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Rockcorry Club Notes

September 22nd, 2016



20th September 2016

Monaghan Electrical IFL

Our senior footballers made the journey to Shamrock Park last Saturday 17th September to play Cremartin in the Monaghan Electrical intermediate football league. For the first time in a long time I am not entirely sure what to say and in many respects I think sometimes the best approach is to remain absolutely quiet, because silence can speak volumes without ever saying a word! As matches go this was a highly competitive encounter where both sets of players have to be applauded for their whole-heated desire and enthusiastic performance because it was a real battle of nutrition and was certainly not for the faint hearted. There was a lot of passion and emotion floating about during and after the match and looking back at the game we can all find faults with various aspects of the match. To be honest I’m going to bite my lip (I know it’s not like me…I must be going soft in my old age) because if I say anything or if I really express how I feel I would end up in trouble and have more hassle to deal with so I’m going to leave it there. Obviously, players & supporters were extremely unhappy with a number of decisions throughout the match but if I’m completely truthful this was a game that we left behind and may come back to haunt us later in the year! Ten minutes into the second half we had them on the ropes and we had our chances to put them out of sight but we failed to build on a two point advantage, leading 0-9 to 0-11. We seemed to lose our focus and only managed to score four more points, compared to Cremartin’s 1-7, which ultimately proved our downfall. As it turned out you have to give credit to Crematin because they never went away and when all the talk about refereeing or tactics is over it was simply a case of Cremartin’s hunger that got them across the line. Quite simply, they wanted it more and they claimed the league spoils with a four point winning margin on a final score-line Cremartin 1-16 to Rockcorry 0-15 with the goal arriving at the very death and proved to be the final act of the game. Hard luck lads, you all played with real heart and on another day maybe the result could have been different. Keep those heads high and keep working hard at training and be ready for the next one.

Monaghan Electrical IFL Fixtures

Our next match in the league campaign is this Sunday 25th September when we host Inniskeen at Pairc Naomh Mhuire. Let’s hope the lads can deliver a more consistent performance to dig out a more favourable result. Throw-in time is 12.30pm

Terence Reilly Memorial Shield

Following on from the very enjoyable under 10 match between Rockcorry v Aghabog in the Bosco Carroll Memorial Cup the club will be holding the annual tournament for the Terence Reilly Memorial Shield this Sunday 25th September. This time the under 12 footballers will be taking centre stage when they take on Sean McDermott’s and throw-in time is 2pm.

Bosco Carroll Memorial Cup

A Rockcorry v Aghabog clash is always a great occasion and nothing beats the draw of a local derby, no matter what the age group! This was certainly the case on Tuesday 13th September when our under 10 footballers played our neighbours Aghabog for the Bosco Carroll Memorial Cup and it definitely got people up from the couches because there was an incredible turnout of supporters from both clubs and it was fantastic to see. Once again, we witnessed some terrific football as it proved to be another fascinating and absorbing contest where all kids played their hearts outs. There was fine attacking and flowing football on show and there was hardly a break in play which certainly left it very entertaining for the large crowd in attendance. Unfortunately, while our players put in a Trojan effort against a well-drilled Aghabog outfit it was Aghabog’s ability to convert possession into vital scores as they emerged winners to reclaim the cup on a score-line Rockcorry 0-10 Aghabog 4-10.The kids played their hearts out and this was recognised at the presentation when all players were greeted with a huge applause from the crowd for their efforts. At the presentation the chairman Michael Carroll rightly praised the efforts of both teams in providing such an outstanding display of football in difficult and slippery conditions. It was a memorable contest and at the presentation my mother, Ann Carroll, presented the Bosco Carroll Memorial Cup to the winning team captain Thomas Brady and congratulations to him and his team-mates.On behalf of the club and indeed on behalf of my family, I would like to express our gratitude to the Aghabog club for travelling and taking part in the memorial tournament this evening to mark the memory of my father, Bosco Carroll. Special thanks to our mentors Fintan Larmer and Stephen Duffy for the time and effort that they spend coaching and looking after this group of youngsters. A huge thank you to the referee Anthony Tate who without doubt carries out one of the most thankless, demanding and difficult jobs within our organisation but as usual he carried it out with great integrity and ensured the rules were applied no matter what side you were on.Many thanks to all the parents and supporters who turned up in such huge numbers to cheer and encourage the kids on the day, you make a big difference for the kids on the pitch and thank you for your support on the day and through-out the year. Finally, last but by no means least, I would like to pay tribute and personally thank our youth officer Sharon Fox who left no stone unturned and organised a fantastic tournament and for making sure it ran smoothly. I am sure you will agree it was another great occasion and we sincerely thank you for your devotion, contribution and work at the grass-root level within the club.

Under 10 Go Games Blitz

The under 10 footballers will finish off their busy year this Saturday 24th September when they travel to Tyholland and it starts at 10am.

