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Crossmaglen Rangers Club Notes 03/06/19



Valuing the Volunteer – Margaret McShane Crossmaglen Rangers


I was asked by Ulster GAA to pick a volunteer in the club who I feel should receive recognition for their hard-work, dedication and passion for Crossmaglen Rangers. The piece appeared in the match programme, Armagh V Cavan.
I picked the one and only Margaret McShane.

Mahatma Gandhi once said, “The future depends on what we do in the present.”  This is a true saying when we think of all the volunteers across the island of Ireland who give up their time, put all their energy and passion into our national game and who will leave a legacy for the next generation to come who will carry on the good work.

Crossmaglen Rangers are no different, we have had and continue to have so many willing volunteers who over the years their contribution and passion for Gaelic Games and in particular Cross Rangers has made our club what it is today.  One of these special people is Margaret McShane.  Margaret(nee McKee) from Ballymacnab married Pat McShane in April 1973, the McShane family have a long affiliation with the club and so began Margaret’s journey with CrossmaglenRangers.


Margaret is a true Gael, her commitment, passion and dedication for the Rangers is phenomenal.  She was widowed young when her husband Pat collapsed on the training field on the 18th September 1984. Pat’s teammates carried him off the field but unfortunately he died aged only thirty-two and his sudden passing left a huge void in Margaret and their children’s lives which has never been filled.

Margaret devoted her life to their four children, Annemarie, Michael, Donna & Leon who were very young when their daddy passed.  Each of Margaret’s children were to follow in their footsteps with their great love for camogie and football and have all donned the black and amber with Michael, an All-Ireland medal winner which Margaret is immensely proud of along with all of Crossmaglen Rangers successes.

From every grade, underage to senior level Margaret never misses a match, sitting on the same seat in the stand for home games, travelling the length and breadth of the countycheering them on, offering support and sometimes she can be heard before she is seen!  Having been an avid supporter for decades, she is an excellent reader of the game, she could easily secure a pundit position on the Sunday Game alongside Mr Brolly.

Behind the scenes, Margaret is a tireless worker, a key member of the Executive and Lotto Committees.  Rarely misses a meeting and is always on hand every Sunday night to check the lotto numbers. Margaret is always at the ready when help is needed or advice sought.  At all the fundraising events she is to the fore, giving sound advice, willing to help with no task too big and she keeps everyone entertained with her wit and humour.

When hosting home games and refreshments have to be served, Margaret, along with Margaret McConville and Bernie Hughes, two more long-standing and loyal volunteers, the teapot is at the ready and all visitors are guaranteed a hot cup of tea, a warm welcome and above all, plenty of craic!

The Margaret’s of the GAA make our association what it is and we pay tribute and honour Margaret and all volunteers who do what they do for the love of the game.






Sponsor A Ball

Ashfield Golf course will sponsor the ball for our Senior league fixture   on Sunday against Maghery. Many thanks to Donal for your sponsorship and ongoing support for the club.
Armagh SFL (A) Rd 8
Dromintee V Cross 
Thursday evening we travelled to Dromintee for our round 8 clash of the Armagh Senior league.
The first quarter was an ever affair, with both sides scoring three points a piece, two of Dromintee scores the result of frees converted and our three scores coming from play, Oisin O’Neill, Alan Farrelly and Tomas Hughes the scorers.
The second quarter saw us score three points without reply, Oisin (2,1F) and Mel Boyce to give us a comfortable lead with the half time whistle only minutes away.
Both sides traded points and at the half way mark the score was;
Dromintee 0-4 Cross 0-7
Again the second half started as the first half had began, evenly matched,  with both sides matching score for score, the home side registering three points (2 F),.
Mel (F), Stephen and Paudie our point scorers.
Just past the midway point of the second half, a Dromintee point was quickly followed by a Cian McConville point (F) and still three separated the sides.
Dromintee scored two points in quick succession both scores the result of frees awarded and with six to go we where down to a one point game and an exciting finale was on the cards. As the game entered injury time, Cian hit a super shot which sailed over the bar to put two between the teams but the game continued, Dromintee brought it back to a one point game and with no sign of Tony O’Hare blowing the whistle for full time Dromintee hit a long range shot which was to be the equaliser in the 37th minute of the second half, seconds later the whistle sounded and it ended all square.
Cross 0-13 Dromintee 0-13

