Séamus Trappe: It took 30 years, but a medal from Monaghan’s maiden Ulster Under-21 Football Championship win in 1981 finally found its way to our own Séamus Trappe last Sunday. Séamus had been living in Donegal when the letter went out about the presentation of the medals and he missed out, but it was brought to the attention of the county board and they sourced an extra medal which was presented at our AGM. The presentation came as a welcome surprise to Séamus, who had all but forgotten about it. Séamus received his medal from County Board Secretary Seán McKenna and team-mate Paudge Connolly. He joins a select group from the county to hold a provincial Under-21 medal, as Monaghan’s only subsequent win at that level was in 1998, so congratulations Séamie!
Scór: Well done to our representatives at the county Scór na nÓg finals last weekend, who were unfortunate not to be among the winners. The club will be competing in Senior Scór early next year, so anyone who wishes to take part can contact Cultural Officer Gerard Clerkin.
The election of officers was as follows: Chairman: Dermot Brannigan; Vice-Chair: Seán Boyle; Secretary: Lorcan McAdam; Treasurer: John Harden; Assistant Treasurers: Seán Boyle and Chris Conway; PRO: Colm Shalvey; Registrar: Maurice Galligan: County Board Delegate: Peter Coyle; Coaching Officer: Declan McArdle; Youth Office: Michael O’Donoghue; Insurance Officer: Ann Treanor; Cultural Officer: Gerard Clerkin; ASAP Officer: Philip Drohan.
Juvenile AGM: The juvenile club’s AGM took place in the clubhouse last Thursday. Chairman Séamus McManus and Secretary Val Forde both gave comprehensive reports on the juvenile club’s year and reports followed from Michael O’Donoghue on the Under-12s, Brendan Burns on the Under-14s, Michael Buckley on the Under-16s, Mary White on the Saturday morning coaching and Gerard Clerkin on Spraoi Scór and Scór na nÓg. This year’s committee were all re-elected unopposed. Chairman Séamus McManus; Vice-Chair: Thomas McCabe; Secretary: Val Forde; Assistant Secretary: Una Forde. Full reports on both AGMs are available at www.monaghanharps.gaa.ie.
Monaghan Harps Lotto: Numbers 6, 12, 17 and 18. Jackpot of €1,900 not won. Residual prizes: €100 Owen Connell c/o himself; €40 Margaret O’Neill c/o Bernie McKenna; €40 Gerard Myers c/o Brian O’Sullivan; €40 Seán McGillian c/o Cosy Bar. Jackpot for Sunday, December 4 is €2,050. The Lotto-committee AGM has been fixed for Sunday, December 11 at 8.30pm.
Gloria: We are delighted to welcome well-known Monaghan-born singer Gloria to the clubhouse at Gavan Duffy Park this Saturday, December 3. Tickets are available from club members and from the clubhouse at a cost of €10. We would appreciate all support for this fundraiser.
Quiz: We are hosting a table-quiz in the clubhouse on Friday week, December 9. All support would be greatly appreciated for this fundraiser. There will be a meeting to discuss progress so far this Sunday in the clubhouse at 7.30pm.
Aido file: A big thank you from the club must go to our Gaisce members Tiarnán Bramley and Conor Burns. The pair of lads have been down every Sunday morning at 12 to coach our Under-12 hurlers of tomorrow and with the likes of Ógie and crew it isn’t easy folks! Happy birthday to senior hurler Patrick Meehan. Patrick turned 25 yesterday. Enjoy the weekend… And anyone who doesn’t meet him is advised to celebrate in his absence.
Handball: The draws for the Juvenile County Singles have been made and play commences at various venues on Sunday next. We have some players new to these championships and we hope they will gain valuable handball experience. We have representatives in most grades from Under-12 to Under-17. Please remember that matches must continue until the final pairings are known. The weekly coaching session is full and we are unable to accept any new players at present. The Challenger One league is progressing well and the Challenger 2 league will commence shortly. Any adult players wishing to enter the Ulster Championships should download the entry forms and send them to Austin McKenna as soon as possible. Ramunas leaves for the USA on December 23. He will travel to Tucson, Arizona via Philadelphia with the Irish team. His return is scheduled for December 30.
Clubhouse: The Gavan Duffy Park clubhouse, which offers a comfortable lounge and function-room and ample car-parking space, is available to book for parties and functions, by contacting Liadhan Treanor at 086 7837204.
Charity match: The club’s annual charity match has been fixed for Monday, January 2, 2012, so please keep the date in your diary. Owen Connell is currently giving out sponsorship forms, so contact him if you want to take part.
People of the Year: Rehab will be hosting the Monaghan People of the Year Awards on Friday, December 9 in The Hillgrove Hotel. The awards are a unique opportunity to publicly honour people who have made an extra ordinary contribution to their community. Club and Community Groups can nominate their “unsung hero” by cutting out the coupon in the Northern Standard or on Facebook. The awards are hosted by Rehab in association with Monaghan County Council and proudly sponsored by Silver Hill Foods. Tickets and enquiries to Mary Gamble at 086 0432428.