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McConnell Ensuring “Club is King”

Monday 04.06.2018
Team Talk Mag

The eagerly-awaited draw for the 2018 Tyrone Senior, Intermediate and Junior Club Championships will take place on Thursday evening 7th June at 8pm in Garvaghey.

“Tyrone’s Club Championships are special” explained County PRO Eugene Mc Connell, “and the Draw is always a big event in our calendar. This year we’re pushing ahead to make it even bigger and give it and the people involved the profile they deserve.”

The major part of next week’s event will see Tyrone unveil LCC Group as the new sponsor of the Tyrone Club Championships in both Football and Hurling.

LCC Group is an independent family-owned company, established in 1980. Based proudly in its home Parish of Lissan, Lissan Coal Company was initially set up to supply domestic coal to local homes. It now provides a range of services spanning various energy sectors ranging across the world. The Group includes LCC Coal, LCC Oil, Go Power and Go Forecourt, with a business reach that goes far beyond Ireland to Belgium, Columbia, Europe, Russian Federation, Spain, South Africa, South America and the UK.

“It is Tyrone GAA’s delight and honour to be associated with LCC Group” County Chair Michael Kerr enthused. “We look forward to a long and happy relationship with one of Ireland’s best businesses.”

Next Thursday’s launch will include another first for Tyrone as the entire event will be ‘Streamed’ live. The proceedings will go out live via the Official Tyrone GAA Facebook page, bringing this special occasion to Tyrone Gaels regardless of where they might be on the planet.

In another wee bit of history, the event will also bring together, half a century on, the three winning Captains from Tyrone’s 1968 Senior, Intermediate and Junior Championships. Ardboe’s Patsy Forbes, Donaghmore’s Anthony ‘Doonan’ Gallagher and Gary Mc Gahan from Killyman will help make the Draws and will no doubt have plenty to share with us on those victories fifty years ago.

The audience on the night will also include every Tyrone Senior, Intermediate and Junior, Football and Hurling Club Captain, all in their Club colours. It’s unlikely that that group of very special ‘Tyrone GAA brothers’ has ever before been brought together in the one place at the one time.

“In the GAA it’s often said the ‘Club is King’” Eugene McConnell continued. “But too often it’s maybe just said but not backed up. Our event next week is about putting our Clubs and Club players centre-stage. That’s why we’re doing it and that’s why it’s important that we do it.” We aim to continually raise the Red Hand Higher.



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