Monaghan



A rising of Ladies Football, among the Farney Hills

A statistical account for the development and successes of An Cumann Peil Gael Na mBan in Co Monaghan

1991 – 2004

Football arrived to County Monaghan, when on the 13th January 1991 Magheracloone affiliated to Cumann Peile Gael na mBan. By then on the 12 – 3 – 91 with plenty of enthusiasm and expertise from Pat Quill, Peter Rice, Helen O’Rourke and Christy Byrne from Central Council the first Ladies County Board was formed with representatives from two clubs; namely Magheracloone, and Monaghan Harps. Elected on that night in the Riverdale Hotel, Ballybay were Chairman Philip Kelly Magheracloone. The meeting elected Secretary Eileen McElvaney Monaghan Harps, Treasurer Elizabeth Martin Magheracloone. At a subsequent meeting on the 26 – 3 – 91 to the above list were added Vice-Chair Oliver Gavan Aghabog, Youth Officer Paddy Flood Aghabog and P.R.O. Damien Morgan Monaghan Harps.

This meeting was to be the beginning of a phenomenal rise of Ladies football – not only in Monaghan but also in Ulster as in 1992 counties Armagh, Tyrone and Donegal followed Monaghan’s lead. In 1993 Fermanagh joined the ranks and by the Spring of 1994 seven third level colleges/universities were active in competitions.

The ladies from Monaghan were so enthusiastic about this new found sport, that in 1992 – at only their second attempt they were to become All-Ireland Junior Champions capturing the John Timmins Cup at Croke Park on the 3 – 10 – 1992 defeating London by two points.

Early Days

In 1975 pictures and reports in the “Northern Standard” give accounts of Monaghan Ladies Competing against St. Brigid’s Ardee in the Psychiatric hospitals competitions. The report reads –

Ladies match:

The curtain raiser on the football programme was a ladies match between St Davnet’s nurses and St Brigid’s Louth St Davnet’s Monaghan – were victors by 2 – 2 to 1 – 0. After falling behind through conceding an early goal, the St Davnet’s girls were rampant in the second half. Scorers for St Davnet’s were R. Connolly 1- 1, E. Treanor 0 – 1, J. Murray 1- 0, St. Brigid’s scorer was M. Martin 1- 0.

Another photograph taken in 1979 protrays a South Monaghan team from Magheracloone, known as the “Red Devils” after competing at sports against a team from Fyans town county Meath.

Another very important match for ladies football in Ulster could have been the meeting of Aghabog and Magheracloone on the 14th October 1990 when Aghabog scored 4 – 8 to Magheracloone’s 2 – 6.

1991 – on

After the inaugural setting up of Monaghan’s first County Board on the 12 – 3 – 91 and the further meeting on the 26 – 3 – 91 Pat Quill again returned to the Riverdale Hotel, Ballybay on the 31 – 3 – 91 where four clubs had approximately 50 people present namely Magheracloone 19, Aghabog 16, Monaghan Harps 8, Corduff 7 and Brenda Macklin from Ballybay.

Ladies football in Monaghan was up an running, to such an extent that at Donaghmoyne on 14 – 4 – 91 the first ever Monaghan Ladies county team took to the field with Longford as their opposition and lining out for Monaghan were: Blathnaid Carolan Aghabog, Jennifer Treanor Mon Harps, Mairead Kelly Aghabog, Celia Marron Magheracloone, Aoife Murphy Mon Harps, Brenda Macklin Mon Harps, Aisling Smith Aghabog, Linda Farrelly Magheracloone, Susan Maxwell Magheracloone, Rosemary McCabe M’cloone, Jennifer Greenan Aghabog, Eileen McElvaney Mon Harps, Anne Gavan Aghabog, Margaret Kierans Aghabog, Cora Jones Magheracloone, Subs used Catherine Finnegan, Marie Gargan and Karen Kelly all Magheracloone also Seanine McConnell Mon Harps, Patricia Goodman, Elizabeth Martin Magheracloone, Eilish Ní Mhurchũ & Michelle McKenna Mon Harps, Amanda Moloney Aghabog.

Manager: Paddy Flood Aghabog, Selectors: Philip Kelly & Maurice Kindlow Magheracloone, Oliver Gavan Aghabog. The final score of the above historic encounter was Monaghan 1 – 4 Longford 3 – 5. Monaghan scorers were Jennifer Greenan 0 – 2, Margaret Kierans 0 – 1, Ann Gavan

0 – 1, and Marie Gargan 1- 0.

By the end of their league campaign Monaghan were in possession of ten points from a possible twelve, some however were awarded by default, for various reasons and important subsequent results for 1991 were as follows:

U16 All-Ireland Semi final: Roscommon 3 – 5, Monaghan 0 – 4.

U18 All-Ireland Semi final: Roscommon 0 – 8 Monaghan 2 – 2.

Replay: Monaghan 2 – 5, Roscommon 2 – 6.

National Junior Championship Quarter Final: Monaghan 0 – 5, Clare 5-18.

All-Ireland 7 – A – Side Shield Final Monaghan Harps 2 – 3, St Fintan’s Wexford 6 – 6.

Club Competitions in Monaghan in 1991.

Clubs participating:

Donaghmoyne, Carrickmacross, Magheracloone, Inniskeen, Corduff, Aghabog, Monaghan Harps, Doohamlet, Aughnamullen and Tyholland.

U14 Community Games Final: Kilmore Drumsnatt 5 – 5, Clontibret 1- 0.

U14 County League Final: Aghabog 3 – 4, Kilmore Drumsnatt 3 – 3, played at Aughnamullen on the 11 – 7 – 91 with Aghabog captained by Jennifer Greenan.

U16 final: Aghabog 3 – 2, Donaghmoyne 0 – 7.

Minor final: Aghabog 4 – 4, Monaghan Harps 1- 4. 28/11/91

All County League Semi – finals

Mon Harps 4 – 7 Donaghmoyne 1 – 6 & Aghabog 2 – 10 Carrickmacross

2 – 2.

County final: 26 – 9 – 91 Aghabog 4 – 6 Monaghan Harps 1- 4.

All Ireland Club Championship Quarter final

Aghabog 1-1 Rochfortbridge – Westmeath 3 – 8

Vocational Schools final

Inver College Carrickmacross 5 – 6 Castleblayney 0 – 0.

1992

The final act of 1991 was the County Convention in the Riverdale Hotel, Ballybay and with Oliver Gavan as acting Chairman the following officers were elected to serve for what was to be an historic 1992 –

Chairman – Mr P.J. Finnegan Magheracloone,

Vice Chair – Mr Oliver Gavan Aghabog,

Secretary – Mrs Anita Finnegan Aughnamullen,

Ass Sec – Ms Brenda Macklin Aughnamullen,

Treasurer – Mrs Mary McCabe Kilmore/Drumswann,

Development Officer – Philip Kelly Magheracloone,

Youth Officer – Mrs Suzanne Murphy Donaghmoyne,

Registrar – Paddy Clerkin Kilmore/Drumsnatt,

PRO – Owen McNally

Central Council Delegates – Maurice Kindlon Magheracloone, and Mrs Anita Finnegan Aughnamullen.

Path to All-Ireland title 1992

Monaghan’s second year in Cumann Peile Gael na mBan saw Margaret Kierans collect the All-Ireland Junior Championship – John Timmins Cup – from President Mr Peter Rice from Wexford and lose the Junior league final in a replay to Cork.

Monaghan’s Title Trail

Ulster Semi-Final: St. Enda’s Omagh: Monaghan 1 – 12, Tyrone 2 – 0.

Ulster Final: Castleblayney: Monaghan 3 – 13, Armagh 2 – 7.

All-Ireland Junior Semi-Final: Kiltormer: Galway 0 – 1, Monaghan

2 – 7.

All-Ireland Junior Final: Croke Park: Monaghan 2 – 8, London 2 – 6.

MONAGHAN’S FIRST TASTE OF

ALL-IRELAND SUCCESS 1992

Monaghan Co Board had a rapid growth in clubs, and interest in ladies football. On the county football scene Monaghan played Longford in the league at Donaghmoyne giving the Leinster team a good run losing by 3-5 to 1-4 with late scores by the more experienced midlanders the difference at the finish of an historic occasion for the Farney girls.

In the junior All-Ireland championships, Monaghan entered as Ulster representatives but were heavenly defeated by Clare in the All-Ireland semi-final by 6-17 to 0 –5. The county also entered a team in the U-16 competition but were trounced by Roscommon by 2-5 to 0-4. However in the Minor Championship they played with a Roscommon team on the score Roscommon 0-8 Monaghan 2-2. Replay Ros 2-6 to Mon’s 2-5 at Rockcorry.

In the following year Monaghan were more battle hardened and experienced and with more preparation they embarked on the first Ulster championship with new affiliations Tyrone and Armagh and Donegal. Monaghan took on Armagh at Castleblayney and lifted the first official title winning by 3-13 to 2-7 in a closer final than the score line suggests. In the All-Ireland semi-final Monaghan made the long journey to Kiltormer in Galway to take on the home county in the All-Ireland semi-final winning by 2-7 to 0-1.

London were their opponents in the final and the exiles were fast becoming bridesmaids having lost two previous finals, and were hot favourites to see Monaghan challenge, however the Farney ladies had other ideas and after a great final at Croke Park before a tremendous support from home Monaghan did the county proud and emulated their men who won the junior title in 1956 when they defeated London by 208 to 2-6. What an occasion for captain Margaret Kierans the President Peter Rice handed her the Timmins cup, amidst a sea of blue and white and delirious supporters.

In the league Monaghan had a tremendous run of victories with huge victories over Meath by 9-14 to 0-1, Leitrim by 2-13 to 1-2, Roscommon by 2-8 to 1-6 Tyrone by 7-16 to 0-2, Armagh 4-12 to 2-3, Offaly by 7-12 to 1-1. In the league semi-final Dublin gave Monaghan a great game with Monaghan winning by a brace of goals at Rockcorry by 2-16 to 4-4.

In the final at Portlaoise, Cork and Monaghan played a thrilling draw Monaghan scoring 2-10 to 3-7 and few miles nearer home for Monaghan at Mountmeelic Cork shattered Monaghan’s dream of a double winning by 1-7 to 0-8, in the replay with a lesson not to take titles for granted until the cup is on the mantelpiece.

Ladies Gaelic Football was developing fast in the county but the amazing strides forward made by this relatively new sporting activity, are unequalled in any other county in the country. In 1993, there were no less than one hundred club games played in the county, there were over eight hundred players registered last year. Phenomenal is about the only word that could describe such an amazing growth. Great credit is surely due to the organisers, and to what surely must be one of the most progressive County Boards in the entire county.

And it all stemmed from a little school team up in Aghabog and a great enthusiast named Oliver Gavan from that club.

During 1993 Monaghan competed in Senior, Minor, Under 16 and Under 14 levels in the Ulster 14 levels in the Ulster and All-Ireland series, and all four teams gave tremendously good accounts of themselves. The premier team was graded Senior because they won the All-Ireland Junior Championship in 1992 when they defeated London in Croke Park. They also moved up from Division 3 in 1992 to division 2 in 1993 where they ended up in second position. Taking the Championship first, however, they had a clear run through Ulster as the other four counties were in a different category, so they met Kerry in the All-Ireland Senior semi-final at Austin Stack Park in Tralee, but were well beaten. This was no disgrace, however, as Kerry had previously been dethroned the previous All-Ireland final. That puts Monaghan’s performance into perspective.

In the league, Monaghan’s opening game was against Dublin but defeat was their lot. Despite that reverse, they scored a marvellous win over Galway in the next game, which also marked the official opening of the new pitch at Tyholland. This was followed by another tremendous win over Clare and the Monaghan girls were really beginning to attract the notice of the media. In all, six games were played with Monaghan finishing in second place with nine points from the six games played. This put them into the semi-finals of the League in which they were pitted against Laois and what a marathon that turned out to be. The first game ended all square and the sides were still on level terms after extra time. The second game also ended all square and again it went to extra tine, but this time the Laois ladies eventually came out on top.

These Monaghan displays should also be put in proper perspective as Laois had reached the final of the All-Ireland Championship when they lost out to Kerry, but then they took the league title. In other words, their toughest opponents in the entire campaign was Monaghan.

This was a top class Monaghan team with Ann Gavan of Aghabog in goals, a girl who also won a place on the All-Stars selection. Mary B Hamill of Aughnamullen was a sound fullback, with Catherine Finnegan of Magheracloone in one corner and Monaghan Harps player Jennifer Treanor in the other.

In front of them were exceptional half-backs in Mairead Kelly of Aghabog, Seanine McConnell of Monaghan Harps and Aisling Swift of Aghabog, a trio that was seldom beaten. Midfield was staunchly held by Jennifer Greenan of Aghabog and Linda Farrelly of Carrickmacross, who captained the side and was also elected ‘Player of the Year’ for the previous year.

In attack, Monaghan had some really outstanding forwards with Brenda Macklin of Monaghan Harps, her club mate Eileen McElvaney, and Orla Gartlan from Carrickmacross forming the three quarters line.

In front of them were chief score-getters Voreen Quigley from Inniskeen, Angela Larkin from Corduff and Margaret Kierans from Aghabog. Always waiting on the bench and ready, if called upon, were Yvonne Quigley, Mary O’Callaghan and Pauline Woods (Inniskeen), Audrey O’Reilly (Monaghan Harps), Anita Finnegan and Mary Connolly (Aughnamullen), and Caroline Tierney and Lorraine Connolly (Kilmore/Drumsnatt).

The Co Board had the option of fielding a junior team also, but they wisely felt that this would be stretching their resources too much. At minor level (Under 18), the county selection also did us proud by defeating Tyrone in the Ulster semi-final. In the All-Ireland semi-final Monaghan lost to visiting Waterford at Rockcorry. Outstanding on the Minor squad were Ann Gavan in goals, Catherine Finnegan, Angela Larkin, Siobhan Smith, Teresa Geoghegan, Anita O’Reilly, Jennifer Greenan, Yvonne Quigley, Caroline Tierney and others, in one of the largest panels any Ulster county could possibly boast. Winning the Ulster Minor Championship at the first year of trying was a tremendous achievement.

At under 16 level Monaghan overcame Tyrone but then lost to Donegal in the Ulster Final, while at Under 14 level Monaghan also represented Ulster but lost to Kerry in the All-Ireland series. Despite defeat, this was great experience for these youngsters and these are the girls who will be carrying Monaghan hopes at adult level in the years ahead. They have come through a baptism of fire, but the experience gained by them should stand them in good stead in future competitions.

On the domestic scene, for the first time, there were two divisions splitting seniors and Juniors, with all seventeen teams taking part in a knockout county championship. Inniskeen and Monaghan Harps won their first respective ways to the county final and finished all square in their first meeting, but in the replay, Inniskeen came out on top. The Leagues also proved a huge success with Donaghmoyne, Monaghan Harps, Aghabog and Inniskeen reaching the semi-finals of Division One and Rockcorry, Kilmore/Drumsnatt, Corduff and Clones qualifying for the semi-final stages of Division Two. Because there were so many games these later stages were only reached at the end of the season.

The minor competition also had a successful run, with Donaghmoyne, Kilmore/Drumsnatt, Aughnamullen and Magheracloone reaching the semi-final knockout stages. At Under 16 there was also a very successful campaign with Donaghmoyne overcoming Kilmore/Drumsnatt in the first of the semi-finals and Magheracloone defeating Tyholland by 2-6 to 2-0 in the second semi. Its interesting to note the four teams that played in those two semi-finals will form the nucleus of next years county minor side:

Kilmore/Drumsnatt: Faye Murphy, Jacinta Keenan, Michelle Rattigan, Siobhan Sheridan, Emma Brady, Claire McCullagh, Concepta McCabe, Louise McMahon, Lorraine Connolly, Ann Marie McCaul, Olivia Connolly, Michelle McElvaney, Danielle Mallen, Aisling Larkin and Christina Reilly.

Donaghmoyne: Carmel McEneaney, Cathy Hall, Lisa Finnegan, Zita McBride, Joanne Martin, A. McEneaney, D. Kelly, Geraldine Coleman, Noeleen Kelly, A. Gilsenan, E. Murtagh, S. Burns, S. Farrell, L Ruddy and S Burns.

Magheracloone: Catriona Babington, Joanne Cunningham, Joanne Hanratty, Lorraine Babington, Sharon Doogan, Sandra Carroll, Paula Martin, Marie Clarke, Tracey Murray, Michelle Reilly, Eugenia McCabe, Niamh Kindlon, Orla McMahon, Claire Doogan and Edel Byrne.

Tyholland: Fiona Hamill, Lorraine Hughes, Josephine Treanor, Elizabeth Kavanagh, Geraldine Kelly, Valerie Kavanagh, Aisling McKenna, Grainne Ronaghan, Pauline Kelly, Sabrina Duffy, Natasha McCarthy, Denise Connolly, Shirley McCabe, Carol Hughes, Lorraine Rice, Carmel Treanor, Nuala Treanor, Aoife McKenna, Jennifer McCarthy and Rynagh McNally, Magheracloone then beat Donaghmoyne in the final.

Along with up and coming young players from the longer established clubs like Aghabog, Monaghan Harps and Aughnamullen, there should be quite an array of talent available for the underage competitions in 1994.

National Junior League

Away Monaghan 9 – 14, Meath 0 – 1.

Home Monaghan 2 – 13, Leitrim 1- 2.

Away Monaghan 2 – 8, Roscommon 1- 6.

Home Monaghan 7 – 16, Tyrone 0 – 2.

Away Monaghan 4 – 12, Armagh 2 – 3.

Home Monaghan 7 – 12, Offaly 1 – 1.

National Junior League Semi Final: Rockcorry, Monaghan 2 – 16 Dublin 4 – 4.

National Junior League Final: Portlaoise Monaghan 2 – 10, Cork 3 – 7.

National Junior League Final Replay: Mountmellick, Cork 1 – 7, Monaghan 0 – 8.

HISTORY OF MONAGHAN 1991 – 2004

The Monaghan Co. Board was the first County in Ulster since 1984 to take part in official competition at Club/County/and National levels and went on to become the most successful county in the providence.

In the first year of existence within the County we had 11 clubs taking part in official competitions for U/14, U/16, U/18 and senior teams. Also a County junior team winning 1 game/drew 1/and losing about 6 games in the first year. This proved to be a new beginning for Monaghan football that had been starved of success within the GAA code.

Feile Gael Na mBan in Monaghan was soon to become widely known for their talents and exploits on the football field.

The first major success was in 1992 when they beat Armagh in the Ulster Junior Championship played in Castleblayney and went on to win the Junior All-Ireland by defeating London in Croke Park. In 1993 the County team was promoted to senior ranks with no success.

In 1994 and 1995 the tide was turning for the girls in senior ranks with the Monaghan girls playing in the All-Ireland finals and suffered defeats on both occasions.

In 1996 Monaghan success story was about to unfold once again.

Following list of titles won at National level:

1992 – All Ireland Junior

1996/1997 All Ireland Senior

1995/1997 All Ireland U/14

1994/1998/1999 All Ireland Minor

1994/1996/1997/1999/2001 National League

Runner-Up:

1992 Junior League

1993/1995 All Ireland Senior

1996/ All Ireland U14

1995/1997 All Ireland U/16

2002 All Ireland U/18

2002 National League

A number of Monaghan players have figured on the Inter-provincial team dating back to 1992-2002, and a number of girls have played on successful Inter-provincial teams of 1999 and 2002.

A number of girls have received All Star awards.

We hope all associated in Cumann Peile Gael Na mBan that Monaghan success story will continue to flourish in many years to come.

No Clubs registered 2003.

Adult – 16

Senior – 5

Intermediate – 5

Junior – 6

Under age – 22

MORE LADIES GAA PUBLICITY – RICE

Publicity of Ladies Gaelic Football was strongly challenged at the Annual Ladies’ Congress in Monaghan Four Seasons Hotel in 1993.

Mr Peter Rice, President of the Association, told the 70-odd delegates representing all Counties in Ireland: “Vitally important to the development of our game is publicity, an area in which efforts need to be improved”.

The President said that the National Newspapers gave good coverage to the All-Ireland finals but had given little else over the year

He said he was not satisfied with the coverage RTE television gave to the Association in the past year.

“The finals were shown on Sports night on RTE”, he said. “But the television coverage would not have been possible if this Association hadn’t paid a large sum to have a camera made available to record the game for RTE”.

Mr. Rice felt that this was not very fair to an Association which is struggling to make “ends meet”. He said the “time has come to broadcast a live radio commentary of a Senior final and, in addition, called on RTE to treat the Ladies’ Gaelic Football Association fairly and give much needed publicity to the game.

Mr. Rice also felt that ladies football results should be included in all results programmes on television and radio on Sunday evenings.

All P.RO.’s he said, At Club, County, Provincial and National level should work hard to ensure that publicity is given the priority it deserves.

Earlier, Mr. Rice said he was satisfied with the development of the Association in the past year, saying, “Donegal, Tyrone, Armagh and Limerick had entered competition for the first time and in the past month, County Boards have been formed in Tipperary, Louth and Fermanagh.

The delegates heard of the development of new ties with the Ontario Ladies Football Association which led to the Canadian side undertaking a very successful tour of Ireland in the summer. Mr. Rice also pointed out that a very successful Championship was run in the United States of America and that a North American Championship was in the pipeline. He said another good area for development was in schools at all levels.

The Annual Congress was attended by Maureen Looney of Toronto, representing the Ontario Ladies Football Association. Other distinguished persons present were Monaghan County Board Chairman, Mr. Aidan Quigley and delegates from London.

President praises Monaghan girls:

Happy memories of Ladies Gaelic Football last season in Monaghan were revived for Monaghan at the Annual Ladies Congress in the Four Seasons Hotel last weekend.

For Monaghan it marked another famous achievement in being selected as the first-ever Ulster County to host the Ladies Congress following their sensational Junior All-Ireland Triumph in Croke Park.

President of the Association Mr. Peter Rice revealed Saturday that the Presidents of the Camogie Association and the G.A.A. were at the Ladies’ All-Ireland Final Day in Croke Park. “They had gained good first impressions of ladies football – he said. “And as a result congratulions must go to the teams who took part for the high level of skills, displayed”.

The President also praised the Committee at Kilmacud Croke’s grounds for their assistance in running the very successful Seven-a-side Competition the same All-Ireland weekend. Also Sponsors A.I.B.

He went on to say:” I would like to thank my fellow officers on Central Council, all of them forming part of a hard working group. I would further like to thank anyone who has helped with the promotion of the game – the referees, G.A.A. Clubs and County Boards for the use of their grounds and our sponsors.

I wish all of you success in your ambitions for sporting honours in the coming season and I hope for successful competition in 1993. We should all realise that Ladies football is a rapidly growing sport. It is a great game and we should all be proud of the progress made in promoting the game”, Mr. Rice said.

‘Should be full co-operation between men and ladies’ Association – Quigley

The G.A.A. is open to everyone, says Monaghan County Board Chairman Mr Aidan Quigley. Speaking at last weekends Ladies’ Congress in the Four Seasons Hotel, Quigley said he supported the idea that there should be full co-operation between the men and Ladies’ Associations.

“I would certainly welcome good co-operation between the two Associations which would enhance the sport for everyone.

He also congratulated Mr. Oliver Gavan (Aghabog) on his appointment to Ulster President and also welcomed the appointment of Mr. Paddy Clerkin to the position of Chairman of the Monaghan Ladies Association.

At Congress, Mr. Hughie McElvaney of Elco Oils, who helped the Monaghan Ladies Association financially last season, said they will continue to sponsor the Ladies game.

In his Opening Address, the Chairman of the Monaghan Ladies Board, Mr. Paddy Clerkin, said that Monaghan were honoured to host the 1993 Annual Congress on behalf of Ulster.

Highlight of last years season for Monaghan was the winning of a Junior All-Ireland League title and finishing runners-up in the National League.

“With ladies football only in its infancy in Monaghan our achievements should serve as an example to other Counties in proving that hard work, determination and a little luck will reap its rewards”, Clerkin said.

Ulster President Mr. Oliver Gavan, in his address, said that the introduction of ladies’ football to the six counties was warmly welcomed, pointing out that 52 per cent of the total population are female.

MONAGHAN LADIES MAKE FOOTBALL HISTORY

Always the most vocal, guaranteed to be the best turned-out breed in attendance and certain to add colour to the most dismal of occasions, your average lady Gaelic football supporter is something special to the G.A.A. Always has been and no more so than in County Monaghan where little in the way of cricket, rugby or soccer has ever been known to titillate the fancy of the fair sex in the same invigorating fashion.

In modern times, interest among the ladies in football in the Farney County probably reached its crescendo back in 1979 when the Ulster provincial Championship football title was scooped after many barren years in the competitive wilderness. From then onwards, the popularity of the game snowballed, united the sexes in the border county like never before and begun a mini-football mania within the confines of primary schools from Truagh of Kilanny and from Clontibret to Aghabog.

Five years before Monaghan’s aforementioned title success, the Ladies Gaelic Association was founded. Primarily bolstered by Counties south of Athlone, the northern counties of Ulster didn’t get to grip with the structures of the new organisation and it wasn’t until the Spring of 1991 that Magheracloone clubman Philip Kelly inspired the setting up of Ladies Football in County Monaghan.

Philip Kelly was elected to serve as the Boards first Chairman, while also elected were Oliver Gavan, Vice-Chairman Secretary: Eileen McElvaney; treasurer: Elizabeth Martin: Owen Martin P.R.O: Paddy Flood Youth Officer: Assistant Treasurer Anita Finnegan and Assistant Treasurer Brenda Macklin. The fledgling lady stars on the Monaghan football scene had now their own governing body in site and more importantly had the necessary backing to drive a coach and six through the ranking system headed by teams such as Kerry, Waterford and Clare.

Contrary to what was later to transpire Monaghan’s crusade to gain a distant foothold in Ladies Football, was, at first, a wee bit disconcerting. As one of the few Ulster teams affiliated to the Association, wreaking the power base of the Munster Counties was never going to be easy but the rise and rise of club football in Monaghan suggested that the core of talent and support was there to shake the status quo.

Victories over relative newcomers Meath and Roscommon heralded an unbeaten run by the County Junior team in the 1992 division three league. Other wins over Armagh and Tyrone gained Monaghan a top-of-the-table spot and a home tie against Dublin in Rockcorry some seven weeks ago. A four point win for Monaghan thus set up the County for magnificently appetising decider against Cork in less than a weeks time (an October 18th date has been provisionally fixed with possibly Portlaoise playing host).

With a brilliant League run under their belts Monaghan’s effort was stepped up for this years Junior Championship campaign. The players response to the cause was unwavering and with Tyholland clubman Owen McNally assuming the trainers mantle, competition for places among upwards on fifty players was immense.

With Paddy Flood’s own Aghabog club youngsters forming the backbone of the County panel, the Monaghan camp had the look of a familiar parish team. United, cohesive and spirited, a winning formula in fact.

Meeting the winners of the Armagh versus Tyrone Championship tie rep-presented Monaghan’s first big challenge. Eventually it was the girls from the County Armagh who confronted the would be champs. In the quarter-final at Castleblayney, the home side provided several glimpses of their potential when cruising to an eight point victory.

A semi-final duel with Connacht Supremos Galway loomed on the horizon and the training was stepped up by team selectors Philip Kelly, Ray Finnegan, Owen McNally, Bernadette Beggan and Michael Morgan. The training at Aughnamullen may have been the inspiration for some pains and aches but the hard work reaped huge dividends as Galway were handed a 2-7 to 0-1 trouncing. The celebrations erupted, Monaghan had reached the All-Ireland but the champagne remained on ice, for the time being at least!

Faced with the prospect of meeting hot favourites London in the October the 4th final date, the Monaghan team-management strengthened their hand by enlisting the services of former Monaghan County player Gerry McCarville and Castleblayney Faugh’s team manager Gerry Fitzpatrick as advisors. The combination according to County Board Vice-Chairman Oliver Gavan were ‘inspirational’ figures and were a big help to the ladies. We were fortunate to have been able to call on men of their calibre for assistance”.

London. Making their fourth appearance in an All-Ireland final since 1988, were the more experienced squad but it was newcomers Monaghan who made the early running, going ahead by 1-3 to 0-2 after thirteen minutes of play, in the Croke Park showdown. Despite going in at the break level at 1-4 a piece, it was the England based team who forced the pace as the second half gathered ground and they looked in the driving seat when leading by 2-6 to 1-7 with just over one minute remaining.

It was then that the Blue & Whites dug deepest. Knowing that only a goal could lift them out of hells fire, the Ulster side threw everything forward and a foul in the square on full forward Angela Larkin prompted a thunderous sigh of relief from hordes of Monaghan fans.

Mairead Kelly’s subsequent, successful spot kick and Angela Larkin’s insurance point immediately afterwards made the earlier roar sound like a half-hearted effort as Monaghan clinched victory on a 2-8 to 2-6 score line. A brilliantly spirited victory, due reward for all 24 panel members and mentors and a place in Ladies Football history for Monaghan.

In particular, the laurels go to the eighteen girls who pulled the game out of the fire to clinch the title in such dramatic fashion.

Anne Gavan: Although an ace attacker with her club Aghabog, Anne possesses the safest pair of hands in Ladies football by virtue of her consistent performances all season, a product of mini-sevens 88-89.

Catherine Finnegan: A Magheracloone lass who specialises in tackling hard but fairly. Never allows her concentration to lapse during a game.

Mary Hamill: A very strong defender, the Aughnamullen stalwart cleared the danger on several occasions during the final with tremendous lengthy deliveries.

Jennifer Treanor: A tigerish corner back who hails from the Monaghan Harps club, Jennifer is one of the best tacklers in the game.

Mairead Kelly: One of the products of the INTO G.A.A. Mini Sevens experiment, the Aghabog wing half back seldom allows her opponent much room to operate or manoeuvre.

Aisling Smyth: Aisling does a lot of unseen work for the team and is perfect Lynchpin for the Aghabog and County teams.

Jennifer Greenan: Played in the INTO G.A.A games on All-Ireland final day in ’88 and has continued to delight with her superb ball control.

Linda Farrelly: A tailor-made midfielder with a good pair of hands, Linda looks set for a lengthy spell in a top-class football.

Brenda McAnespie: One of the best known players on the team and a born leader. Brenda’s experience and running of the ball sets her out as one of the games top stars.

Margaret Kierans: Another Aghabog ace whose stamina and eye for scores has played a major part in Monaghan’s trail of glory. Team Captain and inspirational figure.

Eileen McElvaney: a real terrier-like player who never stops hunting for possession. Can take her score and is stylish in possession.

Orla Gartlan: a tireless member of the team from the Carrickmacross club. Orla possesses a great right foot and can often be seen helping out around midfield.

Michelle Murphy: one of the fittest players on the team. Michelle is an opportunist attacker whose enthusiasm for the game is positively catching.

Angela Larkin: Find of the Year, Angela did Corduff proud by her display in the All-Ireland final. Fouled for the vital last-minute penalty and clipped over the insurance point for good measure.

Mary O’Callaghan: Scored Monaghan’s opening goal with a brave fisted effort which provided her side with a tremendous launching pad and much needed confidence. A sterling performer.

Mairead Sheridan: A valuable member of the panel and one of the leading lights of the progressive Rockcorry club. An exciting prospect.

Brenda Macklin: a member of the ’91 Monaghan squad also, Brenda played very well when brought on in the second half and showed no signs of nerves whatsoever.

Pauline Woods: Speedy and a quality player to have in reserve, Pauline’s camogie experience certainly helped her adapt to the Croke Park atmosphere when introduced in the final.

To complete the Underage competition for 1994, Magheracloone took the Under 14 title. All competitions were very capably run by the County Board with Paddy Clerkin of Kilmore/Drumsnatt as chairman: Susanne Murphy and later Phoebe Carroll of Rockcorry as vice-chairperson; Brenda Macklin of Monaghan as secretary, and Phoebe Carroll as treasurer. Owen McNally of Tyholland was an excellent PRO. Other officers were Paul Swift, Mary Connolly, Fiona Carolan, Johnnie Kelly, Joe Sherry, Maurice Kindlon, Mary Foy, Brenda McAnespie and the Ulster President, Oliver Gavan.

Team managements were: Brendan Finnegan (Donaghmoyne), Mary Foy (Carrickmacross) and Martin Connolly (Clones) for the senior team:

Michael Morgan (Monaghan), Kevin O’Callaghan (Inniskeen) and Paddy Clerkin (Kilmore/Drumsnatt) for the Under 16 team; and Mary Foy (Carrickmacross), Anita Finnegan (Aughnamullen) and Tina Rooney (Rockcorry) for the U14 team.

A brief history of Ladies Football in Co. Monaghan, the first County Board was formed in 1991 in the Riverdale Hotel, Ballybay to become the first county in Ulster since 1977 to take part in official competitions at club, county and National level and went on to become the most successful county in the province in modern time. There were 11 clubs taking part in official competitions within the county for U-14, U-16, minor, senior and a county junior team. The following officers elected were:

Chairman: Philip Kelly (Magheracloone)

Vice Chairman: Oliver Gavan (Aghabog)

Secretary: Eileen McElvaney (Monaghan Harps)

Asst Secretary: Brenda Macklin (Aughnamullen)

Treasurer: Elizabeth Martin (Magheracloone)

Asst Treasurer: Anita Finnegan (Aughnamullen)

Registrar: Marie Gargan (Magheracloone)

Also present were the President of Peil Gael Na mBan Peter Rice (Wexford) Secretary Christy Byrne (Westmeath), P.R.O. Helen O’Rourke (Dublin).

One problem which multiplies each year is a difficulty in finding sufficient officers who are willing to devote their free time to any organisation so that ladies are no different, the ever popular Anita Finnegan moved to secretary other to secretary other position filled were Dev officer Paddy Flood N.T (Aghabog), P.R.O. Owen McNally. Vice chairman took over the roll as acting chairman and had the honour of steering the county through its first year. All the competitions were won by Aghabog and also became the first club to represent the county and province in the club championship. The county junior team took part in the National League winning one, drew one and lost six.

The full fixtures for ’91 elsewhere, all in all the first year were quite a success. In 1992 P. J Finnegan (Magheracloone) was elected chairman and the girls of Monaghan were to become widely known for their exploits and talent on the talent on the football field with the first major success coming when the county junior team beat Armagh in the Ulster Championship final played in Castleblayney referee Liam Ford (Galway). They went on to win the All-Ireland title in Croke Park. The Monaghan success story was about to unfold. In 1993 the county team was promoted to senior ranks and had a poor season in the higher grade but in 1994 the tide was turning with the senior winning the senior National league for the first time captained by Linda Farley (Carrickmacross) this victory was history making with the vice president of central council. Monaghan man Oliver Gavan presenting the cup to the Monaghan captain also the county minor team winning their first All-Ireland at underage captained by Ann Gavan (Aghabog) who also was vice captain of the senior team, in 94 – 95 they suffered defeats on both occasions by Waterford but the U-14 won the All-Ireland. In 1996 success came in a big way under Des Patton as manager of the county team when they won the All-Ireland for the first time captained by Margaret Kierans (Aghabog) who also captained the ’92 All-Ireland junior team. They went on to win back-to-back titles in league as well.

The 1997 team was captained by Angela Larkin (Corduff). In 1998 they failed to old rivals Waterford and failed to appear in Croke Park until 2002. The 2002 season proved successful winning four Ulster titles out of five and finally loosing out to Mayo by one point. From 1991 – 2002 many clubs went on to compete in All-Ireland club championship semi-finals and finals with All-Ireland titles going to Monaghan Harps and Tyholland great credit must go to both clubs. The full Monaghan story is taken from the Monaghan yearbook.

Junior League Round VI

Round 1 Galway (H) v Offaly 02-06-91

Monaghan (H) v Longford 14-04-91 G Wrynn Limerick (H) v Monaghan 02-06-91

Carlow (H) Offaly 14-05-91 C Maher Kerry (H) v Carlow 02-06-91

Mayo (H) v Galway 14-04-91 R Burke Longford (H) v Clare 02-06-91

Limerick Bye 14-04-91 L Forde (Midweek) Mayo Bye

Round II Round VII

Longford (H) v Mayo 21-04-91 C Byrne Clare (H) v Carlow 23-06-91

Limerick (H) v Carlow 28-04-91 K Greene Offaly (H) v Longford 23-06-91

Offaly (H) v Monaghan 28-04-91 M Hopkins Monaghan (H) v Kerry 23-06-91 Dublin venue

Kerry (H) v Galway 28-04-91 J Hayes Limerick (H) v Mayo 23-06-91

Clare Bye Galway Bye

Round III Round VIII

Galway (H) v Longford 05-05-91 C Byrne Kerry (H) v Offaly 30-06-91

Limerick (H) v Clare 05-05-91 L Forde Mayo (H) v Clare 30-06-91

Mayo (H) v Kerry 05-05-91 R Burke Monaghan (H) v Galway 30-06-91

Monaghan (H) v Carlow 05-05-91 S O’Rourke Longford (H) v Limerick 30-06-91

Offaly Bye Carlow Bye

Round IV Round IX

Clare (H) v Offaly 19-05-91 Longford (H) v Kerry 21-07-91 Westmeath venue

Mayo (H) v Monaghan 19-05-91 Carlow (H) v Mayo 21-07-91

Galway (H) v Limerick 19-05-91 Galway (H) v Clare 21-07-91

Carlow (H) v Longford 19-05-91 Offaly (H) v Limerick 21-07-91

Kerry Bye Monaghan Bye

Round V

Kerry (H) v Limerick 26-05-91

Clare (H) v Monaghan 26-05-91

Offaly (H) v Mayo 26-05-91

Carlow (H) v Galway 26-05-91

Longford Bye

DOUBLE DOUBLE GLORY

FOR MONAGHAN LADIES

It was roses, roses all the way might well some up the fortunes of Monaghan’ senior ladies team in 1997 reaching unprecedented heights as they put national league and All-Ireland titles back to back, double glory for these trail blazers who have set a standard that others will seek to emulate in the years ahead. In the league Monaghan ground out result after result in an effort to retain their title but they had to dig very deep as the final went to a replay and old rivals Waterford proved tough nuts to crack. In retrospect it was game in which Monaghan were fortunate enough to get another crack at the title cause they were outscored on the day, Waterford hitting sixteen scores while Monaghan registered ten but significantly four of that ten were goals. But the championship was the one that Monaghan wanted to retain and games like the league final and its replay were the perfect preparation for what turned out to be a hectic series.

The driving force for the team was to play and beat Waterford in Croke Park, as the Decies county had inflicted two defeats on Monaghan in championship finals at headquarters. Laois had been dispatched in the 1996 final but everyone wanted Waterford in ’97 and they were not disappointed. But such thoughts were a long way off when the season started and Monaghan had a tough league campaign to get through first. But from the start there was a unity of purpose in the squad and a great atmosphere of camaraderie. Mind you these things are helped by having on the panel members of the same families and players being related to each other. There are two sets of sisters on the panel, Michelle and Mairead Murphy and Jennifer and Alison Treanor, Audrey and Orla O’Reilly are sisters-in-law while Margaret Kierans who captained the team in 1996 and Eileen McElvaney are cousins. Four of the successful U16 team and seven of the minor team all played their way on to the senior team for this year’s competition giving Monaghan a squad with one of the lowest average ages in the country.

Preparations were very thorough right from the start of the season with training in Rossmore Park and a number of GAA club grounds gradually building and moulding this squad into a very fit cohesive unit.

The terrain in Rossmore was particularly suited to the type of varied physical training the mentors wanted given that they could work on stamina and all the other aspects that have to be addressed as a team faces a long demanding campaign. It was a recipe that worked as Monaghan eased their way through the preliminary rounds and qualified for the league quarterfinals. It was in the mantle of a championship, there was no room for slip-ups at this crucial stage, mistakes at this level cost titles and Monaghan’s was on the line. Monaghan had to make the long journey to Hollymount to take on Wexford in the quarter final and showed that they were going to be the team to be reckoned with as they put on a show that Wexford simply could not match. They led from the start and never allowed Wexford to muster any response. Diane Dempsey was scorer in chief with 1-6 and gave a display that showed her to have great talent especially if she got the right possession. She was a nightmare to mark for the Wexford defenders and they were the only ones to suffer from her ability to carry the ball at speed at defences and having caused havoc then finish clinically.

Later in the season she was being compared with Maurice Fitzgerald for her ability to make space and create scores and it is a comparison that the Kerry great should take as a compliment. Monaghan led to half time by eight points to three and Dempsey was on target to extend that lead seconds after the restart. Wexford now trailed by nine points and any chance they might have had was killed off minutes later, again Diane Dempsey was the executioner as she got a touch of a bouncing ball to gently deflect it past the hapless Wexford keeper. It was a score that effectively killed off the Slaney girls, Monaghan wrapping up a comfortable result with a series of six unanswered points to book a place in the semi-final against Clare.

Despite home advantage in this one the Banner girls carried the game to Monaghan and for long spells it looked as if they might cause an upset. Clare came with a game plan, restrict the space available to the Monaghan attack and capitalise on quick breaks. They did this to good effect with Majella Griffith causing all sorts of problems with her long penetrating runs but in the end Monaghan came good and goal injury time saw them through. It was not the fast exciting fare that Monaghan usually produce but conditions mitigated against that and at times the fare on offer was not of a very high standard. Clare led by 0-4 to 0-1 having had slightly the better of the exchanges for quite some time in the first half but just when it looked as if they would go in for the break with that deficit Monaghan struck for a great goal, Niamh Kindlon fielding Jenny Grennan’s forty five and slamming to the net to level matters and give Monaghan a great boast at that vital time. Clare opened the scoring with a point but Monaghan replied almost immediately with a great goal when Diane Dempsey pounced on a loose ball to fist to the Clare net to put Monaghan in front for the first time. Buoyed up by this Monaghan exerted further pressure and they extended their lead with three unanswered points, which saw them ahead by six. But it wasn’t all one way traffic as Clare responded but Monaghan felt hard done by when Linda Farrelly picked up a nasty shoulder injury but did not get the free they expected while Clare capitalised on this momentary lapse to slam in a goal that brought them right back into the game. It was now all up for grabs and Clare sensing that they could pull it off attacked relentlessly and were rewarded with two points from Clare Daly and that scourge of Monaghan Majella Griffin to leave just the minimum between them with time almost up. Angela Larkin bought a little respite for Monaghan with a point but as the game went into injury time Clare roared back with equalising scores from who else, Majella Griffin and the second from Carmel Eustace.

