Club Notes 30th October

Monaghan Electrical Intermediate League Champions

The Black Eye Peas had a huge hit recently with “I gotta feeling that tonights gonna be a good night, that tonights gonna be a good good night”. Well last Sunday night was one hell of a night and I imagine there was a lot of very sore heads last Monday morning (and Tuesday, and Wednesday) after all the celebrating last Sunday! Every so often, something or somebody comes along and does something really special that will assure them of a place in history. For example around, the village the great team of 1982 is still spoken of in reverential tones. It was a special occasion for the club claiming the first ever McCaldin Shield as well as the Dr. Ward Cup and rightly deserves its immortal place in the annals of the club. When the next chapter of history of the club is finally complied, 2012 will certainly be regarded as one of the milestones in the club’s history because the present crop of players has created their own piece of unique history because last Sunday 28th October they displayed remarkable guts and showed their true character to grind out an amazing victory and claim the Vincent McAviney Cup on a score-line Rockcorry 1-9 Doohamlet 1-7. Looking back, it was the collective force of the team that ultimately destroyed the spirits of Doohamlet. They fired everything they had at us, including the proverbial kitchen sink, and we took it on the chin and displayed great character, skill and determination. Once the match nervous settled down we grew in confidence with each passing minute and oozed self-belief with every player working tirelessly. Up front our link play in attack often caught the eye but one of the key reasons for our victory was our rear-guard where they kept the Doohamlet forward line under the cosh because they only scored twice during the last forty minutes. This concludes a very eventful and enjoyable football season. It was truly a remarkable year for the club to win its first Intermediate football title and possibility ranks up there as our finest hour. It was nice to see members of the 1982 and 1996 winning teams joining in the celebrations last Sunday night in the Maple Bar and Fitzpatrick’s. This victory is a proud moment for any player that ever wore the Green & White jersey. The exploits of the team have provided wonderful memories and in years to come we will look back on this accomplishment with pride. It was a fantastic achievement for the club and a well-deserved triumph for Jim, Cormac and all the players. Looking ahead to next year we will set out to consolidate our place in senior ranks. It’s going to a big challenge but for now though we will cherish the occasion and look forward to next year with great anticipation. Let the good times Rock and to use the words of Apollo 440 “you can’t stop the Rock… you can’t stop the Rock… you can’t stop the Rock ….stop the Rock.”


I want to apologise to each and every one of the following players whose names did not appear on the match programme last Sunday. Stephen McGuirk, Ross Murray, Owen Fitzpatrick, Dwayne Rooney, Cathal Sheridan, Rory Carroll, Andrew Carroll, Ryan Sharkey, Shane Wynne, John Greenan. It was unfortunately a genuine oversight on my part and I am sorry for any upset that it may have caused you personally and or members of your family. It was certainly not my intention to belittle any player because in the past I have always upheld that players are the clubs greatest asset and should be treated decently, with dignity and respect the worth of every player.

Thank You

On behalf of the club I would like to thank the management & staff of the Maple Bar who kindly sponsored the meal for the team and supporters after the game. The meal was absolutely fantastic and I have to say the night’s entertainment involving Raymond and young Adam Elliott was top drawer….you can call me Al!

Top 4 Jackpot Won

I understand that the following notes did not appear in last week’s Northern Standard. I would like to congratulation Mark Mullen, Cootehill who won our €14,600.00 jackpot at our draw held on Monday 22nd October. The lucky numbers were 7, 12, 19 and 27. The following people also won €15 each. Andrew Carroll, Rockcorry, Raymond Treanor, c/o. Maple Bar, Bridie & Aiden Sheridan, Rockcorry, Martha King, Rockcorry, Pat Mullen, Aghabog, Bernie & Paddy Gaffney, Rockcorry, Peter McKenna, Scotstown, Maura Greenan, Agahbog. Next week our jackpot will be €2,000.00 and the draw will take place in the Aghabog GAA Centre. Thank you for supporting our Top 4 Draw.

Top 4 Lotto Results

The numbers drawn on Monday 29th October were 3, 8, 10 and 13 draw. There was no jackpot winner and  the following people  won €15 each. Nora Martin, Newbliss, Philomena Reilly, Dartrey, Joseph Rooney Rockcorry, Lynch Family, Newbliss, Breda & Marie, c/o. Annies, Stephen Sweeney, Smithboro, Margaret Reilly, Aghabog, Millie McCormill, Drogheda. Next week our jackpot will be €2,100.00 and the draw will take place in Fitzpatrick’s Thank you for supporting our Top 4 Draw.

Coaching Courses

The Monaghan Games & Coaching Development committee have released dates for the Autumn & Winter education coaching programme.  A foundation level course will take place on Friday 30th November and Saturday 1st December. The venue and tutor is to be confirmed. A level 1 coaching course (Children) will take place on Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd & Saturday 10th November. A level 1 coaching course for youth / adults will take place on Friday 16th & Saturday 17th and Friday 23rd & Saturday 24th November. Those interested in a level 2 course for children will take place on Friday 19th, Saturday 20th
and Sunday 21st October and Friday 26th, Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th October. A level 2 coaching course for youth / adults will take place on Friday 9th, Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th November and again on Friday 16th, Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th November. The venue for the level 2 courses is St. Patricks College, Armagh. Please visit our for a full schedule of courses, dates and times. For further information you can contact our Youth Officer Pascal Smyth or alternatively you can contact Paul O’Connor, Monaghan Games Manger at 086-8374827 or

Scor Competitions

The following are the dates for this year’s Scor competitions. Scór na n-Og takes place on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th November with the county final scheduled for Friday 23rd November. If anybody is interested in representing the club in any of the following events please contact our cultural officer Martina McKeown (Figure Dancing, Recitation, Solo Singing, Instrumental Music, Ballad Group, Novelty Act, Question time and Set Dancing)

Annual General Meeting

The date for our annual general meeting has been fixed for Thursday 29th 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 will be circulated to all club members over the coming weeks and should be returned to club secretary Martina McKeown before the required date.


Would you like to win a new suite of bedroom furniture? Well you could be the lucky winner of a fabulous suite of bedroom furniture for just €5. That’s right, for only €5 you can enter our Autumn Raffle and win any of the following prizes. 1st prize is a suite of bedroom furniture, kindly donated by the Maple Bar, Rockcorry (bed, 2 x lockers & 5 drawer chest) 2nd prize €200, 3rd prize is a meal for two at the Errigal Country House Hotel in Cootehill, 4th prize €50, 5th prize €20. All committee members and players have raffle sheets and the draw will take place at a date to be confirmed.


On behalf of the club I would like to extend our deepest and heartfelt condolences to the Murray family on the recent and sudden passing of Ester Murray. Words seem inadequate to express the sadness we feel and our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. May she rest in peace.