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Sigersons Memorial Youth Tournaments

Tuesday 17.10.2017
Team Talk Mag


Gearalt à Dochartaigh


Strabane Sigersons under 10 boys wrapped up their season on Saturday past when they hosted their annual memorial tournament in honour of Gearalt à Dochartaigh who was the past honorary president of Strabane Sigersons.

Gerald O’Doherty passed away on 21st February 2003 and was a lifelong Gael who dedicated his time to all things Irish be it the G.A.A. or the Irish Language of which he was the driving force when it wasn’t very popular to do so.


Gerald was an Honorary President of Sigersons G.A.A. club and held a similar role with Shamrock’s Hurling club. Gerald O’Doherty was to the fore in the work of Conradh na Gaeilge both locally and at Ulster level dating right back to the 1940’s as was his involvement with the G.A.A. on Strabane and North & West Tyrone committees.


It was the influence of Gerald and those around him that has brought the Irish language very much to the fore in Strabane. It’s thanks to the influence of people like Gerald O’Doherty who persevered and worked tirelessly to keep the language alive in Strabane and prior to his death the local Irish language school Gaelscoil U­ Dhochartaigh was named in his honour.


He has always been associated with the various G.A.A. clubs in the town and when the Sigersons club was reformed in 1986 Gerald was one of the first to come forward and lend his support and remained involved with the club up until his death in 2003. A memorial garden named in his honour is sited within the club grounds and was officially opened in 2009 as part of the G.A.A. 125 celebrations.

Over 100 boys and girls took part in the tournament which saw a total of six clubs in attendance, the two Newtownstewart teams joined Strabane and Drumquin in the shield semi-finals. In the trophy semi-finals it was Clann Na Gael paired with their neighbours Owen Roes and Castlederg take on the other Strabane team.


Newtownstewart and Strabane progressed in the shield final to put on a magnificent showpiece of football as the teams traded points throughout a keenly contested game. Congratulations to Newtownstewart who claimed the shield in the dying seconds of the game.


The trophy semi-finals saw Castlederg and Owen Roes paired together in another great game of football that saw a very good Castlederg team edge out the men from the glen by seven points to three.


Thanks to the visiting teams for making the journey, to the referees John McLaughlin, Noel McConnell, Ruairi White, Niambh Foley, Luke Coyle and Kevin Houston and to the parents for providing refreshments to make it a very enjoyable day for everyone in attendance. Thanks also to the organiser Jason Foley for all his hard work with organising the tournament to ensure Gerald’s memory lives on.




On Thursday 12th October Sigersons hosted the Sean Duffy memorial tournament for the Under 12 girls, in attendance at the tournament was Strabane, Castlederg and Aghyaran.

Sean Duffy was an active committee member and club coach in particular with ladies football. Sean sadly passed away on the 6th November 2005. He played a major role in the promotion of ladies football within Strabane, he also was a great fundraiser and was widely respected within the club.


A tournament has been run in his memory ever since and the Duffy family have been great supporters of the club, his memory will never be forgotten in Strabane Sigersons.


It was a very wet and windy night for football but this did not affect the standard on show. The three teams played in a league format with Strabane defeating Castlederg and Aghyaran and Castlederg edging out Aghyaran also to reach the decider with Strabane.

The final was a very tight affair with Strabane edging it four points to three. Niamh Coyle scored two brilliant points for Strabane in the final with Strabane then scoring a late winner. Riley Neeson made a crucial block in the closing stages to deny Castlederg the chance to level the game.


The presentation was made in Sigersons clubrooms where club Chairman Liam Sweeney thanked everyone who attended, organised and helped out at the tournament and praised the girls on the standard of football on show. He also spoke about how big of loss Sean was to the club both for ladies football and fundraising and spoke of how the club felt it crucial to ensure Sean’s legacy was remembered.


Next Liam asked club President John McCrory to present flowers on behalf of the club to Sean’s sister Bridgeen Cairns. After this each team were presented with medals and then Strabane captain Riley Neeson was presented with the Sean Duffy shield by Sean’s brother Eamon, his daughter Niamh and granddaughter Ruby.


Liam concluded by thanking the Duffy family for their attendance and their continued support to the club over the years before Eamon Duffy thanked all the girls for turning up in great numbers and honouring Sean’s memory. He also thanked everyone within Strabane Sigersons for organising the tournament.


Thank you and well done to L O’Kane and Audrey Graham for organising the tournament and thanks to everyone who helped out refereeing and providing tea and refreshments on the night.


Finally, well done to Strabane Sigersons under 12 girls on winning the tournament and commiserations to Castlederg and Aghyaran but the club would like to thank them very much for their attendance.



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