Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 December 2014

Treanor steps down but leaves a rich legacy

Forkhill club chairman Mickey Treanor has stepped down from his post but any regrets about leaving office have been offset by having seen a lifetime's ambition fulfilled.

"I have been hoping for many years that we might get ourselves a new complex and now that we have achieved this I will bow out knowing that a good legacy has been left for all those who will come after me," says Mickey.



He had held the top office for the best part of twelve years during which Forkhill continued to make steady progress. Now their impressive new social club and changing rooms will provide further impetus for success on the field of play.



The official opening of the new complex was marked in some style when two former All Ireland senior winning managers went head to head in a special challenge game.

Peter McGrath, who memorably took the Mourne County to glory in 1991 and again in 1994, took charge of a Down Under-21 side while Joe Kernan, who masterminded Armagh's 2002 All Ireland triumph, was at the helm of a South Armagh select team .



And that Down Under-21 side will now bid to land the Ulster title when they meet Derry in the final at Casement Park, Belfast on Saturday (2.00pm).

Indeed, manager McGrath fielded a number of the players who have brought the side to the decider in that game against the South Armagh Select side - a game, indeed, which provided him with some valuable information for what has been a rewarding Ulster Championship campaign to date.

It was back in 1884 that the Forkhill club was initially affiliated to the GAA and among the many fine players it has produced was Joey Cunningham who played for Armagh and also distinguished himself in the soccer sphere.



Currently in Division Four of the Armagh All County League and boasting talented players like Donal Murphy and Ronan Treanor, the Forkhill outfit though is hoping that promotion may be on the horizon.



"It would be great to move up but the important thing is that the club's future is secure," adds Mickey Treanor.

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