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Club Notes – 15 February 2018

Registration and Membership
Registration /membership fees must be paid in the coming weeks. This is particularly crucial for playing members from all age groups from Under 8 to Senior in both football and hurling. A decision has been made that if a player has not paid his registration fee, he cannot play or train, and with training sessions now starting in both football and hurling and players are reminded they are not covered by the Players Injury Scheme unless paid up for 2018. The new registration fees are as follows: Adult membership €75 each. (€50 for students/unwaged, but remember that full contributors to the Clontibret Our Future Fund receive automatic membership). Juveniles: €50 each, but where parents are contributors to Clontibret Our Future its €25 per child. All prospective and existing club members must now fill in a membership form as authorised by Croke Park and these will be distributes and collected in the coming weeks. A Juvenile Registration evening will be held next week but meanwhile all adult players in both Football and Hurling must sign up before taking part in any training. Membership forms and fees will be accepted by Club registrar Margaret Walsh (mgtwalsh1@gmail.com) Mob. 0868827647 or any member of the Club Executive

Changing League and Age Group Structures
Many of the leagues will be different this year as a result of changes adopted at County level. As already mentioned the senior league will now have two components, nine games (A games )with county players for five points each and nine games (B games) without county players for two points each. The first five senior league games in March and April will be ‘A games’, with the first one on March 10th, while the Senior B section will start on May 13th with nine games up to the end of July. There will then be four more Senior A games to be played in August and September, with the championship pencilled in for the week end of August19th when we meet Latton. In addition the Reserve league will start on the week end of March 3rd/4th. As a result of these changes our club has decided not to affiliate a second reserve team but instead to go with both Under 18 and Under 21 teams. The U18 competition is scheduled to begin in mid-March, with the U21’s at the end of June. At Juvenile level there is a complete restructuring of grades with teams now running at U11, U13, U15 and U17. All is changed but at the end of the day it will make little difference on the field of play once the ball is thrown in.

Juvenile Registration Evening
A juvenile registration evening will be held in the clubrooms on Thursday, 22nd February from 7.30pm-8.30pm. All juveniles up to u18 are required to attend to pay their registration for the year, which is essential to be able to participate in training and matches. Clontibret Our Future registration will also be available on the evening for anybody who would like to join to help towards the progress of our new playing field.

Scor
The club want to wish our young quiz team, comprising of Allanna Fitzpatrick, Conor Sherlock, Allanna McCarron Walsh and Charlie Moen, and their mentor, Aidan Deighan, the best of luck on Saturday as they represent our club and county in the All Ireland Scor Tráth na gCeist in Sligo. Well done on your achievement to date and we eagerly await the results of the final. Unfortunately Ryan Greenan who has been part of the team to date is unable to participate due to a prior engagement but he will be with you in spirit!

Remembering Past Members
Don’t forget Mass for the deceased members of the club is on Saturday night 17th February in St Mary’s Church Clontibret at 7.30pm. Players and members of all ages are encouraged to attend in club colours to remember our former players and members who have passed on.

Juvenile Hurling
To the disappointment of all, bad weather caused the cancellation of our U10’s second blitz in DKIT last Sunday. Please watch Facebook and see Aidan’s text for rescheduling information.
Juvenile training (U7 and U9s) resumes from Fri 2nd March, 7-8pm in the Community Centre.
(U11 and U13 training details to follow). Equipment supplied. New players welcome!

Club Notes – 8 February 2018

Registration and Membership
Registration /membership fees must be paid in the coming weeks. This is particularly crucial for playing members from all age groups from Under 8 to Senior in both football and hurling. A decision has been made that if a player has not paid his registration fee, he cannot play or train, and with training sessions now starting in both football and hurling, players are reminded they are not covered by the Players Injury Scheme unless paid up for 2018. The new registration fees are as follows: Adult membership €75 each. (€50 for students/unwaged, but remember that full contributors to the Clontibret Our Future Fund receive automatic membership). Juveniles: €50 each, but where parents are contributors to Clontibret Our Future its €25 per child. All prospective and existing club members must now fill in a membership form as authorised by Croke Park and these will be distributes and collected in the coming weeks. A Juvenile Registration evening will be held in a few weeks’ time but meanwhile all adult players in both Football and Hurling must sign up before taking part in any training. Membership forms and fees will be accepted by Club registrar Margaret Walsh (m.walsh@epa.ie) or any member of the Club Executive

Clontibret Our Future
Anyone who hasn’t yet made their 2018 contribution to our Clontibret Our Future Development Fund should do so immediately as funding is urgently needed as we gear up to start development work on McCully’s Field. While some funding has been received from the Sports Capital Programme it will only go so far and must be matched by our own contribution. It’s for our future, so let’s get on with it and do it right now.

