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Aghabog
2011
As near as it gets
In fairness, Aghabog could hardly have come much closer to winning the 2011 Monaghan junior football championship. Gerard OÕBrienÕs well-drilled team played a total of SEVEN matches in the competition, losing narrowly to the two sides that would go on to contest the decider. It was a frustrating campaign for all concerned, including long-serving midfield ace Aidan Brady.
2010
Aghabog show the way
It is time for clubs without pitches to make that first move; to replace mealy-mouthed protestations about lack of discipline with action; and to make our association one that will attract people, not on its tradition alone, but because it is making a real and positive contribution to community life.
2009
No going back for Aghabog
In 2008 Aghabog Emmets showed commendable spirit when they bounced back from the disappointment of relegation to reclaim their place in the Intermediate ranks with a memorable victory in the league final. By Eunan Whyte.
2008
Gary on winning
Courage and vaulting ambition were the cornerstones of Aghabog's magical march to the JFL title in '08. Team-captain Gary McBride takes up the story. By Kevin Carney.
2007
Mulligan hoping for better luck in Ô08
Sweet and sour may be a favourite dish of the Celtic Tiger but Aghabog and Monaghan ace Shane Mulligan says he would rather have missed out on it in 2007.
2006
Jenny defies the odds
Much-decorated All-Star footballer Jenny Greenan was a conspicuous absentee from the inter-county scene in 2006. But thankfully the Aghabog ace isn't lost to the ladies game just yet. Words: Kevin Carney
2005
50 years ago in Aghabog GAA Club
The Period 1955 to 1960. Events of fifty years ago in the Aghabog club were recalled at a special function in the clubhouse on Sunday October 30th last. Over sixty invitations were sent out to former officers, committee members, players, their spouses, and representatives of the people who have gone to their eternal reward who had served the club in the difficult emigration-ravaged years between 1955 and 1960. The response saw a steady stream of guests arriving at 6.00 clock and by the time the sumptuous buffet meal was served by Mary Mannering and Bridie Kelly, the ÒHouse FullÓ signs were up. Words: John P. Graham.
2004
Looking at the glass half-full
Aghabog club Secretary Damien Murphy admits that he finds it difficult to identify a silver lining on the cloud that was the 2004 season for his beloved club. But he fervently believes that things can be turned around in the next 12 months.
2003
Aces high
It is said hunger is the best sauce of all. In this respect, Aghabog showed one hell of an appetite last November in cantering to a long-awaited IFC title win.
2002
Leader of the pack
Long-serving sharpshooter Declan Smyth was deeply honoured to serve as Aghabog captain for the 2002 season. But the deadly attacker admits he was disappointed that the Emmets finished the season empty-handed, particularly in light of the huge effort that was invested into their bid for a return to the top table.
2001
Last line of defence
Goalkeeper Derek McCarville did a fine job as Aghabog captain during the course of the 2001 season. Speaking to Gerry Robinson, he looks back on an eventful year that didn't go quite according to plan and assesses his club's chances of a swift return to the senior grade.
 


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Aughnamullen
2011
Flashes of brilliance
Aughnamullen could hardly be accused of being MonaghanÕs most consistent club in 2011 but they did show some flashes of brilliance during the course of the year, most notably during their IFC victories over Drumhowan and Currin and also in their magnificent run to the final of the McQuillan Staircases all-county Under 21 Football League Division One final Ð a landmark first for the club. All in all, it was an encouraging year in which the Sarsfields put themselves forward as one of the countyÕs most-exciting young teams.
2010
A morale-boosting hat-trick
There were many stand-out games for the Sarsfields in 2010. A hat-trick of cup final triumphs among them. By Kevin Carney.
2009
MinorsÕ final run offers real hope
Aughnamullen Sarsfields may have ended the season without adding any of the major trophies to their collection, but the general feeling among the club is that 2009 was relatively successful.
2008
Difficult first year gives Sarsfields confidence for Ô09
Consolidation was the aim of the game for Aughnamullen this year. Taken in that context; their season must be considered a success. That is not to say the club will be satisfied with their final position of third from bottom in this year's Harte Peat Intermediate League. By David Keelaghan.
2007
Aughnamullen aces
Aughnamullen didn't concede a single goal in their six-match JFC odyssey in '07. No wonder they achieved their goal of returning to intermediate ranks.
2006
A lifetime of service
In 2005 Seamus Conlon received the Club Official of the Year award for an unprecedented second time. The Aughnamullen man is unlikely to rest on his laurels though. Kevin Carney reports.
2005
Midfield maestro
Ciara Mulligan is a much decorated lady footballer but her determination and ambition still shines through.
2004
Brendan's voyage to the Hall of Fame
Aughnamullen Sarsfields' legend Brendan Hamill got his just deserts last January when he was inducted into the county's Hall of Fame.
2003
Sarsfields' army clean up
Not content with winning one cup at underage level, the cream of the underage crop at Aughnamullen Sarsfields boldly collected four pieces of silverware in 2003.ÒI've never known it to be any better at underage level in the club. The amount of young talent that's coming through at the club right now is just unbelievable.Ó
2002
Turning the corner
Aughnamullen were all out of good fortune in 2002. Within a four-week period in October/November, the Sarsfields contested the junior championship final and the penultimate stage of the junior league, only to be pipped in both. Their end-of-season reward was much less than the overall effort invested had deserved.
2001
Aughnamullen remain positive
Life hasn't exactly been a bowl of cherries for Aughnamullen Sarsfields lately. However, 2001 captain Liam O'Neill is backing them to bounce back sooner rather than later. Aughnamullen have seen better days. Of that there's no doubt.
   

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Ballybay
2011
One step away
Ballybay had good success at underage level in 2011 and the seniors shone too. Good news to report then for the club's PRO Claudine Wylie.
2010
No shortage of success
Ballybay endured a mixed senior league and championship campaign under the managership of Noel Marron this past season, but it was a year where the success came elsewhere for the club as PRO Cillian McAviney explained to Monaghan's Match.
2009
A Wylie young fox
Ballybay did themselves proud in 2009, delivering a series of impressive displays upon their return to the top table of Monaghan club football. Not only did the much-improved Pearse Brothers retain their senior status but they also forced their way through to the final of the Owen Ward Cup. Gerald Robinson caught up with their up-and-coming county man Drew Wylie to reflect on an encouraging year for the Ballybay boys.
2008
Bally ... yeah!
It was Mission Accomplished for the footballers of Ballybay in 2008 as they achieved their primary objective of scooping the all-county IFC. Their brave bid for an intermediate double may have come up just short in the Division Two league decider, but it was nonetheless a thoroughly successful and decidedly memorable season for the Pearse Brothers Ð clearly the best intermediate team in Monaghan in Ô08.
2007
Star of the fifties
Ballybay are going through a sticky period on the field of play right now but former star of the 'fifties John Moen says the will and the talent is there to kick-start better times
2006
Remembering the minor double of 40 years ago...
In April 2006, Ballybay Pearse Brothers held a special function to mark the 40th anniversary of their historic 1966 minor league and championship winning feat. It was a poignant occasion as shortly afterwards Mickey ÔScrub' McArdle, who captained that team, lost his brave battle with illness and passed on to his eternal reward.
2005
Maroon and white star
In 2005 Ballybay Pearse Brothers laboured to consolidate its reputation as the best intermediate football squad in the county the year before. However team captain Fergal Smyth comfortably guaranteed growing status as one of the finest defenders in the county.
2004
Too good for intermediate
Ballybay Pearse Brothers are Monaghan Intermediate Football Champions for the year 2004 and, as a result, have now been promoted to senior grade football, where they will compete against the very best in the county in 2005.
2003
Celebrating a golden jubilee
On Friday 24th October 2003, Ballybay Pearse Brothers GAA club came together to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of a truly magnificent occasion - the winning of the Co. Monaghan Senior Football Championship title in 1953 for the very first time in that club's long and very proud history.
2002
To the manor born
The football pedigree is there. The willingness to put her shoulder to the wheel is obvious. Little wonder then that Pamela Coyle's stint as secretary of Ballybay Pearse Brothers has been roundly applauded. Kevin Carney reports.
2001
Rightful place
The Ballybay club has a long and proud history in Monaghan since they first registered in 1905 and although a local team had not been formed at that stage, that registration was the launching pad for a story that was to be central to the development and progress of the GAA in Monaghan over the decades, writes John Graham.
   

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Blackhill
2011
Out of the Woods
Without quite setting the world on fire, Blackhill nonetheless enjoyed a decent season in 2011, chalking up two victories in the junior football championship and also collecting the U21 Division Three title. We caught up with Colin Woods, who represented the club on the county senior squad during the Dr McKenna Cup, to get his views on the year gone by as well as assessing BlackhillÕs future prospects. Colin is adamant that if the Emeralds could regularly get their best fifteen players on the pitch, then they could give any junior side in the county a run for their money.

 

2010

Blackhill have reason to be proud
While it may have been a tough year on the adult playing side of things, the inclusion of one of their own on the county senior panel and a well organised juvenile setup means that all Blackhill gaels have plenty of reason to be optimistic. By Eunan Whyte.
2009
Blue skies over Blackhill
2009 was the best of times and the worst of times for the boys of Blackhill. Some things stay pretty constant though in the mid-county club.
2008
Fourteen and counting ...
Prior to this year Blackhill GFC managed to win 13 juvenile football titles since 1995. The club's U13 Shield triumph in '08 made it fourteen.
2007
Over 90 years old
Since its foundation back at Easter 1917 the Blackhill club has progressed through the full range of emotions in what has been a very colourful and chequered story up to now. They have experienced the elation of victory and the deep disappointment of defeat. They have obtained great satisfaction for their achievements off the field in developing facilities but they have also encountered many pitfalls in their ongoing efforts at keeping the GAA flag flying in that area of County Monaghan. By John P. Graham
2006
Maroon and white loss is blackhill's gain
Blackhill Emeralds may not always be smothered in silverware but is there a club in Monaghan more resilient or ambitious? Galway native John Costello doubts it.
2005
Major win for Blackhill minors
Mac Malone and Pauric Loughran, joint-managers of the victorious Blackhill Minor Division Three winning side, reflect on the club's history making triumph in 2005
2004
Surprise packets 2004
For far too long now Blackhill has been regarded as one of the Ôminnows' of Monaghan Junior Club football.
2003
Emerald band
The days when Blackhill were the whipping boys of Monaghan football are well and truly gone. The eager young Emeralds gave a decent account of themselves in 2003 and their performances were convincing enough to suggest that promotion to intermediate ranks could be on the horizon sooner rather than later.
2002
No longer under the shadow
No way says Pauric Loughran. The name Blackhill doesn't trip off the tongue lightly when one considers the pantheon of perennially successful clubs in Monaghan. And yet, as the club's joint junior team-manager Paraic Loughran explains, the club is heading in the right direction.
2001
In from the dark
November 4th last was a day which offered all success-hungry clubs a mighty injection of hope and confidence. Blackhill's achievement in swooping to claim the Crawley Cup with a magnificent win over Scotstown in a well-contested decider at Rockcorry was, quite simply, a great day for the underdog.
   

