Yesterday’s trip down memory lane proved very popular with Saffron Gael readers as did our article on St. Gall’s All Ireland success and the article on Liam Watson. Today we continue that trip back to 2004 and a game between St. Mary’s Ahoghill and the visiting McDermott’s. The McDermott’s no longer exist but they had a fearsome reputation in their time and at their peak played in division 1 and reached a SFC semi-final where they lost to Rossa.
They didn’t disappoint on that night in Cloney. I’m not sure what division the game was in, I think it was division 2 and I’m nearly sure the visitors won. Like yesterday’s featured game between Rasharkin and Ardoyne. It’s interesting to note that many of the faces on view are still playing or involved, 16 years later!
The second set of photographs in my archives features the late, great Arthur Forsythe. Arthur gave a lifelong service to his club Shane O’Neill’s, to North Antrim where he served as Chairman for many years and to hurling in Antrim in general. He is featured here in 2004 presenting awards to what I believe are Feile Skills winners, possibly the winners from the three divisional boards and also features Niall Kearney, another great servant to North Antrim.The other photograph features an old playing colleague of mine from my Glenaravel days, Seamus Kerr. Seamus married and moved to Glenariffe where he was involved with the Oisins club. He is seen here making a presentation but I don’t know who it is to.