FINAL preparations are being made this week for what is certain to be a red-letter day in the history of the Carrickmore Eire Og Hurling and Camogie club.
Volunteers from the club are currently putting the finishing touches to their new pitch adjacent to the famous Fr McGilligan Park. It will be officially opened with a series of events between next Wednesday, June 8, and the following Sunday, June 12.
It has been 18 months since the work on the pitch was completed, and the intervening period has ensured that the new surface will be among the best in the Red Hand county.
Now in its 46th year, the club has gone from strength to strength and the five-day programme of events will cater for all ages of players, as well as supporters.
Among the highlights will be matches at U-12 and U-14 level, a tournament involving the county champions from throughout Ulster, and senior camogie and hurling challenge matches against Liatroim Fontenoys of Down and Slaughtneill of Derry.
There will also be a half-time exhibition match feature players from the eight-in-a-row team of the 1980s and the 1998 side which won the Ulster Shield title for the first time.
“We’re absolutely delighted that the club has reached this milestone because it’s something which everybody has been working towards for a number of years,” said senior player and Eire Og PRO, Dermot Begley.
“There has been a committee of people who have organised fundraising events during that time and their work and the support of everyone from throughout Tyrone and much further afield is much appreciated and has helped make this day a reality.
“Our five-day programme of events is all about including everyone and it’s appropriate that the honour of using the pitch first will go to the underage hurlers and camogie players.”
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