Ladies Gaelic Football in Tyrone can be traced back to at least 1968, when a Tyrone County Hospital team from Dungloe, Co Donegal in Newtownstewart as part of a carnival of events. Also in 1968, Mountfield as part of their sports day, organized a tournament for Ladies Football – Mountfield, Tattysallagh and Greencastle being the 3 teams that took part. Ladies Football continued to be part of carnival and sports day events in Tyrone playing teams from Derry and Donegal.

In the 1980’s, more teams in Tyrone started to make an appearance such as Gortin and Aughabrack, again as part of Tournament events. It was also in 1980, as part of Greencastle Festival, that the Liverpool and England goalkeeper Ray Clemence refereed a Ladies Gaelic Football match between Carrickmore and Greencastle. In August 1988, the Martin Hurson Memorial Cup Ladies Football competition took place between Carrickmore and Mountfield with Carrickmore emerging victorious on a score line of 1.09 to 3-01. “Local boy made good” Martin O Neill of Nottingham Forest, fresh from success in the European Cup, refereed a ladies’ football match.

The ladies football tournament was one of the highlights of the successful Mountfield Sports held in the spacious new park. Three teams competed and it was the Tattysallagh team who eventually emerged winners of the first tourney to be played in the new field.

In the first game in the Ladies football competition Greencastle scored a narrow 2-3 to 1-1 victory over the local Mountfield side in a game which aroused great interest among the large attendance. Greencastle, aided by a strong breeze, went into an early lead with goals by Kathleen Tracey and P Mc Dermott, followed shortly after by a point from K. Tracey. Mountfield, however, showing plenty of spirit, fought back gamely and just on half-time their pressure was rewarded when Helen Gallagher finished off a good movement by blasting the ball into the net.

After the interval both defences tightened considerably, but Greencastle broke through for points per Tracey and Mc Dermott. Aided by the strong breeze now in their favour, Mountfield again pressed hard, but despite their superiority could mange only a point in this period.


Tattysallagh, who received a bye, met Greencastle in the final and what an exciting game it proved to be!

Tattysallagh got off to a fine start with a goal in the opening minute, but Greencastle fought back brilliantly scoring a goal and two points. Aided by a strong wind in the second half, Greencastle opened up their attack and again found the net, and it looked as if they were set for victory. But a fine goal by Geraldine Bradley put Tallysallagh back into the game. With now only two points separting the teams the tension mounted and play swung quickly from end to end, with both sides striving for superiority, but it was Ann Quinn, for Tattysallagh, who now came into her own. Showing all the positional sense of a more experienced player, she gained possession and lashed the ball into the net to give her side a slender one-point lead. And a few minutes later the same player put the issue beyond all doubt when she again found the net with a fine shot.

Tattysallagh 4-00, Greencastle 2-02.

So although Greencastle lost in the final of the competition they still came away with the honour of winning the first game to be played in the new park, while Tattysallagh had the privilage of winning the first tournament.

Greencastle: Marian Holywood, Jean Mc Cullagh, Anne Keenan, Bridie Fox, Anne Mc Cullagh, Jacinta Mc Cullagh, Bernadette Logue, Sarah Mc Cullagh, Mary Daly, Brenda Daly, Margaret Clarke, Patricia Mc Dermott, Kathleen Tracey, Una Mc Dermott (captain).

Mountfield: Claire Meenan, Julie Meenan, Anna Carlin, Christina Carlin, Eileen Kelly, Brigid Kelly, Kathleen Bradley, Rita Bradley, Breige Mc Dermott, Kathleen Mc Knight, Helen Gallagher, Nuala Gallagher, Eileen Gallagher, Alice Gallagher, Nuala Mullin (captain).

Tattysallagh: Marian Starrs, Mary Bradley, Anne Loughran, Mary Carson, Geraldine Bradley, Margaret Bradley, Gertie Sharkey, Elizabeth Lunny, Anne Quinn, Marian Loughran, Bernadette Brannigan, Kathleen Mc Glone, Margaret Mullin, Anne Sharkey, Winnie Mc Caul (Captain).

Mountfield Sports


(In new park) on Sunday, 14th July

with Loughmacrory Band in attendance

Football Programme

Mountfield Vs Ballygawley (Junior League)

Ladies Football- Tattyreagh Vs Greencastle

Mountfield Vs Tattysallagh (Final to follow)


Tattyreagh Vs Killyclogher at 7.30

Admission Adult £3 schoolchildren £1

LOUGHMACRORY GALA WEEK MONDAY 29th JULY- SUNDAY 4th JULY MONDAY EIGHT MILE WALKING RACE – Get your friends to sponsor you. Cup for winner. Medals for first and second males and medals for first and second ladies. Entry fee £10. Begins 8p.m. TUESDAY BUFFET SUPPER AND CONCERT in Patrician Hall, Carrickmore. Tickets £12/£6. Meal served 9.30p.m. WEDNESDAY HUNT FOR REAL TREASURE – A £20 prize for winner. All clues must be correct. Time allowed for route is three hours. Entry fee £2 per car, begins 8.30p.m. THURSDAY Ladies football match. Medals for Winners. Tyrone County Hospital. Omagh Vs Galbally. FRIDAY Second match SATURDAY FINAL OF COMPETITION. Throw in each night at 8.30pm SUNDAY MONSTER SPORTS – in field overlooking the Lough. SPECIAL DANCING PLATFORMS AND BOATING ON LOUGH LOUGHMACRORY GALA WEEK Continues with LADIES’ FOOTBALL COMPETITION Thursday- GALBALLY Vs TYRONE CO. Hospital, Omagh Friday- TATTYSALLAGH Vs SLAUGHNEIL, Co. Derry Saturday- FINAL AND PRESENTATION OF MEDALS Eight teams took part in the ladies’ football competition. The first semi-final was played on Thursday, the second on Friday and the final on Sunday evening. The second Semi-final in the 9 aside was on Thursday evening and the final on Sunday after the Ladies’ final. FRIDAY PARENTS’ NIGHT IN PATRICIAN HALL MUSIC THE FAMOUS MELODY ACES Admission £7/£6 SUNDAY, 4th AUGUST MONSTER SPORTS Racing and jumping under N.A.C.A rules. All open events in the 100 yards, 220 yards, 440 yards, 880 yards, 880 yards and one mile for four sections under 12, under 14, under 16, and under 18 age groups.

One and two mile open cycle race


All Ireland Champions, on field from 4.00p.m.

Rowing boats in the Lough, swimming race – entries on field, Tug-o-war, entries on fields.


Admission – Adults £2/£6; Children £1

NEWTOWNSTEWART BIG CARNIVAL Second annual New Park fund Continuing up to June 29th Free parking for over 1000 cars in park Children free to all events. CULLEN’S SUPER AMUSEMENTS






8P.M. ADMISSION £2/£6 TARGET GOLF 7.30pm OLD-TIME WALTZING COMPETITION DAWN KNIGHT AND the CASUALS 9p.m.-1.30a.m. admission £7/£6 NINTH HEAT CARNIVAL QUEEN On Sunday 8th June 1980, the Gortin Girls’ Football Team took the field against the Aughabrack girls in the final of the Aughabrack Tournament. All the players assembled in the middle of the pitch and awaited the arrival of the referee.

A lone figure, in jeans and straw hat, and answering to the name of Patsy Kerlin, strode out onto the field, indicating that he had arrived.

Gortin won the toss, but minutes later Aughabrack had opened the scoring. However Gortin answered almost immediately with the first goal of the match, and went in at half time with a lead of 1-2 to 0-2. After the break, Gortin maintained their lead, which, though Aughabrack continued to pile on the pressure, they never lost, and they emerged clear winners from a sporting game at 5-03 to 0-5.

Tea was provided afterwards by the ladies of Aughabrack, and the medals were presented at a dance in the hall that night. Such was the enjoyment of the match by the players that it would be hoped the other girls will organize teams in their own localities and give Gaelic football for Tyrone girls, a real future.

Scorers for Aughabrack: Geraldine Mc Gill 0-2, Mary Mc Glinchey 0-1, Mary Kerlin 0-1, and Paula Brown 0-1.

Scorers for Gortin: Mary Mc Cullagh 1-0, Ann Devlin 1-0, Mag Mc Gillion 1-0, Pat Kelly 1-0. Anne Marie Mc Crumlish 1-0, Clare Rose Toner 0-2 and Teresa Devlin 0-1.

Following a hard earned draw at Greencastle on the 20th July 1988 Glencull enjoyed a convincing victory over Galbally in the Holm. As this was Galbally’s first competitive math, the Glencull team began the game as favourites and as the game progressed, proved themselves worthy of this tag. There greater fitness and more controlled ball play was evident throughout and it was obvious that they had more match experience than their opponents. Yet with a return match fixed for Wednesday 27th July, Galbally were adamant that they can perform much better and with little experience now to their credit they were sure to give the Glencull women a much tougher game.

The return match with Greencastle was held in the Holm and again was a very hard fought contest ended in stalemate. The emphatic victory over Galbally earlier in the week seemed only to create a sense of complacency among the Glencull ranks and the game was well under way before they responded with anything close to their form. With a testing game against arch rivals Pomeroy awaiting them, the Glencull ladies needed to improve.

Carrickmore won the first Martin Hurson Memorial Cup Ladies Football competition as a result of their narrow win over neighbours and keen rivals, Mountfield, at Galbally on a Thursday evening August 18th 1988. Carrickmore had reached the final of the competition by defeating Altamuskin while Mountfield overcame host club, Galbally to reach the final stage. So the seen was set for a match which drew widespread local interest. The game itself was indeed a great advertisement for women’s football, lacking absolutely nothing in tension and sheer entertainment value. It took a frantic last gasp offensive for Carrickmore to score three points without reply in the second period of extra time to scrape home.

For their part Mountfield, showed great character and determination. In Mary Donaghy, Martina Carland, and their goal specialist, Alice Treacy, they had the players of top quality who could hold their own in any grade.

It was their team’s uncanny ability to cancel out Carrickmore’s point-taking after patient build-up with goals that kept Mountfield in touch throughout and they almost stole it before Teresa Kelly scored a dramatic equaliser with a last minute overhead kick in normal time. At the end of forty five minutes the score was, Carrickmore 0-6, Mountfield 2-0.

Extra time brought heavy rain, but the players ignored this, and to their credit put in full-blooded effort all round. Each demonstrated tremendous grit and will to win but retained a sense of sportwomanship to the very end.

For the winners, Finola McKernan played a captain’s role, while the strong running of Annette Donaghy and Nuala McCrory posed Mountfield endless problems. Celine McNally and Teresa Kelly held their heads to find their range in a nail-biting finish. In defence, Pauline Grugan and Seraphine Hughes were in top form. But all players on show had boosted the cause of women’s football in Tyrone and many bemoaned the fact that no formal league structure to allow them to continue their playing careers.

Final score, Carrickmore 1-09, Mountfield 3-01.

One point of interest was the participation of young Diane Hurson, Carrickmore’s vice-captain. Martin Hurson the late hunger striker was her uncle, of course, and it was to commemorate Martin that the tournament was organized.

Carrickmore lined out- Anne Marie Hughes, Briege Grugan, Pauline Grugan, Margaret McElroy, Finola McKernan, Seraphine Hughes, Celine McNally, Nuala McCrory, Annette Donaghy, Regina Donaghy, Teresa Kelly, Noelle McKernan, Alice Gormley, Anne Maguire, Diane Hurson, Brenda McElduff, Paula McCallan, Cathy Coyle, and Martina O’Connor. Other panel members: Christina McElduff, Nuala McElduff.

Mountfield- Mary Daly, Orla McAleer, Martina Carland, Marie McNulty, Anne Devlin, Clare-Ann McNulty, Geraldine Ferrity, Anne Gallagher, Veronica Donaghy, Martina Meenan, Alice Treacy, Theresa Meenan, Jackie McElhatton, Mary Donaghy Captain, Helen Kelly, Sharon Devlin, Tanya Donnelly, Carmel Gallagher Manager, Maggie Meenan Trainers, Kate McCullagh and Bernie Donaghy.

LADIES FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT (Errigal Ciaran Ladies Football Club)

Invite entries for above competition. Matches commence week beginning 19th August 1991. Contact- MICHELLE MULLAN (0662758656) OR:- MARTINA DONNELLY (0662758639) Before Monday, 5th August.

A Tournament with a difference was organized by the Ladies of Errigal Ciaran. The home team had been playing matches around the county during the summer months and decided to go a step further. Nine teams were willing to participate in the tournament with all matched played in Dunmoyle, starting at 7.30pm.

The preliminary round was down for August 16th between Oonagh Celts and The Grange. Matches were played over two weeks and tea was served each night. It was hoped that the local GAA fans would give their support and help were necessary. Other teams taking part were Killyclogher, Omagh, Galbally, Carrickmore, Aghaloo, Tullysarron and Errigal Ciaran. The final was played on Saturday, 31st August.

17/8/91 The recently formed Omagh District Gaelic Football had been having a busy time recently having arranged two more matches within the next week. On Saturday evening they took part in the Kildress Tournament against Errigal Ciaran at 7.30pm.

Another game, this time in the Errigal Ciaran Tournament on Tuesday sees the team play Galbally at 7.30pm in Dunmoyle, with transport leaving the St. Enda’s G.A.A. ground at 6.30pm. Meanwhile on Tuesday last they played their first home game in Healy Park but lost to Keady by just one point. 24/8/1991 The Omagh Ladies Gaelic team played its first match in the Errigal Ciaran Tournament and emerged winners over Galbally by eighteen points. The score 7-05 to 2-02 left them in great form and they continue training Thursday evenings at 6.30p.m.

Then on Thursday 27th August they take part in the second round of the tournament when they play the hosts at 7.30p.m. in Dunmoyle.


Meeting in St. Enda’s G.A.C. on Friday, 15th November 1991, at 8.30p.m. at 8.30p.m. To establish Ladies Gaelic throughout county. All Ireland representatives will be in attendance. All clubs welcome to attend. Tyrone Ladies’ G.A.A. Board Formed Friday 20th December 1991 Next year will herald a new era in the Tyrone Gaelic Football scene with the formation of a ladies Gaelic Football County Board, the first to be established in any of the six counties although a number of other Ulster counties are following the lead.

At a meeting in St Enda’s, Omagh representatives from a number of pre-existing unregistered clubs were in attendance to listen to and question Pat Quill from Cork and Brendan Darvis and Christie Byrne from West Meath who travelled up to give information on the administrative structure and rules of ladies GAA and to encourage Tyrone to enter the National League and All-Ireland Championship.

It was at this meeting that the County Board was formed and positions were filled as follows: Rosemary Carson (Chairperson); Goretta Donnelly (Vice-Chairperson); Briege Grogan (Secretary); Geraldine Christie (Assistant Secretary); Kathleen Quinn (Treasurer); Noleen Broderick (Assistant Treasurer); Ailish Gildernew (P.R.O.) and Brenda Hurson (Irish Language Officer).

These officers will be working hard with the aim of promoting the game throughout the County and firmly planting Tyrone alongside Monaghan, the only other Ulster County with an existing County Board and team.

The National League begins on April 7th and it is expected that Tyrone will have a County team established and ready to play on that date. Selectors will have players from a considerable number of teams to choose from, so talent should not be in short supply and competition for a place will be keen even at this early stage. The first official meeting of the County Board took place on Monday 9th December at St Ciaran’s High School Ballygawley.

When interest in Camogie in the Omagh area fell into decline in the late 1980’s/ early 1990’s Rose Carson and Ann Cullen, wished to continue the Gaelic games tradition and toyed with the idea of introducing the sport of ladies Gaelic football to the County of Tyrone. An advert was placed in the local newspaper, the belief being that if interest was rekindled in Gaelic games in general, not only ladies football but also Camogie would benefit. At Omagh’s first organised training over fifty players turned out and as time went by the club entered various local tournaments which had promoted the sport of ladies Gaelic football in a non-organised fashion for close to two decades in Tyrone.

Because the Omagh camogie club had travelled on an annual basis to the All-Ireland Camogie Final the question was asked if such a similar event took place in Ladies Gaelic Football. Several telephone calls later resulted in Mr. Brendan Dardis inviting the Omagh club to the 7-a-side competition on the eve of the All-Ireland, plus the big event itself. Omagh were delighted to accept the invitation, and made many important contacts over the weekend.

Upon returning to Tyrone another notice was placed in the local newspapers this time for the attention of all Tyrone Gaels. It called all those interested in establishing the sport on an organized basis to attend a meeting; this was the only means of gauging genuine interest within the O’Neill County.

A meeting in St Enda’s clubrooms, Omagh in November of 1991 was attended by both Brendan Dardis and Christy Byrne, who addressed a large number of representatives from clubs throughout Tyrone. At the second such meeting later in the month attended by Pat Quill also, the first Tyrone County Board was formally established.

Representatives from no less than ten clubs voted at the meeting, with Rose Carson (carrying the Omagh flag) installed as Chairperson.

The first full County Board meeting was held on December 9th 1991 with Brendan Dardis again there to guide proceedings. In the first year of affiliated football Tyrone had seven club teams vying for honours, and a County team was selected to represent Tyrone in the Junior National League series of 1992.

In 1991, a Ladies Football Tournament was organized by the Ladies of Errigal Ciaran with eight teams willing to participate, Oonagh Celts, The Grange, Killyclogher, Omagh, Carrickmore, Aghaloo, Tullysarron and Errigal Ciaran.

1992 had heralded a new era in the Tyrone Gaelic Football scene with the formation of a Ladies Gaelic Football County Board, the first to have been established in any of the six counties, although a number of other Ulster counties have shown a positive interest.

At the close of the 1991 year, a meeting was held in St Enda’s Omagh, where representatives from a number of pre existing unregistered clubs were in attendance to listen to and question Pat Quill from Cork, Brendan Dardis and Christy Byrne who travelled up to give information on the administrative structure and rules of Ladies football and to encourage Tyrone to participate in the National league and All Ireland Championship.

It was at this meeting that the County Board was formed and positions were filled as follows:-

Chairman, Rosemary Carson (Omagh), Vice Chairman, Goretta Donnelly (Errigal Ciaran), Secretary, Briege Grogan (Carrickmore), Assistant Secretary, Geraldine Christie (Oonagh Celts), Treasurer, Kathleen Quinn (Oonagh Celts), Assistant Treasurer, Noleen Broderick (Errigal Ciaran), P.R.O., Ailish Gildernew (Aghaloo), and Irish Language Officer, Brenda Hurson (Oonagh Celts). These officers worked hard with the aim of promoting the game throughout the county and firmly planting Tyrone alongside Monaghan, the only other county with an existing County Board and Team.

The National League began on April 7th and it was anticipated that Tyrone would have a County Team established and ready to play on that date. Selectors had players from a considerable number of teams to choose from, so talent wasn’t in short supply and competition for places was keen at the early stage. The next County Board meeting took place on Monday February 10th at 7.30p.m. 1992 in St Ciaran’s High School, Ballygawley. All clubs who were wishing to register a team to play in the County League and Championship competitions were asked to be represented at this important meeting as registration forms for 1992 were to be administrated and topics of special interest were on the agenda for discussion.

It was hoped that delegates from a number of new teams would be in attendance and if anyone whose parish was currently without a team and wished to play football were asked to contact Rosemary Carson, Omagh or Briege Grogan, Carrickmore. At club level there were eight teams taking part in the League and Championship.


St Macartans Vs Carrickmore

Galbally Oonagh Celts Vs St Enda’s

Aghaloo Vs Sperrin Og

Errigal Ciaran- Bye

C/ship Semi-Finals

Carrickmore Vs Aghaloo

St Enda’s Vs Errigal Ciaran

C/ship Final

Carrickmore 4-10 Vs St Enda’s 1-05 in Cardinal MacRory Park, Dunmoyle, Ballygawley. Carrickmore then went forward to represent Tyrone in the Ulster Club Championship.

Ulster Club Semi Final

Carrickmore, Tyrone 3-05 Vs Derrymichaels, Armagh 2-04 in Naomh Colmcille Pairc, Carrickmore. Carrickmore were then scheduled to meet the winners of the Monaghan Harps Vs St Eunan’s, Donegal semi final, but however this encounter finished in a draw, leaving the Ulster Final failing to meet the All Ireland quarterfinal deadline. The outcome of an Ulster Council meeting was that Carrickmore should progress to the All Ireland series as Ulster nominees.

All Ireland Quarter Final

London Gaels, Wembley 3-09 Vs Carrickmore, Tyrone 0-02 in Ruislip

Ulster Final

Carrickmore, Tyrone 3-05 Vs St Eunan’s, Donegal 2-07 in Naomh Colmcille Pairc, Carrickmore

League The league was organized on a single league basis with teams only meeting once. At the end of the season the domestic league finished as follows, Carrickmore 12 points Galbally Oonagh Celts 10 points Errigal Ciaran 8 points At Enda’s 6 points St Macartans 4 points Aghaloo 2 points Sperrin Og 0 points There were three ladies football tournaments held during the season, the Martin Hurson Cup and the Errigal Ciaran and St Macartans Tournaments. The Galbally Oonagh Celts won the Martin Hurson Cup courtesy of a win over Carrickmore but the losers bounced back to take the Errigal Ciaran tournament with a victory over the host club. The St Macartans tournament saw Carrickmore in yet another decider but they stumbled at the last block to Monaghan Harps. The Tyrone County Team took part in the National League which started in April 1992, but before this they played Armagh in a challenge game in the Grange, Armagh, where Tyrone gave a fair account of themselves with Armagh emerging the winners in a hard-fought and very competitive game.

County Sponsor- Lagan Transport

National League

Tyrone 3-01 Vs Armagh 4-0 Healy Park, Omagh, Co Tyrone

Monaghan Vs Tyrone – Monaghan win, Truagh, Co Monaghan

Tyrone Vs Leitrim- Leitrim win, Augher, Co Tyrone

Tyrone 0-04 Vs Roscommon 3-07 Augher, Co Tyrone

Meath 4-05 Vs Tyrone 2-04

Tyrone 2-08 Vs Offaly 4-02 Clogher, Co Tyrone

Longford 6-11 Vs Tyrone 2-07 Drumlish

Ulster Championship

Tyrone 2-0 Vs Monaghan 2-12 Healy Park, Omagh

Ulster Minor Championship Tyrone 7-04 Vs Armagh 2-02 Tyrone 2-09 Vs Donegal 5-03 Healy Park, Omagh Ulster Team Tyrone representatives- Joanne Poyntz, Captain, Michaela Doherty, Brenda Mc Elduff, Julie Ann Loughran and Niamh Daly. Ulster lost to Leinster and Connaught. County Management John Joe Campbell, Paddy Donnelly, Dan Mc Caffery, Paddy James Donnelly and Sean Mc Elroy. County Board meetings were held in St Ciaran’s High School, Ballygawley. First Inter-County Game for Tyrone Ladies 4/4/1992 The Tyrone Ladies’ senior football team travelled to the Grange for a friendly against Armagh in what was their first inter county match. Armagh took an early lead, which they maintained throughout the game, and although it took Tyrone a while to settle down they still gave a fair account of themselves shooting only four wides and showing a gritty determination when the chips were down. This was illustrated by a well-taken opportunist goal in the final minutes of the game.

Tyrone were not too disappointed at their performance at this early stage as they came up against a physically strong, well-drilled side who had home advantage and had more experience of playing together as a team. Indeed when Armagh comes up against Tyrone in the National League they may well find life a little bit tougher.

Training continued on Sunday’s in Carrickmore at 2p.m. for members of the senior panel and players. The County Board were also seeking sponsorship at this time and if anyone was interested they were asked to contact Rosemary Carson at Omagh or Briege Grogan at Carrickmore.

National League Armagh 4-00 – Tyrone 3-01

In this first round of the Ladies National League which was played at a cold and wet Healy Park. Armagh were forced to fight all the way for victory against a strong and determined Tyrone side.

It must be said Tyrone played the better football inspired no doubt by the fact that they had the midfield battle well won, and led up until the final five minutes of the match when Armagh scored a late goal to win the game by two points.

In poor conditions Armagh struggled to find the form that saw them defeat Tyrone in their previous meeting at the Grange and at half time it looked like Tyrone were on course to reverse that result. Armagh, however, were somewhat lucky to strike the winning goal past the diving Tyrone goalkeeper, who cannot be faulted for her invaluable performance in nets. This came as a cruel blow to Tyrone who had enjoyed the majority of possession and whose defence had looked fairly solid throughout the course of the game. While at the final whistle it was Armagh who came away with league points, Tyrone are improving with every match.

The County players and committee members extended their appreciation to Lagan Transport who had provided the funding for the Tyrone strip. The Leitrim Ladies made it three wins from three league outings when they comfortably defeated a weakened Tyrone side on Sunday at Augher. The game was somewhat spoiled by the poor weather conditions of the day, but this didn’t seem to affect the visitors ability to score practically every time their forwards had possession.

Finding themselves considerably behind at half time, Tyrone fought an uphill battle in the second half. The Tyrone defence did their best to soak up the pressure, when they found themselves under from the Leitrim midfield and forwards, but could do little to subdue a team who found the target from thirty or forty yards out on a number of occasions.

