Crossmaglen Rangers GAC

Crossmaglen Rangers GAC

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Crossmaglen Rangers G.A.C is a Gaelic Athletic Association club from Armagh, County Armagh, Northern Ireland. They cater for Gaelic football and camogie. Their home football ground is St. Oliver Plunkett Park which was opened in 1959. In 1971 the British Army took possession of a portion of the ground despite opposition from the club and the Irish Government, and this led to a controversy regarding the British Army's conduct.

The club have won the All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship on five occasions and are current champions. They have won the Ulster Senior Club Football Championship nine times and won the Armagh Senior Football Championship 39 times.

History

Founded in 1887 as Crossmaglen Red Hands, the club did not acquire its present name until 1909. The Red Hands won their first Armagh Senior Football Championship in 1906. After political controversy, the Red Hands split, and a new club called Creggan Rovers emerged, and won the 1908 championship. The modern Crossmaglen Rangers club started only in 1909. Rangers soon made their presence felt, however, winning the championship in 1911, 1912 and 1913.

The Armagh championship was not played from 1919 to 1922, at the time of the Irish War of Independence. When it...
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