Ballybay (@1.72) vs Clontibret (@2.37)

Our Prediction:

Ballybay will win

Ballybay – Clontibret Match Prediction | 14-09-2019 09:30

Monaghan County Council in association with Cahans Restoration Committee will launch County Monaghan Heritage Week 2016,with an event at Cahans Meeting House, on Tuesday 9th August at 7pm.The launch will take the format of a series of short talks highlighting the national heritage week events to be held in Monaghan from 20-28 August, and refreshments will be served.The Cathaoirleach, Councillor PJ OHanlon will officiate at the event.Members of heritage groups are invited and the public are all welcome to attend.

This Sunday Latton O Rahillys will host a wonderful day of entertainment and fun for all the family starting at 3pm. This was in protest at the oppression of occupying forces who sought to have the GAA seek a permit for each event. This Sunday is been deemed Gaelic Sunday by the GAA and will commemorate "Sunday 4th August 1918",when the GAA nationally organized a day of playing of Gaelic Games and Cultural activities throughout Ireland.

The club went on however to win the Senior League, defeating Carrickmacross 3-10 to 1-9 and thus do the double for the first time since 1958. In the semi-final against Carrickmacross, Mickey Hughes, Ciaran McShane and Kieran Lavelle all scored goals to clinch victory after withstanding a lot of pressure and a missed penalty. In the replay goals from Declan Brennan and Kieran Lavelle ensured victory for Clontibret. On the same weekend the Clontibret minors also completed the double when they defeated Scotstown on a scoreline of 1-17 to 1-5 to retain the Fr. It that wasnt enough Clontibret went on to win the Division Three League defeating Castleblayney in a hard fought final at Scotstown. The final score was Clontibret 0-11, Blayney 0-8. In the first round of the competition, Brian McSkanes late goal rescued Clontibret to make an amazing recovery and clinch a draw against Monaghan Harps. Despite a goal from Niall Magennis, seven points from Declan Brennan and an outstanding performance by Ciaran McShane, Clontibret were subsequently beaten in the first round of the Ulster Club Championship by the narrowest of margins by Tyrone champions, Errigal Ciaran. Man of the Match, Gerard Moen all 6 feet, 14 stone of him proved quite a handful, knocking over 2 glorious points in the first fifteen minutes. Maguire Cup. However, Clontibret hadnt long to wait for success to return because in 1997 they defeated Castleblayney Faughs in the Championship Final.


Organised locally and featuring a magnificent cast of local storytellers, musicians, comedians and dancers the event raised a whopping 7000 for the Ballybay Cancer Society. Sally Mc Aviney accepted the cheque on behalf of the Ballybay Cancer Society. The organisers would like to thank most sincerely everyone who participated and everyone who supported the event. The recent Variety Concert held on 12th August in Tullycorbet was a major success.

The first mention of the Hugh ONeills club was in a tournament held in Donaghmoyne in August 1896, yet they were described in the Dundalk Democrat report as old and tried players It would appear that the first Hugh ONeills club was a Clontibret parish team and their first recorded championship match took place on the Sheepwalk Doohamlet on 12th May 1906 when they were defeated by Inniskeen. These players were also members of a soccer club in Clontibret and in 1910 this was converted into Clontibret Rovers GAA club but was not affiliated to the Monaghan GAA Board at the time. Players on that team included Ned Smyth, Joe Smyth, Joe McNally, James McNally and F Mc Quaid.

Hackett Cup. In 1962 and 1963 Clontibret won the Fr. In 1971, ONeills again met Castleblayney in the Senior Championship Final but again Blayney took the honours. Trailing by four points from the fifth minute of the first half, a brilliant goal by Sean Woods, who had been given a perfect pass by Joe Smyth early in the second half transformed the game. A great second half recovery by Clontibret redeemed the game but it never lived up to the 1967 standards. Clontibret had to wait ten years before the Championship returned to its old familiar surroundings for the eighth occasion. During the sixties, Scotstown won both the 1960 and 1961 Championships and Ballybay won in 1962. In the meantime, Ballybay defeated them in a replay in 1959. Clontibret again reached the final with Blayney in 1970, Blayney winning by 1-10 to 0-9. In 1965 Castleblayney beat Clontibret by 1-5 to 0-3. Clontibret were again to the fore in 1968 and showed great promise when their Junior team defeated hot favourites Inniskeen to win the Brennan Cup for the first time. Also in 1968, the Senior Championship title returned to Clontibret although it looked as if it would be Scotstowns title but poor finishing was their ultimate downfall. Monaghan Harps surprisingly eliminated Clontibret in the first round of the 1969 Championship. A feature of this game was the winning of a Monaghan S.F.C. medal by the Offaly All-Ireland star, Kieran Claffey. Nearly every Ulster Railway Cup team for the twenty year period from the late forties to the late sixties included a Clontibret player:- John Rice, Hughie McKearney, Francie McQuaid, Benny Mone and Sean Woods an almost unique contribution from any club, surely! At half-time Blayney led by 1-6 to 0-3. In 1967 came one of the greatest County Finals ever played, Castleblayney again defeating Clontibret by 2-9 to 1-10.

Doors open at 9pm. Centre on Friday 4th August. Centre to kick off the August Bank Holiday Weekend. A great night is guaranteed as one of Ireland top performers comes to Latton. Everyone is welcome to the O'Rahilly G.A.A. Local man and Voice of Ireland Winner 2014 Brendan Mc Cahey will be performing in Latton O'Rahilly G.A.A.


Before the first game the sun came out and a very pleasant evenings bowling took place. After eleven ends of bowls Seamus and his team were the winners by a slim margin. Our sponsor of prizes for this competition was Gabriel Traynor of Traynor Trophies to whom we are most thankful. The last two teams were Paudge Cassidys team who met Seamus Smyths side in the final. Paudges losing side were JJ Duffy, Cora Smyth and Brendan Traynor. Despite inclement weather on last Saturday morning play went ahead on the outdoor bowling green where the rinks competition were to be held. On Seamus team were Seamus Lennon, George Berry and Dorothy Berry. There were eight teams in the draw which meant all games were filled from the start. Gabriel was on hand to make the presentation at the conclusion.

The Novena takes place each evening at 7-15pm and there will also be Holy Hour each morning from 11am until 12noon. The Novena runs until Tuesday next 16th August. Everyone welcome. The annual Novena at Cuan Mhuire, Ballybay started on Monday night last and has been attended by a large number all week. Our new local priest Stephen Duffy opened the Novena.

Monaghan's club fixtures are generally run ok, still lots of improvement but we are still miles better off than other counties. One thing i think should happen is, the league should be over before the championship starts.One idea would be, The weekend before the All-Ireland final is league final weekend!The three finals be played over the friday and saturday, say the junior on the friday night and the inter/senior on the saturday and not just played on some random dates in november when the ground is heavy and nobody really bothered with them.Players then to have All-Ireland weekend off and then championship starts the weekend after.Seeing as there are no replays now you could finish off with all champ finals the same weekend by the start of October and create a great buzz around the games and make a festival of football which young and old could enjoy.