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Lyr Add: Ard Macha Abu

Aidan Crossey 24 Sep 02 - 07:41 AM
GUEST,Airto 24 Sep 02 - 08:04 AM
McGrath of Harlow 24 Sep 02 - 08:51 AM
Wolfgang 24 Sep 02 - 09:15 AM
Joe Offer 24 Sep 02 - 09:40 AM
Wolfgang 24 Sep 02 - 10:20 AM
GUEST,Mikey joe 24 Sep 02 - 10:23 AM
McGrath of Harlow 24 Sep 02 - 10:30 AM
Big Tim 24 Sep 02 - 10:32 AM
Aidan Crossey 24 Sep 02 - 11:43 AM
GUEST,Martin Ryan 24 Sep 02 - 12:01 PM
ard mhacha 24 Sep 02 - 01:32 PM
Aidan Crossey 24 Sep 02 - 05:48 PM
ard mhacha 25 Sep 02 - 03:00 AM
Aidan Crossey 25 Sep 02 - 08:48 AM
GUEST,Den 25 Sep 02 - 09:10 AM
ard mhacha 25 Sep 02 - 01:09 PM
Big Tim 25 Sep 02 - 02:38 PM
Big Tim 25 Sep 02 - 02:39 PM
ard mhacha 27 Sep 02 - 05:16 AM
Aidan Crossey 27 Sep 02 - 07:44 AM
ard mhacha 27 Sep 02 - 02:31 PM
ard mhacha 11 Dec 02 - 12:10 PM
GUEST,derrymacash 12 Dec 02 - 03:54 AM
ard mhacha 12 Dec 02 - 06:17 AM
Teribus 12 Dec 02 - 10:22 AM
ard mhacha 12 Dec 02 - 02:41 PM
GUEST,Sarsfields (Derrytrasna) 12 Dec 02 - 04:47 PM
Aidan Crossey 12 Dec 02 - 04:59 PM
GUEST,orchard county 12 Dec 02 - 05:38 PM
GUEST,derrymacash 13 Dec 02 - 04:20 AM
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GUEST,derrymacash 13 Dec 02 - 07:09 AM
Teribus 13 Dec 02 - 11:21 AM
GUEST,Den 13 Dec 02 - 11:29 AM
GUEST,derrymacash 13 Dec 02 - 11:39 AM
GUEST,Ard Mhacha 13 Dec 02 - 01:25 PM
ard mhacha 15 Dec 02 - 03:47 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: ARD MACHA ABU
From: Aidan Crossey
Date: 24 Sep 02 - 07:41 AM

To the tune of "Rosin The Bow" or "The Cycling Champion Of Ulster" or "The Boys Of The West".

In celebration of Armagh's historic victory on Sunday last!

ARD MACHA ABU

The boys from the orchard of Ireland, the pride of the whole of the North
They took on the heroes of Kerry, and to Dublin they then sallied forth
The Kerrymen said you'll regret the day, your venture you surely will rue
"We'll see" says the boul' Joey Kernan and shouted "Ard Macha Abu"
He shouted Ard Macha Abu me boys
He shouted Ard Macha Abu
"We'll see" says the boul' Joey Kernan and shouted "Ard Macha Abu"

They lined out that day in September, each team had its eye on the Sam
"Kerry will hang, draw and quarter". Says Kernan "I don't give a damn!
For the boys of Armagh have a hunger, to match any gannet or gru
They hunger for victory and honour" and he shouted "Ard Macha Abu"
He shouted Ard Macha Abu me boys
He shouted Ard Macha Abu
"They hunger for victory and honour" and he shouted "Ard Macha Abu"

We sweated and screamed and we fretted, we bit our oul' nails to the quick
The score, sure it hung in the balance, till almost the very last kick
The fortunes went backwards and forwards, but the boul' Oisin helped us break through
Raise a cheer for brave Oisin McConville, Oisin and Ard Macha Abu
Oisin and Ard Macha Abu, me boys
Oisin and Ard Macha Abu
Raise a cheer for brave Oisin McConville, Oisin and Ard Macha Abu

They took to the streets in their thousands, in Lurgan, Armagh, Portydown
In Trasna, the Kesh, Ballyhegan, Whitecross, Crossmaglen, Keady Town
Some say that there rose from the grave, me boys, the warrior Brian Boru
And he joined in the song "One fair county" and shouted "Ard Macha Abu"
He shouted Ard Macha Abu me boys
He shouted Ard Macha Abu
And he joined in the song "One fair county" and shouted "Ard Macha Abu"


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Subject: RE: Ard Macha Abu
From: GUEST,Airto
Date: 24 Sep 02 - 08:04 AM

Well done, Armagh. They had to do it the hard way, beating Dublin and then Kerry.


