Clontibret (@1.61) vs Carrickmacross (@2.62)
24-08-2019

Our Prediction:

Clontibret will win

Clontibret – Carrickmacross Match Prediction | 24-08-2019

Founder members of the Hugh ONeills club in Clontibret ( or St Marys as it was then commonly known) were Ned Smyth (father of the great Joe of later years and Eamon) who became team captain and first club secretary, Joe McNally, Barney Smyth, John Andy Brennan, Owen Klondike Sherry, Owen Cooper Leonard,Tullybuck, Fra Moen,,Corcaskea, Richard Brennan, Tonagh, Charles McElreavy, Mullyard, John McAdam Lemgar, Peter Woods, Annagh,, Michael Fly Hughes, Patrick McArdle Corlealackagh, Francis Eoin Carragher, Moneyvolen, Patrick Connolly, Lackagh, Peter Forde Ballynagarry, Harry Macklin, Crosshue, Peter King, Lisaginny, Patrick Hughes, Carrickaderry, John McNally Moys, Pat McCormack NT Moys, Tom OConnor ,Moys, Jimmy Hanratty, John Henry Fitzsimmons,Robert Winters, Ardaghey, Tommy Loughran.

With Sunday left free of adult club fixtures due to the Monaghan County minor team playing Cork in the Electric Ireland All Ireland minor football championship quarter final in Tullamore on Sunday evening, Friday is the big day on the club scene with a full round of matches in the Shoe City senior, the Monaghan Electric intermediate and the Euro Tech Junior football leagues, with all games timed for 8.00 PM.

Monaghan Intermediate Football Championship

By the mid 1940s a new group of players was coming on stream and as it was evident that Tassons run was coming to a close, moves were made in 1944 to re-establish the Hugh ONeills club at Clontibret. This came to fruition in 1945 due to the efforts of Eamon Smyth, Tommy Smyth, Packie Hughes, the McSkeane brothers Peter, Mickey and Tommy, Hughie McQuaid, John Mone, Pat McMahon and the chief organiser and club Secretary, Packie McCully.

All the fun starts on Tuesday morning 20th at 10am and continues til Friday afternoon 23rd at 2-00pm with the usual big BBQ. This is the beautiful top sponsored by Homebake Caf which will be presented to all the participants who attend next weeks Young Stars Summer Camp in Emmet Park. Everyone is welcome to join in the excitement of Gaelic Football, Hurling, Handball, Camogie and other wonderful games! The camp is marvellous value at 30 per single child and 25 for any subsequent children of the same family.

In the 1954 final it was quite a feat for Ballybay to beat Clontibret by ten points, considering that the former had six or seven men playing on the county team. Monaghan. However, emigration had taken its toll. The rivalry between them was tremendous and those were the years of the clash of the cousins, Hughie McKearney and his cousin, Paddy, who was a key player in the Ballybay defence. Fr. After their defeat by Donaghmoyne in the 1953 semi-final, Clontibret ONeills came back stronger than ever and those were the years when the ONeills and Ballybay Pearse Brothers dominated the Monaghan scene and provided some of the best club football ever seen in Co. There was never more than a kick of the ball between them and a Clontibret-Ballybay decider was always a crowd puller. Tony Prunty had gone to the missions in Kenya. Packie McQuaid, Seamus McMullen and Peter McSkeane were in England, Eamon Smyth was in hospital and Packie McCully and Pete Gormley were no longer on the team, but new men like Macartan McCormack and Pat Murphy were now wearing the Clontibret colours with distinction.

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In the Euro Tech Junior football league, Blackhill, have home advantage in their local derby with Toome, Oram, who have taken a couple of good results lately, are away at Eire Og, its a local derby between next door neighbours Aghabog and Killeevan in Emmet Park, Aghabog, Rockcorry travel to Drumhowan and Clones have home advantage against Scotstown, all again at 8.00 PM on Friday evening.

Players on that team included Ned Smyth, Joe Smyth, Joe McNally, James McNally and F Mc Quaid. These players were also members of a soccer club in Clontibret and in 1910 this was converted into Clontibret Rovers GAA club but was not affiliated to the Monaghan GAA Board at the time. The first mention of the Hugh ONeills club was in a tournament held in Donaghmoyne in August 1896, yet they were described in the Dundalk Democrat report as old and tried players It would appear that the first Hugh ONeills club was a Clontibret parish team and their first recorded championship match took place on the Sheepwalk Doohamlet on 12th May 1906 when they were defeated by Inniskeen.

Along with the other improvements planned for the N2/A5 route, the proposed N2 Clontibret to the Border Scheme will significantly improve transport connectivity and provide more efficient access to other strategic national roads such as the N54 and the N12. In addition to this, Monaghan County Council is also working on a scheme to upgrade a further 32km of the N2 between Ardee and Castleblayney in Counties Louth and Monaghan.

Full round of league fixtures set for Friday evening

Monaghan County Council has appointed Jacobs Consulting Engineers to advance both projects through the planning and design process. Subject to funding, the design process will be developed in stages, with opportunities for the public to participate in the decision-making at each stage. Full information on the scheme, including latest news and details of public consultation periods and events, can be found on the project website www.N2MonaghanLouth.ie.