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Welcome to Red Hand Fan 2019

Welcome to the Tyrone GAA Fanzine for 2019. This year we’re bringing you an interactive, online version of our popular printed fanzine. Thank you, as always, to our Red Hand Fan prize sponsors, O’Neills and Todds Leap.

Ones to admire

Galway GAA Crest

Shane Walshe

Galway

  • Age: 25
  • Height: 6’ 1”
  • Club: Kilkerrin-Clonberne
  • Position: Forward
  • School: St Jarlath’s College, Tuam
  • Occupation: Sports Advisor
  • Honours: 1 x All-Ireland U21 FC (2013), 2 x Connacht SFC (2016, 2018), 1 x Connacht U21 FC (2013)

Tyrone Fact-box

  • Tyrone is home to 181,000 people, 110,000 of whom are of the ‘Gaelic tradition’
  • Just before the Great Famine (in 1841) 313,000 people lived here
  • By 1911 this had fallen by over a half to 143,000: our population bottomed out at 127,600 in 1937
  • Our County’s main towns are Omagh (25,000), Strabane (15,000), Dungannon (13,000) and Cookstown (12,000)
  • There are 48 GAA Clubs in Tyrone that play football only and 5 which play hurling only
  • At All-Ireland Football level Tyrone have won 3 x Senior, 5 x U21 and 8 x Minor titles plus 2 x National League titles
  • At Ulster level we have 15 x Senior, 12 x Under 21 and 23 x Minor titles
  • Notable Tyrone people include Hugh ‘The Great’ O’Neill (1550 – 1616, ‘keeper of the Gaelic flame in Ulster’), John Dunlap (1747 – 1812, printer of the American Declaration of Independence), John Joseph Hughes (1797 – 1864, Archbishop of New York and builder of the wonderful St Patrick’s Cathedral there) and Brian O’Nolan (1911 1966, writer, novelist and supreme satirist)

Galway Fact-box

  • Galway is now home to some 260,000 people, making it Ireland’s fifth-largest County: only Dublin, Antrim, Cork and Down have more people
  • Before the Great Famine (in 1841) 440,000 people lived there but by 1901 the population had fallen by well over half to 192,500 people and it kept falling until it bottomed out at 148,340 in 1966
  • Galway’s main towns are Galway City (80,000), Tuam (9,000), Ballinasloe (7,000) Loughrea (6,000) and Oranmore (5,000)
  • There are 215 GAA Clubs in Galway
  • At All-Ireland Football level Galway have won 9 x Senior, 5 x U21 and 6 x Minor titles plus 4 x National Leagues
  • Notable Galway people include Isabella Augusta Persse, Lady Gregory (1852 – 1932, dramatist and folklorist who was, with WB Yeats, JM Synge and others, central to the Irish literary revival of the early 1900s), Eamon Ceannt (1881 – 1916, writer and activist who was a Signatory of the 1916 Proclamation and one of the 1916 leaders shot in Kilmainham), Walter Macken (1915 – 1967, novelist and dramatist whose books brought life for thousands of readers to great eras/events in the history of Ireland) and Máirtín Ó Cadhain (1906 – 1970, linguist, novelist, republican activist and academic and author of ‘Cré na cille.’

Fixtures & Results

Fixtures for the Tyrone County Mens, Underage, Ladies and Hurling teams for 2019 can be found below.

Allianz NFL Division 1

Sun 27 Jan

Fitzgerald Stadium

Ciarrai Kerry GAA
0-11
0-7
Tyrone GAA Tyrone

Round 1

Sun 3 Feb

Healy Park, Omagh

Tyrone Tyrone GAA
0-10
2-13
Mayo GAA Mayo

Round 2

Sun 10 Feb

Dr Hyde Park, Roscommon

Roscommon Roscommon GAA
1-10
1-10
Tyrone GAA Tyrone

Round 3

Sat 23 February

Healy Park, Omagh

Tyrone Tyrone GAA
1-16
0-12
Monaghan GAA Monaghan

Round 4

Sat 2 Mar

Healy Park, Omagh

Tyrone Tyrone GAA
1-15
0-9
Cavan GAA Cavan

Round 5

Sat 16 Mar

Croke Park, Dublin

Dublin Dublin GAA
0-12
1-16
Tyrone GAA Tyrone

Round 6

Sun 24 Mar

Healy Park, Omagh

Tyrone Tyrone GAA
3-15
1-14
Galway GAA Galway

Round 6

2019 Ulster Senior Football Championship

TBC

Healy Park, Omagh

Tyrone Tyrone GAA
Derry GAA Derry

Round 1

Eirgrid Ulster Under 20 Football Championship

Fri 28/Sun 30 June

Tyrone Tyrone GAA
Down/Donegal

Quarter Final

Fri 5/Sun 7 July

Tyrone/Down/Antrim
Donegal GAA Cavan/Monaghan

Semi Finals

Sat 13/Sun 14 July

TBC
TBC

Final

Jim McGuigan Minor (Under 17)

Sat 9th March

Ardboe

Tyrone Tyrone GAA
1-11
1-09
Donegal GAA Donegal

Round 1

Saturday 16 March

Irvinestown

Fermanagh Fermanagh GAA
0-5
7-19
Tyrone GAA Tyrone

Round 2

Saturday 23 March

Garvaghey

Tyrone Tyrone GAA
1-07
0-09
Sligo GAA Sligo

Round 3

Saturday 30 March

Kingscourt

Cavan Cavan GAA
Tyrone GAA Tyrone

Round 4

Buncrana Cup (Under 16)

