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Long-serving Tir na nOg, Randalstown member Sean Martin was made president of the club last week. He is pictured with Ulster GAA president Michael Hasson and ex-club chairman Jim McGrath

TIR NA NOG, RANDALSTOWN: Last week the club honoured its first president, Sean Martin. His father Arthur was a founder member of the club in 1919, and its first secretary.

As employment was scarce in the 1930s he along with his young family moved to Scotland for work where the rest of his family were born in Edinburgh. Happily he and his family returned home in 1946 and Arthur resumed his position as club secretary and retained that position until 1956. Sean took over the position in 1957 and held it for the next 41 years.

Sean has also been in charge of the money end of the club lotto since it started almost 22 years ago. He played both football and hurling, acted as a referee, danced in Scor, ran the set dancing class until he had his hip operation a couple of years ago, cut the grass, marked the pitch, did the maintenance and basically anything else that needed to be done.

Even more remarkably, during the 71 years he has been working for this club he has also been secretary of the South West Antrim board, secretary of the county activities committee and, when he gave that job up, took over as secretary of the county disciplinary committee.

It was with great honour that we had the president of Ulster GAA, Michael Hasson, was in attendance to present Sean with his presidential medal on behalf of the club.

PEARSE’S, ANNAGHMORE: The Annaghmore running festival will take place on Saturday, September 30 with a 5k walk, 5k run, 10k run, half-marathon and an 18-miler, which would be great training for anyone taking part in the Dublin marathon. Online entry is open at http://athleticsni.org. Anyone who is not taking part and would like to help out on the day either round the club or as a steward/water stop should contact Geraldine on 07796 641543.

CLAN NA GAEL, LURGAN: A commemorative mirror recognising the contributions of Harry McGarry and Donald 'Hovey' Tipping will be unveiled in the committee room of the new clubrooms on Sunday.

ST PETER’S, LURGAN: The organisers of this year's golf classic, which took place on Friday, September 15 wish to thank everyone who supported the event, including the staff at Lurgan Golf Club, golfers, volunteers, those who provided hospitality and especially main sponsor LA Drinks, as well as other businesses/individuals who sponsored a team, hole, tee-box or green.

ST MARY’S, GLASDRUMMAN: Niamh McDowell, winner of Amhránaíocht Aonair at the Scór na nÓg finals, will sing Amhrán na bhFiann at the ladies’ football finals on Sunday in Croke Park.

ST JOHN BOSCO, NEWRY: The club has organised its first ever 10k run and 5k walk and they will take place on Sunday, October 1 at 9am. It starts from the social club, proceeds along the tow path and finishes at WIN Business Park. Runners and walkers can register online at http://www.eventbrite.com or register at the social club on Thursday, September 28 at 7pm.

Brookeborough GAC new club gear. Pictured with club chairman Gerry Moane is pictured with home jersey sponsor Damien Moane (Bunnis Autos), away jersey sponsor Martin Flynn (Flynn Tractors), training jersey sponsor Frank Green (Forest Inn), training top sponsors Micky and Sean Campbell (M&S Campbell plumbing and heating)

CUMANN PEADAR NAOFA, WARRENPOINT: The club, on behalf of the Ulster Council and Down GAA, will host a special coaching clinic in St Mark’s High School, Warrenpoint on from 10am-3pm on September 23. It will feature a mix of theory and practical coaching delivered across the day by Ulster GAA coaches who will be using the Down development squad to illustrate training drills. To book your place, contact Down development officer Conor O'Toole developmentmanager.down@gaa.ie

ST BRONAGH’S, ROSTREVOR: The club is delighted to have former Down managers Pete McGrath, James McCartan and Jim McCorry together for a night of discussion, laugher and football in the clubrooms on October 21. Tickets are available from today in the club, local shops, from senior players and the PRO. Due to high interest, this will be an all ticket event.

For further information or tickets, contact Richy on 07756 398783 or email pro.rostrevor.down@gaa.ie

SEAN O’LEARY’S, NEWBRIDGE: Seamus Doherty won the draw for All-Ireland SFC final tickets.

The St John’s, Belfast U10 camogs who enjoyed their trip to Croke Park for the All-Ireland camogie finals on September 10

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