Saffron Og-a trip down memory lane

Some photographs sent to me this week from our photographer, Bert Trowlen evoked memories of days gone by when Glenravel man, Gerard Higgins produced a magazine called Saffron Og. Gerard, a dedicated Gael and a member of Eamon Grieves’ backroom team in 1989 put a lot of time and effort into the production and distribution of the magazine.

Saffron Og was delivered to every primary school in Antrim and yours truly had the job of delivering them around schools in the South West where they were eagerly awaited by GAA enthusiasts. The Saffron Gael was an excellent production, littered with competition, reports and photographs and was an excellent way of promoting Gaelic games in Antrim at the time.

The Saffron Gael was published for five years from 1992 to 1995 and in 1994 was awarded the McNamee Award for Juvenile publication but folded in 1995 as no one was available to take over from Gerard Higgins who was forced to retire as editor because of an increasing workload.

Today we publish an edition from September 1992 and carried a photograph of Glenravel Primary School, a profile of Loughgiel and Antrim hurling goalkeeper, Niall Patterson, a profile of Cushendall and Antrim hurler, John Carson as well as competitions and reports.

I hope it brings back fond memories to those who read it at the time.

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