‘Family Fun’ Week-end at All Saints GAC


It’s “Family Fun” time at All Saints GAC, Ballymena this coming weekend when the annual family event gets underway. The development of the weekend has been a progression from the club’s legendary sports days and organisers have been keen to keep tradition alive with the inclusion of events such as the Slemish Mile race, a direct descendent of the Hugomont Mile equivalent from the club’s beginnings at Hugomont Field in the town. Traditional sports events also continue along with GAA games in every code including an U12 hurling semi -final and the SW U14 League Final. Food will be served across the weekend courtesy of the club barbeque.




For the second year running (if you excuse the pun) the popular Crebilly 5k road race and fun run returns reflecting the growth in such events across the country. Starting at the club grounds the route travels along the Bog Road, takes in great views across Ballymena as it passes St. Patrick’s Church at Crebilly before finishing with an easy downhill canter along the Woodside Road. The race takes place on Friday 25th August and entry is free of charge. The club has partnered with local charity AwareNI this year and donations in lieu of a charge are welcomed. AwareNI support individuals and families affected by depression.




Saturday sees the club host this week’s SW Antrim P5/6 Hurling blitz at 10.00am with the club’s own U12 hurlers playing their championship semi-final at home later in the afternoon. 4.00pm is the latest time we have for this one. Family Bingo takes place in the club rooms from 1.30pm while the big GAA game of the day featuring Kerry and Mayo will feature on the large screen at 3.00pm. Running all afternoon will be the many attractions of the funfair with bungee trampolines, paintball shooting and much more awaiting those attending. For the adults entertainment in the evening the club hosts an ’80s disco in the club rooms from 9.30pm to late. Admission is only £5 and a great night is anticipated.



Sunday’s activities start at 10.00am when the club hosts the NA U10 Hurling Blitz. Over 20 teams are expected to attend for what promises to be a feast of hurling. This is followed by an U12 Camogie blitz at 12.00noon.  The All Saints U14 boys’ football team will play in the SW League final against Moneyglass at 1.30pm (venue tbc). On the big screen at 3.30pm Tyrone and Dublin do battle for a place in the All Ireland Football final while outside on the Slemish Park pitch the Slemish Park Mile, the sack race and a host of other sports events will be taking place. For the younger members remember to bring your soft toy for the Teddy Bears Picnic.  Ladies football has witnessed a resurgence in All Saints and the club has fielded a senior team this year for the first time in many years. The current stars get a chance to show the “more mature” ladies how its down when the whistle is blown at 6.00pm to start the Mothers v Daughters Challenge. To complete the weekend of activities entertainment in the club is provided by Declan McNally and Foggy Duo from 9.30pm. Once again admission is only £5.

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