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Andy honoured by Gaelic Life with Hall of Fame Award


Left – Andy McCallin receives the Gaelic Life Hall of Fame award from Niall McCoy of Gaelic Life and Ciaran Woods of GAAstore.                                                                          Right – Andy is interviewed by RTE commentator Darrah Moloney, who was MC for the evening.

St John’s and Antrim legend Andy McCallin was honoured at the prestigious Gaelic Life Club All Stars dinner in the Hillgrove Hotel, Monaghan last weekend. Andy, the first and only Antrim player to win a football All Star award when he was part of the first Carroll’s GAA All Star football team back in 1971, received the Gaelic Life Hall of Fame Award. Back in 1971 the Johnnies star was at the height of his powers. He was a member of the Antrim team who beat Roscommon in the All Ireland Under 21 Football final at Croke Park and the following year showed his versatility by playing on the Saffrons side who won the All Ireland Intermediate Hurling title. He played on the Antrim team who reached the Ulster Senior Football final in 1970, and although beaten by Derry in the final he was top scorer in the Ulster championship that season.

Here we post an interview with the Johnnies legend by famed GAA videographer Jerome Quinn in which Andy gives his views on receiving the award and also looks back to his original All Star award in 1971.

26962043_10155237048418297_1182877254116360989_oAndy McCallin and his sister Anne at the Gaelic Life Club All Stars dinner.

Andy receives his Gaelic Life Hall of Fame award

Sincere thanks to Ronan Scott of Gaelic Life and Jerome Quinn for their assistance

North Antrim Indoor Hurling Leagues

St. Enda's A & B
North Antrim Indoor Hurling

•   U10 Division 1 Playoff Fixtures (Sat 20th Jan)

Teams:  Brid Og 1, Eoghan Ruadh 3, Mc Quillans 1, Mc Quillans 2, Michael Davitts Swatragh 1, Ruairi Og 1, Strabane Shamrocks

Venue:  Cross and Passion College, Ballycastle
Time:    1:00pm to 4:00pm
•   U10 Division 2 Playoff Fixtures (Sat 20th Jan)

Teams:  Cuchullians 1, Kickhams 1, Naomh Padraig 2, Ruairi Og 2, Shamrocks 1, Shamrocks 2, St Endas 2

Venue:  St. Louis Grammar, Cullybackey Rd, Ballymena BT43 5DW
Time:    10:00am to 1:00pm


•   U10 Division 3 Playoff Fixtures (Sat 20th Jan)

Teams:  Ballygalet, Con Magees, Cuchullians 2, Naomh Padraig 3, Omagh St Endas 1, Shamrocks 3, St Endas 1

Venue:  St. Patrick’s College Broughshane Road, Ballymena, BT43 7DZ
Time:    10:00am to 1:00pm


•   U10 Division 4 Playoff Fixtures (Sat 20th Jan)

Teams:  Cuchullians 3, Eoghan Roe 3, Eoghan Ruadh 4, Oisins 1, Omagh St Endas 2, St Endas 3, St Pauls 1

Venue:  St Joseph’s College, Beresford Ave, Coleraine, BT52 1HJ
Time:    1:30pm


•   U10 Division 5 Playoff Fixtures (Sat 20th Jan)

Teams:  Eoghan Roe 2, Eoghan Ruadh 1, McQuillans 4, Michael Davitts Swatragh 2, St Endas 4, St Marys, St Pauls 2

Venue:  Cross and Passion College, Ballycastle
Time:    10:00am to 1:00pm

•   U10 Division 6 Playoff Fixtures (Sat 20th Jan)

Teams:  Brid Og 2, Eoghan Roe 1, Michael Davitts Swatragh 3, Oisin 2, Oisin 3, Ruairi Og 3, St Ergnatts
Venue:  Michael Davitts GAC, Swatragh
Time:    10:00am to 1:00pm


•   U10 Division 7 Playoff Fixtures (Sat 20th Jan)

Teams:  All Saints 1, All Saints 2, Eoghan Ruadh 2, Kickhams 2, McQuillans 3, Naomh Padraig 1, Shane O’Neills
Venue:  St. Patrick’s College Broughshane Road, Ballymena, BT43 7DZ
Time:    1:00pm to 4:00pm

Four Loughgiel players on the Gaelic Life All Stars club camogie team

Many thanks to the Gaelic Life for sending pics of the Antrim representatives on the All Stars Camogie team from last week’s Gala dinner in the Hillgrove Hotel, Monaghan. Another excellent event hosted by the Gaelic Life team.glAllstars120117mc18The Gaelic Life All Stars Club Camgoie team 2017. glAllstars120117mc12Megan Coyle receives her goalkeeper awardglAllstars120117mc15Midfielder Amy Boyle receives her All Star award glAllstars120117mc13Laura Connolly (left) receives her full-back award along with her corner backs Jenna Boden of Clonduff (centre) and Dervla McGuigan of SlaughtneilglAllstars120117mc17Angela Boyle accepts Racquel Murphy’s All Star full-forward award

Pics by Jim Dunne. Many thanks to the Gaelic Life for letting us share them.

