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Tuesday 30 September 2014

Rangers prepare for Offaly champs

BRIAN O'DONOGHUE Sports Reporter

Published 23/10/2012 | 14:49

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After the small matter of celebrating back to back Senior hurling titles and celebrating the wedding of James Hickey, the Mount Leinster Rangers men will face the Offaly champions Kilcormac/Kiloughey at home on November 4 in the Leinster Senior club championship.

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It's the Offaly men's first county championship win in living memory and with the winners facing the victors from the Laois v Westmeath clash the scene could be set for a wonderful run in the province's pinnacle club competition.

The Rangers men have being hurling solidly since spring time 2011 and have had no rest, with some even venturing off to America to win championships over there because for Rangers an AllIreland is just not enough.

On Sunday captain Brian Nolan spoke with pride in his voice as he accepted the Willie O'Connor Cup on behalf of his team. He said his dad Patsy, who looked up from the pitch, was probably the proudest man in Dr. Cullen Park but he also spoke with honesty and respect when he addressed the Erin's Own men and for a moment he also dared them to come back to challenge again. Then a massive roar went up, and Rangers were champions, again.

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