Ulster GAA announces streaming service for Minor Football Championship

Ulster GAA today announced details of a new live streaming service for the 2020 Electric Ireland Ulster Minor Football Championship.

All eight games in the provincial series will be delivered in partnership with Broadcast and Media Production company, PáircTV.

The launch of the new service is a timely boost to supporters given current inter-county competitions, such as the Allianz Leagues and Provincial Minor Championships, are to be played behind closed doors due to Covid-19 restrictions. The GAA will review this situation again towards the end of October.

The live coverage begins this weekend as Monaghan host neighbours Cavan at St Tiernach’s Park Clones, with pay-per game access priced at €5/£5. Supporters will be able to stream the games live or on demand in 1080p HD, with a highlights package also available as part of the service. Sign-up is via the pairctv.com website or by following the link on ulstergaa.ie/TV.

The full 2020 Electric Ireland Ulster Minor Championship fixture schedule is included below.

Ulster GAA President Oliver Galligan said: “Ulster GAA is delighted to announce this new platform with PáircTV and to provide live coverage of our Minor Championship games. Given these unprecedented times, we look forward to providing supporters with access to all the action and showcasing the great young talent in our province.”

Patrick Magee, Managing Director, PáircTV, said: “PáircTV are delighted to be partnering with Ulster GAA as it’s streaming provider for the Electric Ireland Ulster Minor Football Championship.”

Electric Ireland Ulster Minor Championship Fixture Schedule

Sat 17th October: First Round

Muineachán V An Cabhán at St Tiernach’s Park, Clones (2.00 pm)

Sat 24th October: Quarter Finals

Dún na nGall V Tír Eoghain at Pairc MacCumhaill, Ballybofey (11.30 am)

Doire V Ard Mhacha at Owenbeg (2.00 pm)

Aontroim V Muineachán / An Cabhán at Corrigan Park (2.00 pm) / Kingspan Breffni (6.00pm)

Fear Manach V An Dún at Brewster Park, Enniskillen (6.00 pm)

Sat 31st October: Semi Finals

Dún na nGall / Tír Eoghain V Doire / Ard Mhacha at Venue TBC

Fear Manach / An Dún V Aontroim / Muineachán / An Cabhán at Venue TBC

Fri 13th/Sat 14th/Sun 15th November: Final


Win in Aughrim vital for Antrim’s promotion hopes

Allianz Football League Division 4

Wicklow v Antrim

(Aughrim 12-30 Saturday)

Antrim travel to Wicklow this weekend knowing that anything less than a win will probably not be enough if they are to keep their hopes of promotion from division 4 alive but confident that they can come away from Aughrim with the necessary win.

Antrim’s promotion chances received a major boost when they defeated league leaders Limerick away back at the start of March and they will be hoping for a repeat of that performance when they travel to Aughrim on Saturday with throw in scheduled for 12-30.

Manager Lenny Harbison stated at the start of the season that promotion from division 4 was his primary ambition this season and that ambition is very muck within the Saffron’s reach as they make the long journey to Wicklow for the penultimate game in their league campaign.

It has been a mixed season for the Antrim footballers. They started with a good win over visitors Wexford in Glenavy and an away win in Ruislip on day two augured well for this season’s campaign but a one point defeat to Sligo at Markievicz Park in round 3 threw a spanner in the works.

The visit of Carlow in round four offered Antrim an opportunity to get their division 4 promotion bid back on track. The visitors had defeated Wicklow on day one but had struggled for results after that, losing to Wexford and Limerick.

The visitors arrived at Glenavy knowing that only a win would do and when they went 1-3 to 0-0 ahead after 15 minutes it wasn’t looking good for the home side. The introduction of Odhran Eastwood at half-time and Michael McCann during the second half saw Antrim get their game together and they pushed hard for the win in the second half but had to settle for a draw in the end.

Going into the Limerick game in Portglenone last day out, Antrim trailed league leaders Limerick by three points. Anything less than a win and it was good bye to promotion for another season but the Saffrons produced their best performance of the season and indeed for a number of seasons to comprehensively defeat previously unbeaten Limerick.

Two weeks earlier in that game against Carlow the introduction of Odhran Eastwood at half time proved an inspired substitution and it was no surprise when the St. Enda’s ‘Pocket Rocket’ was handed a starting birth against the league leaders.

Eastwood was outstanding, leading the Limerick defence a merry dance with his speed and movement and ended top scorer with 2-3 in a man of the match performance. The game also saw Paddy McBride produce his best performance of the season with the St. John’s man contributing 0-7 and looking more like his old self.

As I write this preview there is a sense of De Ja Vue. As I was preparing for the trip to Wicklow away back in March the news came through of a nationwide lockdown due to Covid-19 with all GAA fixture postponed until further notice.

A difficult time for everyone but the resumption of club fixtures and a great football and hurling championship in Antrim followed and we at the Saffron Gael were back doing what we love doing, bringing you previews and reports of all the games within the county.

Just how the lockdown will affect Antrim’s prospects this weekend remains to be seen. Momentum can be everything in sport and Antrim footballers certainly had the momentum going into that game against Wicklow so there is a sense that some of that momentum may have gone.

Against that the Antrim championship has provided the opportunity for Antrim manager, Lenny Harbison to take a look at his present panel and he has taken the opportunity of adding a number of players to his panel.

The experienced Kevin O’Boyle, Ryan Murray, Mark Sweeney and Patrick McCormick have returned to the Antrim fold but whether any of them will get a starting birth in Aughrim remains to be seen.

Two players who will have benefited from the shutdown and subsequent club championship are Cargin pair, Michael McCann and his brother Tomas. Michael came back into the Antrim fold after a couple of years in exile and played a part as a substitute in the games against Carlow and Limerick while Tomas was recovering from injury at the time but was around the panel.

