16 September 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

On behalf of the Border Bowlers we want to acknowledge with gratitude the huge community effort involved in hosting the 1st Ulster Tournament in Co Monaghan which was held in Carrickroe on Wed 7th and Thur 8th Sept.
The Unlimited Border Bowlers is an umbrella group with members from Day Centres who cater for those with Intellectual / Physical Disabilities in Counties Monaghan, Cavan and Armagh. Every month from March to September up to 100 Service Users come together usually in the carpark of either a GAA grounds or at a local community hall to practice as well as enjoy a cup of tea.
In September we all look forward to the All Ireland Roadbowls final which is run over three days in either Cork, Westport or in Madden with a presentation disco on the last night. This year the All Ireland Finals are being held in Cork.
At a meeting of the Border Bowlers committee it was decided that it would not be possible for centres to travel to Cork to compete due to the distance as well as cost.
No-one wanted to disappoint the Bowlers so we decided to hold an event locally which would run over two days and hold a presentation disco as usual.
Because of major works going on at our usual venue in Madden it was not going to be available for the Tournament.
Errigal Truagh Special Needs decided that with the community spirit and support we usually enjoy that we would host the event using Carrickroe Hall as a base and the Drumbriston Road as the preferred road to hold competition.
We needed an army of volunteers to run the competitions on the road as well as control the traffic, to provide tea, sandwiches home made bread as well as burgers in the Centre for about 150 people each day and we were not disappointed in the response.
If I were to name every person who turned up to help I would be still writing this next week. What I will say to each and every one of you is whether you who got soaked on Wednesday and sunburned on Thursday on the road or worked tirelessly in the kitchen is a million thanks. Without your support there would have been no event so you can feel proud of yourselves.
We also want to acknowledge with thanks Nuala and Staff, Blackwater Learning Centre, Glynn Centre in Emyvale, Town of Monaghan Co-Op, Maura McKenna, Andrea & IFI for part funding the event. Thanks also to Truagh/Emyvale FAS Scheme.
We thank all who took time out to attend some part of the event Mayor, Seamus Coyle, Councillors, Brian McKenna, Shiela McKenna, Sean Conlon, Paudge Connolly, Kevin Carraher Area Manager Cavan / Monaghan Disability Services, Connor McManus Monaghan County Player.
We are very grateful to the committee of Carrickroe Community Centrel for allowing us to go in and take over the hall for two days and also to Deravoy National School for their co-operation.
We hope that this event will be held in Carrickroe again, maybe we could even host an All Ireland Final in the future.

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