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Clogher Eire Ogs Heading West

Saturday 01.07.2017
Team Talk Mag


Clogher Éire Óg’s Club Gaels embark on USA Tour


On July 6th 2017 the Clogher Éire Ógs will depart these shores for the trip of a lifetime to the USA.


A party of 24 players, management and committee members will fly from Dublin airport to JFK Airport in New York.


The nature of the trip is to take part in the official opening of Rockland GAA Clubrooms and facilities just outside Pearl River New York. The Éire Ógs will play the host club Rockland in a challenge game on Sat 9th July. The teams will compete for the Robert Mc Kieran Cup in memory of a young Rockland Gael killed tragically in a car accident some years ago.


As part of the weekend festival there will also be a special exhibition game involving All Stars/Legends – Leinster/Ulster Vs Munster/Connacht.

The Ulster panel consists of: Paddy Bradley (Derry), Henry Downey (Derry), Paul Finlay (Monaghan), Owen Mulligan (Tyrone), Brian Mc Guigan (Tyrone), Peter Canavan (Tyrone), Brian Dooher (Tyrone), Aaron Kernan (Armagh), Oisin McConville (Armagh), James McCartan (Down) and Colm McFadden (Donegal).

The Leinster panel consists of: Graham Geraghty (Meath), Matty Forde (Wexford), Andy Comerford (Kilkenny) and Martin Comerford (Kilkenny). The team manager for the Ulster/Leinster team is Brian Mullins (Dublin).

The Connacht panel consists of: Eamon O’Hara (Sligo), Ciaran McDonald (Mayo), Conor Mortimer (Mayo), Padraic Joyce (Galway), Declan Meehan (Galway) and Frankie Dolan (Roscommon).

The Munster panel consists of: Tomas O’Se (Kerry), William Kirby (Kerry), Paul Galvin (Kerry), Tommy Griffin (Kerry), Dara O’Cinneide (Kerry), Declan Browne (Tipperary), Eamonn Corcoran (Tipperary), Shane McGrath (Tipperary), Sean Og O’hAlpin (Cork) and Ken McGrath (Waterford). The team manager for Connacht/Munster is Billy Morgan (Cork).

Officiating the match will be All Ireland referee, Pat McEnaney.

The GAA President Aoghan O’Farrell will be on hand to officially open the new facilities as well as numerous other gaels from all over Ireland and the USA.

Speaking ahead of the trip club secretary Eugene Mc Connell stated “The trip has been in the planning for almost a year and everyone is looking forward to representing the club and our county at this important event for Rockland GAA.”

“We have a strong tie with Rockland in that our former clubman and senior player Brian Pearson is one of the key drivers within the Rockland Club and what was only an idea 12 months ago suddenly became a reality and all the travelling party has self financed the trip. It is an historic occasion for our club and we hope to do ourselves proud.”

The Rockland Club is made up of many former Tyrone men who are now domiciled in the USA, such as club chairman Matty Mc Kenna and Emmett Woods both staunch Pomeroy men. They are a very progressive club and provide not only football, hurling plus camogie and ladies football at all levels. They have also just recently employed a full time Development Officer to help coach and look after all aspects of GAA development within their club.

The Clogher Gaels have been very lucky to receive some welcome sponsorship from the Mellon Country Inn and New York based company SSC Highrise Construction Company.  They have very kindly come on board to sponsor club gear which the travelling party will wear during their trip to the USA.

In the photo company owners Michael and Timmy Mahoney who also recently bought over the Mellon Country Inn hand over a sponsorship cheque to club secretary Eugene Mc Connell.

Also in the photo are Gemma Mahoney Duty Manager at the Mellon Country Inn plus Patrick Mahoney and Sam Mullan.

The week long trip will provide some lasting memories and help build up some new friendships. The strong Tyrone connections living in Pearl River will no doubt provide a warm welcome for all the Éire Ógs.




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