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December 6th, 2022

An Bhoth GAA Club Notes. 06/12/2022

Cairde na Botha – 2nd Year Registration due

We recently had a registration, information and donation night in the Scotstown GAA Social Club in the Complex. Many thanks to all those involved. For those who subscribed last year and are on the 4 year subscription plan, the 2nd year subscription is now due. To be entered in our 3rd Cash prize draw it is essential you are a paid up member. New members are more than welcome to sign up to Cairde. Thanks!

Scotstown Cairde Na Botha wish to thank all those who have supported this historical fundraising project so far. We thank you for your continued support. Anyone wishing to join in this initiative and be part of it, please contact any of our Cairde na Botha committee members; Shane Stirrat; Austin Corrigan; Aine McKenna; Michael Owen McMahon; Aidan McCarra; Stephen McKenna; Cyril Mc Crudden.

The aim of Cairde Na Botha is to improve and develop our Kilmore training facilities to help achieve our vision of continuously improving our success on-field for our teams and off-field for our community. Cairde Na Botha is one of the biggest projects ever undertaken by our club. Be part of it! Scotstown GAA’s success has always been built on the considerable support we receive from home and abroad. We fondly remember fundraising projects in the past, such as the Scotstown Carnival in the 1960s to the purchase of our main field at Urbleshanny,

The Lord Mayor Campaign in the 1980s to fund the building of Sportlann Mhuire (the complex) and development of St. Marys Park and indeed, the ambitious purchase Of Kilmore in 1995 which has contributed to the outstanding success we achieve today.

Cairde na Botha is your opportunity to help your club continue this successful development for this generation and the next into the future. Fully paid up Members of Cairde Na Botha will have the benefit of their name engraved on the supporters’ wall at the Kilmore training grounds.

Please read our brochure via the link attached where you can support the initiative online. https://member.clubforce.com/memberships_cart_m.asp?LL_ID=2259&intMF_ID=8808#Anchor

We welcome all Scotstown GAA supporters at home and abroad to join in this progressive and exciting initiative!!

Be part of it! Thank you!

Ulster Minor Club Football Championship

The Scotstown Minors play Donaghmore GAA on Saturday 17th December at 5pm in Colaiste Feirste. The tournament is organised and hosted by St. Paul’s GAC, Belfast. The County Minor club championships were held in each of the nine counties of Ulster. The nine county champions contest the Ulster Club Championship. Scotstown U17 team won the Monaghan GAA U17 Division 1 Club Championship and qualified for this tournament. All matches are knock-out. Scotstown have been drawn in the quarter final against Donaghmore GAA from County Tyrone. Full draw; Preliminary: Fermanagh (yet to be decided) v Four Masters, Donegal; Quarter Final 1: Burren, Down v St. Brigid’s, Antrim; Quarter Final 2: Ramor United, Cavan v St Canice, Dungiven, Derry; Quarter Final 3: Scotstown GAA v Donaghmore, Tyrone; Quarter Final 4: Clan na Gael, Armagh v winners of Preliminary Round. We wish the Minor team and management the very best.

Scotstown GAA Online Club Lotto – Jackpot €3,400!!

Thanks to everyone involved in our online lotto draw for a €3,300 jackpot on Wednesday 7th December. Please see our Social Media platforms for more details of the results.

In the November 30th draw, there was no Jackpot winner, Numbers drawn on the night were 30, 3, 20, 9. We had 5 Match 3 winners who wins their share of €100

They were Paula Beggan, Ellie Mc Phillips, Eugene Mc Kenna, Caoimhe Mohan and Áine McKenna. 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 €3,400. 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 is December 14th at 8:30pm.

Ciste Draw

Congratulations to John Lawler, Ballinode our €1,000 November Ciste Winner! Also congratulations to our 5 x €100 winners; Dermot McCague, Brian Bob Treanor, Fr. Sean Mulligan, Seamus McCrudden and Pauric Sheridan. Sellers prize Frank McKenna and Mickey McKenna, Tydavnet. 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; XL 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!

Club Shop

The Club Shop is next open this Friday 9th December from 7pm to 8pm and will be open also on the 16th and 23rd.

Social Club open

The Social Club is open this weekend on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights from 9pm. Bar Rota: Abbie McCarey and Cormac Sherry

Scotstown GAA Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of Scotstown GAA took place on Friday last, December 2nd 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 another hugely successful year for the juveniles culminating in an exceptional 11 trophy successes during 2022, including the U14 Girls Double Double, U18 Division 2 Championship, U17 Boys double double, the U13 Division 1 championship and the Under 15 Division 5 league cup shield. Cian thanked all those involved in facilitating this successful year.

Our Cultural Officer, Paddy Sherlock, reflected over another busy and successful year for the club in Cultural activities. the Scór na nog competitions in March, April and May, our Scor na Og quiz team won the county and Ulster championship and represented Monaghan in the All Ireland Finals. Our Scor na Og novelty act 2022 acornlife won the county championship. In September and October we had Scór Sinsir County and Ulster Competitions. Paddy Sherlock won the Scór recitation county final. The Novelty act crew finished a strong second and the rest of our representatives in singing, and solo singing finished strongly as well with superb performances. Well done to our Tráth Na gCeist 22 team, Colm and Martha Mc Kenna Shane Feeny and Damian Mohen, who finished 3rd, just narrowly after Latton and Monaghan Harps who finished level and had to go to a tiebreak. Well done to all our representatives this year. Paddy also thanked Pauline Rooney for her weekly Irish classes in the complex. 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 2022, mainly the adult teams. This was also a brilliant year for the adults with the ladies playing at Senior level for the first time in 20 years and won several key games to secure top flight football in 2023. The Senior Men won their 25th senior football league title and qualified for their 10th senior football championship final in a row but lost to Ballybay in the final. Sean thanked the management team who stepped down and welcomed in our new senior football manager David McCague and his management team. The Junior team had a successful year making great progress and qualifying for the quarter finals in the Junior league and the semi final in the Junior Championship. The senior reserves also had success clinching the O’Duffy cup and the Junior Reserves won the League Cup shield. Sean thanked everyone involved in the successful 2022 season. After 6 years as our secretary Sean is stepping down from his position. We thank Sean for all his hard and diligent work and for advancing the club forward through a successful period in the club’s history.

