Monthly Archives: February 2013

Aidan McAnespie 25th Anniversary Commemoration Match, Aghaloo Vs Killeeshil

On the fateful day that my cousin Aidan McAnespie was shot on the 21st February 1988, Aidan was walking to Aghaloo football grounds for the Jim Devlin Cup fixture between Aghaloo and Killeeshil, a fixture that was never to be fulfilled.

On Saturday afternoon, both clubs reunited for for that tie with players from 1988 togging out for their respective clubs. Also, a host of GAA dignitaries attended the game such as the GAA president from 1988 Dr. Mick Loftus (who made the long journey from Mayo especially for the event), the new Ulster GAA President Martin McAviney, Ulster Council’s Danny Murphy and Tyrone GAA chairman Ciaran McLaughlin. Recent All-Ireland Intermediate champions Cookstown Fr Rocks also accepted the invitation to attend the commemoration game too which was fantastic.

On the football field, Killeeshil were victorious over a sluggish, too many miles on the clock Aghaloo side!! It was an entertaining game made even more comical with the match commentary by Aghaloo’s Martin McCarron.

Below are some photos from the afternoon.

The Killeeshil team from 1988 that togged out on Saturday.

The Killeeshil team from 1988 that togged out on Saturday.

 

The Aghaloo players from 1988.

The Aghaloo players from 1988.

 

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MC for the day, Aghaloo's Martin Mc Carron.

MC for the day, Aghaloo’s Martin Mc Carron.

 

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Aidan McAnespie 25th Anniversary Exhibition

As part of this weekend’s 25th Anniversary commemorations around Aidan McAnespie’s death, Aidan’s family and friends put on an extensive public exhibition of material in the old changing rooms of Aghaloo GFC detailing the life and death of Aidan.

This contained a massive catalogue of material ranging from childhood photos of Aidan, statements by Aidan of the harassment he received from the security forces in the years leading up to his death, newspaper clippings from his funeral and after his shooting, photos of the murder scene, some of Aidan’s football gear, paintings, photos of events from Aidan Mc Anespie GFC Boston, newspaper clippings of the search for truth from the past 25 years and various government and HET (Historical Enquiries Team) findings. Also, a massive hand made two sided quilt made by ‘Relatives for Justice’ was draped in the centre of the room, with a patch dedicated to each victim.

It was a fascinating and moving exhibition which transported the massive crowds who saw it over the weekend back many years. It was impossible for any photos to do the material on show any justice but here are some pictures for those who didn’t get the chance to see it.

A montage of photos of Aidan.

A montage of photos of Aidan.

 

Old photos of Aidan including of the final pictures taken of him before his murder.

Old photos of Aidan including one of the final pictures taken of him before his murder.

 

Newspaper coverage from February 1988.

Newspaper coverage from February 1988.

 

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Aidan McAnespie 25th Anniversary Candle Lit Vigil

The 21st of February marked the 25th anniversary of the murder of my cousin Aidan McAnespie. After years of intimidation and harassment from the British Army towards Aidan and his family, a member of the British security forces saw his opportunity from a watchtower and shot Aidan in the back from a distance of 300 meters as he walked alone to Aghaloo gaelic grounds carrying nothing but his football gear………it was a dark day for the family and for the GAA community as a whole.

Thursday night saw the first event to remember the 25 years since Aidan’s murder. A massive crowd gathered at Cornation Park, Aughnacloy and walked the route that Aidan walked to the spot where he died…. thankfully the border checkpoint has since been removed and we now live in more peaceful times.

Below are a few photos from the candle lit walk and guest speaker on the night, Peter Canavan.

Aidan McAnespie 25th anniversary vigil, Aughnacloy Co Tyrone

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Aidan's sister Margo and father John hold their torches.

Aidan’s sister Margo and father John hold their torches.

 

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A piper leads the large crowd from Cornation Park, Aughnacloy to the spot Aidan was shot.

 

The crowd makes its way past the part of the road where the checkpoint once stood.

The crowd makes its way past the part of the road where the checkpoint once stood.

 

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2013 Ryan Tierney Memorial GAA Tournament

The annual Ryan Tierney football tournament took place again on Sunday afternoon in Clogher GFC. Local clubs from both sides of the border took part in the minor event and in a repeat of last year’s tournament, Ardboe lifted the Ryan Tierney Cup again this time beating Moy in the final. In the Shield final, Dromore managed to overcome a determined Loughmacrory effort.

Below are a few photos from the successful day in memory of Ryan.

Ardboe's Michael Lynn and Chris Muldoon accept the cup from Paul and Ann Tierney.

Ardboe’s Michael Lynn and Chris Muldoon accept the cup from Paul and Ann Tierney.

 

The Ryan Tierney Cup winners were Ardboe minors for a second year running.

The Ryan Tierney Cup winners were Ardboe minors for a second year running.

 

Dromore minor captain Ciaran Slevin receives the shield from Paul and Ann Tierney.

Dromore minor captain Ciaran Slevin receives the shield from Paul and Ann Tierney.

 

The Ryan Tierney Shield winners, Dromore GFC.

The Ryan Tierney Shield winners, Dromore GFC.

 

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St Patrick’s Academy, Dungannon Vs St Macartan’s Monaghan – 2013 MacRory Cup

Last Saturday afternoon in Emyvale, my old school of St Patrick’s Academy Dungannon took on St Macartan’s College Monaghan in the quarter final of the MacRory Cup. I only managed to make the second half of the game and unfortunately for the Academy, they were defeated by an injury time penalty on a scoreline of:

St Patrick’s Academy, Dungannon 2-08 St Macartan’s College, Monaghan 2-09.