Allianz Football League
Good to see three Clontibret men on the field in Newbridge on Sunday last as Monaghan claimed their first league points at the expense of Kildare. Conor Boyle who has starred at full back since the season began was joined on the pitch during the second half by both Dessie Mone and Conor McManus, with all three making a significant contribution to Monaghan’s one point win. Next Sunday it’s Kerry in Inniskeen at 2pm.

Remembering Past Members
Don’t forget Mass for the deceased members of the club is on Saturday night 17th February. As many club and family members as possible, are asked to attend.

Club Notes – 1 February 2018

League Structures
Following on from a decision at County Committee a novel new senior league structure will be in operation 2018 with a greater weighting of points for games played with county players. Depending on Monaghan’s progress in the championship up to nine league games could be played without county players for a maximum of 2 points each, while 5 points per game would be at stake for the nine games played with county players. It is seen as an attempt to give club players a more even spread of league games over the summer and will be interesting to see how it evolves.

Scor Success
Congratulations to our three teams that took part in Scór Tra na gCeist on Friday night last. Our senior team, comprising of Aidan Deighan, Mary Fitzpatrick, Paula Greenan and JP Moen took the first place, while our two junior teams came first and third respectively. These teams comprised of Ryan & Hannah Greenan, Charlie & Tommy Moen, Ellanna Fitzpatrick, Conor Sherlock, Stephen McSkeane, and Allanna McCarron Walsh. Well done to all involved, and a special word of thanks to Aidan Deighan who has coached these teams, not only this year but for the past number of years – a great result for all your effort.

Juvenile Hurling
We entered three teams in the U12 DKIT Winter League on Sunday. Each team played four games, an excellent opportunity to practice and improve skills. Thank you to all the parents who travelled. Round 2 is in a few weeks: see FB and Aidan’s text for details. New players welcome.

Remembering Past Members
Mass for the deceased members of the club is on Saturday night 17th February. As many club and family members, as possible, are asked to attend.

Notes
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Club Notes – 25 January 2018

Registration and Membership
This is important folks, so just a reminder …..After much discussion at club level it has been decided to raise and streamline registration fees for players and members for the coming year. The main reason for this is the cost of player insurance and affiliation fees which have risen considerably in the last couple of years. A decision has been made that if a player has not paid his registration fee, he cannot play or train. The new registration fees are as follows: Adult membership €75 each. (€50 for students/unwaged, but remember that full contributors to the Clontibret Our Future Fund receive automatic membership). Juveniles: €50 each, but where parents are contributors to Clontibret Our Future its €25 per child. All prospective and existing club members must now fill in a membership form as authorised by Croke Park and these will be distributes and collected in the coming weeks. A Juvenile Registration evening will be held in a few weeks’ time but meanwhile all adult players must sign up before training begins.

Juvenile Hurling
Our U10 team played four games at the DKIT winter blitz in Dundalk last weekend. They will have two more Sundays at this league. It’s the U12 team’s turn at the blitz next Sunday. See FB and Aidan’s text for details. New players always welcome.

Notes
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Club Notes – 18 January 2018

Referees
Everyone gives out about referees, but if we don’t have enough of them then quite simply our games do not go ahead. We as a Club need to recruit a few good people to join the referees panel both at Adult and Youth level. A Referees Induction Course will be held in Cloghan on Friday 9th February and anyone in the area who feels they are up to it contact the Club Secretary at 0863164178. We have an obligation to provide referees and you will be helping out your club by putting yourself forward now.

Registration and Membership
After much discussion at club level it has been decided to raise and streamline registration fees for players and members for the coming year. The main reason for this is the cost of player insurance and affiliation fees which have risen considerably in the last couple of years. A decision has been made that if a player has not paid his registration fee, he cannot play or train. The new registration fees are as follows: Adult membership €75 each. (€50 for students/unwaged, but remember that full contributors to the Clontibret Our Future Fund receive automatic membership). Juveniles: €50 each, but where parents are contributors to Clontibret Our Future its €25 per child. All prospective and existing club members must now fill in a membership form as authorised by Croke Park and these will be distributes and collected in the coming weeks. A Juvenile Registration evening will be held in a few weeks’ time but meanwhile all adult players must sign up before training begins.

