The Saffron Gael

Antrim’s greatest team. The Antrim team who won the All Ireland Under 21 Football title in 1969, beating Roscommon in the final at Croke Park. 


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, in 2019 we had 1,638,846, in 1920, despite a reduced season we had 1,617,956 views and this year to date we have 166,459 views and we’re confident when the season commences we will match the numbers of previous years, further evidence that the site is extremely popular with Gaels in Antrim .

The site has had over 5,500,000 views to date which proves that there is a massive interest in what we are doing in Antrim and indeed much further afield.

 In 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 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. Last year there was no Ulster or All Ireland club series but hopefully that will resume in 2021 and if it does we will be there to bring you coverage. We extended our 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, 19 and 20 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.

 GAA presentation evenings provided an excellent opportunity to make your donation to the Saffron Gael but with those cancelled in recent years we would ask you to contact us directly wto make your donation.

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

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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 2021 season on  hold to date  we have been busy publishing featured games from the past and we have already brought you a feature on the football managers from all three divisions for the coming season. We hope to bring you a similar feature on hurling management at our clubs soon and we would ask clubs to send us their hurling management teams for 2021

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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