Féile 2017 – Hosting

In 2017 Cavan, Fermanagh and Monaghan will be hosting the Féile Na nÓg. Colm McCormick and I attended a meeting last Monday night in Cloghan where we received preliminary information and details about the logidstics and planning of this huge event. The Féile competition is a club competition for Football at Under 14 years of age level. Teams from every county in Ireland as well as overseas will be taking part (160 Teams). A local organising committee is appointed to manage much of the day to day activities, however, hosting is a key part of the ethos of Féile. Host clubs are paired with a visiting team. The players (2 players per family) and mentors from the visiting teams stay with members of the host club, and games take place on the host club’s pitch. Host families should be well known to club officials and are required to comply with vetting procedures. It would be a shame to deny our young players the opportunity to play in the national tournament and if we decide to enter a team then we must be prepared to host a visiting club. We will be looking for a minimum twelve (12) families to volunteer to host two players each for Feile on Friday 23rd June, Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th June 2017. Families will be expected to register their interest shortly so please give it some consideration and get in touch with myself on 086-1041165 if you have any questions or require any additional information.

Guess the Score

Our youth officer, Sharon Fox, has been flat out crunching numbers and surprise, surprise there was no entrant who had the exact same score with either goals or points. Having said that, there were some very close predictions and we did have three entries that correctly predicted the All-Ireland final between Dublin v Mayo would end in a draw and congratulations to Josh Brady, Anthony Tate and Pat Brannigan who will each

receive a small prize. On behalf of the club I want to thank all the underage players and their families who returned the guess the score cards and a massive well done to the kids who filled their score sheets and will be entered into a lucky dip draw for a prize.


A massive well done to the Aghabog under 14 girls who retained their championship title this year with a great win over Magheracloone last Saturday 10th September. This was a replay as they had drew with them the previous Sunday and on their journey home their bus was involved in a minor accident. Thankfully, while they were all shaken it didn’t stop them from coming out six days later and winning the title. There are five young girls from our Parish playing on the team and they are Rachael Cassidy (Joint Captain), Katelyn Duffy, Katie Hawthorn, Katelyn McKay and Hannah McPhillips. The Aghabog management team of Dermot Brady and Pascal Mc Gorman had another successful year and congratulations to everyone involved.

Monaghan GAA Gala Ball Dublin

On Friday 21st October the Monaghan GAA Gala Ball Dublin will take place in the Double Tree Hotel. Full event details will follow but in the meantime please save the date and help spread the word to anyone who may wish to attend. Your support of this event would be gratefully appreciated as your county needs you!

Job Vacancy – Games Development Administrator (GDA)

COISTE CHONTAE MHUINEACHAIN is seeking to recruit a candidate who can demonstrate excellent administration skills in the following areas; IT, writing reports, delivering power point presentations and general office duties. In addition to this the candidate will be required to coach and deliver schools coaching programme’s, and summer camp coaching, community & disability development work as well as club mentoring initiatives. The post is based on funding for it being retained and will commence immediately. The successful candidate will be based in Monaghan County Training Grounds, Cloghan, however through the direction of the Games Development Manager’s this may be moved to different locations throughout the county. The candidate must also be prepared to do evening and weekend work in addition to normal day to day activities. The applicant will be required to attend GAA and generic coaching courses and conferences. Government employment initiatives / schemes will also be a factor in selection. Some key requirements for the post are Working knowledge of IT related packages and systems, appropriate third level qualification – GAA Level 1 Coaching Award is essential. Clear and detailed knowledge of Monaghan’s (GAA) coaching schemes and initiatives. Proven experience of coaching Children and Youths. Experience in Developing Coaching Programmes (desirable). Garda vetting is required. Own car with a full clean driving license (required). Applicants should note that they will be required to demonstrate that they meet all of these requirements at the time submitting their CV. Skills: Good communicator, good interpersonal skills, ability to work as part of a team and take direction. Have the ability and skills to work with children, youths and those with disabilities. This position will be for 39 hours per week (Only 39 hours I might apply for this myself!!!). The salary will be discussed at interview. CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS FRIDAY 30th SEPTEMBER 2016. CV’s accompanied by copies of qualifications as stated above to Paul O’Connor, Games Development Manager, Cloghan, Annyalla, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan. Tel 086-8374827 or Email

New Arrival

On behalf of the club I would like to extend my congratulations and best wishes to Tracey Rooney and Dave McArdle on the recent birth of their baby girl Mia Ellen. I’m sure Granny & Grandad are very excited with the new bundle of joy and once again congratulations Tracey & Dave and may your little bundle of joy bring you more happiness in a big way!

Top 4 Lotto Results

The numbers drawn on Monday 19th September 2016 were 3, 9, 18, and 22. There was no jackpot winner of €9,100.00. The following won €15 each :- Eugene Greenan, Killeevan, Mary Patterson, Rockcorry, James Fox, Rockcorry, Noeleen Fitzpatrick, Rockcorry, Eugene Rafferty, Knockatallon, Christina & Noel, Rockcorry, Bernie & Paddy Gaffney, Rockcorry, Maureen Greenan, Aghabog. Next week the jackpot will be €9,200.00 and the draw will take place in Fitzpatrick’s. Thank you supporting our Top 4 lotto draw.


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