DJ Carey Book Launch in 2013

In 2013 former Kilkenny great, DJ Carey visited Antrim to promote his autobiography and we caught up with the great man at one of his signings in Ballymena.

Hundreds attended the signing of the official autobiography of DJ Carey, A Sporting Legend in the O’Neill’s Sports ware shop in Ballymena on Saturday. Crowds had starting cuing from as early as 2.30 and while some of them had a long wait the former Kilkenny hurler didn’t disappoint when he arrived, signing copies of his book, hurling sticks and other GAA memorabilia.

DJ Carey A Sporting Legend with Martin Breheny by Blackwater Press tells the life story of one of the best hurlers of all time. DJ Carey’s exploits earned him membership of an exclusive club reserved for great Irish sporting legends.

Universally recognised, admired and respected for his skill, sportsmanship and humility, DJ illuminated the hurling world in a career which saw him amass an extensive list of honours, including five All-Ireland titles during his 16 years on the Kilkenny Senior team. He also won nine All Star awards and was twice named as Hurler of the Year.

Despite the many triumphs and successes, his life has also had its trials, tribulations and setbacks, which he took on with the same focus and determination that underpinned his sporting career. This is DJ’s personal account of his life and times, told in a typically honest manner.


Former Kilkenny great DJ Carey with Niall Kearney and staff of the O’Neill’s Sport’s Shop in Ballymena where he was signing copies of his book on Saturday.

Breige Kelly, Michael McCormick and Padraig Kelly from Co. Derry who attended DJ Carey’s Book signing in Ballymena on Saturday.

Declan Oliver has his book signed by DJ Carey.

Sean Smyth from Kilrea has a Kilkenny top signed by DJ Carey.

Miara Doyle has her book signed by the former Kilkenny great, DJ Carey.

Fiona O’Neill has a copy of her book signed by DJ Carey.

Michael and Gerard Scally from Cushendun with DJ Carey at the O’Neill’s Sport’s Shop in Ballymena on Saturday.

Oisin Mullan and Rory Mullan with DJ Carey.

Saffron Gael photographer Dylan McIlwaine with Kilkenny great, DJ Carey at his book signing in Ballymena on Saturday.

Shea and Padar McDonnell with DJ Carey.

North Antrim Chairman, James McLean shakes hands with DJ Carey.

Caolan and Bobby McIlhatton with DJ Carey.

Legendry photographer, Neal O’Boyle poses for a photograph with his hero, DJ Carey.

Opening and Blessing at Cloney ten years ago

Ten years ago GAA President, Christy Cooney was the guest of honour at the opening and blessing of St. Mary’s GAC Ahoghill’s new clubrooms and pitch and today we look back at that momentous occasion in the history of the Cloney club. Christy Cooney was accompanied by President elect, Liam O’Neill on the day.

Niall O’Connell was the club chairman at the time, a man with a long distinguished history with the St. Mary’s club. Niall had a long career as a player with the Ahoghill club and his sons Niall Jnr, Sean, Danny, Stephen, P.J, and James have all worn the red and black jersey with distinction while his wife Margaret and daughters Breige, Theresa, Mairead and Deirdre were involved with the club’s camogs.

Fr. Martin O’Hagan, P.P. of Ahoghill performed the blessing ceremony and Fr. Martin is still the Parish Priest in this very tight knit community today.

Amongst those in the featured photograph I recognise were James Curry who I believe was Mayor of Ballymena at the time, P.J. McAvoy, Deputy Mayor, Daithi McKay and Monica Digney Sinn Fein, Declan O’Loan S.D.L.P. and the then county chairman John McSparran.

Rasharkin provided the opposition in a hurling game that may well have been a league game between the sides and we have a photograph of the camogie team and their opponents on the day.

The senior football team at the time are also featured while there may well have been a veteran’s game and former Antrim great, Andy McCallin is featured in that photograph.

A young Gael shares her thoughts about life with the GAA

By Aoife McAllister (Age 8) Ruairi Ogs

I play for the U8 Camogie team at Ruairi Og, Cushendall. My coaches Danielle and Collette are very funny, encouraging and kind. I love going to the blitzes all over the county. I have played against my cousin Clare from Dunloy and Emma Rose from Portelgnone as we are the same age but we always have time to chat and play!

My favourite blitz was in Glenarm because there was a coffee morning at the same time and I got talking to some other players. My favourite position is mid field like my mammy used to play years ago. She always tells me about the year her U 16 team won the Feis cup after ten years, she said they had a great team that year.  She loved Camogie too and we go out together to practice in the garden. I want to be as good as my cousin Amy, she is a brilliant player.

I look forward to seeing my friends again and playing matches! I am practising at home, especially hitting in the air and solo running.

