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Club Notes – 21 December 2017

Gold Rush Run/Walk
Our second annual Charity “Gold Rush” – a 3 or 5 mile fun run/walk will be held on Wednesday 27th December at 2pm. All donations on the day will be divided between two charities with local involvement:

1. Monaghan Branch Downs Syndrome
Their services provide 1 on 1 speech therapy, OT, and music therapy every week. This service currently has two teachers, is invaluable to the families of Down Syndrome children, with early intervention being the key to the development of these special children.

2. Mater Foundation, St Vincents Ward, Family Room.
A young O’Neills Shamrock’s player was this year a patient in the Mater Oncology Unit. Her parents would be delighted to donate proceeds from the run, to the family room for the comfort of patients and families at such a difficult time in their lives.

All support is welcome from the local area and outside it

End of Year Presentations
On Wednesday 27th the Juvenile presentation evening will be held in the Community Centre at 5pm to recognise achievement at underage level during 2017 while on Friday 29th December the Senior presentations will include the Player of the Year awards and an acknowledgement for Aidan Deighan’s term as Club Chairman over the past three years.

Field Development
More good news on funding last week with the news that Leader will provide up to 75% of funding for a walking track around the new field. All very positive and well done to those involved in securing it. This means development work can begin in the New Year but it also means that our own funding initiative is more critical than ever as the shortfall for both field and track must be made up locally. Anyone who hasn’t yet contributed to the Clontibret Our Future initiative is earnestly asked to do so now.

Monaghan Volunteer Recognition Awards
The first Monaghan GAA Volunteer Recognition Awards were held in the Hillgrove last Wednesday, with Frank McManus nominated as Clontibret’s first recipient of this award. When there’s something to be written about somebody, Frank is always the man for the job, so it’s time for a little role reversal!

There were no arguments with Frank’s nomination, with his long list of achievements both on and off the field, in management and administration, speaking for itself. Frank’s life-long dedication to the GAA began with his native Doohamlet, while O’Neill Shamrocks ladies and Beech Hill ladies football teams also benefitted from his expertise and service. Indeed Frank was one of founder members of O’Neill Shamrocks, which is thriving today.
His real love however, is undoubtedly for Clontibret, and it is fitting that his work and dedication to the club are now being recognised. Frank is now in his 23rd year as Secretary, and despite a number of threats to quit, he is still going strong and has the job down to a fine art. Prior to that, he served as Treasurer for five years, and also managed teams from u8 to u13, which included an u10 Community Games Ulster title when Conor was playing in that age group. He also served as selector for the senior team under the management of Declan Brennan in 2010.

Frank is never far away from any hub of activity that is going on in the club, and will put his hand to any task big or small. That includes being on the sideline for every match doing whatever is needed, helping out when hosting matches at O’Neill Park, fundraising, and generally organising and keeping on top of all that is happening in the club. He has also been to the fore in the purchase and development of our new pitch and facilities. Frank is always on hand to lend advice and expertise to anyone who might need it. It is no understatement to say that Frank’s life revolves around football and our club, and he takes great pride in all the club’s achievements, both on and off the field. It is definitely a labour of love for him, and this award is a token of appreciation and acknowledgement for all he does and has done for our club. Congratulations Frank.

Happy Christmas
A very happy Christmas to all our players, managers, supporters, sponsors and those who organised and contributed to fundraising in any way throughout the year. Here’s to 2018!

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