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1988 Hackett Cup Winners Honoured:
Emyvale GFC held a very enjoyable and entertaining night in the Scarna Inn, Emyvale, on Saturday December 1st 2018 when they honoured the  members of the Emyvale 1988 team which won the Fr. Hackett Cup. Some members of the squad were unable to be present for one reason or another and those who have gone to their eternal reward were represented by family members. The evening began at the Donagh Vigil Mass in St. Mary’s, Glennan, celebrated by PP Rev Hubert Martin, who included the deceased members in the Prayers of the Faithful. Then in the Scarna Inn people gathered for a chat and the memories of 1988 and other days began to circulate and the Hackett Cup was carried in by Sean and Macartan McElroy, brothers of the late Eamon who was captain of the team. Food was served and then Club Chairman made presentations to those of the squad who were present and the representatives of the deceased members. The personnel included: Raymond McKenna, Macartan McElroy, Eamon McElroy (RIP), Jerome Murphy, Vincent McAnespie, Declan McNally, Niall Hughes, Sean McElroy, Michael Hesnan, John Finn, Raymond Kelly, Frankie McCormack, Martin McAree, Eamon Murphy, Fergal Hughes, Johnnie McQuaid, Enda Fields, Patrick Hesnan,  Brendan McNally, Declan McMeel, Dermot McKenna (RIP), Seamus Colton, Aiden Fields, Owen McNally, Michael Treanor,  Brendan Colton (RIP), Francie Duffy,  with manager, Peter J McKenna, assisted by Páraic Duffy, Michael McQuaid, Sean McQuillan, Stephen Callery (RIP), Seamus McAree and Sean McQuillan. MC for the occasion was Francie Duffy, who entertained and caused a great atmosphere though some were quaking in their shoes that they might become the subject of Francie’s attention. After the presentations three invited quests were introduced – Declan McBennett, head of Sports in RTE; Páraic Duffy, ex-Director General of GAA and on management team of the Emyvale 1988 winning team; and Anthony McArdle, former Manager of the Emyvale senior team.  The club had organised a competition of naming the Monaghan Team of the Decade 1985 – 1995. The three guests were then asked to name their choice from the three players offered for each position of the 15. They also had to justify their selection of each player. This led to some interesting debate. When all 15 positions were filled and the organisers were checking the entries there was a Q & A session with some serious questions landing on the lap of the guests. They fielded all with solid answers and and in some cases passed it back to the floor but it was all very interesting. Then Paddy Kelly announced that five entries got 14 correct and they were Barney McNally, Declan McNally, James McKenna, Adrian Trappe and Dermot McMahon who shared the jackpot of €300. In conclusion Club Chairmen, Enda O’Brien, thanked everyone who had played a part in the organising and presentation of the very successful event. Everyone would admit that the second half of the 80’s was a great time for the Emyvale Club and Peter John McKenna certainly contributed greatly to that success. He brought new ideas, new thinking and innovative training methods, which were ahead of the times. His management team worked well together and their input in no small way helped gel a close bonded and talented team and bring out the best in them. But it did not start there – back in the mid-70’s Emyvale was going through a very low patch and during that time Seamus McCluskey, Frank McCormack, Sean Forde and myself set up the Emyvale Juvenile Club and decided that it was at this early stage young players needed to be proficient at the basics of football. Seamus was training them at national school but then the club attracted players from all over the parish and soon the victories began and the Silverware followed. Our club at Juvenile level and our National Schools, in their competitions with the help of their teachers, began to show their talents and win the trophies and others were now helping with the full list of Juvenile teams.  These young players went up through the ranks and maintained their ability to bring success to the club. The senior players struggled on even though at times it was difficult to get sufficient numbers to make up a team but as the young players came through things began to improve on that front and Peter John and co. had good material coming through on which to work and lift to the next level of ability and so to win and take home the Silverware.  That they did with style and passion and they instilled a great fellowship among the panels and passed on their passion and hunger for success. 1985 and 1988 were the wonderful outcomes from all that.
