Armagh GAA paid tribute to the achievements of our handballing world champions on Friday evening in the Athletic Grounds. The players were presented to the crowd at the recent Intermediate football championship semi-finals and they were given a guard of honour onto the field by the Clann Éireann footballers. A total of 15 handballers from Clann Éireann, Naomh Cillian Whitecross and the Eugene Quinn club in Armagh recently travelled to the World Championships held in Canada and arrived home with a haul of 17 medals between them. The Clann Éireann club was well-represented at the World Championships with Charly Shanks competing in the Men’s Four Wall competition, but it was perhaps in the One Wall competition that Clann Éireann, and indeed Whitecross, astounded the global handball fraternity.
Avoureen Coleman won gold in the Ladies’ Doubles competition and with coach Peadar McMahon on hand to guide the six underage stars of Clann Éireann, more success was to follow. Niamh Coleman won gold in the U17 girls’ singles and doubles competition; Alana Doran won gold in the U17 doubles; Aoibhinn Henderson won silver in the U17s singles, a competition which also included Méabh McMahon. At U15 level, Dearbhla Coleman won gold in the one wall doubles, silver in the one wall singles and silver in the four wall doubles. Megan McCann was one of the most successful juveniles in world handball, claiming gold in the one wall singles and doubles, gold in the four wall singles and silver in the four wall doubles.
Whitecross were also celebrating with the Ó Dúill family bringing five medals back to Armagh. James Doyle took part in the One Wall men’s competition and won silver in the over 35s. Club coach, Máighréad Ní Riabhaigh Uí Dhúill, a former world champion herself, took part in the ladies one wall competition. Cailíosa Ní Dhúill claimed two medals, with silver in the U13 girls’ four wall competition and bronze in the one wall doubles. Fiachra Ó Dúill won silver in the U11 boys four wall competition and he became Whitecross’ latest world champion when he claimed gold in the one wall competition.
Armagh was also represented by Mickey Quinn and Aidan Devlin from the Eugene Quinn handball club in Armagh, competing in the mens’ masters B singles and doubles competition. Armagh GAA is extremely proud of all of our handballers and we congratulate everyone who represented their club and county at the recent World Championships. In particular, we offer congratulations to the medalists and our five world champions.