Novice B County Blitz
The Novice B Blitz will be held in Corduff Handball Club. Contact Aidan Marron 0879972389 for registration.
Thank you to Mairéad McConnon for hosting us in the Mountain Dew.
Thank you to the Community Centre and staff for organizing the food.
Thank you to everyone who donated prizes for the raffle.
Finally thanks to the community once again for all their support
Renovations Opening Day
Monaghan County Championship
Best of luck to all our members taking part in the county championships in the coming weeks.
– Senior: James Gavaghan
– Intermediate: Ciarán Brenna
– Junior: Peter Brennan, Aidan Marron, George McKitterick
– Novice A: Mícheál Hanratty, James Fealy
– Novice B: Ben Woods, Barry Finn
– U21: Cian Callan, Dylan Finnegan
– U18: Jordan McGarrell
– Masters: James Fealy
Well done to James Gavaghan who has reached the junior A Ulster Championship semi final.
Well done to Ciarán Brennan who is through to the semi finals in the junior B Ulster Championships.
Well done to Aidan Marron who is through to the Quarter finals in the junior B Ulster Championships.
Cumann Na mBunscol
Well done to our Juveniles Gerard Corrigan, Niamh Murnaghan, Jack Hanratty, Oran Farrelly and Christopher Corrigan who took part in Cumann Na mBunscol at St Mellan’s Handball Club on Wednesday 23rd of January.
Well done to both clubs on a great turn out.
All-Star Club of the Year
Corduff GAA Handball Club Renovations
In 2014, the project was spearheaded while researching for the ‘Pride of Place’ competition in which our community competed. The Corduff/Raferagh Community was successful in achieving runner up position in this competition.Through our research, we found figures from the national census, this showed the population has doubled in the community between the years 1992 and 2011. This growth in population led to a demand for improved facilities for young people in the area.
All organisations within our community came together under the guidance of the community association to form a 5-year plan. The handball club undertook to increase the membership and to develop our facilities to attract new members and local clubs to the area.
After a positive year in 2015, the committee reached out to the community to encourage more people to take up handball, we also invited previous members to re-join the club. Now the club has 44 senior and 44 Juvenile members taking part in both local and county competitions. When comparing to 2014 where the club only had 7 senior members and zero juveniles. This year, the entries into our league has more than doubled, seeing 77 senior handballers taking part from within the County.
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 opening day with Irelands top two seeded players Martin Mulkerrins and Diarmaid Nash for our opening day on Friday the 1st of February (7:30pm).
We have many people to thank with no one better to start with then our Club secretaryAidan 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 Monaghan 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 at events held in the Mountain Dew at the 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.
· GAA Raffle
· Table Quizzes
· 24 hour Handball Marathon
· Handball Blitz Competitions· Singles and Group annual leagues ( We now have over 70 players taking part in each of these competitions)
The Club has spent over €40,000 to date on renovations with help from Contractors in the local area.
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 Campbell-King, Rory Daly, Sean Marron, Peter Brennan, Declan Larkin, Brendan McNally, Niall Reilly, Jason Hand, Shane Hand, Niall Hand and Jordan Mc Garrell 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
Following our renovations we decided to try and help out other Clubs either renovate their existing alley or even build a new alley so we created a renovation document which has been passed on to GAA Handball so other clubs in the country can benefit.
While working on the 40×20 Alley renovation and seeing how it had increased our members we decided to build a one wall alley for the local primary school,since the build in August of last year we have increased our juvenile members from 24 to 44. The Club runs juvenile handball training on a Wednesday and Friday night with the help of Pat Sheridan and 8 senior members who have all received Foundation level coaching qualifications from GAA Handball.
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.