Clann Eireann on top of the world thanks to glory in Canada showcase

Clann Eireann celebrating medal success in Canada.INLM37-130
Clann Eireann celebrating medal success in Canada.INLM37-130

Clann Eireann recently returned from Canada with a double-figure medal haul as reward alongside the host of World Handball Championship memories.

The Calgary showpiece marked the latest high-profile success for the locals on an international stage - with eight gold medals and four silver the final tally across six sections.

Megan McCann picked up gold in the 15-and-under singles, doubles and 40x20 categories. She teamed up with Dearbhla Coleman to claim the doubles crown.

Alana Doran and Niamh Coleman combined to captured the 17-and-under doubles, with the latter first in the age-group singles.

Avoureen Coleman collected gold in the Ladies’ C doubles.

Charly Shanks, Aoibhinn Henderson and Meabh McMahon also stepped out as part of a Clann Eireann panel under the guidance of Peadar McMahon.

“Handball is a year-long commitment for our players but to go to Canada and come back as World champions is something special for the club and the community,” said Clann Eireann’s chair of the handball section, Dee McKerr. “We made the trip to Calgary off the back of some wonderful success at the 2012 World Championships in Dublin.

“To add to those memories with more medals for the club is a great achievement and some of our players can now boast World honours across two different tournaments.

“It proved a fortnight to remember in Canada, with the final roll of honour eight gold and four silver.

“Credit to the players for putting in so much commitment, not just in Canada but during such a dedicated training programme building to the World finals.

“Peadar McMahon deserves a lot of credit for his dedication and we will certainly stage a formal evening to show those involved our official thanks.

“From the club’s viewpoint, we owe a special word of praise for those sponsors and members of the community who helped with financial backing ahead of the trip.

“It was a community effort and wonderful example of everyone working together.”

Thanks go to the following sponsors: First Trust Bank (Market Street, Lurgan), Gallery and Campbell Solicitors (Market Street, Lurgan), St Mary’s Junior High School (Lurgan), St Paul’s Junior High School (Lurgan), Tesco (Lurgan), Lurgan Credit Union, ABP (Newry), The GAA Store (Carn), NU Clean (Newry), South Shore Marine and Diesel, Daly Park and Co (Market Street, Lurgan), Desmond Tipping and Son (Windsor Avenue, Lurgan), Wilson Salt (Belfast), Sean Moore, St Michael’s Grammar School (Lurgan), Stephen Magee Electrical (Cornakinnegar Road, Lurgan), Café Vibe (William Street, Lurgan), Campbell Bulk Haulage (Keady), Tannaghmore Primary School (Lake Street, Lurgan), The Friends of Clann Eireann Handball Club, Irwin’s Bakery.