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Val Forde Memorial Cup.
On August 14th 1964 Val Forde, aged 18, my best friend, lost his life while trying to recover a Ball belonging to another party,
which was being carried away from shore by the wind at Emy Lake. It was a beautiful Summer evening and a crowd had gathered
to enjoy a swim in the Lake. Val was a tremendous footballer and had played a fantastic game for Monaghan U21’s against Donegal
the previous Sunday. He was a very popular young man and his death shocked and stunned his many many friends over a very
wide area. After his death the Emyvale Club initiated an annual Tournament in his memory and this has been run on a yearly basis
since then. The 2021 contest was held on Sunday, December 19th in the Emyvale HQ at Tully when over 50 youth, boys and girls,
aged between 7 and 11 attended to participate. They were selected into four teams and after playing each other team the semi-
finals were held and both ended level and extra time was needed. Then the final also ended all square and extra time was again
needed to decide the winning team. The Runner-up team was presented with trophies and Declan Forde, brother of the late Val,
presented the Cup to the captains and trophies to the all the team members. Juvenile Chairman, Shane McCormack, thanked all
who had helped in organising and running the event, all who took part, the parents who attended and helped, and Declan Forde.
Joint captain, twins Domas and Dija, were presented
with the Val Forde Cup by Val’s brother Declan, who is
generous sponsor in the Club.