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Carrickmacross
2011
Pride restored
Carrickmacross Emmets put the disappointment of the previous year behind them and restored pride in the club with a fantastic outright success in the 2011 Monaghan IFC. They then effortlessly added the league title to complete a famous double. CarrickÕ were the outstanding intermediate team in the county all year, setting the pace in the league from start to finish and regaining the championship with victories over Sean McDermotts, Aughnamullen, Tyholland and Corduff. As they romped to glory, it was patently obvious that the Emmets were punching below their weight so the clear task facing the south county town club now is to ensure there is no repeat of the shock relegation that left them stunned just over twelve months ago.
2010
Sorrow knocked on our door
2010 was a year when Carrickmacross suffered more downs than ups, unfortunately, with the death of two club members. Monaghan's Match heard from the club's chairman, Thomas McMahon, and PRO, Grainne Malcolm, about what happened with the Emmets in the year gone past.
2009
Not quite
Having won the senior league and contested the SFC final in 2008, Carrickmacross Emmets went into the Õ09 season full of hope. However, they didnÕt quite manage to reproduce the kind of form required to challenge for silverware at the highest level. We speak to centre back Mark McNally about a frustrating year for the CarrickÕ men.
2008
Carrick make history
The spree that marked Carrick's annexation of the 2008 SFL competition was as much a demonstration of intent as it was a celebration.
2007
More silverware for Carrick'
Having won the intermediate double in 2006, they went into the new year on something of a high. But 2007 was always going to represent a steep climb on Carrickmacross' learning curve and their brave bid for a SFC semi-final spot twice fell marginally short. However, it's hard to shake a winning habit and silverware was still forthcoming in the guise of a Division Two reserve football league triumph.
2006
Carrick claim McCormick Cup to make senior return
2005 had been a disappointing year for Carrick Emmets following the club's demotion from senior level. However this season, a tremendous effort resulted in the Intermediate championship coming back to the club for the first time since 1976.
2005
McEnaney answers Carrick's call
It may be early days in his senior career but already Gary McEnaney can reflect on a successful innings to date. By Cian O'Raghallaigh
2004
Conlon battling on several fronts
In Jordanstown, the competition doesn't get much keener. On and off the field of play, Carrick's James Conlon knows that he has to be always at his best to make the grade.
2003
Carrick get cross to bridge gap
Prior to 2003, Carrick Emmets hadn't won the minor championship title since 1985. That all changed last September though.
2002
Happy ending to epic season
Two-thousand-and-two was a roller coaster ride for Carrickmacross but ended on a satisfactory note as the Emmets booked an instant return to senior ranks - and some hard-earned silverware to go with it (in the shape of the all-new McAviney Cup). Ironically, Carrick's sojourn in intermediate football appears to have done them no harm - they return to the top table in as healthy a state as ever they've been.
2001
Gannon law
Few clubs in the county can boast as good a track record at underage level in recent times as Carrick Emmets. And long-time juvenile club chairman Eugene Gannon is hopeful that the good times can continue to roll.
   

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Castleblayney
2011
TransFaughMation
There was no sign of the SFC returning to Castleblayney in 2011 but it was nonetheless a worthwhile year for the Faughs, who are becoming an increasingly-prominent part of the local community. On the field of play, ÔBlayney won the junior ÔBÕ championship as well as garnering a historic first-ever reserve league Division Four title. With an unbelievable amount of work also being invested into juvenile and nursery development in the club, Castleblayney Faughs look set to turn the corner sooner rather than later.
2010
Plenty in Reserve
The capture of two senior reserve football titles in 2010 demonstrated that 'blayney have a wealth of talent even if the SFC didn't pan out as desired.
2009
League form bodes well for 'Blayney
For Castleblayney Faughs, Senior Championships are as much a part of the club as St MaryÕs Park or the famous green and gold jersey.
2008
Semi final and final appearances are not acceptable in Blayney
Castleblayney Faughs' senior footballers ended up with no silverware in 2008 but their commitment and ambition ensured they went close to netting two titles.
2007
Aiming for the stars
Ciaran Hanratty's star may have shot skywards in 2007 but he'd be happier if some silverware came along in '08.
2006
Hughes talking
Jason Hughes is the sort of fella you'd want on your side in a time of war. In 2007 he's hoping to battle his way back to the very top of his game.
2005
Faughs celebrate their Centenary
No club has dominated the Monaghan Gaelic football scene down through the years as has the Castleblayney Faughs club, frequently dubbed ÔThe Mighty Faughs' and for very good reason. They hold more Monaghan Senior Football Championship titles than all other clubs combined, and even though they are not the current holders of the crown, they are, and have always been, the chief contenders in the title race.
2004
Hurlers take limelight
The pain carried over from 2003 was there for all to see in mid-June last as 'Blayney's senior hurlers set about wrenching both the league and championship crowns from Clontibret. Achieving their targets fairly exhibited the character and talent of the squad.
2003
Kings of monaghan ... again
Castleblayney Faughs may not have been the bookies' favourites to lift the SFC at the start of the year but an all-too familiar story unfolded nonetheless
2002
The Ryan line
Faugh midfielder Ryan Treacy can't hide his disappointment with the way things panned out for the defending senior championship holders in 2002. However he strongly contends that with the advent of a new season, the Faughs will be pulling out all the stops to regain the county's top prize.
2001
Title 36 for ÔBlayney
Castleblayney are the all-time masters of domestic senior football championship matters, not only in Monaghan but in all-Ireland. That proud boast was further embellished last September when Truagh were defeated for the second year in a row in the county final at Scotstown.
   

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Clones
2011
Nothing for second
They say you get nothing for finishing in second place and this certainly applied to Clones in 2011 as they failed to secure promotion to intermediate ranks despite being runners-up in both the JFC and the JFL. Over the course of the season, St TiarnachÕs delivered performances of a consistently-high standard and that impressive form was enough to see them through to league and championship finals. But they were edged out by Cremartin in both deciders and it was Toome who stole the second promotion spot, much to the obvious frustration of everyone in the north county town club.
2010
Just the ticket!
2010 - another year with the air around Clones clogged with the dust of dreams just demolished? Not quite.
2009
Battled bravely on both fronts
In 2009, Clones launched a dual offensive in their bid to gain promotion to intermediate ranks. They were wonderfully consistent all year in both the junior football league and the junior championship, but unluckily came up just short at the semi-final stage of both competitions. Gerald Robinson caught up with selector Donal Quigley to reflect on an impressive but ultimately frustrating season.
2008
Better in the championship
The fact that 2008 was something of a topsy-turvy year at senior level and disappointing at underage with Clones in the lower reaches of all of the underage divisions is no reason for pessimism. Hopes for the future are bright and it is a spirit of onwards and upwards that pervades the thinking at committee level in the club. By John P Graham
2007
Ulster final back in its ancestral home
The return of the final of the Ulster senior football championship to St. Tiarnach's Park after its dalliance with the bright lights of the capital for a couple of years was for many the highlight of the GAA year in the Clones area. They felt that at least part of the old order had been restored.
2006
Ted duffy enters monaghan hall of fame
Two-thousand-and-six saw former Clones footballer Ted Duffy inducted into the Monaghan GAA Hall of Fame. It was a timely acknowledgement of Ted's contribution to Gaelic Games in the county as, 50 years earlier, he starred at centre half forward on the Monaghan side that powered to outright success in the 1956 All-Ireland junior football championship.
2005
Aidan the Clones cause
Aidan Gillard has been one of the most consistent footballers in Clones for the last few years. No surprise then that he was selected as the club's Player of the Year for 2004. Kevin Carney reports.
2004
Living the dream
It plays host to every Ulster Senior Championship Final - well almost - but for Fergal McFarland's money, the town of Clones couldn't do better than get a taste of Monaghan senior football.
2003
Just what the doctor ordered
Clones needed a boost as the 2003 season gathered pace. The success-starved club duly got it too at season's end in the shape of a Dr. Ward Cup triumph.
2002
On the threshold
Clones GFC chairman P.J. Smyth believes that very little divides the winners' enclosure from the also-rans' stable at intermediate level in Monaghan. The club needs to bridge the divide sooner rather than later though, he opines.
2001
Second time around
Ben Quinn is new to the post of secretary of Clones GFC. However, he boasts a wealth of experience in the job from his time spent with his native club in Fermanagh. Kevin Carney reports
   

