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Tragedy drives on Tatts

TATTYREAGH’S players should be higher than high ahead of their Ulster quarter-final clash with Lurgan outfit St Peter’s after their back-to-back Tyrone Junior and Intermediate Championship successes. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case as tragedy has once again struck the St Patrick’s.

On Thursday of last week, the club was again left devastated following the death of John Harkin, a former youth player and father to current players, Amy, Niamh, Ciara, Jason and Erin, and uncle of current players Ciaran, Colin, Jude and Johnny.

Having experienced the loss of two key club-men in Dominic Earley and Pat Darcy in recent years, the club has unfortunately suffered more grief than members would care for, but it’s something that has brought them together.

And that’s certainly the case within the team who will tackle St Peter’s at the Athletic Grounds in Armagh on Saturday.

“It’s been one tragedy after the other with Dominic Earley and Pat Darcy and now this, but that puts things into perspective, I can tell you,” observed bainisteoir Stephen McHugh.

“You get yourself into the position where you’re celebrating and then this brings you back down, it’s awful.

“But they are a band of brothers in this team, so they will rally round each other and they will support each other and they will be there to comfort and to do whatever is required.

“But at the end of the day it’s a tragedy, it’s something that the lads, especially the two Harkins will find difficult.”

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