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Crossmaglen Rangers Club Notes 08/10/18


It has been a fantastic weekend for the club. Our Minors were crowned Armagh Champions on Saturday. On Sunday morning the Minor girls progressed to the Minor Championship semi final after a good win against Craobh Ciaran and then our Seniors had a super victory on Sunday evening. Well done to the three teams & managements.

On Sunday, our Senior Camogs play Clontibret in the Ulster Final. Venue to be confirmed. Let’s get our flags out and bunting up and show our support.


Armagh GAA Simplyfruit Minor Football Championship Final

Cross V Armagh Harps

On Saturday evening, all roads led to the Athletic Grounds for the Armagh Minor Championship Final. Our opponents were Armagh Harps and Christopher Lennon was the man in charge.
Harps settled quickly, scoring three unanswered points in the opening minutes (2,F). We were struck a hard blow early on, full back Ryan Duffy sustained an injury and wasn’t fit to continue and was substituted by Ruairí Kieran.
Harps were very much in control in the opening quarter and had a super chance of a goal if it where not for our number one, Stephen Morgan. They blasted a shot at goal but a fantastic block from Stephen kept Harps at bay.
Our opening scores came thanks to Captain Cían McConville just past the midway point of the first half, four points in as many minutes (2F) edged us in front for the first time by the narrowest of margins with ten to go until the break. A Harps point levelled matters but we finished the half the strongest, four points in quick succession, Odhran Kieran, Dara O’Callaghan, James Teelan and Cían McConville (F) give us a comfortable lead and seconds before Christopher Lennon blew the whistle to signal half time, Harps scored a point to reduce the deficit and to leave the score at the midway point;
Cross 0-08 Armagh Harps 0-05
The opening minutes of the second half saw an even encounter, each side scoring three points, Tony O’Callaghan (‘45) and Cían McConville (2,F). As the game entered the final quarter, Stephen Morgan excelled in goals ensuring our lead wasn’t compromised.
Cían slotted over another two points to bring his personal tally to nine, (1,F). Harps registered a point on the scoreboard before an Oisin Doyle point brought the scoring to a close and we ran out winners on a score line of;
Cross 0-14 Armagh Harps 0-09

1.Stephen Morgan  2.Declan Stuttard 3.Ryan Duffy  4.Thomas Cassidy 5.Liam Finnegan 6.Tony O’Callaghan (0-1) 7. Miceal Murray, 8. Shane Morgan 9.Eoghan McMahon  10. Odhran Kieran (0-1) 11. Patsy Finnegan 12. Dara O’Callaghan (0-1) 13. Oisin Doyle (0-1) 14. Cían McConville (C)(0-9) 15. James Teelan (0-1)
Subs; Ruairí Kieran for Ryan Duffy, Orin  McKeown for Ruairí Kieran

There were jubilant scenes in the Athletic Grounds as Sean McAlinden presented the Frank Hanna Cup to Captain Cían McConville.
Well done to the entire squad and to Managers Stephen Kernan & Thomas Cassidy and to Peter McAllister (Back room team).
The boys received a rapturous welcome from Raymond Watters and staff when they arrived at the Old Coach Inn, Castleblayney. Thanks very much Raymond.
Many thanks to the following for their generosity which is greatly appreciated;
McKenna & Cairns
Egg coffee & ice cream
Kernan Property Services







Armagh GAA Cormac Leonard Commercials Ltd Senior Football Championship SF

Cross V St Patrick’s GFC Cullyhanna

Our Senior championship semi final fixture had a five O’clock throw in against neighbours Cullyhanna in the Athletic Grounds on Sunday evening.
A dull damp evening with a strong wind left conditions difficult for football.
Kevin Faloon was the man in charge of proceedings
We played with the wind in the first half.
The opening minutes were an even encounter, two points a piece from each side, Rían O’Neill and Kyle Carragher our point scorers. Johnny McKeever and Kyle Carragher scored a point each from play in quick succession to give us a narrow lead with ten gone on the click.Rían O’Neill converted a free seconds before the ball was the opposite end of the field, it hit the post and rebounded and Aidan Nugent kicked the ball into the back of our net to leave it all square. Points from Mickey McNamee and Rían O’Neill edged us in front once more before Jason Duffy brought it back to a one point game. We pushed on six points without reply and at the midway point we led on a scoreline of;
Cross 0-13 Cullyhanna 1-03
The second half started lively, both sides exchanging points. Cullyhanna cut the deficit with two quick points to leave five between the sides with ten minutes played of the second half. A Rían O’Neill point from a free was followed by an Aidan Nugent point and as we entered the final quarter we still had a comfortable lead. Some of the best scores of the match happened in the last quarter of the game, Rían O’Neill kicked over a ’45 and Paul Hughes hit a super shot over the bar, Cullyhanna matched the two scores before we were reduced to fourteen men when David McKenna received a red card. We drove on, points from Paul Hughes and kyle Carragher in the closing stages of the game brought our scoring for the day to a close and as we entered the closing stages of the game, Cullyhanna registered two points to leave the score at the final whistle;
Cross 0-19 Cullyhanna 1-11
Well done lads & management.

