The Gaa In The Glens Of Antrim

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The Gaa In The Glens Of Antrim

  1. 1. The History of Gaelic Games<br /> in the <br />Glens of Antrim<br />
  2. 2. Origins of Hurling<br /><ul><li>5th century B.C. – representation of a “stick and ball” game Athens
  3. 3. Trinity College Library, Dublin – manuscript describes a contest in Cong, Mayo in 1272 B.C. between The Firbolgs and Tuatha de Danann
  4. 4. Brehon Laws (B.C.) – catered for those injured in hurling matches
  5. 5. Cuchullain – folklore story with a hurl of bronze and a ball of silver
  6. 6. 1366 – Statutes of Kilkenny banned the wearing of Irish Dress and the use of the Brehon Laws
  7. 7. 1527 -,Galway Statutes banned the “horling of the litill ball with hockie sticks or staves
  8. 8. Wild Geese – post siege of Limerick, demonstrated hurling in the continent as it was played in Erin go Bragh </li></li></ul><li>Earliest Representation of a Stick & Ball Game<br />Athens Archaeological Museum<br />Found Athens 1922, dates from 5th Century B.C<br />
  9. 9. Stick & Ball Game<br />Medieval Denmark 1333<br />
  10. 10.
  11. 11. 15th Century Grave Slab<br />Clonca Church Ruin, Malin Head<br />inscription reads – made by Fearghas MacAllain<br />To the memory of Manas MacMhoireasdain of Iona<br />
  12. 12. Shinney (Camanachd)<br /><ul><li>Also referred to as Shinty, Shinny and hurling
  13. 13. Mull of Kintyre & Antrim Coast use the term Shinney
  14. 14. Scots believe it was brought from N.E Ireland 1500 years ago
  15. 15. Winter game especially at Christmas and the New Year
  16. 16. Aird a Chumhaing – refers to hurling / camanachd as a Winter Christmas recreation</li></li></ul><li>Local References<br /><ul><li>Shaw Mason Parochial Survey 1817 – “ a great concourse of people assemble on the strand at Whitepark to play cammon or shinney
  17. 17. Ordnance Survey Memoirs 1830 – record caman being played at Ballymoney, Carrickfergus and Loughgiel.
  18. 18. Lord Cushendun’s memoirs (unpublished) writes that his grandfather Edmund Alexander McNeill (1785-1879) was best boxer and hurler in the Glens
  19. 19. 1882 Government Official investigating the “Distress in Co. Antrim” reported that in Ballyeamon he found that shinney was still being played where the reputation of the whole parish was at stake</li></li></ul><li>The GAA Nationally<br /><ul><li>Founded 01.11.1884 in Miss Hayes Commercial Hotel, Thurles
  20. 20. Michael Cusack, Maurice Davin, John McKay, John Wyse Power, John K. Bracken, P.J. O’Ryan, Thomas St George McCarthy
  21. 21. Previous Attempts (8) all failed to produce a National Athletics Organisation
  22. 22. Included organisations like Dublin Amateur Athletics Club 1867, A.A.A. of Ireland 1881 – Cusack involved in 6 of these
  23. 23. 1881 Cusack actually advocated cricket as Ireland's national sport
  24. 24. Patrons secured – Archbishop Thomas W. Croke, Charles Stewart Parnell and Michael Davitt
  25. 25. 2nd Meeting in Victoria Hotel Cork, January 1885 effectively taken over by the Irish Parliamentary Party
  26. 26. 3rd Meeting before the GAA marked it’s cards with the I.P.P. And I.R.B.</li></li></ul><li>                                                                                                                                     <br />Miss Hayes Commercial Hotel, Thurles 1884<br />Maurice Davin and Michael Cusack<br />
  27. 27. Market Day, Thurles 1894<br />
  28. 28. GAA in the Glens of Antrim<br /><ul><li>Glenarm Shauns was first team to be formed in 1903
  29. 29. 1904 first Feis na Gleann
  30. 30. Cushendun defeated Glenarm in the semi-final
  31. 31. Carey defeated Glenariffe in the other semi-final
  32. 32. Some reports that Glenarm played Carey in final have since been corrected
  33. 33. Irish Weekly August 1904 reported that “...Cushendun lost in the final of the Shield of Heroes
  34. 34. Corroborated by Dan McCarry in interview for The Emmet Review
  35. 35. Feis provided the impetus for the whole Gaelic Movement</li></li></ul><li>Francis Joseph Biggar 1863 -1926<br />Founder of Feis na Gleann<br />7th son of a 71th son, b. Mallusk Co Antrim, educated R.BA.I., Solicitor, Freemason, Gael<br />
  36. 36. Miss Ada McNeill 1860 - 1959<br />Secretary to the first Feis Committee 1904<br />b. England, 1st cousin Lord Cushendun, member of Gaelic League and enthusiastic revivalist<br />
  37. 37. Feis na nGleann<br /><ul><li>Founded by Francis Joseph Biggar a Protestant gentleman from Belfast 1904
  38. 38. Committee : President Miss Barbara McDonnell, Cushendall</li></ul> Secretary Miss Ada McNeill, Cushendun<br /> Treasurer Joseph Duffy, Cushendall<br /> Committee Representatives from each of the Glens<br /> Denis Black, Glendun<br /> William McLaughlin, Glendun<br /><ul><li>1905 – committee elected under presidency of Fr Magill Culfeightrin
  39. 39. Tournament organised in Glenarm
