Monthly Archives: May 2012

Eglish Vs Carrickmore

I returned to the new Páirc Chormaic, Eglish on Sunday evening for the first senior gaelic football fixture to be held there. Eglish faced the difficult tie against Carrickmore who have been playing well this year in Division 1.

The game had a 7.30 pm throw in and the sun was beginning to set over the new field after a glorious day’s sunshine. The Brantry Pipe Band led both teams onto the field and action was soon underway. Carrickmore started very strongly with a well taken Caolan Daly goal but Eglish responded soon after with a goal of their own from Ciaran Colton. Great work from Martin Penrose towards the end of the half resulted in Mark Donnelly flicking the ball into the net to make it; Eglish 1-04 Carrickmore 2-05 at the break.

Eglish continued to play some good football in the second half but Carrickmore were always one step ahead of their counterparts thanks to terrific work rate from their captain Conor Gormley. Eglish came close to adding a couple of goals in the second half but it was to no avail as Carrickmore comfortably won 2-11 to 1-09.

The final result may have tarnished what was the conclusion to a wonderful weekend of events for Eglish GFC but they should be very proud of what they have achieved.


The Eglish and Carrickmore teams walk out for the first senior gaelic football match on Páirc Chormaic. I took this on the wide 10mm lens, keeping it low on the ground and shooting into the sun which gave a little bit of flare.


Again I shot into the sun for this photo creating a partial silhouette effect of the Eglish players warming up before the game.


The Branty Pipe Band led the players onto the field.


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Opening of Páirc Chormaic – Eglish GAC, Co Tyrone

After the Errigal Ciaran game on Sunday afternoon, I travelled down to the heart of Eglish for the official opening ceremony of Páirc Chormaic, Co Tyrone. This event has been planned for months, even years in advance, and the time had now come for the people of Eglish GAC and surrounding parishes to honour one of its most famous club men, Cormac Mc Anallen, in a very fitting way.

A whole weekend of events took place to celebrate the opening of the new pitch and one of the main attractions was the Artane Boys Band, Dublin who played from the current football field down to Páirc Chormaic. It was scorching hot when the parade started at 3.15pm and it was hard work keeping ahead in the heat but I got a few photos of the procession during the half mile journey!

As the Artane Band arrived in the field, various opening rituals took place (all captured below) followed by speeches from a range of guests from Aoghan O’Fearghail, Ciaran Mc Laughlin, Canice Murtagh, Kieran Hagan and of course Donal Mc Anallen, each person giving a little insight to the life of Cormac and the work/fund raising that has taken place over the past 6 years for the formation of Pairc Chormaic.

As always in Eglish, young and old, male and female came out to support the day which was blessed by glorious weather. This is a remarkable achievement the Eglish community has pulled off in remembering and honouring one of the best gaelic footballers ever.

Below are some photos I took from the afternoon ceremony.

The Artane Boys' Band prepare to leave Eglish GAC community centre.


The parade makes its way to Páirc Chormaic.


Two local Eglish men show everyone the direction to Páirc Chormaic.... got this photo during my half mile run with 2 cameras around my neck!


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Errigal Ciaran Vs Clonoe

This was the first GAA event of the day for me on Sunday as Errigal Ciaran took on Clonoe O’Rahillys at Dunmoyle with a midday throw-in. The grounds were in a glorious condition for the game and everyone’s spirits were up following the recent sunny weather and high temperatures.

A midday throw in and a cloudless sky however resulted in some hard shadows on all the players faces which of course doesn’t make for nice photos but it can’t be helped.  As well as that, it was difficult to see how the photos were looking on the camera too and if they were focused properly.

Both these sides have been doing well in the Tyrone ACL Division 1 league so far so there was never going to be much in the final result. Although the sun was shining in Dunmoyle, there was a considerable breeze blowing throughout the game and Errigal played with it in the first half. Caolan Tierney, Ciaran Mc Ginley and Thomas Canavan all added first half points for Errigal and they seemed to have a decent lead built up approaching half time only for a Danny Mc Nulty goal right at the whistle for Clonoe to make it 0-09 to 1-05 in favour of Errigal Ciaran.

Clonoe had the breeze in the second half and they used it to their advantage with points from a considerable distance out from Shane O’Hagan, Colm Doris and Conor Mc Aliskey. Errigal Ciaran played very well despite missing a number of first team regular players but it was Clonoe that took the 2 points on a scoreline of; Errigal Ciaran 0-13 Clonoe 1-11.