Deep in injury time the next score would win it that it would be Monaghan as Doohamlet’s Rosie Hughes earned for herself a little bit of glory when she won possession out in the corner and lobbed the ball across only to see her shot dip and elude everyone as it sailed under the bar for the match winning goal. A lucky let-off, a master stroke, call it what you will but it meant that Monaghan were still league champions and a date with Waterford to see where the 1997 league title would rest.

The first meeting proved inconclusive with the sides finishing level after an excellent game in which fortunes ebbed and flowed. Goals again did the trick for Monaghan with senior debutant Edel Byrne bursting onto the scene with an excellent goal that she made and took herself, winning possession and running at the defence before hitting a screamer into the roof of the net for a score that has become hallmark of her play.

Waterford continued to pick off points and it took another goal this time finished by Niamh Kindlon after a sweeping move to bring Monaghan to within a point of Waterford at half time when the score stood at Waterford 0-9, Monaghan 2-2. The third quarter was mostly Waterford as they opened a six point gap and things looked a little ominous for the league champions. But Monaghan were not going to surrender their title as easily as that they hit back with a series of scores before taking the lead four minutes with a second goal from Edel Byrne. Waterford though did not panic and came back to level the issue and take the final to a replay. Final score Monaghan 4-6, Waterford 1-15.

So it was back to Ballinasloe for the replay and what a day for Monaghan football as not only did the seniors retain their league crown but the U14 squad also took home the silverware when they accounted for a very fancied Kerry side. In the senior game Monaghan served notice on all and sundry that they are the team to beat and anyone with eyes on their titles will have to fight very hard to unseat them. Monaghan laid the foundations for this great victory in a blistering first half that saw them overrun Waterford and go in at halftime with an eighteen point advantage, another special from Edel Byrne started the goal rush that say Monaghan hit three in a purple twenty minute patch, Anita O’Reilly notching two with great opportunism as Waterford could only wonder just what had happened. As well as those three specials Monaghan also registered eleven points in the entire first half.

No one was under any illusion though that the game was over at this stage and they would have been foolish to have written a team like Waterford off so easily. Back they came with a flourish and pinned Monaghan back in their own half for long periods. The pressure was unbelievable and led to a series of points but Monaghan fought like the tigers with Martina Grey playing her part with a number of good saves, one from a hotly dispute penalty but Waterford hit two good goals and series of points to reduce Monaghan’s lead to a very manageable level. Monaghan to their credit did not panic but with astute switching they were able to come to grips with the Waterford storm and hit a couple of points that kept their noses in front. An Aine Wall goal entering the final minutes however put a very different complexion on the situation with Monaghan now dangerously only three points in front but salvation was at hand and who better to deliver it than the wonder kid from Magheracloone, Edel Byrne picked up a loose ball and in the words of one witness buried it in the back of the Waterford net for the killer score.

A golden goal from the golden girl and while Waterford threw everything at Monaghan in the dying minutes and seconds they could only manage a point leaving Monaghan still senior league champions at the end of what had been a breathtaking final. Final score Monaghan 4-15, Waterford 3-13.

Monaghan’s Run to Glory:

Quarter Final: 1-17 Wexford 0-6.

Martina Grey, Audrey O’Reilly, Mairead Kelly, Eileen McElvaney, Niamh Kindlon, Brenda McAnespie, Cathriona Brady, Anita O’Reilly 0-1, Linda Farrelly 0-1, Michelle Murphy, Angela Larkin 0-5, Brenda Swift 0-1, Margaret Kierans 0-2, Diane Dempsey 1-6, Orla Kelly.

Subs: Catherine Finnegan, Mairead Murphy, Carmel McMahon 0-1, Davina McCaffrey, Aine Gilsenan.

Semi Final: Monaghan 3-6 Clare 1-9.

Martina Grey, Anita Reilly, Mairead Kelly, Eileen McElvaney, Catriona Brady, Brenda McAnespie, Niamh Kindlon 1-0, Linda Farrelly, Jenny Greenan, Brenda Swift 0-1, Angela Larkin 0-5, Audrey O’Reilly, Michelle Murphy, Diane Dempsey 1-0, Orla Reilly.

Subs used: Rosie Hughes 1-0, Margaret Kierans.

National League Final: Monaghan 4-6 Waterford 1-15

Martina Grey, Eileen McElvaney, Mairead Kelly, Audrey O’Reilly, Michelle Murphy, Brenda McAnespie, Catriona Brady, Linda Farrelly, Jenny Grennan, Brenda Swift, Angela Larkin 0-4, Niamh Kindlon 2-1, Diane Dempsey, Margaret Kierans, Edel Byrne 2-1.

Sub used: Anita O’Reilly

Replay: Monaghan 4-15 Waterford 3-13

Martina Grey, Michelle Murphy, Mairead Kelly, Anita O’Reilly, Eileen McElvaney 0-1, Brenda McAnespie, Catriona Brady, Linda Farrelly, Jenny Grennan 0-2, Niamh Kindlon, Angela Larkin 0-3, Audrey O’Reilly 2-1, Edel Byrne 2-3, Diane Dempsey 0-4, Margaret Kierans 0-1.

Sub used: Brenda Swift

Double Glory

The league title had been retaining the double. Doubles in any competition are not easily retained so Monaghan faced a stiff challenge. With no senior championship in Ulster Monaghan were automatically through to the All-Ireland semi-final where they met Mayo and it wasn’t until the second half that they imposed themselves on the game. Mayo got off to a good start and with Cora Staunton causing all sorts of problems they took an early lead with Monaghan not getting on the scoresheet until the 12th minute when Edel Byrne converted from play. Monaghan settled a little bit better now and actually took the lead but Mayo rallied and the sides went in level at halftime when the score stood at 1-4 apiece. In the second half Monaghan moved up a gear and goals by Diane Dempsey (2) along with a series of points from a much more fluid forward line had the result wrapped up long before the final whistle.

So it was back to Croke Park and another bout with the auld enemy, Waterford. They had never the dominant team in ladies football. They had played five finals in Croke Park and won all five starting with the junior championship back in 1986 and then four senior titles in 1991, ’92, ’94 and ’95. On their path to the final they had beaten Kerry, Clare and Meath and amassed a total of twelve goals and twenty nine points in the process while conceding a measly three goals and fifteen points. An experienced team bent on taking back their All-Ireland title avenging their league final defeat earlier in the season. Sunday October 12th was D Day in Croke Park and what a dramatic day it turned out to be. A game that had all the passion, skill and artistry that one could expect and a game too that saw people experience the complete range of emotions from sheer elation to being broken-hearted. The thrills and spills, the scores, the near misses, the taste of victory, the scent of defeat, they were all there as Monaghan retained their All Ireland crown but not before Waterford had put them through the wringer in heart stopping second half.

As in the league final the first half belonged to Monaghan and they played some magnificent football, good handling, quick precise passing and a combination of speed and skill in setting up moves that had Waterford trailing in their wake. Golden girl Edel Byrne again showed the way with Diane Dempsey and Niamh Kindlon also doing great work. Dempsey with her speed and ball carrying ability down the left and Kindlon with a goal that will rank with the best from any competition this year as she unleashed a screamer from about twenty metres out that the Waterford keeper could do absolutely nothing about. In defence Monaghan had stars aplenty with Brenda McAnespie holding the middle and her fellow defenders all doing their jobs and restricting Waterford to crumbs as they swept up everything that the Decies county could muster that Kindlon goal restored Monaghan’s superiority after Waterford had plundered a three pointer against the run of play and they finished the half with a flourish hitting three unanswered points to go 2-9 to 1-3 up at half time.

Even though Monaghan were nine points in front they knew this game wasn’t won and in the dressing room at halftime they prepared themselves for the onslaught they knew would come. Edel Byrne described the Monaghan camp at the interval as “very quiet, there was silence in the dressing room, we knew that Waterford would come back at us and we had to steel ourselves to keep up our work rate. We had a good lead but we had to concentrate so that Waterford would not get into the game”. Despite the best intentions however that is exactly what Waterford did as they hit Monaghan like a whirlwind right from the throw-in for the second half. They exerted increasing pressure and hit six points inside nine minutes to reduce Monaghan’s lead to a mere three points. Monaghan were working extremely hard to contain this initiative and Diane Dempsey bought a little respite with a point but immediately Waterford were again on the offensive for six more that took them two point clear of the champions. Waterford’s record now began to edge its way into people’s minds, Monaghan were entering dangerous territory and time was running out. The pace and competitiveness of the game was taking its toll and a number of Monaghan players had to receive treatment for cramp with a resulting number of stoppages in play. It was something that was eventually to work in Monaghan’s favour as it was in that extra time that they engineered the recovery that saw them snatch a dramatic victory. Two minutes from time Monaghan were back level. A minute from time Waterford were in front again and as injury time mounted Monaghan levelled and then took a dramatic lead when Edel Byrne sent over the bar.

It was a slender lead and still the injury time mounted. Monaghan earned a free and up stepped Edel Byrne to take what was a pressure kick a point would put Monaghan two up, a short free could give the ball back to Waterford and it was too close to say that a wide was as good as a point. No one need have feared as Edel steeled herself with thoughts of how she and her fellow U16’s were denied by this same county and inspired by that she dispatched the ball for a match winning score. Unbelievable scenes greeted the final whistle as the huge Monaghan contingent invaded Croke Park to acclaim their heroes. Honour has been satisfied, Monaghan had proved they were no one year wonders, they had retained their league and championship double and while they had been put under severe pressure by Waterford in both finals they had shown themselves to be a team of character who could dig deep when the occasion demanded. Rarely has a team dug deeper that the Monaghan ladies on that Sunday in October. Golden girl Edel Byrne summed it up “it was nerve wrecking stuff it was touch and go right to the end.

The Decies were brilliant in the second half and at one stage it looked like we were going to get nothing out of the game which would have been grossly unfair after the tremendous teamwork we had put in. We are now the best team in Ireland. When we won last year it wasn’t rated that highly by some people but we have now won it by beating Waterford in Croke Park and we’ve proved we’re the best in Ireland. “. And who can argue with that? After the game Aghabog’s Jenny Greenan was named as AIB Player of the match and while Edel Byrne was certainly in contention for that honour and was given awards afterwards Greenan’s overall contribution warranted such recognition. Her leadership on the field was inspirational and when the going got tough, well she proved the old adage, the tough got going and she rallied Monaghan at that vital time and struck for a vital score when things were very delicately balanced at the end. A true star among a galaxy of stars and a performance that will inspire others as this ladies game sweeps the land “like a prairie fire”. The best is yet to come. The full Monaghan panel that worked so hard to bring honour and glory to the county: Jenny Greenan, Margaret Kierans, Cathriona Brady, Mairead Kelly, Anne Gavan, Eileen McElvaney, Michelle Murphy, Anita O’Reilly, Alison Treanor, Brenda McAnespie, Brenda Swift, Jennifer Treanor, Mairead Murphy, Carmel McMahon, Aine Gilsenan, Audrey O’Reilly, Linda Farrelly, Orla O’Reilly, Angela Larkin, Davina McCaffrey, Louise McMahon, Martina Grey, Edel Byrne, Niamh Kindlon, Rosie Hughes, Linda Gartland, Diane Dempsey.

All Ireland Final: Monaghan 2-15 Waterford 1-16

And on the day Monaghan lined out as follows:

Martina Grey, Anita O’Reilly, Mairead Kelly, Audrey O’Reilly, Eileen McElvaney, Brenda McAnespie, Cathriona Brady, Jenny Greenan 0-3, Linda Farrelly, Niamh Kindlon 1-0, Angela Larkin 0-3, Edel Byrne 1-4, Linda Garland, Margaret Kierans 0-1, Diane Dempsey 0-4.

Subs: Michelle Murphy for Audrey O’Reilly, Jennifer Treanor for Linda Gartland, Orla O’Reilly for Anita O’Reilly.

MONAGHAN’S GREAT EFFORT

DESERVED BETTER LUCK

(1998)

The 1998 ladies All-Ireland football and replay have surely gone down in GAA history as two of the most exciting and thrilling games ever seen at Croke Park. Two highly exciting and nail-biting matches that had the record attendances absolutely enthralled, not to mention the huge television audiences that were glued to their television screens earned the plaudits of the nation and the admiration of even the severest of sceptics and critics.

No longer is Ladies Gaelic football something of a novelty or something to be sneered at, as thousands upon thousands of previously disinterested sports fans have suddenly found a new sport that threatens to put the men’s game in the shade, for its sheer skill, sportsmanship and freedom from aggro and dirt. Monaghan and Waterford, between them, have scored a tremendous victory for women, and for the good of sport … and Gaelic sport at that.

What a pity there had to be a loser in this clash of the giants of the ladies game, as neither team deserved to lose. Monaghan, even more so perhaps, as they gained the hearts of everyone for their thrilling and courageous comeback in the drawn game and then their hard luck story in the closing stages of replay, when a draw should have been the least reward for them. As it was, they had finally to concede victory to yet another great team in Waterford, and failed in their great ambition to win three All-Ireland senior football titles in succession, but this team will be back, and in a very short time too.

The Drawn Game

Louth and Roscommon provided the entertainment in the curtain raiser for the first game on Sunday 4th October, but Monaghan support in the near 17,000 attendance far outnumbered the combined attendances of the other three counties Monaghan lined out for the final as follows: Brenda McAnespie, Anita O’Reilly, Catriona Brady, Audrey O’Reilly, Mairead Kelly, Eileen McElvaney, Niamh Kindlon, Jenny Greenan (Capt), Linda Farrelly, Margaret Kierans, Edel Byrne, Jennifer Treanor, Angela Larkin, Brenda Swift and Diane Dempsey. Ciara McGuinness came on as a substitute in the 50th minute.

Monaghan really ‘went to town’ in the opening half, sweeping the Waterford opposition aside as if they were a set of juveniles. Jenny Greenan and Company simply looked superb, and the favourites from Munster, who had been tipped by all the Dublin scribes, were made to look amateurish. The first of Monaghan’s four great goals came in the 8th minute when Diane Dempsey made the net bulge following some great work by Angela Larkin and Brenda Swift. Monaghan then ran into a 1-3 to 0-1 lead and seemed to be coasting to an easy win.

The Waterford defence looked dreadfully porous as Monaghan would sweep through for two more goals in this opening thirty minutes; Niamh Kindlon firing home the second in the fourteenth minute and Jennifer Greenan getting the third after the Munster champions had made something of a comeback with some well taken points.

It was significant that Monaghan also crashed the ball off the woodwork on no less than three occasions in the half, two of them should surely have been in the net, had the Ulster girls been blessed with any sort of luck. Edel Byrne had particularly cruel luck when her superb shot came off the lower part of the upright. Half time arrived with Monaghan comfortably in front by six points on a score line of 3-4 to 0-7.

Such a lead might have been a happy omen for any team, but Monaghan remembered the 1997 final when they were also six points in front at the interval but Waterford had come back at them in the third quarter and Monaghan had to come from behind to win the title in injury time. Sure enough the pattern was repeated in the 1998 final as Waterford came back with a string of points in the third quarter that sent alarm bells ringing in the Monaghan camp. Despite Maggie Kearns opening point, Waterford’s superb marksmanship gradually reduced the lead, and eventually they went in front, so that midway through the half, Monaghan found themselves trailing 1-1 to 3-5.

Things seemed to be slipping away from Monaghan but spectators had not bargained for their tremendous fighting spirit which would again bring them from behind. Edel Byrne had a point, but Waterford again came with superb points to lead by 1-16 to 3-6, a four points advantage. It was then that the Monaghan mentors sprang Ciara McGuinness from the substitutes bench, and what a transformation the 16 years old Magheracloone start made on this game. Only six minutes on the field and she scored a superb goal that sent the Monaghan supporters into ecstasies. What a comeback, and it was followed only minutes later by an equally superb point from Edel Byrne … the score that levelled matters for Monaghan and put the game to a replay on a date to be arranged.

The rave reports that appeared in the following days and newspapers were well and truly deserved by the young ladies of both counties and people who had never before witnessed ladies football were loud in their praises of the skills and sportsmanship of both teams.

The Replay

The international series with Australia then intervened and meant that the replay could not be held until the last Sunday in October. Many had suggested that it should be played before the Australia games, but this would have been an injustice to these thirty participants. The delay might be long, but there was widespread acclamation when RTE announced the replay would also be televised live … a marvellous tribute to the ladies, and one that paid dividends, as the second meeting provided yet another thriller.

For the replay, Monaghan started with exactly the same fifteen players, but with quite a bit of reshuffling in both defence and attack. Mairead Kelly moved to full-back where she would mark the dangerous Geraldine O’Ryan.

Jennifer Treanor and Niamh Kindlon swapped positions on the left wing, and Edel Byrne moved into the corner of attack. Dublin and Westmeath provided the entertainment in the curtain raiser for this replay.

This time, however it would be Waterford who would dominate the opening half, as they went about their task in a truly business-like fashion that had Monaghan ruffled for long periods of that first thirty minutes. Angela Larkin opened the scoring with a Monaghan point, but that score seemed to spur the Waterford side into action, and they pressed forward for a series of well-taken points. Monaghan were again in hard luck, with the woodwork coming to Waterford’s rescue, while the Waterford goal was something of a ‘freak’ as the high dipping ball found Brenda McAnespie totally blinded by the strong October sun and dropped into the net behind her for a totally unmerited score. At least three goals were also missed by Monaghan through sheer bad luck in this half, and they found themselves six points in arrears when the interval arrived, exactly the reserve position from the drawn game … Waterford 1-8 Monaghan 0-5.

The near 14,000 attendance, however, was in for a real thriller in the second period. This time it was Monaghan who came from behind, but not before they had let Waterford take a huge lead of no less than ten points at one stage. That lead was again built up by Waterford’s deadly accuracy; their two corner forwards seeming unable to send the ball anywhere but between the uprights. The ultimate winners would score 1-6 in this half, but would still be out-scored by Monaghan, who had 3-3 to their credit, the three goals coming in a pulsating finish that had the crowd on their toes in absolute breathless excitement.

Waterford were leading by ten points 2-11 to 0-7, when Monaghan suddenly sprang to life and showed what champions are truly made off. Linda Farrelly had the first of the three goals and Maggie Kearns added a point. Diane Dempsey scored goal number two, and now there was only a goal between them. Waterford had a point but Niamh Kindlon had goal number three and now there was only a point between them. Ciara McGuinness came on as in the drawn game. Waterford came back for two more points, but Monaghan again put on the pressure and only a brilliant save by the Waterford goalkeeper and then the Waterford woodwork, denied them the goal they so richly deserved that would have given them a draw and put the game into extra time. That was the least that Monaghan deserved, considering that they had again struck the opposition’s posts on no less than five occasions in this second half. Final Score: Waterford 2-14 Monaghan 3-8.

The title was lost, but certainly not the honour. Monaghan Ladies had provided football entertainment second to none, and proof they were true and deserving champions for the two previous years. The three-in-a-row just was not to be, but they were still the heroines of Co. Monaghan and deservedly acclaimed a such when they returned home to a truly warm reception.

Monaghan had lined out: Martina Grey (Scotstown), Una McNally (Tyholland), Anita O’Reilly (Monaghan Harps), Catherine McCarville (Scotstown), Michelle Lavelle (Monaghan Harps), Jenny Greenan (Aghabog), Mary Croarkin (Aghabog), Catriona Brady (Captain Aghabog), Aisling Tierney (Clones), Lavina Connolly (Latton), Niamh Kindlon (Magheracloone), Aisling Smith (Aghabog),

Lorraine Freeman (Magheracloone), Diane Dempsey (Latton) and Slainey Murray (Monaghan Harps).

Subs used: Pamela Treanor (Tyholland)

Monaghan fortunes in the league were also of the very unlucky variety. Competing in Division One, they score a magnificent early 2-8 to 1-7 win over Mayo, the reigning All-Ireland champions on Sunday 11th February, when the scorers were Diana Dempsey 1-0, Breda McGinn 1-0, Jenny Greenan 0-2, Orla Callan 0-2, Aisling Tierney 0-2, Una McNally 0-1 and Anita O’Reilly 0-1. On Sunday 18th February they met Waterford in Dublin and again put on a super show to win by 4-12 to 1-8, to prove beyond doubt that they were the best team in the country – defeating the successive All-Ireland champions of the three previous years. Unfortunately they fell to Clare by 4-6 to 1-8 in the next outing at Mullingar but they still led the league table with six points from four games.

They made up for the lapse with a decisive 1-9 to 0-6 win over Longford at Longford on Sunday 8th April, to maintain the top position. The good form was maintained even though there was a slip up to Tyrone, losing by 1-10 to 0-9 at Augher on Sunday 20th May. Despite this they were guaranteed a semi-final spot and in this, they defeated Tyrone again at Latton on Saturday 2nd June on a very impressive score line of Monaghan 5-9 Tyrone 1-5, the scores coming from Niamh Kindlon (2-3), Orla Callan (2-1), Jenny Greenan (1-1), Diane Dempsey (0-2), Lavina Connolly (0-1).

The league final was played at Mullingar on Sunday 24th June with Monaghan looking for their fifth National League title in eight years. Unfortunately they ran up against Clare, who emerged narrow winners by 2-10 to 1-10. It was a very closely contested game and Clare just about shaded the issue. Monaghan lined out as follows: Martina Grey, Donna Toal, Anita O’Reilly, Michelle Lavelle, Una McNally, Jenny Greenan, Mary Croarkin, Catriona Brady, Ciara Mulligan, Lavina Connolly, Niamh Kindlon, Aisling Smith, Aisling Tierney, Diane Dempsey and Orla Callen.

Subs used: Slainey Murray and Breda McGinn.

Juniors Fall to Armagh

Nor did Lady Luck favour Monaghan in the Ulster Junior Championship. In the semi-final at Gavan Duffy Park, Monaghan, on Sunday 22nd July the junior squad fell heavily to Armagh, who triumphed on a final score-line of Armagh 5-10, Monaghan 2-6. It was a disappointing day for the home side but tremendous whole hearted performance were still given by Orla McKeown, Leone Callan, Amanda Beggan and Voreen Quigley in a side which lined out as follows:

Alison Treanor, Leone McCallan, Orla McKeown, Martina Sullivan, Deirdre Patton, Davina McCaffrey, Lorraine Connolly, Elaine Greenan, Fiona Kindlon, Aileen Duffy, Marie Doogan, Seannie McConnell, Amanda Beggan, Voreen Quigley and Mary Connolly.

Subs used: Edel Kearns, Nicola Leonard, Mairead Kelly, Emma McGinnity and Janette Newell. The scorers were: Amanda Beggan 0-5, Voreen Quigley 0-2 and Mary Connolly 1-0.

DAME FORTUNE DESERTS

If ever Monaghan Ladies football had an unlucky year, 2001 must surely have been it. Despite the fact that they were still contenders for the Ulster title as well as being potential candidates for All-Ireland honours, they find themselves ending the year empty handed of an Ulster adult title, writes Seamus McCluskey.

Prior to 2000 Monaghan had represented Ulster in the All-Ireland series as they were the only senior side in county and province with pride and took two All-Ireland Senior Championships to prove the fact.

Following their Junior All-Ireland win in 1999 Tyrone stepped up to senior level in 2000 and met Monaghan in the first ever Ulster Senior Final, with the result going against the Monaghan cailini. Then Down arrived on the scene for 2001, having won Junior honours the previous year, and this guaranteed a three way contest for Ulster senior title. Ulster Council paired Monaghan and Down for the semi-final with the losers to meet champions Tyrone in a second semi-final.

The Monaghan semi-final with Down took place at Crossmaglen on Sunday 1st July and resulted in facile win for Monaghan over the All-Ireland junior champions. The final score line for Monaghan 4-21, Down 1-12, did not even fully represent the dominance of the Monaghan ladies. Four first half goals really settled the issue on this occasion and Monaghan were very much in command, even by the half way stage when they led by 4-10 to 0-8, the four majors coming from different players – Orla Callen, Catriona Brady, Niamh Kindlon and Aisling Tierney.

Monaghan lined out as follows: Martina Grey, Una McNally, Anita O’Reilly, Donna Toal, Michelle Lavelle, Jennifer Greenan, Mary Croarkin, Aisling Tierney, Catriona Brady, Lavina Connolly, Niamh Kindlon, Aisling Smith, Orla Callan, Diane Dempsey and Ciara Mulligan.

Subs used: Catherine McCarville, Pamela Treanor, Lorraine Freeman, Cathy McManus and Eileen McElvaney.

Tyrone’s victory over Down in the second semi-final meant that the 2001 Ulster final would be a repeat of the 2000 decider. Sunday 12th August was the date and Clones was again the venue. This time Monaghan were going out for revenge and played with a determination seldom seen in their previous outings during the year. They looked the better of the two sides all through and when they led by three points, with time running out, it looked as if the title was on its way back to Monaghan. Time keeping, however, was to play a vital role in this final and when Tyrone scored a goal to level matters, and then had a point deep in injury time, it was curtains for dreadfully disappointed Monaghan team that deserved better.

Despite it being August, the conditions were dreadful for the game, with rain falling throughout. Niamh Kindlon had Monaghan’s early points and scores were level on three occasions during the first quarter. Further points from Kindlon and Jenny Greenan saw Monaghan hold an interval lead of two points, 0-5 to 0-3. Catriona Brady, Aisling Tierney and Niamh Kindlon had further points in the second half to put Monaghan well ahead, 0-8 to 0-3.

Brilliant saves by the Tyrone goalkeeper also prevented Monaghan from going much further ahead but they still looked good, leading by 0-9 to 0-6 with time up. It was then that Tyrone scored the goal that really devastated Monaghan and when they had the winner well into injury time and after the scorer had taken a remarkable number of steps, the house fell in on the Monaghan girls. The final score of Tyrone 1-7, Monaghan 0-9, really did not do justice to Monaghan’s performance and they were at least deserving of a draw. The atmosphere in the Monaghan dressing room after the game summed it all up.

ALL-IRELAND JOY FOR MINOR LADIES

A minor team comprised of girls from over the county brought national glory home this year.

What a year it was for the Ladies football minor team of Co. Monaghan. All-Ireland champions, and a place in the GAA History books of the county. Fielding a team extremely representative of the county, with clubs as far apart as Magheracloone and Emyvale, these young ladies did the county proud and gave a lead to their senior counterparts and, even more importantly, to the male footballers of the county.

The March meeting of the County Board appointed Mary Fox (Carrickmacross), Brendan Finnegan (Aughnamullen) and Owen McNally (Tyholland) to take charge of this magnificent squad and they were to be assisted by the senior team management of Michael Morgan, Paul Swift and Cathal Hand; all of them seasoned campaigners and people who could be depended upon to get the very best out of their young charges. The trust placed in them at such an early stage of the year was certainly vindicated by events and results later in the season.

For the opening round of the Ulster Minor Championship, Monaghan were drawn to meet Donegal, but this proved to be a “bloodless” victory, as Donegal were unable to field a team for that quarter final clash at Ballybofey at the end of June, this despite the fact that they would have had “home” advantage.

Also in June, senior team manager, Michael Morgan, fielded an under strength senior team against Tyrone in a friendly game in preparation for his sides appearance in the All-Ireland semi-final stages later in the year. Monaghan won that one 6-10 to 4-12, but with several leading members absent, Morgan took the opportunity to try out some younger players and these included a few of the minor squad. The manager was obviously very happy with the result and was afterwards quoted as saying that the performance of two minors had prompted predictions of a call up to the senior side.

“Ciara McGuinness showed she could live with the best of them as she very cleverly scored Monaghan’s fifth goal”, he said, “And Breda McGinn … without doubt one of the quickest forwards around, will make the breakthrough with sheer hard graft.

Ciara McGuinness and Louise McMahon were also two of the most prominent Monaghan players on the county junior team, which lost to Donegal in the Ulster Junior Championship, also at the end of June. Louise had scored 1-4 in that game which Monaghan lost by 1-8 to 2-13.

Some of the younger members of the minor squad were also back boning the county U16 team and hammered Fermanagh in the U16 final at Roslea on 2nd July. These included Ciara Mulligan, Donna Mulligan, Ciara McGuinness (who scored 1-5 in that one), Catherine McCarville (who had 2-3 to her credit) Breda McGinn and Lorraine Freeman. These girls were obviously getting plenty of football, playing in so many different grades, and this would certainly stand to them in the Minor Championship.

The Minors next met Fermanagh in the Ulster Championship semi-final and had the following squad to pick from:

Martina Grey, Kerry Quigley, Niamh Kindlon, Louise McMahon, Donna Mulligan, Una Rooney, Mary Croarkin, Edel Byrne, Isobel Kierans, Sharon Doogan, Emma O’Donoghue, Amanda Beggan, Catherine McCarville, Lisa Morgan, Patricia McCabe, Ciara McGuinness, Lorraine Freeman, Breda McGinn, Ciara Mulligan, Michelle Lavelle, Emma McGinnity, Taine King, Aine Gilsenan, Aoife McMahon, Orla McMahon, Rosie Hughes and Aisling Tierney.

Fermanagh were swept aside as the Monaghan girls triumphed by 4-15 to 1-1, after leading by 2-7 to 0-1 at the interval. Half backs Mary Croarkin, Catherine McCarville and Ciara Mulligan proved the rock on which every Fermanagh attack collapsed, while midfielder Una Rooney was also in superb form, and full forward Edel Byrne topped the scoring with 2-6 to her credit. The team had lined out as follows:

Emma O’Donoghue, Sharon Doogan, Isobel Kierans, Lisa Morgan, Mary Croarkin, Catherine McCarville, Ciara Mulligan, Niamh Kindlon (0-2), Una Rooney (1-1), Ciara McGuinness (0-1), Louise McMahon (0-2), Emma McGinnity, Amanda Beggan, Edel Byrne (2-6), Breda McGinn. Subs used: Rosie Hughes, Orla McMahon (1-3), Donna Toal, Michelle Lavelle and Patricia McCabe.

They next met Tyrone in the Ulster final and this was played at Scotstown in the first week of August. The final score of Monaghan 4-8, Tyrone 1-13, gave Monaghan the minor title to add to the U16 title captured only the previous week. Looking a defeated side early on, Monaghan eventually came out on top with superb displays from Mary Croarkin, (who also scored the winning goal after taking a superb centre by Ciara McGuinness, Lisa Morgan, Isobel King, Niamh Kindlon, Una Rooney, Ciara McGuinness, Edel Byrne and Breda McGinn. Despite facing the stiff breeze in the opening half, Monaghan had drawn level by the interval, 3-0 to 1-9 and the team lined out as follows:-

Martina Grey, Michelle Lavelle, Isobel Kierans, Lisa Morgan, Mary Croarkin (1-0), Catherine McCarville (1-0), Ciara Mulligan, Niamh Kindlon, Una Rooney, Ciara McGuinness (0-2), Louise McMahon, Breda McGinn, Orla McMahon (1-0), Edel Byrne (1-6) and Amanda Beggan. Subs used: Donna Mulligan, Rosie Hughes, Donna Toal and L. McMahon.

There were tremendous scenes of enthusiasm at the conclusion when the minor U18 championship trophy was presented to the Monaghan captain, Louise McMahon, by Philip O’Hare, the Ulster President who warmly congratulated the Monaghan cailini on their magnificent success and wished them the very best of luck in the All-Ireland series, but he knew that they would certainly not let Ulster down. How true those words turned out to be.

In the All-Ireland semi-final Monaghan were pitted against old rivals, Laois, the Leinster champions. Fixed for Mullingar on Saturday 22nd August, the Monaghan selectors had to select from an impressive panel:-

Martina Grey, Michelle Lavelle, Isobel Kierans, Lisa Morgan, Mary Croarkin, Catherine McCarville, Ciara Mulligan, Niamh Kindlon, Una Rooney, Ciara McGuinness, Louise McMahon, Breda McGinn, Orla McMahon, Edel Byrne, Amanda Beggan, Emma O’Donoghue, Donna Mulligan, Rosie Hughes, Donna Toal, Lorraine Freeman, Sharon Doogan, Patricia McCabe, Emma McCague and Emma McGinnity.

As expected, Laois proved no pushover, and Monaghan were put to the pins of their proverbial collars to overcome the midlanders, but this they duly did and qualified for an All-Ireland spot against another of their old rivals of recent years, Mayo. This game was fixed for St. Mel’s Park in Longford on Saturday 12th September and would prove to be a red letter day in the history of Monaghan Ladies Gaelic Football.

Monaghan followers flocked in their hundreds to this one, even though the weather at the time was most unfavourable, but hopes were high that, where the under 14s and under 16s had failed, this minor team would salvage Monaghan’s honour and bring a much deserved underage All-Ireland title to the county. They were not to be disappointed.

Star of the show on this final occasion was, unquestionably, Edel Byrne of Magheracloone. Not only had she scored four points against Laois in the semi-final a couple of weeks earlier but she doubled that on this occasion, scoring 2-2 to see her county through to a well deserved All- Ireland title, both of her goals coming in the second half of a tremendous game.

The first half was extremely close but Monaghan still managed to end the half in front, if only by a minimum of margins 0-4 to 0-3. Mayo had opened the scoring but Louise McMahon equalised for Monaghan and then Ciara McGuinness put Monaghan in front for the first time. Mayo equalised again but Edel Byrne quickly put Monaghan back in the driving seat. Mary Croarkin set up Catherine McCarville for a nice point just before the interval.

Monaghan fell behind at an early stage of the second period and were in arrears, 0-4 to 1-4, midway through this half, but they then turned on the style and Mayo’s last two goals came in the dying seconds when the title was already well and truly on its way to Monaghan.

Selectors Michael Morgan and Paul Swift had spotted where the weaknesses were and made astute changes that swung the game very much in Monaghan’s favour.

Ciara Mulligan had a superb point, and then Una Rooney and Catherine McCarville combined magnificently to set Edel Byrne up for the first of her two goals. Now Monaghan were 1-5 to 1-4 in front and looking good. Rosie Hughes then came with three unanswered points in quick succession while Lorraine Freeman suddenly began to create all sorts of problems for the western defence.

Edel Byrne, Ciara McGuinness and Isobel Kearns added three more Monaghan points and then, after Edel Byrne has scored her second goal, Mayo finally found the Monaghan net, but at that point it didn’t really matter. It finished Monaghan 2-11, Mayo 3-4 and the celebrations that followed had to be seen to be believed. Disappointment may have followed the U14s defeat by Meath in the semi-final and the U16s defeat by Waterford in the final, but this was Monaghan’s day and the minor title was safely in their keeping.

The history making team had lined out as follows:

Martina Grey (Scotstown), Christine Reilly (Magheracloone), Isobel Kierans, (Inniskeen), Lisa Morgan (Scotstown), Mary Croarkin (Eire Og? Aghabog), Niamh Kindlon (Magheracloone), Una Rooney (Monaghan Harps), Ciara Mulligan (Aughnamullan), Edel Byrne (Magheracloone), Rosie Hughes (Doohamlet), Ciara McGuinness (Magheracloone), Breda McGinn (Emyvale), Orla McMahon (Aughnamullen), Lorraine Freeman (Magheracloone) and Louise McMahon (Sean McDermott’s).

Subs used: Michelle Lavelle (Monaghan Harps), Catherine McCarville (Scotstown), and Donna Mulligan (Aughnamullen).

Others on that magnificent panel were: Amanda Beggan (Scotstown), Emma O’Donoghue (Aghabog), Patricia McCabe (Doohamlet), Emma McGinnity (Aughnamullen), Donna Mulligan (Aughnamullen), Donna Toal (Monaghan Harps), Sharon Doogan (Magheracloone), Emma McCague (Scotstown) and Frances Patton (Carrickmacross).

At the conclusion the Douglas Cup was presented to the captain of the winning team, Louise McMahon, by Mr. Noel Murray, President of the Ladies Association, amid Monaghan cheering that could have been heard in Ballybay.

The delight of the clubs of the county at the success of the minors was obvious from the many congratulations extended to them by the various PRO’s in their ‘club notes’ in a local newspaper of the following weekend. A sample of several congratulatory messages was the following:

Sean McDermott – Congratulations to our own Louise McMahon who captained the successful Monaghan Ladies Minor team last weekend. Well done Louise, a great honour for yourself and hopefully you will experience many more days like this.

Monaghan Harps: Congratulations to the Co. Monaghan Ladies Minor team on defeating Mayo in the All-Ireland final.

Aghabog – Congratulations to Monaghan Ladies minor team who won the All-Ireland final last Saturday.

Inniskeen – Well done to Isobel Kierans who played fullback for the winning All-Ireland minor team on Saturday last. A great achievement, Isobel.

Scotstown – Congratulations to Martina Grey, Lisa Morgan, Amanda Beggan and Catherine McCarville, who were members of the victorious County Minor team in the All-Ireland final.

With such a success rate at the underage levels, especially minor, it was inevitable that several of the newly crowned All-Ireland champions would be drafted onto the senior team for their vital All-Ireland series. Michael Morgan has already tried out a few of the panel in the earlier challenge game with Tyrone but now a few more names were added to his list, and deservedly so.

Niamh Kindlon played at left half back and Edel Byrne at centre half forward on the Monaghan senior team that defeated Meath by 0-13 to 1-8 in the All-Ireland senior semi-final at Summerhill, Co. Meath on Sunday 6th September, while Ciara McGuinness also came on as a sub in that game.

In fact, it was this Magheracloone trio that brought Monaghan back into the game, and who notched up the scores that eventually gave them their two points victory. Edel Byrne scored five points, fifteen years old Ciara McGuinness and Niamh Kindlon had a point each. Others of the minor squad who were on the substitutes bench that same day were Martina Grey (sub goal-keeper), Una Rooney, Ciara Mulligan, Breda McGinn, Mary Croarkin and Donna Mulligan.

The same squad formed part of the Monaghan panel that met Waterford in the 1998 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final at Croke Park on the first Sunday in October last and was the first Ladies Football All-Ireland Final to be televised live, but all about that in a separate article.

Suffice it to say that these minors are in a class apart and have assured Monaghan followers that Ladies football is very much in the ascendancy in Co. Monaghan and that further honours must surely follow in the years ahead.

Minors go out to Tyrone:

In the semi-final Monaghan had an easy 6-9 to 1-5 win over Derry at Clones in June, but once again it was Tyrone who proved to be Monaghan’s stumbling block in the Ulster Minor championship when the sides met at Carrickmore at the end of June. Lavina Connolly had Monaghan’s opening point and Orla Callen the second. Aisling Tierney followed with a great goal but Tyrone still led by 1-6 to 1-2 at the interval. Aisling had an early second half point for Monaghan and Cathy McManus had their second goal in a well contested second period, but Tyrone still finished the stronger on a score line of Tyrone 3-9, Monaghan 2-5.

The Monaghan team was: Emma O’Harte, Una McNally, Pamela Treanor, Maggie Deary, Donna Toal, Orla McKeown, Joanne Courtney, Rosie King, Cathy McManus, Lavina Connolly, Aisling Tierney, Lisa Kingham, Danielle McGorman, Orla Callen and Breda McGinn.

Subs used: Christina Reilly, Paula Moyna, Therese McNally, Aoife McDonald.

This, unfortunately, ended Monaghan’s hopes of a provincial minor title in 2001.

Under 14s do Monaghan proud:

Monaghan’s great achievement during 2001 was gained by the County’s Under 14 brigade who retained their Ulster title and went on to contest the All-Ireland final. In the opening round they disposed of Tyrone by 4-6 to 2-7 at Ballybay on Saturday 19th May, and followed this up with a decisive 7-11 to 2-7 win over Donegal in the semi-final played at Cremartin on Saturday 26th May. In the Ulster final at Tyholland on Saturday 2nd June they defeated Cavan 3-10 to 4-6 to retain their Ulster crown.

In the All-Ireland semi-final they had a great 5-7 to 3-5 win over Dublin at Drumbaragh, Co. Meath on Saturday 9th June to qualify for the final. Here, however, they were well beaten by Cork at Portlaoise on Saturday 23rd June.

Despite defeat, this was a great year for the U14s and the team in the final was:

Amy Duffy, Rona Newell, Lorraine Duffy, Sharon Courtney, Louise Cunningham, Yvonne Connell, Grainne McNally, Lisa Sherry, Niamh Kerr, Rachel McNally, Marie McNally, Aoife Hagan, Danica Tavey, Caroline McAree and Grainne Treanor.

Subs used: Aine Mulligan, Grace Mullen, Eimear Mulligan, Linda Martin and Mairead McGeough.

It may have been a heartbreaking year for Monaghan who could surely have done with even a little smile from Dame Fortune, but with Juveniles of the calibre of the current U14 and U16 sides coming up, Monaghan’s hopes for the future are indeed bright. And having been the victims of misfortune in 2001, they show all the signs of again becoming supreme in Ulster in the year ahead.

SENIOR LADIES AGAIN DO MONAGHAN PROUD

Despite losing to old rivals Waterford in the All-Ireland Semi-final at Parnell Park in August, Monaghan Senior Ladies once again did their county proud in winning NFL, writes John Graham.

The failure to Waterford was never a pointer to the excellent form shown by the team throughout the year, and their winning of the national football league over the same opposition earlier in the year was a much more accurate indication of their real class.

Their was surprise at the beginning of the year when Michael Morgan was not chosen to take charge of the senior team, being replaced by Michael McKeown at the annual convention held in Ballybay on Sunday the 10th January. Assisted by Des Patton, Tony Keenan, Phoebe Carroll and Mary Callaghan, the new manager arranged a series of trial matches for the panel of the previous year and some new faces including Donna Mulligan, Ann Gavan, Mary Croarkin, Siobhan McFarland, Genevieve Campbell, Sharon Cunningham, Ann McKenna, Laura Murphy, Amanda Beggan, Fiona Kindlon, Christina O’Reilly, Kerry Quigley, Majella Woods, Aine Gilsenan, Maura Stokes, Emma McGinnity, Rosie Hughes, Donna Toal and Voreen Quigley.

