Club Notes 3rd December

Annual General Meeting

Hi folks, do you want to hear the good news first or the bad news? Well actually I’m afraid I’ve only got good news (but obviously that all depends on your perspective but I’m Back! That’s right folks, after a marathon contest and many tense hours checking and recounting all the votes I was returned as the club’s Public Relations Officer (PRO) and you’re going to have to put up with me and my quirky sense of humour for another year…Ahhhh!!! Anyway, moving on our Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held last Thursday 28th November, in the club rooms and I would like firstly to thank all the club members who attended the meeting.  For a brief overall of the meeting and details of the chairman’s address please visit www.rockcorrygaa.ie  

Election of Officers

The election of officers was as follows; President Canon G. Ferguson, Chairman Jimmy McGeough, Vice Chairman Ollie McQuillan Secretary Martina McKeown, Assistant Secretary Siobhan McQuillan, Treasurer Tina Rooney, Assistant Treasurer TBC, PRO Michael Carroll, Players Representative Mark Daly, Youth Officer Pascal Smyth, Registrar Pat Brannigan, Committee Members Tom Daly and the only new face Anthony Tate. The Irish & Cultural Officer and the ASAP Officer positions were not filled and will be appointed in due course.

Your Club – Its Future

Over the last couple of weeks I have been highlighting a major challenge facing the club that not enough people are getting involved to help out with the workload. I want to reiterate the message that the club needs new faces, we need new blood on board to bring forward new ideas, new energy, new people with fresh thoughts, new workers with different concepts and new members with different viewpoints. There are many ways and plenty of opportunities that you can help out and if the idea of being involved scares you then please do not be afraid. Contrary to belief being involved does not mean that you are giving your life away! If you have some free time to spare (let’s say 1 hour a week) to help out on our fund raising committee – good, or maybe you feel you could dedicate some time to help out with our underage coaching – great, or maybe you would like to sit on our management committee – Hallelujah. The bottom line folks, whatever role you feel comfortable in we would be more than delighted to hear from you and we would provide support to you and encourage you to ensure that the club, YOUR CLUB, continues to develop and grow in the years to come. Are you someone that could help? BE THAT PERSON…GET INVOLVED it’s your club!!!

Annual Yearbook – ‘Our Journey’

The clubs annual yearbook entitled ‘Our Journey’ was officially unveiled at our annual general meeting and is now on sale. The yearbook costs €20 and is overflowing with photographs and is packed full of wonderful memories that hopefully you will all cherish for a very, very long time. It takes the same format as previous editions and is divided into sections and features 400 pages (full colour) and records our historic journey through senior football and includes a great selection of underage teams and other various memorabilia.

Rockcorry Bowling Club

The much anticipated bowling tournament kicked-off last Sunday 1st December, at St. Mary’s Community Hall and it was certainly buzzing with activity with players from across the county and indeed further afield that included Cooley (Co. Louth) and Roslea (Co. Fermanagh). The sports does tend to have an “old people’s game” image but the reality is very different with a range of age groups and genders taking part. On the night I got a brief insight into the rules of the game and like most sports it uses its own language with terms such as Jack, Ditch, Bank, Lying Shot, Touchers and Burnt to name but a few expressions. There were some very experienced and skillful bowlers on show that also included local bowlers Brendan McGahey, Tony Hannawin and Eugene McDermott who were among the first to compete in the tournament.  Last Saturday, at the official handing over of the cup Ann Carroll presented the Bosco Carroll Memorial Cup to Pat Brannigan chairman of the Rockcorry Bowls Club. Afterwards, I caught up with Pat and he remarked “firstly I would like to thank the Carroll family for donating the cup. Bosco was a keen bowler and was a key member on the hall restoration committee and he would be very proud of this moment.” He continued “organising a tournament of this scale can be a daunting task for those in charge but our committee have worked extremely hard and planned the best event possible and we are really looking forward to hosting our first ever competitive tournament. It should provide plenty of exciting moments because there are a lot of teams with vast experience entering the event and hopefully it should be a great opportunity for people to have fun and enjoy the spectacle on offer.” I would just like to add that the local bowls club continue to evolve significantly since their origin a couple of years ago and on behalf of my family, I would like to sincerely thank them for offering to honour the memory of my father and I hope the tournament is a big success and I look forward to seeing it grow in future years. The final of the tournament is fixed for Monday 9th December and starts at 7.30pm.

Congratulations

On behalf of the Rockcorry GAA club I would like to convey huge congratulations to Emyvale GAA & Truagh GAA clubs for winning Ulster titles last Saturday evening.

Sponsored Walk

A massive well done to all the brave souls who participated in the sponsored walk last Saturday 30th November, to raise money for the Senior Citizens Christmas Party which will take place on Thursday 19th December in the Hillgrove Hotel, Monaghan. There was a great turn-out and the chilly winter conditions did not dampen their spirits as they headed off to Swans Cross. The walk was organised by the local Rockcorry & Dartrey Community Alert committee and if anyone would still like to make a donation towards this event they can contact Gerry Coyle or any of the members on the committee. Once again well done to everyone who completed the walk and here’s looking forward to a great party. Finally, I know it’s still only November and I know it may be a bit early for saying this but Happy Christmas everyone Ho, Ho, Ho.

Christmas Tree Table Quiz

We all like to see the village looking Christmassy over the festive season and there’s nothing nicer than seeing a well-lit Christmas tree on the village green. The Christmas tree committee is holding a table quiz on Friday 13th December in St. Mary’s Hall at 8pm and I would appeal to everyone in the village to support this as generously as they can.

Off the Booze & On the Ball

‘Off the Booze and On the Ball’, was recently launched in Croke Park. Now entering its third year the challenge with a healthy twist invites participants to abstain from alcohol for the month of January and in doing so seek sponsorship to go towards their local GAA club. The objective of the challenge is to extend a positive message about a healthier lifestyle and participants are encouraged to engage in some new exercises that help them reach their recommended weekly activity levels during the month, and hopefully beyond.I would definitely urge our players and members to get involved in the campaign. It is an excellent opportunity for club members to start the year in a healthy manner. The GAA will be promoting the Challenge through their Facebook and Twitter accounts and will be offering participants support and incentives throughout the campaign period. Please visit www.gaa.ie/thechallenge for more details and to register for ‘Off the Booze and On the Ball’.

Well Done

I can’t quite explain the lateness and I really don’t know how it went under the radar but I want to extend huge congratulations to Sheila, Mickey, Garreth & Aaron Smyth who raised over €3,000.00 for the Cystic Fibrosis charity. Well done folks it was an awesome achievement and a very worthy cause.

Top 4 Lotto Results

The numbers drawn on Monday 2nd December were 2, 3, 11 and 22.  There was no jackpot winner of €5,900. The following won €15 each :-  Mary & Darren Monaghan, Rockcorry, Aiden Sheridan, Rockcorry, Mary Reilly, Dartrey, Tina & Dwayne Rooney, Rockcorry, Keelan & Aaron Clerkin, Rockcorry, Liam Hillis, Rockcorry, Alex Brady, Rockcorry, Aghabog GAA Club. Next week the jackpot will be €6,000 and the draw will take place in Thompson’s. Thank you for supporting our Top 4 lotto draw.

News

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