Club Notes – 11 January 2018

Happy New Year
To our players, members and all involved in the club. Hopefully it will be a fruitful one in many ways.

Team Managment
Arrangements are currently being put in place to get the new year off the ground with decisions to be made on affiliation of teams at different levels. Mentors are needed at all levels, especially underage, and all who volunteer to help with any team will be appreciated. Players will be contacted in the coming weeks with regard to arrangements for the coming season.

Clontibret Our Future
Work will be starting again on our new field as soon as weather permits. If you aren’t up to date with your Clontibret Our Future membership, please do so, as every bit is needed at present to further the development. New members are always welcome on board.

Player Membership
Players are asked to get their membership paid as soon as possible to ensure insurance is covered for the year.

Club Notes – 4 January 2018

Gold Rush Run & Walk
Clontibret O Neill’s Gold Rush 2017 supporting Downs Syndrome Monaghan and the Mater Cancer Foundation. Some 275 hardy souls registered for the 2017 event Tuesday the 27th December, including walkers and runners from across the county and beyond. The cold, the wind chill and the wisps of sneachta put few off, least of all Dessie Moen who did the warm up and Conor McManus who kick started the runs with the help of Anna Ronaghan, both very much appreciated. Given the weather, the turnout exceeded expectations; great to see as was Benny Moen’s two big Clydesdale horses at the crossroads. (The kids were very impressed as indeed were some of the adults.)
Three thousand seven hundred euro was raised on the day alone with funds still coming in. We would like to thank the local families associated with the charities for agreeing to connect with the now well established Gold Rush and especially the Hall Committee for their invaluable support as well as those who worked tirelessly in the kitchen and those who cleaned up afterwards. Thanks to Peter (Delavey) McKenna & Eamon Hackett (Glaslough Harriers) for the big clock and gate, and not forgetting the Gold Rush Gaels committee, Eilish Clarke, Aiden Deighan, Helen Moen, JP Moen, Niall Brennan, Martin McCague and our chairman Tommy Greenan. Also appreciated are the O’Neill’s stewards & marshals who made sure that everything went smoothly. Thanks to Brendan Buckley MN Civil Defence, Braeside Stores for finish line fruit & Gerry McMahon for music & amplification.
This was the third year of the event and is an encouragement to proceed with GOLD RUSH No. 4 in 2018.

Most welcome was the new over 50’s running group from Monaghan who meet each Saturday morning 9AM at Gavin Duffy, a group being nurtured by Leslie Crawford who is now approaching his 200th marathon.

This is a social and recreational event so prizes don’t feature but it is worth noting those who exceeded their own goals and in their own way gave inspiration to the rest. Donna Moen 1st of the ladies home in the 5 mile is no stranger to winning ways. Sarah McKenna MN Phoenix 1st lady in the 3mile was equally impressive. Sean Husband a well-known local triathlete came in at a remarkable 27:02 in the 5 mile run while one to watch in the future, Tom Doherty MN Phoenix aged 11 stormed through the 3 mile finish line maybe 3 minutes ahead of his chaser. Well done to everyone involved and we all look forward to Gold Rush 2018.

End of Year Presentations
Two very successful end of year presentation events were held on Friday last. In the afternoon at the Community Centre the annual underage presentation took place while later in the evening at the Clubrooms the senior event took place. At the senior presentations Club Secretary, Frank McManus welcomed all present and spoke individually of the prowess of the various award winners including Senior Player of the Year, Pauric Boyle, Reserve Player, Colin Todd and Young Players, Jack Gormley and Conor Doyle before presenting them with their respective awards. Frank then spoke of the highlights of outgoing Chairman Aidan Deighan’s term of office before making a presentation to Aidan and his wife Marie as an acknowledgement for Aidan’s term as Club Chairman over the past three years.

