Clann Eireann competitors recently headed off to Canada in pursuit of World Handball Championship glory - with community support a crucial part of preparations.
Sponsorship backing from a number of firms in the area helped secure passage to the two-week competition in Calgary.
Hopes of additional success proved high thanks to players with previous World honours following the 2012 tournament.
A celebration night in Clann Eireann Social Club attracted support from players, officials, supporters and sponsors to provide the perfect send-off.
Key backers included Sean Lenehan on behalf of Lurgan Credit Union and Noel Hegarty of The GAA Store.
In addition to the presentation of club kit by sponsors, club chairman Donal McCarthy delivered personal donations to each individual on behalf of Clann Eireann.
“With some of the young players already World champions after the last highly-successful campaign on home soil in Dublin in 2012, they go with everyone’s best wishes in the hope of defending their titles and possibly gaining one or two more,” said a Clann Eireann spokesman on the night. “Once again, our senior player Charley Shanks will compete with the big guns of World handball in the men’s open.
Thanks go to: 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.
See next week’s ‘Mail’ for a report from Canada.