Oisins Juvenile Awards night

Glenariffe Oisins juveniles celebrated what has been a terrific season when they held their annual awards evening in the Larragh Lodge Restaurant on Saturday. The Under 15 team who this season won all five competitions they entered were the stars of the evening, picking up the county Feile na nGael trophy, the All Ireland Feile, the McMullan Cup, the League and Under 15 Championship. The Under 12 girls were also collecting silverware with U12 captain Scarlet Kerr receiving the Scullion Cup.

This week’s Ulster GAA fixtures

02-12-2021 (Thurs)
Danske Bank Ulster Schools Football U19 MacRory Cup
Banagher13:00St Eunan’s Letterkenny V Holy Trinity Cookstown
Danske Bank Ulster Schools Hurling U19 Mageean Cup
Semi Final      
Ballymena13:45St Killian’s Garron Tower V St Patrick’s Maghera
03-12-2021 (Fri)
Danske Bank Ulster Schools Football U19 MacRory Cup
St Patrick’s Academy12:00St Patrick’s Academy Dungannon V St Macartan’s Monaghan
The Dub13:30St Mary’s Magherafelt V Abbey CBS
Páirc Esler14:00St Colman’s Newry V St Ronan’s Lurgan
Danske Bank Ulster Schools Hurling U19 Mageean Cup
Semi Final      
The Dub Arena19:00St Patrick’s Downpatrick V St Louis’ Ballymena
04-12-2021 (Sat)
Danske Bank Ulster Schools Football U19 MacRory Cup
Killygarry10:00St Patrick’s Cavan V St Michael’s Enniskillen
AIB Ulster GAA Football Senior Club Championship
Quarter Finals (Winner on the Day if necessary)
Carrickmore13:30Dromore V Derrygonnelly
  (Tír Eoghain)   (Fear Manach)
  Ref: M McNally (Muineachán)
Kingspan Breffni18:00Ramor United V Kilcoo
Cavan (An Cabhán)   (An Dún)
  Ref: N Cullen (Fear Manach)
AIB Ulster GAA Football Intermediate Club Championship
Quarter Finals (Winner on the Day if necessary)
Ahoghill13:30Tír na nÓg V Carrickcruppin
  (Aontroim)   (Ard Mhacha)
  Ref: N McKenna (Muineachán)   
Kingspan Breffni15:45Butlersbridge V An Riocht
Cavan (An Cabhán)   (An Dún)
  Ref: A Marron (Muineachán)    
05-12-2021 (Sun)
AIB Ulster GAA Football Senior Club Championship
Quarter Finals (Winner on the Day if necessary)
Corrigan Park,13:30Kickhams Creggan V Clann Eireann
Belfast (Aontroim)   (Ard Mhacha)
  Ref: P Faloon (An Dún)
Celtic Park,15:15Glen V Scotstown
Derry (Doire)   (Muineachán)
  Ref: J McQuillan (An Cabhán)
AIB Ulster GAA Football Intermediate Club Championship
Quarter Finals (Winner on the Day if necessary)
Carrickmore13:30Moortown V Erne Gaels
  (Tír Eoghain)   (Fear Manach)
  Ref: E McFeely (Dún na nGall)
Celtic Park,13:00Steelstown V Donaghmoyne
Derry (Doire)   (Muineachán)
  Ref: K Eannetta (Tír Eoghain)
AIB Ulster GAA Hurling Intermediate Club Championship
Quarter Finals (Winner on the Day if necessary)
Fermanagh13:30Lisbellaw V Newry Shamrocks
Venue TBC (Fear Manach)   (An Dún)
  Ref: C McDonald (Aontroim)
06-12-2021 (Mon)
Danske Bank Ulster Schools Football U19 MacRory Cup
The Dub13:30OLASP Knock V St Patrick’s Armagh

Devenish Antrim GAA Club All Stars Gala


The first ever Devenish Antrim GAA Club All Star Awards evening in the prestigious West Belfast venue turned out to be a roaring success on Saturday night with clubs from throughout the county represented. Those who attended were regally entertained with music and dance, great food and star guests.

