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Crossmaglen Rangers Club Notes 17/12/18

 

Mr John O’Reilly
When news broke of John’s passing, the entire club were immensely sad. John and the O’Reilly family have been and continue to be an inaugural part of our club.
John, our honorary president had a long  affiliation with the Crossmaglen Rangers which began over sixty years ago. In 1952  he donned the black and Amber jersey for the first time. His footballing career spanned the fifties and early sixties. Following his marriage to Angela, his involvement in the club moved from the football field to the administration side serving as chairman in the 60’s on two occasions. When the troubles were at their height, John was appointed Chairman of Armagh which was a challenge considering the difficult times that nationalists were experiencing at the time. 1977,  the year Armagh contested the All Ireland Final, saw John Chairman of Armagh County Board until 1981 and he was  re-elected again for a two year period as the decade drew to a close.
Following the untimely death of fellow Cross Ranger, Gene Larkin, John became a delegate with the Ulster council. 2002 was a golden year for him,  attending his fiftieth All Ireland Final he saw Armagh crowned All Ireland Champions and he also was appointed Ulster Council Chairman.
John has spoken on many occasions about his pride and joy at seeing the success
of his beloved Crossmaglen Rangers who were always at the centre of his heart.
Many tributes have been paid to John over the past few days which are truly deserved.
The entire Crossmaglen Rangers club thank John for his hard work, passion and dedication to the Rangers and the GAA in general, his contribution will forever be remembered , a true Gael.
May he rest in peace.

The  late John O’Reilly with his wife, Angela
John with his Brothers and sisters, Kathleen, Paddy, Josie, Dick, Phyliss and Ann. (Missing from pic, Joseph).
Comhghairdeas 
Comhghairdeas toour Irish Cultural Officer , Mrs Johanne Donnelly whose hard work , dedication and passion in promoting the Irish language / culture within the club and beyond resulted in the club receiving a silver Joe McDonagh medal during a reception in Croke Park on Saturday night.
Comhghairdeas Agustin a dhéanamh go Maith Johanne.
Johanne has a busy week, she also graduated from Queens University, Belfast with a Masters in Education, well done Johanne!
Good Luck
The entire club send their best wishes and good luck to our Minor team and management who play Ballyholland Harps, Co Down on Sunday 23rd December at 1pm in St Paul’s, Belfast 
Dr McKenna Cup
Many thanks to everyone assisted in anyway  on Sunday when we hosted the first round McKenna Cup clash between St Mary’s University College and Armagh.
Congratulations
Huge congratulations and well done to Rian O’Neill who has been awarded a 2018 Gaelic Life Ulster Club All Star.
Rian will receive his award at a gala event in the Hillgrove Hotel, Monaghan on January 11th 2019.
Ladies Football & Camogie Presentation
U16 football championship winners;
Joint captains u16
Caoimhe Dooley & Lucy Duffy with managers Paul Duffy & Shannon Clarke;
U16 POY Lucy Duffy & Daddy Paul;
Ladies minor championship winners;
Minor POY Sarah Hanratty, Maria O’Donnell, Paul Duffy & Peter McMahon;
Senior ladies football POY- Roisin McShane, Maria O’Donnell & Peter McMahon;
Senior Camogie team – Double Championship & League winners;
Camogie POY;
Faye Fitzpatrick – Minor
Caomhinn O’Neill – “Young” Senior POY
Marie Luckie – Senior  POY
With team managers and officials – Micky, Marie Fanthrope, Patricia McConville and Gerard;
5km Fun Run Walk
Well done to our camogs who hosted their annual 5k fun run/ walk on Sunday.
It was a lovely family event and great to see so many dressed  for the festive occasion.
Well done girls!
Well Done 
Well done to Kellie Shields, Eimear McMahon & Grace Fitzpatrick who been selected for the Armagh Ladies U14 squad.

 

 

National Draw 

Our committee members are now selling the National Draw tickets. There are super prizes to be won and we have added four bonus prizes; a top of the range TV & three meals vouchers for local hotels. Tickets cost €10 and the draw will take place on Thursday 6th March 2019. Please support the draw as all funds raised will be retained by the club

 

 

 

Texas Hold’em 

On Saturday 29th December our any annual poker classic takes place , shuffle & deal @6pm.
Tickets cost £30 and would be an ideal Christmas present .
Please contact Paddy Kindlon or Tony Brady about purchasing tickets.
Online Notes
The online notes are posted every Sunday night on our website, on FB and Twitter. Starting in January, any business who would like to sponsor the online notes, please PM Cross Rangers or telephone 0876659126. Included in the notes will be the business’s logo/contact details. This is an ideal opportunity to promote your business and support the club.

 

 

GAA Ireland Lights Up

Do you want to get moving and active this New Year, but you have nowhere to go?

 Do you find it hard to find a safe and well-lit area to go for a walk during the dark winter months? Well, we may have the answer! 

 

We’re coming on board with Operation Transformation and the GAA for Ireland Lights Up. Operation Transformation and Ireland Lights Up with the GAA is a national

Initiative to improve the health of the country through GAA clubs and communities across the island of Ireland. 

Every Thursday  from the 17thJanuary – 21stFebruary 2019 our club will be open and lit up for you, your family and friends to come and walk from 7pm to 9pm

 

We want everyone in the community and beyond to come and join us for Ireland Lights Up 2019

To run in conjunction with the walk, I will post daily various recipes and healthy eating plans ‘Recipes For Success’’which have  been devised by the GAA in partnership with St Angel’s College, Sligo.

