Club Notes 29/10/20

Former Faughs Maor Uisce Nudie Keenan Passes Away: Last week, the Faughs lost a good and faithful friend and fiercely committed Faughsman, Eugene Keenan  or Nudie as he was affectionately  known. He epitomised the spirit of the club and when, for many years, he took on the role of Water Boy or Maor Uisce no one did it better or faster. As soon as he saw a Blayney player down he was out like a shot and first man on the scene with the proverbial magic bottle. He could of course be a bit partisan in his committed support for the Faughs and didn’t take kindly to words of criticism from the opposing side or its supporters  and a look of disappointment  or more, on his face, was enough to get his message across. He loved his club, he loved the players and the players loved Nudie. He was always there, win or lose, to shake their hands as they came off the field.  Nudie greeted all involved in the club, players, official and supporters with his cheerful “Ha Pal”. He knew them all.  Nudie Keenan was special in so many ways, all of them positive and none of them limiting his ability to exude pride, joy, sorrow or affection. When Nudie suffered a stroke a number of years ago and he was no longer able to do his Maor Uisce duties, in spite of being confined to a wheel chair, he still ensured that he got his way and with the support of his sister Mary and his strong Faughsman brother Malachy, he made his way to matches to be part of the Faughs clan and he lost none of his pride in the club.  In 2009 the Castleblayney club honoured Nudie with a special award for services to the Faughs. It was well merited and he was proud of that. Added to that, he made a whole new circle of friends in Crannóg and at the day care centre in Íontas. He developed  great f friendships in Íontas.  For those who visited Íontas for any of its many services, Nudie had become  a well known and familiar figure. If you went over to talk to him, you were greeted with a memorable embrace of affection and that was indeed memorable.When news filtered through last week that Nudie had died there was a genuine outpouring of grief in the town and surrounding area and a real sense that the community had lost someone special. That, in some way, a lifeforce and energy had been switched off. Even in these difficult times, the community demonstrated their affection for Nudie. Masked and social-distanced, many, including arm-banded Faughs players and former players, officials and supporters accompanied his coffin, draped in the Green and Gold of the Faughs, as it made its way to St. Mary’s Church for requiem mass and interment.  Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam. 

Lotto: This weeks Lotto numbers were 3,13, 18 & 20. There was no winner of the jackpot. Next weeks jackpot is worth a superb €7500. Lucky dip this week went to Lorraine Carragher, Bree. As bingo is on hold due to Covid-19 restrictions, the lotto is our only source of funding at the moment. We urge everyone to play our lotto weekly and also thank everyone who is playing at the moment as we continue with the new development at the pitch. Play the lotto on lotto.castleblayneyfaughs.com

AGM: This years AGM is on 13th NovemberDue to current conditions the AGM will be an “incorporeal” event whereby all relevant reports will be published either on the day of the AGM or before the AGM. Members will then have an opportunity to ask questions based on the reports and the executive will respond within one week

Well Done: Well done to Muireann Mc Hugh on winning the London Junior Championship, Muireann played midfield on the winning team , hopefully it won’t be long until she is back in the Green & Gold of the Faughs, congratulations from everyone at home

If there are any notes/events you wish to be published as part of the Notes please contact Brendan Carr on 087 292 6456, or email pro.castleblayney.monaghan@gaa.ie

Drive-in Bingo

Faughs Drive in Bingo will go ahead this Saturday, jackpot €4300 on 46 calls, come early to get your parking spot. Please wear your mask when buying your book.

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Faughs Winter Training Programme

Faughs Winter Training Programme: commence Mon Oct
12th. If your child is interested in playing GAA you are very welcome
to attend ,you don’t have to have any previous experience to play or
get involved.

