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									                                      Monaghan United
                                        Football Community
                                       NEWSLETTER
Volume 1, Issue 2                                                                                          March/April 2009
                                                                                                           th
                        WELCOME                                               “WHEALO” PASSES 100 MARK

Welcome to the 2nd Newsletter of the 2009 season from
Monaghan United FC. We hope you find it informative and
entertaining as we let you know what has been happening and
the upcoming events.

               SHAKY START TO SEASON
United’s season has gotten off to a shaky start with Mick
Cooke and their men being forced to work hard to earn the 5
points they have gleaned from 8 games. Successive defeats
to the top four teams Shelbourne, UCD, Sporting Fingal and
Waterford had placed Monaghan United in a difficult
position but Cooke and his team turned things around with a      Since his debut at the age of 16 against Finn Harps, Clones
recent 5-1 win over Kildare County.                              Road lad Paul Whelan, has been a mainstay in the Mons
                                                                 defensive line up.
               A TALE OF TWO AARONS
Local lad and Republic of Ireland International Goalkeeper
                                                                 At only 21 years of age, Paul marked his 100 th appearance in
Aaron McCarey, made his first senior appearance for
                                                                 the Monaghan United senior team in the first home game of the
Monaghan United in their EA Sports Cup game against
                                                                 2009 season against Shelbourne on Friday 13th March.
Sporting Fingal on Easter Monday.
                                                                 Paul is the perfect example of how young lads in the area can
Aaron has been and still is a fixture on Monaghan United’s
                                                                 follow their dreams of playing football at a high level in this
Under 17’s & Under 18’s teams and had once more been
                                                                 Country.
called to serve his country as the Republic of Ireland’s Under
17’s took on Poland in a double friendly fixture.
                                                                 Whealo came up through the juvenile and under 21 ranks at the
                                                                 club, worked hard at his football and pushed himself to make
Aaron’s step up to senior football is a big challenge and one
                                                                 the senior team. During this time Paul has also played for the
he took well in the game against Fingal. Keeping a clean
                                                                 Republic of Ireland Universities and College squad and has
sheet when he came on, Aaron was also instrumental in
                                                                 indeed travelled as far afield as Thailand and the USA with this
United getting a goal back when his long kick out fell
                                                                 team. He recently was awarded the DIT All Star Award for his
comfortably for David Freeman.
                                                                 endeavours.
While one Aaron was rising up through the ranks, another
                                                                 Paul’s dedication to his sport has paid off with him being a
departed Monaghan United FC. One of Monaghan United’s
                                                                 highly rated player in the League of Ireland and his success
most consistently reliable defenders Aaron Mooney, called it
                                                                 will hopefully be emulated by many of our juvenile players in
a day on his playing career to concentrate on his job.
                                                                 the coming years.
Mooney has been a steadying influence on the team in the         First Division Table as at 27th April 2009 Played       Points
                                                                 Inside read 60 seconds with Paul Whelan
                                                                 UCD                                          8            21
last 2 seasons and was Supporters Player of the Year 2008.
Monaghan United wish Aaron all the best for the future.          Sporting Fingal                              8            19
                                                                 Waterford United                             8            19
                                                                 Shelbourne                                   8            18
                                                                 Wexford Youths                               8            12
                                                                 Limerick                                     8            11
                                                                 Athlone Town                                 8            11
                                                                 Mervue United                                8            10
                                                                 Finn Harps                                   8             6
                                                                 Monaghan United                              8             5
                                                                 Longford Town                                8             4
   Aaron McCarey                   Aaron Mooney                  Kildare County                               8             1
                                        REAL FOOTBALL
                                         REAL FANS
                                          REAL CLOSE
                                              MONAGHAN UNITED FC                                               &
                                          UPCOMING HOME FIXTURES
                                                                                                         MONAGHAN UNITED

