By Denis O’Hara
FORMER Antrim and Ulster hurler Eugene McMullan of Glenarm died this week after a long illness.
The gentle giant, a formidable midfielder with his native St Joseph’s GAC when winning the Antrim Junior hurling title in 1957, was a prominent member of the Antrim team that won the 1959 All-Ireland Home Junior hurling championship. He was also a regular member of the Ulster Railway Cup teams in the early sixties.
Another Glenarm club ace and fellow midfielder who featured in both those club and county teams was the late Arthur Forsythe.
Eugene, a strapping six footer who always played with great determination, was a familiar figure in hurling action when always wearing a cloth cap.
The six-footer, who lived in Glenarm village with wife Marie, was a brother of the late Canon Alexander McMullan – a past President of St MacNissi’s College, Garron Tower, who was himself a accomplished hurler.
Eugene, a low handicap golfer for many years, he competed in Senior Cup, Barton Shield and Junior Cup for Cushendall Golf Club where he was Club Captain in 1991. He was also a member of Cairndhu Golf Club, Larne.
To his wife Marie children Brian, Caitriona, Colette and Niall and wider family circle we offer our sincere condolences