James Hughes Tournament

On Saturday, St Oliver Plunkett park was packed to capacity.
Thirty two teams from near and far participated in the James  Hughes Tournament.
After all the wet weather this few days, I believe Wee James was looking after us, the sun shone bright and not one drop
of rain fell.
A tremendous atmosphere where the children, their mentors and families were welcomed with ‘The Sunday Game music’.
The team parade was a colourful affair with all teams displaying their colours with pride. Amhrán na bhFiann was sang beautifully by our very own Colleen Savage.With all formalities over the whole attention turned to the football fields and it was all the children playing and enjoying our national game which stole the show. An amazing array of talent was on display with each child giving 100 percent. New friendships were formed and with our coaches, old acquittances were reunited. When all the football was played, each player was presented with a gold medal and a team photo was taken to remember the day. The James Hughes Tournament couldn’t of took place without the generosity of our sponsors. The entire Crossmaglen Rangers Club send our deep gratitude to our sponsors;

Cullington Properties (Barney Quinn, Main Sponsor)
Bayview Contracts, McNamee/McDonnell Solicitors, Avonmore Protein Milk, APS Auto Parts and Niall Clarke Oils 24hr Service Station Newry.
We sincerely thank the Hughes family for  all their support and assistance both in the preparation and on the day of the tournament.
To all our coaches, we thank you all for your hard work in ensuring things went smoothly and ensuring that everyone had a super day.
A special mention for U10 coach, Shane Murphy, well done Shane!
Finally, Saturday was a fitting tribute to a giant of our club no longer with us but forever in our hearts, Wee James.
The Micheal McConville Tournament

The inaugural Micheal McConville U8’s Tournament took place on Sunday morning.
Ten teams from counties Armagh, Down , Louth and Dublin participated.
Again we had a super morning where all the children represented their club with immense pride and passion, it was a fitting tribute to Micheal who was dedicated to and passionate about Crossmaglen Rangers.
Each player received a gold medal and team photos were taken.
Again we thank all our sponsors who helped to make the weekend such a success in memory of two great gaels. Thanks to all clubs who attended the tournaments over the weekend.
The Micheal McConville family stated;
“We thank the club for its rememberance of Michaels longstanding support of the rangers.
He was a rangers supporter through and through.
We are glad that all involved in the tournament, young and not so young had a fantastic day. The club is such a great asset to our community which we know Michael believed in wholeheartedly.
Good luck for the future to all the players who took part”.
The McConville Family.

Cross Ladies Football Notes: 
Games & Training Info: 
This week sees the start of the second half of the senior ladies football league.  To date we have five wins out of six games.
Next Senior league match v Mullabrack on Thursday 6th June @8pm in Crossmaglen.
U14 Championship begins this week with a home game on Monday evening at 7.30pm.   They will take on Armagh Harps on the training pitch, all support is welcomed.
U16 & U14s will train on Wednesday at 7pm on the council field.
U10 & 12 girls continue to train on Monday night, 6-7pm on the council field. They have completed the first stage of their league, details of the next stage will be released next week.
Well done to our U10 squad who travelled to Carryduff to participate in the Ulster development blitz. They had an amazing day of football, topped off with burgers & hotdogs. Thank you to Carryduff GAC for hosting.
Registration: There are still some outstanding memberships for this season. Can all players ensure they are paid up as soon as possible? Membership can be given to any team manager.
Good luck to the Camogs in the U14 Feile this weekend, especially all our dual players.
Armagh Ladies take on Monaghan in the Semi-final of the Ulster Championship on Sunday 9th June. This game is in the Athletic Grounds at 6.45pm. We would like to wish the entire squad all the best, and we encourage our members to go along and show your support.
Pic Below; U10 Squad
Tuesday 4th June 
U14.5 Div 1 Championship SF
Mullaghbane V Cross @7.15pm
Wednesday 5th June 
U10.5 (A) Rd 7
Mullaghbawn V Cross, Mullaghbawn.
U10.5 (B) Rd 7
Dorsey V Cross, Dorsey.
Saturday 8th June 
U8.5 (C) Rd 7
Carrickcruppen V Cross, Carrickcruppen
U8.5 (D) Rd 7
Cross V Culloville, Cross 
SFL A Rd 9
Maghery V Cross, Maghery @2pm.



