Another trip down memory lane
We continue our journey through 2004 today and the date on this particular group of photographs is May 2004. My recollection of these games are a bit vague but a lot of the faces in them are instantly recognisable and a lot of them, 16 years later are still playing or involved in coaching or management.
The first game involves my own club, All Saints who were entertaining Dunloy in the ACFL Division 2 at Slemish Park. I don’t remember the result but Jarlath O’Donnell was the referee and the Glenravel man is still refereeing (What a servant he has been to the association!) Others whom I recognise are Colum Cunning, now one of our top referees and on the All Saints side, Dominic (Jazzer) O’Loughlin who immigrated to Australia but still keeps in touch with the GAA scene here through the Saffron Gael.
The second game on today’s report features County champions, Erin’s Own Cargin and Casements, Portglenone in the ACFL Division 1. The game was in Toome and I believe Cargin won it but again as I looked through the photographs I was amazed at how instantly recognisable many of the players were.
Michael McCann remains an intricate part of the Cargin team and has just been recalled to the county side while Tony Scullion and Ciaran Close were on the Cargin side who retained the SFC cup and league double in 2019. Kevin Doyle is part of the present Cargin management team and no Cargin team photo would be complete without Patsy McCann.
On the Portglenone team there are players who are instantly recognisable and include Kevin Madden who had a distinguished career for Antrim, John McKeever, Martin McCarry, Tony Convery, Owen Doherty and Brian McCann who all featured for Antrim at some stage of their careers.
Big Martin McCarry still turns out for his adopted club, Con Magee’s while Owen Doherty is part of the present Casement’s management.
The third game we feature today is a South West final between St. Ergnat’s Moneyglass and St. James Aldergrove. I think it was an U14 final which Moneyglass won and in the front row of the photograph is a young Cathy Carey who went on to represent Antrim Ladies footballers and is still an important member of the Saffron team.
St. Ergnat’s stalwarts, Geordie Adams and Pat Magee were the men in charge and the trophy was presented by South West Chairman at the time, Danny McLarnon another superb servant to the association. Refereeing the game was Ciaran Doherty. Ciaran is a much appreciated financial sponsor to this website.
The remaining team photograph is again of an All Saints team that I had the privilege to be involved with. I think this photograph was taken before an U16 South West league game against Glenravel. We didn’t win anything but the lads were great to work with and many of them remain friends until the present day.
Joe Rocks, Steven McAvoy and Damian Gillan are part of the present All Saints Senior squad while Damian Gillan, Ciaran Cassley and Gary Miskella are members of the present All Saints Senior hurling team.