A challenge game for the fringe players was held against Tyrone at Kilmore in February an these showed up well despite defeat. Another challenge was played the following Sunday against Fermanagh and this time they won by 2-6 to 1-3 on a bitterly cold day. Eventually the county senior panel was named:

Ann Gavan, Mary Croarkin, Donna Mulligan, Jennifer Greenan, Margaret Kierans, Cathriona Brady (Aghabog), Marie Stokes, Ciara Mulligan (Aughnamullen), Audrey O’Reilly, Orla O’Reilly, Angela Larkin (Carrickmacross), Sharon Cunningham (Clones), Majella Woods (Donaghmoyne), Rosie Hughes (Doohamlet), Breda McGinn (Emyvale), Voreen Quigley, Isobel Kierans (Inniskeen), Donna Toal, Brenda Swift, Eileen McElvaney, Anita O’Reilly, Brenda McAnespie, Jennifer Treanor, Una Rooney (Monaghan Harps), Edel Byrne, Niamh Kindlon, Ciara McGuinness (Magheracloone), Diane Dempsey (Rockcorry), Davina McCaffrey (Sean McDermott’s), Martina Grey (Scotstown).

The national league then resumed and Monaghan scored a decisive 6-15 to 2-6 win over Laois with this side: Ann Gavan, Isobel Kierans, Brenda McAnespie, Mary Croarkin, Marie Stokes, Eileen McElvaney, Niamh Kindlon, Jennifer Greenan (0-2), Edel Byrne (0-1), Donna Mulligan (0-1), Angela Larkin (1-3), Sharon Cunningham, Brenda Swift (1-3), Diane Dempsey (1-2), Margaret Kierans (2-2).

Subs used: Ciara McGuinness (1-1), Orla Reilly, Davina McCaffrey, Rosie Hughes and Audrey O’Reilly.

Next outing was against old rivals Waterford at O’Toole Park, Dublin but this time Monaghan were well beaten 3-14 to 1-9, the scores coming from Angela Larkin (1-4), Jennifer Greenan, Niamh Kindlon, Margaret Kierans and Brenda Swift (0-1) each. It was a mediocre performance by the Monaghan girls. An away game to Wexford was to follow the next Sunday but this failed to materialise when the team refused to travel and Wexford got a walkover. Manager Michael McKeown resigned the following week and Michael Morgan was brought back as senior team manager.

Clare were the next opponents at Mullingar on Sunday 11th April and Monaghan got back on the winning trail with a convincing 3-13 to 1-5 victory, under caretaker manager Declan Moen. Monaghan lined out as follows: Ann Gavan, Mary Croarkin, Anita O’Reilly, Audrey O’Reilly, Eileen McElvaney, Brenda McAnespie, Cathriona Brady, Jennifer Greenan, Donna Mulligan, Niamh Kindlon, Angela Larkin, Brenda Swift, Ciara McGuinness, Diane Dempsey and Margaret Kierans.

Subs used: Voreen Quigley, Rosie Hughes, Maura Stokes and Jennifer Treanor. The scores came from Ciara McGuinness (2-2), Angela Larkin (0-6), Diane Dempsey (1-0), Jennifer Greenan (0-2), Margaret Kierans (0-2), and Niamh Kindlon (0-1). It was a superb performance by all involved.

Michael Morgan again took over the following week and Monaghan met Meath at Aghabog on Sunday 18th April. An improved approach resulted in a heart warming 4-14 to 1-6 victory over the Meath girls. Angela Larkin (2-1), Diane Dempsey (1-4), Margaret Kierans (1-2), Jennifer Greenan (0-4) and Donna Mulligan (0-3) were the scorers with superb performances being turned in by Angela Larkin, Diane Dempsey, Catriona Brady, Jennie Greenan, Niamh Kindlon and Margaret Kierans.

The final game of the league series was against Longford at Gavan Duffy Park, Monaghan. The final score line of Monaghan 2-20 Longford 0-9, gave a clear indication of Monaghan’s superiority throughout the field. Two goals and a point from Diane Dempsey and seven points from Angela Larkin shattered the visiting Longford side, and the remaining scores came from Donna Mulligan (0-3), Margaret Kierans (0-3), Jennifer Greenan (0-2), Brenda Swift (0-2), Ciara McGuinness (0-1). It really was never a test for the Monaghan cailini who lined out as follows:

Ann Gavan, Mary Croarkin, Anita O’Reilly, Audrey O’Reilly, Maura Stokes, Brenda McAnespie, Catriona Brady, Niamh Kindlon, Jennifer Greenan, Donna Mulligan, Angela Larkin, Jennifer Treanor, Margaret Kierans, Diane Dempsey and Ciara McGuinness.

Subs used: Una Rooney, Martina Grey, Eileen McElvaney, Breda Swift and Orla O’Reilly. Monaghan had now finished second in the league table and were drawn against Meath in the league semi-final.

The inter-provincial series followed, and with Monaghan players back boning the northern lineout, the title came north. Diane Dempsey played a star role in the final in Monaghan, where Ulster beat Connacht by 2-15 to 2-10. Ulster had not lost a single match in the round-robin system of this series.

The semi-final with Meath took place at Summerhill, Co. Meath on Sunday 23rd May and proved a much tougher task than Monaghan had experienced in their provincial outing against the Meath girls. Eventually they overcame the stiff opposition and ended victorious by five points on score line of Monaghan 3-9 Meath 0-13. Anita O’Reilly was the star of the Monaghan defence and Diane Dempsey gave them a great goal very early in the game. At half time Monaghan led by 1-5 to 0-6 and they got a great to the second half with points from Angela Larkin and Donna Mulligan and a goal from Ciara McGuinness. Meath came back to narrow the gap but Monaghan survived.

Team: Martina Grey, Mary Croarkin, Anita O’Reilly, Una Rooney, Maura Stokes, Catriona Brady, Jennifer Treanor, Jennifer Greenan, Brenda McAnespie, Donna Mulligan (0-2), Angela Larkin (1-3), Margaret Kierans, Brenda Swift (0-1), Niamh Kindlon and Diane Dempsey (1-2).

Subs used: Ciara McGuinness (1-0), Lorraine Freeman (0-1), Orla O’Reilly and Rosie Hughes.

Everything was now set for a league final showdown with arch rivals Waterford, but there was disappointment when leading player Catriona Brady emigrated to America in June. A challenge game with Tyrone was played at Gavan Duffy Park on Sunday 13th June which Monaghan lost by 2-10 to 3-10. Several of the leading players were rested for this one, but Ciara McGuinness (1-1), Edel Byrne (0-3), Brenda Swift (0-2), Una Rooney (1-0), Margaret Kierans (0-2) and Diane Dempsey (0-2) showed that the old reliables were still very much to the fore.

The League Final

Everything was now set for the final with Waterford and when it was announced that it would be played at Parnell Park in Dublin, arrangement began all over the county for transport to the capital on Sunday 27th June. The curtain raiser saw Tyrone convincingly overcome Dublin in the junior league final and the scene was set for an “Ulster Double” – hopefully.

The Monaghan side were mindful of the previous years championship final when they were piped at the post by Waterford and approached this game in a really determined frame of mind. Brenda McAnespie led the team onto the field and played a real captains part in the Monaghan defence, leading by example. The first half featured three tremendous goals by Monaghan and they led at the interval by 3-2 to 0-5. Martina Grey brought off some superb saves in the Monaghan goal and when Monaghan had a fourth goal in the second period, the title was on its way northwards.

Waterford had started well, with a point, but Jennifer Greenan equalised. Waterford went ahead but then Monaghan struck after twelve minutes when Niamh Kindlon sent in a high ball which Donna Mulligan collected and parted to Diane Dempsey, who then passed to Angela Larkin the last named sending to the Waterford net.

Ciara McGuinness added the second goal minutes later, after taking a pass from Diane Dempsey. A Waterford point was followed by Monaghan’s third goal, Edel Byrne sending in a rasper which the goalkeeper had no chance of stopping. Monaghan now had their tails up and Diane Dempsey added another point before the interval.

The rain came on in the second half but failed to damp Monaghan’s enthusiasm, and further points came from Angela Larkin and Diane Dempsey. Waterford had points but then Monaghan had the best goal of the game when Edel Byrne soloed for forty yards and finished with a superb shot to the net … and the title was on its way to Monaghan with the score now at 4-4 to 0-5.

Waterford proved they were not All-Ireland champions for nothing and added a string of unanswered points, but Monaghan finished the stronger with two further points from Angela Larkin and Margaret Kierans. Monaghan were thus crowned national football league champions and they had lined out as follows:

Martina Grey, Mairead Kelly, Brenda McAnespie, Anita O’Reilly, Niamh Kindlon, Jennifer Treanor, Mary Croarkin, Jennifer Greenan, Edel Byrne, Brenda Swift, Angela Larkin, Margaret Kierans, Donna Mulligan, Diane Dempsey and Ciara McGuinness.

Subs used: Breda McGinn, Eileen McElvaney and Audrey O’Reilly.

Team Manager Mickey Morgan was a happy man as he praised his charges for their determination and courage. He had praise for each and every member of his side and it was an extremely happy bunch that returned to Monaghan that same evening.

His goal was now the championship and preparations got under immediately. The juniors had centre stage for the next few weeks, but were beaten in the Ulster Final by Tyrone.

A senior challenge game with Cavan at Bailieboro resulted in a facile 3-9 to 0-11 win for Monaghan, and then it was announced that both All-Ireland semi-finals would be played at Parnell Park, Dublin on Saturday 4th September, and that both would be televised live – what a rare tribute to the phenomenon of ladies Gaelic football. The clash of the “Big Two”, however, was one that everyone really wanted to see and it would be the second of the double-header programme.

Unfortunately, things did not go Monaghan’s way in this semi-final. They allowed Waterford to get too far ahead too early in the first half and were also repeatedly frustrated by a referee who insisted on pulling back the Monaghan girls for frees when they were goal ward bound, yet playing the advantage rule for the southern girls. Michael Morgan summed up well in his after-match assessment when he said: “The referee seemed to bend over backwards in order not to be seen to be favouring the county from his own province. No disrespect to Eugene (O’Hare) at all, but surely a referee from Leinster or Connacht could have been found”. Waterford were also extremely physical in this game and a tackle by one of their players in the second half deservedly earned marching orders.

It was a physical game all through, with the winners determined that Monaghan would get little or no latitude, but Monaghan must still take the blame for a series of easy misses that surely should have been turned to scores. Chances from close frees went a begging, and the woodwork also took a hand in denying the Monaghan forwards, while a goal was also disallowed for a minor infringement. It simply was not going to be Monaghan’s day and they eventually succumbed to the All-Ireland champions on a final score line of Waterford 1-15 Monaghan 1-9.

At the halfway stage, Waterford were ahead by a goal 1-6 to 0-6 and, despite a fighting comeback by the league champions in the second period, they simply could not make up the leeway, but they were far from disgraced and came off the field determined that there will be “another day” and that this opposition will not be allowed to get matters their own way in the next meeting. Scorers for Monaghan on this occasion were Angela Larkin (0-4), Margaret Kierans (1-0), Edel Byrne (0-3), Ciara McGuinness (0-1) and Jennifer Greenan (0-1) and the team lined out as follows:

Martina Grey, Brenda McAnespie, Anita O’Reilly, Mary Croarkin, Christina Reilly, Audrey O’Reilly, Mairead Kelly, Jennifer Greenan, Linda Gartland, Edel Byrne, Angela Larkin, Niamh Kindlon, Margaret Kierans, Diane Dempsey and Ciara McGuinness.

Subs used: Lorraine Freeman, Brenda Swift and Jennifer Treanor.

Thus ended Monaghan’s interest in the All-Ireland series for 1999, but this side has an All-Ireland championship title well within its capabilities, and we hope that this will be forthcoming in this greatest year of all – 2000.

AUGHNAMULLEN LADIES CLUB

Aughnamullen Ladies Club was formed in 1991 when the first ladies team affiliated to the county board. Football proved to be a popular sport among girls in the parish. Within a year the club were entering four levels of competition, Junior, Minor, U-16 and U-14.

In the early years of the club our junior team won a number of local tournaments although we competed modestly in the league we were deprived of any major title. Our underage teams continued to compete at all levels improving each year.

In 1998 under the management of Martin McMahon our junior team tasted success for the first time in winning the Junior County Championship. Entering new ground the team competed in the Ulster Junior Championship and won the title. The Aughnamullen Ladies had reached the All-Ireland Junior Quarter Final. Our ladies team got tremendous support from everyone in the parish and the locals set up a committee to raise much needed funds for our trip to Cork. Our junior team set of on the long journey to Ballyvourney, Cork with an army of supporters. This was to be the end of a great run for the girls of Aughnamullen when they were beaten by two points by the Ballyvourney girls. 1998 has to be the clubs most memorable year to date.

Since 1998 our team has failed to reach the same heights, although we have reached Championship and League finals. Our underage teams are improving mainly due to heightened interest at school. This is given the club great foundation to build on. In 2002 our U12 team won their first county title, while our U14 team reached the semi-finals.

Over the last eleven years the club has had mixed success but despite that we have remained competitive and have had a number of players representing the club at county level. The future of the Aughnamullen Ladies Club looks good with bigger numbers of U12 girls affiliating every year. Hopefully they will bring more success to Aughnamullen in the next eleven years.

AGHABOG, CO. MONAGHAN

The 1980s was a decade that saw the development of ladies football in Aghabog. Games were usually arranged to take place on sports day around the county. The Aghabog team were invited to these events and large crowds gathered to see the ladies in action. Other teams were Tullycorbet, Rockcorry, and Scotstown, and a number from Northern Ireland. The Aghabog team recorded many outstanding victories. Players who assisted Aghabog around that period were, goals: Margaret Reilly, backs: Mary Leonard, Helen Kelly, Maire Gallagher, half backs: Maire Kirwin, Veronica Smith, Mary McGeough, centre-field: Philomena Quigley, Caroline Murphy, half forwards: Rosaleen Clerkin, Breda McGorman, Patricia Smith, full forward line: Siobhan Murphy, Teresa Leonard, Siobhan Smith, subs: Paula Kierans, Geraldine Kierans, Cora Kierans, Geraldine McGorman, Joan Clerkin. Only three players of that period are still involved with the present team, namely, Caroline Murphy, Geraldine McGorman and Joan Clerkin.

However Ladies football became defunk at the end of 1986, and was reactivated in 1988 when Mrs. Anna Carolan N.T. entered Latnamard primary school in the I.N.T.O./G.A.A. skills awards (girls). This competition catered for girls up to 12 years of age. From 1988 to 1990 the Latnamard (Aghabog) girls covered themselves with glory winning County and Ulster titles.

Six girls had the honour of playing in Croke Park on All-Ireland football semi final and final days. The girls were: Jennifer Greenan, Ann Gavan, Mairead Kelly, Nuala Cusack, Catriona Brady, and Irene McCarron. In 1990 also An Bord Luth chleas Gael na mBunscoileanna introduced an 11-a-side championship and Latnamard became the first winners. They were also awarded “Sports Personality” for the month of June of that year.

From June to September ladies football had ceased as most of the girls were now attending secondary schools in Monaghan and Clones. During that lean period discussions between Philip Kelly, Magheracloone and Oliver Gavan, Aghabog regarding the possibility of forming a Ladies County Board and in September Magheracloone ladies travelled to Aghabog to play the local girls in a challenge game and the home side had a comfortable win. Both teams gave an excellent performance.

This historic challenge game became the launching pad for a ladies co. board and finally in mid-March 1991 a co. board was officially formed in the Riverdale Hotel, Ballybay. Representatives from Aghabog, Magheracloone, and Monaghan Harps were present at this first meeting. One week later the 24 March a meeting was held in the clubrooms Aghabog.

History was made when the first officials were elected namely: Chairperson: Margaret Kierans, Secretary, Ann Gavan, Treasurer: Jennifer Greenan, P.R.O. Blanaid Carolan, committee: Fiona Carolan, Aisling Smith, Brenda Farmer, Ann-Marie Farmer. Team manager: Oliver Gavan, team physio: Maura Gavan.

The meeting was chaired by Oliver Gavan who became vice-chairman of the co. board and later as acting chairman in its first year.

The most important item on the agenda for discussion: if we were going to participate in competitions organised by the recently formed county board. Finally it was decided to enter u/14, u/16, u/18 and junior.

In April the county board elected Patrick Flood as youth officer. Mr. Flood is attached to the teaching staff of Latnamard primary school and was responsible for the schools success in 1990 when the girls took of the double. He is also the clubs coach. Another great boost to the ladies team in Aghabog was Bernie Beggan who is a native of Co. Leitrim and came to live in the area. She took over as trainer and was later transferred to Aghabog as a player. She has given many great performances at full back.

When the 1991 football season came to a close the Aghabog club had created history by winning all the competitions at county level. They also had the honour of representing Ulster in the All-Ireland club championship semi-final and lost to Rockfordbridge (Co. Westmeath) played at Aghabog.

During the first year they received great encouragement from Fr. Michael McGourty and the whole parish is delighted with their achievements.

The local men’s club are giving excellent support to the girls and are always available to give a helping hand. Two of the selectors of the men’s teams Paddy Greenan and Joe Kelly helped out from time to time with training and their input is greatly appreciated.

At the clubs A.G.M held on Sunday 5 January ’92 the outgoing officers did not seek re-election. The following officers were elected:

Chairman: Fr. Michael McGourty

Vice: Ann Moloney

Secretary: Peggy Brady

Ass Sec: Maura Gavan

Joint Treas: Johnny Kelly/Margaret Kierans

Registrar: Joan Clerkin

P.R.O: Oliver Gavan

Team Manager: Oliver Gavan

Coach Selector: Patrick Flood

Trainers: Patrick Flood, Paddy Greenan, Joe Kelly.

In conclusion full credit must go to all the girls involved for their commitment and dedication to training. They had completed a remarkable series of games in this their first year from May to November 1991 and at the annual dinner dance a joint effort between the men’s club/ladies club in the Riverdale Hotel Ballybay on the 24 January 1992, the magnificent array of trophies bore eloquent testimony to the successful season just completed.

The following is the team lists that brought honour to the club:

U/14:

Sinead McPhillips, Geraldine Quigley, Deirdre Gavan, Aisling Cusack, Irene McCarron, Jennifer Greenan (captain) Catriona Brady, Amanda Moloney, Grainne McAdam, Sinead Gavan, Laura Murray, Katy McCarville, Donna Mulligan, Deirdre Nolan, Nicola Leonard, Valerie Leonard, Sinead Leonard.

U/16:

Sinead McPhillips, Lorraine McAdam, Irene McCarron, Aisling Cusack, Susan Moloney, Deirdre Gavan, Jennifer Greenan, Mairead Kelly, Catriona Brady, Amanda Moloney, Ann Gavan (captain), Grainne McAdam, Sinead Gavan, Kathy McCarville, Donna Mulligan, Lisa McGlone, Geraldine Quigley, Nuala Cusack.

U/18:

Blanaid Carolan, Lorraine McAdam, Irene McCarron, Deirdre Gavan, Aisling Smith (captain), Pauline McPhillips, Jennifer Greenan, Mairead Kelly, Catriona Brady, Grainne McAdam, Ann Gavan, Susan Moloney, Amanda Moloney, Sinead Gavan, Lisa McGlone, Kathy McCarville, Brenda Farmer, Sinead McPhillips, Aisling Cusack.

Junior:

Ann Gavan, Fiona Carolan, Bernie Beggan, Irene McCarron, Susan Moloney, Aisling Smith, Pauline McPhillips, Mairead Kelly (captain), Jennifer Greenan, Paula Leonard, Caroline Murphy, Amanda Moloney, Joan Clerkin, Margaret Kierans, Geraldine McGorman, Sinead McPhillips, Sonya Pearce, Dara Carolan, Lorraine McAdam, Blanaid Carolan, Aisling Cusack, Catriona Brady, Brenda Farmer, Lisa McGlone, Geraldine Quigley.

Probable Lineouts

Aghabog

Green and White

1

Susan Moloney

2 3 4

Fiona Carolan Bernie Beggan Irene McCarron

5 6 7

Mairead Kelly (capt) Aisling Smith Pauline McPhillips

8 9

Jennifer Greenan Caroline Murphy

10 11 12

Paula Leonard Margaret Kierans Amanda Moloney

13 14 15

Geraldine McGorman Joan Clerkin Ann Gavan

Monaghan Harps

1

Una Forde

2 3 4

Michelle McKenna Jennifer Treanor Patricia Toye

5 6 7

Eilis Ni Mhurchadha Brenda McAnespie Lorraine Gavigan

8 9

Seanie McConnell Eileen McEneaney

10 11 12

Michelle Murphy Bernie Treanor Uaina Carey

13 14 15

Aoife Murphy Ann McCarville Olga McKenna

HONOURS FROM 1998 – 1991

1988 County Champions in I.N.T.O./G.A.A. skills awards

1989 County Champions in I.N.T.O./G.A.A. skills awards

1990 County Champions in I.N.T.O./G.A.A. skills awards

1990 11 a-side champions

1988 Ulster champions in I.N.T.O./G.A.A. skills awards

1989 Ulster champions in I.N.T.O./G.A.A. skills awards

1991 All county league champions. (senior)

1991 U/14 league champions

1991 U/16 league champions

1991 U/18 league champions

I.N.T.O./G.A.A. skills appearance in Croke Park

Jennifer Greenan 5

Ann Gavan 3

Mairead Kelly 1

Nuala Cusack 1

Irene McCarron 1

Cathriona Brady 1

PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARDS 1991

U/14 Jennifer Greenan

U/16 Ann Gavan

Players who assisted county teams at Junior, U/14, U/16, U/18.

JUNIOR U/18 U/16 U/14

Blanaid Carolan Mairead Kelly Mairead Kelly Jennifer Greenan Bernie Beggan Jennifer Greenan Ann Gavan Irene McCarron

Margaret Kierans Aisling Smith Jennifer Greenan Deirdre Gavan

Aisling Smith Ann Gavan Amanda Moloney Aisling Cusack

Mairead Kelly Amanda Moloney Irene McCarron Amanda Moloney

Jennifer Greenan Cathriona Brady Cathriona Brady

Amanda Moloney

Ann Gavan

Susan Moloney

KIERANS TO THE FORE AS AGHABOG

TAKE FIRST EVER WESTENRA CUP

Many wild and wonderful things took place during 1991 in Monaghan G.A.A. circles. Donaghmoyne beat mighty Scotstown in the senior championship, Clontibret surprised many when taking the minor football crown while unfancied Monaghan Harps reached the senior football decider. 1991 also saw a new era in Monaghan G.A.A. activities – ladies football.

For the first time ever a Ladies Senior County final took place, Aghabog with so much talent on board became the first winners of the Westenra Cup beating Monaghan Harps in the decider before 1000 people at Rockcorry 4-6 to 1-4.

Despite the large winning margin Aghabog were made to fight all the way. Many harps attacks broke down or were cleared by a very sound Aghabog defensive unit. Margaret Kierans will look back on this famous victory with great pride. Not only did the lethal left footer notch a massive 2-5 but Margaret also claimed the Player of the Match Award.

This championship was divided into two sections, Aghabog, Monaghan Harps, Doohamlet, Aughnamullen and Tyholland contested the northern division while Donaghmoyne, Magheracloone, Carrickmacross, Inniskeen and Corduff battled for the semi-finals in the south section.

Aghabog’s path to the semi-final stage was very impressive. Tyholland went under in round 1 while fellow finalists Monaghan Harps were hammered to the tune of 6-6 to 0-0 next time out. Aughnamullen lost out 2-11 to 1-2 while on the same score line a semi final place was achieved with victory over Doohamlet.

The Harps had no trouble in seeing of the Donaghmoyne challenge at Drumhowan 4-7 to 1-6. Carrickmacross provided Aghabog with their semi-final opposition. Despite some resistance which saw the town girls lead 1-3 to 0-4 at the interval Aghabog upped a gear in the second period to emerge comfortable winners 2-10 to 2-3. Aisling Smith, Jennifer Greenan, Mairead Kelly and Margaret Kierans were best on the day and their scorers were M. Kierans (2-5), A. Gavan (0-3), J. Greenan and P. Leonard (0-1) each.

Oliver Gavan and Paddy Floods forces were to do it again on final day. Rockcorry was the setting on Sunday September 29th. Kierans had Aghabog two points up after eleven minutes and one minute later the same player found the Harps net from a free kick. Before the interval, Paula Leonard notched another Aghabog goal to leave the champions in a commanding 2-4 to 0-1 position going into the second half.

Monaghan restarted with two points per Seanine McConnell and Caroline Murphy but Aghabog put the result beyond doubt when that lady Kierans showed her class again when dummying four players to send over the bar and with ten minutes remaining wrapped up the issue with a superb goal. Jennifer Greenan knocked in Aghabog’s fourth goal five minutes from the end to give the green and whites a memorable victory.

Team captain, Mairead Kelly, received the Westenra Cup from Caroline Kelly while Teresa McGowan of the First National presented the Player of the Match award to a very deserving Margaret Kierans.

Aghabog’s honours list did not stop there. Earlier on in the year the clubs Under 14 batch claimed the county League title when defeating Kilmore/Drumsnatt 3-4 to 3-3 in a rip-roaring final at Aughnamullen. The eventual winners led 1-4 to 0-0 at half time and had magnificent performances from Jennifer Greenan, Sinead McPhillips, Deirdre Gavin, Irene McCarron, Aisling Cusack, Geraldine Quigley, Catriona Brady, Laura Murray, Grainne McAdam, Sinead Gavan and Amanda Moloney. A very proud Jennifer Greenan who also starred on the clubs Senior side accepted the Elco Oils Cup from Hughie McElvaney after the game.

For the record, both teams lined out on Senior final day as follows:

Aghabog: Susan Moloney, Fiona Carolan, Bernie Beggan, Irene McCarron, Mairead Kelly, Aisling Smith, Pauline McPhillips, Jennifer Greenan, Caroline Murphy, Paula Leonard, Margaret Kierans, Amanda Moloney, Geraldine McGorman, John Clerkin, Ann Gavin.

Subs: Sinead McPhillips, Sonya Pearse, Catriona Brady, Dana Carolan, Blanaid Carolan, Lorraine McAdam, Aisling Cusack, Lisa McGlone, Brenda Farmer, Geraldine Quigley.

Monaghan Harps: Una Ford, Michelle McKenna, Jennifer Treanor, Patricia Foye, Eilish Ni Murchu, Brenda McAnespie, Lorraine Corrigan, Seanine McConnell, Eileen McElvaney, Michelle Murphy, Bernie Treanor, Varina Carey, Aoife Murphy, Ann McCarville, Olga McKenna.

Subs: Caroline Sewell, Mildred McCarron, Sharon Corrigan, Celine McCaffrey, Aileen Morgan, Catherine McCague, Annette Treanor, A. McCarron, Sheena McKenna, Clodagh McKenna, Alison Treanor.

NAME: Oliver Gavan

CLUB: Aghabog

COUNTY: Monaghan

PRESIDENT: 1993 – 1995

ACTING PRESIDENT: June 1999 – February 2000.

Background in Gaelic Sport?

I have been involved all my life in the G.A.A. It was like a religion in the Gavan household. The family was very much involved in the G.A.A. and other sports. In the early years my late father while teaching in Tyrone was involved with the G.A.A. at club, county and provincial council level as an administrator. He also had the honour of refereeing an Ulster Final at the tender age of 23 and later captained the Tyrone county team and is the holder of a number of championship medals with Tyrone and Dublin. On returning to his native Monaghan he continued his involvement with the G.A.A. so my involvement didn’t happen by accident – it’s in the blood.

Earliest involvement with Ladies football and your club?

I became involved in 1988, through the mini-sevens when Mrs. Anna Carolan N.T. (RIP) Latnamard (Monaghan) asked me to help with the boys and girls sevens. Latnamard went on to win three Ulster titles 1988 – 1990; six Latnamard girls had the privilege of playing in Croke Park on All-Ireland semi-final and final days. The six girls were Mairead Kelly, Catriona Brady, Ann Gavan, Nuala Cusack, Irene McCarron and Jenny Greenan. From 1991 the girls became part of the County teams success story at all levels.

In March 1991 I formed a club in Aghabog and held the position as team manager 1991 – 1993, a few who did work in silence were people like Paddy Flood N.T. former club player, Bernie Beggan, the late Luke Beggan, John Kelly, Joe Kelly, Paddy Greenan, Ann Moloney, Maura Gavan and Fr. Michael McGourty. Fr. Michael McGourty was president of our club along with the first club officers were:

Chairperson: Margaret Kierans

Secretary: Ann Gavan

Treasurer: Jenny Greenan

From its foundation to the present time the club has been very successful.

Your earliest connection with the County Board?

In 1990 Aghabog played Magheracloone in a challenge game and this game became the launching pad for Ladies Football in Monaghan and in March 1991 Peil Gael na mBan was officially born, Philip Kelly (Magheracloone) was elected chairman with myself Vice Chairman. With the Chairman bowing out, I had the privilege of acting Chairman in its first year and I became Vice Chairman in 1992.

Ulster Council and how you became involved?

In 1993 I was elected President of Ulster Council. I must say it was very difficult at times, but as time went by I enjoyed it and made some very good friends up until the present time.

Your election and term of office i.e. president or other officer ship?

Other officer ship held – Ladies football

1991 Acting County Chairman

1992 Vice Chairman (County Board)

1993 1995 President of Ulster Council

1993 1995 Vice President of Central Council

1995 2002 Vice President of Ulster Council

1998 2000 National Disciplinary Committee

1998 2002 Fixture Committee (Monaghan County Board)

1991 Founder member of club and county

1991 1993 Team Manager (club)

1991 Selector with County team

G.A.A. club (men’s)

Former player member with Aghabog and C.B.S. (Monaghan)

Position held: Secretary, Asst, secretary, P.R.O., club delegate to county board for a number of years, county communication committee, referee, team manager, secretary of Community games, President of P.T.A.A. involved in many parish committees for many years.

Married to Maura with a family of five.

The future, your opinion on what can be done to get the counties and our council to be more consolidator on the functions of the association?

Just a few brief comments really, one could write a book on changes required that may be would go along way to improve the image of our association i.e.:

(1) Reform central council and management.

(2) There should be some effort to reform the much out-dated disciplinary system.

(3) There is a lack of consistency in their application of the rules of the official guide, (The G.A.A. should also take note).

(4) It is my personal opinion that it suffers greatly from favouritism from club right to the top. Regarding many issues, if those were addressed it is possible that it would give a lot of confidence to the large support that we as an organisation receive from the general public.

However, the greatest disappointment of all is the lack of support coming from the girls themselves. A lot has been done but more is needed. Finally great credit must go to the primary teachers for all the work they are doing through Cumann na mBunscal competitions.

Oilibbear Ghabbain

JOHN KELLY, MONAGHAN

Johnny Kelly as been Monaghan’s delegate to Ulster Council for the past ten years, and during that period his contribution has been outstanding. A native of Aghabog he played a leading roll with the local G.A.A. club, as a former player and a committee member. He became a member of the Aghabog Ladies G.A.A. club, positions held at club level Treasurer, Asst/Treasurer and Ass/Treasurer at Ulster Council. He was a member of the John F. Kennedy Accordion Band that won the All-Ireland in 1966 and was Chairman of the Local Band Committee in the 80s. He was also a member of the local Drama committee and Monaghan Historical Society. Johnny is married to Rosetta with 1 girl called Marie.

AGHABOG LADIES G.F.C.

HISTORY

Aghabog Ladies Gaelic football club decided to affiliate to the new Co. Board. The first meeting took place on 23rd March 1991 and the following officers were elected:

Chairperson – Margaret Kierans

Secretary – Ann Gavan

Treasurer – Jenny Greenan

P.R.O. – Blanaid Carolan

This was the first year of organised Ladies football in County Monaghan and it proved extremely successful for the Aghabog Club.

1991:

U14 – 15 a-side county winners

U16 – 15-a-side county winners

Minor – 15 a-side county winners

Senior County Champions

Aghabog went on to represent Ulster in the All Ireland Club Championship Semi-final but were beaten by an experienced Rockfordbridge side (Westmeath).

Aghabog had set themselves a very hard act to follow and although the club strongly contested every competition and reached a number of finals we had to wait until 1994 to taste victory.

1994 – Minor 15-a-side winners

1995 – U14 11-a-side county winners

Minor – 15-a-side county winners

Senior county champions

Ulster senior champions

Aghabog were defeated by Ballymacarby (Waterford) in the All-Ireland semi-final.

The achievements of the club were recognised when the Co. Board awarded Aghabog with the Club of the Year Award for 1995.

1997 – Div 1 League winners

1998 – Div 1 League winners

1999 – Div 1 League winners

Senior County champions

Ulster senior champions

2000 – Div 1 League winners

2001 – U12 11-a-side county winners

U14 11-a-side county winners

Club involvement with County All-Ireland winner and Runner-up teams:

Aghabog have had representatives on the County U-14, U-16, Minor, junior and Senior panels since 1991.

1992 – All Ireland Junior winners – Margaret Kierans Capt., Mairead Kelly, Ann Gavan, Aisling Smyth, Bernie Beggan, Jenny Greenan.

1992 – U-14 All Ireland Runner-up – Jenny Greenan, Cathriona Brady, Irene McCarron.

1994 – Minor All Ireland winners – Ann Gavan Capt., Jenny Greenan, Cathriona Brady, Mairead Kelly.

1994 – Senior All Ireland runner-up – Aisling Smyth, Ann Gavan, Mairead Kelly, Jenny Greenan.

1995 – U-14 All Ireland winners – Donna Mulligan, Emma O’Donoghue, Nicole Leonard, Sinead Gavan, Emma McEntee, Mary Croarkin.

1995 – All-Ireland Senior runner-up – Margaret Kierans, Mairead Kelly, Aisling Smyth, Jenny Greenan, Cathriona Brady.

1996 All Ireland Senior Champions – Margaret Kierans Capt., Jenny Greenan, Mairead Kelly, Cathriona Brady, Ann Gavan, Davina McCaffrey.

1997 – U-14 All-Ireland winners – Danielle McGorman, Arlene McPhillips

U-16 All Ireland Runners-up – Mary Croarkin, Emma O’Donoghue, Donna Mulligan, Nicole Leonard, Marie T. McBride, Fionnuala Quigley.

Senior All-Ireland winners – Mairead Kelly, Ann Gavan, Davina McCaffrey, Margaret Kierans, Cathriona Brady, Jenny Greenan.

1998 – Minor All-Ireland winners – Donna Mulligan, Mary Croarkin, Emma O’Donoghue.

1998 – Senior All-Ireland Runner-up – Margaret Kierans, Jenny Greenan Capt., Mairead Kelly, Davina McCaffrey, Cathriona Brady, Mary Croarkin, Donna Mulligan.

1999 – Minor All-Ireland winners – Emma O’Donoghue, Nicola Leonard, Rose Coyle, Mary Croarkin, Donna Mulligan.

2001 – U-12 Runners-up – Michelle Kearns, Aine Mulligan, Grace Mullen.

2002 – Minor All-Ireland Runner-up – Danielle McGorman.

- U16 Runner-up – Emma McEntee

2002 – Senior??? Jenny Greenan, Cathriona Brady, Mary Croarkin, Aisling Tierney.

Club involvement in County management:

1991 – Paddy Flood – Selector with Junior Co. Team

1992 – Bernie Beggan – Selector with Junior Co. Team

2000- 02 Paddy Greenan – Selector Senior Co. Team

2002 – Ronan Leonard, Manager Co. U-14 team

Joey Kelly, trainer Co. U-14 team

Maura Gavan who has been the clubs first aid officer since 1991 has held this position on numerous underage and County junior teams.

Ulster Council involvement:

1993-1995 – Oliver Gavan – Ulster President

1996 – Oliver Gavan – Vice President

Johnny Kelly has been the County Board Ulster delegate since 1992.

All-Stars:

Ann Gavan – 1 replacement

Margaret Kierans – 1 replacement – 2 All Stars

Mairead Kelly – 1 replacement – 2 All Stars

Jenny Greenan – 6 All Stars

Ulster Inter-provincials:

Cathriona Brady, Jenny Greenan

2002 – Cathriona Brady, Jenny Greenan, Aisling Tierney.

UNDER 16 GIRLS FROM AGHABOG

OUTGUN DONAGHMOYNE

Aghabog proved masters of all in the Ladies GAA world when taking the Under-16 League title beating Donaghmoyne 3-2 to 0-7 at Drumhowan to add to the other crowns already under their belts. Aghabog were first off the mark when Katrina Brady sent the ball to the roof of the Fontenoys net. But from there on it was all Donaghmoyne. Points followed and the underdogs led at the interval 0-5 to 1-0. Jennifer Greenan put Aghabog back on the rails with a second goal.

Donaghmoyne came back to level before Jennifer, again, put Aghabog ahead 2-1 to 0-6. The sides were level yet again going into the final ten minutes. But in this period Aghabog’s experience began to tell. A Jennifer Greenan point and a Mairead Kelly penalty goal gave the girls from mid Monaghan their third title of the year. It rounded off a successful year for many of the team who also starred on the winning U-14 and junior sides.

The winning Aghabog side captained by Mairead Kelly was:

Sinead McPhillips, Lorraine McAdam, Irene McCarron, Aisling Cusack, Susan Maloney, Deirdre Gavan, Jennifer Greenan, Mairead Kelly, Katrina Brady, Amanda Moloney, Grainne McAdam, Anne Gavan, Sinead Gavan.

Substitutes: Cathy McCarville, Lisa McGlone, Nuala Cusack.

Donaghmoyne Ladies Gaelic Club History

In 1991 two ladies from Donaghmoyne attended the first meeting held in Ballybay to start up ladies club football….Rose Gilsenan and Brianan Kingham.

Preparations were then put into place to start this team, all interested were invited to attend training on a said date. These two ladies than asked Francie Coleman to train the ladies and with help from Frances Matthews, Susanne Donaghy, Deirdre Kelly, Tracy Donaghy and others, the Donaghmoyne Ladies Clubs was formed. Some of these people are still working hard with the club today.Rose Gilsenan has represented us at County Boar5d since 1996, and continues to do so (she us currently county secretary). In latter years she has been joined by Frank Finnegan, who is also an Ulster delegate.

Brianan Kingham has played football with the seniors since its formation along with serving on the committee. For a long time she was treasurer of the club, she has also won junior player of the year twice in 1995 and 2000.

Francie Coleman was the team coach and manager from 1991 until 2001; at present he is taking some time out. Over the years he has reached many heights with the various teams through this timeless effort, hard work and dedication to the club. During that time he has been joined by Seamus McEneaney with the seniors and in later years by Kevin Burns. He was also assisted by Cora Hall in managing and coaching the Juvenile teams. Some of the committee members also played on the team, and all together have made it into the great football club it has become today. We were awarded club of the year on two occasions in 1999 and 2001.

Back in 1991 we entered two competitions, a senior and an Under 16 team. Since then we have entered all competitions at all age levels.

Our honours to date include:

Under 12 winners: 1997, 1998, 2001. Runners Up: 1999, 2002

Under 14 winners: 1995, 1997, 1999, 2002. Runners up: 200, 2001

Under 16 winners: 1999, 2000, 2001. Runners Up: 1993-1998, 2002

Under 17 winners: 1998

Minors: 1993, 1999, 2000, 2001

Jnr League winners: 1995

Div. 1 Shield winner: 1999

Junior League & Championship winners: 2000

Runners Up in: 1998

Ulster Junior Club Championship winners: 2000

All Ireland Runner Up: 2000

All Ireland Mini 7s Jnr. Club C/Ship wins: 2000

Intermediate League and C/Ship winners: 2001

Ulster Intermediate Club C/Ship winners: 2001

All Ireland Runner Up: 2001

Monaghan Senior Champions: 2003

Ulster Senior Club Champions: 2004

Our senior team have participated in the Kilmacud Crokes 7 a side 2002 in which they reached the semi final.

They also participated in the All Ireland 7 a side 2002 in which they also reached the semi-final. This was a great achievement as it was our first time entering at senior level.

Our Under 14 have represented Monaghan in the All Ireland Feile Na nOg competition in 1997, 1999, 2000 and 2002, when they advanced to the semi final, but were beaten by the eventual winners Beara from Co Cork.

Our Under 12 have represented the county and Ulster at community games in 1997, 1998 and in 2000 when they went all the way to win the National Community Games All Ireland title.

County Level

Over the years we have been represented at county level with players, team managers and mentors.

In 2000 Francie Coleman managed the county Under 16 team, assisted by Cora Hall, this team reached the All Ireland semi final.

We have a number of players who featured on All Ireland winning teams, at Under 14, Under 16, Minor and Senior level.

We also have a number of players who have received player of the year awards:

1994 Eileen Murtagh U16 Player of the Year

1996 Aine Gilsenan U16 Player of the Year

1998 Amanda Casey U14 Player of the Year

1999 Majella Woods U16 Player of the Year

2000 Angela Lennon Junior Player of the Year

2001 Catherine McGinley Intermediate Player of the Year

1995 Brianan Kingham Junior Player of the Year

2000 Brianan Kingham Junior Player of the Year

2004 Brianan Kingham Ulster & Joint National Young Player of the Year

We are the first club in Co Monaghan to enter Junior and Intermediate teams. This is due in no small part to our continued commitment to the promotion of ladies football in the county.

Success

To date, our most successful year was in 2001. In that year we won:

Under 12 League

Under 12 County Blitz

Under 13 County Blitz

Under 16 League

Minor League

Intermediate League

Championship

This year alone we had over ninety players registered with the ladies club and 58 of those were under 16 years of age, this augers well for us for the coming year.

Currently we have two senior players, Aine Gilsenan and Michelle Grimes, along with Kevin Burns trailing all the juveniles.

And as Francie Coleman has taken some time out of training the seniors, Kevin has been joined by help from Mary O’Callaghan, Shane Donoghue and county coaching officer, Michael Henry.

