We are delighted to announce that Travel Ireland Coaches have agreed to sponsor the Saffron Gael. The Belfast based company have strong GAA connection and are also sponsors of Davitt’s GAC
The Travel Ireland management team of L-R, Paul Cunningham (Managing Director), Mark McGeehan (Commercial Sales Manager), Jim Maguire (Business Development Manager) and Gerard Slane (Transport Manager) present a cheque for £500 to the Saffron Gael
Travel Ireland Coaches has fast become Northern Irelands most recognisable brand in passenger transport and works with some of the largest UK and Ireland tour wholesalers transporting thousands of tourists from a range of nationalities around Ireland, UK and Europe. We boast an impressive client list which includes Schools, Universities, Professional sports teams and many corporate giants within Ireland. We have put together the best fleet in Northern Ireland and have recently continued our rapid expansion with the launch of our Travel Ireland Golf brand.
We are huge supporters of grass roots development in
the GAA and we are proud to provide financial support as often as we can and
are happy to be official sponsor of Davitts Club, in Belfast. The business has some very strong links within
the GAA across Antrim, Ulster and Ireland.
Within our staff we have some very active members of
the association, including:
Slane, our transport manager is a playing member of Lamh
Dhearg GAA in County Antrim and was a member of their senior championship
winning team in 2017 as well as a member of their successful minor team in 2010
who completed the Antrim and Ulster Double.
Baker, a member of management within the Belfast city
sightseeing division of our business Was a member of the fantastic St Endas GAA
club in Belfast that won the 2018 Antrim and Ulster Intermediate club
championships, loosing out in the final to Kerry team Kilcummin.
Mark McGeehan, our Commercial Manager hails from the proud Ballinderry Shamrocks Club in County Derry, winning a litany of underage of titles including All Ireland Feile and Ulster Minor championship, but most notably, 5 Derry Senior Championships, 2 Ulster Club Championships and an All Ireland Club in 2002. Mark is a current Derry and Ulster referee as well an underage coach and executive member the Ballinderry Shamrocks club. Mark is a brother of Stephen McGeehan, the Ulster Councils Project Sponsor for the redevelopment of Casement Park.
St Teresa’s will be left scratching their head and wondering
just how they spurned two late chances to salvage a point, after going down
2-08-1-08 to Lamh Dhearg at McDonnell/ Doherty Park this evening.
Robert Gallagher rifled the hosts in front early on but Lamh
Dhearg would battle back to lead at the break thanks to Pearse Fitzsimons
Terry McCrudden powered home his sides second shortly after
the restart and the visitors were in command heading down the home straight –
however a brace of converted John Mallon frees left a goal separating the sides
before the late drama unfolded.
Referee Paul Hughes signalled for a late penalty after a
foul by Ryan Diamond – Gallagher seized responsibility but was thwarted by John
Finuchane who was forced to bring Gallagher down at the expense of a further
penalty and his marching orders due to a black-card.
It was Roy of the Rovers stuff in the dying seconds as Gallagher had the chance to atone for his original miss – but was denied a second time by stand-in goalkeeper Declan Lynch as the Lamhs held out after a grandstand finish on the Glen Road.
Both sides went into this evenings rearranged encounter
depleted and short on numbers – but the game certainly wasn’t short on incident
and talking points.
The first arriving inside of two minutes as Robert Gallagher
saw his shot bravely blocked down by Ben Rice – the corner-forward showed
determination and his low drive fizzed past John Finucane and into the net to
give St Teresa’s the early advantage.
Paddy Mervyn drove forward and split the posts in response
with Mark Finnegan closing the gap further with his first converted free of the
evening; in the absence of Paddy Cunningham.
Finnegan conjured up his second score of the evening and
drew the sides level with little over ten minutes gone – though the hosts
regained the lead through a converted John Mallon free and a Robert Gallagher
St Teresa’s may even have had a second goal inside of the
first quarter of an hour – but for a combination of John Finucane and Ryan
Diamond – the later scrambling John Mallon’s low shot off the goal line.
Mark Finnegan watched his 45’ drop short but Michael
Herron’s high shot dropped over the crossbar –
John Mallon converted his second free of the half in response to
preserve his sides two-point advantage (1-03-0-04)
Pearse Fitzsimons evening looked to have came to a premature
end after going down in agony with an apparent knee injury – however the
midfielder ran of his knock and gave his side the lead for the first time in
Gerard Slane ran at the heart of the St Teresa’s defence but
was met by a wall of yellow and blue jerseys and opted for a pop off to Pearse
Fitzsimons who showed composure and shot to the net to give Lamh Dhearg a
Slane would coolly register his first of the evening in the
aftermath and Ben Rice capped a fine attacking move to edge the Hannahstown men
But late in the first half, St Teresa’s substitute Anthony
Varndell hit back to keep the hosts on the Lamhs coat-tails at the break with
the score 1-06-1-04.