                                    FRI MAY 8TH        WEXFORD YOUTHS

                                    FRI MAY 22ND       LONGFORD TOWN

                                    FRI JUNE 5TH       UCD

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                                                                                                      Mons 3rd strip modelled by Niall Flynn
           WOMEN’S SEASON KICKS OFF SOON
The Monaghan United Women’s team are in preparation for the
upcoming Major Division of the Dublin Women’s Soccer League. The                 Monaghan United FC recently launched their new 3rd strip for the
League has been revamped and United, through gaining promotion last              season and it is flying out of the club shop. It is the perfect summer
                                                                                 accessory.
season are in the 2nd highest division of the League.
                                                                                 Show your team pride with a selection of Nike branded goodies
The league starts on the weekend of May 17th and United will be                  including replica jerseys, training tops, polo shirts, t-shirts,
playing against teams such as Bray Wanderers, Kilmore FC,                        sweatshirts and hats available.
Cabinteeley and Ballyoulster.
                                                                                 Contact Ronan Kilmurray on 087 6567267                            or    email
                                                                                 ronvalkil@eircom.net for orders and price list
In previous years United’s women have had great success and it is
hoped that this level of achievement can be continued in 2009.
                                                                                 Gold Star Supporters can avail of a 10% discount on all Official
The ladies team are always looking for new members so if you are                 club merchandise.
interested, contact Padraig on 087 6333503 or 047 84798.
                                                                                  INTERPROVINCIAL DEAF FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
                          NEW ASTRO PITCH                                        Monaghan United’s Kingspan Century Park was the venue for the
Work has been continuing apace at Kingspan Century Park on the new               2009 Interprovincial Deaf Football Championships over the Easter
full sized floodlit Astro Pitch. It is anticipated that the new facility, part   weekend.
of the multi-million Regional Development Centre being built on the
Newbliss Road, will be open for use towards the end of June. Phone               The bright sunny weather combined well with the skill on display by
047 84798 for information and bookings.                                          the participants and everyone who attended over the weekend
                                                                                 thoroughly enjoyed the event.
                          FAI AGM UPDATE
During the week leading up to the FAI AGM Monaghan United FC will                Monaghan United FC would like to thank Monaghan Town Council,
be running lots of events as part of the Festival of Football. United have       Monaghan Sports Partnership & the Deaf Football Association of
a full programme of events running during the week and hope that the             Ireland for helping us to make it an utterly memorable event.
people of Monaghan will get into the spirit of the occasion and come out
and support the club.

United’s programme of events includes a Deaf International game, a
Women’s match and a Children’s Cross Border blitz among other
things.

Kingspan Century Park will also be hosting the FAI Summer Soccer
School during the Festival of Football and it is expected that Giovanni
Trapattoni & Marcus Tardelli will be among the guests visiting the
camp.

The FAI AGM was officially launched in the Hillgrove Hotel,
Monaghan on the 7th of April by FAI CEO John Delaney.                             Pictured at the FAI AGM Launch are from l to r: John Delaney, CEO FAI, Eddie
                                                                                    Murray, FAI Treasurer, Matt Carthy, County Mayor, Declan Nelson, County
                                                                                             Manager & Jim McGlone, Chairman Monaghan United FC.
       PUB PENALTY SHOOTOUT COMPETITION                             GOLD STAR SUPPORTERS DRAW RESULTS FEB & MAR
Monaghan United’s half time Pub Penalty Shootout competition              FEB                     MAR
is now under way with Conor Galligan of the Cosy Bar,               €500 Ann Murray        €500 Ben O’Sullivan
Monaghan, claiming the first victory against competitors from            Killyconnigan          Scotstown
Tir naN’og, Monaghan and Jack’s Bar, Tydavnet.
                                                                    €250 Richard Slator                 €250 Darren Sherlock
In the second week of the competition Paul McArdle of                    Annaghagh                           Killymarley
Mickey’s Mick, Monaghan, and Mickey Gallagher of Fleming’s
Off Licence, Monaghan faced off with Paul McArdle winning           €250 John McKenna                   €250 Colm Mahony
out.                                                                      Killlybrone P.O.                   Devin Reilly Tce