Both players have been in great form during their club’s run to a three in a row championship success and would certainly add impetuous to the Antrim effort if called upon. Another player who has impressed during the club championship is Creggan keeper, Oisin Kerr so Lenny Harbison and his management team will have plenty to mull over before making their final selection for Saturday.

Antrtim will have been boosted by the announcement this week that the Casement Park development has been given approval and with their hurlers involved in a league final the following day (Sunday) against Kerry this could turn out to be a memorable weekend for Saffron Gaels.

Saturdays line-out is unlikely to show too many changes to the one who started against Limerick. The defence has pretty much picked itself throughout the league with Eastwood’s St. Enda’s colleagues Peter Healey and James McAuley turning in consistent performances all year and forming a solid half-back line with team captain Declan Lynch.

At mid-field Colum Duffin was outstanding against the Treaty men and has formed a hard working mid-field partnership with Marc Jordan while Conor Murray has been consistently good in attack and with Niall Delargy has been an ever present.

Paddy Cunningham is another player who has returned to the Antrim panel this year after a number of years in exile but after starting in the opening three games he has had to settle for a place on the bench but is another who could influence the outcome if called upon

                                                   WHAT ABOUT WICKLOW?

As we have seen, there is no such thing as an easy game in division 4 and Wicklow have mixed good performances with bad this year but are more than capable on their day. They lost to Carlow on day one, beat Waterford on day two and then raised a few eyebrows when they beat Sligo by five points at Sunday’s venue.

On day four Wicklow travelled to Limerick and were hammered by the league leaders who scored 5-10 against them but a week later they made the journey to London where they hit five goals themselves.

Wicklow’s best performances seem to have been at home and significantly they are one of three sides on six points, one behind Antrim with Wexford and Sligo the others hoping for an Antrim slip up.

Both Wexford and Sligo face difficult games when they travel to Limerick and Carlow respectively but for now Antrim will be concentrating on the Wicklow game and letting the other results take care of themselves.

The Saffrons need to produce another high intensity performance like the one they turned in against Limerick. They moved the ball with pace and always seemed to have an option when attacking while they dropped back effectively as a unit when defending and the Treaty men couldn’t cope with that intensity.

A win in Aughrim would set Antrim up nicely for their final game of the league campaign at home to Waterford and if results were to go well elsewhere could earn them promotion but for now all thoughts must be concentrated on Saturday’s visit to Wicklow.

Glenavy’s Owen Gallagher starred for Galway champions Moycullen

Two weeks ago Glenavy’s Owen Gallagher was part of the history making Moycullen team who won the club’s first ever Galway Senior Football Championship. A few days ago the excellent the42.ie did an inverveiw with the former Antrim star

Successful Year for Club Aontroma

12th October 2020

In what has been a great year for Club Aontroma as highlighted by the publication of their annual report. We at the Saffron Gael wish to thank them for their continued support

We are delighted to publish our ANNUAL REPORT as presented to our AGM on 12 October 2020. As you can see, Club Aontroma have had a successful year and have shared in the renewed enthusiasm for gaelic games and activities in our county over the past year. Notwithstanding the pandemic we have enjoyed a year of renewed productivity and output. We produced 6 high quality match day programs for our county finals and national league games, themselves showcasing the positivity of our senior panels and indeed the visionary ambitious nature of our clubs. We have spent your money wisely and have donated

– £25,000 to Corrigan Park Redevelopment,

– £1200 for two livestreams (Camogie and LGFA finals),

– £1332 for two Cumann na mBunscol kits,

– £500 to Saffron Gael,

– £700 for 12000 flyers & Pop Ups.

We are delighted to welcome county legends Jane Adams and Sambo McNaughton on board as well as Micky Maguire from Ardoyne, a former development squad coach and well respected figure in underage football to our committee.

We are delighted to announce our new PRO Sean Kelly who will also act as vice chairperson. Sean’s enthusiasm and talent as a PRO will not be lost to gaelic games in our county as he stands down from the formal county position due to term limits.

If you are not a member of Club Aontroma please consider joining!It is only £10 per month and due to our charitable status we can generate a further 27% in Gift Aid. You can join Club Aontroma now through your mobile phone at this weblink!

Believe in Saffron!

St Paul’s land U12 Football Division 1 Title

St Paul’s u12 footballers played out a brilliant advert for juvenile football with St Brigid’s coming out on top in their last league game – a winner takes all contest.

Played at Musgrave, both sides played their part in an excellent game which could have went either way. St Paul’s went into a two point lead early in the first half with scores from Dillon, Rogers, Duffy and James McDonnell. However St Brigid’s replied with three unanswered points to lead by one heading towards end of the first half. In a tough tackling contest St Brigid’s looked like heading into half time ahead until a well worked goal for the visitors towards the half time whistle from gave St Paul’s a two point half time lead.

The second period was more open leading to some great scores from both sides with two goals for powerhouse Oisin Cusack and Johnny Higgins with a goal for St Brigid’s.

A goal from midfielder Oisin Gamble gave St Paul’s a five point lead towards the end of the half with points from McDonnell and Cusack again. St Brigid’s kept fighting and keep the visitors on their toes with another late goal – however St Paul’s held out for a two point win to lift the league title.

St Paul’s- Shea Sands, Tom Kearney, Brendan Mcmorrow, Jay Gault, Ronan Leonard, Ceran Cowan, Oisin Gamble, Cormac Trainor, Eamonn Kearney, James McDonnell, Darách Casey, Dillon Rogers Duffy, Oisin CusackSubs Ben MacManus, Odhran Phillips, Ethan Sturgeon, Eoghan Coyle