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January 8th, 2019

St.Mellans Handball Club
Failte Aras 
We would like to welcome all back to the 2nd half of the handballing season, as the new year begins we are now entering the business end of things in the handball season, the adult county championships are on and also the Adult Ulster Championships will soon begin, all this will coincide with the Ulster Juvenile Championships so we are asking all winners in all grades and anyone that have entered the Ulster race to get in as much practice from now until their games, juvenile games and coaching will be on as usual but we ask parents to encourage their young ones to get in as much as they can, all fixtures will be published as soon as we find out times and venues.
New Sponsors 
The Club are very happy to announce two new sponsor on board with us, The Scarna Inn are now the sponsors of one of our Adult Doubles Competition taking over from our previous long serving partner in the Highhouse, we are also delighted that The Emyvale & District Credit Union are now the sponsors of all our juvenile competitions within the club, again thank you to our new and all existing sponsors for their new and continued support.
Emyvale Credit Union Juvenile Team League
Our Juvenile League has about 3 rounds of games remaining so keep all games played up to date, and try to get any outstanding games get them played ASAP.
Mono League
The Mono League has reached the semi-final stage now and those in the semi’s will be notified as soon as all is sorted.
Adults Singles & Doubles
We will soon be drawing up the adults singles & doubles for commencing shortly, so anyone thinking of playing that maybe didn’t play in the team league are more than welcome to come and play.

Corduff GAA Handball Club Notes


New Year

We would like to wish all our players,members and coaches a Happy New Year and thankyou for all your support throughout the year.


Juvenile Training

Juvenile training is starting back on Wednesday 9th of January.It continues to grow strong with over thirty juveniles training in five groups from 8-16 years old on Wednesdays at 7-8:30pm and Fridays at 7-9pm.Parents will be informed of their child’s group or any changes to times by text message each week.Juvenile membership is €10 and €2 per training session.


Members Singles league

Our singles 40×20 league has finished up with fifty two members in five different groups from beginner to senior levels taking part.

1 Handball Court… 5 Grades 12 weeks 52 players 276 Matches 828 euro coins!

Corduff Handball Club Singles league winners 2018

Senior Cup James Gavaghan

Senior plate Mickey Duffy Jr.

Group 1 Cup Tim Oliver

Group 1 plate Peter Brennan

Group 2A Cup David McGardle

Group 2A plate Martin Hanratty

Group 2B Cup Oisín Byrne

Group 2B plate John Finlass

Group 3 Cup Jason Hand

Group 3 plate Sean Marron

All winners were awarded medals at our presentation in the Mountain Dew on Saturday 22nd of December.

Thank you to all our members who competed in the competition and congratulations to all the winners.

GAA National Club Draw

Thank you to everyone who bought and sold tickets for the GAA raffle,the money raised will go towards finishing the renovation of the alley with a opening day early next year.Each member will also receive a O’Neills half zip top sponsored by Lynch Brothers.

The club draw for our tickets sold took place on Saturday 22nd of December in the Mountain Dew at 8pm with two hampers for the lucky winners Nicola Mullen and Julie McKitterick.


Group League

Our group league will start on Monday 7th January 2019 with 77 players at beginner to senior level taking part from Bawn, Carrickmacross and Kingscourt Handball Clubs.Registration has now closed.


Novice B County Blitz

There will be no GAA League run this year, instead there will be a County Biltz run for each group. (Senior, Intermediate, Junior, Novice A and Novice B).

The Novice B Blitz will be held in Corduff Handball Club.Contact Aidan Marron 0879972389  for registration.


Kingscourt Shoot-out

Well done to James Gavaghan ,Ciaran Brennan and Aidan Marron taking part in the Kingscourt Shoot-out 2019  held at Kingscourt Handball Club on Saturday 5th January.We wish a speedy recovery to James who had to pull out in the first round due to injury.


Quiz Night

Our Quiz night will be held in the Mountain Dew on Friday the 25th of January at 9pm.€20 for a table of four with a top prize for the winning team.There will also be great prizes at the raffle on the night.Your support would be very much appreciated.


Renovations Opening Day

Our renovations opening day will be held on the 1st of Febuary at 7:30pm.Irelands top two seeded players Martin Mulkerrins and Diarmuid Nash will play a exhibition match which can be viewed in our new viewing area for €10 or you can view it on screen in the Mountain Dew for free.



The renovations of our 40×20 alley started in July 2017 and are coming to a end with just a few small jobs left to address.The alley is in full swing with players from all over Ireland complimenting our great work achieved.We are currently planning a exhibition match with Irelands top two seeded players Martin Mulkerrins and Diarmuid Nash for our opening day on Friday 1st of Febuary 2019 at 7:30pm.

We have many people to thank with no one better to start with then our Club secretary Aidan Marron for his successful applications in funding the renovations of the alley through various grant schemes from the following organizations.

  • Carrickmacross Credit Union
  • Department of Transport,Tourism and Sport – Sports Capital Programme
  • SSE Airtricity
  • Monaghan County Council
  • Monaghan Integrated Development
  • Monaghan Local Community Development Committee
  • with advice taken from Sinn Fein Councillor Noel Keelan, Fine Gael TD Heather Humphreys and Fine Gael Councillor Aidan Campbell.

Many thanks must be given to all these organizations for their much needed funding.

We would also like to thank our members and the Corduff/Raferagh community for their support in fundraising of GAA raffle tickets and table quiz nights held in the Mountain Dew at Corduff Community Centre and to our handball committee consisting of Ciarán Brennan,Aidan Marron,George McKitterick,Ben Woods,Gareth king and Colin Carragher for organizing them.

We would also like to give a well deserved thanks to Aidan Marron and Ciarán Brennan for their endless time spent researching and sourcing materials and companies to carry out the renovations to such a high standard.

All of the renovations were not just carried out by companies with members Aidan Marron, Ciarán Brennan, George McKitterick, Colin Carragher, Gareth King, Jamie King, Rory Daly, Sean Marron, Peter Brennan, Brendan McNally, Niall Reilly, Jason Hand, Shane Hand, Niall Hand and Jordan McGarrell volunteering their time for painting,demolition and removal of the old back wall, ceiling and floor.

We would also like to thank the following companies for carrying out the renovations to such a high standard.


  • Martin McNally – New maple floor/Seating in viewing area/New shower,toilet,sink/New main entrance
  • Letterkenny Glass  – New glass back wall
  • P McMahon – New and lowered ceiling
  • Paddy Malone Secure Systems – LED lighting in alley/Sensor LED in viewing area,hall,changing rooms/Camera,speakers and microphone/Electronic scoreboard/Ventilation system.
  • Michael McCahey – Painting floor
  • Sean Marron – Sourcing maple floor
  • Corrigan Staircases – Wall frame for old floor
  • Brenglaze Window Systems LTD – New window and doors installed
  • Sean Kelly Signpost.ie – Stickers


It is great to see all the hard work paying off with the alley buzzing every evening and weekends accommodating for all players male and female from beginner to senior with a age group starting at 8 going right up to 64 years of age.

Harps Handball Notes

Happy New Year to all members. Training for juveniles resumes on Sunday 13th at 10am.

Yours sincerely

Padraig McGeough
County Pro

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