We also have great support from the parents in helping the committee and team managements to do this worthwhile job.

We could not accomplish all that we have but, for the great work that our caretaker, Tomy Callan has put into keeping our football pitches and facilities in Donaghmoyne in excellent condition, may it long continue.

CARRICKMACROSS LADIES GFC – SHORT HISTORY

Carrickmacross Ladies GFC was founded in 1990. When football was first talked about in this County, Linda Farrelly had a very keen interest in playing ladies football. Linda started training with a local team and realised that there would be potential to start a Ladies football club in Carrickmacross.

A very informal meeting was held outside the grounds of Carrickmacross Emmett’s and the ball started rolling. Linda and some of these members were previously involved in playing Camogie and these were the first people who were contacted. There was loads of interest and so began Ladies Football in Carrickmacross. Linda along with Audrey O’Reilly and Bernie O’Donoghue went around the local businesses in Carrickmacross with the begging bowl and collected enough funds to buy a set of jerseys and a few pounds in the kitty. So thanks to Linda, Audrey and Bernie the club was founded.

Linda of course became a very successful member of the County Squad who after 2 years won their first All Ireland Junior Title. Orla O’Reilly (nee Gartlan) was also part of this squad along with Mary Foy. Linda, Orla and Audrey all went on to win All-Ireland Senior Medals, while Mary Foy made up part of the Team Management during this time.

Today, even though Linda, Audrey and Orla do not play at county level, we still have a member from our club, Kerry Quigley flying the flag for Carrickmacross. Kerrie is the Sub-goalkeeper for the Senior team and has played in many important Senior County League matches.

Carrickmacross Ladies through the 1990’s were always a very strong team with the likes of Audrey O’Reilly, Linda Farrelly, Orla O’Reilly, Patton sisters (Deirdre, Frances, Fiona), Mary Foy, Marie Brady, Bernie O’Donoghue forming the backbone of the team. Teams like Aghabog and Monaghan Harps who continue to reap the silver wear still dominate football in this county. But Carrickmacross were up there along side them for many years and reached many finals and semi-finals but were never successful in winning any Senior County titles.

We continue to try.

Doohamlet Ladies GFC

Doohamlet Ladies GFC was founded in 1991. We entered our first senior team in the junior league that year. We started with a panel of 25 players, which was a great achievement for such a small area. We received great support and encouragement from the local men’s club. We continued to train twice a week and participate in all our league games, but it wasn’t until 1999 that we reached the junior championship final for the first time in the club’s history.

We had put in a tremendous effort that year and after a very exciting game with Rockcorry, we emerged victorious. Our team captain that year was Noeleen McBennett and a great team leader she was. Patricia Ward our goalkeeper picked up the player of the match award, which was totally deserved.

We progressed to take part in our first ever Ulster Junior Championship against McCuillihall from Donegal. This brought tremendous excitement to our area as it was to be played the weekend our men’s clubs were in the County Junior Championship final. There was great excitement going into the game with the blue and black of Doohamlet widely spread throughout the village for both the men and ladies. This brought our huge home support down and it wasn’t until the last 10 minutes that we came our narrow winners.

Our next day out was against Newtownbutler in the Ulster semi final but due to weather playing havoc we went to our neighbours Drumhowan to play our fixture. We put up the best fight we could but on the day a more stronger and experienced team won by a large margin. We also met Rockcorry in the league semi final only to be narrowly beaten. This year will be most remembered for the team spirit, dedication and commitment given by management and players.

2000 quickly approached and we got it hard to re-charge the batteries but with a slow start we completed in the senior league, as there were only two divisions that year. We didn’t make any semi finals or finals that year, but on a sad note that was to be the last of the senior team in the club.

CLONES LADIES GFC – A BRIEF HISTORY …

Clones Ladies G.F.C. was formed in February 1993 and took part in the county division 2 league of that year. This first year turned out to be the most difficult in the clubs history with the tragic death of 13 year old Trudy Kierans while on a club outing to Killanin in Galway with the senior team. Trudy’s death rocked the club to its foundations but instead of disbanding the club fought on in her memory and to this day her memory lives on through her family who are heavily involved in playing and the running of the club and her team-mates and mentors who have never forgotten her and never will! Trudy was a talent who without doubt would have donned the jersey of her beloved county and was a huge loss on the field as well as off it.

A month after her death the senior team contested the division 2 final and after an emotional and charged final lost to favourites Kilmore/Drumsnatt by three points after a titanic struggle.

1994 was a quiet year for the ladies but all was building towards 1995 – the year of the double. In 1995 the senior team achieved the historic league and championship double defeating Emyvale in the championship and Scotstown in the league final after a replay and extra time. Big names of ’95 included the Slowey sisters Katherine and Anne, Linda Douglas, Barbara McCaffrey, Siobhan McFarland, Sharon Cunningham, Sara Kierans, Deirdre McKenna, Teresa Reihill, Gabrielle Freeman and captain Paula Cunningham.

Under the watchful eye of Paula Cunningham in 1994 the Clones ladies underage football revolution began to take place with huge enthusiasm, names like Aoife McDonald, Carla Rooney, Fiona O’Reilly, Janette Newell, Maggie Reilly, Aisling Tierney etc began to surface, without any success though, as we never won a game in the 1994/1995 season but the commitment and sheer love for the game was plain to be seen and if they stuck at it success was only around the corner. 1996 saw the team win their first competition at U14 level when we won the U14 7-a-side blitz in Clontibret against Scotstown by a single point. 1997 saw just reward for the hard work put in with the youth as we won the U14 11-a-side County final. Aisling Tierney received the player of the match award. Also Fiona O’Reilly captained the Monaghan County U14 team to All-Ireland success, team-mates Aisling Tierney, Janette Newell, Aoife McDonald and Maggie Reilly also were members of this historic team – a great honour for our club.

1998 was the year our U16’s won their first title under hugely influential captain Carla Rooney beating O’Neill Shamrocks in a brilliant final. During this league campaign this very side had beaten Clones by 20 points and were clear favourites for the title but the effort put in by manager Paula Cunningham and her charges was plain to be seen, training was stepped up to five nights a week and all paid off with a sweet three point victory for the sky blue and navy. Aisling Tierney again taking the Player of the match accolade. Our U12’s also had a brilliant year under Paula Cunningham and Aisling Kierans in reaching the County final only to be piped by O’Neill Shamrocks in the final by three points.

1999 turned out to the most successful in the clubs history. At the A.G.M the following team managements were selected:

U12 – Sara Kierans and Mark Mullen

U14 – Kieran Kierans, Jason McArdle

We had too many players retiring at the same time and due to travel commitments a few of the reasons why we couldn’t field at this level anymore. Also we had little juveniles in such a small area coming up. Although throughout the ten years of existence we did enter teams in the U14, U16 & minors but struggled with numbers.

We have been honoured with representatives on the County teams who have brought Ulster & All Ireland medals to the club. Although we don’t have a senior team we currently have an U12 team which took part in the 11-a-side competition this year so hopefully the future looks bright for the reformation of a senior team in DOOHAMLET!

Clones Ladies G.F.C – ’99 – ‘00

‘Snippets’

U-16 Champions – Unbeaten all year

U-18 Champions – beat Corduff in final match of the year

Senior Division 2 Champions – beat bogey team Rockcorry in final

U-12 Shield Runners-up

County Involvement

U-12 County Team – Rhona Newell, Morgana Audley

U-14 County Team – Aisling Tierney: Captain: Deirdre McDonald: Corner-back: Ulster Champions. Paula Cunningham – Selector.

U-16 County Team – Aisling Tierney, Janette Newell, Rosie King, Shauna Duffy, Maggie Reilly, Aoife McDonald, Edwina Hughes.

Manager – Paula Cunningham, Selector – Anthony Murphy. Equipment Officer – Carla Rooney.

U-18 County Team – Aisling Tierney – All-Ireland Champions – Scored goal.

Junior Team – Trudy Kierans Cup Final – Ulster ‘B’ Championship; beaten by Cavan by 1 point; Aisling Tierney, Siobhan McFarland, Katherine Slowey.

Senior County Panel – Sharon Cunningham – National League winners medal.

Monaghan Harps 7-a-side shield winners – Player of the tournament – Aisling Tierney.

Took part in All-Ireland sevens in Santry – disappointing performances.

Fiona O’Reilly transfers to Tramore in Waterford.

1998 Louth senior captain Kathy Reynolds moves into town and signs for the senior team.

4 players from the Muckno club in Castleblayney transfer to our club – Rosie, Shauna, Grainne and Taine.

County Board Officers – Paula Cunningham (Youth Officer, Development Officer), Anthony Murphy (Development Officer).

U-16 – Paula Cunningham, Carla Rooney, Taine King

U-18 – Paula Cunningham, Anthony Murphy, Martin Connolly

Senior – Paula Cunningham, Anthony Murphy, Martin Connolly

The year started on a high note with the news that Louth County captain, Kathy Reynolds, who had captained her team to All-Ireland glory in Croke Park in 1998 had moved into Clones. It wasn’t long till Kathy was snapped up and she soon settled into the senior side like a duck to water. The club also received 4 transfers from defunct Muckno club in Castleblayney, namely sisters Taine and Rosie King and Shauna and Grainne Duffy. These players along with the nucleas of our U-16 winning side from the previous year and the survivors of the ’95 winning double side were set to take the long hard road to success. Commitment and sheer hard work from the mentors and players, loyal support from our supporters, fund-raising from our hard working committee were all necessary ingredients in the recipe of success.

Roll of Honour for 1999

U-16 11-a-side league. This competition is a very difficult one to win as with only 11 players on a full size pitch it is tough going indeed. Clones were undefeated in this competition. The following players made the County U-16 team this year – Edwina Hughes, Janette Newell, Shauna Duffy, Rosie King, Aisling Tierney, Aoife McDonald and Maggie Reilly. Clones met O’Neill Shamrocks in the semi-final in Aghabog and won by a convincing 10 points. They went on to beat Rockcorry in the final also in Aghabog. Captain courageous Aoife McDonald led by example throughout the year.

Teams involved:

O’Neill Shamrocks, Aghabog, Monaghan Harps, Truagh, Emyvale, Rockcorry, Corduff, Doohamlet, Clones.

2000

U-14 15-a-side County Champ

Ulster Blitz winners U-14

Aisling Tierney – U14, U16, U18, Senior, 1st year at senior

Marian & Theresa Shields – U14 (Ulster champs!)

Siobhan McFarland & Carla Rooney & Aoife McDonald

Junior Team (Trudy Kierans Cup Winners)

2001

Rhona Newell U-14 (Ulster Champs & All Ireland runner up)

Tierney (All Co. Grades – U16)

2002 (Disbanded)

U-16 13-a-side winners

Anita – u14 Ulster Champs

Aisling Tierney – Senior All-Ireland final

Marian & Theresa & Fiona Cassidy – U16 (Semi – All-Ireland)

2004 – reformed

EMYVALE LADIES 2002

With the U12 team winning the final, U14 winning the final and U16 reaching the final and getting beat by only 2 points it was a great year for the underage teams in Emyvale.

Not only that we also had U12 player of the match Aoife McAnespie, U14 player of the match Ciara McAnespie, and U16 player of the match Nicola Sherry.

We had Nicola Sherry, Lisa Hughes, Hannah Bowe and Caroline McAree on the county U16 team and Breda McGinn on the senior panel.

The U12 team were unbeaten this year winning to O’Neill Shamrocks, Scotstown, Truagh & Aghabog.

We beat Scotstown in the semi-final and O’Neill Shamrocks in the final 5-5 to 3-3.

Team was Caroline Tierney, Jenna Hughes, Nadine Hughes, Aoife McAnespie, Rachel Treanor, Aine McAree, Laura Askin, Nicola Fahy (Cap), Denise Treanor (0-2), Emar Calley, Meggan McCarron, Hannah Hughes (0-1), Ciara McAnespie (3-2).

Subs: Eleanor Sherry, Sarah Hughes, Shauna McAnespie (2-0), Roisin O’Brien, Michaela McGee, Grace McGee, Laura McMahon, Sarah Brady.

Management: Brenda McAnespie and Gloria Corrigan.

We had an U12 girl Aine McAree who played in the mini-sevens at half time in Croke Park the day Monaghan was playing, she done very well.

U14 Path to the Final

We had lost one match, drew one match, and won 2.

We played St. Brigid’s in the semi-final and won by 2 points in a great game of football. We then played Aghabog in the final and it was the best game Emyvale had experienced ever in football 2-4 to 3-6 at half-time. Emyvale were slipping too far behind. Aghabog came out in the second half and scored 2 goals on the trot, we were 11 points behind.

But the girls never gave up and with great play from Aisling McKenna and Ciara McAnespie the scores started to come but was it too late for Emyvale? It’s never too late and they never gave up.

Emyvale took their scores and took them well, Aisling McKenna scored a fine goal after a great run up the left hand side and she done this twice there was no stopping this one, and Aghabog were all over the place in the last 8 mins.

We were never as glad to see the final whistle go and Emyvale won 7-8 to 5-9.

Player of the match: Ciara McAnespie.

Team was on the day: Elaine McKenna, Melanie Colleran, Sinead McCrudden, Elaine McCarron, Eimear McCarron (Cpt), Louise Hughes, Therese Curley, Laura Askin, Denise Treanor, Bidina McKenna (1-0), Aisling McKenna (4-2), Michelle Boyle (1-0), Ciara McAnespie (2-5).

Subs: Emma Callery, Aoife McAnespie, Aoife McDonald, Niamh McAree, Sinead O’Brien, Michelle McCrudden, Joanne Coyle, Julie McNally, Angela McMahon and Rachel Treanor.

Management: Gloria Corrigan, Marie McQuillan and Brenda McAnespie.

U16 beat by 2 points

U16 had a great year with only being beaten twice. We played Clones in the final it was a nail biting finish we were going for our 3rd cup of the year, but it wasn’t our day and we got beat by 2 points. We held Clones well in the 2nd half but they came out on top at the end.

Team: Sinead Mohan, Neasa Sherry, Nicola Sherry, Eimear McCarron, Hannah Bowe, Sorcha McKenna, Caroline McAree (0-3), Laura McKenna, Bidina McKenna, Therese Curley, Catriona McKenna (1-1), Aisling McKenna (0-3), Elaine McCarron, Elaine McKenna, Michelle Boyle, Melanie Colleran, Joanne Lynch, Eleanor Campbell.

Manager: Padraig Hughes.

Final Score: Clones 4-10 Emyvale 3-11.

So to finish up Emyvale underage teams have done us all very proud here in Emyvale and we are all very proud of each and every one of these girls.

Underage football in Emyvale is growing and growing strong with the likes of Aisling McKenna, Nicola Sherry, Lisa Hughes, Hannah Bowe, naming just a few and not forgetting the McAnespie sisters Ciara, Aoife and Shauna (taking after their mother) the football looks bright, for the Emyvale Club and long may it continue. Hopefully we will have a lot of stars in years to come running out onto Croke Park!!

MAGHERACLOONE LADIES FOOTBALL CLUB

1990-2002

Magheracloone Ladies G.F.C was the first club to be affiliated in Co. Monaghan on January 13th 1991, with Philip Kelly as its first chairperson. The first committee was as follows:

Chairperson: Philip Kelly

Vice-Chairperson: Cora Jones

Secretary: Catherine Finnegan

Asst. Secretary: Cecilia Marron

Treasurer: Marie Gargan

P.R.O: Rosemary McCabe

Youth Off: Ann Maxwell

Committee: P.J Finnegan, Maurice Kindlon, Marie Doogan, Pauline Duffy, Fiona Kindlon, Karen Kelly, Sabrina McEneaney, Eugena McCabe, Helen McCabe and Elizabeth Martin.

The first Monaghan Co Board was formed on March 20th 1991 with Magheracloone man Philip Kelly its first chairperson and Elizabeth Martin was its first treasurer. P.J Finnegan was its second chairperson.

The present Magheracloone committee is as follows:

Chairperson: Fiona Kindlon

Vice-Chairperson: Ciaran McGuinness

Secretary: Orla McMahon

Asst Sec: Una Marron

Joint treasurers: Susan Maxwell and Louise Martin

P.R.O: Karen Kelly

Asst P.R.O: Lorraine Freeman

Since January 1991, the club has gone from strength to strength, contributing in no small way to the fantastic growth of Ladies’ Football in the county.

Our successes in the early years were all at underage level and we won our first of our six-in-a-row Under 16 titles in 1992.

We won our first Under 14 title in 1993 and followed this up with another win in 1994, but we have been unsuccessful since then.

Our first minor title was not won until 1996 when we held off a Jenny Greenan inspired Aghabog side in the final to win by 2 points.

Senior success continued to elude us even though we always managed to stay in Division One of the league.

1996 looked like being another lean year for our seniors when, after the first six league matches we had one solitary point and had been knocked out of the championship by Monaghan Harps. Our fortunes changed after that and we marched undefeated to the league semi-final. We went on to win the Senior League title by beating rivals Carrickmacross by one point after extra time in Killanny on 15th December, 1996.

1997 will be remembered as the year that we won our first Senior County Championship by defeating the previous holders Monaghan Harps, by a single point in a replay. It was also the year that Edel Byrne and Niamh Kindlon became household names by helping Monaghan Ladies’ senior team to win the All-Ireland final by defeating Waterford.

We won the 1998 Minor title (won in 1999) and the Ulster Sevens Shield in 1998.

We failed to build on our 1997 Championship win until we reached the 2000 final, only to be beaten by Monaghan Harps, who went on to win the All-Ireland club title.

2001 was a traumatic year. After drawing our championship semi-final, we were unable to field for the replay due to players being away on holiday. Despite this setback, or maybe because of it, we knuckled down and won the League Final with a sparkling performance against Monaghan Harps. We did not lose a senior match in 2001.

2002 saw us reach our 3rd County final against Harps. This title eluded us by a single point and despite playing well and scoring 1-19 it was not our day.

We have won the club of the year in 1993, 1996 and 1997. Our club had provided players to county teams in all age groups. All-Ireland minor medals have been won by Fiona Kindlon, Marie Doogan, Catherine Finnegan, Edel Byrne, Niamh Kindlon, Orla McMahon, Ciara McGuinness, Lorraine Freeman, Sharon Doogan and Christina Reilly. U14 All-Ireland medals have been won by Edel Byrne, Niamh Kindlon Lorraine Freeman,Christina Reilly and Bridie O’Connor.

National league medals have been won by Karen Kelly, Edel Byrne, Niamh Kindlon, Ciara McGuinness, Lorraine Freeman and Christina Reilly.

In 1996 we competed in the All-Ireland Sevens, winning five matches before losing to the eventual winners, Ballymacarbery. We have competed in every All-Ireland Sevens since without overall success. All-star awards have been won by Niamh Kindlon and Edel Byrne.

Monaghan Ladies after four years are back in the home of ladies’ football, Croke Park on September 29th. The club are proud that this year’s captain is our own Niamh Kindlon. Ironically, Niamh was the County Junior teams mascot back in 1992 when they historically won the Junior All-Ireland title for the first time. Ten years on, we hope that Niamh can be the third captain to bring the Brendan Martin Cup back to Co Monaghan. Our other representatives on the panel hoping for All-Ireland success are Edel Byrne, Christina Reilly, Ciara McGuinness and Fiona Kindlon.

MONAGHAN HARPS LADIES G.F.C.

Monaghan Harps Ladies G.F.C. was founded in 1991 and played their first game in old Gavan Duffy Park against Doohamlet. The club played its first County final in 1991 against Aghabog but were defeated. Senior Championship successes followed in 1992, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001 and 2002 while the minor teams of 1992 and 2001 gained championship titles.

The pinnacle of our success to date is the clubs All-Ireland title in 2000, when we triumphed over Timahoe, Co. Laois with an impressive 7 point victory. The club holds the 2000 Ulster title and although victorious at the 2001 Ulster final against Carrickmore, Co. Tyrone, the club was forced to forfeit the game and the title due to a registration omission beyond the clubs control.

The club throughout the years has been very well represented at County level at all age groups and this years All-Ireland finalists have 7 Harps players involved. The club also boasts All-Stars in Brenda McAnespie and Eileen McElvaney and replacement All Stars in Anita O’Reilly/Harvey and Eileen McElvaney. The club has also had representatives on the Ulster teams over the years, with the first ever Ulster victory in the Inter-provincial series being played in Gavan Duffy Park. The club has been awarded “Club of the Year” by Monaghan County Board in 2000 and jointly with Magheracloone in 1996.

Several club players have been awarded by the County Board also, Brenda McAnespie, Jennifer Treanor and Anita O’Reilly/Harvey received Senior County Player of the Year awards.

Donna Toal, Michelle Murphy and Anita O’Reilly/Harvey were awarded Division 1 Player of the Year awards.

Minor Player of the Year awards were received by Eileen McElvaney and Seanine McConnell while Slainey Murray was awarded the U16 Player of the Year.

The club holds a very successful “Abbey Fanning 7-a-side” Tournament in June each year. The club has participated in the All-Ireland 7’s in 1991, 1999, reaching semi-final stages and in 2001 reaching quarter-final stages.

The club has moved to new grounds at Roosbey and boasts a Prunty and a training pitch, excellent floodlighting and changing facilities, squash and handball courts and a social club. Therefore with over 50 juveniles registered the club not only has a wealth of history but a very bright future.

O’NEILL SHAMROCKS LADIES FOOTBALL CLUB

ULSTER JUNIOR CHAMPIONS 2001

The origins of O’Neill Shamrocks lay in a belief held by a small group of people in the parish of Clontibret that the way forward for Ladies Gaelic football in the parish was to have a united front rather than follow the model of the men’s association with separate teams in Clontibret, Doohamlet and Cremartin. A junior team already existed at Doohamlet while the girls of Scoil Mhuire Clontibret had won the Primary Schools league in 1996. As a result of a series of meetings held in early 1997 an Inaugural General meeting took place in Clontibret Community Centre on 7th April at which it was decided to affiliate a juvenile club only, as Doohamlet had decided to continue with their own club. The name O’Neill shamrocks was chosen as it was inclusive of all three clubs in the parish and the hope remained that Doohamlet would come on board. The first Chairman was John Malone, Anna Malone became Secretary while Frank McManus was Treasurer. Initial funding came from donations from Clontibret and Cremartin GAA clubs while Sean and Rosemary McElvaney kindly donated the first set of jerseys.

And so in 1977 we affiliated teams for the first time at U12 and U14, with our first ever team lining out against Rockcorry on 26th May in the U14 11-a-side league at Clontibret. We won that day by 2-8 to 1-6 and the team was as follows:

Denise Kelly, Dympna McAtavey, Jacinta McGinnity, Ciara Harvey, Shauna McElvaney, Laura McManus (Capt), Pamela Craven, Emer Harvey, Lynn Steenson, Kathy McManus, Sarah McNally. Our new jerseys weren’t worn until 20th June against Carrickmacross, a game we also won. Our fortunes declined in the semi-final however, when we were defeated narrowly by Clones.

Our second competitive season in football began with the U14 blitz in Scotstown in May 2nd where we finished runners up to Tyholland in the final and Kathy McManus was presented with the Player of the Tournament award. Later in the year at Tullycorbet Sports, the U14 team reversed that result, beating Tyholland by one point in the final to claim our first ever trophy, which was presented to Captain Kathy McManus. Our first taste of county success came in August 1998 when we won the U14 league, beating Corduff in a closely contested final in Carrickmacross. Our U16 team also reached the final that year but were defeated by Clones. However the U12 side became the second team to collect silverware by overturning that result and defeated Clones in a thrilling final in which Rachel McNally was awarded the player of the Match trophy and Helen Hughes was presented with the cup. At the beginning of 1998 Laura McManus became club secretary in succession to Anna Malone, while from 1999 Noel Treanor replaced John Malone as Chairperson.

1999 saw the club collect its second U12 title by beating Donaghmoyne in the final. This team, playing under the banner of Clontibret Parish, also won the county Community Games title and went on to represent Monaghan in Ulster where won provincial honours. The U14 and U16 teams did not have such luck in 1999 and were both beaten in their respective finals.

In 2000 honours went to our U16 team who went through the year undefeated and beat St. Brigids in the final in Latton. Our captain Shauna McElvaney collected the cup on that occasion with player of the match going to Kathy McManus. Our U12’s had many fine games and qualified for the semi-final of the league but went down narrowly to Inniskeen. The U14’s reached the final of the league and faced Clones in Rockcorry. Having been ahead for long periods of the match and playing some great football, they failed to lift the cup by the narrowest of margins. We also took part in our first minor competition which was run on a knock-out basis late in the year but we were defeated by Clones.

2001 was a year we’ll never forget! The genesis of our success was the decision to affiliate a Junior team for the first time in the clubs history. This team was strengthened by a number of Doohamlet players who decided to join the club. Under the guidance of Frank McManus, John Malone and Declan Mone the team made huge strides from their first match, a drawn game with Rockcorry to go on and top the league table.

The championship began on July 6th against Emyvale which was won well. A victory over Donaghmoyne in the semi-final brought us to the final against neighbouring rivals, Tyholland. This was held in Scotstown on August 31st where O’Neill Shamrocks stormed to an historic victory. The cup was presented to our captain Donna Finnegan while Rachel McNally picked up the Player of the Match award.

We then started out on our Ulster campaign, which began with relatively easy victories over Armagh champions, Grange, and Derry champions, Doire Colmcille. This set up a semi-final meeting with Lisnaskea which proved to a be a much tougher encounter and was the closest match of the campaign. However we held our nerve and our composure to win by the narrowest of margins after a nail biting finish. This brought us to our first ever Ulster final, held in Clones on October 21st against the Antrim champions Moneyglass. After dominating the first half we went in at half-time with a five point lead but the second half saw that lead whittled away to just a point. However the team showed their character and determination and in the end won by a three point margin to win a history making Ulster title.

The team lined out as follows: Pamela Craven, Caroline Corey, Donna Finnegan, Pamela McDermott, Shauna McElvaney, Edel McNally, Charlotte Malone, Laura McManus, Dervla Duffy, Kathy McManus, Ann Kerr, Melissa Boylan, Nicola Brennan, Helen Hughes, Rachel McNally.

Subs used were: Michelle Carragher and Rosie Hughes.

Other subs included – Sarah Flanagan, Eimear Mulligan, Claire Brennan, Angela Kerr, Eadaoin Flanagan, Lynn Steenson and Aileen Duffy.

In the All-Ireland Quarter Final, Ballymote of Sligo provided the opposition in front of a large crowd in Clontibret. The girls put on an exhibition of football and ran out convincing winners in the end.

The All-Ireland semi-final brought us to Newbridge to play the Leinster champions Grangenovlin. Following an early goal blitz we were always playing catch up and were eventually defeated by a much more physical side.

Now our attentions turned back to the league, which we still topped and we had a relatively easy victory over Corduff in the semi-final.

In the league final we faced Tyholland once again and this time we won by a more convincing margin which saw us achieve the junior ‘double’. Dervla Duffy received the Player of the Match award. Our minor campaign was short and sweet, consisting of only three matches. Victories over Aghabog and Clones brought us to the final against Scotstown. After a great all round performance we defeated them by 3-12 to 1-01. Captain, Laura McManus accepted the cup, while Player of the Match went to Kathy McManus.

The U16 team qualified for the semi-final against Tyholland and were unlucky not to progress to the final. The U14 team were also successful in their campaign and got to the final against old rivals, Donaghmoyne who they defeated. The captain Eimear Mulligan was presented with the cup and also picked up the Player of the Match award.

The U13’s took part in the blitz held in Traught and qualified for a place in the Shield Final, which they won. Captain Emma McVicar was presented with the shield and Player of the Match went to Roisin McKenna.

During 2002 the Intermediate team has consolidated its status at this level reaching the championship final in the first year and have at present qualified for the league semi-final. The U16 squad has continued the clubs tradition of winning a competition in every year since 1998 with a deserved victory over Donaghmoyne. Charlotte Malone was presented with the Cup while Rachel McNally was Player of the Match. During the year as has been the practice over the past number of years our players have represented their county at all levels. Kathy McManus and Rosie Hughes were on the senior panel that won Ulster and were so narrowly defeated in the All-Ireland final, Kathy also played midfield on the county minor team beaten in the All-Ireland final. Kathy also played midfield on the county minor team beaten in the All-Ireland final with Pamela Craven as sub goalie. Helen Hughes, Charlotte Malone and Rachel McNally helped Monaghan to Ulster glory at under 16 level have included Aileen Duffy, Rachel McNally, Donna Finnegan and Dervla Duffy. So after only six years in existence the O’Neill Shamrocks club has firmly established itself as one of the leading clubs not only in Monaghan but in Ulster.

P.J. FINNEGAN, MONAGHAN

P.J. Finnegan (Magheracloone) became Chairman of the Monaghan County Board in 1992 when Monaghan County Junior team won the All-Ireland Junior title. P.J. is well known in south Monaghan with having been involved in many organizations. In his youth he was a dual player with Carrickmacross and his family are deeply involved in the G.A.A. at club and county level. The Finnegan family possibly hold a record in the G.A.A. with his son Pauric winning an All-Ireland medal at college level and his daughter Catherine winning All-Ireland medals at junior, minor and senior level. P.J. is married to Anne and has a family of four.

SCOTSTOWN LADIES

Scotstown ladies were formed in 1992 by Ann McCarville but it was not until the following year that Scotstown entered teams in the U14 and U16 competitions. 1996 brought the club its first honours by winning the junior championship and division 3 league beating St. Brigids in both finals. The junior championship was retained the following season beating Sean McDermott’s in the final, along with the division 2 title with victory over Doohamlet in final. The senior divisions beckoned but the girls struggled against the big guns of Monaghan and only the senior shield had been won in that time. In the juvenile grade, the girls had lost a number of finals in the decade but the U16 grabbed the division 1 title in 1998, the first competition lifted at juvenile. Also, that year the U12 community games team won the county and Ulster titles and won the county league shield title.

2000 turned out to be the most successful to date, with the girls winning the first county Intermediate title beating Carrickmacross in the final and making the Ulster Intermediate final only to fall at the last hurdle to Dromore of Tyrone. On their way to the Ulster final, the girls put up great performances against Crossmaglen of Armagh and Glen of Derry in the semi-finals. Many of our girls have played with all county age groups throughout the last decade, winning many honours in that time, none more so than Martina Gray winning an All-Ireland senior title 1997, playing in goals.

Martina still plays in goals for the seniors and last year Catherine McCarville played corner back in the Ulster final defeat to Tyrone. On the county junior team Amanda Beggan, Amanda Treanor and Lisa Morgan doing their bit for the juniors with Lisa been captain of the team. Patricia Moyna and Laura McCague were part of the U16 County recently winning the Ulster championship. 2001 turned out to be a disappointing year but this year the girls won back the county intermediate title beating O’Neill Shamrocks in the final. Unfortunately, they lost to Knockbride of Cavan in the first round of the Ulster Intermediate championship.

Yours in sport

JP Moyna – Club Secretary

ST. BRIGID’S – A SHORT STORY

The club originally sprang from a club in Drumhowan but in 1996 spread its wings and became St. Brigid’s, incorporating players from Tullycorbet, Drumhowan, Latton and Ballybay. 1997 was a lean year but by 1998 a young vibrant club was emerging, and their skill and determination paid off in 2000 when they won both the U12 and U14 league finals.

The club has continued to grow and now consists of U12’s, U14’s, U16’s, minor and the club are currently setting up a senior team.

TRUAGH LADIES GAA

U12 girls won County Final against Donaghmoyne

U12 girls won County Final in Community Games

U14 Girls won Blitz

U12 girls won Blitz – Barney Treanor Memorial Cup

U12 girls 13-a-side reached semi-finals against O’Neill’s

TYHOLLAND LADIES FOOTBALL CLUB HISTORY

Tyholland Ladies GFC was founded at a meeting in Leitrim Old School, Tyholland on Saturday 23rd June 1991.

The early years gleaned little success on the playing field, however in 1996 the club claimed its first title when our U14 11-a-side team defeated Aghabog in a pulsating final. In 1998 the U14 team again excelled when claiming the 15-a-side county title and in 2000 the U14 11-a-side shield. During this period the U16 and U18 teams had to give second best to Donaghmoyne Ladies on many occasions. But in 2001 this young team would reach the Junior championship and league finals only to lose out to the ‘double’ winners O’Neill Shamrocks. However, that season was to see the club achieve National success with victory in the Scharzkopf All Ireland Junior Plate 7-a-side.

This year, at county level, the club made the breakthrough that all involved sought when after a thrilling contest against Latton the girls won their first ever County Junior Championship title and recently added the Ulster title to the trophy cabinet with victory over Lacken, Cavan.

At County level this year the club was represented by U14 Joanne Treanor, U16 Grainne McNally and Lisa Sherry; Minor Una McNally, Pamela Treanor, Sinead McCooey, Therese McNally, Jacinta Treanor and Geraldine McGarry and Senior by Pamela Treanor, Therese McNally and Una McNally.

Also this season the club travelled to Manchester to take on Emerald Gaels in the All-Ireland club semi final. This challenge required a major fund raising drive from my Committee and no stone was left unturned in their efforts. I would like to take this opportunity to once again sincerely thank them and all of the sponsors, friends, supporters and well wishers who made this experience such a memorable occasion for all involved by their generosity.

Finally to all the Tyholland players who have worked long and hard for this day, I wish you all the very best of Luck.

Eileen McNally.

Officers of the club:

Chairperson: Eileen McNally

Secretary: Pauline McGarry

Treasurer: Monica Treanor

Asst. Treas: Ann Fullerton

Registrar: Margaret McCooey

Cttee Member: Shelly Gorman

Tyholland Lineout: Sarah Fullerton, Natasha Armstrong, Pamela Treanor, Grainne Treanor, Helena Murphy, Geraldine McGarry, Maria Connolly, Brenda McNally ©, Una McNally, Grainne McNally, Therese McNally, Catherine West, Sinead McCooney, Christina McNally, Jacinta Treanor.

Substitutes: Joanne Treanor, Rynagh McNally, Lisa Sweeney, Mary Mohan, Josephine Hughes, Maureen West, Nuala Mohan, Eileen McNally, Emma Fullerton, Martina Hughes.

Team Manager: Owen McNally

Selectors: Kenny Goman, Margaret McCooley, Mickey West,

Sean Treanor.

The McNally’s Of Tyholland

Owen McNally, from Glaslough, Co. Monaghan first became involved with Ladies Football when, in 1991, his wife Eileen, originally from Ringtown in Co. Westmeath, helped to set up the Tyholland Ladies Gaelic Football Club in North Monaghan.

Owen has also served as National and Ulster PRO and for a brief period served as Ulster President and Chairman of the Monaghan County Board. He is recognised as an expert on playing and administrative rules.

To date levels at which the girls have all represented their county include:

Rynagh (20) Minor and Junior

Brenda (19) U16, Minor and Junior

Una (18) U14, U16, Minor, Junior and Senior

Therese (17) U14, U16, Minor and Senior

Grainne (15) U14 and U16.

TRAGIC DEATH OF LADIES GAA MANAGER

The Late Ronan Leonard

Aghabog, Co. Monaghan

The community of Aghabog and further afield were shocked and stunned at the tragic death of Ronan Leonard, Rakeevan, who died following a tragic road accident. The late Ronan was widely known and was very popular in GAA circles. He refereed at underage level with the GAA and the Ladies GAA. He became involved with the Ladies GAA in 1999, and was appointed PRO of Monaghan County Board of Peile Gael Na mBan. He was team manager of County U12 squad and later the U14’s who went on to win the Ulster title in 2002. At the beginning of the 2003 playing season he was appointed manager of the County U16’s team. He was also part of the management that brought success to his native Aghabog club by winning the Ulster club senior championship in 1999. Away from football Ronan was a young man with great qualities and had a great way with people; he was a most open and welcoming person; he took on board everyone else’s opinion and had a great personality. A huge crowd accompanied the removal of his remains to St. Mary’s church Aghabog where guards of honour were provided by all the Ladies County teams and by Aghabog Ladies club and the local GAA club, referees, members of the County Board, Ulster Council and neighbouring counties. To his parents Michael and Bridie, brothers Declan, Fintan, Eugene; sisters Marcella, Paula, Nicola, Yvonne and Bridget; his partner Sinead and the extended Leonard family, we extend our profound sympathy on their great loss.

Ar dheish De go raibh a h-anam dilis

MARY CUNNINGHAM,

CLONES ST. TIERNACH’S LADIES G.F.C.

By Pat Chapman

Former millennium year Monaghan person of the year, former Clones town councillor, former Clones and Monaghan camogie star, former post office official, and contracts director, Monaghan county hospital retention officer, radio and sports media commentator, community development orchestrate, peace and commissioner for oath’s, constituency advisor, community advisor on social services, Monaghan Ladies county board officer and an icon of generosity and concern for the extended community, and immediate neighbours, women’s forum and political activist on civil rights.

What an introduction for this remarkable woman from Clones, a tremendous ambassador for Monaghan county, and more so, as far as we in ladies football are concerned, Mary has raised the water levels of the association not alone in Monaghan, but within the grasping perimeters of the entire province of Ulster, and indeed as a media person for the Monaghan ladies board, she has become a long distance supporter for her county, covering away games and became well known in Clare, Cork, Waterford, Galway, Mayo, Donegal, Laois, and many other counties. Indeed a succession of Ard Comhairle officers became very acquainted with Mary over the years, and is very aware of her contributions to the association. Often when I visit or meet people, from those counties mentioned, I will be asked about the big lady from Monaghan, and to bring back their regards. Mary would always engage in good-humoured banter whether her team won or lost, that’s what endeared her to them.

Mary going back for many decades, has gave a great service to her town and community, coming from the McCabe family from Fermanagh Street in Clones, she would have inherited a grind in Gaelic games, and politics, and her grandparents along with mine, were institutional in founding the local Fianna Fail organisation, in difficult times on the 13th of February 1926, just a few years after the civil war, where the divide in communities was similar to Belfast today. Mary and myself were special friends to the late Jimmy Davey, who was a founder member of the party in 1926 with Pat McGoldrick, Joe Travers, Mary Phairs, James Leonard, Andy Grundel, Pat O’Harte, Dixie McPhillips, James O’Neill, Tommy McCabe, Patrick O’Reilly, Jimmy Davey was a man who gave his life to his party, without a desire for recognition. The late Jimmy passed to his reward some years ago, and has left a void in politics in Clones and the memory of those who knew him.

Mary served Clones as the first ever lady councillor, and topped the pole for a number of terms, until health and personal problems forced her to retire prematurely. As a councillor she inspired all she came in contact with, her direct honesty and transparency, on what she could achieve, endeared her to most who accepted it her way, instead of the customary, political promises by others seldom delivered. Even in the dark days for her party, when exposures of inappropriate happenings at higher level were attracting demolition media attention everyday. Mary would always advise her fellow grassroots party members, not to condone those who’s indiscretions were rocking it to the foundations.

Mary would always find time to advise and tutor new and inspiring councillors on appropriate procedure, and advising how prudent it was to speak the truth and win the vote for their future in politics.

Mary always gave sheer opulence in occupancy of office to whichever organisation she aligned herself to, giving all her energy to what had to be done. She had no fear of confronting those in high office, or indeed offends, the offenders, if that course was necessary. When her party in government decide that through their health department, they would introduce apartheid administration methods in depriving the people of Monaghan a deserved, and adequate health service, Mary aligned herself to the hospital retention committee as an officer, and projected herself for action, when many of her party in elevation went to ground, and although severely physically incapacitated, she took to the streets of Dublin, and voiced her opinion to many T.D’s from her party whom she would have known, letting them know that there was a void in equality for her county and hospital services, and as a lifetime member of the party she would not accept that inequality, imposed on the people of Monaghan.

Sean Og O’Ceallaghan recently celebrated his 80th birthday, and was described by Sean Kelly Oachtaran Cumann Luth Chleas Gael, as an irreplaceable icon of broadcasters, who had sold the GAA, as an organisation to the late Sunday night fireside sitters, who got the results from around the country for over fifty years, on the wireless set, or in modern times the radio, and what an awaited and valuable service he provided, even if he did pronounce parish names somewhat out of sound. I can remember when Aghadrumsee were high flyers in Fermanagh in 1960, Sean Og would refer to them in his report as A-had-drumsa, however whom it mattered to got the message.

Mary Cunningham may not yet have given fifty years service to Northern Sound radio, however she has over a few years given tremendous service to ladies football in her native Monaghan, and indeed to Ulster, with her contributions on what was happening, and her glamorising of the players taking part in the games, and to all in Ladies Football. Mary Cunningham is doing as good a job for our association as Sean O’G has did for the GAA. Your work for your community, and An Cumann Peil Gael na nBan is much appreciated, and long may your health allow you to continue you with your work.

Inniskeen Ladies G.F.C. – The Story So Far

Napoleon Bonaparte once said, “A hundred mile march starts with one small step”. This small step was taken in the spring of 1991 when Owenie Lennon and Raymond Finnegan laid the foundations of Inniskeen Ladies G.F.C. After many nights of training in Grattan Park, the big day arrived, a challenge match against Corduff. While the result of the match and the league campaign might not have been favourable, a start had been made. A structure was in place, which would take the club to unsurpassed heights.

In 1992 it was decided to affiliate a minor team as well as a junior team, such was the numbers playing. Inniskeen won the Oliver Gavin Cup for the “B” Championship and team captain Michelle Finnegan lifted the first of many trophies to be lifted for Inniskeen. In 1993 the ladies were in the first division of the Senior League and in the first ever Ladies Senior Championship in Monaghan. The final was played on the 1st of August in Aughnamullen against Monaghan Harps. At the final whistle the game was drawn and so it was back to Aughnamullen for the replay on the 11th. This time around Inniskeen made no mistakes and emerged winners by a 1 point margin, emulating the Grattan’s by becoming the first ever winners of a Senior Championship Competition in Monaghan. This win also gave the girls their first taste of Ulster Club Football. Unfortunately Donegal Champions St. Eunan’s of Letterkenny were too strong and Inniskeen bowed out of the Ulster Championship.

