in 1991 or even photographs relating to the festivals! Maybe you have photographs of the 1993 Dr. Ward Cup final against Corduff, or what about the fantastic victory over Tyholland in 1996 to claim the Dr. Ward Cup. These events and many, many more will no doubt live long in our memory and it is important to record and document these for future generations.  Anybody who brings forward their precious memorabilia will be able to bring it back again as I will scan the items digitally and catalogue them. This is your chance to record and be part of the history of the club so please feel free to email me at or contact me on 086-1041165 should you have anything to share with the club.

Top 4 Lotto Results

The numbers drawn on Monday 21st January were 1, 2, 13 and 28. There was no jackpot winner of €1,400.00. The following won €15 each :-Mary Monaghan, Rockcorry, Arlene Hughes, Middletown, Pat Rehill, Scotshouse, Noeleen Fitzpatrick, Rockcorry, Gabriel Greenan, Rockcorry, Martha & George, Dartrey, Lauren Woods, Rockcorry, Jean Reed, Newbliss. Next week the jackpot will be €1,500.00 and the draw will take place in the Maple Bar. Thank you supporting our Top 4 lotto draw.

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)


On behalf of the club I would like to extend our deepest and heartfelt condolences to John Quinn and his family on the recent and sudden passing of his mother Kathleen Quinn. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time and may she rest in peace.

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.