Hayley Boyle served Tyrone well in nets as has become customary and can’t be faulted for the goals that went past her.

The defence worked hard throughout, but Tyrone’s policy of soloing and short passing didn’t pay off as the ball was often intercepted by a speedy Leitrim attack. At midfield, the visitors certainly had the height advantage to dominate, while the forwards didn’t really have the opportunity to shine and didn’t exploit their opponent’s lack of pace.

A well-executed Tyrone goal however, was perhaps the highlight of the match. All in all, Tyrone didn’t penetrate the Leitrim defence often enough to put the result in any doubt but it must be noted that Leitrim have been playing together as a team for fifteen years while this is Tyrone’s first season on the inter-county scene.

The girls could only benefit from the experience of playing against a team of such calibre as Leitrim, and could take consolation from the fact they made a match of it. 1993 The Tyrone Ladies Gaelic Football Committee held their first ever AGM on Sunday 1st February, with the Dinner Dance taking place on Friday 5th February, both being held in Kelly’s Inn, Garvaghey, Ballygawley. Mick Fitzgerald, Kerry, delivered a referees seminar on 19th March in St Enda’s Clubrooms, Omagh. National League Sponsor- Lagan Transport County Management- Sean Mc Elroy and Paddy Donnelly Offaly 4-01 Vs Tyrone 3-11 Tyrone 1-06 Vs Donegal 3-10, Loughmacrory, Co Tyrone Roscommon 3-08 Vs Tyrone 2-05, Ballyleague Tyrone 6-06 Vs Louth 2-08, Pomeroy, Co Tyrone Carlow 3-06 Vs Tyrone 3-06, Dr Cullen Park Tyrone Vs Kildare- Tyrone win Tyrone 6-08 Vs Meath 3-06, Clogher, Co Tyrone Ulster Championship Tyrone 0-07 Vs Monaghan 4-07, Augher, Co Tyrone Ulster Minor Championship Tyrone 4-07 Vs Monaghan 4-07, Augher, Co Tyrone Replay Monaghan 4-07 Vs Tyrone 4-05, Tyholland, Co Monaghan

On the domestic front Tyrone had ten clubs affiliated to take part in league and championship.

Club Championship semi finals Errigal Ciaran 2-03 Vs Galbally Oonagh Celts 2-03, Healy Park, Omagh Replay 2-10 7-06, Loughmacrory St Macartans 1-04 Vs Carrickmore 4-05, Healy Park, Omagh Final

Galbally Oonagh Celts 3-07 Vs Carrickmore 2-07, Cardinal MacRory Park Dunmoyle, Ballygawley.

Ulster Club Championship Quarter final

Galbally Oonagh Celts, Tyrone 5-05 Vs Armagh Harps 4-06 in Galbally

Semi Final

Galbally Oonagh Celts, Tyrone 7-06 Vs Newtownbutler, Fermanagh 4-03 in Galbally


St Eunan’s, Donegal 10-10 Vs Galbally Oonagh Celts 2-03 in Letterkenny

Senior League

Won Points

Carrickmore 9 18

Galbally Oonagh Celts 7 14

St Macartans 6 13

Errigal Ciaran 5 11

St Enda’s 5 10

Sperrin Og 5 10

Aodh Ruadh 3 6

Aghaloo 2 4

Donaghmore 2 4

Mna na Deirge 0 0

Minor Championship Final Carrickmore Vs St Enda’s – winners- Carrickmore Minor League Winners- Galbally Oonagh Celts Runners up – Carrickmore 1994 In January Tyrone Ladies Gaelic Football Association held a presentation dance in St Enda’s, Omagh. At the first County Board Meeting of the year, two new committees were formed, Fixtures Committee and Fund Raising Committee. Fixtures Chairperson was Mary Donnelly (Omagh St Enda’s), Fund Raising Chairperson was Sean Mc Elroy (St Macartans). It was also decided at this meeting that the Tyrone Senior League series would be split into two divisions, but there would be one senior championship to be run along the lines of an open draw. At Minor level, there would be one division and one championship with each team meeting once at a home or away venue to be decided by a draw made by the fixtures committee. Senior League Division 1 Division 2 Carrickmore Aghaloo Galbally Oonagh Celts Donaghmore Omagh St Enda’s Mna na Deirge

Errigal Ciaran Beragh Sperrin Og Aghyaran Aodh Ruadh Trillick St Macartans St Dympnas, Dromore Drumquin

Division 1 Division 2

Winners – St Macartans Winners – Mna na Deirge

Runner up – Carrickmore Runner up – Beragh

The Minor League was divided into two groups

Group A Group B

Mna na Deirge St Macartans

Galbally Oonagh Celts St Enda’s

Errigal Ciaran Donaghmore

Sperrin Og Beragh

Aodh Ruadh Carrickmore

St Dympna’s Dromore Drumquin

Top 4 – semi finals

Top 2 – Final

Minor League

Winners – Carrickmore

Runners up – St Macartans

Club Championship Minor Final

Carrickmore 2-11 Vs St Macartans 4-04 in Galbally

Club Championship

Aghaloo 2-13 Vs Donaghmore 2-04 in Dunmoyle, Ballygawley

Errigal Ciaran 4-05 Vs St Enda’s 0-09 in Beragh

Aodh Ruadh 0-04 Vs Carrickmore 5-08 in Donaghmore

St Dympnas 1-0 Vs Galbally Oonagh Celts 8-24 in Omagh

Drumquin 1-06 Vs Sperrin Og 5-09 in Dromore

Beragh 5-11 Vs Trillick 6-05 in Fintona

Mna na Deirge 1-05 Vs St Macartans 8-08 in Dregish

Aghyaran Bye

Quarter Finals

Aghaloo Vs St Enda’s

Carrickmore Vs Galbally Oonagh Celts

Sperrin Og Vs Beragh

St Macartans Vs Aghyaran

Semi Finals

Sperrin Og 1-0 Vs St Macartans 3-12 in Naomh Colmcille Pairc, Carrickmore

St Enda’s 4-08 Vs Galbally Oonagh Celts 6-14 in Naomh Colmcille Pairc Carrickmore.


St Macartans 3-08 Vs Galbally Oonagh Celts 3-04 in Cardinal MacRory Park, Dunmoyle, Ballygawley

Ulster Club Championship Quarter Final

Inniskeen Monaghan 1-19 Vs St Macartans, Tyrone 2-04 in Inniskeen

Club U16

In May 1994, Elaine Treanor, a playing member with the St Macartans club died. An U16 7-a-side competition was set up in her memory. The teams that took part were as follows, Aodh Ruadh – 2 teams, Beragh, Aghyaran, St Endas, Carrickmore, Galbally Oonagh Celts, St Macartans, Errigal Ciaran, Drumquin.

The County Board also ran a 7-a-side Cup and Shield competition

Cup Winners – St Macartans

Runners up – St Endas

Shield Winners – Galbally Oonagh Celts

Runners up – Errigal Ciaran

National League

County Management – Sean Mc Elroy, Paddy Donnelly

Sponsor – Lagan Transport

Armagh 4-01 Vs Tyrone 7-11, St Patrick’s College playing fields, Armagh

Tyrone 3-08 Vs Sligo 1-06 , Beragh, Co Tyrone

Tyrone 5-10 Vs Fermanagh 0-03, Drumquin, Co Tyrone

National League Semi Final

Tyrone Vs Louth

Ulster Championship Semi Final

Tyrone 7-19 Vs Fermanagh 0-04 in Drumquin


Tyrone 3-08 Vs Donegal 5-05, Athletic Grounds, Armagh

Ulster Championship – Minor

Tyrone 0-06 Vs Monaghan 3-15 in Augher, Co Tyrone

1995 At Inter County level Tyrone were to field teams at Senior, Minor and U16 levels. On the club seen an U16 League was introduced – Elaine Treanor Memorial.

National League Division 3B

County Management –Sean Mc Elroy, Paddy Donnelly

Tir Eoghain, Sligo, Fermanagh, Armagh, Cavan, Down, Monaghan B,

Tyrone Vs Armagh – Tyrone win

(Challenge Game)

(Roscommon 3-07 Vs Tyrone 2-18)

Tyrone Vs Sligo

Fermanagh 2-02 Vs Tyrone 2-18 in Donagh

National League Semi Final

Tyrone 1-07 Vs Carlow 3-06 in Roscommon

Ulster Championship Junior

County Management Sean O Kane

Sponsor – Masterscreen

Fermanagh 1-01 Vs Tyrone 4-13 in Roslea


Donegal 2-08 Vs Tyrone 2-11 in Donegal Town

All Ireland Junior Quarter Final

Tyrone 3-11 Vs Carlow 3-06 in Longford Town

All Ireland Semi Final

Tyrone 0-08 Vs New York 1-04 in Navan

All Ireland Final

Tyrone 3-02 Vs Cork 4-08 in Croke Park

Ulster Championship – Minor

County Management – Hayley Boyle


Tyrone 3-19 Vs Donegal 4-02 in Drumquin

All Ireland Semi Final

Tyrone Vs Wexford – Wexford win in Moate, Co Westmeath

Ulster Championship – U16

First time Tyrone represented at this level

Tyrone 0-07 Vs Donegal 3-15 in Drumquin, Co Tyrone

Club Scene The first competition of the season was the Elaine Treanor Juvenile Memorial League. Ten teams took part and were divided into two groups: Group A Group B Drumquin St Endas Carrickmore Aodh Ruadh Errigal Ciaran Galbally St Macartans Aghyaran Beragh Gortin League Final Drumquin 2-04 Vs Errigal Ciaran 0-05 in Kiltyclogher Senior League

Division 1 Division 2

Aodh Ruadh Beragh

Carrickmore St Dympnas Dromore

Galbally Oonagh Celts Gortin

Sperrin Og Trillick

St Endas Kildress

Mna na Deirge Drumquin

St Macartans Aghyaran

Errigal Ciaran Aghaloo

Senior League winners – St Macartans Runners up – Carrickmore

Junior League Winners – Trillick Runners up – Beragh


Division 1 – First Round – 17/6/1995

St Endas 2-04 Vs Aodh Ruadh 3-07 in Dunmoyle, Ballygawley

Galbally Oonagh Celts 3-06 Vs Sperrin Og 2-10 in Omagh

Errigal Ciaran 1-05 Vs St Macartans 2-09 in Beragh

Carrickmore 5-15 Vs Mna na Deirge 0-03 in Drumquin

Division 2 First Round 17/6/1995

St Dympnas 1-02 Vs Gortin 3-03 in Omagh

Drumquin 2-07 Vs Aghaloo 1-02 in Dunmoyle, Ballygawley

Trillick Vs Kildress – Trillick win in Beragh

Beragh 5-07 Vs Aghyaran 1-08 in Drumquin

Semi Finals Division 1

Carrickmore 3-07 Vs St Macartans 1-06 in Dunmoyle

Aodh Ruadh 3-14 Vs Sperrin Og 4-04 in Dunmoyle

Division 2

Beragh 1-08 Vs Drumquin 1-06 in Killyclogher

Trillick 2-06 Vs Gortin 2-03 in Killyclogher


Division 1

Carrickmore 1-10 Vs Aodh Ruadh 0-06

Division 2

Trillick 3-02 Vs Beragh 3-10

Ulster Club Quarter Final

Carrickmore Vs Down Champions – winners Carrickmore

Ulster Club Semi Final

Carrickmore 2-06 Vs Aghabog, Monaghan 2-09

Minor Championship

Winners – Carrickmore Runners Up – St Endas

Minor League

Winners – Carrickmore Runners up – St Endas

Tyrone County Board 7-a-side Cup

Winners – Aodh Ruadh (A) Runners up – Gabally Oonagh Celts

Tyrone County Board 7-a-side Shield

Winners – Aodh Ruadh (B) Runners up – Sperrin Og


Junior National League

The 1996 National League opened for Tyrone on the 9th March with an away derby tie against Armagh. The red Hands finished the game strongly with a 1-12 to 1-4 victory to get their challenge off to a bright start.

Early favourites Leitrim were next on the cards on the 24th March and with Ailish Gildernew and Nuala McCartan leading from the back Tyrone took full honours and assumed the mantle of leading favourites.

Fermanagh travelled to Clogher on 21st April and gave Tyrone their toughest test to the date, pushing the home side all the way until Eilish Gormley’s introduction turned the tide in Tyrone’s favour. We were celebrating for the third time on a 0-13 to 2-5 score line.

Tyrone, playing at home, were full of confidence to take on All-Ireland B Finalists Down on 5th May. Tyrone were simply in a different class and tore the visitors apart by 6-16 to 0-5.

With just one game left Tyrone couldn’t be caught at the top of the table and squashed Cavan’s weak challenge on 12th May to stride into the quarter-finals. After a break for championship action Tyrone drew a date with Roscommon on 11th August and made it easily through to the semi-final stage where they were to meet All-Ireland Finalists Longford.

This was undoubtedly their sternest test of the year, but Tyrone shoed great character to force Longford into submission and take their place in the National league Final.

The decider against Leitrim on 17th November was Tyrone’s finest hour and despite playing below par the team was crowned champions at Irvinestown, Fermanagh by a three-point victory.

Ulster Junior Championship 1996

As 1995 All-Ireland finalists, Tyrone faced Down as favourites in the opening round of the Ulster Championship in their first defence of the title. Down had home advantage but it was to no avail as they were ill equipped to halt a rampant Tyrone who marched to victory on a scoreline of 7-14 to 0-4.

With the semi-final scheduled for 21st of July, Tyrone fine-tuned their preparations but opposition Fermanagh failed to field at Carrickmore and the defending Champions couldn’t have had an easier passage into the final.

Once more it was Donegal who made it through the other half of the draw and in a low-scoring encounter on the 4th of August it was a triumphant Tyrone side who raised the cup at Carrickmore after a thrilling game.

With Clare awaiting the Ulster Champions in the All-Ireland semi-final it was never going to be easy, and one point up with time out on the clock it looked like Tyrone had just done enough. A most controversial penalty decision in favour of Clare however was to rob Tyrone of their dream of an All-Ireland Championship title in 1996.

November came to salvage success, however, and a valiant Tyrone side lifted the Tom Kenny National League Shield for their first National title in their short history.

Ulster Club – St Macartans

After wining the County Final St Macartans progressed to the Ulster Club Championship where they played Monaghan Harps in the preliminary round. After a close and entertaining game St Macartans defeated their illustrious opponents on a scoreline of 2-08 to 2-06.

St Macartans proceeded then through the quarter-final and semi-final with their opponents being three times Armagh Champions Mullaghbawn and Down Champions Iveagh respectively.

The Ulster Final was played in Celtic park between St Eunans, Donegal and St Macartans, Tyrone. The fact that St Eunans were competing in their fourth Ulster Final in the last five years said a lot for their reputation and experience. In the end they proved a bit too strong for the St Macartans team although it was very far from a clear-cut victory as the balance of the play shifted to and fro throughout. St Eunans 2-10 to St Macartans 1-08.

League and Championship Winners 1996

Senior League

Winners – Carrickmore Runners up – St Macartans

Senior Championship

Winners – St Macartans Runners up – Carrickmore

Junior League

Winners – Badoney Runners up – Drumquin

Junior Championship

Winners – Badoney Runners up – Aghyaran

Senior 7-a-side Cup

Winners – Aodh Ruadh A Runners up – Father Rocks

Senior 7-a-side Shield

Winners Badoney Runners up – Aodh Ruadh B

Minor League

Winners Carrickmore Runners up – St Macartans

Minor Championship

Winners – St Macartans Runners up – Errigal Ciaran

Juvenile League

Winners – Carrickmore Runners up – Aodh Ruadh

Juvenile Championship

Winners – Errigal Ciaran Runners up – Aodh Ruadh

Under 14 League

Winners – Aodh Ruadh Runners up – Father Rocks

Under 12 Blitz Cup

Winners – Carrickmore A Runners up –St Endas

Under 12 Blitz Shield

Winners Aodh Ruadh A Runners up – St Endas B

1997 proved to be as successful on the intercounty scene as any year preceding it. The Junior footballers, under the tutelage of Brendan Dardis and Rosemary Carson, made it back to Croke Park for the second time in three years, but unfortunately the result was also a replica of the first in that Tyrone failed to lift the ultimate honour – the All Ireland crown.

The U14 and U16 teams progressed to the Ulster Final while the Minor team reached the semi final stage, all having performed well against quality opposition in their respective Championships. Tyrone had started to built strong teams at underage level and this needed to be encouraged so that the County would continue to have a flow of players coming through to the Senior side and maintain the reputation Tyrone had established to date.

The Senior squad first assembled in January and soon commenced their National League programme, making their presence felt in Division Two against opponents who probably didn’t give the newly promoted Tyrone side the credit they deserved. The management felt that the team could go all the way to the Senior League play-offs, and the players certainly didn’t let them down. Excellent results against the likes of more established teams such as Meath gave the side just the lift they needed and indeed they made it through to the play-offs early in the summer. It was Clare who proved to be their eventual downfall in Mullingar but the team had long since cemented their place in the Intermediate Division.

The Championship opened with games against Fermanagh and Down, Tyrone simply in a different class as they powered through the early stages of the competition.

They met age-old adversaries Donegal in Enniskillen for the Ulster Final, and only just edged the verdict by a single point to the delight of their sizeable following. Roscommon provided the opposition in the All Ireland semi final on 31st August, which was played in wet and windy conditions at Omagh, and once again the team kept their supporters on the edge of their seats having just a single score to spare over Roscommon at the final whistle. Croke Park awaited.

It was a long break until the Final more than six weeks later, but challenge games against Dublin and Waterford kept the Tyrone team sharp for the decider. Travelling to Dublin it was opponents Longford who were installed as favourites and in the end justified the tag with a strong opening and finish to claim the title.

It was bitter disappointment for all concerned given the tremendous effort put in all through the year, but with Brendan and Rosemary back at the helm for the next season it was a case of rectifying the wrongs and making it over the final hurdle in 1998. Having played two league games already in the 1998 programme and taking maximum points they had gotten off to an impressive start, so everyone waited with baited breath the coming Ulster Championship and hoped for Tyrone’s tilt at the all Ireland title in October.

Ulster Club – Carrickmore

Having claimed an impressive victory in the Tyrone County Final Carrickmore proceeded to the first round of the Ulster Club Championship where they met Glen the newly crowned Derry Champions. Played at Maghera on Saturday 13th September they managed to keep Glen scoreless and strode into the semi final against Armagh Harps. With the advantage of a home venue on Sunday 28th September, Carrickmore once again proved that they were the side to beat in the competition, racing into an early lead which they never relinquished.

Five years from their first ever appearance in an Ulster Final Carrickmore were back in the Provincial limelight. In the final Carrickmore met St Eunan’s, the Donegal champions, at Clones on Sunday 19th of October. The game couldn’t have been closer and at the end of normal time the score stood deadlocked at 2:08 to 1:11.

It came as a surprise that extra time was going to be played to separate the sides and unfortunately for Carrickmore it was the Donegal champions, starting the game as favourites, who hung on to retain their Ulster club title for yet another year.

Success for St Ciarans

Schools football began in Tyrone in 1994 when Maria Curran, PE teacher at St Ciarans High School, Ballygawley, contacted all secondary schools in the County to invite their participation in future competitions. Two grades were established, with four teams initially participating at Senior Grade and six at Junior Grade. Loretto Convent Omagh took the inaugural senior title with founders St Ciarans, Ballygawley tying up the Junior Grade.

In 1996 St Ciarans High School verified their status as the top schools side in Tyrone when they went one step further to lift both Senior and Junior titles in the same year, only to fall to the highly regarded St Louis Convent (Monaghan) side in a pulsating Ulster Final after extra time. Having sown the seeds of success at Provincial level the Clogher Valley School made it back to the Ulster School Final in 1997, this time taking their revenge on the reigning Ulster and All-Ireland Champions St Louis Convent in their own back yard.

Having disposed of the hot favourites for the Ulster title St Ciarans went on to progress to the All Ireland Final, unceremoniously dumping the Cork Schools Champions Collaiste Ghobnatan out of the race for honours in the semi final. This was a tremendous achievement for the Tyrone standard-bearers, but unfortunately it was not a case of third time lucky for the O’Neill County in an All Ireland Final, when they were defeated by the Longford Schools Champions in the ‘gladiator decider.’ It was perhaps ironic that it was Longford who provided the opposition to Tyrone in Octobers Junior All Ireland Final at Croke Park. It was a bitter pill to swallow particularly for the likes of Claire McGarvey, Elaine Kelly and Lynda Donnelly, who featured in Tyrone’s failed bid at Headquarters in October.

The side however had proven that they could compete at the highest level and confidence was high that the elusive All Ireland crown would soon return and settle in the hills of Tyrone.


New Clubs

In 1997 two new clubs where formed, Eoghan Roes Glenmornan, Strabane and Sigersons Strabane. The Eoghan Roes club took part in the U18 League and Championship and had two of their personnel involved in the U18 County Panel. The Sigersons club were also training for the season ahead.

Festival of Sport

The Tyrone Festival of Sport run by the District Councils included for the first time Ladies Gaelic Football at U14 level on their programme of events. Girls therefore played under the District Council area and this event was eventually won by Dungannon District with Omagh District lifting the runners-up title.

U14 Faile

Dungannon U14 team made history by being the first club to represent Tyrone in the Faile Competition in Donegal and done well, making it through to the Division two Final only to be beaten at the final hurdle.

Masterskreen Senior League Division 1


Carrickmore 8 7 0 1 15

Aodh Ruadh 9 6 2 1 13

Errigal Ciaran 9 5 2 2 12

St Macartans 9 5 2 2 12

St Endas 9 5 3 1 11

Badoney 9 4 5 0 8

Beragh 8 3 4 1 7

Trillick 9 3 6 0 6

Drumquin 9 2 7 0 4

Galbally O.C. 9 0 9 0 0

Division 2


Father Rocks 8 7 0 1 15

Aghyaran 8 5 1 2 12

Kildress 8 5 2 1 11

Sperrin OG 8 5 2 1 11

Dromore 8 4 3 1 9

Loughmacrory 8 3 5 0 6

Fintona 8 2 6 0 4

St Colmans 8 2 7 0 2

Aghaloo 8 1 7 0 2

Aghaloo withdrew after three games

Role of Honour 1997

Winner Runner up

Under 12 Carrickmore Errigal Ciaran

Under 13 Blitz Errigal Ciaran Carrickmore

Under 14 League St Macartans Carrickmore

Under 14 C’Ship Father Rocks St Macartans

Juvenile League Errigal Ciaran Carrickmore

Juvenile C’Ship Carrickmore Errigal Ciaran

Minor League St Macartans Errigal Ciaran

Minor C’Ship St Macartans Errigal Ciaran

Senior Div 2 Father Rocks Aghyaran

Junior C’Ship Dromore Aghyaran

Senior Div 1 Carrickmore Aodh Ruadh

Senior C’Ship Carrickmore St Endas

Senior 7’s Cup Aodh Ruadh Kildress

Senior 7’s Shield Badoney Sperrin OG

Tyrone Ladies 1998

Ladies football in Tyrone had gone from strength to strength since its formation in 1991. The county affiliation had risen from seven clubs in 1992 to twenty six in 1998.

The success of the county team had no doubt played a major part in the expansion of clubs within the county. Over the last three or four years previously to 1998 Tyrone had been to the forefront of ladies football in Ulster and this helped entice and encourage girls to get involved in the playing scene.

Tyrone would have been regarded as one of the most successful county teams in Ulster behind Monaghan, who had indeed with their success pathed the way for the other Ulster Counties.

Tyrone had, over the past fours years in 1998 remained undefeated in the Ulster Junior Championship. They made two appearances in Croke Park in the Junior All Ireland Finals and were unfortunate to not overcome either Cork in 1995 or Longford in 1997. They also won the Division three league title in 1996 and had proved worthy of Division Two status throughout 1997/1998.

League Progress

Tyrone returned to league duty after their All Ireland defeat at the hands of Longford with Brendan Dardis and Rosemary Carson once again at the helm. They were joined this year by Aidan Connolly who had been brought in as selector. The league campaign began just a few weeks after the All Ireland Final. With several changes to the panel they easily overcame Leitrim in Fenagh by nine points. In the second round tie Tyrone were due to meet All Ireland quarterfinalists Roscommon, who were unable to field with Tyrone taking the points.

After a lengthy break over Christmas the league resumed with Tyrone making the long journey to Birr to meet All Ireland Intermediate Champions Kerry. They again recorded a good win with seven points to spare over Kerry, with debutantes Etaoine O’Kane and Caroline Kelly impressing for Tyrone.

Tyrone’s only defeat of the league came against Meath, where a last minute goal by Christine O’Brien gave Meath a two point win. In their last league match Tyrone were to gain revenge for their All Ireland final defeat by Longford with a comprehensive win over the champions at Beragh. Tyrone gave a great display in this game with the forwards moving the ball well and taking their scores, the defence remained in control and denied Fiona Blessington and Mary Burke of goal chances. Tyrone’s remaining league game against Carlow was not played, as Carlow had been unable to field a team in several of their league outings.