I took this photo of the Errigal Ciaran sideline flag just where I was sitting. Taken with a wide lens at 10mm, it meant that I could get the flag and the clubrooms all in one photo despite being only centimetres away from the flag. Love the colours in this so it was one of my favourites of the day.


Clonoe O'Rahillys group together before the game at Dunmoyle.


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Stewartstown Vs Derrytresk

Stewartstown Harps took on newly promoted neighbours Derrytresk on Sunday in a game that many thought would be a no-contest in favour of the home side. However, the boys from The Hill pulled off a surprise result in an entertaining game of football.

Predictably, Stewartstown made a strong start with Gareth Devlin notching up a couple of points in the opening few minutes. Derrytresk came back with a few points of their own from Niall Gavin and Joe Mc Kee and led 0-04 to 0-03 but another scoring spree from Gareth Devlin, Cathal Devlin and Peter Armour put the Harps in a comfortable 0-09 to 0-05 lead.  Disaster soon struck for the home side before half time when referee Martin Sludden gave Stewartstown’s Mannies Devlin a straight red card for kicking, a harsh decision that caused temperatures to boil from both teams.

One man down, Stewartstown still had a 4 point lead at the break but  Niall Gavin soon reduced this as his mostly accurate free kicks reduced their lead to one point. Martin Sludden was soon writing again when a high tackle from Derrytresk’s Seamus O’Neill saw him getting a straight red card too. With 10 minutes remaining Stewartstown were hanging onto a 0-13 to 0-11 lead. The Harps looked to be holding onto the slender victory in injury time when a dubious 45 was awarded to Derrytresk by Martin Sludden. Joe Mc Kee stepped up and took it off the ground and somehow…. nearly in slow motion…. the ball sailed into the Stewartstown net to give them a goal and seal their first victory in Division 2 football. Full Time score; Stewartstown 0-14 Derrytresk 1-13.

Stewartstown's Gareth Devlin circles Derrytresk's Kevin Campbell to score a point in the opening few minutes.


Peter Armour makes gains for the Harps.


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Dungannon Clarkes Vs Aghaloo

O’Neill Park, Dungannon was the venue for Sunday’s Tyrone ACL Division 3 tie between Dungannon Clarkes and my own club of Aghaloo. Like every other club game across Tyrone yesterday, a strong unpredictable wind blew across the field resulting in difficult playing and shooting conditions for both sides.

The Clarkes made the stronger start in the first half  and they soon hit the back of the net thanks to a Patrick Quinn goal. The Clarkes continued to dominate in the first half as Aghaloo found it difficult to get the ball into the opposing half against the wind. It wasn’t the most entertaining half ever and the scoreline reflected this as Dungannon Clarkes went in 1-06 to 0-01 up at half time.

The second half saw a stronger performance from the Blackwater boys and thankfully the scores started to tally up on the scoreboard for Aghaloo with points from Gerard Mc Caughey and then a goal from Tyrone minor Ruairi Mc Glone. As the English Premiership updates rang around the pitch, the margin between the teams narrowed to 3 points but further scores from Padraig Mc Nulty, Kiefer Morgan and Jonathan Toal meant that Dungannon eased to a 1-12 to 1-07 victory to maintain their 100% start to the season.

The Dungannon Clarkes senior team line out for a photo.


Aghaloo O'Neills pictured at O'Neill Park, Dungannon.


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Ardboe Vs Clonoe

It was back to Tyrone club football at the weekend for me and I travelled down to Ardboe for their Division 1 clash woth Clonoe O’Rahillys.

This was an evenly balanced game for two of the leading teams in Division 1 at this early stage and both sides held the lead at various stages of the match. Clonoe went in the stronger at half time with a goal just before the whistle from Danny Mc Nulty to give them a 1-06 to 0-04 lead.

Fay Devlin’s Ardboe side made a strong start to the second half however and a penalty strike from Michael Hagan put them back into the game and they were soon 1-07 to 1-06 up. Ardboe looked to have sealed the game when they pulled ahead 1-10 to 1-08 with 5 minutes left but a few too many fouls in the closing stages resulted in referee Martin Sludden awarding Clonoe two vital free kicks both of which were converted to seal a deserved draw from the game. Final score; Ardboe 1-10 Clonoe 1-10.

Brian Mc Guigan momentarily loses possession for Ardboe.



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