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(Aug 25th 2014)

Men's Senior and Reserve Teams
Training will continue for men’s Senior and Reserve players in Dunamanagh on Tuesday and Friday evenings at 8pm and 7.30pm respectively. The Senior team made the lengthy trek to face Brocagh Emmetts in Division 3 of the All-County League on Sunday 24th August. The visitors arrived still licking their wounds from their Championship exit at the hands of Castlederg St. Eugene's whilst the home side's season had been in danger of petering out since their own Championship elimination at the hands of Clann na nGael Aughabrack Dunamanagh in July. There was therefore plenty of motivation for the hosts as they sought to avenge that defeat.
The visitors' manager Niall "Barney" Conway made six changes to his starting line-up as Cormac Blee, Patrick Harkin, Padraig Kerlin, Joseph Kerlin, Dominic Devine and Damien Ball were all afforded opportunities to impress at the expense of Patrick McGonigle, Niall O'Neill, Noel McDermott, Gary Devine, Stephen O'Neill and Niall Kerlin. The conditions at the tight Mountjoy Road venue were almost ideal for football as dry weather was accompanied by a gentle breeze which had little or no impact on the proceedings. Despite the aforementioned raft of changes it was Clann na nGael Aughabrack Dunamanagh who made the more impressive start to the game although they were hamstrung early on by their failure to find the target. A flurry of early wides eventually gave way to some good scores with Danny Ball Jr.'s ability to produce dazzling moments of magic particularly evident in one long range strike. At the opposite end the hosts took a little longer to find their range as a number of presentable opportunities were fluffed amidst poor shooting accuracy and efforts dropping short of the target. They did however begin to establish a rhythm as the opening period wore on and were well placed at the interval despite trailing 0-6 to 0-4.
After the resumption the visitors endeavoured to build on their slender advantage and were given a perfect platform to do so by the teenage midfield duo of Joseph Kerlin and Tony Devine. Despite their tender years they bossed the aerial exchanges with Brian Dooher using his experience to good effort also. Indeed Tony Devine should have grabbed the game's opening goal five minutes into the second half but he blazed a powerful shot over the bar from close range. The visitors did eventually raise a green flag when full-forward Cathal McGill gathered a fantastic cross-field pass in acres of space. He showed admirable composure to cut in and slot a low finish to the net. That score appeared to puncture the home cracks' resistance and they struggled to mount a fight back.
The away side's greater fitness levels were telling as the contest wore on and Niall "Barney" Conway saw fit to ring the changes long before the end. He will doubtless have been pleased to see three substitutes grab points. Patrick Conwell (Balix), Marc Henry and Stephen O'Neill (Stoneyfalls) were the trio to get their names on the scoresheet with the latter landing a "45". Late in the contest the Clann na nGael Aughabrack Dunamanagh net minder Cormac Blee produced a one handed stop, deflecting the ball onto the woodwork to preserve a clean sheet richly deserved following accomplished performances from the full-back line of Patrick Conwell (Barron), Paul Conwell and Patrick Harkin.
By the time a halt was finally called to proceedings the away team had done enough to cement their promotion play-off credentials as they ran out comfortable 1-17 to 0-7 winners.
Brocagh Emmetts were not in a position to field a team for the Reserve game so the visitors were awarded a walk over without having to kick a ball.
The Reserve team will play Rock St. Patrick's in the Semi-Final of the Reserve Championship on Friday 29th August at Greencastle St. Patrick's grounds, throw-in 7pm.

Under-8, Under 10 and Under-12 Children
Training for Under-8, Under-10 and Under-12 children will continue on Thursday evenings at 7pm in Aughabrack.

Youth Club
The Youth Club will resume in the Dunamanagh clubrooms on Monday 15th September. Further details, including some exciting new developments, will be confirmed in due course.

Strictly Jigs and Reels Dancers Appreciation Night
The club will host an Appreciation Night for all the dancers who took part in the highly successful "Strictly Jigs and Reels" event during the recent Craic in the Brack Festival. It will be held on Saturday 6th September. Details of the time and venue will be confirmed shortly but dancers are asked to keep the date free. Furthermore there will be a screening of the D.V.D. of the event before it goes on general sale.
Donagheady Parish Building Fund Steak Barbeque
The Donagheady Parish Building Fund will host the annual Steak Barbeque fundraiser in Aughabrack Community Hall on Saturday 30th August. The food will be served at 8.30pm and music will be provided by Missing Time. Furthermore the night will have a Garth Brooks fancy dress theme. We are assured all licences have been secured for this event!
Admission will cost £10 and tickets are available to purchase now from any Building Fund Committee member. Although it will be possible to pay at the door we would encourage as many people as possible to purchase tickets in advance in order that accurate numbers can be ascertained for the caterers.

