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Crossmaglen Rangers Club Notes 06/05/19

Presentation Night 
On Saturday night we held our annual presentation Night. This was a very special evening for a very special group of men, we honoured and paid tribute to the Crossmaglen Rangers teams of the ‘60s who  were hugely successful winning five Senior league and Championship titles in that decade.
Three legends from that era, Brendan Donaghy, Paddy Fitzpatrick & Tom McCreesh took part in a Q & A session with MC Miceal Moley, it was fantastic to hear first hand about matches they played, players and teams they encountered and the many victories they were part of.
Each member of the 1960’s team were presented with a commemorative tie and lapel pin.
We also congratulated and celebrated a fantastic 2018 where our seniors and minors were crowned Armagh Champions.
It was a super night where old friends reunited, football games were replayed and successes were relived.
Thanks very much to Mona and staff for the beautiful meal, Daniel Donegan DJ for the music and to the organising committee especially Aaron Kernan and Gene Duffy for  organising such a wonderful occasion, the first of many where we will remember and honour past teams who brought such glory to our club and their lasting legacy lives on today.
Our 1960’s Victorious teams

Roll of Honour


Kieran Martin – RIP John Martin  – 60,62,65,66,67


Thomas McCreesh – 60,62,65,66,67
Dermot Casey – RIP Hughie & Eamon Casey – 60,62,65,66,67
Brian Morgan – 60,62,65,66,67
Owen McShane – 60,62,65,66,67
Kevin Halpenny- 60,62,65,66,67
Peter Larkin – RIP Gene Larkin – 60,62,65,66,67
Eugene Hanratty  – 60,62,65,66
Jack McEntee –  60,62,66,67
Seamus Morgan – 62,65,66,67
Paddy Fitzpatrick – 62,65,66,67
Gene Duffy – 62,65,66,67
Brendan Donaghy  – 60,62,65
Larry Kearns – 65,66,67
Paddy Murphy – 65,66,67
Patsy Shields – 65,66,67
Oliver McCoy – 60,62
Kevin O’Reilly – RIP John O’Reilly  – 60,62
Brendan McShane – Patsy McShane – 67
Margaret McConville – RIP Patsy McConville – 60
Luke Murphy – 60
Tommy McKeown  – 66
America -Paddy Duffy – 60,62,65,66,67
Birmingham – Bernard Nugent- 60,62
Absent – Tommy Loye- 62
Absent – Jim O’Neill  – 62
Absent – Tom Mackin – 60
Absent – Tommy Close – 67
RIP Oliver McEntee – 67
RIP Seamus Mallon – 65,66
RIP – Tommy Morgan – 60,62
RIP Frank Kernan – 60,62
RIP Mickey Rushe – 60,62,65,66,67
RIP Michael McCreesh  – 60,62,65,66,67
RIP – Francie Rushe – 67
RIP – Paddy Cumiskey – 65

Pictured Below; Crossmaglen Rangers Players Of The Year
Senior Player Of The Year receiving the P Rogers Cup from Patrick Rogers is Aaron Kernan
Junior player of the year receiving the Gerry Fitzpatrick Cup from Paddy Fitzpatrick is Daniel Cumiskey
U21 Player Of the year receiving The Hank Kernan Cup from Joe Kernan is Johnny McKeever
Minor Player of the Year receiving the Ciaran McKenna Perpetual Trophy from Mary & Eugene Mckenna is Cían McConville
U16 Player Of The Year receiving the Thomas McConville Cup from Margaret McConville is Orin McKeown
Joint U14 Player Of The Year Receiving The Pat McShane Cup from Margaret McShane is Pearce Blessing & Bernard Cassidy
2018 Armagh Senior Champions
2018 Armagh Minor Champions
Huge congratulations and well done to all our Player Of The Year recipients 
Happy Birtday
Sally McEntee celebrated a significant birthday at the weekend.
The entire club send best wishes to you Sally and we hope you had a lovely birthday.
Pic Below; 
Jonny presents Sally with a commemorative tie and lapel pin in memory of her late husband, the great Ollie McEntee.
Armagh SFC A Rd 5
Silverbridge V Cross 
On Friday evening, our Senior team travelled to neighbours, Silverbridge for the round five clash of the Armagh Senior football league.
A minutes silence for the late Gerry Moley was observed before Stephen McKinley threw in the ball to get proceedings underway.
Silverbridge playing with a strong breeze were first to register on the scoreboard, a point from Fionnan Burns when the game was just minutes old. It took a wee while longer for us to settle but two points in quick succession from Paul McKeown and Colin  O’Connor give us a narrow lead with ten gone on the clock.
Both sides had missed opportunities.
Some excellent saves from our number 1, Tiarnan McConville kept the Bridge at bay.
As the  game hit the midway point of the first half, we went on a scoring spree, scoring 1-3 without reply, Aaron, Kyle and Mel the point scorers which was followed by the goal, a super pass from Aaron to Kyle who fisted the ball ino the oppositions net to put us in a commanding position with minutes to go until the break. Two points a piece from each team left the score at half time;
Silverbridge 0-04 Cross 1-07
The home side started the second half the strongest scoring two points (1,F) to reduce the deficit. Mel Boyce converted a free to get us off the mark. Both sides registered a point and as the game entered the last quarter our lead was very much intact. The last quarter of the game saw the score of the match, a long range point from the boot of Paul McKeown which sailed over the bar. Callum Cumiskey scored a point before two points for Silverbridge brought the scoring to a close and saw us run out winners on a score line of;
Silverbridge 0-09 Cross 1-11
Well done lads and management.
Sponsor A Ball

