All in Mooncoin Celtic would like to wish the very best for the future to Michael and Alice Blanchfield who finished in their roles as not just owners of Centra Mooncoin but also as the custodians of the main hub in our village. Covid 19 was to prove challenging for so many in our country, but Blanchfields were to the forefront in helping people locally and really excelled in how they helped the community during a very trying period. Any shop that can sell one winning Lotto ticket is special but to sell two in the space of a few years was something else and will forever be in the history books (We still can’t believe it wasn’t the 300 club syndicate) . As a club, we are extremely grateful for the support Michael and Alice showed us over the years in whatever way they could. Best of luck and good health going forward.
We are inviting all people in Mooncoin and surrounding areas to attend a special event this Friday, 27th October in Mooncoin Parish Hall for The Vicky Phelan Campaign and Portrait Exhibition.
The event in Mooncoin will be MC’d by Billy Keane and Panel Discussion will be moderated by Tammy Darcy. We also have The Mount Sion Choir singing too. It will be an extra special event as its Vicky’s birthday on the 28th and her anniversary is two weeks later.
The “Vicky Phelan Campaign & Portrait Tour” is a campaign for “awareness” and “change”. This is what Vicky wanted her legacy to be and for the women of Ireland to carry her Baton, to stand up for themselves and fight for change. Following the Cervical Check Scandal, Vicky fought so hard for change in the health services and how women and their families were treated by the State in the aftermath of the scandal. Vickys legacy and her campaign will continue through this tour. It is supported by Vickys family & friends and they are very much part of the Campaign Tour also.
With the Vicky Phelan Campaign & Portrait Tour, we bring together people of all ages to listen to Vickys story and heed her message to everyone as well as hearing from women and men that have been effected by cancer and how the awareness that they all want to create so as Vicky continues to empower people to take control of their own health and to be their own advocates.
Hoping to see you all on Friday.
Mooncoin Cancer Support Group
We held our Ladies end of season awards night last night in Comerfords. A great night was had by all with some serious shapes thrown on the dance floor. Congratulations to Ciara O’Keeffe who won Player of the Year and Grace O’Toole who won the Player’s Player of the year award.
In the last week, we have submitted our application for funding towards an astro turf training area as part of the 2023 Sports Capital Programme. This will be the next stage of the development of Suir Crescent and will be crucial to enable our ever expanding club to train all year round in all weather conditions. We have applied for €200,000 and will be looking for the support of all local councillors and TDs in our quest for funding. To date over €520,000 has been invested in Suir Crescent, which is down to the people of Mooncoin supporting the development and successful grant applications in recent years. Fingers crossed, we will be starting the next phase of our impressive grounds soon enough.
Well done to our 22 club coaches,15 female coaches and 7 male coaches, who completed the PDP2 course on Saturday in scorching sunshine in Suir Crescent. . Thanks as always to Will Kinsella, FAI Development Officer for doing a brilliant job on the day.
At last we have had a dry spell of weather to get our dugouts dropped in place. Massive thank you to Peter Brennan of Ashgrove Transport for moving the dugouts today👏, thanks to Watmór for providing the base layer for housing the dugouts, thanks to Eric Walsh for holding the spirit level too and finally a massive thank you to the company who sponsored these dugouts, again……An incredible gesture 👏.
The very best of luck to one of our former players, Ethan Owens, who has signed with Waterford FC and is sure to have a big future in the game. From a young age in the academy, Ethan was destined for big things due to his hard work on the training ground and working hard out in his back garden in all kinds of weather since a young age. Ethan follows in the footsteps of Daniel Ponce de Leon, who is having a really good debut season for the young Blues ⚽⚽⚽⚽
Some more photos from the day
Last Sunday we held our annual soccer marathon which was followed by our end of season awards. A big crowd came through our new gates and enjoyed a lovely sunny afternoon with plenty of fun had among coaches and players in all games and cross bar challenges. We finished with our player of the year awards for season 2022 /2023. A big thanks to everyone that helped set up for the day, Wild Willow Coffee Trailer for pitching up for the day and our two chefs Adam Cunningham and Mark Quinn for running the BBQ. Thanks must go to Mondo’s Takeaway for sponsoring our crossbar challenge prizes. Final thanks goes to everyone that sponsored our Soccer Marathon, it was very much appreciated.
We had an eye in the sky during the week to showcase some of the work done in the last 12 months at a cost of just under €160,000.
None of this would have been possible without the support of everyone in our 300 club and everyone supporting our 50 50 draw. Thank you for your continued support.