Carey Faughs Stricly Come Dancing is a night to remember

Carey Hall was packed to the rafters on Saturday night as the parish turned out in style to witness the local Strictly Come Dancing extravaganza and they were not disappointed as the ten couples put on a show to remember. With compere Liam Beckett keeping the audience well entertained, and the action flowing smoothly, it certainly was a night to remember.

Over the past number of weeks the ten couples had been working tirelessly with dance teacher Claire McGuckian and the evidence of their labour was there for all tosee on a memorable evening. The judging panel of Aidan Gallagher MargaretMcAuley, Paul Reid and Michael McMullan certainly had a job on their hands and at the end of the night the honours for top spot were shared, with even a dance-off not enough to separate them. To make it even more intriguing it was afamily affair with Amy and Nat Hunter finishing deadlocked with Brenda and Martin Hunter. Amy and Nat just came out on top in the audience vote which was one of the fundraising elements of the show.  

The Hunters, Amy, Nathaniel, Brenda and Martin who shared the top spot are seen here receiving thier trophies from judges Margaret McAuley (left) and Paula Reid (right). 

McCavana is new county chairman

Congratulations to new county chairman Ciarán McCavana who tonight was elected Antrim County Chairman at the County Convention in the Dunsilly Hotel. The St Enda’s clubman beat off the challenge of outgoing North Antrim chairman Owen Elliott and former county vice-chairman Joe Edwards. It has been a whirlwind48 hours for McCavana after watching his club Naomh Eanna win the Ulster Intermediate Football title on Saturday night in Armagh.

CRLS5264The other big news was that Neil Peden was ratified as county hurling manager. The St John’s clubman was part of the management set up last year and he and fellow selector Gary O’Kane form part of the new team along with Jim Close of Rossa, Karl McKeegan of Cushedendall with former Clare star Anthony Daly acting as advisor

St. Mary’s stage second-half fight back to make Leonard Cup final

Danske Bank Leonard Cup 

Cross and Passion 1-08-2-09 St. Mary’s CBGS 

By Kevin Herron from Ballymena 

St. Mary’s CBGS fought back from a 0-07-0-01 deficit at the interval to claim a place in the Leonard Cup final at the expense of Cross and Passion after a 2-09-1-08 victory at Slemish Park, Ballymena this afternoon. 

Cross and Passion were firmly on the front foot through a number of successfully converted frees by centre half forward Christy McGarry – though after the restart Dubhaltach Wilson capitalised on an early error to hit the net and then gave his side the lead through a series of successfully converted placed balls. 

Christy McGarry restored Cross and Passion’s advantage with a goal less than ten minutes from time – though St Mary’s rallied and scores from Wilson, Diarmaid Rogan and a Niall Fallon goal ensured that St. Mary’s would secure a place in the decider. 

St. Mary’s CBGS arguably began the game as pre-match favourites but struggled in the early stages against a hungry and driven Cross and Passion outfit. 

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Christy McAuley conjured up the opening point and Christy McGarry converted a free to double the Ballycastle sides lead. 

It took St. Mary’s CBGS eleven minutes to register their first shot on target – but Dubhaltach Wilson converted a free to half the deficit, 0-02-0-01. 

The Glen Road side were no match for Cross and Passion in the opening half an hour and further points from Tiarnan Donnelly, McGarry (free) and Ruairi McCormick moved their side 0-05-0-01 ahead with ten minutes of the opening half remaining. 

Niall Fallon was unfortunate to see a glorious goal chance whizz wide of the post at the other end, Cross and Passion ended the half with two further points courtesy of Christy McGarry and Oisin Elliott (free) as the Ballycastle side were in firm control at the break with a 0-07-0-01 lead. 

St. Mary’s required a quick start to the second period and got just that – with little more than sixty seconds on the clock a high ball into the Cross and Passion area was batted away by goalkeeper Pete Mullan and Dubhlatach Wilson quickly swept the loose ball to the net to give St. Mary’s a lifeline. 

It was just the lift that the Glen Road side needed and they were firmly on the front foot – though their scoring arrived courtesy of the placed ball with St Galls ace Wilson converting five unanswered frees in a period of little less than twenty minutes as his side seized control and led 1-06-0-07 approaching the final stretch. 

Leonard Cup 16A two-point was little comfort to St. Mary’s who knew they had to stay alert at the other end and with eight minutes remaining they were caught cold as Cross and Passion edged in front for the second time. 

Oisin Elliott’s free appeared to be tailing wide but was kept alive – the small ball bounced the St. Mary’s area like a pinball and eventually Christy McGarry was able to steer the ball beyond the reach of Rhys Camlin and into the St. Mary’s net to give his side a 1-07-1-06 lead. 

Having already demonstrated immense character to claw their way back into proceedings St. Mary’s CBGS weren’t going to panic and restored parity with five minutes remaining through a seventh Dubhlatach Wilson free. 

The Glen Road side edged in front once more as Diarmaid Rogan produced a sensational point from an acute angle to make it 1-08-1-07. 

That lead was doubled through a Niall Fallon point and with less than three minutes remaining Fallon delivered the knock out punch that floored Cross and Passion. 

The St Gall’s half forward had spurned two goal chances but it was third time lucky as Fallon rifled low past Pete Mullan to give his side a 2-09-1-07 lead. 

Cross and Passion were in desperate need of a goal – however the St. Mary’s back six shut-up shop and the Ballycastle side could only conjure a late point through Oisin Elliott. 

