GAA: Margaret kept down on the up
This week an extra-special meeting in the history of the thriving Down GAA Supporters Club was held in the Canal Court Hotel, Newry.
The meeting paid a warm tribute to Nurse Margaret King, a key figure in the county's medical back-up team for many years.
"We made a presentation to Margaret in recognition of her outstanding service to Down. She has played a vital role in our set-up," says county spokesman Diarmuid Cahill.
Margaret was involved with the Down Minors in 1988 before linking up with the Under-21s, then the Senior squad in 1990. She was there when Down won the All-Ireland title in 1991 and again in 1994 and is still very much involved today.
"Having Margaret present at training over the years meant that injuries were diagnosed and treated immediately," points out Cahill.
Another member of the medical team Dr Martin Walsh received a special award from the supporters club for outstanding services to Down football.
There was also a presentation to St Columbans College Kilkeel, who won the Under-16 All-Ireland final in April. They kept the cup in Down for a second year in a row.