Any pubs wishing to enter the competition should contact            Congratulations to all our winners.Anyone wishing to sign up
Padraig Cassidy on 047 84798.                                       for the draw should contact Padraig Cassidy on 047 84798. All
                                                                    Proceeds aid development at the club and your support is
                                                                    greatly appreciated.
                    JUVENILE ROUND UP                                     MONAGHAN UNITED SOCCER SUMMER CAMP
As the Juvenile season winds up for another year, Monaghan          Monaghan United FC will be holding their annual Summer Soccer
United FC would like to congratulate and thank the teams and        Camp at Kingspan Century Park during the week of 20th July for
management for their efforts throughout the season.                 the great price of €90.

The Under 15 United team and the Under 18’s both won their          This is a great fun week for children aged from 5 to 14 years old
leagues and the Under 15’s, Under 11’s & Under 12s are still in     with an interest in football and helps Monaghan United FC to
their Dundalk League Cup Competitions.                              continue to provide football for the children of the community.

Monaghan United’s Under 17’s were unfortunately knocked out         If your child wishes to take part in the camp, please complete
of the National Cup at the Semi Final stage against Limerick        attached registration form and return with deposit of €25 per child
team Kilmallock. United were the better team on the day but         to Summer Camp, Monaghan United FC, Kingspan Century Park,
some decisions went against them that changed the scoreline.        Monaghan.
Congratulations and hard luck to all the team & management,
John Heffernan and Kieran McMahon who worked tirelessly and                         AFRICA DAY CELEBRATIONS
certainly deserved to be in the final.                              As part of 2009 Africa Day, Monaghan United FC will run a blitz
                                                                    for children aged between 5 -12 on Sunday 24th May at 3pm and
If Monaghan United’s juvenile set up is to continue to flourish,    some African food and entertainment afterwards.
United require a complete new structure in both management and
administration and we invite parents and other interested parties   Children from the African Communities in Monaghan have been
to get involved. We will be holding an open meeting in June and     invited to attend along with the Monaghan United Mini Leagues
anyone interested should contact the office on 047 84798 or         participants.
email cpo@monaghanunited.ie for more information.
                                                                    It is hoped to be a fun day and celebration of the African
                                                                    of the Community.
                                                                    Communities in Monaghan. Anyone wishing to get involved is
               JUVENILE GIRLS FOOTBALL                              invited to contact Julie-Ann Sherlock on 086 0417009 or email
Following a good response to United’s girls football at Mini        If your child wishes to take part in the camp complete the form at
                                                                    cpo@monaghanunited.ie
Leagues, United will be continuing this coaching until the end of   the back of this newsletter and return to Summer Camp, Monaghan
the Mini Leagues season and will resume again in September.              MONAGHAN UNITED Park, Monaghan FUNDRAISER
                                                                    United FC, Kingspan CenturyPOKER NIGHT with a deposit for
Any girls aged from 5-12 interested in playing football should      €25 per child. a Poker Face? Or do you just want to support
                                                                    Have you got
contact Julie-Ann on 086 0417009.                                   Monaghan United FC while having fun?

                                                                    Monaghan United will be holding a Poker night on Sunday 17 th
            COUNTY MONAGHAN U9 LEAGUE                               May at 6pm in the Bagster Lounge at Kingspan Century Park. €40
County Monaghan FAI Development Officer John Crudden has            entry & 2 re-buys @ €20 each.
been working determinedly on the development of a County wide
Under 9’s football league in the past few months.                   Watch local press and www.monaghanunited.ie for further details.
Monaghan United FC are delighted to be part of the new league
and hope to field 2 teams in the competition.

