Monaghan News


“Make Your Céile”:  The Health and Wellbeing officer with Scotstown GAA Club launched a novel idea, which I think should be extended all over the country and I would be surprised if other organisations did not take it on and promote it too. Its very simple really but the effects are far-reaching: 'SCOTSTOWN GAA Health and Wellbeing Invites you to: “Make Your Céile” any time between Sun 29th Oct – Sun  5th Nov. Don’t put it off any longer to go visit that someone who’s on your mind, neighbour, old friend, new baby, someone on their own. We are inviting young  and old from all over Tydavnet  parish to get involved in a ‘Chairde Week’.  Don’t make ceiling a thing of the past!  More details on'.   Modern technology and the demands of modern fast living has cut us off from too many people and has ruined the art of conversation. It is time we all re-connected with each other as human beings and not just as a stylus touch pen for a phone or iPad. There is someone out there who is waiting for you to contact them, to call with them personally, to have a chat, to listen to each other and there is someone you know you should go and see and there is someone out there who should get in contact with you. Why don't you make the first move. In the years, not too long ago, everyone looked out for everyone else, people went on their ceili, people talked to each other face to face, people did not feel so alone because a friend was close by and would call. This is a marvellous idea that was launched by Bernie Sherry for the Scotstown GAA club on Tuesday, October 24th in Scotstown Complex. A huge crowd turned out to show their support and if that is any indication of the enthusiasm of the people for the idea then it will be a roaring success. All sections of the parish and all organisations of the parish were represented and that shows a great willingness of the population of Tydavnet to get involved in this innovative Cairde Week. Speakers at the Launch included Fr. Stephen Joyce, Parish Priest; Michael O McMahon, County Chairman; Cathal Hand, County Health and Wellbeing officer with the GAA; Cormac Sherry, on behalf of the Scotstown club. All praised the idea and encouraged all to get involved and there was hope that it would extend on into winter time and next year and not just for the week ahead. All complimented Bernie Sherry on her work in bringing the idea to fruitition and expending such energy in making it a success. Bernie explained the thinking behind the idea and invited all to begin the process by staying on after the launch to enjoy a cuppa and to have a chat with a neighbour or someone else present. The Mick Duffy Cup was there and many had brought their own mug but all mugs were filled. This is a terrific idea and one that is badly needed to kick-start communication between us human-beings face to face rather than over the internet fibre. Local schools have become involved and the Scotstown players showed their support by calling in to the launch. I'm sure Bernie would be delighted if a club, organisation, group or even one person from another area followed her invitation and went on 'their Ceili'. Well done Bernie and I hope this takes off as it is one of the best ideas that has come this way in a long time.