The Saffron Gael

Massive week ahead for Antrim GAA

It may only be the middle of January but this weekend sees one of the biggest weekend’s of the year for Antrim GAA with two club’s competing in All Ireland semi-finals, our county hurlers playing in the Kehoe Cup final and two Antrim schools, Cross & Passion Ballycastle and St Louis Ballymena battling it out for the Ulster Senior Camogie title.

Unfortunately the two club semi-finals clash with St Gall’s facing Galway champions Oranmore-Maree in the huring at Parnell Park, Dublin at 2pm on Sunday and St Enda’s taking on An Spidéal, also from Galway, at the same time in Navan. (Surely a double header would have been a better idea)

The previous day CPC and St Louis meet at Quinn Park in Ballymena in the Ulster Colleges Camogie title, the throw-in there fixed for 11am while the Antrim hurlers are back in Abbotstown for the third time in six weeks to face the formidable challenge of Westmeath in the Kehoe Cup final.

We will be preview all four games this week and will have reporters and photographers at each of the games so keep following the Saffron Gael and get behind the Antrim teams.

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For those who feel they are not in a position to avail of the Saffron Gael Friends offer we are also looking for sponsors for our match reports. With the new season under way we have been busy covering all Antrim hurling and football games to date, we have covered the St. Paul’s Ulster minor football tournament and will bring you coverage of all the games at the Creggan Kickham’s Bank of Ireland-Paddy McLarnon U21 football tournament which starts on the 13th January. We have also previewed these games and hope to continue as Antrim’s National football and hurling leagues get under way at the end of the month. Last season 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. With so many important games to be played in the season ahead we are gearing the adverts towards the participating clubs for the nominal fee of £50 a game, so for example if Cargin were playing Creggan in football or Dunloy were facing Loughgiel in the hurling there will be the opportunity for  businesses from each area to take an advert which will run with the match report.

If you have a business in the areas of any of the clubs listed above and would like to place an advert on our sight supporting wishing your side good luck in their final plese get in touch with us ASAP at john.mcilwaine@yahoo.co.uk or ptrckmclwn@yahoo.co.uk

Listed below are a few examples of recent adverts and we extend our thanks to those advertisers who’s generosity is helping to keep our sight afloat and we would ask you where possible to support those advertisers.

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Creagh copy2Favour copy-Saffron GaelAs you may gather such coverage is time consuming and involves quite a large team of photographers and reporters which in turn incurs expense. We are extremely grateful to clubs who have made donations to the Saffron Gael to date and would encourage all clubs who have not done so to make a donation. This will enable us to continue our extensive coverage in the coming season.

Good luck to all players, clubs and to our county in 2018 and we will hopefully see you at one of your games in the coming weeks.

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 PayPal 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.