1988 Hackett Cup Winners Honoured:
Emyvale GFC held a very enjoyable and entertaining night in the Scarna Inn, Emyvale, on Saturday December 1st 2018 when they honoured the  members of the Emyvale 1988 team which won the Fr. Hackett Cup. Some members of the squad were unable to be present for one reason or another and those who have gone to their eternal reward were represented by family members. The evening began at the Donagh Vigil Mass in St. Mary’s, Glennan, celebrated by PP Rev Hubert Martin, who included the deceased members in the Prayers of the Faithful. Then in the Scarna Inn people gathered for a chat and the memories of 1988 and other days began to circulate and the Hackett Cup was carried in by Sean and Macartan McElroy, brothers of the late Eamon who was captain of the team. Food was served and then Club Chairman made presentations to those of the squad who were present and the representatives of the deceased members. The personnel included: Raymond McKenna, Macartan McElroy, Eamon McElroy (RIP), Jerome Murphy, Vincent McAnespie, Declan McNally, Niall Hughes, Sean McElroy, Michael Hesnan, John Finn, Raymond Kelly, Frankie McCormack, Martin McAree, Eamon Murphy, Fergal Hughes, Johnnie McQuaid, Enda Fields, Patrick Hesnan,  Brendan McNally, Declan McMeel, Dermot McKenna (RIP), Seamus Colton, Aiden Fields, Owen McNally, Michael Treanor,  Brendan Colton (RIP), Francie Duffy,  with manager, Peter J McKenna, assisted by Páraic Duffy, Michael McQuaid, Sean McQuillan, Stephen Callery (RIP), Seamus McAree and Sean McQuillan. MC for the occasion was Francie Duffy, who entertained and caused a great atmosphere though some were quaking in their shoes that they might become the subject of Francie’s attention. After the presentations three invited quests were introduced – Declan McBennett, head of Sports in RTE; Páraic Duffy, ex- Director General of GAA and on management team of the Emyvale 1988 winning team; and Anthony McArdle, former Manager of the Emyvale senior team.  The club had organised a competition of naming the Monaghan Team of the Decade 1985 – 1995. The three guests were then asked to name their choice from the three players offered for each position of the 15. They also had to justify their selection of each player. This led to some interesting debate. When all 15 positions were filled and the organisers were checking the entries there was a Q & A session with some serious questions landing on the lap of the guests. They fielded all with solid answers and and in some cases passed it back to the floor but it was all very interesting. Then Paddy Kelly announced that five entries got 14 correct and they were Barney McNally, Declan McNally, James McKenna, Adrian Trappe and Dermot McMahon who shared the jackpot of €300. In conclusion Club Chairmen, Enda O’Brien, thanked everyone who had played a part in the organising and presentation of the very successful event. Everyone would admit that the second half of the 80’s was a great time for the Emyvale Club and Peter John McKenna certainly contributed greatly to that success. He brought new ideas, new thinking and innovative training methods, which were ahead of the times. His management team worked well together and their input in no small way helped gel a close bonded and talented team and bring out the best in them. But it did not start there – back in the mid-70’s Emyvale was going through a very low patch and during that time Seamus McCluskey, Frank McCormack, Sean Forde and myself set up the Emyvale Juvenile Club and decided that it was at this early stage young players needed to be proficient at the basics of football. Seamus was training them at national school but then the club attracted players from all over the parish and soon the victories began and the Silverware followed. Our club at Juvenile level and our National Schools, in their competitions with the help of their teachers, began to show their talents and win the trophies and others were now helping with the full list of Juvenile teams.  These young players went up through the ranks and maintained their ability to bring success to the club. The senior players struggled on even though at times it was difficult to get sufficient numbers to make up a team but as the young players came through things began to improve on that front and Peter John and co. had good material coming through on which to work and lift to the next level of ability and so to win and take home the Silverware.  That they did with style and passion and they instilled a great fellowship among the panels and passed on their passion and hunger for success. 1985 and 1988 were the wonderful outcomes from all that.
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