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!

 

 

The Artane Boys Band perform in Tyrone for the first time.

 

This mini helicopter (or whatever it is) kept a close eye on everything from the air.

 

The parade makes its way through the heart of Roan, Eglish.

 

Ryan Mc Kenna carries a piece of the current Eglish gaelic field down to Pairc Chormaic.

 

The band and procession enter the gates of Pairc Chormaic. Eglish.

 

 

Eglish Camogie club's future is very safe with this large number of young girls that came out to represent them.

 

Micheal Martin, Brendan Mc Anallen and Pat D'arcy on the platform.

 

Ruairi Martin opens the ceremony.

 

Eglish GFC vice chairman Canice Murtagh.

 

Ulster GAA president Aoghan O'Fearghail.

 

An Eglish camogie player relaxes in the sun during the speeches.

 

Tyrone GAA chairman, Ciaran Mc Laughlin.

 

Kieran Hagan, chairman of Eglish GFC.

 

Donall Mc Anallen represented the Mc Anallen family.

 

Sean Donaghy, Eglish trustee and one of the longest serving clubmen with 51 years service, helps club senior captain Ryan Mc Kenna place a piece of turf from the current field onto Pairc Chormaic. Frank Mc Killion looks on.

 

 

The Irish tri-colour is raised in Pairc Chormaic for the first time.

 

Aoghan O'Fearghail unveils the Paric Chormaic plaque.

 

Ciaran Mc Laughlin unveils the Eglish GAC plaque.

 

The Mc Anallen family stand by the Páirc Chormaic stone at the opening ceremony.

 

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