This left Tyrone in a semi final encounter with old rivals Longford. Unfortunately as in the All Ireland Final, Tyrone failed to produce their previous match winning displays and saw Longford take control of the game early on. The Red Hands did not seem to have the self-belief that was evident in the Longford girls. Longford’s self belief coupled with a large home crowd broke Tyrone’s reserve and left them bitterly disappointed with their second defeat by Longford in a major competition. Tyrone could however be happy with their league displays and was content with another year in Division Two as a team building exercise.

Championship Progress

In the 1998 Championship Tyrone had again become the team to watch. With an impressive win over a youthful Armagh side in their first round tie at Beragh, Tyrone set the stall for other teams. Michaela Doherty and Kitty McGoldrick showing all why they were awarded Replacement All-Stars in 1997 with an exhibition in shooting. However what really impressed was that this was a team performance.

Next up for Tyrone was Donegal in the semi-final. As in previous encounters this was a close contest. Although Tyrone got off to the better start in this game a slack period from the Red Hands in the second half gave Donegal a lifeline and an early exit from the championship looked almost certain on the cards for Tyrone. However they showed their worth in turning a three point lead into an eight point win. Again Michaela Doherty in particular impressed along with Shauna McGirr up front while Joanne Poyntz stamped her authority on the game in defence along with the ever-dependable Maura Kelly.

Tyrone collected their fourth Ulster title when they overcame a strong Down side at Clones. Tyrone were fancied to easily dispose of the Mourne County after brushing aside main contenders Donegal. This proved to be very much not the case with Down giving the Red hands a nasty shock when the game started to go in favour of Down. Tyrone started comfortably and saw themselves with a 1-07 to 0-03 lead going into half-time, Michaela Doherty getting the goal for Tyrone. Michaela Downey who was superb for Down brought her side within two points of Tyrone with less than ten minutes remaining. However Tyrone made a revival with great work from Nuala McCartan in defence helping to set Tyrone up for two injury time scores and sealing another Ulster title for the Red Hands.

Tyrone then faced Warwickshire in the All-Ireland Quarterfinals. This game never tested Tyrone with the score line saying much for the type of game that was played. It was one way traffic all the way through, with Warwickshire failing to put up any sort of threat to Tyrone. Kitty McGoldrick was Tyrone’s top scorer in this encounter, amassing an impressive 2-10. Tyrone also had goals from Elaine Kelly, Michaela Doherty and Caroline Kelly. Substitute Lynette Hughes impressed for Tyrone, scoring 0-07 after making an entrance for the injured Michaela Doherty at half time. Corner back Lynda Donnelly showed up well for Tyrone making many interceptions to ensure her forwards had a good supply of ball. Although never under any pressure Tyrone continued to play with total commitment throughout.

At the semi final stage Tyrone could not answer the strength of Louth. Louth dominated mid field and so controlled most of the play. They counteracted Tyrone’s style of play and the Red Hands could not seem to break the defence. It was bitterly disappointing game especially as all involved knew that they had not played to their potential. The 2-09 to 1-06 score line showed Tyrone’s inability to create scores.

Minor Progress

This year Tyrone’s only underage team was at minor level. Over the last couple of years they have found difficulty in pushing past Monaghan in the Ulster championship and were hoping that fortunes were soon to change. With many of this year senior panel still minors, the county felt that 1998 could well see this happening. They gave fine performances against Derry and Cavan at the Quarterfinal and semi final stages. They met Monaghan in the Ulster final and although most people would have agreed Tyrone were the best team on the day, the score line unfortunately did not go their way. Hope can be gathered from their performance, which was a polished one and hopefully will in time see its fruition in the senior ranks.

Club Scene

On the club scene Tyrone had begun both their adult and minor leagues for 1998. There were now teams competing in the Masterskreen senior league and eleven in the Tony Fox Junior league.

Over the last few years Carrickmore and St Macartans had dominated the senior division at both league and Championship. Both were unlucky to suffer defeats from St Eunan’s of Donegal in their Ulster Club final appearances. However the other clubs in the senior division had begun to catch up leaving competitions much more open and so improving the overall standard of ladies football within the County. St Macartan’s were again crowned Senior champions after narrowly defeating Aodh Ruadh in the final. The Clogher Valley side went on to defeat Monaghan Harps and Iveagh in the Ulster Championship and were unlucky to again lose out to St Eunan’s of Letterkenny by one point.

The Junior league remained more spread with a number of new clubs finding their way. Long-standing clubs such as Galbally and Oonagh Celts and Drumquinn were hoping that 1998 would see them making their way into the senior ranks again. Aghyaran made their third appearance in the Junior final but found the recently relegated Drumquinn too tough and the Wolf Tones return to senior status in 1999.

The minor league and championship had also been dominated by Carrickmore and St Macartan’s alongside Errigal Ciaran who had some excellent youth coming through.

These competitions were being contested by eighteen clubs, the league being played in two grades with play-off’s deciding the eventual winners whereas the minor championship was an open draw. Errigal Ciaran had captured the league for the first time in their history with an impressive display over St Macartans. The championship seen three teams remaining. Kildress had to await the outcome of the semi final match between Carrickmore and Errigal Ciaran. Kildress reached their first Minor final after disposing of St Macartan’s who were attempting to achieve three in a row, as they had been holders since 1996. Carrickmore had already achieved this feat from 1993 to 1995.

Juvenile football remained strong in Tyrone with league and championship taking the same format as the minor competitions. Several players had been selected from this age group onto the senior county panel. Of the sixteen clubs competing at this level Carrickmore and Errigal Ciaran remain the most successful.

Underage football was very competitive in Tyrone where there were thirteen clubs competing in the under 12 league and thirteen in the under 14 league and championship. In the under 14 Championship a strong Dromore side saw off the challenge of league champions St Macartan’s to deny the Clogher Valley girls the double. The Errigal Ciaran under 14 team had the honour of representing the county in the under 14 Feile which took place in Donegal on the 3rd, 4th, and 5th of July. They won last years under 13 Blitz, which is run within the county to select a club to go forward for this event.

Ladies football in Tyrone was steadily growing and making a name for itself outside the county. All within the county hoped that in the not so distant future that we would capture the All-Ireland Junior title.

On a sadder note the county was devastated at the lost of two of its playing members in the Omagh bomb atrocity. Jolene Marlow and Brenda Logue showed an ability for and commitment to ladies football, which made everyone who knew them very proud. They will be sadly missed from our lives and are always in our thoughts.


Ulster Minor Final – Scotstown, Co. Monahgan

Monaghan Vs Tyrone

4-08 1-13 (A.E.T.)

Ulster Junior Final – Clones, Co Monaghan

Tyrone Vs Down

1-11 0-09

All Ireland Quarterfinal – Omagh, Co Tyrone

Tyrone Vs Warwickshire

5-33 0-01

All Ireland Semi Final Courtbane, Co Louth

Louth Vs Tyrone

2-09 1-06


Ulster U14 Final – Augher, Co Tyrone

Tyrone Vs Monaghan

1-06 2-10

Ulster U16 Final – Clontibret, Co Monaghan

Monaghan Vs Tyrone

4-16 1-04

Ulster Junior Final – Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh

Tyrone Vs Donegal

3-07 3-06

All Ireland Semi Final – Omagh, Co Tyrone

Tyrone Vs Roscommon

1-07 0-09

All Ireland Final – Croke Park, Dublin

Tyrone Vs Longford

1-11 2-12


Ulster Junior Final – Carrickmore, Co Tyrone

Tyrone Vs Donegal

0-12 2-12

All Ireland Semi Final – Carrickmore, Co Tyrone

Tyrone Vs Clare

3-06 4-05

National League Final – Irvinestown, Co Fermanagh

Tyrone Vs Leitrim

2-08 2-05


Ulster Minor Final – Drumquin, Co Tyrone

Tyrone Vs Donegal

3-19 4-02

All Ireland Minor Semi Final – Moate, Co Westmeath

Wexford Vs Tyrone

3-12 0-03

Ulster Junior Final – Donegal Town, Co Donegal

Donegal Vs Tyrone

2-08 2-11

All Ireland Quarterfinal – St Peter’s Park, Longford Town

Carlow Vs Tyrone

3-06 3-11

All Ireland Semi Final, Navan, Co Meath

Tyrone Vs New York

0-08 1-04

All Ireland Final – Croke Park, Dublin

Tyrone Vs Cork

3-02 4-08


Ulster Junior Final – Athletic Grounds, Co Armagh

Donegal Vs Tyrone

5-05 3-08

Intercounty Review 1999

That 1999 was going to be the make or break year was certainly an accurate assessment of the position of the Tyrone Ladies county team a year ago, anticipating a season which could bring the elusive Junior All Ireland or just another heartbreaking defeat and end of many careers.

Twelve months on and its all history, as Tyrone Ladies look forward to a Senior Ulster Final date with Monaghan in August, and the prospect of a promising run in the Division One League after defeating All Ireland Senior Champions Mayo. This was only the stuff of dreams in January 1999.

The post Christmas resumption of the National League saw Tyrone grind out wins over Donegal, Leitrim, Westmeath, and Dublin, playing not the prettiest brand of football, but a win is a win and new coach Sean O’Kane was more than happy with a playoff chance against Senior side Kerry. In the event, the trip to Ballinasloe proved highly productive with a victory securing promotion to Division one and a place in the showcase Division two Final against the Dubs in Parnell Park.

In possibly their best performance over the year Tyrone blew Dublin away. They were totally superior with the style and confidence that earned a ten-point victory, an All Ireland title and the first a three Player of the Match awards for Eilis Gormley.

A week later Dunmoyle saw the start of the championship trail and a resounding win over neighbours Fermanagh. Monaghan Juniors were the next victims, outclassed in Omagh as Tyrone rolled into their sixth Ulster Junior Final, again facing a challenge from Down in clones.

Another fifteen-point win and a lot of complacency was a result in Clones as the newly crowned Ulster Champions prepared for an All Ireland Quarterfinal tie with ‘lovely’ Leitrim. The Connacht champions were anything but lovely, and probably very unlucky not to have stopped the Tyrone bandwagon in Drumshanbo.

Tyrone with Lisa McGirr, Arlene McCloskey and Gormley lacked anything resembling organisation or rhythm and found themselves three points down at the interval.

It was the youngsters Lynda Donnelly and Lynette Hughes who took on the responsibility and brought the Red Hands back into he match with two goals and three points between them, but Leitrim were by no means finished and pegged back to within three points again. Indeed Tyrone can thank the woodwork in Drumshanbo as Deirdre Quinn’s goal effort blasted off the crossbar for a point in the dying minutes. A poor performance, but a narrow escape and a place in the All Ireland Semi Final against Carlow.

Taking nothing for granted this time Tyrone had thirteen points to spare over the Leinster junior champions Carlow and the Stage was set for Tyrone’s third Junior All Ireland Final. It would be New York’s first visit to Croke Park and they certainly had nothing to loose. Many in Tyrone felt it would be their last chance.

The chance was well and truly taken in the style that this side seem to reserve only for the second half of finals. The final will be remembered as the day that Eilis Gormley 3-06 in Croke Park, and Nuala McCartan walked up the steps of the ‘Old Hogan Stand’ to collect Tyrone’s ticket into senior football.

And things kept getting better, that Eilis Gormley was awarded Tyrone’s first All Star and the Ulster GAA writers ‘Footballer of the Year’ award. Lynda Donnelly and Maura Kelly received All Star Replacement awards. The team was invited to a host of civic receptions this was long way from ‘Workout Warehouse’ and the training field at Carrickmore.

However it was not long before training resumed as league ties with the ‘big shots’ Monaghan and Wexford beckoned. Having already disposed of All Ireland senior champions Mayo before Christmas, Tyrone, under newly appointed captain Lisa McGirr were a team to be taken seriously. How far they fared remains to be seen, but which success created this year the county will surly inspire further success.

Team in All Ireland Final

Eileen McElroy, Connie Fox, Maura Kelly, Arlene McCloskey, Nuala McCartan, Siobhan McGarvey, Lynda Donnelly, Caroline Donnelly, Lisa McGirr, Joanne Poyntz, Eilis Gormley

Subs Used: Hayley Boyle, Ailish Gildernew, Caroline McErlean, Ciara Strain, and Breige Daly.

Subs: Caroline Kelly, Denise Hetherington, Michaela Doherty, Sarah McGrade, Kitty McGolderick, Fiona Marie Kearney, Catriona Murphy, Claire McGarvey, Mairead McCann, Catherine Small and Nicola Scott.

National League Campaigns

Division 2 1998-1999 Division 1 1999-2000

Donegal 1-07 Tyrone 4-12 Mayo 1-09 Tyrone 3-07

Dublin 1-09 Tyrone 0-14 Tyrone 1-12 Dublin 1-05

Louth 0-04 Tyrone 3-15

Tyrone 1-13 Leitrim 0-01

Kerry 1-07 Tyrone 0-08

Tyrone 3-06 Westmeath 0-03

Semi Final

Tyrone 1-09 Kerry 0-10


Tyrone 2-16 Dublin 2-06

Junior Championship


Quarterfinal – Dunmoyle Player of the match

Tyrone 7-17 Fermanagh 1-03 Joanne Poyntz

Semi Final – Omagh

Tyrone 4-17 Monaghan 2-02 Ellis Gormley

Final – Clones

Tyrone 3-13 Down 1-04 Lynette Hughes

All Ireland:

Quarterfinal – Drumshanbo

Tyrone 2-10 Leitrim 1-11 Lynette Hughes

Semi Final – Summerhill

Tyrone 4-13 Carlow 2-06 Lynda Donnelly

Final – Croke Park

Tyrone 3-12 New York 2-04 Ellis Gormley

Role of Honour 1999

Winners Runners-up


Senior: Carrickmore St Macartans

Intermediate: Fr Rocks Trillick

Junior: Loughmacrory Sigersons


Division 1: Errigal Ciaran Carrickmore

Division 2: Fr Rocks Kildress

Division 3: Loughmacrory Fintona


Championship: Carrickmore Errigal Ciaran


Grade 1: Carrickmore Errigal Ciaran

Grade 2: Beragh Galbally Oonagh Celts


Championship: Dromore St Macartans


Grade 1: Dromore Aodh Ruadh

Grade 2: Drumquin Aghyaran


Championship: Errigal Ciaran Aghyaran


Grade 1: Errigal Ciaran Carrickmore

Grade 2: Fintona Loughmacrory

Under 13 Blitz:

Cup: Errigal Ciaran Omagh St Enda’s

Shield: Aodh Ruadh Carrickmore

Under 12:

Championship Sperrin Og

Father Rocks, who dominated Division two in Tyrone, were very unlucky not to make it to their first Ulster Intermediate Final. They were pipped at the post by Four Masters of Donegal.

Despite the fact the Red Hand Clubs had no joy in Ulster, they could take comfort in the fact that Tyrone had probably the best developed club structure in the province, and the only county to have Senior, Intermediate and Junior grades.

Underage County Round-Up

Ulster Minor Championship Final


Monaghan 3-10 Tyrone 1-09 (1-09 each in 1st game)


Martina Glackin (Fr Rocks), Sarah McGread (Trillick), Maura Kelly (St Mac’s), Martina Doyle (Fr Rocks), Connie Fox (Carrickmore), Siobhan McGarvey (Errigal Ciaran), Eilis Mullan (Kildress), Tina Toner (Fr Rocks), Lynette Hughes (Carrickmore), Natasha Rushe (Fr Rocks), Breige Daly (Badoney), Selena Oguz (Errigal Ciaran), Lynda Donnelly (St Macs).


Mairead McCann (Dromore) for Oguz, Catriona Murphy (Aodh Ruadh) for Quinn.


L Hughes 1-06, L Donnelly, N Rushe, T Toner 0-01 each.

Ulster Juvenile Final

Monaghan 4-13 Tyrone 3-06


Amanda Fox (Aodh Ruadh), Cathy Hughes (Carrickmore), Carla McGarrity (Fr Rock’s), Claire O’Kane (Carrickmore), Tina Donnelly (Dromore), Lynda Donnelly (St Mac’s), Donna Shields (Aodh Ruadh), Josephine Rogers (Beragh), Catriona Murphy (Aodh Ruadh), Martina Doyle (Fr Rocks), Natasha Rushe (Fr Rocks), Tracey Rogers (Beragh), Mairead McCann (Dromore), Elaine Coyle (Carrickmore), Jennifer McCrossan (Omagh).


Nuala McGarvey (Errigal Ciaran) for T Rogers, Angela Monaghan (Kildress) for Doyle.


Mc Crossan 2-02, Rushe 1-0, J Rogers 0-02, Murphy and McCann 0-01.

Ulster Club Trail

As a parish, Termonmaguirc had the distinction of being represented by two clubs in the Ulster Club Championship with both Loughmacrory and Carrickmore making it out of Tyrone. The Tyrone Junior Champions staged a famous last minute comeback to beat Down Champions Downpatrick and qualify for the quaterfinal, however Cavan Champs Mullahoran proved too strong for the Loughmacrory girls at that stage.

Carrickmore disposed of semi-final challengers Crossmaglen with relative ease, booking a final date with Monaghan’s best Aghabog. It was Carmen’s third Ulster Final, but they could not emulate the victory of ’92. Despite a three-point lead at the interval, the Tyrone girls did not match Aghabog’s power in the last quarter and were defeated by three points. A bitter defeat as Tyrone’s champions are the bridesmaids for the fourth year in a row in Ulster.

Domestic Review 2000

On the club scene there was ten clubs winning our twenty-two competitions. Aodh Ruadh were crowned senior champions for the first time when they defeated defending champions Carrickmore in front of a large crowd in Omagh on the 12th of August before bowing out to Iveagh Bosco of Down in the Ulster Club Semi Final. Carrickmore had the consolation of lifting the Masterskreen Senior League that they last held in 1997.

Dromore lifted the Tommy McGarvey Intermediate Championship at the expense of Aghyaran, and went on to defeat Urris of Donegal and Mullaghhoran of Cavan before becoming Ulster Champions with a brilliant display against Scotstown in Clones. Their ambition to become the first club from Tyrone to reach an All Ireland Club Final came to an end at the hands of a very strong Confey side. Dromore also won the Tony Fox Intermediate League to follow in the footsteps of Fr Rocks, who achieved the same double last year.

In the Junior Championship Galbally Oonagh Celts upheld their favourites by lifting the Brenda Logue Memorial Cup, but only after a scare by the challenge of a gallant Glenelly side in only their second year of football. Galbally OC defeated Moville of Donegal before losing out to Fermanagh side Cleenish in the Ulster Junior Championship Semi Final, but went on to add the league to complete the Junior double.

At Minor level the all conquering Carrickmore defeated St Macartans in the League Final in May, before adding the Championship after a long season ending on Saturday 27th October when they held on after a great come back by the Dromore St Dympna girls to lift the Begley Cup for the third year running and complete their second double in as many years. In Grade two Aghyaran won the League defeating Drumquin in the Final, while Drumquin won the Championship defeating Sperrin Og in the final.

The Juvenile competition seen a major overhaul this year with the introduction of three grades in the League and two grades in the Championship.

Grade one was vied for by six clubs after the withdrawal of Fr Rocks. Errigal Ciaran were the superior force here winning both the League and Championship, while the regarded St Endas proved that experience counts when they lifted the double in grade two, although Sperrin Og were unlucky to lose the Championship when they went down by one point. Grade three had seven teams competing for the League in which Loughmacrory came through unbeaten although were pushed all the way by Glenelly. In the Championship they reached the Semi Final only to be overcome by St Endas.

The Under thirteen competition which replaced the under fourteen and Under Twelve competitions was dominated in grade one, and the Championship by Errigal Ciaran with Aghyaran lifting the grade two league at the expense of Badoney.

The Senior Seven saw the participation of ten clubs with Fr Rocks retaining the cup, and Loughmacrory winning the shield.

An Under Twelve Blitz was set up and eleven teams took part, St Endas defeated Badoney in the cup competition with Galbally OC defeating Killeeshil in the shield final.

Cumann Peil Gael mBan Tir Eoighain

Under Age Inter County Review 2000

Tyrone’s under age county campaign started off with juveniles getting a bye in the quarterfinal when Fermanagh withdrew, giving them a free passage to the semi final. Tyrone defeated Down 2-17 to 1-12 before losing out to a very good Monaghan side 3-9 to 1-7 in the Ulster Final.

The Minors on the other hand overcame the biggest hurdle first by defeating All Ireland Champions Monaghan in their own backyard in the quarterfinal by a score line of Tyrone 1-10 to Monaghan 1-7. In the semi final Derry put up a gallant fight in Carrickmore before finally succumbing to the Tyrone on slaughter of 2-22 to 1-7. The Ulster final was held in Carrickmore where Tyrone defeated Cavan 1-17 to 0-3 to lift their first Minor title since 1995. The All Ireland semi final paired Tyrone with beaten finalists of the last three years, Mayo, in a superb contest in Sligo, Tyrone out shooting their Connaght rivals by 1-13 to 0-9, to leave them in their first All Ireland Minor final.

Unfortunately they faced a Waterford side who were on the day quite untouchable and despite Tyrone’s hopes and best efforts they were heavily beaten on a score line of 7-12 to 1-6 in their first Minor all Ireland final. It was a subsequently discovered after the final that Waterford had used six substitutions instead of five and Tyrone were awarded the All Ireland by default. Despite being All Ireland Minor champions the Tyrone team and management felt that they would much rather have achieved this glory through playing on the field than through another teams error and without a doubt they will be out to win it in 2001 for real.

Inter County Review Of The Year 2000

After the success achieved by Tyrone Ladies in 1999 winning the National League Division 2 title and the coveted All Ireland Junior Crown many in football believed it would be a very hard act to emulate this success in 2000 playing in the tougher senior league and championship. Once more Tyrone ladies proved these predictions inaccurate and went on to achieve even greater success in 2000 winning the inaugural Ulster senior championship and qualifying for a National League Final.

Tyrone reopened their national league campaign with a trip to London which added two more points onto their pre Christmas tally of four. As momentum gathered Tyrone claimed full points from the difficult trips to Wexford and Meath and also beat mighty Laois in Drumragh to sit proudly at the top of Division 1 with a full twelve points. Next came Ulster rivals Monaghan and in a classic game in Carrickmore despite a spirited delay Tyrone suffered their first defeat of the league campaign going down by two points. A second defeat came against Waterford but Tyrone had already qualified for the National League semi final. Inevitably they were pitted against archrivals Monaghan in Monaghan and produced one of their best displays of the season defeating the stunned Farney’s with three points to spare. This game saw the return to form of Eilis Gormley who gave her marker a torrid time and scored a great 1-09. Lisa McGirr, Lynda Donnelly and Claire McGarvey had tremendous games and incredibly Tyrone Ladies had reached the National Senior League Final in their first season in the division. Unfortunately the league final against reining all Ireland Champions Mayo was to prove a bridge too far for Tyrone. Despite a brave display they went down to Mayo on a score line of 1-11 to 2-06. Tyrone had several chances to win this game, which unfortunately they didn’t take on the day. Once more Eilis Gormley was the jewel in the crown scoring 1-04 and involved in everything positive the Red Hands did. Lynette Hughes and Lisa McGirr also produced displays of quality but despite this effort Tyrone were defeated.

Tyrone learned a lot from this game and put this into practice for the inaugural Ulster Final against Monaghan. Sunday July 30th proved to be Tyrone’s finest hour as they won the Ulster Senior title and shell-shocked favourites Monaghan winning with three points to spare. Many will remember this day forever and they will remember in particular the magnificent 1-07 scored by Eilis Gormley and the fine contributions from newcomers Dolores Hughes and Martina Doyle amongst others. Highlight of the day was captain Lisa McGirr’s magnificent goal which capped a great display from her and was perhaps one of the best individual strikes Clones has ever seen. While she lifted the O’Harte Memorial Cup few could remain unaffected by the emotion of the occasion. This in set up a tie once more with Mayo and as this game was to be played in Croke Park prior to the men’s All Ireland semi final replay, which was to be shown live on television it was without a doubt the biggest game Tyrone were ever to play. The Red Hands did themselves and their followers proud on the big stage and despite a shaky start they lead by three points at half time with a great goal from Shauna McGirr. Mayo pulled back early in the second half with danger woman Cora Staunton and Diana O’Hora proving a thorn in the side of the Red Hand defence. Still they fought on bravely and took the lead once more with a penalty from Lynette Hughes but despite some great scores from Gormley and Hughes Mayo’s experience and ability to take goals saw them win through to the All Ireland Senior Final in the end by seven points. Mayo went on to win their second All Ireland title and perhaps Tyrone could take some comfort from the fact that they were beaten by the eventual winners. Yet many in Tyrone and many at Croke Park that day know that Tyrone could have and probably should have won this game. Hopefully Tyrone can rectify this in 2001 and go one better to reach their first Senior Final.

At the All Star ceremony in October Tyrone’s season got even better when they received an amazing four All Stars. Once more Eilis Gormley picked up aw award and Lynda Donnelly, Claire McGarvey, Lynette Hughes and Arlene McCloskey who received a replacement award deservedly accompanied her.

Few of those involved in the 2000 campaign will ever forget the feeling when Lisa McGirr lifted the O’Harte Cup and other special moments such as the Garda escort through a packed Dublin on semi final day.

Tyrone looked forward to another successful campaign in 2001 and they had shown that they are now a force to be reckoned with in Ladies football, without a doubt several other special moments remain theirs to create in the coming year.

