No McMahons in Tyrone McKenna Cup squad

Thursday, 29 December 2016

TYRONE manager Mickey Harte has named a 26-man squad for next month's Dr McKenna Cup, and there's no sign of Omagh's McMahon brothers.

Their absence from the panel has fuelled speculation that Joe and Justin may be considering their inter-county futures.

But skipper Sean Cavanagh has been named in a strong squad, an indication that he intends to play a full-on role in 2017 and take as much game time as possible.

The squad is a mix of youth and experience, with all six newcomers who were called up for the O'Fiaich Cup retained for the January competition.

Omagh's Conor Clarke, who missed last season due to a serious knee injury, is back, along with Niall McKenna, who also played no part in the 2016 campaign due to injury.

Both men got on the comeback trail by playing two full games in the O'Fiaich Cup at Crossmaglen, where Tyrone lost out in the final to Armagh.

And the six new recruits all did enough during the O'Fiaich Cup to earn a place in the squad for the McKenna Cup.

Defenders Ruairi Mullan from Cookstown, Michael Cassidy of Ardboe and Moy's Harry Loughran are included, along with Clonoe midfielder Declan McClure and attackers Cahir McCullagh from Greencastle and Ronan McHugh of Aghyaran.

As Tyrone bid for a sixth successive Dr McKenna Cup title, the manager has made it clear that he intends to capture the silverware once again, by including a large contingent of established stars, including All-Stars Mattie Donnelly and Peter Harte.

The Red Hands have been drawn in a tough group which includes Donegal, Cavan and Ulster University.

Meanwhile, GAAGO, RTÉ and the GAA's online streaming service for Gaelic Games outside of Ireland has launched its 2017 GAAGO Season offering.

Now entering its fourth season, GAAGO has announced plans to deliver an expanded and enhanced service and deliver increased value to its loyal fan base, with a price reduction for Season Pass holders, the addition of GAA related documentaries and programmes to the service, a new website and enhanced streaming quality for a better HD experience.

For 2017, GAAGO will stream over 120 GAA events, including the 2017 GAA Championships, Allianz League and The Sunday Game highlights show. Previously priced at ?160, the 2017 GAAGO Season Pass has been reduced in price to ?140. Season Pass holders can also now get exclusive access to GAA related documentaries and programmes which have been added to the service for the first time.

Selected Club, U21, Minor and International Rules matches will also feature on the service.

Games are streamed in high-quality HD and include full commentary, scores, and studio programming as broadcast to audiences in Ireland. GAAGO subscribers can view the games live and on-demand on any internet-enabled device including mobile phones, tablet devices and laptops.

Earlier this year, a new dedicated GAAGO channel was launched on the Roku streaming platform in the US. For US customers, a subscription to the GAAGO service provides access to matches on both platforms; GAAGO and Roku.

Múirne Laffan, RTÉ's Chief Digital Officer, said: "GAAGO has built up an incredibly loyal fan base in 190 countries around the world and we are delighted to be in a position to reward our Season Pass holders with a price reduction, as well as delivering an enhanced service offering with the addition of GAA documentaries and programmes, new website features and improved streaming quality for a better HD experience."

Peter McKenna, GAA Commercial & Stadium Director, said: "The success of this year's Etihad Airways GAA World Games showcased just how vibrant the Association's international units have become in recent years. The thousands of GAA players and supporters around the world who have retained that all important link to home are a hallmark of all that is great about our games and I am delighted that GAAGO will once again provide extensive broadcast coverage to these communities throughout 2017. Enhanced GAAGO programming at a reduced cost is something that we are really looking forward to rolling out over the coming months".

A worldwide GAAGO Season Pass (excluding Ireland and Great Britain) is priced at €140 and will provide online access to over 100 televised matches, live and on-demand, as broadcast by RTÉ, TG4, eir and Sky Sports, in addition to 20 episodes of The Sunday Game highlights show. This season, GAAGO has introduced an instalment payment offering, facilitating customers to spread the cost of their Season Pass over four monthly payments.

For audiences in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales), a Season Pass (GB) is priced at €100 and will provide online access to over 80 matches, live and on-demand, as broadcast by RTÉ, TG4 and eir, in addition to the 20 episodes of The Sunday Game highlights show. Games broadcast by Sky Sports will only be available through Sky Sports.

The opening matches of the 2017 Season on GAAGO will be on Saturday, February 4, 2017. Fans are advised to check the website in the week leading up to the opening matches for a list of available fixtures.

Tyrone squad

Niall Morgan (Edendork), Mickey O'Neill (Clonoe), Aidan McCrory (Errigal Ciaran), Lee Brennan (Trillick), Conor Clarke (Omagh), Tiernan McCann (Killyclogher), Peter Harte (Errigal Ciaran), Ronan O'Neill (Omagh), Niall Sludden (Dromore), Padraig McNulty (Dungannon), Pádraig Hampsey (Coalisland), Darren McCurry (Edendork), Sean Cavanagh (Moy), Harry Loughran (Moy), Johnny Munroe (Carrickmore), Connor McAliskey (Clonoe), Mattie Donnelly (Trilllick), Colm Cavanagh (Moy), Cathal McCarron (Dromore), Michael Cassidy (Ardboe), Declan McClure (Clonoe), Cahir McCullagh (Greencastle), Ronan McHugh (Aghyaran), Niall McKenna (Donaghmore), Ronan McNabb (Dromore), Ruairi Mullan (Cookstown).


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