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  • Co Armagh GAA club grant refusal is ‘blatant discrimination’

    on Jan 16, 17 • in Armagh, Bessbrook, Crossmaglen, GAA, In Your Area, News, Sports • with No Comments

    Co Armagh GAA club grant refusal is ‘blatant discrimination’

    A decision to refuse a county Armagh GAA club grant money has been branded ‘blatant discrimination’. MLA Conor Murphy has hit out at the Communities Minister Paul Givan, who refused the unidentified club, a community hall grant. “I have been contacted by applicants to the Community Hall Grants Scheme whose applications were refused and they are now concerned about the process,” said Mr Murphy. “One rejection letter to a GAA club flippantly dismissed the application stating their ‘organisation was not eligible to receive support’. “The list of recipients now in the public domain shows clearly these

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  • What actually happened at half-time in the 2002 All-Ireland final

    on Jan 14, 17 • in Armagh, GAA, In Your Area, News, Sports • with No Comments

    What actually happened at half-time in the 2002 All-Ireland final

    It’s a well-known fact that Joe Kernan’s half-time speech in the 2002 All-Ireland final was the catalyst for Armagh to go and claim their one and only Sam Maguire to date. It’s also widely understood that he produced a runner-up medal, but it was in fact a plaque, something described by a team member as something you’d win at an ‘U12 Blitz”. Armagh were trailing Kerry 0-11 to 0-7 and the game looked all but over for the Orchardmen. It looked to be a repeat of the 1977 final heartbreak once more; a final Kernan

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  • Armagh RFU player Tim McNeice named First Player of the Round

    on Jan 12, 17 • in Armagh, In Your Area, News, Rugby, Sports • with No Comments

    Armagh RFU player Tim McNeice named First Player of the Round

    Armagh RFC’s Tim McNeice has been announced the first winner of the Ulster Rugby Premiership Player of the Round. Title sponsor of the Premiership, SONI (System Operator for Northern Ireland), are behind the initiative which rewards the best player performance across each set of SONI Ulster Rugby Premiership fixture weekends for the rest of the season. The ‘Player of the Round’ is chosen by a panel of judges from SONI and Ulster Rugby chaired by Head of Sport for Johnston Press Ireland and rugby correspondent Richard Mulligan, with each winning player being rewarded with Ulster

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  • City of Derry suffer heavy defeat during Palace Grounds outing

    on Jan 9, 17 • in Rugby, Sports • with No Comments

    City of Derry suffer heavy defeat during Palace Grounds outing

    For the second successive week City of Armagh RFC scored over 50 points in the SONI Ulster Premiership with City of Derry suffering a heavy defeat at the Palace Grounds on Saturday. The home team scored nine tries with five conversions for a final scoreline of 55-7. The kickoff time was put back 45 minutes as the referee was delayed in getting to Armagh and it was 3.15pm when the visitors kicked off in front of a large crowd of supporters. As was the case against Ballynahinch, the Armagh coaching staff had rotated the starting

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  • Armagh suffer defeat to Derry in Dr McKenna Cup opener

    on Jan 8, 17 • in GAA, Sports • with No Comments

    Armagh suffer defeat to Derry in Dr McKenna Cup opener

    Derry 3-10 Armagh 2-11 Armagh’s chances of ending their 22-year wait for a McKenna Cup title took a serious hit with defeat to Derry in Owebeg this afternoon. Kieran McGeeney’s men, fresh off that O’Fiaich Cup victory pre-Christmas were entering a competition hopeful of inflicting a second pre-season defeat of the Oakleaf county. But Damian Barton’s side had other ideas. It was Armagh who began the better with the first score of the game, before Anto Duffy thrashed the ball past the Derry ‘keeper to give his side an early four point lead. The hosts

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  • McGeeney turns to youth ahead of Dr McKenna Cup

    on Jan 3, 17 • in GAA, Sports • with No Comments

    McGeeney turns to youth ahead of Dr McKenna Cup

    Kieran McGeeney will prepare for the Allianz National League by blooding a host of youngsters in the upcoming Dr McKenna Cup. The Orchard County haven’t tasted success in the the seasoning opening competition since 1994 when they registered their ninth success. However, McGeeney will be looking for a tenth success this term but will do so by placing his trust in the younger bred. Armagh have already collected silverware this season by way of the O’Faigh Cup, but despite the McKenna Cup never being considered a pre-season priority, it’s another step up in quality. Ruairi

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  • Post-Christmas cracker for City of Armagh after four weeks going cold turkey!

    on Jan 2, 17 • in Rugby, Sports • with No Comments

    Post-Christmas cracker for City of Armagh after four weeks going cold turkey!

    Having had no fixture since December 3, City of Armagh were keen to get some match time when they hosted Ballynahinch at the Palace Grounds on Saturday afternoon. This SONI Premier League fixture was played in front of a large crowd of spectators in almost ideal conditions. Ballynahinch kicked off and from the start off it was evident that both sides were set to play the game at top speed. Despite the lack of fixtures the Armagh team’s pace began  to see them win the major share of both open and set play. By the

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  • Fit 4 U Southern Area Archery Competition

    on Dec 31, 16 • in Armagh, In Your Area, Other Sports, Sports • with No Comments

    Fit 4 U Southern Area Archery Competition

    The Southern Trust Fit 4 U Project recently co-ordinated an Archery Competition for people with physical/sensory disabilities from across the Trust area. The event was organised in partnership with Sport NI funded, Everybody Active Coaches from Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council. People with disabilities from across Armagh, Dungannon, Craigavon, Banbridge, Newry and Mourne participated in a competition at Banbridge Leisure Centre on December 8 2016. Following several rounds of competition, the results were: Group 1: 1st place Eric Flowers, 2nd place John McKenna, 3rd place David Wylie Group 2: 1st place Beverley Jory,

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  • Armagh to take different approach to pre-season, says McGeeney

    on Dec 30, 16 • in GAA, Sports • with No Comments

    Armagh to take different approach to pre-season, says McGeeney

    Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney says he will take a different approach to pre-season training following a disastrous 2016. McGeeney said his side did very little pre-season training ahead of the 2016 campaign, which culminated in relegation from Division Two and an early exit from the Championship. And he blames poor preparation for the loss of key players early in the season; a list which included Ciaran McKeever, Brendan Donaghy, Kevin Dyas, Mark Shields, Eugene McVerry, Stefan Campbell, Michael Murray, Ethan Rafferty, Andrew Murnin, and James Morgan. “We are going well and everyone seems keen which is

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  • Permanent memorial garden to remember 11 who lost lives at Tandragee 100

    on Dec 21, 16 • in Featured, In Your Area, News, Other Sports, Sports, Tandragee • with No Comments

    Permanent memorial garden to remember 11 who lost lives at Tandragee 100

    A memorial garden is to be established in memory of those who have lost their lives at the Tandragee 100. In all 11 have died over the years – including spectators – at one of the country’s most prestigious road races. The project is being led by current Tandragee 100 clerk of course RJ Woolsey. The garden will have at its heart a special memorial in the form of a motorcycle, sitting atop a stone block and with a marble panel on which will be engraved the names of those who sadly lost their lives

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