Sat 9th March

Ardboe

Tyrone Tyrone GAA
2-04
0-11
Donegal GAA Donegal

Round 1

Saturday 16 March

Irvinestown

Fermanagh Fermanagh GAA
0-07
8-18
Tyrone GAA Tyrone

Round 2

Saturday 30 March

Kingscourt

Cavan Cavan GAA
Tyrone GAA Tyrone

Round 3

Electric Ireland Minor (Under 17) Football Championship

Saturday 27 April

Donegal Donegal GAA
Donegal GAA Tyrone

Preliminary Round

Saturday 4 May

TBC
TBC

Qualifiers Round 1

11/12 May

TBC
TBC

Qualifiers Round 2

18/19 May

TBC
TBC

Qualifiers Round 3

21/23 June

TBC
TBC

Semi Finals

13/14 July

TBC
TBC

Ulster Electric Ireland Minor (Under 17) Final

Lidl National League Division 2

Sun 3 Feb

Cavan Cavan GAA
0-13
3-4
Tyrone GAA Tyrone

Round 1

Sun 10 Feb

Healy Park

Tyrone Tyrone GAA
2-11
0-09
Laois GAA Laois

Round 2

Sat 23 Feb

Wexford Wexford GAA
1-07
0-06
Tyrone GAA Tyrone

Round 3

Sat 2 Mar

Tyrone Tyrone GAA
1-06
1-09
Armagh GAA Armagh

Round 4

Sat 16 Mar

Waterford Waterford GAA
1-09
1-07
Tyrone GAA Tyrone

Round 5

Sun 24 Mar

Clare Clare GAA
1-12
1-11
Tyrone GAA Tyrone

Round 6

Sun 7 Apr

Tyrone Tyrone GAA
Kerry GAA Kerry

Round 7

Ulster Ladies Senior Football Championship

Sat 1 June

Donegal Donegal GAA
Tyrone GAA Tyrone

Preliminary Round

Sat 15 June

Donegal/Tyrone
Cavan GAA Cavan

Quarter Final

Ulster Ladies Minor Football Championship

Sat 30 March

Tyrone Tyrone GAA
Donegal GAA Donegal

Round 1

Sat 13 April

Antrim Antrim GAA
Tyrone GAA Tyrone

Round 2

Sat 27 April

Tyrone Tyrone GAA
Cavan GAA Cavan

Round 3

Allianz NHL Division 3A

Sat 26 Jan / 2pm

Abbotstown

Lancashire Lancashire GAA
0-10
2-17
Tyrone GAA Tyrone

Round 1

Sun 3 Feb / 12.30pm

Healy Park, Omagh

Tyrone Tyrone GAA
2-23
1-11
Louth GAA Louth

Round 2

Sun 17 Feb / 12.30pm

Healy Park, Omagh

Tyrone Tyrone GAA
2-13
4-12
Monaghan GAA Monaghan

Round 3

Sun 24 Feb / 2pm

Dr Hyde Park, Roscommon

Roscommon Roscommon GAA
1-25
1-11
Tyrone GAA Tyrone

Round 4

Sun 3 March / 1pm

Healy Park, Omagh

Tyrone Tyrone GAA
3-16
1-16
Armagh GAA Armagh

Round 5

Bits and Pieces

  • Tyrone GAA Crest

    About the Tyrone GAA Crest

    Gaelic Tyrone has always been linked with the Red Hand, a symbol from the heart of Irish mythology and the story of two chieftains racing across water in a bid to be the first to touch the land and claim it. To make sure he won, one (some have him as ‘Niall of the Nine Hostages’, creator of the O’Neill dynasty) cut off his hand and threw it, red with blood, onto the shore.

    Antrim, Cavan, Monaghan and Ulster GAA all include the Red Hand in their crests, but it’s been central to Tyrone GAA jerseys for nearly a century. Our current crest was created by Lairdesign in 2004 and features the Tyrone colours with the Red Hand deliberately at its centre (reflecting its use by the Uí Néill clan alongside their war cry ‘Lámh Dhearg Abu’).

    ‘Tír Eoghain’ is included (Tyrone’s first official set of all-white jerseys carried ‘Tír Eoghain’ across their chests) and ‘Contae Uí Neill’ is an obvious strapline. The ‘Celtic T’ provides another strong Tyrone theme (and was used to shape our Garvaghey building).

    The circular shape represents unity, wholeness and everything coming together as one (reflected in our ancestors’ stone circles and engravings). The dot in the ‘O’ of ‘Tír Eoghain’ is an ancient symbol for the sun and gold, representing perfection at all levels, mind, spirit and soul. Finally, the dot also historically represented the blending of male and female forces, something that’s important in Tyrone GAA.

    Tyrone GAA Crest
  • Galway GAA Crest

    About the Galway GAA Crest

    Like Tyrone, Galway have long had a tradition of wearing a crest on their jerseys though its style and form had changed from time to time. Until 2013, the Football and Hurling boards of Galway used their own separate crests for their teams, though the ‘Galway hooker’, a traditional fishing boat, was always central to both. The County motto ‘Ceart agus Cóir’ (‘Righteousness and Justice’) also featured.

    Since 2013 Galway GAA teams have all used the same crest, again centered on an image of a Galway hooker but with the current GAA logo added in and the County’s name ‘Gaillimh’ underpinning it.

    Galway GAA Crest

Tyrone Ones to admire

Tyrone GAA Crest

Aisling Jordan

Tyrone

  • Age: 25
  • Club: Eglish St Patrick’s
  • Position: Wing-half forward
  • School: St Patrick’s Academy, Dungannon
  • Honours: 2 x All-Ireland Inter-Provincial Camogie Championships (2011, 2017), 3 x Ulster Intermediate Club Championships (2015-17), 10 x Tyrone Senior Championships (2009-18), 1 x Purcell Shield (2014), 1 x Ulster B Colleges (2009), 1 x Colleges All-Star (2011)
  • Occupation: Programme Developer

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