Division 1 Results 2000

London 1-10 Tyrone 7-17 away in London

Wexford 4-02 Tyrone 3-13 in Tullamore

Laois 2-03 Tyrone 1-10 Home Drumragh

Meath 0-08 Tyrone 1-15 in Dunboyne

Tyrone 2-12 Monaghan 2-14 home Carrickmore

Waterford 3-10 Tyrone 1-09 in Westmeath

National League Semi Final

Monaghan 4-06 Tyrone 2-15 away Monaghan

National League Final

Mayo 1-11 Tyrone 2-06 In Longford

All Ireland Semi Final

Tyrone 2-12 Mayo 5-10 in Croke Park

Division 1 2000-2001

Tyrone 1-06 Mayo 0-09 home Carrickmore

Waterford 3-13 Tyrone 2-13 in Confey

Role Of Honour 2000


Senior (eight clubs)

Winner Runner-Up

Aodh Ruadh Carrickmore

Intermediate (seven clubs)

Dromore Aghyaran

Junior (six clubs)

Galbally OC Glenelly

Minor Grade one (ten clubs)

Carrickmore Dromore

Minor Grade two (eight clubs)

Drumquin Sperrin Og

Juvenile Grade one (seven clubs)

Errigal Ciaran Carrickmore

Juvenile Grade two (sixteen clubs)

St Endas Sperrin Og

Under 13 (eighteen clubs)

Errigal Ciaran St Endas


Division One

Carrickmore Aodh Ruadh

Division Two

Dromore Aghyaran

Division Three

Galbally O.C. Sigersons

Minor Grade One

Carrickmore St Macartans

Minor Grade Two

Aghyaran Drumquin

Juvenile Grade One (seven clubs)

Errigal Ciaran Drumquin

Juvenile Grade Two (eight clubs)

St Endas Kildress

Juvenile Grade Three (eight clubs)

Loughmacrory Glenelly

Under 13 Grade One (eight clubs)

Errigal Ciaran Sperrin Og

Under 13 Grade Two (ten clubs)

Aghyaran Badoney

Senior Sevens Cup (ten clubs)

Fr Rocks Aodh Ruadh

Senior Seven’s Shield

Loughmacrory Sigersons

Under 12 Blitz

Cup (five clubs)

St Endas Badoney

Shield (six clubs)

Galbally OC Killeeshil

League Tables 2000

Division One

Club P W L D Pts

Carrickmore 7 7 0 0 14

St Macartans 7 6 1 0 10*

Aodh Ruadh 7 5 2 0 10

Errigal Ciaran 7 3 3 1 7

Fr Rocks 7 3 4 0 6

Kildress 7 1 5 1 3

Beragh 7 1 6 0 2

St Endas 7 1 6 0 2

Champions: Carrickmore

Regelated Beragh and St Endas

*St Macartans deducted two points

Division Two

P W L D Pts

Dromore 6 6 0 0 12

Aghyaran 6 4 1 1 9

Badoney 6 4 2 0 8

Trillick 6 2 3 1 5

Drumquin 6 1 3 2 4

Fintona 6 1 3 2 4

Loughmacrory 6 0 6 0 0

Champions: Dromore Promoted Aghyaran

Relegated: Loughmacrory

Division Three

P W L D Pts

Galbally OC 10 10 0 0 20

Sigersons 10 8 2 0 16

Sperrin Og 10 6 4 0 12

Glenelly 10 4 6 0 8

Eoghain Rua 10 2 8 0 4

Mna Na Deirge 10 0 10 0 0

Champions: Glabally OC Promoted Sigersons

Minor Grade One

Section A

P W L D Pts

St Macartans 4 3 0 1 7

Fr Rocks 4 3 1 0 6

Errigal Ciaran 3 1 1 1 3

Kildress 3 0 2 1 1

Galbally OC 4 0 3 1 1

Section B

P W L D Pts

Carrickmore 4 4 0 0 8

Aodh Ruadh 4 3 1 0 6

Dromore 4 2 2 0 4

Beragh 4 1 3 0 2

St Endas 4 0 4 0 0

Semi Finals

St Macartans 0-09 Aodh Ruadh 1-05

Carrickmore 3-08 Fr Rocks 0-01


Carrickmore 4-06 St Macartans 3-03

Minor League Grade Two

Section A

P W L D Pts

Fintona 3 3 0 0 6

Sperrin Og 3 2 1 0 4

Loughmacrory 3 1 2 0 2

Moy 3 0 3 0 0

Section B

P W L D Pts

Aghyaran 3 3 0 0 6

Drumquin 3 2 1 0 4

Badoney 3 1 2 0 2

Mna Na Deirge 3 0 3 0 0

Semi Finals

Sperrin Og 0-03 Drumquin 1-11

Aghyaran 5-16 Fintona 3-6


Aghyaran 4-11 Drumquin 2-07

Juvenile League

Grade one

P W L D Pts

Errigal Ciaran 5 5 0 0 10

Drumquin 5 3 2 0 6

Dromore 5 2 3 0 4

Carrickmore 5 2 3 0 4

Aodh Ruadh 5 2 3 0 4

St Macartans 5 1 4 0 2

Champions: Errigal Ciaran

Grade Two

P W L D Pts

St Endas 7 7 0 0 14

Kildress 7 6 1 0 12

Beragh 7 4 3 0 8

Sperrin Og 7 4 3 0 8

Trillick 7 3 4 0 6

Badoney 7 2 4 1 5

Aghyaran 7 1 5 1 3

Galbally OC 7 0 7 0 0

Champions: St Endas

Grade Three

P W L D Pts

Loughmacrory 6 6 0 0 12

Glenelly 6 5 1 0 10

Moy 6 4 2 0 8

Killeeshil 6 3 3 0 6

Sigersons 6 2 4 0 4

Eoghain Rua 6 1 5 0 2

An Carraig 6 0 6 0 0

Champions: Loughmacrory

Under 13 League

Grade One

P W L D Pts

Errigal Ciaran 7 7 0 0 14

Sperrin Og 7 6 1 0 12

Drumquin 7 5 2 0 10

St Macartans 7 3 4 0 8

Carrickmore 6 1 5 0 2

Dromore 6 1 5 0 2

St Endas 5 1 4 0 2

Aodh Ruadh 6 0 6 0 0

Champions: Errigal Ciaran

Grade Two

Section A

P W L D Pts

Aghyaran 4 4 0 0 8

Badoney 4 3 1 0 6

Mna Na Deirge 4 2 2 0 4

Loughmacrory 3 0 3 0 0

Sigersons 3 0 3 0 0

Section B

P W L D Pts

An Carraig 4 4 0 0 8

Fintona 4 3 1 0 6

Beragh 4 1 3 0 2

Galbally OC 4 1 3 0 2

Kileeshil 4 1 3 0 2

Semi Finals

Aghyaran 4-06 Fintona 2-06

An Carraig 0-06 Badoney 6-02


Aghyaran 4-05 Badoney 4-04

Registration 2000 – 24 Clubs


Aghyaran 20 43 63

An Carraig 4 30 34

An Charraig Mhor 22 61 83

Aodh Ruadh 14 53 67

Badoney 25 47 72

Beragh 18 43 61

Cill Iseal — 31 31

Drumquin 15 34 49

Eoighain Ruas 16 29 45

Errigal Ciaran 24 59 83

Fintona 5 42 47

Fr Rocks 15 18 33

Galbally OC 15 53 68

Glenelly 20 53 73

Kildress 6 35 41

Moy 5 27 32

Mna Ni Deirge 9 38 47

Sigersons 22 44 66

Sperrin Og 17 44 61

St Dympna’s 16 54 70

St Endas 18 57 75

St Macartans 23 57 80

St Teresa’s 20 57 77

Trillick 19 24 43

TOTALS 368 1,033 1,401

Inter-County Review of the year 2001

The 2001 season can only be described as one of many highs and lows. With success came disappointment and the Tyrone squad learned some difficult lessons throughout the year.

For the second year running Tyrone won the Ulster Senior Championship and this was definitely the highlight of the season. they also qualified for the National League Semi-Final.

Tyrone kicked off the National League with two pre-Christams matches; the first was against Mayo, (who had beaten Tyrone in last years League Final) where they settled for a draw on a score-line of Tyrone 1-06 Mayo 0-09. the second was a meeting with Waterford where Tyrone were defeated on a one goal margin.

With only one point under their belts, minds were sharpened to the fact that much work lay ahead in the New Year. Tyrone started off well with a convincing win over Meath but were briefly disappointed with loosing by two points to Longford in the next match. Next came Ulster rivals Monaghan and a classic encounter was enjoyed by all. Both teams were neck and neck for the duration but the Tyrone girls pulled off a victory and prepared to meet Mayo in the play-offs the following week. The game did not materialise due to the foot-and-mouth outbreak and it was to be played at a later date. The break from competitive play looked to have dented the confidence of the squad having only scored three points in the first half against Dublin, but in the second half Tyrone rallied and pulled off an impressive win on a score-line of Tyrone 0–18 Dublin 1-08.

Tyrone travelled to Mulingar to take on Clare but unfortunately Clare enjoyed the upper hand for the duration of the match and Tyrone were disappointed, having not utilised all their opportunities. Final score, Clare 1-07 Tyrone 1-02.

Tyrone travelled to Tourmakeady to play the decider against Mayo and book their place in the semi-final against Monaghan. They were prepared for a tough match but left with a deserved win under their belts on a four-point margin. The clash against Monaghan was eagerly anticipated and was their fourth week in a row playing competitive football. However the match did not live up to expectations of being the most explosive and competitive match of the season. instead Tyrone were punished from all angles by the more dominant and forceful side. The score at the final whistle was Monaghan 5-09 Tyrone 1-05 and Tyrone made their exit from the National League.

Tyrone played Down in the Ulster Championship Semi-Final and a poor game of football ensued. However the fine individual performances were witnessed from Lynette Hughes with a personal tally of nine points and Michaela Downey scored eight of the final nine points for Down. Tyrone proceeded to the final on a score-line of Tyrone 1-12 Down 0-09. Tyrone emerged glorious victors of this Ulster Final for the second consecutive year, when they again defeated archrivals Monaghan in Clones. A substantial audience watched the two sides battle it out and were certainly not disappointed with the extremely high standard of football on display. This win was a tremendous achievement for Tyrone considering their depleted squad on the day that probably made the victory all the more sweet. A prefect combination of youth and experience and strong team spirit tipped the balance in Tyrone’s favour leaving Monaghan more than a little shocked. Final score Tyrone 1-07 Monaghan 0-09.

Tyrone were through to the All-Ireland stages and they took on Laois on the 15th of September. Disappointingly, Tyrone suffered their second All Ireland Semi Final in two years. This year Laois dealt them the heavy blow of a seven point defeat in Pearse Park Longford which was broadcasted live by the new sponsor of ‘Cumann Peil Gael na mBan,’ ‘TG4’.

Expectations of progressing to the final stage this year were high and inevitably disappointment at their defeat was rife. What was encouraging was that Tyrone had their absolute strongest panel in their history and with the success at underage level coming through, the county management had a lot to work with in the future.

At the All-Star Awards ceremony, three Tyrone girls were honoured, with Lisa McGirr, Siobhan McGarvey and Clare McGarvey receiving replacements awards. Also Lynette Hughes did her County proud having received the Ulster Writers coveted ‘Player of the Year’, in the Great Northern Hotel, Bundoran.

Inter-County Results of the Year 2001

National League Results

Tyrone Vs Meath 4-08 – 2-07

Tyrone Vs Longford 2-10 – 3-09

Tyrone Vs Dublin 0-18 – 1-08

Tyrone Vs Clare 1-02 – 1-07

Tyrone Vs Mayo 1-10 – 0-09

National League Semi-Final, Tyrone Vs Monaghan 1-05 – 5-09

Ulster/All-Ireland Senior Championships

Ulster Semi-Final, Tyrone Vs Down 1-12 –0-09

Ulster Final, Tyrone Vs Monaghan 1-07 – 0-09

All-Ireland Semi-Final, Tyrone Vs Laois 2-05 – 3-06

Minor Leagues

Grade one

Winner: St Macartans

Runner-Up: Errigal Ciaran

Grade Two

Winner: St Endas

Runner-Up: Loughmacrory


Grade One

Winner: Dromore

Runner-Up: Carrickmore

Grade Two

Winner: St Endas

Runner-Up Galbally OC


Division One

Winner: Aodh Ruadh

Runner-Up: Fr Rocks

Division Two

Winner: Beragh

Runner-Up: Trillick

Division Three

Winner: Sperrin OG

Runner-Up: Glenelly/Moy



Winner: Carrickmore

Runner-Up: Aodh Ruadh


Winner: Beragh

Runner-Up: Trillick


Winner: Loughmacrory

Runner-Up: Sperrin OG

Senior Sevens


Winner: Carrickmore

Runner-Up: Aodh Ruadh


Winner: Beragh

Runner-Up: Sigersons

Under 12

Winner: Errigal Ciaran

Runner-Up: Dromore

Under 13 League

Winner: Glenelly

Runner-Up: Sigersons


Winners: Sperrin OG

Runner-Up: Loughmacrory

Under 14 Leagues

Grade One

Winner: Errigal Ciaran

Runner-Up: St Endas

Grade Two

Winner: Aodh Ruadh

Runner-Up: An Carraig


Grade One

Winner: Errigal Ciaran

Runner-Up: Dromore

Grade Two

Winner: Aodh Ruadh

Runner-Up: Mna Na Deirge

Juvenile Leagues

Grade One

Winner: St Macartans

Runner-Up: Errigal Ciaran

Grade Two

Winner: Sperrin OG

Runner-Up: Loughmacrory

Grade Three

Winner: Glenelly

Runner-Up: Sigersons


Grade One

Winner: Errigal Ciaran

Runner-Up: Carrickmore

Grade Two

Winner: Loughmacrory

Runner-Up: Sperrin OG

Domestic Review

In a season of stops and starts owing to the Foot and Mouth outbreak and the re-admittance of the County team into the National League we show how got three-hundred and twelve games played.

At senior level Carrickmore turned the tables on reigning champions Aodh Ruadh in the championship final at Pomeroy. Carrickmore went on to defeat Iveagh Bosco of Down in the Ulster club before losing by one point to a questionable penalty in the Ulster Final at Clones. However it was found that Monaghan Harps played an unregistered player in their county final and the Ulster title was awarded to Carrickmore. In the All Ireland semi-final Carrickmore came up against Connaught champions Carnacon of Mayo where they went down to a heavy defeat. Much of this defeat can be put down to the uncertainly of who were Ulster champions and with only three days to prepare it proved insufficient time.

For the second year in a row the side defeated in the championship final won the league title with Aodh Ruadh lifting the Masterskreen shield for the first time coming through the campaign with full points.

Beragh completed the intermediate league and championship double at the expense of Trillick who were runners-up in both. In the Ulster club Beragh overcame Glenfin of Donegal before losing in extra time to Cavan side Mullahoran in the semi-final.

The Junior titles were shared by Loughmacrory (championship) and Sperrin OG (league) in a season where we welcomed two new adult teams from Ardboe and Moy. Loughmacrory went on to beat Burren of Down in the Ulster club before succumbing to Antrim champions Moneyglass in the semi-final. Six teams played at Junior level playing home and away in the league.

The Minor competitions proved as competitive as usual with new names lifting all the silverware. Dromore won the grade one championship and St Endas lifting the grade two cup. St Macartans won the grade one league with St Endas completing the double grade two. Twenty-one sides took part at Minor level.

The Juvenile’s proved to be the most competitive with five different clubs gaining success in the five competitions on offer. Errigal Ciaran won the grade one championship with Loughmacrory lifting grade two. In the leagues St Macartans won grade one with Sperrin winning grade two and Glenelly lifting grade three. Twenty clubs entered the juvenile competitions.

The under thirteen honours went to Errigal Ciaran in grade one and Aodh Ruadh in grade two with both doing the double. Sixteen clubs participated in the under fourteen competitions.

The under thirteen league was won by Glenelly and Sperrin OG winning the championship. Only five clubs competed in the under thirteen competitions.

The under twelve title went back to Errigal Ciaran for the third time. In the under twelve league we had twelve clubs competing.

County Underage Review

The first under age teams in action were the juveniles when they defeated Armagh 3-15 to 1-02 in Carrickmore on May day to set up a final appearance against old rivals Monaghan. This was to be an historic final for Tyrone as they lifted their first Ulster Juvenile title by defeating reigning champions Monaghan on a score line of 3-10 to 2-06 on the 8th of May also at Carrickmore.

Inexperience at this level showed in the All Ireland semi final at Breffni Park when they were out played by reigning champions Meath on a score of 5-08 to 0-07.

The under fourteen team had the misfortune of coming up against Monaghan in the quarter finals, although our young girls performed well on the day they went down by 4-06 to 2-07 to a Monaghan team who went on to reach the All Ireland final. If this young team had had a longer preparation period and had the county participated in the competition last year Tyrone may have completed a clean sweep of Ulster titles.

The Minors went out to prove that last years victory was no fluke when they beat them by seven points in the semi final at Carrickmore on a score-line of 3-09 to 2-05 to set up a repeat of last years final against Cavan.

For the second year running Tyrone proved too strong for Cavan and ran out convincing winners by 0-17 to 0-05 to lift the Ulster Minor title for the third time.

The All Ireland Semi-Final against Meath gave us a game that must be in the running for game for the season with the score-line switching from one side to the other until at the final whistle it ended in stalemate and we were treated to another thirty minutes of outstanding football. Tyrone started to tire in the dying minutes and Meath took advantage to run out four point winners on a score of 5-17 to 4-16.

Overall the achievements of our under age players are extremely comforting to the work that has been done at club level and county level, but if this level is to be reached year after year a lot more work will have to be done at these levels.

Senior League Tables

Division One

Club P W L D Pts

Aodh Ruadh 7 6 0 0 14

Fr Rocks 7 5 2 0 10

Carrickmore 7 4 3 0 8

Errigal Ciaran 7 3 3 1 7

St Macartans 7 3 4 0 6

Kildress 7 2 4 1 5

Dromore 7 2 5 0 4

Aghyaran 7 1 6 0 2

Winners: Aodh Ruadh Relegated: Aghyaran

Division 2

Club P W L D Pts

Beragh 7 7 0 0 14

Trillick 7 6 1 0 12

Badoney 7 5 2 0 10

St Endas 7 3 3 1 7

Sigersons 7 3 4 0 6

Drumquin 7 1 5 1 3

Galbally OC 7 1 6 0 2

Fintona 7 1 6 0 2

Promoted: Beragh Double Champions Relegated: Fintona and Galbally OC

Division Three

Club P W L D Pts

Sperrin OG 10 10 0 0 20

Glenelly 10 6 4 0 12

Moy 10 6 4 0 12

Loughmacrory 10 5 5 0 10

Mna Na Deirge 10 2 8 0 4

Ardboe 10 1 9 0 2

Winners: Sperrin OG Promoted: Loughmacrory Championship winners

Minor League Tables

Grade One

Club P W L D Pts

Errigal Ciaran 4 4 0 0 8

St Macartans 4 3 1 0 6

Aodh Ruadh 4 2 2 0 4

Fr Rocks 4 1 3 0 2

Kildress 4 0 4 0 0

Grade Two

Club P W L D Pts

Loughmacrory 4 4 0 0 8

Galbally OC 4 2 0 2 6

Moy 4 2 1 1 5

Killeeshil 4 1 3 0 2

Pomeroy 4 0 4 0 0

Galbally deducted 3 points for unregistered player.

Grade One (b)

Club P W L D Pts

Carrickmore 4 4 0 0 8

Dromore 4 3 1 0 6

Aghyaran 4 1 2 1 3

Drumquin 4 0 2 2 2

Beragh 4 0 3 1 1

Carrickmore deducted 2 points for unregistered player and Dromore deducted 4 points for unregistered player.

Grade Two (b)

Club P W L D Pts

St Endas 4 4 0 0 8

Sperrin OG 4 3 1 0 6

Badoney 4 2 2 0 4

Sigersons 4 1 3 0 2

Trillick 4 0 4 0 0

Minor League Semi-Final

Grade One

Errigal Ciaran W/O Aghyaran

Carrickmore 3-05 St Macartans 1-13

Grade Two

Loughmacrory 4-07 Sperrin OG 2-12

St Endas 3-07 Moy 0-04


Grade One

Errigal Ciaran 3-09 St Macartans 4-11

Grade Two

St Endas 3-06 Loughmacrory 1-03

Under 14 League Tables

Club P W L D Pts

Errigal Ciaran 7 7 0 0 14

St Endas 7 6 1 0 12

St Macartans 7 5 2 0 10

Carrickmore 7 4 3 0 8

Aghyaran 7 2 5 0 4

Dromore 7 2 5 0 2

Badoney 7 1 6 0 2

Sigersons 7 1 6 0 2

Club P W L D Pts

Aodh Ruadh 7 7 0 0 14

Killeeshil 7 6 1 0 12

An Carraig 7 5 2 0 10

Ardboe 7 4 3 0 8

Pomeroy 7 3 4 0 6

Galbally OC 7 1 6 0 2

Fr Rocks 7 1 6 0 2

Mna Na Deirge 7 1 6 0 2

Under 13 League Tables

Club P W L D Pts

Glenelly 4 4 0 0 8

Sperrin OG 4 3 1 0 6

Beragh 4 2 2 0 4

Loughmacrory 4 1 3 0 2

Fintona 4 0 4 0 0

Juvenile League Tables

Grade One

Club P W L D Pts

St Macartans 6 5 1 0 10

Errigal Ciaran 6 4 1 1 9

Dromore 6 4 2 0 8

Aodh Ruadh 6 4 2 0 8

St Endas 6 2 4 0 4

Carrickmore 6 0 5 1 1

Drumquin 6 0 6 0 0

Grade Two

Club P W L D Pts

Loughmacrory 5 4 0 1 9

Sperrin OG 5 4 0 1 9

Aghyaran 5 4 1 0 8

Badoney 5 1 4 0 2

Fintona 5 2 3 0 4

Kildress 5 0 5 0 0

Kildress withdrew after the first round and all clubs were awarded two points.

Grade Three

Club P W L D Pts

Glenelly 5 5 0 0 10

Sigersons 5 4 1 0 8

Killeeshil 5 3 2 0 6

Eoghain Ruas 5 1 3 1 3

Pomeroy 5 1 3 1 3

Galbally OC 5 0 5 0 0

Under 12 Results

Club P W L D Pts

Errigal Ciaran 5 5 0 0 10

Aodh Ruadh 5 4 1 0 8

Killeeshil 5 3 2 0 6

St Macartans 5 2 3 0 2

Pomeroy 5 1 4 0 2

Galbally OC 5 0 5 0 0

Club P W L D Pts

Dromore 4 4 0 0 8

Sigersons 4 3 1 0 6

St Endas 4 2 2 0 4

Carrickmore 4 1 3 0 2

Badoney 4 0 4 0 0


Errigal Ciaran 5-07 Sigersons 0-02

Dromore 10-05 Aodh Ruadh 7-02


Errigal Ciaran 7-11 Dromore 1-00

Registrations – 26 Clubs

Club Senior Underage Total

Aghyaran 19 42 61

An Carraig 7 34 41

Carrickmore 30 108 138

Aodh Ruadh 17 63 80

Ardboe 20 45 65

Badoney 24 43 67

Beragh 20 44 64

Cill Iseal — 40 40

Drumquin 17 18 35

Eoghain Rua 6 29 35

Errigal Ciaran 32 69 101

Fintona 9 47 56

Fr Rocks 19 44 63

Galbally 14 56 70

Glenelly 12 52 64

Kildress 16 25 41

Moy 19 22 41

Mna Na Deirge 11 26 37

Pomeroy 5 61 66

Sigersons 22 48 70

Sperrin OG 19 43 62

St Dympna’s 15 81 96

St Endas 17 81 98

St Macartans 27 73 100

St Teresa’s 16 42 58

Trillick 18 25 43

TOTALS 431 1261 1692

Domestic Review 2002

In the Senior level Carrickmore did the double showing great skill and determination throughout the league and championship. This determination was shown when the Tyrone side went on to play fancied Monaghan Harps side and beating them convincingly. Carrickmore then powered their way into a second consecutive Ulster final playing St Eunan’s of Donegal. This game played in very poor conditions in Clones the Carrickmore girls played extremely well and Carrickmore were on glory after defeating the Donegal side and winning a back-to-back provincial title on a score line of 1-11 to 0-06. Now entering the All Ireland stages meant all focus was for the big one. They had to do a lot of fundraising as well as train for the challenge with Parnells of London. This game as well won on the score line of 2-17 to 0-02 and the girls were in the All Ireland final against Carnacon (Mayo). This game in Mullingar was a very fast flowing game. Carnacon had never won an All Ireland either and both fought very hard. It was Carnacon who came out on top on a score line of 2-14 to 0-10 but there is no reason why Carrickmore can not make it to that stage again with so many committed players, supporters and of course Mickey and Dominic.