In 1994 Des Patton was appointed as team manager and laid out from the very start that he would expect no less than the Ulster title. Inniskeen topped Division 1 and then won the league. In the championship the girls disposed of Monaghan Harps, Sean McDermott’s and finally beat Carrickmacross in the final to win the senior championship for the second year. In Ulster St Macartan’s of Tyrone were the semi-final opposition and after this game the scene was set for a revenge match against St. Eunan’s. In a game played in very bad conditions, Inniskeen were triumphant with a four point victory and lifted the Ulster Club Championship trophy, the first ever Monaghan club to do so. The All Ireland semi final saw Inniskeen meet Leinster Champions, Westmeath’s Rockfordbridge. Inniskeen lost by a mere 2 points and should have won had it not been for allowing Rockfordbridge an early 7 point lead. However a domestic double had been won and the Ulster Club Championship had been won. Inniskeen had won the treble. The minor team qualified for the final of the minor championship but went down to Aghabog after a gallant attempt in Smithboro. To end this perfect year, Inniskeen were awarded the title of Club of the Year at the County Board Dinner Dance.

1995 saw a tired team with the eventual result of being relegated to Division 2 and after losing out to Aghabog in the Championship Final. 1996 saw Gene McGeeney take over as manager with Kevin McKeown as trainer. However ailing health forced Kevin to retire early and Inniskeen were very fortunate in that Seamus Callan was available to step in. The goal for 1996 was to return to Division 1 which was achieved by beating Rockcorry in the final and winning the Tom Fox cup. The club also affiliated teams at all levels in Monaghan.

1997 saw the emerging prominence of the underage teams in Inniskeen with the Under 12’s in the first year of competition winning the blitz and the under 14’s reaching the final. The seniors had a somewhat unstable year which was to be the pattern for the next number of years. In this time however, concentration was focused on the underage teams, with the under 12’s qualifying for finals in ’99, 2000 and 2001 and winning the league and shield in ’99, the cup in 2000, an the league in 2001. In 2000 the under 14’s won the county shield and blitz while the under 16’s lost out by the narrowest of margins in their league. This defeat was to inspire them to winning the 11-a-side league against Aghabog in Latton in 2001. In 2002 Noel Brady took over as senior manager and the ladies team were permitted to compete in the intermediate championship which was played against Scotstown in Ballybay. A good first half gave way to an abysmal second half and Scotstown ran out worthy winners. Relegation loomed and despite the best of efforts, Division 2 beckoned.

Both the under 12’s and under 16’s qualified for the semi-finals of their respective competitions and the under 14’s lost out to Donaghmoyne in their final.

2003

Under 12’s

At the beginning of 2003 Ciara Meegan and Arlene Kelly started of the training sessions but finding working with both the under 12’s and the under 14’s a little trying. Aisling and Rita stepped in. The under 12 team comprising of those donning the red and green for the first time and with ages ranging from 7 – 12 took part in numerous challenge matches, the Annual Truagh Under 12 Blitz, the Pat Kelly Tournament and their own league. Travelling to Truagh for the Blitz the team got their campaign well under way with a great win over St. Macartan’s of Tyrone. Next up was a Truagh/Emyvale selection and at the finish Inniskeen won emphatically. These two wins saw the Inniskeen girls meet Monaghan Harps in a game which would decide the Shield Semi-Finalists. Unfortunately the harp girls were to strong and this effectively ended Inniskeen’s day of competition. In their league campaign the girls met Tyholland in the Shield Final in Toome. For the many supporters this was indeed the highlight of the year and a truly nail-biting encounter. Tyholland just about managed the one point victory but despite the result, to the spectators it would appear that the Inniskeen girls had won, such was the noise volume and excitement.

The highlight of the year was undoubtedly the Annual Pat Kelly Tournament which was a resounding success. Although usually run as an internal club competition, the committee, in their wisdom, decided to run it as an under 12 11 a-side Blitz. Crossmaglen, Killanny and Magheracloone were invited to take part. Killanny fielded two teams (Killanny and Down), Crossmaglen entered Crossmaglen and Armagh, whilst the Inniskeen girls were divided into Tyrone and Monaghan. In total 7 teams competed for the Pat Kelly Memorial Tournament Cup. For Inniskeen the Tyrone team reached the final meeting Killanny who ran out eventual winners. The Monaghan team comprised mainly of all the new players, notched up a fantastic win in one of the earlier rounds with Anna McKenna, Sarah Holland and Amy Martin shining. On the Tyrone team, all the girls played their hearts out in all their games. The Killanny Captain was presented with the Pat Kelly Memorial Cup by Tyrone Captain Claire Shevlin and Aaron Kelly and medals were presented to all girls who took part in the tournament.

Under 12 star Fiona Callan also played with an Under 12 Monaghan selection at the intervals of the Senior Ulster Final.

Under 14’s

The under 14’s had quite a topsy turvey year but with dedication and commitment they finally got their heads down and reached the semi-final against Aghabog in Aghabog. After a gutsy performance by the Inniskeen girls the game finished in a draw. The replay of this semi-final was played in Grattan Park in very wet conditions the following week. Aghabog started the game in fiery fashion knocking over fine scores. However the Inniskeen girls found their feet and at half time the game was level. But the second half was to be a very different game. Inniskeen afforded their more illustrious opponents far too much respect and the fired up Aghabog took full advantage. A very different Inniskeen team emerged, and with the exception of a few girls who tried really hard, Inniskeen had lost the battle before it even began and Aghabog ran away with the game.

Under 16’s

The league campaign began with what was to become the customary scramble for players and finally the bus set off for the opening game of the season against Eire Og. A victory there set the wheels in motion for further victories. And who among that panel will ever forget that powerful comeback and subsequent dismantling of Truagh in Annaminnon. And then disaster after disaster struck. Donaghmoyne had travelled to Inniskeen but managing to gather only 11 players out of 26 we were forced to concede the points. Towards the end of the season the under 16’s met Scotstown in a three way play off for a place in the league semi-finals. After a fantastic game Inniskeen were a point in arrears at the final whistle and so travelled to Truagh the following Friday evening in their quest for the semi-final space. Once again many girls let the team down and a depleted side took to the field against a stronger Truagh selection. Goalkeeper Emma Fee pulled off many heroic saves and kept her team in contention right through the game. Unfortunately the Inniskeen girls could only muster a few scores and Truagh ran out worthy winners. Claire Shevlin made her debut at this age level and played very well. This was to end the under 16 campaign.

Minors

Our minor team had somewhat of a stop-start season with games kicking off in early April. In the early rounds optimism was high with the girls overcoming all teams that came their way. This optimism was justified on account of the work that had been put in at underage level over previous years, coupled with the fact that most of the players had experienced success at under 16 level and were now a year older, wiser and stronger. The competition was suspended for a time and resumed the last week in October. The minor team travelled to Latton for the penultimate game in the 13 a-side league and managing the minimum of players the girls battled hard in the first half and went in at the interval trailing by a few points.

In the second half despite the valiant efforts of Nicola, Tracy, Leona, Sharon and Laura the Latton girls pulled away for an emphatic win. This was the first game the minors lost in an extremely tough group and they had it all to do in the last game of the league against Tyholland in order to qualify for the semi-finals. Unfortunately Tyholland put paid to any hope the Inniskeen girls had competing in a final.

Intermediate

Latton was basking in sunshine as Inniskeen opened up their championship campaign against Clones mid July. Inniskeen started the game in blistering fashion and for a period of about ten minutes there was tit for tat scoring, with both teams applying pressure and making use of the gaps that opened up. This soon changed as Inniskeen tightened up in defence and with the forwards punishing Clones on every attack. A brace of goals followed from the Inniskeen girls and they went in at the interval with a comfortable lead. In the second half Clones came out with all guns blazing and with wave after wave of attack on the Inniskeen goal, Karen made many fine saves. But the Inniskeen girls stepped up a gear and despite their valiant efforts, the Clones girls were always struggling. Near-neighbours and rivals Donaghmoyne were next to the post and Inniskeen booked their place in this year’s junior championship final after a tremendous win in Aughnamullen. Having successfully negotiated the earlier rounds, the Championship Final was next on the agenda. The team was meticulously prepared and confidence was high. Pitted against the might of Rockcorry, the team came agonisingly close to sneaking their first trophy in 9 years. But alas, it was just not to be.

The remainder of the league remained to be played and with consistent performances in the earlier part of the year and subsequent victories in the latter part of the league, the ladies met O’Neill Shamrocks in the league semi-final on the last Saturday evening in September. The first half was an evenly matched affair with both teams battling for possession. Inniskeen put over some fine scores from play whilst O’Neill’s scores came mostly from frees. This trend was to continue into the second half with Inniskeen starting from the interval trailing by the minimum. However the Inniskeen girls battled hard and the attack stepped up a gear, which resulted in Inniskeen being four points ahead with 2 minutes remaining on the clock. Again the defence were found guilty of giving away silly frees and with play breaking down further up the field, the O’Neill’s girls dug deep and were 1 point ahead at the final whistle. The senior campaign had now come to an end.

2003 represented a giant, purposeful stride in the right direction as far as the intermediate team were concerned and provided a sound platform on which to build in 2004.

Off the pitch Kathriona Byrne who was awarded County Minor Player of the Year at the Presentation Function in the Hillgrove, Monaghan. Linda McGahon, Voureen Quigley, Kathriona Byrne, Josephine Fitzpatrick, Linda Callan and Laura Kelly all represented the club on the various county teams. Ladies club member Aine Quigley married Anthony Hoey.

2004

2004 has been a year that will be remembered for quite some time. It has been rolled up sleeves time for more years than the average-aged club person can remember. The going has been tough for a long time for both the older girls and the younger caílíní alike, but they have steadfastly refused to throw in the towel and this year reaped all the rewards.

Under 12

Our underage campaign started early in the year with huge turnouts at training sessions. The first game of the year was at home to Tyholland and when no referee showed up JJ Smyth stepped in and performed the honours. Inniskeen romped to an emphatic win and successive games against Magheracloone, Corduff, St. Bridget’s, and Latton all yielded the same outcome. Drawn games with near neighbours Killanny and Aughnamullen determined a place in the semi-final but unfortunately the team was to go no further. The Annual Truagh Under 12 Blitz on the 11th of September was to be their next showcase, and it was here Linda McHugh excelled pulling off fine saves with steely determination. Marching on to the semi-final Magheracloone provided the opposition and were determined to avenge the defeat they suffered in the earlier part of the year at the hands of the Inniskeen Cailini. It was nail biting stuff the whole way through and 30 seconds from the whistle it appeared as though extra time would be required. Unfortunately with the last kick of the ball a lucky break fell Magheracloone’s way and it was all they needed to secure the victory by the narrowest of margins.

Further to this the girls got the chance to strut their stuff against Killanny at both the Parent’s Association Fun Day held in Grattan Park and the Killanny Parish Fund-Raiser day. Seasoned defender Lena Holland turned goal poacher supreme on these days and management had a tough job returning her to the fullback line.

Earlier in the year Aidan Treanor from Truagh approached Aisling and Rita with the view to setting up an under 10 competition. He would organise the North Monaghan section whilst Inniskeen would be responsible for organising and co-ordinating the South Monaghan section. For this purpose he had secured two shields. Due to vast programme of underage games throughout the summer months the South Monaghan competition was run as a one-day blitz on the 18th of September in Grattan Park and it turned out to be one of the worst days we have witnessed weather wise. However, that did not deter the young ladies from throughout South Monaghan and after several exciting games, a delighted captain Eimear Kelly collected the shield for her team in the competitions inaugural year. Our under 10’s were also visitors to Knockbridge for a challenge game adding a further win to their belt.

Under 14

Our under 14’s had another blinder of a year. Travelling to Clones for the first game of the year, defeat ensued.

Undeterred by this setback, the girls persisted in forging ahead with their plans and were suitably rewarded with victories over Eire Og, Latton, Doohamlet, Carrick, Rockcorry, Corduff and Tyholland and topping the 11-a-side league table.

Home advantage for the semi-final secured, the team prepared for a showdown with Eire Og. However, as things transpired Inniskeen had to travel to Eire Og for the semi-final, and with a performance nowhere near what they were capable of, they suffered their second defeat of the year. Played over two days in Kilmore the under 14 blitz which would serve also as a means to selecting an under 14 county team was the other competition the Inniskeen girls set their sights on. However on a year of reaching semi-finals they too could go no further and their season came to a close.

Under 16

Two years ago saw Inniskeen capture their very first Under 16 title ever. This year showed it was no flash in the pan with the team brushing aside all opposition and booking themselves a place in the semi-final with Harps. It was to prove a comfortable route to the final. Rain drenched Drumhowen was the venue for the final with O’Neill’s. Battle commenced and it was O’Neill’s who went in at half time thinking they had secured the scalps of the Inniskeen girls, but how wrong they were and at the final whistle Amanda McArdle was holding aloft the 13-a-side under 16 cup. The Inniskeen girls played with fire in their bellies from start to finish and were full value for their spectacular victory. They showed a tremendous will to win and the character to go the distance.

Minor

There were scenes of unconfined joy when Inniskeen’s minors produced a masterful performance to comprehensively beat Latton in the 2004 Minor 11 a-side final in Magheracloone. Throughout the competition Inniskeen had displayed remarkable reserves of spirit, courage and determination to record wins, which would lead them to the final despite the absence of a number of regulars. These traits were to afford them the honour of recording another landmark victory, the first time a minor cup was to make its way across the fane. Captain Tracy McGeeney led by example and coupled with outstanding performances and even more outstanding attitudes from the entire team, failure was never an option. Their exemplary attitude was personified by 15 year old defender Laura Kelly, who crowned a stellar defensive performance with the player of the match accolade.

Intermediate

As far as always getting a good start to the year, our intermediate team had a pretty torrid beginning during which we found ourselves with our backs well and truly to the wall. Managing the bare fifteen on too many occasions, defeat was suffered at the hands of Rockcorry, Latton, Scotstown, Carrick and Donaghamoyne. Our first breakthrough came on the 16th of May with a victory over Rockcorry. With league games suspended until after the quarter finals of the championship, it was time to take the bit between the teeth and knuckle down. The first round and scare of the championship against Emyvale gave us a much needed kick in the ass.

With confidence boosted Latton were no match in a league fixture the following week and a valuable 2 points was secured. Back to championship action and a very weak Donaghmoyne were the opposition in the semi-final in Killanny. The smell of victory was in the air and Aughnamullen awaited us in the semi-final.

Killanny was again the venue and the large number of spectators were left pinching themselves incredulously as the Inniskeen girls hammered home several goals in the opening quarter. As a contest the game was effectively over by half time but Aughnamullen refused to lie down. At the final whistle Voureen was presented with the Junior Championship Cup, the first piece of silverware for the older girls since 1996. It was now “all systems go” and Inniskeen had little time to prepare for the onslaught of games which was to follow. A league victory against Carrick and some confusion which ultimately led to Scotstown conceding the points paved the way for which was to become for many, a maiden voyage into Ulster. The first round of the Ulster championship saw the team travel to Kilcar, Co. Donegal, and after steamrolling them into the ground, Cavan champions, Lavay were to become the next victims. A semi-final pairing with Moy of Tyrone had been secured. Full of confidence and a little bruised Moy were disposed of and a youthful St. Paul’s awaited in the Ulster Final in Clones. The Antrim champions provided stiff opposition but later that evening the Ulster Junior Club Championship Cup was on display in the Community Centre Inniskeen, and Railyard were making their preparations for their trip to Kavanagh County. Played in front of a massive crowd the Kilkenny girls almost put paid to Inniskeen’s clean sweep. But the Inniskeen lassies were thoroughly impressive in the methodical and relentless manner we went about our business and the general consensus was that if we could maintain that momentum and sustain the same intensity of endeavour, than we would feature well in the All-Ireland Junior Club Championship Final. All that stood between us was Emerald Gaels of Manchester and after 60 minutes in Fingallians we were on our way to Birr for the final. The big day arrived and despite valiant efforts, Noreen Fealy shattered Inniskeen’s dreams. It was an achievement to say the least to have reached the greatest stage in ladies football. The Inniskeen girls didn’t have time to wallow in pity and regret as the league semi-final with Donaghmoyne was around the corner and a crucial win brought us closer to Division 2 success. The final against Latton beckoned. Victory on the 3rd Sunday in December brought the curtain down in appropriate fashion on an epic voyage which yielded an amazing sweep of county championship, league and provincial honours.

Success for Inniskeen in winning the County and Provincial Championship, coupled with a renewal of fortunes and enthusiasm on the league front, augmented by all our underage teams fantastic achievements has meant that for us, 2004, was a good year, a year of progress. But to achieve the great heights of 2004 this year, knuckling down will be the order of the day and determination and commitment will be the critical factors for all concerned.

Off the pitch ladies club member Martina Quigley married Sean O’Connor and Linda McGahon gave birth to another would-be Gael.

Voureen, Josie, Linda, Laura and Roisin represented the club on the various county teams and Fiona Callan and Miriam Kelly played with an Under 12 Monaghan selection at the intervals of the Senior Ulster Final.

It has been a tremendous year for all the Gaels of Cumann Peil Gael na mBan, players, management, committee and supporters alike. But 2005 will be no time to sit back on our laurels and ride on the successes of the year past.

After the heady days of 1994 when Inniskeen won their first ever Ulster Club Championship honour, football fortunes in our parish took a nose-dive. Remember that it is only through the presence of the young girls that have came up through the ranks that has afforded us the position we are in today and with the titles of Division 2 Club of the Year and of Overall Club of the Year 2004.

What better way to provide for the future well being of a club than to nurture success at underage level.

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An Runaí

Inniskeen Pen Pics

Name: Tracy McGeeney Name: Aisling McGeeney

Age: 18 Occ: Student Age: 24 Occ: Teacher

Position: Forward Position: Forward

Favourite Sportsperson: Favourite Sportsperson:

Stephen McDonnell Oisin McConville

Name: Voureen Quigley Name: Isobel Kierans

Age: 26 Occ: Packing Age: 23 Occ: Student

Position: Forward Position: Midfield

Favourite Sportsperson: Favourite Sportsperson:

Mark Little Dara O’Cinneida

Name: Karen Quigley Name: Edel Kierans

Age: 27 Occ: Sales Manager Age: 22 Occ: Student

Position: Goalkeeper Position: Forward

Favourite Sportsperson: Favourite Sportsperson:

Peter Canavan Ciaran Whelan

Name: Martina Quigley Name: Josephine Fitzpatrick

Age: 27 Occ: Human Resources Age: 16 Occ: Student

Position: Forward Position: Half Back

Favourite Sportsperson: Favourite Sportsperson:

Eoin Mulligan Eoin Mulligan

Name: Aine Quigley Name: Carol McGahan

Age: 27 Occ: Office Clerk Age: 16 Occ: Student

Position: Full Back Position: Forward

Favourite Sportsperson:

Derek Heaven

Name: Cathriona Byrne Name: Sharon McGahon

Age: 18 Occ: Student Age: 18 Occ: Student

Position: Midfield Position: Half Back

Favourite Sportsperson: Favourite Sportsperson:

Dessie Dolan Colm Cooper

Name: Leona McKenna Name: Siobhan Casey

Age: 18 Occ: Student Age: 22 Occ: Customer Service

Position: Corner Back Position: Defender

Favourite Sportsperson: Favourite Sportsperson:

John McEntee Kieran McGeeney

Name: Amanda McArdle Name: Linda McGahan

Age: 16 Occ: Student Age: 27 Occ: Accountant

Position: Corner Back Position: Half Forward

Favourite Sportsperson: Favourite Sportsperson:

Kieran McGeeney Michael Donnellan

Name: Imelda Smyth Name: Linda Callan

Age: 22 Occ: Receptionist Age: 16 Occ: Student

Position: Midfield Position: Defender

Favourite Sportsperson: Favourite Sportsperson:

Liam Hasset Stephen McDonnell

Name: Laura Kelly Name: Dara O’Callaghan

Age: 16 Occ: Student Age: 20 Occ: Student

Position: Defender Position: Defender

Favourite Sportsperson: Favourite Sportsperson:

Eoin Mulligan Enda Muldoon

Name: Mairead McGahon Name: Rachel Rice

Age: 26 Occ: Sports Co-ordinator Age: 16 Occ: Student

Position: Defender Position: Forward

Favourite Sportsperson: Favourite Sportsperson:

Rory O’Connell Gary Lynch

Name: Bronagh Duffy

Age: 17 Occ: Student

Position: Forward

Favourite Sportsperson:

Eoin Mulligan

Latton Ladies G.F.C.

2000 – 2004

The former Chairman of the Latton O’Rahilly Football Club, Brian Dempsey decided to form a Ladies team in our parish and called a meeting in the Community Centre on the 6th February 2000. About forty people attended, included Paul Swift, Pheobe Carroll and Joe Sherry, all member of Monaghan Ladies County Board.

The club was officially formed on that day. Brian Dempsey was elected Chairman, Brenda Duffy as Secretary and Ann Lynch as Treasurer.

In 2000 we affiliated teams in U-12, U-14, U-16, Minor and Senior Levels. This was a teething year for our Club, but we fulfilled our fixtures.

On the formation of our Club we had the experience of County players like Diane Dempsey, who trained our club for the first year. Diane has won many medals at all levels including two All-Ireland Senior medals, three National League medals and also played in the All Ireland Minor in 1994. She was the youngest member of the All-Ireland winning team in 1996. She was joint top scorer with Angela Larkin, and received Player of the Match in All Ireland Senior League final in 1996. She received a placement All-Star in 1999.

Lavina Connolly has also won many medals at Minor and Ulster Levels. She is also a member of the County Senior Panel and was Minor Player of the Year in 2001. Both Diane and Lavina played with Rockcorry before the formation of the Latton Club.

In 2001 the first success of our Club came to fruition when our U-16 girls won the first trophy under the management of Declan Connolly. In September 2001 our girls did us proud by becoming runners up in the All-Ireland Junior 7’s, under Team Manager Brian Dempsey and Hughie McElroy, Trainer.

In 2002 we finished top of the league in Division 3 and went on to win the final again Rockcorry. Diane Dempsey, our Captain, was very proud when she was presented with the first silverware at Senior Level. Leanne Hearon received Player of the Match.

Our U-16 did us proud once more by winning more Silverware two years running under the management of Declan Connolly.

Two of our players received awards at the County Board Dinner Dance, Martina Sullivan, Junior Player of the Year and Diane Dempsey Division 3 Player of the Year.

In 2003 Hugh McElroy took over as Manager when Brian stepped down. Declan Connolly took the U-16 and Minors. Martina Sullivan and Diane Dempsey took over our U-14 – U12’s.

We got to the final of the junior Championship V. Rockcorry which ended in a draw. Rockcorry won by one point in the replay. We also got to the Division 2 League Final which also ended in a draw.

However we were beaten by O’Neill’s in the Replay, Diane Dempsey got the Player of the Match in the first game.

Our Minor also got to the final but were beaten by Tyholland.

In 2004 Carrickmacross beat us in the second round of the championship. On the day we fielded without Martina and Lavina, two of our top players. In the league we finished third and got the final, due to two walkovers and a team forfeiting the semi-final. We met Inniskeen who were the junior champions. They beat us well even though our top players had returned.

Minors reached the final but were beaten on the day. Our U-16’s are a very young team but they all gave great commitment and tried hard.

U-14 Pamela Fitzpatrick, Manager, this year said she was delighted with her team and they did well as most of them are beginners.

Diane and Martina’s U-12 team got to the final of the Shield but lost by a narrow margin.

Latton Ladies G.F.C

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President: Rev. Fr. Tom Quigley

Chairman: 2000 – 2005 Brian Dempsey

Vice Chairman: 2000 – 2002 Kathleen Lynch

2003 – 2005 Declan Connolly

Secretary: 2000 – 2002 Brenda Duffy

2003 Bernadette Duffy

2004 Pamela Fitzpatrick

2005 Pauline Dempsey

Assistant Secretary: 2000 Caitriona Dempsey

2001 Lisa McKenna

2002, 2003 – 2005 Bernadette Duffy

2004 Brenda Rice

Treasurer: 2000 – 2005 Ann Lynch

P.R.O: 000 Belinda Cassidy

2001 Dympna Dempsey

2002 – 2004 Pauline Dempsey

2005 Martina McElroy

Registrar: 2000 Helen Duffy

2001 Kathleen Lynch

2002 Ann Lynch

2003 – 2005 Brenda Rice

Delegates to County Board 2000 – 2005:

Brian Dempsey, Ann Lynch, Declan Connolly, Pamela Fitzpatrick, Kathleen Lynch and Pauline Dempsey.

Pauline Dempsey was also Assistant Treasurer of Monaghan Ladies County Board 2000 – December 2004.

Secretary’s Report for 1992

1992 will be remembered for Monaghan Co. Ladies as the year when they captured The John Timmins Cup, also a year when our Co. U.14 reached the All-Ireland final, to be beaten by a strong Waterford side. The U16 and Minors winning the Ulster finals in their respective championships. The Co. Final in which Monaghan Harps were victorious against a gallant Donaghmoyne side, our under aged teams producing some of the most exciting games to date. A proud moment was when the first ever all star award was received by Margaret Kierans. Personally, I will remember 1992 as a year full of achievements and excitement, so I would now like to give a review on the major happenings of this period.

County Competitions:-

The following clubs affiliated with the County Committee at the beginning of the year were divided as follows:-

JUNIOR FOOTBALL LEAGUE – North Section:- Aghabog, Emyvale, Kilmore/Drumsnatt, Monaghan Harps, Rockcorry, Truagh and Tyholland.

South Section:- Aughnamullen, Carrickmacross, Corduff, Donaghmoyne, Doohamlet, Drumhowan, Inniskeen and Magheracloone.

Each team played each other once, with the top two teams in each section qualifying to the semi-final stages which were as follows:-

Semi-final results – Carrickmacross 3 – 1 Monaghan Harps 2 – 8

Aghabog 2 – 5 Donaghmoyne 1 – 9

Final 23/8/92: Donaghmoyne 0 – 6 Monaghan Harps 1 – 8

Referee: Mick Joyce.

Minor Clubs:- North section – Aghabog, Drumhowan, Monaghan Harps and Truagh.

South Section – Donaghmoyne, Inniskeen and Magheracloone.

Top team in each section to qualify for final. As this competition has not yet been completed I am unable to announce a winner.

U.16 Clubs:- North Section – Aghabog, Emyvale, Kilmore/Drumsnatt, Rockcorry & Tyholland.

South section:- Aughnamullen, Corduff, Donaghmoyne, Doohamlet and Magheracloone.

Top two in each section qualifies for the semi-finals.

Semi-finals Donaghmoyne v Kilmore/Drumsnatt

Magheracloone v Aghabog

Final 27/9/92: Donaghmoyne 1 – 4 Magheracloone 1 – 8

Referee: Mary Foy.

U.14 Clubs:- North section – Aghabog, Kilmore/Drumsnatt, Rockcorry and Tyholland.

South section – Aughnamullen, Donaghmoyne, Drumhowan and Magheracloone.

Top two teams in each section to qualify for the semi-finals.

Semi-finals Kilmore/Drumsnatt v Aughnamullen.

Aghabog v Magheracloone.

Final 23/7/92: Kilmore/Drumsnatt 4 – 8 Magheracloone 2 – 10

Referee: Mary Foy.

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Reserve Championship. Participating teams were as follows:- Aughnamullen, Doohamlet, Drumhowan, Emyvale, Inniskeen, Kilmore/Drumsnatt, Rockcorry, Truagh and Tyholland.

Semi-final Aughnamullen v Magheracloone

Inniskeen v Doohamlet

Final 15/11/92: Magheracloone 3 – 3 Inniskeen 1 – 8.

INTER COUNTY COMPETITIONS

The year ended with the Monaghan Ladies team winning the All-Ireland Championship along with the honours of winning promotion to the senior level, runners up in The National League. Other achievements were U.14 runner-ups in the All-Ireland Tournament, U.16 and Minors winners of the Ulster Championship in their respective grades. These achievements were due to hard work by the management and commitment and dedication by all the players involved.

Co. Junior Panel.

As stated already the Team Management worked hard to select a panel of players for all their competitions. After the start that every team would dream of Monaghan went on from strength to strength to prove to everyone that even though ladies football was only in its infancy in Monaghan they were no easy pushover.

The Team management of Michael Morgan, Owen McNally, Raymond Finnegan, Philip Kelly and Bernie Beaggan, worked tirelessly throughout the year. A special thanks to Mrs Maura Gavan who always had the first-aid kit available when required and made sure that each and every player going on to the field was without pain or ache. Also a special thanks to Mrs Ann Finnegan who washed the Jerseys and ensured that Monaghan was always the best attired team in the country.

County Team Results. Ulster Junior Football Championship

Wednesday July 8th Tyrone 2 – 0 Monaghan 2 – 12

Ulster Final

Wednesday July 29th Monaghan 3 – 13 Armagh 2 – 7

All-Ireland Semi-Final

Sunday September 6th Galway 0 – 1 Monaghan 2 – 7

All-Ireland Final

Sunday October 4th Monaghan 2 – 8 London 2 – 6

National Football League

Division 111 POINTS

Monaghan 14

Leitrim 8

Roscommon 8

Meath 8

Armagh 7

Offaly 5

Tyrone 3

Longford 2

Monaghan qualified for both the senior and junior All-Ireland Quarter Finals

Senior League Quarter Finals

Waterford 0 – 10 Monaghan 1 – 4

Junior League Quarter Finals

Sunday 16/8/92: Monaghan 3 – 9 Kerry 1 – 1

Junior League Semi-Final

Saturday 19/9/92: Monaghan 2 – 16 Dublin 4 – 4

Junior League Final

Sunday 18/10/92: Monaghan 2 – 10 Cork 3 – 7

Replay

Sunday 1/11/92: Monaghan 0 – 8 Cork 1 – 7

Minor Championship

Ulster Minor Championship Final

Tuesday 4/8/92: Monaghan 4 – 9 Donegal 1 – 2

Minor All – Ireland Semi – Finals

Saturday 15/8/92: Monaghan 1 – 5 Laois 1 – 9

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U.16 Ulster Championship Final

Saturday 25/7/92: Monaghan 1 – 4 Donegal 0 – 1

U.16 All-Ireland Semi-Final

Saturday 8/8/92: Monaghan 2 – 5 Wexford 6 – 5

U.14 All-Ireland Semi-Finals

Saturday 12/9/92 Monaghan 9 – 12 Meath 1 – 8

All-Ireland Final

Saturday 10/10/92 Monaghan 2 – 6 Waterford 4 – 6

I would like to pay tribute to the management of all the under aged teams who were as follows:-

Minors Anita Finnegan, Suzanne Murphy, Paddy Flood and Brendan McCabe.

U.16: Paddy Clerkin, Maurice Kindlon, Brendan Finnegan and Oliver Gavan.

U.14: Paddy Clerkin, Maurice Kindlon and Suzanne Murphy.

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With a strong panel of trained referees who enforced strict discipline over the games throughout the year, I am glad to say we had very few injuries which lead to a more safer and enjoyable game for everyone involved.

Sub Committees

In January of this year a Fixture Committee and a Finance Committee was formed. Fixtures committee:- Anita Finnegan, Mary Connolly, Brendan McCabe, Raymond Finnegan, Michelle McElroy, Mary Foy and Paddy Flood.

Finance committee:- P.J. Finnegan, Mary McCabe, Mary Mulligan, Paul Swift, Teresa Hannawin, Fiona Treanor and Bernie Beaggan.

SECRETARY’S REPORT FOR 1993

1993 seen our County Senior team contest two All-Ireland Semi-finals after only one year in senior ranks. Our minor team contested an All-Ireland semi-final only to be beaten by the All-Ireland winners, Waterford. Our U16’s were beaten by Donegal in an Ulster final, whilst our U14’s competed in the National U14 blitz. On the domestic scene Inniskeen won the first Senior Championship and Monaghan Harps the league. Indeed these two teams dominated the senior ranks this year with the Championship final and league semi-finals both going to replays. Ann Gavan’s hard work for Aghabog and the County was rewarded with an All-Star Award.

I will now review our 1993 season.

COUNTY COMPETITIONS

1993 seen two new clubs, Scotstown and Clones enter the ladies football arena. Our senior competitions format was changed slightly. This year we had a Division 1 and Division 2 and for the first time we had an open draw Championship.

Senior Football League Division 1 consisted of Aghabog, Aughnamullen, Carrickmacross, Donaghmoyne, Doohamlet, Inniskeen, Magheracloone, and Monaghan Harps.

Division 2 consisted of Clones, Corduff, Drumhowan, Eire Og, Emyvale, Kilmore/Drumsnatt, Rockcorry, Truagh and Tyholland.

Each team played each other twice with the top four competing in the semi-finals, due to fixtures pressure, bad weather and a shortage of referees the leagues were cut a few games short, however the outcomes were as follows:

Division 1 Semi-finals:-

Inniskeen 4 – 10 Monaghan Harps 6 – 9

(after a replay)

Donaghmoyne 1 – 7 Aghabog 3 – 4

Final: Monaghan Harps 3 – 8 Aghabog 2 – 9

Division 2 Semi-finals:-

Kilmore/Drumsnatt 2 – 7 Rockcorry 2 – 2

Clones 3 – 6 Corduff 2 – 8

Final:- Kilmore/Drumsnatt defeated Clones

Our Championship was a major success and gave our Division 2 teams a chance to compete at the highest level.

Semi-finals:-

Aghabog 4 – 4 Monaghan Harps 4 –8

Inniskeen 4 – 10 Magheracloone 0 – 5

Final Monaghan Harps 1 – 14 Inniskeen 4 – 6

(after a replay)

Inniskeen went on to represent Monaghan in the Ulster Club Championship. Unfortunately they lost out to St Eunans of Donegal who eventually won the Ulster Title.

MINOR COMPETITION:-

Before this years competition last years final had to be played. Monaghan Harps completed a double with a victory over a gallant Magheracloone team. This year’s competition was played as a Championship. The competing teams were Kilmore/Drumsnatt, Scotstown, Donaghmoyne, Aughnamullen, Doohamlet, Magheracloone, Inniskeen, Truagh, Clones, Aghabog.

Semi-finals: Aughnamullen Beat Kilmore/Drumsnatt

Donaghmoyne Beat Magheracloone

Final Aughnamullen 3 – 1 Donaghmoyne 3 – 4

U16’s

The following Clubs entered the U16 League

Scotstown, Kilmore/Drumsnatt, Eire Og, Rockcorry, Donaghmoyne, Inniskeen, Aughnamullen, Tyholland and Magheracloone.

Semi-finals:

Kilmore/Drumsnatt 2 – 8 Donaghmoyne 3 – 6

Tyholland 2 – 0 Magheracloone 2 – 6

Final:- Magheracloone 3 – 9 Donaghmoyne 0 – 8

U14’s

The following Clubs entered the U14 League

Emyvale, Kilmore/Drumsnatt, Magheracloone, Donaghmoyne, Aughnamullen and Scotstown.

Final:- Magheracloone 13 – 14 Kilmore/Drumsnatt 6 – 2

INTER COUNTY COMPETITIONS

SENIOR PANEL:-

This was Monaghan’s first year in Senior ranks and the team equipped themselves excellently in finishing runners up in Division 2. We lost our first league game against Dublin but then played our remaining 5 league matches without defeat. One particular game worth mentioning was our last league match against Wexford when at half time the girls were seven points down. In the second half everyone dug deep and the real spirit of this senior panel shone through to record an excellent draw. The team management of Owen McNally, Raymond Finnegan and Paul Swift worked hard throughout the year. The team had 29 training sessions at 10 different locations and many personal sacrifices were made. After qualifying for the league play-off Monaghan defeated Clare in the Quarter finals only to be drawn against the mighty Laois in the All-Ireland League Semi-final. Laois got the fright of their lives and the rest of the Country sat up and took stock of the fine performances to draw and then lose the replay in extra time.

Monaghan can take some consolation in the fact that Laois won the final. Likewise in the Championship Semi-final we travelled to Kerry to be beaten by a Kerry team that went on to win the All-Ireland.

Once again I must thank the Management and all the players. Thanks also to Anna Swift who washed the Jerseys and to Ann Adamson who administered first aid on numerous occasions. Thanks to all Clubs who made their facilities available for training and matches. A special word of thanks must go to Aughnamullen who made their facilities available on 14 occasions for training. It’s this type of co-operation which will ensure the long-term future of Ladies football.

COUNTY TEAM RESULTS:-

Championship Semi-final

29.8.93 Monaghan 0 – 7 Kerry 8 – 11

National League Division 2

21.3.93 Monaghan 2 – 6 Dublin 4 – 8

18.4.93 Monaghan 3 – 10 Limerick 1 – 6

2.5.93 Monaghan 4 – 15 Galway 0 – 5

23.5.93 Monaghan 2 – 14 Wicklow 1 – 3

30.5.93 Monaghan 3 – 7 Cork 1- 5

6.6.93 Monaghan 1 – 6 Wexford 0 – 9

Monaghan qualify for Senior League Quarter finals

Senior League Quarter Final

26.6.93 Monaghan 0 – 12 Clare 1 – 8

Senior League Semi-final

11.7.93 Monaghan 3 – 6 Laois 2 – 9 (after extra time)

Replay

8.8.93 Monaghan 2 – 11 Laois 3 – 16 (after extra time)

Minor Championship

Ulster Semi-final

Monaghan 4 – 7 Tyrone 4 – 7

Replay

Monaghan 4 – 7 Tyrone 4 – 5

Ulster Final

Monaghan 5 – 8 Donegal 3 – 4

All Ireland Semi – final

Monaghan 0 – 2 Waterford 7 – 16

U16’s

Ulster Final

Donegal 3 – 11 Monaghan 3 – 8 (after replay)

U14’s

All Ireland Semi-final

Monaghan 1 – 5 Kerry 5 – 15

U14 Community Games:-

Magheracloone represented Ulster in this competition and gave a very good account of themselves. They were beaten in the 3rd/4th play off by a Meath team on a score line of 2 – 8 to 2 – 15.

I would like to thank and pay tribute to the Management of all underage teams. Without their involvement County teams would not be possible.

Minors:- Martin Connolly, Brendan Finnegan and Mary Foy. Thanks also to Maura Gavan for helping with the first aid.

U16: Paddy Clerkin, Mickey Morgan and Kevin O’Callaghan.

U14:- Anita Finnegan, Mary Foy and Tina Rooney.

SUB COMMITTEES:-

The County Board formed two sub – committees during the year:-

The Fixtures Committee consisted of Mary Foy, Anita Finnegan, Oliver Gavan, Teresa Hanawan, Ann Cumiskey and Catriona Quinn.

The Finance Committee consisted of Tina Rooney, Fiona Treanor, Joe Sherry and Roseanne Fitzpatrick.

Thank you

Brenda Macklin

COUNTY SECRETARY 1993

SECRETARY’S REPORT FOR 1994

What a remarkable year, winning the Senior National League final, reaching the All-Ireland Championship final, winning the Minor All – Ireland final the first ever Ulster U.14 final. Our U.16’s qualifying for the All-Ireland semi-finals only to be beaten by a last minute sneaky goal.

On the home front Inniskeen once again Co. Champions also league champions and finally Ulster champions. Aghabog back on the winning streak again by winning minor final. Last but not least, Magheracloone who have dominated the Juvenile section of the county by winning the U16, & U14 (15-a-side) competitions. Our first ever 11 a-side U.14 competition which was won by St. Brigid’s after a very excitement final with Aghabog.

Review of 1994 season:

The following clubs affiliated with the County Committee at the beginning of the year were classified as follows:

Div One: Aghabog, Donaghmoyne, Doohamlet, Inniskeen Magheracloone & Monaghan Harps.

Div II: Aughnamullen, Carrickmacross, Clones, Corduff, Kilmore/Drumsnatt & Rockcorry.

Div III: Eire-Og, Emyvale, St. Brigid’s, Truagh & Tyholland.

This years competitions commenced in April and all league campaigns were contested with great determination and commitment by all the clubs throughout most of the grounds. This year the structure of the league was changed from two divisions to three divisions. This proved to be most competitive and some of the divisions went literally all the way to the proverbial “wire”. Each team played each other twice with the top four teams competing in the semi-finals.

Division One Final Results: Inniskeen 5 – 9 Monaghan Harps 2 – 8

“ Two Final Results: Rockcorry 2 – 4 Carrickmacross 3 – 1

“ Replay “ “ “ 0 – 7 “ 3 – 6

Division Three Final Results Eire Og 1 – 6 Emyvale 1 – 5

With reference to Div. One it is without doubt that Inniskeen have produced some very entertaining football consistently throughout the year. Winning both the League & Championship is a major achievement but to put the icing on the cake they proved their skills by winning the Ulster the Club Championship final. Other teams in Div. One produced some of the most exciting games e.g. Monaghan Harps & Aghabog where there was very little between either teams at the end of the day. Donaghmoyne, Doohamlet & Magheracloone progressed dramatically but on the final hurdle both Donaghmoyne and Doohamlet have been relegated to Div. Two.

Div Two was a very close campaign to the very end with Rockcorry & Carrickmacross being promoted to Div. One. Carrickmacross had an excellent year reaching the Championship final to be beaten by Inniskeen but winning the League Final by defeating Rockcorry. Great credit must go to Rockcorry who are only in ladies football over two years and who are now up the best. Aughnamullen, K/Drumsnatt & Clones had some very exciting encounters where as Corduff had to disband due to lack of support within the club and so results in relegation to Div. Three for them and Clones.

Div. Three at the end of the day there was very little between all teams in Div. Three. In the final between Eire Og and Emyvale a point was the margin. With St. Brigid’s winning the Championship and Eire winning the league final both teams will be promoted to Div. II. Truagh, Emyvale & Tyholland have produced some excellent football and will make it difficult for any team to get promotion this year.

MINOR COMPETITION:

This years competition was played on a league basis, north/south.

North Section: Aghabog, Kilmore/Drumsnatt, Scotstown, Tyholland, Truagh & Clones.

South Section: Aughnamullen, Inniskeen, Magheracloone & Donaghmoyne.

