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Magheracloone Defy Nomadic Existence To Win Ulster Championship

Magheracloone Defy Nomadic Existence To Win Ulster Championship

14 months on from being dispossessed of their club grounds when a huge sinkhole opened up underneath it, Magheracloone Mitchels GAC were crowned Ulster intermediate football champions over the weekend.

The Monaghan side beat Tyrone's Galbally Pearses by five points at the Athletic Grounds in Armagh defying the nomadic existence which has been their reality for much of the past year and a bit.

"It was a massive shock for us to lose our club grounds, our community centre," club chairman Francie Jones told RTÉ Radio 1's Sunday Sport.

There were five residents put out of their house and some of them are still not back so there was massive upheaval in the parish.

At the back of it all, it seemed to galvanise everyone... and not only our members, our local clubs beside us as well.

We're situated here on the border of Cavan, Meath and Louth. Clubs in those counties all rallied in to support us. We can never thank them enough.

It renews your faith in the GAA as a family. When we were in need, all the other clubs stepped up to help us.

Jones added that the club will never return to their old grounds. They currently use a temporary training pitch and have been allowed to use of a club grounds in Louth for their home games.

Magheracloone won the game by 1-15 to 0-13, their goal coming from Padraig McMahon.

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"You can see all the people that are here - in a small parish like Magheracloone, football is everything," McMahon told Ulster GAA on the pitch after the game.

"Every single person from Magheracloone must be here tonight. It's just fantastic."

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