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
Annual Prize Giving presentations will take place this Saturday 31st January 8.30pm sharp. Music by Barry McGeown and a light supper served for all who attend. Tickets are free to members and will be distributed via the team's mentors and Social committee.
The Club would encourage all playing members to attend and bring along parents, partners and friends to make this a night to remember.
As there will be trophies for teams from U-14's to seniors for both male and female teams we ask you to come early and leave plenty of time for dancing etc. Social committee G Barton snr, Donna Nugent, Kevin McQuade and Malachi Kelly
1st Prize Wine Label Hamper - Malachy O'Neill,
2nd Prize Food Hamper - Oisín O'Callaghan,
3rd Prize Meat Feast - Sharon McSherry,
4th Prize Meal for two Sunday @ Rumour - Paula Gillespie,
5th Prize £30 voucher Armagh Sports - Shea Hughes,
6th Prize Box of Sweets - Leon Toner,
7th Prize Smirnoff - Deidre Dalton,
8th Prize Martini - S. Hughes,
9th Prize Martini - G. Houlahan,
10th Prize Na Piarsaigh Óga Hoody - Tony McCooe. Comhghairdeas líbh!
Thanks to you all for sponsoring the prizes and to everyone who helped out. Na Piarsaigh Óga abú!
Well done to all the boys & girls who took part in the first Super 6s in Pearse Óg Park, with nearly 40 children in attendance the event has got off to a fantastic start.
On Wednesday 5th November Pearse Óg GFC launched their second Winter Academy at Cathedral Road Recreation Centre. Following the success of last year’s project, the club received an active sport for all grant to develop the academy and club still further.
The academy is open to all boys and girls aged between 10 -14 yrs old and is designed to give the children the opportunity to hone their Gaelic skills in a safe, fun and friendly environment .It is also set up give children some much needed exercise in the darkest of months so that children can get away from the XBOX and television!
The Academy will be staffed by volunteer coaches and Pearse Óg members who are very experienced, qualified and enthusiastic and will ensure that skills and fitness are developed in a fun and enjoyable manner .
Tony Davidson, Pearse Óg Youth Officer states "for many children Gaelic football stops over the winter period, so this programme is intended to ensure that children’s skills do not lapse and that when it comes to April and the competitive season, coaches will not have to start from scratch. With the high quality facilities at Cathedral Road Recreation Centre, we can ensure that the children have a great time in a safe environment’
The Academy will continue for the remaining 5 weeks on Wednesday evenings at 6-7pm and is free of charge. All children are asked to register on the night and come appropriately dressed for winter sport. For further information please go to Pearse Óg website or contact Tony Davidson on 07780954480.
Na Piarsaigh Óga Winter Academy will offer boys and girls (10-14 years) the opportunity to enjoy Gaelic football in a safe, fun and welcoming environment all FREE of charge.
The Academy aims to provide high class tuition from a pool of qualified and experienced coaching staff, developing the children’s football skills whilst enhancing their passion for our national game.
Focusing on developing individual skills and techniques, emphasis will also be given to building teamwork and FUN.
Commencing Wednesday 5th November 2014 and running for 6 weeks 6pm-7pm Cathedral Road Complex.
Be prepared to welcome some surprise special guests!
For more information contact Tony Davidson 07780954480
Club Sóisialta/Social club
Lotto Draw each Sunday evening 7.30pm
Imeachtaí / Up-coming events
Kids Halloween Disco in social club Friday 30th October 7pm-9pm.
Ladies Pamper Day Sunday 29th November
Charity Bingo Sunday 6th December
Our new exciting and easy to use club website is now LIVE! Visit www.pearseoggfc.com
“If you’re not IN you can’t WIN”
ONE LIFE ONE CLUB – SUPPORT PEARSE ÓG LOTTO
Na Piarsaigh Óga (HOME) V Dromintee Sunday 25th October Throw-in 2pm
Two saves by Malachy Traynor in the second half and a classic rearguard steal by Michael Carson probably kept a tiring Óg’s team in this game at Na Piarsaigh Óga Park.
This first round game, on a mild still October afternoon, was level on three occasions in the first half. Silverbridge pushing out to 0.03 to 0.01 after 17mins had most of the early play with that one point for Ógs coming from a Carson free on the left wing.
An injury to Adrian Traynor going up for a high ball in the S/bridge square was ignored letting
'The Bridge' break down field where Eoghan Heaney fouled allowing their half forward to point.
This was joined by another point within a minute and S/bridge were 0.04 to 0.01 up.
Two points from Justy Graham, one effort needing the help of the post, dragged Ógs back
into the game and a great individual point on the right side from Paudie Feeney's left foot
sailed over to level the scores.
Tiernan Donnelly was yellow carded for upending S/bridge's corner back but the resulting free moved quickly down field went narrowly wide. Ógs defended another attack which was again forced wide. This kick-out was won by Ógs Michael Carson passing to Feeney and on to full forward Traynor who gains a free for Graham to convert.
