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Rockcorry Club Notes

September 29th, 2016



27th September 2016

Monaghan Electrical IFL

Last Sunday, 25th September, our senior footballers hosted Inniskeen at Pairc Naomh Mhuire in the Monaghan Electrical intermediate football league. I know this may sound a little crazy, or a bit peculiar but please bear with me for a second as I try to describe a thrilling and breath-taking encounter. I’m going to compare our performance to a tin of paint, the label of which would read…”players passionate about their club, players committed & supporting each other, players showing honest endeavour & drive, players displaying a ravenous hunger, players never giving up and fighting to the bitter end.” I imagine, at this stage you’re all saying “he’s completely lost it or he has lost his marbles”…but I’m sure you are all familiar with the well-known TV advertisement slogan that goes “it does exactly what it says on the tin” and we did exactly what it says on the tin”. This was our penultimate league match of the season and quite frankly, considering the high quality of the opposition, we had to produce a gutsy performance because nothing less would have got us across the line! It was a cracking match with a fast brand of football and all players seemed to cope well with the slippery and mucky underfoot conditions. The lads were equal to their opponents and any challenge that came their way and despite conceding a goal at a crucial moment during the second period they showed heroic battling qualities to bounce back and claim the two valuable league points on a final score-line Rockcorry 0-10 Inniskeen 1-5. I don’t want to be regarded as the party popper or appear being negative because there were plenty of positives to take home from the match. However, there are plenty of things to work on before our next outing in the championship and players should continue to attend training and work hard over the next two weeks because we have a massive task ahead of us in the semi-final of the McElvaney’s Waste & Recycling Championship. Well done lads, a wonderful result and please, please keep up the good work.

McElvaney Waste & Recycling Championship

The semi-finals of the McElvaney Waste & Recycling intermediate football championship have been fixed for Saturday 8th October and our senior players will face a tough and stern challenge when they take on Tyholland. The game is fixed for Pairc Mhuire, Scotstown and throw-in time has been confirmed for 2.15pm. Please get behind the lads, wishing them luck and cheer them on all the way to the final.

Terence Reilly Memorial Shield

Our under 12 team played Sean McDermott’s last Sunday, 25th September, for the Terence Reilly Memorial Shield and they put in a Trojan effort against a Sean McDermott’s side to reclaim the Shield on a score-line Rockcorry2-6 Sean McDermott’s 1-3. Before a ball was kicked in this very enjoyable match there was a cloudburst, with the rain belting down, which delayed the throw-in for approximately ten minutes. Ground conditions were extremely difficult and very slippery but despite the miserable conditions both teams displayed great determination and produced a high quality and entertaining match. It was nip and tuck throughout the match with play end to end and it was played in a very sporting manner. The kids really played their hearts out displayed tremendous skill and courage in very mucky conditions and this was recognised at the presentation when the players were greeted with a huge applause from the crowd for their efforts. In presenting the shield our youth officer Sharon Fox rightly praised the efforts of both teams in providing such an outstanding display of football. Bridie Sheridan, representing the Reilly family made the presentation to the winning joint team captains Dylan Reilly and Caolan Reilly and all players received a lovely plaque that was kindly donated by Noel, Kieran & Seamus Reilly. It was a memorable contest to honour the memory of a former player of the club Terence Reilly and on behalf of the club and the Reilly family I would like to express our gratitude to the Sean McDermott’s club for travelling and taking part in the memorial tournament. Special thanks to our mentors Paul McCormick and Conor Brannigan for the time and effort that they spend coaching and looking after the youngsters. A huge thank you to our whistler Anthony Tate who once again officiated the game with great care and integrity. Many thanks to our youth officer Sharon Fox who organised the tournament and for making sure it ran smoothly and I am sure you will agree it was a great occasion. Finally thanks to all the parents and supporters who turned up to cheer on and encourage the kids on the day, you make a big difference for the kids on the pitch and thank you for your support.

All Ireland Football Final (Replay)

The club received one ticket for the All Ireland Football Final (Replay) between Dublin v Mayo on Saturday 1st October. If any fully paid up club member interested in putting their name into the hat for the ticket can you, please send me a text message to 086-1041165 with your name and details before Thursday 29th September no later than 8pm. Please note that as a club member YOU must use the ticket and it should not be exchanged or transferred for any reason. Tickets cost €60 and must be paid for on receipt of same.

