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Brackaville Vs Aghaloo – 2015 Tyrone GAA Junior Championship Final

Brackaville were crowned the Junior champions of Tyrone on Sunday in a repeat of the 2012 Tyrone JFC final. My own parish of Aghaloo picked up the Division 3 league title just last week and were favourites to ‘do the double’ on Sunday but unfortunately it wasn’t to be.

To be fair, neither team performed to their best and there were numerous wides from both sides throughout the game. Brackaville went in 0-05 to 0-03 up at the break despite having 10 wides but the same fate met Aghaloo in the second half, as they too shot 10 wides with the breeze. While a draw looked to be on in the closing minutes of the game, Paul Feeney’s side couldn’t get the ball over the bar as the Brackaville players swamped their own half.

Both sides would probably agree that a draw would have been a fair result on the day as there was little between them but it was Brackaville who sealed the win and lifted the cup.

Full time score; Brackaville 0-09 Aghaloo 0-08.

Brackaville - 2015 Tyrone junior champions.

Brackaville – 2015 Tyrone junior champions.

 

The Aghaloo team line out in Healy Park.

The Aghaloo team line out in Healy Park.

 

Team captains Brian McKenna and Sean McNally with referee Simon Brady.

Team captains Brian McKenna and Sean McNally with referee Simon Brady.

 

The Aghaloo management.

The Aghaloo management.

 

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Aghaloo Vs Clogher – 2015 GAA Tyrone JFC, First Round

Aghaloo O’Neills continued their excellent run of form in 2015 with a comprehensive victory over neighbours Clogher in the first round of the Tyrone Junior Championship.

Played in lovely conditions in Omagh, Aghaloo took the lead in the opening couple of minutes and they never let it slip with some excellent scores from Tiarnan Donnelly, Niall Henderson and Jody McGlone to give them a 0-09 to 0-01 lead at HT. Clogher will be disappointed with how the first 30 minutes went but they made a huge effort in the opening 10 minutes of the second half, scoring a Barry McKenna fisted goal and two followup points to reduce the lead to 4 points but Aghaloo regained control of the game and went onto win by 8 points following further points from Brian McKenna, Niall McElroy and Stephen Donnelly. Well done to them.

Full time score; Aghaloo 0-17 Clogher 1-06.

The Aghaloo O'Neills senior team.

The Aghaloo O’Neills senior team.

 

The Clogher Eire Og senior team.

The Clogher Eire Og senior team.

 

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Jody McGlone attacks for Aghaloo in the opening minutes.

Jody McGlone attacks for Aghaloo in the opening minutes.

 

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2013 Aghaloo GFC Sponsorship Deals

During the week, Aghaloo secured new sponsorship deals for their U14, U16, minor and senior teams.

Hopefully all the local businesses will get their return when the teams win some silverware this year!

 

Aghaloo GFC, Co Tyrone were proud to unveil their new team sponsors for 2013. From left, Gerard Henderson (Caledon Radiators) is sponsoring the U16 team, Ann Henderson (Cafe Rose) is sponsoring the U14 team, Geraldine Gildernew (representing Aghaloo Credit Union) is sponsoring the Minor team and Elaine McCrudden (representing SuperValu, Aughnacloy) is sponsoring the senior team. Also pictured is club chairman John O'Neill and secretary Stephen Donnelly.

Aghaloo GFC, Co Tyrone were proud to unveil their new team sponsors for 2013. From left, Gerard Henderson (Caledon Radiators) is sponsoring the U16 team, Ann Henderson (Cafe Rose) is sponsoring the U14 team, Geraldine Gildernew (representing Aghaloo Credit Union) is sponsoring the Minor team and Elaine McCrudden (representing SuperValu, Aughnacloy) is sponsoring the senior team. Also pictured is club chairman John O’Neill and secretary Stephen Donnelly.

 

Elaine McCrudden (representing SuperValu, Aughnacloy) joins Aghaloo senior manager Cathal Mulgrew and chairman John O'Neill after the announcement that SuperValu are renewing their sponorship with the Aghaloo senior team for 2013.

Elaine McCrudden (representing SuperValu, Aughnacloy) joins Aghaloo senior manager Cathal Mulgrew and chairman John O’Neill after the announcement that SuperValu are renewing their sponorship with the Aghaloo senior team for 2013.

 

Gerard Henderson from Caledon Radiators proudly sponsors the Aghaloo U16 team for 2013. Included in the picture is club chairman John O'Neill, managers Jerome McElroy and Sean Douglas and current player Jody McGlone.

Gerard Henderson from Caledon Radiators proudly sponsors the Aghaloo U16 team for 2013. Included in the picture is club chairman John O’Neill, managers Jerome McElroy and Sean Douglas and current player Jody McGlone.

 

Aghaloo Credit Union members Eileen Treanor, Colm Gildernew and Geraldine Gildernew are proud to sponsor the Aghaloo minor team this year. Joining them is manager Eamonn McCaughey, chairman John O'Neill and current player Eoin Ward.

Aghaloo Credit Union members Eileen Treanor, Colm Gildernew and Geraldine Gildernew are proud to sponsor the Aghaloo minor team this year. Joining them is manager Eamonn McCaughey, chairman John O’Neill and current player Eoin Ward.

 

New sponsor of the Aghaloo U14 team, Ann Henderson (Cafe Rose) presents managers Eamonn O'Neill and Micheal Muldoon and current player Kyle McMenamin their new jersey.

New sponsor of the Aghaloo U14 team, Ann Henderson (Cafe Rose) presents managers Eamonn O’Neill and Micheal Muldoon and current player Kyle McMenamin their new jersey.