  40. 40. Participants Glenariffe Oisins, Feystown Eoin Roe’s</li></ul>Mullaghsandal Shamrocks, Glenarm Shane O’Neill’s<br />Glenarm were winners of the Athy Cup<br />
  41. 41. Roger Casement 1864 - 1916<br />Umpire at Feis na nGleann 1904 (referee was Dan Dempsey)<br />
  42. 42. Roger Casement’s Boat, Fainne Gael an Lae<br />Feis na nGleann 1904 – Casement led a party of Irish Speakers from Rathlin<br />
  43. 43. Preparing for the first Feis 1904<br />Includes: Roger Casement, Margaret Dobbs, Ada Mcneill, Annie McGavock, Rose Young, John (Benmore) Clarke<br />Francis J. Biggar, Padraic McCormaic, Harry Scally, Andy Dooey, Joseph Duffy, Denis Maginnis, Stephen Clarke<br />Rev, Tom Toal, Rev McGrattan <br />
  44. 44. Feis na Gleann Parade, Red Bay, Glenariffe<br />
  45. 45. Main Street, Waterfoot<br />
  46. 46. Feis na Gleann 1904<br />Holden’s Hall, Glenariffe<br />
  47. 47. Cassie McNeill, Glenarm <br />Feis na nGleann 1904<br />
  48. 48. Boy Dancer <br />Feis na nGleann<br />
  49. 49. Practising in Neil John O’Boyle’s Field<br />Early 20th Century<br />
  50. 50. Preparing for Match, Glenariffe 1904<br />
  51. 51. Tussle at Feis, Glenariffe 1904<br />
  52. 52. Parading Through Red Arch, Feis na nGleann<br />
  53. 53. Beginning of Hurling Match <br />Neil John O’Boyle’s Field, Glenariffe 1906<br />
  54. 54. Prior to Parade <br />Outside Legge House,<br />Cushendall 1906<br />
  55. 55. Outside former Coast Guard Station, Cushendun – Currently Maud Cottages 1906<br />Preparing for Parade to Cushendall Feis<br />Inscription read Gan Teagan,Gan Tir – Without A Language, Without A Country<br />
  56. 56. Match Parade at Feis, Cushendall 1906<br />
  57. 57. Match Parade at Feis, Cushendall 1906<br />
  58. 58. Feis na nGleann, Cushendall 1906<br />Senior Hurling Match (now 4th Fairway of Golf Course)<br />
  59. 59. Feis na Gleann, 1906, Cushendall<br />Note temporary bridge to what is now the 4th fairway on Golf Course<br />
  60. 60. Feis na Gleann 1906<br />Shore Street, Cushendall<br />
  61. 61. Feis na nGleann Cushendall, 1906<br />Minor Hurling Match<br />
  62. 62. O’Neill War Pipers, Armagh<br />Feis na nGleann <br />
  63. 63. Feis na nGleann – Pipes and Drums<br />
  64. 64. Feis na Gleann Committee 1932<br />Altmore street Glenarm<br />L-R: Johnny (Benmore) Clarke, Rev, L. Kirkwood, Miss Madge Logue, Rev. Diamond, Hugh Flatley, <br />Annie McAllister (Waterfoot)Rev. Clenaghan, Maggie O’Boyle (Glenarm), Archie McKinley (Carnlough) <br />
  65. 65. Formation of North Antrim GAA Divisional Board<br /><ul><li>Antrim County Convention 1906 resolution passed to form N. A. Committee
  66. 66. Inaugural Meeting Cushendall 01.04.1906
  67. 67. In attendance Mr George Martin, Ulster Council secretary</li></ul>Mr B. O’Brien, Antrim County Board secretary<br />Mr George Martin, Belfast and Presiding officer<br /><ul><li>Committee Elected President Fr Patrick Magill, PP Culfeightrin</li></ul>Chairman Mr Patrick Moore, Carey<br />Secretary Mr J.J. Dodd, Glenarm<br />Treasurer Mr Dominic Quinn, Cushendun<br />Committee Mr Moore<br /> Mr Quinn<br /> Mr Magill<br /> Mr McAllister<br /> Mr McAleese<br />
  68. 68. Irish News Thursday April 5th 1905 – “Organising North Antrim”<br />
  69. 69. North Antrim 1906<br /><ul><li>Inaugural Meeting Cushendall School Sunday 15th April 1906
  70. 70. Affiliated Teams Carey (Fag a’Ballach)</li></ul>Mullaghsandal (Shamrocks)<br />Cushendun (Brian Boru)<br />Glenarm (Shane O’Neill)<br />Loughgiel (Tir na nOg)<br />Feystown (Eoin Roe O’Neill’s)<br />Carnagear (Sarsfield’s)<br /><ul><li>Meeting 2 Cushendall 2nd June 1906
  71. 71. Additional Teams Glenariffe (Oisins)</li></ul>Cushendall (Ruairi Og)<br /><ul><li>North Antrim Championship Final 1906</li></ul> Carey 5-7 Mullaghsandal 1-2<br /><ul><li>Feis Cushendall 27th June 1906</li></ul> North Antrim 7 South Antrim (Tir na nOg) 24<br />
  72. 72. North Antrim Team 1906<br />Arthur Harvey, Jimmy (Barney) McAuley, John McDade, James B. Delargy (Glenariffe)<br />Tom Hernon, Archie McKay, A. McNeill (Cushendun)<br />J. McKeegan, A. McAlister (Cushendall)<br />H. McCollam, H. McKay, J.McAleese, H. McKee (Loughgiel)<br />H. McAllister, J Magill, D. McAllister, (Mullaghsandal)<br />Robinson, J O’Hara (Glenarm<br />C. Magill, W. Bell (Feystown) also Mulvenna and J.McAllister - subs<br />
  73. 73. North Antrim Hurling Select 1906<br />
  74. 74. North Antrim 1907<br /><ul><li>McQuillan's , Ballycastle entered into competitions
  75. 75. N. A. Final Cushendun 3.07 Carey 2.06 (Cushendall)
  76. 76. County Final Crowley’s 32 Cushendun 9 (Belfast)</li></ul>North Antrim 1908<br /><ul><li>N.A. Final Cushendun defeated Glenarm by a point (Cushendall)
  77. 77. County Final Seaghan an Diomais 2.11 Cushendun 1.01 (Glenarm)
  78. 78. Cushendall won Coulter Cup presented to Captain later Fr George McKillop
  79. 79. North Antrim 1909
  80. 80. Cushendun withdrew some players going to Ballycastle.
