Lamh Dhearg GAC juvenile presentation

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Lamh Dhearg juvenile presentation evening

Lamh Dhearg helde their Juvenile Presentation of Awards in the Devenish and the event was a very professionally organised and enjoyable evening. Special thanks to Brian Fegan for his time and effort in taking and editing the brilliant range of quality photographs which captured the atmosphere of the night. Lámh Dhearg Abú!!

Here are a selection of photographs from the evening and the saffron Gael extends its thanks to Brian Fegan and the lamh Dhearg club and congratulations to all those who received awards on the night.

Hurling Workshop at Lamh Dhearg GAC this weekend

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Hurling Workshop at Lamh Dhearg

Ulster GAA coach Kieran Megraw has sent us details of a hurling workshop at his club, Lamh Dhearg this weekend. A number of top coaches will be taking part in the workshop including Brian Hogan from Kilkenny.

This is an opportunity for coaches and players from Ulster to observe, develop their coaching skills and ask questions of players who have played and competed at the highest level of hurling.

Can you please confirm if you are attending asap as we want to finalise numbers by Wednesday. Thanks to the clubs and coaches who have registered to date.

To register please e mail kieran.megraw.ulster@gaa.ie

Cost is £15 includes lunch, cheques to made payable to GAA

Thanks to Martin Fogarty, National Hurling Development Manager who is also attending

Unbelievable standard at Scór na nÓg

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Today’s Scór na nÓg final was without a doubt the best County Scór Final that Antrim has seen in many years . The standard in every category was so high and the young people performed to such a high standard . It was fantastic to be able to welcome clubs who haven’t competed in Scór in a long time such as Carey Faughs and Ruairí Óg, who both managed to clinch a County title .

The day began with a minute silence to remember a beautiful young lady, Nicole Fegan from Mayobridge Scór who tragically passed away yesterday . We then had the National Anthem sung by Meabh from St Brigid’s. Fionnuala Mc Ateer did a fantastic job as Bean an tí, introducing everything bilingually and making sure that everything moved smoothly and on time .

First up was Ceili Dancing/Rince Foirne, with Aghagallon’s performance of The Cross Reel clinching the County title. Amhránaíocht Aonair was next up , with an amazing array of talent from all over Antrim . Méabh Mc Neill was victorious and became County champion for the second time with her performance of Cumha an Oileáin. Aithriseoireacht and Scéalaíocht is always a popular competition with the audience and our young performers didn’t disappoint with fantastic performances but Mary Kate Bonnes won her 4th County Recitation title with a flawless performance . The standard in the Ballad Group section was extremely high and we heard some beautiful arrangements of songs like The Wests Awake from St Brigid’s,  Dúlaman from Carey Faughs , Trasna na dTonnta from Tír na nÓg and Blaney Roses from Ruairí Óg. It was Aghagallon who came out on top with their performances of The Green Glens of Antrim and Carrick-a-rede. The Léiriú Stáitse section was first up after the interval with Aghagallon’s funny sketch about a mischievous leprechaun winning the County title. This was followed by some fantastic instrumental performances from Dunloy, Sarsfields, Michael Davitts, Ruairí Óg and Carey Faughs . Carey Faughs won the County title with a great performance. Rince Seit was very enjoyable as we saw a great group of dancers from Cushendall win the County title with their performance of The Connemara Set.

County Chairman Collie Donnelly presented the medals to the young County Champions and thanked everyone for their hard work and dedication to Scór.

A huge thanks must go to St Brigid’s who hosted the final. Nothing was too much trouble and everything was organised so well. Thanks so much to Tracy Galvin, St Brigid’s Cultural Officer for all of her hard work and support , not only today but always.

Finally a massive well done to all of the young people who were absolutely amazing today . I think it’s safe to say that culture and Scór in Antrim is safe in the hands of a brilliantly talented next generation of young Gaels. Of course they couldn’t perform at this standard without the support of their parents and mentors . Go raibh maith agaibh.

Thank you all very much for your continued support in all things Scór . It’s definitely an exciting time to be involved in Scór in Antrim.

Mol an Óige !

Bronagh Lennon

County Cultural Officer

PHOTOGRAPHS: BERT TROWLEN

Tir na nOg GAC Annual Dinner & Presentation evening

Tír na nÓg’s Annual Dinnerdance was well attended on Saturday 18th November in The Elk Toomebridge. Fr Forsythe began the evening with grace followed by  Chairperson Dearbhail McParland’s address. The club were joined on the night by County Chairman Colin Donnelly and South West Antrim Chairman Colm Walsh. Aine Devlin and Emily Falloon were recognised for their inclusion on the College’s All Star camogie team while Ciaran Logan received the club’s first ever Dual player of the year award after his solid performances across two codes all year.  Dessie O’Neill received the Club Person of the Year. The last presentation of the evening went to  Daniel Hastings who received the Conor Devlin Young Person of the Year award presented to him on the 10th anniversary of its inception by Paddy and Marie Devlin.