 

 

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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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2012 Aghaloo GFC Presentation Night

Aghaloo O’Neills concluded their footballing year last Friday night in the Hillgrove Hotel. Monaghan with their suitable themed ‘A Year to Remember’ presentation night. During the event, they recognised the achievements of the highly successful U16 and U18 teams as well as the seniors who made the Tyrone Junior county final and the rise of the Aghaloo ladies teams too. Below are a few photos from the night.

 

 

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Aghaloo Vs Clann na Gael – 2012 Tyrone GAA Minor Grade 3 Championship Final

Aghaloo minors swept aside Clann na Gael in the Tyrone Minor Grade 3 football championship final on Sunday afternoon in a cold and wet Carrickmore.

The O’Neills side took control in the opening minutes when Tiarnan Donnelly scored the first of his amazing 1-11 personal tally and the boys never looked back.  Donnelly scored a penalty minutes later and with the help of Ruairi Mc Glone, Kyle Thompson and Conor Mullan, Aghaloo went in at HT comfortably 1-13 to 0-02 up.

Clann na Gael played with the breeze in the second half and scored a goal early on. After further points from Donnelly, Gary O’Gorman and Padraig Mc Geary, Clann struck another two goals late into the game to balance the scoreboard but by this stage it was too late and Aghaloo were crowned Tyrone Grade 3 minor champions.

Full time score; Aghaloo 3-17 Clann na Gael 3-05.

Well done to the boys and their managers Gerard Daly, Chris Dynes and Eamon Mc Caughey – the future is looking bright in Aghaloo!

The Clann na Gael minor team

 

The Aghaloo minor team line out in Carrickmore.

 

 

 

Tiarnan Donnelly is pulled down in the square whilst taking a shot giving Aghaloo a penalty.

 

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Brackaville Vs Aghaloo – 2012 Tyrone GAA Junior Championship Final

It was heart break for my club of Aghaloo on Sunday as they were outclassed by an excellent Brackaville Owen Roes side in the 2012 Tyrone Junior Championship Final in Omagh.

It was always going to be a difficult game for Aghaloo as Brackaville are an in-form team who have only been defeated once this season. That defeat ruled them out of winning the Division 3 league so this game was going to be the difference of them playing Junior or Intermediate football in 2013.

Brackaville started the game strongly with scores coming from the boot of Che O’Donnell and they soon seized the momentum mid-way through the half when a well worked attack resulted in Martin Gervin slotting the ball into the back of the Aghaloo net to give them a 4 point advantage. However, four minutes of injury time at the end of the half worked in Aghaloo’s favour and after points from Tiarnan Donnelly, Ruairi Mc Glone and Stephen Donnelly meant they only went in at HT one point behind. Half time score; Brackaville 1-04 Aghaloo 0-06.

Aghaloo took the lead at the beginning of the second half when swift passing between Kevin O’Gorman and Stevie Donnelly resulted in Kevy booting the ball into an empty Brackaville net to give them a 2 point lead. Seconds later, in a near identical move, Aghaloo nearly scored a second goal except for a brave challenge from Brackaville goalie Damien O’Neill on Ruairi Mc Glone. Brackaville never looked back after this and then soon levelled the game and took the lead which they never let slip again thanks to scores from O’Donnell, Gervin and Joe Rafferty. Luck had definitely run out for Aghaloo by injury time when Gerard Daly missed a penalty but even by this stage the game was over and Brackaville were crowned worthy Tyrone Junior champions.

Well done to them and to Aghaloo on making the final….. no doubt they will regroup and refocus on making Intermediate football for 2013.

Full time score;Brackaville 1-14 Aghaloo 1-08

Brackaville Owen Roes GFC line out.

 

Aghaloo O’Neills GFC line our in Healy Park.

 

Sunday’s referees, linesmen and umpires.

 

Referee Sean Hurson with Brackaville captain Cahir Mc Guinness and Aghaloo captain Gerard Daly.

 

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Aghaloo Vs Glenelly – 2012 Tyrone GAA Junior Championship, Semi Final

My club of Aghaloo O’Neills overcame a massive test on Sunday afternoon from Glenelly GFC in the Tyrone Junior Championship semi-final in St Colmcille’s Park, Carrickmore. Aghaloo were favourites to make the final when the draw was made but it could have been a lot more different if it hadn’t been for a fortuitous second goal in the second half from Aghaloo’s Cathal Cuddy.

Aghaloo started reasonably well with points coming from Stevie Donnelly and Brian Mc Kenna while Glenelly kept close behind after scores from Seamus Harkin to leave it 0-05 to 0-03 on the scoreboard. The first break through of the game came before HT when Stevie Donnelly found Ruairi Mc Glone and he turned his marker and smacked the ball into the bottom corner to give them a 1-05 to 0-04 lead at the break.

Almost immediately after the second half, Glenelly’s Conor Mc Garvey sustained a knock to the head resulting in an ambulance having to be called as a precautionary measure…. this delayed the game 30 minutes and the delay actually favoured Glenelly more as they came out a different side and Aghaloo at times were finding it difficult to cope with their waves of attacks. The gap was narrowed to 2 points after further scores from Seamus Harkin and an upset looked to be on the cards. However, after a Tiarnan Donnelly shot rebounded off the Glenelly post, Cathal Cuddy reacted quickest to the ball and fisted it in for a goal and a 5 point margin was established again. This knocked the wind from the Glenelly attack and Aghaloo held on for an excellent 2-09 to 0-11 victory.

Aghaloo will now meet Brackaville in the Junior Championship final in a couple of weeks time which is sure to be a terrific battle….. good luck to the Aghaloo players and management in the final!

Aghaloo O’Neills have made it to the 2012 Tyrone Junior Championship final.

 

Gerard Mc Caughey collects the ball ahead of his marker.

 

Brian Mc Kenna stretches to move the ball forward for Aghaloo.

 

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