Ulster Championship Talk Night
The club will host a Championship Talk Night in Aughabrack Community Hall on Friday 24th May ahead of the mammoth Donegal –v- Tyrone clash.
The event will feature legendary Ulster G.A.A. figures Peter Canavan, Benny Tierney, Tony Scullion and Brendan Devenney. For years they graced the game at the very highest level in Ulster and beyond and now, for one night only, they will come together to regale the audience with some of their best memories, anecdotes and banter to create a night of unrivalled entertainment.
Doors will open at 8.30pm with the event itself beginning at 9pm. There will be musical entertainment and refreshments available afterwards. Tickets priced at £10 each are on sale now from committee members and all usual local outlets. It will also be possible to pay at the door on the night but a big crowd is expected so we would urge people to come early to avoid disappointment.
Men's Senior and Reserve Teams
Training for men's Senior and Reserve players continues in Aughabrack on Tuesday and Friday evenings at 7.30pm. There will also be an indoor circuit training session on Thursday evenings at 8pm in the Dunamanagh clubrooms.
The Senior team entertained league leaders Moortown St. Malachy's in Aughabrack in the fourth game of their league campaign in Division 2 of the Tyrone A.C.L. on Friday 17th May. The home side was chasing a first league victory whereas the visitors, recently relegated from Division 1, have enjoyed a sparkling start to life in Intermediate football as they entered the game with a 100% record having won their opening three games.
The home side featured three changes from the side dismally crushed by Derrytresk Fir an Chnoic five days earlier as Patrick Conwell (Barron), Patrick Harkin and Niall O'Neill replaced Ciaran O'Kane, Aaron Devine and Patrick Conwell (Balix) in the starting line-up. The changes appeared to have the desired effect in the opening half as the hosts, playing into the graveyard end of Daniel O'Connell Park and facing into a mild breeze, displayed a level of intensity not seen from them for a long time. They fought valiantly and threatened at times to upset the shell-shocked visitors as they opened up a three point lead before the away side eventually got on the score sheet after eighteen minutes. Thereafter the league leaders gradually began to ease their way back into the contest although Clann na nGael turned around with a one point lead as they edged the first half by 0-5 to 0-4.
At that juncture, with the wind at their backs, few would have foreseen the home side collapsing in the fashion which they did. The game remained nip and tuck for the first twelve minutes of the second half before the visitors, who had shown a greater urgency after the resumption, found the net to edge in front for the first time by 1-7 to 0-7. That goal, coming as it did shortly after Dominic Devine had a goal bound effort heroically blocked by one of the visiting defenders at the opposite end, heralded the opening of the floodgates and within five minutes a second goal went in. By that time the league high-flyers had begun to carve open the hosts at ease as a number of the home players visibly wilted after their superb effort during the opening period. Before the end the visitors added a flattering look to the scoreline with a third goal and, but for a smart save from home custodian Patrick McGonigle, things could have got worse.
The final score read 3-14 to 0-8 in favour of Moortown St. Malachy's but, despite the ultimately heavy nature of the defeat, the hosts will doubtless take a lot of positives from the game although the defeat does increase the importance of their next game against fellow strugglers Dungannon Thomas Clarkes on Sunday 2nd June in Aughabrack.
The Reserve team will have their opportunity to entertain Moortown St. Malachy's on Friday 24th May in Aughabrack, throw-in 7.30pm.
Training for the minor boys' team will continue on Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm in Dunamanagh. The side faced Tattyreagh St. Patrick's on Tuesday 14th May in a league quarter-final game but, despite the return of a couple of key players who were unavailable for the final game of the group stages, the boys were unable to gain a positive result as they went down to a 3-12 to 2-6 defeat.
Their next game will be a Championship tie at home to Eskra Emmetts in Dunamanagh on Friday 31st May, throw-in 7pm.
The Under-14 boys' team travelled to face Derrytresk Fir an Chnoic in the Championship on Saturday 18th May.
A spirited showing from a side whose age profile was very young for the level at which they were playing saw them compete well for long stretches of the game but evetually the home side pulled away and finished comfortable winners by 6-17 to 4-7.
The result brings the curtain down on the season for the team and we wish to thank both the players and the management team for their dedication and commitment over the last few months.
Training for the Under-12 boys' team will commence on Saturday 25th May at 10am in Aughabrack. All newcomers are most welcome to attend.
Training for the Under-10 children continues on Thursday nights at 7pm in Dunamanagh. They took part in an enjoyable "Go-Games" blitz at Gortin St. Patrick's grounds on Saturday 18th May and it was refreshing to observe just how well the players all acquitted themselves. We also extend our thanks to the host club for their generous hospitality.
