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Rockcorry Notes

January 7th, 2015

Happy New Year
A New Year has arrived and with it many challenges but hopefully plenty of opportunities and we can all make new and fresh resolutions. The New Year is the perfect occasion to wish your friends and family well and to celebrate friendships and love all the good things in life. It is the time of year to cherish the good memories and forget every bad memory of the past twelve months and start again. Let’s all look forward to a good year ahead and on behalf of the Rockcorry GAA club I wish you and your families a magical, prosperous, healthy and a happy new year filled with new hope, new joy and new beginnings and I hope that all your dreams and aspirations come true.

Team Management
At a committee meeting held in early December, Mickey Morgan was unanimously reappointed as team manager for the upcoming year. Mickey was given the green light to continue in his role as senior team manager and his ratification was strongly supported by the management committee. His backroom team has yet to be finalised and we hope to be in a position to confirm names early in the New Year. For now though, on behalf of the club I look forward to working with Mickey again this year and hope that the season ahead will be more enjoyable and more fruitful on the playing field!

Monaghan Under 21
Well done to the Monaghan under 21 team who defeated Wicklow, last Saturday 3rd January, in the Hastings Cup. The starting team featured our own Fergal McGeough who scored 1-1 and Lorcan Smyth is also a member of the panel. Well done lads it’s a great achievement to wear the county colours and represent your county and all the best in the remaining matches in the competition. Their next outing is on Saturday 10th January when they travel to play Mayo.

Annual Yearbook 2014
I want to thank everyone for their kind comments towards this year’s annual yearbook entitled ‘Our Club…Our Passion’. The response and support is deeply appreciated and if you would like to order one of these special keepsakes then please get in touch. It is jammed with information and features over 580 pages (full colour) and contains some amazing photographs. The first batch of the yearbooks have just arrived from the printers and I’m really pleased with the result. For those of you who ordered a book can you please get in touch with me or alternatively you can arrange to collect same.

Committee Positions Vacant
The management committee is open to all who wish to sit on the committee or indeed any of our sub-committees. New faces, new opinions, new ideas are the lifeblood of any club and with your input the possibilities of today can be achieved tomorrow. At our annual general meeting the positions of Assistant Secretary, Cultural Officer were not filled. We are now looking to co-opt members to fill these important roles. If any club member is interested in taking up any of these roles or perhaps sitting on the management committee please get in touch. The bottom line folks, and its quit simple, the future of the club is in our own hands. Everything that we do today or indeed everything that we don’t do will have a serious impact on the performance of the club in the future. It’s you club, get involved.

Club Membership
Club membership is now due once again and can be paid to our club Registrar Pat Brannigan. The annual subscription for adults is €20 with all juveniles under the age of 18 costing €5 and any student that can provide a valid student card the membership fee is €5. It is important that ALL players pay their membership as soon as possible otherwise you will not be covered under the GAA insurance scheme. Please note that club membership will close on Monday 30th March 2015.

Scór Sinsear
If anybody is interested in representing the club in any of the following events please contact myself Michael Carroll 086-1041165 or any committee member (Figure Dancing, Recitation, Solo Singing, Instrumental Music, Ballad Group, Novelty Act, Question time and Set Dancing)

Coaching Workshops
The Monaghan Games & Coaching Development committee in conjunction with the Ulster GAA have released dates a number of workshops that will take place during January. A workshop entitled ‘Fitness Testing & Developing a Programme’ is scheduled for Tuesday 6th January at Cloghan at 7.30pm and finally ‘Planning the Pre-Season’ will take place on Tuesday 13th January in Cloghan at 7.30pm. Please visit our or our Facebook page for a brief description of the workshops and names of the workshop tutors. For further information you can contact Patrick McCarron at 087-2163580 or

Top 4 Lotto Results (Monday 22nd December)
There were a lot of oohs and aahs when the numbers were drawn on Monday 22nd December because there were a lot of “close calls” but our amazing jackpot is still standing. The numbers drawn were 2, 12, 14 and 24. There was no jackpot winner of €11,300.00. The following won €15 each :- Margaret Reilly, Dartrey, Salina & Colin, Dartrey, Anthony Clerkin, Rockcorry, Philomena McPhillips, Rockcorry, Bridie & Aidan Sheridan (Junior), Rockcorry, Pat Quigley, Dublin, Mark McCormick, Rockorry, The Monday Club, Rockcorry.

Top 4 Lotto Results (Christmas Draw)
Our Christmas Draw was also held on Monday 22nd December and the following were the winners €100 Cathal & Katie Sheridan, Rockcorry, €50 Nicola Anderson, Newbliss, €50 Shirley, Jacqui & Sylvia, Newbliss, €20 Jim Clear, Rockcorry, €20 Anto Farrelly, Cootehill, €20 Andy Mannering, Aghabog, €20 Davina Carolan, Aghabog, €20 Eanna & Davina, Aghabog. I would like to thank you all for supporting our lotto draw during the year and on behalf of the club I would like to wish you and your families a Happy & Prosperous New Year and we look forward to your continued support during 2015.

Top 4 Lotto Results (Monday 5th January)
The numbers drawn on Monday 5th January were 7, 16, 21 and 22. There was no jackpot winner of €11,400.00. The following won €15 each :- Jackie Kennedy, Rockcorry, Patrick Sheridan, Rockcorry, Seamus McGuirk, Swans Cross, Fiona McGill, Craigavon, Kieran Hannawin, Swans Cross, Martina McKeown, Dartrey, Jim Clear, Rockcorry, Ann Cassidy, Clones. Next week the jackpot will be €11,500.00 and the draw will take place in Thompson’s, Newbliss. Thank you supporting our Top 4 lotto draw.

Annual Top 4 Lotto Ticket
Don’t forget, you can support the club’s Top 4 lotto by entering for 12 months, 6 month or a 3 month period. To play simply select your four numbers between 1 and 28 complete the form and you need never miss a draw again! Tickets cost €90 for the 12 month option. Your continued support is always much appreciated and we wish you good luck in future draws.

Happy Birthday
The club would like to extend their congratulations to Seamus Tate who celebrated his birthday last Monday 5th January. Known far and wide as “Big Chief”, Seamus has been a long serving club member and has made an outstanding contribution to the club and he continues to play a major role in fund-raising and helping out with our Top 4 Lotto Draw. Happy birthday Seamus and we hope you celebrate many more of them.

Happy Engagements
On behalf of everyone at the club I would like to extend our heartiest congratulations, albeit belated, to Jamie Smith and his fiancée Lisa Cooper on their engagement at Christmas. I would also like to extend our heartiest congratulations to Keith Daly and his fiancée Oonagh Cusack on their recent engagement and we wish you all the very best in the future.

Monaghan GAA Yearbook
The official Monaghan GAA yearbook is now available to buy and once again this year’s publication gives a comprehensive review of all Monaghan GAA activity in 2014 and records the fortunes of Monaghan county teams in all codes and recounts the story of the various club championships within the county and is available to buy at €10 each.

Monaghan GAA Awards Night
The Monaghan GAA awards night takes place in the Hillgrove Hotel on Saturday 24th January. If anybody is interested in attending please contact club Secretary Martina McKeown for ticket information.

Deepest Sympathy
On behalf of everyone at the Rockcorry GAA club I would like to offer our deepest and heartfelt condolences to the McPhillips family (Corravacan) on the passing of Philomena McPhillips. May her gentle soul rest in peace.

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