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Clontibret
2011
Year finished on a high
ClontibretÕs 2011 season finished on a high note when they defeated holders (and newly-crowned county champions) Latton by 1-7 to 0-6 in the senior football league final at Scotstown on Sunday, October 23rd. The OÕNeills may have come up short in their bid for a three-in-a-row of SFCs but, with Monaghan club football as competitive as itÕs ever been, the Owen Ward Cup is no small consolation. With major silverware in the clubhouse once more, ClontibretÕs players can enjoy their winter break and look forward to 2012 with confidence.
2010
Clontibret reign supreme
Clontibret's 2010 Monaghan SFC success was a bit special. When they beat Magheracloone after a replay in the county final at Inniskeen on Sunday October 17th, not only did Clontibret complete a back-to-back of senior championship wins É they also completed a magnificent 2010 minor / senior double, having earlier in the year thumped Latton in the MFC decider. Thus, the past, present and future of this great club are all looking extremely healthy right now.
2009
Back in the winning groove
Getting there is what it's all about; not how you get there. Clontibret took the circuitous route en route to regaining the SFC title but their success was no less for all that.
2008
No spark in '08
Clontibret never quite caught fire in 2008 as their bid for a third successive county SFC came unhinged against Carrickmacross at the semi-final stage and their Owen Ward Cup campaign ended with a semi-final play-off defeat to Castleblayney. Thus, it was a disappointing year all round for the O'Neill's first team - but young county star Conor McManus doesn't fancy finishing another season empty-handed any time soonÉ
2007
Lucky 13 for Clontibret
In 2007, for the first time in over 50 years, Clontibret O'Neills managed to put SFC titles back-to-back. In doing so, they increased their tally of blue riband tophies to thirteen.
2006
Mick Duffy cup winners
Twenty matches were played in the 2006 Monaghan SFC. In the end Clontibret proved to be the Red Rum of the series.
2005
Plenty in reserve
There was yet another silverware bonanza for Clontibret O'Neills in 2005, with four major adult trophies winging their way to the mid-county club, including a fantastic reserve treble. And at the time of writing Scotstown await them in the Senior League Division 1 final. Here we reflect on outright success in the reserve championship (O'Duffy Cup), Reserve League Division One (Michael Kellett Cup), Reserve League Division Four (Paddy Kierans Cup) and the inaugural Senior Hurling Shield.
2004
Monaghan's dual in the crown
Want to hear someone talk up the game of hurling? Want to get an insight into what drives a man to play both hurling and football in Monaghan almost all year round? Then read on.
2003
On the double
Not content with revelling in their provincial-title winning ways on the football scene, Clontibret O'Neills delighted their supporters by regaining the senior hurling championship crown. Words: Kevin Carney
2002
Back at the top
What a performance it was from Clontibret's essentially young team to regain the Monaghan SFC. By John P. Graham.
2001
Back to back
With as many as ten of the players who helped the club record a magnificent victory in the minor championship in 2000 available to them this year Clontibret were always going to be rated among the favourites for the title again. But they found that putting minor titles back to back is far from a foregone conclusion, writes John Graham.
   

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Corduff
2011
All good runs come to an end
If Nelly Furtado sings it, it must be true. In 2011 Corduff Gaels continued their rather extraordinary run of unbeaten championship matches, which stretched to an amazing 15 before they lost the IFC final to neighbours Carrickmacross. Corduff also qualified for the semi-final stage of the intermediate football league, wherein they were narrowly defeated by Currin. Thus, their sterling bid for back-to-back promotion came up just marginally short. Still, it was a great effort from all concerned and first-team stalwart Declan Larkin agrees that this exciting young Corduff side should be playing senior football sooner rather than later.
2010
Real winners
Corduff achieved their primary goal for 2010 by winning the Monaghan junior football championship, beating Cremartin in a thrilling final after a replay. Thus, the club returned to intermediate ranks at the first time of asking. Not content with that, they subsequently blazed a blistering trail through the province to qualify for the Ulster junior club championship final. Therein, they made history by beating Cavan champions Swanlinbar by 2-7 to 0-8 at Breffni Park on Sunday December 12th. Despite the controversy that followed it was still a magnificent year for Corduff.
2009
Down, but not for long
It was the most competitive Intermediate league anytime in recent memory. But in the end, just as sure as the division had its winners in Monaghan Harps and Drumhowan; it would also have its victims in Corduff and Cremartin. By David Keelaghan
2008
Business end
Corduff Gaels reached the business end of both the 2008 IFC and the McAviney Cup, but their two-pronged promotion quest ended at the quarter-final and semi-final stages respectively. Club captain Raymond Byrne hopes they can go a step further in '09.
2007
A woman of many hats
Maureen Campbell won an award in 2006 for her work on behalf of Corduff Gaels. But you'll have to read on to see which of her portfolios the award related to!
2006
Comfort from coming close
After reaching the semi-final of both league and championship at intermediate level, Corduff can be optimistic about next season as corner-forward Mark Gilsenan explains to Cian O Raghallaigh.
2005
Corduff deserved their promotion
The black and amber of Corduff will be seen once again in the Intermediate ranks of Monaghan football in 2006, and if ever a team deserved promotion it surely is this great little club from the deep south of the county. By Seamus McCluskey
2004
Corduff's ace in the pack
Corduff had the worst of bad luck in 2004. But seasoned campaigner George McKitterick is confident that this coming season will be a different story.
2003
Provincial champions
Not content with proving themselves to be the best of the bunch in Monaghan, 2002 JFC title-holders Corduff progressed to be crowned Ulster Junior Club winners last March.
2002
On the way back
Corduff justice: The campaign may have gone on forever (five months to be exact!) but it ended on a satisfactory note for Corduff when they captured the J.F.C.
2001
In a canter
Even their most staunch rivals concede that the Corduff club has a canny ability to make the very most of scarce resources. In winning the P.J. Flanagan under 21 league cup last October, the local Gaels re-emphasised the work ethic that's always been at the heart of the club.
   

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Cremartin
2011
Crme de la crme
Cremartin Shamrocks achieved their prime objective for 2011 by landing the Monaghan junior football championship for the sixth time. Not content with that, they added the junior league crown and blazed a trail to the Ulster junior club championship final. It was a fantastic year for the mid-county men, who were left cursing their luck the previous year when losing both the JFC (after a replay) and JFL deciders to Corduff and Sean McDermotts respectively. But this time Gerry McCarvilleÕs finely-tuned charges made no mistake by capturing the Packie Boylan Cup; the offshoot of it all is that Cremartin have intermediate football to look forward to again in 2012.
2010
Time on their side
Losing two county finals in the space of a couple of weeks was a bitter pill for Cremartin to swallow this past season, but club chairman Brendan McNally is staying positive heading into 2011 after a young Shamrocks side proved that they were well capable of mixing it with the best in their section.
2009
Back to the future
"You can't really go forward if you don't know where you come from" - Emmet Flanagan reflects on what commemorating Cremartin's 75th anniversary last October meant to him.
2008
Away day blues
Trying to judge Cremartin this year, and where they stand as an Intermediate level team was no easy task. Victories over Aughnamullen and Emyvale, well-earned draws with Ballybay and Truagh Ð those results suggest a team to be reckoned with. Then there were the defeats to Corduff and Rockcorry, as well as a last-day forfeit to Truagh Ð these games suggest the opposite. By David Kelleghan.
2007
Cremartin's ultimate aim is a senior championship title
Cremartin club captain Niall Flanagan, is unequivocal in his assertion that his club's ultimate aim is to get up into senior ranks and challenge for senior championship honours. ÒOur short-term aim at the moment is to get promotion to senior ranks and to be challenging for a senior championship within the next three to five years. The players are there, we have some great young players coming through and the only way to progress them is to get them up there playing in senior football.Ó
2006
The buzz from staying involved
In good and bad times, the loyal servants of Cremartin Shamrocks have remained true to the spirit and ideals of the founding fathers of the GAA. Club Secretary Majella Boyd is no exception.
2005
Boyd-up by a burgeoning talent
Cremartin young gun Gary Boyd is one of the hottest properties on the Monaghan GAA scene right now. Kevin Carney reports.
2004
Only right and proper
Given that they were the originators of the Ulster junior football club competition, it was only appropriate that on the eve of the establishment of an official Ulster club Junior Football Championship that Cremartin Shamrocks should cement their place as Monaghan's representative in the competition by claiming the Packie Boylan Cup in 2004
2003
Barry on scoring
Although he ended up medal-less, Cremartin attacker Barry Carragher was one of the stand-out players of the 2003 junior football season in Monaghan. Kevin Carney reports.
2002
Shamrocks not so lucky
2003 may prove to be third-time lucky for Cremartin Shamrocks as far as their Dr. Ward Cup ambitions are concerned. However in 2002, Dame Fortune certainly wasn't on their side as they lost out at the final hurdle for the second year running.
2001
Mulligan's mine
This coming summer marks the 25th anniversary of Cremartin's glorious Junior Football League and Championship triumphs. Here Shamrocks old boy Sean Mulligan reflects on those heady times.
   

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Currin
2011
125 Not Out!
In celebrating their 125th anniversary Currin Sons of St. Patrick send out a message about their future as much as their past. 2012 will see the club compete with the best in the senior football championship, something that brought great pride to all associated with Currin.
2010
Currin cement their intermediate status
After making the step up from junior football at the tail end of last season, it was vital that Currin held their own in the middle grade in 2010. That they did and there were some impressive league wins along the way as selector Eddie Burns explains.
2009
Currin leap into the intermediate ranks
For Ray McCarronÕs Currin, this past seasonÕs junior football league offered them their best chance for promotion to the intermediate ranks for 2010. A gap of 58 years since their last junior league title win was ended in some style in mid-December.
2008
Crothers and Currin
Underage football coach Sean Crothers is a proud member of the Currin GFC fraternity. His work on behalf of the club is synonymous with cementing its future well-being.
2007
The currin club celebrates
The Currin club may be finishing the 2007 season without any major silverware on the sideboard but club chairman Aidan Quigley insists that it is still a year that the club can look back on with a great deal of satisfaction and no small measure of pride.
2006
ÒWe're a well-to-do club nowÓ - Quigley
Gone are the days when Currin gaels were struggling. So says current chairman and long-time club stalwart Aidan Quigley.
2005
Reaching for the stars
In any GAA transfer market forum, Currin, Monaghan and Ulster star Dick Clerkin would be hot property. However in 2006 the star midfielder 'cum attacker hopes it's his club and county's stock which climbs the highest. Writes Kevin Carney.
2004
Back intermediate for first time in thirty years
Currin, one of the oldest clubs in Co. Monaghan (founded in 1886), are back in Intermediate ranks for the first time in thirty years, and have captured the Dr. Ward Cup (Junior Football League) for the first time since 1951, an achievement that surely ranks with the very best produced in Monaghan during 2004. By Seamus McCluskey.
2003
Supermac
Currin legend Brian McCabe says he thought he was Òhearing thingsÓ when he was confirmed as Monaghan's 2002 Senior Club Official of the Year. But like his phenomenal club record, the award was all too real.
2002
Building on a noble tradition
Reputed to be the oldest unit of the GAA in County Monaghan, Currin made an all-too rare appearance in the limelight last October when the club officially unveiled its new playing pitch and clubrooms.
2001
Looking north
The folly of judging a book by its cover lies not in the fact that the beholder will necessarily Ôget it wrong' but rather that he/she runs the risk of making a misjudgement.
   

