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November 30th, 2021

Scotstown GAA Club Notes. 30/11/2021

Scotstown GAA Senior Ulster quarter final against The Glen this Sunday

The Scotstown GAA senior men begin their 2021 Ulster Championship campaign against C.L.G Watty Graham, An Gleann in the quarter final in Derry this Sunday December 5th at 3:15pm. The Derry Champions are strong favourites to win the Ulster Championship this year, and deservingly so, as Derry has produced 4 of the Ulster Champions in the past 7 years, with Slaughtneil winning 3 and Ballinderry winning the other. The Glen convincingly defeated Slaughtneil by 1-13 to 0-07 to claim their first Derry Senior Championship just over 3 weeks ago.

The Glen is managed by a familiar face in this county, Malachy O’Rourke. Malachy during his 7 year duration as Monaghan County manager oversaw a hugely successful spell at the helm of the County, winning Ulster titles in 2013 and 2015, and in 2018 guided Monaghan to their first All-Ireland semi-final since 1988. In the National League, in Malachy’s first year in 2013, Monaghan secured promotion from Division 3, and also winning the Division 3 final, and in 2014 the Farney County were promoted from Division 2, and also won the Division 2 final. Monaghan have maintained top flight Division 1 football ever since.

The Glen have already played a 2021 Ulster Championship fixture against St. Eunans of Donegal Sunday 21st November. They successfully defeated the Donegal champions in a challenging encounter away in Letterkenny to secure a quarter final place against Scotstown. We wish our Senior Blues the very best on Sunday and encourage as many of our supporters to travel to Celtic Park, Derry to give our senior men your support. An Bhoth Abú!

Please note this game is a double header with the intermediate county champions of Monaghan, Donaghamoyne GAA playing Steelstown Brian Og’s GAC of Derry at 1:00pm. We encourage our supporters to go to that game as well and to give our support to our fellow county club. We wish Donaghmoyne all the best in their Ulster Championship campaign.

Our Blues Competitive Games in the past week

There were no competitive games in the past week.

Our Blues Upcoming Competitive Fixtures for the Week

On Sunday 5th December our Senior men play either Glen in the Ulster Club Senior Football Championship quarter final in Celtic Park Derry at 3:15pm.

All the best to our Senior Blues in their Ulster campaign. An Bhoth Abú!

Tickets for Ulster Quarter Final Online only

Tickets will be on sale through the Ulster GAA website for the Scotstown v Glen game on 5th December only. All tickets have to be bought online and there will no sales at the gate.

Bus to Ulster Quarter Final game in Derry

Rice Coaches are running a bus from Scotstown village centre to Celtic Park Derry on Sunday 5th December for the Ulster Club Quarter Final game against The Glen. The price is €10 per seat and leaves the village at 11:00am. Contact Rice Coaches to book your seat on 047 71455.

November Ciste Draw

The November Ciste draw took place last Saturday Night November 27th, in the Social Club.

Congratulations to Padaig McKenna, Drumscor, Scotstown our €1,000 November Ciste Winner! Also congratulations to our 5 x €100 winners; Patricia Duffy; Steve Flynn; Siobhan Hegarty; Fiona Keenan; Terry Carbin. You can purchase your Ciste tickets in our local shops. There are tickets, envelopes and collection boxes in each of these shops; McMahon Centra, Scotstown; McAloons Knockatallon; McCarvilles Ballinode & Killylough. You can also purchase your Ciste tickets using the Scotstown Clubforce website and clicking on ‘buy event tickets’ link. First prize €1,000 and 5 prizes of €100 must be won. In total €18,000 in prize money is won every year!

Scotstown GAA Online Club Lotto – Jackpot €5,000 Next Week.

Thanks to everyone involved in our online lotto draw for a €4,900 jackpot on Wednesday 1st December! Please see our Social Media platforms for more details of the results.

In the November 24th draw. There was NO Match 3 winners this week.

