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Blackhill Emeralds Club Notes 09.11.2023

November 9th, 2023

Ulster Junior Football Championship Quarter-Final: Paul Kerr Cup

Blackhill Emeralds 5-11 St.Mary’s Rasharkin (Antrim) 1-07 Sunday November 5th, St. Tiarnach’s Park, Clones.

Team: 1 Michael Shevlin, 2 Tomás Courtney, 3 Dónal Courtney, 4 Killian Carragher, 5 James Daly (0-1), 6 Ryan Courtney © 7 Senan O’Brien, 8 Ciarán Courtney © 9 Aaron Kenny, 10 Tommy Geehan (1-1), 11 Darren McElroy (1-4), 12 Hugh Byrne (1-1), 13 Anthony Courtney, 14 Phillip Donnelly (2-4), 15 Conor Martin. Subs used: Jason Finnegan, Michael Geehan, Matthew McArdle, Niall Donnelly (0-1) & Kevin Flanagan. Panel: Brandon McCague, Gerard McArdle, Dan Cannon, Shane Farrell, Peter Daly, Darren Friary, Dean Martin, Eimhín Farrell & Martin Maguire.

There’s something special about seeing your team run out of the tunnel in Clones and last Sunday we were delighted to play on the hallowed turf of St.Tiarnach’s, put in a good performance and earn a win. In the game Rasharkin who won the double in Antrim started quickly going 1-1 to 0-1 up inside the first 10 minutes. Full forward Eamonn McNeill hit the net in the 4th minute and at that stage Colm Shalvey’s statistics on the back page of last week’s standard were to say the least concerning, Eamonn would finish with 1-6 scoring all bar one free of his team’s total. Blackhill’s response however was emphatic, a penalty awarded for a foot block was dispatched by Darren McElroy in the 11th minute, this was quickly followed by a brace inside a minute from Phillip Donnelly midway through the half, the first of which was a great team goal with the ball moved the length of the pitch at pace. Points from D McElroy, P Donnelly and Tommy Geehan saw us in at the break with a 10 point lead. Raskaskin battled hard and the Blackhill defence did very well to hold them at bay with Donagh Quigg industrious for the visitors. Two goals from Tommy Geehan and Hugh Byrne inside the first 10 minutes of the second half settled the contest with both teams running their benches in the final 20 minutes. Blackhill added further points in the final quarter from Hugh Byrne, James Daly and Niall Donnelly to earn a semi-final place versus Fintona Pearses (Tyrone) next weekend.

Our sincere thanks to Clones GAA & Coiste-Chontae-Mhuineachain.

     Football Fixture:

Ulster Junior Football Championship Semi-Final: Paul Kerr Cup

Blackhill Emeralds v Fintona Pearses

This game will be played on the weekend of November 18th/19th Time & Venue T.B.C.

This game is all ticket. Tickets will be available from McMahon’s SuperValu in Castleblayney from this weekend and online from


Blackhill Emeralds A.G.M. will take place on Monday December 4th at 8pm in the club social centre. Nomination and motion forms may be collected and returned from the social centre or by email via club secretary Matthew Callan.

Best Wishes:

Best of luck to the Scotstown Senior team & management who play Kilcoo in Páirc Esler, Newry at 3.15pm on Sunday in their Ulster Senior football quarter-final. Good luck also to Killanny who play Liatroim at 1pm in the Intermediate competition.


Blackhill Emeralds GAA Club extend our sincere sympathy to the Smyth family Beech Drive, Drumillard, following the recent death of Eamon Smyth R.I.P. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a-nAnamachta dhílis.

Social Centre:

Our social centre is open from 8pm nightly.

For social centre members bookings contact Hugh Cullen on 086254120

Young at Heart:

Monday November 13th, Music by Damien Davis from 9.30pm, supper served and everyone welcome.


Bingo every Thursday night 8pm

The jackpot is €2000 this week on 45 calls.

Congratulations to Theresa Garraghan on winning the jackpot last Thursday.

Emeralds Lotto:

1st Niall Donnelly

2nd Maura McShane

3rd Mary Little

Jivin’ Gym:

The ever popular Jivin Gym is running a four week course on Tuesdays in the social centre.

7pm-8pm beginners

8.15pm-9.15pm Jivercise

See our social media for full details, all welcome.

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