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Subject: RE: Ard Macha Abu
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 24 Sep 02 - 08:51 AM

One fair county, one fair country.


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Subject: RE: Ard Macha Abu
From: Wolfgang
Date: 24 Sep 02 - 09:15 AM

I am almost sure I know which sport the song is about, but just almost. So, please, spell it out for the sake of the nonlocal readers in Mudcat.

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: Ard Macha Abu
From: Joe Offer
Date: 24 Sep 02 - 09:40 AM

Nice piece of work, derrymacash. Just so it's completely clear, can you tell us who wrote it and when, and something about the background of the song?
I come across stuff like this when I'm harvesting and don't know what to do about it, since I don't always know the context.
Thanks.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Ard Macha Abu
From: Wolfgang
Date: 24 Sep 02 - 10:20 AM

I was so curious if my guess was correct (it was) I did a search:

22 September 2002, Armagh staged one of Gaelic football's greatest ever comebacks to lift their first All-Ireland football

So it is a brand new song and most probably by derrymacash.

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: Ard Macha Abu
From: GUEST,Mikey joe
Date: 24 Sep 02 - 10:23 AM

Armagh beat Kerry by one point in Sundays All ireland Final to record their first All Ireland title. Comhgairdgeas Ard Mhaca.

Mj
(A Corkman)


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Subject: RE: Ard Macha Abu
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 24 Sep 02 - 10:30 AM

Here's the Gaelic Athletic Association site, with explanations of the rules of the various sports, and so forth.


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Subject: RE: Ard Macha Abu
From: Big Tim
Date: 24 Sep 02 - 10:32 AM

Abu = "for ever" - well until next year!

Tune = Men of the West, Boys of Kilmichael.

I really to hate to mention it - but what about he rioting afterwards, in "Keady Town" according to the BBC.


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Subject: RE: Ard Macha Abu
From: Aidan Crossey
Date: 24 Sep 02 - 11:43 AM

Joe ...

It's a newie, by myself, and written primarily as a gift to a mudcat regular who'll check in as soon as his euphoria dies down.

I didn't give too much in the way of detail because those to whom it will mean anything will know the score.

But the link provided gives all the background that is needed to get the gist.


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Subject: RE: Ard Macha Abu
From: GUEST,Martin Ryan
Date: 24 Sep 02 - 12:01 PM

As an aside:

People might find it hard to believe the demand for tickets for a match like this - but take it from me that its phenomenal. Anyway: I was at a singing session in Galway last Saturday (day before the match). A guy sang a song about how he had (from Dublin) organised to get a ticket from a friend of his in Co. Clare to another friend in Armagh, the previous day. It took seven changes of carrier (farmers, travelling salesman, bus drivers...) to get it there safely and in time! Once he heard it had arrived, he wrote the song and faxed it to the recipient. The latter was none other than Sean Mone of Keady, writer of many fine songs mentioned here over the years. Sean, of course, promptly wrote a song in reply! Its a fair bet he'll have one about the match also.

Regards


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Subject: RE: Ard Macha Abu
From: ard mhacha
Date: 24 Sep 02 - 01:32 PM

Well done Derrmacash and Ard Mhacha,from 1884 we have sweated blood and at long last 80,000 Orchard County men could return from Dublin with the famous Sam MAguire Cup. Anyone outside of Ireland would not believe the mighty lift this has given all of us in Armagh. And the rioting, I was there on Sunday evening in Lurgan [not Keady] and a few teenagers hoisted the Tricolour along with our County Flags on the Police Barracks, you can be sure the Media would make a mountain out of a molehill, not a mention of the Loyalist thugs who blocked the Dublin Railway line resulting in the train passengers having to be bussed to Newry for a rail connection. We beat the cream both Kerry and Dublin to record one of the great All-Ireland wins. I can now die happy. Ard Mhacha AbU.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ard Macha Abu
From: Aidan Crossey
Date: 24 Sep 02 - 05:48 PM