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Donaghmoyne
2011
Just a little short
Donaghmoyne hoped to fashion a return to senior football in 2011 but, despite a gallant effort, things didnÕt quite work out according to plan. They were involved in three tightly-contested IFC matches, beating Tyholland at Cremartin before losing narrowly to Corduff and Rockcorry at Aughnamullen and Cremartin respectively. A modest league campaign meant that - for the fourth successive season Ð FontenoysÕ promotion bid had fallen short.
2010
Consistency doesn't get its due reward
Donaghmoyne were the most consistent team in the county this past season but when it came to the most crucial moments, their form deserted them.
2009
Donaghmoyne ladies are IrelandÕs best once more
The ladies of Donaghmoyne returned to the summit of club football when they were crowned All Ireland Senior champions for the second time in four years following their victory over Cork side Donoughmore in November writes Alan Gunn.
2008
Deery is far from downcast
Under 21 captain Thomas Deery experienced county final defeats on the double in 2008 and is facing up to long-term injury problems. However he insists on looking on the bright side of life.
2007
Time to Ômoyne better times
Donaghmoyne have hit hard times of late with relegation being the club's lot at senior level in '07. Young gun Joe Kelly isn't without hope though as another season beckons.
2006
Ladies capture All-Ireland senior title
2006 will live long in the memory of the Donaghmoyne people as their ladies produced a number of stunning performances to end the year with the tag of Vhi Healthcare All Ireland Senior Club Champions. By Alan Gunn
2005
Donaghmoyne back in the senior ranks
The strain on Inniskeen's resources finally took its toll as they were out fought and out gunned by a very determined Donaghmoyne in a cracking intermediate league final in Emyvale.
2004
Crawley Cup of joy
Donaghmoyne made it a sweet double at reserve level when they produced a power-packed finish to edge past the challenge of Scotstown by 2-9 to 1-7 in a cracking Crawley Cup decider at Cremartin in mid-October.
2003
Francis made his mark
Francis Markey flew the Donaghmoyne flag on the intercounty stage in 2003, lining out for Monaghan at under 21 and senior level. Speaking to Gerry Robinson, the gifted midfielder reflects on a busy year.
2002
Marron for all seasons
By reaching the Owen Ward Cup final, Donaghmoyne Fontenoys returned to the big stage in 2002. It was a landmark occasion for the club in more ways than one: afterwards veteran campaigner Noel Marron - one of Monaghan GAA's all-time great servants - announced his intention to retire from club football.
2001
Out of the Woods
While they may have been quiet in 2001, Donaghmoyne are ticking along quite nicely, as prodigious attacker Rory Woods informs Gerry Robinson.
   

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Doohamlet
2011
Great spirit prevails
The year may not have gone quite according to script for Doohamlet Ð who were relegated back to intermediate status Ð but club captain Glen Cumiskey says the spirit in the village club remains outstanding. Having won the Monaghan IFC in 2010, thereÕs no reason why the OÕNeills canÕt repeat the dose in 2012. Even though the 2011 senior football league campaign was disappointing, Doohamlet have plenty of reason for optimism going forward.
2010
Doo we like that!
Bonds, bankruptcies, bills, burst bubbles. Hair shirt times for us all in 2010. Except for the footballers of Doohamlet who enjoyed the boom times
2009
Eamonn for a speedy return to the top flight
Having been at the coalface of the club since it's genesis, long-time Doohamlet treasurer Eamonn Connolly is well used to seeing the club face new challenges and overcoming them too.
2008
Doohamlet's destiny?
In 2008 Doohamlet GFC made history when the club captured its first ever football titles at under 12 and under 13 grades. Here's how the young fellas wrote themselves into the annals of their club.
2007
Brendan's voyage
Long-time Doohamlet O'Neills stalwart and current Assistant County Board Treasurer Brendan Farrell is the archetypal Monaghan gael but is reluctant to play down his contribution to the GAA in the county.
2006
Doohamlet make history
In November last, Doohamlet O'Neills celebrated their centenary with promotion to senior ranks for the very first time. Here's how they did it.
2005
Just one step away
For the Doohamlet club, the year 2005 has proven an extremely successful one, and certainly one of their finest in recent decades. A consistent league campaign was supplemented by a superb run in the Intermediate Football Championship that saw them go all the way to the County Final, only to lose out by the minimum margin to hot favourites Inniskeen, certainly no mean achievement for a club that has not been that many years in this particular grade. The perseverance over the past three or four years has finally paid off and Doohamlet are now regarded as one of the most successful clubs in the county.
2004
In for the long haul
Every club should have a PJ Meehan. Doohamlet O'Neills are the lucky ones. Kevin Carney reports.
2003
So near
The gaels of Doohamlet are doers. They are also a breed who are making an ever-increasing impression in Gaelic football circles in Monaghan - despite some tragic final results as 2003 showcased.
2002
Seven Up
The mid-summer soltice raced up behind us like a Royal County comeback. However before mid-June had come and gone in a flash, the gaels of Doohamlet O'Neills found themselves celebrating a provincial title win in the shape of the Ulster Junior Sevens. Team-manager Dessie McBennett reflects on the club's tremendous success with Kevin Carney.
2001
The great O'Neill
Doohamlet were always liable to figure in the shake-up for the Junior Football Championship. Indeed, in actually going the distance and winning the Packie Boylan Cup the O'Neills didn't surprise anyone in the county, especially themselves. Words: Kevin Carney
   

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Drumhowan
2011
DrumhowanÕs Darren Duffy
It was a year that was full of hope for Drumhowan, but the Geraldines endured a bitterly disappointing campaign in both the intermediate league and championship. Having been relegated at the end of 2010, they were amongst the favourites to clinch promotion straight back to senior ranks, but alas they didnÕt even come close. One of the clubÕs biggest achievements during the calendar year came when Darren Duffy made his senior intercounty debut during the McKenna Cup in January. Here, the exciting young defender reflects on a busy but ultimately unsuccessful season.
2010
Location, location, location
Drumhowan always seem to be on the move. Since attacking ace David Millar broke into the Geraldines first team, they've changed grades literally every year and it'll be the same again in 2011 as they return to intermediate football. The target will be to move again: straight back up to the top flight!
2009
Onwards and upwards for Drumhowan
2008 was always going to be a hard act to follow for Drumhowan. But the Geraldines showed their mettle over the past year by clinching the intermediate football league to claim their place in the top grade of Monaghan football for 2010.
2008
County and Provincial champions
Drumhowan shed their junior skin in 2008 with a bang. Here's how they showed the country the talent that's propelling the team up the rankings.
2007
Appearance deceives
Sometimes we need to look beyond the stark facts to see the real picture. Reality can lie hidden behind cold statistics, so best to look a little closer before making any harsh judgementsÉ
2006
Make mine a double!
What a difference 12 months can make in the life of a football team. In 2005 Drumhowan's premier side was far from dynamic. But it was a case of double up for the team last year.
2005
Lady Luck not smiling too kindly
When Drumhowan were relegated to Junior ranks at the end of the 2004 season there was no-one more disappointed than their outstanding defender and former county star, Dermot McDermott, as it meant that 2005 would be the first time ever for him to compete in junior ranks.
2004
The old leading the new
Steven McGinnity is one of the old guard at Drumhowan but he's more than happy to oversee the dawn of a possible 'new era' at the club after a disappointing 2004. Words: Kevin Carney
2003
An officer - and a gentleman
Drumhowan - who celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2003 - were honoured when clubman Noel Duffy was voted Monaghan's Youth Officer of the Year for 2002 and received his award at the County Board's annual presentation night in the Hillgrove Hotel in January Ô03.
2002
King James hoping to lift a crown or two
But an intermediate championship medal and his hands on the Anglo-Celt Cup would be nice though, he says! Words: Kevin Carney
2001
Under the spotlight
Drumhowan proved themselves to be one of the most consistent teams in the county intermediate ranks during 2001, yet the glittering prizes still eluded them. Seasoned campaigner Stephen Brennan reflects on what might have been.
   

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Eire Og
2011
Down but not out
Ronan Cassidy's return last June from Australia didn't quite go to plan. His appetite and that of his peers for redemption in 2012 should leave their would-be opponents worried, very worried.
2010
Eire Og excelling in so many areas
A football club is not only about training and playing football matches. It's about community spirit and volunteering your time for the good of the youth in the area.
2008
Great leap forward in Ô08
The year 2008 marked Eire-îg's great leap forward. From supposed relegation fodder to promotion contenders Ð it was a fantastic campaign for the men from Smithboro. By David Keelaghan.
2007
Eire Og committed to dual approach
Eire Og's steely determination to get among the silverware at junior level is complemented by the club's ongoing dedication to nurture all of its young talent.
2006
Colin it as he sees it
On two separate occasions Colin Casey was judged to be Eire Og's player of the year - due recognition for sterling service.
2005
Totally committed Croarkin
Paddy Croarkin is noted for viewing the glass in a half-full rather than half-empty light. That said, he ain't afraid to call it as he sees it. Kevin Carney reports
2004
Blessed with Ôoul reliables
Eire Og is blessed with having a number of workaholics in their midst. Kevin Carney meets one of them.
2003
Eire we go
Two-thousand-and-three was no picnic for Eire Og but the club preserved its intermediate status in dramatic fashion and there's no reason why the irrepressible Smithboro men can't challenge for major honours during the coming season.
2002
Live to fight another day...
Two-thousand-and-two didn't exactly go according to plan for Eire Og. The Smithboro men may have ended up battling at the wrong end of the intermediate league table, but county star Padraig McKenna is convinced they possess the necessary wherewithal to turn things around next term and mount a concerted challenge for honours.
2001
Eire Og are back
The Millennium year may have seen Eire Og relegated from the Intermediate grade to Junior football for 2001, but the season just concluded sees them back where they truly belong - in Division two of Monaghan football where they will compete against some of the better clubs in the county in 2002, writes Seamus McCluskey.
   

