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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 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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  • 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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  • Tributes paid to former Ulster GAA secretary Danny Murphy

    on Dec 7, 16 • in Armagh, GAA, In Your Area, News, Sports • with No Comments

    Tributes paid to former Ulster GAA secretary Danny Murphy

    Tributes have been paid to former Secretary of the GAA in Ulster Danny Murphy who passed away at the age of 67. He stood down from his role earlier this year because of ill health but was to officially remain in post until February 2017. Justin McNulty MLA has paid tribute “a giant in the world of Gaelic games, both in Ulster and across the globe”. “He was an outstanding administrator, and a man of integrity and of vision.  He was a great Irishman,” said Mr McNulty. “Danny was a quiet warrior, a man who got

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  • Is Jamie Clarke poised to make another return to the Orchard County?

    on Nov 29, 16 • in Armagh, Featured, GAA, In Your Area, News, Sports • with No Comments

    Is Jamie Clarke poised to make another return to the Orchard County?

    Jamie Clarke could be poised for another return to the Orchard County. The Crossmaglen ace moved to the Big Apple earlier this year and joined the semi-professional soccer team New York Shamrocks. Armagh never won a single championship game in 2016 and were relegated to the All-Ireland League Division III. It is not the first time that Clarke has left the county scene only to return to the fold. Speculation is mounting that he may be back for the 2017 campaign. Last night, the 26-year-old posted a photograph of himself in an Armagh jersey via

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  • Keady GAA legend John Toal enters club Hall of Fame

    on Nov 28, 16 • in GAA, Sports • with No Comments

    Keady GAA legend John Toal enters club Hall of Fame

    Former Armagh county star John Toal received the highest accolade within Keady Michael Dwyers as he entered the club’s Hall of Fame. The award, reserved for those who have made a significant contribution to the club over the years, was initiated in 2002/2003 at a Gala Night to celebrate Armagh’s victory in the 2002 All-Ireland Final and has been presented to members of great renown such as Harry Loughran, Eugene Mee, Petie Mee, Gerry Murphy and Brian McGuinness amongst others. During the proceedings, John’s illustrious career was recalled beginning with his early days as a

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  • Players sought for 24-hour World Record GAA match attempt for local charities

    on Nov 15, 16 • in GAA, News, Sports • with No Comments

    Players sought for 24-hour World Record GAA match attempt for local charities

    Cancer Focus Northern Ireland and Michaela Foundation are seeking 42 enthusiastic footballers to break the Guinness World Record for the longest Gaelic football match in history – and raise valuable funds for them at the same time. The ‘Marathon Match’ in partnership with O’Neill’s International Sports, takes place on January 7th/8th in the Tyrone GAA Garvaghey Centre. The record-breaking attempt will see Cancer Focus NI and Michaela Foundation teams go head to head for a total of 24 hours – a world first. Eoin Treanor, Community Fundraiser with Cancer Focus NI, said: “The Marathon Match

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  • Oisin’s words of encouragement as club holds underage presentation

    on Nov 6, 16 • in GAA, Sports • with No Comments

    Oisin’s words of encouragement as club holds underage presentation

    Craobh Rua Hurling Club’s annual presentation night was held on Friday evening at St Paul’s High School, Bessbrook. The excellent facilities and home of learning for the vast majority of the youth players was the perfect venue. An excellent night was had by all and the club are very grateful to guests Oisin Mc Conville, Simon Doherty, Lyndsey and Kevin Hughes and Clare Poland. The night began with words from chairman Raymond Watters and a minute’s silence to remember and honour Patrick Quinn. On the night there was a lot of silverware with all players

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