Diary of a final

A look back at Antrim hurling’s biggest day, summing up what it is all about, both behind scenes and out on the white heat of the battle. It all started for the Saffron Gael team at 13-45 when we arrived at the ground and ended just over four hours later. This is a record of what happened in between!

13-55 – All quiet on the Western front as Corrigan awaits its heroes, the safety stewards have a final meeting and the final touches are added to have the pitch looking spick and span

14-10 – The Volunteer Cup, saved from the scrapheap and looking as good as the day it was first played for, is back on show
14-30 – A young hurling fan uses the grass bank to practice his solo runs before the crowd arrive
15-02 – Fr PJ arrives wearing the same hat he wore the day the Cuchullains won their first title in 1990

15-36 – Team captains Stehen Beatty of Rossa and Paul Shiels of Dunloy with match referee Mark O’Neill. Mark with his two linesmen Colm McDonald and Ciaran McCloskey

15-38 – The teams follow piper Eamon Downey in the pre-match parade
16-27 – Members of Casement Social Club committee present a cheque for £20,000 to Antrim county chairman Ciaran McCavana during the half time break.
17-06 – Dunloy fans pour onto the field at the final whistle
17-10 – Paul ‘Shorty’ Shiels lifts the Volunteer Cup

17-20 to 17-40 – Photos with family and friends are taken, treasured memories which will be part of the family folklore for years to come.

17-50 – The last two Dunloy players Kevin Mckeague and Kevin Molloy leave the field and head off to the celebrations

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