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Emyvale
2011
A tale of fine margins
Winners of the 2009 Monaghan JFC, Emyvale were relegated back to the bottom grade at the end of the ensuing season. Their goal for 2011 was clear: to regain promotion to intermediate level. The north county men set about that task convincingly, mounting a determined two-pronged attack, but came unstuck at the semi-final stage of both the junior championship and league, losing both those matches by a single point, against Clones and Cremartin respectively
2010
Emyvale success took its toll
For Emyvale GAA club, the year 2010 was ushered in amid a blaze of glory, as the adult team had just been crowned Co. Monaghan Junior Football Champions for 2009.
2009
Emyvale - champions of Ulster
When team manager Gerry McCarville told a press reporter, earlier this year, that his big aim was to get Emyvale out of MonaghanÕs junior football ranks, little could he have imagined that, not alone would he accomplish that particular feat in a truly highly impressive fashion, but that he would also take the same set of players to an historic first-ever Ulster Junior Football Club Championship success. But that is exactly what he did, and our full marks go to both Gerry and his very willing charges on achieving such a remarkable football double in the one year.
2008
Emotional year ends with All-Ireland success
The All-Ireland Intermediate club title sits proudly in Emyvale but it was a year that had its sad moment too. By Alan Gunn
2007
Rising from the dead
If any team ever had an up-and-down season, it was surely Emyvale, whose form during the league campaign of 2007 can only be compared to the proverbial 'curate's egg' - good and bad in places. By Seamus McCluskey
2006
So near to All-Ireland glory
It may not have ended with the All Ireland trophy but the year was still one to remember for the Emyvale club. The ladies lifted both the county and Ulster titles only to be defeated after a replay in the All Ireland decider. By Alan Gunn
2005
Among the best
When the Gaels of Emyvale and their legions of supporters gathered in the ÔScarna Inn', Emyvale for the club's Annual Banquet on Saturday 26th February 2005, they duly announced the winners of the various football categories and achievement awards for the previous year. By Seamus McCluskey.
2004
Emyvale reach league final ... again
Emyvale reached their fourth Co. Monaghan Intermediate Football League Final in 2004 and they have now a fifty per cent success record in this particular competition.
2003
Topsy turvey year
Could anyone believe that a team that scores 4-11 in a football game could still lose? Could anyone believe that a team that defeated all four championship semi-finalists, could still fail to qualify for a semi-final placing in either league or championship of that same year? The answer in both instances is YES - it happened to Emyvale in 2003. By Seamus McCluskey.
2002
Stabilising effect
Two-thousand-and-two will not be remembered in the Emyvale GAA Club with any great delight as the performances of the senior squad were far from impressive, departing from the Intermediate championship at the very first hurdle and finishing up in the bottom half of the league table (Fr. Hackett Cup).
2001
Par excellence
Emyvale may have had a rather dismal year Òon the field of playÓ during 2001, ending up at the bottom of the senior league table and being relegated to intermediate ranks for next year, but they are still one of the most highly efficient and most energetic clubs in the entire county, writes Seamus McCluskey.
   

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Fergal O'Hanlons
2011
Another year older and wiser
The clubÕs name tells us a lot about their character. Fergal OÕHanlonÕs GAC deserve tremendous credit for flying the GAA flag with determination and resolve under the most difficult of circumstances. They may not have been regular visitors to the winnerÕs podium in 2011, but MonaghanÕs newest club continued to fight the good fight in admirable fashion. TheyÕre hanging in there with gusto. But have they been fully embraced by the local GAA community? Could the County Board and other clubs do more to support one of their own?
2010
Bright future ahead
While many clubs devote their focus to the present, Fergal O'Hanlons have been upsetting the trends since their arrival in Monaghan seven years ago and still continue to build for the future. Secretary Darren Doyle informed Monaghan's Match that 2010 had been the club's most successful year to date.
2009
Here to stay
By now the novelty that was Fergal O'Hanlon GFC seven years ago is no more. The club is now firmly woven into the Monaghan GAA landscape.
2008
Another landmark for Fergal O'Hanlons
This January the fledgling Fergal O'Hanlons club will be six years in existence. In 2008 the opening of its new clubhouse was another landmark occasion for the Monaghan town unit.
2007
First time winners
In August last, four years after its foundation, Cumann Fearghal î hAnluain made it into the winner's enclosure for the first time ever with the annexation of the Under 12 Magill Cup.
2006

Steady progress
With the honeymoon period now well and truly over, Monaghan's newest club is plugging away, determined to establish itself as more than a fleeting sensation. Fergal O'Hanlons made definite progress in 2006, winning competitive adult games for the first time and giving a decent account of themselves in the all-county JFC. And the defiant message from the county town outfit is that there's plenty more where that came from!

2005
Brendan's voyage
Respected football mentor Brendan McNally had other more attractive offers put on the table in front of him. But he chose to throw in his hat with rookie club Fergal O'Hanlons for the coming year. He spoke to Kevin Carney before embarking.
2004
Pitch perfect
The fledgling Feargal O'Hanlons club continued to make progress in 2004 by fielding at adult level for the first time. All they need now is a pitch, a place to call home. And the club executive has a planÉ
2003
New Kids on the block
Two-thousand-and-three heralded the genesis of a new GAA club in the county town. Fergal O'Hanlons GFC in Monaghan town concentrated exclusively on juvenile teams during its formative season but the plan is to affiliate an adult (junior) side in 2004. Gerry Robinson speaks to club secretary Shane Treanor about these exciting developments in the county town.
2002
 
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Inniskeen
2011
Dual in the crown
Inniskeen mounted a dual top-table offensive in 2011, bidding to retain the Monaghan senior hurling championship while at the same time hoping to preserve their newfound senior football status. It didnÕt go quite according to plan on either front but dual performer Ronan Meegan Ð who also represented the Grattans on the county football and hurling panels during the year Ð believes the south county club will push on again next year with a new set of challenges on the table.
2010
A memorable first for Inniskeen hurlers
When Inniskeen stormed to victory in the final of the Silver Hill Foods sponsored senior hurling championship it was a landmark occasion by any standards. By JP Graham.
2009
As (Innis) keen as mustard
All of a sudden the glittering prizes and Inniskeen Grattans have become familiar bedfellows. Youth Officer and football coach Mary Woods is thrilled needless to say.
2008
A new haven for Inniskeen
Inniskeen Grattans are a club that have the coming year to look forward to more than most. As of January 2, 2009 their new state-of-the-art facilities at Kednaminscha will be Òup and runningÓ, according to field committee treasurer Brendan Meegan, which will see them boast one of the top GAA grounds in the country.
2007
A great Grattan
Twenty year old Michael Lennon is not just one for the future. He's very much part of Inniskeen's present and helping to guide the Grattans to an U21 title in '07 just added to his star rating.
2006
Brought honour to monaghan in February Ô06
In February, Pete Meegan realised a dream when he was chairman of an All-Ireland winning club. The Inniskeen man spoke to the Monaghan Yearbook about the highs of the most extraordinary voyage in the Grattans' colourful history.
2005
Back where they belong
A Monaghan county senior football championship without Inniskeen could well be described as ÒHamlet without the prince' as the Grattans from this south county stronghold have ever been one of the most influential and consistent championship contenders right down through the years, from their first ever victory in 1888, when they also became Ulster champions. By Seamus McCluskey.
2004
Huge challenge ahead
Fergal Duffy makes no bones about it. 2005 will ask a lot of searching questions of Inniskeen as they attempt to bounce right back from the major disappointment of dropping down once again to intermediate ranks.
2003
Back with the big boys
Inniskeen Grattans were one of the outstanding intermediate teams in Monaghan in 2003 and were worthy of a return to senior ranks. Following their heartbreaking IFC semi-final second replay defeat to Aghabog, it looked as though the south county side might be denied their rightful prize but they bounced back in style to clinch promotion at the second time of asking via outright victory in the Vincent McAviney Cup.
2002
Minors had a Ôkeen edge
Inniskeen's minors were simply magnificent in 2002. How they failed to garner the rewards their sterling efforts so richly deserved, nobody will ever know. The Grattans U18s reached the final of both league and championship, but were narrowly beaten in both. Manager Brian Meegan reflects on their wonderful season.
2001
Commitment to Byrne
Every club should have a Joey Byrne. A corner stone and a lynchpin all in one, the popular Inniskeen clubman has been a player, team-manager, chairman and loyal supporter for many, many years. He still exudes the enthusiasm of a rookie though. Words: Kevin Carney.
   

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Killanny
2011
A blip - but Killanny can rebound
It wasnÕt KillannyÕs greatest-ever year, but ace attacker Peter Dooley remains convinced that the current Geraldines squad is the strongest heÕs been involved in. Though 2011 was arguably a step backwards for the first team, heÕs confident they have the quality and wherewithal to finally win a Monaghan junior football championship inside the next year or two.
2010
Killanny starlets to the Four once again
The good times continue to roll for all concerned with Killanny's up-and-coming underage football talent. Four titles were won in 2010.
2008
Six different pieces of silverware collected
This past year's remarkable underage success has made up for poor results on the junior stage for Killanny. Club chairman John McMahon knows that a blend of the two would create a reasonable charge towards silverware at adult level, but time and commitment remain the two key factors at this stage.
2007
Killanny continue winning underage streak
Killanny's underage football pedigree has been fairly embellished over recent seasons and in 2007, the best of the club's young talent again made its mark.
2006
Hat trick boys
Two-thousand-and-six was definitely a year to remember for Killanny's juvenile section as the club scooped county titles at U12, U13 and U14 levels. The Cill Eanna boys were outstanding all year and the triple success represented just rewards for their admirable commitment, dedication, application and guile Ð not to mention wonderful discipline and no little skill.
2005
A united front
The Killanny people are proven achievers. But just to prove the point, they've come together to set in train the development of a brand new community centre adjacent to the Geraldines' HQ.
2004
Geraldines are top boys!
It was a fantastic year for Killanny at U14 level. Kevin Carney catches up with team manager Lornie Duffy to find out more.
2003
Challenging times
The first club to win three Dr. Ward Cup titles in a row, Killanny Geraldines sadly ended up a long way removed from the winners' enclosure at adult level in 2003. However those deeply involved with the club, both in the past and the present, insist on putting a brave face on things.
2002
Patience - the operative word
Like the terrain of Farney country itself, the year just gone by was an up and down kind of one for the Killanny club. However the notion that progress is being made, is something with which long-time club stalwart John McMahon certainly concurs.
2001
Glory years
Seamus McCluskey looks back on a golden era in the history of Killanny G.F.C.
   

