Crossmaglen Rangers, club news and events – March 12th
Another very important week in the history of our club as we prepare to contest another All Ireland Final. The club has been a hive of activity with the various groups working hard at there various tasks to raise funds to ensure our team wanted for nothing in their preparations for the big day. We are deeply grateful to those who organised the fundraising events, Car Wash, Posters and the Big Breakfast, all of whom were a tremendous success. We never cease to be amazed by the generosity of the people of the area who despite the Recession have supported us again. A special word of thanks to those who worked so hard to put up the Posters and the Bunting. A very pleasant feature has been the number of our exiles who have returned home for the game.
We are indebted to the Management Team of Gareth Tony and Seamus who work so hard to ensure that the team are properly prepared to meet the challenge which lies ahead. The team have made many sacrifices to provide enjoyment for us and life would be very dull only for them. In difficult times the have lifted the morale of the community and their is a great buzz about the village, as if it is our first All Ireland Final. Behind every successful team their are a number of people working away in the background and are indebted to Seamus,Thomas, Paddy, Tony and Dr. Pat. Last but not least we thank the Lotto and Bingo Committees for their work throughout the year. Finally I would to our supporters to get behind our team and give them your full vocal support, it is easy to support a team when they are winning it is when the chips are down your support is much needed. Our club has been recognised as a very sporting organisation and no one should spoil it by word or deed.
Stephen Kernan Appeal.
Again their was disappointment for Stephen as his appeal was turned down within a very short period of time, all is not lost as we still have another avenue of appeal
Our good wishes go to Tommy Magennis, Tommie Coleman and Ollie Mc Entee three of our most loyal members who are unable to attend the game. We know you will be with us in spirit and we hope it is not to long until you are back supporting us again.
The boys got their year of to a good start with a comfortable victory over visitors from Lurgan Eire Og. We got of to a good start despite our opponents best efforts they could not make any inroads into our lead. We are now through to the second round.
Membership Cairde Raonaithe Na Croise
Our club provides facilities for twenty four teams. In order to meet increased demand and provide facilities which our young people and members deserve the club are embarking on the second phase of our development programme. In order to do so the club must raise a large amount of money. Members can help out by joining Raonaithe Na Croise and agreeing to donate £20 per month for three years. By pledging your support you will be helping your club meet the challenge of the future.
Social entertainment continues in the Rangers Hall on Monday nights. The club organises this event as a social event to give to give people an opportunity to come together to enjoy an evening of conversation and fun so why not come along and give it a try.
Now is the time of year for the renewal of membership, members will be pleased to note that for the fourth year in a row their has been no increase in fees. Membership fees are Family £30, Adult £20, Students and Senior Citizens £5. Membership must be paid by the 31st March and be paid to Peader Mc Coy or any member of the committee.
The club are updating the history of the club by producing a D.V.D. We are particularly interested in people who have Photographs or records relating to the early years of the club. If you feel you have information no matter how little, please pass it on to any member of the committee or contact Tony Brady@0876929783 or Tom Mc Kay@30861043.
The club lotto provides much needed funds for the day to day running of the club and your support is greatly appreciated. With the club involved in the championship final expenses have dramatically increased. To provide a full kit for the team cost over £1500 to hire afield to play a game under lights cost £160 other costs such as transport, first aid, catering help to swell the bill so it is vitally important that members continue to support this fundraiser. Tickets cost £1 and can be purchased from local shops or any member of the committee. If you feel you can help out by selling tickets no matter how few please contact Peadar Mc Coy or any member of the committee who will provide you with a book.
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