  81. 81. Loughgiel Dalriadians joined League competition</li></li></ul><li>North Antrim 1909<br /><ul><li>Cushendun withdrew with some players going to Ballycastle.
  82. 82. Loughgiel Dalriadians joined League competition for trophy presented by Fr Eardley P.P. Culfeightrin
  83. 83. N.A Final Carey defeated Loughgiel Tir na nOg, lost County Final to Brian Og of Belfast 3-08 to 1-09</li></ul>North Antrim 1910<br /><ul><li>N.A. Final Ballycastle 7.05 Glenarm 2.04 (Loughgiel)
  84. 84. County Final Seaghans 6.02 Ballycastle 2.06 (Glenarm)
  85. 85. Goals reverted to current Format – Points post abolished</li></ul>North Antrim 1911<br /><ul><li>Dunloy Cuchullain's join competition and win N.A. Title but defeated in County Final by Mitchel’s</li></li></ul><li>North Antrim 1912<br /><ul><li>Economic Strife and widespread emigration
  86. 86. Participating teams: Ballycastle McQuillan’s, Carey, Loughgiel Shamrocks, Rasharkin St Olcan’s , Armoy Lamh Dhearg, Ballycastle Og
  87. 87. Cushendun and Cushendall were gone and Loughgiel Shamrocks were also gone before the end of the year but returned in 1916
  88. 88. Ballycastle won N.A. Championship after Carey failed to field
  89. 89. Mitchel’s retained County title</li></ul>North Antrim 1913 – 15<br /><ul><li>Teams reduced from 17–a-side to 15-a-side ( prior to 1892 it was 21-a-side)
  90. 90. Ballycastle win N.A and County title beating Seaghan’s by a point and retained the title in 1914
  91. 91. Ballycastle N.A. Champions but lost to Seaghan’s </li></li></ul><li>News paper Cutting<br />19 July 1912<br />
  92. 92. North Antrim 1916 - 17<br /><ul><li>Carey, Cushendun, Loughgiel, Glenariffe re-entered
  93. 93. N.A. Final Carey beat Loughgiel 2.00 to 1.01 and go on to win 2nd County title
  94. 94. Carey lose County final to Stephen’s 4.02 to 4.01</li></ul>North Antrim1918 - 1925<br /><ul><li>Little Activity for next 8 years including Feis
  95. 95. 1922 just 4 N.A teams registered – Loughgiel, Ballycastle, Glenarm, Dunloy
  96. 96. Loughgiel win County Championships in 1920, 1924 and 1925
  97. 97. Mullaghsandal win N.A title in 1921 after Loughgiel failed to field
  98. 98. Torr Emmet’s appear briefly in early 20s
  99. 99. 1924 N.A. Championship not played until 1925</li></li></ul><li>North Antrim 1926<br /><ul><li>Committee reconstituted
  100. 100. League reorganised with Ballycastle A and B, Carey, Cushendun, Loughgiel, Glenariffe, Dunloy, Glenarm and Glenann
  101. 101. Glenann organised by Dan McAllister and Hugh McSparran but disputes with other clubs caused divided loyalties and the team only lasted a year.</li></ul>In Glenann, Ballyeamon and round about,<br />A team of hurlers was rigged out,<br />It caused a boom in the hurling trade,<br />A whole new set of sticks was made.<br />There was Paddy Randy and Dan’s Dan,<br />Hughie Billy from sweet Glenann,<br />John Lynn from Tromra Brae,<br />And Charlie Tin Boots, from far away.<br /><ul><li>Loughgiel win N.A. Final after Ballycastle failed to field over dispute about venue. They go on to defeat Randalstown in the final but objection lodged by Randalstown over illegal (Carey) players precipitates replay. Loughgiel failed to field for replay.</li></li></ul><li>Hugh McSparran, Lubane, Glenann(butcher, miller)<br />Organiser of Glenann Hurling Team circa 1926<br />
  102. 102. North Antrim 1927<br /><ul><li>Cushendun “Gaels” get services of 5 Loughgiel players after internal dispute</li></ul>Gerard, Jim and Frank Connolly and J.P. McAllister and J. McAleese<br /><ul><li>Cushendall re-enter led by Alex (Waxy) Butler from Ballycastle
  103. 103. Loughgiel defeat Carey in N.A. Final but lose to O’Connell’s in County Final</li></ul>North Antrim 1928<br /><ul><li>Feis na nGleann revived and held in Cushendall
  104. 104. Traditional North Antrim v South Antrim abandoned as ball was lost but South awarded Sean an Diomais Cup as they were leading 9-5
  105. 105. N.A Championship (played on a league basis), Glenarm winning but lose County final to O’Connell’s at Corrigan Park 5.06 to 3.03
  106. 106. Football league played during the Winter in North Antrim for first time</li></li></ul><li>North Antrim 1929<br /><ul><li>Loughgiel win N.A, and defeat O’Connell’s in County final
  107. 107. 7-a-side Competitions played in Ballycastle and Cushendall
  108. 108. Cushendun participate as the Emmet’s and win N.A. League
  109. 109. First Minor championship won by Roddy McCorley’s, Ballycastle</li></ul>North Antrim 1930<br /><ul><li>Dunloy defeat Loughgiel in N.A final but lose to O’Connell’s in County Final
  110. 110. Dunloy make it a double by winning N.A. League final defeating Cushendun</li></li></ul><li>
  111. 111.