The teams competed in the Minor Competition this year. In the semi-finals stages the top two teams in each section played which were as follows:

Inniskeen beat Scotstown

Aghabog beat Donaghmoyne

Final Result Aghabog 1 – 5 Inniskeen 1 – 1

This final was played in the month of December which I feel is a little unfair to the clubs involved but as our County teams have been so successful time was not on our side. All credit to those involved and especially to Aghabog and Inniskeen who provided us all with a very exciting and entertaining game.

U16 competition

This competition was also divided into North/South sections.

North Section: Scotstown, Emyvale, Kilmore/Drumsnatt, Tyholland, Clones & Eire-Og.

South Section: Aughnamullen, Donaghmoyne, Inniskeen, Magheracloone & Rockcorry.

Scotstown and Kilmore/Drumsnatt topped the North section and played Rockcorry and Magheracloone in the semi-finals with the following outcome:

Scotstown beat Rockcorry

Magheracloone beat Kilmore/Drumsnatt

Final: Magheracloone 3 – 13 Scotstown 3 – 4.

U14 Competition

Also divided into a North/South Sections as follows:

North Section: Kilmore/Drumsnatt, Scotstown, Rockcorry, Emyvale & Eire – Og.

South Section: Aughnamullen, Donaghmoyne, Carrickmacross, Inniskeen & Magheracloone.

Some of the best games of football and skills and determination was witnessed at this level of football. It is without doubt that Magheracloone are a great ambassador for the game. It was also wonderful to see teams such as Rockcorry and Kilmore/Drumsnatt, Scotstown producing new talent in their respective clubs. The majority of these clubs such as Carrickmacross, Inniskeen, Donaghmoyne, Aughnamullen are now all participating in the schools competition alongside Emyvale Eire-Og, Rockcorry etc. Results of the U.14 final was as follows:

Final Magheracloone 2 – 11 Donaghmoyne 2 – 5

U.14 11-a-side

This competition was organised to cater for the clubs who have not the numbers for the 15 – a – side competition. It was a very successful competition but questions may arise for the coming year as to what clubs are entitled to take part in this competition. Guidelines with reference of numbers of underage players will have to be taken seriously and abide to.

Clubs that participated in this competition were as follows: Tyholland, St. Brigid’s, Aghabog & Clones.

Final Result: St. Brigid’s 1 – 6 Aghabog 1 – 4.

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Senior Championship

This years senior championship was played for by Div. One and Div. II together which proved to be a great success.

Results:

Preliminary Round

Aughnamullen 1 – 9 Kilmore/Drumsnatt 4 – 6

Donaghmoyne 3 – 6 Magheracloone 1 – 10

Aghabog 1 – 12 Monaghan Harps 2 – 9

Rockcorry 2 – 20 Corduff 1 – 8

Quarter Finals:

Inniskeen 1 – 9 Monaghan Harps 1 – 5

Doohamlet 1 – 4 Carrickmacross 2 – 5

Kilmore/Drumsnatt beat Clones

Donaghmoyne beat Rockcorry

Semi-Finals

Carrickmacross 1 – 8 Donaghmoyne 2 – 2

Inniskeen beat Kilmore/Drumsnatt

Final

Inniskeen 5 – 9 Carrickmacross 0 – 4

Ulster Club Championship

Inniskeen 1 – 18 St Macartan’s (Tyrone) 2 – 4

Ulster Club Championship Final

Inniskeen 2 – 5 St Eunan’s 0 – 7

All-Ireland Club Quarter Final

Inniskeen 2 – 10 Rochfortbridge 2 – 12

INTER COUNTY COMPETITION

Senior Panel

This year has been an historic year for Monaghan Co. Ladies for winning their first Senior All-Ireland National League Final also reaching their first Senior Championship final – and our minors winning their first All-Ireland title. Our senior league division one consisted of the following teams:- Waterford, Mayo, Monaghan, Laois, Clare, Kerry, Westmeath & Dublin. There was some very interesting encounters this year e.g. Monaghan V Laois in Ballybay, where with seconds to go Monaghan were behind and with the last kick of the game clinched victory which was deserved. Monaghan finished third in the league which left them qualifying for the Quarter finals as follows:-

Senior League Table

Play W D L Points

Waterford 7 6 0 1 12

Mayo 7 6 0 1 12

Monaghan 7 5 0 2 10

Laois 7 5 0 2 10

Clare 7 3 0 4 6

Kerry 6 1 0 5 2

Dublin 7 1 0 6 2

Westmeath 6 0 0 6 0

Kerry V Westmeath to be played

2 Bottom teams to be relegated.

Quarter finals played on 26th June

Monaghan (H) 4 – 23 Wexford 3 – 9

Semi-Finals

Monaghan 3 – 10 Cork 3 – 3

Final

Monaghan 2 – 9 Mayo 1 – 10

This has been a remarkable achievement but well deserved as these girls have put in a long season of hard work and dedication to become all-Ireland National League Champions. With the use of clubs facilities e.g. Rockcorry, Aughnamullen, St. Brigid’s, Carrickmacross, Doohamlet it was an added bonus in the preparation for the competitions.

Our Championship campaign began when we played Mayo in the Semi-final which we had a convincing win.

Monaghan 1 – 15 Mayo 0 – 8

It was then off to Croke Park for the final where we played a very fancied Waterford side. On the day we proved to the rest of the County that we would not be walked over as a lot of people would have anticipated. Although not winning, the girls did themselves proud and with a little bit of luck going our way we may have won the double.

Senior All-Ireland Final

Monaghan 0 – 12 Waterford 2 – 10.

I would like to thank the management of Paul Swift, Owen McNally and Mary Foy for their hard work carried out during the year. What this county has achieved in short space of them is just remarkable and without the endless training and commitment both by the players and the management this would not be possible. Once again congratulations to all involved.

Minor County Championship

Our minor championship commenced on July 21st where their first competitive match was against Tyrone in the Ulster Semi-final. They proved too strong for Tyrone and came out convincing winners to meet Donegal in the final. On August 4th it was in Ballybay to play Donegal where they once again emerged as convincing winners. All credit to those involved as they headed then to Mayo where in the second half they outclasses a strong Mayo to come out as worthy winners. Then it was to play Wexford where some fine displays were witnessed, also some of the best football this season. It took two days to overcome this mighty Wexford side but was all worth it in the end. Congratulations to all involved especially the management of Mickey Morgan, Brendan Finnegan and Eileen McElvaney. Results as follows:

Ulster Minor Semi-Final

Monaghan 4 – 22 Tyrone 0 – 6

Ulster Minor Final

Monaghan 3 – 20 Donegal 0 – 3

All Ireland Semi-Final

Monaghan 1 – 13 Mayo 0 – 5

All-Ireland Final

Monaghan 1 – 14 Wexford 1 – 14

Replay

Monaghan 3 – 10 Wexford 2 – 10

U-16’s

The county U16’s started their championship when they played Donegal in the Ulster final on July 28th. The panel who had a very early start having to travel in the early afternoon to play Donegal in Ballybofey proved a very determined side to come up victors by beating Donegal by quite a large margin. They then went to play Mayo who stole the game in the dying minutes. Thanks to Paddy Clerkin, Kevin O’Callaghan and Mary B. Hamill who managed the team and who were dedicated to their training every Saturday in Doohamlet.

U-14’s

Our County U14 started their inter-county season by playing Fermanagh in Aughnamullen in the Ulster final where they emerged as convincing winners. They went on to play Mayo in Longford where in the first half they lacked experience but in the second half give it their best but just failed to capitalise on the day. With the management of Maurice Kindlon, Paddy Clerkin & Ann McKenna the panel also travelled down the country to take part in the Blitz. Maurice & Paddy have contributed a lot of their time and efforts to the juvenile section of the county and they deserve a special mention. Also to Ann McCarville who assisted in her first year a very special thanks.

County U16 Results

Monaghan 7 – 16 Donegal 2 – 8

All-Ireland Semi-Finals

Monaghan (H) 2 – 12 Mayo 4 – 7

County U.14’s Results

Monaghan (H) 8 – 11 Fermanagh 1 – 3

All Ireland Semi-final

Mayo beat Monaghan

Sub Committees

The two sub committees formed this year is the fixtures & finance committees.

Elected on the Fixture Committee were Des Patton, Owen McNally, Mary Foy, Raymond Fin, Teresa Hanawin, Mary B. Hamill & Anita Finnegan.

Elected on the Finance Committee were Aisling Loughman, Kathleen McCarron, Joe Sherry, Phoebe Carroll & Hugh West.

Sponsorship

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have sponsored us this year. Without these sponsors I feel our board would be in great debt at the present time.

Firstly to Lakeland Dairies our main sponsors who have once again sponsored the County teams jersey.

To Hugh McElvaney who sponsored live coverage of our All-Ireland Final in Croke Park.

To Willie McKenna for sponsoring our player of the year awards once again.

Other sponsors e.g. Town of Monaghan Co-op, John Murray, Lough Egish, Monaghan Bottlers etc and any one else who helped in any way once again we appreciate your kind generosity.

To all those who sponsored cups for us for the various competitions throughout the year.

Finally

I would like to thank the Chairman of the County Board, Mr Pat Brannigan, Pat worked tirelessly throughout the year to ensure the smooth running of the Ladies Association. His advice and encouragement to all clubs was appreciated and he also received an excellent communicate from all clubs.

A special word of thanks must go to Phoebe Carroll for her hard work as Treasurer. An excellent treasurers report, as you will see later shows the amount of work that went into keeping the Boards accounts in order.

I would also like to thank Des Patton and Aisling Loughman who chaired our sub committees throughout the year. Des who chaired the fixture committee has took on a very difficult task in the organizing of the fixtures for year. This job is hard and thankless but Des ensured that the fixtures would be run smoothly as much as possible. Aisling who chaired the finance committee had also the hard task of seeing finances for the board during the year but ensured that the finances where available requested.

I would like to thank Fiona Carolan for her assistance throughout the year.

Also to Mary Foy and Paula Cunningham who organised two great days in the Blitz, U.14’s in Ballybay which was a tremendous success and the Fun Day in Clones which was a memorable occasion.

Thanks to Joe Sherry who was dedicated to his position as Registrar throughout the year.

To Johnny Kelly and Martin Connolly who attended the Ulster Council meetings.

Finally a special word of thanks to our members and supporters who have followed our game to all parts of the country throughout the year.

A very special word of thanks to my husband Brendan for his support and help throughout the year.

A final word of thanks to everyone for their help and support throughout the year. As I am not seeking re-election for the position of secretary I know I can rely on your support for the newly elected County Board for 1995.

Thank you

Anita Finnegan

County Secretary 1994

SECRETARY’S REPORT FOR 1995

1995 WAS ANOTHER YEAR OF SUCCESS FOR OUR County Ladies, winning U.14 All-Ireland final, reaching U.16 All-Ireland final just to be beaten by a small margin by a gallant Waterford team. Our Senior Ladies reaching the National League Semi-finals & once again the Championship final but making their exit against Waterford who went on to win the double. A major disappointment was the withdrawal of our County minors from their respective competition.

On the home front Aghabog winning the U.14 (11-a-side) competition, U.18’s plus the Senior Championship proved an outstanding achievement for any club. Their success continued as they went on to win the Ulster Club Championship Final and then made their exit against Ballymacarbry of Waterford. Monaghan Harps were back on the winning streak again when they won the Div. 1 league final. Donaghmoyne succeeded in winning the Div 2 league and secured promotion to Div. 1 along with Aughnamullen. Another successful club for 1995 was Clones who succeeded in winning the double in Div 3 i.e. Junior Championship plus Div. 3 league campaign.

U.18’s Aghabog again successful, defeated a very gallant Scotstown team. U.16’s an excellent achievement for Magheracloone who have won this respective competition for the past four years. U.14’s (15-a-side) Donaghmoyne overcome a strong U.14 Magheracloone team to win this competition. U.14’s (11-a-side) Aghabog once again came up victorious to take another competition.

A brief review of ’95 season: Fixtures Chairman & Secretary will give a detailed report on fixtures later in the meeting.

The following clubs affiliated with the county committee at the beginning of the year and were classified as follows:-

Div. One Div. Two Div. Three

Inniskeen Aughnamullen Tyholland

Rockcorry St. Bridgets Clones

Monaghan Harps Eire-Og Truagh

Aghabog Donaghmoyne Emyvale

Magheracloone Sean McDermott Scotstown

Carrickmacross Doohamlet

With over 200 games on the fixtures programme, it is without doubt a remarkable achievement that the administration was carried out so efficiently. While some of its decisions may not have received approval, by a minority of clubs, I feel that the majority of clubs were fully supportive of the committee and co-operated in a fair manner with its decisions. It gives me great pleasure to report that last years fixtures committee worked hard & tirelessly to complete the fixtures programme and it is without doubt, that Des & Kevin will have to take a lot of Credit for it.

This years competitions commenced in April and all league campaigns were contested with great determination & commitment. Div. One proved a great success & it was vigorously contested up to the end, especially the final rounds as each game at that stage had a bearing on either relegation, or a place in the semi-finals. Aghabog, Magheracloone, Mon. Harps & Carrick contested the semi-finals & Rockcorry & Inniskeen were relegated: Monaghan Harps became outright winners.

Div. Two

Donaghmoyne succeeded in winning Div. Two & secured promotion to Div. One. They set the pace all during the year & ended up top of the league table. Donaghmoyne, Aughnamullen, Sean’s & Doohamlet contested the semi-finals & Eire-Og & St. Bridget’s were relegated.

Div. Three

Both the championship title & Div. Three league cup will reside in Clones for the next year. An up & coming team for the future, put on some good displays against Emyvale & Scotstown during the year. Clones succeeded in getting promotion into Div. Two along with Emyvale. Teams contesting Div. Three were as follows:- Clones, Scotstown, Emyvale, Truagh & Tyholland.

Championship

This years senior championship was contested by Div. One & Div Two and proved to be a great success.

Preliminary Rounds

Rockcorry beat Doohamlet

Donaghmoyne beat Magheracloone

Inniskeen beat St Bridgets

Carrick beat Eire-Og

Quarter Finals

Donaghmoyne beat Rockcorry

Mon. Harps beat Carrick

Inniskeen beat Sean’s

Aghabog beat Aughnamullen

Semi-Finals

Inniskeen beat Donaghmoyne

Aghabog beat Mon. Harps

A.I.B. Senior Championship Final

Aghabog beat Inniskeen (after replay)

Quite a number of the above games were very close encounters e.g. Magheracloone & Donaghmoyne, Rockcorry & Doohamlet, Mon. Harps & Carrick, Inniskeen & Donaghmoyne. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the above teams and their mentors for their standard of sportsmanship and self-discipline as it was a feature of the competition this year.

Junior Championship

Preliminary Round

Emyvale beat Tyholland

Semi-finals

Emyvale beat Truagh

Clones beat Scotstown

Junior Championship Final

Clones beat Emyvale

The above championship was contested with great determination & commitment by all of the above teams. A large number of the above teams consist mainly of underage players i.e. 18 years and under. I believe that in the not to distant future quite a number of these players will be called into our senior county panel as they have displayed some of the finest football to date.

Minor Competition

This year’s competition was played on a league basis. North/South.

SOUTH NORTH

Inniskeen Emyvale

Magheracloone Clones

Donaghmoyne Scotstown

Aghabog Tyholland

Mon. Harps Sean McDermott’s

Aughnamullen Eire-Og

This competition commenced in April and created an opportunity for our underage players to develop their talents in which they did with total dedication. 12 teams competed in the minor competition this year which was an improvement from last year. In the semi-finals the top two teams in each section played as follows:-

Scotstown beat Emyvale

Aghabog beat Magheracloone

Final U.18 competition

Aghabog beat Scotstown.

U.16’s competition

The U.16’s competition was also played on a North/South basis.

SOUTH NORTH

Inniskeen Sean McDermott’s

Donaghmoyne Aghabog

Magheracloone Emyvale

Aughnamullen T Tyholland

SOUTH NORTH

Doohamlet Scotstown

St. Bridget’s Clones

Rockcorry

Donaghmoyne & Magheracloone topped the South section and Scotstown & Aghabog topped the North section. The semi-final pairings were as follows:-

Donaghmoyne beat Aghabog

Magheracloone beat Scotstown

Final U.16’s competition

Magheracloone beat Donaghmoyne

History was in the making for Magheracloone this year as they were the first team in the county to win a competition four years on the trot. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate them on their success.

U.14’s Competition

This competition was divided into 15-a-side plus 11-a-side competition as follows:-

15-a-side 11-a-side

Magheracloone Aghabog

Carrickmacross Clones

Aughnamullen Mon. Harps

Inniskeen Doohamlet

Eire-Og Tyholland

St. Bridget’s Emyvale

Donaghmoyne Sean McDermott’s

Both competitions were a wonderful success and offered a chance for the youth within the county to develop their skills. The play-offs were as follows:-

1 v 4 & 2 v 3.

Magheracloone beat Aughnamullen

Donaghmoyne beat Eire-Og

Final 15- a-side

Donaghmoyne beat Magheracloone

11-a-side

Semi-finals

Aghabog beat Tyholland

Scotstown beat Doohamlet

Final 11-a-side

Aghabog beat Scotstown

INTER COUNTY COMPETITION

Senior Panel

This year has been very successful year for our County teams with the exception of our minors. Commencing with our senior ladies, who reached the semi-finals of the National League and put on an excellent display of determination & courage against the eventual winners Waterford. The National league proved a very close encounters with the likes of Mayo & Laois. The girls played tremendous football which left them finishing second on the league table & qualifying for the quarter finals.

SENIOR LEAGUE TABLE

Teams Play W D L POINTS

Waterford 7 7 0 0 14

Monaghan 7 6 0 1 12

Mayo 7 5 0 2 10

Kerry 7 4 0 3 8

Wexford 7 4 0 3 8

Laois 7 3 0 4 6

Cork 7 1 1 5 3

Clare 7 0 1 6 1

Quarter Finals – 14/5/95

Monaghan 3 – 25 Dublin 1 – 05

Semi-finals – 28/5/95

Monaghan 2 – 11 Waterford 2 – 14

Although beaten by Waterford in the semi-final they put on a tremendous display so all girls can walk with their heads up high. Our championship campaign commenced when we travelled to London. The team and mentors put in a lot hard work time and efforts in preparation for quarter finals of the championship, where they emerged as winners. Then it was to the semi-finals to play Westmeath, where once again outclassed Westmeath. Then it was back to Croke Park against the might of Waterford. On the day nothing went right, with such a gale force wind Waterford took their chances early in the first half which left a very difficult task for our ladies to overcome. But they did not give up without a fight, each and every one tried their best.

Quarter Final Championship

Monaghan 4 – 18 London 0 – 02

Semi-Finals

Monaghan 3 – 19 Westmeath 1 – 04

Final

Waterford beat Monaghan

County U.16’s

The County U.16’s started their championship when they played Fermanagh in the Ulster semi-final. The large panel who had put endless hours of training were rewarded the chance of meeting Donegal in the Ulster final. It was of to Cremartin then for the big game, a very hard contested game which resulted in victory for Monaghan. The team went from strength to strength and took on the might of Wexford which resulted in a victory for Monaghan. Then it was to the final where they met Waterford and at this stage made their exit. It was a difficult game but our youth gave it all they had and we were all proud of them. Only to be beaten by the smallest of margins is a proof of the talent that is available in our county.

Ulster semi-final

Monaghan beat Fermanagh

Ulster final

Monaghan beat Donegal

All-Ireland semi-final

Monaghan beat Wexford

All-Ireland final

Waterford beat Monaghan

County U.14’s

What a year for the youth of our county who wore the jersey with great pride as they lifted the All-Ireland trophy. They started their inter-county season when they played Donegal in Donegal in the semi-final of the Ulster Championship and then to Fermanagh where they won the Ulster title. From there it was to Ardee where they played Dublin, a very exciting encounter and an excellent victory for the girls. The big day arrived and it was off to Navan to play Waterford. It was a thrilling encounter and all credit to the girls they outclassed a very fancied Waterford side to take the All-Ireland title home to Monaghan. What makes this achievement sweeter is the fact that our U.14’s had to travel for every one of their games which proves that once you have talent like the above team you can achieve your goal anytime, any place, anywhere.

Ulster semi-final

Monaghan beat Donegal

Ulster Final

Monaghan beat Fermanagh

All-Ireland semi-final

Monaghan beat Dublin

All-Ireland final

Monaghan beat Waterford

With all the achievements of our county teams there is also some disappointments, especially this year for our minors who were unable to participate in the campaign to retain the title which they had won in 1994.

Complications arose for the minors as there fixture was on July 11th and troubles in the North had commenced again, a majority of the people in Monaghan felt it was unsafe to travel so the fixture was unfulfilled. Monaghan were then thrown out of the competition. It was to everyone’s disappointment and so ended our chances of retaining the title.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank a number of people who have worked so hard and tirelessly to help the above teams reached their potential. Commencing with our senior team, Paul Swift, Owen McNally & Mary Foy have dedicated themselves to the job totally and I would like to congratulate them on their achievements.

County U.16’s, Des Patton, Kevin O’Callaghan & Martin Connolly totally committed themselves in coaching and preparing the team for each and every game that they played in their respective campaign. Congratulations to the management who assisted the girls in reaching the All-Ireland final.

County U.14’s Maurice Kindlon, Ann McKenna & Caroline Tierney have achieved in reaching the peak by hard training, dedication & commitment with our U.14’s. To bring the best out in players it takes a lot of time and I must congratulate & compliment them on their aims. A special word of thanks also to Maura Gavan who carried out the first aid duties and assisted with having all players treated with good care. I have to give a special mention to Paul Swift as he looked after most teams regarding meals, tea & sandwiches, buses etc., his work was unbelievable. Thanks again Paul.

To Mickey Morgan, Eileen McElvaney & Brendan Finnegan I would like to thank them for taking the U.18’s but who were unable to carry out their duties through no fault of their own.

SCHOOL COMPETITIONS

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the St. Louis Convent on reaching the All-Ireland schools final but not only reaching it, winning it. This is a remarkable achievement in such a short space of time and a lot of credit must go to Gerry McMahon & Hugo Clerkin who work so tirelessly in developing ladies football in our schools.

Cumann na mBunscol

Div. 1 Latton N.S. beat Loughmourne N.S.

Div. 2 Scoil Rois beat Clones

Div. 3 Aughnafarcon N.S. beat Latnamard N.S.

1995 saw a major increase in numbers of school teams in the Cumann na mBunscol, which proves a major achievement by a small number of people in the development of our game. Congratulations to Paddy Flood & Jimmy McGeough who have carried the task of developing the game in the various schools.

SUB COMMITTEES

Fixtures Committee

Chairman Des Patton, Secretary Kevin O’Callaghan, other members were Maurice Kindlon, Anthony Murphy, Mary Foy and Anita Finnegan.

The two sub-committee were elected this year at our first delegates meeting and they were fixtures & finance committees.

Finance Committee

Fiona Carolan Chairperson, Phoebe Carroll, Joe Sherry, Tini Rooney & Eileen McNally. This committee succeeded in getting much needed additional finance to help run the affairs of the county board. A detailed financial report will be given by our treasurer Phoebe Carroll later in the meeting.

Award recipients were as follows:-

Senior County footballer of the year: Linda Farrelly (Carrickmacross)

Division 1 Player of the year: Mairead Kelly (Aghabog)

Division 2 Player of the year: Bríanáin Kingham (Donaghmoyne)

Division 3 Player of the year: Martina Gray (Scotstown)

U.18 Player of the year: Marion Corrigan (Scotstown)

U.16 Player of the year: Catriona Brady (Aghabog)

U.14 Player of the year: Niamh Kindlon (Magheracloone)

Club of the year: Aghabog

A special presentation was also made to Gerry McMahon who coached the St. Louis Convent, Monaghan that won an All-Ireland final.

The awards were sponsored by First National who were represented by Willie McKenna & Paul Clarke.

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Sponsorship

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our sponsors for 1995, without their investments ladies football would not be able to survive. Everyone is aware of the cost of running teams plus the expenses of travelling and the cost of getting teams togged out so without the assistance & support of our sponsors ladies football would be non existent.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the following sponsors:-

Lakeland Diaries who sponsored our ladies team a set of jerseys.

Hugh McElvaney who sponsored live coverage on local radio of the All-Ireland final.

To First National & Willie McKenna who sponsored the awards at our recent Annual Dance.

To Paddy Freeman, The Paragon Bar Clones who sponsored the bus to Croke Park.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who sponsored us throughout the year. If I have left anyone out I wish to apologise but once again thanks.

FINALLY

I would like to thank Pat Brannigan, Chairman of the County Board for the service which he has rendered to the Association during 1995.

I wish to thank my fellow officers, the sub-committees for their continued support and co-operation during the year.

I would like to thank Caroline Tierney for her work at the beginning of the year and was saddened that she was unable to continue.

I wish to thank our various county team managements for the time they devoted to the various teams and the wonderful memories, which they provided us with during the year.

I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere sympathy to those who have been bereaved during the year. May they rest in peace.

To all the clubs who have co-operated with the county board at various stages throughout the year.

Once again to all our sponsors.

I wish to thank my husband Brendan & children who have become quite accustomed to paper work and meetings of Monaghan Ladies Co. Board. They have supported me for the past five years that I have served on the board.

Last but not least to our players and supporters, who are without doubt the best in the land I thank you, as your are all the backbone of our association and next year we hope to have four/five All-Ireland cups on the top table.

Is mise

Anita Finnegan, Co. Secretary.

SECRETARY’S REPORT FOR 1996

WHAT A YEAR! At long last the Brendan Martin Cup has come to Monaghan, along with the National League title. Our senior team suffered only one defeat in a campaign that began in Navan on 10 March. Our minor and U16’s are Ulster Champions. Our U14’s were beaten in the All Ireland Championship final and won the shield competition at the National Blitz. St Louis Convent are All Ireland runners up, whilst our senior team picked up 5 All Stars and Des Patton was named October Philip’s Manager of the Month.

On the home front, it was another fine season. Monaghan Harps proved worthy County Champions. Magheracloone won the Division 1 League Inniskeen won the Division 2 League and promotion to the Premier League. Scotstown completed a memorable Division 3 League and Championship double.

At underage level, Magheracloone once again dominated winning both the minor and U16’s competitions. Indeed it was their 5th consecutive U16 title – a truly remarkable achievement. Aughnamullen won the U14 (15-a-side competition) whilst Tyholland tasted success in the 11-a-side competition. Another remarkable fact in this win was that the team contained 4 sisters (the McNally’s).

The excellent U14 7-a-side tournament was won by Aghabog, whilst Clones won the shield.

I will now review the 1996 season.

The following clubs affiliated with the County Committee at the beginning of the year and were classified as follows:-

Division One Division Two Division Three

Monaghan Harps Inniskeen Scotstown

Aghabog Rockcorry St Brigid’s

Carrickmacross Clones Castleblayney

Magheracloone Doohamlet

Aughnamullen Sean McDermott’s

Donaghmoyne Emyvale

Castleblayney tasted football for the first time, as did Oram, who played in the juvenile competitions. The fixtures committee had their problems caused by the success of the senior team along with several draws and replays and the cancellation of games by Central Council. However, they did manage to complete all competitions and were responsible for the organising and administration of well over two hundred games. Jim Shannon, Ann McKenna, Anita Finnegan, Mary O’Callaghan and Teresa Hanawin did a remarkable job and deserve a lot of credit for their hard work and commitment. (I would appreciate if you would show your appreciation in the normal manner for our hard working Fixtures Committee).

The Leagues

This years Leagues were all very competitive and were contested with great determination and commitment.

Division One

This years competition was an excellent one with Magheracloone taking the honours. Monaghan Harps made all the running and finished top of the League, however, in the semi-final Magheracloone rallied hard and secured victory with a late goal. In the other semi-final, Carrickmacross and Aghabog played a thrilling match with Carrick emerging victors. The final was then to be a local derby which was played in front of a large crowd in Killanny in mid December. The game ended in a draw and Magheracloone won the match after extra time on a score line of Magheracloone 5 – 4 Carrickmacross 1 – 14. Donaghmoyne and Aughnamullen were relegated.

Division Two

Inniskeen succeeded in winning Division Two and thus secured promotion to the top flight. The South county club made the running all year and played some excellent football. The semi-finals were contested by Inniskeen, Rockcorry, Emyvale and Doohamlet. In the final, a rampant Inniskeen defeated a gallant Rockcorry team. Sean McDermott’s and Clones were relegated.

Division Three

Both the league and championship were won by an excellent young Scotstown team who have a very bright future. The biggest disappointment of this league was the fact that there were only 3 teams which reduced the amount of football that the teams got. Castleblayney got their first taste of ladies football, while St Brigid’s, if given more games, could easily compete in a higher division.

Championships

Once again our senior and junior championships were sponsored by Allied Irish Banks, Monaghan. As with previous years, Division 1 and 2 played a combined championship, whilst Division 3 played their own competition. The senior championship was won by Monaghan Harps who played some wonderful, fluent football. Scotstown won the Division 3 championship with their fine young team. The championships were as follows:-

Senior Championship Preliminary Round

Sean McDermott’s beat Emyvale

Magheracloone beat Aughnamullen

Monaghan Harps beat Carrickmacross

Inniskeen beat Donaghmoyne

Quarter Finals

Aghabog beat Inniskeen

Sean McDermott’s beat Clones

Monaghan Harps beat Magheracloone

Rockcorry beat Doohamlet

Semi-Finals

Monaghan Harps beat Aghabog

Rockcorry beat Sean McDermott’s

Final

Monaghan Harps beat Rockcorry

This years championship proved very successful, however, the luck of the draw meant that the final was very one sided with Division One’s Monaghan Harps proving much too strong for Rockcorry of Division Two’s. Throughout the championship there were some excellent, close games, especially that between Aghabog and Inniskeen. However, in the end no one could take from the Harps who played excellent football and then went on to represent Monaghan in Ulster. On a cold wet day they were caught on the hop by Tyrone’s St Macartan’s, but they did themselves and Monaghan proud during the campaign.

JUVENILE COMPETITIONS

Competitions were held at minor, U16 and U14 level. These were a great success. Below are the teams who entered and the winners.

Minors

Monaghan Harps, Aghabog, Sean McDermott’s, Scotstown, Magheracloone, Rockcorry, Inniskeen, Aughnamullen and Donaghmoyne all entered this years competition. Due to the success of the county seniors, this competition ran on much longer than expected, however, Magheracloone and Aghabog eventually contested a thrilling with Magheracloone winning.

U16’s

Thirteen teams contested the U16 competition which were split into two leagues as follows:-

North – Clones, Scotstown, Aghabog, Sean McDermott’s, Eire Og and St Brigids.

South – Aughnamullen, Carrickmacross, Doohamlet, Oram, Inniskeen, Magheracloone and Donaghmoyne.

Scotstown and Aghabog qualified from the North, whilst Donaghmoyne and Magheracloone won through from the South. Indeed, after two great semi-finals, it was to be an all South final with Magheracloone winning their 5th consecutive U16 final – a truly remarkable achievement which I think should be acknowledged with a very big round of applause.

U14’s

Without doubt, these competitions were exceptional with three excellent competitions taking place.

Doohamlet, Rockcorry, Oram, Magheracloone, Aghabog, Eire Og, Monaghan Harps, Tyholland and Sean McDermott’s all competed in a brilliant 11-a-side competition. Tyholland were the eventual winners beating Aghabog in the final.

Donaghmoyne, Aughnamullen, St Brigid’s, Inniskeen, Clones, Emyvale and Scotstown all played in the 15-a-side competition. Eventually Aughnamullen proved too good for the rest when they won the final.

Blitz

In the summer an excellent U14 blitz competition took place. In all, 19 teams took part in an excellent day of football and fun. In the shield competition Clones defeated Scotstown in a great game. Aghabog beat Aughnamullen in the cup final. To all teams who took part it was a great day and thank you for making it such.

COUNTY SENIORS

It’s difficult to know where to start when summing up the exploits of our double winning team. Indeed one could write a book on the wonderful achievement of the team. However, I would like to bring you back to winter 1995 when at a County Delegates meeting, Des Patton and Mickey Morgan both put their names forward to manage the senior team in 1996. Des won on the night and I clearly remember his acceptance speech when he said, “In 1996 Monaghan will win the All-Ireland”. He didn’t let us down. Neither did Mickey Morgan who accepted Des Patton’s offer to be a selector as did Michael McKeown. The three lads have put in an enormous amount of work this year and the fruits of their labours can be seen here today.

To the three I personally would like to say – well done, keep up the good work and lets have many more cups.

Training began in early January at the Lakeland Country House in Cremartin. Several new players were invited along and the bones of a panel was established. Training was varied and a very successful league campaign followed. Listed below are the results:-

Round 1 Monaghan 1 – 11 Meath 0 – 3

Round 2 Monaghan 2 – 12 Donegal 2 – 9

Round 3 Monaghan 1 – 9 Waterford 2 – 8

Round 4 Monaghan 2 – 12 Mayo 2 – 7

Round 5 Monaghan 2 – 17 Laois 2 – 10

Round 6 Monaghan 0 – 19 Wexford 0 – 5

Round 7 Monaghan 1 – 13 Kerry 2 – 6

Quarter final Monaghan 5 – 16 Louth 1 – 2

With the league out of the way it was time to concentrate on the championship and the old enemy, Waterford. Training was stepped up to three nights a week. Diet was to become an important part of the campaign, as was the regular attendance of the Physiotherapist, Cathal Hand. A lot of hard work was to take place on the hills and country lanes of Rossmore Park. After several gruelling weeks of this, Bettystown beach and the giant sand dunes were a welcome change. The panel was now finalised and the team were ready for the semi-final and what a game it was. On that beautiful sunny Sunday in September, Monaghan were to give Waterford a footballing lesson. The team gelled brilliantly on the day and were deserving winners on a score line of Monaghan 2 – 14 Waterford 1 – 8.

The All-Ireland final was next, but it was to be delayed. Mayo and Meath drew and the replay was fixed for the same day as our final. Inevitably, the ladies final between Laois and Monaghan was switched. This was probably a blessing in disguise as the media interest in the game became phenomenal. Newspapers, magazines, radio and TV all wanted in on the action and we in Monaghan didn’t let them down. The girls, wherever they went and whoever they spoke to, represented their county with great pride.

The final itself was a brilliant advert for the game. Over the sixty minutes, I think Monaghan deserved to win but it was not to be. Poor refereeing, brilliant goalkeeping and a fluke goal kept Laois in it. Monaghan went away knowing their day was to come. Rather than burst themselves training between the All-Ireland and replay the girls took a lot of rest and had a few light training sessions. Justice was done on the day of the replay when Monaghan were worthy winners on a score line of Monaghan 2 – 10 Laois 1 – 9.

Angela Larkin was named player of the match. Brenda McAnespie, Maggie Kearns, Jenny Greenan, Mairead Kelly and Linda Farrelly all got all-stars and rightly so. Indeed, Baby Larkin, Cathriona Brady and Diane Dempsey must also have been in the reckoning, but I have no doubt all three will have their day in the future. Margaret Kierans was named Ulster GAA Writers lady player of the year.

Coming home was just amazing. Maggie Kearns, assisted by Michael McKeown carried the Brendan Martin cup across the river Fane into Monaghan. A large crowd turned out to meet us in Carrickmacross and from there we went to Ballybay and partied to the wee small hours. On Monday night then an historical tour of the county took place. Bus Eireann Monaghan, through Paddy Gollagly organised an open top bus to take the team around the county and through the five main towns. Northern Sound gave live coverage of the homecoming. The sights and crowds in the five towns that night will stay with me for the rest of my life.

But it wasn’t all over yet. The following Sunday it was back to Clones for the match against the All-Stars. Monaghan took a while to settle but eventually got the partying out of their systems and won the game 1 – 13 to 2 – 8. A very enjoyable presentation then took place in the Skule Inn when Monaghan’s five All Stars received their awards.

Training continued, as a little matter of the league semi-final against Waterford, was to be resolved. Clones was to be the venue and once again Monaghan showed they were a class act inialiting the Dices on a score line of 3 – 17 to 3 – 6.

The league final against Mayo was cancelled due to bad weather. It was eventually refixed for Longford and the Oriel girls did not let the hundreds down who travelled to see them. The team on the day showed their character when they came back from three soft goals early in the second half to easily win on a score of 3 – 16 to 4 – 4.

Margaret Kierans who had an exceptional leader all year accepted the league cup from Helen O’Rourke and at last Monaghan had won the double. Diane Dempsey was deservedly awarded player of the match.

Since then, the girls have become stars in their own right. They have presented medals, turned on Christmas lights, drawn raffle tickets, visited schools, and carried out many more functions. It is right that they savour their victory as they worked hard for it and thoroughly deserved it. Their holiday in the Canaries is also a just reward for their efforts and a big thank you goes to all who help raised the funds for it. Before leaving the seniors it is important to thank the following without whom the success would not have been possible.

• Des Patton, Mickey Morgan and Michael McKeown

• Equipment Officer – Phoebe Carroll

• First Aider – Anita Finnegan

• Physiotherapist – Cathal Hand

• Finally – parents, husbands and children of the players who also sacrificed in lot for their marvellous achievements.

COUNTY MINORS

This years Minor Mentors were Anthony Murphy (Clones), Gerry McFarland (Aghabog) and Paula Cunningham (Clones). After the disappointment of not being let play in 1995 it was great to see the team getting back to winning ways.

In the Ulster Semi-Final the team beat Tyrone and set up a final clash with Donegal. Once again Monaghan proved what a force they are when they won the Ulster Final easily. In the All-Ireland Semi-Final Monaghan lost to Waterford. Indeed it could have easily been a win but for Voreen Quigley not being able to get off work and Jenny Greenan had recently had her knee operation. However, the team and Mentors can hold their heads high. To Anthony, Gerry and Paula, thank you for your commitment.

COUNTY U16’S

At the start of the year Maurice Kindlon decided to step up from U14’s to U16’s. Joining him were Hugh West (St Brigid’s) and Michelle Murphy (Harps). The team was made up of mainly girls from the 1995 All-Ireland U14 winning team. They had a great Ulster campaign, firstly beating Donegal in Letterkenny and then destroying Fermanagh in a final played at Aughnamullen. In the All-Ireland semi-final Waterford were to prove our bogey side. On the day we were beaten, but most of the team are eligible for U16’s again next year – so all is not lost as they gained valuable experience and I would suggest to Waterford to watch out in 1997. To Maurice, Hugh and Michelle, I say well done and keep up the good work. There is definitely an All-Ireland in your team.

U14’s

Owen McNally stepped down from the senior team to be with the youths. Along with Ann McKenna (Scotstown) and Mary O’Callaghan (Inniskeen). They put together an excellent U14 team which played in the championship and National Blitz.

In the championship the team charged through Ulster defeating Cavan and Donegal to take our sixth consecutive U14 Ulster title. Clare were next in the way and Monaghan once again showed their metal disposing of the Munster champions. That set up an All-Ireland clash with Meath in Castlebellingham. On the day Meath got the upper hand, however, Monaghan can be proud of their performance and if they stick together, they could easily win the All-Ireland U16’s in 1998.

All was not lost for the U14’s. They headed off to the National Blitz in buoyant mood for a good day out and what a day it turned out to be. Beaten in their first game meant they had to play in the Shield competition. This they done with great style and went on to win the Shield, beating Laois in the final.

To Owen, Ann and Mary, thank you for your hard work which was rewarded with an All-Ireland title and a runners-up spot.

To everyone who helped with our county teams – first aiders, jersey washers, linesmen, etc – thank you.

SPONSORSHIP

In 1996 we were very fortunate that early on we secured three very good sponsorship deals. Seamus Watters Electrical sponsored our Senior County team football bags, jerseys and tracksuits. AIB also agreed to sponsor our championships once again. Tom Fox also sponsored first aid to all our county teams.

As the year progressed we secured sponsorship from many, many people. This varied from individual donations of as little as £10 to Company sponsorships of £500 and more. To all our sponsors I would like to say a very big and sincere thank you. Without you the success of 1996 would not have been possible.

COACHING SCHEME

The Coaching Scheme is now up and running and entering its second year Ladies football has benefited immensely. All our National Schools have been visited and the girls have been treated equally. The summer camp of 96 was also a huge success when several hundred young girls participated in some excellent fun and games the coaching scheme has also given employment opportunities to people associated with our game. Michelle Murphy (Harps) is the coach co-ordinator. Michael McKeown (County Selector) is the coaching supervisor whilst Phoebe Carroll (Rockcorry), Owen McNally (Tyholland), Gerry McFarland (Aghabog), Sean Mulligan (Scotstown) and Olga McKenna (Harps) have all been employed as coaches. I would urge all clubs to support the coaching scheme in whatever way they can in 1997.

SUB COMMITTEES

Four sub-committees were set up this year as follows:-

Fixtures Committee

Chairman, Jim Shannon, Secretary Ann McKenna, other members, Anita Finnegan, Mary O’Callaghan and Teresa Hannawin.

As already mentioned the Fixtures Committee have done Trojan work all year and completed their full series of games. Once again I would like to thank them for all their hard work and efforts. A detailed report on their activities will follow.

Finance Committee

This committee was one of the big disappointments of 1996. We appeared to have great difficulty in recruiting members and as a result much of the financial work fell to Joe Sherry and Phoebe Carroll who carried out an excellent job and for that I thank them both. Phoebe will later be giving a detailed account of our finances. Johnny Kelly also assisted with many gates and I would appreciate if you would put your hands together for three very hard working people.

Field Committee

Paul Swift and Des Patton took on to look for a field which could have been hired by us for all County teams for training purposes. Two fields were looked at – one in Castleshane and one in Doohamlet. Both, whilst exactly what we wanted, turned out to be very expensive to hire. Thankfully, many clubs co-operated with us in letting us use their fields and we were fortunate in that we always had somewhere to train.

For 1997 the re-instatement of Ballybay town park should also help ease the burden on Clubs’ pitches. To every club who allowed us to use their facilities, I say a very big thank you.

Junior Team Committee

A committee consisting of Owen McNally, Paddy Greenan and Kathleen McCarron was set up to establish the feasibility of setting up a County Junior Team. To date no report on this has been received. This was due to unforeseen circumstances.

