Clann Eireann claim first ever top tier title

A long and hard league campaign ended on Friday evening, with Clann Eireann claiming their first ever topflight title.

The Lurgan men saw off Madden in what was ultimately a title decider. Goals from Conor Turbitt, Conor McConville and Tiernan Kelly made the difference in the end.

Ruairi Lavery’s side led from start to finish and were nine-points the better team, winning 3-13 to 1-10.

Speaking to Armagh TV after the game, Tiernan Kelly declared that focus will swiftly turn towards championship.

“It’s a first for the club and like anything, it’ll go down as the first time ever to win it,” said ‘TK’. “At this time of year, if you’re in for silverware you want to go and win it.

“It’s great to get those sort of games, those competitive games where you have to win going into the championship.

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“Everybody in the club will celebrate but we all know come Monday morning, we have two or three weeks to prepare for the championship.

“We didn’t do ourselves justice last year (losing to Mullaghbawn in the first round), so we have to put the head down and go back at it.”


Kelly was full of praise for his club and county teammate Conor Turbitt, who finished as top scorer with 1-5.

“Turbo, he’s a fantastic footballer and he’s very accurate,” added the Clann Eireann midfielder. “He shows for the ball and there’s very few better men you’d want when you look up and see inside.

“He’s great to have on your team and I’d rather play with him than play against him. All the other boys are putting in a shift as well, trying to get him that space.

“There’s boys trying to get runners off him and trying to drag men away. That’s his job at the end of the day, to kick our scores.”