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Carrickmacross Club Notes

March 30th, 2017

The Battle of the Emmets! Carrickmacross Emmets travelled to Aghabog minus Ronan O’Callaghan, David Eakins, Oisin Marron, and Padraig Marron from the last game but replacements Fergal McDermott, Jack Ogle, Darragh Marron and Ronan Gollogly all contributed to another fine victory in round two of the Reserve League. The final score was Carrickmacross Emmets 4-15 Aghabog Emmets 0-11. At half time the Emmets brought an eleven-point margin to the dressing room 2-10 to 0-05. On a perfect evening for football the Emmets scored freely and according to accounts it was the half-back line that laid the initial foundation for this second victory in the competition. Fergal McDermott and Caolin Martin were impressive participants while Laurence McNally was said to have put in a man-of-match performance. The midfield area was dominated by hard-working Ciaran Ward and craftsman Ryan O’Connor grafted tirelessly to get the job done! In the forwards; Sean Downey’s tally speaks for itself; while Jack Ogle was equally accurate and between both they registered 2-10. Team; Glen Reilly, Gearoid Jones, Aaron Murray, Adrian McCluskey, Fergal McDermott, Caolin Martin, Laurence McNally (0-01) Ciaran Ward (0-02) Ryan O’Connor (1-01) Ronan Lonergan (1-00) Ryan Carolan (0-01) John McMenamin Jack Ogle (1-04) Sean Downey (1-06) Darragh Marron. Subs used; Ronan Gollogly and Pauric Rafferty.

Presentation Night! A good attendance was part of the “Presentation Night” held in the Emmet Centre where our under fourteens and sixteens footballers were rewarded with their county medals from last year’s successes! An introduction by Club Chairman Pauric Keenan commenced after an excellent meal was provided by Michelle Cassidy and her staff to the hungry audience who enjoyed every bit of food served up. When things settled down David O’Rourke who was MC for the night took to the stage and his first duty was to introduce Terry Kiernan; a former eminent player with the Emmets; who spoke about his memories of winning three McHugh championships in a row; a feat that was never equalled before or since. A special presentation was to be made to Paul Martin who had spent a lot of time working within the club towards the development of young players. That concluded the evening’s event which was without doubt a night to remember for everyone present but especially for the award winning teams and their coaches!

A True Gael! Eamon Curran was a man of many capabilities and indeed many Clubs; he will be remembered for his great interest and knowledge of the local GAA landscape. He was well-liked and always projected a friendly feeling whenever you happened to be in his company; but above all things great; he was a true gentleman and a true Gael! He played with the Monaghan Junior team that reached the Ulster final in 1957 representing the Magheracloone club. By 1959 he donned the Emmets jersey for a couple of seasons and played senior championship with Naoimh Padraig. In 1961 he won a medal with Kingscourt Stars in the final of the Emmets Tournament. After this Eamon was heavily involved with the Kingscourt club and later became chairman. He also donated a cup for “Juvenile Player of the Year” in 1972. Off the field he was a tireless community worker especially with the Group Water Scheme at Greaghlone Lake and the Kilmainham Festival under his chairmanship spent £8,000 on the renovation and restoration of Kilmainhamwood Church. The Emmets club; wish to send their sincere sympathy to his wife and family on their sad occasion! “Suaimhneas sioraí dá anam”
Emmets Handball! The A team qualified for the final of the Monaghan GAA League by virtue of a hard-earned victory over a very determined Bawn team. The final outcome of this exciting semi-final which was played last weekend was Emmet’s five games; Bawn three games. The  winning team were Colm Kiernan, Gary Beirne, David McCarthy and Jimmy McCahey and all four can now look forward to the final when their opponents will be fellow parishioners Corduff.

The Club Lotto!  The club lotto draw took place this Monday night in the Emmet Centre for a Jackpot of €10,100. The numbers drawn were 13, 20, 22 and 25; there were no matching numbers so this week’s jackpot is €10,200. There are three ways of doing the lotto (a) buy weekly (b) subscribe yearly (c) or play on-line via the Emmets website: First out of the “lucky dip” were the “Donnelly” family for a €50 “Keep it Local” voucher; Vera Ross won a €20 voucher while Leah Kelly also got a €20 voucher; The final €10 voucher went to David Carroll of Drummond Ettra!

Club Fixtures! Carrickmacross welcomes Rockcorry to Emmet Park on this Saturday evening for a 6-00 pm throw-in the Reserve League Division 2B. The Emmets will be seeking to make it three wins in a row in the competition and a good home crowd would add to the occasion. In the underage competitions the Emmets will field two under sixteen teams; two under-fourteen teams and two under-twelve teams this weekend. The under twelves travel to Donaghmoyne where the first game is at 2-00 pm and the second at 3-15 pm. The under fourteens face a longer journey to Monaghan where they play the Harps at 2-00 pm and 3-15 pm respectively. The under-sixteen division one team; play Magheracloone this Thursday night at 6-30 pm in Magheracloone while the division three team have to be in Clontibret for 6-30pm for their opening game. So the best of luck to them all! Next Tuesday night the minor team have their second game in the league against Aughnamullen in Emmet Park at 6-30 pm.

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