Gala All-Stars night a success.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

THE 'Armagh Sports Trophies' Club Football All-Star team presentation night, held last Saturday in the Carrickdale Hotel, proved to be a huge success with over 300 patrons in attendance.

There was a buzz of excitement and expectation about this inaugural night all around the function hall and MC, Jimmy Smith kept the evening flowing in his own inimitable way.

During the evening, Jimmy conducted riveting interviews with the evening's three special guests

- Paul Hearty, the most successful club player in Armagh club football in his long service career with Crossmaglen;

- Kieran McKeever, the long serving county player who was an All-Ireland U-21 winner with Armagh and a former senior team captain; and

- Niall Grimley, the young Madden player who had a spectacular debut year with Armagh and was a member of the recent International Rules Series team and played in both their test games in Australia.

Central to the evening was the presentation of the inaugural 15 awards to the 'Armagh Sports and Trophies' sponsored All-Stars team.

The successful recipients were as follows :

- Goalkeeper: Patrick Morrison (Armagh Harps).

- Full-Backs: Cathal Lambe (Silverbridge), Charlie Vernon (Armagh Harps), Donal O'Neill (Killeavy).

- Half-Backs: Stephen Cusack (Maghery), Declan McKenna (Armagh Harps), Jordan King (Thomas Davis).

- Mid-Fielders: James Lavery (Maghery), Ben Crealey (Maghery).

- Half-Forwards: Ryan McShane (Armagh Harps), Rian O'Neill (Crossmaglen), Rory Grugan (Ballymacnab).

- Full-Forwards: Raymond Teggart (Killeavy), Ultan Lennon (Armagh Harps), Conal McKeever (Ballyhegan).


Also on the night, the usual annual individual awards were made as follows:


- Footballer of the Year: Stephen Sheridan (Forkhill)
- Hurler of the Year: Nathan Curry (Middletown)
- Handballer of the Year: Charlie Shanks (Clann Eireann)

- Club Footballer of the Year: Stephen Cusack (Maghery)
- Club Hurler of the Year: Kieran McKernan (Middletown)
- Intermediate Club Footballer of the Year: Raymond Teggart (Killeavy)
- Junior Footballer of the Year: Conall McKeever (Ballyhegan)
- Junior Hurler of the Year: Peter McKearney (Derrynoose)


- Football: Kevin Faloon
- Hurling: Paul Boylan
- Underage: Philip Conway

- Club: Middletown
- Underage Club: Clann Eireann
- Scor na nOg Club: Killeavy

The most poignant award of the year, The Chairman's Award deservedly went to the stalwart gael: Joe Canning, from the Whitecross St Killian's Club.

Joe became involved with Whitecross as club secretary in 1960.

He later became the Minor County Board Secretary, as well as being the first secretary of the newly inaugurated Armagh All-County League in 1966.

He was one of the first qualified GAA coaches when he attended the 1964 course in Gormanstown, Co Meath where the famous Joe Lennon was tutor.

Hard working and diligent Joe served as Armagh County Treasurer for 21 years and was one of Armagh's Ulster Council representatives for a number of years.

During his 60 years service to his club, Whitecross, Joe was involved in the purchase and development of their pitch, hall and club rooms and was one of the guiding lights of the publication of the Club's History in 1996.

Joe is currently president of his beloved St Killian's, as well as vice-president of the Armagh County Committee and he is also a valued member of the County's Motions and Bye Laws sub-committee.

As an avid GAA and Armagh fan, Joe attends all Armagh's games wherever the venue. A most deserving honour thus for a remarkable gael, Joe Canning.

Out-going chairman, Paul McArdle, made the presentation to Joe in what was his last gesture before stepping down from the office of chairperson, a role which he successfully undertook with gusto, enthusiasm to bring the Association on in Armagh leaps and bounds during his tenure.

Congratulations Paul on a job magnificently well done.


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