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Crossmaglen Rangers Club Notes 04/03/19






Hanratty Oils
We are delighted, honoured and proud to announce that our new main sponsor is Hanratty Oils. We send our sincere gratitude to Gene and the Hanratty family for their generous sponsorship and ongoing support for Crossmaglen Rangers.
Official Launch Of The New Crossmaglen Rangers Jersey
The official launch of the new  jersey, along with our entire club merchandise range will take place in the Rangers Hall on Saturday 23rd March at 2pm following the community clean up.
The new jersey will be launched by Club Chairman, Eugene Hanratty and our main sponsor, Eugene Hanratty, Hanratty Oils. Raymond Tumilty, O’Neill’s Sportswear and  sponsor Raymond Watters, The Old Coach Inn, Castleblayney will also be in attendance.
“As part of our overall vision for the future we believe the Crossmaglen Rangers jersey to be an integral part of town’s proud football history and tradition which inherently reflects who we are as people and what we stand for. The traditional amber and black stripes was essential to recognising the Rangers spirit and determination” said Chairman, Eugene. He added “Crossmaglen Rangers is central to the  lifeblood of our community. We hope that past players will recognise the new  jersey as a symbol of respect, that  current players will wear it as a symbol of pride and identity and that future players will aspire to wear it.
Naoise & Mary Short, Short’s Sports & Cycles will also be in the Rangers Hall on the 23rd and they will be taking orders for the full range of Crossmaglen Rangers gear including the official jersey, shorts, socks, half zips, skinny pants and much more.
Everyone welcome to this very exciting event, young and old!



Malachy Murdoch Tournament


On Friday night our seniors had their first outing of the year when they played Bryansford in the Malachy Murdoch Tournament. It was a very special occasion as the boys sported their new style jersey.
Before the ball was thrown in, a minute’s  silence was observed for the late Francie McKeown. Heavy rain left conditions extremely slippy.
We were first to register a score, Cían McConville slotted over a point when the game was only seconds old. Seconds later Bryansford levelled matters. Both sides exchanged points, Stephen Morris our point scorer. The Co Down men scored two more points (1,F) and at the midway point of the first half, they had a narrow lead. Stephen Morris scored his second point (f) to leave the bare minimum between the sides. With just a little over ten to go till the break, Stephen Morris passed the ball to David McKenna who struck the ball superbly into the back of the oppositions net to put us in front. Points from Cían McConville and Mel Boyce brought the scoring of the first half to  a close;
Cross 1-05 Bryansford 0-04
The second half was just minutes old, we had two more points registered on the  scoreboard to give us a comfortable lead but Bryansford responded, scoring four unanswered points and as the game entered the last quarter, we led by two. Three points from both teams meant it remained a two point game and we were in for an exciting finish. Bryansford scored another point in the dying minutes to leave one in it  but we hung on to run our winners on a score line of;
Cross 1-10 Bryansford 0-12 
Well done lads and management. 
The boys will now play hosts, Burren on Friday 15th March at 7.45pm.






Gym Notice
New gym equipment has now been installed & re-decorating has now completed.
Your health is your wealth, so why not invest in yourself & sign up for 2019 gym membership.
Annual membership is still only £30.00. Yes only £30.00 for the use of the gym for the whole year – 24hrs a day, 7 days a week.
A great range of facilities to suit all ages & abilities.
Please contact Paul McEntee to renew or sign up for 2019 membership.

















Online notes


This week’s online notes have been sponsored by Hanratty’s Bar, Newry St. Thanks very much to Eugene, Teresa and the Hanratty family for your sponsorship and ongoing support for the club. If you would like to sponsor the online notes, please email [email protected] or telephone, 0876659126.











Executive Meeting 

Executive meeting on Tuesday night at 9.00pm


Social Club 
Social club meeting, Wednesday night at 8.30pm.
Gaelic Life 
This week’s edition of the Gaelic Life will have a special three page feature about Crossmaglen Rangers. The paper will be published on Thursday.







International Women’s Day


This Friday is International Women’s Day. We pay tribute to all our Mothers, Grannies, females members, supporters, sponsors and friends who all play such an important role in our club.





St Mungo’s Luganulk


Tickets still available for St Mungo’s Luganulk 2 “The Umpire Strikes Back” which takes place in the Rangers Hall on Saturday 9th March. Tickets cost £15. Don’t miss out on what will be a fantastic nights craic!! Tickets for sale in Hanratty’s bar, PM Cross Rangers or telephoning  0876659126. During the interval at the show, we will hold the raffle for the bonus prizes, National Draw. Also we will pick a winner form the online competition we ran to win one of our fabulous new jerseys.