  112. 112. North Antrim - Teams No Longer In Existence<br />Carnagear Sarsfields ( circa 1903)<br /><ul><li>Always struggled to keep a team together. Initially they had no home pitch
  113. 113. Players included John, Charlie, Sammy, Frank and Alex McAllister, Bob, Pat and John Scullion, John Semple, Pat and Dan O’Boyle (Slemish)
  114. 114. Dissipated after 2 season due to emigration</li></ul>Braid Celtic - Ballyfore (circa 1907)<br /><ul><li>Joined North Antrim League 1907
  115. 115. Players included Paddy Gribben, John, James and Charlie Rowan, Hughie, James, John and Barney Dobbin</li></ul>There was a very gallant team,<br />Their names I’ll tell to you<br />There was Big Johnny, James and Charlie<br />Patrick, George and Hugh<br />Paddy Gribben, Barney McKeown<br />And the man who made the ball<br />And the place they went to practise first,<br />Was in the McKeownstown Fall<br />
  116. 116. North Antrim - Teams No Longer in Existence<br />Mullaghsandal Shamrocks (circa 1904)<br /><ul><li>Formed and captained by ‘the fleet-footed Jimmy Magill’
  117. 117. Lost North Antrim League Final to Carey in 1906
  118. 118. Played in 2 different fields at Pat McAllister’s farm Loughdoo and Billy McAllister’s at Ligg</li></ul>Feystown Owen Roes (circa 1905)<br /><ul><li>Players included Mulvenna brothers from Claudy, Feeney brothers from Aughboy and Bell brothers from Cairncastle
  119. 119. Wore green jerseys with a harp on front and known as Feystown harps</li></ul>McCracken’s Glenbush (1944) – won N.A Junior Championship <br />Glenshesk (1943)<br />Cloughmills (1944)<br />Ballintoy(1944)<br />
  120. 120. The GAA in Carnlough<br />Carnlough Harps<br /><ul><li>Formed 1906-07 – had 2 players in N.A. Team 1907 (Gibbons & McMullan)
  121. 121. 1922 William Martin presented ‘Martin Cup’ to N.A. Committee
  122. 122. J. Martin elected secretary North Antrim Board 1924</li></ul>1932 - Michael Collins Carnlough (formed by Rev J. Clenaghan, Archie McKinley, Carey)<br /><ul><li>Played football from 1935 – mid ‘40s; no record of hurling in the ‘40s or thereafter
  123. 123. Sports Park secured at Stoneyhill
  124. 124. Antrim County Convention held in Carnlough 1934
  125. 125. Archie McKinley elected North Antrim Chairman 1943
  126. 126. 1948 – Jackie Darragh, P. O’Kane and Liam Forde played for N.A. Against S.W. Antrim
  127. 127. 1950 – Austin McKinley (son of Archie) played with Antrim footballers 1950s
  128. 128. From mid 50s to mid 60s no mention of Carnlough in leagues</li></ul>1966 – Carnlough GAC <br /><ul><li>rejoined leagues withdrawing in 1974 (lost Junior Football final)
  129. 129. c1967 - Defeated Dunloy by a point in Championship
  130. 130. Players included – Tony Hoey, Frank Ward, Sean O’Neill, Ritchie Hamill, Willie Cassidy
  131. 131. Club built in late Sixties on Ballymena line but bombed c1972</li></li></ul><li>North Antrim – Teams No Longer in Existence<br />St Ciaran’s Ballyeamon (1944)<br /><ul><li>Players came from Ballyeamon apart from 4 Kinney brothers from Layde
  132. 132. Lasted not much more than a year
  133. 133. Involved in a famous fracas involving Patsy Kinney and Gus McKay (C’Dun)</li></ul>The Ballyeamon Jersey ‘Myth’<br /><ul><li>Ballyeamon did wear jerseys with green and black hoops
  134. 134. Cushendall’s colours were described in a referee’s report as “motley”
  135. 135. Cushendun wore red jerseys with a green hoop originally
  136. 136. Cushendun acquired jerseys from an Armoy team and Mrs A. McSparran dyed them green and black
  137. 137. Gradually though, some of the Ballyeamon jerseys were “acquired” after they went out of existence.
  138. 138. Some jerseys bought by Fr John McSparran at Athletic Stores in Belfast who stocked a North Down rugby team’s jerseys.
  139. 139. No jerseys stolen and the “stealing” of the colours was done by Ballyeamon </li></li></ul><li>
  140. 140. St Ciaran’s Ballyeamon<br />Back Row L-R: Charlie Delargy (Altmore), Jamie O’Rawe (Tully House), Pat McNaughton (Cairns), <br /> Danny McKillop (Glenburn), Arthur Delargy (Altmore)<br />Front Row L-R: Hal Harvey Glenariffe, John McKeegan (Tully), David McIlwaine (Tully), Hugh McKeegan (Tully)<br />Richard McCurry (Tavnagharry), Kevin McCollam (Glenariffe)<br />Seated L-R: Charlie Hamill (Cushendall), Henry O’Rawe (Tully House)<br />
  141. 141.