I hope we can have a presentation this year as last year it was awesome, the food was yummy, I got a gold medal and the selection boxes were a surprise! We are very lucky to have a nice club to look after us so we’ll. Oh and the dancing was good too!!!

I also go to the Irish classes at the club, Ann Marie runs it, I miss the fun on a Monday night but I use the lessons they put up for us to learn. I hope that all my friends are safe and we can run, play and chat soon in the Summer sun.

Coinnigi slan sabhaite gach duine.

Coinnigi ag cleachtadh !!!

Have you a wee story about the GAA, what it means to you, how you are missing it and your thoughts for the future. Send it to me at Perhaps you could include a wee photograph of yourself in your club colours.

Another Trip down memory lane

Yesterday’s trip down memory lane proved very popular with Saffron Gael readers as did our article on St. Gall’s All Ireland success and the article on Liam Watson. Today we continue that trip back to 2004 and a game between St. Mary’s Ahoghill and the visiting McDermott’s. The McDermott’s no longer exist but they had a fearsome reputation in their time and at their peak played in division 1 and reached a SFC semi-final where they lost to Rossa.

They didn’t disappoint on that night in Cloney. I’m not sure what division the game was in, I think it was division 2 and I’m nearly sure the visitors won. Like yesterday’s featured game between Rasharkin and Ardoyne. It’s interesting to note that many of the faces on view are still playing or involved, 16 years later!

The second set of photographs in my archives features the late, great Arthur Forsythe. Arthur gave a lifelong service to his club Shane O’Neill’s, to North Antrim where he served as Chairman for many years and to hurling in Antrim in general. He is featured here in 2004 presenting awards to what I believe are Feile Skills winners, possibly the winners from the three divisional boards and also features Niall Kearney, another great servant to North Antrim.The other photograph features an old playing colleague of mine from my Glenaravel days, Seamus Kerr. Seamus married and moved to Glenariffe where he was involved with the Oisins club. He is seen here making a presentation but I don’t know who it is to.


  • North Antrim GAA

DIVISION 1 Fixtures

Venue:              Dunloy

    Date / Time:     Saturday  14thMarch  12:00pm TO 1:30PM

   TEAMS   Dunloy ,  Ruairi og ,  Loughguile,  Oisins, Ballycastle,  Naomh Eanna, Naomh Padraig.

Note:  All matches 5minutes
Teams Start Finish Ref Score Keeper
N Eanna V N Padraig 12:00 12:05 Oisins Loughgiel
Ballycastle v Dunloy 12:06 12:11 N Eanna N padraig
Ruairi og V Oisins 12:12 12:17 Ballycastle Dunloy
Loughgiel V N Eanna    12:18 12:23 Ruairi og Oisins
N Padraig v Ballycastle 12:24 12:29 Loughgiel N Eanna
Dunloy V Oisins 12:30 12:35 N Padraig Ballycastle
Loughgiel V Ruairi og  12:36 12:41 Dunloy Oisins
N Eanna V Ballycastle 12:42 12:47 Ruairi og Loughgiel
Ruairi og v N Padraig 12:48 12:53 N Eanna Ballycastle
Dunloy V Loughgiel 12:54 12:59 N Eanna Ballycastle
Oisins V Ballycastle 1:00 1:05 Dunloy Loughgiel
N Eanna V Ruairi og 1:06 1:11 Oisins Ballycastle
N Padraig v Dunloy 1:12 1:17 Ruairi og N Eanna
Loughgiel V Oisins 1:18 1:23 N Padraig Dunloy
Dunloy v N Eanna 1:24 1:29 Loughgiel Oisins
Ballycastle v Ruairi og 1:30 1:35 Dunloy N Eanna
Loughgiel v N Padraig 1:36 1:41 Ballycastle Ruairi og
N Eanna v Oisins 1:42 1:47 Loughgiel N Padraig
Ruairi og v Dunloy 1:48 1:53 Oisins N eanna
Loughgiel v Ballycastle 1:54 1:59 Ruairi og Dunloy
N Padraig v Oisins 2:00 2:05 Ballycastle Loughgiel