Sperrin OG completed the league and championship double (Intermediate) having beaten Aghyaran in the championship final on a score line of 0-17 to 0-05. They went on to represent Tyrone in the Ulster club having beaten Ardara Donegal and now in the Ulster club semi final they couldn’t get a lead up against a very strong Newtownbulter, Fermanagh side.

In the Juniors, Glenelly won the League and the Moy won the championship defeating Glenelly. The Moy went on to play in the Ulster club but had to challenge Ardtrea (Derry) who proved too strong for the Moy side on the day.

In the minors Dromore lifted the double. They also lifted the championship trophy for the second year in a row having beaten St Macartans in the 2002 championship final. Killeeshil beat Galbally OC in the championship final.

County Underage review 2002

The Under 14’s were under the management of Caroline McGrath and Sean O’Kane. The Under 14’s started of their championship league campaign with an away win to very fancied rivals Monaghan. The girls played with great determination. The Tyrone girls dominated most of this game and ran out worthy winners on a score line of Tyrone 2-04, Monaghan 0-05. Though they were to play Derry who couldn’t field a team, they were through to the Ulster semi-final with the opponents being Donegal. The girls made this game difficult for them after they saw an incredible 16-point lead pulled back to 7 points. But then the Tyrone girls took a firm grip on the proceedings and some great saves from Carmel Mc Conville kept the county in it and they were well on their way for the Ulster Final spot again with old rivals Monaghan. Final score Tyrone 3-13, Donegal 2-06.

U14 Ulster Final

This game was held in Killeeshil and no doubt one of the most enthralling encounters that anyone has ever seen at this age level before. There was plenty of skill, drama and excitement throughout the whole game. It was a shame there had to be a loser. Monaghan lead by 10 points at half time, and with six minutes of normal time to go Monaghan were 7 points up. But it was Laura Mc Creech who got the equalising goal to put the game into extra time. All the girls worked tremendously hard to the final whistle but were beaten on a score line of Monaghan 8-13 Tyrone 8-08 (AET).

The Under 14’s also went down to the All Ireland blitz and got to the All-Ireland B final and were beaten on penalties.

U16 Team

The U16 were also under the management of Caroline and Sean. Tyrone U16 team entered the championship as holders of the Ulster title. Their first action of the year was the Ulster quarterfinal. This was against a very weak Fermanagh team. The county travelled to Donagh and ran out strong winners on a score line of Tyrone 5-16, Fermanagh 0-03.

Next up for Tyrone was rivals Monaghan. This game was held in Newbliss in very bad conditions. This game seemed to be the Red Hands as they lead 4-02 to 2-04 at the break but the pace in the second half was too much for the girls. Tyrone only scored one point and Monaghan scoring the same as they did in the first half was enough to carry Monaghan to the Ulster Final. Tyrone 4-03, Monaghan 4-08.

Tyrone Minors

The minors were under the guidance if Aidan Connolly and Hayley Boyle. Again another underage team entering the championship as holders and going for three in a row were unable to hold onto it in the 2002 campaign. The first game was the Ulster Semi-Final against Fermanagh in Irvinstown. Tyrone were much too strong for the weak Fermanagh side and Tyrone won on a score line of Tyrone 8-07, Fermanagh 1-02.

The Ulster Minor Final was again an old rival game Tyrone Vs Monaghan. Tyrone entered this final with six first team players missing. The Tyrone girls just couldn’t match the pace of a powerful Monaghan team. Tyrone were once again beaten in the Ulster final at underage in 2002 on a score line of Tyrone 0-08, Monaghan 3-11.

Under 14’s

Carrickmore won the grade one championship beating Errigal Ciaran and the league was won by St Endas. In the grade two section, Ardboe won the championship beating Killeeshil, and Killeeshil won the league. In grade two B Glenelly did the double beating Beragh in the championship.

In the Under 12A section the league was won by Carrickmore and in the grade 2B section Glenelly won it.

Congratulations to Glenelly on winning in every age section in the league.

Who done the double in both the League and championship?

Seniors – Carrickmore

Intermediate – Sperrin OG

Minors – Dromore, Loughmacrory, Glenelly

Under 16’s – Aodh Ruadh and Killeeshil

Under 14’s – Glenelly

Championship and League Winners 2002


Winners Runners Up

Senior Carrickmore St Macartans

Intermediate Sperrin Og Aghyaran

Junior Moy Glenelly

Minor G1 Dromore St Macartans

Minor G2 Loughmacrory Sperrin Og

Minor G3 Glenelly Killeeshil

U16 G1 Aodh Ruadh St Macartans

U16 G2 Glenelly Trillick

U16 G3 Killeeshil Galbally OC

U14 G1 Carrickmore Errigal Ciaran

U14 G2A Ardboe Killeeshil

U14 G2B Glenelly Beragh



Senior Carrickmore

Intermediate Sperrin Og

Junior Glenelly

Minor G1 Dromore

Minor G2 Loughmacrory

Minor G3 Glenelly

U16 G1 Aodh Ruadh

U16 G2 Glenelly

U16 G3 Killeeshil

U14 G1 St Endas

U14 G2A Killeeshil

U14 G2B Glenelly

U12A Carrickmore

U12B Glenelly


U13 Errigal Ciaran

Aodh Ruadh

Senior League Tables

Division One

Club P W L D Pts

Carrickmore 7 6 0 1 13

Aodh Ruadh 7 6 1 0 12

St Macartans 7 3 1 3 9

Dromore 7 4 3 0 8

Errigal Ciaran 7 3 2 1 7

Beragh 7 2 4 1 5

Fr Rocks 7 1 6 0 2

Kildress 7 0 7 0 0

Kildress and Fr Rocks relegated

Division 2

Club P W L D Pts

Sperrin Og 7 7 0 0 14

Aghyaran 7 6 1 0 12

Badoney 7 5 2 0 10

Loughmacrory 7 3 3 1 7

St Endas 7 2 5 0 5

Trillick 7 2 5 0 4

Drumquin 7 2 5 0 4

Sigersons 7 0 7 0 0

Sperrin Og and Aghyaran promoted, Sigersons and Drumquin relegated.

Division Three

Club P W L D Pts

Glenelly 6 6 0 0 12

Fintona 6 4 1 0 8

Galbally 6 4 2 0 8

Moy 6 3 2 0 6

Ardboe 6 2 4 0 4

Pomeroy 6 0 6 0 0

Man Na Deirge 6 1 5 0 0

Glenelly and Moy promoted. Fintona Vs Moy void

Minor League Tables

Grade One

Club P W L D Pts

Dromore 6 6 0 0 12

Aodh Ruadh 6 5 1 0 10

St Macartans 6 3 3 0 6

Errigal Ciaran 6 2 2 2 6

Carrickmore 6 2 4 0 4

St Endas 6 1 5 0 2

Aghyaran 6 0 5 1 1

Grade Two

Club W P L D Pts

Loughmacrory 6 6 0 0 12

Sperrin Og 5 3 1 0 8

Drumquin 6 4 2 0 8

Moy 6 3 3 0 6

Beragh 6 3 3 0 4

Kildress 6 1 5 0 2

Galbally 5 0 4 0 0

Grade Three

Club P W L D Pts

Glenelly 6 6 0 0 12

Killeeshil 6 4 2 0 8

Pomeroy 6 4 2 0 0

Fintona 6 3 3 0 6

Ardboe 6 2 4 0 4

Stewartstown 6 2 4 0 4

Sigersons 6 0 6 0 0

Glenelly League winners. Sigersons withdrew after two games – all teams awarded two points.

Schools Football 2001-2002

Last year proved to be a very successful year for Tyrone Schools at Ulster level. St Ciaran’s Ballygawley reached the Ulster U16A and U19A Finals and were narrowly beaten by St Louis’ Secondary school, Monaghan on both occasions. Scared Heart College, Omagh won the Ulster U16B title defeating in the final Dean Maguire College, Carrickmore. Carrickmore won the U14B title after a very close encounter with St Pauls’s Bessbrook.

Schools Structure

Over the past five years Ulster Council and a Teachers Committee have organized all schools football in Ulster at various levels. During this period no County Championships were contented but A and B Ulster Competitions were organized on a regional basis and the A winners progressed to All Ireland Semi-Finals as Ulster Champions. This proved to be a successful structure but it was agreed that in order to recognize the achievement of so many schools, County competitions would be the best way forward. County winners would then compete in an Ulster Championship.

Tyrone Schools Football 2002-2003

This year we had embarked on a new structure for schools football in Tyrone and so far it has been successful. A Tyrone Schools Committee was founded on Friday 20th September 2002 in the Old Charm Inn in Carrickmore. The members were as follows:

Chairperson: Brenda Hetherington (Dean Maguire College, Carrickmore)

Secretary: Maria Curran (St Ciaran’s Ballygawley)

Treasurer: Rosemary McGinn (St Joseph’s High School, Coalisland)

Members: Jacqui Clarke (St Patrick’s Girls Academy Dungannon) Patricia McCullagh (County Board Representative).

To date the U19A, U16A, U16B and U16C Championships have all been contended and Cups and Medals have been awarded. The winners are as follows:

U19A: St Ciaran’s Ballygawley

U16A: Sacred Heart College, Omagh

U16B: St Patrick’s Girls Academy, Dungannon

U16C: St Patrick’s College, Dungannon

Carrickmore – Senior Team Review

This proved to be an historic year for the Ladies Senior team. Training started in late March with the team collecting the first silverware of the year in April, winning the Jarleth Kerr seven-a-side tournament for the first time. The league began in May with a victory over Cookstown, which was quickly followed with victories against Beragh and Kildress. The championship began on 14th June with a comprehensive victory over Dromore. The teams only blemish in Tyrone this year came in late June when a depleted squad were held to a draw against St Macartans in Augher. A layoff of five weeks was to follow before the team had their next competitive match, the Championship Semi-final against Aodh Ruadh, Dungannon in Beragh. The team produced a rousing display, coming back from seven points down after 15 minutes to win by three points 3-09 – 3-06, and secure a place in the County Final.

Disbelief followed the next week when the club and players were informed of fielding an unregistered player and thus being expelled from the Championship. The committee and management met and decided to proceed with an appeal. After unsuccessful appeals to Tyrone and Ulster, the club appealed to Central Council, thankfully then overturned the initial decision and re-installed the team in the Championship. However the semi-final victory against Aodh Ruadh was deemed null and void, so would have to replayed. The scene was set and the replay took place once again in Beragh. Like the first match Aodh Ruadh started the stronger, but the determination and steel of the girls proved too much with Carmen winning by five points. (2-10 – 2-05).

The County Final was set for the following Saturday 21st of September against St Macartans in Fintona. A huge crowd came to see Carrickmore demolish the opposition 3-14 – 0-11 and become the first team to win back-to-back County titles. The provincial series beckoned, with a rematch of the 2001 Ulster Final, Carrickmore against Monaghan Harps in Pairc Colmcille on 6th October. A huge crowd came in anticipation of a tight match, however it proved to be rather a one sided affair with the girls producing an amazing display of co-ordinated football to easily account for Monaghan Harps on a score line of 4-13 – 2-07, with Monaghan Harps scoring both their goals in the last five minutes of the match.

This set up the Ulster Final appearance against Donegal Champions St Eunan’s of Letterkenny. The two clubs had met in two previous Ulster Finals, with Carmen victories in 1992 and St Eunan’s reversing the result in 1997 after extra-time. Both teams defied the atrocious weather conditions to produce a great game of committed football. Carmen overcame St Eunan’s on the score line of 1-11 to 0-06 to claim the 2002 Ulster title.

Between the appeals, the league continued with another comprehensive victory, this time with Errigal Ciaran falling victim. Thus, with only game remaining, Carmen travelled to Dungannon on Sunday 27th October to meet Aodh Ruadh for the third time in as many months in what was to be the league final. Aodh Ruadh were league leaders on 12 points and Carrickmore just behind on 11 points. An Charraig Mhor easily accounted for Aodh Ruadh this time winning 5-09 to 2-02 to claim the domestic double of League and Championship. The fluidity of the play belied the fact two weeks later the team were to play Parnell’s of London in the club’s first ever All Ireland club Semi-final. The team travelled over on the Friday night in preparation for the match on the Sunday afternoon. A large number of supporters made the journey across the water to watch and support the team in their All Ireland quest. After a nervous start, the team settled down and dominated the game to win on a score line of 2-18 to 0-02. Thus setting up the first ever appearance in the All Ireland Senior Club Final. Mayo champions, Carnacon were to provide the opposition in Mullingar on Sunday 24th November.

The team travelled down to Castepollard the evening before, following a tremendous send-off in the town. The final score line of 2-14 to 0-10 didn’t reflect the closeness of the game. Carnacon playing against the breeze in the first half, opened up a commanding four-point lead after fifteen minutes, but Carmen came to life in the final ten minutes to draw level just before half time. An opportunist goal from the 20-yard free in injury time sent Carnacon into the lead at half time by 1-06 to 0-06. the girls were facing an uphill battle playing against the breeze in the second half; this task was made more difficult after the first three minutes, by which Carnacon extended their lead to five points. Carrickmore raised the tempo of the game and dominated the next ten minutes and reduced the deficit to just 2 points and were unfortunate not to take the lead. Things went horribly wrong midway through the second half when Carnacon scrambled a goal against the run of play.

This proved to be the turning point in the game and spurred Carnacon on to glory. The girls fought bravely to the end but unfortunately it was not to be their day.

The team, made up of a panel of thirty players, have been together 80 times between matches and training this year. Along with playing in the Jarleth Kerr Tournament, they having played one challenge match, seven league matches and eight championship matches, losing only once in that time, the All Ireland final. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the girls for the commitment and dedication they have shown over the past eight months. It has been a privilege and honour to be involved with the girls, “a very special bunch of players in a very special year.” We hope the girls will remain together and build on the experience gained this year and push themselves to claim the All-Ireland title that is well within their ability. With the intension of not offending anyone by inadvertently missing individuals, we would like to thank all of those people who helped in any way in the success of the Senior Ladies this year.

To those involved at the club, to those who have donated both time and money to the club and to the legions of supporters who cheered us on in victory and consoled us in defeat a big thank you.

Michael Haughey and Dominic McCartan, Joint Managers.

Team: Claire McElroy, Joanne McGurk, Claire O’Kane, Sinead McAleer, Etaoine O’Kane, Claire Nugent, Colleen McCullagh, Patrica McGurk, Collette Fox, Laire Grugan, Gemma Begley, Shauna McCallan, Catherine McCallan, Nadine Fox, Cathy Hughes, Aideen Loughran, Yvette Fox, Connie Fox, Eilish Gormley, Sara McElroy, Elaine Coyle, Claire Gallagher, Lynette Hughes, Cliodhna McCallan, Cathy McAleer, Maeve Cobane, Deirdre Dobbs, Rosie McCartan, Ann-Marie McGurk, Jackie Dobbs.

Registrations 2003 30 Clubs

Club Underage Senior Non playing Total

Aghyaran 45 9 7 61

An Carraig 30 0 6 36

An Charraig Mhor 70 19 15 104

Aodh Ruadh 65 22 4 90

Ardboe 33 11 0 44

Badoney 52 18 10 80

Beragh 52 16 0 68

Cappagh 76 21 4 101

Cill Iseal 46 8 3 57

Donaghmore 55 0 6 61

Drumquin 32 0 1 33

Drumragh 51 0 8 59

Eoghain Rua 35 0 6 41

Errigal Ciaran 73 14 11 98

Fr Rocks 38 20 3 61

Fintona 41 12 0 53

Galbally 53 17 5 75

Glenelly 67 6 13 86

Kildress 55 14 0 69

Mna Na Deirge 36 14 1 51

Moy 36 10 1 51

Pomeroy 69 8 0 77

Strabane 47 12 8 67

Sperrin Og 55 12 6 73

Stewartstown 34 0 10 44

St Dympna’s 70 16 5 91

St Endas 68 21 4 93

St Macartans 83 20 11 114

St Teresa’s 54 10 7 71

Trillick 41 17 3 61

TOTAL 1,575 347 163 2,085

1998: 21 clubs 1,254 2001: 26 clubs 1,692 2002: 28 clubs 1,891

National League Review 2003

The National League resumed in its new format with all games being played in the same calendar year, with games being played every other weekend and any postponed or rearranged games being played on the free weekends between the official dates.

Tyrone started the National League with a large panel of over 40 players, with quite a number of new faces being brought in by managers Aidan Connolly and Hayley Boyle. Tyrone’s first game was a rearranged game with neighbours Donegal, played in Newtownstewart on 26/1/03. Tyrone comfortably won this opening fixture on a score line of 3-13 to 1-05 with managers Aidan and Hayley being able to blood a number of new players.

The next fixture was an away game against Laois played at a halfway venue, Ringstown, outside Mullingar. Played in blustery conditions, Laois started the game at a fast pace, playing powerful attacking football, and in a dominant spell half way through the first half, scored two goals in the space of a minute. This lay the foundations for a Laois victory. Tyrone came back at Laois towards half time with some good scores to leave 4 points separating the sides at the interval. In the second half, Tyrone with some impressive attacking football, held the upper hand, but failed to convert their possession and scoring chances, which probably should have won the game. The final score was 2-13 to 3-06.

Next up was Meath. This was to be a home game for Meath, but they kindly agreed to come to Tyrone and play this fixture as a curtain raiser to the Tyrone men’s National League fixture with Donegal. This came about, as a request from Central Council, as Tyrone are one of the designated counties taking part in the pilot scheme for integration with the GAA, thus creating another first for Tyrone Ladies. This game was played in Coalisland on 2/3/03, with Tyrone dominating the game from the outset, with all the players keen to give their best in front of their male counterparts. Tyrone played some great fast, free flowing football and ran out comfortable winners on a score line of 2-18 to 0-11.

On 9/3/03, Tyrone travelled to Dublin to take on the Dubs. This game was to create another first for Tyrone Ladies, as the game was played on an artificial surface at the Ballymun Kickhams club.

Tyrone never really got to grips with the unusual surroundings and playing surface and Dublin controlled the game from start to finish and ran out eventual winners on a score line of 1-13 to 0-08. This left Tyrone going into their last National League game, against old rivals Waterford, requiring 2 points to secure an automatic quarterfinal position.

Tyrone travelled on the 16/3/03 to Drumree in County Meath to play this fixture with Waterford. On the day, Tyrone turned in an excellent performance, with quality attacking football and resolute defending in an all round team display, to run out winners on a score line of 3-10 to 1-09. This was to be a day remembered, as Tyrone had never beaten Waterford in a competitive game before, another first for Tyrone.

In the Quarterfinal of the National League played on 30/3/03 in St Loman’s Mullingar, Tyrone were drawn against Galway. Tyrone opened brightly in this game, playing with a strong wind, and went into an early lead of 4 points to 1 point but Galway came back, scoring two goals, before Tyrone responded again with points leaving the half time score level, 2-06 to 1-09. in the second half, Galway playing with a strong wind advantage, took the game to Tyrone and with some impressive attacking football, opened our defence to score goals, which proved to be the big difference on the day. Galway ran out eventual winners on a score line of 5-13 to 1-12, a score line which did not justify To Tyrone’s performance.

All in all, it was not a bad National League campaign, with Tyrone, in the league stages, winning 3 games and having 2 defeats and also holding onto their Senior Division 1 Status.

Championship Review 2003

Managers – Kevin McCrystal and Pius Fox

Sunday the 6th July was the first outing for the Tyrone Senior ladies. This was the quarterfinal against Down which took place in Ballinascreen. Down are a team who always up their performance when playing Tyrone. It’s like Tyrone going to play Monaghan. This game could have easily slipped away from Tyrone as Down was well in the lead at one stage. Under new management some new faces in a reshuffled pack began to struggle but with a strong sub bench at their use Tyrone regained true form and took control of the game and finished on a score line of Tyrone 2-15 to Down 1-09.

Down then had to play Monaghan and it was a long wait until the Ulster Final, which was on the 17th August. Monaghan had beaten Down in the semi final so it was another local rivalry Ulster Final, Tyrone going for three wins out of four appearances. It only took Tyrone a minute to get on the scoreboard with a Claire McGarvey point. With Tyrone playing some very impressive football and a Meave McGurk goal Tyrone where well in the lead at half time when Tyrone making the scoreboard on 7 occasions and Monaghan only 3. The second half was a different story it was point for point until the 13th minute where Monaghan converted a couple of frees and on the 24th and 25th minute were the last two scores of the day in favour of Tyrone and the final score was Tyrone 1-10 Monaghan 1-06. Tyrone were now through to the All Ireland quarterfinal playing Galway. There were major changes in the half back line with forwards doing back positions. From the word go the midfield was far too strong for Tyrone’s pairing. Tyrone forwards were closed down too quickly and the girls were made shoot from far out and awkward positions and when in the right position the Tyrone girls did not take their chances. The team seemed to rely on frees which were not going right either and half back Martina Doyle even had to come all the way up to score a goal. No-one seemed focused and only for Lynette Hughes continuously running from one end of the pitch to the other there possibly would have been a larger amount of points between the two teams at the end. This ended Tyrone’s run in the championship and for the year but they hoped 2004 would be a different story and more silverware to show.

Tyrone Under 14 girls in Mullingar

Team: Emma Conlon, Laura McGillion, Lisa Lennon, Nuala Quinn, Leanne Owens, Laura Mc Creesh, Meave Cobane, Adela Donnelly, Sara Connolly, Donna Devine, Michaela Ritchie, Niamh Mullin, Kirsty Mc Veigh, Orla Mc Cann, Neamh woods, Lycreica Quinn, Sara Louise Mc Laughlin, Aisling O’Kane, Cristianne Hunter, Clodagh Pontyz, Rachael Molloy and Cristine Devlin.

Tyrone Under 14’s travelled to Mullingar on Saturday 14th June to participate in the All Ireland Blitz. In 2002 the girls also travelled down to the competition and were beaten on penalties. But this year they made no mistake and brought the trophy back to the O’Neill County.

In their group they had Westmeath, Laois, Roscommon and Limerick. It was an early start for the girls with the first game at 11.10am.

This game was against Westmeath. In scorching heat the girls battled to the end never giving up and won this game 2-02 to 0-01. Next game was for 12.20 against Limerick and it was also time to slap on the sun lotion and get plenty of water on board. All this paid off when the girls ran out winners 3-04 to 0-03. 1.30 throw in was against Laois. To look at some of the Laois girls you would have thought they were senior players but this didn’t matter to the Red Hand girls as they won convincingly on a score line of 2-06 to 0-03. After winning three out of three this meant it didn’t matter what way the next game went we were through to the final. We still had to play Roscommon; all the girls got a run out and did themselves proud by playing some excellent football.

4pm was the final and what a nail biting game this was. Roscommon got of to a great start and the nerves showed on the Tyrone’s girls faces. At one stage four points down and the speed that the Roscommon girls were running at the Tyrone girls no one would have thought they would pull it back. It was Sara Connolly and Sara Louise Mc Laughlin who got the first half scores and it was 0-05 to 0-03 at the break. Strong work from Orla in goals right through the defence and mid field helped the forwards clock up the scores and excellent work from the Aodh Ruadh girls Michaela and Rachael and endless running from Laura Mc Creesh and Leanne Owens helped Lisa Lennon lift the All Ireland Trophy for the first time ever for the Tyrone county.

Management – Martina Glackin and Etaoine O’Kane

County U16’s under the management of Martina and Etaoine

The Tyrone Under 16’s didn’t get under the way it should have. There was some kind of mix up with fixtures. The managers Etaoine and Martina were told games were to take place in May/June time and actually they took place in early April. This meant the team was chosen very quickly and they only had two training sessions before the first match in which Michaela O’Neill and Nicola Scott had to take due to Martina and Etaoine being away with college. Tyrone under 16’s ladies got off to a great start in the first round of the championship with a score line of Tyrone 5-11 to Armagh’s 3-06.

From the throw in Armagh were first to register on the score sheet with a point in the first minute. It was Maureen Teague who got Tyrone’s first score of the day in three minutes.

Tyrone played some very impressive football with the back line working extremely hard to keep the Armagh attackers out resulting in scores from Martina Kerr and Sara Lennon. Armagh then broke in the 15th minute with a great score from Arlene Johnston followed by another in the 17th minute also from Johnston. Tyrone then got to terms with the game and started to play the football they were capable off and with strong runs through the middle from Joanne Donnelly and Carol Dooher sending Claire Gallagher for her first score of the day, a goal in the 18th minute, which was quickly followed by a point from Gallagher. Armagh got their goal of the half in the 21st minute from centre half forward Ciara Hagan. This brought the game very close in the closing stages of the first half but it was Tyrone who got the last two scores of the half from Monica Lynch and Maureen Teague. Half time score Tyrone 1-06 Armagh 1-04.

The second half started with Tyrone again on great shooting form and it was Martina Kerr who got the 1st score of the second half. This half was very much Tyrone’s and the Armagh girls worked hard but just couldn’t close the strong forward line of Tyrone. There were some great goals and points taken with Claire Gallagher ending up with a personal tally of 3-02. This game was a good start to the championship for tyrone and they were hopeful that they could come away with the same result when they took on Fermanagh in the semi final. Full time score Tyrone 5-11, Armagh 3-06.

The semi final was against a very strong Fermanagh team but with very little training and some girls new to the county scene it didn’t go to plan and the girls had an early exit out of the championship going down to Fermanagh who went on and won the final for the first time. They hoped the 2004 season could be run better and Tyrone could get back to their winning ways.

