The Saffron Gael

50 Golden Years Ago

Fifty years ago Antrim won the Intermediate All Ireland title. During 2020 we will feature the great men who thrilled us all back then and re-produce the match reports of their victories.



We launched the site back in May 2017 after two local papers which we worked for and who carried fairly extensive GAA coverage folded. After a discussion John and I came up with the idea of an online GAA forum dealing specifically with Gaelic games in Antrim in order to promote those games within our county and so the Saffron Gael was launched.

In the eight months we were in publication in 2017 we had 724,728 views on the site. In 2018 we had 1,373,793 views and this year to date we have reached in access  of 1.5 million views, further evidencethat the site is extremely popular with Gaels in Antrim .

The site has had over 4,000,00 views which proves that there is a massive interest in what we are doing in Antrim and indeed much further afield.

 In 2017, 2018 and again this year we carried reports and photographs of the majority of ACF League and ACH League games and covered every hurling and football championship game played in Antrim and followed the winners of those championships on their Ulster journey. We extended that coverage to the Camogie and ladies football championships and will endeavour to cover as many championship games this year as is physically possible.

As you may gather such coverage is time consuming and involves quite a large team of photographers and reporters which in turn incurs a lot of expense. We are extremely grateful to clubs who have made donations to the Saffron Gael to date. Many of those clubs again donated in 2018 and have pledged support again this year.

Today we make a special appeal to clubs who have not made a donation this year to do so. Your financial support is vital as we endeavour to continue our coverage of everything GAA related in the Saffron County.

Your forthcoming GAA presentation evenings woulde provide an excellent opportunity to make your donation to the Saffron Gael and again we will be endeavouring to cover as many of thewse events as possible.

Again you can contact us and we will arrange to receive your donation at a time and occassion to suit you but we can’t emphasise enough the importance of your financial help.

Saffron Gael Friends Opportunities & Benefits ·

As with the clubs who have weighed in behind us with financial assistance, we extend our gratitude to those businesses who have given their financial support and without this support we quite simply could not continue.

We appeal again to businesses who would like to come on board and help keep the Saffron Gael project going to contact either john at Tel: 07885226348 or Paddy at Tel: 07511111378

Your Organisation’s logo will appear on the member’s page of the website ·

Organisation logo will include a hyperlink to website ·

Access to imagery taken at all covered games

Cost: £500 Per annum Please note: This payment can be made via Standing Order monthly. For more details please contact or give us a call on 07885226348 or 07511111378

With the 2019 league programme entering the home straight  we have been busy covering all Antrim hurling and football games to date and we will continue to bring you coverage as the U21 football championship reaches the quarter-final stages.

We will be at Corrigan on Sunday for St. James Aldergrove’s Ulster Intermediatew Championship game against St. Naul’s of Donegal and we had photographers and reporters at last weekend’s Ulster Junior, Intermediate and Senior Hurling championship games involving Gort na Mona, St. Enda’s and Dunloy.

Unfortunately for Gort na Mona their campaign came to an end following the long journey to Ballela where Newry Shamrocks edged them out but it has been a wonderful season for the Turf Lodge side.

St. Enda’s remain on corse for a first Ulster Intermediate title as do Dunloy in the Senior championship and we will follow and cover both clubs campaign to conclusion.

We have covered the St. Paul’s Ulster minor football tournament and all the games at the Creggan Kickham’s Bank of Ireland-Paddy McLarnon U21 football tournament which was held back in January.  We have previewed these games and  continued to bring reports and photographs as Antrim’s National football and hurling leagues got under way and continued that coverage into the championship.


We do not want to put the sites content behind a ‘pay wall’ and feel it should be kept available to all GAA fans in the county and beyond. However we would appeal to those regular readers to contribute to the project by simply donating as little as £5 per month through the Pay/Pal donate button. That works out at £1.25 per week which we feel is very good value for money, considering the amount of coverage of our games that are available on the site. If you feel your club is not getting the coverage it deserves I would appeal to you to get in touch with your club PRO and ask them to get on board with this project. We endeavour to cover as many games as possible but it is not possible to get around them all so we welcome any content that is sent to us.




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