Steven and Neill McGarry on the Loughgiel team who were beaten by Dunloy in the 2003 final at Casement Park.
Saffron Gael are delighted to welcome Contact Marketing on board as one of their main sponsors.
Contact Marketing NI Ltd is the parent company to some well-known local pet food brands namely Favour, Dr Jaynes and Clinivet Super Premium Pet nutrition. These brands may be locally owned but are sold internationally and can be found as far away as Hong Kong & Thailand and the ten further export markets. Alongside these Dog and Cat food brands, Contact Marketing NI Ltd provide sales, marketing and distribution for other leading Pet product companies, such as Bob Martin, Rosewood and Mediterranean Natural Pet Snacks. The company was established in 1982 and two of its current Directors have enjoyed being an intrinsic part of their local club Loughgiel Shamrocks. Steven, the oldest of the boys, represented both club and county and was part of a very successful number of teams that lead to five U’21’s, one minor and three U14 Feile trophies and after his playing career was over, served as PRO during the successful years 2012 – 2015. Neil, whilst only coming to hurling relatively late for the club at U16, has cemented himself as one of the best full backs of the club if not the county and has went on to achieve great success at county level winning a number of Ulster Championship medals and captaining the side and at club level with four U21 county medals, five senior county medals, four Ulster Championships and of course a winning 2012 All Ireland medal in that never to be forgotten day in Croke Park.
As well as these two Antrim Gaels, there are other links to the GAA in the company as the sales manager is the current Derry County PRO Conor Nicholl and their sales executive Paul McGrath who had great success with Down, and is the nephew of the great Down county manager Pete McGrath. Not to be seen to be unfair to their fellow Antrim clubs there is a Ruiari Og in the team, Martin Magee, a Cloughmills Biddy in current player Stephen Smyth and as the company is based in the Randalstown area, a number of Tir na Og members, notably Sheila McCann and Kevin Crilly. Hopefully the dog owning Gaels of Antrim and beyond will look out for these brands and consider switching if not already using any of them to help support this local business. Saffron Gael thank them for their support and wish them every success in business ahead.
Steven celebrates afer scoring a goal in the 2003 final v Dunloy, while Neill goes high to win a ball in a league game against the Cuchullains in 2013