But just don't die happy just yet!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ard Macha Abu
From: ard mhacha
Date: 25 Sep 02 - 03:00 AM

That wasn`t the Mrs sentiments,--- the Team arrive in Lurgan on Friday, looking forward to seeing the Sam and cheering our heroeS. Derrymacash i`ll give a special gowl for you. Ard Mhacha.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ard Macha Abu
From: Aidan Crossey
Date: 25 Sep 02 - 08:48 AM

Tim …

Here's one about media spin … after "The Man From The Daily Mail".

THE MAN FROM THE BBC

Says the editor we've got ourselves a problem
Armagh is all aflame
With the fire of a mighty celebration
From the Bannfoot down to 'Glen
No horror-shock on the six o'clock
For the good folks at their tea
We need a bit of fighting to make the news exciting
Says the man from the BBC

Oh every Joe from oul' Freecrow
Is to be feared sir
That what I heared sir
Every boy and man who follows the oul' Clans
Is very tight sir
In a fight sir
And in Francis Street every man you'd meet
Is a pure-bred rapparee
Ah, now sir, you needn't worry
I'll get you an oul' story
Says the man from the BBC

Oh, Lurgan is a very wicked town sir
To laws they pay no heed
The place it is seething with sedition
They're a wanton, reckless breed
Just one excuse and they'll cut loose
With their fists they'll all make free
It's the roughest spot on earth
You'd want to give it a wide berth
Says the man from the BBC

Cos every Tom Dick or Harry
From Kilwilkie or the Tarry's
Looking trouble
Throwing rubble
If their abode is out by the Lough Road
You better run sir
Here they come sir
Every road, estate
Is alive with hate
For common decency
Ah now sir you needn't sweat
I'll get you a story yet
Says the man from the BBC

If we spot a wee rumpus near the Barracks
Involving three or four
With a little bit of clever cut-and-paste sir
It'll look like many more
Forget proportion
A bit of distortion
Makes for very good TV
A bit of a commotion
Might get me a promotion
Says the man from the BBC

Not that I'm a cynic or anything!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ard Macha Abu
From: GUEST,Den
Date: 25 Sep 02 - 09:10 AM

Well done the Boys from the Co. Armagh. From the boys of Co.Down. Ard Mhacha after you climb down off cloud 9 fill us in on the celebration details.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ard Macha Abu
From: ard mhacha
Date: 25 Sep 02 - 01:09 PM

Den and Derrymacash, I met up with John McEntee, John Donaldson and Cathal O`Rourke last night, and between gabbling and back-slapping, the lads thought they had run into the Meath back line. Den your a sound man, a good sport, praise from a Down man is worth bottling. On Friday evening the TEAM [GOD Bless them] and the Sam Maguire Cup will be heading for Lurgan, it will be bedlam, how they expect to get 30,000 or more into Davitt Park will be one for Ripley. To-night they play Louth in a charity match, for the charity GOAL in Crossmaglen, the benefit to GOAL will be massive, the Armagh team will probably be lining out on crutches, they haven`t had too much sleep from Sunday. Anyway boys this oul Town is in cloud nine and rising, you can understand Den, it`s some feeling. Ard Mhacha.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ard Macha Abu
From: Big Tim
Date: 25 Sep 02 - 02:38 PM

Thanks Aid, my nephew in Paisley[the place!], born on 1st June has just been christened with that name too, tho I suspect they got the name fom "Friends" and not a big book of Irish saints! Cheers.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ard Macha Abu
From: Big Tim
Date: 25 Sep 02 - 02:39 PM

Thanks Aid, my nephew in Paisley[the place!], born on 1st June has just been christened with that name too, tho I suspect they got the name fom "Friends" and not a big book of Irish saints! Cheers.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ard Macha Abu
From: ard mhacha
Date: 27 Sep 02 - 05:16 AM

Here houl on there, to-nights the night when thousands of GAA people from the Lurgan area will welcome the Armagh heroes. Derrymacash why didn`t you swim across[never mind that lassie in Oz] the oul `Cash is a sea of colour, the long wait is over, we will go bonkers to-night.

