Delighted to meet Derek Ryan after his great show at the Hillgrove Hotel Monaghan in aid of Tydavnet National School. There are not many performers who can pack in a crowd of around 900 aged from 5/6 year-olds right up to 70+. I was also glad to renew a Carlow connection with Monaghan. Derek told me his mother used to work for the Nationalist & Leinster Times in Tullow Street, where my father started work in 1945 and went on to become Managing Director after his retirement from RTÉ. He met my mother (born in Castleblayney, the country music capital of Ireland) when she was working in a local bank in Carlow!
Congratulations to Gaeil Triucha GAA club from North Monaghan, All-Ireland intermediate club champions 2014. In the final at Croke Paek they beat Kiltane from Mayo by an eight points margin, 2-21 to 2-13. Truagh lead by four points at half time, 2-10 to 2-06. The Monaghan men got off to a flying start with two well-taken scores from play but then conceded a penalty when Tommy Conroy was fouled. Mikey Sweeney then added a goal for Kiltane, putting them four points in the lead, before Truagh took control again. I was impressed with the performance of Mark Counihan up front. Plenty of celebration tonight no doubt North of Emyvale, towards Carrickroe and Clara! I was glad to see some of my Tydavnet neighbours there in support of the North Monaghan representatives. Also present was the President of the GAA’s Ulster Council Martin McAviney from Ballybay. Just a pity that Emyvale narrowly missed qualifying for the junior club championship final which was the curtain-raiser. Their semi-final victors Twomilehouse from Kildare saw of the challenge of Fuerty from Roscommon in another high-scoring game 5-7 to 1-11. Both were great advertisements for club football. More details of the match on the official GAA site here and you can find more pictures on the Monaghan GAA site here.