Mini Tractor Run 
A reminder to everyone, our mini tractor run takes place on Sunday 16th June with registration for the event taking place on Friday 14th June at 7pm, back room, Rangers Hall. We would like if everyone is registered before the event takes place.
Each child who participates in the mini tractor run will receive an ice cream voucher; courtesy of Egg Coffee & Ice Cream, a sticker and a number sticker for their apparatus. They will also be entered into a free draw;
1st Prize; Homcom Children Ride On Toy Car Excavator Tractor; Sponsored by Donnelly Fuels
2nd Prize; Boiler Suit & hat; Sponsored by O’Neill Tractors, Culloville
3rd Prize; Sweet Hamper; Sponsored by Mary Deery.
Many thanks to our sponsors.
Raffle tickets will be available in local schools next week and in Casey’s supermarket next Saturday. Also available in Egg, McEntees and Valuland.
All monies raised from the mini tractor run will go towards the promotion of the Irish language locally.
Good Luck 
The entire club send our best wishes and good luck to our U14 camogs, their mentors and families who will be flying the flag at the Feile in Cork this weekend.
We hope you all have a lovely time and enjoy the experience.
Safe travels.




Silverbridge Drug Awareness Evening  
This Friday a very important event is taking place in our community, neighbours Silverbridge Harps are hosting a drug awareness evening. The speaker will be Theresa Burke who lost a child through the use of cocaine and other harmful substances and she has a powerful story to tell.  She has already spoken in Jonesboro and in Mullaghbawn GAA as well as St. Paul’s Bessbrook and has had excellent feedback. The event is being supported by Ulster Council GAA and there will be other statutory agencies in attendance to advise and guide parents about these serious dangers for their children. The focus of the event will be the young people of our area, from under 12 to senior and the message that will be delivered is simple; to say away from drugs.
We encourage all our players and members to attend .
Executive Meeting 

June’s executive meeting will take place on Tuesday night at 9pm.

Mary’s Meals.
Many thanks to all who donated to Mary’s Meals. All goods were delivered on Tuesday to Armagh.


Saturday 8th June 
Next weekend we will host a double header in St Oliver Plunkett park,
London V Donegal, Christy Ring Cup
Monaghan V Louth, Nicky Rackard Cup
Can all available members please assist with stewarding.
More details during the week.
Club Lotto


Draw; 02/06/19
Numbers Drawn; 19  23  26  28 
2 Matched 3 numbers; Angela McKeever & Callum Cumiskey win £50 each.
Well done Angela & Callum.
Jackpot; £12,000/€13,000.
Next Draw; 09/06/19 
Peter Kelly, Donaghmoyne 
Crossmaglen Rangers send our deepest condolences to Michelle McConville & Catriona Trainor and the Kelly family on the recent sad passing of their Uncle, Peter.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
Sean Murtagh, London, formerly Inniskeen
The entire Crossmaglen Rangers club send our deepest sympathies to the Murtagh family, Tullyard on the recent passing of their Uncle, Sean.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.




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