They came out in their droves on Sunday evening in Dunloy to welcome their heroes back home but with one new addition. The Volunteer Cup has been ‘retired’ with the Fr Fitzpatrick Cup taking the place of ‘Big Ears.’ Fr Fitzpatrick was a curate in Corpus Christi but was killed in the Springhill Massacre of 1972.
The Cuchullains claimed that small piece of history – the first club to have their name on the new Antrim senior hurling title and the last on the Volunteer Cup.
As is tradition for the Cuchullains, they boarded the Creagh lorry at Heatherton Cross and the party began. Horns blaring, songs being chanted and the pyrotechnics in full flow.
The team made their way to Pearse Park where club chairman, James McLean addressed the crowd before handing the mic to Paul Shiels. ‘Shorty’ paying homage to the Dunloy support and the Cuchullains management team.
It’s fair to say the party will go on to the wee hours of the morning in the Cuchullain Village….