The first-half rain gave way to a shade of blue sky and
faint sunshine and it was Lamh Dhearg who made the brighter start after the
The energetic Owen McKeown shaped for a shot that crashed
off the top of the crossbar and into the hands of Gerard Slane – Slane picked
out Terry McCrudden unmarked and McCrudden rifled high off the crossbar and
gave Aaron Thompson no chance to make it 2-06-1-04.
McCrudden’s goal should have been a platform from which his
side could have built upon – though the full-forward hit ones of three wides
which followed his goal.
Mark Finnegan would eventually extend the lead thanks to a
converted free and Ryan Straney found range to open up a seven-point advantage
heading into the final quarter of an hour (2-08-1-04).
St Teresa’s were still without a second-half score until the
47th minute when Robert Gallagher conjured a fine score.
Gallagher would claim his second of the half sandwiched
between John Mallon’s third converted free of the game as the hosts were firmly
on the comeback trail and in the ascendancy.
Mallon made it a three point game with little under five
minutes remaining and a grandstand finish was on the cards.
The Lamhs were struggling and on the back-foot late on when
disaster struck – St Teresa’s exploited the gaping gaps and looked to be
through on goal, only for Ryan Diamond to take down Conor McCann.
Diamond was shown a black-card by referee Paul Hughes who
signalled for a penalty that would potentially give the hosts a share of the
After clearing the area Hughes allowed Robert Gallagher to
have his chance at glory – but Gallagher could only watch as John Finucane
flung himself to the left and turned his spot-kick onto the bar.
Gallagher reacted quickest and was about to turn the ball
home at the second time of asking, only to be dragged to ground by Finucane at
the expense of a further penalty and black-card for the Lamhs skipper.
With no-sub goalkeeper amongst the one remaining Lamh Dhearg
substitute that had already departed ten minutes previous – it was Declan Lynch
that volunteered to stand between the posts for take two.
Gallagher bravely stepped forward once more for a second
battle of wits and was again denied – this time Lynch stopped with his feet and
the stand-in keeper was fouled in the follow-up to take the sting out of the
situation and buy his side some time to regroup.
The visitors saw out the remaining sixty seconds and claimed
the spoils after a dramatic finish to proceedings.
St Teresa’s: A Thompson, P O’Rawe, E Connolly, M Mallon, P
McGoldrick, C O’Rawe, C Mallon, J Rainey, N McCann, L Gault, J Mallon (0-04f), P
Maguire, R Gallagher (1-03), A Taylor, C McCann. Subs: A Varndell (0-01) for C
O’Rawe (23 mins).
Lamh Dhearg: J Fincuane, R Fegan, C Nolan, R Diamond, P
Mervyn (0-01), M Herron (0-01), B Rice (0-01), P Fitzsimons (1-00), D Lynch, O
McKeown, G Slane (0-01), D Bellew, M Finnegan (0-03, 0-02f), T McCrudden
(1-00), R Straney (0-01). Subs: C Flynn for M Finnegan (52 mins), E O’Neill for
R Diamond (black card substitute – 61 mins), M Finnegan for J Fincuane (black
card substitute – 63 mins).
Cushendall had eight points to spare over neighbours Glenariffe in Friday evening’s All County Minor Hurling League Division 1 in Waterfoot. It was an historic evening for the Oisins as it was the first time the changing rooms in the new Glenariffe Community & Recreation Centre was used but desite the fact the Michael O’Boyle scored 3-5 for the home team Cushendall still came out on top.
The Ruairis were on top for most of the game and lead by three at half time. They threatened to run away with the game on a few occasions but were pegged back by some great scores from the Oisin’s Michael O’Boyle. However in the end they had too much firepower for their neighbours.
O’Boyle got the opening point of the game but after and slow start Cushendall came back with two points from Fiontann McQuillan and a goal from corner forward Shane McKenna. Two further points followed from Padraig McKillop and Aidan Ritson to go six clear by the end of the opening quarter but Michael O’Boyle pulled the Oisins back into contention with a goal from play on 17 minutes. A Padraig McKillop point put four between the sides but the home side closed to within two again with points from Seanie McIntosh and Mark McSparran. Two quick fire points from McQuillan stretched the Ruairis lead to six but three Michael O’Boyle points from placed balls closed the gap to three at half time. (Oisins 0-7 Ruairi Og 1-7)
A goal from corner forward Conor McCollam three minutes into the second half put Cushendall back in control as the Oisins were left chasing the game but they got themselves back into contention with a Seanie McIntosh point and a second goal from O’Boyle. A Conleith McKinley point put Cushendall three ahead again but that man O’Boyle struck again to complete his hat-trick of goals and bring his team level. A goal and two points by Fiontann McQuillan got Cushendall back on top again and though O’Boyle came back with a point the Ruairis struck for home with five points without reply between the 51st and 59th minutes. Michael O’Boyle gave the home side renewed hope with his fourth goal of the game from a free in injury time to cut the gap to six, but that was as close as they got as two more McQuillan points had them eight clear by the time match referee Ryan O’Reilly sounded the full time whistle.