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Crossmaglen Rangers Club Notes 11/03/19


Online notes

This week’s online notes have been sponsored by Kernan Property Services. Thanks very much to Aaron and the Kernan 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.







MD of Kernan Property Services, Aaron Kernan told us;

Our House Is Your Home’ is our motto, and we want people to feel relaxed and comfortable with us. Our doors are always open, so if you need our free and impartial advice on buying, selling or letting a property please pop by our office for a chat.



Cross Rangers Pancake Morning
A huge crowd attended our pancake breakfast on Sunday morning which was a juvenile team fundraiser. It was great to see a packed hall.
Many thanks to all who donated items to the breakfast, helped in any way and finally thanks to all attended and supported our underage structure.




























St Mungo’s Luganulk  



On Saturday night, the ‘Umpire Strikes Back’ landed in the Rangers Hall. It was a super night’s craic. Thanks to all who attended and supported the night.








National Draw Bonus Prizes



During the interval at the St Mungo’s show, the draw took place for the bonus prizes which we added to the National Draw raffle.Many thanks to The Cross Square Hotel, Watters Old Coach Inn and the Canal Court Hotel who donated vouchers to the draw.

We also purchased vouchers from local businesses for the raffle.


Hotel Vouchers

Canal Court Voucher; Frances Rushe, St Joseph’s Place 
Cross Square Hotel; Calum Cumiskey Donaldson Rd 
Watters Old Coach Inn; Richie Fee, Shelagh 
£50 Vouchers  
Cassidy’s;  Hugh Donnelly, Armagh 
Donnelly Fuels;  Donal McMahon
Garvey’s Bar & Restaurant;  Rosemary Quinn, Anamar  
Mona McEntees;  Hughie McMahon, RVP
Kevin McNamee Butchers;  Brigid  Mckeown, Dundalk Rd 
Egg & Nanny Hughes Pizzeria; Amy Faughey, C/O Ann Morris, The Crescent 
Superbites; James McLoughlin, Poets Glen

Congratulations to all our winners


New Jersey


On Saturday night we also held the raffle from our online completion to win one of our new  jerseys. There was a tremendous response to the competition where people had to leave comments telling us what Crossmaglen Rangers means to them . It was very uplifting to read all the lovely comments. Thanks to all who entered. The Jersey was won by James G. Hanratty, Sán Francisco.

Congratulations and health to wear James!




Malachy Murdoch Tournament

Cross V Burren, Friday 15th March, 7.45pm, Burren


National League 


Armagh V Fermanagh, Saturday 16th March, St Oliver Plunkett Park, 3.00pm.

All available members, please assemble at 1pm, changing rooms.



U14 Feile Cup


Cross V Clan Éireann, Saturday 23rd, St Oliver Plunkett Park, 3.00pm.



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.


Crossmaglen Community Clean Up


Prevention is the best cure when it comes to littering and looking after our community.


On Saturday 23rd March, our senior teams along with club members from U10’s upwards will undertake a massive clean-up on all roads leading into Crossmaglen and the town itself. Our aim is to bring the community together to make Crossmaglen a cleaner and better place and highlight the importance of looking after our community and taking pride in our area. The event will be known as Crossmaglen Community Clean-Up. We would urge all club members from U10’s upwards in both our football and camogie club to join in and make our club grounds and local community spotless. The Crossmaglen Community Clean-Up will be one of the most exciting campaigns ever to hit Crossmaglen and we are delighted to receive the backing of our club committee and Newry, Mourne and Down District Council to help us to do our bit to clean up the environment. It only requires  a few hours of everyone’s time and getting involved will be great fun as well as very worthwhile.

We fully believe with the correct planning and support structures that Crossmaglen Community Clean-Up will be a huge occasion and a massive success.

Live Here Love Here

The primary purpose of this programme is to develop projects which will contribute to;

Improving the quality of our local environment

Reducing litter in our local environment

Instilling civic pride within our community with a focus on environmental improvement


Estimated time 9am to 1pm

All volunteers meet at Rangers Hall at 9am sharp

Selected group leaders & assign a group & route to each leader

Equipment distribution

Begin each collection route

Let’s make it an ‘All Hands on Deck’ morning at the Club on Saturday 23rd and give our grounds and surroundings areas a really good spring-clean. Bags and jackets will be supplied but please bring gloves if possible. No help refused and any and all assistance will be appreciated











Club Shop 


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 1pm 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.

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!









