Devine makes his ‘Marc’

Strabane’s Mark Devine feels the pressure from Naomh Colum Cille’s Jack Ryan

TALK of burn-out or tiredness certainly didn’t come into the thinking of one young triple-sporting star from north Tyrone who has just enjoyed a weekend to remember.

For, young Marc Devine from Urney relished a schedule which could best be described as challenging. It also proved to be one of mixed fortunes on both the hurling and gaelic football fronts.


On Friday night he lined out the St Columba’s when they lost to Eskra in the Tyrone Intermediate quarter final. Also a talented soccer player, he gave Strabane Athletic’s clash against Draperstown Celtic a miss, before lining out for the Strabane Shamrocks hurlers as they won the county junior crown at Healy Park on Sunday.

He was understandably delighted to have gained some success from such a busy weekend, despite the obvious disappointment of seeing his native club knocked out of the Intermediate running.

“To be honest, I definitely didn’t expect to score 2-4 in the hurling. You have to give a good display in a final and I thought that I achieved that,” he said.
“We got a couple of goals coming up to half-time in the hurling which gave us a good lead at half-time.


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