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.




What an advertisement for Club Hurling !!

10 02 2013


 Loughgiel Shamrocks 3-19  St Thomas’s 1-25  (AET)

 Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham described the drawn All- Ireland Club Hurling semi-final between Antrim and Ulster Champions Loughgiel and Galway’s St Thomas’ as a wonderful advertisement for club hurling.

“It was an amazing contest – such is the resilience and determination of this Loughgiel side that although trailing by four points in the final minutes of extra time they still found enough in them to secure another meeting”

“”TG4 pundits made  Conor Cooney their man of the match – for me Joey Scullion’s performance was every bit the equal”

Lá mór na gClub i bPáirc an Chrócaigh ar lá ‘le Pádraig

13 03 2012

Wishing Loughgiel Shamrocks the very best of luck ahead of their All Ireland Club Hurling final on St Patrick’s Day, Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham was confident that the North Antrim side were only 60 minutes away from winning their second All-Ireland Club title. Standing in their way is a strong Offaly outfit in Coolderry but I believe the resolute Loughgiel defence allied to the score taking machine which is their forwards will not be deterred.Croke Park is the place for all Antrim Gaels to be on St Patrick’s day.

“I have a strong feeling that St Patrick’s day will be a great day for Antrim and Ulster Gaels as I see both Loughgiel and Crossmaglen bringing the silverware north.I wish the Loughgiel players, management, officials, sponsors and supporters all the very best in the Final. The whole County are behind you.”

Comhghairdeas do na Seomrogaí

12 02 2012

Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham congratulated Antrim and Ulster hurling champions Loughgiel Shamrocks who qualified for their second ever All-Ireland Club SHC final after an extra-time classic at Parnell Park, Dublin .
The Loughgiel men will meet Coolderry of Offaly in the final on St Patrick’s Day.
In a pulsating encounter Loughgiel had led by 0-11 to 1-05 at half-time of normal time, but in a dramatic finale saw their lead pegged back to finish normal time all square at 0-18 to 2-12.
The Shamrocks restored their lead to 0-21 to 2-13, midway through added time, and pulled comfortably away in the second period of extra time adding six unanswered points.
Councillor Cunningham added “Many of us remember Casement Park in April 1983 when Loughgiel overcame Offaly opponents to win the Tommy Moore Cup- is history going to repeat itself?