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An Bhoth GAA Club Notes 19.12.2023

December 19th, 2023

Nollaig Shona agus Athbhliain faoi Mhaise Daoibh!

We wish all our members, players, volunteers, patrons and our community a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year. Well done to everyone involved in our activities and events during 2023, which was another successful year in both adult and juvenile levels, and also off-field in our community. Thanks to everyone involved to help others in need in our parish and to raise our spirits during these times post Covid-19 Pandemic. Thanks everyone for all your support and work throughout the year and here’s to a successful 2024.

Scotstown GAA New Kilmore Building Open Day

On Saturday last 16th December there was an open day in the new Kilmore building where the local community could view the new state of the art gym, and meeting rooms, dressing rooms and other facilities. Many thanks to the huge attendance of people to preview the facilities on offer.

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.

In 2020, we conducted a 39 question survey to assess the needs of the local community of Tydavnet Parish as part of the development of a shared vision for the future of our parish called Vision 2025. This involved inviting local people’s input into its development and to identify the needs of the parish. The purpose of the household survey was to gather views and feedback to assist Scotstown GAA in their aims of the continuous improvement of the club and parish.

As face-to-face public consultations were not possible during 2020 as a result of the Covid 19 pandemic, the household survey was used as a platform to identify needs, strengths, weaknesses, and areas that could signpost themes for further evaluation and consultation. Part of this survey focused on the Kilmore training grounds. Respondents were invited to participate on the online Survey Monkey facility through social media platforms during October and November 2020. 278 people participated in the household survey.

This included the development of a 4G playing pitch & running track; Improvements and upgrades to existing dressing room and toilet facilities; A second floor extension with the introduction of several useful services including; Gym, Studio, Kitchen, Club Shop, meeting rooms, training rooms etc.; easier parking facilities etc.

The new community hub encompasses most of the suggestions including the gym, meeting rooms and kitchen etc. We are delighted to announce that the new facilities will open in the New Year with the Gym opening on January 2nd. We would like to thank our development committee and all our volunteers for their hard work in achieving this development and to the Cairde NaBotha sponsors, LEADER funding and all the everyone else involved in its support. Scotstown GAA Online Club Lotto – Jackpot €13,900!!

Thanks to everyone involved in our online lotto draw for a €13,700 jackpot on Wednesday 19th December. Please see our Social Media platforms for more details of the results.

In the December 13th draw there was no Jackpot winner. Numbers drawn on the night were 1, 5, 6, 11. There was NO Match 3 Winners. We had 5 Lucky Dip winners, Sinead McKenna, Cormac Sherry, Kevin McKenna, Cathy and Enda Bennett, and Gary McKenna who win €20 each. 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 €13,900. If no jackpot winner €200 is rolled over to the following week. Also if there is no jackpot winner there will be lucky dips. Next draw is Wednesday December 27th at 8:30pm.

Ciste Draw

The December Ciste draw will take place on Saturday Night, January 6th at 10:00pm, in the Social Club. 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!

Scotstown GAA Social Club Little Christmas Get-together.

Just to say “Thank You” to all our Patrons, Volunteers, Coaches and Helpers – we are having a little bit of a get together in the social club on Thursday 28th December at 9pm and would love for you all to join us! Just a few drinks, a few nibbles and a bit of craic to say “Thanks for a job well done”!

Cairde na Botha – 4th Cash Draw on 28th December and 3rd 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 3rd year subscription is now due. New members are more than welcome to sign up to Cairde. Thanks!

Also to be entered in our 4th Cash prize draw it is essential you are a paid up member. The 4th Cash prize draw is on 28th December. 10 x €250 worth of cash prizes to be won!!

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.

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

Be part of it! Thank you!

The Kilmore building will be open shortly and we are currently hiring a Personal Trainer / Facility Manager and also Yoga, Pilates, Dance, Music, Drama Teachers.

Monaghan GAA Annual Awards 2023

Scotstown GAA achieved 5 Monaghan GAA Annual Awards for 2023 at Thursday’s County Convention and well done to everyone involved! Congratulations to Conor McCarthy for winning the Club Monaghan Senior Footballer Award 2023, to Rory Beggan for winning the Senior Footballer Award 2023, and to Tom Moyna and Gerard McGuirk for entering the Hall of Fame. To round it all off, Scotstown GAA were named Club of the Year! So well done to all our members, players, coaches and volunteers for achieving club of the year 2023! The award ceremony will be in January.

2023 Bank of Ireland Dr. McKenna Cup

The first competitive intercounty football for 2023 will take place in early January. Monaghan have been drawn in Section C of the 2023 Dr. McKenna Cup with Antrim and Fermanagh. Monaghan are playing at home against Antrim on January 3rd at 7:30pm in Castleblayney. On Wednesday 10th January Monaghan are playing Fermanagh away in Enniskillen at 7:30pm. Please note that there are no matchday sales at the venue, all tickets must be pre-purchased

online. We wish our Blues players on the panel and the rest of the team and management the very best.

Club Shop

The Club Shop is next open this Friday December 22nd from 7pm to 8pm and will be open every Friday in December.

Social Club opening hours and rota

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

Scotstown Ladies Shoe Box Appeal

A big thank you to our Senior Ladies who kindly donated and dedicated their time last week, and prepared 40 Christmas shoe boxes, in the Shoe Box Appeal for Christmas, Help Our Homeless. 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 40 boxes wrapped & some extra bits were donated. What a wonderful and kind initiative the Scotstown Ladies have done for those in need. The shoeboxes will be delivered to the homeless before Christmas. Thanks again to our Ladies team and to everyone who donated items for the boxes.

Kilmore Facility Pictures

Pictures needed for the new Kilmore facility – we are looking for some interesting pictures to use on the internal walls of the new Kilmore facility. If you have any good action pics saved on your phone or even pics that are old or in the complex that you would like to see used in Kilmore please send on via Direct Message’s on Facebook or twitter or in the comments. We plan to replace images periodically to keep it fresh and interesting.

Interested in Volunteering?

Anyone interested in helping out in one of our many new committees, we are looking for volunteers. Please contact Cyril at 087 9628521.

Health and Wellbeing

Scotstown GAA continues this year with its Healthy Club project which aims to help GAA clubs explore how they support the holistic health of their members and the communities they serve.

As we enter the winter months we are renewing the Make a Ceili initiative which was launched recently.

Card Playing night

Well done to everyone involved on another successful card night on Friday night last in the Scotstown GAA Social Club. We will be having further Card nights in the future and are inviting everyone to come along and play Cards especially young people who want to learn the game of 45. There will be card players there on the night to guide and help, fun night ahead don’t let our traditional card games become a thing of the past. This is part of our Silver Healthy Club.

Wedding Wellwishes

We wish Shane Carey and his fiancée Eimear all the best in their wedding over the festive period and congratulations. We wish you all the best in your future.

Thanks to Roslea Shamrocks

Big thank you to our neighbours Roslea Shamrocks for the use of their superb facilities over the past few months by our senior team and we wish Roslea Shamrocks all the best in 2024.

Playing pitches closed for the Winter

Please note that all the pitches at Kilmore and Pairc Mhuire are closed for the Winter.

Gaelic 4 Mothers & Others

Gaelic For Mothers & others outdoor training has ended for the year and training will be indoors from now on. All welcome to come along. As there is no competition for the group there is no pressure to attend every week. You can join in at any stage and come when it suits you. You need to be over 25 and living in the parish. Why not come all and give it a go!!

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