Any children born on or after 1 January 2000 and before 1
January 2002 wishing to play for Monaghan United FC should                               NEW FANS ARE BORN
contact Julie-Ann on 086 0417009 to arrange registration or talk    Our best wishes and congratulations go out to Monaghan United
to Ciaran Donnelly at Mini Leagues.                                 vice-chairman Colm Mahony & his wife Josie on the birth of their
                                                                    new granddaughter and also to Mons fan Seamus McDermott and
This will be a non-competitive league and will introduce the new    his wife Caroline on the recent birth of their daughter Gracie.
“Don’t Cross The Line” concept.
         SCHOOL MILK PROGRAMME CONTINUES
Monaghan United’s involvement in the National Dairy Council and
Football Association of Ireland’s “Just Milk It” Programme is
continuing with Club Promotions Officer Julie-Ann Sherlock
visiting another 35 schools over the coming months.

The idea behind the programme is to help young people realise the
importance of Dairy as part of their balanced diet and the role that
School Milk can play in this. Town of Monaghan Co-op are the
providers of School Milk in Monaghan and some of the
surrounding Counties and they lend a hand in this promotion.

Whether you are a professional sports person or just like to have a
kick about with your friends, ensuring that you have a balanced diet
that includes the recommended daily dairy intake is essential.

Dairy offers many benefits to our future and current sports stars
with all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients helping form the
building blocks for fitness.                                                               MONS MARCH IN PARADE
                                                                       On St Patrick’s day Monaghan United were delighted that a bunch of
Milk also helps with rehydration during and after sports and           their dedicated young footballers took to the streets as part of the St
skimmed milk is now seen as a great option to help replenish the       Patrick’s Day Parade.
body.
                                                                       Led by the Mascot the mini league and juvenile players sang and
If you are serious about your sport or just wish to lead a healthy     chanted their hearts out while flying the flag for United.
lifestyle, it is crucial that you get the right amount of the white
stuff.                                                                 They were so impressive that their participation even made it onto the
                                                                       FAI League of Ireland website! www.loi.ie

                                                                                              MONAGHAN UNITED FC
When your team scores                                                                         SUMMER SOCCER CAMP
                                                                                             REGISTRATION FORM 2009
                                                                                              Mon 20th July – Fri 24th July
                                                                                                  10am – 3pm daily
                 HALF TIME MINI MATCHES
At half time during Monaghan United’s home games in the FAI
                                                                       NAME: __________________________________________________
League of Ireland, the upcoming stars of United and indeed other
clubs get a chance to display their talent on the main pitch.
                                                                       ADDRESS: _______________________________________________
If you or your club would like to be part of the half time
                                                                       __________________________________________________________
entertainment please contact Julie-Ann on 086 0417009 or email
cpo@monaghanunited.ie
                                                                       AGE: __________________ DOB:_____________________________

                                                                       Kit Size tick one: 5-7yrs               8-10yrs            11-14 yrs

                                                                       I agree to my child participating in the Monaghan United FC Summer Soccer
                                                                       Camp & I agree that they will abide by the rules of the camp.

                                                                       I enclose a deposit in the sum of €25 and I undertake to pay the balance on camp
                                                                       registration morning.

                                                                       I understand the conditions of my child attending the Monaghan United Camp
                                                                       and I will notify the Camp Administrator before Camp commences of any
                                                                       medical conditions that my child suffers from which may affect their ability to
                                                                       participate in camp.

                                                                       Signed: _______________________________________________
                        BLACKWATER 10K                                           Parent/Guardian
For the 2nd year Monaghan United’s Kingspan Century Park will be
at the epicentre of the Blackwater 10k Race and Fun Run. This          Phone: ________________________________________________
year’s event takes place on May 17th at 12pm and is open to
everyone. Registration from 9.30am.                                    Please complete & return to Kingspan Century Park by June 26 th 2009

All proceeds in aid of the Marie Curie Hospice Funds.

								
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