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Longevity Worth Celebrating

Tuesday 28.07.2020
Team Talk Mag
Club


Last week we acknowledged the achievements of Drumquin pair Liam Patterson and Ryan Mc Callion who are now entering their fourth decade of representing their club in competitive Gaelic Football.

Liam, or Lele as most people know him, made his club debut back in 1992 against Killyclogher and has seen and done it all in terms of club football. He has experienced the highs and lows and enjoyed some great, and some not so great, days with the Wolfe Tones. Ryan started a few years later but like Lele he has seen and done it all since he first lined out for his club seniors back in 1994 against Newtownstewart.

It tells you something about the appeal of the GAA that men like these are still lining out and enjoying senior football with their club. Proving that age is just a number Ryan popped over three points at the weekend in Drumquin’s win over Brocagh while Liam managed a point as well.

Two wins from two starts, both away from home. If things keep going like this for the rest of the season these two might stay on for a long while yet.

While Liam and Ryan were busy competing for two points up in Brocagh, a few miles down the road another long serving member of his club was answering the call once more and pulling on the boots for his club’s reserve side.

Killyman’s Aidan Mc Gahan is Mr Killyman. He began his club career as a fourteen year old back in 1977 against Cookstown. The talented youngster got on for the last ten minutes that day, scored a goal and then started every game after that. He has played many games in many positions since then and last Sunday was a case in point. Just like he has done many times before, when the call came big Aidan responded. Forty three years of helping out when required and on Sunday last he showed he still has what it takes with two fine points to round off the day.

What can we say about men like these three and what they bring to their clubs and communities? They have been real stalwarts for many years and are truly deserving of our praise and congratulations on what they have achieved and continue to achieve. They are what The GAA is all about and are great examples to us all.

 

 

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