Brian O’Laughlin 
Irish Cultural Officer, Johanne Donnelly & PRO Róisín Murtagh recently welcomed proud Cork man, Brian O’Laughlin to the club.
Brian is investigating what may be the impact on the six counties as a result of Brexit. The following is Brian’s report after his visit;

I recently decided to travel north after reading open letters sent to the Taoiseach in December 2017 & November 2018.  These letters were signed by more than a thousand prominent members of the Irish nation living in the six counties many of whom are members of the GAA and Irish citizens.  The letters outlined their concerns and frustrations around Brexit and reminded the Taoiseach of the Irish Government’s responsibilities in protecting their rights as Irish, and therefore European, citizens or as members of the Irish nation living in the North.

I visited Crossmaglen and met with two officers of their Club to discuss their concerns over Brexit.  I really appreciate that they took the time to meet me and I really learned a lot about living so close to the border. The following is my report to the club outlining the reasons I went, what I learned and why if a parliament in London doesn’t accept the offer from the E.U. tomorrow, I would recommend that every GAA Club in Ireland visits the north to illustrate our solidarity with GAA clubs in the North at a time of great uncertainty.

To understand and empathise with the frustrations of the people in the North it is important to look at our shared identity and the rights that were created on foot of the Good Friday Agreement.  We are all part of the Irish nation, our interests, traditions, interest in the Irish language and of course our membership of the GAA point to the ‘national ideal’ that the GAA aspires to, as stated in the Official Guide of the Association.  Crossmaglen’s work to protect and nurture Irish culture is very impressive and as a Gaelteacht area not so long ago the Irish language is at the forefront of this.  Their identity manifests itself in the Gaelscoil in the village and the Irish language classes, pilates as Gaeilge and lectures on local historyamongst other things that are held in their club.  Clearly we all part of the same nation but as a result of partition these people who share our national identity and are members of the GAA are represented in the Brexit negotiations by politicians in London who do not reflect their identity, share their values or have common interests.  This situation is exasperated by a Government in Dublin which is perceived to have a lax attitude to and as being distant from the Irish nation living in the north and the fact that the north’s political institutions are not functioning.  

Therefore, members of the GAA are living at the mercy of the egotistical whims of deluded, nostalgic colonialists in the English Tory party who believe their own lies about their history and masses of people in England who have been brainwashed by poppies.  The reasons for Brexit are more complicated than manipulated shared national memory in England and a desire to be centre stage in Europe’s political discourse and the English are more than entitled to take their ball and go home. However, this situation undermines the balance achieved relating to national identity and allegiance in the north and the rights created on foot of the Good Friday Agreement; this is both very dangerous and potentially damaging to peace on this island and at the very least offensive to all Irish people.

With this in mind I headed to Crossmaglen.  Firstly, there is a possibility of a physical border reinforcing partition, causing delays and controlling the movement of citizens of Ireland on the island of Ireland.  Their teams and players cross the border everyday; for instance the day after I visited they were going to Omagh for the Ulster semi-final, if there was a hard border the journey would be longer if they wanted to avoid the border or if they crossed the border, they would be risking uncontrollable delays for the team and supporters.  One of the officers, like a number of players, works in Co. Monaghan and obviously she has to cross the border everyday.  A hard border would make life far more difficult, slow movement across the border and ultimately isolate Irish people in the north from the rest of the country taking away the freedom that should be enjoyed by all Irish people on this island and undermining the achievements of and progress made by the Good Friday Agreement.

We did not intend to discuss the past and the officers I spoke to wanted to stress that they are not bitter about the past and are so happy today as their children are growing up in a very different place to that which they grew up in but the past informs our present and fears based on experience are also playing the minds of people in the North.  They told a few stories of the persecution, intimidation and victimisation the club and its members faced up to the mid 1990’s.  This deliberate, malicious interference in the business of a GAA club was so bad that even their underage team used different routes to go to matches to avoid harassment from the state forces.  Both of the people I spoke to hoped and were fairly confident that things wouldn’t go back to the pre-Good Friday Agreement world but they both had legitimate fears that undermining the Good Friday Agreement would reinforce partition and divisions may lead to further divisions.  This would isolate GAA members from the rest of the country emboldening those who history has taught us hate and are threatened by our culture and shared national identity and see the GAA as a symbol of this and as a target of their hatred.  

The GAA is seriously affected by Brexit and our fellow members, who are members of the Association just like you and me, have legitimate fears about what might happen.  Therefore, to illustrate our solidarity I would certainly encourage every club in the 26 counties to at least reach out and illustrate our solidarity.

Condolences

Mr John O’Reilly, Camlough & formerly Crossmaglen

The committee, players and members of Crossmaglen Rangers GFC deeply regret the death of our esteemed Honorary President, John.
John, former player, former Chairman Crossmaglen Rangers, Armagh GAA, Ulster GAA and former Ulster Representative, Croke Park. A lifelong member, supporter and a  proud club man who give a lifetime of service to the GAA, a true Gael.
We extend our deepest sympathies to John’s Wife, Angela, Sons Garrett & Kevin, Daughters Frances, Deirdre, Grainne & Maureen and the entire family circle at this sad time.
Ar Dheis De go raibh a-anam.
Mrs Josie McMonagle , Anamar
Crossmaglen Rangers GFC send their deepest condolences to Josie’s husband, Liam, Daughter’s Joanne & Sinead, Son Darren and the entire McMonagle family on the sad passing of Josie
Ar  dheis Dé go raibh a hanam.

 

 

Club Lotto

Date; 16/12/18
Numbers Drawn; 3 10 16 21

8 Matched 3 Numbers & win £15 each. Well done to our winners.
Next Draw; 06/01/19

Jackpot; £12,000/€13,000

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