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December 21st, 2022

Blackhill Emeralds Club Notes: 22/12/22

Nollaig Shona daoibh go léir:         We wish everyone a happy and peaceful Christmas, especially all those who are away from home and those who have travelled home. May the light of Christmas shine brightly upon you.

Drive-In Christmas Bingo:

Bingo Thursday 8pm

The jackpot is €2250 this week on 45 calls. Extra prizes on the night,

Bingo choice from in the car or play from the comfort of the club social centre.

Social Centre:

Our social centre is open from 8pm nightly.

For social centre members bookings contact Hugh Cullen on 0862541200

Our Christmas Party will take place on Wednesday December 28th. The draw is now live, lines, €2 each or 3 for €5 are available from the club social centre or you may buy lines by contacting 0838024261  1st Prize €500, 2nd Prize €300, 3rd Prize €100, 4th Prize Btl Brandy, 5th Prize Btl Whiskey, 6th Prize Btl Gin. Additional draw for attendee’s 1st Prize €100, 2nd Prize Btl Brandy, 3rd Prize Btl Gin.

New Year’s Eve Dancing to Robert Brown, Cover €5

Bereavement:

Blackhill GAA extends our sincere sympathy to the McEneaney family Cavanaguilla and Manorhamilton following the recent death of Paddy McEneaney R.I.P. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a-nAnamachta dhílis.

Volunteer Appreciation Award 2022:

Congratulations to Joan Duffy who was a very worthy recipient of this award from CCM last Thursday night in the Four Seasons Hotel in Monaghan.

Joan Duffy is a Waterford native. With her neighbour Cissy Connolly they got paint in Coogan’s and painted the old Annaglaive school walls so local children could dance in a bright clean room.

Joan then turned her skills to forming and managing Blackhill women’s team, many happy memories, and tales from this eventful period.

When Blackhill built a club social centre Joan was the main woman in the Kitchen. A dinner lady in England her skills in catering for a hungry bunch came in handy.

She travelled the county watching her sons and grandsons play, rushing back to the club to serve up celebration or commiseration meals.

Joan was one of the strong Blackhill women who set up the still popular “Young At Heart”. A joyous fun gathering in the club every second Monday where country music and dancing were enjoyed over a drink. A welcoming cup of tea served with sandwiches and buns.

Homemade buns made by Joan and her gang.

The Sunday before “Young At Heart”, Joan would be busy at home colour-coding raffle tickets so patrons would get a variety of colours!

A Déise woman who bleeds Black and Green. Before any Blackhill final Joan would be busy knitting headbands with the club colours and flags would adorn the wall at the top of the lane.

This lady epitomises club passion. Any job she takes on with gusto, commitment, and pride. She refuses to just look at the world, she demands it be a better place and because of people like Joan the club has developed.

Blackhill Story:

The Blackhill story in hardback is available from the club social centre and local book shops priced €20. An ideal Christmas gift for a sports enthusiast or a person interested in local history.

Charity Fundraiser:

Annual St. Stephen’s Day Fundraiser for St. Mary’s Patient Comfort Fund. This event will be virtual this year and everyone can walk/run over the Christmas holidays. To donate https://gofund.me/2b7ccdb6

John McGough Walking Track:

Our floodlit walking track is open to 9pm nightly.

Le meas,

Pól Ó Siarán,

Oifigeach Caidreamh Poiblí,

C.L.G. An Mhullach Dubh.

pro.blackhill.monaghan@gaa.ie

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