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Killeevan
2011
Killeevan it all behind
Killeevan didnÕt do themselves justice in 2011. But these are challenging times for small clubs, who are losing a lot of players to emigration and work commitments. Captain Gerard Hughes thinks the County Board should offer more leeway to protect the AssociationÕs grass roots.
2010
Killeevan Sarsfields - a club with a plan
A cursory glance at Killeevan's playing record in league and championship in Monaghan this year would indicate a very disappointing year and a year when very little happened that was of much import in the grand scheme of things. That however would be to completely miss out on a year that saw great strides being made by the club as they progress along the path of implementing their development plan. By JP Graham.
2009
Early season form shows true potential
It is said that all good things come to those who wait, but there are a few members of Killeevan Sarsfields who just might take a bit of convincing after another season of early promise ended with the club still in the Junior ranks.
2008
Sarsfields top division three
2008 was another nearly year for Killeevan at adult level with the senior team again finishing in top position in the junior football league but ultimately failing to take silverware when they went under to their near neighbours and keenest of rival Aghabog in the Dr. Ward cup semi-final. By John P Graham.
2007
Killeevan on the up
A Gala Ball in November showed just how much the club of Killeevan means to those far and wide in a year when real progress was made on the field of play. By JP Graham.
2006
A great year of effort - at all levels
A former manager with one of the bigger soccer clubs in Britain once said about measuring how good a club was; Òshow me your trophies and I'll tell you how good you are.Ó
2005
So near and yet so far
2005 was a year where Killeevan experienced that the fine line between success and failure, between victory and defeat is indeed a very thin one. It was the season that promised much but ultimately delivered nothing with Sarsfields missing out on silverware on a couple of occasions. By John P. Graham.
2004
Sarsfields consolidate
Acting as club chairman is not for the feint hearted but Gerry McGuigan explains that he enjoys the hectic nature of it all to John Graham.
2003
Maximising potential
The future of any club depends on it's youth and the youth policies it has in force, and based on that principle the future in Killeevan looks bright as the under age players were the big achievers in 2003, writes John Graham.
2002
No special delivery
We reflect on a year that promised much but delivered little for the Sarsfields.
2001
Eighty years old
With his 80th birthday coming up in April and as a current club vice President it is no exaggeration to suggest that Francie Quail has spent a lifetime supporting and working for Killeevan, writes John Graham.
   

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Latton
2011
Champions
Twenty-eleven saw Latton scoop their third Monaghan SFC title in seven seasons (and fourth in all) Ð a phenomenal achievement for the OÕRahillys who have progressed from strength to strength since making the breakthrough in 2005. This yearÕs success included victories over defending champions Clontibret OÕNeills, an emerging Ballybay Pearses combo and rejuvenated traditional kingpins Scotstown on county final day É so clearly nobody could argue with the merit of it. Crucially, Latton have managed to keep their team fresh, with new blood coming through all the time (and making a key contribution in 2011), so there could be more landmark triumphs in the pipeline for this constantly-evolving side.
2010
League winners
Latton may have faltered in the championship but an unbeaten run saw them claim the SFL while Brendan Lennon's skill came in very useful before the end of the year. Outgoing manager Davy Nelson reflects on his three years with the club. By Eunan Whyte.
2009
Farmer believes in current crop
Having surrendered their SFC crown in 2009, midfielder Aidan Farmer is confident that Ð bolstered by the arrival of fresh blood into their first-team ranks Ð Latton can bounce back by claiming a third county championship in 2010.
2008
Golden era for O'Rahillys cemented
Formerly dubbed aspiring giants, should Latton now be regarded as one of the true behemoths of Monaghan football in light of their latest SFC triumph?
2007
Latton lose final but win admirers
Latton came tantalisingly close to adding the Ulster senior club league title to their 2006 Mick Duffy Cup triumph.
2006
Latton's league
Did anyone seriously believe that Latton wouldn't be in the shake-up for the SFL in 2006? One of the most consistent teams in the top flight over the last decade and more, Latton, not surprisingly, worked the oracle last November.
2005
At last. Latton are Masters of Monaghan
What a year it has been for the Latton O'Rahilly's club from mid-Monaghan - their first Monaghan Senior Football Championship title in exactly three-quarters of a century and a place in the Ulster Club Championship series for the first time in the club's history. The celebrations haven't even ended as yet, and are not likely to finish for some considerable time to come. By Seamus McCluskey.
2004
Latton's historic double
Not content with securing their first ever Owen Cup success in 2003, Latton's senior footballers made history on the double last year when they retained their title. Kevin Carney reports.
2003
In a league of their own
Two-thousand-and-three was an historic year for Latton, who won the Owen Ward Cup (Division One league) for the first time and also reached the final of the Monaghan SFC. Yes, Latton have truly arrived as a force in senior football and this time they're here to stay!
2002
Leading from the front
For the umpteenth time, Kevin Hughes was the main man up front for Latton in 2002. Not for the first time though, his efforts were unrewarded. Kevin Carney reports.
2001
Leading by example
Despite the fact that he's barely into his thirties, Seamus Coyle has built up a very impressive curriculum vitae within the Ôoftimes claustrophobic world of Gaelic games. A commited Gael, his loyalty is divided equally between club and county. Kevin Carney reports
   

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Magheracloone
2011
Nothing to show after gallant effort
Circumstances conspired against Magheracloone in 2011. Due to the intervention of those terrible triplets - injuries, emigration and suspension - the Mitchells hardly ever got their best team out onto the pitch. Still, they battled gamely for silverware in both senior competitions, finishing top of the league and storming through to the latter stages of the SFC.
2010
Magheracloone pay the penalty
There is an only saying in sport that tells us that is a thin line between success and failure and for those looking for confirmation of the validity of this claim, a quick word with any member of Magheracloone Mitchells would leave them in very little doubt.
2009
New beginning in Magheracloone
2009 was another year when the Monaghan senior football championship title proved to be just out of the reach for the men of Magheracloone. New club chairman Bernard Freeman knows that improvement is needed and is confident that the Mitchels can go one step further next season towards a crown which has eluded them for six seasons now.
2008
Good riddance to 2008
Because of injury Magheracloone dynamo Noel Tuite cut a frustrated figure along the sideline in 2008. His demeanour fairly reflected the club seniors' indifferent year.
2007
Huge contribution to Monaghan football
Magheracloone's stated objective for 2007 was to regain the Monaghan senior football championship. The champions of '04 had first seen Latton and then Clontibret steal their thunder and they went into the new year determined to claim the Mick Duffy Cup for the second time in their history. Unfortunately, things didn't go quite according to planÉ
2006
James looking to re-wind the clock
Ever since he plied his skills at underage level James Ward has been used to that winning feeling at Magheracloone. In the last couple of years it's been a different story though.
2005
Freeman of Magheracloone
In 2005, Damien Freeman had the honour of becoming the first man in 20 years to captain Monaghan to a major national football title as the Division Two Football League crown was scooped amid chaotic scenes in Croke Park on Sunday May 1. The spectacular 3-13 to 3-12 May Day defeat of Meath was the high point of a brilliantly busy twelve-month period for the reliable Magheracloone man, writes Gerry Robinson.
2004
Magnetic, mesmeric magheracloone
In 2004 another name was added to Monaghan's SFC Roll of Honour when Magheracloone Mitchells GAA broke new ground to become only the 15th club in the county to win the blue riband title. And here's how they done it!
2003
County call up
Francie Doogan's call-up to the Monaghan senior county squad last October surprised no one in the county. Here he reflects on his new surroundings and Magheracloone's less than successful season at senior level in 2003
2002
Mighty, mighty close
Tony Dunne assesses Magheracloone's present situation at the end of an epic season that almost yielded ultimate glory.
2001
Football - not just a game
On a beautiful Sunday afternoon late in November, Donaghmoyne provided the facilities, for the final clash of the Owen Ward Cup (senior football league decider) between Magheracloone Mitchells and Clontibret O'Neills, in what was billed to be a Ômouth-watering' contest.
   

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Monaghan Harps
2011
Comfortable mid table
Monaghan Harps are slowly finding their feet at senior level. In 2011, they again retained their senior status with a comfortable mid-table finish in the league, which means they can look forward to a third successive SFC campaign (and fourth in five years). However, they will have been disappointed to have made no impact in the premier competition during the months gone by, losing both their championship outings Ð to Ballybay and Inniskeen Ð within the space of three weeks. While the latter defeat was one of the shocks of the summer, the Harps girls delivered some awesome performances to bring some silverware to the county town club in the shape of the intermediate ladies championship.
2010
U21s strike a winning note; seniors impress
Pride of place in the resplendent Monaghan Harps clubhouse in 2010 went to the club's U21s who brilliantly captured the county Division One title. The Harps first team also achieved their primary objective of retaining their senior status and enjoyed a back-door SFC victory over Drumhowan before being knocked out of the competition by Truagh. All in all, it was an eventful and successful season for the county town outfit.
2009
Back with a bang
Monaghan Harps stay at intermediate grade was short and sweet,just as the doctor ordered. By David Keelaghan.
2008
All change for the Harps
This time last year Monaghan Harps were preparing to enter the world of Monaghan Senior football for the first time in eight years - a massive step for a young side that had little experience at the top grade. By David Keelaghan.
2007
Underage Masterclass
Tradition is one of the GAA's major constituent parts and, in this respect, that which is boasted by county town club Monaghan Harps is second to none. In the sphere of underage football in particular. The Harps' record of achievement and promotion of the game equates exceedingly well with any other club in the county. 2007 proved to be a very successful season at underage level with triumphs in the Under 14 Shield, U13 League, U16 Championship and MFL.
2006
Heady days for Harps
Defeat in the intermediate football final but a terrific year all round for Monaghan Harps. The county town club were no strangers to final day appearances in 2006 and we place our focus on five of those Ôbig day outs'.
2005
Double Junior Champions 2005
When Monaghan Harps took their first ever Junior Championship title in 1949 they already had two Senior Championship crowns (1922 to 1923) to their credit, plus three Dr. Ward Cup - 1934, 1947 and 1949. An Intermediate Championship title would follow in 1954 and a Fr. Hackett Cup title that same year, with a sprinkling of Junior and Intermediate honours, both championship and league, in subsequent years. By Seamus McCluskey.
2004

The Curate's Egg
Colin McAree made his mark on the 2003 Monaghan JFC decider by scoring a point in his side's 0-12 to 0-9 win over Cremartin. What followed in the subsequent 12 months has, he says, left an even more indeliable mark on him.