Under 16 panel of 2003 – Donna Donnelly (Drumragh), Laura Lee Mc Cullagh (Sperrin Og), Moira Corr (Galbally), Stacey Corr (Pomeroy), Louise Mc Callen (Carrickmore), Deborah Sloan (Omagh), Jennifer Scott (Omagh), Aoife Donnelly (Errigal Ciaran), Claire Gallagher (Carrickmore), Martina Kerr (Rock), Katrina Daly (Badoney), Claire Corrigan (Pomeroy), Marie Claire Woods (St Macs), Sara Lennon (Kildress), Claire Mc Aliskey (Aodh Ruadh), Joanne Donnelly (Dromore), Maureen Teague (Sperrin Og), Bridgid Nugent (Fr Rocks), Cathy Eastwood (Fr Rocks), Marie Cassidy (Aodh Ruadh), Maire Slaine (Carrickmore), Niamh Mc Kenna (Dromore), Helen Ward (Beragh), Monica Lynch (Drumquinn), Carol Dooher (Glenelly), Catherine O’Neill, Jolene Donnelly, Orla Kelly (Omagh), Charmain Gormley, Marian Vincent (Aodh Ruadh).

County Under age review 2002

The Under 14’s were under the management of Martina Glackin and Etaoine O’Kane.

The under 14’s started off their championship league campaign with a home game against neighbours Derry. The girls got off to a very rocky start, as this was the first game where the girls actually were playing together. For the first 10/15 minutes of the first half nerves were certainly with the girls as Derry ran rampant and were leading by 6points at the break, with some advice given to the girls at half time they came out and realised they were playing for their county and played excellent football coming back from 8points down to win the game by 6points.

The next game was against Fermanagh at an away venue. At the age level the Fermanagh girls were nowhere near as strong as Tyrone. All the girls played to their full potential and never gave up until the final whistle and won this game comfortably and were in the Ulster semi final.

The Ulster semi final was the winners of group A playing the runners up in group B. The opponents being Donegal, Tyrone never got a lead in this game. Donegal were too strong and physical for the O’Neill county but it was great experience for many young girls in Tyrone and no doubt if this team were kept together and worked on there would be many great footballers in Tyrone in the years to come.

The Ulster blitz took place in Monaghan where the Tyrone girls knew they had to work extremely hard if they were to win a medal playing for Tyrone. The girls got off to a great start winning two games out of three and got through to the semi final playing Derry. This was a very exciting game with points swinging from one end to the other but at the final whistle it was Tyrone who were into the final.

The final was against Monaghan who were on home soil. This game again could have gone either way but Monaghan got a free in the last minute which dropped into the square and resulted in a goal for Monaghan, this was the final score of the day and Tyrone unfortunately were beaten by three points and were runners up in the Ulster blitz.

The girls were told about the All Ireland blitz, which was to be held in Mullingar. They all knew what it was like to be beaten in a final playing for your county so all attended training, worked very hard, and ended up winning the All Ireland Blitz.

Tyrone Minors under the guidance of Caroline Mc Grath and Kevin Mc Crystal

For many years it has always been Tyrone winning at underage but in the first round of the Ulster minor championship came a big shock in 2003 where Tyrone lost at the first hurdle to Cavan on a score line of Tyrone 2-11 Cavan 3-11.

This game was extremely tight the whole way through and with Cavan developing their underage they were clinical in front of goals. Both teams exchanged point for point. Tyrone then were awarded a penalty and Cathy Donnelly converted it. With 10 minutes to go tensions stared to rise with only three points in the game. Cavan then got another goal but Tyrone converted another 3 points but it was just too late for Tyrone to snatch the victory of a well-deserved Cavan team. Maybe if chances had being taken in the first half who knows what way it could have ended but it was Cavan who progressed to the Ulster Final and they hoped in 2004 Tyrone would be back to winning ways.

Club Scene 2003

2003 proved to be an eventful year on the Tyrone Ladies club scene, with 14 of the county’s 30 clubs securing either league or championship silverware at various levels.

Adult Titles

At adult level, 2003 marked Errigal Ciarans first appearance in a senior final, but hey were unable to overcome a Carrickmore side determined to secure a third consecutive Masterskreen Cup win, who had already defeated St Macartans and Aodh Ruadh in the previous rounds.

At Intermediate level, Cookstown Fr Rocks got the better of Glenelly, in their first year at Intermediate level to secure the title. In a fiercely competitive affair, the greater experience of the Fr Rocks prevailed to clinch the title as well as promotion to Senior ranks.

The Junior Championship saw the re-emergence of Galbally Oonagh Celts, a former “superpower” of the Tyrone game. The former Senior Champions secured promotion back to Intermediate level at their first attempt, powering past youthful newcomers Ardboe in the final.

On the league front, Carrickmore made it an incredible two full seasons without defeat within the county, and in doing so once again secured the Division One League and Championship “Double”. In Division Two it was Trillick who finished the season top of the table, while in Division Three it was Fintona who secured the League title.


The Minor Grade One Championship Final was once again paired Carrickmore and Errigal Ciaran in a final, but this time the spoils went to the Dunmoyle girls, who clinched their first Minor Championship title. However it was St Macartans who emerged as Grade One League winners to reclaim the title they had previously held in 2001.

Grade Two was dominated by Sperrin Og who collected both League and Championship titles, a feat repeated by Strabane, Sigersons at Grade Three level.

Under 16

Errigal Ciaran and Aodh Ruadh have dominated this age range in recent times, so it was no surprise that it was these two teams who were once again competing in the Grade One final. Once again, Aodh Ruadh emerged victorious to retain the title they also won in 2002. In a dramatic grade One League, a play0off was required to separate Carrickmore and Errigal Ciaran who had finished the season on level points. On home turf it was Carrickmore who won through to clinch the Elaine Treanor Plate.

In Grade Two, Fr Rocks secured the Championship title while Trillick took the League honours. Grade Three saw An Charraig win their first Juvenile Championship while the League title went to Ardboe.

Under 14

Errigal Ciaran’s fifth Final appearance of 2003 was in the Under 14 Grade 1A Championship decider, where they once again emerged victorious.

This was in addition to the Grade 1A League title, which they had already secured. Glenelly took the 1B League title for their only success of the season.

It was a similar story in Grade 2, where Beragh clinched the Championship and 2A League titles. The Grade 2B League title went to Fr Rocks.

Under 12

For the first time, the Under 12 competition was divided into three by geographical area, and proved to be highly successful. The three teams who emerged as section winners were Carrickmore, Errigal Ciaran and Dromore.

Championship and League Results

Under 12

A Dromore

B Errigal Ciaran

C Carrickmore

Under 14 League

1A Errigal Ciaran

1B Glenelly

2A Beragh

2B Fr Rocks

Under 14 Championship

1A + B Errigal Ciaran

2A Beragh

2B Fr Rocks

U 16 League

1 Carrickmore

2 Trillick

3 Ardboe

U16 Championship

1 Aodh Ruadh

2 Fr Rocks

3 An Carraig

Minor League

1 St Macartans

2 Sperrin Og

3 Strabane

Minor Championship

1 Errigal Ciaran

2 Sperrin Og

3 Strabane

Senior League

1 Carrickmore

2 Trillick

3 Galbally

Senior Championship

1 Carrickmore

2 Fr Rocks

3 Galbally


Since January 2002 six members from Tyrone – Denise Martin, Eilis Gormley, Nicola Scott, Michaela O’Neill and Eileen Jones and one from Down, Seamus Braniff have taken part in a tutors course in conjunction with NCTC Limerick University.

These participants undertook the process of developing a foundation course in line with the Ladies Central Council (Cumann Peil Gael Na mBan).

This course includes areas of fundamentals, developing skills, child protection, developing and implementing session.

The schedule is in the final stage of development and in recent months a full pilot was run in conjunction with St Galls of Belfast and will be coming month finalised with both NCTC and Ladies Central Council.

The group is looking forward to running their first finalised programme within the clubs of Tyrone and then further a field through the isle.

Domestic Review 2004

2004 was a year of ups and downs on the domestic front with clubs losing points for playing non-registered players or not having their affiliations paid on time. This resulted in teams losing out on trophies that they would have won on the field and led to a very difficult job for anyone trying to keep a record of events.

The youngest girls in our ranks the under 10’s and under 12’s did not take part in an official competition but instead there were a number of blitz’s held for them around the county. This proved to be a successful venture as the girls got to enjoy playing for the sake of playing without the added pressure of trying to win a competition. I hope that this trend will continue in the coming season and for seasons to come.

Under 14’s enjoyed a league divided into three grades with Errigal Ciaran, Ardboe and Sigersons taking the spoils. The championship was run on the same format with the same teams completing the double. This was one of the competitions affected by unregistered players and I hope clubs will have learned their mistakes, which cost some young girls a chance of winning a medal.

The juveniles turned out to be the most competitive at all grades of the underage sections especially Grade 3, where everyone was beating each other. The silverware in Grade 1 went to Aodh Ruadh who captured the League and Championship double, as did Beragh in Grade 2. Grade 3 as I said was very close with Drumragh clinching the Championship and new club Clann Na Gael lifting the League.

Minors were as usual very competitive, but were marred by the deduction of points for both unregistered players and non-affiliation. Aodh Ruadh were the successful side in the league, while St.Macartans proved to be the surprise packet in the Championship. Cill Iseal done the clean sweep in Grade 2, with An Carraig completing the same in Grade 3.

At adult level the division 1 League title went to Errigal Ciaran for the first time since 1999, while in the Championship An Charraig Mhor made it four in a row. Division 2 saw Kildress lifted their first ever title, while Aghyaran won their first adult Championship when the lifted the Tommy McGarvey Intermediate Cup.

Division 3 saw Loughmacrory and the Moy emerging as winners of the league and Championship in a Division which the standard of football has improved with great strides over the past few years.

All in all this was a successful year with sixteen clubs sharing the twenty six titles played for.

Inter-County Review 2004

This was a lean year for Tyrone county teams as the under 14’s were the only side to win silverware in the form of the Ulster blitz.

The Senior’s had a poor season by their standards, losing out to Waterford in the play-offs of the National League and not reaching the quarter finals for the first time ever. They regrouped for the Championship but only recorded one victory in the round robin stages over Down before losing to All Ireland Junior Champions Donegal and Monaghan, to leave an Ulster Final without a Tyrone side for the first time in eleven years.

The under 14’s enjoyed a reasonably good year, although they lost out to Cavan in the Ulster Semi-final. This was a game which the outcome could have been very different only for an injury to centre half back and captain Rachel Molly early in the second half with only two points separating the sides. Next up was the Ulster blitz, where these young girls performed at the top level and defeated both Cavan and Monaghan on their way to the title. In august they went to Mullingar for the All Ireland blitz, where they played their best football of the year and were unlucky not to reach the semi-finals.

The under 16’s travelled to Antrim for their quarterfinal tie and after a very close encounter emerged with a four point victory. Derry were their next opponents in a game played probably the worst evening of the year, but the girls dug deep to run out comfortable winners. The Ulster final was played in Fintona against Donegal and although this was a home game for Tyrone Donegal had more support. Donegal also defeated Tyrone in the final of the Trudy Kearns cup at Truagh.

The minors had a very comfortable win over Down in the quarterfinals but found Cavan to strong in the semi final when after an epic battle that went to extra time. Tyrone lost out on a score line of 2-26 to 4-10.

The coming season introduces the round robin in all Ulster competitions, with the added games the Minor and under 16 teams should get the much needed match practice to compete well in their respective championships.

The seniors boosted by a win in the first round of the National League on a score line of 4-11 to 2-6 over Louth and the introduction of new faces to the panel by new manager, John McAleer, we hope for an upward turn in their fortunes.

This just leaves me to thank everyone who helped me throughout the year. This is a position which should be a lot easier, if club and county mentors and officials, were more forthcoming with information for previews and reviews alike. The return of results is one field which clubs have to do something about, everyone wants to see results and tables in the papers but a lot of clubs don’t bother ringing in results. Especially Monday evening games, whose results must be with the press before 11.00am on Tuesday.

I would like to thank everyone who helped me this year. I am sorry I couldn’t give as much time to this position as it need, but I only took on the role of assistant to learn the ropes, I never expected to be on my own. With work and college commitments, it was impossible to cover all aspects of the job of public relations officer. The position requires at least two persons working together and with help from club P.R.O.s can build up a round up of at least the senior games every week, so people are aware of what is happening on the club scene.

I wish the incoming P.R.O.s an enjoyable year, and hope, all the co-operation they will need is readily available to them.

Cathy Donnelly

Assistant P.R.O.

Under 14 Championship’s 2004

Grade 1 Quarter Finals

Dromore 1-05 An Charraig Mhor 7-06

Aodh Ruadh 6-12 Glenelly 2-08

Errigal Ciaran 11-12 Loughmacrory 0-00

Cill Iseal 3-09 Sperrin Og 1-05

Semi Finals

Aodh Ruadh 6-14 Cill Iseal 1-08

Errigal Ciaran 4-06 An Charraig Mhor 2-03


Aodh Ruadh 4-10 Errigal Ciaran 5-11 (AET)

Grade 2 First Round

Ardboe 10-12 An Carraig 1-02

Pomeroy 0-01 Fr Rocks 5-09

Quarter Finals

St Endas 6-11 Kildress 1-04

Beragh 1-04 Trillick 2-07

St Macartans 4-05 Donaghmore 5-10

Ardboe 3-07 Fr Rocks 0-01

Semi Finals

Ardboe 3-10 Donaghmore 5-10

St Endas 1-07 Trillick 3-05


Ardboe 9-11 Trillick 0-02

Grade 3 First round

Badoney 7-02 Galbally OC 2-03

Drumragh 3-12 Mna Na Dierge 4-05

Stewartstown 8-01 Drumquin 11-02

Quarter Finals

Badoney 1-09 Drumquin 1-03

Fintona 2-06 Drumragh 2-03

Aghyaran 6-02 Sigersons 5-07

Coalisland 2-04 Cappagh 6-07

Semi Final

Cappagh 4-02 Badoney 3-04

Sigersons 6-05 Fintona 6-05 Abandoned E/T bad light

Sigersons 5-06 Fintona 1-06 (Replay)


Cappagh 3-04 Sigersons 4-05

Juvenile Championship’s 2004

Grade 1 Quarter Finals

Dromore 1-02 Aodh Ruadh 4-08

An Charraig Mhor 0-03 Errigal Ciaran 6-04

St Endas 8-10 St Macartans 0-04

Semi Finals

Errigal Ciaran 2-06 St Endas 1-02

Aodh Ruadh 3-08 Cill Iseal 2-03


Errigal Ciaran 2-06 Aodh Ruadh 6-09

Grade 2 First Round

Ardboe 2-06 Glenelly 1-02

Fintona 5-09 Badoney 1-03

Quarter Final

Galbally OC 1-06 Fintona 3-01

An Carraig 1-04 Fr Rocks 4-03

Beragh 5-06 Sigersons 0-01

Sperrin Og 1-09 Ardboe 4-04

Semi Finals

Ardboe 3-07 Fr Rocks 2-05

Fintona 2-02 Beragh 4-04


Beragh 1-04 Ardboe 0-06

Grade 3 First Round

Drumragh 5-07 Coalisland 4-04

Quarter Finals

Aghyaran 4-09 Kildress 8-10

Cappagh 2-10 Donaghmore 3-06

Eoghain Rua 0-01 Drumragh 7-14

Clann Na Gael 2-02 Loughmacrory 3-08

Semi Finals

Cappagh 3-06 Loughmacrory 3-08

Drumragh 2-13 Kildress 3-06


Loughmacrory 1-09 Drumragh 3-06

Minor Championship’s 2004

Grade 1 Quarter Finals

Dromore 4-03 Loughmacrory 3-08

Errigal Ciaran 6-11 Sperrin Og 4-11 (AET)

St Macartans 5-11 Glenelly 2-04

Aodh Ruadh 1-04 An Charraig Mhor 1-11

Semi Finals

An Charraig Walk Over Errigal Ciaran

Loughmacrory 4-08 St Macartans 6-14 (AET)


An Charraig Mhor 1-07 St Macartans 1-08

Grade 2 Quarter Finals

Cill Iseal 3-21 Kildress 0-03

Trillick 2-09 Badoney 2-07

St Endas 10-08 Beragh 1-02

Aghyaran 10-12 Sigersons 2-00

Semi Finals

St Endas 6-08 Aghyaran 5-04

Trillick 0-07 Cill Iseal 2-06


St Endas 2-07 Cill Iseal 4-05

Grade 3 First Round

Moy 1-11 Ardboe 0-06

Quarter Finals

Derrytresk 6-07 Eoghain Rua 0-01

Pomeroy 5-10 Coalisland 4-04

Fr Rocks 7-22 Stewartstown 0-00

An Carraig 2-09 Moy 2-08

Semi Finals

Pomeroy 2-07 Fr Rocks 1-06

An Carraig 8-16 Derrytresk 1-03


Pomeroy 1-02 An Carraig 2-07

Senior Championship 2004

Quarter Finals

An Charraig Mhor 4-11 Sperrin Og 0-01

Dromore 1-02 Errigal Ciaran 4-11

Aodh Ruadh 4-08 St Macartans 0-13

Trillick 1-09 Fr Rocks 1-08

Semi Finals

Aodh Ruadh 4-18 Trillick 0-05

Errigal Ciaran 1-06 An Charraig Mhor 4-18


Aodh Ruadh 1-11 An Charraig Mhor 3-05


Aodh Ruadh 1-09 An Charraig Mhor 4-13

Intermediate Championship 2004

Quarter Finals

Beragh 0-11 Glennelly 2-07

Galbally OC 1-06 Aghyaran 2-05

St Endas 2-11 Badoney 1-16

Fintona 0-09 Kildress 2-17

Semi Finals

Kildress 0-06 Glenelly 2-09

Badoney 0-05 Aghyaran 6-14


Glenelly 2-12 Aghyaran 5-08

Junior Championship 2004

Quarter Final

Pomeroy 3-03 Cappagh 1-10

Loughmacrory 4-17 Coalisland 1-03

Moy 2-14 Mna Na Deirge 2-04

Cill Iseal 3-09 Sigersons 4-05

Semi Finals

Cill Iseal 1-08 Cappagh 3-11

Loughmacrory 0-09 Moy 4-17


Cappagh 0-02 Moy 1-07

Under 14 League Tables 2004

Grade 1


Errigal Ciaran 7 7 0 0 14

Glenelly 7 5 2 0 10

Cill Iseal 7 5 2 0 10

Aodh Ruadh 5 2 3 0 4

Sperrin Og 6 1 4 1 3

Loughmacrory * 5 0 5 0 2

An Charraig Mhor 6 2 3 1 3

Dromore 4 0 4 0 0

Loughmacrory awarded two points against Carrickmore

Grade 2A


St.Macartans 4 4 0 0 6

Trillick 4 3 1 0 6

St.Endas 4 2 2 0 4

Beragh 4 1 3 0 2

Pomeroy * 4 0 4 0 2

Pomeroy awarded 2points against St.Macartans

Grade 2B


Donaghmore 4 4 0 0 8

Ardboe 4 3 1 0 4

An Carraig 4 1 3 0 2

Fr.Rocks 3 1 2 0 2

Kildress 3 0 3 0 0

Ardboe lose 2 pts against Fr.Rocks An Carriag awarded 2 pts against Fr.Rocks


St. Macartans 1-5 Ardboe 2-6

Donaghmore 5-14 Trillick 1-3


Ardboe 2-7 Donaghmore 1-4

Grade 3A


Sigersons 5 4 1 0 8

Drumragh 5 3 2 0 6

Fintona 5 5 0 0 6

Aghyaran 5 1 4 0 4

Drumquin 5 2 3 0 6

Mna Na Deirge 5 0 5 0 0

Aghyarn awarded 2pts against Fintona Drumquin awarded 2pts against Fintona

Play Off

Fintona 4-7 Drumragh 1-7

Grade 3B


Badoney 4 3 0 1 7

Cappagh 4 2 2 0 6

Galbally O.C. 4 3 1 0 4

Stewartstown 4 1 3 0 2

Coalisland 4 0 3 1 1

Cappagh awarded 2 pts against Galbally


Sigersons 5-5 Cappagh 3-3

Badoney 3-3 Fintona 3-13


Sigersons 5-4 Fintona 2-9

Juvenile League Tables 2004

Grade 1


Aodh Ruadh 6 6 0 0 12

An Charraig Mhor 6 4 1 0 9

Errigal Ciaran 6 3 2 0 7

Dromore 6 3 3 0 6

Cill Iseal 6 2 4 0 4

St.Endas 6 2 5 0 4

St.Macartans 6 0 6 0 0

Grade 2A


Beragh 4 4 0 0 8

Glenelly 4 3 1 0 6

Badoney 4 1 3 0 2

Fintona 4 1 3 0 2

Sigersons 4 1 3 0 2

Grade 2B


Sperrin Og 4 3 0 1 7

Fr.Rocks 4 3 1 0 6

Ardboe 4 2 1 1 5

An Carraig 4 1 3 0 2

Galbally O.C. 4 0 4 0 0


Beragh 0-8 Fr.Rocks 1-3

Sperrin Og 1-9 Glennelly 2-7 AET


Beragh 2-9 Sperrin Og 1-10 AET

Grade 3A


Donaghmore 6 4 2 0 8

Loughmacrory 6 4 2 0 8

Kildress 6 3 3 0 6

Coalisland 6 1 5 0 2

Grade 3B


Clann na Gael 5 5 0 0 10

Drumragh 5 4 1 0 8

Cappagh 5 3 2 0 6

Aghyaran 5 2 3 0 6

Eoghain Rua 5 1 4 0 2

Drumquin 5 0 5 0 0


Donaghmore 4-7 Drumagh 2-11

Clann Na Gael 6-11 Loughmacrory 2-9


Clan Na Gael 4-4 Donaghmore 1-6

Minor League Tables 2004


Aodh Ruadh 7 7 0 0 14

Sperrin Og 6 3 3 1 7

Carrickmore 6 5 1 0 6

St.Macartans 6 3 3 0 6

Errigal Ciaran 5 2 3 0 6

Dromore 6 1 5 0 4

Loughmacrory 5 0 4 1 3

Glenelly 4 0 4 0 0

Carrickmore deducted 4pts Errigal awarded 2pts against Dromore, no affilation

Grade 2A


Aghyaran 4 3 1 0 6

Trillick 2 1 1 0 6

Badoney 3 1 2 0 4

Sigersons 3 1 2 0 2

St.Endas 3 1 2 0 2

Trillick awarded 4pts, St.Endas not affiliated, W/O against Badoney. Badoney awarded 2pts, Sigersons not affiliated

Grade 2B


Cill Iseal 3 3 0 0 6

Beragh 3 2 1 0 4

Kildress 4 0 4 0 0

Game between Beragh Cill Iseal void not affiliated. Beragh awarded 2pts W/O Kildress

Semi Final

Aghyaran 6-12 Beragh 1-6

Cill Iseal 8-9 Trillick 2-5


Cill Iseal 6-7 Aghyaran 4-9

Grade 3A


Moy 4 4 0 0 8

Stewartstown 3 2 1 0 6

Ardboe 3 2 1 0 4

Derrytresk 4 1 3 0 2

Coalisland 4 0 4 0 0

Stewartstown awarded 2 pts against Ardboe

Grade 3B


Fr.Rocks 6 5 0 1 11

An Carraig 6 4 2 0 8

Pomeroy 6 1 4 1 3

Eoighain Rua 6 1 5 0 2


Moy 2-3 An Carraig 3-8

Fr.Rocks W/O Stewartstown


An Carraig 1-12 Fr.Rocks 2-6


Division 1


Errigal Ciaran 8 8 0 0 16

An Charraig Mhor 8 7 1 0 14

St.Macartans 8 5 3 0 10

Dromore 8 5 3 0 10

Aodh Ruadh 8 5 3 0 10

Sperrin Og 8 2 6 0 4

Glen 8 2 6 0 4

Trillick 8 2 6 0 4

Fr.Rocks 8 0 8 0 0

No one relegated

Division 2


Kildress 7 6 1 0 13

Glenelly 7 7 0 0 10

Aghyaran 7 4 1 2 10

Beragh 7 4 2 1 9

Galbally 7 2 5 0 6

Badoney 7 2 5 0 4

St.Endas 7 2 4 0 4

Fintona 7 0 7 0 0

Kildress and Galbally awarded 2 pts each against Glenelly

Kildress and Aghyaran promoted, Fintona relegated

Division 3


Loughmacrory 8 8 0 0 16

Cappagh 8 6 2 0 12

Moy 8 6 2 0 12

Cill Iseal 8 5 3 0 10

Mna Na Deirge 8 3 4 1 8

Pomeroy 8 3 4 0 6

Sigersons 8 3 3 1 4

Coalisland 8 0 8 0 2

Ardboe 8 1 7 0 2

Coalisland awarded 2pts against Sigersons. Ardboe pull out of league, 2pts awarded in rest of their games. Mna Na Deirge awarded both points against Sigersons.

