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Tyrone chief Harte appeals for backing on two fronts

By John Campbell

Tyrone county board chairman Ciaran McLaughlin has made an impassioned plea for a strong helping of support on two fronts.

McLaughlin is urging Red Hands fans to converge early on Clones tomorrow week to get behind the county’s hurlers in the Ulster Under 21 Shield final against Donegal prior to the Ulster senior football semi-final between the two counties, and he is also seeking a strong response to the ‘Michaela Foundation’ which has just been launched.

“I think it is a great boost for Tyrone to have two teams in Ulster showpiece fixtures on the same day in different codes and I would appeal to all fans to get behind our hurlers as they bid to get their hands on silverware,” says McLaughlin.

With Tyrone bidding to make it three Ulster senior football titles on the trot, McLaughlin believes that Donegal represent a huge barrier to the ‘triple cown’.

“There is no doubt that Donegal have made a huge impact lately and our footballers too will need all the encouragement they can get on the day,” adds McLaughlin.

The launch of the ‘Michaela Foundation’ has been triggered by a desire to raise awareness for young people especially that they can live their lives to the maximum while retaining control in it.

The Foundation will honour the memory of Michaela McAreavey, daughter of Tyrone football boss Mickey Harte, who died in tragic circumstances on honeymoon in Mauritius in January.

The Harte and McAreavey families have issued a statement in which they set out their goals for the Foundation.

“We believe that by promoting an ideal which encourages people to make positive life choices based on their true feelings and not through societal norms or peer pressure this can help them deal more effectively with the pressures of modern-day challenges,” the statement says.

And all clubs in Tyrone are expected to immerse themselves in the ‘Run for Michaela’ concept which will allow everyone to show their support for the Michaela Foundation.

Noel Donnelly from the Drumquin club has devised and coordinated the project in close association with the Harte and McAreavey families, county chairman McLaughlin and the chairmen of local District Councils.

A proposed summer schedule of events under the Michaela Foundation banner will begin next Saturday in Tattyreagh and culminate on Sunday July 31 at the Errigal Ciaran club.

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