John McCullagh September 20, 2005
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The Chess team below shows:  B. (L-R)  Joe McGrath, Eric Johnston and Raymond O’Neill
F. (L-R)  M Hollywood, Martin Treanor (Captain) and J Strain

The team was ably coached by popular teacher of the time Brian O’Hare.


Out of nine away matches in the Sunday Times National Schools Chess Tournament, this great team drew one and won all the others.  Not bad for a Secondary Intermediate competing against all-comers, Grammar schools included!

On the occasion of this photograph they were victors over Belfast’s Annadale Grammar. 

When it came to that year’s Debating Team, the record was just as good.  Raymond O’Neill was now Captain and he is flanked by D Farrell and M Moore.  J Daly and A Kennedy completed this successful team.

They competed here in Portadown, arguing that ‘the Good Old Times were good after all!’  What do you think?

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