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 achieved 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. The Make a Ceili initiative is back this Winter and she urged club members to get involved. Many events happened over the year including; Operation Transformation 2022 Ireland Lights Up Walk at Kilmore; Information Session on Resilience by Miffy Hoad; Match Day Health Check at home league game against Truagh; and awarded the Covid Volunteer Award. Bernie thanked the club and those involved in assisting the health and wellbeing throughout the past year, including the communications of the community activities and 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 / 2022 financial year. Despite the pandemic, 2022 was a busy year for the club as the Kilmore development commenced and required a considerable level of funding for its completion, which is estimated in the new year. 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 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.

Next was our Chairman Shane Stirrat’s address. Shane gave his condolences to the McCague family on the sad passing of Seán. Shane praised all our club members, players and volunteers for their hard work during the past year. Shane thanked all the 2022 committees, and the stewards, ground staff, Ciste and lotto groups, Cairde and the fundraising 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 including Sean McGovern who he praised for this outstanding work for the past 6 years as Secretary. 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 initiative.

Next was the election of officers. The election of officers was not necessary, as none of the officer roles were contested on the night. The officers of Scotstown GAA for the coming year are: Chairperson: Shane Stirrat; Vice-Chairperson: Cyril McCrudden; Assistant Secretary; Pauline Keenan; Assistant Secretary non Football; Sean McGovern; Treasurer: Aine McKenna; Assistant Treasurer: Martin Connolly; Public Relations Officer: Padraig Columb; Youth Officer: Cian Mohan; 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; Players’ Representatives: To be chosen by the players; Groundsman: Frank McKenna.

A letter of thanks from the McCague family for gratitude and appreciation for all the members and volunteers from Scotstown GAA who helped out in the funeral arrangements for the late Seán McCague.

Our thanks to Sean McGovern

After 6 years as secretary of our club, Sean McGovern is stepping down. During that time the club has progressed impressively with both on-field successes, in adult and juvenile, and off-field with initiatives such as the new Kilmore development. Such progression brought significant demands to a secretary, but Sean managed his role in a highly professional, dignified and resourceful manner throughout this time, and was always available when need be. We wish Sean all the best in his bright future and in his new role with our club as assistant secretary non football.

Vote of Sympathy

The following votes of sympathy were passed at the AGM.

Brennan Family on the death of Patricia

McCague Family on the death of Seán

Stevely Family on the death of Peggy

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

Scotstown Ladies Shoe Box Appeal

A big thank you to our Senior Ladies who kindly donated and dedicated their time yesterday evening, and prepared 37 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 37 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 Murray Excel Ltd. for donated items for the boxes.

David McCague is appointed our new Seniors Manager

We are delighted to announce David McCague as the new Scotstown Senior team manager. David was part of the Monaghan Minors management that won the Ulster title in 2018 and later served as coach with the County seniors. A former player for Scotstown, David brings a wealth of experience for the management role. We are also delighted to announce and welcome former player and Scotstown and County legend Fergus Caulfield, and Peter Donnolly as part of the management team and we are delighted that Diarmuid Scullion remains on the management team. All the best to the new management team and our Senior Blues in the years ahead.

Our thanks to Kevin Boylan

Kevin Boylan has stepped down from our Seniors management team. Kevin was part of the management team under Colin McAree from 2022 to October last. During that time the Senior Football team regained the Monaghan Senior Club Football Championship in 2020 and in 2021 club to retain the Mick Duffy cup securing the 21st County Championship win for our club. Also in 2021 Scotstown won the league and championship cup double for the first time since 2015, when we won the Owen Ward cup. This year the team achieved an incredible 10th final in the row but lost to a strong Ballybay side but managed to win the Senior League and retain the Owen Ward trophy. We would like to thank Kevin for all his hard work, diligence and dedication to our club and for being a considerable part of the club’s success. We hope he can enjoy the senior team play in relatively more relaxed circumstances in the future!

Interested in coaching?

Anyone who would like to join our underage coaching/management teams for boys/girls in 2023 should contact Páraic Duffy. Potential administrators or coaches will be most welcome.

CE and TUS Schemes Vacancies at club

There are CE and TUS scheme job vacancies at the club. Please contact our secretary for further details on 086 843 9597.

Health and Wellbeing

With the clock gone back an hour and the dark evenings and winter setting in, this is the time of year for the “Make your Céili” community initiative which combats loneliness and rural isolation. This has been a successful initiative aimed at encouraging people to visit a neighbour who may be lonely or suffering from rural isolation. So please over the next few months call in on people who may be suffering from loneliness, and please keep in mind the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic and take the necessary precautions. 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, Make a Ceili, 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.

Scór agus Cultúr

Tá an Ciorcal sa Spórtlann gach Oíche Máirt ag a 8 a chlog! Fáilte roimh gach duine!

The Kilmore Development – Opening of building in New Year

Thanks to all our many supporters who have signed up so far for our Cairde na Botha fundraising initiative. The building works is near completion, and we expect to open in the New Year.

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