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Crossmaglen Rangers Club Notes 09/10/17

Paul Hearty




Paul Hearty (PH) , Roisin Murtagh (RM).

It is a great privilege for me to speak to the most decorated club footballer in Gaelic football , Paul Hearty .

(RM) Paul , it has been a fantastic journey . A journey which saw many victories and achievements .
(RM) Did you ever envisage the journey would be so long and that you would achieve so much ?
(PH) Starting out as a sixteen year old , I never ever envisaged what the next twenty three years would entail . With all the County , Ulster and All Ireland successes it has been a fantastic journey , a journey that no one expected .
After a ten year drought , all we wanted was a County title . We had a good young team and as the years went by we got better and better , adding County , Ulster and All Ireland Club titles along the way and to get thirteen county titles in a row was phenomenal .
It is a testimony to our Club and all the structures within the Club that we kept producing young players that came through to keep the successes going over the years .

(RM) Did the years go fast ?
(PH) Yes the years went so fast and it is hard to believe that it is over twenty years since our first All Ireland win .

(RM) Paul , your won nineteen Armagh Senior Championship , eleven Ulster and six All Ireland Club medals . An amazing feat .
Is there any win in particular that you would say was extra special .
(PH) The greatest win for me was the First Armagh Senior Championship victory in 1996 . As I said it before it was a decade since we won the Armagh Championship . We came back to the hall as winners , the hall was packed and there was a real party atmosphere . The response from the community was amazing . Then the journey through the Ulster and All Ireland championship which ultimately led us to Croke Park on 17th March 1997 . This was all new to us , something none of us had ever experienced before . So , for me the first victory was the most satisfying .


(RM) Over the years you have encountered many players/teams from the four corners of Ireland.
(PH) Is there any player / team that you would say where the toughest opposition ?
Peter Canavan was always a thorn in the side wether he was playing for his County , Tyrone or Club , Errigal Ciaran . He was a fantastic player , always very hard to watch , he was tricky and had he had all the tricks in the book . Peter could shoot and score from anywhere , he definitely would be up there with the toughest .

(RM) Finally Paul , is there any advice you would give to the young players of our club ?
(PH) I think first and foremost is to enjoy it , you can’t do your best at something unless you enjoy it and you have a passion for it . You have to be dedicated and committed to be the best you can be . The more you put into the sport the more you will get out of it . Hard work does reap its rewards at the end .


(RM) Paul , the entire Crossmaglen Rangers Club thank you for your long and dedicated service to the club . We congratulate you on all you have achieved .
We wish you , Olivia and your children well for the future and we hope you enjoy your well earned rest .
( PH) I would like to thank my wife Olivia , children Breanne, Erin Mae, Oran, Aoibhe and my Mother and late Father for all their love and support




100,000 Step Challenge .

Crossmaglen Rangers are hosting the inaugural 100,000 Steps event on Saturday 21stOctober in St Oliver Plunkett Park .

The event is a fundraiser but it is also is an end of season celebration for all our young players who have achieved and won silverware at all levels this year.

This is a very important day for our club and gives our members and supporters the opportunity to come together and celebrate the achievements of our young athletes.

The day begins at 1 o clock when the first steps will be taken, we invite ALL Rangers Supporters to come along and TAKE A FEW STEPS FOR THE KIDS, together we can hit a great total .


Pat Shortt

A great night craic was had by all who attended the Pat Shortt show on Friday night .


Cycle For The Championship

Crossmaglen Ladies hosted a Spinathon to celebrate winning the Armagh Intermediate Championship and in preparation for the Ulster championship campaign which gets under way next Saturday 14th October @ 2pm when they play Fermanagh champions Newtownbutler in Crossmaglen
A big Thank you to everyone who took time out of their busy schedule to take a seat on a bike especially our club supporters and those from our neighbour clubs who give us great support for our event on the day. To all our sponsors of the event and to everybody who made donations which helped make the event a great success
A special Thank you to all our lead cyclists who guided everyone during the day and kept the entertainment and buzz going ensuring everyone got a good work out
The Spinathon started brightly at 8am with Aidan Short getting the early Spinners in the zone with his eclectic mix of 80’s & 90’s music
9am Karen Daly (The Academy – Dundalk) getting people into shape
10am Frank Shields with his easy warm up session
11am Michaela Downey with a powerhouse session to clear the heads
12 Paul McEntee with his Mac Fitness session for stamina on one leg
1pm Aaron Kernan with his lunchtime hour to give the Spinners an appetite
2pm Eoghan McMahon showing how the young lads do it
3pm Sean Cowan to show how the experts do it
4pm Conor Martin a real athlete leads the way after his 10mile run for Autism
5pm Paula O’Hare Armstrong/ Maria ODonnell a high speed hour for the 2 ladies
6pm Peter McMahon / Maria O’Donnell a heavy hour to get you ready for your tea
7pm Frank Shields took the lead a 2nd time to work up a thirst for a Guinness

Finally a Thank you to everyone who helped on the day in one way or another to make it a great success especially the ladies in the kitchen providing the cyclists with refreshments and managing the kids play area while the parents had a spin
A reminder of the Ulster Championship match Saturday 14th October v Newtownbutler at 2pm in Crossmaglen .

Marian McMahon , St Paul’s HS.


Advertising Signs .

We are currently replacing the advertising boards around the field . This is a great opportunity to advertise your business/ organisation. Please contact Joe Kernan for more details .( Tel 02830868404 )

Festive Christmas Party Night

As the festive season fasts approaches , preparations are in full swing for our festive Christmas Night which takes place on Saturday 16th December in the Rangers Hall.
A mulled wine reception , a scrumptious four course meal , dancing into the wee hours and a great nights craic is guaranteed .
So wether it is a work function , a family get together or friend’s uniting to kick off the festive season , you are all very welcome . No group to big or to small . Transport available if requested .
You can book now by contacting Róisín (Tel.0876659126) ,Tim (Tel. 02830861588/0868768365) or Mona (Tel.30861780).


Hall Schedule :
Monday ;
Mother & Toddler Group ; 10.00-12.00pm
Ceili Dancing with Majella ; 4.30-5.30pm (Scór dancers begin at 4.00pm)
Irish Classes ; Rangers Hall , 7-8.00pm.
Bingo ; 8.30pm.
Tuesday ;Bowls ; 8.30pm
Wednesday ; Slimming World , 5.00pm & 7.00pm.
Thursday ; Jiving Lessons , 8.00pm

Get well
We send our best wishes to Mrs Maura McEvoy who is currently in hospital , get well soon Maura .


Mr John Joseph Hughes , Newtownhamilton . We send our sincere condolences to Joe’s Sister , Brenda Clarke and the Hughes family on the death of their Brother , John Joseph. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Autism Ni

Autism Ni are hosting an advice and information coffee morning on Tuesday 10th October , 10.30am -12.00pm in the Community Centre .



Thank you to everyone who continues to support our weekly lotto and to our hard working lotto committee .

Draw ; 08/10/17

Numbers Drawn ;  2  9  11  13

No Jackpot Winner

4 Matched 3 numbers

Jackpot ; £6100/ €7100


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