'There's Nothing To Do In Kilcoo But Play Football, Go To Mass And Have A Few Sheep'

'There's Nothing To Do In Kilcoo But Play Football, Go To Mass And Have A Few Sheep'

Kilcoo reached their third ever Ulster Club Football Championship final with victory over Fermanagh champions Derrygonnelly Harps at the Athletic Grounds in Armagh.

The Down team will face Donegal's Naomh Conaill in the decider.

Centre-back Aaron Branagan, who scored 1-1 as his side won by two points, was named Man of the Match on Sunday afternoon.

"Me scoring goals, that's a small miracle," Branagan jokingly told RTÉ after the game.

"We tend to leave it late to push on in games. We know how to get over the line and we know how to dog out games. It was well refereed.

"That's the way we like it, nice and tough."

Kilcoo is a small village 15 miles east of Newry.


"It's absolutely everything," said Branagan when asked what Gaelic football means to his home.

I was actually talking to a boy this morning. He said, 'There's nothing else to do in Kilcoo but play football, go to mass and have a few sheep'. That's really it.

Aaron is one of five Branagan brothers on the Kilcoo team which is managed Derryman Mickey Moran.

"To best honest, they talk more about sheep," Branagan said of his brothers.

"Football gets a wee bit of talk as well. It's nice to play with your brothers.

"Mickey is something else. I always say he's like the grandad I never had. He's the best. Everything he says, everybody is totally attentive.

"He knows what to do, how to get us over the line. He calms us down. There's no shouting."

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