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Best wishes to the Watty Graham's Scór na nÓg ballad group, who will represent Glen and Derry in the All-Ireland finals in Castlebar on Saturday. Pictured are Ciaran McKenna, Cliona Convery, Katie McCoy, Cora McEldowney and Aoife Molloy, along with their mentor Sinead McGill and cultural officer Louise Strathern

MADDEN RAPAREES: The club would like to wish the instrumental group every success in this weekend’s All-Ireland junior Scor final. The group is made up of Danu McKinney, Roise McGeary, Cadhla Tohill, Eimear McGeary and Rioghnach McKinney. The final takes place in Castlebar.

PEARSE OG, ARMAGH: Well done to club member Hugh Duggan who will be receiving the president's award for overseas service to the GAA on March 8 in Croke Park.

Hugh joined Pearse Og in 1958, winning a number of championships as a player before becoming club secretary in 1976. He began refereeing in 1968 and became secretary of the Armagh referees’ committee, a member of the Ulster referees’ committee and a national tutor in 1975.

As an established referee Hugh came to prominence in 1979 when he was the man in the middle for the All-Ireland football final, Ulster final, National League final, Sigerson Cup final and an All-Ireland Vocational Schools final, as well as being voted referee of the year twice.

In 1981 Hugh moved to America and quickly made contact with other Gaels there and continued on as a leading referee. He founded the Ulster Club in 1987 and served as its first secretary and manager. He also served two terms as chairman of the Western Division and one term as secretary.

In 1991 he joined the Michael Cusack’s club in San Francisco where he became chairman, and as team manager won the junior (1991), intermediate (1992) and senior (1994) North American Football Championships.

Hugh also coached the North American team that twice won the International Cup in Ireland. In 2011 he was inducted into the national referees’ hall of fame and, in 2015, was inducted into the San Francisco GAA Hall of Fame.

In 2017 Hugh was made honorary president of USGAA. Hugh currently serves as USGAA referees’ administrator where he travels the US educating and monitoring referees.

Also at the club, the Gaelic4Girls programme commences on Friday, March 1 from 6-7pm in Ballycrummy. The programme is aimed at girls aged between 8-12 years who are not currently registered with any club. Each girl will receive a G4G jersey on completion of the programme. Cost £10.

ST ERGNAT’S, MONEYGLASS: Get fit and have fun in our five week ‘Operation Transformation’ programme, beginning February 18. You can register by calling 07799 472233. Club registration takes place at the Moneyglass Community Centre from 11am to 1pm on Sunday, February 17.

A brief information update on Loughbeg Road takes place on Thursday, February 21 from 7.30pm in the clubrooms.

Underage hurling/camogie is now on Saturdays at 10am and underage boys’/girls’ football now on Sundays at 11am, both in the community centre.

BALLYMARTIN: The annual club dinner dance will take place in the Flagstaff Lodge, Newry on Saturday, March 2. This night will especially celebrate the senior men’s team of 1993 who won the intermediate championship. Tickets/buses info available from any committee member, or at the Ballymartin Inn.

ST JOHN’S, DRUMNAQUOILE: One of the club’s finest coaches, Gerard Magorrian, has been shortlisted as a finalist in the NMD sports awards in the ‘lifetime services to sport’ category. There will be a gala dinner in the Canal Court on Thursday, March 7. The chairman and committee wish Gerard the best of luck.

ST PATRICK’S, DONAGHMORE: The new date for the dinner dance is Saturday, February 23. Tickets are on sale again from the Torrent reception.

Defibrillator training will be delivered by Claire Charles on Monday, February 18 at 8.30pm in the PV Hamill suite. Please spread the word and leave names of anyone planning to attend at Torrent Reception.

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