Juvenile Presentation Evening
On Friday last we held our annual Juvenile Presentations and it was great to see was a large selection of our juveniles together with their families in attendance . It’s a chance for us to recognise all the time and effort that goes in over the course of the year and congratulate the players themselves from U6s up on the improvement they have made. It is also a chance to thank all involved, not just the players but the coaches, parents, club sponsors and the club executive who help us no end in making sure we provide a safe enjoyable environment for our young players.
When selecting our individual awards we take into account not only each players efforts on the field of play but also how the player has developed over the year, his attitude to his fellow players and coaches, his attendance along with the respect and encouragement he gives to all those around him, all this combined with his abilities on the pitch.

Stephen Hamill was honoured from the U10 grade with Odhran Keenan from U12s, Conor Moran in the 14s and Jack Dunlop for the 16s.Conor Moran was then selected as the overall most improved player of the year….an award he thoroughly deserved and received to great applause from Conor Boyle.

We hope that all our families had an enjoyable Christmas and we wish you a Happy New Year. We all look forward to seeing each other once again at the field throughout 2018

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!

Club Notes – 14 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 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
Other take note of two end of year presentations in the days after Christmas. 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.

Club Notes – 30 November 2017

Clontibret Our Future
As we approach year end the Clontibret our Future promoters are working to finalise their contributor’s lists. If you haven’t been approached yet please contact your promoter or any member of the club executive to complete your contribution for Year 3. This funding is essential for Phase 3 and Phase 4 of our development programme which will include the creation of an all weather playing pitch alongside our existing pitch as well as the development of a 1km walking track around the perimeter of the facility. As part of the local contribution for this we depend on the generosity of our Clontibret Our Future members. If you haven’t made any contribution to the fund yet it is not too late to start as all contributions, large or small will be gratefully accepted. Please be as generous as you can so that this plan can soon become a reality.

Annual General Meeting
The club AGM for 2018, held at the clubrooms on Friday night last was a business-like affair with all positions filled on the night. Outgoing Chairman Aidan Deighan set the tone for the meeting with a wide ranging Chairman’s address while the secretary’s report from Frank McManus and the treasurer’s report from Fergal Mone gave all present a comprehensive account of proceedings for the year both on the field and off. John P Mone recalled the highlights of the underage setup while short reports from Kieran Lavelle (Bar Committee) and Francis McGuigan (Development Committee) summarised events under their watch. The election of officers was straight forward, the only major change being the election of Thomas Greenan as Chairman to succeed Aidan Deighan who has stepped down after three years in the chair. Many good wishes were expressed by members present for the incoming Chairman, Thomas, in his new role and also to Aidan for his work in the role this past three years. In the only other changes, Colm Gormley comes in as Vice Chairman and Pauric Boyle as Players Officer. Officers for 2018 include,President; Brendan Murphy, Vice President; Robert Kidney, Chairman; Thomas Greenan, Secretary; Frank McManus, Treasurer; Martin McCague, Vice Chairman; Colm Gormley, Asst. Secretary; Fergal Mone, Asst. Treasurers; Helen Molloy, Niall Brennan, Seamus Duffy, PRO; Kathy McManus, Insurance Officer; Peadar Hughes, Children’s Officer; Caroline McQuaid, Youth Officer; John P Mone, Coaching Officer; Padraig McGuigan, Registrar; Margaret Walsh, Development Officer; Francis McGuigan, Cultural Officer; Eilish Clarke, Healthy Club Officer; Jerome Savage, Players Officer; Pauric Boyle, Co Committee Delegate; Colm Gormley. The Secretary’s report is now available on the website at http://clontibretoneills.com/?attachment_id=2251

Gold Rush Run/Walk
The annual Gold Rush run (3mile/5mile) will be held on Wednesday 27th December (not Thursday as previously announced) at 2pm. Charities to benefit from this year’s Gold Rush will include the new Downs Syndrome centre for the North East to be opened shortly in Carrickmacross. This is your chance to run or walk off the Christmas turkey and make a contribution to a worthy local cause at the same time.

Sympathy
Sympathy is extended to the families of a number of good GAA men from neighbouring clubs who died recently, Pat Macken from Castleblayney, Liam Stirrat, Scotstown and former Chairman of Monaghan GAA and Mackie Moyna, Scotstown and Monaghan. Mackie Moyna was a county colleague of Clontibret players such as John Rice and Hugh McKearney in the late 40’s and early 50’s and they remained lifelong friends. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anameacha.