Monthly Archives: March 2012

Ryan Tierney GAA Memorial Tournament

On Sunday I attended the Ryan Tierney Memorial Tournament in Ryan’s home parish of Clogher, Co Tyrone. I knew Ryan since I was 4 years old and played football at his house during the school holidays for many years with his twin brothers Mark and Paul so it was a great shock when I heard of Ryan’s passing 10 years ago after a car accident. Ryan was an active member of Clogher Eire Og GFC and his memory now lives on in the annual minor football tournament set up in his name.

Sunday was a great day for football with temperatures soaring and the sun shining.  Teams from both sides of the border took part in the tournament including Gael Naomh Padraig (made up from players from the Augher and Clogher area), Eglish, Ardboe, Dromore, Loughmacrory, Emyvale, Truagh and Scotstown.

It was a great afternoon of football with Ardboe winning the Ryan Tierney Cup and Scotstown winning the Ryan Tierney Shield (both games AET) and it was also great for me to catch up with some of Ryan’s family again.

Below are some photos from the day.

Michael Lynn, captain of the Ardboe minor team, accepts the Ryan Tierney Memorial Cup from Paul Tierney, Ann Tierney and Ciaran Mc Kenna (Clogher GFC chairman).


The Ardboe minor team and management celebrate after winning the Ryan Tierney Cup.


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Tyrone Vs Meath

Tyrone continued their perfect run in Division 2 football on Saturday night with another highly convincing 10 point win over Meath in Omagh. Tyrone and Meath both met each other in the final league game of last year in Navan and this physical encounter ended in a draw. However it was clear after Saturday night’s game that Tyrone had made much more progress during the past 12 months than their counterparts.

After last week’s promotion win against Galway, Mickey Harte had the opportunity to experiment with some players and positional changes in the team with Ryan Mc Menamin and Conor Gormley both starting for the first time in 2012, Sean Cavanagh assumed a half forward position, Niall Mc Kenna moved forward to full forward (on paper anyway) and Aidan Cassidy and Colm Cavanagh returned to midfield.

A classy Stevie O’Neill fisted goal in the fifth minute set Tyrone off to a good start and further point from Stevie, Kyle Coney and Sean Cavanagh gave the Red Hands a 1-06 to 0-03 lead at half time. It was similar in the second half again as scores from Kyle Coney, Cathal Mc Carron, Peter Harte helped Tyrone to a 1-12 to 0-05 over Seamus Mc Enaney’s 14 men.

Tyrone now have one league group game left now with a home tie against Monaghan coming up on Easter Sunday again in Omagh. Hopefully them can win this one and continue their outstanding 100% winning record in 2012!

Tyrone: J Devine, A McCrory, Justin McMahon, C Gormley, C McCarron , P Harte, R McMenamin, A Cassidy, C Cavanagh, R McNabb, Mark Donnelly, S Cavanagh, K Coney, N McKenna, S O’Neill.

A general view of Healy Park, Omagh (the home of Tyrone GAA) before the game and as the sun sets.


My best photo from the night came in the fifth minute of the game as Stephen O'Neill magnificently fisted the ball past David Gallagher for Tyrone's only goal.


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Tyrone U21 Vs Donegal

The Tyrone Under 21’s returned to action on Wednesday night for the quarter finals of the 2012 Cadbury’s Ulster Football Championship against Donegal. Tyrone defeated Fermanagh in the Preliminary round last week with ease and this game started in a similar vein when they went 0-05 to 0-00 up after 20 minutes despite hitting numerous wides. The Donegal defence clearly struggled throughout the opening half but Tyrone didn’t punish them to the best of their ability. Half time; Tyrone 0-07 Donegal 0-02.

The second half should have been a non-contest for Raymond Munroe’s side but carelessness in some passing and failing to put the game away in the first half meant that a slightly more organised Donegal side came out and if they scored more of the opportunities they were offered, it would have been a closer game.

Having said that Tyrone will be happy to have reached the semi-finals in 2 weeks time against last year’s rivals Down. Full Time; Tyrone U21 0-12 Donegal U21 0-06

Not a very entertaining game to watch or photograph but it passed a couple of hours on a Wednesday night!

