14 Aug 2022

Married on Friday, AJ Gallagher helps Naomh Conaill to league final on Sunday

The Naomh Conaill defender tied to knot with Roisín Bonner on Friday and 48 hours later lined out for his club - alongside his best man and groomsman - as they sealed their place in the All-County Football League Division 1 final

Marred on Friday, AJ Gallagher helps Naomh Conaill to league final on Sunday

Roisín Bonner and AJ Gallagher on their wedding day at St Connell’s Church in Glenties on Friday and, inset, with the Dr Maguire as part of the 2019 winning Naomh Conaill side

They’re certainly a committed lot at Naomh Conaill, who yesterday took on St Eunan’s in their penultimate All-County Football League Division 1 fixture.

On Friday, at St Connell’s Church in Glenties, Naomh Conaill full-back AJ Gallagher married Roisín Bonner, with his brother Hugh the best man and teammate Leo McLoone groomsman, before they danced the night away at the reception at the Shandon Hotel. 

As you do, on Saturday the wedding crowd were back in Glenties for the afterparty at Leo’s Bar and by Sunday all three were part of the Naomh Conaill panel as St Eunan’s rolled into Davy Brennan Memorial Park.

Hugh Gallagher and McLoone both started the match, which had a 6pm throw-in due to the graveyard mass taking place, with AJ on the substitutes’ bench, available if needed. 

Naomh Conall’s Jeaic Mac Ceallabhuí was forced off injured only five minutes in and his replacement Daniel Gildea scored the home side’s goal before having to retire himself from the action with only nine minutes gone.

So, on came AJ - perhaps a little earlier than he might’ve expected - to put in a good shift for the remaining 51 minutes. Martin Regan’s side knew a victory would secure a place in the league final and came through on a 1-11 to 1-8 scoreline and will now take on either Kilcar or Aodh Ruadh for the Democrat Cup in three weeks’ time. 

Before that though, AJ and Roisín will enjoy a well-earned break before they head off on their mini-moon to France next week. 

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