Cuchullains through to Intermediate decider

OB Construction Intermediate Football Championship  – Semi-Final

Dunloy 2-9 Davitts 0-4

Sunday 25 September 2022

Brendan McTaggart reports from Dunsilly

Dunloy made safe passage to the 2022 Intermediate decider with 11 points to spare against Davitt’s on Sunday afternoon.  Two goals in barely two minutes of the second half was the winning of this game, substitute Michael Smith with the opening major with his first touch while Conal Cunning added the second with the next attack.  

In a low scoring first half, both sides lacked a clinical touch in front of goal.  Goal chances came and went with the woodwork and ‘keepers stopping a green flag from being raised at either end.  Davitt’s will look at their chances in the opening 30 minutes when they analyse this contest and wonder what if?  

Dunloy dominated the second half with more intensity in midfield and movement in attack.  They held Davitt’s to just one point after the half time break while dictating the play and staying defensively sound.  The Belfast men rarely looked like they could reel the Cuchullains in during a second half that saw Dunloy improve immeasurably with their attacking play.

The game was barely 10 seconds old when the first goal chance came.  Davitt’s claiming the throw in and sending the ball long to David Wallace.  He broke the ball to Sullivan but Dunloy ‘keeper Chrissy Brogan saved superbly from point blank range.

The opening score didn’t come until the 10th minute of the semi-final, Keelan Molloy converting a free after a foul on Conal Cunning.  Dunloy had their first sight of the Davitt’s goal with the next attack.  Nigel Elliott collecting the pass from Seaan Elliott before unleashing a shot with the outside of his right boot from an acute angle.  The ball drifted wide however, a half chance but in a game that was destined to be low scoring, chances like this would be the difference.

Dunloy were enjoying the lions share of possession but Davitt’s were defensively solid.  David Wallce playing deeper and closing space but Dunloy’s running from deep was creating chances.  The Elliott brothers Seaan and Nigel combining again to release Anton McGrath in front of goal but his effort hit the foot of the post.

A brace of points from Eoin Gillan and Nigel Elliott by the 18th minute gave Dunloy a three point lead and control of the game.

Davitt’s opening score came from Padraig McParland and they should have scored their first goal with the next attack. A Davitt’s player had a superb run from midfield before finding Conor Toner in space.  With just Brogan to beat, the Dunloy ‘keeper produced a save right out of the top drawer to deny him.  Brave, timed, perfection.  

Dunloy rattled the crossbar when Molloy’s pointed effort from distance dipped wickedly behind Aaron Slane but his blushes were saved by the woodwork.

Davitt’s rallied to score a brace of points from Padraig McParland, his second of the game to leave the sides tied but Dunloy had the final score of the half with Cunning dissecting the posts with the last kick of the opening 30 minutes.

Given how many chances were created, the biggest mystery of the opening 30 minutes was how low the scoring was.  Dunloy lead 0-4 to 0-3 but both sides hit numerous wides with Davitt’s missing frees that would normally be registered as scores.

Midfielder Deaglan Smith restored Dunloy’s two point lead with the opening score of the second half but in a game of cat and mouse, neither side really took control of the opening exchanges of the second half.  Davitt’s created another goal chance, James Lindsey leapt highest at the back post but his palmed effort went wide while Dunloy struggled to find their range at the opposite end of the pitch with a number of shots dropping short.

Davitts reduced the Dunloy lead to one in the 36th minute but incredibly that would be the only score the Belfast men would register in the second half as Dunloy dominated.  A free from Deaglan Smith was quickly followed by Cunning’s second point of the semi-final to open a three point lead midway through the second half.

Dunloy introduced Michael Smith into attack and the substitution made an immediate impact.  Seaan Elliott had the ball fully 45 yards from goal and there’s no doubt he was lining up a point but the ball landed to the right of the six yard box where Smith rose highest above Paul McKinney.  A quite brilliant catch that was matched by his finish to the back of the Davitt’s net.