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1) Club chairperson, Dearbhail McParland makes a presentation to club camogs Aine Devlin  and Emily Faloon who were awarded Ulster colleges all star awards this year.

 

2) Club chairperson Dearbhail McParland makes a special presentation to Mairead Magill to mark the 50th anniversary of Antrim’s All Ireland winning camogie success. Mairead was a star performer on that side.

3) Michael McAtamney presents the senior camogie player of the year to Emily Faloon at the Tir na nOg annual dinner in the Elk on Saturday night.

 

4) County chairman, Collie Donnelly presents the Minor camog of the year to Cameron McGaughey.

5) County chairman Collie Donnelly presents the Minor B championship cup to team captain, Cameron McGaughey. Included are members of the championship winning side who defeated Cushendall in the final.

6) Mairead McAtamney presents the McAtamney-Magill award to Bronagh Devlin who accepted it on behalf of Caitlin McAreavey.

7) Collie Donnelly presenters the Minor Footballer of the Year award to Darragh Fegan.

8) Collie Donnelly presents the Senior footballer of the year shield to Ciaran McKeown who shared the award with Sean Redmond.

9) County chairman, Collie Donnelly presents the  senior reserve hurler of the year to Stephen Carey.

10) Joint Senior hurler of the Year, Kevin Sheerin and Colm Duffin (received by Malachy Duffin on his behalf) receive their awards from Collie Donnelly.

11) Reserve footballer of the year, Simon Carey receives his award from county chairman, Collie Donnelly.

12) Dual player of the year Ciaran Logan receives his award from Collie Donnelly, county chairman

13) Dual player of the year, Ciaran Logan with club chairperson, Dearbhail McParland.

14) Ryan O’Neill receives thew club person of the year award on behalf of his father Dessie from Dearbhail McParland and Collie Donnelly.

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15) The biggest applause of the night was for Daniel Hastings who received the Conor Devlin memorial award for young person of the year from Paddy and Marie Devlin.

St. Mary’s GAC Rasharkin annual dinner & presentation evening

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Club chairman, Michael Hardy presents Terry Hasson with the Healthy club award. Rasharkin were one of only two clubs in Antrim to receive the award this year

St.Mary’s Rasharkin Annual Dinner Dance 2017

St. Mary’s GAC Rasharkin held their Annual Dinner Dance at the Wild Duck on Friday past with all guests, members, players and friends of St.Mary’s enjoying a good evenings’ entertainment.

Club vice Chairman Thomas Doherty was an excellent compere for the evening, keeping proceedings running smoothly throughout with his unique facts and confident charm. He thanked Eileen Collins, the management and staff at the Wild Duck for their superb service.

Club Chairman Michael Hardy addressed the gathering after a wonderful meal, he welcomed special guests All Ireland winning Camogie captain Aoife Cassidy along with County Camogie Chairperson Julia McMullan and Secretary Siobhan Poulter and spoke of the achievements on and off the field of play over the last twelve months. He paid particular tribute to the Camogie activity at all levels in the club singling out the success of our U16 and U12 winning their respective leagues. Michael congratulated all our teams and mentors throughout the club suggesting that all adult teams in the three codes have made definite strides forward since last term.

Michael then thanked all the clubs sub-committees for their endeavours throughout the busy season – Finance, Development, Coaching, Discipline, Grounds, Camogie, Public Relations and acknowledged the work of our Healthy club lead by Terry Hasson. He said that St.Mary’s are indeed a leading light at club, county and provincial level with Healthy Club development and initiatives.

Full Shilling then provided the entertainment for the remainder of the evening.

 

 

2) Camogie Chairperson, Julia McMullan presents the U12B League trophy to camogie U12 manager, Paul Hasson.

3) Camogie chairperson Julia McMullan presrents U16C League trophy to U16 captain, Roisin Hardy.

 

4) Club trustee, Pat Hasson presents the McKillop family shield for juvenile team of the year to Niamh Mullan, Amy McMullan and Kerrie Darragh.

5) Special guest, Aoife Cassidy (Slaughtneil and Derry camog)  presents the most improved camog award to Niamh Mullan.

 

6) Brendan McMullan presents the most improved hurler award to Conor Doherty.

7) Liam Hardy presents the most improved footballer award to Kevin McMullan.

 

8) Senior team manager, Cathal McMullan presents the reserve player of the year award to Gerard O’Hagan.

9) Aoife Cassidy presents the camog of the year award to Clare McCaughan.

 

10) Shauna Marie McMullan receives the hurler of the year award on behalf of Daniel Doherty from Hannah Gribben.

11) Donal McLernon presents the senior footballer of the year award to Donagh Quigg.

 

12) Karol Doherty presents the club person of the year award to Amy McMullan.

13) Brendan Etherson presents a cheque to Paddy McIlwaine who received it on behalf of the ‘Saffron Gael’ at St. Mary’s GAC Rasharkin Annual Dinner and presentation in the Wild Duck on Friday night.