7 November 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The Iontas Theatre played host to a fantastic night of entertainment and recognition at the recent County Monaghan Community Games Awards Night. The night recognised the many National Medal Winners from throughout the County in a wide variety of sporting and cultural events. It also served to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of our many volunteers throughout County Monaghan with awards for youth and adult volunteer, PRO of the year and Area Involvement.

The large audience were treated to a wide variety of talent acts, all medal winners from this year’s Community Games National Festival, and the talent on display was tremendous. From musical numbers, singing and dancing to the hilarious comedy piece of our Gold Winning Recitation performer, the audience were amazed at the standard of talent by the children of our county.

Inspirational guest speakers also took to the podium to congratulate the great achievements of the children. County footballer Darren Hughes, European athlete Denise Toner, Mayor Noel Keelan and National President Gerry Davenport all commented on the wide spectrum of events that the children of County Monaghan are excelling in at a National level and hoped that, with continued support from volunteers, coaches and parents, this would continue to grow. A thanks to all the guest speakers for their inspiring speeches and for allowing the children to see what dedication and participation can achieve. Many children left with huge smiles after getting their pictures taken with a European Medal Winning Athlete and an Ulster Winning County Footballer and the Anglo Celt Cup.

A huge congratulations to the County Monaghan Community Games Special Award Winners. This year’s Adult Volunteer Award went to long-time volunteer and County Officer Rose Donnelly from Monaghan Town. Rose has been involved in Community Games at area, county and provincial level for many years and does all she can to ensure the growth of Community Games. She has become a friendly recognisable face for many throughout the county, having attended National Festival as County Manager for a number of years. The work she does for the children of her area, and indeed the children throughout County Monaghan, is second to none and she is truly deserving of this award.

This year’s Youth Volunteer Award was awarded to Mark McCooey from Carrickmacross. Mark has been a member of or Youth Crew for the past three years and never hesitates to help at events, ensuring all activities run smoothly and that the children enjoy themselves. He has been involved at events at area, county, provincial …

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