CPR and Defibrillator Training
The club has made arrangements for representatives of the Community Resuscitation Department in Altnagelvin Hospital to provide life support and defibrillator training in our parish. They will attend on the following dates:
1. Saturday 13th September at the Dunamanagh clubrooms from 10am–12pm;
2. Saturday 27th September at Aughabrack Community Hall from 10am–12pm.
The courses are free of charge and we would like as many club members and members of the public as possible to come along on either of these two dates. It is important we have as many people as possible trained in CPR and the use of a defibrillator, particularly in light of the recent close escape for former Derry county footballer Kevin McCloy.
Anyone wishing to attend is asked to contact Patrick Conwell (Balix) on 07749111600 as soon as possible.

Lotto
This week's lotto letters were I, K, O and T. There was no jackpot winner but Bernie Conway, Lisnaragh Road matched three letters.
Next week's jackpot is £2000.


(Aug 18th 2014)

Men's Senior and Reserve Teams
Training will continue for men’s Senior and Reserve players in Dunamanagh on Tuesday and Friday evenings at 8pm and 7.30pm respectively.
Training will continue for men's Senior and Reserve players in Dunamanagh on Wednesday evening at 8pm.
The Senior team took on Castlederg St. Eugene's in the Quarter Final of the Hunky Doreys' Junior Championship at Sigerson Park, Strabane on Saturday 16th July. Clann na nGael Aughabrack Dunamanagh occupied a higher league position than their opponents but had lost out by a single point in their previous meeting this season so all the indicators suggested this was likely to be a close contest. Niall "Barney" Conway opted to make three changes to the side which had started in the victory against Brocagh Emmetts in the previous round as Niall O'Neill, Ciaran O'Kane and Tony Devine replaced Patrick Harkin, Dominic Devine and Sean O'Kane. Stephen O'Neill was passed fit and took his familiar place at full-forward for a Clann na nGael Aughabrack Dunamanagh side aiming to negotiate their way to the Semi-Finals of the Championship for the first time since 2004. Their opponents included Bradley Devine at midfield as he faced his former teammates following his transfer in 2012.
The game began at a fast pace with the sides exchanging early scores before Castlederg St. Eugene's received a boost when the Clann na nGael Aughabrack Dunamanagh full-back Paul Conwell was given a black card in the fifth minute following a tussle with the Castlederg St. Eugene's full-forward. His place was taken by Patrick Harkin as a slight defensive reshuffle ensued. The sides continued to trade points with Danny Ball Jr. landing a particularly eye catching score from distance although Castlederg St. Eugene's dangerman Sean Harper soon helped himself to a couple of points at the other end of the pitch. One of the key moments in the contest arrived midway through the first half when Stephen O'Neill pulled up with a recurrence of the calf problem which had troubled him coming into the game and he had to be withdrawn from the action being replaced by Dominic Devine. Nevertheless they continued to battle on manfully and, with Tony Devine among those to get his name on the scoresheet, they reached the half way mark in the contest at level pegging of 0-5 apiece. In the minutes before half time Castlederg St. Eugene's also lost a player to a black card for a deliberate trip.
After the resumption Clann na nGael Aughabrack Dunamanagh tweaked the positioning of their players slightly as Dominic Devine moved towards the middle third in an effort to shoulder some of the burden facing Gary Devine at midfield. Despite this alteration Castlederg St. Eugene's enjoyed the lion's share of possession in the early stages of the second half with former county star Brian Dooher enjoying a lively battle with Tyrone Under-21 player, Caolán Harvey. They did however struggle to some extent to turn their superiority in general play into scores although they had opened up a one point lead before the first goal of the game arrived fourteen minutes into the second period. A lapse in the Clann na nGael Aughabrack Dunamanagh rearguard saw them outnumbered when a long ball was delivered into the Castlederg St. Eugene's inside forward line and, sure enough, when the ball broke it was the unmarked forward who collected it before drilling to the net, giving custodian Patrick McGonigle no chance from close range.
The goal was no less Castlederg St. Eugene's deserved as Clann na nGael Aughabrack Dunamanagh had dropped deeper and deeper as the game wore on and failed to seize the initiative and increase the tempo of their play on the counter-attack. Sean Meehan had emerged as a key figure in midfield and helped Castlederg St. Eugene's assert dominance in this crucial sector of the field. Manager Niall "Barney" Conway began to ring the changes in personnel terms as he endeavoured to find a way for his side to get back into the contest. They were able to do so when, with the game well inside the final ten minutes, Dominic Devine, who by that stage had pushed up on the opposition sweeper, drilled home a low finish from fifteen yards out to reduce the arrears to the minimum once more.
As they were still basking in the warm afterglow of the goal Clann na nGael Aughabrack Dunamanagh almost conceded a major at the opposite end but a lack of composure in front of goal saw a presentable chance sliced well wide. The Dergsiders recovered from this miss however to tag on another couple of scores to ensure they led by three points as the contest entered injury time. Indeed it required a good save from Patrick McGonigle with his feet to deny Sean Harper another goal as the Clann na nGael Aughabrack Dunamanagh rearguard was sliced open by a flowing move. One final throw of the dice from Clann na nGael Aughabrack Dunamanagh saw Cathal McGill moved to full forward to assist in an aerial bombardment. Although he grabbed a point and Adrian Ball did likewise soon after, time ran out and Castlederg St. Eugene's secured a deserved 1-10 to 1-9 victory to advance to the Semi-Finals.
Both sides will travel to face Brocagh Emmetts in the league on Sunday 24th August. The Reserve game will throw-in at 2.15pm followed by the Senior match at 3.45pm.

