HALL of FAME AWARD WINNER 2014 - Maurice Cullen
The name use to strike fear in opposition forward lines throughout Co Armagh in the 60’s and 70’s. A full back, cut from granite and no need for tattoos to prove his metal.
In 1967 Carrickcruppen man Harry Shields took over the training which culminated in the lifting of the intermediate Championship Cup and marks Maurice’s greatest footballing success.
He played until 1976, lifting a second Intermediate in 1973. He has memories of scoring a goal against Blackwatertown in his last game. There’s a question about proof of evidence for this score, not unlike some of the points he has given over the years as club umpire.
Asked who he acknowledges as the best player for the Ógs, Joe Harney was the immediate answer. Sean Hearty of Silverbridge and the Great Peter Loughran of Carrickcruppen best of the opposition. All now passed on to the big pitch in the sky RIP.
When asked “who his toughest opponent was,” Maurice replied ”toughest.........I never had!
The only time he was sent off was by Malachy McGeeney of Cullyhanna RIP for trying to explain to the ref there might be something wrong with his sight and his parental line! Sam McClatchey provided fond memories also.
After his playing days Maurice drove the team bus, trained teams, held the vice chair position on committee and generally was there for whatever the club needed. Umpiring was his way of keeping active in football, a position not to far from where he played. Over twenty years of this arduous task he recalls a few arguments/disputes on decisions given but whatever the ‘call’ he never backed down. His craft and experience was called into use in an Ógs v Silverbridge game once. Paul Duffy had the task of marking Jarlath Burns in around the box. Maurice, as umpire, thought Paul might need a bit of help so just before the ball was released from Mid field by S’bridge Maurice shouted to Paul “just jump on Burns f'kin back when the ball arrives”. Jarlath glanced round in disgust at Maurice and by the time he turned back he had lost the flight of the ball, Duff gathered and cleared. Jarlath turned back to Maurice and in not so many words acknowledged what Maurice had done. Maurice replied “I can still teach you’se boys a thing or two, even big Armagh stars”.
Married to Karine for 45yrs they have three children Michael, Maurice and Bronagh and six grandchildren to keep them on their toes. His wish for the club is to try and keep our players at home and to reignite the social side of the club by making it the hub of the community and the big Ógs family within Armagh City. Comhghairdeas Maurice Cullen Na Piarsaigh Óga Hall of Fame recipient 2014.
PRESENTATION NIGHT AWARDS
U-14 Player of the Year 2014 – Niall Boyle
U-16 Player of the Year 2014 – Ruairí McCay
MINOR Player of the Year 2014 – Geróid O’Leary
YOUNG Player of the Year 2014 – James Freeman
U-21 Player of the Year 2014 – Paddy Leonard
B/JUNIOR Player of the Year 2014 – Ronan Toner
SENIOR LADIES Player of the Year 2014 – Katie Boylan
SENIOR LADIES Clubperson of the Year 2014 – Donna Nugent & Christine Mallon
SENIOR MEN’S Player of the Year 2014 – Conor Clarke
SUPPORTER of the Year 2014 – Francie Kearney
CLUBMAN of the Year 2014 – Vinny Brady