Clann Eireann to host memorial tournament

Marie Hoye and Caitriona McKeag tournament
Marie Hoye and Caitriona McKeag tournament

Clann Eireann will be hosting their sixth annual seven-a-side memorial tournament in memory of two of the club’s great Gaels, Marie Hoye and Caitriona McKeag.

The event will be held this Saturday, April 18, at the club’s grounds in north Lurgan.

Marie was an extraordinary person who established Clann Eireann ladies football.

Her enthusiasm for ladies football at club and county level knew no bounds.

Marie lost her long term battle with cancer at the age of 46.

Caitriona was an exceptional young footballer who represented her club and county.

Caitriona died at the young age of 16 with meningitis.

Her exceptional talent was first recognised by Marie and it is very fitting that her shield is part of this tournament.

Clann Eireann club lost both these people within the space of six months of each other, a massive loss to the club.

Though it was devastating the club vowed to move on and honour their memory with this great tournament.

This year the winner will win £250 worth of sports vouchers for their club, kindly sponsored by our ongoing main sponsor Murphys Law Irish Pub in Floriday, USA.

A spokesperson for Clann Eirean said: “We invite Junior, intermediate and Senior teams as there is a cup and shield competition.”

The club has also asked that other clubs pass the word around the county and forward information to club delegates.

Team entry is £90 or €100. For more information contact Martina Hoye 07770 614 932 or Maria Donnelly 07759 934 120

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