The Millennium proved to a successful year for Beragh Red Knights Senior team, as they became the first team in the club’s history to win an Intermediate Championship and League double. They secured the Championship beating Gortin in a replay, played in Carrickmore on the 10th September, before securing the League title on the 10th October in Newtownstewart.

Managed by two legendary men in Palor Mc Nulty and the late Danny Molloy (RIP) from the Urney and Strabane clubs respectively. Palor and Danny will always be held in the highest regard for their contribution and commitment to the Red Knights.

Although a number of the team no longer reside in Beragh they continue to be part of the larger GAA family. Senior players, based at home and who played leading roles in securing the Intermediate double are now the backbone of our Club, playing leading roles in the coaching and development of our teams and many are involved in every age group from Gaelic Start to our current Senior team.

They are also actively involved in our club committees, fund raising, administration and all working together in securing the future development of our club and community. Since hanging up their boots they could be found travelling, throughout Ulster knocking doors and selling tickets, jumping on a bike to cooley and back, on the stage for Mr & Mrs, a Knight of strictly or novelty acts all done in the spirit of what it means to be a Red Knight.

We took the opportunity to roll back 20 years, review that historic season and catch up with the Senior team of 2000.

BRK 2000 Squad

Ciaran Donnelly, Martin McMahon, Barry Grimes, Shane Donnelly, Brian ‘Bap’ McCartan, Dominic ‘Dom’ Donnelly, Paddy ‘PK’ Kelly, Mickey ‘Snipe’ McCann, Stephen ‘Joe’ Taggart Donnelly, Terry ‘Ted’ McKenna, Niall ‘Flat’ Farley, Cathal Grimes, Mickey ‘Tag’ Montague, Stevie Franey, Gerard Loughran, Niall Meenagh, Kieran ‘Coxy’ Cox, Paul ‘Hog’ Donnelly, Patsy ‘Charlie’ Farley, Sean ‘Snake’ Owens, Stevie ‘Red’ Farley, Niall ‘Junior’ Owens, Barry ‘Chesty’ Mc Mahon, Barry Conroy, Brendan ‘Benny’ Teague, Sean Munroe.

Route to the Championship Final 2000:

14th May: Beragh 1-13 v Killyman 2-6
14th June: Beragh 3-6 v Rock  0-8
30th July: Beragh  2-15 v Pomeroy  0-5
27th August: Championship Final Beragh 0-11 v Gortin  0-11
10th September: Championship final replay Beragh 1-7 Gortin 0-5

League Final:  8th Oct  BRK 0-12 v Newtownstewart 0-3

We caught up with the Senior team from 2000, and asked them to capture the roles they have played since their playing days.

Paul “The Hogg” Donnelly
Wearing the number 14 jersey Paul used all his experience and guile in 2000 and was flanked by his partner in crime, Patsy Pan at 13. The Hog is now living in London and is involved in coaching with Gael London whom his three sons Michael, Stephen & Finn play for. He is also the Chairman for the London Branch of Club Tyrone. Paul continues flying the flag of the Red Knights Club, naming his company Red Knight 6 (RK6).

Martin “Stan” McMahon
Stan the man, a favourite son of Roscavey who emigrated to Donegal. A stalwart for many years and played well into his 40s, his children now play for the Glenfin Club in Donegal. Following the Intermediate double Stan moved to New York and was part of the Tyrone team in New York. On returning home he became a main stay at full back for the senior team. A real Red Knight legend!!

Ciaran “Squeak” Donnelly (Humpy’s Brother)
Squeak continued to line out for the senior and reserve teams well into his 30s, never afraid to answer the call and played in goals for a number of seasons. Squeak remains a loyal supporter of the Red Knights and has been involved in fund raising and development work.

Shane Donnelly
Shane continued to play for the Red Knights for many years after 2000 and spent several years playing for Harlesden Harps in London. In fact he won a London championship medal with the Harps. He now resides at home in Beragh supporting his children as they participate in under-age Club football.

Stephen “Joe Taggart” Donnelly
Joe continued to play for the Red Knights well into his 30’s. Was joint player manager with Stevie Red in winning a reserve league and championship. He was also part of the management team with Palor McNulty in 2007 when BRK got to the junior championship final. He was involved in coaching under age teams and was a member of the club executive committee. He is now residing in Omagh where his son Noah plays for Omagh Under 10s. Joe is involved in coaching at youth level in Omagh St Endas.