At the end of a thrilling sixty minutes it was St. Mary’s CBGS who claimed in the Leonard Cup decider and the Glen Road side will need to patiently wait a week to find out their opponent as St Pat’s Maghera take on St Killians in the outstanding last four clash. 

Cross and Passion: P Mullan, P McAllister, J Bayfel, C Sheridan, J Colgan, O Elliott (0-02f), T Donnelly, R McCormack (0-01), O Donnelly, O Boyle, C McGarry (1-03, 0-02f), D Waterson, T Donnelly (0-01), C McAuley (0-01), D Kelly. 

St. Mary’s CBGS: R Camlin, P Moyes, B McCauley, M McCluskey, S Hughes, F Mervyn, P Short, C Boyle, A Churchill, N McGarry, N Fallon (1-01), E McBriarity, D Rogan (0-01), C Duffy, D Wilson (1-07, 0-07f). 

Referee: Malachy Leech (Oisin’s Glenariffe)

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Loughgiel Shamrocks Juvenile Awards

County Feile ChampionsThe Loughgiel team who won this season’s North Antrim and All County Feile na nGael titles are seen here at the club’s Juvenile Awards evening in the Millennium Centre.

LEFT – PJ O’Mullan presents the County Under 16 Camogie Player of the Year award to Mary McKillen. RIGHT – Sarah McFadden presents the Under 13 O’Conor-Gillan Cup to team captain Ciara Connolly.

LEFT – Senior team player James McNaughton presents the North Antrim Feile na nGael Cup to Eoin McGarry. RIGHT – James McNaughton presents the North Antrim Feile Skills trophy to Ronan McCollum.

LEFT  – Vice chairman John McKeown presents the Jim Nelson Memorial Shield to Eimear McGivern. Fr Sean Connolly presents the U16 Most Promising Player award to Lauren O’Boyle. All County Feile Capt Ruairi McCormick with James McNaughtonFeile team captain Ruairi McCormick receives teh All County Feile na nGael trophy from James McNaughton.

LEFT – U12 Player of the Year Aoife McMullan received her award from Louise McKillop

RIGHT – U14 Most Promising Player Caoimhe McMullan received her award from Lucia McNaughton.

LEFT – Under 16 Player of the Year Enda Og McGarry receives his award from Karen McCormick. RIGHT – Enda Og receives the North Antrim Under 16 Shield from Loughgiel PP Fr Mulholland.

Fr Sean Connolly presents the Under 16 Camogie Player of the Year award to Maeve Henry. RIGHT – Lucia McNaughton presents the Under 14 Player of the Year award to Caoimhe McMullan.

Con Magees Awards dinner

LEFT – Ulster President Michael Hasson, who was guest of honour at the Con Magees awards dinner, makes a special presentation to Ellen Hynds who captained the Antrim team who won this season’s All Ireland Minor B title. RIGHT – Minor Ladies Footballer of the Year Bronagh McKay receives her award from team manager Paul Mulholland and Damian McPeake.

LEFT – Hurling manager Archie Rea presents the Senior Hurler of the Year award to Shanlee Kerr. RIGHT – Alec McQuillan presents the Danny McQuillan Memorial Cup for outstanding performance to Martin McCarry.

LEFT – Under 21 Player of the Year Aidan O’Donnell with team mangers Neil McCafferty (left) and Paul McCurry. RIGHT – Sadie Higgins presents the Oliver Woulahan Cup for Hurling Players Player of the Year to James Duffin.

Aodh O’Loan presents the Minor Footballer of the Year award to Eoin McCusker. RIGHT – Archie Rea makes a special presentation to Neil Vic McCann who has announced his retirement after more than a quarter of a century on the senior hurling team.

LEFT – Guest of honour Michael Hasson with club chairman Liam McKendry, club secretary Henry Duffin (right) and committee club treasurer Owen Daniel McMullan. RIGHT – Una McAleenan receives the Division 3 Ladies Football Player of the Year award from Daniel McPeake and Paul Mulholland.

LEFT – Camogie manager Padraig Groogan presents the Division 3 Camogie Player of the Year award to Caroline McFadden. RIGHT – Club chairman Liam McKendry presents the Clubman of the Year award to Seamus McMullan.

LEFT – Club chairman Liam McKendry presents the Division 2 Ladies Footballer of the Year award to Emma Dillon. RIGHT – Laverty’s Cup. Michael Laverty, who was a member of the Con Magees team who won this season’s Senior Football Championship, is seen here with his sisters Nicole, Kirsty and Bronagh.

LEFT – Conor McNeill who won the Senior Footballer of the Year award and captained the Con Magees team to Junior Championship success is seen here with his mum Mary and dad Brendan. RIGHT Members of the Con Magees team who won this season’s Junior Football Championship

LEFT – Seamus McMullan (left) who received the SPOH Award (Sean Paul’O’Hagan Memorial Award) is seen here with club chairman Liam McKendry and Sean Paul’s mum Sinead O’Hagan. RIGHT – Club chairman Liam McKendry and committee member Seamus McMullan who presented a bouquet of flowers to Rosie Fyfe in a appreciation of her work in preparing the dinner on the night.

Liam McKendry presents a special merit award for services to hurling in the cub to Shanlee Kerr. RIGHT – Liam McKendry presents the Senior Reserve Football Player of the Year award to Aidan o’Donnell. 54Senior Football team manager and Player of the Year Conor McNeill (right) with team-mates Josh McKeown and Declan Traynor.

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