14 February 2014 No Comments by The Northern Standard

BY John Graham

y their deeds we will know them and by their achievements they will be remembered, could well sum up the feelings of the members of the Truagh Gaels club and indeed all of the people of the parish of Errigal Truagh after their team scaled the heights of hitherto unprecedented success on Sunday last by clinching the All Ireland club intermediate football championship title.

Sunday February 9th 2014 is a date that will be emblazoned on the history of Truagh Gaels as that was the day on which they clinched the ultimate success, an All Ireland championship and it is a success too that creates new records in that it was the clubs first time to compete in the Ulster intermediate club championship and thereby their first time to compete on the national stage and walk out onto the hallowed sod of Croke Park, the venue that is part of every player’s dream as far as playing the games are concerned.

Moments of such outstanding success rarely happen in most clubs, that is something that is reserved for the very few and while Truagh have enjoyed success on the playing fields over the last 50 years or so it was never on this scale.

They tasted their first competitive success by winning the junior football league in 1970 thereby winning promotion to intermediate ranks and they signalled their intent the following year, 1971, when they won the Monaghan intermediate football championship.

That was an occasion that saw a tour of the parish and bonfires at practically every crossroads from where the current St Mellons Park is, to Fort Singleton, to Clara and Carrickroe and places in between. In the words of former great Francie Treanor, (Beckin) who no doubt …

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