Barry Conroy
Barry played for the senior team from 1996 to 2007. He has remained an active presence in the Club both as a coach and as an administrator. He has been involved in managing from Under 12s right up to the Senior team, he has also managed the senior ladies and currently is involved with the Girls U8s and the Senior men’s team. He was a member of the Club executive from 2002-2014, serving as Club secretary, he was also a member of the Tyrone Youth committee and served as Tyrone GAA CCC Adult Fixtures secretary. He continues to organise the annual Paddy Bogan Primary School tournament and was involved in the Club’s fundraising draws.

Patsy ‘Charlie’ Farley
Charlie Farley, one of the quieter members of the team, made his senior debut in 1981, and was still lining out for the reserves in 2007. He has been on the club’s executive committee for over 25 years. He has managed the senior’s ladies team taking them to Division 1. He also coached the minors reaching a minor championship final and is currently coaching the U16 girls whom he guided to the Championship final last year. Patsy is currently the Health & Wellbeing Officer for the Club and looks after the management of the Community Hub. He also was involved in fundraising draws.

Sean ‘Snake’ Owens
The winning team captain and leader of the team. Sean has continued to lead since he hung up the boots in 2007. He has managed and coached with underage teams since 2005, with one memorable highlight reaching the All Ireland under 14 Feile final. He is currently involved with the club’s senior team, who have returned to Intermediate football. Owensy has been on the club executive since 2012 and club treasurer since 2018. He also was involved in all the clubs fundraising draws and activities.

Kieran “Coxy” Cox
Coxy led the line in 2000, a small man with a big heart. BRK’s loss in 2001 to Boston was Connemara Gaels gain. In his first year with the Gaels, they won the Senior championship. In 2003 he played with the Boston select v New York. Coxy went on to train the Gaels for over 10 years. In 2003 he managed the Roscommon (Boston) Ladies Senior team. That same year he also managed the Boston ladies Senior team. In 2010 he was appointed as the GDA (games development administrator) for the Boston/northeast region, running courses and coaching the development of the youth teams.

Barry “Chesty” Mc Mahon
Barry transferred to St Brigid’s Belfast in 2007. He played in and won Division 2 league titles with them and won an intermediate championship in 2017. Barry continues to play for the St Brigid’s Reserve team and also lines out for the Antrim over 40s. He continues to coach at underage teams and is currently a member of the Club’s executive committee.

Barry Grimes
Barry sustained an injury early in the 2000 season however he made a dramatic comeback in the Championship final replay, coming off the bench to score the winning goal. He has coached and managed at all levels within the Club from U14 up to Senior both men and ladies.
Barry spent many years on the Club Executive Committee where he served as Vice Chairman and Chair of the Coaching Development Committee. He also was involved in Scor, participating in ceile and set dancing, as well as the Novelty act winning the Tyrone title in 2004.
He spent 6 years coaching Tyrone Academy squads before coaching the Tyrone Minor team for 2 seasons. He has coached / managed the Tyrone Senior Ladies for 9 seasons on 3 separate occasions winning Ulster and All-Ireland titles. This also included 3 seasons with the Tyrone ladies’ Minor team which also won Ulster and All-Ireland titles.

Mickey “Tag”Montague
Mickey played for both Seniors and Reserves before hanging up the boots in 2005. Played a vital role in the Club’s fundraising work along with Jet Treacy in coordinating the big draw in 03/04. He remains an integral part of the Clubs fundraising ventures from golf days, Cooley to Cooley cycle to name just a few. He has been a member of the Club executive and served as the Club Treasurer for a number of years. He has been involved in Underage coaching for the last 10 years across all codes.

Brian “Bap” Mc Cartan
Bap has been involved in coaching since his playing days, he was joint manager off the Reserves, and was part of the Senior management team in 2007 reaching the junior county final. Brian also managed the senior ladies’ team for few years and coached the U16s boys for 2years. He is currently with the U6s and U8s for this last 3years. Bap has also been on the Finance committee for the last 6 years. He can also be found working away quietly as a handy man on any work to be done around the Club’s grounds.

Mickey “Snipe “Mc Cann
Mickey captained the Club’s U16 Grade 1 championship winning team in 1985. He continued to play for the Club’s Senior and Reserve teams well into his 40s. He was the Club Chairman from 2001 until 2007 and has been on the Club’s executive committee for almost 30 years. He now can be found on GAA fields of Tyrone referring or officiating at games.

Paddy “PK” Kelly
PK continued playing for the Senior and Reserve team well into his 30s. PK has been at the fore front of the Gaelic Start programme in the Club for the last 7 years and also coaches at underage handball. He is currently a member of the Club’s Coaching and Games Development committee. PK is another man who drove the roads and sold tickets in both Club draws. He was involved in the organising of “A Knight of Strictly”. PK has a busy house, but he can be regularly found at the Club at any time with a bus load of his own kids!!