" There`s one fair County in Ireland, with memories so glorious and grand",

"Where nature has lavished it`s bounty, it`s the Orchard of Erins fair land"

Ah, the oul throat is in raw flesh from Sunday, but I will give "The boys" another gowl this evening. Ard Mhacha Abu.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ard Macha Abu
From: Aidan Crossey
Date: 27 Sep 02 - 07:44 AM

Give an oul' cheer for myself, a chara!

They did a great job and without any easy rides.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ard Macha Abu
From: ard mhacha
Date: 27 Sep 02 - 02:31 PM

Just back from Davitt Park and Lurgan did our heroic team proud, music and song and thousands of cheering followers. The Team are off to appear on the Gerry Kelly Show,this will go on until we drop off our feet around next Spring. Ard Mhacha Abu in 2002 and Derrymacash too. Ard Mhacha.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ard Macha Abu
From: ard mhacha
Date: 11 Dec 02 - 12:10 PM

Hello Tim,an indication of what we have to contend with in the sick six,
From to-days Irish News,11th Dec,

"The PSNI-RUC,have admitted to making inaccurate statments to the press which marred the celebrations after Armagh`s historic All-Ireland win.
Following a complaint by Lurgan Sinn Fein Councillor John O`Dowd, the Force has now admitted that press statments about a "riot" in the Town after the win was incorrect.
At the time the police claimed several hundred people attacked the base and then clashed with Loyalists in the Town centre.
However, this week a letter from the PSNI to Councillor O`Dowd admitted that"the reference to several hundred people attacking the Station was incorrect".
"After the Armagh All-Ireland victory the PSNI were telling News Agencies from 7pm onwards that LURGAN BARRACKS WAS ATTACKED BY SEVERAL HUNDRED NATIONALIST RIOTERS"
The Councillor said," that what actually happened was that Armagh supporters had been attacked by Loyalists."
"Instead of reporting these events to the Media the PSNI chose to invent a story about a Nationalist attack on the their Barracks"
"The case only serves to highlight the need for a proper accountable structure to be established to ensure that a Police force is not setting the political agenda.
O`Dowd said that an apology is due from the PSNI to the Armagh football squad and the people of Lurgan. Ard Mhacha.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ard Macha Abu
From: GUEST,derrymacash
Date: 12 Dec 02 - 03:54 AM

One in the eye for the backstabbers, begrudgers and curmudgeons who like to piss all over a legitimate celebration from a great height. Two wrongs compounding to direct flak at the wrong target. Never mind PSNI - who you'd expect to be biased anyway! But the press! What did I write above in THE MAN FROM THE BBC?

Bollocks to the whole ching-bang!

Ard mhacha abú and more power to us!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ard Macha Abu
From: ard mhacha
Date: 12 Dec 02 - 06:17 AM

From that honey tongued poet from the Lough shore, a neat kick up the ghoulies to the begrudging bastards.
To read more about the PISSNI`S apology click on to this and go to papertalk, www.orchardcounty.com Ard Mhacha.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ard Macha Abu
From: Teribus
Date: 12 Dec 02 - 10:22 AM

Congratulations on your Team's win.

Thanks for the story and the songs.

Quite some time ago I learned to keep clear of the Press/TV and the like. As some have mentioned above - the story is already written before they go out the door.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ard Macha Abu
From: ard mhacha
Date: 12 Dec 02 - 02:41 PM

Thanks Teribus, it has never been any different here.
I have sent a few Armagh fans and traditional music lovers to this Site.
They were impressed. Ard Mhacha.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ard Macha Abu
From: GUEST,Sarsfields (Derrytrasna)
Date: 12 Dec 02 - 04:47 PM

I have photos taken in Lurgan the day of the All Ireland win by my wife. There was only a few youths on the PSNI barracks putting up flags other than that there was no trouble from any Armagh fans. Some of these photos show about 50 Loyalist thugs throwing stones in to the crowd while the PSNI look on.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ard Macha Abu
From: Aidan Crossey
Date: 12 Dec 02 - 04:59 PM

Sorry to detract from the rather serious tone settling on this thread.

