There are four gaelic football teams in the parish of Clonoe County Tyrone on the south western shore of Lough Neagh. Clonoe O’Rahilly’s, Derrylaughan Kevin Barry’s. Brocagh Robert Emmett’s and arguably the smallest club Derrytresk Fir An Chnoic. There are 57 houses in Derrytresk and the football and social club are at the very heart of this community. It’s the oldest club in the area established in 1903. This year has been an historic year with this junior club winning the Tyrone Junior Championship and the Ulster Junior Championship and now after a much publicised semi final which they won they will play Clonbur from Galway in the All Ireland Final.
Our family have a strong connection with the club although I am and always will be a “Rahilly” My brother Tommy’s family have all played for “The Hill” Tómas and Caolan for the football team and Aisling and Tommy’s wife Margaret with the camogie team. Caolan, who turned 17 last year, will play in Croke Park in the Junior All Ireland Final on Sunday february 12th. It’s an incredible achievement for such a small club. This picture is the chairman of Derrytresk GFC Barney Campbell giving an interview to reporter Ronan McSherry from the Ulster Herald Newspaper at “The Big Breakfast” in the club where the players serve breakfast to the supporters, friends and family.