Stephen O'Neill's Inter-County Retirement
It was with both sadness and pride that we learned of Stephen O'Neill's decision to call time on his lengthy stint with the Tyrone Senior team. His county career began with an Ulster Minor medal in 1997 although the year was to end in disappointment as Laois edged Tyrone out in the All-Ireland Final. By 1998 however O'Neill got his hands on an All-Ireland Minor medal as Tyrone exacted revenge against Laois. He made his debut for the Tyrone Senior team in 1999 and clinched back-to-back All-Ireland Under-21 medals in 2000 and 2001 as Limerick and Mayo were overpowered in the Finals.
He truly arrived on the scene at Senior level in 2001 as he helped Tyrone claim the Anglo-Celt Cup after triumphing in Ulster and he picked up the first of three All-Star awards at the end of that season. He was part of the team which won the National League in 2002 to claim Tyrone's first silverware at national level in the senior ranks and he again played a key role as the trophy was retained in 2003. That year was of course to end with even more glory as he appeared as a substitute in the All-Ireland Final and scored 0-2 to help Tyrone clinch a first-ever All-Ireland title. He went on to play a pivotal role as another All-Ireland was annexed in 2005, in no small part thanks to the 0-3 O'Neill contributed in the Final against Kerry, and he collected the Player of the Year award at the end of an excellent campaign. Injury problems resulted in his retirement from inter-county action in January 2008 before he dramatically reversed the decision in the build-up to the All-Ireland Final where he again appeared as a substitute and played an important role as Kerry were vanquished. He added further Ulster medals to his collection in 2009 and 2010 although sadly Tyrone were unable to scale the heights at national level in those years.
His retirement from the inter-county scene sees one of the most feared forwards in modern times finally give defenders across the land an opportunity to put an end to their sleepless nights! We thank him for the joy and pride he has bestowed upon us and we look forward to seeing him in the club jersey for years to come.
Annual General Meeting
The club's Annual General Meeting has been postponed by one week and will now take place on Sunday 7th December at 2.30pm in Aughabrack Community Hall. It will be preceded by the Ladies' A.G.M. at 1.30pm. Forms for the nomination of potential committee members and office holders are now available in the Today’s Local shop in Aughabrack. They can also be downloaded from the club’s website, www.cng.ie.
All members are encouraged to complete the form as we strive to increase the general community's engagement with and input into the running of the club. Some important changes in relation to the structure of underage football within our parish will be debated and parents of children involved with underage teams are asked to attend the meeting and air their views. The forms must be returned to the club's Secretary Ambrose Houston no later than Sunday 30th November.
Dinner Dance/ Social Event
The club’s annual dinner dance/ social event will take place on Friday 28th November in Aughabrack Community Hall. Doors open at 7.30pm with food being served at 8pm sharp.
Tickets are now on sale priced at £10 each. They can be purchased from the Today's Local shop in Aughabrack or directly from Ambrose Houston, Declan Devine, Paul Gormley, Ciaran O'Kane or Patrick Conwell (Balix).
We would ask as many people as possible to turn out for this celebration of the club's achievements over the last twelve months. Please note that a draw will be held on the night for members of Cairde Clann na nGael with £1000 worth of prizes to be won. Anyone wishing to join Cairde Clann na nGael is asked to contact the club's Treasurer Cathal O'Neill as soon as possible.
Youth Presentation Night
The club will hold a Youth Presentation Night on Monday 1st December in the Dunamanagh clubrooms commencing at 8pm. The event will be a celebration and acknowledgement of the wonderful effort put in by the emerging talent in our club's underage sides.
G.A.A. National Club Draw 2015
The Trustees of the G.A.A. based in Croke Park, Dublin have launched a new national draw with all proceeds going directly to clubs whilst the prizes are provided by the Association at national level. Tickets are currently on sale priced at £10 each and we would encourage the public to support the draw as monies raised from ticket sales will go directly into the club's coffers and support our efforts to continue delivering facilities for all the community. The draw will take place on Friday 27th February 2015 and there are fifteen prizes to be won. For further information please log on to www.gaa.ie/nationalclubdraw2015.
The Youth Club resumes for Primary schoolchildren in the Dunamanagh clubrooms on Monday 24th November from 7-8.30pm. The four week block for Secondary schoolchildren has been completed and we thank all those who assisted with same.
Netball will continue in the Dunamanagh clubrooms on Friday 21st November at 7pm. Ladies of all abilities are welcome to attend with no previous experience necessary. Participants must be over 16 years old.
Irish Dancing Classes
Irish dancing classes continue in the Dunamanagh clubrooms every Wednesday evening from 6-7.15pm. The cost is £2.50 per child and the classes are suitable for children aged three and upwards.
Anyone requiring additional information is welcome to contact the teacher Noelle Kerlin on 07709004301 and she will be happy to assist.
This week's lotto letters were I, J, O and Z. There was no jackpot winner nor did anyone match three letters. Eunan Conway was the subsequent lucky dip winner.
Next week's jackpot is £2000. It is the club’s intention to resume increasing the jackpot on a weekly basis by the sum of £20 from the beginning of December.
(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 2014
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