But ... Yo ho! Sarsfields! Tear away there, boy! About time there was a few more Montiagh men in this here neck o' the woods!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ard Macha Abu
From: GUEST,orchard county
Date: 12 Dec 02 - 05:38 PM

Hows it going Derrymacash. I run a website - www.orchardcounty.com. I would be very interested in adding the lyrics of your songs to my "songs and prose" section. I would appreciate your permission to do so.

Cheers


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ard Macha Abu
From: GUEST,derrymacash
Date: 13 Dec 02 - 04:20 AM

Fire away, there!

(And while you're at it whack on a link to my website, Pay The Reckoning a href="http://www.paythereckoning.com">http://www.paythereckoning.com


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ard Macha Abu
From: GUEST,derrymacash
Date: 13 Dec 02 - 04:22 AM

Bollocks!

Don't know why that didn't work above. I'll try again!

http://www.paythereckoning.com


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ard Macha Abu
From: GUEST,derrymacash
Date: 13 Dec 02 - 07:09 AM

To the tune of Larry O'Gaff, as used for the song "The Humours of Whiskey" on which this wee chant is based …

The telly and papers are up to their capers, in league then be japers with peelers and all
With some oul' narration 'bout stormin' the station - the true situation's not covered at all
The finger of blame is pointed again at shinners and fenians, a reprobate crew
And let us ignore that the boys to the fore were the bootboy begrudgers come down from Mourneview

It's late in the day that the peelers will say that the cause of the fray was the top of the town
They spun some oul' tale but the truth will prevail, still their colours were nailed as the story went round
They pulled the oul' wool and had some people fooled, who should have known better but quickly condemned
And suitably chastened no doubt they'll soon hasten to welcome the news that came out in the end

Don't go believing the lying, deceving and oul' smoke-screen-weaving reporters from regs
When a story is needed the truth's rarely heeded; again they've succeeded in slagging the taigs
And now they are sorry! It's little they worry, they're trying to cover their sleazy oul' backs
To hell with backstabbers, and sensation grabbers, to peddlers of bollocks and cynical hacks

To finish this ditty I think it a pity a story so shitty should ever see light
And miserable glipes would report such oul' tripe, they need an odd clipe to put their heads right
But they cannot detract from the glorious fact that the Boys Of Armagh did their bit and pulled through
And our oul' throats were raw from cheering each score and roaring like thunder Ard Mhacha Abú!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ard Macha Abu
From: Teribus
Date: 13 Dec 02 - 11:21 AM

"To hell with backstabbers, and sensation grabbers, to peddlers of bollocks and cynical hacks."

Brilliant!! absolutely Brilliant!!! Priceless.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ard Macha Abu
From: GUEST,Den
Date: 13 Dec 02 - 11:29 AM

By jingo Derrymacash yer a man well up for the job! Powerful stuff.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ard Macha Abu
From: GUEST,derrymacash
Date: 13 Dec 02 - 11:39 AM

Pay the miserable shower back in kind's what I say!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ard Macha Abu
From: GUEST,Ard Mhacha
Date: 13 Dec 02 - 01:25 PM

Just back from meeting a few friends in Lurgan, I passed on Derrymacash`s work, it went down a treat.
It will do the rounds to-night. Maith thu Amigo. Ard Mhacha.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ard Macha Abu
From: ard mhacha
Date: 15 Dec 02 - 03:47 PM

Will ye keep the oul dur open a wee bit longer for the sake of some visitors from Ard Mhacha.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ard Macha Abu
From: alison
Date: 15 Dec 02 - 07:10 PM

I hadn't seen this thread before......

I was in a session in the local Irish pub the week before the cup....... had to lead them all in a rendition of "the boys from the county armagh".... pub owner being from Crossmaglen....

then about a month later we got the cup over.... passed around the pub for us to swig Jamiesons out of.... that was a good session!!

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ard Macha Abu
From: ard mhacha
Date: 16 Dec 02 - 01:39 PM

At long last seen and held the Holy Grail to-day, John McEntee brought the Sam Maguire Cup along for a quick photo session before the famous trophy was brought away for another recepition to-night. Ard Mhacha.


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