We now play Ballymacnab in the Armagh Senior Championship Final.



Sponsor A Ball

John Murtagh, Tullyard sponsored the ball for our Senior Championship semi final fixture with with Cullyhanna on Sunday evening. Thanks very much to John for your sponsorship and ongoing support for the club.

Pic Below; John Murtagh presents the ball to Rían O’Neill




Scór na nOg

The South Armagh round is on Sat 3rd Nov at 6pm. Any club member interested in solo singing, recitation, music, ballad group or quiz is asked to contact Johanne Donnelly, telephone; 0860783426.


An Evening Of Craic!

We had a very enjoyable evening in the hall on Friday. Réamonn O Ciaran, one of our own give a very interesting, informative and highly amusing talk, “The Language of South Armagh”, where all the local ‘spakes’ originate from.
Many thanks to Réamonn for coming to the Rangers Hall, to our Irish Cultural Officer Johanne Donnelly who organised the evening and to all who attended.







Child Protection Training

Child protection training will take place on Friday 12th October from 7.00- 9.00pm (Registration, 6.45pm) in the back meeting room.  It is essential that we have all coaches, mentors and committee members at this training.


Good Luck

Good luck to our Senior Camogie team and management who play Clontibret on Sunday in the Ulster final.
To show how proud we are of the girls & management, good luck signs are being placed around the town in the coming days.
If you would like to support the girls by purchasing a sign, please contact Teresa (00353879579885) or PM Cross Rangers.



Crossmaglen Rangers GAC “Night at the races “

We are looking forward to our night at the races which is under three weeks away.
We need to confirm numbers with Dundalk Stadium. For those who have booked a table, can you please contact me , 0876659126 or pm Cross Rangers to confirm how many you have seated at your table. Tickets still available for this fantastic evening which takes place on Friday October 26th.
All race goers will be entered into a draw to win a getaway break in one of the following fabulous hotels;
Trump Doonbeg Resort
Manor House Country Hotel, Enniskillen
Slieve Russell Hotel,
City West Hotel
Harbour Hotel, Galway
Jury’s Croke Park Hotel
We will also be giving away five meal vouchers for Garvey’s Bar & Restaurant, New Rd, Silverbridge.




Philly McMahon

We are very excited to announce that Dublin GAA star, Philly McMahon will be in the Rangers Hall on Thursday 18th October at 7.30pm. Philly will speak about losing his Brother to drug addiction, the impact this had on his and his family’s lives and the subsequent work he does with young people to raise awareness that there is other options.
Everyone welcome.




Parent/ Carer and Toddler Group

Every Monday morning in the hall from 10am till 12. Everyone welcome.



Congratulations to Peter & Brenda McAllister on the recent birth of their wee boy, Dáithi.


Well Done

Well done to Pearse Larkin who sang Amhrán na bhFiann in the Athletic Grounds on Saturday evening.


Club Lotto



Draw; 07/10/18

Numbers Drawn; 3 15 18 21

No Jackpot Winner

5 matched 3 numbers; Eileen Quinn, c/o Eddie Mortons, Francis  McConville, RVP, Shane McCoy, Kathleen Murtagh & Patsy Shields Well done to our winners who win £20 each.

Next Draw; 14/10/18

Jackpot; £11,100/€12,100



Mr Malachy Cullen, Portadown

Crossmaglen Rangers Club send their deepest condolences to our Club Chaplin, Fr Kevin Cullen and Mrs Rita McKenna, Rathview Pk and the entire family circle on the recent sad loss of their Brother, Malachy.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.


Mr Tom Murtagh, Ballykeel, Mullaghbawn

We send our deepest condolences to Geraldine & Paudie Hughes & family on the sad passing of Geraldine ’s Father Tom. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.


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