As I sit here in self-exile, just another victim of the Coronavirus, suffering from GAA withdrawal and uncertain as to when we will get back to photographing or reporting on another game I have decided to take a pictorial journey down memory lane
I’ve been a photographer for over 30 years but unfortunately my digital career didn’t start until 2004 so this particular journey starts there and the first clubs on that journey are St. Mary’s Rasharkin and Kickham’s Ardoyne.
The first photographs on this page though come from a visit to St. Patrick’s Primary School, Rasharkin where Tyrone manager, Mickey Harte visited with the Sam Maguire Cup in 2004. Take a look and see how many of the people you recognise from then.
The same year I covered a division 4 ACHL game in Dreen where St. Mary’s Rasharkin hosted Kickham’s Ardoyne. I can’t get my hands on a report from that year but I recall it like it was yesterday. Note how many players were not wearing helmets back then but to the best of my knowledge Rasharkin defeated Ardoyne that day in a full blooded encounter.
In the coming days I’ll continue my pictorial journey through 2004. Hopefully it will bring back memories for some of you of the teams and players who were prominent back then and evoke discussions about those games.