Omagh CBS goalkeeper savours another special MacRory victory

By Niall Gartland OISIN Watson donned the number one jersey of Omagh CBS this year and can take great satisfaction in his own personal contribution to their historic back-to-back MacRory Cup triumph. The Fintona lad was sub goalie on last year’s team and stepped into the breach with Conor McAneney moving onto pastures new. McAneney […]

Gourley has kept the faith at St Patrick’s

By Niall Gartland CIARAN Gourley’s commitment to the St Patrick’s Academy is unquestionable but it’s evident in the tone and content of his words that he hasn’t made it a personal crusade to bring the MacRory Cup back to the college. The former Tyrone defender, always measured in word and deed, helped manage St Pat’s […]

St Pat’s never give up says vice-captain Hughes

By Niall Gartland WHAT a difference a year makes for St Patrick’s Academy vice-captain Sean Hughes, whose free-taking exploits have been pivotal to their run to a first MacRory Cup final appearance in nine years. Last January St Pat’s were left licking their wounds after a bitterly disappointing semi-final defeat to Holy Trinity, Cookstown, and Hughes […]

MacRory Cup kingpins

Shaun Casey charts the roll of honour list ahead of Sunday’s MacRory Cup final St Colman’s College, Newry (20 titles) NO school has won the MacRory Cup more times than St Colman’s College and they’ve also played in the final more than any other school. The Newry based college has lifted the MacRory Cup 20 […]

Mixed memories for players from 2009 MacRory showdown

By Niall Gartland SUNDAY’S showdown isn’t the first time Omagh CBS and St Patrick’s Academy Dungannon have met in the MacRory Cup final, and Sean Warnock and Dermot Thornton have contrasting memories of their previous meeting back in 2009. It’s hard to believe it’s fifteen full years ago – where on earth does the time ago? […]

McNulty hoping for another fairytale year

By Niall Gartland SUCCESSFULLY defending their MacRory Cup crown would be something really special indeed Omagh CBS, and manager Diarmaid McNulty says he has enjoyed the sizeable challenge of holding onto their title. The Brothers claimed Hogan Cup honours on St Patrick’s Day of last year with a spell-binding performance at Croke Park against Summerhill […]

Heavyweights set to collide in block-buster semi-final

By Niall Gartland THE last two MacRory Cup champions go head-to-head in a blockbuster semi-final clash this Friday evening in Coalisland with the meeting of Omagh CBS and St Mary’s, Magherafelt. The ‘Brothers’ booked their spot in the last four with a hard-earned victory over Our Lady’s, Castleblayney, while their opponents ground out an impressive […]

St Michael’s boss Teague braced for ‘tough’ MacRory Cup opener

By Mark McGoldrick ST Michael’s College kick off their MacRory Cup campaign on Tuesday with a tough clash against St Colman’s, Newry and manager Peter Teague is keen to get the season off to a winning start. The Drumclay side have been drawn in a difficult group against St Mary’s, Magherafelt, St Patrick’s, Dungannon, and this […]

Up on the wall: Niall McParland

Niall McParland etched his name in history as he captained St Colman’s to the MacRory and Hogan Cup double in 2010. He tells his story to Shaun Casey… FOR every young student that passes through the gates at St Colman’s College, the dream is aways the same. To get their photo up on the wall. […]


Ulster Schools GAA announce football All-Star team

DERRY minor football captain Fionn McEldowney is a dual All-Star after being named on both the hurling and football teams. Hogan Cup champions Omagh CBS have one representative on the team, Beragh’s Conor Owens. Finbarr Roarty becomes the first recipient from St Columba’s Glenties. He is the current Donegal minor captain and scored the insurance […]