We had 3 Lucky Dip winners this week of € 20 each. They were Kate Mc Kenna, Stephen Mc Ardle and Paddy Sherry. Congratulations to all our winners! The Scotstown GAA online Lotto Draw takes place every Wednesday at 8:30pm with last entries at 8pm. The draw is conducted on-line and is fully automated using secure facilities. There are 4 numbers to choose from a range of 1 to 31.

Match the 4 numbers to win the Jackpot of €4,900.

If no jackpot winner €100 is rolled over to the following week.

Also if there is no jackpot winner there will be lucky dips.

Next draw Wednesday 8th December at 8:30pm.

Scotstown GAA Club Shop

If you missed the online shop deadline, you can still get orders via the physical club shop between 7pm and 8pm on Friday evenings as per normal. These orders can’t be personalised but online orders can. The prices are the same as the club shop.

Scotstown GAA Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of Scotstown GAA took place on Friday last, November 26th in the Complex. The minutes of last year’s minutes was read before a comprehensive report by the Youth Officer Cian Mohan was given detailing the activities of all the juvenile boys’ and girls’ teams. This was a considerably successful year for the juveniles culminating in 8 trophy successes during 2021. Cian thanked all those involved in facilitating this successful year. A review of all the teams will appear in the club notes over the winter months. Our Cultural Officer, Paddy Sherlock, reflected over a relatively busy and successful year given the restrictions from the Pandemic had curtailed Scor’s activities. This included Ulster competition level appearances by the Scotstown Scór teams and the online Farney Siamsa competition hosted by Monaghan GAA AcornLife and Rockland GAA. Paddy mentioned that Scór na nÓg will kick start 2022 Scór activity with possible dates in February. Paddy thanked his predecessor Pauline Rooney along with her husband Mackie for their long term commitment to cultural activities in the club. Paddy also thanked other club officials and everyone else in the club for their assistance.

Our Secretary, Sean McGovern, detailed an extensive outline of the football review of 2021, mainly the adult teams. This was also a successful year for the adults with the ladies winning the intermediate county championship against our neighbours Truagh, before losing to the eventual Ulster champions Kinawley. The Senior Men won their 7th senior County championship in 9 years, beating Truagh by the same scoreline as the ladies achieved. The senior men now face The Glen in the Ulster Championship. The Senior men also achieved the league and championship double for the first time since 2015 being Clontibret in the league cup final. The senior reserves also had success clinching the O’Duffy cup. Sean thanked everyone involved in the successful 2021 season.

A report by our Health and Wellbeing officer, Bernie Sherry, detailed a busy year for the club in helping the community during the ongoing pandemic. The club is going for the Healthy Club position which aims to help GAA clubs explore how they support the holistic health of their members and the communities they serve. During the past year Christmas dinners were served to those in need in our parish, health and wellbeing sessions and online workshops, the Specsavers initiative; phone a ceili, and continued support for those in our community that needs it. Bernie thanked the club and those involved in assisting the health and wellbeing throughout the past year, including the communications of the games and also Alice Daly from Tydavnet News for linking into the dissemination of community events from the club.

Our Treasurer, Aine McKenna discussed the Financial Statements and a review of the 2021 financial year. Despite the pandemic, 2021 was a busy year for the club as the Kilmore development commenced and required a considerable level of funding for its completion. The day to day running of the club has been continually supported by the Ciste, Lotto, match receipts and our sponsors, while the capital investment for the year and future is supported

by the mobile home competition, Cairde na Botha and grant income. Aine praised all those involved in raising the funds for the club as this is crucial in continuing the success of the club for future generations.

