Tir na nOg U10’s going to Croke Park

This Monday 15th April, Tír na nÓg U10 ladies footballers have been chosen to represent their club and county in Croke Park as part of the Ladies Gaelic Football association Activity Day.

They are one of 62 clubs from 31 counties across Ireland selected to play in this amazing opportunity activity day. They are joined by fellow Antrim Club Sarsfield’s who were also the second lucky team to be selected to participate in the Go Games Blitz.

The team is coached and managed by Sinead Graham, Ashlene McLarnon and Emmet McCann. The 15 girls selected are: Ava Hill, Brenna Bonnes, Brógan Graham, Brogan McKay, Caoilseach McCann, Caoife Smith, Caoimhe McAteer, Ciara McCann, Clodagh McLarnon, Eimear Anderson, Ellie McGeehan, Grace Simpson, Katie Hughes, Niamh McCullough and Orlagh Lavery.

Everyone at Tír na nÓg wish the team, management, family and friends safe travels heading down to Dublin and the best of luck on the day. Hopefully this group will remember this occasion for a long time, days of playing in Croke Park don’t come around too often.

Con Magees – Bridini Oga Glenravel Awards night

2Joint U14 Camogie players of the year, Aisling Donnelly and Aisling Mulholland, receive their awards from Archie Rae and Philip Sharpe.

Left – Declan McKeown presents the Right – Niall Hynds is U12 Hurler Of the Year. Presented by Declan McKeown.

Left – Mark Young presents U12 Most Improved Ladies Footballer to joint winners, Éabha McMullan and Kiera Young. Right – Emer Donnelly revives the award for U12 Ladies Footballer of the Year from Mark Young.

Left – Henry Duffin presents Caolan Lennon with U14 Hurler of the Year. Right – Eamon Carey receives the Most Improved Hurler of the year at U14 level from Henry Duffin

Left – Orla Butler presents the U14 Ladies Football Féile an Phobail Shield to Sarah Fyfe. Right – Orla Butler presents Aisling Donnelly with the County U14 C Ladies Football Championship trophy.11Con Magees Ladies U14 team at the club’s Juvenile Awards evening

Left – Senior Footballer Siobhan McMullan presents the Carryduff U16 Ladies Football Ulster Tournament trophy to team captain Aimee Traynor. Right – Siobhan McMullan with joint U16 Ladies Football Most Dedicated Players Maeve Mulholland & Niamh McKay

Left – John Mitchell receives the U14 Most Improved Footballer award from Ronan O’Donell. Right – Eamon Carey receives the U14 Footballer of the Year from Ronan O’Donnell

Left – Senior hurler Shanlee Kerr presents Joe Martin and Lewis Cotter with their joint awards for U16 Hurling Most Improved POTY. Right – Shanlee presents Ryan McQuillan with the Under 16 Hurler of the Year award

Left – Michael McQuillan presents the Most Improved U16 Footballer award to JoeMartin. Right – Michael McQuillan presents the U16 Footballer of the Year awward to Rian Lennon.

Left – The Con Magees team who won this season’s Breslin Shield. Right – Team manager Michael McQuillan presents the Breslin Shield to team captain Rian Lennon.

Left – John Donnelly presents the joint winners of Brídíní Óga U16 POTY to Maria McKenna, Niamh Donnelly and Shauna McDonald. Right – Bronagh Laverty received U16 Ladies Football POTY from Siobhan McMullan

left – Katy Kerr received the  Most Improved U12 Camogie POTY from Jean Donnelly. Right – Jean Donnelly presents Emer Donnelly with U12 Camogie POTY


Saffron Aid Trolly Dash a big success

Conor McCann’s video of the trolly dash 

WARNING – Flash photography in this video

Gaels from across Antrim arrived in force to Sainsbury’s store in the Kennedy Centre in West Belfast on Tuesday night to participate in the 2nd Annual Saffron trolley dash, which is part of SaffronAid3.

The challenge had been set at the launch of SaffronAid3, an initiative started by Antrim GAA PRO, Sean Kelly in 2016, which encourages GAA fans across County Antrim to fill shoeboxes with useful items for vulnerable families and individuals, which will then be distributed by St Vincent de Paul in Northern Ireland (SVP) in the run up to Christmas.

For some families in Northern Ireland, the fast-approaching festive season is something to dread rather than celebrate, with many households having to forego presents as they choose between buying food or providing heat. In 2017, generous Antrim Gaels and their friends and families donated more than 1000 shoeboxes through the #SaffronAid2 charity initiative and it is hoped that even more can be collected and distributed this year, helping to make sure that as many families as possible wake up to something special to open on 25 December.

14The Antrim Gael and their supporters at Tuesday night’s Trolley Dash as Sainsbury’s, Kennedy Cetnre. Included is St Vincent de Paul reginal vice president Archie Kinney  and Sainsbury’s store manager Iain Semple.

Antrim GAA PRO, Sean Kelly, commented: “GAA clubs and supporters are wonderfully generous and we are delighted to do what we can to help those less fortunate than ourselves. This is our third year of running this very special appeal and we were overwhelmed by the generosity of Co Antrim Gaels in previous years, especially last year when 30 clubs gathered more than 1000 shoeboxes. We’re also delighted that Sainsburys Supermarket at the Kennedy Centre has very kindly let us loose in their aisles again with a sponsored trolley dash.

“We’re so pleased to be working with SVP once again and we hope that there is even more support this year as each shoebox or gift that is donated makes such a huge difference to those in need within our own communities.

£1000 of toys will go to the needy thanks to Sainsbury’s and Manager Iain Semple, John Jones Kennedy Centre , LOCC Solicitors ,O’Rourke McDonald Tweed solicitors , Quarter Accountants and St Endas GAC19Hurlers, Gaelic footballers and Camogs who took part in the Trolly Dash ares seen here with Sainsbury’s store manager Iain Semple (left) and Kennedy Centre manager John Jones (right).

This slideshow requires JavaScript.


St. Ergnat’s U14 girl’s success story continues

Antrim U14 girls football final

St. Ergnat’s Moneyglass v Lamh Dhearg

Photographs and Report: Elaine Kelly

The success story that is St. Ergnat’s U14 girls continued on Sunday when they were crowned Antrim champions for the second year in succession. The Marrion Hill girls travelled to Glengormley where they proved much too strong for a Lamh Dhearg side who battled right to the end against impossible odds but had no answer to a slick moving and clinical Moneyglass side. This group of girls have achieved magnificent feats throughout the last 2 years winning 2 All Ireland Feile titles. They then became the first team from Ulster to win the All Ireland Kilmacud Crokes 7’s tournament and that success story continued on Sunday and their talent and hard work speaks for itself. Well done to the girls and their management team.


This slideshow requires JavaScript.