2003

Harps play it again
2003 proved to be a blue riband year for Monaghan Harps as they hit all the high notes to win the JFC title. The club's all-conquering campaign was the proverbial rollercoaster ride as Kevin Carney recalls

2002

Time to stand up and be counted - McAleer
Player of the Year in 2001, Monaghan Harps stalwart Gary McAleer feels that he didn't produce his best stuff in 2002. But then again neither did the county town side as a whole. Kevin Carney reports

Successful Under 16s'
After the success of last year, this panel of players were keen for the New Year to start. A new objective of an U16 double and the fact that the Francie Connolly Cup would be part of it, was just the incentive required to help them work, to produce their best.

Reserve team
This season started in early April with the team having a narrow one-point victory over Inniskeen away, the manner in which the team earned this result, through endeavour and application was to be shown time and time again during the year.

Under 13 Division 1- Kilpatrick Cup
The Kilpatrick Competition started at the end of August and finished in the last week of October.

2001

Adopted Son
In reflecting on his days with the Harps, Hugh Kearns conjures up a picture of great, enjoyable times. The bonhomie which existed within the club some half a century ago was magical, he suggests, and he takes immense pride in saying that he enjoyed every moment of his football career with the county town club.

Record busters
Training for the U12 Conlon Cup team started in mid February and concluded on the twenty first of July at Aghabog when Monaghan Harps played Rockcorry in the final of this competition.

Harps put Coyle Cup back to back
When journalist Kevin Carney reviewed Monaghan Harps Coyle Cup success in the much-coveted U12 competition in 2000 for the Monaghan GAA Yearbook, Team Manager Tom Cuddy was described as Ògung-hoÓ about their prospects.

Best in Ulster
A year on and somehow the unbridled joy which erupted at St. Loman's Park, Mullingar in November 2000 seemed to career into a time before time began as Monaghan Harps ladies saw their football achievements in Ulster in 2001 crumble under the weight of bureaucracy. But is there a better team in Ulster?

   

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Oram
2011
Massive strides made
Oram Sarsfields made tremendous strides in 2011. No longer content to just make up the numbers, they launched a determined offensive in the junior football league, missing out on a semi-final place by the finest of margins. David LennonÕs charges were also impressive in the JFC and could consider themselves unfortunate to lose to both Aghabog and Blackhill. All in all, it was a year of undoubted progress for one of the countyÕs smallest clubs; the difficult task now is to maintain the momentum generated.
2010
Welcome home!
After 14 years, gaels in Oram were all agreed that it was time the county under 21 title returned to its natural home once more.
2009
Lady luck goes missing
It has been a year of contrast for Oram Sarsfields. From the ridiculous to the sublime and back again, Damien KavanaghÕs team could defeat Clones one day, then lose heavily to the same team the next.
2008
Plenty of positives from promising minor hurling campaign
Oram's premier team fell short of the mark in the league and championship forums in 2008 but long-time official Carl Laverty insists the club remains in very good health.
2007
Great desire in Oram
The Oram club is based in one of the smallest areas in County Monaghan nestling as the does between the town of Castleblayney and the South Armagh border with Mullyash Mountain a key point. However what it lacks in size from the point of view of hectares of land it more than makes up for with dedication to the cause. By JP Graham.
2006
In league contention right up to the end
The parish of Muckno anybody? Aye, where 'Blayney hang out. Oh and Oram too. But hold on there. This wee section are a proud and active lot. Oram is a gaeldom which is just as vital to the community as any lords of any manor.
2005
Oram to the backbone
Seamus Ward is chairman of Oram and has been for the last four years. Club colleagues testify that he hasn't lost any enthusiasm for the job either.
2004
Making his mark
Mark Mone is a veritable role model for the young and aspiring players and administrators at Oram Sarsfields.
2003
Au revoir or adieu?
Nationally, Declan McBennett is known for his work as a broadcast journalist but in his native Monaghan, it's been his football exploits which have earned him a degree of fame. Words; Kevin Carney
2002
A return passage
Oram didn't waste much time in securing a return passage to intermediate football, booking promotion by capturing the junior football league.
2001
Early promise flatters
Unfortunately few players in any given GAA club are prepared to spend what free time they have in helping hone the skills of the club's younger fraternity. Oram's Tony Graham is an exception though.
   

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Rockcorry
2011
Senior football proving elusive
Rockcorry have never been closer to senior football. In 2011, they contested a second successive intermediate championship semi-final but again came up short, this time after a replay. While RockÕ appear to be on the verge of a historic breakthrough, midfielder Mark Daly takes no comfort from moral victories. He believes the team needs to show more courage, resolve and self-belief (AKA Òmental toughnessÓ) if theyÕre going to kick on and take their place at the top table for the first time.
2010
Breakthrough beckoning for Rock'
Rockcorry are closer than ever to senior football. The villagers knocked loudly on the door in 2010 with commendable campaigns in both the intermediate league and championship, contesting the latter stages of both competitions. Centre back Johnny Reilly is confident that Rock' can achieve their dream of reaching senior ranks, provided they keep their heads and continue to work hard.
2009
RockÕ made of stern stuff
Rockcorry may have failed in their bid to try and secure promotion to the senior ranks of Monaghan football in 2009 but under new management strides have been made by the clubÕs senior team. Involved with the club for the best part of a decade now, Youth Officer Martina McKeown knows this better than most.
2008
Numbers game hold the key for the Rock
Getting the most out of what you have: The creed of every small rural club the length and breadth of this island. Rockcorry GFC are no different in that respect, and 2008 has seen the principle gain even greater resonance. By David Keelaghan.
2007
By their deeds they shall be remembered
That was the underlying theme when Rockcorry folk gathered to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the clubs major breakthrough back in 1982 when they won the Monaghan junior football championship for the first time ever. 1982 in fact turned out to be an even more historic year as going into the winter months the club completed the coveted junior double by adding the Dr. Ward Cup to their championship title.
2006
Rock lose championship final but go back intermediate
Despite losing the championship final, finishing second in the junior league table was enough for Rockcorry to make a return to intermediate level. Team captain Ciaran O Hart spoke to Cian î Raghallaigh.
2005
Full commitment, day and Daly
By dint of his consistent displays over the years, Keith Daly has enamoured himself to club supporters and team-mates alike. A Player of the Year award reflected his standing among his peers. Kevin Carney reports.
2004
Ross enjoys great time with Rock
Transferring to a neighbouring club can't be easy. But Ross McDonald made the switch from Clones to Rock' a seamless one and picked up a Player of the Year award into the bargain. Words: Kevin Carney
2003

Rock' beginning to roll
Rockcorry have never had more cause for optimism. A flood of exceptional young talent is emerging and there's a buzz rippling through the postcard village like never before. Dwayne Rooney is part of the new breed putting Rockcorry football on the Monaghan GAA map.

2002

Still have time to roll
Pascal Smyth is recognised as one of the most accomplished footballers to have emerged from Rockcorry in the last twenty years. For the last three years, he's been trying to work the oracle from the sideline though. Kevin Carney reports.

2001

Here to stay
Once again we have come to the end of another season, which has been quite successful and enjoyable for the Rockcorry Club. Here we reflect on how the club have performed over the year and assess the prospects facing ÔRock' over the next twelve months.

   

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Scotstown
2011
Close, but no 15th title
Scotstown came closer than ever to sealing their 15th county SFC in 2011, but they were narrowly beaten in the final by Latton, 1-6 to 0-8 at Inniskeen on Sunday, October 9th. The Blues were biding to bridge an 18-year gap to their last Mick Duffy Cup success in 1993, but they came up marginally short despite a gallant campaign that included excellent championship wins over Castleblayney, Magheracloone and Ballybay.
2010
Scotstown close to leaving their mark on 2010 championship
Expectations were high in Scotstown that success in 2010 would continue after the club won their first senior title in 16 years twelve months ago. However, as Alan Gunn finds out, the season highs were hard to come by at adult level even though at underage the club continues to flourish.
2009
Senior silverware returns to Scotstown
When Nicholas Corrigan raised the Owen Ward Cup aloft on Sunday November 15 in Oliver Plunkett Park, Emyvale it was greeted with relief and enormous cheers from the Scotstown faithful as they had finally ended a 16-year drought without a senior title, writes Alan Gunn.
2008
Double minor strike
It was a magnificent year for the Scotstown minor footballers, who completed a superb league and championship double. Gerald Robinson caught up with Dermot Maguire, part of the management triumvirate completed by brothers Gerard and Michael Caulfield, to discuss the wonderful accomplishments of the club's U18s.
2007
Blues celebrate major win at minor level
Monaghan's Old Firm met in last October's MFC final. Scotstown added to their renaissance at underage level by taking the spoils of war at the expense of 'Blayney.
2006
All-Ireland glory is sweet music to scotstown ears
All of Scotstown was in celebratory mode on Saturday February 18 2006 when the club scooped a coveted All-Ireland Scor na nOg title for an outstanding display in the Instrumental Group section. This is the north county club's first-ever Scor success at junior level and their first at any grade since the senior Instrumental Group victory of 1996. As the only Ulster representatives to glean gold at the '06 national finals in Athlone, Scotstown's five gallant musicians deserve nothing but the highest praise.
2005
Gerard's three year plan
Another handful like Gerard Corrigan and, Kevin Carney says, the good times would be back in Scotstown.
2004
Blues on track to recover glory days
Scotstown seniors had the mercurial Sean McCague back at the helm in 2004 and an 11 year gap was bridged. Here's how the Blues made their way back to the SFC final. Words Kevin Carney.
2003
Saint Nicholas
Scotstown's Nicholas Corrigan played a lead role on the Monaghan GAA stage in 2003. He was in stellar form as our boys sensationally eliminated defending All-Ireland champions Armagh from the Ulster championship and excelled consistently as the Blues proved themselves the most consistent side in Division One.
2002
True blue captain
Scotstown's new team-captain for 2003 is Nicholas Corrigan. Contrary to what some in the county may think, the true blue clubman reckons the former kingpins aren't that far removed from the county's football peleton.
2001
A real True Blue
Scotstown's senior teams have been conspicuous by their absence from Mick Duffy Cup presentations in recent times but, according to Brendan Lillis, one of the outgoing team-management along with Damien Stirrat and former county full back Eugene Sherry, the good times may be just around the corner.
   

