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Crossmaglen Rangers Club Notes 21/10/19

Cormac Leonard Armagh SFC Final 

Cross V Ballymacnab

A cold crisp day in Armagh left conditions good for the Armagh Senior Football Championship Final.
Jake Magill was the man in charge of proceedings.
The opening minutes were a fast encounter with both teams settling quickly, each side matching score for score, Oisin, Cían (F) and Colin scores matched by the nab. In the twelfth minute the opposition took the lead with a super strike from Gavin McPsrland which ended up in the roof of our net.
A super strike from Oisin sailed over the bar to reduce the deficit to two.
Both sides had missed opportunities and it was a further ten minutes before another score registered, a point for Ballymacnab and once again it was a three point game. The closing minutes of the half both sides register two points a piece, Rían (F) and Cian our scorers to leave the goal the difference between the sides at the break.
Cross 0-06 Ballymacnab 1-06
Ballymacnab opened the scoring of the second half with a point in the second minute to stretch their lead. We responded three points in as many minutes, Rían and Stephen Morris (2) and we now had a one point game. We were struck another below, against the run of play, Ballymacnab scored their second goal followed quickly by a point and once again we were playing catch up but only for a short period of time.
Oisin converted a free in the tenth minute, this signalled a scoring spree, a spree which saw us score eight points without reply, Oisin (2F) Paul (2) Alan, Callum (2) and Mel to put us in a commanding position with minutes remaining.
Ballymacnab scored a point before a super strike from Colin O’Connor landed in the Nab net. The icing on the cake came when with seconds remaining, Oisin O’Neill blasted home our second goal to seal the victory and  for the forty fifth time in our club history we were crowned  Armagh  Senior Football Champions.
Cross 2-18 Ballymacnab 2-09
What a second half display!
Well done to the entire squad, Kieran, Francis and Micéal. We are so proud of you all.
We will now meet John Mc’s, Clontibret in the first round of Ulster which will be played in the Athletic Grounds on Saturday 2nd November, time tbc.

Pic Below; Captain Aaron Kernan lifts the Gerry Fagan Cup 
Rangers Retro Night
This Friday night all roads lead to Watters Old Coach Inn, Castleblayney for our
Rangers Retro Night.
Following on from the fabulous successful steak night last October, the theme this time will be high quality diner food. All diners will receive a ‘Rangers Delight’ cocktail on arrival, delicious three course meal and an entry  to a raffle where you can win an overnight stay in the preying Slieve Russell Hotel or a £50 meal vouchers for either Watters Old Coach Inn, Garvey Bar & Restaurantor The Cross Square Hotel.
Please support this fun evening which supports both a generous sponsor and the club.
Tickets cost €40. Please contact Róisín, telephone 0876659126 to purchase tickets.



Crossmaglen Rangers Spinathon 

On Saturday 9th November, a very important event in our club calendar is taking place in the Rangers Hall, a Club Spinathon.
The club Spinathon will start at 8am and finish at 7pm and is open to everyone in the club, community and beyond.
It promises to be a super fun day, so come along and get on a bike for only £10 for a one hour spin session.
For those with kids, a kiddies corner will be available while you spin.
Light refreshments will be served throughout the day, so if spinning is not for you, please feel free to drop into to the hall, support our spinners and have a cup of
If you would like to sponsor a bike, the cost is £30. Please contact  Paul Duffy (07970444980) or Maria O’Donnell (07763374030) for further details.


Many thanks to everyone who assisted in any way on Saturday when we hosted a double header.
A special mention to our stewards, car park attendants, ladies who provided the refreshments, St Johns Ambulance Brigade and Pearse Larkin who sang Amhrán na bhFiann before the Galbally v Grange match.

Half time draw 

The winner of the half time draw at the Galbally V Grange match was Charlie Heron, Ballinascreen, Co.Derry.
Well done 
Well done to Sarah Hanratty and  Caoimhin O’Neill, two freshers at Queens who lined out at midfield for the Queens Camogie team for two matches during the week.
Ruáirí Shevlin was our flag-bearer on Sunday at the County Final. Well done Ruáirí.
Well done also to James Sheppard, Anthony Boylan, Jack Daly, Emily king, Caoimhe O’Neill and Jessica McCreesh who played at half time during the County Senior Final.
Field Sign
Many thanks to John & Aoibheann Sheppard, Lough Ross for sponsoring a field sign in St Oliver Plunkett Park. Sponsoring a sign is an ideal way of promoting your business as well as supporting the club.
A field sign costs £400 for five years (We will provide the sign).
Please contact Joe Kernan or any committee member for more details.
Pic. Below; Aoibheann, John, Ronan, James & Tom Sheppard with Joe & Gene at their new sign in St Oliver Plunkett Park.

Christmas Fayre 2019
Our annual Christmas Fayre will take place on Friday 29th November from 5-9pm, Rangers Hall.
The Christmas Fayre will kick off when Santa will leave the Rangers Hall to switch on the town’s Christmas lights.
The cost of renting a stall is £20 and early booking is advisable as a number of places are already booked.
To book please contact, Sarah Jane McGrath; telephone 0873645311 or email. [email protected]
Conradh na Gaeilge 
During the week, Cuisle Nic Liam, a Project Officer with Conradh na Gaeilge contacted me to ask would we raise awareness about a history and heritage project which they are working on to uncover Conradh na Gaeilge’s history in Ulster.
Cuisle and Conradh na Gaeilge are hoping to put together a collection of documents, photographs, publications, programmes, minutes from old meetings or indeed anything relating to Irish, particularly in the context of Conradh na Gaeilge.
The collection will be digitised and made available to the public on a new online archive which they are currently building.
If anyone has any artefacts or information which they feel would be beneficial to the project, please send them to;
Conradh na Gaeilge
An Nasc
199 Bóthar na bhFál, Béal Feirste
BT12 6FB
Should anyone have any queries or if anyone would like more information about the project, they can contact Cuisle;
mobile phone: (+447) 851 024 581
A reminder to everyone who may have family away from home, you can play our lotto online by clicking on the following link;
Draw; 20/10/19
Numbers Drawn; 7  13  15  21  
No Jackpot winner
1 match 3 numbers; Frank Dolan, C/O Frances Rushe wins £100. Well done Frank.
Jackpot; £2900/€3900
Next Draw; 27/10/19


Mr John Brannigan, Castleblayney 
Crossmaglen Rangers GFC send our deepest condolences to Joe (U8 Coach), Jack (U8 Player) and the extended Brannigan family on the sad passing of Joe’s Uncle, John.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
Elizabeth Gilmartin, Kinlough, Leitrim
The entire Crossmaglen Rangers club express our deepest sympathies to loyal supporters and members, Eileen & Pat Fearon, Camlough and the extended family circle on the sad passing of Eileen’s Mother, Elizabeth.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam.
Mr Brendan Mackin, Dundalk & formerly Cullyhanna
Crossmaglen Rangers GFC express our deepest sympathies to Teresa Rogers and the extended Mackin family on the sad passing of Teresa’s Brother, Brendan.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.