Loughgiel’s Fr Barrett Park opened 30 years ago this May

Loughgiel’s second pitch opened in May 1990 with Antrim hurlers playing Dublin in a challenge game and the host club playing neighbours Dunloy. The fllowing is a short report which appeared in the Ballymean Chroncile at the time.

‘The sun shone brightly on the crowds who turned up on Sunday for the opening of Fr.Barrett Memorial Park in Loughgiel.
The ground will of course just be used as the club’s second pitch but such is the quality of the pitch and the magnificent setting that any club would be proud of it as their first choice.
That fact was one of the points mentioned by GAA president elect, Peter Quinn in his address before the official blessing. The highly articulate Mr Quinn praised the Loughgiel club on their new grounds, on their achievements and on the tremendous work which they had done for the youth of the parish over the years.
County Chairman Oliver Kelly was also high in praise for the shamrocks club and wished them every success on their new grounds.
The official blessing was carried out by local Parish Priest Rev. Fr. Kevin Donnelly, a native of Ballycastle.
Club secretary Finvola McIntyre and Club chairman Dominic Casey kept things running smoothly and though visitors Dunloy spoiled the party a little when they beat the home team in a senior hurling challenge, few had any complaints. Overall another good day for the shamrocks club and the association.’

Club secretary Finvola McIntyre address the crowd.
Loughgiel captain Niall Patterson leads his team out while Dunloy players form a guard of honour at the opening of Fr Barrett Park in 1990
The Loughgiel committee and their guests at the opening of Fr Barrett Park in 1990
Club secretary Finvola McIntyre presents a specially engraved mirror to Dunloy secretary Martin Cochrance before the Loughgiel v Dunloy game

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