Under 10 Go Games Blitz

It’s raining, it’s pouring so obviously there must be a Go Games Blitz on and this was certainly the case last Saturday, 24th September, when our under 10 footballers travelled to St. Patrick’s Park, Tyholland to take part in their final Go Games Blitz of the year. Unfortunately, yet again, the weather conditions were really bad, absolutely atrocious, and the proverbial ‘raining cats and dogs’ springs to mind because there was constant drizzle and even some outbreaks of heavy showers. Having said that, the playing surface was in an excellent condition and it did not affect the standard of the football played. In spite of the wet weather all teams served up some cracking and scintillating football. They played games against Aghabog, Tyholland and Emyvale and the kids had mighty craic and they truly enjoyed themselves…even though they were soaking wet! This was the last Go Games Blitz of 2016 and this will probably be my last time reporting on a blitz campaign and therefore I want to say a special word of mention to the hard working coaches & mentors, Fintan Larmer and Stephen Duffy who freely give up their time voluntarily on a Saturday morning to help organise and look after the future players of the club. Thanks Lads. I also want to sincerely thank all the parents for their ongoing commitment for travelling to the Go Games Blitzes. It is wonderful to see so many parents there to support and encourage the children and this has been a fantastic highlight of the Blitzes right through the year and it is wonderful to see. Thank you boys and girls for providing us with some magical memories during the year. It has been a busy schedule and you definitely deserve a rest so put your feet up for a couple of months and recharge those batteries! We will look forward to next year’s competition with great excitement, a lot of interest and with much anticipation. Thank you to everyone involved with the under 8 and under 10 teams and keep up the good work.

Féile 2017 – Hosting

In 2017 Cavan, Fermanagh and Monaghan will be hosting the Féile Na nÓg. 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 are now

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.

Rockcorry Community C.P.R.

The Rockcorry Community CPR Group are running a Community First Responder course which takes place this Monday, 3rd of October, in Gallonray House Maudabawn @ 6:45pm. It will cover Defibrillator use, CPR, Heart Attack, Stroke, Choking etc and is certified. The course is funded by Cavan/Monaghan ETB and it’s FREE. There are a limited number of spaces available and if interested please contact Sharon: 086 6022919. With the underage football season over for the year it’s important that all our first aiders are kept up to date with the latest techniques and training. The proper first aid training can make the difference between life and death and is something that more of us should consider and we should all attend this valuable CPR course.

Scór na bPáistí & Scór na nÓg Dates

Scór na bPáistí (for Primary School children) will be held in Clontibret on Saturday 5th November at 6pm. Competitions in Rince Foirne, Rince Seit, Solo Singing, Ballad Singing, Recitation, Group Music, Drama and Quiz. The Acorn Life Scór na nÓg Competition (Under 17) will be held in Threemilehouse on Saturday 19th November at 6pm. The Scór na nÓg Ulster semi final for Monaghan competitors will be on Saturday 3rd December with the Ulster Final on January 14th. Please email entries to for Scór na bPáistí by Friday 14thOctober and for Scór na nÓg by November 4th. Please state name of competitor, title of song/recitation etc and name of GAA/LGFA club.

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!


On behalf of everyone at the Rockcorry GAA club I would like to extend our deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to Christina O’Brien and members of the Martin family on the sudden passing of their mother Margaret Martin (nee Markey), Killanny. May her gentle soul rest in peace.

Top 4 Lotto Results

The numbers drawn on Monday 26th September 2016 were 5, 11, 12, and 28. There was no jackpot winner of €9,200.00. The following won €15 each :- Riley Cleare, c/o Jim Cleare, Sheila & Frank, c/o Dans, Rose Murtagh, Rockcorry, Sylvia Smyth, Newbliss, Zara & Savannagh, Rockcorry, Aiden Sheridan, Aghabog, Eamon Fox & Amy McGorman, Aghabog, Mickey Friary, Rockcorry. Next week the jackpot will be €9,300.00 and the draw will take place in Fitzpatrick’s. Thank you supporting our Top 4 lotto draw.


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