Club Notes 26/11/20

Book Launch: The eagerly awaited book launch is getting ever closer. A Club and Its Community 1888 – 2020 written by Joe Hanratty will be launched on Friday 4th December at 7.30pm in the stand at St. Mary’s Park Castleblayney.

Lotto: There was no winner of this weeks Lotto jackpot. The numbers drawn were 6, 18, 19& 21 . Lucky dip winner was Emer Duffy, Ashview Court. Next weeks Lotto is worth €7900. Remember as the lotto is now our only source of income during Covid and with the Faughs undertaking the new huge development of St Mary’s Park, we urge everyone to keep playing the lotto online and supporting our club on lotto.castleblayneyfaughs.com.

Winter Training: Our winter training program is now in full flight and continues this week with all new players still welcome to join. See your relevant team app for exact times.

Pitch: Reminder that the Faughs main pitch is now closed until further notice.

Volunteers wanted: The club are continuing with the remedial work to improve our facilities during off season. If you can give a small bit of your time to help in any way, please contact Ray on 087 138 3603 or Philip on 087 920 1381. Every little helps

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

Club Notes 19/11/20

Faughs History Book Launch: Faughs supporters and many people in the local community have been eagerly awaiting the launch  of Joe Hanratty’s new book on the GAA in Castleblayney from its earliest days right up to 2020. Joe has been researching this book for the past number of years. The book entitles A Club and Its Community 1888 – 2020 will be launched on Friday 4th December at 7.30pm in the stand at St. Mary’s Park Castleblayney. Not only does this new book cover the history of the Faughs club it also covers the history of Castleblayney from the founding of the monastery at Mullandoy in the 7th century through the period of the  12 Lords Blayney, the Hopes and right up to the present. Joe Hanratty wrote the first history of the club which was published in 1984. Since then a lot of new research and a number of new books on various aspects of life in Castleblayney have been published since then and  these have all been drawn on in compiling this new and more comprehensive edition. The over 400 page book contains over 200 photographs.The book will sell at €25 per copy. All profits from the sale of this book will go to the Castleblayney Faughs club.  The MC for the launch will be well known Faughs club official Brian Sherry and the launch will be performed by Dr. John Duffy, a well known Faughs player from the 1960ds and 70s and the proud winner of a number of senior championship medals with his native club. The club of course will be adhering to the Government’s Covid 19  guidelines .

Lotto: There was no winner of this weeks Lotto jackpot. The numbers drawn were 11, 14, 21 & 29 . Lucky dip winner was Geraldine Carragher , New St, Castleblayney. Next weeks Lotto is worth €7800. Remember as the lotto is now our only source of income during Covid and with the Faughs undertaking the new huge development of St Mary’s Park, we urge everyone to keep playing the lotto online and supporting our club on lotto.castleblayneyfaughs.com.

Winter Training: Our winter training program recommenced last week for our juveniles and was great to see a brilliant turnout through all grades. Continues this week and all new players welcome. See your relevant team app for exact times.

AGM: Our AGM took place last Friday the 13th via zoom due to the Covid restrictions. A great number tuned in to a very productive evening. Emphasis this year was on the new development, fundraising and the continuation of the great work been done at juvenile right through the club with special mention to the fact that all juvenile teams this year qualified for at least their respective semi finals. Special tribute was paid to Brian Sherry who stepped down as juvenile development officer after 12 years in the role. Brian was a pivotal figure in the growth and success of the Faughs juveniles over the last number of years, driving everyone to do better and bringing many new faces on board. You will be missed Brian but no doubt you will still be in the wings helping out. The senior executive were then elected with one new addition joining with Aoife McCooey been elected as joint PRO. Welcome on board Aoife.

Pitch: Reminder that the Faughs main pitch is now closed until further notice.

Volunteers wanted: The club are continuing with the remedial work to improve our facilities during off season. If you can give a small bit of your time to help in any way, please contact Ray on 087 138 3603 or Philip on 087 920 1381. Every little helps

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

Club Notes 12/11/20

Joe Hanratty book launch: Excitement is building for the upcoming and eagerly anticipated book of Joe Hanratty entitled”A club and its Community” detailing the history of the Faughs and community from 1888-2020. Book launch is pencilled in for Friday 4th of December at 7.30pm and is surely a must for all. Well done Joe.

Lotto: There was no winner of this weeks Lotto jackpot. The numbers drawn were 2, 13, 18 & 30. Lucky dip winner was Geraldine Cumiskey, The Crescent. Next weeks Lotto is worth €7700. Remember as the lotto is now our only source of income during Covid and with the Faughs undertaking the new huge development of St Mary’s Park, we urge everyone to keep playing the lotto online and supporting our club on lotto.castleblayneyfaughs.com.

Winter Training: After a consultation between the clubs coaches and agreed by the executive, the club feel we can resume our winter training schedule in a safe manner and that it is just as important for the children to get out and exercise and have a bit of fun. See your team app for exact times and dates for resumption.

AGM: Our AGM day is this Friday 13th. Due to the pandemic this is a non-physical event. We have sent out our annual AGM reports and anyone who wishes to ask any questions, please submit your query by contacting Philip on 0879201381

Pitch: Reminder that the Faughs main pitch is now closed until further notice.

Volunteers wanted: The club began its remedial work last week to help improve the facilities at St Mary’s Park. Firstly a massive thanks to those who have already volunteered their time to help out but you know what they say “many hands make light work”, so we are looking for as many volunteers as possible to share the the load (skilled and not so skilled) to help with activities such as tiling, painting, roof repair, plaster work erecting fencing, power-hosing etc. If you can give a small bit of your time to help improve our facilities please Contact Ray on 087 138 3603 or Philip on 087 920 1381

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

Club Notes 05/10/20

Mural: This week saw the unveiling of a new mural on York Street of the legend that is Eugene “Nudie” Hughes. Truly deserved and a big well done to the Castleblayney regeneration team and the artist Ciarán Dunleavy for fantastic job done. A special visitor to York Street today to see his finished mural. An amazing art piece to recognise the achievements of the legend that is Eugene “Nudie” Hughes. A truly well deserved recognition for all his achievements with the Faughs and Monaghan over the years. A big well done to Castleblayney regeneration and the artist Ciaran Dunlevy for a fantastic piece of work. Unfortunately due to Covid their couldn’t be an official unveiling but the mural is there for all to see at any time. Congrats

Lotto: There was no winner of this weeks Lotto jackpot. The numbers drawn were 4, 8, 12, & 27. Lucky dip winner was Arlene Leonard, Castleblayney. Next weeks Lotto is worth €7600. Remember as the lotto is still our only source of income during Covid and with the Faughs undertaking the new huge development of St Mary’s Park, we urge everyone to keep playing and supporting our club on lotto.castleblayneyfaughs.com.

AGM: Our AGM day is Friday 13th. Due to the pandemic this is a non-physical event. We will be sending out AGM reports shortly and there will be an opportunity to ask any questions or submit queries which the executive will respond to in due course. Close of nominations for positions and motions will be Friday November 6th. Forms are available on the website or by contacting the secretary, Philip on 087 920 1381

Pitch: After the short season the Faughs pitch is now closed for its winter break.

Volunteers wanted: The club is looking to undertake a variety of tasks to improve the facilities at St Mary’s Park. We are looking for volunteers (skilled and not so skilled) to help with activities such as tiling, painting, roof repair, plaster work erecting fencing, power-hosing etc. We are keen to get as many people as possible to volunteer so as we can spread the work load. If you can give a small bit of your time to help improve our facilities please Contact Ray on 087 138 3603 or Philip on 087 920 1381

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

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