Tyrone News

Following a meeting of of the County Committee tonight, Coiste Contae Thir Eoghain wish to confirm that Mickey Harte has been re-appointed to manage the Tyrone Senior Football team until the end of the 2020 season

Tyrone will have to plan without the services of Justin McMahon for the 2018 campaign after he informed recently re-appointed manager Mickey Harte of his retirement from Inter County Football.

Justin made his Senior Inter-County debut in the Allianz League against Fermanagh in the 2007 season after collecting an Ulster Minor title in 2003 and captaining the Tyrone Under 21 side to an Ulster title in 2006. Making his Championship bow in the 2007 Ulster Senior Final against Monaghan, he won the first of his 5 Ulster Senior titles in his debut season.  He went on to play a major role in Tyrone's All Ireland success in 2008 and in turn was named an All-Star for his performances that season and was selected for the International Rules squad that travelled to Australia in the same year. Justin went on to win a further 4 Ulster titles in 2009, 2010, 2016 and 2017. In total, Justin made 110 appearances for the County, with 40 of those being in the Championship. He will continue to play for his club Omagh St. Enda’s, with whom he won a Tyrone Senior Championship in 2014.

Coiste Chontae Tír Eoghain joins with all supporters in thanking Justin for his years of service and wish him every success in the future.

Scór na nÓg County Finals 2017
This past weekend has seen the semi-finals of Scór na nÓg concluded at two different venues in the county, Eglish on Friday 3rd November and Dún Uladh Centre on Sunday 5th November. All in all, so far, this has been a most successful season in Scór na nÓg in that at a total of forty three clubs participated in the eight different disciples that makes up the Scór schedule. This is in itself a magnificent achievement for clubs that go the extra mile to participate in all of the GAA activities on offer. The general aim of Coiste Cultúir agus Teanga is to have all the clubs of the county participating in Scór by the year 2019, which marks the 50th anniversary of the inception of Scór.

So far the revelation of the season has been the huge increase in the number of clubs taking part in Ceol Uirlise – Instrumental Music. This increase is largely due to the increased interest in learning to play a musical instrument. The talent on show for the first rounds and semi-finals has been phenomenal. While all the other disciplines also enjoy the exposure to competition most are clearly maintaining their interest levels. There does appear to be a slight fall off in competition at Rince Seit but this can be easily remedied by encouraging more clubs to participate in this skill. Never the less all the make-up of this year’s County Finals promises to provide us with an excellent evening’s entertainment. The finals take place in Galbally Community Centre on Sunday 19th November beginning at 3.00 pm

The qualifiers, which are subject to verification, are listed below.

Rince Foirne: An Eaglais, Loch Mhic Ruairí, Coill an Chlochair, An Ómaigh.

Amhránaíocht Aonair: Orla Hamill, Aireagal Chiaráin; Grainne Maxwell, Éadan na dTorc; Claire McCrystal, Domhnach Mór; Bronagh Scallon, Both Domhnaigh; Tara Connelly, An Caisleán Glas; Eimir Duddy, An Baile Nua.

Ceol  Uirlise: Domhnach Mór (Fir); Loch Mhic  Ruairí; Fionntamhnach; Trí Leac; Droim Rátha; An Ómaigh (Fir).

Aithriseoireacht: Annabel McAteer, Éadan na dTorc;  Cliodhna Toner, Lough Mhic Ruairí; Mairead McGlinchey, An Caisleán Glas; Blaithnid Kerr, An Charraig Mhór.

Baileád Ghrúpa: Gallbhaile; Cabhán a’Chaortainn; Cill Íseal; An Ómaigh (Camógs); Coill an Chlochair; An Ómaigh (Fir).

Léiriú Stáitse: Cabhán a’Chaortainn; Loch Mhic Ruairí; An Ómaigh (Fir)

Rince Seit: An Charraig Mhór

Tráth na gCeist: Éadan na dTorc; An Eaglais; An Charraig Mhór; Taite Riabhach; An Eochair; Trí Leac..

This, of course, is the beginning of a quest for a county title which in turn will allow the relevant champion to represent Tír Eoghain in an Ulster semi-final. It is Tír Eoghain’s turn to host a semi-final which is also to take place in Galbally. The semi-final takes place on Sunday 3rd December at 5.0 pm. Competing counties in this event will come from Cavan, Donegal, Armagh and Tyrone. The second Ulster Semi Final will take place at a Derry venue, one week later, on Sunday 10th December. Two competitors will qualify from each semi-final and go forward to the Ulster Finals to be held in St Patrick’s Grammar School in Downpatrick on Saturday 13th January 2018.
The All Ireland Finals, with the ultimate prize of being crowned All Ireland Champions, will be held in Sligo Institute of Technology on Saturday, 17th February 2018, also beginning at 3.00 pm.