The Tyrone U21 panel line out in Healy Park, Omagh.


Darren Mc Curry fists the ball forward for Tyrone.


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Galway Vs Tyrone

At the weekend, I took advantage of the St Patrick’s holiday and booked a weekend in Tuam obviously to tie in with Tyrone’s Division 2 away tie to Galway. A large number of Tyrone supporters also had the same idea and as expected the Tyrone support nearly equalled the Galway support in St Jarlath’s Stadium, Tuam.

This was a highly enjoyable game, unlike last weekend’s game against Westmeath. Everyone knew this was going to be Tyrone’s toughest test in Division 2 and this proved to be so as both sides traded point for point throughout the first half, Tyrone marginally scoring better with points from Kyle Coney, Owen Mulligan, Mark Donnelly, Cathal Mc Carron and Martin Penrose to lead at half time; Tyrone 0-07 Galway 0-05.

The second half was another close affair with some good football being ruined by Laois referee Eddie Kinsella who frustrated Tyrone and Galway players with his inconsistent refereeing and decision making. Goalkeeper for the day, Johnny Curran, pulled off two excellent saves in the opening 5 minutes of the half which so easily could have changed the tide of the game. However, Tyrone struck inspiration from this and another daring Peter Harte run into the Galway box saw him pulled down AGAIN and then convert the penalty. Another couple of wonderful scores from man of the match Kyle Coney and another from the left boot of Stephen O’Neill gave them a 1-10 to 0-07 lead.

The inconsistent performance of the referee and his lines men came to fruition again when an apparent off the ball incident between PJ Quinn and Galway marksman Pauric Joyce resulted in PJ receiving a red card to the anger of the Tyrone players and Mickey Harte. Another couple of scores from Owen Mulligan and captain for the game Sean Cavanagh meant that  Tyrone got a well deserved away victory in Tuam. Full Time score; Tyrone 1-14 Galway 0-13

 Tyrone; 1 Jonathan Curran 2 Aidan McCrory 3 Justin McMahon 4 PJ Quinn 5 Cathal McCarron 6 Peter Harte 7 Damian McCaul 8 Michael Murphy 9 Sean Cavanagh 10 Ronan McNabb 11 Mark Donnelly 12 Matthew Donnelly 13 Kyle Coney 14 Martin Penrose 15 Owen Mulligan

This is a very exciting time in Tyrone football at the minute…. this victory is Tyrone’s fifth in the National Football League and tenth in 2012. So out of 10 games in 2012, Tyrone have won 10…. can’t get better than that! Even more that though is the incredible drive and spirit in the Tyrone team that I haven’t seen in a few years, it is clear that every player is fighting to get onto the starting fifteen and they know that no place is guaranteed for anyone, right from position No.1 to position No.15. This is all combining into the excellent Tyrone performances we have seen this year and long may it continue.

A general view of St Jarlath's Stadium, Tuam on Sunday. Although the sun was splitting the sky before the game, a massive hail stone shower caught a lot of people unaware during the game.


The Tyrone team that lined out in Tuam, Co Galway on Sunday.


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Tyrone Vs Westmeath

Tyrone recorded their 4th National Football League victory of the year on Saturday night in Healy Park, Omagh to leave them comfortably on top of Division 2 and the prospect of promotion to Division 1 football a closer reality.

For me it was the least entertaining Tyrone game of 2012 to watch as the Red Hands cruised to a 9 point victory and it could have been more. The fact that Westmeath only got their first point of the game in the 28th minute gives an idea of the lack of opposition Tyrone faced and as light conversation was audible from the stands throughout the game, it was clear that the spectators weren’t exactly sitting at the edge of their seats either.