  142. 142.
  143. 143.
  144. 144. Shane O’Neill’s, Glenarm<br />Founded - 1903<br />Founders – John ‘Benmore’ Clarke, Francis Joseph Biggar,<br /> James McRann<br />Ground – Feystown<br /> 1928 - North Antrim Senior Championship<br />1933 – North Antrim Senior Championship<br />1945 – County Minor Hurling Championship<br />1957 – County Junior Championship<br />1975 – North Antrim Junior Football Championship<br />1976 – Intermediate Hurling Championship<br />1998 – Intermediate Hurling Championship<br />
  145. 145. John ‘Benmore’ Clarke 1868 -1934<br />Founding father of Shane O’Neill’s<br />
  146. 146.
  147. 147.
  148. 148.
  149. 149. Carey Faugh’s<br />Founded - 1903<br />Founders - Denis Maguire, Patrick Moore assisted by Fr Eardly<br />Ground - St Patrick’s Park, Ballyvoy<br />1904 - Winners of “Shield of the Heroes” at Feis na nGleann<br />1906 – first North Antrim team to win the County championship defeating Crowley&apos;s<br />1916 – 2nd County Championship defeating Belfast Harps in the final<br />1923 – 3rd and last County Championship defeating O’Connell’s in the final<br />1954 – Senior Feis Cup<br />1990 – Intermediate Hurling Championship<br />
  150. 150. Shield of the Heroes - 1904<br />
  151. 151. Carey Faughs 1906<br />
  152. 152. Carey Faugh’s 1906<br />Back Row L-R: Alex McBride, John McBride, Alex McKinley, Dan McCarry, John McDonnell, Dan Lamont, John Lynn<br />Middle Row L-R: James McAllister, Hugh McCormick, paddy Butler, James McCarry, Paddy Lynn, Dan Gillan, Neil McNaughton<br />Front Row L-R: Pat McCarry, Frank Black, Pat Moore<br />
  153. 153. Antrim Senior Hurling Champions 1924, Carey Faughs<br />
  154. 154. Senior Feis Cup Winners 1954, Carey Faughs<br />
  155. 155. Robert Emmet’s, Cushendun<br />Founded – 1904 also known as Brian Boru’s, Gaels<br />Founders – Dominic Quinn, Denis Black, Willie McLaughlin<br />Ground – Lig an Airgid<br />1907/08 – North Antrim Championship<br />1931 – Antrim Senior Championship<br />1963 - North Antrim Junior Championship<br />1973 – Antrim Intermediate Championship<br />1989 – Antrim Minor Championship (St Pat’s)<br />1992 – Antrim Intermediate Championship<br />2007 – Antrim Intermediate Championship<br />
  156. 156. Cushendun Hurlers circa 1904<br />
  157. 157. Training at McBride’s Field Cushendun 1904<br />
  158. 158. Cushendun Emmet’s circa 1928 – after training<br />Yard at The Strand House, Cushendun<br />Back L-R: Dan McAfee, Jimmy (Scotland) McMullan, unknown..<br />Middle L-R: Archie McSparran, Charlie Leavey, unknown, Hugh McGavock<br />Front L-R: Harry Scally, Jim McKendry, Dan McCormick, Jim (Bach) McMullan, Alex McKay<br />
  159. 159. Cushendun Emmet’s 1928<br />Back L-R: Jim McKendry, Harry Scally, John (Packer) McLaughlin, Johnny McKiernan, Archie McSparran, Denis McKeegan, Hugh McGavock<br /> Front L-R:Alex Delargy, Dan McCormick, Archie (The Guy) McNaughton, Denis Black (mentor) Alex McKay, Pat McLarnon, Alex O’Hara, Neil Delargy<br />
  160. 160. Cushendun Emmet’s c1929<br />
  161. 161. Cushendun Emmet’s c1929<br />
  162. 162. Cushendun Emmet’s 1930<br />Back L-R:Hugh McGavock, Alex McKay, Denis McKeegan, Neil Delargy Johnny (Baker) McNeill, Archie McNaughton, Dan McCormick, Stephen Cochrane, John (Packer) McLaughlin<br />Front L-R:Johnny McKiernan, Alex Delargy, Jim McKendry, Pat McLarnon, Archie McSparran<br />
  163. 163. Sports Day Cushendun c1945<br />Lawn at Glenmona House<br />
  164. 164. “The Rigs”, Cushendun Hurling Field c1931<br />Note – the field runs parallel with the beach<br />
  165. 165. Official Opening New Pavilion Cushendun 1994<br />L-R: Rev P. Delargy, Rev B. Mooney, Rev J. McGurnaghan, Oliver Kelly, Malachy McSparran<br />Michael Brogan, Anne Marie McKendry, Jack Boothman, Ian McQuiston, Brigid McSparran, Nuala Boothman<br />Seamus Graham, Tom McLean <br />
  166. 166. Oisins, Glenariffe<br />Founded – 1904 preceded by Michael Dwyer&apos;s and the Auld Oisins<br />Founders – Master Dan Delargy, John McKillen<br />Ground – McAllister and McVeigh Memorial Park<br />1935 – County Senior Hurling Championship<br />1937 – County Senior Hurling Championship<br />1955 – County junior Championship<br />1972 – Senior Feis Cup<br />1975 - Senior Feis Cup<br />1988 – Intermediate Hurling Championship<br />
  167. 167.