The Chairman’s address was made by our chairperson, Shane Stirrat, who praised all our club members, players and volunteers for their had work during the past year. This was Shane’s first year which saw a busy successful year both on-field and off-field as the club commenced the comprehensive Kilmore development. As we are a big club with a large member base considerable funding is require with the level of current and capital expenditure needed to sustain our success and achievements. Shane thanked all the 2021 committees, and the stewards, ground staff, Ciste and lotto groups, Cairde and winamobile committees, the club shop and tuck shop, the cleaners, those who put up the bunting, the coaches, team managers and everyone else behind the scenes that make the club work so well and efficiently. He thanked those who have stepped back from the committee in the past year for all their work and efforts. He praised those involved in the development of the club, creating a roadmap for the Kilmore development and all those involved in putting us in a strong financial position with successful events including the recent Cairde initative. Shane thanked our sponsors, our main one being McMahons Centra Scotstown and also the Social media and communications group for extensive coverage for adult and juvenile games throughout the year. Shane praised the Scór group on their successes and the Health and Wellbeing committee on their busy time during the pandemic and providing support for those in need, and also the health and safety and protection team.

Shane then reflected on the sports and fields activities for the year and said that it was the stuff of dreams with a final every other week, echoing the achievements as outlined earlier by Cian and Sean and congratulating and thanking everyone involved including the fine efforts of managers, coaches and the players. Shane also praised the referees involved and thanked Roslea Shamrocks GAA for the use of their excellent facilities at Shamrock park for our Senior men. He wished our senior men all the best against The Glen of Derry in the Ulster Quarter Final game this Sunday and wished everyone a Happy Christmas and New Year.

Next was the election of officers. The election of officers was not necessary, as none of the officer roles were contested on the night. Gerard Caulfield stood down from his position as Development Officer. We thank Gerard for all his hard work in development and in advancing the club forward with the bright future of the Kilmore project ahead of us. Stephen McKenna is the new Development Officer, and we wish Stephen all the best in his new role for the club. Cyril McCrudden has taken up the position of Vice Chairperson and we wish Cyril all the best in this position going forward. The officers of Scotstown GAA for the coming year are: Chairperson: Shane Stirrat; Secretary: Sean McGovern; Vice Secretary; Pauline Keenan; Treasurer: Aine McKenna; Assistant Treasurer: Martin Connolly; Public Relations Officer: Padraig Columb; Youth Officer: Cian Mohan; Children’s Officers: Jill Stirrat Paudie Meehan; Coaching Officer: Paraic Duffy; Cultural Officer: Paddy Sherlock; Development Officer: Stephen McKenna; Registrar: Damian Mohan; County Board Delegate: Sean Murphy; Health & Wellbeing Officer: Bernie Sherry; Player’s Representative: To be chosen by the players; Groundsman: Frank McKenna.

Our Condolences

The club would like to offer our deepest condolences to the Family and Friends of Francis Lagan. Francis was a highly respected Maghera school principal and immensely contributed to the local GAA in County Derry. He would have coached a lot of the current C.L.G Watty Graham, An Gleann players. We would like to pass on our sympathy to Francis’s family, Louise, Rose, Alice, Beth and Frank, and to all his friends, including our senior team selector Diarmuid Scullion and everyone at Watty Graham’s GAC Glen and St Mary’s Glenview School in Maghera. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Scotstown Ladies Shoe Box Appeal

A big thank you to our Senior Ladies who kindly donated and dedicated their time on Friday evening last, and prepared 28 Christmas shoe boxes, in the Shoe Box Appeal for Christmas.

They welcomed Diana from Feed Our Homeless who will help distribute these boxes to those in need this Christmas. Somethings as small as hats, gloves and socks can be extremely meaningful to someone who unfortunately may not have the comfort of a warm home. A massive well done to everyone involved in their efforts, donations, gifts etc. in the shoebox appeal with 28 boxes wrapped & some extra bits were donated (ran out of boxes!).

What a wonderful and kind initiative the Scotstown Ladies have done for those in need. Edel & Diana who run the shoebox want to say a massive thank you to everyone & that the shoeboxes will be delivered to the homeless over the last weekend. Feed our Homeless will give us a shout out when they are delivered. Thanks again to our Ladies team and to Scotstown Pharmacy and Murray Excel Ltd. for donated items for the boxes

Cairde na Botha – Draw for 10 Cash Prizes of €250 on 4th December

Thanks to all our many supporters who have signed up so far for our Cairde na Botha fundraising initiative. This initiative is a great platform for both Scotstown GAA’s and our community’s success in the future and has been very popular in its initially few weeks. We have another information, registration and donation night in the Scotstown GAA Social Club in the Complex on Thursday 2nd December. Please sign up and be part of this wonderful development!