Of course the main attraction of the evening was the announcement of the Devenish GAA Antrim Club All Stars, plus the individual awards for Players of the Year and Referees of the Year. BBC’s Mark Sidebottom, who was MC for the evening, interviewed Antrim hurling team manager Darren Gleeson and his football counterpart Enda McGinley, while county chairman Ciaran McCavana addressed those in attendance. Colm McDonald, who refereed this years senior football final between Creggan and Aghagallon receveived the first award of the evening when he was presented with the Eamon Trainor Memorial Shield by Eamon’s brother Alec, while county chairman Ciaran McCavana presented an award for refereeing the All Ireland Minor Hurling final to Brendan Toland, head of referees, who accepted it on behalf of Colm Cunning of Dunloy.

There was a special reception for star of the evening Daithi MacGabhann, a young man who we all have taken to our hearts this year. Darragh was presented with a new football, courtesy of O’Neill’s who were sponsor of the awards. Two of Antrim’s All Ireland winning Intermediate Camogie Championship team Amy Boyle and Roisin McCormck were also in attendance and were delighted with the announcement that next year’s awards would also include Camogie

Well done Paddy Cunningham, the man who made it all happen.

The Devenish All Stars Hurling team with guest captain Daithi



County treasurer Donal Murphy presents the Hurler of the Year award tp Paul Shiels of Dunloy Cuchullains
The Devenish All Stars Football team with guest captain Daithi



County treasurer Donal Murphy presents the Footballer of the Year award to Kevin Small of Creggan Kickhams.
Amy Boyle and Rosisin McCormick represented the Antrim All Ireland Intermediate Camogie champions



Carey undone by Tyrone champions

Ulster Club IHC Quarter Final

Eire Og, Carrickmore 4-9 Carey Faughs 1-13

Brendan McTaggart reports from McQuillan Park, Ballycastle

Carey’s Ulster campaign ended at the first hurdle in Ballycastle on Sunday when they were beaten by Tyrone champions Carrickmore in the quarter final of the Ulster Intermediate Championship. Coached by former Ballycastle and Antrim star Cormac Donnelly the Tyrone champions were sharper from the start and their ability to get goals at vital times gave them the edge. Carey trailed by eight at half time, but a goal in the first minute of the second half breathed new life into their challenge. They edged their way back into the game but with the gap pared back to a goal they had a player sent off which proved a real game changer. With an extra man Carrickmore used the ball very cleverly and soon regained the upper hand and edged clear again to record a six point win.

Speaking after the game joint manager Cormac Donnelly said he had watched Carey a few times during their Antrim Championship campaign. He felt their strength was their ability to start well in their games and said they were determined not to let them do it this time around. The Tyrone men did just that and the early goals gave them an edge they would not relinquish.

Carrickmore joint manager Cormac Donnelly

In a nip and tuck opening quarter, Carrickmore took control of the game with two goals in the space of barely two minutes with Ruairi Slane and Cormac Murray finding the back of the Faughs net.  It came in the middle of a wonderful purple patch for Eire Og as they held Carey Faughs scoreless for 12 minutes while opening a seven point lead themselves.

Their third major came as the clock went into first half stoppage time with referee Tarlach Conway awarding the Carrickmore men a penalty for an infringement on Bryan McGurk.  Dermot Begley stepped up and while Carey ‘keeper Doug McAuley got his hurl to Begley’s effort, the sliotar deflected into the back of the net.

Despite having opened an eight point lead by the half time whistle and full value for that lead, Eire Og were pushed onto the back foot right from the restart.  The Antrim champions bagging a major with barely 10 seconds of the second half gone.  Shea Hunter sending the ball to the edge of the square and James Black pouncing on the loose sliotar to reignite Carey’s Ulster challenge.

