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Clogher GAA players to make journey of a lifetime

Thursday, 6 July 2017

TOMORROW (Thursday), the Clogher GAA Club will depart these shores for the trip of a lifetime to the USA.

A party of 24 players, management and committee members will fly from Dublin Airport to JFK Airport in New York.

The nature of the trip is to take part in the grand official opening of Rockland GAA clubrooms and facilities, just outside Pearl River in the 'Big Apple'.

The 'Éire Ógs' will play the host club, Rockland, in a challenge game on Saturday when they will compete for the Robert McKieran Cup in memory of a young Rockland player, killed tragically in a car accident some years ago.

As part of the weekend festival, there will also be a special exhibition game involving the All Stars/Legends exhibition match between Leinster/Ulster and Munster/Connacht.

The Ulster panel consists of Tyrone men, Owen Mulligan, Brian McGuigan, Peter Canavan and Brian Dooher.

The GAA president, Aoghan O'Farrell, will be on hand to officially open the new facilities as well as numerous other 'Gaels' from all over Ireland and the USA.

Speaking ahead of the trip, club secretary, Eugene McConnell, said: "The trip has been in the planning for almost a year and everyone is looking forward to representing the club and our county at this important event for Rockland GAA.

"We have a strong tie with Rockland in that our former clubman and senior player, Brian Pearson, is one of the key drivers within the Rockland Club and what was only an idea 12 months ago suddenly became a reality. The travelling party has self financed the trip. It is an historic occasion for our club and we hope to do ourselves proud."

The Rockland Club is made up of many former Tyrone men who are now domiciled in the USA, such as Matty McKenna, club chairman, and Emmett Woods. "They are a very progressive Club and provide not only football, but hurling, camogie and ladies football at all levels."

The Clogher Gaels have been fortunate to receive some welcome sponsorship from the Mellon Country Inn, Omagh, and New York-based company, SSC Highrise Construction Company.

"The week-long trip will provide some lasting memories and help build up some new friendships. The strong Tyrone connections living in Pearl River will no doubt provide a warm welcome for all the Éire Ógs."

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