2014 Official Monaghan GAA Yearbook

18 December 2014 No Comments by colmshalvey

By Colm Shalvey

The 2014 Official Monaghan GAA Yearbook is available now throughout the county at a cost of just €10. The yearbook, which comes in at over 400 pages, is a comprehensive and extensive review of another exciting 12 months for the county. Monaghan fell short of retaining the Ulster Senior and Minor Football Championship titles during the summer, but it was still a year in which the county’s flagship team won a second consecutive National League title on one of their three trips to Croke Park, where they finally claimed a long-awaited championship win over Kildare at the start of August. The fortunes of each of Monaghan’s teams in football and hurling are recounted in depth in the yearbook.

Feature articles include Dick Clerkin’s reflections on the year gone by for the Monaghan senior footballers and his hopes for the coming year, Adrian Harte’s insight into what it is like following your teams’ fortunes from abroad, Enda Galligan’s memories of the Monaghan Harps club unexpectedly featuring in the pages of The Sunday Times, and the story of how Corduff twins Louise and Emma Byrne have been centrally involved in the great Kilkenny hurling team regaining the Liam MacCarthy Cup this year. We look back at Truagh’s All-Ireland IFC victory and the night they and neighbours Emyvale claimed a double of Ulster club titles at the tail end of 2013, as well as profiling Monaghan’s All-Star winners and nominees from the season just ended.

We take a look at how Clontibret, Inniskeen and Drumhowan captured the Senior, Intermediate and Junior Football Championships, as well as revealing Teams of the Year at each grade. Minor and reserve competitions are also covered, along with Castleblayney’s return to the top of Monaghan hurling and subsequent Ulster Club JHC success. Reviews of the year in ladies football, camogie, handball, Scór and schools competitions are also included, as are reports from County Board committees, including the coaching section, which focuses on a landmark first Buncrana Cup victory for Monaghan. There are also separate articles on how each of the county’s clubs fared in 2014.

High-quality photographs covering all aspects of the GAA in Monaghan appear throughout the book, courtesy of Christy Lappin and Fintan McTiernan.

With all this at a reduced price of €10, the Monaghan GAA Yearbook is great value and would make an ideal Christmas present. Monaghan senior football manager Malachy O’Rourke and players Drew Wylie, Dermot Malone and Paudie McKenna helped launch the book earlier this week along with County Board Chairman Pádraig Sherry and PRO Noel Duffy, as well as Cathal Smyth, representing The Northern Standard.



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