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Feile Weekend

'A Feast of Football' goes nowhere near describing the GAA activity of the past weekend when the Feile Competition came to town. Clubs from many counties and from abroad were taking part in this U14 tournament which was being held in Cavan, Monaghan and Fermanagh. A massive army of volunteers was required to ensure that all games were played and that everyone was having a great time. Local clubs were also hosts to games and visiting teams were accommodated by local families. There was more to this than just a few games of football as there was a social aspect too and the excitement of playing new teams. Shamrock Gaels Boys from Longford stayed with Emyvale families as did Tinahely Girls from Wicklow. Coralstown/Kinegad Boys and Galtee Rovers Girls were hosted by Truagh families. The games began on Friday afternoon and continued on Saturday leading into quarter-finals and then finals on Sunday. Each Division was divided after the league into Cup and Shield sections. Truagh and Emyvale were both in Division 3 Boys while Emyvale Girls were in Division 1 and Truagh in Division 2. The weather stayed dry for the games and good crowds attended to shout for their teams. There was some mighty football played and all teams showed passion and commitment. Cremartin Boys reached the final of their Division but lost out to Ballyhaise. In Division 3 Emyvale also reached the Shield final played in Derrygonnelly but were defeated by Mayobridge, who disposed of Truagh in the quarterfinals. Clontibret also lost the Shield final in Division 4 when they were defeated by Killinkere. However as the old saying goes - 'its not the winning, it's the taking part that counts' but all teams would have learned a lot and developed more skills by participating in the competition. On Saturday night Emyvale showed the County game on a big screen in the Leisure Centre followed by a Disco and exchange of gifts. In St. Mellans there was also a big screen after which there was a half hour of culture in the form of Irish music and dance. The Club then made presentations of Gaeltacht Scholarships to Darragh McMeel, Hollie Halligan, Ella Treanor, Peter Treanor, James McKenna and Dillon O'Reilly. This is an innovative way of promoting the Irish Language as Conradh Mhuineacháin organise Irish Course in the Donegal Gaeltacht each Summer and Truagh club decided to send two pupils from each of the local schools to the Monaghan camp. This was followed by an exchange of gifts between the Truagh Club and their visitors. All then enjoyed a tasty supper while Vat 19 played for those, who wished to dance the night away. All in all this is a fantastic competition and marvellous way of promoting the game and the Irish tradition of friendship and community. To find out how Monaghan team did in the competition click HERE