Dual player Loughran picks up College All-Star

Keady dual star Jack Loughran has been named on the 2024 Danske Bank Ulster Schools Hurling Team of the Year.

Loughran picked up a corner back spot and was Keady High School’s only representative on the team.

He also previously captained Keady High School in the Kirk Cup and has won numerous club leagues and championships along with three Féile’s.

The Keady clubman is a dual player for both club and county as has represented the Armagh minors for both codes this year.

Loughran is also the vice-captain of Aidan O’Rourke’s Minor football team and has starred at midfield recently.

He has played in all five games for the Orchard footballers this season, including last week’s championship outing.

In fact, Loughran has played every single minute of those games as is one of the main men on the team.

Keady dual star Jack Loughran has been named on the 2024 Danske Bank Ulster Schools Hurling Team of the Year.
Photo Credit: Sinead Snaps

Loughran partnered Daithi O’Callaghan at centerfield for Armagh when beat Tyrone in the Ulster League Shield final.

Armagh opened their Ulster Championship account with a convincing 2-9 to 0-2 win against Antrim.

Tougher tests will lie ahead in the coming weeks however, as Armagh have to travel to both Derry and Cavan.

Loughran follows in the footsteps of fellow clubman Tomas Galvin, who won back-to-back hurling All-Stars in 2022 and 2023.

Galvin was named in the Ulster Schools Hurling in 2022 alongside Middletown hurler Jake Toal.

Last year, Galvin picked up a second award and like Loughran, Galvin is also a dual star from the Keady club.

He was one of the main men for the Keady footballers last year as they won Division 2B and reached the Intermediate Championship semi-finals.

Galvin also shone for the Armagh hurlers in 2023, racking up a notably tally of 8-22 across league and championship.