Silverbridge replied with a point after fisting wide an open goal chance. Several knocks on Ógs players stalled the play until the Bridge tapped over another free by their no 10 to go back in front. As half time approached a Carson free on the 40' skims passed the posts and Paul Boylan
blows the short whistle. Na Piarsaigh Óga 0.05 (4wides) Silverbridge 0.06 (7 wides)
Second half commenced with a goal chance going very close as a Silverbridge forward connects with an outstretched leg in the box but Ógs survive again. The resulting kick out was
won by 'Bridge and their midfielder punches over a handy point.
Carson gains the ball in midfield and sends a 'high and hopeful' ball into the box where Adrian Traynor wins a penalty it must be said against the run of play. Taking the penalty himself the
goalie initially saves but Traynor gets the rebound and Ógs go in front again 1.05 to 0.07
A period of scrappy play ended with a Silverbridge free on the 14' line after some back chat
by Ógs players and the game is level again.
Carson was fouled as he won the kick out and as before send a long high ball into the box where it broke to Feeney for a quick point over his shoulder.
Two points in reply by Bridge no 10 and another after Ógs midfield were cleaned out by their full forward put them 2up as A.Traynor fouls and gets a 'Yellow'.
Another passage of play ended when the Bridge cut in from the left corner and their shot, goal bound, was brilliantly saved by Malachy for a 45. This was again cleared when he made a reaction save with his legs. Ógs were hanging on at this stage as S/bridge no 8 scores from 20yds. 1.06 to 0.12
Something had to happen and a free about 30yds out taken by Justy Graham kicked a spark back into the Ógs. They won the kick out and a great ball from the outside of Carson's boot swerved over the bar only for a square ball to be punished. Liam Gilsenan was injured and was replaced by Eoin Duffy as several frees brought Ógs down the far wing for Freeman to kick into the box. Silverbridge backs seemed to lose their nerve with this ploy and Conor Nugent rattled the back of the net.
2.07 to 0.12.
As before S.Bridge went on the attack having no intentions of giving in with a few minutes left.
Their no 10 again kicked wide when a score would have been easier and the next attack Michael Carson executed a great steal to prevent an almost certain goal as Silverbrige no 12 broke free in the box. This was punched clear as the trigger was being pulled but the clearance broke down and allowed Silverbridge to point, drawing the game as Carson ended with a Black card and probably man of the match performance. Final score Na Piarsaigh Óga 2.07 Silverbridge 0.13
Scór na nÓg/Scór na bPaistí
A huge thanks to our two brilliant solo singers – Muireann O’Kane & Leah Gribben who represented our club at last weekend’s Scór na nÓg/Scór na bPaistí. Go raibh maith agaibh a chailiní. We hope to build on this for next year and we would love for more of our young members to participate.
U-8 presentation will take place on Sunday 25th October 12.30pm-1.30pm in social club, all players are asked to wear Pearse Óg’s gear for photo’s. Parent’s and family members are encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be provided. U-8 management.
U-21 training continues every Wednesday and Friday night 7.30pm at Pearse Óg park. Anyone interested are welcome to come along.
Na Piarsaigh Óga Academy
Developing football skills and techniques for boys and girls aged 10-14 years
The Na Piarsaigh Óga Academy will offer boys and girls aged 10-14 years the opportunity to enjoy Gaelic football in a safe, fun and welcoming environment all free of charge. The Academy aims to provide high class tuition from a pool of qualified and experienced coaching staff, developing the children’s football skills whilst enhancing their passion for our national game. Focusing on developing individual skills and techniques, emphasis will also be given to building teamwork and FUN.
Commencing Tuesday 3rd November 2015 for six weeks
6pm-7pm Cathedral Road complex
Please contact Pearse Óg website for more details
The Club is promoting the National Club Draw 2016 as our major fund raising generator for 2015, with all the ticket sales going directly to our Club, the many great prizes are provided by Croke Park Headquarters.
Prizes such as A new Opel Corsa, trip with the 2016 All stars for 2 (inc. flights, accommodation &banquet tickets and All Ireland football tickets, travel voucher for £1500, right down to the 14th prize of All- Ireland Football Final Package for 2 in 2016.
Draw takes place Friday11th March. All entrants must be 18 or over.
Tickets are priced at £10 and can be bought from all committee members, senior teams and managements.
Na Piarsaigh Óga Fundraiser for Craigavon Area Hostpital I.C.U
Attended by over a hundred members along with family and friends of Ronan Clarke in recognition of the life saving work carried out by the devoted staff in the unit. In attendance was Head Nurse of the Unit Cherith Douglas who was presented with a bouquet of flowers by Ronan after Cherith gave the members an incite into the workload she manages each day. She was delighted to meet Ronan again stating the nurses rarely meet their patients after they leave their care. All proceeds handed over will go to patient care and comforts.
Special guests on the night included Kieran McGeeney, Paul McGrane, John Toal, Kieran Hughes and Paul Duffy all Armagh team mates of Ronan's. Kieran McGeeney gave an impromptu speech on the close bond still strong within the Armagh Co team members and his delight at seeing Ronan back to full fitness.