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Crossmaglen Rangers Club Notes 22/07/19



Armagh Minor League Final
Killeavy V Cross 
The Armagh league final was played in Killeavy on Monday night after a toss of a coin decided who would have home advantage.
The opening minutes of the contest saw both sides registering a point, the home sides score coming from a free converted, ours coming thanks to Caolan Dooley.
With only five gone on the clock, we were unfortunate to concede a goal, Referee Damian Shields consulted the umpires after there was a scramble on our goalmouth and after consultation, Killeavy were awarded a goal which give them an early lead.
Two points for Oisin Doyle (1,F) and one for Kileaavy left the margin two as the game entered the second quarter.
Tony O’Callagan got his name on the scoresheet, a super strike from  a ‘45 which was followed by an Odhran Kieran point to level matters as the game entered the final minutes of the half.
Killeavy finished the half on a scoring spree, four points without reply to leave the score at the break;
Killeavy 1-06 Cross 0-05

We got off to a dream start seconds after the ball was thrown in to get the second half underway, a fantastic pass from Patsy Finnegan to Odhran Kieran who hit the ball into the roof of the net to leave just one between the sides.
A minute later, an Oisin Doyle point left it all square once again. Both sides had missed opportunities and there was along spell where neither side scored.
Killeavy then scored two points in quick succession to regain the lead, an Oisin Doyle point brought it back to the narrowest of margins again. As the game entered injury time, the home side stretched it two  again, the point the result of a ‘45.
Once again, Oisin slotted over a point but we could not get the equaliser, it wasn’t to be our night and Killeavy ran out winners on a score line of;
Killeavy 1-09 Cross 1-08
Hard luck lads and management on a gallant effort.
Congratulations to Killeavy, team and mentors.


Sponsor A Ball

Kieran Quinn, Playrfit will sponsor the ball for our Senior league fixture against Cullyhanna on Wednesday evening. Many thanks to Kieran for your sponsorship and ongoing support for Crossmaglen Rangers.
Pic Below; Kieran presents the ball to Oisin 


Armagh IFL Rd 12
Cross V Grange, Cross 8pm
Armagh SFL, Rd 13
Cullyhanna V Cross, Cullyhanna, 8pm


Páirc na Raonaithe Óga.
As many of you are aware, huge work has being going on at the Council field and surrounding area. This voluntary work is being carried out by coaches and club members. Huge praise for everyone who has given up their spare time and has worked so hard.
To everyone who provided equipment and machinery, we send our sincere thanks.
Following on from last year when Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael, John Horan visited the club and planted a tree to symbolise the youth of Crossmaglen Rangers,
we are delighted and proud that the Council field will now be an extension of St Oliver Plunkett Park and will be known as Páirc na Raonaithe Óga. Pairc Raonaithe Óga will be dedicated to the youth of Crossmaglen Rangers. We are dedicated and fully committed to continuing our work in developing facilities and promoting the well being of the young people of our great club who are the foundation stone for the generations to come who will don the black and amber.
The motto which will be displayed at Páirc Raonaithe Óga will be
“Mól an óige agus tiocfaidh sí  “nurture youth and it will flourish”.
It will be under the auspices of Crossmaglen Rangers and Cumann Lúthchleas Gael and vested in the GAA.
On Sunday 28th July at 12.30pm we are delighted and honoured that Uachtarán Comhairle Uladh, Oliver Galligan will officially open Páirc Raonaithe Óga.
Following the official opening we will have a full sports day where everyone is very welcome to come along, particate and celebrate this momentous occasion in Crossmaglen Rangers Club history.



Cross Ladies Football Notes: 
Are you going to be a Lucky Duck? Our annual duck race fundraiser will take place on Sunday 18th August. The U12.5 girls will be selling ducks over the next few weeks. They cost £2 per duck or 3 for £5, so be quick and get your lucky duck before they are gone.  Prizes range from vouchers for local business, to hampers and much, much more!
Games & Training Info:
Championship preparation is in full swing for our ladies teams, so coaches remind girls to make sure they check training and game times over the next few weeks.
U14.5s are travelling to Granemore, on Thursday evening, please be at the club for 6.15pm.  Training continues for all U16 & U14 girls Saturday 27th at 4pm.
U10 & U12.5 training continues on Monday night at 6pm. Sean has organised a challenge match for Wednesday night, he will be in touch with details.  There is no training next week, due to holidays
Registration: There are still some outstanding memberships for this season. Can all players ensure they are paid up as soon as possible? Membership can be given to any team manager.
Legends Of The Game 
Every summer the GAA Museum hosts these unique tours which see some of the biggest names in GAA history relive their memories and give fans a unique chance to experience the stadium from a player’s perspective.
We are delighted and honoured that our very own Joe and Aaron Kernan will host a tour on Saturday 31st August at 11am, the day before the All Ireland Final.
During the week, I spoke to Joe and Aaron about the legends tour.
RM; Aaron and Joe, every summer the GAA museum hosts ‘Legends of the Game Tours’,
I’m sure you were both delighted to be asked to come on board and be tour guides?
Joe; Yes Aaron and I were absolutely delighted when we were asked. We accepted the offer immediately and we are looking forward to it. Our tours will be the day before the All Ireland so there will there will be a great atmosphere and buzz.
RM; Aaron and Joe, theLegends tour is a very unique tour, more so this one as it involves a Father and Son. On the tour, guests will hear first hand from players their experiences of Croke Park, their memories playing there and what Croke Park means to them.
Can you sum up in a few words, Aaron and Joe what Croke Park means to you.
Joe; Croke Park is a very special place. On All Ireland final day it’s like the world stands still. I have memories as a young lad on All Ireland Final day playing football with twenty others on the street outside Hanratty’s Pub, (Chairman Gene’s Grandfathers pub). Tommy Byrne’s house was on the corner, he would hang out an open window with a radio so we could listen to the All Ireland final with Mícheál O’Hare commentating. We would sit on the street listening and at half time we would resume our match and this is where you learnt to play football.
RM; When you were growing  up Aaron who was your idol or the one you must aspired to be like?
Aaron; I would have admired a number of players growing up but the biggest influence and inspiration to me was our breakthrough All Ireland club winning squad of 1997. They set the bar for us all to aim to.

