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January 29th, 2019

St.Mellan’s Handball Club
Mono League
Beef may be a bad trade this weather but that wasn’t the case on Sunday evening as The Limousins defeated the Jerseys in the concluding night of the Mono League, first in was Christopher Meehan were he took on David O Reilly, David won this one 21-17, 21-10, next in was Kevin Treanor and Joe Kelly, this was a very tight affair as both shared games and points as both took a game each 21-13, 21- 13, but the man that dealt the fatal blow was Barry Treanor as he rolled back the years and blew Aidan Keenan away on score line of 21-5, 21-3, this left the gap too big so the remaining two players of Ronan Boyle and John Treanor didn’t have to field, well done to The Limousins on their victory but well done to The Jerseys and all the other teams that made the league an enjoyable and a smooth running affair this season.
Adult Club Singles and Doubles
The Club Adult singles are well on the way so please ensure all games are played on the night and especially before the next game is due.
Cumann na mBunscol
St.Mellans hosted the Cumann na mBunscol competition last Thursday the 21 st of January, we had 13 player from 3 schools within the parish and surrounding area, there were 6 boys & 3 girls from Deravoy NS and 1 boy and 1 girl each from Clara NS and Edenmore NS, it was a very good and enjoyable outing for all but we had limited success as only Deravoy won the U11 Boys doubles with Myles McMeel & Ryan Kelly winning, there were also 2 more sets of finalists but they were beaten, Donnacha McCluskey & Luke McKenna made the U13 boys final and Deirbhile Kenny & Molly Flood made the U13 Girls Final, well done to all for taking part and hard luck to all that didn’t win, a big thanks to two men who have and continue to promote our game in all aspects, Michael McCarron and Martin McEntee were there from 9:30 til 12 o clock running of the competition, big thanks to both.
Registration Fee
Can all players please ensure that they have paid their membership in full as you insurance runs out at the end of January and you will be “uninsured” from then onwards.
Corduff GAA Handball Club Notes

Juvenile Training

Juvenile training continues to grow strong with over thirty juveniles training in five groups from 8-16 years old on Wednesday’s at 7-8:30pm and Friday’s  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.

Group League

Our group league is into it’s fourth week with 77 players from beginner to senior level taking part from Bawn, Carrickmacross, Kingscourt and Monaghan Harps Handball Clubs.Over 30 games will take place weekly until the end of March in the group league at Corduff and Bawn Handball alleys

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.

Quiz Night

Our annual quiz was held in the Mountain Dew at Corduff/Raferagh Community Centre on Friday the 25th of January with a great turnout from the community. Congratulations to overall quiz winners Linda Kennedy,sister Shauna O’Neill and Son Tadhg. Thank you to all who helped organize the quiz especially Peter Brennan, Ann Brennan and Mary Woods.

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

Our renovations opening day will be held on the 1st of Febuary at 7:30pm. Ireland’s 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. GAA handball President Joe Masterson will officially open the newly renovated alley.

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

Ulster Championship

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.

Challenge game

Well done to Corduff and Carrick Juveniles putting on a fine display of handball in a challenge game at Corduff on Wednesday evening.

Well done to both clubs on a great turn out.

All-Star Club of the Year

Corduff Handball Club has been awarded Ulster All-Star Club of the year and  will represent Ulster at the GAA Handball All-Star awards on February 2nd at Dunboyne Castle.Aidan Marron will also represent Ulster as club person of the year.The overall winner will be decided by public vote online at www.gaahandball.ie We would really appreciate your vote for all the hard work accomplished in renovating the alley,Increasing membership,running leagues and coaching our Juveniles.

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.

Harps Handball Notes
Training continues on Sundays and Mondays.
Ulster Juvenile Fixtures will be coming out soon. Check the Monaghan Harps Handball Facebook page. We will also have fixtures as soon as they are ready on the noticeboard.
Good luck to Eoghan McGinnity in county Seniors Semi Final. Good luck to all juveniles representing County Monaghan in the Ulster Competitions shortly.
It was great to see a good numbers of Harps players represented at the Cumann Na mBunscol last Wednesday at St Mellan’s. Well done to all for competing.
Ulster Colleges 
There was a great turnout in Kingscourt last Wednesday morning for Ulster Colleges 4-wall, well done to all.
Yours sincerely

Padraig McGeough
County Pro

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