100 year old woman hopes number comes up in GAA draw

Maggie and her daughter Carmel

A WOMAN born a day after Gaelic Sunday more than a century ago is hoping ticket `100' will win top prize in a GAA raffle.

Maggie Loughran from Cookstown in Co Tyrone was sold ticket number 100 in the Club Kildress GAA development draw.

Maggie celebrated her 100th birthday on August 5. She was born the day after Gaelic Sunday - August 4 1918 - a pivotal date in GAA history.

With World War I yet to end, the prospect of conscription for Irish citizens was met with opposition. The British authorities identified the GAA as an obstacle and ordered that "no matches could take place without prior permission being sought and granted".

Gaelic Sunday was the GAA's peaceful rebuttal and across every parish in Ireland, at 3pm on Sunday August 4, a match was held.

Club Kildress said of Maggie: "A century later she continues to impact positively on life in Kildress. So too does the GAA."

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