Weekly Notes

November 8, 2018

When you lookthrough the history of the Castlewellan Club captured in the book “The Town”you will see all the images of past teams. You will always remember those thatare particular to you, your generation or your family. In the early nineties TheTown dominated the Sevens competitions they entered and with regular occurrencethe photograph was taken of the team and trophy. To the right hand side of thephotograph you saw the manager Colm McAlarney. On the left hand side, Colm’sright-hand man the ever-smiling Finbar McCormack. Finbar passed away on 8 July aftera short illness. It was an illness he bore with dignity and great fortitude. Finbarwas quiet and unassuming; the one who came forward and whispered in your ear whathad to be done, but not in a demonstrative fashion. It would be wrong to speakof Finbar’s talent in such narrow terms. He was an accomplished footballer anda member of the 1979 Senior Championship winning team. In the early eighties hemanaged the Seconds Team who won the first ever All County Premiere ReserveLeague. Back then he was the player-manager. In those days a fierce competitorand the ever present full back. Again he was the one talking in your ear givingyou encouragement or something stronger if need be. This will tell you he was aleader who led by example. He was a great quiz buff and many years ago he askedthis scribe to provide cover for someone who couldn’t make a quiz in DenvirsHotel. Finbar won that quiz almost single handedly. I answered one question. Itwas about the only mistake I think he made asking me to cover in his team! Ateacher by profession he will be well remembered as the former Principal of StMary’s Aughlisnafin and Carnacaville Primary School from where he retired twoyears ago. I will use the words of one of his closest friends who described himas one of life’s true gentlemen. To Finbar’s wife Elsie, sisters, Mary Rose& Patricia, to the wide family circle and his close friends we offer youour sincerest sympathy on your loss. Ar dheisde go raibh a anam dilis.

* Commiserationsto the Down Ladies fell at the final hurdle to Fermanagh in the LadiesIntermediate Ulster Football Final on Sunday past. They left themselves anuphill climb in the second half eventually losing out by six points a greateffort from all the girls.

*Congratulations to Club Member Moya King who tied the knot last week. Moyamarried Gerard Fagan from the Annaclone Club on 11 July. One important part ofthis marriage contract now set in stone is that Moya will stand firmly as aTown supporter until at least the Championship is over. Moya will go to residein Annaclone (we will forgive you for this!). We wish Gerard and Moya all thebest and every happiness in their new life together and don’t forget to remindyour new husband Moya – Up The Town!

* A reminder toall that the next Bingo will be in the club on Sunday 28 July at 3.00pm

* The finalregistration for the Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps will be in the club this ThursdayNight from 7.30pm to 8.30pm. We will be hosting Cúl Camp next week starting onMonday 22nd July – Friday 26th July. The camp runs from 10am – 2.30pmdaily with a nursery camp running from 10am – 12.30pm daily. The camp isopen for children who will be entering Primary Two in September to 13years of age. Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps provide boys and girls with anaction-packed and fun-filled week of activity during the summer holidays whichrevolves around maximising enjoyment and sustaining participant involvement inGaelic Games.  The cost for the camp is £35 for first child(2nd/3rd/4th….£30 each) and nursery camp is £25 per child. Each childwill receive a free GAA kit. You can either register on-line at orregister at the Club on Saturday mornings from 10am – 11.30am Please notechildren whom are attending the nursery camp are unable to be registeredonline.

* Please note coachingand training will resume again on Saturday 20 July. 10.00am-10.45am St Malachy’sPark Nursery, P1 & P2 Hurling and Camogie. 10.00am-10.45am St Malachy’sPark P3-P7 Camogie. 10.00am-11.00am St Malachy’s Park U12 Boys Hurling. 10.45am-11.30amSt Malachy’s Park Nursery, P1 and P2 Boys Football and Girls Football. TBC StMalachy’s Park P5/P6 Hurling Blitz. Saturday 20 JulyNursery, P1 and P2 plus Camogie up to Under 12.

* The AttackFitness Circuits will continue in The Club on Thursday evenings at 7.00pm. Therewill also be classes in St Malachy’s Park on Saturday mornings at 9.00am.

* The weekly Castlewellan ACweekly runs continue every Tuesday and Thursday leaving the Club at 7.00pm.