Training for the Under-8 children continues on Saturday mornings at 10am in Dunamanagh. They will participate in a "Go-Games" blitz on Saturday 25th May. The details were not finalised at the time of going to press but will be circulated at training and on the club’s Facebook page.
The senior ladies' next game will be on Friday 24th May away to Carrickmore St. Colmcille's, throw-in 7pm.
Training for the Under-14 girls' team continues on Thursday nights at 7pm in Dunamanagh. The girls were scheduled to face Edendork St. Malachy's on Wednesday 22nd May, details of the outcome to follow next week. They will host Cappagh St. Mary's on Tuesday 28th May in Aughabrack, throw-in 7pm.
Adult Boxercise classes continue on Monday evenings in the Dunamanagh clubrooms at 7pm.
Congratulations and Best Wishes
We extend our congratulations to county star Stephen O'Neill who recently won the Player of the League award following is dazzling displays with Tyrone during the spring months in the National Football League.
The haul of 3-18 which he amassed in eight games, including some breathtaking scores against Kildare in the League semi-final, will hopefully act as a precursor for further success for both the player and county in the summer ahead.
Furthermore we extend our best wishes to him and the rest of the Tyrone team as they take on Donegal in the quarter-finals of the Ulster Championship at MacCumhaill Park, Ballybofey on Sunday 26th May, throw-in at 4pm.
Gaeltacht Grant Applications
The Tyrone County Board's Culture and Language Committee will once more being offering grants to those students wishing to study the Irish language by attending at a Gaeltacht college this summer. Anyone wishing to obtain an application form is asked to email the club at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The scheme is now open and fully completed forms should be returned to:
Culture and Language Committee,
Tyrone G.A.A. Centre,
230 Radergan Road,
The closing date for applications is Friday 24th May at 5pm. Late applications will not be accepted.
Awards to successful applicants will be made at a presentation at the Garvaghey Centre on Friday 14th June at 7.30pm.
Craic in the Brack Festival
The arrangements for this year's Festival have been finalised. The events will start on Saturday 22nd June with a 10k Run and a Sponsored Walk and will run for an eight day period culminating in a Family Fun Day on Sunday 30th June. Music will be provided on Sunday 23rd June by "The Whistling Donkeys", on Saturday 29th June by "The Logues" and finally on Sunday 30th June by "Hype".
In between times current sensation Derek Ryan will play in the Marquee on Thursday 27th June whilst patrons can also look forward to American Style Wrestling on Monday 24th June and Monster Bingo on Wednesday 26th June. Across the eight days there will be plenty to do for people of all age groups.
This week's lotto letters were C, O, Q and U. There was no jackpot winner but Maureen McLaughlin matched three letters.
Next week's jackpot is £2900.
(Sept 27th 2011)
you for the days,
Those endless days, those sacred days you gave me,
I'm thinking of the days,
I won't forget a single day believe me."
The above lyrics, taken from a song originally sung by the Kinks, seem
entirely apt to summarise the feelings of everyone concerned with the
club after the recent announcement of Brian Dooher's retirement from
County football. His county career began with an Ulster Minor medal in
1993 before he went on to make his mark in the Senior ranks winning 3
All-Irelands (two as captain), 5 Ulster Championships, 2 National
Leagues, 3 All Stars, 2 Railway Cups, 1 International Rules Series and 1
Sigerson Cup. His decision brings to an end the County career of arguably
the most effective and influential player the County has ever produced.
We thank him for all the joy and pride he has bestowed upon us and we
look forward to seeing him in the club jersey for years to come.
latest changes to playing rules voted in at congress
Summary of Playing Rule changes 2010 voted in at congress
club celebrated whole heartedly in the summer of 2005 and again in 2008
when fellow club player Brian Dooher raised aloft the Sam Maguire cup for
the second time. It was a very proud day for the county not to mention
All-Ireland Player of the Year 2005
Stephen O'Neill was later
awarded the Player of the 2005 Championship at the GAA All-Stars in
Our Recent History
na ngael is the youngest club in Tyrone. The club was founded in 1995 when,
the two neighboring clubs (within the parish of Donagheady) Aughabrack and
Dunamanagh, amalgamated. Since then they have achieved unprecedented
club’s short history they have clinched the Double Double in junior and
intermediate football in 1997 and 1998 and secured the ACL Division 1B
title in October 2002.
present the club has the luxury of maintaining two grounds and has recently
completed the renovation of a £250,000 sports hall, which includes changing
and catering facilities. The club also has purchased ground for future
Summer we host The Craic in the Brack Festival
which is the largest Rural festival in Ulster.
photograph April 2011
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