Ex Ballycastle hurler captains Donegal to Nicky Rackard Cup success

The football areas of the county may be in mouring tonight after their shock defeat to Cavan in the Ulster final, but the hurling fraternity in Donegal will be celebrating after their hurlers staged a brilliant fightback to beat Mayo in the final of the Nicky Rackard Cup in Croke Park.

Sean McVeigh playing for Ballycastle against North Antrim in the 2009 Antrim Senior Hurling Championship first round in Cushendall.

Those celebration will shared in Ballycastle and Carey as the Tir Chonaill team was captained by Sean McVeigh, son of ex Carey Faughs and Ballycastle player Cruiser McVeigh. He is also a cousin of former Loughgiel star, and current Antrim selector Johnny Campbell

The man himself actually played for the Town for a year in 2009 and scored 2-1 on his debut down in Ballygalget. He was plying his trade in forwards back then but today he was pivoting the Donegal defence at centre half back.

Sean McVeigh (arrowed) on the Ballycastle team who played in the Antrim championship back in 2009

Donegal came from eight points down to beat Mayo in a thrilling Nickey Rackard Cup final at Croke Park.

Late goals from Tipperary native Davin Flynn and full forward Ritchie Ryan helped the Tir Chonaill men to their third success in the fourth-tier hurling championship after they had looked down and out midway through the first half. A nine-point haul from Armagh native Declan Coulter was also central to the Ulster side’s victory.

There is another Antrim connection from that game. Sean Regan, who was midfield on the Mayo team is son of Johnny Regan from Cushendall and Anne Patterson from Cloughmills. His uncle Niall Patterson was of course the goalkeeper on the Antrim team who played Tipperary in the 1989 final and was the man who captained Loughgiel to their first All Ireland Club title in 1983.

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