  168. 168. Antrim Senior Hurling Champions 1937, Oisins Glenariffe <br />Back L-R: Alex McMullan, Charlie McDonnell, Dan McAlister, Willie Graham, pat McAlister, <br />Robert McMullan, Charlie Black, Mick McKillop, Bob Graham, Fr Maguiness<br />Front L-R: Alex McDonnell, Mick Graham, Aneas Black, Jim McMullan, Archie Darragh,<br />Charlie McAlister, Dan McKillop, George Harvey<br />
  169. 169. County Junior Hurling Champions 1959 Oisins Glenariffe<br />
  170. 170. Ruairi Og, Cushendall<br />Founded – 1906<br />Founders – Fr George McKillop<br />Ground – Pairc Naomh Mhuire<br />1946 – Countess of Antrim Cup<br />1948 – North Antrim Senior Football Championship<br />1955 – Senior Feis Cup<br />1963 – County Minor Hurling Championship<br />1981 – Antrim Senior Hurling Championship<br />1991/93 – 3 consecutive Antrim Senior Hurling Championships<br />
  171. 171. Minor Team, Ruairi Og Cushendall circa 1935<br />Back L-R: Neilly Mullan, Chris Mullan, Benny O’Loan, John McNaughton, Willie McKillop,<br />Paddy McCollam, Dan McNaughton, Dan McAlister, Pat McNaughton<br />Front L-R: Tommy Scollay, Mick McKillop, Mannix McAlister, <br />Denis Gore, Harry Blaney, Danny Anderson<br />
  172. 172. Ruairi Og Cushendall 1940<br />
  173. 173. ”Magnificent Seven” 1947 Ruairi Og Cushendall<br />
  174. 174. Ruairi Og Cushendall 1960<br />
  175. 175. Senior Feis Cup Winners 1970, Ruairi Og Cushendall <br />
  176. 176. 1963 County Minor Hurling Champions, Ruairi Og, Cushendall<br />
  177. 177. Ruairi Og Cushendall 1975<br />Back L-R: Brendan McAuley, Sean McNaughton, Archie McNaughton, Kieran Kearney, Paddy McAteer,<br />Kieran Dempsey, Jamie Quinn, Brendan McGaughey, Archie McKeegan<br />Front L-R: Malachy Delargy, Cathal McNaughton, John Delargy, Danny McNaughton, Kevin McNaughton<br />Donal McNaughton, Jock McKay <br />
  178. 178. McQuillan’s, Ballycastle<br />Founded – 1907<br />Founders – Eddie Donnelly, William Scally, John Jennings, Pat Duffin<br />Ground – Pairc MacUilin<br />1909 - North Antrim Hurling Championship<br />1913 – County Senior Hurling Championship, retained 1914<br />1934 – County Junior Football Championship<br />1952 -1954 – 3 consecutive County Senior Hurling Championships<br />1986 – last Senior Hurling Championship <br />
  179. 179.
  180. 180. Sinn Fein Sports, Ballycastle<br />Tug – o – war<br />Sept 6th, 1924<br />
  181. 181. Ballycastle McQuillan’s Minor Team 1940<br />Back L-R:Seamus Clarke, Kevin O’Connor, Brendan Donnelly, Frankie Fleming, Dessie Donnelly, John Kearns<br />Middle L-R: Jimmy Kelly, Sean Barton, P. McFaul, Frank Butler, Phelim McAuley<br />Front L-R: Brian Kearns, Liam McCormick, Mickey Butler, Paddy Jennings<br />
  182. 182. Ballycastle McQuillan’s Antrim Senior Hurling Champions 1964<br />Back Row L-R: Jimmy Harkin, Eddie Donnelly, Paddy McShane, Jim McToal, Kevin Donnelly, Sean McShane, Brendan Donnelly<br />Front Row L-R: James Brown, Dessie Elliott, Colm Lynn, Robbie Elliott, Rab Coyles, Seamus McShane, John Harkin, Brendan Elliott<br />
  183. 183. Ballycastle McQuillan’s – Antrim Senior Hurling Champions 1964<br />L-R Jim Toal, Fr Charlie Denver, Brian McShane, Robbie Elliot, Seamus Clarke, Eddie Donnell, Club Sponsor<br />
  184. 184. Dunloy Cuchullain&apos;s<br />Founded – 1908<br />Founders – Andy Dooey, Paddy McCamphill, Bob Black, Dan Boyle<br />Ground – Pearse Park <br />1911 – North Antrim Championship Hurling title<br />1923 – All County junior Football Championship<br />1924 – All County Senior Football Championship<br />1925 – retained All County Senior Football Championship<br />1936 – last All County Senior Football Championship<br />1990 – first All County Senior Hurling Championship<br />2009 – Senior Hurling champions<br />
  185. 185. Cuchullain&apos;s Dunloy – Football 1922-1927<br />
  186. 186. Cuchullain&apos;s Dunloy – Football 1935<br />
  187. 187. Cuchullain&apos;s Dunloy – Late 40s<br />
  188. 188. Shamrocks Loughgiel<br />Founded – 1915 preceded by Tir na nOg and Dalriada (1907)<br />Founders – Eddie Connolly, Harry Connolly, John Campbell<br />Ground – Fr Healy & Fr Barrett Parks<br />1919 - North Antrim League<br />1920 – Antrim Senior Hurling Championship<br />1924/25 – Antrim Senior Hurling Championship<br />1938 – County Minor Hurling Championship<br />1966-68 – 3 consecutive County Senior Championships<br />1983 – All Ireland Club Championship<br />1989 – Last Antrim Senior Hurling Championship<br />
  189. 189. Shamrocks Loughgiel 1924/1925<br />
