In 2005 All Saints GAC, Ballymena held a very successful Gala Dinner in Tullyglass House hotel. The man who organised the event was the then club secretary Alister McWilliams R.I.P. and like everything the All Saints legend was involved in, no stone was left unturned.
Amongst the guests who attended the packed house event was Tyrone’s Peter Canavan who brought the Sam Maguire Cup with him. Down’s James McCartan, Terence McNaughton, Antrim, Gerry Hamill (All Saints Boxing club) Ballymena RFC President Ian McIrath and Ulster and Ireland Rugby’s Willie Anderson.
Gerry Donnelly was M.C. on the night for an event that ran like clockwork and many of the photographs in this article are seeing daylight for the first time owing to the limited press space available to me at the time.
As I looked through these photographs I became aware that the man who had been instrumental in organising the Gala Dinner was missing from nearly all of the photographs but it doesn’t surprise me that this modest individual remained in the background as others jostled to have their photograph taken with Peter Canavan, Sam Maguire and the other dignitaries at the dinner.