RM; Who was your number one Joe?

Joe; Those days playing football in the street you pretended your were the likes of Sean O’Neill, Great Mick O’Connell  or Colm McAlarney, so they were my idols.
RM; It will be great for you both to be back in headquarters, Joe, what is your greatest  memory in Croke Park?
Joe; Yes I feel very privileged to have experienced such magnificent successes in Croke Park. Our first All Ireland win was special along with the other club successes.
Armagh beating Kerry and lifting Sam in 2002, but I also have to mention the semi final of that year when we beat Dublin to reach the final, that was a very special win and one I will also treasure.
In 2015 as Manager of Ireland we beat Australia in Croke Park, this was a victory that will always be special to me, i now had All Ireland successes with club, county, province and country.
RM; Joe, when you and Patrica had your family, I’m sure you hoped your sons would follow in your footsteps?
Joe; Yes of course, we often spoke about it when they were young, we hoped they would follow in my footsteps and they did, we are so proud of them.
I remember it was the mid 80’s and I was playing for Armagh against Mayo. It was before the game started, there wasn’t a large crowd so there wasn’t much noise and suddenly I heard a wee voice shouting “Mammy Mammy this is Croke Park”.
I knew the voice, it was Aaron, he was only three of four. Patricia has taken the boys to watch the match and they were sitting in the old Hogan. This is a moment that will always stay with me,

RM; Aaron, your boys are young, I’m sure you and Marianne would love one day to go to Croke Park to watch them play?

Aaron; I’d love to see them getting the opportunity to play in Croke Park. The buzz and memories I’ve been fortunate to enjoy as a player would be surpassed by seeing my own performing on the biggest platform in Irish sport.

RM; Croke Park down through the generations as always been a very magical place, a place where so many aspire to one day to grace it’s green grass, with the way society is changing and the challenges amateur sportsmen and women face, Aaron, do you believe it will remain like this or eventually will the GAA have to go professional to meet society’s needs.

Aaron; I don’t believe we’ll ever see GAA turn professional. I’d personally hate to see it. The pride of place we feel while representing our clubs and counties should never be diluted for financial gain.

RM; As it is magical, Croke Park can be a lonely place where dreams are shattered and disappointment reigns, Joe what advice would you give to today’s players who experience this negativity and disappointment in such a wonderful stadium.

Joe; Sometimes you have to fail to truly appreciate success. So when there is bad days always remember there will be better ones.
It is a huge honour for our club to have two great clubmen part of the legends tour and to show our support for Aaron and Joe, I have organised a bus to the Legends tour.
The bus will depart the Rangers Hall at 9am, Saturday 31st August.
Everyone very welcome to join us, from the club, community and further afield, it promises to be a memorable and enjoyable experience.
Aaron and Joe we look forward to joining you for the legends tour.
To book a place, telephone Róisín 0876659126, email [email protected]
Our U10 squad and mentors will also travel to Croke Park on Saturday 31st August.


Crossmaglen  Rangers Summer Camp: In Association With Eugene Duffy Construction 
The first of our registration will take place on Wednesday, 7th August, 6pm, Páirc na Raonaithe Óga.
The camp will run from; 
U6 – 10am-12pm
U8-U14 – 10am-2.00pm
Price: £22/€25 per child. Family Rates Available.
Please Note: U6 children must be accompanied by a Parent/Guardian.




Sponsor A Ball
Many thanks to Barney Quinn, Cullington Property, Eugene Duffy Construction & Alan Hearty, New York who each will sponsor a ball in the upcoming round robin fixtures of the Armagh Senior Championship.


Trip to Tipp
Places still available for our upcoming trip On Thursday 8th August to where the GAA all began, Thurles, Co Tipperary.
We need to confirm the booking with Hayes Hotel by Tuesday 23rd July.



Congratulations to Jamie Carisle and partner, Danielle on the birth of their son, Dáithí.
Wedding Bells
Huge congratulations to Aveen Donaldson and Dermot Bellew who got married on Friday.
Wishing you both many years of good health and happiness, Aveen and Dermot.





Pic Below; The girls get ready to do a guard of honour for the new Mrs & Mrs Bellew.





Congratulations to Ryan and Grace Gumley who celebrated their wedding with a reception in the Rangers Hall on Saturday.
Wishing you a lifetime of good health and happiness.



Draw; 21/07/19
Numbers Drawn;  15 20 23 27 
 1 Matched 3 numbers winning £100, Paddy McNamee.
Congratulations Paddy.

Jackpot; £1600/€2600

Next Draw; 28/07/19

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