The crowd were still purring from the major when Dunloy scored their second.  Seaan Elliott involved again before released Deaglan Smith.  His effort was superbly saved by Aaron Slane but the ball fell to Coby Cunning and he had the simplest of tasks to apply the finish.

Cunning and Molloy hit further scores to add gloss to the score board for the Cuchullains as they controlled the closing stages.

A comfortable win in the end for Dunloy who reach the Intermediate decider for the fifth time in eight years. They’ll face Con Magees in two week’s time with a senior hurling semi-final between times.  The momentum builds in the Cuchullains Village.


Dunloy: Christopher Brogan; Anton McGrath, Aaron Crawford, Conor Kinsella; James Scally Scally, Kevin McQuillan, Eoin McFerran; Ryan McGarry, Deaglan Smith; Nigel Elliott, Eoin Gillan, Christopher McMahon; Conal Cunning, Keelan Molloy, Seaan Elliott

Subs: Michael Smith for A McGrath (45); Caolan Gillan for C McMahon (45); Ciaran McQuillan for E McFerran (54); Ryan McFarline for S Elliott (56); Tom McFerran for N Elliott (60)

Scorers: C Cunning 1-3; M Smith 1-00; K Molloy 0-2 (1f); D Smith 0-2 (1f); N Elliott 0-1; E Gillan 0-1

Davitts: Aaron Slane; Conor Toner, Paul McKinney, Nathan Maginn; Michael Rowntree, Niall McParland, Jack Scalley; Seamus McNeill, Anthony Rowntree; Gerard Slane, Padraig McParland, James Lindsey; Tony McGrattan, Daniel Wallace, Conor O’ Sullivan

Subs:  Cristoir Brown for M Rowntree (HT); Deaglan Mooney for J Lindsey (41); Marcus Toner for A Rowntree (50); Christopher Rafferty for O’Sullivan (58)

Scorers: P McParland 0-2; S O’Neill 0-1; CJ Sullivan 0-1

Referee: Darren McKeown (St Galls)

Glens Literary and Learning Festival 23d to 25th September 2022

Dé hAoine, Friday 23/09/2022


Maidin Fhilíochta -Gaeilge agus Ultais do pháistí scoile.  Poetry Morning – Irish and UlsterScots for schools

Micheál Ó Seanáin & Anne Mc Master

Níl an t-imeacht seo oscailte don phobal. This event is not open to the public.


An Mangaire Siúlach

Díolacháin Leabhar le Seán MacLabhraí

Book sale of old, interesting and often out of print books.

Seán Mac Labhraí

Ionad Paróiste Rath Muáin, Baile an Chaistil

Ramoan Parish Centre, Ballycastle

Oscailte don phobal.  Tar isteach agus féach ar an bhailiúcháin ar leith.

Open to the public. All very welcome to browse this special collection.


Seán MacLabhraí

‘Anraí Mac Giolla Comhaill’ – údar agus scolaire.

A talk on the life of ‘Anraí Mac Giolla Comhaill’ -author and scholar.

Ionad Paróiste Rath Muáin, Baile an Chaistil

Ramoan Parish Centre, Ballycastle

Ticéad nó íoc ag an doras – Weekend Ticket or donation at the door. Sólaistí san áireamh.  Includes refreshments.


Cosán Ceoil – Trad Trial

Mícheál Ó Seanáin agus a chairde

Michael Sands and friends.  

Ag toiseacht ag Tigh Tessie’s Tour begins at Bakewells, Ballycastle and visits Boyd Arms and Wee Tom’s.

Tá spás teoranta.  Cuir scairt/téacs ar 07935514343 le d’ainm.

Spaces are limited.  Please call/text 07935514343 to book your place.


Oíche Amhránaíochta, Scéalta agus Ceol le Bronagh Ní Leanáin.

An evening of music, stories and song with Bronagh Lennon.

