Club Notes 31st January

Enjoy Your Retirement

Firstly, on behalf of the club I would like to extend our best wishes to Donal Guikan who retired from the Garda Siochana last Friday night. Donal and his family were accompanied by work colleagues and friends at a function held in the Errigal Country House, Cootehill and it was a great evening for him and his family as he marked the ending of a thirty-three year career serving various communities. Congratulations Donal on your well-deserved retirement and thank you for the many years of service and we wish you a healthy retirement to enjoy the many years ahead.

Senior Team Selectors

With our new team manager, Jim Clifford, in place the club is now seeking expressions of interest for the positions of team selectors. If you would like to be considered or would like more information please contact club chairman Jimmy McGeough or any committee member before Sunday 5th February.

Reserve Team Management

Similarly, if anybody is interested in managing our reserve team can you please contact club chairman Jimmy McGeough or any committee member before Sunday 5th February.

Training

Well it’s that time of year again lads, time to dust the cobwebs off the old gear and get back into action. Our new team manager Jim Clifford has informed me that training will start this Tuesday 7th February in the football field and all players are requested to be ready to start at 7.30pm sharp.

Scór Sinsear

Please note the following dates for the upcoming Scór Sinsear. Friday 17th February (Semi Final 1), Saturday 18th February (Semi Final 2) and Saturday 25th February (County Final). 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)

TOP 4 LOTTO Jackpot €10,900   

The numbers drawn last Monday night were 12, 17, 25 and 28. There was no jackpot winner of €10,800.00. The following won €15 each :- Shane, Conor & Amy Monaghan Ballybay, John & Gerry c/o Maple Bar, John McPhillips Aghabog, Jim McCarville Newbliss, Audrey Hall Doohat, Ailbhe Quinn Latton, Patsy McGuirk Dublin (Yearly Ticket), Noreen, Hugh, Noel & Christina Rockcorry. Congratulations to all the winners. Next week’s jackpot will be €10,900.00 and the draw will take place in Fitzpatrick,s.

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. With the new football season approaching 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 Thursday 31st March.

Social Night

One of the highlights of the year is our annual social & presentation night and the committee is currently finalising plans to hold the social night on Friday 24th February in St. Mary’s Hall. With good food, good entertainment and most importantly good friends and colleagues to connect with and have some fun this is a night not to be missed. Tickets will be on sale shortly and we look forward to your support.

Sub-Committees

As advised last week the club intends to set-up a number of sub-committees namely Finance, Planning & Field Development, Coaching & Underage Games Development and a Social & Cultural Committee. We are on the lookout for people to take an active role and sit on one of these sub-committees. If anybody is interested in getting involved then please come forward and contact any committee member. Remember, the club cannot operate without plenty of help and we are appealing to people to volunteer their services and help spread the workload.

Juvenile Mentors / Coaches

The club simply cannot operate without plenty of help and we are appealing to people especially parents to volunteer their services to help out with our juvenile teams. I would also encourage current and former players to get involved and help-out to coach our underage players. You may be able to spare one hour on a Saturday morning or one evening per week to supervise a training session, or even help-out at a game. Whatever you can do please come forward and offer your help as we need as many people as possible.

Level 1 Children Coaching Course

A Level 1 Children Coaching Course (Football & Hurling) will take in Cloghan on 3rd/4th & 10th/11th February. Cost €55 per person. Tutors are Paul O’Connor & Macartan McKenna and the course targets anybody coaching children up to 12 years olds. If you are interested can you please contact Paul O’Connor 086-8374827 or email developmentmanager.monaghan@gaa.ie before Wednesday 1st February.

Bring Back Kicking Workshop

For your information the re-scheduled Coaching Workshop “Bring Back Kicking” will take place on Wednesday 15th February in Scotstown Kilmore GAA Training Grounds at 7:30pm. Tutor will be Terrance McWilliams and the workshop targets all coaches and is free of charge.
Upcoming Coaching Workshops

Please note a workshop entitled “Fitness Testing Made Easy” will be held in Cremartin GAA club (Indoor Session) on Wednesday 8th February at 7:30pm and the tutor is Kevin McGuigan. Another workshop called “Games to Develop Football U10 /12s” will take place in Our Lady’s Secondary School, Castleblayney on Thursday 8th March and the tutor will be Macartan McKenna and is targeted at under 10/12 coaches. Both workshops are free of charge.