Hard luck to them. Below are a few pics from the second half.

2013 St Patrick's Academy Dungannon MacRory Cup

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2013 St Patrick's Academy Dungannon MacRory Cup

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2013 St Patrick's Academy Dungannon MacRory Cup

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Cookstown Fr Rocks Vs Finuge – 2012 All Ireland GAA Intermediate Club Championship Final

Saturday night was another historic night for the Cookstown Fr Rocks club when they were crowned All-Ireland Intermediate football champions of 2012, a repeat of their success in 2009.

From Dunmoyle to Dublin………. Cookstown have come through a lot of challenges during the past 6 months of championship football beginning in Dunmoyle when they edged out Augher in a great game. They passed by Loughmacrory in the next round and then neighbours Rock to set up a Tyrone Championship final against Eskra which they had to play twice after the Fr Rocks pulled off a narrow draw in the original final. Very quickly, Cookstown found themselves in the Ulster Intermediate championship and up against Armagh’s Killeavy who they eased past and then Doohamlet which went down to the wire again. In their Ulster intermediate championship final they were up against Warrenpoint in a game that went to extra time but eventually the Tyrone champions were now Ulster champions. Just 2 weeks ago, they met Charlestown in the All-Ireland semi-final, another game that needed extra time to decide a winner. This long and battled journey eventually led to Croke Park on Saturday night when they were up against Kerry and Munster champions Finuge.

There is a tremendous sense of belief in the Cookstown team and management and this shone through on Saturday night. Leading men Owen Mulligan, Conor Mullan, Jason Quinn and Shea McGarrity all shone in the first half allowing the Fr Rocks to go in with a slender 0-05 to 0-04 lead at HT thanks to an excellent save from goalkeeper Marty Rea too.

Things went even more the Tyrone champions way in the second half when Finuge had two players sent off. The numerical advantage and an excellent performance by sub Raymond Mulgrew (who is only home two weeks following a two year stint in Australia) allowed James McGahan to score the only goal of the game and effectively end the game as a contest.

Full time score; Cookstown Fr Rocks 1-09 Finuge 0-06.

It was a fully deserved win for Cookstown on Saturday night and they have done Tyrone proud.

Below are approx 110 photos I have picked out from the game……. hopefully these photos will not only be a bank of memories for the players, managers and fans of the club over the next few days but over many many years. As the saying goes, ‘Memories may fade but pictures last forever!’ :-)

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Cookstown Fr Rocks – All-Ireland Intermediate Club Champions of 2012/13.

 

My view for the night from the corner of the Hogan Stand and Canal End ....ready for action!

My view for the night from the corner of the Hogan Stand and Canal End ….ready for action!

 

Owen Mulligan leads his team out onto Croke Park.

Owen Mulligan leads his team out onto Croke Park.

 

Cookstown Fr Rocks Owen Mulligan leads his team out onto Croke Park.

 

The Cookstown Fr Rocks panel line out in Croke Park, Dublin.

The Cookstown Fr Rocks panel line out in Croke Park, Dublin.

 

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Down Vs Tyrone – 2013 GAA Allianz Football League, Division 1

Tyrone got their promotion back to Division 1 football in the Allianz National football league to a terrific start on Saturday night when they recorded a 3 point win over a determined Down side. Conditions were perfect in Pairc Esler, Newry for both football and photos and a very large crowd came out to see how their teams would fare in the opening round of the league.

Down reigned supreme in the first half with the Mourne men winning the majority of the ball in around midfield and allowing danger men such as Benny Coulter, Mark Poland and Donal O’Hare to have too much space for scoring. Tyrone were unlucky not to have scored a goal or two in the opening half but Down will also say the same and it took the boot of goalkeeper Niall Morgan to reduce the half time deficit to 2 points. A massive wake up call from the Dr Mc Kenna Cup champions was needed. HT; Down 0-07 Tyrone 0-05.

Thankfully that came in the opening seconds of the second half when Stephen O’Neill scored a point and there was a greater sense of urgency amongst the team. A fine Martin Penrose and Connor McAliskey pass found Mark Donnelly who slammed the ball into the back of the net but this was nearly immediately cancelled out by a Donal O’Hare fisted goal to keep the scoreline 1-08 apiece. Things then started to heat up on and off the field as each team fought for their first 2 points of the league. Joe McMahon was very unlucky to get a second booking reducing Tyrone to 14 men but excellent work rate from sub Conor Clarke, Stevie O’Neill, Sean Cavanagh, Mark Donnelly, Ryan McKenna and Aidan McCrory more than compensated for his sending off. Cavanagh and O’Neill finished strongly for Tyrone as Down were also reduced to 14 men following a double booking for Conor Laverty.

Full time score; Down 1-08 Tyrone 1-11

It was a fantastic, exciting game of football which had the standard of any Championship game of football. Tyrone put in an excellent second half performance to turn the game around and will be pleased to pick up their first 2 points of the league. Next Sunday they will have to do it all again when they face Mayo in Castlebar.

Ronan O'Neill warms up before the game in Newry.

Ronan O’Neill warms up before the game in Newry.

 

The Down starting fifteen.

The Down starting fifteen.

 

Connaire Harrison wins the ball for Down.

Connaire Harrison wins the ball for Down.

 

Donal O'Hare in action for Down against Cathal McCarron.

Donal O’Hare in action for Down against Cathal McCarron.

 

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