The James Hughes International 7’s Competition

April 15, 2013

Next Saturday we welcome the players and spectators to Crossmaglen who are taking part in the inaugural James Hughes Memorial, International Tournament.

We have 10 teams taking part; 2 teams from Crossmaglen representing our senior and Division 3 squads. All teams we have invited have an association with our club; Ballincollig, Co.Cork have been linked with the Rangers for more than 30 years and during that time we have exchanged visits to each others clubs.  Ballinderry, Co.Derry, whom we have met in 2 Ulster Club finals and a semi-final in recent years; some fierce battles on the field but friendships’ off the field. Tir Chonaill Gaels , London, have hosted us in Ruislip on several occasions; we welcome the London club to South Armagh. Sean McDermotts; Birmingham ; “Macs” have visited and played here in Cross 8 years ago and they were delighted to be invited back, our club Chairman played with the Birmingham based club for 11 years and won 9 football and 2 hurling Championship medals with Sean Mc Dermotts. Wolfe Tones; Melbourne; are very closely associated with the Rangers have had several Cross players play with them over the years, Gary McShane, Michael McShane, Paul Donnelly, Oisin McConville and many more played in Melbourne and indeed more recently Danny O’Callaghan; Franny Hanratty and  Jamie Clarke and I am sure all the boys would like to thank Kieran Mohan (Keady) and Ronan Mc Nulty (Camlough) both of whom looked after them so well when they were away from home. Bredagh, Co Down, our own Hugh Daly, Carran Rd.  is now heavily involved with Bredagh GAC, Hughie and his family; Daly’s and Casey’s have a long and distinguished intimate link with the Rangers; Hughie was thrilled with the invitation to take part and we are certain Hughie will be a proud man on Saturday next. Castleknock; Co Dublin; Gerard Kindlon (Zico) The Crescent, has beien exiled in Dublin for over 20 years now and Gerard’s son Kevin, who has played for Dublin minor teams, will tog out for Castleknock here next Saturday; this will be a proud moment for the Kindlon Family; in particular Club President Paddy Kindlon snr.  Killean, Co Armagh, the youngest GAA team in Armagh only formed in 2009. James was a close friend to many of the Killean players and mentors. James had taken the position as Bainisteoir with Killean before his untimely death, we were anxious to have Killean here due to James’s involvement with Killean.

Note! This will be Joe Kernan’s first home fixture as he returns as Senior Team Manager.


Can we ask all our club members to turn out in big numbers on Saturday next to support this wonderful event in memory of James and the contribution he made to the club as a player and member.