CLG MacUilín.  McQuillan’s GAA  

Ticéad nó íoc ag an doras.  Sólaistí san áireamh. Weekend Ticket or donation at the door. Includes refreshments.

Dé Sathairn, Saturday 24/09/2022


Siúlóid Stairiúil Bun na Margaí i mBaile an Chaistil  – Historical Walk & Talk to Bonamargy, Ballycastle.

Caoimhín MacGabhann/ Kevin McGowan

Ag toiseacht ag an Charrchlós Sheskburn, siúl le chéile, Ag críochnú le tae/scónna san Óstán.

Meet at the Sheskburn Carpark, walk together. Finishes with tea/scones for all in the Marine Hotel.

Ticéad nó íoc ag tús na suilóide. Sólaistí san áireamh. Weekend Ticket or donate at the walk. Includes refreshments.


Lainseáil Leabhar – Book Launch

‘An Bealach chun na Gaeltachta’ Seán MacMaoláin100 bliain ó scríobhadh.  Aíonna – Teaghlach MhicMaoláin, Ceol le Aodán agus Jacaí Mhic Séafraidh.

‘The Way to the Gaeltacht’ Seán McMullen – 100 years since first published.  Guests – The McMullen family, Music by Aodán agus Jackie Mhic Séafraidh

Cumann na mBád, Bun Abhann Dalla – The Boat Club, Cushendall.

Ticéad nó íoc ag an doras.  Sólaistí san áireamh -Weekend Ticket or donation at the door. Includes refreshments.


Meánrang Gaeilge-‘An Bealach chun na Gaeltachta’

Intermediate Class on the book ‘The Way to the Gaeltacht’

Múinteoir – Fearghal MagUiginn

Cumann na mBád, Bun Abhann Dalla – The Boat Club, Cushendall.

Ticéad nó íoc ag an doras.  Sólaistí san áireamh -Weekend Ticket or donation at the door. Includes refreshments.


Logainmneacha – Place-names

Dr Niall Comer

CLG Chú Chulainn, Dún Lathaí.  Cuchulainn GAA, Dunloy.

Ticéad nó íoc ag an doras.  Sólaistí san áireamh -Weekend Ticket or donation at the door. Includes refreshments.

Dé Domhnaigh, Sunday 25/09/2022


Imeacht súgartha do pháistí (4-11bl) Irish language play event for children(4-11yrs). Le/with Deirdre Goodlad.

Ionad an tSeaneaglais, Bun Abhann Duinne.

The Old Church Centre, Cushendun

Tá spás teoranta.  Cuir scairt/téacs ar 07935514343 le d’ainm.

Spaces are limited.  Please call/text 07935514343 to book your place.


See the source imageLéiriú Scannáin – Film Screening:‘An Cailín Ciúin’ The Quiet Girl.

Ionad an tSeaneaglais, Bun Abhann Duinne.  The Old Church Centre, Cushendun

Ticéad nó íoc ag an doras -Weekend Ticket NÓ/OR Ceannaigh ticéad ón suíomh, purchase a film ticket online from Cushendun Building Preservation Trust event tickets from TicketSource.


Séisiún Ceoil – Traditional Irish music session.

Le Comhaltas na nGlinntí – with Glens Comhaltas.Tigh Sheáin Sheosaimh, Bun Abhann Dalla.  Johnny Joe’s, Cushendall.

Ticéad nó íoc ag an doras -Weekend Ticket or donation at the door.