Anyone wishing to sign up can contact any of the following committee members; Shane Stirrat; Austin Corrigan; Aine McKenna; Michael Owen McMahon; Aidan McCara; Stephen McKenna; Cyril Mc Crudden.

Our first cash draws will take place on Saturday night 4th December, the eve of our Seniors playing their Ulster Club Quarter Final. These will be 10 x €250 individual prizes for signed up members of Cairde NaBotha.

The purpose of the Cairde na Botha initiative to raise funds for the development of Kilmore.

Cairde na Botha is a committee formed by members of Scotstown GAA who are focused on developing the Kilmore training facilities. The Kilmore training grounds which lie between the fast growing villages of Ballinode and Scotstown were purchased back in 1995 and have quickly become an essential part of our expanding community. Since then a number of development initiatives have been undertaken, including the introduction of the popular walking track and top class Prunty pitch. We want to serve the whole Parish of Tydavnet better. We want to improve the structure of Kilmore, making it a safe and inclusive community hub for people of all ages to enjoy. To do this we your help from the local community. Please see our brochure and social media with more details and how you can support us.

Take your point challenge

Many thanks to everyone involved in the Take Your Point challenge last Saturday. This involved visiting the home clubs of the 9 senior football champions in Ulster GAA during the same day and taking 2 points on their grounds. The Take your Point team arrived at Pairc Mhuire shortly after 5pm and completed the challenge with 2 fine scores! Well done everyone.

Votes of Sympathy

The following votes of sympathy were passed at our last Committee meeting and the AGM.

Beggan Family on the death of Dympna

Conway Family on the death of Mary

Johnston Family on the death of Margaret

Meehan Family on the death of Anne

McArdle Family on the death of Liam

McCarron Family on the death of Tommy

McCluskey Family on the death of Peter

McConnell Family on the death of Tommy

McCrudden Family on the death of Gerry

McKenna Family on the death of Kathleen,

McQuaid Family on the death of Margaret

Prunty Family on the death of Teresa Bernadette (Bernie),

We would like to offer our condolences to all the family and friends who lost loved ones during this time.

Health and Wellbeing

Please keep in mind that the Covid 19 pandemic is still ongoing and to keep in mind the current restrictions. Scotstown GAA is going for the Healthy Club project which aims to help GAA clubs explore how they support the holistic health of their members and the communities they serve. This is a timely initiative for a post Covid-19 world and we look forward to the Healthy Club project in our future and recovery from the pandemic. As we head into the winter months and the football has tapered off (apart from our Senior Blues!) we will be focusing more on Healthy initiatives and will update you shortly.

Phone a Céilí & Make your Céilí

It is an encouraging development that people from one household only can visit another household. But for those who are still nervous of physical visits given the ongoing Pandemic, we can still make contact with those we care about and / or are cocooning, living alone or vulnerable. They would really appreciate a phone call, letter or card just to say “I’m thinking about you, keep safe and stay strong.” So please, Phone a Ceili, write a Letter, send a Card and keep in touch over the winter months and we are always here to help in anyway. We ask all our committee members and players to phone a ceili twice a week. If you would like a committee member or player to phone you, please contact our Chairman Shane on 086 836 7997.

Lost pair of trousers

A pair of black over trousers were lost in Castleblayney St Mary’s ground at Senior league final. If anyone has found them can you please contact Brendan at 086 2621368

Monaghan U3A Fitness Classes

Monaghan U3A are running free fitness hour classes aimed at 50+ age with a HSE physio. For the zoom links text 086 2621368 or see our Social Media Platforms.

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