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Busy Time For Big Joe.
It certainly has been a busy few weeks for Omagh St. Enda’s star Joe Mc Mahon. At a time of the season when most players are enjoying a few weeks of rest and recreation Joe found himself busier than ever. Having been chosen to travel as an All Star replacement with his brother Justin and Ryan Mc Menamin, Joe spent eight days in Kuala Lumpur enjoying the sights and sounds of the Asian metropolis. While there he played in the exhibition game between the 2009 and 2010 All Stars with the two Omagh men turning out for this year’s selection while their county colleague Ricey performed for the 2009 team.
According to Joe the most memorable thing for all of the players was the thunder storm which caused the game to finish early. Of course the Mc Mahon brothers were not the only Omagh men of note in Kuala Lumpur as Ronan Kelly, one of the main organisers of the trip, has been domiciled there for eight years and plays a key role in the promotion of Gaelic games in that part of Asia. Reports from the trip would appear to indicate that the local gaels viewed the whole experience of hosting the All Stars as a huge success and are hopeful that there will be a positive response to it among the locals.
In spite of one or two hitches with the weather the touring party returned to Ireland last Thursday just in time to allow Joe, a full time coach with The Ulster Council, to pack another bag as he and some friends set off for Bristol on his stag weekend. In Joe’s opinion the best way to deal with jetlag is to spend some time in the company of Owen Mulligan, Dermy Carlin and Mark Donnelly.
In a year that has kept the big defender busy on all fronts Joe has one more very important event to attend before the end of 2010 as he is due to get married on December 27th . He jokingly said he would not be available for the Greencastle Run on St. Stephen’s Day this year but he will give it serious consideration for 2011.