Click/Tap here to fill in the new player form and/or express interest in becoming a coach for any of our teams

Boys, girls, mams & dads who want to come along and
join in with us for some fun are very welcome, you can either turn up
on the night alternatively or if you want to ring to discuss please feel
free to contact Ray: 087 1383603 or Melissa: 087 7617216

Boys & Girls U6: Saturday 17th Oct 10am – 11am Our Lady’s Astro Turf
Under 7: Sat 17th Oct Our Lady’s Astro Turf
Girls U8: Mon 12th Oct 6pm -7pm Our Lady’s Astro Turf
Boys U9: Thurs 15th Oct 6pm -7pm Our Lady’s Astro Turf
Girls 10: Mon 12th Oct 6pm -7pm Our Lady’s Astro Turf
Boys U11: Thurs 15th Oct 7pm -8pm Our Lady’s Astro Turf
Girls U12 Mon 12th of Oct 7pm -8pm Our Lady’s Astro Turf
Cost: €2 per night to cover the cost of facilities.

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Club AGM Friday 30th October

Our AGM takes place on Friday 30th October, 8pm, Iontas Theatre. This is an important meeting and provides an opportunity for you the member to have your say and ask any questions you may have. Remember “Its My Club” and we all have a role to play in progressing our Club forward.
Nomination and Motion forms are available online at www.castleblayneyfaughs.com (Select Club -> Nominations Form – AGM from the menu) or via email: secretary.castleblayney.monaghan@gaa.ie, and must be returned by Friday 9th October.
We look forward to seeing you all there.

Club Notes 02/10/20

Lotto: This weeks Lotto numbers were 1, 17,21 & 26. There was no winner. Lucky dip this week went to Sean McCabe, Drumillard. Next weeks jackpot is worth €7100. Keep playing and supporting your club on lotto.castleblayneyfaughs.com 

Bingo: Bingo continues Saturday at 2.30pm at the pitch. Drive in or seated. This weeks jackpot is an impressive €4300. So come along and join the fun. Everybody welcome. Could be your lucky week. All the usual cash prizes. All funds raised towards the cost of our new development.

Senior Reserves O’Duffy Cup. It was an action packed O’Duffy Cup Senior Reserve clash between Blayney and Monaghan Harps at St Mary’s Park last Saturday afternoon. For Blayney this was one that got away. Leading by six points going into the last five minutes Blayney couldn’t contain the Harps who came thundering back to snatch a last-kick-of-the-game draw. Blayney will look back with some regret as they missed a number of goal chances, had a goal disallowed and then, in the final minutes, were reduced to fourteen men when Aidan McElroy was black carded. Added to that, they also lost a key defender Craig Callan to a straight red, though Monaghan also lost a player in the same altercation.  Though Blayney dominated play in the opening quarter they were just a point ahead at the first water break 0-3 to 0-2 with Blayney’s scores coming from Robbie Hanratty (2) and David McMahon. Going into the second quarter Monaghan upped their performance and equalised with three points to Blayney’s  two, with Blayney’s points coming from David McMahon and Ronan McNamara.  Then in the 23rd minute David McMahon hit the Harps net to send Blayney into the lead. Monaghan quickly responded in like fashion leaving the sides level with seven minutes from the interval. A purple patch by Blayney in these last minutes of the first half, saw them strike 1-2, a second gaol from David McMahon and points from Brandon Rice and Kevin Macken, to open up a five point lead at the break, Blayney 2-7 Monaghan 1-5.  As the game went into the third quarter, Monaghan came back strongly to score four points to Blayney’s one with Blayney’s points coming from the very impressive David McMahon narrowing the Faughs lead to two points. Then in the final quarter Blayney dominated play and sent over four points on the trot through David McMahon, Patrick Tavey and Aidan McElroy (2) giving Blayney a six point lead and they looked to be home and dry. But that lead was up-ended in the last five minute when Monaghan scores 1-3 without reply to leave the sides level at full time at 2-12 each. Blayney:  Padraig McBennett, Mark McMahon, Rory McGlynn, Senan O’Brien, Ethan McCann, Craig Callan, Brian Flanagan, Patrick Tavey (0-1), Gavin Kelly, David McMahon (2-4), Robbie Hanratty (0-2), Kian O’Connor, Ronan McNamara (0-1), Kevin Macken (0-1), Brandon Rice (0-1). Subs used: Conor Mulligan, Aidan McElroy (0-2), Jason Walshe. 

