Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 December 2014

GAA: Randalstown club lays foundations for success

The future of the Tir na nOg club in Randalstown is in good hands, it would seem.

The club's annual Juvenile Presentation function will take place on November 2 in the St MacNissi's Centre when a host of awards will be handed out.

This more than anything, perhaps, underlines the ongoing success of a club which, while absent from the major honours list, nonetheless is a thriving unit. The Randalstown outfit fields teams in all age-groups and the juvenile membership is mushrooming.

Meanwhile, the Ballinderry Shamrocks club have hosted their first annual Under 12 tournament for the Martin McMcGeehan Cup. Martin, one of the most popular club officials in the province for many years, died suddenly last year.

He was one of the pillars of the Ballinderry club and had been closely involved in their stunning success in 2002 when they carried off the AIB All Ireland Club trophy.

Current Donegal manager Brian McIver was then in charge and Ballinderry's success brought the club to a new position of eminence.

Martin's son Stephen is a leading member of the Ulster GAA Council based in Armagh.

The family's connections with Ballinderry Shamrocks go back a long way and the club's decision to honour Martin's memory by staging the tournament proved a winner.

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