MONALEEN GAA CLUB NOTES
VICTORY CELEBRATION NIGHT: On Saturday night last, Monaleen GAA Club held a Victory Celebration to present medals to last year’s Junior football team who won the County League, City League and County Championship. It was a very special night as the club also honoured the 1969 Junior football team who had won the County Championship in that year, beating Kilmallock with a scoreline of 1-6 to 0-5. That team were guests of honour at Saturday nights function, and each team member, player and selectors was presented with a Memorial Medal by the County Chairman John Cregan. Club Chairperson, Caroline O’Kane spoke of the importance of reconnecting with older team members and letting them know how much their contributions are valued. Some of the team members had not met in some years, and a great night of storytelling and catching up was had. However, many on that team went on to play a life long role in the club after that final, as have their children and grandchildren. Leo Morrison and Noel Moynihan served for years in various officer positions, and also becoming Trustees of the Club, both having grandchildren currently playing with the club. Noel’s son Shane has served as a senior footballer selector, Committee Member, underage coach, and is a present day trustee of the club. Billy Coffey’s son Barry is the Club Registrar and an under age coach, and Billy’s grandchildren play also. The grandchildren of Tony McMahon and Eddie Franklin also play with the club. Hugh McNamara’s daughter, Caroline, is Chairperson of the Club since 2014, and his grandson Jamie was on last year’s triple winning team. Hugh’s grandson Sean O’Kane is also a player at U21 level. Basil Cosgrave’s grandnephew, Andrew La Touche Cosgrave was on the 2019 team also, and the Cosgrave family has produced many players for Monaleen. Willie and Tommy Fitzgerald, who were represented by their sister Kathleen Murphy were also represented on the winning team last year, through their grandnephew Cathal Quilter. Kathleen’s own family has a lifelong connection to the club, through her husband Christy, son Tom, daughter Yvonne and son-in-law Dave, and also her grandchildren who are current day players. Denis Foley’s brothers and nephews played with the club for many years, and he is currently represented by his grandnephew David Crampton.
1969 Team: Goals: Seamus Moynihan; Right Corner Back: Leo Morrison Snr, RIP, represented by his son Leo. Full Back: Mick Fitzpatrick, RIP, represented by his brothers on the team, Dave and JJ. Left Corner Back: Billy Coffey. Right Half Back: Noel Moynihan, Captain, RIP, represented by his widow Gaye; Centre Half Back: JJ Fitzpatrick; Left Half Back: John O’Brien; Midfielder: Noel Bridgeman; Midfielder: Eddie Franklin; Right Half Forward: Tony McMahon; Centre Half Forward: Dave Fitzpatrick; Left Half Forward: Sean Scanlon; Right Corner Forward: Johnny Woods, RIP; Full Forward: Basil Cosgrave, RIP represented by his widow, Eileen; Left Corner Forward: Hugh McNamara. Subs: Willie Fitzgerald, RIP represnted by his sister Kathleen Murphy, Tommy Scanlan; Denis Foley, represented by his brother Donal Foley; Tommy Fitzgerald, represented by his sister Kathleen Murphy; Denis Ryan. Selectors: Paddy Flynn, Con McNamara.
MEMBERSHIP: Monaleen GAA Club membership is now open and due for 2020. All playing members should pay without delay as there is no cover for any injury sustained in training or matches without membership being paid. The last day for payment for inclusion in any match ticket draws is, as always, March 31st. We appreciate your early attention to this.
MONALEEN GAA HEALTHY CLUB: While Storm Dennis was coming to an end, Anto McDonald had the Operation Transformation/Lights Up Ireland walkers warm up to AC/DC Thunderstruck before taking part in the final walk of this year’s event on Monday night! Although the weather was not very favourable this past 6 weeks, the event was still successful and fun. The Monaleen GAA Healthy Club Committee would like to thank you all for participating and would encourage you keep walking, the Monaleen Cancer Support Group walk / run will be taking place in March. There will be more events coming up soon and maybe more opportunity to make your steps count! Keep an eye out!
PRO OF THE YEAR: Congratulations to Monaleen Camogie Club’s Mary O’Leary who was presented with her PRO of the Year award at the Camogie Association Volunteer and Media Awards Dinner in Croke Park last weekend. Almost 100 guests were in attendance at the event at which Volunteer and Media Award winners were honoured for their contributions to the Association in 2019. Well done, Mary.
CONGRATULATIONS: Congrats to Monaleen’s Caoimhe Lyons who won her fourth Ashbourne Cup camogie medal with UL last weekend and to Monaleen’s Aine Doyle who was a member of Trinity College Dublin’s Fr Meagher Cup winning side. All at Monaleen Camogie are very proud of the girls’ achievements.
LIMERICK U21 FOOTBALL: Best of luck to Monaleen’s Cathal McCarthy who is a member of the Limerick U-20 football squad which plays against Tipperary in the Eirgrid Munster Under 20 Football Championship quarter-final in LIT Gaelic Grounds on this Wednesday night, February 19 at 7pm.
LOTTERY: Our dedicated team of Lotto volunteers will be out and about calling to homes over the coming weeks. They will be battling inclement weather conditions. Please give them a few minutes at the door steps and a few bob for a subscription.
U21 HURLING: Best of luck to Monaleen U21 hurlers are due to face Blackrock in Group 1 of the County U21 A Hurling Championship in Monaleen on this Sunday, February 23 at 12 noon. All support greatly appreciated.
LOTTO RESULTS: The latest Lotto draw took place on February 13, with the jackpot standing at €20,000. The numbers drawn were 4, 15, 20 and 28. Winners of the €50 lucky dips were D/H Leahy; B. Moloney, Cobh; M. Melody, Peafield; M. Maher, @ Monaleen Stores. Tickets can be purchased on a weekly basis from local shops and pubs and the draw is held every Thursday night in the club at 10pm.
The Mick Dunne Memorial Award for PRO of the Year winner, Mary O’Leary, of Monaleen Camogie Club, pictured with Una Dunne and President of the Camogie Association Kathleen Woods at the Camogie Association Volunteer and Media Awards Dinner in Croke Park last weekend
Enjoying the victory celebration night at the Kilmurry Lodge on Saturday night