SOCIAL SCENE

Our main social event of the year (our dinner dance) took place on Friday night last in the Hillgrove Hotel. I think it is fair to say that the event was a superb advertisement for our organisation and was thoroughly enjoyed by all. To everyone who received medals I congratulate you and I also congratulate our annual award winners:-

Senior County Player – Angela Larkin – CMX

Div 1 Player of the Year – Brenda McAnespie – Harps

Div 2 Player of the Year – Breda McFadden – Rockcorry

Div 3 Player of the Year – Amanda Beggan – Scotstown

Minor Player of the Year – Cathriona Brady – Aghabog

U16 Player of the Year Aine Gilsenan – Donaghmoyne

U14 Player of the Year – Catherine McCarville – Scotstown

Club of the Year – Magheracloone

The awards were sponsored by the First National Building Society and the Hillgrove Hotel and were presented by Willie McKenna and Ross Mealiff respectively.

Our Annual Race Night is also seen as a night out and I would like to thank all who supported it. I would also urge all of you to make a bigger effort in 1997 to support all our events whether social or football related.

ATTENDANCE AT MEETINGS

This year there were eleven delegates meetings. As my report was compiled before the January meeting, the information below is the attendance at the first 10 meetings.

NOT ALL ROSIE

Despite the wonderful successes of 1996, I’m sorry to have to report on some disappointments as well. It is my intentions to give an honest and accurate report and not just dwell on the success.

Firstly, our supporters were marvellous when it came to Croke Park. However, our senior team played three league games at home and it must be said that the support at these matches was nothing short of pathetic. A handful of die-hard supporters turned up for each. With over 800 girls registered in the county there is no reason why 300 – 400 of them cannot go to see our seniors in the league. I would urge all to support the team in next years league campaign.

Secondly, I am aware of a lot of challenge games, which took place without permission. Indeed I have reason to believe one was abandoned in the second half because of a serious injury. It is of utmost importance that permission is sought from the County Secretary for all challenge games.

Finally, last years clubs were asked to support the St Patrick’s Day parade in Monaghan. It was to be an opportunity to show our colours and strength to the county. Only 5 clubs turned up. To Aughnamullen, Monaghan Harps, Rockcorry, Emyvale and Tyholland I congratulate you, to the other clubs I ask that a bigger effort be made in 1997.

FINALLY

I would like to thank Pat Brannigan, Chairman of the County Board for 1996.

I wish to thank my fellow Officers and sub-committees for their continued hard work and efforts to ensure the game of ladies football is alive and well in Monaghan.

I wish to thank Des Patton, Mickey Morgan and Michael McKeown for their wonderful achievement of leading our senior team to All-Ireland double success.

I wish to thank the management of our County Minors, U16’s and U14’s along with their first aiders for the time and efforts they have given to their respective teams.

A very big thank you must go to all our sponsors big and small. All was very much appreciated.

To Rose Rushe who typed this and done many other bits and pieces for me all year, thanks again.

Anita Finnegan in motions.

To those who suffered bereavements during the year I express my sincere sympathy.

To those who got married or who became parents, I congratulate.

To those who suffered injuries, I hope you have recovered.

To anyone I may have left out it was not intentional – thank you.

To my wife Brenda and daughter Shannon, thank you for your patience, understanding and support.

And finally, to our players and supporters, I thank you for your efforts over the last year. Without you our sport would not be possible. To me a club U14 player and a county senior player are all equally important to our association. They are two girls who play our great game because its fun and they enjoy it. To everyone, I say keep playing, keep supporting and above all keep enjoying it.

SECRETARY’S REPORT FOR 1997

SIMPLY THE BEST

What else can one say! Winning the back to back double i.e. the Brendan Martin Cup and National League title, two years in a row. Our U.18’s winning the Ulster Championship once again. Our U.16’s reaching the All-Ireland final to be beaten by the narrowest of margins. Our U.14’s winning the All-Ireland final and what a wonderful achievement by the youth of our county.

Once again 5 All Star recipients,

On the home scene, it was a wonderful achievement to complete our fixture programme for 1997 considering all the success of our various county teams. Magheracloone winning the County Championship and Aghabog winning the Division 1 league. Scotstown for the second year running completed a memorable Division 2 league and championship double.

At underage level, Magheracloone once again emerged as winners of U.16’s. U14 (15-a-side) winners Donaghmoyne, and (11-a-side) Clones. U14 Blitz was won by Donaghmoyne and the U12 competition was won by Donaghmoyne also.

A review now of the 1997 football season.

The following clubs affiliated with the County Committee at the beginning of the year and were classified as follows: -

DIVISION ONE DIVISION TWO

AGHABOG CASTLEBLAYNEY

AUGHNAMULLEN CLONES

CARRICKMACROSS DOOHAMLET

DONAGHMOYNE EMYVALE

INNISKEEN ST. BRIGID’S

MAGHERACLOONE SCOTSTOWN

MONAGHANN HARPS SEAN MCCERMOTT’S

ROCKCORRY

The fixtures programme began in early March, with the senior leagues. Our fixtures committee which included Jim Shannon, Ann McKenna, Mary Foy, Owen McNally, Mary O’Callaghan & Rose Gilsenan had the difficult task in administrating and organising games on a regular basis throughout the year. The county committee are indebted to the fixtures committee for their hard work and their ability to administer over 200 games in a year in which our county teams were very successful.

Commencing with the leagues.

This years leagues had some very exciting encounters but in some cases particularly in Division two a small number of clubs felt that they were too weak and would rather have competed in a lower division.

Division One

Division One consisted of 8 teams, and a fairly competitive competition it was. It was a difficult competition to predict at the beginning of the year, as clubs such as Monaghan Harps, Inniskeen, Magheracloone, Aghabog & Carrickmacross with not much between them, it was Inniskeen who eventually lost out to a semi-final place. The final was then between Aghabog and Carrickmacross which took place in Aughnamullen. Aghabog won the Division One final at the expense of Carrickmacross. Both Aughnamullen and Rockcorry are relegated to Division two.

Division Two

Scotstown with their remarkable double succeeded in gaining promotion to Division one. This is an outstanding achievement by a very young team who two years ago were playing in division three. Beating a very gallant Doohamlet team in the final of the league by just one point completed their double.

Championships

This year we had two separate championships i.e. Division One championship and Division two championship. Magheracloone won the Division One Championship when they defeated a very experienced Monaghan Harps team in the final in Aughnamullen. Scotstown won the Division Two Championship final which was the curtain raiser to the Division One final, defeating Sean McDermott’s in a very exciting game. I would like to thank A.I.B. for sponsoring our championships once again we really appreciate all the support we can get. The Championship draw was as follows:-

Division One Championship Quarter Finals

Magheracloone beat Carrickmacross

Aughnamullen beat Rockcorry

Monaghan Harps beat Donaghmoyne

Inniskeen beat Aghabog

Semi-final

Magheracloone beat Aughnamullen

Monaghan Harps beat Inniskeen

Final

Magheracloone beat Monaghan Harps

Division Two Championship Quarter Finals

Emyvale beat Castleblayney

Doohamlet beat St. Brigids

Scotstown beat Clones

Sean’s Bye.

Semi-Finals

Sean’s beat Emyvale

Scotstown beat Doohamlet

Final

Scotstown beat Sean’s

The Championship this year has provided some very entertaining games such as the semi-final pairings of Monaghan Harps and Inniskeen which was a nail biting game. There is no doubt that the inspired performance of Magheracloone is the reason why they have won the Division One Championship. The same goes for Scotstown with such a youthful side they have achieved their target to date. Both Scotstown and Magheracloone went on to represent Monaghan in Ulster although any gaining silverware they did us all proud.

JUVENILE COMPETITIONS

Competitions were held at U.16, U.14 & U.12 level. There were a great success. Below are the teams who entered the various under-age competitions and the winners.

U.14 (15-a-side)

St. Brigid’s Magheracloone Donaghmoyne

Emyvale Aughnamullen Inniskeen

U.14 (11-a-side)

North Section

Clones Sean McDermott’s Scotstown

Tyholland Aghabog Monaghan Harps

South Section

Carrickmacross Castleblayney Shamrock O’Neill’s

Rockcorry Doohamlet Corduff

The above clubs participated in their respective competitions, providing us with some tremendous displays. 18 clubs competed at U.14 level and also in the U.14 Blitz. Donaghmoyne were the eventual winners of 15– a-side competition beating Aughnamullen.

Clones winning the 11-a-side competition beating the newly formed Corduff side. Donaghmoyne also took honours in the Blitz with Clones as runner-up. It is great to see the new clubs such as Shamrock O’Neill’s and Corduff participating and this alone proves that ladies football is the fastest growing sport in the Country.

U.16’s

Clubs: North Section

St. Brigid’s Aghabog Scotstown

Rockcorry Sean McDermott’s Eire Og

Clones

South Section

Donaghmoyne Castleblayney Aughnamullen

Inniskeen Magheracloone Oram

Thirteen teams contested the U.16 competition which were divided into two sections with Magheracloone outclassing once again at this level to lift this title for the sixth time in a row. An outstanding achievement. Magheracloone, Aghabog, Donaghmoyne & Scotstown all qualified for a semi placing with both Scotstown and Magheracloone emerging as finalists.

U. 12 Competition

Clubs: North Section

Emyvale Shamrock O’Neill’s

Sean McDermott’s Aghabog

Tyholland Scotstown

Clones

South Section

Corduff Inniskeen

Donaghmoyne St. Brigid’s

Aughnamullen

Once again Donaghmoyne emerged as winners against a talented Corduff team. It is a credit to the Donaghmoyne club the work in which they have done at underage level and it will not be long until they have success at senior level also.

This year with all the success of our county teams time ran out and so it was difficult to organise a minor competition. For the coming season it is the intent to organise this competition early in the year.

County Seniors

1997 will be remembered for the year that the Monaghan Ladies won the back to back double lifting aloft the Brendan Martin Cup for the second year in a row in Croke Park and also the National League Cup for the second time in two years. It is the highest achievement in Ladies Gaelic Football but this achievement didn’t come easy. In early Feb. training commenced. New players were introduced into the panel and the hard work got under way. With the combination of youth and experience it was inevitable that success would come. This success was achieved under the guidance of Michael Morgan, Paul Swift, Cathal Hand, assisted by Mary Foy & Anita Finnegan. The league campaign began in early Feb. Results as follows:

Round One Monaghan 2 – 10 Mayo 2 – 08

Laois 2 – 08 Monaghan 3 – 10

Monaghan 5 – 15 Kerry 1 – 12

Clare 4 – 06 Monaghan 1 – 11

Waterford 3 – 10 Monaghan 1 – 08

Monaghan 6 – 20 Carlow 0 – 02

Quarter final Monaghan 1 – 17 Wexford 0 – 06

Semi final Monaghan 3 – 06 Clare 1 – 09

Final Monaghan 4 – 06 Waterford 1 – 15

Replay Monaghan 4 – 15 Waterford 3 – 13

With two defeats in the early stages of the league the girls were aware of what was ahead and all agreed that with a little more work from everyone involved, success would be just around the corner. Training was then stepped up to three nights a week and the girls were then really put through their paces. Their hard work, commitment and dedication paid off as they lifted the National League Title after a very exciting encounter with Waterford. It took two very exciting games to finally sink the Waterford ship.

Championship

At the beginning of the year the Master Plan was made out, and fixed for the 3rd August was the Quarter Final of the Championship but things changed and London withdrew to play in the Intermediate Championship which put Monaghan automatically into semi-final placing. It was off to Mayo to fight for that placing in Croke Park and to retain our Championship honours. On a very wet, cold, miserable day the girls put in “One Hell of a Performance” to qualify for the All-Ireland final.

The big day arrived; the pressure was on as we met old rivals Waterford. The atmosphere was electric and the girls were anxious to sink this team once and for all and to let the rest of the country know who is just simply the best.

With the tough training sessions prior to the final, i.e. Rossmore, Blackhill & Rooskey the girls were ready to begin Battle. What a Game! Having an exceptional first half the girls went in with a substantial lead but in the second half the pressure was on and Waterford thought that Brendan Martin was on his way back to the South. But with guts, determination & skill both from the youth of the side along with the experienced, Monaghan made it sure that Brendan Martin was returning home again. Score line reading Monaghan 2 – 15 Waterford 1 – 16.

Jenny Greenan was named player of the match as well as a recipient of an All-Star award along with Brenda McAnespie, Mairead Kelly, Eileen McElvaney & Our Captain Angela Larkin. Congratulations to all. Jenny Greenan was named Ulster GAA writers lady player of the year.

I will say at this stage we have the best supporters in the country. To see a sea of blue and white throughout Croke Park, all from Monaghan is a major boost to the team and on behalf of the Management and the players we thank you all. Coming home through the major towns the following night was a fantastic experience and the sights were unbelievable.

This has been a remarkable achievement by all involved and for their rewards a holiday was organised in Tenerife. Well deserved! As I said before, it wasn’t easy but without the help of a number of people this would not have been possible.

* Mickey Morgan (who got a tan on the holidays) Paul Swift & Cathal Hand.

* Mary Foy Equipment Officer (also to Mary’s brothers who played a big role in assisting with the sandwiches).

* Anita Finnegan First Aider.

* Husbands, Parents & Children of the players who also give up their time to ensure the girls attended training.

County minors

This years Minor Management were Brendan Finnegan, (Aughnamullen), Mary Foy (Carrickmacross) and Owen McNally (Tyholland). Their championship campaign commenced in Rockcorry against a very fit Fermanagh side and then it was off to Co. Tyrone where they come against a very physically Tyrone side, emerged as winners and went on to play Donegal in Ulster Final. This encounter was closely fought in Clontibret and with harsh decisions the girls never gave up and went to win the Ulster title. It was then to Mayo where they made there exit against a very talented team. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Catriona Brady and her team on winning the Ulster Final and to the mentors who gave up their time to continue promoting ladies football.

County U. 16’s

Mentors naming Maurice Kindlon, Michelle Murphy & Phoebe Carroll worked tirelessly this year in an effort to gain an All Ireland Title but just failed on the final hurdle.

Ulster campaign

Monaghan 4 – 29 Armagh 1 – 1

Monaghan 4 – 29 Donegal 1 – 3

Monaghan 4 – 16 Tyrone 1 – 5 Ulster Final

All Ireland Semi-final

Monaghan beat Mayo

All-Ireland final

Waterford beat Monaghan

Our U. 16 team and management put in some effort this year in a bid to gain an All-Ireland title. With maximum numbers at training these girls and their management deserved the reward. I would like to thank all involved and just give a mention to the mentors who approached this task in a professional manner. Congratulations on winning the Ulster title and also on reaching the All Ireland final.

County U.14’s

Glory at this level once again with the assistance of Mary O’Callaghan, Ann McKenna & Paula Cunningham. This team without doubt has produced some of the most exciting displays of football by the youth of our County and have been a thrill to watch. Beating the Donegal’s, Fermanagh, then to play Mayo in the All-Ireland semi-final where sheer guts and determination won them a spot in the All-Ireland final. What a thriller it turned out to be. A curtain raiser to the National league final these young players feared none and put on an excellent display to beat a very eager Kerry team. It was the first All Ireland title to come in 1997 and we are all very proud of you. This achievement was outstanding and congratulations to all you young girls and especially to the management of Mary, Ann & Paula.

County Junior Team

This year was the first year we participated in the Junior Championship under the guidance of Kevin O’Callaghan, Joe Sherry & Owen McNally. I have to say personally been involved in the panel I totally enjoyed this venture.

At the beginning of the campaign Kevin laid out his intentions regarding training & games and I feel that on our first and only encounter in this competition we had very bad luck not to go a step further.. The junior team provided a chance for those who are on the fringes of our County senior team, and give a chance to girls to play for their county at another level. The team were beaten by the narrowest of margins against a very physical Down team.

SUB COMMITTEES

Fixtures

As already mentioned the fixtures committee have done a tremendous amount of work ensuring that fixtures are played on a regular basis and that each and every club complete fulfil their targets. Thanks once again to all involved.

Chairman, Jim Shannon, Secretary Ann McKenna, other members Mary Foy, Rose Gilsenan, Mary O’Callaghan & Owen McNally.

Finance

This is one of the most difficult tasks of all i.e. is seeking finance. This year without doubt the above committee has worked tirelessly raising funds. One of the most enjoyable events of all has to be the mock wedding. It was a great chance for all those involved in football to socialise and raise money at the same time. The money raising ventures are too numerous to mention but one thing I will say is that without these people our county board would not be able to survive, and our county would not have able to go on holidays. I would appreciate if you would show your appreciation for the above two committees who are the backbone in keeping football alive and well in Monaghan.

Owen McNally Chairman, Joe Sherry, Mary Cunningham, Ann Tierney, Maura Gavan, Imelda Smyth, Ann Maloney, Mickey Morgan, Brian Dempsey & Phoebe Carroll.

Social Scene

Our main social event of the year is our Annual Dinner Dance which took place in the Hotel Hillgrove on Friday 16 January. What a wonderful night was had by all. Guests on the night included Mick Fitzgerald and Wife, Liam Stirratt & Wife, Philip O’Hare & Wife & Dermot McCabe from Cavan. To everyone who received medals I congratulate you and I also congratulate our annual award winners: -

Senior County Player – Mairead Kelly (Aghabog)

Div. 1 Player of the year – Michelle Murphy (Mon. Harps)

Div. 2 “ “ “ “ – Martina Gray (Scotstown)

Minor Player of the year – Catriona Brady (Aghabog)

U.16 “ “ “ “ – Aoife McMahon

U.14 “ “ “ “ – Rosie King

Club of the year – Joint Winners

- (Magheracloone & Mon. Harps)

SECRETARY REPORT FOR 1998

What can we say words cannot describe as our Monaghan Senior Ladies put on loan The Brendan Martin Cup on a year basis as I believe that 1999, will see the return of the Brendan Martin Cup to County Monaghan. Our Youth of the County came out in force, as our U18’s won an All-Ireland final, our U16’s reached another All-Ireland final to be beaten by the narrowest of margins also our U14’s girls reached the All-Ireland semi-finals to be beaten by surprise Meath side. For the first year ever we got together a U12’s County team who took on a challenge game against a young and fit Meath side before our senior All-Ireland semi-final in which Monaghan won with great pretencal for the future of Ladies football in our County.

Once again 5 All Stars Recipients

On the Home Scene, it was a wonderful achievement to complete our fixture programme for 1998, considering all the success of our various County teams. Monaghan Harps winning the County Senior Championship, Aughnamullen winning the County Junior Championship then going on to win a Ulster Club Title.

Aghabog for the second year running emerged winners of Division 1 league and Aughnamullen won the double when taken the Division 2 league Cup. Emyvale won the Division 3 league for the first time ever.

At Underage level, Scotstown emerged winners of the U16’s 15-a-side, Clones emerged winners of the U16’s 11-a-side. U14’s 15-a-side winners Donaghmoyne, and U14’s 11-a-side O’Neill/Shamrocks. U12’s Cup winners O’Neill/Shamrocks, and the U12’s Shield winners Scotstown, this competition was run as a North and South league basis. U14 Blitz was won by Tyholland.

A review now of 1998 Ladies football season.

The following clubs affiliated with the County Committee at the beginning of the year, for a one year trial Division 3 league was introduced, with a two division Championship, and these leagues classified as follows:

THE LEAGUE STRUCTURE FOR 1998

DIVISION 1 DIVISION 2 DIVISION 3

Aghabog Aughnamullen Corduff

Carrickmacross Clones Emyvale

Magheracloone Doohamlet St. Brigids

Monaghan Harps Donaghmoyne Muckno

Inniskeen Rockcorry Tyholland

Scotstown Sean McDermott’s

THE CHAMPIONSHIPS STRUCTURE FOR 1998

DIVISION 1 DIVISION 2

Aghabog Aughnamullen

Carrickmacross Clones

Magheracloone Rockcorry

Monaghan Harps Sean McDermott’s

Inniskeen Emyvale

Scotstown Muckno

Doohamlet St. Brigids

Donaghmoyne Corduff

Tyholland

The fixtures programme began on 25th of April ’98, with the senior leagues. Our Fixtures Committee which included Jim Shannon, Phoebe Carroll, Oliver Gavan, Mary Foy, Mary O’Callaghan, Rose Gilsenan and Breada O’Neill, had the difficult task in administrating and organizing games on a regular basis throughout the year. The County committee are indebted to the fixtures committee for their hard work and their ability to administer over 300 games in a year in which our county teams were successful.

Commencing with the leagues

This years leagues had some exciting encounters in some cases particularly in Division one where games had to go to replays and playoffs to decide a winner.

DIVISION 1

Division 1 consisted of six teams, and a fairly competitive competition it was. It was a difficult competition to predict at the beginning of this year as clubs such as Monaghan Harps, Aghabog, Inniskeen, Magheracloone, Carrickmacross with not much between them also a young Scotstown team coming on but it was Inniskeen again lost out to a semi-final place after a play-off with their neighbours Carrickmacross. The two semi-finals were crackers as Aghabog took on Carrickmacross and Monaghan Harps after extra time and a replay with Magheracloone it was a Aghabog V’s Monaghan Harps final won by Aghabog.

DIVISION 2

Division two also consisted of six teams another fairly competitive competition, with teams such as Doohamlet, Donaghmoyne, Aughnamullen, Rockcorry, Clones and Sean McDermott’s. Two semi-finals were Aughnamullen V’s Doohamlet and Donaghmoyne V’s Rockcorry. The final bookings were Aughnamullen V’s Donaghmoyne where Aughnamullen emerged the winners.

DIVISION 3

At the beginning of the year there were five teams in this division, due to lack of interest in two clubs St. Brigids and Muckno Ladies, division three was reduced to a three team competition. Emyvale were on top so Corduff and Tyholland had to battle it out for the final against Emyvale. It was a Emyvale V’s Corduff final at Cremartin. Emyvale came out winners for the first time ever.

CHAMPIONSHIPS OF 1998

This year were two separate championships i.e. Division 1 and Division 2 championships Monaghan Harps won the Division One, when they defeated Aghabog after a replay and extra-time this was an unbelievable final, there was nothing between the two sides.

Division Two final was a curtain raiser to division one final, Aughnamullen V’s Rockcorry at Clones. Aughnamullen defeated Rockcorry after a cracker of game, then went on to win a Ulster Club title, unfortunately travelling to Cork to be beaten by the narrowest of margins in the Junior All-Ireland quarter-finals against Naomh Aban (Cork).

I would like to thank A.I.B. Bank for sponsoring our championships once again we really appreciate all the support we can get.

THE CHAMPIONSHIP DRAW, was as follows

Division One

Aghabog beat Scotstown

Inniskeen beat Donaghmoyne

Magheracloone beat Doohamlet

Monaghan Harps beat Carrickmacross

Semi-finals FINAL

Aghabog beat Magheracloone Monaghan Harps

Monaghan Harps beat Inniskeen beat Aghabog

Division Two Championship Draw

Rockcorry beat Sean McDermott’s (Prm. Rd.)

Tyholland beat St. Brigids

Rockcorry beat Emyvale

Clones beat Muckno

Aughnamullen beat Corduff

Semi-finals FINAL

Rockcorry beat Clones Aughnamullen

Aughnamullen beat Tyholland beat Rockcorry

Both Monaghan Harps and Aughnamullen represent Monaghan in Ulster although Monaghan Harps unfortunately didn’t gain silverware, Aughnamullen as I said won Ulster out. Both teams done Monaghan proud to get as far as they did.

JUVENILE COMPETITIONS

Competitions were held U16, U14 and U12, level there were great success. Below are the teams who entered the various under-age competitions and the winners;

U16’s (15-a-side) U16’s (11-a-side)

Aghabog St Brigids Rockcorry O’Neill/Shamrocks

Aughnamullen Tyholland Sean McDermott’s Corduff

Inniskeen Muckno Clones

Magheracloone Scotstown

Donaghmoyne

The above clubs participated in their respective competitions, providing us with some tremendous displays. 14 clubs competed at an U16 level, with Scotstown coming out winners in the U16 (15-a-side) and Clones winners in the U16 (11-a-side).

U14’s (15-a-side) U14’s (11-a-side)

Donaghmoyne Scotstown Clones Rockcorry

Aghabog Emyvale Corduff O’Neill/Shamrocks

Magheracloone Muckno

Tyholland

The above clubs participated in their respective competitions, providing us once again with some tremendous displays. 11 clubs competed at an U14 level, with Donaghmoyne once again emerging winners in U14 (15-a-side) and O’Neill/Shamrocks winners in the U14 (11-a-side).

U12’s COMPETITIION FOR 1998

North Section South Section

Truagh Monaghan Harps Corduff Inniskeen

Aghabog Rockcorry Magheracloone Carrickmacross

Clones Scotstown O’Neill/Shamrocks St Brigids

Emyvale Sean McDermott’s Donaghmoyne

Tyholland

These competitions were a great success in both sections, with interest and determination with all clubs involved at under-age level, Scotstown emerged winners of the Shield against Sean McDermott’s.

It is a credit to the Scotstown club the work in which they have done at underage level, it will not be long before they have more success at senior level. O’Neill/Shamrocks also emerged winners against Clones this was engribing display of football as both clubs met in the U16’s (11-a-side) final. This is another young club with pretenatural in ladies football.

MINORS AND U17’S

Unfortunately once again these competitions did not take place in 1998 due to a number of reasons, but it was agreed at a delegates meeting back in November ’98 that these would be run as a championship draw in early 1999. This was to give clubs the opportunity to participate at this level.

COUNTY SENIORS

1998 was a year most of the girls and the supporters of ladies football would like to forget or maybe remember as their was some outstanding displays of football. Monaghan Seniors made history as being part of the first ladies All-Ireland to be televised live and also the Ladies G.A.A. had introduced a giant clock to be put up at Croke Park during the All-Ireland final.

The League Campaign: Mayo 2 – 7 Monaghan 1 – 6

Monaghan 2 – 8 Clare 2 – 6

Monaghan 1 – 8 Waterford 3 – 8

Monaghan 2 – 11 Wexford 0 – 2

Monaghan 2 – 22 Westmeath 1 – 2

League semi-final: Waterford beat Monaghan.

Waterford then went on to win the league out. With this defeat at the league semi-final the girls had a break and then it was back determined as ever for the All-Ireland Championship and going for three in a row.

Monaghan travelled to Summerhill, Co. Meath, to take on the Royal County Meath. With Meath dominating the opening half Monaghan girls didn’t seem to settle into the game as Meath went in at half-time with a 7 point lead, but our girls wasn’t written off yet! they came out the second half and took the show the road and went home with a two point victory, once again booking a place in another All-Ireland Senior final, against their old rivals Waterford. Final Score: Monaghan 0 – 13 Meath 1 – 8.

D-DAY Sunday 4th of October ’98, venue: Croke Park;

This was the day the girls and management give their time and effort to also a lot of hard training. So we all booked our seats and travelled to Dublin to watch our County girls ‘scull it out on field of play’! After a tremendous and nail-biting game of football it ended in a draw, for all of us to go through it all again. With the live television coverage this game was talked about national wide as both teams are great ambassadors for ladies football.

Final score: Monaghan 4 – 7 Waterford 1 – 16.

With 5 All-Stars, Maggie Kearns, Eileen McElvaney, Niamh Kindlon, Edel Byrne and our Captain Jenny Greenan , had to face Waterford again on the last Sunday of October. Jenny leaded our girls out once again into Croke Pk to face another battle, but Waterford came out dominating the first half, but Monaghan wasn’t given up that easily they came back and narrow Waterford’s lead to one point, but time was running out and Waterford came strong again to score two more points and to win by three points. Final Score: Waterford 2 – 14 Monaghan 3 – 8. The title was lost, but certainly not the honour, the 3 in a row was not to be but they are still the heroines in Co. Monaghan.

COUNTY MINORS FOR 1998

This year the Minor management was shared with the senior management, Mickey Morgan, Paul Swift and Cathal Hand. These girls were wordy winners of an All-Ireland title as 10 of them are already playing on the senior team. The Championship campaign commenced in Ulster against Donegal this proved to be a ‘bloodless victory’ as Donegal was unable to field a team. Next round the girls faced Fermanagh at the semi-final stage, Monaghan came out tops once again to be drawn up against a youthful side Tyrone, this game took place at Scotstown after a tremendous display of football our Minors were awarded the Ulster title. The next game Monaghan travelled to Mullingar to take on their old rivals Laois, this was no pushover of a game for Monaghan but with hard work and determination the Minors was heading to an All-Ireland final. They were drawn up against Mayo in which Monaghan travelled to Longford on Saturday 12th September ’98, this day will go down in Monaghan history books as a other All-Ireland title taken back to Monaghan, and it was also another proud day for the girls and those who followed and supported them throughout the year. Each player played outstanding throughout the season as each girl played their part to the success of the team. At this stage I would like to thank the supporters for their support throughout the year who travel far and wide to games without you ladies football cannot survive, lets hope this continues.

COUNTY U16’S

The U16’s management for 1998 were Paula Cunningham, Anthony Murphy and Pat Brannigan, they worked tirelessly this year with a large panel of 33 players in an effort to gain an All-Ireland title but just failed on the final hurdle.

ULSTER CAMPAIGN

FINAL!

Monaghan beat Cavan ‘Quarter-final’ Monaghan beat

Monaghan beat Fermanagh ’Semi-final’ Donegal

ALL-IRELAND SEMI-FINAL!

Monaghan beat Meath.

ALL-IRELAND FINAL!

Waterford beat Monaghan

At this stage I would like to thank Value Tile for their sponsorship towards the Tops and Jackets, for the girls, also to the management and first aiders etc and also to the supporters once again who came out in their numbers.

SPONSORSHIP

In 1998 we are grateful once again to Seamus Watters Electrical for his sponsorship towards the County teams. Also to Value Tile for the sponsorship of Zip-Tops and Coats for our U16 panel for the All-Ireland.

At club once again we have our proud sponsors A.I.B Bank to whom we have great appreciation for, and also we are told they are coming on board again for the 1999, Club Championship. Once again we show our greatest thanks.

At this stage I would like to thank all our sponsors big or small, as it is difficult to mention all in the fear of leaving someone out. I would on behalf of the Executive Committee would like to thank you all sincerely, cause without sponsors and the interest the success of ladies football would not be possible.

SUB COMMITTEES

FIXTURES

Chairperson: Jim Shannon, Secretary: Phoebe Carroll, other members Oliver Gavan, Breada O’Neill, Rose Gilsenan, Mary Foy and Mary O’Callaghan.

As already mentioned the fixtures committee have tremendous amount of work ensuring that fixtures are played on a regular basis, and that each and every club complete and fulfil their targets. Thanks once again to all involved.

FINANCE

Paul Swift, Owen McNally, Mary Cunningham, Ann Tierney, Maura Gavan, Imelda Smyth, Anne Maloney, Mickey Morgan, Brian Dempsey and Anthony Murphy.

COUNTY U14’S FOR 1998.

This year’s management was Mary O’Callaghan, Paula Cunningham and Anthony Murphy. This team without doubt has produced some exciting displays of football, and been a thrill to watch. They met Donegal in their first game this was a great victory, as they then went on to meet Cavan in the final, once again Monaghan’s Underage lifted another Ulster Title. They were now through to the All-Ireland semi-final. The County U14 Blitz took place one week before where they lost out to Meath, but they had to face them a week later, in the All-Ireland semi-final, unfortunately for Meath stop them once again to retain the All-Ireland title.

To the girls and management of the team I congratulate you in what you have achieved this year long may this continue.

THE COUNTY JUNIOR TEAM

This was our second year to participate in the Junior Championship, under the guidance of Kevin O’Callaghan, Joe Sherry and Owen McNally. This team provided the chance for those who are on the fringes of our County Senior team, also gives a chance to girls to play for their County at another level. The Junior team were beaten by the narrowest of margins against a very physical Donegal team. Thanks to the girls who participated, also to Kevin, Joe and Owen who give their time and effort to provide a chance for those girls.

At this stage I would like to say a special word of thanks to everyone who helped out with our County teams, first aiders, jersey washers, lines people, umpires, gates, people, etc. Thank you all once again.

SOCIAL SCENE!

Our Annual Dinner Dance is our main event of the year which takes place in the Hillgrove Hotel, Monaghan, on Friday 8th of January 1999. What a great night was had by all. Guests on the night were: Mick Fitzgerald and wife, Liam Stirratt and wife, Philip O’Hare and guest, Helen O’Rourke and guest and also our President of Ladies Football Noel Murray and wife.

To everyone who received medals I congratulate you and I also congratulate our annual award winners.

AWARD WINNERS

Senior County Player – Maggie Kierans

Junior County Player – Mary Connolly

U14 Player of Year – Amanda Casey

U16 Player of Year – Ciara Mulligan

U18 Player of Year – Edel Byrne

Div 1 Player of Year – Jenny Greenan

Div 2 Player of Year – Emma McGinnity

Div 3 Player of Year – Laura Murphy

Club of Year for ’98 – Aughnamullen

Some awards were presented to the referees of the County only those who refereed finals, there were 11 in all.

With this I will conclude my report to say I wish the County girls seniors and underage all the best in their campaign in all levels of competitions and I do believe there will be many more titles and silverware to be displayed in County Monaghan in years to come.

Imelda Smyth

Secretary’s Report for 1999

What a year! Even though the Brendan Martin Cup did not return to Monaghan this year the National League Title did, out of this team two of the players received All-Stars and three received replacement All-Stars. Our Minors are Ulster and All-Ireland Champions. Our U-14 and U-16 are Ulster Champions also.

On the home front, it was another fine season. Aghabog proved worthy County Senior Champions. Donaghmoyne won the Division 1 Shield, Clones won the Division Two League and Corduff the Shield.

At underage level, the Minor 15-a-side tournament has still to be completed and Clones took another title in the 11-a-side. It was Donaghmoyne who took the U-16 and the U-14 15-a-side Cups with Clones yet again taking the U-16 11-a-side and Tyholland the U-14 11-a-side. The U-12 tournaments were a great success with O’Neill’s/Shamrocks winning the 15-a-side and Sean McDermott’s the 11-a-side.

I will now review the 1999 season.

The following clubs affiliated with the County Committee at the beginning of the year and were classified as follows:

Division 1 Division 2 Juveniles

Monaghan Harps Rockcorry St. Brigid’s

Aghabog Clones O’Neill’s/Shamrocks

Carrickmacross Clones Truagh

Magheracloone Doohamlet Sean McDermott’s

Aughnamullen Emyvale Eire Og

Donaghmoyne Corduff

Inniskeen Tyholland

Scotstown

The Fixtures committee had their own problems caused by the availability of pitches and referees, unplayable pitches the cancellation of games and referees, we are all hoping that the Division 1 and the Minors tournaments will be complete by Feb. 2000. The Fixtures committee did this year however administrate and organise over 300 games. This vital committee consisted of Phoebe Carroll, Rose Gilsenan, Mary Foy, Brenda O’Neill, Oliver Gavan and Gerry Reilly. (I would appreciate it if you would show your appreciation in the normal manner for our Fixtures Committee).

THE LEAGUE:

This year’s league were all very competitive and were contested with great determination and commitment.

Division 1

Unfortunately this league is not finished yet, but with Aghabog, Monaghan Harps, Inniskeen and Magheracloone in the Semi-Final play-offs it will be a very exciting start to our 2000 season.

Division 2:

Clones won the Division 2 title in an exciting final and beat a gallant Rockcorry to take the cup. This club was in the running all year and this success will secure a promotion in the top flight.

The Championship

Senior:

Once again our Senior and Junior championship was sponsored by Allied Irish Bank, Monaghan. The Senior Championship was won by Aghabog who beat a very strong Monaghan Harps in Aughnamullen, they then went on to represent Monaghan in the Ulster Clubs Championship beating St. Eunan’s and then Carrickmore but this winning streak unfortunately ended when they were beaten by Shannmaleers in an outstanding display of football.

Junior:

The Junior Championship Final between Doohamlet and Rockcorry in Aghabog was an excellent game of football. Both teams showed the greatest of skills, determination and fitness, but unfortunately for Rockcorry, Doohamlet won the cup by the narrowest of margins. Then they went on to Ulster to beat Four Masters in a great game but lost to Newtownbutler, which ended their hopes in Ulster.

Juvenile Competitions:

Competitions were held at Minor, U-16, U-14, and U-12 level. These were a great success. Below are the teams who entered and the winners.

Minors:

Monaghan Harps, Aghabog, Scotstown, Corduff, Tyholland, Doohamlet, Magheracloone, Inniskeen, and Donaghmoyne all entered this year’s competition. But because of unforeseen circumstances this competition has run on much longer than expected and the final between Magheracloone and Donaghmoyne will be played very soon.

U-16’s:

The U-16 competition were split into two different competitions i.e. the 11-a-side and the 15-a-side leagues.

The 15 a-side clubs are as follows:

Scotstown, Tyholland, Inniskeen, Donaghmoyne, Magheracloone and Aughnamullen. The winners of this final were Donaghmoyne who beat Tyholland in this exciting final in Aughnamullen.

The 11-a-side clubs are as follows:

Clones, Aghabog, Rockcorry, Monaghan Harps, O’Neill’s/Shamrocks, Corduff, Doohamlet, Truagh, Emyvale and St. Brigid’s.

One of the best underage matches of the year between Clones and Corduff, up until the final whistle this was anybody’s game but in the last few minutes Clones proved their strength and beat Corduff in a fantastic finish.

U-14’s

Without a doubt these competitions were exceptional with three competitions taking place.

11-a-side

Carrick, Rockcorry, Magheracloone, Monaghan Harps, Corduff, St. Brigid’s, Tyholland, Emyvale and Sean McDermott’s. Tyholland took the title after beating St. Brigid’s in the final in Rockcorry.

15 a-side

Aghabog, O’Neill’s/Shamrocks, Donaghmoyne, Aughnamullen, Inniskeen, Clones, and Scotstown. Donaghmoyne took another title beating O’Neill’s/Shamrocks in Doohamlet.

Blitz:

In the summer an excellent Blitz competition took place. There was a great turnout and it turned out to be an excellent day of football and fun. In the end Inniskeen took the shield and Donaghmoyne took the cup.

County Teams:

Seniors:

It is difficult to know where to start in summing up the exploits of our senior team. Indeed one could write a book on the wonderful achievements of them. Under the management of Mickey Morgan and Paul Swift, as well as their team Mary Foy, Pauric Roofe, Alison Treanor, Anita Finnegan and Joan Clerkin, the girls brought home the National League Cup. Unfortunately this was not their year as All-Ireland Champions, but hopefully next year will. Also, I would like to congratulate Brenda McAnespie and Edel Byrne on receiving All-Stars and Diane Dempsey, Angela Larkin and Niamh Kindlon on receiving replacement All-Stars.

Juniors:

The Juniors under the management of Declan Moen, Michelle Murphy and Anthony Tate, had a great year in Ulster this year coming runner-up in the Trudy Kierans Cup, as well as proving themselves worthy opponents in Ulster.

Minors:

This year the minors proved themselves the strongest team in Ireland when they won the Ulster Championship as well as the All-Ireland Championship. They first played Cavan and then went on to play Tyrone who after a replay finally won the Ulster title. They did not stop there as they went on to play Waterford and then beat Mayo to win the All-Ireland title. Their success is due to their mentors Paul Swift, Mickey Morgan, Mary Foy, Fiona Kindlon and Anita Finnegan.

U-16’s:

At the start of the year Paula Cunningham, Anthony Murphy and Fiona Kindlon took on this team, they won the Ulster final and went on only to be beaten in the All-Ireland Semi-final.

U-14’s:

Under the management of Ann McKenna, John Malone and Paula Cunningham the U-14’s also won an Ulster title and were also beaten in the All-Ireland Semi-final in Birr, Co. Offaly.

Sponsorship:

In 1999 we were very fortunate that we secured vital sponsorship deals such as Seamus Watters our County team sponsor, A.I.B., Monaghan who sponsor our Championship and to our other sponsors, this varies from individual donations from £10-£500. To all our sponsors I would like to say a very big and sincere thank you because without you the success of 1999 would not have been possible.

Coaching Scheme:

The coaching scheme has benefited ladies football immensely. All our National Schools are visited and the girls are treated equally. The summer camp of 1999 was also a huge success were several hundred girls participated in some fun and games.

Sub Committees:

The two sub committees are as follows:

Fixtures Committee:

Chairperson: Phoebe Carroll

Secretary: Rose Gilsenan

Other members: Mary Foy Brenda O’Neill

Oliver Gavan Gerry Reilly

As already mentioned the Fixtures committee have worked very hard all year round, once again I would like to thank them for all their hard work and effort. A detailed report will follow.

Finance Committee:

Frances McAree, Ann Hagan, Joe Sherry, Imelda Smyth, Maura Gavan and Ann Maloney worked very hard in 1999. Frances will later be given a detailed account of all our finances. These five people did tremendous work this year and I thank you all for your time and effort.

Social Scene:

Our main social event of the year was our annual dinner dance which was held in Riverdale Hotel, Ballybay. I think it is fair to say that the event was a superb advertisement for our organisation and was enjoyed by all. To everyone who got medals I congratulate you and I would also like to congratulate our annual award winners:

Senior Player of the Year: Brenda McAnespie

Junior Player of the Year: Voreen Quigley

Div. 1 Player of the Year: Anita O’Reilly

Div. 2 Player of the Year: Kathy Reynolds

Minor Player of the Year: Niamh Kindlon

U-16 Player of the Year: Majella Woods

U-14 Player of the Year: Aishling Tierney

Club of the Year: Donaghmoyne

Secretary’s Report for 2000

This has not been the best year for Monaghan, it just seemed that Monaghan had no luck when it came to the Senior championship or league. But in saying that, the Monaghan Junior team won the Trudy Kierans cup for the first time ever and our Under 16’s and our Under 14’s are Ulster Champions also.

On the home front it was another fantastic season. Monaghan Harps not only are County champions but also took the Ulster and All Ireland champions. Scotstown are Intermediate champions and Donaghmoyne are Junior and Ulster champions who were narrowly beaten in the All-Ireland final.

In the league Aghabog were Division 1 winners with Scotstown taking the shield and Donaghmoyne took the Division 2 cup with Rockcorry taking the shield.

