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Launching ‘The Blue Wave’ are co-authors Paul McMullan (left) and club chairman Seamus Fay (centre) with Hugh Carville, who designed and edited the 44-page book. The publication will be launched at the senior presentation night tomorrow
Neil Loughran

LOUGHINISLAND: The club is launching an ambitious five-year plan tomorrow night (8pm).

Entitled ‘The Blue Wave’, the aim of the 44-page book is to provide the club and community with a structured approach to the club’s development through to 2023.

The club’s facilities act as the hub of the local community. In addition to Gaelic football, the clubrooms host a number of groups and activities, including an annual community health and wellbeing programme — the Island Games, the local youth club, bowling club, Irish dancing, drama groups and La Lanterne Rouge cycling club.

‘The Blue Wave’ is a plan that belongs to club members and the community. It is a collaborative effort based on extensive engagement with members and the wider community to identify key priorities, set realistic goals and objectives and agree appropriate time frames for improved performance in the key business areas of the club, namely:

* Coaching and games development

* Club structures and administration

* Finance and fundraising

* Facilities and development

* Communication, public relations and culture

* Volunteers and recruitment

The club would like to thank all those who attended the community workshops and, in particular, juveniles who introduced innovative ideas on how the club can do things better.

The exercise of developing this publication has been invaluable in re-affirming the connection between the club, its members and the wider community Loughinisland GAC seeks to serve.

The club’s primary concern now is to ensure it follows through and deliver on the strategy and action plans the club has agreed in this plan.

Working groups are being established to deliver the action plans and the club is reaching out to the community for new volunteers to assist in delivering on this exciting vision.

ATTICALL: Dancing in the club to Colin Harney on Saturday. Doors open at 8pm. Admission £5.

PEARSE OG, ARMAGH: This year’s Hall of Fame recipient is John O'Kane. Along with his friends and neighbours Gerry Carson, Eugene Toner, Brendan Murtagh, Larry Lyttle and Eamonn Donaldson, John was part of the first intermediate championship-winning side of 1967, a feat repeated again in 1973.

John continued playing into the latter part of the 1970s captaining the B team in the newly-formed reserve competitions. As his playing career came to a close John became involved at underage level and as his occupation as a lorry driver soon saw him become the club’s bus driver. Camping trips in Sligo are still recalled to this day, as are senior 'bonding' weekends in Killkee, Co Clare and Glasgow.

John later became part of the committee and served the club for many years. This included spells as secretary, vice-chairperson and chairperson – a position he held in 1985 when GAA president Dr Donal Keenan officially opened the new clubrooms.

In 2014, John was elected club president to cap a remarkable lifetime spent with Pearse Og.

CLANN NA BANNA: The club presents 'St Mungo’s Luganulk II - the Umpire Strikes Back' in Banbridge Parish Centre on Saturday. Tickets available from Walshe’s newsagents and all club members. This will be followed by live music on the night by Marty Thompson and Arcadian.

Thirty-five of Ulster's top referees recently received medicals carried out by the 3fivetwo group. This is the fifth year of this event as Ulster GAA continues to support its referees. Pictured are, from left, CJ McGourty (Ulster GAA), Jim O'Rourke (Ulster GAA), Kerry Turner (3fivetwogroup), Jim Murray (Ulster GAA), Niall McKenna (referee), Frances McEvoy (3fivetwogroup), Stephen Donnelly (Ulster GAA) and Michael Hasson (Ulster GAA president)

GLASDRUMMAN: Club awards night tomorrow in Quinn's, Newcastle from 8.30pm. The Scór na nÓg squad will be in attendance to provide some of the evening's entertainment.

ST PETER’S, WARRENPOINT: Congratulations to previous chairman and current development officer Feargal McCormack, who was recently reappointed chair of audit and risk assessment in Croke Park.

ERIN’S OWN, CARGIN: The second monthly Friends of Cargin Mega 200 club draw will take place on Saturday in Mallon's Bar. Table quiz commencing at 9pm.

ST BRONAGH’S, ROSTREVOR: The golf classic will take place on May 25. Businesses are invited to sponsor a tee or green. Food, prize-giving and entertainment will be back in the club.

NEWRY SHAMROCKS: The club would like to invite all members to the family fun day on St Patrick's Day from 1pm at the clubrooms. There will be plenty of fun for young and old, with GAA fun games, traditional music and kids’ disco. Food will also be served in the lounge.

KEVIN BARRY’S, DERRYLAUGHAN: The Washingbay Green Run takes place on March 24, starting at 10.30am. Visit wbaygreenrun.com to register and for more info on 5K, 10K and half-marathon routes.

All members are asked to take part in a litter lift on March 10 at 10.30am - gloves, litter lifters and bags will be distributed from the Washingbay Centre. Also WGR’18 t-shirt collections for the first 150 online registrations will take place on the same morning from 9am-10am, with limited t-shirts for sale.

Pictured at a press launch in Holy Trinity College, Cookstown prior to the March 19 MacLarnon Cup final, Dominic Crilly, managing director of Steelweld Fabrication, Cookstown and team sponsor, coach Stefan Forker, player Shane Murphy, Cookstown Danske Bank branch manager Irwin Lapsley and Holy Trinity manager Aidan Hughes

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