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Tir Na nOg in Randalstown played host to the first Ulster Gaelic4Mothers Blitz of 2011 on Saturday past where 120 mums from around the province came together to take part.

Teams from Antrim, Armagh, Down, Tyrone and Donegal were among those who took part and with fun and participation the name of the game a great family day out was enjoyed by all those who took part.

Host club Tir Na nOg were fabulous hosts on the day putting on a BBQ and refreshments for their visitors so that the craic continued well after the last ball was kicked.  On completion of the blitz Tir Na nOg Chairman Malachy Duffin presented each participating team with a trophy in recognition of their efforts.  He also spoke of the important role mums play in clubs around the province and how the Gaelic4Mothers programme has greatly strengthed their club since its inception last year.

Speaking at the blitz, organiser Sheena Kelly said “Today is another great day for Ladies Football in Ulster!  Everything good about our game and our association is on show today.  I have watched many of these mums progress over the past couple of years and their skill level has improved dramatically during that time.  The friendships they have built up during that time have also grown.  It just goes to show everyone has a place in our game!”

Before the ball was thrown in on Saturday everyone present took time to reflect on the passing of one of Gaelic4Mothers colourful characters.  Davina Marks from the Newry Mitchells team sadly passed away earlier this month and it was with great pride that her teammates took to the field shortly after in her memory.  They will also honour her memory when they take to the pitch along with the St Galls mums from Belfast at half time of the Ladies Ulster Finals in Clones on Sunday 10th July to play in the half time games.

The Gaelic4Mothers programme is available for every club to become involved in.  For information on it contact Sheena Kelly at sheena.kelly.ulster@gaa.ie

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