August 27, 2019
Argideen Rangers GAA club send their best wishes to Ibane Gaels players Jack Lawton of Burrane and Ryan O' Donovan of Courtmacsherry who will represent the club in Croke Park on Sunday in the All Ireland minor football championship. It is a rare occasion for the club to have a Cork minor player, but two players on the one minor team is exceptional. Rory O' Sullivan was Argideen Rangers' last Cork minor footballer, when he captained the Rebels in 2009. Incidentally, Rory was a dual Cork minor that year, as was Barry Harte when he won an All Ireland hurling title in 1985. Both Jack and Ryan will attempt to scupper Galway who have made the decider for the second year in a row. Galway beat an exceptional, six in a row chasing, Kerry team in semi final.
It is no surprise to any Argideen club member to see Jack excel on a higher sporting stage. His many underage coaches will testify to his determination, work ethic and skill from a young age. No doubt he had a great start practising with his parents and three brothers in Burrane! It was no coincidence that he captained many an underage team such were his leadership qualities. Jack always occupied the central positions (full back, centre back, midfield,etc) where he could be relied upon to influence the game and it is expected he will once again play mid field for Cork in the final.
Argideen wish both Jack and Ryan the best of luck on Sunday as they bid to win Cork's first All Ireland at this level since 2000 and we would ask locals to proudly display the Cork colours to support the lads. Go n-éirí go geal libh!