Pancake Morning 


On Sunday morning our pancake morning kicks off at 9.30am. All our underage teams will be participating, cooking and serving mouth watering pancakes. This is a major fundraising for our underage structure and we ask everyone to come along and support the boys!






Seachtain na Gaeilge 

Seachtain na Gaeilge has begun. Hope you are all using your cupla focail!
This week we’ve got some phrases about the weather;
Tá sé fuar. It’s cold.
Tá drochaimsir geallta. Bad weather is expected.

Proverb /seanfhocal
Níl aon tinteán mar do thinteán féin.
(There’s no place like home)

The word for a ladybird in Irish ☘️
bóin Dé which literally means God’s little cow!
Bigi linn on Saturday 16th for our dianchursa!




Upcoming Fixtures; St Oliver Plunkett Park 
Armagh V Fermanagh, Saturday 16th March, 3.00pm
Armagh Senior & Intermediate Club Fixtures








Armagh GAA Classic Mineral Water Felie



Last  Sunday, Armagh GAA launched the Classic Mineral Water Feile. Aaron O’Neill represented our U14 squad. Their opening game in the Feile will be against Lurgan side, Clann Éireann on Saturday 23rd March. Well done Aaron.


Sponsor A Ball!


Our opening game in the Armagh Senior league will be a home fixture against Killeavey on the 31st March. Thanks to everyone who have already sponsored a ball, any individual or business who would like to sponsor a ball for one of our Armagh Senior league matches can do so by PM Cross Rangers, email [email protected] or telephone 0876659126. Sponsoring a ball is a great way of supporting our Senior team.







Bingo every Monday night at 8.30pm, Rangers Hall. The jackpot is £1340.



Table quiz


On Friday, 22nd March, we will host a table quiz in the Rangers Hall  at 8.30pm. Renowned quiz master, Gene McGinn  will take charge of proceedings. All proceeds from the quiz will go towards field maintenance. Teams will consist of five people at £5 per person.






Trip To Derry


Places are filling up fast for our visit to Derry city on Easter Monday. A tour guide from Visit Derry will accompany us on the tour which will be both a walking & bus tour of the Murals and Derry’s historic walls. Michael Hasson, former President Ulster GAA will welcome us to Celtic Park and he will take us on a tour of the grounds. Thanks very much to Bronagh, Visit Derry tourism for all her assistance and for liaising with Derry GAA. The bus will leave the hall at 9.30am, coffee stop at Kelly’s Inn (Ballygawley), tour of Derry City & Celtic Park and a meal in Watters, The Old Coach Inn on our return.

The cost for the bus, guided tour and two course meal;

Adult £30, Senior Citizen £25 and child £15. (U12).To book, PM Cross Rangers or telephone 0876659126. There is limited availability so early booking is advised. Children must be accompanied by an adult.








Darkness Into Light



We are both delighted and honoured that myself and three other ‘Rangers’ will lead the warm up before the ‘Darkness Into Light’ walk which takes place on Saturday 11th May. Registration is now open and there is an early bird Rate . Please see the DIL page or Cross Rangers page for the link to register.





Advertising Signs


We are erecting new advertising signs. If you would like to advertise your business, a sign costs £350 for three years. This is an ideal opportunity to promote your business and support the club. Please contact our chairman, Eugene Hanratty or Joe Kernan for more details.


Good Luck
Good luck to Conor Deery, Ronan Fitzpatrick & St Colman’s College, Newry who play St  Geralds, Castlebar in the Masita Paul McGirr All Ireland Semi Final on Saturday 9th March. Time & Venue tbc.








Congratulations to our sponsor, Patrick McEneaney on the opening of his new business, Nanny Hughes’s Pizzeria. Wishing you every success for the future Patrick.


Clare Byrne Live


On Monday night, a small contingent from the club will be in the audience at the Clare Byrne show. The show will have a feature on Brexit and what it means to those living close to the border. The show will air live on RTÉ1 at 10.15pm.





Club Lotto




Draw; 03/03/19
Numbers Drawn; 13  14  25  30 
2 Matched 3 numbers winning £50 each. Susie Duffy, Longfield, C/O Malachy Duffy & Frank McConville, RVP. Well done to our match 3 winners.
Jackpot; £12,000/€13,000. Next Draw; 10/03/19.










Mr Francie McKeown, Lismore

Crossmaglen Rangers GFC are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Francie, Uncle Of senior player, Paul Hughes. We send our deepest condolences to Francie’s Brothers, Gene, Jimmy Pat & Peter, Sisters Eileen, Marian, Geraldine & Róisín and the extended family circle.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.


Pic Below; 
A lovely photo of Francie, a lifelong member, supporter and friend with his nephew, Paul


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