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GAA: Saints march on from first title

By John Campbell

Published 31/10/2007

New Tyrone champions Dromore St Dympna's face their baptism in the AIB Ulster Club Championship this weekend when they meet Down champions Mayobridge at Healy Park, Omagh.

Although the squad is very much focused on the task in hand, they still took time out to attend a special celebration to mark their county title success.

The club had waited 74 years to clinch the top honour and the team's victory over Coalisland in the Tyrone decider has sparked a non-stop party since then - off the field, that is.

But the players themselves were feted at a special function this week when former GAA president Peter Quinn and Tyrone county board chairman Pat Darcy were among the VIP guests.

Dromore officials believe that their team is capable of achieving even more success, a view that is shared by the players.

Already the DVD of the county final is a collectors' item, according to team boss Noel Maginn.

"The enthusiasm is just unbelievable here," said Maginn. "Obviously people have had to be patient in terms of waiting for the county title, but the fact that this has been achieved has now sparked optimism that we can go on from here.

"The players have had a chance to let their hair down, but now it's a case of all systems go for Mayobridge on Sunday.

"One thing is certain, we will take a very big support to the match.

"The fact that Mayobridge are particularly keen to land the Ulster title having tasted failure over recent years will add an extra dimension to the match."

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