Castle retain Jim Nelson Cup

Cumann Naomh Pól extended a warm welcome to all the clubs participating in the Jim Nelson U12 Memorial Camogie Tournament at Shaw’s Road on Saturday

Held in memory of the great Jim Nelson, a proud Naomh Pól clubman. Jim is famously remembered for taking Antrim Senior Hurlers to an All-Ireland final in 1989 and was one of the guiding lights when Loughgiel Shamrocks won their second All Ireland Club title back in 2012. However Jim also raised the profile and standard of Camogie in Antrim, Ulster and University of Ulster, Jordanstown. Jim coached Antrim to Division 1, where Antrim remained during his tenure, winning Junior and Intermediate All-Ireland titles. He coached the Ulster Camogie team and won both League and Ashbourne Cup with University of Ulster, Jordanstown. At club level, Jim coached both Keady of Armagh and O’Donovan Rossa Belfast to Ulster titles and an appearance in an All-Ireland final.

Damian Barr, after whom the Damian Barr Plate is named, played both hurling and football for Naomh Pól at juvenile level.  He was a great supporter of the club and to his brothers and sisters and wider family circle who played Football, Hurling, Camogie and Ladies Football.

IMG_2015Holders Ballycastle retained the Jim Nelson Cup when they edged out Loughgiel in a hard fought final by 2-1 to 1-1. Janey McIntosh scored the opening goal but Loughgiel came back with a goal from Ciara Connolly to draw level McIntosh put them back In front but Loughgiel a point from Connolly brought the Shamrocks level only for Aiobhan Donnelly to seal the win with a late goal and a point.

Portglenone won the Shield final when they beat Lamh Dhearg by 1-0 to 0-2 while in the Damain Barr Plate final Gortnamona beat Ahoghill by 1-0 to 0-0




  1. Curly, You forgot to mention, Jims part in Loughgiel winning the All Ireland in 2012. The people of Loughgiel have a special place in our hearts for Jim and what he helped our hurlers achieve, a genius of a man who is sadly missed.


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