Cushendall progress to their first All-Ireland final

6 02 2016


Antrim Champions Ruairí Ogs Cushendall advanced to their first ever All-Ireland Club SHC final with an emphatic 3-12 to 1-06 win over Sarsfields of Galway in their semi final played at Pairc Tailteann Navan.

An early penalty goal from Neil McManus signalled the intent of the Antrim men who went on to (uncharacteristically !! ) led at half time with score of Cushendall 1-04 Sarsfields 0-5

A brilliant second half goal from Sean McAfee and a last minute tap in from substitute Karl McKeegan sealed the outcome in favour of the Ulster Champions.

A great team effort with star performances from Ryan McCambridge, Sean McAfee and Paddy McGill making for an All-Ireland final date in Croke Park on St Patrick’s Day.

Cross and Passion College – All Ireland Champions

4 04 2015


Ballycastle SDLP representative Dónal Cunningham has warmly congratulated Cross and Passion College on their All Ireland Final Colleges win in Thurles, on a scoreline of 1-16 to 1-12 the North Antrim College showed all of their battling qualities to edge out Mountrath Community School and lift the Paddy Buggy Cup for the third time in 8 years.

Cumann MacÚilin Ballycastle successfully host Feile na nGael group stages

21 06 2014


Ballycastle Councillor and current chair of Moyle Council Dónal Cunningham paid tribute to McQuillan GAC  and Ballycastle Camogie Club for  what he  called the professionalism of their staging of the group stages and Cup and Shield quarter finals  of the national u-14 Hurling Feile na  nGael tournament.

“If the success of any tournament is measured in the numbers of people who participate; spectators and visitors who enjoy the event  then the group stages/Shield and Cup quarter finals of Feile na nGael has to be declared a magnificent success.

In glorious sunshine in Pairc MacUilin over Friday and Saturday, the  club played host to top Dublin side St Oliver Plunkett’s Eoghan Ruadh with the vistors impressing with a 3-9 to 0-4 win, up in Loughgiel  Kilkenny’s Bennettsbridge  finished 4 points ahead of Loughgiel 0-9 to 0-5.

With all of the action in Ballycastle on Saturday morning Plunketts continued their winning streak with a 4-5 to 0-5 win over Loughgiel, meanwhile Bennettsbridge set up an intriguing final group match with a 1-8 to 0-2 win over McQuillans Ballycastle. In a tense and pulsating final group game  Bennettsbridge edged out Plunketts by the narrowest of margins 3-7 to 4-3, an ever improving Ballycastle scored their first victory of the group with a 2-3 to 1-5 win over Loughgiel Shamrocks.

The various quarter finals saw victories for Dunloy over Plunketts, Cushendall over Loughgiel, St Eamon’s over Bennettsbridge and Ballycastle over Castletown.

A fabulous few days of hurling in splendid facilities (well done Cathal and groundstaff). Good Luck to all the sides in tomorrows semi finals.




Ballycastle to host Antrim’s National Hurling League matches in 2014

22 11 2013


Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has expressed his delight that his home GAA club McQuillan GAC will host both of Antrim’s Allianz National Hurling League Division 1B home matches at Páirc MacUílín in 2014.

The Ballycastle venue will see the Saffrons entertain Wexford and Cork on February 16 and March 16 respectively.

Councillor Cunningham has urged local accommodation providers to make a special effort whether through advertising or special rates to encourage as many visitors as possible from both Wexford and Cork.

“Let’s make these two weekends memorable for the Club, Town and County”

Good Luck – Cross and Passion Hurlers

23 10 2013



Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has sent his best wishes to Cross & Passion College Hurling Teams who are playing in the Ulster Final on Friday night. The McNamee Team (U-13 1/2) play St Killian’s Garron Tower at 6:30 pm while the Mageean Team (U-18 1/2) play St Pat’s Maghera at 8:00 pm  Both games are in Queens Playing Fields – The Dub – Belfast

Chluichí Ceannais Iomána Faoi 21 na hÉireann

14 09 2013

Ciaran Clarke

Good Luck to Matthew Donnelly, Stephen McAfee and Ciaran Clarke and the rest of the Antrim lads in todays All-Ireland U-21 Hurling final in Thurles.

Cunningham congratulates Antrim U-21 Hurlers

24 08 2013

Ciaran Clarke

Ballycastle SDLP Councillor has congratulated manager Kevin Ryan and the Antrim U-21 Hurlers on their historic success  in the All-Ireland Hurling Championship Semi-final.

The Saffron’s qualified for their first ever All Ireland U- 21 Hurling Championship Final defeating Wexford 2-15 to 1-16 . The Antrim lads dominated the scoring throughout with Stephen McAfee and Ciaran Clarke goals contributing to a half time lead of 2-7 to 0-9..

Councillor Cunningham said “Antrim Gaels are extremely proud of the entire teams performance,  but as a Ballycastle man I am delighted by the massive contribution made by club players Matthew Donnelly, Stephen McAfee and Ciaran Clarke”.

“We can look forward in hope to an All-Ireland final  this year and the bold prediction by manager Kevin Ryan of All –Ireland success at this grade by 2015 looks a realistic prospect.”