10th Annual Pre-Season 7s 
The Ladies committee turned into weather watchers this week, as they waited patiently to see if Saturday would be viable for their tournament.  Thankfully, the drying wind and mostly hail, meant Saturday was a go.  Fourteen teams, competed on Saturday, with many teams returning from previous years.
The group stages run off quickly with Lacken, Donaghmoyne, Bun Cranna, Emmet Og, Crossmaglen, Clann Mhuire, St. Brigid’s and Errigal Ciaran emerging to the cup competition.  While Kildress, Moneyglass, St. James’, Carrickmacross, Ballykinlar and Dromintee progressed to the Shield.
These games were tightly fought, with some games going to extra time.  Specially the home side, who faced the Dublin side Clann Mhuire.  It went right down to the final kick of the ball, in extra time to decide this game, with Clann Mhaire progressing to meet Donaghmoyne.  This was the end of the road for the Clann’s as Monaghan’s football stalwarts challenged every ball and kick out.  While on the other side of the cup competition Emmet Og struggled to get a handle on Errigal Ciaran.  This left Donaghmoye and Errigal meeting in the cup final.  This game was truest a fantastic display of football, with each point score being reciprocated, until Errigal got a goal, giving them a lead of two points.  However, this was not for long, as Donaghmoyne rallied, and at the final whistle Donaghmoyne took the title with a point lead (0.12 to 1.08).
Meanwhile the shield compels just as exciting, with teams fighting tooth and nail to get this hands on some silverware.  Ballykinlar were no match for Moneyglass, and we seen Dromintee being knocked out by Carrickmacross.  The shield final again we an exciting game, and both sides made great use of fresh legs and rotating the goal keeper. However, the Antrim side just had more in the tank, and managed to get a net three goals to seal the deal.
It’s hard to believe that this competition is in its 10th year, and it is testimony to our club, that we have been able to establish this competition within the club fixtures for the LGFA.  Club’s often struggle, at this time of the year, to get their players out in force, due to university and county commitments, which makes 7s a perfect way to get everyone out enjoying a bit of football.  We hope that we will be welcoming back all the clubs in 2020, for the 11th year of this competition.
Massive thank you goes to all those who made our tournament possible, including the first responders, St Joseph HS, St. Patrick’s PS and all our volunteers. Special thank you to Kieran from MACs grocery, for providing warm drinks for everyone on the side lines.
Ladies training this week
U10 & 12 training continues in St. Joseph’s Monday 6-7pm.  We hope to go outside from the start of April, Marion & Sean will be in touch with details.
U14 & 16 training continues with Paul & Frank, they will be in touch with details.
Lycreisha Quinn receives player of the tournament from Marion McMahon.


Photo 2: Donaghmoyne Captain receives the 7s Cup from Keiran McShane of Mac’s Grocery Rathview Park.


Photo 3: Moneyglass Captain receives the 7s Shield from Kieran McShane of Mac’s Grocery Rathview Park.  








Katie Rose’s Journey


St Colmcilles, Grange are currently putting all their energies into fundraising in support of their underage player, Katie Rose McKeown.

Katie Rose is just eight years old and battling stage-four high risk neuroblastoma. Lifesaving treatment which is not available on the NHS will cost in excess of £400,000.

To show our support for Katie Rose and her family, I am having a coffee morning on Saturday 13th April in the Rangers Hall from 10.3am-12.30pm. More details in the coming weeks.






Derry Trip


Places are filling up fast for our trip to Derry on Monday 22nd April. Early booking is advised to avoid disappointment as places are limited.








St Patrick’s Day 


Happy St Patrick’s Day to all our members, sponsors, supporters and friends.

A special mention to all the Rangers who are away from home this St Patrick’s Day. If you wish to send a St Patrick’s Day greeting, WhatsApp 0876659126 or email [email protected] and I’ll share them on the Cross Rangers FB page on Paddy’s Day!








Irish Language Collection 


There will be an Irish Language collection at masses this weekend outside St Patrick’s Church.



Irish notes
Seachtain na Gaeilge ag suil go bhfuil sibh ag labhairt cupla focail!
To wish someone a happy St Patrick’s Day; Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig.
Seamróg- ☘️ shamrock.
Sláinte- cheers/good health
Seánfhocail an seachtaine:
Is binn béal ina thost.
(Silence is golden)
Dianchursa/intensive Irish course in Rangers Hall on Saturday 16th. 10am-2.30pm. Lunch provided. £10. Classes for complete beginners and improvers. Bigi linn. 
Anyone attending Gaeltacht courses this summer please contact Irish Officer Johanne Donnelly [email protected] for advice and assistance with bursaries.


Well Done 
Well done to Ronan Fitzpatrick, Conor Deery and St Colman’s College, Newry who beat St Gerald’s, Castlebar in a nail biting Paul McGirr Cup All Ireland Semi Final. Good luck in the All Ireland Final boys!






Club Lotto




Draw; 10/03/19
Numbers Drawn; 17  23  24  27
2 Matched 3 numbers; Briege Gogarty, Culloville Rd & Patrick McShane, C/O Cathal Short. They win £50 each.
Well done to our match 3 winners.
Jackpot; £12,000/€13,000. Next Draw; 17/03/19.



Mrs Mary McElroy, Castleblayney

Crossmaglen Rangers GFC send their deepest condolences to Gerry McElroy and the extended McElroy family on the sad passing of his Mother, Mary.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam



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