County Awards Night
The County awards night in the Four Seasons on Friday night last had a big Clontibret input with Conor Boyle being feted as Senior Player of the Year and Aisling McElvaney as Camogie Player of the Year award, while Malachy Trainor was the recipient of the referees’ award in hurling. A highlight of the evening was the special presentation to retiring County Players with our very own Vinnie Corey and Dessie Mone being honoured with presentations and citations as follows.
Vincent Corey’s status as a legend in Monaghan football goes back over two decades from he won back to back minor championships with Clontibret and was man of the match in both finals in 2000 and 2001. He was Minor Player of the Year in 2001 and was a mainstay of county minor and U21 teams before bursting into the senior side at corner back for Monaghan’s USFC win over all Ireland champions Armagh in 2003. Since then he has played on all lines of the field from full back to full forward, always leading by example, not only driving forward, but bringing his team mates with him. His famous half time switch from full back to full forward in 2007 Ulster final brought about a revival that brought Monaghan to a memorable Croke Park joust with Kerry. Vinnie was instrumental in all Monaghans famous victories over the past decade winning two League titles and of course two Ulster SFC titles in 2013 and 2015 being always relied upon to snuff out the threat of key danger men such as Donegal’s Michael Murphy. He has played 17 seasons for Monaghan with 184 appearances and scored 5-25 along the way while also winning 7 senior championships with Clontibret and an inter provincial medal with Ulster. . He was nominated for All Star in 2015, won Ulster All Stars in 2007 and 2015 and his presence will be sorely missed not only on the field of play but in the dressing room where he was motivator in chief. Truly a Monaghan legend,
Dessie Mone was a football prodigy from an early age winning three minor championships with Clontibret and an Ulster Club minor medal in 2002 with a raft of underage trophies under his belt before that. While Dessie played much of his early football up front when he joined the Monaghan squad in 2004 alongside older brother John Paul he was often given the man marking job of picking up the opposition’s most dangerous forward at corner back. Liberated to a more roving commission at half back under Malachy O’Rourke he enjoyed the freedom to get up and down the pitch as he combined timely defensive interceptions with marauding runs up the field to rack up a total of 1-44 in 171 appearances in a Monaghan shirt. Indeed it was the sight of Dessie making one of his trademark runs up field to score a spectacular point that often lifted not only his team mates but the supporters as well. As Ulster success came in 2013 and 2015 other accolades followed including four All Star nominations, four Ulster All Stars, an interprovincial medal with Ulster while along the way he found time to pick up seven senior championship medals with his beloved Clontibret. An inspirational player who could always be relied upon not only to help dig things out when all seemed lost but to lead from the front Dessie will be missed not only by his team mates but by Monaghan supporters all over the world.
Well-deserved by both Vinnie and Dessie and while we won’t see them in the Monaghan shirt again we look forward to having them in the Saffron and White for many years to come.
No official fixtures yet but it is expected that Reserve leagues will start the first weekend in March with the Senior league due to begin the last weekend in March.
It’s that time of year again when players and members must renew their club membership to be registered for the coming year. Full membership is €75 (students €50), while full contributors to Clontibret our Future Fund are registered for free. All players and coaches in all grades and all codes must be registered before training commences as otherwise they are not covered by the GAA Injury Fund, A registration evening for all underage players will be held on Wednesday January 29th in advance of any training taking place. (See Below)
Will take place on Wednesday, 29th January between 8 – 9 pm in the Clubhouse. All boys born from 2015 are welcome to join our juvenile section for the year ahead. Look forward to seeing you all there. Again juvenile membership will be the same as 2019 with a membership fee of €50 per child. There is a discounted fee of €25 per child if parent is a member of Clontibret Our Future. Also available on the night will be official club juvenile togs and socks to purchase for €25 per child. It would be great to see all our players in the same playing kit for 2020.
Best wishes to our Monaghan representatives, Conor, Conor, Michael Paul and Killian, as they get the 2020 league campaign off the ground on Sunday in Galway. Hopefully it’ll be the start of a good year.
Clontibret Camogie AGM
Clontibret Camogie Club will hold their AGM on Fri Jan 31 in the Community Centre at 8.00pm. Members, players (16 +) and parents are very welcome to attend. Nomination forms have been circulated, and we would appeal to everyone to complete and return them to Aideen by Wed Jan 29.