A bit of history revisited-can you help us?

Yesterday I posted an article on the Dunloy footballers who enjoyed great success during the 20’s and 30’s, collecting six senior championships. Some of those victories were achieved against teams who no longer exist in Antrim football but who were very prominent at that time and it would be great to hear about them and bring Antrim Gaels a little bit of their history.

James Stephens immediately comes to mind and they were a real force in Antrim at the time, winning championships in 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1919 and 1922 which included six in a row, a wonderful achievement by anybody’s standards.

Going back to the start of the last century a team called Seagan An Diomais won five Senior Championships in 1903, 1906, 1908, 1909 and 1910 and I have to be honest, I hadn’t heard of them but my curiosity was immediately heightened.

O’Connell’s, (3) Gaelhil Uladh (3) and Otlamh Fodhla (2) Tir na nOg, Belfast (1) were other names who came jumping out at me from the statistics page and it would be great to hear about their history and get reports and photographs of those finals if there are any about.

O’Neill Crowleys won a senior championship in 1905 but no longer exist and I was surprised to find that clubs like Eire Og (1948), Pearses (1968), Ardoyne (1932 &37), Mitchells (1911 &12) and O’Donnell’s (1940) all won Senior Championships.

Glenravel of course won their only senior championship in 1966 and I was privileged to have attended that final while Tir na nOg, Belfast were champions back in 1902.

As we know Eire Og, Pearses, Ardoyne, Mitchells, O’Donnell’s, Glenravel and Pearses still exist and are going strong but it would be great to get reports and photographs from their senior championship successes.

If any of our readers have reports and photographs from those championship successes or a bit of info on the history of those clubs it would be great to hear from you. I feel it is important that the history of these clubs is not lost.

If you have any info send it to ptrckmclwn@yahoo.co.uk or john.mcilwaine@yahoo.co.uk we would be delighted to hear from you.

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