North Antrim U12 Airborne 2020

DIVISION 2 Fixtures

Venue:              Dunloy

    Date / Time:     Saturday 14th March   2:10pm


 GROUP 1   Loughgiel 2,   Dunloy2,  Ballycastle,  Glenarm,                            

 GROUP 2   Loughgiel 3,   Dunloy 3, Naomh Eanna , Oisins , Ruairi og

Note:  All matches 5 minutes
Teams Start Finish Ref Score Keeper
Loughgiel 2 V Glenarm 2:10 2:15 Ballycastle Dunloy
Ballycastle 2 V Glenarm 2:16 2:21 Dunloy Loughgiel
Loughgiel 2 V Dunloy  2 2:22 2:27 Glenarm Ballycastle
Dunloy V Ballycastle 2 2:28 2:33 Loughgiel Dunloy
Ballcastle 2 V Loughgiel 2 2:34 2:39 Dunloy Glenarm
Dunloy 2 V Glenarm 2:40 2:45 Ballycastle Loughgiel
GROUP 2   GROUP 2     GROUP 2  
Loughgiel 3 V Ruairi og 2 2:50 2:55 Dunloy Oisins
Oisins 2 V N Eanna 2 2:56 3:01 Ruairi og Loughgiel
Dunloy 3 V Loughgiel 3 3:02 3:07 Oisins N Eanna
Ruairi og 3 v Oisins 3:08 3:13 Dunloy Loughgiel
N Eanna 2 v Ruairi og 3 3:14 3:19 Loughgiel Oisins
Oisins 2 v Dunloy 3 3:20 3:25 N Eanna Ruairi og
Oisins 2 v Loughgiel 3 3:26 3:31 Dunloy N Eanna
Dunloy 3 v N Eanna 2 3:32 3:37 Oisins Loughgiel
Ruairi og 2 v Dunloy 3 3:38 3:43 N Eanna oisins
N Eanna 2 v Loughgiel 3 3:44 3:49 Ruairi og Dunloy

North Antrim U12 Airborne 2020

DIVISION 3  Fixtures

Venue   Tir Na nOg

    Date / Time:     Saturday 7th MARCH  12.00pm

    Teams:  Creggan,      ST Ergnats,      All Saints ,        N Eanna,         N Padraig,    Glenravel,       Ruairi og.

Note:  All matches 6 minutes  
Teams Start Finish Ref Score Keeper
All Saints V Glenravel 12:00 12:06 N Padraig Ruairi og
N Padraig 2 V N Eanna 3 12:07 12:13 All Saints Glenravel
St Ergnats V Creggan 12:14 12:20 N Padraig N Eanna
Ruairi Og  3 V Glenravel 12:21 12:27 St Ergnats Creggan
All Saints V N Eanna 3 12:28 12:34 Ruairi og Glenravel
N Padraig 2 V Creggan 12:35 12:41 N Eanna All Saints
N Eanna 3 v Ruairi og 3 12:42 12:48 Creggan N padraig
N Padraig 2 v St Ergnats 12:49 12:55 Ruairi og N Eanna
Creggan v All Saints 12:56 1:02 St Ergnats N Padraig
N Eanna 3 v Glenravel 1:03 1:09 Creggan All Saints
Ruairi og 3 V Creggan 1:10 1:16 N Eanna Glenravel
All Saints v St Ergnats 1:17 1:23 Ruairi og Creggan
Creggan v Glenravel 1:24 1:30 All Saints St Ergnats
N Padraig 2 v All Saints 1:31 1:37 Glenravel Creggan
St Ergnats v Ruairi og 3 1:38 1:44 N Padraig All Saints
N Eanna 3 v Creggan 1:45 1:51 St Ergnats Ruairi og
Ruairi og 3 v N Padraig 2 1:52 1:58 N Eanna Creggan

North Antrim Airborne 2020

Each club will have to provide a referee and a score keeper
so please remember whistles and notebooks / pens

Note:  Schedule is again tight – so please ensure teams / refs /
scorekeepers are ready to go straight away after each match finishes


  • Matches will be 7 a-side (goalkeeper / 2 backs / 2 midfielders and 2 forwards) which will be played straight through (Note:  Check venue for duration of matches as this varies)
  • 2 points will be allocated for a clean catch (not from a hand pass or a ‘pop-pass’) / 1 point for a goal / 2 points for a point
  • The ball will not go ‘dead’.  In the event of a point teams will play on.  Play will only stop for fouls or full time or if a goal is scored
  • Players cannot solo with the ball.  They can take their steps, tap onto the hand, take their remaining steps and release the ball
  • If a foul is awarded the (player fouled has to take the free) in the interest of player safety, the free taker can only go for a point
  • Mentors are encouraged to ensure all players get as much game time as possible
  • Each team must play with a goal keeper (must were a keepers jersey or bib)
  • Teams must supply a referee and score keeper
  • Two mentors of each team are permitted into the indoor halls during match
  • If a player deliberately strikes or lashes out at an opponent player he will be sent off and will not be able to play for the remainder of matches on the day.

North Antrim wish to remind all teams of the strict SILENT SIDELINE rule.  Players or mentors are not permitted to speak / shout at the referee or officials.  If this happens the offending club may not be included in the following weeks fixtures.

Please ensure the players leave the changing rooms tidy along with the spectator’s area respecting the facilities of host club.