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Camogie Notes – 12 April 2018

Club registration took place recently and there was a very good attendance. The parents were addressed by Paula Greenan (Joint Child Safeguarding Officer) who reminded parents, managers and players of the importance of respect; the importance of being observant and mindful of others; of Garda vetting procedures and Child Safeguarding training.

Unfortunately, due to the appalling weather conditions recently the playing pitches are closed until the end of this week. This meant postponement of all our first-round camogie fixtures – Senior, U-16 and U-14. The Armagh Board will re-fix these and notify us.

Here’s hoping the weather does improve dramatically as Croke Park have schedule the Go for Glory Minor match between Wicklow and Donegal, for Clontibret, this Sunday at 2.00pm. This will be a match well worth seeing. It would be a nice gesture perhaps to provide tea and sandwiches for both teams after the match, so if anyone was available to help they can contact the PRO!

An important development meeting will take place in the Glencarn Hotel on Thursday evening at 7.00, facilitated by Paul O Donovan (Croke Park) and Niall Jackman (Ulster) to further explore development initiatives for camogie in the county from underage to senior. Last months meeting was very productive – thank you to the strong cohort of Clontibret representatives who attended – and hopefully we will get the same people and others to attend on Thursday.

One of the initiatives discussed at the last meeting was a Foundation Level coaching course for parents and senior (over-18) players, which would enable them coach the U-10s or U-8s – the most important members of our club. This Course would also incorporate a Child Safeguarding course on the Friday night. Traditionally these courses cost in the region of €40 pp and clubs subsidise their attendees. However, Ulster Executive, as a goodwill gesture to Monaghan, are going to fund the course entirely! It is hoped to hold it towards the end of April /beginning of May and I would urge as many as possible to avail of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Anyone interested can contact our Cathaoirleach, Mary.

The Camogie Association’s National Congress took place last weekend in Kilkenny and for us Clontibret folk, the highlight was the elevation of Kathleen Woods, Derrynoose Club, to the position of President. What an honour for her club, county and province! We wish Kathleen well in her 3-year term of office.

For anyone who may not be aware, beautiful, little Baby Megan Magennis arrived into the world on Tuesday morning last. Congratulations Denise and Shane.

And if I may be so bold as to give a ‘personal plug’ for a very worthwhile event coming up shortly: Seamus McMahon once again is hosting what promises to be another terrific, Gala Concert and CD launch on Monday April 23 in the Four Seasons Hotel at 8.30. Among the performers will be Marty Mone, Mick Flavin, The Forever Young Band, Brendan McCaughey, Patsy O Hagan, Seamus McElwaine and Donal McCague etc etc. Seamus’ last concert, in 2015, raised over €22,000 all of which went towards purchasing a gene sequencing machine for Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda – a vital piece of equipment for the early detection of cancers or genetic disposition to certain cancers. This time round Crocus and The Cancer Bus are the main beneficiaries. So, there is no doubting the worthiness of the cause. Tickets are €15 each and are available from ‘family members’(!) or Braeside Stores.

Finally, deepest sympathy is extended to Eilish, Damien, Conor and the extended Evans family, on the death of Patsy last week. One of life’s true gentlemen – may he rest in peace.

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