  190. 190. Shamrocks Loughgiel 1960<br />
  191. 191. Shamrocks Loughgiel 1968<br />
  192. 192. Shamrocks Loughgiel<br />All Ireland Club Champions 1983<br />
  193. 193. Shamrocks Loughgiel 1989<br />
  194. 194. Con Magee’s, Glenravel<br />Founded – 1916/17<br />Founders – Rev T. Toal, Danny Fyfe, Charles O’Loan, <br /> J. Higgins<br />Ground – Fr Maginn Park<br />1920 - A.O.H. Tournament Winners (Loughgiel)<br />1937 – County Junior Football Championship<br />1942,42,44,46 – North Antrim League<br />1956 – County Intermediate League<br />1957 – All County Division 1 League <br />1964 – County Minor and Under 21 Football Championship<br />1966 – County Senior Football Championship<br />1976 – Antrim Junior Hurling Championship<br />
  195. 195. Con MagAoidh Glenravel – early 20th Century<br />
  196. 196. Con Magee’s, Glenravel<br />
  197. 197. Con Magee’s , Glenravel 1933<br />
  198. 198. Con Magee’s, Glenravel<br />
  199. 199. Antrim Senior League Champions 1958, Con MagAoidh Glenravel<br />
  200. 200. Antrim Minor Football Champions 1964, Con MagAoidh Glenravel<br />
  201. 201. Con Magee’s, Glenravel<br />
  202. 202. St Mary’s GAC, Rasharkin<br />Founded – 1943 preceded by Rasharkin St Olcan’s 1909<br />Founders - John Dougan, Terry Mc Shane Tony Mc Lernon, Stephen Mc Auley and Fr. Agnew. <br />Grounds – Jamsie McLernon Memorial Park 2000<br /> 1958 Antrim Junior Football Championship<br />1963 Lost in final of Antrim Senior Football Championship to St John’s<br />1978 – Antrim Intermediate Football Championship<br />1991 – Junior Hurling Championship also 2009<br />1997 – Reserve Football Championship<br />2003 – Junior football Championship<br />1993- 2003 – 1 U21, 2 Minor and 2 Under 16 Football Championships<br />
  203. 203. Rasharkin Senior Team 1963<br />
  204. 204. Glen Rovers, Armoy<br />Founded-1956 preceded by Armoy Lamh Dhearg (1912 -22), Armoy GAC (‘40-’42), <br /> Glenshesk GAC (‘43-’44), St Olcan’s GAC (‘45-’52), <br />Founders – Charles Molloy (Lamh Dhearg)<br />Grounds – Pairc an Cromach<br />1956 – County Junior Championship<br />1971 – County Intermediate Championship<br />1974 - Senior Feis Cup<br />1976 – County Minor Championship<br />1984 – Intermediate Championship also 1986, last win 1994<br />2007 – County & Ulster Junior Championship<br />
  205. 205. Glen Rovers, Armoy 1959<br />Back L-R: Paddy McAuley (Manager) Frank McCaughan, Robbie Traynor, Seamus Donnelly, William Devlin, Jim McToal,<br /> Joe Reilly, Hector Cassley, Paddy McToal, Jim Devlin, and John McCaughan (Assistant Manager)<br />Front L-R: Barney Laverty, Olcan Loughridge, Arthur Devlin, Robert Dallas, Joe Smith, Pat Doherty.<br />
  206. 206. 1986 Antrim Intermediate Hurling Champions, Glen Rovers, Armoy<br />Back L-R: Gerry Burns, Hugh Connolly, Joe Mc Fetridge, Hugh Mc Donnell, Mickey Mc Clafferty,<br /> Sean Mc Bride, Paddy Strickland, Raymond Mc Fetridge, John Mc Arthur, Seamus Kane,<br /> Paul Mc Clafferty, Paddy Stewart, Nealis McAuley, Paddy Watson, George Mc Bride, Hector Devlin<br />Front L-R: . Paul Mc Bride (standing), Sean Close, Colm Mc Bride, James Mc Donnell, Paul Stewart, <br />Gerard Mc Clafferty, Colm Mc Erlain, Seamus Mc Erlain, Tommy McCormick, Eugene Laverty, <br />Olcan Mc Fetridge, Vincent Mc Erlain, Edgar Dornan, Mervyn Forsythe.<br /> <br />
  207. 207. Armoy Glen Rovers 1992<br />
  208. 208. Latharna Og, Larne<br />Founded 1965 – preceded by St Mary’s (1922)<br />Founders Rev John Moley, James McCaughan, Alex McGarry, Denis McKillop<br /> Jim McKermitt, Dominic Magill, John Brown<br />Ground - Brustin Brae<br />1974 – Minor Camogie Championship<br /> - North Antrim Junior Hurling championship<br />1981 - North Antrim Junior Hurling Championship<br />1988 – Junior Feis Cup<br />1989 – Junior Feis Cup retained<br />2008 – McCaughan Cup Winners, New training Complex opened<br />
  209. 209. St Mary’s GAC, Larne – 1922 Antrim Junior Football Champions<br />Note a ‘Robert Fulton’ 3rd from left, front row – better known as Bertie Fulton<br />
  210. 210. All Saint’s , Ballymena<br />Founded – 1975 preceded by McCracken’s 1920s, St Patrick’s 1959, <br /> All Saints 1965-68<br />Founders – Fr Fergus Jordan, Seamus MacCrory, Anthony Mulvenna <br />Ground – Slemish Park<br />1977 – South West under 16 League<br />1978 – All Ireland Scor Ballad Winners<br />1978 – Grounds Purchased that would become Slemish Park<br />1979 – Antrim Club of the Year<br />1987 – Official Opening of Slemish Park<br />1997 – Official Opening of Pavilion by GAA President Jack Boothman<br />