At underage level Inniskeen are Under 12 winners in the 15 a side and St. Brigid’s are Under 12 winners in the 11 a side. In the Under 14’s Clones are the 15 a side winners and St. Brigid’s are the 11 a side winners and in the Under 16’s Donaghmoyne are the 15 a side winners and O’Neill’s/Shamrocks are the 11 a side winners. Unfortunately the Minor tournament is not complete but the 1999 Minor tournament was completed at the start of the 2000 season with Donaghmoyne taking another title.

I will now review the 2000 season.

The following clubs affiliated with the County Committee at the start of the year.

Division 1 Division 2 Juvenile

Monaghan Harps Rockcorry St. Brigid’s

Aghabog Emyvale O’Neill’s/Shamrocks

Carrickmacross Corduff Truagh

Magheracloone Tyholland Sean McDermott’s

Inniskeen Aughnamullen Eire Og

Scotstown Donaghmoyne Castleblayney

Clones Latton

The Fixtures committee had their own problems caused by the availability of pitches and referees, unplayable pitches and the cancellations of games, we are hoping that the minor tournament will be complete at the start of next season as only one round has been played so far.

This vital committee consists of Mary Foy, Rose Gilsenan, Brenda O’Neill, Oliver Gavan and Alan Gunn.

The League

This years leagues were all very competitive and were contested with great determination and commitment.

Division 1

This was Aghabog’s title where they beat championship winners Monaghan Harps in a fantastic display of football. Scotstown also took the shield.

Division 2

In this final Donaghmoyne beat Aughnamullen in the final to take the Cup with Rockcorry beating Emyvale in the Shield.

The Championship

Once again Allied Irish Bank sponsored the Championship, this year we had a three-division structure with Senior, Intermediate and Junior Divisions. This was a great success with all three winning teams doing their county proud at Ulster and All-Ireland level.

Senior:

Monaghan Harps beat Magheracloone in an excellent final in Aughnamullen, they did not stop their they went on to Ulster and beat St. Eunan’s in the Ulster Semi final, Iveagh Bosco in the final, this then brought them to the All Ireland Semi final were they beat Parnell’s of London and took the All Ireland title of Timmahoe of Laois.

Intermediate:

This was another excellent final with Scotstown overpowering Carrickmacross to take the title, they went on to Ulster were they beat Crossmaglen in the Quarter finals, and the Glens of Derry in the Semi finals but in the final Dromore of Tyrone proved to strong for them.

Junior:

Donaghmoyne proved very worthy county champions when they beat Aughnamullen they then went on to Ulster and took the Ulster title by beating Moneyglass in the Semi final and Cleenish in the Ulster final then they went on to beat Emerald Gaels but were unfortunately beaten by a very narrow margin in the All Ireland final by Gearad Griffiths.

Juvenile Competitions

Competitions were held at Minor, Under 16, Under 14 and U12 levels. These were a great success, listed below are the teams who entered and the winners.

Minors:

This competition was split into two different competitions i.e. the 15 a side and the 11 a side.

The 15 a side teams are as follows:

Inniskeen, Aghabog, Donaghmoyne, Scotstown, Tyholland and Latton/St.Brigid’s.

The 11 a side teams are as follows:

O’Neill’s/Shamrocks, Magheracloone, Rockcorry, Monaghan Harps, Emyvale, Clones and Truagh who entered two teams, Carrickmacross and Corduff.

Because of weather and the unavailability of pitches these competitions are unfinished but will be finished at the start of the 2001 season.

This was also a problem last year and the 1999 competition was played at the start of the 2000 season, Donaghmoyne beat Magheracloone after a replay in two very sporting games.

Under 16’s:

This competition was also split into 15 and 11 a side competitions and the teams are as follows:

The 15 a side teams are as follows:

Donaghmoyne, Aghabog, Emyvale, Latton, Scotstown and Tyholland.

Donaghmoyne beat Tyholland after a replay in two fantastic games of football.

The 11 a side teams are as follows:

Magheracloone, Clones, Inniskeen, O’Neill’s/Shamrocks, Monaghan Harps, Corduff, Sean McDermott’s, Aughnamullen, Rockcorry and St. Brigid’s.

O’Neill’s/Shamrocks took this title beating St. Brigid’s in a very sporting final.

Under 14’s:

This competition was also split into 15 11 a side competitions with the 11 a side splitting into North and South and the teams are as follows:

The 15 a side teams are as follows:

Donaghmoyne, Clones, Inniskeen, Carrickmacross, Scotstown and O’Neill’s/Shamrocks. Clones beat O’Neill’s/Shamrocks taking the cup and

The 11 a side teams are as follows: (North)

Tyholland, Emyvale, Sean McDermott’s, Eire Og, Latton and Aghabog.

The 11 a side teams are as follows: (South)

Corduff, Monaghan Harps, St. Brigid’s, Aughnamullen and Magheracloone.

Emyvale and Aghabog qualified from the North with Monaghan Harps and St. Brigid’s qualifying from the South, but it was an all-South final with St. Brigid’s keeping their unbeaten record and taking the cup. Tyholland won the Shield beating a good Eire Og side.

Blitz:

Donaghmoyne took the cup in this tournament with Emyvale beaten Latton in the final of the Shield.

Under 12’s:

This was another excellent competition in which our very young players got a taste of competition. This was also a two-division competition in which teams competed in the 15 a side or the 11 a side league.

The 15 a side are as follows:

Latton, Clones, Castleblayney, O’Neill’s/Shamrocks, Donaghmoyne, Inniskeen, Magheracloone. Inniskeen took the cup after beating Donaghmoyne last years runners up.

The 11 a side are as follows:

Eire Og, Rockcorry, St. Brigid’s, Monaghan Harps, Corduff, Emyvale, Sean McDermott’s, Scotstown, Aghabog and Tyholland. St. Brigid’s took the cup in a very exciting final beating a very strong Monaghan Harps side. Emyvale won the Shield with Sean McDermott’s as runners up.

Blitz:

Donaghmoyne beat St. Brigid’s in the final of the Ulster 12 Blitz with Monaghan Harps taking the Shield.

County Teams:

This is a brief run down of our county teams activities:

Senior:

This has not been a great year for Monaghan, under the management of Mickey Morgan, Paddy Greenan, Pauric Routh, Paul Swift and Anita Finnegan the senior team reached the Ulster final but Tyrone proved to strong on that day ending Monaghan’s hopes of another All Ireland title.

Juniors:

This has been a good year for Monaghan at Junior level, for the first time ever Monaghan won the Trudy Kierans Cup. Under the guidance of Declan Moen and Paula Cunningham and with the help of Maura Gavan and Aishling Tierney they beat Donegal in the first round, Cavan in the Quarter finals, Derry in the Semi finals and narrowly beat Fermanagh in the final.

Minors:

This has not been a great year for the minors in Monaghan, after winning the All Ireland title last year, this should also have been a great year for the minors, but because of the late set up of management the minors were beaten in the first round by a stronger Tyrone team. The management of this team are Owen McNally, Paul Swift and Anita McKenna.

Under 16’s:

At the start of the year Francie Coleman, Cora Hall, Phoebe Carroll and Alan Gunn with the help of their first aider Frances McAree won the Under 16 Ulster Championship, they then went on to the All Ireland Semi finals only to be beaten by Galway in Birr, Co. Offaly.

Under 14’s:

Under the management of John Malone, Mary Foy and with the help of trainer Donna Evans and first aider Frances McAree, our County Under 14’s beat Fermanagh in the Ulster Championship and then went on to the All Ireland Semi-finals were they were beaten by Mayo in a very sporting game.

Under 12’s:

This years Under 12’s were managed by Ronan Leonard with the help of Maura Gavan, they played a couple of challenge matches with other counties and home clubs, which was a learning experience for these future footballers of Monaghan.

COUNTY SECRETARY REPORT 2001

Initially when I sat down to write this report, I thought well – that’s it another year over and not much to show for it. However on reflection I think that most counties would loved to have had a year similar to ours.

Our seniors were National league runners-up and Jenny Greenan received an All-Star. Our U14’s reached an All-Ireland final. Our U16’s reached an Ulster final. Tyholland won an All-Ireland sevens title. Monaghan Harps, Donaghmoyne and O’Neill/Shamrocks won their respective Provincial club championship titles. Donaghmoyne went on to the All-Ireland Intermediate club final.

To some extent we have become victims of our own success. The glory years of the nineties are hard to repeat and unless you win a couple of All-Ireland titles people think its a bad year.

I will now review the 2001 season.

Twenty clubs affiliated to the county board at the beginning of the year. They were Aghabog, Aughnamullen, Carrickmacross, Clones, Corduff, Doohamlet, Donaghmoyne, Eire Og, Emyvale, Inniskeen, Magheracloone, Monaghan Harps, Latton, O’Neill/Shamrocks, Rockcorry, Scotstown, Sean McDermott’s, St. Brigid’s, Truagh and Tyholland. Three Divisions were set up at senior grade and underage competitions were played at 11, 13 and 15 a-side grades. Despite lots of obstacles placed in the way of the fixtures committee almost all competitions were completed. This is a credit to the committee who work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that football is played. Well over 250 games took place this year.

Senior Leagues

As in previous years all of the leagues were very competitive and were contested with great committment and determination.

Division 1

Magheracloone beat Monaghan Harps in the Division 1 final back in December. The Mitchell’s ran out easy winners after Orla Callan for the Harps was sent off with 15 minutes to go. Magheracloone remained unbeaten in the league all season. Scotstown have been relegated and will play intermediate football this coming season.

Division 2

Donaghmoyne were awarded this title as Carrickmacross were unable to field for the final which was due to be played in mid December. I would have a certain sympathy for the Carrick girls as they had not had a match for a very long time and could not field a team for the final which would do the occasion justice, however Donaghmoyne were unbeaten in the league all year and no one begrudged them the title. On a sad note Clones struggled towards the end of the season and informed the county board that they will not be fielding a senior team next year. I hope this is only a temporary hic up.

Division 3

The Division 3 final was a repeat of the championship final with O’Neill/Shamrocks completing the double over Tyholland.

The A.I.B Championship

All three championships were once again sponsored by A.I.B to whom we are deeply indebted. In the senior competition Monaghan Harps retained their title, however Aghabog made them fight all the way and it took a replay to separate these two great rivals. What was very pleasing for me after the first game was the way that the players from both sides socialised that night together without any hassle or agro. Whatever happened on the pitch, stayed on the pitch and these two sides despite their rivalry are also great friends.

In the Ulster campaign Harps narrowly beat St. Eunan’s of Letterkenny in the semi final and then Carrickmore in the final. Unfortunately that was to be the end of the road for the Harps as an objection to an unregistered player seen them stripped of their Ulster title and Carrickmore go on to play in the All-Ireland club series. Three separate hearings all found that the club had done nothing wrong. The fault was with the county registrar not sending the registration of on time, however the club were punished. This episode is particularly sickening for me and has left me totally disillusioned with the administrators of our game, so much so that I do not intend standing for any position on the county board this year. The episode also seen the resignation of the Chairman Owen McNally, which in my opinion was a massive loss to our association. The lesson for all clubs is to check their registrations with the National Registrar, however I think that the rule book should be changed and that a player should be registered when they pay the county board.

In the intermediate final Donaghmoyne were worthy winners against Carrickmacross. They then set of on a powerful run in Ulster, taking the scalps of Crossmaglen, Glen and Mullahorn. In the All-Ireland semi-final they had to travel to Cork to play the Munster champions St. Val’s. There they beat the home side by two points to set up an All-Ireland final with S. Brendan’s of Galway. However that is were their dream ended, but they can hold their heads high and look forward to senior football next season.

Shamrock/O’Neill’s beat Tyholland in the county final. Special mention must go to Rachael McNally, for in the final she scored a remarkable five goals. In Ulster they accounted for Grange, Doire Colmcille, Lisnaskea and Moneyglass. They then had to play a quarter final against Ballymote from Sligo. Once again O’Neill/Shamrocks won, however their luck ran out in the semi-final when Grangenovlan of Kildare beat them.

Juvenile Competitions

Competitions were held at 11, 13 and 15 a-side at minor, U16, and U14 level. Rather than run through all the winners and runners up, I’ll leave that for the fixtures committee to elaborate on.

County Teams

Mickey Morgan once again took charge of the senior team. Mickey was assisted by Paddy Greenan, Pauric Roofe, myself and Anita Finnegan. Several new players were given an opportunity to shine and the likes of Lavina Connolly, Slainey Murray, Cathy McManus and Pamela Treanor fitted in like veterans. The team beat Dublin, Mayo, Waterford, Longford and Meath. Despite losing to Tyrone and Clare they qualified for the league semi-final. The semi-final was against Tyrone and was played in Latton. Monaghan turned in a powerful display and won the game 5-9 to 1-5. The league final was played in Mullingar against hot favourites Clare. In a tight game the side were level at 1-5 each at the break. Clare did have a six point lead in the second half, but it was reduced to three points with minutes remaining. Monaghan were unlucky not to get a draw. Slainey Murray hit the crossbar in the dying minutes and Clare who were unbeaten in the league won the title 2-11 to 1-11.

The following Sunday the league was forgot about and it was off to Crossmaglen to play Down in the Championship semi-final. Monaghan booked their final place with an excellent 4-21 to 1-12 victory over the Mourne girls. On August 12th Tyrone were the opposition in the Ulster final played in Clones. In controversial circumstances Tyrone won the game by a point. With the sides level and four minutes remaining Jenny Greenan was penalised for time wasting. The resulting free found its way to Shauna McGirr and she sent over to break Monaghan hearts.

Diane Dempsey was selected player of the match in the semi-final and Jenny Greenan won the award for the final. Indeed I must congratulate Jenny who later in the year was selected at centre half back on the All-Star team. A thoroughly deserved award. As I deliver this report the county team are already back in training and I sincerely hope that this year will see a return to the glory days of the late nineties.

Paula Cunningham took charge of the junior team. They entered both the championship and the Trudy Kierans cup. In both competitions they were beaten by Armagh and Derry respectively. However I feel with the team playing in the National league this season, they will improve sufficiently to compete for the Ulster Junior title.

The U14s had an excellent run under the management of John Malone. They beat Tyrone and Donegal to set up an Ulster final meeting with Cavan. The very large crowd that turned up in Tyholland were entertained by a classic game of football. At one stage we were six points behind but three late goals gave them a single point win. In the All-Ireland semi final it was much of the same as the girls came from behind to beat Dublin by eight points. That was to be the end of the road for the U14’s as they were no match for a brilliant Cork side in the final.

Francie Coleman led his U16’s to the Ulster final with a fine win over Cavan. Hero on the night was Therese McNally who scored 2-7. In the final Tyrone were too strong and won in front of a large hone support in Carrickmore. U16’s remains the only title Monaghan have not won.

Paula Cunningham took her minor team to an Ulster semi final, courtesy of an easy win over Derry however Tyrone were to prove too strong.

To everyone who helped out in anyway with county teams I say a BIG THANK YOU.

Sponsorship

We were very fortunate this year to secure a lucrative sponsorship deal with CLOUGHVALLEY PLANT HIRE. I would like to thank Brigid and Michael Quinn for their support. I would also like to thank A.I.B for their continued support of our championship. Finally I would like to thank all who made donations to our funds. All monies no matter how small were greatly appreciated.

SECRETARY REPORT 2003

2003 WILL NOT GO DOWN IN MONAGHAN HISTORY BOOK AS A MEMORABLE YEAR WITH THE U18 THE ONLY TEAM TO WIN SILVERWARE.

ON THE HOME FRONT

It was a wonderful achievement to have all the fixtures completed Donaghmoyne are county champions O’Neill’s winning intermediate, Rockcorry winning junior their first ever title.

Donaghmoyne – winners Division 1

O’Neill’s – winners division 11

Donaghmoyne B winners Division 111

At underage

U18 11 a side – St. Brigid’s

U18 13 a side – Tyholland

U18 15 a side – Donaghmoyne

U16 11 a side – Magheracloone

U16 13 a side – Aghabog

U16 15 a side – Donaghmoyne

U14 11 a side – St. Brigid’s

U14 13 a side – Aghabog

U14 15 a side – Donaghmoyne

U12 11 a side A – Aghabog

U12 11 a side B – Tyholland

U12 13 a side – Aughnamullen

U12 15 a side – Donaghmoyne

I will now review the 2003 season.

The following clubs affiliated with the county committee at the beginning of the year

Division 1 Division 11 Division 111

Aghabog Latton Emyvale

Monaghan Rockcorry Truagh

Magheracloone O’Neill’s Clones

Donaghmoyne Carrick Donaghmoyne B

Tyholland Aughnamullen St. Brigid’s

Scotstown Inniskeen Corduff

Championship structure for 2003

SENIOR INTERMEDIATE JUNIOR

Magheracloone Tyholland Carrick

Monaghan O’Neill’s Aughnamullen

Donaghmoyne Inniskeen

Scotstown St. Brigid’s

Aghabog Corduff

Emyvale

Truagh

Rockcorry

Donaghmoyne B

Latton

Clones

THE LEAGUE

This year leagues were all very competitive and were contested with great commitment and determination.

Division 1

Division 1 consisted of five teams and a fairly competitive competition it was.

The two semi-finals

Monaghan beating Aghabog, Donaghmoyne defeating Tyholland

The final was between Monaghan and Donaghmoyne with Donaghmoyne winning their first senior league.

Scotstown relegated to division 11

Division 11

Division 11 consisted of six teams

The two semi finals

Latton defeated Rockcorry, and O’Neill’s defeated Inniskeen

The final between Latton and O’Neill’s with O’Neill’s winning after a replay.

Division 111

Division 111 consisted of six teams

The two semi finals

Emyvale defeated Clones and Donaghmoyne B defeated St. Brigid’s Donaghmoyne defeated Emyvale in the final.

Championship

All three championships were once again sponsored by A.I.B to whom we are deeply indebted.

Senior

Senior championship

Quarter final Aghabog defeated Scotstown

Semi finals Aghabog defeated Magheracloone. Donaghmoyne defeated Monaghan

In the final Donaghmoyne defeated Aghabog to win their first ever senior championship

In the Ulster campaign Donaghmoyne were defeated by St. Eunan’s in the quarter final.

Intermediate

Two teams contested O’Neill’s and Tyholland

O’Neill’s defeated Tyholland in a very entertaining game

In the Ulster campaign they defeated Moville Donegal in the quarter final

Lurgan Cavan in the semi final and were defeated by a very strong Glen team from Derry in the Ulster final.

Junior

In semi finals Inniskeen defeated Donaghmoyne B and Rockcorry defeated Latton after a replay.

In the final Rockcorry defeated Inniskeen.

In the Ulster campaign they defeated Kinawley of Fermanagh in the quarter final

Flaughanvale of Derry in the semi final thus booking a place in the final against Moneyglass of Antrim

In the final a late point snatched a draw for a replay the following Sunday in Scotstown this game ended in a draw with Moneyglass winning right up to the end. In extra time Rockcorry were winning with time up Moneyglass scoring a goal to take the title. A devastating blow to Rockcorry.

Juvenile competitions

Juvenile competitions were held at 11, 13 and 15 a side at minor U16, U14, U12.

Minor competition 2002 the finals took place in April

15 a side Donaghmoyne defeated Tyholland

13 a side Monaghan defeated Aghabog

11 a side St. Brigid’s defeated Rockcorry after a replay.

Emyvale defeated Clones and Donaghmoyne B defeated St. Brigid’s Donaghmoyne defeated Emyvale in the final.

Championship

All three championships were once again sponsored by A.I.B to whom we are deeply indebted.

Senior

Senior championship

Quarter final Aghabog defeated Scotstown

Semi finals Aghabog defeated Magheracloone

Donaghmoyne defeated Monaghan

In the final Donaghmoyne defeated Aghabog to win their first ever senior championship

In the Ulster campaign Donaghmoyne were defeated by St. Eunan’s in the quarter final.

Intermediate

Two teams contested O’Neill’s and Tyholland

O’Neill’s defeated Tyholland in a very entertaining game

In the Ulster campaign they defeated Moville Donegal in the quarter final.

2003 U18 competition 6 teams competed in 15 a side

Donaghmoyne, Monaghan, Clones, Emyvale, O’Neill’s, Scotstown.

In semi finals Donaghmoyne defeated Scotstown and Monaghan defeated Emyvale

In the final Donaghmoyne defeated Monaghan

13 a side – 5 teams competed

Tyholland beat Latton in the final

11 a side – 6 teams competed

Aughnamullen, Corduff, Magheracloone, Rockcorry

Sean’s, St. Brigid’s

St. Brigid’s won final

U16

15 a side teams as follows

Donaghmoyne, Emyvale, Inniskeen, O’Neill’s, Scotstown, Truagh.

In the semi finals O’Neill’s defeated Truagh, Donaghmoyne defeated Scotstown

Donaghmoyne defeated O’Neill’s in the final

13 a side teams as follows

Aghabog, Clones Eire Og, Monaghan, St. Brigid’s, Tyholland,

Aghabog defeated St. Brigid’s in the final.

11 a side teams as follows

Aughnamullen, Corduff, Latton, Magheracloone, Rockcorry, Sean’s.

Magheracloone defeated Sean’s in the final

U14

15 a side are as follows

Emyvale, Donaghmoyne, Monaghan, Magheracloone, Scotstown, Truagh A.

Donaghmoyne defeated Truagh A in the final.

13 a side are as follows

Aghabog, Aughnamullen, Clones, Eire Og, Inniskeen, O’Neill’s, Doohamlet, Killaney.

In the final Aghabog defeated O’Neill’s.

11 a side are as follows

Corduff, Latton, Rockcorry, Sean’s, St. Brigid’s, Tyholland, Truagh B

In the final St. Brigid’s defeated Corduff

U12

This was another excellent competition in which our very young players got playing

15 a side were as follows

Truagh, Donaghmoyne, Emyvale, Scotstown and Monaghan

Donaghmoyne defeated Truagh in the final

13 a side were as follows

Aughnamullen, Clones, St. Brigid’s

Aughnamullen defeated in the final.

11 a side were as follows

Aghabog, Eire Og, Killanny, Latton, Magheracloone, Sean’s, Tyholland.

Aghabog defeated Killanny in the cup final a tremendous achievement for Killanny in their first year competing.

Tyholland defeated Inniskeen in the shield final.

Feile

Six U14 15 a side competed for a team to represent Monaghan in Feile, Donaghmoyne, Emyvale, Truagh, Scotstown, Monaghan, Magheracloone.

Donaghmoyne defeated Scotstown in the final

They travelled to Galway in July, played 3 games won all 3 reaching semi final, they were beaten by Dromcollogher/Broadford Limerick in the semi final who went on to win the final. Catriona McConnell came third in the all Ireland skills.

County Teams

Seniors under management of Michael McKeown, Michael Hendry, Francie Coleman, Brenda O’Neill and Anita Finnegan.

The national league began in February with Galway as visitors to Reaghstown who ran out convincing winners. This was followed with a win over Longford. With another defeat to Mayo at home and Kerry away. In the final round they defeated Clare to secure their place in Division 1 and a place in the quarter final against Laois which was played on 30-03-2003, unfortunately Monaghan were defeated by 4-19 to 4-8 with Niamh Kindlon receiving a serious knee injury.

Championship

Played Down in Clones in semi final. This semi final clash was played prior to the men’s Ulster final. They beat Down 4-12 to 4-07. In the Ulster final they were defeated by Tyrone 1-10 to 1-6. It wasn’t the end of the road with the system allowing both the provincial finalists back in to the all Ireland series.

In the all Ireland quarter final they played Dublin in Longford and were defeated by 1-14 to 2-9.

Juniors

Under management of Paula Cunningham, Declan Connolly, Anthony Mark O’Connor.

T

hey reached quarter final of league but were defeated by Limerick.

In the Ulster championship Q/F they defeated a much fancied Derry team in Ballinascreen. In the semi final they were defeated by Cavan.

To Paula and all the management of junior team thank you for your commitment to junior team.

U-14

The U14 side got off to a very slow start with management only been selected a week prior to their first game against Cavan. The U14 championship is run on a league basis. Monaghan drawn against Cavan, Donegal and Down. They were defeated by Cavan and Donegal with a win over Down.

In the all Ireland U14 blitz in Mullingar they were beaten in the semi final by Galway by one point.

To Brenda and all the management team well done and keep up the good work.

U-16

They defeated Antrim in the Q/F in Aghabog and were defeated by a very strong Cavan team in the semi final. In the Trudy Kierans cup they were defeated by Cavan.

U-18

Under management of Owen McNally, Mary Foy and Paddy Kerr. They defeated Armagh in the quarter final, Donegal in the semi final and Cavan in the Ulster final to receive the only silverware this year. In the all Ireland semi final they played Mayo in Longford and were defeated in extra time.

To Owen, Mary, Paddy and Anita thank you for your hard work time and effort.

Secretary Report 2004

2004 will not go down in Monaghan History as the most memorable year with the seniors the only team to win silver awards – The Ulster Championship.

Our U/14 reached the Ulster Final. Christina O’Reilly received an All Star.

Cathriona McConnell received Ulster Young Player of the Year.

Donaghmoyne, Inniskeen and Tyholland won their respective provincial Club Championship, Inniskeen and Tyholland went on to the All – Ireland Junior Final and Intermediate Club Finals.

I will now review 2004 season. 21 clubs affiliated to the county board at the beginning of the year. It was a wonderful achievement to have all the fixtures completed before the end of the year, despite lots of obstacles placed in the way of the fixtures committee.

3 Divisions were set up at Senior and underage Competitions were played at 11, 13 and 15 a side.

Division 1 2 3

Aghabog Latton Emyvale

Monaghan Rockcorry Truagh

Magheracloone Inniskeen Sean’s

Donaghmoyne Donaghmoyne B St. Brigid’s

Tyholland Carrick Corduff

O’Neill’s Scotstown Aughnamullen

Championship Structure

Senior Intermediate Junior

Monaghan Tyholland Inniskeen

Aghabog Rockcorry Carrick

Donaghmoyne Donaghmoyne B

O’Neill’s Aughnamullen

Scotstown St. Brigid’s

Magheracloone Corduff

Truagh

Emyvale

Sean’s

Latton

The League

This years leagues were all very competitive and were contested with great commitment and determination.

Division 1

Division 1 consisted of 6 teams and a fairly competitive competition it was. The 2 Semi – Finals were Monaghan defeated Donaghmoyne, Aghabog defeated O’Neill’s. Aghabog winning the league.

Division 2

Division 2 consisted of 6 teams

2 Semi Finals – Latton received w/o Scotstown, Inniskeen defeated Donaghmoyne B, and Inniskeen winning the league.

Division 3

Division 3 consisted of 6 teams

2 Semi Finals – Aughnamullen defeated Truagh, Aughnamullen winning the league.

Championship

All three championships were once again sponsored by A.I.B. to whom we are deeply indebted to.

Senior Championship

Preliminary Round

Aghabog defeated Scotstown and Donaghmoyne defeated O’Neill’s.

Semi Finals

Aghabog defeated Magheracloone, Donaghmoyne defeated Monaghan.

In the final

Donaghmoyne defeated Aghabog to win their second senior championship.

In the Ulster Campaign

Donaghmoyne defeated Glen of Derry in the quarter final, Knockbride of Cavan in the Semi Final, and Carrickmore of Tyrone in the final to win their first Ulster Senior title. In the All-Ireland Semi Final they were defeated by Donaghmore of Cork.

Intermediate

Two teams contested – Tyholland and Rockcorry, with Tyholland winning the final. In the Ulster Campaign they defeated Glenfinn of Donegal in the Quarter Final, Moneyglass of Antrim in the Semi Final and Newtownbutler of Fermanagh in the Ulster final. In the All – Ireland Quarter final they defeated Scarsfields of Kildare in the Semi Final defeated Parnells of London and in the All – Ireland final they were defeated by St. Brigid’s from Roscommon.

Junior

10 teams contested

Preliminary Round

Latton defeated St. Brigid’s, and Donaghmoyne B w/o Corduff.

Quarter Finals – Donaghmoyne B defeated Sean’s, Carrick defeated Latton, Aughnamullen defeated Truagh, and Inniskeen defeated Emyvale.

Semi Finals

Inniskeen defeated Donaghmoyne B, and Aughnamullen defeated Carrick. Inniskeen defeated Aughnamullen in the final.

In the Ulster Campaign

Inniskeen defeated Kilcar, Donegal in Preliminary Round.

In the Quarter Final

Defeated Lavey, Cavan.

Semi Final

In the Semi Final defeated Moy, Tyrone

Ulster Final

In the Ulster final defeated St. Paul’s of Antrim.

In the All – Ireland Quarter Final

In the All – Ireland Quarter Final they defeated, Rilyard, Kilkenny.

In the All – Ireland Semi Final

In the All – Ireland Semi Final they defeated Emerald Gaels, Manchester.

In the All – Ireland Final

In the All – Ireland Final they were defeated by a very good Abbeydorney team from Kerry.

Juvenile Competitions

Juvenile competitions were held at 11, 13 and 15 a side at Minor U/16, U14 AND U/12.

U/18 – 15 a side, 6 teams contested, Donaghmoyne defeated O’Neill’s in the final.

13 a side, 6 teams competed, Clones defeated Truagh in final.

11 a side, 5 teams competed, Inniskeen defeated Latton in final.

U/16 – 15 a side, 6 teams competed, Donaghmoyne defeated Truagh in final.

13 a side, 7 teams competed, Inniskeen defeated O’Neill’s in the final.

11 a side, 6 teams competed, Eire Og defeated Aughnamullen in the final.

U/14 – 15 a side, 7 teams competed, Truagh defeated Scotstown in the final.

13 a side, 6 teams competed, O’Neill’s defeated St. Brigid’s in the final.

11 a side, 9 teams competed, Corduff defeated Eire Og in the final.

U/12 – 15 a side, 5 teams competed, Scotstown defeated Emyvale in the final.

13 a side, 5 teams competed, Aghabog defeated O’Neill’s in the final.

11 a side, 9 teams competed, Aughnamullen defeated Corduff in Cup Final, Magheracloone defeated Latton in Shield final.

Ronan Leonard Cup

The Leonard family donated a cup in the memory of the late Ronan. This was played off as a Blitz for U/16 13 a side. Unfortunately only 5 clubs competed with Truagh winning the final. We hope in 2005 more clubs will compete in this competition.

Feile

5 U/14 15 a side teams competed for a team to represent Monaghan in Feile. This was played off as a Blitz due to insufficient time. Truagh defeated Monaghan in the final. They travelled to Tyrone in July and did their Club and County proud by reaching the All – Ireland Final. They were defeated by a team from Kerry in a very entertaining and exciting game.

County Teams

Senior

Senior team under the management John McAleer assisted by Noel Brady, Brenda O’Neill and Anita Finnegan.

The National League began in February their first game was against Cork in Mount Mellick, who ran out convincing winners.

This was followed by defeats by Galway in Tuam, Mayo in Ballinrobe and in the final game they were defeated by Kerry in Latton which left them with two points from Longford’s game after receiving a w/o to keep them in division 1 for 2005.

Championship

Ulster Championship was played on Round robin series between Monaghan, Donegal, Down and Tyrone with top two making the final. 1st game defeated Donegal and Truagh, then Down in Crossmaglen. The final game was against Tyrone in Enniskillen where they won comfortable. In August 15th Donegal were the opposition in the Ulster Final which they won in a very tough game and Jenny Greenan received Player of the Match. In the All – Ireland Q/F they played Kerry in Tullamore and were defeated by 5 points.

Junior

The Junior team under the management of Mary B. Hamill, Owen McNally and Linda Farrelly who was later replaced by Frank McManus. Like the seniors it was also played in a Round Robin Series, only this time two groups of three. They had good wins over Derry and Antrim but unfortunately were defeated by Cavan in Semi-Final by a much stronger team.

Junior League – they defeated Fermanagh, Down and Antrim and had just one defeat to Derry by a point. They qualified for Q/F of Division 3 League, but were defeated by a very strong Wexford team.

U/14

Under the management of Brenda McAnespie they were defeated by Cavan in the Ulster final. They entered two teams in the All – Ireland Blitz and had a very enjoyable day. To Brenda and management team well done and keep up the good work!

U/16

Under the management of Pauric Treanor, they were defeated by Cavan in the opening round. They also competed in the Trudy Kearns Cup. To all the management thank you for all your time, work and effort!

U/18

Under management Paula Cunningham, they were defeated by Donegal in the 1st game. To the management thank you for your commitment and time.

Interprovincials

Monaghan were once again represented on the Ulster Team by Niamh Kindlon, Kerrie Quigley, Ciara Mulligan and Cathriona Brady.

All – Stars

Magheracloone’s Christina O’Reilly and Niamh Kindlon were Monaghan’s only two nominations. Congratulations to Christina on receiving her first All – Star award, a thoroughly deserved award.

Congratulations also to Catriona McConnell, Donaghmoyne who received Ulster U/16 Young Player of the Year. Award truly deserved.

Draw

A major fund raising draw was launched in March with a car as first prize. It was hoped that in excess of two thousand tickets would be sold but unfortunately little over 1000 was sold. A few clubs put in a huge effort and some clubs didn’t try. One club sold no tickets and one club selling one. Each Club was issued with 50 tickets, Senior and Junior County Players x 2 and Underage x 1. As a result more fundraising will be required for upkeep of County teams and running of The County Board.

Sponsorship

To the Shamrock Bar for sponsoring the Senior County team.

To Peadar Lambe sponsor of Division 1 League.

To A.I.B. for continued sponsorship of the championship.

Finally I would like to thank all who made donations to our funds throughout the year, which was greatly appreciated.

Gaelic Telecom

Ciaran Doyle Gaelic Telecom spoke to all clubs at the October meeting, and encouraged all clubs to join as this would create finance for your club or county.

Secretary’s Report 2005

• 2005 Monaghan secured two provincial titles. The seniors retaining their title and the Under 16 winning after a titanic finish.

• Our Under 14 reached the Ulster final

• Donaghmoyne and Clones won their respective provincial club championship

• Inniskeen won county intermediate

• Donaghmoyne went on to the All Ireland senior final

• St Louis Convent retained the All Ireland Under 19

• Largy College reached the All Ireland final

• Tyholland won All Ireland Sevens

I will now review 2005 seasons, 21 clubs affiliated to the County Board at the beginning of the year with Castleblayney entering an Under 12 team later.

It was a wonderful achievement to have all the fixtures completed before the end of the year. 3 Divisions were set up which was agreed that clubs play championship in the division that they play league with the championship winners being promoted.

Division 1:

Aghabog

Monaghan Harps

Magheracloone

Donaghmoyne

Tyholland

O’Neills Shamrocks

Division 2:

Latton

Rockcorry

Inniskeen

Donaghmoyne B

Emmet Gaels

Scotstown

Division 3:

Emyvale

Truagh

Sean McDermotts

St Brigids

Aughnamullen

Clones

The League

This year’s league were all very competitive and were contested with great commitment and determination.

Division 1:

Division 1 league sponsored by P Lambe

This Division consisted of 6 teams

2 semi-finals:

Donaghmoyne defeated Tyholland

Aghabog defeated O’Neills

Donaghmoyne winning the League

Division 2:

Division 2 consisted of 6 teams

2 semi finals:

Donaghmoyne B defeated Latton

Inniskeen defeated Scotstown

Donaghmoyne B winning the League

Division 3:

Division 3 consisted of 6 teams

2 semi finals

Clones defeated Truagh

Emyvale defeated Aughnamullen

Clones winning the league

Championship

All 3 championships were sponsored by Hope Castle, Castleblayney to whom we are deeply indebted.

Senior Championship

Quarter finals:

Donaghmoyne defeated Tyholland

O’Neills defeated Aghabog

Semi finals:

Donaghmoyne defeated Magheracloone

Monaghan Harps defeated O’Neills

Final:

Donaghmoyne defeated Monaghan Harps

Ulster campaign:

Donaghmoyne defeated Erin Gaels from Cavan in the semi final and St Eunans of Donegal in the final.

In the All Ireland semi final they defeated St Brendan’s of Galway and in the All Ireland final they were defeated by Ballyboden of Dublin.

Intermediate Championship

Unfortunately Rockcorry had to withdraw from all adult competitions after 2 games due to being unable to field a team. This only left 5 teams in intermediate.

Quarter finals:

Donaghmoyne B defeated Scotstown

Inniskeen w/o

Semi final:

Inniskeen defeated Emmet Gaels

Donaghmoune B defeated latton

Final:

Inniskeen defeated Donaghmoyne B

Ulster campaign:

Inniskeen defeated Aodh Ruadh of Donegal in the preliminaty round. They defeated Glenally of Tyrone in the quarter final and were defeated by Clann Eireann of Armagh in the semi final.

Junior Championship

Preliminaary Rounds:

Emybale defeated Sean McDermotts

Truagh defeated St Brigids

Semi final:

Clones defeated Aughnamullen

Emyvale defeated Truagh

Final:

Clones defeated Emyvale

Ulster campaign:

Preliminary round: Clones defeated Templeport of Cavan

Quarter finals: Clones defeated St Michaels of Donegal

Semi-finals: Clones defeated Fintona of Tyrone

Ulster final: Clones defeated Carrickcruppen

In the All Ireland semi final they were defeated by Athgarvan of Kildare.

Juvenile Competitions

Juvenile competitions were held at 11, 13, and 15 a side at Minor, Under 16, Under 14 and Under 12.

Under 18:

15 a side consisted of 5 teams

Donaghmoyne defeated Aghabog in the final.

13 a side consisted of 6 teams

Tyholland defeated Truagh in the final

11 a side consisted of 4 teams

Magheracloone defeated St Brigids in the final.

Under 16:

15 a side consisted of 6 teams

Truagh defeated Aghabog in the final

13 a side consisted of 8 teams

Eire Og defeated Inniskeen in the final

11 a side consisted of 7 teams

Traugh B defeated Killanny in the final.

Under 14:

15 a side consisted of 7 teams

Aghabog defeated Scotstown in the final

13 a side consisted of 6 teams

Kilanny defeated Aughnalmullen in the final

11 a side consisted of 7 teams

Eire Og defeated Latton in the final

Under 12:

15 a side consisted of 5 teams

Truagh defeated Scotstown in the final

13 a side consisted of 6 teams

Emyvale defeated Aughnamullen in the final

11 a side consisted of 10 teams

Latton defeated Eire og in the final

Shield Final

Castleblayney defeated Magheracloone in this final.

Feile

6 Under 14 15 a side teams competed for a team to represent Co Monaghan in Feile. This was played off as a blitz due to insufficient time. Monaghan Harps won the final so they travelled to Limerick to represent co Monaghan.

County Teams

Senior:

Senior team under the management of Padraig Treanor assisted by Noel Marron, Peter McGarraghan, Catherine McGinley, Anita Finnegan (first aid) and Noeleen Byrne (Liason Officer).

The National League began in Janauary with Galway as visitors to Donaghmoyne. Despite a very good performance they were defeated. This was followed by defeats to Mayo in Donaghmoyne and Cork in Mountmellick. They went on then to have a win over Kildare in Kildare and a convincing win over Kerry in Kerry. They then qualified for the quarter final against Meath in Clontibret and ran out convincing winners. In the semi final they played Galway in Galway and were defeated by 3 points.

Championships:

Ulster championships were played on round robin series between Monaghan, Donegal, Tyrone and Down with top two making the final.

They were defeated by Donegal in Irvinstown by 1 point as in the first game. They played the second game against Tyrone and defeated them by 1 point in a thrilling game. In the third game they played down in Cones where they had a comfortable win.

Tyrone were the opposition in the Ulster fin al which they won by 5 points and Aisling Tierney receive player of the match. In the All Ireland quarter final they played Mayo and were defeated by 5 points.

To Padraig and all the management of senior team, thank you for your hard work, time and effort.

Junior:

The junior team was under the management of Mickey Morgan assisted by Eileen McElvaney, Frank McManus and Maire Brady (first aid). Like the senior it was played in a round robin series only this time two groups of 3. They were defeated by both Fermanagh and Cavan.

League:

In the league they had wins over Antrim and Derry and defeats to Galway B, Mayo B, Fermanagh and Down

To Mickey and all the management team of junior and minor, thank you for your commitment.

Under 18:

This team is under the management of Micky Morgan and Eileen McElvaney. They defeated Down, Antrim and Derry and qualified for the semi final against Donegal in Scotstown, where they were defeated by 1 point.

Under 16:

The management over this team is Aideen Treanor, assisted by Joey Kelly, Padraig Treanor, Brian Busby, Gerry Treanor, Veronica Connolly and Michelle Grimes. They defeated Fermanagh, Derry and Tyrone and were defeated by Cavan. They then had a play off against Cavan which they had a convincing win. They now were in the last four with a semi final clash with Donegal in Emyvale and had a comfortable victory. In the Ulster final, Tyrone was the opposition. Despite Tyrone winning for most of the game a late converted penalty secured victory and an Ulster title for the Under 16 team. In the All Ireland semi final they were defeated by an excellent Cork team. In the Ulster under 15 blitz, Tyrone defeated Monaghan.

To Aideen all the management well done and keep up the good work.

Under 14:

Under 14 team are under the management of Joey Kelly assisted by Mary O’Callaghan, Gerry Treanor, Brenda O’Neill and J Byrne. In the first game, they drew with Donegal. This was followed by wins over Down and Armagh. They were defeated by Donegal in the Ulster final after a last minute goal by Donegal. In the Ulster under 14 blitz, Cavan defeated Monaghan.

To Joey and all the management thank you for your hard work and commitment.

Inter-Provincials:

Monaghan were once again represented on the Ulster team by Niamh Kindlon, Christina O’Reilly, Ciara Mulligan and Kerrie Quigley.

All Star:

Magheracloone Christine O’Reilly was the only All Star nomination.

All Ireland Sevens:

Donaghmoyne A and Tyholland entered in the seniors

Donaghmoyne B entered in the intermediate

Pride of place entered goes to Tyholland who won the All Ireland senior by defeating Shelmaliers in the final.

Donaghmoyne were defeated in the Plate Final by Ballymacarbry of Waterford.