A disappointing performance from our U21 amalgamation of Patrick Rankins saw them lose to a good Mullaghbawn side in the semi-final of the competition in Killeavy on Sunday, 5 – 13 to 0 – 12.

Mullaghbawn opened the scoring with their first attack of the game with a well taken goal but points from Mark McCabe, Eamon McCabe and Damian O’Hagan had the Rankins back on level terms. Two points from the boot of Matthew Girvan put the Rankins ahead but their lead was short-lived as Mullaghbawn soon registered their second goal of the game to put them one in front. Mullaghbawn tagged on a further four points to take five-point advantage with Matthew Girvan replying for the Rankins with a good point. Mullaghbawn restored their five-point lead with their fifth point of the half but two late first-half scores from Matthew Girvan and Mark McCabe saw the Rankins go into the break three points behind, 2 – 5 to 0 – 8.

Patrick Rankins U21s prior to their semi-final against Mullaghbawn
Patrick Rankins U21s prior to their semi-final against Mullaghbawn

The sides swapped points in the opening exchanges of the second-half with Mark McCabe pointing a free for the Rankins before another free, this time form Matthew Girvan, saw his side just two in arrears. However, Mullaghbawn then hit a real purple patch and hit two goals and two points in a ten-minute spell which all but sealed their win. Mark McCabe and Ciaran Mackin responded with a point apiece for the Rankins but these proved to be their final scores of the contest as Mullagbawn went to register a further 1 – 5 without reply to claim a convincing win.

The club would like to thanks all the players and their management team for effort and commitment throughout the U21 campaign.

Senior Ladies Trip to China

In preparation for their upcoming trip to China our senior ladies will continue with their Mandarin lessons in the club on Tuesday night from 7.00pm – 8.00pm. On Tuesday 28th November at 7.30pm there will be an information evening in the club on the China trip for all players and parents. A representative from the Confucius Institute and UUJ will be attendance. If anyone has specific questions for the evening please contact Peter Lynch or Caoibhe Sloan beforehand to ensure that the answers or information can be provided on the night.


U10 Gaelic football indoor training starts this Wednesday, 22nd November in Cloughreagh Community Centre from 8:15pm - 9:15pm. New children are very welcome to come along and join in regardless if they have never played Gaelic football. Beginner skills programme will be provided for new players.


Training for all our U6s continues every Tuesday evening in Bessbrook Community Centre from 6.00pm – 7.00pm. Everyone please remember to bring water and £1. All new and current U6s are welcome to come along, starting from 3 years old.

Committee Meeting

All committee members are reminded that Monday nights committee meeting will begin at 8.00pm.


The club’s Annual General Meeting has been scheduled for Sunday, 10th December at 3.00pm in the club-house.

Paddy Lynch Memorial Cup Darts Tournament

The annual Paddy Lynch Memorial Cup darts tournament will take place in the club next Sunday 26th November. Entry fee to the tournament is £5.00 with registration beginning at 1.00pm with the first darts being thrown at 2.00pm. There is a total of £300.00 prize money on offer with the winner getting £140.00, the runner-up getting £80.00 and the two beaten semi-finalists getting £40.00 each. All entry fees and raffle proceeds are in aid of Children with Diabetes.

Christmas Coffee Morning

The club is hosting a Christmas coffee morning on Sunday 10th December from 11.00am – 1.00pm. Why not come along and enjoy the Christmas festivities with some tasty winter treats – tea, coffee, hot chocolate, mince pies, Christmas treats, cakes and buns – while the children visit Santa.

Happy Birthday

A big 50th birthday to a good friend of the club Anthony Sloan who celebrated with a great party in the club on Friday night.


Last week’s winning lotto numbers were 5, 6, 14 & 18. There were no jackpot winners and 2 x match three winners. The jackpot now stands at a very impressive £7,000 so why not get yourself a ticket.... if you’re not in, you can’t win.

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