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Sean McDermotts
2011
CouldnÕve been better; couldÕve been worse
It wasnÕt the greatest season ever for CLG Sean MacDiarmada but 2011 wasnÕt a nightmare year either for the Threemilehouse club. While they failed to make any progress in the intermediate football championship, the Seans at least consolidated their new-found middle-grade status with a modest showing in the league, which means they live to fight another day. And the Seans had reason to be proud as clubman Mark Keogh established himself as Monaghan senior goalkeeper.
2010
Winning at both ends of the spectrum
The gaels of Sean McDermotts showed themselves to be a prosperous bunch in 2010, winning not only the JFL but also a hat-trick of underage titles to boot.
2009
Lessons learned
Benny Kieran made his bow in 2009 as a senior team-manager. He partly describes it as "enjoyable but a tremendous eye-opener as well."
2008
Ready and able to bounce back
All good things must come to an end Ð one of life's great truisms. Sean McDermotts certainly know this to be the case Ð they know after a campaign where they recorded just one win in the league and lost both Championship ties.
2007
Winning character
Sean McDermotts set their stall out at the start of the 2007 season hoping to challenge for intermediate honours. Instead, they found themselves in a relegation dogfight. However, club captain Gary McEntee believes that the dramatic nature of their survival Ð and the character demonstrated to achieve it Ð means that ultimately Ô07 will be remembered as an encouraging year for the Threemilehouse men.
2006
Looking forward to better days
For all belonging to Sean McDermotts and the people of the parish of Kilmore & Drumsnatt in general, 2006 is one best forgotten. Club chairman Danny Clerkin says things can only get better in the coming year.
2005
A tale of two halves
The first half of 2005 saw Seans in flying form. The second half cemented their propulsion through the relegation trapdoor.
2004
U12s took pride of place
The juvenile section of the Sean McDermotts club enjoyed a commendable success when capturing the 2004 U12 Division Two league title, beating Monaghan Harps in the final on Saturday September 4. The win was one of the highlights of a year that also saw the Threemilehouse club retain its senior status with a dramatic last-gasp win over Scotstown in the last round of the Credit Union senior football league. The club also ran a hugely successful fundraising draw in '04, marking it out clearly as a year to remember ...
2003
Consolidation achieved
After an historic Ulster IFC club triumph, the Threemilehouse contingent are looking towards senior county honours in the not so distant future says outgoing club chairman Benny Kieran.
2002
Senior status beckons
An incredible year for Sean McDermotts culminated in the club's first ever Intermediate Championship success. By John P. Graham.
2001
Full of potential
There is a whole host of young, vibrant football talent emerging up through the ranks in Monaghan. For instance, the Sean McDermott's club has a gem or two in its midst - one of them being exciting attacker Damien Larkin.
   

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Toome
2011
To the victors the spoils
It was an utterly fantastic year for Toome St VictorÕs, who at last achieved their prime objective of promotion to intermediate ranks by finishing top of the junior football league. To say it was a landmark season would be a patent exercise in understatement; leaving junior football behind for the first time in three decades represents an enormous achievement for Declan LoughmanÕs well-drilled border brigade.
2010
Toome chasing that championship prize
After coming so close to landing the Junior Championship in 2009, Toome went into the new season with high expectations of going one better and clinching promotion to the Intermediate grade.
2009
One step left to take
In the dictionary definition, a sequence is a set of related events, movements, or things that follow each other in a particular order. By David Keelaghan
2008
Regeneration game
When a season has transpired, each club in the county looks back with varying degrees of satisfaction. With the dust settled on 2008, few clubs in County Monaghan have more reason for contentment than Toome St Victors. They may not have garnered any silverware, but concerted steps were taken in the right direction and chairman Brendan McArdle was delighted with the club's overall performance.
2007
New dawn beckons for Toome
Toome GAA have a lot in their arsenal. Ambitions and determination are just some of their heavy artillery as Kevin Carney discovers.
2006
Kevin's in seventh heaven with whistle in hand
Since being forced into early retirement as a player due a leg break, Toome clubman Kevin Murtagh has forged a respected career for himself as a top referee.
2005
On Toome ground
The Toome club has never lacked for ambition or forward planning. 2005 was another case in point.
2004
A step in the right direction
Two-thousand-and-four represented a definite step in the right direction for the Toome St Victor's club, who gave a very favourable account of themselves on and off the field of play. The season witnessed a new wave of enthusiasm sweep through the club and Toome are in a good position to progress even further in the forthcoming year.
2003
Oh - what a year!
Seamus McCluskey recalls the wonderful men of 1961, footballers who bought glory to the club for the first time.
2002
Only way is up
As team-manager of Toome in 2002, Enda Quinn suffered all the slings and arrows of fortune a body could suffer. Yet his commitment to the cause has been undiluted.
2001
A Ôsnowballing' effect
The pattern of juvenile dominance witnessed at Toome G.F.C. over the past few years was, once again repeated in the 2001 season with a much deserved under-15 success, writes Donna Quinn.
   

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Truagh
2011
Up and coming
Truagh Gaels showed in 2011 that they are one of Monaghan GAAÕs up and coming clubs. As well as boasting some of the best facilities in the county at St MellanÕs Park, the north county club also have an improving senior side and a prolific juvenile section, which was demonstrated to devastating effect when they scooped a first-ever county MFC title. Twenty-eleven captain Niall Feely agrees that thereÕs much cause for optimism regarding the future prospects of Gaeil Triucha.
2010
Truagh maintain their senior status
For Gaeil Triucha, 2010 was like the proverbial 'Curate's egg' - good in parts and bad in others. For a team that surely ranks among the top half dozen leading senior sides within the county, it was surprising to find them fighting a relegation battle towards the end of the season, despite the fact that they had actually lowered the colours of both the eventual senior county champions and the senior county finalists during the course of their league campaign. By Seamus McCluskey.
2009
Truagh maintain their senior status
Many Truagh Gaels followers would describe the season just completed as an Ôup-and-downÕ year, and they would not be far wrong, as the club still proved themselves one of the strongest senior sides in the county, although, at one stage, it looked almost certain that they would take a downward plunge and be relegated to Intermediate ranking for the year ahead. Grit and determination on the part of the players, however, proved these Ôforecasters-of-doomÕ to be completely out of touch with reality, as the men on the field rose to the occasion and finished with a flourish that really proved their worth as a senior side.
2008
Club of the Year are back where they belong
Truagh Gaels, or ÔGaeil Triucha' as the Official GAA Handbook names them, are back in the top grade of Monaghan football and will compete in the Senior Championship and League competitions in 2009. By Seamus McCluskey
2007
Consistency the key
2007 saw Truagh Gaels once again among the glittering prizes. So what's new?
2006
Truagh to their word
The word around Truagh at the start of 2006 was that the club's under 14 footballers would put behind them a series of past agonies to finally land the Mason Cup. To the delight of the red and black brigade, they did just that.
2005
Truagh to the core
Truagh Gaels have been one of the strongest contenders for Senior Championship honours in Co. Monaghan over the past number of years and they have contested two Senior County Finals in successive years during the past decade. Their championship run in 2005, unfortunately, fell somewhat short of their usual hopes and achievements, and they made their exit at the quarter-final stage after three appearances.
2004
Sheer Consistency
A league final appearance was just reward for Truagh's consistency in 2004. Seamus McCluskey looks back at their path to the Owen Ward decider.
2003
Truagh to her tradition
Orla Sheerin is the third generation of her family to play camogie for Truagh but the first to receive her county's Player of the Year award.
2002
Truagh the looking glass
Truagh failed in their bid to reach a third successive senior championship final in 2002, but did demonstrate encouraging consistency by finishing top of the senior league table. County U21 and senior defender Rory Treanor tells Gerry Robinson he's convinced the Gaels will get their hands on the Mick Duffy Cup within the next three years.
2001
Third time lucky?
When interviewed for the Monaghan GAA Yearbook two years ago, team mentor Seamus McMeel stated that it was within the scope of Truagh to win the SFC in the next three or four years.
   

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Tyholland
2011
Tyholland simply had more in the Tank
Tyholland secured the Platinum Tanks Reserve Football League Division Two title last October. Peadar Farrelly played a captain's part.
2010
So near, but no joy for Tyholland in 2010
Over the past number of years, Tyholland have become well used to being in the shake-up when it comes to the business end of the season but they haven't always enjoyed the best of fortune when it came to competing in major finals.
2009
Bright future in store
While 2009 did not see Tyholland make their desired leap back to the senior grade, the club still managed to impress at juvenile level by reaching four underage finals and claiming two championship titles in the process.
2008
McQuaid looks to turn things around in Ô09
Gary McQuaid is a players' player. The evidence is that Banty clearly rates him as well. And Monaghan football fans have consistently vented their support for him.
2007
Intermediate champions
Losing their team-captain after two minutes of last October's IFC final seemed to signal disaster for Tyholland. But the perennial bridesmaids rebounded to create their own bit of history.
2006
One step back - two steps forward?
After a very enjoyable and relatively successful period in senior ranks of Co. Monaghan Football, the Tyholland club's sojourn in the premier grade finally came to an end at O'Neill Park in Clontibret on Sunday 5th November last, when they were pipped to the post by Ballybay in a relegation play-off that decided who should make the drop, along with Truagh, to the Intermediate grade for 2007. The final score-line of 1-12 to 2-8 shows just how close they came to maintaining their senior status, writes Seamus McCluskey
2005
Once bitten; twice shy
Having surrendered their senior status at the first time of asking in 2003, Tyholland were doubly determined to avoid a repeat performance in '05. Taking their place at the top table by virtue of a second outright intermediate league success in three years, St Patricks went on to make history by consolidating senior status for the first time ever. Understandably, seasoned campaigner Peadar Farrelly looks back on the events of '05 with quite a degree of contentment.
2004
A show of character
When you are knocked out it takes character to get up and face another challenge. Tyholland certainly bounced off the ropes in 2004 as Seamus McCluskey describes.
2003
Askin some serious questions
Having temporarily flirted with relegation following a sluggish start to 2003, Tyholland turned their season around dramatically and were ultimately unfortunate not to return to senior ranks. Star attacker Paul Askin reflects on a peculiar year and forecasts a more consistent effort from the club in 2004.
2002
History makers
The good ladies of Tyholland made magical history in 2002 when they brought the All-Ireland junior club championship to Monaghan for the first time.
2001
Cead Mile Failte, Tyholland
It was a long road that seemed to have no turning, but the turn came at last, and for the footballers of Tyholland, it was the most welcome Ôturn' in their half century history ... a history that has seen them finally take the giant step into senior grade football for the first time ever, writes Seamus McCluskey.
   

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