Strabane Sigersons had good reason for celebration following their recent victory over Dungannon which guaranteed them Intermediate Football for 2012. However the club will have an even bigger cause to celebrate when they meet in The Fir Trees Hotel on December 2nd to mark this their twenty fifth year since they were reformed in 1986.
For many Tyrone Gaels that date is synonymous with appearing in the county’s first All Ireland Final in Croke Park but for Strabane it has an even greater significance.
At that time Gaelic Football and GAA activities were in danger of dying out in the town. A few dedicated individuals came together, met with the county board and the Sigersons club as we now know it came into existence.
Like every club that has ever been formed it has had its shares of ups and downs, successes and failures but take a look around their present facilities in Ballycolman and you will recognise these as a mark of the strength of the club and its standing in the community. Within two years of reforming they were competing in the Junior Championship final, supplying panel members to the Tyrone senior squad and generally working hard at putting the GAA at the centre of the town’s sporting activities.
Their under age teams have achieved some notable successes over the years and the under sixteen side came within minutes of winning the grade one championship a few weeks ago. The club’s senior side enjoyed a productive spell in senior football not too long ago, the ladies team are increasingly active while the club continues to participate regularly in Scor.
The struggle at times has been long and hard but with the fantastic facilities now at their disposal and a hard working committee planning for the future, Sigersons look to be on the up. The Silver Jubilee Gala will be a night of nostalgia and reminiscence when members can reflect on the great progress that the club has made over the past quarter of a century. Guest of honour on the night will be GAA President Elect Liam O’Neill. Tickets are currently available but they are selling fast for what promises to be a night to remember.