Kevin Murtagh, CGP will sponsor the ball for our Senior league fixture against Dromintee on Sunday.
Many thanks to Kevin for your sponsorship and ongoing support for the club.
Pic Below;
kevin presents the ball to Stephen Finnegan
Monday 6th May 
U18.5 Div 1 Rd 4
Cross V Clan na Gael, Cross @7pm
U10.5 (B) Rd 3
Cross V Armagh Harps, Cross 
U16.5 Div 1 Rd 4
Madden V Cross, Madden @7.15pm
U12.5 Rd 3
Cross V Armagh Harps, Cross @4pm
Tullysaran V Cross, Tullysaran @7pm
Sunday 12th May
SFL A Rd 6
Cross V Dromintee, Cross @2pm


Well Done 
Well done to Caoimhe Dooley and Lucy Duffy who were part of the Armagh Ladies U16 team who beat Fermanagh on Saturday and will now play Antrim in the Ulster Championship Final on Saturday 18th May.



Well done also to Dara O’Callaghan, Orin McKeown, Thomas Og Duffy & Armagh minor team/ management on a super win on Saturday evening against Antrim.
They now progress to round two of the Electric Ireland Ulster Minor Championship Qualifiers.



Executive Meeting 

Executive meeting, Tuesday 6th May @9pm
Darkness Into Light Crossmaglen
After all the preparation and hard work, Crossmaglen Darkness Into Light is only days away. There is still time to register but a t-shirt is not guaranteed at this late stage. We look forward to leading the warm up and participating in this worldwide event which raises awareness of all the help that is available surrounding mental health.
“It’s ok not to be ok”
Locally, PIPs Newry & Mourne will benefit from the walk along with Pieta House in Dublin.
U12 Jersey, Tee Shirt  & Top Launch
We are delighted to announce that our new U12 sponsor will be Bellew electrical. Thanks very much to Miceal and the Bellew family for their generous sponsorship. We also acknowledge a donation from Martin Hardware, many thanks Conor.
The jersey launch will take place on Sunday 12th May. A fun morning is in store for our U12 squad and families, a trek up Slieve Gullion followed by fun and games on the square. We encourage all families of the boys to come along to Slieve Gullion and take part in the games, it promises to be a great mornings craic!
Mary’s Meals 
Pauline, Róisín, Ciara and from Mary’s Meals visited the club on Wednesday night and give a short presentation about the phenomenal work that Mary’s Meals does in the poorest countries around the world.
Eamon Devlin has very generously offered the group premises, 1 The Square and Mary’s Meals will operate from this building on a Tuesday and Thursday. I will post online and in the notes when the they are operational. Mary’s Meals will return to the hall in two weeks time to collect the backpacks that we have gathered. Remember they don’t have to be new but they would like if the zips and straps are intact.
If you wish you can place the following in the backpack;
Stationary items plus tennis ball, towel, soap, spoon, toothbrush, toothpaste, flip flops or sandals and clothing such as shorts, t-shirts, uniforms and skirts all aged 4-12 years.
Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh 
Remember to keep the 16th May free when the one and only Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh will visit the Rangers hall.
Mícheál will speak about his amazing journey through life, the people he has met, the problems he has encountered and overcome and despite being aged 88, his calendar is always full.
There will also be an opportunity for questions and answers.
We will hold a raffle on the night
First prize; Signed Ireland Jersey. Many thanks to Joe Kernan for donating the jersey.
Second Prize; A Kerry Jersey signed by Mícheál.
Third Prize; A signed copy of Mícheál’s book.
All proceeds from the raffle will go to the Camogie Feile All Ireland Fund.
Admittance is free, tea will be served and everyone from near and far are very welcome to attend.
Cula 4 Club
We are delighted that TG4 have invited us to take part in their next series of “CLUB “. This is a children’s Irish language programme based on the GAA. Fifteen young Cross Rangers and a number of adults who are confident Irish speakers will take part in the show.
TG 4 will visit the club on 14th May to record and we are then invited to the studio in Dublin on the 17th June for the second part of filming.
This is will be an exciting adventure and great experience for the young people taking  part.
Well done to Johanne Donnelly for organising and co-ordinating.
Mini Tractor Run
A mini tractor run will take place on Sunday 16th June. So boys and girls get those tractors, go karts , scooters, green machines and trikes gleaming (no quads please) and ready for the road and we will see you all on Sunday 16th June.
All monies raised from the mini tractor run will go towards the promotion of the Irish language locally.
Social Media 
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We would greatly appreciate if club members could share information with members who may not have social media accounts,
Club Lotto
Draw; 05/05/19; 
Numbers Drawn; 14  17  20  23 
4 Matched 3 numbers winning £25 each. Well done to our match 3 winners.


Social Media 
Keep up to date with all the latest news, photos and match information from the club by following us on Twitter @crossrangers, Facebook Cross Rangers or by visiting our club web page,
We would greatly appreciate if club members could share information with members who may not have social media accounts.