Aghyaran St. Davog's GAC

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Aghyaran St. Davog's
Achadh Uí Aráin Naoimh Dabhóige
Aghyarans Crest
Founded: 1956
County: Tyrone
Colours: Green, Yellow & White
Grounds: Michael Dolan Park
Coordinates: 54°40′39.48″N 7°42′14.19″W / 54.6776333°N 7.7039417°W / 54.6776333; -7.7039417Coordinates: 54°40′39.48″N 7°42′14.19″W / 54.6776333°N 7.7039417°W / 54.6776333; -7.7039417
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Aghyaran St. Davog's (Irish: Achadh Uí Aráin Naoimh Dabhóige) is a Gaelic Athletic Association Club. The club is based in the hamlet of Aghyaran near Castlederg, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland.

The club concentrates on playing Gaelic football, with a Ladies Gaelic football club, of the same name, also play at the same grounds.

Aghyaran is the most westerly GAA club in Tyrone, surrounded by County Donegal to the north and west and County Fermanagh to the south. The distance between Aghyaran and Tyrone's most easterly GAA club, Moortown, is approximately 55 miles.

The senior team currently competes in Division 2 of the Tyrone All-County Football League and will play in the Tyrone Intermediate Football Championship in 2017. They are currently managed by former Fermanagh GAA player and Rosslea manager Peter McGinnity.

Aghyaran won their first All-Ireland medal when Sadie McSorley won the Aithriseoirecht/Scealaíocht (Recitation/Storytelling) at the 1986 Scór Sinsear.

History[edit]

Aghyaran St. Davog's was founded in 1956. There was a previous club in the area between 1947-8. A Ladies Gaelic football club was established in 1993.

Honours[edit]

The club won its first title by winning the West Tyrone Junior Football League in 1962. This was followed up by winning the West Tyrone Intermediate Football Championship in 1965 and 1969, with the Tyrone Intermediate Football Championship won in 1981 and 1987. The highest league honour the club has won was the Division 1B title in 2000. Aghyaran have yet to win the Tyrone Senior Football Championship.

Notable players[edit]

Ciaran McGarvey played full back on team that lost to Kerry in the 1986 All-Ireland final, marking star forward Eoin Liston. Shane Sweeney was the first player from Aghyaran to win an Senior County All-Ireland medal in 2005, along with former Aghyaran player Martin Penrose. Aghyaran currently have two players on the Tyrone team, Ronan McNamee and Ronan McHugh. Ronan McNamee played fullback on the team that won the 2016 Ulster Senior Football Championship.

Brendan Dolan (R.I.P) was the first Aghyaran man to represent Tyrone at senior level. Brendan made his Tyrone Championship debut in 1970, and was ever present at midfield for Tyrone and Ulster Railway Cup squads, and got to show off his high fielding skills as Tyrone toured America '69. Brendan stood at 6ft 4 inches tall, he won MacRory and Hogan Cup medals with St Columb’s Derry in 1965 and was a member of the Tyrone Junior Team that won an All Ireland in 1968. Sadly his life was cut short after a tragic car accident that took his life, whilst he was driving to school in Strabane where he worked as a PE teacher, in January 1973.