Magheracloone have had a hell of a year.

In September 2018, the Monaghan club were hit by an extraordinary setback when a huge sinkhole destroyed their facilities. 

Part of a disused mine collapsed, leaving the club's grounds, community centre and pitch completely out of bounds.

It was a huge blow to the area, and forced Magheracloone into a nomadic existence. They ploughed on, using neighbouring pitches and training areas to keep the show on the road.

On Sunday, driven by former All-Star Tommy Freeman, they were crowned Ulster Club IFC champions when they defeated Galbally of Tyrone 1-15 to 0-13.

It was an emotional end to a crazy journey and afterwards chairman Francie Jones was quick to pay tribute to the wider GAA community for their ongoing support.

"It's been a long, tough but successful year for us," he told RTÉ Radio 1's Sunday Sport.

"It was a massive shock for us to lose our club grounds, our community centre. There were five residents put out of their house and some of them are still not back so there was massive upheaval in the parish.

"At the back of it all, it seemed to galvanise everyone... and not only our members, our local clubs beside us as well.

"We're situated here on the border of Cavan, Meath and Louth. Clubs in those counties all rallied in to support us. We can never thank them enough. 

"It renews your faith in the GAA as a family. When we were in need, all the other clubs stepped up to help us." 

Magheracloone are working towards developing a new home and although Jones admitted it's been a challenge, their spirits are high.

"We'll never be back in our old facilities again," he added.

"We do have temporary training grounds up and running, we share a pitch with a club in Louth where we play our home games. It's working for us at the minute. 

"Financially it's a burden but, like any club up and down the country, it takes a lot of money to run a club these days."