Two Tyrone GAA clubs have received national recognition for their work in promoting health and wellbeing among their communities. Omagh St Enda’s and Greencastle St Patrick’s are among the first in the country to achieve Healthy Clubs status. At a special ceremony in Croke Park, both clubs were commending by leading GAA ambassador Sean Cavanagh for their leadership. The award winning Healthy Clubs Project (HCP) aims to turn clubs into hubs for health in their communities. With almost the same number of GAA clubs as GPs across Ireland, the project offers a new setting in which to deliver health promotion and interventions. Greencastle and Omagh can now proudly fly a flag above their grounds (endorsed by both Healthy Ireland and the Public Health Agency in NI), letting their members and communities know that they value health and wellbeing as much as leagues and championships. They were among 58 GAA clubs recognised as the first official ‘Healthy Clubs’ on the island of Ireland. These two progressive GAA clubs are the first in Tyrone to receive national recognition. Their various health and wellbeing initiatives have had a tremendous impact on their clubs and wider communities. Among some of the work carried out, Greencastle have set up a blood donation clinic in the club and over the last year over 200 donations have taken place.

4 November 2017; Tyrone representatives Tracy Monaghan, left, Omagh St Enda's, and Fearghal Mac Ruairí, Greencastles, with their Official Healthy Club awards alongside Seán Cavanagh, Healthy Clubs Ambassador and former Tyrone footballer. The GAA Healthy Clubs Recognition Event, supported by Irish Life, saw 58 GAA clubs recognised as the first official ‘Healthy Clubs’ on the island of Ireland. The GAA’s Healthy Clubs Project hopes to transform GAA clubs nationally into hubs for community health and wellbeing. As part of the programme, each club is trained to deliver advice and information programmes on a variety of different topics including, physical activity; emotional wellbeing; healthy eating; community development, to name but a few. For more information, visit: www.gaa.ie/community. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Omagh St Enda’s GAA Club organised free health screening for members of the club and wider community in partnership with local nurses, pharmacists and local charity, Cancer Focus. Over 50 people availed of the service and surprisingly over half of these were men. Former Tyrone football captain Seán Cavanagh is a big supporter of the GAA’s Healthy Club Project (HCP) and presented the clubs with their official flag and plaque in Croke Park on Saturday, November 4th. He said “I’ve seen myself how the GAA brings communities together in so many different ways across Tyrone and Ireland. It is fantastic to see Greencastle St Patrick’s and Omagh St Endas taking a leadership role in developing healthier communities and having such a positive impact on so many children and young people. “Through this project I think people will start to appreciate the role of the GAA in our communities even more and I encourage all clubs in Tyrone and Ireland to get involved”. In January 2016, almost 100 clubs applied to participate in Phase 2 of the project (just 16 participated in Phase 1 between 2013-2015). Many cited the dearth of services in their communities that are tackling issues such as obesity, sedentary lifestyles, mental health and suicide. They wanted to be part of the solution. The innovative Healthy Club model was developed in partnership with Healthy Ireland, the HSE’s health promotion division, the National Office for Suicide Prevention, and is supported by Irish Life through a CSR investment. In an era of unprecedented societal health challenges, the Healthy Club Project aims to harness the potential of the GAA club setting to deliver evidence-based health promotion information and interventions, backed up by appropriate policies and practice. Aogán Ó Fearghail, An Uachtarán Cumann Luthchleas Gael said, “The 58 Healthy Clubs recognised today have gone above and beyond what is normally expected of a sports club. Health and wellbeing is core to what the GAA is all about and these clubs help bring that to life. I’d like to thank our partners, Healthy Ireland, the HSE, National Office for Suicide Prevention, the Public Health Agency, and Irish Life, for helping to make the Healthy Club project the success it is. We look forward to growing it from strength to strength.” Recognising the achievements of the clubs in Croke Park at the Healthy Club Recognition Event is Catherine Byrne, Minister of State for Health Promotion and the National Drugs Strategy, Department of Health (ROI). She said, "Today is all about recognition for the clubs and the volunteers who make this happen at club level. I would like to congratulate all of the clubs and volunteers involved and acknowledge the contribution that they are all making to bring the vision for Healthy Ireland to life: where everyone can enjoy physical and mental health and wellbeing to their full potential"  The GAA hope to extend the project to 150 clubs in Phase 3 (with expressions of interest to open in early 2018) before opening the project to all interested clubs in 2020. Clubs in Tyrone will be supported on their journey by the Tyrone County Health and wellbeing committee and are asked to email hwc.tyrone@gaa.ie for more information on becoming a healthy club.