Having said that, Tyrone did what needed to be done with Peter Harte and Marty Penrose striking the back of the net and Kyle Coney and Owen Mulligan also striking points. They will face a stronger test in Tuam next weekend when they face second place side Galway but a win there could near enough guarantee them promotion. Full Time score; Tyrone 2-11 Westmeath 0-08

 Tyrone – Pascal McConnell, Aidan McCrory, Justin McMahon, PJ Quinn, Cathal McCarron, Peter Harte, Damian McCaul, Niall McKenna, Joe McMahon, Ronan McNabb, Mark Donnelly, Patrick McNiece, Kyle Coney, Martin Penrose, Owen Mulligan.

Below are some of my snaps… I have made the resolution of each photo slightly larger for better viewing from now on compared to previous blog posts.

The Tyrone starting 15 stand for the national anthem.


Tyrone's Peter Harte tackles a Westmeath forward.


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Louth Vs Tyrone

After a 3 week break, Tyrone returned back to the NFL with a third round tie against Louth in the small but homely GAA Grounds, Drogheda. Last time I was at a game here was in 2008 when Tyrone met Louth in the All-Ireland qualifiers which lead on to many great things that year.

It was a changeable day on Sunday with the sun splitting the sky for large periods of the game but then occasional dark clouds coming over the ground producing heavy hail stone showers…. this changing extremes of natural light meant I was constantly keeping an eye on my camera settings and changing them as required, a lot more often than I normally would during a game.

Tyrone were tested in the opening 15 minutes with Louth testing the full back line and John Devine as many shots dropped in around the Tyrone crossbar…. dangerous for any goalkeeper or defence. Louth led by 0-04 to 0-02. The Red Hands steadied themselves however and following points from Kyle Coney, Martin Penrose and Owen Mulligan, they struck gold when Peter Harte slotted the ball into the back of the net following impressive work from midfielder Niall Mc Kenna. Half time score; Tyrone 1-07 Louth 0-06.

The second half continued brightly for Tyrone as Niall Mc Kenna slotted over a point and then Mark Donnelly was pulled down in the square rewarding Tyrone with a penalty…. but Peter Harte’s bottom corner shot was saved by Louth goalkeeper Neil Gallagher. Minutes later though, Tyrone made up from it with a second goal from half back Damian Mc Caul with a finely taken goal…. his first in Senior county football as far as I am aware. Mickey Harte’s men were now 6 points ahead.

Louth refused to drop their heads and continued to dominate in the Tyrone half at times but their work rate was to no avail as they struck wide after wide… if they had have scored more of these chances, the scoreline would have been closer. Further points from Mark Donnelly and Paddy Mc Niece ensured Tyrone held on to their 2 goal victory leaving them comfortably in pole position in Division 2 after 3 games. Full time; Tyrone 2-13 Louth 0-13.

Tyrone team – J Devine, A McCrory, C Clarke, PJ Quinn, C McCarron, P Harte, D McCaul, M Murphy, Joe McMahon, R McNabb, Mark Donnelly, P McNeice, K Coney, M Penrose, O Mulligan

Joe Mc Mahon leads Tyrone onto the field at the GAA Grounds, Drogheda.


The Louth starting fifteen line out. You can see the slight rise and fall in the playing field from this low angle.


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Altamuskin 5 Mile Run Launch 2012

A couple of weeks ago I was asked to take a few photos for the launch of the 2012 Altamuskin 5 Mile Run, in the heartland of Errigal Ciaran, taking place on 17th March 2012. This is the third year of the event and it was a favour I was pleased to help out as some of the money raised this year is going towards The Michaela Foundation as well as the Altamuskin Community Centre – a very worthy cause indeed.

The annual Altamuskin 5 Mile Run/Walk takes place again this year on the 17th March. This year the event will raise funds for The Michaela Foundation as well as Altamuskin community centre. Pictured at the launch are Noeleen Neill, Kim Mullin, Mickey Harte and Matthew Harte (The Michaela Foundation), Stephen Duncan (2011 Altamuskin 5 Run winner), Oonagh Mc Garrity, Cahir Quinn, Ellen Neill and Shannon Broderick. Further details can be found on


Oonagh Mc Garrity, Stephen Duncan, Brendan Mc Namee and Patsy Mc Nally.


Stephen Duncan, Conor Quinn and Paul Conroy.


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