Casement’s & Geraldine’s GAC held their Juvenile Presentation evening in 2005 and looking through the photographs today my immediate attention was drawn to the club’s special guests on the evening and their involvement with Antrim football today.
As we all know, Enda McGinley has been appointed as Antrim’s new football team manager and two of his backroom staff, Sean Kelly and Stephen O’Neill were the guests of honour at the Portglenone presentation on that memorable evening in late in 2005.
Also amongst the guests were All Saints chairman, Jim Brady who is now principal of St. Brigid’s Primary School in Ballymena but at the time was principal in St. Mary’s Primary School, Portglenone.
The Juvenile presentation night also included players from St. Mary’s GAC, Ahoghill as both clubs united under the Sean Stinson’s banner at the time.
Notable amongst the photographs taken on the night is one of Stephen O’Neill and Sean Kelly making a presentation to a very young Niall Delargy who is now very much a part of the Antrim senior football so 16 year’s later this three will be reunited in an effort to further Antrim’s cause.
With presentation dinners put on hold owing to the Covid-19 pandemic we continue our look back at Presentation Dinners from the past and today we feature the St. Mary’s GAC Ahoghill-Cloney Gael dinner from 2005.
The Ahoghill club, as always had plenty of silverware on view but on the night they remembered one of their stalwarts, Phonsie Agnew R.I.P. Phonsie played a massive part in bringing hurling to the club and was one of the founder members of Cloney Gael and on the night his family were guests of honour and were presented with a framed photograph of their father who had passed away that year.
The Agnew family are seen in the featured photograph receiving the photograph from Danny O’Neill (Club Chairman) and Gerard McFall (Committee member)
With presentation evenings unlikely to take place this year we continue our look back from presentations of the past and today we look back at Casement’s GAC Portglenone’s Annual Dinner from 2004 in the Wild Duck.
With presentation evenings cancelled for the foreseeable future owing to the Covid epidemic we continue to look back at dinners from the past and today we feature an Erin’s Own Cargin Gala Dinner from 2004 which was held in the Tullyglass House Hotel.
Jim Brady, chairman of All Saints GAC presents a cheque for £500-00 to Paddy McIlwaine who is receiving it on behalf of the Saffron Gael. We would also like to acknowledge the receipt of a sponsorship cheque by post from St. Mary’s GAC, Aghagallon and thank both clubs for their continued support in these difficult times. We would ask clubs who have not yet donated to Saffron Gael to do so by contacting John at email@example.com or Paddy at firstname.lastname@example.org
BLAST FROM THE PAST
I came across some old photographs this week that I had previously scanned of teams from All Saints GAC and have included a few for your viewing. I will forward the rest to the All Saints GAC website. Can you remind me what year they were taken and what the events were.