One of North Antrim’s hurling legends Jimmy McVeigh turned 90 last weekend and to though the Covid restrictions are still active the members of the current Carey Faughs team called up to deliver a birthday card. The had to socially distant but they set themselves up for a photo in Jimmy’s garden and invited the man himself out to join in the picture.
Jimmy is one of five famous hurling brothers who wore the green of Carey Faughs with pride over the years. Four of the five plaed on the Carey teams who reached the county senior hurling finals of 1959 and 1961, losing to Rossa’s great 4-in-a-row team in ’59 and to a very strong St John’s team in ’61. Jimmy was a member of the Antrim team who won the All Ireland Junior All Ireland in 1959 and he speaks fondly of the great memories from that time and the great friendships which were made.
Although it is not official but he must have set a record for the number of years he played for the Faughs, starting in his teens and carrying on for almost forty years, his last game coming in the 1984 Junior hurling final against Gort na Móna in Glenariffe at the age of 54.
His infectious love of hurling still burns as strong as ever and his collection of old photos and match reports are a treasue. We at the Saffron Gael would like to join with all Gaels within the county to wish Jimmy a belated happy birthday