Tears speak louder than words for Armagh coach McDonnell

Coach Peter McDonnell revealed how Armagh players fell to their knees and wept in the dressing room after knocking old rivals Tyrone out of the Championship.

Armagh’s three-point qualifier win was their most significant in the Championship since McDonnell managed the county to their last Ulster title in 2008.

The current team management, headed up by Paul Grimley, maintained their ongoing vow of silence after the weekend breakthrough in Omagh.

But, speaking to Linwoods Armagh TV, McDonnell agreed it was a landmark day for the Orchard County who were yesterday drawn to play Roscommon in Round 3B.

“There’s been a lot of criticism levelled against them (players) and they haven’t stopped,” said McDonnell. “When you walk into a dressing room after an event like this and see lads on their hands and knees crying because of how much it meant to them, there’s something to be truly proud of. People should appreciate how lucky they are that regardless of where we are in the history of Armagh football that there’s young lads there prepared to put life and limb on the line for their county. And the least they can expect is to be embraced and supported by their own.”

Armagh overcame Cavan in Ulster but that game was marred by a fracas beforehand. Both sides received fines and suspensions and Armagh’s media ban appears to be linked to the coverage they received.


When Marisa Murphy went to play as a teenager on Dinish Island, she could still see the flowers growing among the ruins in her grandmother’Islands of Ireland: Barely inhabitated Dinish became an industrial zone

MAC make-up artist Lucy Bridge shares her tips backstage at Roland Mouret.How to create the perfect matte red lip, according to a backstage beauty expert

New trends include chunky heeled boots, silver belts and lots of plaid from the British designer.Victoria Beckham got ‘rebellious’ for her new collection – as David and family watched on

When horses were shown photographs of angry human faces, their hearts speeded up.Jackass penguin talk is similar to humans

More From The Irish Examiner