AGM – Last Friday night saw the club hold their AGM in Castleblayney Enterprise Centre, Melissa Conlon Club Secretary gave a very comprehensive report which outlined all the success the Club had throughout the year, with the redevelopment of the Club both on & off the Field taking some significant steps in 2014. Sean Mc Donald, Club Treasurer outlined the Club financial position and urged renewed effort from everyone to help, support and attend the Club Fundraisers in 2015. Sean pointed out that while St Mary’s Park Redevelopment was a large Capital investment that the Club would benefit from it in the long term. The Youth report was given by Brian Sherry who explained to the large attendance that progress would be slow but that the dedication of the whole club to Juvenile Coaching and development would ultimately lead to a very successful men and ladies football club in the long term. Club Senior Chairperson, Stephen Dignam, reflected on the year gone by and thanks everyone within the Club for the huge amount of work that has gone on during the last twelve months, he outlined that while to an outsider the Club appears very successful he outlined some of the under lying issue that would need to addresses under the new Club Development Plan which he hoped would get underway by the start of spring. In wrapping up, Stephen thanks everyone for their commitment through the year and thanked the large attendance of members for attending another successful AGM.
Hall of Fame Award – Last Saturday night saw one of the Faughs and indeed Monaghan’s finest been inducted into the Monaghan GAA Hall of Fame. Tony Carville was honored for his dedication to Gaelic football at club and county. Tony played with fantastic skill, talent and always played with the highest level of sportsmanship, all these attributes made him one of Monaghan’s outstanding players of the 1960s and a true gentleman of the game. Tony held the position of full back for both the County Team and the Faughs for over a decade, it was great to see so many of the Carville and Mc Hugh families present on the night to see Tony win one of the most prestigious awards in Monaghan sport. Well done Tony.
Juvenile Presentation – The Juvenile presentation will take place in The Glencarn Hotel on Saturday 7th of February at 7.30pm until 9pm , this event is open to everyone in which we will see medals been presented from Under 12 ‘s up to Minor level. We will have a special guest on the night to present the medals. Can we ask all the players and parents to spread the word; we would like to have everyone present on the night.
Juvenile Training – It’s all systems go for all the club coaches as they set about the eagerly awaited Juvenile season. There have been a number of meetings over the last few weeks, with coaching teams confirmed for nearly all teams. Training will start on Monday 2nd of February for our Girls teams with all other team make a return to training the same week at the usual times. Confirmation of all training times etc., will be posted on the Website, Facebook and twitter over the next few weeks.
Guest Tea – Can we ask all Club members to keep Sunday 22nd of February in the Diaries, the Juvenile Girls teams are holding a Guest Tea in Iontas from 4pm to 6pm. Grainne Miller and her team are currently hard at work pulling together the details of the evening, this will be a real social event and great way to catch up with both friends and family. We will confirm where you can buy your tables over the next few days.
Coaching Programme – The Monaghan Coaching and Game Development team have pulled together an excellent programme of training courses for the month of March. These workshops are FREE OF CHARGE and can be a great resource for coaches in terms of their continued development as a GAA coach. The topics covered are “ Coaching attacking play” which takes place in Tyholland on Monday 2nd of March at 7.30pm, “Performance Analysis” in Cloghan on Wednesday 11th of March at 7.30pm, “Goal Keeping Workshop” on Monday the 16th of Match at 7.30pm in Cloghan and “Coaching defensive play” in Drumhowan at 7.30pm. Finally the annual O’Neill’s Ulster GAA Coaching & Games Development Conference is scheduled to take place on Saturday 21st February 2015 at the Glenavon House Hotel. The theme of this year’s conference will be ‘Skill Acquisition – Improving Performance’ and will focus on the key skills of kicking and striking. Can you please confirm your attendance for these courses with Brian Sherry on 086 – 2334287 before the end of January?
Upcoming Games for St.Mary’s Park – This Sunday we will welcome the ladies from Loughgiel of Antrim and the famous Oulart the Ballagh from Wexford to St.Marys Park as they get set to play in the AIB All-Ireland Senior Camogie Club Championship Semi-Final at 2.30pm. The following week will see Monaghan Senior Team take on Cork in the Allianz Division 1 round 2 game with throw in at 2pm, while on Sunday 22nd of February the Monaghan Senior Hurlers will play Roscommon in round 2 of the Allianz Hurling League Roinn 3A again at 2pm. As you can all imagine the main field will be closed at least until the end of February to insure that we have the best playing surface available for all team to play on.
Best of Luck – This week will see the Hurling Club hold their variety concert in Iontas on Friday night, we would like to wish all the young and not so young Boys and Girls the best of luck on the night, hopefully everything goes to plan