Loughmacrory and Moy promoted

Tir Eoghain Registrations 2004

* 34 clubs (including Glen)

Club Underage Senior Non Playing Total

Aghyaran 49 15 7 71

An Carraig 39 0 5 44

An Charraig Mhor 72 22 12 106

Aodh Ruadh 63 24 4 91

Ardboe 52 18 0 70

Badoney 34 17 9 60

Beragh 53 18 0 71

Cappagh 89 26 5 120

Cill Iseal 53 9 6 68

Clann Na Gael 56 0 3 59

Coalisland 77 12 1 90

Derrytresk 26 0 1 27

Donaghmore 34 0 12 106

Drumquin 32 0 0 32

Drumragh 76 7 2 85

Eoighain Rua 34 2 2 38

Errigal Ciaran 78 18 13 109

Fintona 60 17 1 78

Fr.Rocks 52 15 3 70

Galbally 72 15 5 92

Glen 29 20 4 53

Glenelly 69 9 13 91

Kildress 73 20 1 94

Mna Na Deirge 36 13 2 51

Moy 60 17 9 86

Pomeroy 65 19 1 85

Sigersons 64 14 5 83

Sperrin Og 70 13 8 91

Stewartstown 45 4 7 56

St.Dympna’s 74 16 4 94

St.Enda’s 69 19 3 91

St Macartan’s 86 22 11 119

St.Teresa’s 88 17 9 114

Trillick 42 22 1 65

Others 0 0 2 2


2,031 460 171 2,662

Officers- Tyrone County Board


Chairperson Rosemary Carson

Vice Chairperson Goretta Donnelly

Secretary Briege Grogan

Assistant Secretary Geraldine Christie

Treasurer Kathleen Quinn

Assistant Treasurer Noeleen Broderick

PRO Ailish Gildernew



Chairperson Rosemary Carson

Vice Chairperson Sharon Mullin

Secretary Briege Grogan

Assistant Secretary Geraldine Christie

Treasurer Kathleen Quinn

Assistant Treasurer Margaret Campbell

PRO Ailish Gildernew

ILO Julie-Ann Loughran


Chairperson Geraldine Christie

Vice Chairperson Sharon Mullin

Secretary Briege Grogan

Assistant Secretary Martina McDonald

Treasurer Rosemary Carson

Assistant Treasurer Mairead McGovern

PRO Ailish Gildernew

ILO Claire Mahoney


Chairperson Eileen Jones

Vice Chairperson Mary Donnelly

Secretary Louise Fox

Assistant Secretary Theresa Kelly

Treasurer Rosemary Carson

Assistant Treasurer Michelle Mullin

PRO Ailish Gildernew

ILO Brenda Hurson


Chairperson Mary Connelly

Vice Chairperson Eileen Jones

Secretary Theresa Kelly

Assistant Secretary Briege McCaughey

Treasurer Rosemary Carson

Assistant Treasurer Michelle Mullin

PRO Ailish Gildernew

Development Officer Joanne Poyntz

ILO Brenda Hurson


Chairperson Mary Connelly

Vice Chairperson Eileen Jones

Secretary Theresa Kelly

Assistant Secretary Mary Donnelly

Treasurer Rosemary Carson

Assistant Treasurer Michelle Mullin

PRO Ailish Gildernew

Assistant PRO Briege McCaughey

ILO Hayley Boyle

Development Officer Paddy Donnelly


Chairperson Mary Connelly

Vice Chairperson Mary Donnelly

Secretary Theresa Kelly

Assistant Secretary Mary Donnelly

Treasurer Rosemary Carson

Assistant Treasurer Michelle Mullin

PRO Briege McCaughey

Assistant PRO Denise Martin

ILO Hayley Boyle

Development Officer Eileen Jones


Chairperson Mary Connelly

Vice Chairperson Mary Donnelly

Secretary Theresa Kelly

Assistant Secretary Pasty McCrory

Treasurer Kathleen Conway

Assistant Treasurer Roisin McCullagh

PRO Denise Martin

Assistant PRO Paddy Donnelly

ILO Maire Groogan

Development Officer Eileen Jones


Chairperson Mary Connelly

Vice Chairperson Mary Donnelly

Secretary Theresa Kelly

Assistant Secretary Pasty McCrory

Treasurer Kathleen Conway

Assistant Treasurer Roisin McCullagh

PRO Martina Dillon

Assistant PRO Paddy Donnelly

ILO Sarah McElroy

Development Officer Eileen Jones


Chairperson Mary Connelly

Vice Chairperson Mary Donnelly

Secretary Theresa Kelly

Assistant Secretary Pasty McCrory

Treasurer Kathleen Conway

Assistant Treasurer Martina Dillon

PRO Maeveen McNabb

Assistant PRO Paddy Donnelly

ILO Triona McNabb

Development Officer Eileen Jones


Chairperson Mary Connelly

Vice Chairperson Mary Donnelly

Secretary Theresa Kelly

Assistant Secretary Patricia McCullagh

Treasurer Kathleen Conway

Assistant Treasurer Maeveen McNabb

PRO Martina Glackin

Assistant PRO Paddy Donnelly

ILO Briege McGarvey

Development Officer Denise Martin


Chairperson Mary Connelly

Vice Chairperson Pasty McCrory

Secretary Theresa Kelly

Assistant Secretary Kathleen McGale

Treasurer Jim McElhatton

Assistant Treasurer Ann Cullen

Registrar Martina Dillon

PRO Martina Glakin

Assistant PRO Ciaran Woods

ILO Eileen Jones

Development Officer Matthew McFadden


Chairperson Mary Connelly

Vice Chairperson Pasty McCrory

Secretary Theresa Kelly

Assistant Secretary Catherine Conway

Treasurer Jo Lynch

Assistant Treasurer Martina Glakin

Registrar Martina Dillon

PRO Lynette Hughes

Assistant PRO Cathy Donnelly

ILO Eileen Jones

Development Officer Matthew McFadden

Aghyaran Ladies

Aghyaran is in the West of Tyrone, we actually border along Donegal, we are a rural community and at present we have 61 members. Aghyaran ladies were set up in 1993 but it was 1994 before we actually registered with the ladies county board. Our club colours are green and gold.

When the ladies first started management was Michael and John Penrose and to date Penrose has continued to show his commitment to the ladies club and is manager of the Senior and Minors.

During out nine years in football we have numerous girls from the club playing for the county at different age levels, Roisin McMenamin, Tracey Lynch, Anona Lynch, Gemma McHugh, Kathleen Penrose, Kellie Meehan, Lucy Meehan, Claire Gillespie.

At present there is three girls representing the county, Kellie, Lucy and Claire, so it shows we have plenty of talent coming through.

Honours we have achieved since 1994 have been Minor Grade 2, League winners 2000, U13 Grade 2, League winners 2000, Junior Championship- Runners up 1996, 97 and 98 and Intermediate Championship runners up 2000 and 2002. Promoted to Senior League 1999 and 2003.

We have also had the same main sponsor, Blacktown Motors, since 1994 and we are very grateful to Prop. Billy Lynch.

Our aim is to eventually to win a Senior League and Championship title.

An Charraig Ladies (The Rock)

An Charraig was formed in 1997 with 16 players registered for 1998 season at U16 level. The founder committee was:-

Nuala Devlin – Chairperson

Ann Marie Devlin – Secretary

Tracey Mc Donald

Michelle O’Neill

Dympna Hoy

Kieran Mullan – Coach

2003 committee –

Kieran Mullan – Chairperson

Geraldine Carroll – Secretary

Donal McGurk – Assistant Secretary

Amelia McWilliams – Treasurer

Briege Hayden

Michelle O’Neill

Colm McVeigh

Michael McCourt

Honours Achieved:

Reached U14 and U16 final 2002. 3 girls played for Tyrone in 2002, Martina U14, Laura McCreesh U14 and Aisling Hayden U16.

Aodh Ruadh Ladies

Aodh Ruadh Dun Geanainn Ladies G.F.C. was founded at a meeting in O’Neills Park in February 1993. This meeting was spearheaded and the club effectively started by Caroline McErlean who had made several other attempts to start in the Dungannon town previous to this. At the first meeting the name of the club was decided upon and the first committee was founded. Caroline McErlean was the treasurer and has held this position since that day. Also at the first meeting were current senior players Martina Dillon, Roisin Skeffington (nee Fay) and Eileen Jones.

This year the club celebrates its ten year anniversary and since its foundation in 1993 has increased in size and growing dramatically. The club fields teams at all age levels in Tyrone and provides football for girls aged

6-18 years and upwards. The club has a long and successful history and its many great achievements at all age levels are reflected in the roll of honour.

The club has always had representatives on the Tyrone county team at all age levels. Some of the first to represent the club at county level were Caroline Mc Grath (nee McErlean), Tracey Brennan, Claire Rafferty and Melissa Quinn. Since then the club has been represented by many other players and currently have Katrina Murphy and Carol McGlinchey on the Tyrone Senior team. In 1999 when Tyrone won the All Ireland Junior title the club was represented by Caroline McGrath, Catherine Small, Denise Donnelly (nee Hetherington), Katrina Murphy and Caroline Kelly (a record number of 15 representatives which only St.Macartans could match). At underage level Katrina Murphy has won an All Ireland Minor title with Tyrone and Ciara Maxwell, Caroline Kelly, Carol McGlinchey and Trisha Morgan to name a few have won Ulster Minor titles with Tyrone.

Katrina Murphy is the only player to represent the club beyond county level when she played for the Ulster Inter-provincial team in 2002. At colleges level, the club players have also won many achievements. Katrina Murphy, Caroline McGrath and Caroline Kelly have all won Ulster Colleges All Stars and along with members have won the Ulster Colleges Championship with their respective Universities.

Caroline McGrath has also been successful at county level on the coaching front as Tyrone U16 and U14 manager in the past couple of years. She has won an U16 county title and taken both her U16 and U14 teams toUlster finals.

The club again was well represented on these teams with Laura Shiels, Frankie Park and Claire McAliskey and Marian Vincent among others from the club who featured strongly for Tyrone. Last year club U14 player Ellana Arthurs captained Tyrone in their U14 Ulster campaign and narrowly lost the Ulster final to Monaghan after extra time.

On the administration front the club has always been well represented on the County Board Executive. Eileen Jones was Chairperson of the County board in 1995 and has held a position on the board since then as Development Officer and currently Irish language Officer. Martina Dillon has also been on the Tyrone County Executive for the past three years as PRO and Registrar and is currently the Tyrone’s liaison officer. Eileen and Martina are Ulster Council Delegates and Eileen is the Club referee. She is currently one of only two female referees to officiate in Ulster and has appeared as lines person in several All Ireland Finals. Roisin Skeffington has also been the Tyrone team physiotherapist for the last two years as well as been club physio since 1997.

Aodh Ruadh Dun Geannainn Ladies GFC committee 2003

Chairperson~ Eileen Jones

Vice Chair~ Roisin Skeffington

Secretary~ Martina Dillon

Ass. Secretary~ Caroline McGlinchey

Treasurer~ Caroline McGrath

Ass. Treaurer~ Joanne Daly

PRO~ Kate McIntosh

Ass. PRO~ Aoife Stringer

Youth Rep.~ Louise Daly

Irish Language~ Ellana Arthurs

Committee Members~ Fiona O’Donnell, Denise Donnelly, Claire McCann, Trisha Morgan, Laura Shiels, Marian Vincent, Angie Casey

Roll Of Honour 1993-2003

Senior Level:

Tyrone senior Championship winners 2000, Ulster Club Semi-Final 2000

Tyrone Senior Championship Runners Up 1995, 1998, 2001

Tyrone Senior League Winners 2001

Tyrone Senior League Runners Up 1997, 1999,2000,2002

Ulster 7 Aside Winners 1998

Ulster 7 Aside runners up 1999

Tyrone County 7 Aside Championship 1994, 1995,1996

Tyrone County 7 Aside Runners up 1997, 2000, 2001

Underage Level:

Minor Grade 1 League Runners-up 2002

Tyrone Grade 1 U16 Championship winners 2002

Tyrone Grade 1 U16 Championship runners up 1996, 1998

Tyrone Grade 1 U16 League winners 2002

Tyrone Grade 1 U16 League runners-up 1996, 1998, 2001

Tyrone Grade 1 U14 League winners 1996

Tyrone Grade 1 U14 League runners up 2002

Tyrone Grade 2 U14 Championship winners 2001

Tyrone Grade 2 U14 League Winners 2001

U14 All Ireland Feile Shield Runners-up 1997

U13 Tyrone County Blitz winners 1996 and 2002 runners up 1999

Jolene Marlowe Memorial Tyrone Club of the Year winners 1999

Won this in its first ever year in existence.

Badoney Ladies GFC

The sight of girls playing Gaelic football in the back of a field was and remains a common sight in any rural parish. Indeed, the ladies of the parish of Gortin were and remain pioneers in the promotion of the sport in Tyrone. Although as children, girls were often relegated to merely supplementing the boy’s underage team, they have successfully established Ladies Gaelic as a sport in its own right, in what remains a male dominated sport.

Indeed the parish of Gortin can boast one of the earliest formal committees in Tyrone, when under the guidance of Patsy McCrory, twelve enthusiasts came together to form a committee on 4th November 1979. From these attendees a committee was established under the Chairperson, Teresa Devlin, two currently plays for New York. It was during this time that Gortin played a significant part in the development of the sport within Tyrone when eight clubs namely Gortin, Carrickmore, Greencastle, Beragh, Ballygawley, Drumragh, Aughabrack and Drumquin gathered to organize a Tyrone Ladies League. Unfortunately, due to a lack of support, the Tyrone Ladies League was postponed until another time. They did however succeed in laying the foundation for the current league.

Unfortunately as time passed, the parish of Gortin was to experience a time of unorganised Ladies football. That was until 1994 when the sport was to gain momentum yet again within the parish. The team formed a committee and the fundraising began. In its primary year the club adopted the name Badoney Ladies GFC and the official colours of blue and yellow. Only in competitive football two years, Badoney Ladies did themselves proud when they ‘did the double’ in 1996, beating Aghyaran in the Championship. Until 1995, Division One and Division Two teams competed in the one Championship. 1995 was the first year that the Tyrone Championship was split into Senior and Junior levels. Badoney were the first team to achieve the double in Division Two and enabled their promotion to Division One. Such as achievement not only gave creditability to the club, but also resulted in an increase for demand, with Badoney being represented at all levels within the League and Championship. Throughout its short existence, Badoney Ladies have continued in their passion for the sport and have established a weekly lotto to help raise funds for the club. Furthermore Badoney Ladies can boost another achievement in that it is one of the first Ladies Gaelic Clubs in Ireland to get their own pitch and now with their own playing facilities, the club trusts that this shall give the sport a base that will ensure its continued existence within the parish.

Although the silverware has been light in the clubs short existence, this by no means under estimates the talent that is within. Members of the club have represented the County at all age’s levels through the years with members gaining Ulster and All Ireland medals. The club have been verging on success at a number of levels through the County League and Championships. Hopefully the talent and determination that the club possess can make it accountable through silverware in forth-coming years.

Beragh Red Nights Ladies GFC

Formed: November 1993

Membership at time of information: 25player/members

Membership at year 2002: 67 player/members

Committee at time of formation:

Chairperson: Aine McCann

Vice Chair: Briege White

Secretary: Gabrielle McAleer

Vice Secretary: Helen Rodgers

Treasurer: Mary Farley

PRO: Cabrini Owens

Registrar: Aine McCann

Committee at present:

Chairperson: Bronagh Mullin

Vice Chair: Lisa Rodgers

Secretary: Carmel Grimes

Ass.Secretary/PRO: Aishling Hagan

Treasurer/ Registrar: Tracey Rodgers

Honours Achieved:

1995 Intermediate Championship Winners

2001: Intermediate Championship and League Winners

County Team Representatives ~ Senior level:

Aishling Hagan, Ciara Strain, Anne Donnelly, Julie Conroy, Caroline Donnelly, Nuala McCartan, Josephine Rodgers

Carrickmore St Colmcilles, Tyrone

Colours: Green, white and gold

Founded: 1992

Ladies football in Carrickmore can be traced back to the early 1970’s when teams from the area frequently participated in local carnivals and sports days. The organisation of the Martin Hurson tournament, Galbally in 1988 provided an opportunity for ladies teams from surrounding areas to compete against each other in annual competitions. Carrickmore recorded a number of victories in this well organized and supported competition. 1992 brought the arrival of a formal League and Championship with Carrickmore emerging victories over a gallant St Endas side in an historic first final at Dunmoyle. Following on from this success, the ladies went on to represent Ulster in the All Ireland quarter final against a very strong experienced Wembley Gaels side in Ruislip, London. The Carmen girls suffered a heavy defeat, although with the Ulster club final still to be played, there was little time to be down hearted. In Pairc Colmcille, November 1992, Carrickmore dramatically overcame a favoured St Eunan’s Letterkenny team to be the first club crowned champions of Ulster.

1994 saw the amalgamation of ladies into the main St Colmcilles club. The club, which has excellent playing and training facilities, separate ladies dressing rooms and the historic Nally Stand, is home venue for most of the Tyrone Ladies National League games.

The arrival of under-age competitions and the input of dedicated coaches meant that a strong conveyor belt of talent continued to strengthen the senior squad. The club are proudly positioned as the top side in Tyrone, winning senior county titles in 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001 and 2002 and reaching 5 Ulster senior finals, emerging victorious in 1992 and 2002. an impressive array of silverware has been collected in every age group from Under 12 upward, with numerous players from the club have represented Tyrone at all levels. The appearance of the senior ladies team in the 2002 All Ireland club final – a first for any Tyrone team is the highlight of the club’s short, but colourful history. Unfortunately, Carnacon of Mayo proved too strong for the girls in a titanic tussle played in Mullingar.

The Jarlath Kerr Sevens’ is now a widely respected tournament, established in memory of the first treasurer and manager of the club.

Now in its 5th year, the tournament continues to attract the top teams in the province with St Eunan’s Letterkenny, St Macartans, Tyrone and Carrickmore previous winners.

In 2000, the club initiated the innovative Gaelic4Girls scheme, which is now run by numerous clubs throughout the province. The scheme consists of a 6-week block of indoor skills training and games for girls aged 7-11. it is intended to extend this scheme to include boys for outdoor sessions in the summer months. In 2002, the ladies committee thoroughly researched the history of ladies football in the area, a comprehensive report that is recorded in ‘The Carrickmore Tradition, Vol ll.’

In the eleven years since its official formation, the club has continually developed and expanded with annual membership of over one hundred people. Of this, approximately twenty non-playing members continued to officiate, manage and promote the club beyond the playing field. Members of our club have been prominent in the established of ladies football in other parts of Ulster and North America, through colleges and clubs. There is no doubt that with the values and love of the game held by all members, the club will continue to flourish and hopefully remain a force in ladies football.

First Committee (1992)

Chairman – Ronan McGarrity

Vice Chairman – Theresa Kelly

Secretary – Briege Grogan

Assistant Secretary – Seraphine Hughes

Treasurer – Jarlath Kerr (R.I.P.)

PRO’S – Brenda McElduff and Sinead Walsh

Winning Senior Captains:

Seraphine Hughes (1992), Lavine Hurson (1995), Brenda McElduff (1997), Sara McElroy (1999), Etaoine O’Kane (2001), Connie Fox (2002).

2002 Team

Claire O’Kane, Gemma Begley, Elaine Coyle, Patricia McGurk, Claire Nughest, Marie Grogan, Etaoine O’Kane, Claire McElroy, Sara McElroy, Cliodhna McCallan, Cathy Hughes, Aideen Loughran, Colette Fox, Connie Fox, Eilish Gormley, Lynette Hughes, Deirdre Dobbs, Colleen McCullough, Nadine Fox, Kathy McAleer, Seana McCallan, Neave Cobain, Claire Gallagher, Sinead McAleer, Joanne McGurk, Ann-Marie McGurk, Roisin McCartan and Catherine McCallan.

Managers: Mickey Haughey and Dominic McCartan

Cill Iseal Ladies

Cill Iseal ladies had its first ever training session in late August 1999. With a turnout of about 30/40 girls, the foundation was there for the beginning of what was hoped to be a very strong ladies club within the next few years. Playing at a competitive level began with an U16 team, and although not having been successful within the first couple of years, the interest was there, and each and every player was putting in the effort.

In the second year of the club’s establishment, there was now 2 teams, minor and U16, both partaking at a competitive level. Both teams looking very promising and a lot of young talent interested, Cill Iseal ladies were by now becoming bigger and better.

It wasn’t until the third year of the clubs running, when Philip Donaghy and Kieran Magill teamed up as joint managers and trainers that success started to come our way, having now found our feet on the playing field, this year had been fairly successful and more games had been won. At underage level there was an U16 team, and an U14 team which made it to the Championship semi finals and having come joint third in the U16 league, things were beginning to look up.

But in 2002, Cill Iseal ladies made their mark at every competitive age group, right through from U12s to Minor. A promising and very talented U12 side, managed by Philip Donaghy, Aideen Reilly and Ashlene Doyle, made it to the grade 1 final only to have been beaten in the dying moments on a 1 point margin by Carrickmore (2-02/2-03). This score line shows what an excellent performance this game was. Also our U14s made history in the club this year when they won the grade 2A league title. This very strong young side also made it to the Championship Final day. Ardboe travelled to Cill Iseal, and after a very tight and entertaining game, it ended in a draw, and so it was our turn to go to Ardboe the following week. This game however was more one sided and Ardboe walked away with the Championship title. All credit to the girls though, who showed great determination and sportsmanship on the day.

Cill Iseal minors also had a great year, and were favourites to win the grade 3 Championship final, where they would meet Glenelly. Knowing this game was going to be tough, this team was prepared for what lay ahead of them. On this day, it looked as if success was going to be ours, going into the 2nd half four points up, and having played a brilliant first half, maybe it was going to be our day. But finals aren’t over until the final whistle blows, and Glenelly won this game by nine points to lift the grade 3 title.

Our U16 team was the last hope, and with a very strong talented and capable side, hopes were set high for success. Each member had been beaten in a final at some stage in the year, and so fight and hunger was there. Having beaten every team in the league well, and having beaten Galbally in the semi finals of the league, (6-13/0-01) hopes were set high for a league final success. But before this game was to be played, we had to meet Galbally Oonagh Celts in the Championship Final a week previous to our league semi final encounter. Having beaten a very strong Rock side in the Championship Semi Final, we were going out in the hope to make history in the club and win our first ever Championship title, and this we did, we beat Galbally Oonagh Celts on a final score line of 5-10 to 3-04.

Our goal from the beginning of the year was to the U16 double, something we had dreamed of and waited for, for so long, that nothing was going to get in our way this time. We did, we did the double and beat the Rock Ladies in the league final 3-19 to 0-03. What way to finish our year. It took a while, but we finally did it, and the Cill Iseal ladies, are definitely a side to look out for in the up and coming years. What a year, and what a way to finish it!

Cill Iseal Ladies Committee

Chairperson – Gerry McDonald

Vice Chairperson – Philip Donaghy

Secretary – Gerard Donaghy

Ass Secretary – Sean McGuigan

Treasurer – Dominic Small

Ass Treasurer – Bernard O’Neill

Additional Committee Members: Kieran Magill, Aideen Reilly, Earl Gormley, Deborah Magill, and Ashlene Doyle.

Pic – 01 – U16 2002 County Champions

Pic – 02 – Cill Iseal Naomh Mhuire 2002 County Champions.

Dromore Ladies GFC

A Dromore man called David King funded St Dympnas ladies in 1992. David was manager/coach of a well-established camogie team for many years prior to this. When the camogie team folded there was much interest in the increasingly popular Ladies football and this club was formed. In the first year we had twenty-five senior playing members although we did not participate in any other competitions until the following year. As the club expanded and grew potential David stood down and handed the reigns over to this predecessors Brian McAleer, Colm Donnelly, Joe Rafferty, Barry Campbell and Declan Quinn. We now have team competing at all levels and there is a particularly impressive youth element in the club.

In the ten or so years since our formation, Dromore ladies have gone from strength to strength and have many medals under out belts throughout the ranks, these include:

Junior Championship 1997, Intermediate Championship 2000, Intermediate League 2000, Ulster Intermediate Championship 2000, Minor Championship 2001 and 2002, Minor League 2002, Juvenile League 1999, Juvenile Championship 1999 and U14 Championship 1998.

Drumragh Sarsfield Ladies

Formed in 2002 under the auspices of the Executive Committee, competed at Under 14 level, two players Donna Donnelly and Neamh Woods represented the club at County Level.

This season intend to compete at Under 14 and Under 16. Sub-Committee established at start of this season:

Chairperson – Geraldine MvLaughlin

Vice Chairperson – Jackie McSorley

Secretary – Mary Loughran

Vice secretary – Dympna Cleary

Treasurer – Geraldine Quinn

Registrar – Siobhan Taggart

Team Coaches: Monica Gallagher, Brendan Kerr and Brian Campbell.

Team: Clare Devlin, Paula O’Brien, Joanna McCann, Oonagh McMackin, Donna Donnelly, Niamh Treanor, Claire Maguire, Laura Taggart, Ailish Loughran, Neamh Woods, Catherine McGurk, Rosanna Ward, Edel Taggart, Danielle Pearson, Louise Kelly, Leona Pearson, Tara Kerr, Erin Horish, Niamh McLaughlin, Tara McLaughlin, Leah Quinn, Jade Cox and Anna Nugent.

