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McElroy / Connolly Football Tournament 2017

Benny Connolly and Eamonn McElroy are two of the players who gave sterling service to the Emyvale Club though in different decades. Benny was a fantastic player in the '50's and played on the Monaghan County team. Indeed, as was common in those days, he was eagerly sought by neighbouring clubs but Emyvale was his first love and it was there that he had so many friends. Alas his son, Francie, who also had a great love for Emyvale, and spent his working life in Dublin, passed away after a short illness on January 31st 2017 and he was remembered during the playing for the Benny Connolly Cup this year. Benny's entire family have made huge contributions to the Emyvale Club over the years since then.
Eamonn McElroy was another staunch Emyvale player and supporter and his sudden death on January 12th 2005 was a huge blow to the club. From his days with U12's to his retirement at the end of the 1990's he was probably the most popular, most inspirational, and most consistent player that the Emyvale club has ever produced and even after retirement he continued to attend training session at the Emyvale HQ. It was symbolic indeed that it was while he was training at Tully that he took suddenly ill and passed away a short time later. Again the McElroy family have been involved with the Emyvale Club and have had a major input to the life of the club both on and off the field.
Both families, Connolly and McElroy, donated Cups to the Club and they are now awarded to the winners of an U16 Tournament which is organised by the club each year. The 2017 Tournament was held on Monday, April 17th. 8 teams were registered but one had to withdraw at short notice leaving 7 to compete. They were Truagh, Monaghan Harps, St. Kevins Ardee, Enniskillen Gaels, Scotstown, Eglish, and Emyvale. After a league basis the final for the Eamonn McElroy Cup was between Monaghan Harps and Enniskillen Gaels while Truagh and Scotstown battled it out for the Benny Connolly Cup. These were two great games of football with fantastic passion, enthusiasm and skill displayed with Monaghan Harps winning the Eamonn McElroy Cup and Scotstown taking the Benny Connolly Cup. Leona McElroy, daughter of the late Eamonn, presented the McElroy Cup and Nuala McKenna, nee Connolly, presented the cup in Memory of her father. All in all it was a wonderful day of good football and Martin O'Brien and his helpers must be congratulated for the efficient manner in which they ran the event. Well done to all the teams who participated.

Leona makes the presentation to O. Duffy, Harps Capt. while Nuala makes the presentation to Scotstown Capt., Conor Lappin.