  211. 211. North Antrim Football Select 1923-24<br />Players from McCracken&apos;s Ballymena<br />Back row - 4th - 6th from left, Jack Miles, Barney McNally and Alex Mc Manus <br />Middle Row 3rd - 5th from left, Danny McQuillan, Charles and Dr Wm. Ludlow<br /> Front Row - Barney McCambridge, Unknown?<br />
  212. 212. St Patrick’s, Ballymena 1959 <br />Back row - D O’Connell, F McAuley, T Quinn, S Davis, H MacRory,<br /> J McGuckian, C Mc Manus, H Crawfoot, J Duffy, Fr Scullion<br /> Front Row - C Kelly, M McReynolds, J O’Loughlin, S McKervey,<br /> J Agnew, A O’Hara, B Mc Cambridge, B Goldring, B Agnew.<br />
  213. 213. St Brigid’s, Cloughmills<br />Founded – 1991 preceded by Patrick Og’s 1940<br />Founders – Davy Martin, Michael McCann<br />Ground - Fr Leonard Park<br />1997 – Antrim Junior Hurling Championship<br />1997 – Junior Feis<br />1999 – Grounds Purchased<br />2005 – Pitch Completed<br />
  214. 214. St Brigid’s Cloughmills<br />Antrim Junior Hurling Champions 1997<br />
  215. 215. St Brigid’s Cloughmills 1997<br />
  216. 216.
  217. 217. Antrim All Ireland Hurling Final 1943<br />
  218. 218.
  219. 219. Antrim All Ireland Hurling Final 1943<br />
  220. 220. Antrim Ulster Senior Hurling Champions 1938<br />Back L-R:Tom Best (trainer, O’Connell’s), John McAlister (Glenariffe), Tom Walsh (O’Connell’s), Sean McKeown (Gael Uladh), Gene Thornbury (Gael Uladh), <br />Dan Gibson (Glenariffe)Paddy Byrne (Rossa), Jimmy Walsh (O’Connell’s), Tom Rice (Eire Og), Bob Foley (Manager)<br />Front L-R: Tom McAlister (St John’s), John Clarke (Sarsfield’s), Willie Graham(Glenariffe), Malachy McDonnell (Rossa), John McNally (Tir Na nOg), <br />Jack Donnelly (O’Donnell’s), Harry Devlin (Eire Og), Dan McAllister (Glenariffe), <br />
  221. 221. Ulster Railway Cup 1940’s<br />
  222. 222. Antrim Parade 1959 Final Casement Park<br />
  223. 223. Antrim (All Ireland ‘Home’ Junior Champions - 1959<br />
  224. 224.
  225. 225.
  226. 226. Antrim All Ireland Hurling Finalists 1989<br />Grand Hotel Malahide<br />
  227. 227. All Ireland Hurling Final 1989 - Antrim (v Tipperary)<br />Back L-R: Paul McKillen, Brian Donnelly, Des Donnelly, Niall Patterson, <br />Terence Donnelly, Dominic McKinley, Dominic McMullan<br />Front L-R:Terence McNaughton, Olcan McFetridge, Donal Armstrong, Ciaran Barr,<br /> James McNaughton, Gary O’Kane, Leonard McKeegan, Aidan McCarry<br />
  228. 228. Ulster Football Final 2009 Antrim v Tyrone<br />
  229. 229. Antrim Camogie (founded 2004)<br />1932 – First All Ireland played for the O’Duffy Cup<br />Players wore gym frocks below-knee, black stockings, black boots, white blouses and belts<br />1972 – Camogie Congress permitted more modern uniforms<br />1944-1947 Antrim win 3 camogie titles in a row<br />Two players of 1947 team went on to referee All Ireland finals – Nancy Murray and Lily Spence who went on to hold the office of President of the Camogie Association<br />Antrim won further titles in 1956, 1967, 1979<br />2004 Mairead McAtamney named in Team of the Century<br />1956 – Six Dunloy players in the Antrim team incl. Kearns sisters, Madge Rainey Eithne Duggan<br />1979 Birthday girl Carol Blaney playing in goals in the final named as player-of-the-match<br />
  230. 230. 1946 Antrim Retain O’Duffy Cup<br />
  231. 231. 1947Antrim Make It 3-in-a-Row<br />
  232. 232. The Changing Shape of the Caman <br />
  233. 233.
  234. 234. The Gaelic Athletic Association<br />“When one sits down and really looks at the hard work that has gone into this project, it really brings home the true meaning of club loyalty .... it should serve as an example to all those various organisations .... who are prepared to tolerate poor facilities, instead of knuckling down and having a go at bringing standards up to scratch”<br />“In this aspect a progressive GAA club .... scores time and time again over rugby and soccer outfits. Family involvement is extremely important and bonds formed often in childhood, are carried over and developed on the playing field. In other team games, the majority of players only see each other at training sessions and on match days and consequently it is that bit harder to create lasting club loyalty.”<br />Willie John McBride – former Ireland and British & Irish Lions Rugby Captain at the opening of the New Complex at Con Magee’s, Glenravel<br />

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