Éigse na nGlinntí

Tá an Éigse chor a bheith buailte linn anois. Beidh an fhéile seo ag titim amach ó 23ú-25ú Meán Fómhair 2022 don chéad uair i 20 bliain. Leis an mhéid a bhí mé ábalta fáil amach, bhí an Éigse deiridh sa cheantar ar Oileán Reachlainn. An raibh tú ann? Déan teagmháil liom agus inis scéal dom. Thig leat an clár iomlán a fheiceáil anois ar an leathanach ‘Éigse na nGlinntí’ sa suíomh seo. Ticéid ar fáil ansin comh maith.
Éigse na nGlinntí – Glens Literary and Learning Festival
It’s almost time for the Éigse. This festival takes place from the 23rd – 25th September 2022 for the first time in almost 20 years. From what I have discovered, the last Éigse in the area was held on Rathlin island. Were you there? Get in touch and tell me about it. You can see the full programme for this year’s Éigse na nGlinntí on the website. And you can get your tickets from there also.
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You can get your weekend tickets from these sites also or entry by donation at the door.
Dunloy Cuchullains and Ballycastle McQuillan GA & CC are hosting the following 2 events  
The event about Placenames will be in English with Irish in the Placenames & Townlands explained

Cuchullains Through to Last Four

OB Construction Intermediate Football Championship – Quarter-Final

Dunloy 1-12 Aldergrove 2-7

Sunday September 11

Brendan McTaggart reports from Aldergrove

With this quarter-final stretching into injury time, it looked like Aldergrove had performed the great escape.  Dunloy had stretched into a five point lead and looked to have more than one foot in the semi-final when the home side scored two majors from out of this world that saw them take the lead for the first time in the game.

The Cuchullains remained composed in the time that remained and had enough quality to edge home.  An equaliser through a questionable free and scores from substitute Anthony Smith and Nigel Elliott booked Dunloy’s place in the last four.

Keelan Molloy celebrates scoring Dunloy’s 47th minute goal

The Cuchullains controlled this game for long periods and had the St James side held on after Gerard Mallon’s worldy, it would have been as big a ‘smash and grab’ win as you will see this or any year.  Both goals were incredible finishes and worthy of winning any game of football – Seamus McGarry with the first to give his side a glimmer of hope.

Seamus McGarry was always a threat for Aldergrove and top scored with 1-2 for his side.  Oisin Graham played sweeper to try and control the inside forwards of the Cuchullains while Conor Browning and Andrew Flood also shone for the home side.

Keelan Molloy top scored for the Cuchullains with 1-5, his goal coming mid-way through the second half and looked to be the deciding score of the game.  Nigel Elliott and Conal Cunning were always a threat while defensively, Aaron Crawford and James Scally excelled.  On a day where conditions certainly weren’t conducive for free flowing football, the Cuchullains defence were immense.  Not conceding a free within scoring range throughout the hour but their win was built around the midfield dominance of Ryan McGarry and man of the match Deaglan Smith.  The pairing made little of the inclement weather conditions and less than favourable ground conditions to push Dunloy to victory.

Playing against the wind and up the hill in the first half, Dunloy started superbly and had the first three points on the board before McGarry opened Aldergrove’s account in the eighth minute.  Keelan Molloy, Eoin Gillan and Nigel Elliott with the scores for the Cuchullains.  

Declan Gough scored two points for Aldergrove on Sunday afternoon

Declan Gough scored his first of two points to halve the deficit before Molloy fired over his first of three frees in the 18th minute.

The home side began to find their passing game as the game progressed however and came to terms with the Dunloy attacking movement.  The Cuchullains chances were restricted as Aldergrove began to take control.  Conor Morris and Conal Cunning (free) swapped scores before the home side created a goal scoring chance.  Ronan Hanna with an outstanding pass to find McGarry.  Wide on the left, he dissected the Dunloy defence with an inch perfect pass but McGarry’s touch, for once, let him down with the Dunloy goal at his mercy.  He did manage to score the last point of the half to leave two points between the sides at the short whistle.  Dunloy 0-6 Aldergrove 0-4.

The second half began with much of the same football.  Largely played on Aldergrove’s terms and Dunloy trying to impose their attack again.  The home side restricted the Cuchullains to just one point in the opening quarter after the break, Molloy with the point while they fired over scores from Ronan Hanna (mark), Fearghal Hanna and Declan Gough to leave the sides tied going into the final 15 minutes.

