This year marks 25 years since the Emyvale Leisure Centre officially opened. To mark
this occasion, the committee are organising an open evening, to take place on Friday
11th June. The evening will begin at 6.45pm with a parade, led by Monaghan Community
Brass Band, from the bridge to the Leisure Centre. Clubs and organisations that
use the Centre will be represented in this parade.
Then at the Centre there will be live demonstrations, exhibitions and information
stands showcasing the many activities on offer in the Centre.
This is a great opportunity for the public to come along and see the great variety
of sports/activities/classes on offer in the centre, while also giving these organisations
a chance to promote their activity and possibly gain new members! The new Emyvale
Boxing Club will be officially launched at this event in the Centre.
The winning entries of the logo competition will be revealed on the night, with prizes
in 3 sections - Under 12, 12-18 yrs, and Over 18. The overall winner will then have
their entry used throughout the Centre.
This promises to be an enjoyable and informative community evening, with refreshments,
musical entertainment and a free raffle with great prizes also provided. So come
along and enjoy the evening, all are welcome.
Just thought that since we are looking back I unearthed some old photos of years
gone by. They include many great friends of Emyvale Leisure Centre and you will see
many of them who are now enjoying their eternal reward. As part of our ‘look back’
we can fondly remember these friends and say a wee prayer for them.
The history of the Centre, with its good times and bad times, has never been fully
recorded and perhaps the 25th is an appropriate time to tell its story and leave
its history for the future generations. It was built at a time when money was scarce
yet through great generosity of time, energy and finance, the Centre was built in
a four year time frame. It has served the community well over these years and our
coming generations should know the story.
Meanwhile let the nostalgia flow:
One of the early methods of raising funds to build the Leisure Centre was the Fair
of Emyvale and then the Lord Mayor Contest. The first ever Lord Mayor of Emyvale
was Tom Murray - pictured here with his wife, Peggy. Both have passed on to eternity
- may they rest in peace. Many of the other members in the photos above have also
passed on. They are seen here enjoying the weekly North Monaghan Social Services
gathering every Thursday. This event is organised and run by a team of voluntary
workers who deserve great credit for their unstinting commitment to this service.
We need younger people to take over the task and continue this very valuable service
to the community.