Donaghmoyne should provide a serious challenge to Gweedore

Left: Donaghmoyne in action against Stewartstown last year and Right: Action from Gweedore’s opening game against Rossa in this year’s tournament.


Bank of Ireland-Paddy McLarnon U21 tournament-Last quarter-final should be keenly contested affair

With a hectic opening last weekend and three of the semi-final contestants already decided, the volume of action on the Staffordstown Road tones down a little this weekend but the prize remains the same. Gweedore and Rossa got the 2018 championship underway with the Donegal men advancing in a preliminary round clash while Southern Gaels from Cavan piped Crossmaglen from Armagh in the game of the quarter-finals.

Also through to a place in the semis are Down champions Carryduff who defeated Enniskillen Gaels and a pace packed Lavey side from Derry who proved too sharp for Tyrone champions Galbally. Gweedore’s clash with Donaghmoyne from Monaghan will decide who will go into the semi-final draw with Southern Gaels, Lavey and Carryduff.

Gweedore were quite impressive when defeating Rossa in the opening game of the tournament and looked a good side despite missing a number of players through exam commitments and two others who were on duty with Donegal.

Whether the Donegal panellists will be available this weekend remains to be seen with the county on duty on Saturday night in the McKenna Cup semi-final against Armagh which had to be rescheduled after the original Wednesday night fixture was postponed because of the weather.

Donaghmoyne played in the Creggan tournament last year but lost to an excellent Stewartstown side but they are back again and looking at their success in Monaghan, they will provide a stern test for the Donegal men.

Wins over Clan na Gael in their semi-final and Clones in a one sided Monaghan final suggests they are a team to be respected and they seem to have fire power in abundance having scored 3-19 against Clan na Gael and 3-18 against Clones.

The action gets underway at 2-15 on Sunday and hopefully the weather will improve sufficiently to allow matters to go ahead and attract a bumper crowd for what should be a tight game in a competition which consistently produces excellent games of football.

Dr Eamon Pheonix talk in Carey Hall

C.L.G. Aontroim Thuaidh – North Antrim G.A.A.


Dr Éamon Phoenix on  North Antrim & Revolution

Carey Hall, Cushendall Road, Ballyvoy, BT54 6QY; Saturday 27th January 2018;  8.00pm

Tickets (Táille £5.00) on sale from North Antrim GAA clubs or pay at the door


Dr Éamon Phoenix is a political historian specialising in Irish history. He is Principal Lecturer in History and Head of Lifelong Learning at Stranmillis University College. Éamon is the author and editor of a number of books on modern Irish history including Northern Nationalism 1890-1940 and Conflicts in the North of Ireland 1900-2000.  He writes the daily ‘On This Day’ column for The Irish News, has written extensively on historical issues for The Irish Times and is a regular and well-known broadcaster. He is a Member of the Taoiseach’s Expert Advisory Committee on Centenaries.




Covering 1891 to 1922, in North Antrim, and from the Glens to Toome, he will, among other events, refer to The Gaelic Revival; Rise of the GAA; The Irish Volunteers; Protestant Home Rulers; 1916 Rising; 1918 Election; Partition and The War of Independence and he will include reference to the following local personalities.


  • Francis Joseph Bigger (1864-1926) lawyer, historian and a founder of Feis na nGleann in 1904
  • Margaret Dobbs (1871-1962) from a loyal Big House, was a researcher, Gaeilgeoir and founder member of Feis na nGleann
  • Roger Casement (1864 – 1916) b. Co Dublin, lived near Ballycastle, educated at Ballymena Academy, knighted for his humanitarian work, became an Irish nationalist, and was hanged in London for treason to the crown. Never was granted his request to be buried in Murlough.
  • Seán Murray (1898 – 1961) from Cushendall, fought in the War of Independence, studied in Moscow and headed the Irish Communist Party.
  • Eoin MacNeill (1867–1945) scholar, historian, co-founder of the Gaelic League, commander of the Irish Volunteers. Most often remembered as the man who tried to call off the 1916 Rising.
  • Louis J Walsh (1880-1942) solicitor in Maghera and Ballycastle, stood for Sinn Féin in Derry in the 1918 Gen. Election.
  • Jack White (1879-1946) from Broughshane, served in the British Army in the Boer War, organised pro-Home Rule meeting in Ballymoney. Helped train the Irish Citizen Army


Dr Éamon Phoenix on  North Antrim & Revolution

Carey Hall, Ballyvoy Saturday 27th January 2018;  8.00pm