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Further honours were bestowed on multi-talented Caroline O’Hanlon who was part of the Ulster team who won the inter-provincial series. Caroline was also voted ‘Player of the Tournament’ and the photograph shows her receiving her award from Pat Quill. Well Done Caroline! No doubt there will be plenty more awards for you before the end of the season.


‘Cruppen travelled the short distance to Whitecross for the ACL Division 1 fixture with a team severely depleted by injuries, work and County commitments. Paul Keenan opened the scoring with a point for ‘Cruppen, Whitecross equalised before a few minutes later and then there was a goal for Carrickcruppen which was adjudged by the referee not to have crossed the line. Another Paul Keenan and one from Declan Carville put ‘Cruppen in front but 4 unanswered points from the hom eside had them go into the half-time interval leading by 3 points 0-5 to 0-3.

Whitecross extended their lead at the start of the second half to 8 points and ‘Cruppen fought hard in the second half. Further points from Paul Keenan (3) and a goal from Karl McVerry reduced the deficit to 4 points. A Declan Carville goal near the end of the match brought ‘Cruppen back to within one point but that proved be the difference on the scoreboard at the final whistle.

Next up for Carrickcruppen is a home game against Sarsfields next Friday night at 7:30pm.


The reserve team travelled to Whitecross on Wednesday night and came away with a draw in a game which they should have wrapped up by halftime. 4 points and a goal from Peter Loughran in the first 10 minutes should have set ‘Cruppen up for a deserved victory but sloppy play allowed Whitecross to edge back into the game to trail by 3 points at the break. Whitecross emerged after the interval in determined mood and soon had wiped out the deficit.

It was nip and tuck until the last 5 minutes with neither team able to go more than 2 points ahead. In the dying seconds, Whitecross were leading by 2 points, a dangerous lead, when Peter Loughran again netted following good work from Brendan Doran. Whitecross were awarded a free with the last kick of the game to level matters. Whilst this was a point dropped, we remain unbeaten in the league. Next Wednesday night we travel to Granemore-all players to meet at 6.00pm. The draw has also been made for the semi-final of the reserve championship and Carrickcruppen are to play Clan na Gael with a date and venue to be confirmed.


Could any fully-paid up club member who is looking tickets for the Ulster Championship game against Tyrone next Sunday in Armagh contact Gerry McDonnell with your request before tonight (Monday 4th June) at 9pm. Tickets are limited and will be distributed on a first come first served basis.


On behalf of everyone at Carrickcruppen I would like to extend wishes of good luck to Billy-Joe Padden and the Armagh Senior Footballers and also Blaine Hughes and Conor Sloan who are on the Armagh Minor panel for the first round of the Ulster Championship next Sunday against Tyrone. And also to our senior footballers Fiachra Bradley and Ryan Lewis who are on the Armagh Hurling panel who will play in the Nicky Rackard Cup final in Croke Park next weekend! All the best lads!


The eagerly anticipated Geradlines re-union will take place in the Club on 30th June 2012. All former Geraldines players are invited to come along for the craic. There will be a game where the Geraldines will play against ‘Cruppen Over 35’s and a BBQ and music entertainment afterwards. This will be a great nights craic. Anyone who wants to play their part are asked to contact Cathal Evans, Raymie Flynn, Paul McGivern or Damian Beattie.


The club are having a ‘Guess the Score’ in Armagh’s forthcoming Ulster Championship match against Tyrone on Sunday 10th June, so for all you budding Nostradamus out there get your £’s out and tell us what the correct score will be. It is £1 per line and if you’re an expert in predicting the correct score then you will grab yourself £50.


For those who attended the pre-championship debate in the social club last Thursday night went home with sore sides from the laughter with plenty of banter coming from the panel of Billy-Joe Padden, Danny Hughes, Paul McGrane and Benny Tierney. All of whom gave an honest opinion on most questions asked and some held back on the one or two contentious questions apart from ‘no holds barred’ Tierney who said what he thought and this was fully appreciated by the audience.

If their predictions are anything to go by then it’s time to lump the money on Cork to win the All-Ireland come September. On behalf of Carrickcruppen and those attending the debate I would like to express our sincerest thanks to Billy-Joe Padden, Danny Hughes, Paul McGrane and Benny Tierney along with the MC for the night Damian McCullough. It was a great nights craic and the proceeds from the night went to club funds.


There was a great turnout of players for the annual Mitchell’s blitz. The Team improved with every game and a big thanks to the many parents who came along to show their support.  Next up for the Team is an away game on Wednesday at Cullaville. The Team will leave the club at 6.35pm sharp.


The Carrickcruppen U10s travelled to Mullaghbawn on Sunday morning. They played great defensive football when needed, but fast flowing football going forward with some fantastic scores coming from the younger end of our panel. Well done to all who played!


The local area was saddened on Thursday last when news filtered through of the death of James (Jim) McGeoghegan from the Gardens in Bessbrook. The McGeoghegan family have had a long association with Carrickcruppen with Jim’s son Damian a former player, Daughters Ann and Betty club members and supporters, son-in-law Tom Magill a good friend of the club and grandsons John, current vice-captain of the Senior team and Kristian, a former underage player. To his sons Michael, Seamus and Damian, daughters Ann, Bronagh and Betty, and entire family circle and friends we tender our deepest sympathy. May he Rest in Peace.


Anyone who can offer their services behind the bar are asked to contact Jim Burns.


You can all now follow Carrickcruppen on facebook where all updates on club activity will be available for everyone to see. Add us Carrickcruppen GAC.


The Social Club is available for hire for all functions free of charge, so if you are thinking of having birthday parties, christenings, confirmations, communions or holding a charity night the Club is available for you. Contact any member of the Committee or call into the Social Club which is open Thursday through to Sunday nights.


Orders are now being taken for Club merchandise such as jerseys, hoodies and Carrickcruppen gloves. Anyone wishing to order any merchandise are asked to contact Barbara Beattie, Jennifer Kelly or Claire McArdle who will be at the Under 8 and Under 10 training on Friday night.


There was one match 3 number winner in this week’s lotto and next week’s jackpot stands at £2250.00. The lotto provides the club with much needed income and if any member can help out on a weekly basis by either selling tickets or even by buying a few tickets they can contact Gerry McDonnell on 02830 839280.


There are Irish Dancing classes in the club every Tuesday and Thursday from aged 4 upwards. All levels of dancers and new participants are welcome. Anyone wishing to attend the Irish Dancing are asked to contact Sarah Barry on 07985589084.


Anyone wishing to have put anything in the Club notes are asked to do so by email or by contacting Brenda Hughes on 07773386457 or Anthony Keenan on 07857957527.

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