Coach: Brenda kerr

Eoghain Rua Ui Neill L.G.F.C.

Eoghain Rua Ui Neill L.G.F.C. Leac Phadraig was founded in 1997. The first manager was Kieran Kelly. Over 20 girls started this year. The committee was made up of the players themselves with Gina Devine and Bernadette Devine leading them. They started playing League football in 1998 when they entered both senior and minor leagues, as the population of players grew. Two players were chosen to be on the Tyrone panel, Brenda McCrossan and Angela Stevenson. In 1999, the men’s and ladies committees amalgamated.

In 2000 there was a change in manager as Steven Kelly took over, at this stage we were playing in both senior and U16 leagues. The senior team then disintegrated as many players went off to pursue other interests and we only participated in the U16 league.

In 2002 we entered the U14 and U16 leagues and again we had a representative on the Tyrone U14 panel, Susan McShane. The manager, Angela Stevenson, a former player trained the girls well and brought them to the semi final of the U16 Championship.

At present the girls are entered in minor and U16 leagues and they are under the management of Gerard Porter.

Ladies U16 2002 Team

Aileen Boggs, Sarah McCrossan, Catherine McGonagle, Megan Elliott, Carmel Harper, Orla Coyle, Aisling Devine, Alison Doherty, Wanda Barcley, Jacqueline Kelly, Laura Kelly, Keelin Kelly, Gemma Kelly, Roisin Devine, Terri Devine, Zarah Gray.

Angela Stevenson (Manager)

Ladies 1997/1998 Team

Mary Caldwell, Sarah Barrett, Bernie Devine, Gemma Donaghey, Maria McBride, Joanne Kelly, Claire Barrett, Brenda McCrossan, Aileen Barrett, Catherine Conway, Lisa McGonagle, Edel Connolly, Lucy Donaghey, Christine Stevenson, Angela Stevenson, Lisa McShane, Seanin O’Neill, Rachel Kelly, Orla Devine, Tracey Harper, Sinead Conway.

Manager: Kieran Kelly

Errigal Ciaran

Located South of Tyrone

Colours: White, Blue and Yellow

Year 1992

1992 saw the affiliation of Ladies Gaelic football in Tyrone. Errigal Ciaran being one of the clubs that affiliated at this time. This was an important event in the history of our club as we began the year with 35 registered members. Registration fee was Seniors £7 Juniors £4.50

Committee for 1992

Chairperson – Michelle Mullan

Secretary – Margaret Campbell

Treasurer – Noleen Broderick

P.R.O. – Martina McDonald

Committee members – Goretti Donnelly, Anita Lynch, Sharon Hackett, Olive Mallon and Martina Carberry.

Club Referees – Eamon Mullin and Seamus McCrory.

Club were 3rd place in league in 1992 and got to the semi Final of the Championship in 1992.

Errigal Ciaran ran a tournament, 6 teams took part, Carrickmore, Galbally, St Macartans, Aghaloo, St Endas and Errigal Ciaran.

County Board members/delegates: Noleen Broderick – Ass Treasurer/Registrar and Martina McDonald – Fixtures Committee.

Year 2002


Chairperson: Marie Flanagan

Vice Chairperson: Siobhan McGarvey

Secretary : Kate Lynch

Ass. Secretary: Margaret Campbell

Treasurer: Evelyn McCann

Ass. Treasurer: Laura McCann

P.R.O.: Briege McGarvey

Committee members – Amanda O’Neill, Selina Oguz, Claire McCann, Sinead McGorman.

Membership for the year 2002: Adult 32 Underage 69

Honours attained:

Won senior and Minor League

Won League and Championship at Under 16, 14 and Under 13

Won League at Under 12

Represented Tyrone in the Under 14 Feile na nOg for 5 years in a row

Won the Ulster Blitz at Under 14

Claire McGarvey won an ‘All Star’ at County Level

Errigal Ciaran Committee

Chairperson: Marie Flanagan

Vice Chairperson: Mark Loughran

Secretary : Sinead McGorman

Ass. Secretary: Margaret Campbell

Treasurer: Evelyn McCann

Committee Members – Kate Lynch, Deirdre Tierney, Donna Quinn, Nuala McGarvey.

1992 saw the affiliation of clubs in Tyrone with Errigal Ciaran Ladies being one of the first clubs to affiliate at this time. In 1992 Errigal Ciaran had 35 registered members, this has increased considerably in the past ten years with over 100 members.

Errigal Ladies have won at Under 12, 14, 16 and Minor level in League and Championship. The Under 14 team have represented Tyrone at the ‘Feile Peile Na nOg’ competition for the past five years. This team have won the Under 14 Blitz in Ulster also in 2001. ‘All Stars’ have been awarded to Claire McGarvey and Siobhan McGarvey.

Glenelly St Joseph Ladies GFC

Background Information:

A few people interested in the Gaelic game formed Glenelly GFC Ladies in 1998. They et up a committee, adopted their own constitution and were approved by the County Board. Thirty girls were registered and managers were appointed. Everyone’s enthusiasm secured the support of many other people in the local community and so it has become a focus in Glenelly.

Since then the club has grown in members in 1999 and 2000 a U16 and Senior team were entered into the competitive scene meeting teams across Tyrone. 2001 saw the introduction of U13 level football so that the younger people in Glenelly could have the opportunity to play Ladies Gaelic football while enchanting the club. Presently, in 2002 five different ages groups from Glenelly compete in the Gaelic Game. To date the club this year has won the Tyrone Ladies Junior League, Minor League and Championship, U14 League and Championship and the U16 League. Therefore these teams will all progress to a higher division in the forthcoming season.

Membership: in total there are 70 members in the Club.


Chairperson: Joe McGurk

Vice Chairperson: Maureen Kearney

Treasurer: Joseph Carolan

Vice Treasurer: Ann Harkin

Secretary: Catherine Conway

Vice Secretary: Bridgid McBride

Committee Members: Josephine Sharkey, Mary Ohagan, Mairead O’Hagan, Fiona Marie Kearney, Carolanne O’Kane, Claire Kildunne, Lisa McCullagh, Gearad Nicholas

Roll Of Honour

2000~ Runners up in the Junior League Championship

2001~ U16 Junior League Title

2001~ U13 Junior League Title

2002~ Minor Junior Championship and League Titles

2002~ U14 Junior Championship and League Titles

2002~ Senior Junior Title

2002~ U12 won League

2002~ U16 League, Championship still to play

Mna Na Deirge Football Club


The club was formed in 1993.

The former committee existed of:

Chairperson~ Anne Marie Meehan

Secretary~ Meave McGrath

Treasurer~ Mairead McGrath

Membership started off well – 40 members

In our first year we lost all our games but the following year 1994, we won Division 2 Senior League. The club still kept going until 1997 but unfortunately folded then.

It was reformed in 199. In 2001 the U14 reached the Championship.

The club still keeps going on a smaller scale – approx. 30. This year we are entering at Senior, U16, U14 and U12 levels.

We hope to increase our numbers more and in the near future there will be a new pitch.

Former committee now:

Chairperson~ Francie Lynch

Secretary~ Jo Lynch

Treasurer~ Tina McGlinchey

PRO~ Meave McGrath

Moy Ladies GFC

Formed 1998

Club Colours: Sky Blue

Teams: Minor and Junior

Achievements: Junior Championship winners 2002

Registered number: 35

Moy ladies started back in 1997 with a minor team under the management of Eunan Brolly. We did not register as a team straight away. We played challenge matches with other non-registered teams to build up our experience and confidence.

We then registered with the Tyrone County Board in 1999.

The first Moy ladies team in 1997 consisted of:

Particia Conroy, Suzanne Cunningham, Katie Murren, Emma Lavery, Claire Devlin, Caoimhe Laverty, Cathy O’Neill, Emma Owens, Gemma Prunty, Paula Owens, Catherine Rooney, Maria Claire Quinn, Michelle Gribbin, Fiona Quinn, Colleen McCance, Grainne O’Neill, Sinead McNicholl.

The current 2003 Intermediate Team consists of:

Nina Murphy, Michelle Clancy, Kelley Fay, Meave McKearney, Rionach Laverty, Katie Murren, Alish Quinn, Mairead McCann, Susan McCann, Melissa Hughes, Ashlene McCann, Shauna McCann, Matrina Halligan, Eimear McKearney, Sarah Rafferty, Patricia Conroy, Claire Convie, Shaheen Brady, Grace O’Donnell, Colleen McCance, Charlene Murphy, Gemma Prunty, Linda McGlone, Jade McGee, Ann Marie Gildernew, Claire Devlin.

Honours achieved: 2002 Junior Championship, under the management of Seamus Prunty.

Minor Squad:

Sarah Rafferty, Gemma Prunty, Ashlene McCann, Melissa Hughes, Eimear McKearney, Colleen McCance, Mairead McCann, Michelle Clancy, Shaheen Brady, Charlene Murphy, Cathy O’Neill, Shauna McCann, Nina Murphy, Grace O’Donnell, Kelly McKillion, Martina Halligan, Michelle Gribbon, Katherine Rooney, Jade McGee.

Committee Members:

Past: Present:

Chairperson: Pat Murren Chairperson: Kelly Fay

Vice Person: Ailish O’Neill Vice Chair: Pat Murren

PRO: Ann Colon PRO: Patricia Conroy

Treasurer: Ann Marie McClance Treasurer: Colleen McCance

Ass. Treasurer: Colleen McClance Ass. Treasurer: Lesley Murphy

Secretary: Mary Daly Secretary: Claire Devlin

Ass. Treasurer: Lesley Murphy Ass. Secretary: Gemma Prunty

Committee members: Nuala Devlin,

Seamus Prunty, Claire Devlin

Omagh St Enda’s Ladies

When interest in camogie in the Omagh area fell into decline in the late 1980’s/early 90’s, Rosemary Carson and Ann Cullen wished to continue the Gaelic games tradition and toyed with the idea of introducing the sport of ladies Gaelic football to the county of Tyrone. An advert was placed in a local newspaper aimed at recruiting all those who were interested in playing Gaelic football to attend a training session at Omagh’s home pitch, ‘Healy Park’. At the first organized training session over 50 players turned out. This clearly indicated to Rosemary and Ann that there was a demand for ladies Gaelic in the area.

As time went by the club entered local tournaments wearing the famous ‘pick t-shirts’ as their Jerseys! In 1991 the club continued to grow, and to help with the development of Gaelic a committee was formed. The first committee included the following personnel:

1991 Pink Ladies Committee

Chairperson – Mary Donnelly

Vice Chairperson – Catriona Burke

Secretary – Joan Duddy

Ass. Secretary – Margaret Donnelly

Treasurer – Rosemary Carson

Ass. Treasurer – Anne Cullen

PRO – Noleen Campbell

At that time the above committee were known as ‘The Pink Ladies Committee’, which obviously derived from the attractive t-shirts! Rosemary, the founder of the pink ladies realised that there was a high demand for Gaelic in Tyrone so therefore set about developing a Tyrone County Board in order to form organized competitions. On successful completion of this Rosemary and the committee structured a league and championship competition for the clubs within Tyrone. Following the progression the pink ladies were abandoned (to no-ones sorrow) and St Endas Ladies were formed, donning the colours of their male counterparts – Black and White.

St Enda’s first ever league game was fixed for 2nd May 1992 at a home venue against Carrickmore ladies. St. Enda’s were beat on that occasion on a score line of 3-2 to 4-6.

St Enda’s went on to play several more league games gaining confidence and experience with every match. In the same year the club participated in our first Championship match against Oonagh Celts. In a very exciting game for both clubs, the match ended in a draw on a score line of 5-7 each. In the replay St. Enda’s came out on top with four points to spare. Errigal Ciaran were our next opponents and after successfully beating them we reached our first ever county final against Carrickmore. Again Carrickmore proved too strong for us beating us comfortably.

After that defeat St. Enda’s continued to go from strength to strength and as football progressed within the county the club entered a team in each of the different age level competitions. Omagh St. Enda’s are very proud of their achievements at underage level and show promising signs of building upon their youth experience and ability to gain success at Senior level in the future. Over 13 years of existence, Omagh St. Enda’s have had several club members representing Tyrone in various competitions and levels highlighting the skill and ability of the girls within the club.

2003 St. Enda’s Committee:

Chairperson: Nicola Scott

Vice Chair: Christina McCrossan

Secretary: Michaela Doherty

Ass. Secretary: Ailshing Doherty

Treasurer: Ann Cullen

Ass. Treasurer: Amanda Keys

PRO: Sinead O’Neill

Galbally Oonagh Celts


Galbally Oonagh Celts ladies football club was established in the mid 1980’s. The founder members of the team were Maureen Kelly, Anna Rafferty and PJ Donnelly. The team was formed to take part in the Martin Hurson Tournament in Galbally and went on to compete in other local tournaments in Mountfiels and Kildress.

They have had many successes over the years at all levels, which include:

Runners up in the league 1992, 1993

Senior Championship winners 1993

Winners of Tyrone County Board 7-a-side shield in 1994

Runners up in the Tyrone County Board 7-a-side cup 1995

Runners up in the Minor League 1999

Runners up in the Juvenile League 1999

Winners of the Junior League 2000

Brenda Logue Junior Championship winners 2000

Runners up in Grade 2 Minor Championship 2001

Runners up in the U16 Championship 2002

The club has currently teams at all ages groups from U12 to Senior level. They have a very active committee who are working hard to promote ladies football in Galbally area.

Sperrin Og Ladies GFC

A brief history of our club

Sperrin Og ladies GFC was formed on 3rd December 1991 when a number of girls came together to form the club, in response to an invitation in the local paper. The interest on this occasion was sparked off from the fact that ladies football at last was being properly structured within Tyrone and affiliated to the ladies Gaelic Football association- Cumann Peile Gael na mBan.

Sperrin Og LGFC was initially based in the small village of Mountfields in rural Tyrone at the foothills of the Sperrin Mountains (thus deriving its name). The club initially took in the surrounding districts of Greencastle, Gortin and Loughmacrory. The first committee of Sperrin Og was elected on 3rd December 1991.

In 1992 Sperrin Og competed in their first league and championship. Though not very successful in the first year, it was an achievement being established and creating further interest in the game locally. With the help of sponsors and a few fund raising events the team was able to field in a new back and amber strip. Sperrin Og played against Carrickmore, Galbally Oonagh Celts, Errigal Ciaran, Omagh St Endas, St Macartans and Aghaloo. Though the wins were few and far between the girls enjoyed each and every game and losing did not deter them.

The club was represented at County level by Martina McGurren. Margaret Carland and Bernie Tuohey. The team played their home matches on ‘Gormans field’ and had to use the facilities of Mountfieled Community Centre for changing.

Football in the area goes back further than 1991. it was common practice for a team to be literally ‘gathered up’ for a once off sports day match either at home or in neighbouring villages. In 1974 a group of girls came together and stayed together for the summer season training weekly and playing in the region of ten games. The team was known as Mountfield. It was at a time when the local men’s team also Mountfield had recently formed and football mania had gripped the area. The girls wore the men’s purple and yellow strips for the games. The youngest member of the panel was twelve and the oldest in the early twenties. The team finished the season unbeaten.

From 1974 to 1998 football was played occasionally but not with the same consistency. It was never difficult however to form a team when the need arose. 1988 saw the return to a more organized season. a team was gathered for a forthcoming tournament and training commenced twice a week. Mountfield played their first challenge match against Glencull at Greencastle wearing a borrowed strip from Loughmacrory.

Mountfield met Carrickmore again in the final in 1989 in the same tournament but again were narrowly defeated. The team continued playing various games and was pleased to be the winners of the Glencull Ladies Tournament. In October Mountfield held their own tournament inviting Carrickmore, Eglish and winners Galbally Oonagh Celts. Mountfield played Oonagh Celts in the first round with the result being a scoreless draw, rather unusual for Gaelic football. However, scores came in the replay with Oonagh Celts going through to the final.

Playing continued in 1990. Fewer games were played during this season though the training was more strenuous and varied. The last game ‘Mountfield’ played was in Kildress Tournament where they were defeated by the home side. Football had a one-year break until Sperrin Og was formed in 1993.

1997 saw big changes with the Sperrin Og Club, both Gortin and Loughmacrory had started their own clubs and therefore we lost a lot of players. However due to a continued number of Greencastle players, it was decided to change training and matches to Greencastle GFC grounds. The Sperrin Og colours also changed in 1997 from the old black and amber to the new white and green strip. For the first time an underage team (U14) was established within the Sperrin Og Club.

In 1998 the club extended its membership further by establishing U12 and U16 teams. In 1999 the seniors withdrew from the league and championship due to lack of playing members. We concentrated on the underage section within the club. In 1999 proved to be a memorable one for Sperrin Og as it was the first year for the club to win any honours – the U12 team won the 1999 League.

In 2000 the underage section within the club continued to grow from strength to strength. The Minors reached the semi final of the league and the Final of the Championship but were unfortunately beaten by Drumquin.

The U16 team also reached the Final of the Championship, but again were defeated by Omagh St Endas.

2001 proved to one of the best years Sperrin Og ever had. The seniors won their first ever Junior League and reached the final of the Brenda Logue Championship but were unfortunately beaten by Loughmacrory. The U16’s won the Juvenile League and the U13’s won the Championship.

2002 has been another great year for Senior football within the club. After being promoted from Junior to Intermediate football the pace of training was increased. The seniors retained a 100% record in the League allowing them to pick up the Intermediate League Shield. They reached the final of Intermediate Championship and beat Aghyaran allowing Sperrin Og their first Championship title since 1991.

Sperrin Og Team: Ciara Morris, Lisa McGarvey, Cathy Teague, Tracey Ann McCullagh, Laura Lee McCullagh, Helen Clarke, Briege Beggs, Claire Tracey, Cora Teague, Mary Keenan, Catriona McKenna, Mena Tuohey, Eimear Teague, Peggy McCullagh, Nicola Glass, Sinead Clarke, Karen Teague, Teresa McCullagh, Sonia Clarke, Bernie Tuohey, Maggie Carland, Maureen Teague and Michelle McDermott.

St Teresa’s LGFC Loch Mhic Ruairi

The ladies club was formed on 13th April 1995. County Board Representatives attended a meeting in the Community Centre when a total of 55 people registered. Of these 39 were future people.

Our first competitive football was played in 1996 at U14, U16, Minor and Junior Level. Our first game was a Minor League game against Errigal Ciaran and was played on 27th March.

It was 1999 before we appeared in the ‘Roll Of Honour’. That year we won the ‘Double’ at Junior level. The club had presented a Cup to the county board and dedicated to the member of our esteemed player Brenda Logue who died in the Omagh bomb and it was fitting that St Teresa’s was the first name on the cup.

In 2000 we won the Juvenile Grade 3 League and also the Senior 7’s Shield.

2001 has been our most successful year to date, runners up in U13 Championship, won the Grade 2 Juvenile Championship, runners up in Grade 2 Minor League and won the Junior Championship.

2002 – winners of Grade 2 Minor League and Championship.

Several of our underage players have been included in the County panel and we look forward to the future with confidence.

St Macartan’s Ladies

Co Tyrone: Augher/Clogher/Eskra

Membership 118 (83 U18 and 35 O/18)

The club was founded in 1992

Club Colours are maroon and yellow

We have 5 teams in the club, Senior, Minors, Juvenile, U14’s and U12’s

The club has achieved Senior County Championships titles in 1994, 1996, 1998 and League titles in 1995 and 1996.

At present we have 6 inter-county Senior players: Lisa and Shauna McGirr, Eileen McElroy, Lynda Donnelly, Maura Kelly and Cathy Donnelly.

We had other successes as followed:

Minor Championships: 1996, 1997

Minor League: 1997, 2001

Juvenile League: 2001

U14 League: 1997, 1998

One of our committee members, Mary Connolly, is the Chairperson of the County Board.

Stewartstown Harps Ladies

Club was formed in July 2001

Members 40

Played Under 14, Under 18 – 2002 season


Chairperson: PJ Campbell

Secretary: Roisin O’Neill

Treasurer: John McCann

Assistant Treasurer: Majella Quinn

Other committee members: Maura Gallagher, Teresa Glendinning, Fiona Glendinning, Pat Mulgrew, Liz Sonners, Martin McNally.

Trillick Ladies

Trillick ladies were formed in 1994 by local lass Marian Corry. Marian had noticed the rapid growth of ladies football in Tyrone and throughout Ulster and suggested the idea of Trillick forming a team. A meeting was called and the interest shown was immense.

Our first season started under the auspicious guidance of Kevin Donnelly. Trillick’s first competitive season commenced in 1994 in Division ll. Considering their creation of a few months earlier, they finished mid table at the end of the season.

1995 was the year that saw Trillick Ladies clinch their first piece of silverware. A convincing win over the Red Knights of Beragh in the league final at Carrickmore and the Tony Fox League Cup had arrived in the small village.

1996 saw both Beragh and Trillick promoted to Division 1. Having started the season quite well in Division 1, Trillick found the top flight tough but however held onto senior status.

1997 was a difficult year for the ladies of Trillick as it ended their grasp on Division 1. Trillick suffered a lot of heavy blows with several experienced players retiring and others getting married or moving away. Matters worsened following a league match against Errigal Ciaran at Donnelly Park when their manager Kevin Donnelly relinquished his position under bizarre circumstances. All these problems meant that Trillick were considered weakened in all areas on and off the pitch and needless to say their stint in the top flight was sadly over and once again Division 2 beckoned.

Martin Garrity took over the reins for the remainder of 1997 and his role as Team Manager lasted up until the end of 2000. During that year we stayed in Division 2, claiming no silverware and were beaten convincingly by a very determined and skilful Cookstown side in the Championship Final at Dunmoyle.

The new millennium brought much of the same for Trillick. Narrow defeats in the league and championship saw the Reds pose no threat to any other Division 2 counterparts. An U16 team was formed that year and they performed extremely well.

A lot of young talent was unearthed from this juvenile team. Cathy Donnelly, Una Trainor who already play for the senior team are names to watch put for as well as Sarah Donnelly, Carmel McCann, Caitriona Killoran, Anita McKenna and Leona Gormley.

Since the beginning of 2001, Kevin Donnelly was reinstated as Senior Manager and Declan O’Donnell was nominated as U16 Manager. At present (2002) our U16 team have reached the Grade 2 Championship final and are to play Glenelly. As these girls have only been playing together for 2 years, there is great excitement in the village for them reaching their first final and hopefully they can clinch their first ever piece of silverware.

If these young girls stick together, and keep playing football into senior level, then I have no doubt that the future of Trillick Ladies looks good!

Tyrone Representatives:

Since their formation in 1994, Trillick Ladies has had a few different representatives on the Tyrone County Team. Mary McNabb and Jill McCormick were on the County Team in 1995/1996 winning a Division 2 League medal. Sarah McGrade is the holder of an All Ireland medal with the Tyrone Team. Bernie McCann and Emma O’Donnell have represented Tyrone on as Minors as well as Sarah McGrade.

Trillick Ladies Team:

Una Connolly, Oonagh McAnespy, Theresa McNabb, Emma O’Donnell, Jill McCormick, Carmel Quinn, Charlene Donnelly, Clare Garry, Sarah McGrade, Lisa Kelly, Oonagh Kelly, Leona Gormley, Elaine McCann, Carmel McCann, Una Trainor, Catriona Killoran, Briedge McNabb, Ciara Brennan, Mary McNabb, Bernie McCann, Danielle Kelly, Aileen Breen, Michelle Garrity, Sharon Breen, Cathy Donnelly, Alison Murphy, Mary Garrity, Anita McKenna and Sarah Donnelly.

Tyrone Panel – All Ireland Junior Final 1997

1. Hayley Boyle (Galbally Oonagh Celts)

2. Rosie McGinn (St Macartans)

3. Ailish Gildernew (Aghaloo)

4. Arlene McCloskey (Omagh St Endas)

5. Nuala McCartan (Capt) (Beragh)

6. Caroline Donnelly (Beragh)

7. Louise Fox (Carrickmore)

8. Lisa McGirr (St Macartans)

9. Joanne Poyntz (Drumquin Wolfe Tones)

10. Shauna McGirr (St Macartans)

11. Bronagh Holland (St Macartans)

12. Michaela Doherty (Omagh St Endas)

13. Claire McGarvey (Errigal Ciaran)

14. Cathy Gallagher (Galbally Oonagh Celts)

15. Kitty McGoldrick (Omagh St Endas)

16. Sinead Holland (St Macartans)

17. Moira Grogan (Carrickmore)

18. Elaine Kelly (St Macartans)

19. Eilish Gormley (Carrickmore)

20. Sheena Tally (Galbally Oonagh Celts)

21. Lynda Donnelly (St Macartans)

22. Anona Lynch (Aghyaran)

23. Pauline McGarvey (Errigal Ciaran)

24. Arlene McKernan (Errigal Ciaran)

25. Kathleen Penrose (Aghyaran)

26. Ailish Kelly (Carrickmore)

27. Michelle McCaughey (Aghaloo)

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