That would be Aldergrove’s last score until the 58th minute however as Dunloy began to fire once again.  Molloy’s second and third frees of the hour came either side of the Cuchullains goal.  Nigel Elliott intercepting a stray Aldergrove pass and spraying a pass to Molloy on the edge of the square.  Molloy remained composed and fired to the back of the net with his scores giving the Cuchullains a five point lead with less than ten minutes remaining.

Dunloy looked to be seeing out the time that remained but Aldergrove rolled the dice one last time.  A high ball fell loose in the Dunloy defence and McGarry gathered before thumping the ball high and to the back of the Dunloy net, giving ‘keeper Chrissy Brogan no chance.

The Aldergrove faithful were still celebrating when they carved out another chance.  Gerard Mallon with half a glimpse of goal and his finish was emphatic.  A thunderous strike into the top corner that gave the home side the lead for the first time in the game as the game ticked into injury time.  Aldergrove were reduced to 14 men when Fearghal Hanna was sent off for a second bookable offence and Dunloy regrouped.  They were rewarded a dubious free to equalise with the next attack, Conal Cunning converting the free and the Cuchullains pushed for home in the closing stages.  A superb ball over the top found substitute Anthony Smith in space and he showed composure to split the uprights while Nigel Elliott had the final say with his second white flag of the hour with what was the last action of a dramatic second half.  Cuchullains proceed to the last four.


Dunloy: Chrissy Brogan; Conor Kinsella, Aaron Crawford, Oran Quinn; Eoin McFerran, Kevin McQuillan, James Scally; Deaglan Smith, Ryan McGarry; Nigel Elliott, Eoin Gillan, Chrissy McMahon, Conal Cunning, Keelan Molloy, Seaan Elliott

Scorers: K Molloy 1-5 (3fs); N Elliott 0-2; E Gillan 0-2; C Cunning 0-2 (2fs); Anthony Smith 0-1

Aldergrove: Shane O’Neill; Eoin Gough, Christopher McVeigh, David Aiken; Gerard Mallon, Andrew Flood, Declan Gough; Ryan Owens, Fearghal Hanna; Seamus McGarry, Ronan Hanna, Conor Browning; Conro Morris, James Trowlen, Oisin Graham

Scorers: S McGarry 1-2; G Mallon 1-00; D Gough 0-2; F Hanna 0-1; C Morris 0-1; R Hanna 0-1 (1 mark)

Referee: Danny O’Neill (Gort na Mona)

Portaferry clinch Division 1 League title

Antrim Hurling League Division 1

St John’s 1-15 Portaferry 5-20

Portaferry won their first Antrim Division 1 League title in twenty year when they easily accounted for and understrength St John’s team at Corrigan Park on Wednesday evening.

After falling behind it an early St John’s point Portaferry took control and hit four points on the trot before goals from Fionn Turpin and Tom McGratten in the 6th and 8th minutes gave them control of the game.

The Johnnies hit back with three points in a row but those scores were cancelled out when Eoghan Sands grabbed a third goal for the men from the Ards. Further goals from Conor Mageean on 26 minutes and from Matthew Conlan on 30 minutes stretched the lead even further and by the time Colm McDonald blew the half time whistle they were 5-12 to o-11 to the good.

It was clear there was no way back for the Johnnies at the start of the second half, and though they kept battling away Portaferry were able to use all their subs to get them some game time. They added eleven more points to their tally and Eoghan Sands finished the goal score with a good finish to seals the league title in style.

Portaferry team captain Conor Mageean receives the Division 1 trophy


Pearce Smyth, Ronan Smyth, Callum Smthy, Darragh Mallon, Barry Trainor, Caolan Taggart, Ryan Convery, Matthew Conlan, Fionn Turpin, Conor O’Prey, Conor Mageean, Shane Conlan, Tom McGrattan, Daithi Sands, Eoghan Sands.

Referee – Colm McDonald (St Gall’s)