Gerard Loughran
Gerard finished playing in 2008 after 13 years involvement with seniors and reserves. He began coaching in 2010 and been involved in coaching at various levels of underage football from minor level down and over the last number of years his focus has been with the U12 boys age group. He has been on the Club executive for a number of years and currently holds the position of Children’s Officer.

Stephen Franey
Stevie now lives in Ballycastle, County Antrim and is a member of the McQuillians Club were his children play hurling, camogie and football. Stephen’s career took him to Dublin and London where he was involved with St Endas Ballyboden and Cu Chulainn Gales respectively.

Niall “Junior” Owens
Junior is now living and working in England for another ex-Red Knight, Ciaran “Beaver” Donnelly. Played, and very much enjoyed his victory against his old school teacher big Enda Kilpatrick in the semi-final game against Pomeroy. He may reside in England but will always remain a Red Knight.

Terry “Ted” Mc Kenna
At midfield Ted was the powerhouse of the team, made his senior debut in 1992 and retired after the 2007 junior championship final. He has remained involved with the Red Knights, managing and coaching underage teams since 99, winning county titles with the clubs Under13s and U 16s. He also remains involved in fundraising activities.

Stephen “Red “Farley
Stevie “wonder” or Red made his senior debut in 1987 and played until 2007. Danny Molloy takes great credit for resurrecting Red’s career in 2000. Red made the number 2 position his own. He was player manager with Joe Taggart in winning a Reserve double. He has served on the club executive and served as club treasurer. Red is also involved with underage coaching, and like his playing career, was never found wanting when it came to supporting the clubs fundraising activities carrying out trojan work during the two big club draws.

Cathal “Wackle”Grimes
Cathal was between the posts for the 2000 season but was equally as comfortable in front of the posts, indeed throughout the season he regularly kicked over 50’s at crucial times. 3 years ago, he came out of retirement when he done goals for the seniors in a League game v Errigal Ciaran Thirds at the ripe old age of 45. He has coached at underage levels for both the boys and girls teams.

Niall “Flat” Farley
Flat was one of the more civil characters on the team. Since his playing career ended, due to his dodgy back in 2007, he has been actively involved in the administration and coaching fronts. He has been on the club executive for several years, more recently holding the position of registrar and he is also a key member of the finance committee with his close ally Mickey Teague. He also has managed and coached various youth teams throughout the years. He was on the winning Tyrone Scor Novelty Act with Sean Monroe, Joe Tags & Barry Grimes.

Dominic “Dom” Donnelly
Dom was the rock of the team at Number 6 and he continued to play for Seniors and Reserves until 2007. He has been involved in all of the clubs major fund-raisers and also can be found working on the club’s grounds. He is currently involved in coaching the U6 and U8 boys.

Sean Munroe
Sean currently resides in Galway. He travelled and worked in Boston and Dublin, lining out for the Connemara Gaels in Boston. Can now be found completing the odd marathon, triathlon and Ironman. Sean put in fine performances in winning the Tyrone Scor Novelty Act in 2001. A natural on the stage.

Niall “Meenagh” Meenagh
Played for the Seniors until he could hardly walk, and reports it was a pleasure to have played with Joe Taggart! He has remained involved with all the various Club fundraisers, out selling tickets for the big club draws. On the opening of the Community Hub at the Pavilion, Niall organised a charity football game between the current Senior team and the 2000 team. He also has coached underage football teams and is involved with the Hub committee.

Brendan “Benny” Teague
Brendan continued to play for both the Club’s Senior and Reserve teams until 2010. He also travelled, worked and played GAA in both the States and Australia. He continues to help out at coaching underage players in the Club and gets great enjoyment watching his children play for the Red Knights.

John “Foggie” Donnelly
JD was one of the key men in the back room team, never missed training, always dependable no matter what was asked of him. A through Red Knight and gael to the backbone JD has been an integral part of the Club from his involvement in fund-raising draws and events and in particular the work he undertakes for the Club Lotto. He has been on the Club Executive for many years and is still playing a vital role in the back-room team at senior level.

Anto Duffy
As with all Clubs it takes administrators to keep a club functioning, 2000 was no different, and one man that was never afraid to put his shoulder to the wheel was Anto. He played an active role in that year as Club Treasurer, his passion and support for the Red Knights could only be matched by his passion and love of the Dubs.

Gerry Owens
Gerry was the club chairman in 2000 and had served as chairman for almost 10 years. Gerry played a vital role in the ongoing support and development role of our club throughout those years, and was never found wanting when it came to working for the club no matter the task.

Ní neart go cur le chéile
There is no strength without unity

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