Carey’s Caolan McCaughan reaches up to palm a dropping ball to the Carickmore net, but the score was ruled out because of a ‘square’ infringment.

The Antrim men had the wind at their sails and began to turn the screw, upping their intensity and not giving the Carrickmore men the space they allowed them in the first half.  They had the sliotar in the back of the net with just five points between the sides but Caolan McCaughan was judged to be inside the square with the Derry official calling a square ball.

A point from Slane was all Eire Og could manage before Begley took his tally to 1-2 for the game with his second free but things changed just before the second half water-break with the game in the balance.  John McBride seeing red and Carrickmore controlled the contest in the time that remained. 

Carey pushed and played with the same intensity and vigour but Eire Og’s better use of the sliotar and ability to find a man in space shone in the closing stages to seal a five point victory and their maiden win over the Antrim champions at provincial level.  They now have a date with the winners of Lisbellaw and Newry Shamrock’s in the semi final.

The Scorers

Carey Faughs

Connor McBride 0-8 (5f’s); James Black 1-1; Conlith McKinley 0-2; James McCouaig (1f); Caolan McCaughan 0-1


Dermot Begley 1-2 (1-00 pen, 2 f’s); Ruairi Slane 1-1; Sean Og Grogan 1-1; Justin Kelly 0-3; Cormac Murray 1-00; Anthony Crossan 0-1; Conor Grogan 0-1

The Teams

Carey Faughs

Cahal McAuley, Daniel Hill, Sean McBride, Eoin Hill; Michael McVeigh, Peadar McVeigh, James McCouaig, Daniel McBride, Patrick Butler, Shea Hunter, John McBride, Caolan McCaughan, Patrick Gillan, James Black, Connor McBride

Subs: Conlith McKinley for D McBride (HT) Daniel McKinley for E Hill (49), Patrick McBride for P Butler (60)


Conor McElhatton, Jarlath Kerr, Sean Pol Begley, Lochrainn O’Donnaille, Dean Rafferty, Dermot Begley, Anthony Crossan, Ruairi Slane, Justin Kelly, Darragh Grogan, Tony Hughes, Conor Grogan, John McGurk, Sean Og Grogan, Bryan McGurk

Subs: Cormac Murray for J McGurk (14); John McGurk for D Grogan (45); Oran McKee for A Crossan (49); Oisin Daly for T Hughes (57)

Referee: Tarlach Conway (Derry)

Na Magha benefitting from Antrim experience

Ulster Junior Hurling club quarter-final

Na Magha (Derry) 1-13 Cootehill Celtic (Cavan) 0-10

I arrived at Breffni Park yesterday evening to catch the closing stages of the Ulster Junior hurling club quarter-final between Na Magha of Derry and Cootehill Celtic, the Cavan champions. It’s the second time I’ve seen the Derry city men this year and once again I was impressed with Alan Grant’s side.

Na Magha, as most of you will know, play in division 3 of the Antrim ACHL and I travelled to Feistown to cover a division 3 game between them and host club Glenarm back in the Summer and while Na Magha were beaten they certainly gave the Shane O’Neill’s a run for their money.

Heading into the second water break Cootehill were in the ascendancy and had cut a six point deficit back to a single point and the momentum was very much with the Cavan champions and serious questions were being asked about the Derry side.

Na Magha answered those questions in style as they regrouped to dominate the final quarter and a superb individual goal from Ruaidhrai McLaughlin put the contest to bed and they now go forward to join Con Magee’s, Glenravel in the semi-final.

Na Magha: Barry Robinson, Adam Rankin, Diarmuid Shiels, Oisin Glass, Feargfhal McAneanney, Brendan Quigley, Tomas lally, Blidhan Glass, Declan Foley, Tommy Gallagher, Michael Lynch, Mark McCloskey, Tim Rankin, Aidan Cutliffe, Ruaidhri McLaughlin.