Under-8, Under 10 and Under-12 Children
Training for Under-8, Under-10 and Under-12 children will continue on Thursday evenings at 7pm in Aughabrack.
The Under-12 children will attend a "Go-Games" blitz on Saturday 23rd August at Sigerson Park, Strabane. Full details will be posted on the club's Facebook page.

Senior Ladies
The ladies' senior team ensured that they would top the Intermediate League as they ended an unbeaten season in the league with a 4-5 to 2-7 win at home to Loughmacrory St. Teresa's in Dunamanagh on Monday 11th August. The victory leaves them out of sight of nearest challengers Omagh St. Enda's who can no longer mathematically overhaul them.

Youth Club
The Youth Club will resume in the Dunamanagh clubrooms on Monday 15th September. Further details, including some exciting new developments, will be confirmed in due course.

Strictly Jigs and Reels Dancers Appreciation Night
The club will host an Appreciation Night for all the dancers who took part in the highly successful "Strictly Jigs and Reels" event during the recent Craic in the Brack Festival. It will be held on Saturday 6th September. Details of the time and venue will be confirmed shortly but dancers are asked to keep the date free. Furthermore there will be a screening of the D.V.D. of the event before it goes on general sale.

Donagheady Parish Building Fund Steak Barbeque
The Donagheady Parish Building Fund will host the annual Steak Barbeque fundraiser in Aughabrack Community Hall on Saturday 30th August. The food will be served at 8.30pm and music will be provided by Missing Time. Furthermore the night will have a Garth Brooks fancy dress theme. We are assured all licences have been secured for this event!
Admission will cost £10 and tickets are available to purchase now from any Building Fund Committee member. Although it will be possible to pay at the door we would encourage as many people as possible to purchase tickets in advance in order that accurate numbers can be ascertained for the caterers.

Development Squad Coaches
We have been advised by the Tyrone County Board that they are now actively seeking coaches interested in assisting with county Development Squads at Under-13 and Under-15 level.
Anyone wishing to do so is asked to contact the club's Coaching Officer Ciaran O'Kane as soon as possible in order that the relevant persons at County Board level may be notified of their willingness to get involved. If further information is required prospective applicants are asked to email the Tyrone Ladies' Development Officer Angela Stevenson at angela_308@hotmail.com without delay.
The Development Squads are due to commence early September 2014.

Lotto
This week's lotto letters were G, K, T and V. There was no jackpot winner nor did anyone match three letters. Kellie Phillips was the subsequent lucky dip winner.
Next week's jackpot is £2000.


(Sept 27th 2011)

Brian Dooher’s Retirement

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"Thank 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.

 

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Captain Fantastic
The 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 our club.

 

 

 

 

 


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 November

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Our Recent History
Clann 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 success.

In the 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.

At 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 development.

Every Summer we host The Craic in the Brack Festival which is the largest Rural festival in Ulster.

Senior Team photograph April 2014
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