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Uachtarán Malachy McGeeney. An laoch ar lár! RIP   12/01/2015

Malachy McGeeney

 Malachy was a founder member of the Armagh Primary School League 1965-66 and its first chairman. In 1981 he was responsible for Armagh joining Cumann na mBunscol.

 At local level Malachy has held the following posts: Secretary, PRO, Treasurer, Chairperson and is now Honorary President

.He was, once more, a founding member of Cumann na mBunscol Uladh and acted as skills’ organiser from 1982-87. He later served as Ulster chairperson from 1998-2003 and was delegate to Comhairle Uladh from 1999-2009. He organised the Ulster Handball competitions, INTO 7’s in all codes and the McGreevey Cup football competition.

 In 1985 Malachy joined the National Committee and held the post of Development Officer on two occasions, Vice-Chairperson 1995-2000 and President 2000-2005. Throughout this lengthy period of administration Malachy was heavily involved in all aspects of coaching and organisation at local and Ulster level and was quite often innovative in his approach.

 He assisted P.J. Geraghty in organising the I.N.T.O. /G.A.A Mini 7’s in Croke Park for a period of 8 years and was responsible for the All Ireland Handball exhibitions from their inception to 2005.

 Malachy also pursued the need for sponsorship and he was so highly regarded that he successfully garnered sponsorship locally from Morgan Fuels, NWP Waste and the Canal Court Hotel, Newry.

 He was also involved in the initial negotiations with Gaelic Telecom which proved very successful for a number of Primary Schools.

 Malachy ‘s Involvement

 Locally Malachy introduced indoor competitions (boys’ and girls’ football, hurling and camogie) and instigated the annual quiz. He introduced Rounders to Armagh schools in 1994 and single-handedly organised a successful All-County Rounders League.

In 1995 Malachy accompanied the President of Cumann Luthchleas Gael Jack Boothman to every primary school in Armagh.

 Later Malachy introduced local skill-based competitions which went on to Ulster level; the first winners being Diarmaid Marsden and Oisín McConville (2002 All Ireland winners).

 Malachy started Handball in Armagh Primary Schools and was National Co-ordinator from 1991-2005. He refereed these Handball competitions at all grades, county, provincial and national. Malachy introduced regional primary schools squads in both boys’ and girls’ football based on development skills and enjoyment. He was involved with the weekly coaching of the South Armagh squads in Newtownhamilton.

He began a county-wide pre-All Ireland 5-A-side blitz in all codes based on fun and enjoyment. These are still very successful. One wall handball and a No Foul Language campaign were introduced.

 Malachy wass always available to supervise primary school teams in both codes which participate in half-time exhibition games during the National League and Championship.

 

In recent years he accompanied 30 young Armagh primary school hurlers on a coaching weekend to Kilkenny. In 2009 Kilkenny All Star Tommy Walsh accepted an invitation from Malachy and Paul Duggan to come to Armagh and coach children at three different venues in the county.

 During our dark and troubled past Malachy organised trips to Cork and Kerry for primary school football and hurling panels with the late Jim McEvoy, Cork and Jerome Conway, former Kerry county chairman.

 Return trips were made by a number of young Cork hurlers who had the privilege of meeting the late Cardinal Tomas O’Fiaich. Ballincollig and St Patrick’s primary school Crossmaglen have continued this relationship to this present day.

 During this time trips were also organised to Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo, Meath and Fermanagh. Return trips were made by these counties. The fact that Armagh school competitions were played as normal throughout the troubled years speaks volumes for Malachy.

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