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Emyvale Leisure Centre - 25th Anniversary.

Emyvale Leisure Centre 25th Birthday Event:


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.