Trillick is the acid test for Carrickmore says Gallagher

By Niall Gartland THE old adage goes that it’s always darkest before the dawn and Carrickmore are bidding to round off their season on a high note in Sunday’s Division One final against Trillick at O’Neill’s Healy Park. Carrickmore produced an uncharacteristically timid performance in their first-round championship encounter against Edendork in late September, losing […]

Carrickmore’s famous 70s three-peat to be honoured

Niall Gartland speaks to three of the protagonists from the celebrated Carrickmore side that won three Tyrone Senior Championship titles in a row in the late seventies. ON Friday evening in the Patrician Hall, Carrickmore will honour their historic three in-a-row winning Senior Championship team from the years spanning 1977-1979. Needless to say it was […]

Curse of the champions

2022 Dromore’s semi-final exit DROMORE emerged triumphant in the 2021 championship and deservedly so as they lay waste to Coalisland in a relatively one-sided Tyrone SFC final. Armed with a potent blend of youth and experience (they’d won the Ulster u-21 tournament a few years prior), they’d have fancied their chances of holding onto their […]

‘Two championships’ in one season in Tyrone

By Michael McMullan THE O’Neill Cup hasn’t been defended since Carrickmore’s 2005 title and two Ardboe championship winners have their thoughts on the competitive nature of Tyrone club football. In a feature interview for Gaelic Life, Benny Hurl and Brian McGuigan look back at their memories to recall their 1998 success. “We nearly play two […]

“I just loved testing myself against others”

FORMER Tyrone and Carrickmore ace looks back at some of the memorable games playing and watching football down the years… Name: Eilish Gormley Teams played for: An Charraig Mhór, Tyrone, Ulster, St. Mary’s, UUJ, Combined Ulster Colleges, Combined Irish Colleges, Roscommon Ladies in Boston, Connacht Ladies in Boston, Armagh Ladies Rugby. Current involvement: Advertisement I […]

Errigal Ciaran out to buck the trend in Tyrone Senior Championship

By Niall Gartland PRECEDENT suggests reigning champions Errigal Ciaran are on to a hiding to nothing in Tyrone but they’ll be quietly confident they can buck the trend by retaining the coveted O’Neill Cup. No team has successfully retained the title since Carrickmore did the back-to-back in 2004 and 2005. Some have come close – […]

Dean Maguirc braced for All-Ireland challenge

By Niall Gartland DEAN Maguirc manager Gavan McElroy has hailed the commitment and efforts of his players ahead of Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final showdown against O’Carolan College of Meath. The Carrickmore school will have had more than a fortnight to prepare for the match after a historic Markey Cup triumph, whereas their opponent’s Leinster final showdown […]

Hunger key to Loughgiel’s continued run of success

By Michael McMullan THE desire to keep winning silverware drove Loughgiel minors to a second Ulster minor title on Saturday, insists Darragh Patterson. The Shamrocks were 3-11 to 0-8 winners over a Carrickmore, Éire Óg team they held scoreless in the second half. Patterson, a recent Mageean Cup winner with St Louis, Ballymena, was one of […]

Éire Óg aiming for famous Ulster win against Loughgiel

By Alan Rodgers HOPE is springing in rich measure among the Carrickmore, Éire Óg minor hurlers as they bid to become Ulster champions this Saturday. But the teenagers, who have recorded impressive victories on the provincial stage so far, will have to be on top form. For standing against them will be Antrim champions, Loughgiel. […]