 Faughs C Game: The Faughs C team suffered defeat at the hands of Rockcorry in their home tie at St Mary’s Park Castleblayney last Sunday afternoon. It was a tough and competitive game right up to the end but goals made the difference and Rockcorry got them. Blayney were, for the most part, playing catch up in this encounter. By the first quarter they were trailing by one point  0-4 to 0-5. That same gap stood between the sides at the interval Blayney 0-8 Rockcorry 1-6 with Aidan McElroy scoring seven of those points and Conor Mulligan the other one. Nonetheless Blayney launched  a strong recovery in the opening minutes of the second half hitting three points in quick succession  through   Aidan McElroy, Ray McArdle and Colm Bishop, to open up a two points lead. Rockcorry quickly equalised and then hit their second goal and followed by a point to put them four in front. Undeterred Blayney came back strongly and responded with four points to put the sides on level pegging once more as the game went into added on time. Three of these points came from Blayney’s top scoring forward Aidan McElroy and the other score came from a beautifully struck 45 by goalkeeper Jason Walshe.  But it was in this added on time that Rockcorry broke loose again, sending over three unanswered points to run out winners on a score line of Rockcorry 2-12 Blayney 0-15. Blayney Team : Jason Walshe (0-1), Senan O’Brien, Mark Hughes, Chris Cronin, Celab McArdle, Colm Bishop, Mark McMahon, Ultan Brady, Rory McGlynn, Cillian Hanratty, Conor Mulligan (0-1), Odhran McArdle, Brandon Rice, Aidan McElroy (0-11), Liam McElroy. Sub used Ray McArdle (0-1).

Under 15 Semi Final: The Castleblayney Under 15 side made it to the championship final last Saturday when they defeated Carrick in this home venue semi final. The edges of the seats in St Mary’s Park stand were well and truly worn in this cliffhanger with just two points between the sides as both teams battled for a slot in the final. In the end it took a mighty save from Blayney keeper John Flanagan to deny Carrick a last minute victory. Carrick had opened well and had clocked up a four point lead at the water break, 1-4 to 0-3. They stretched this lead to six point before Blayney got the act together. But when this youthful Blayney side came back, it was in spectacular style. Three goals, one from a Max McGinnity penalty, was the way they did it to put the home side in front at half time with the score standing  Blayney  3-3 Carrick 1-7. Blayney continued their winning way in the second half hitting four points in a row to open up a six point lead.  But Carrick reduced that to two points as they struck for 1-1. Blayney added a point before the second half water break to leave them a goal ahead going into the last quarter. This last quarter saw them add three more points opening up a six point lead with just five minutes on the clock. But it was in this final period that Carrick mounted a mighty recovery and laid siege to the Blayney defence. In their all out onslaught Carrick scored 1-1 narrowing the gap to two points. But Blayney tenaciously hung on in there and that last minute save, ensured victory. It was a good all round performance by Blayney with eye catching displays from goalkeeper John Flanagan, Charlie McQuillan, Shay Casey and Max McGinnity. Blayney, under the management of Paul Carey, Kevin Macken and Barry Hanratty now play Scotstown in the final. Blayney team: John Flanagan, David Lambe, Tom Carey, Daniel Kerr, Cian Malone, Jake McDonald, Nathan McArdle, Charlie McQuillan, Canice Murphy, Cormac Conlon, Shay Casey, Bríon Sherry, Cian Cooke, Max McGinnity, Sean Bishop. Sub used: Dylan Mallie.

Fixtures: Sat 3rd U15 Div1 Final V Scotstown in Clontibret @ 11am. Sat 3rd Reserve Champioship O’Duffy Cup Home V Latton @ 5pm

Congrats: Congratulations to Bernard and Sinead Mc Donald on the birth of their twin girls.

If there are any notes/events you wish to be published as part of the Notes please contact Brendan Carr on 087 292 6456, or email pro.castleblayney.monaghan@gaa.ie