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Well done Luke Mulholland, goalkeeping for the Ulster U16 Elite Squad in a victory over Dublin, managed by none other than Jason Sherlock.


The sky is the limit for our young players these days!

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Antrim GAA are proud to announce the launch of the Dermot Earley leadership programme, which will be facilitated by the county Health & Wellbeing Committee in conjunction with Foróige the national youth organisation of Ireland. The programme launch on18th August will take place in the offices of Antrim GAA at Hannahstown in Belfast and will see a raft of organisations coming together to celebrate this unique initiative and also to show our commitment within Antrim GAA to the development of our young people.

The programme will be formally launched by Paraic Ó Dufaigh (Ard Stiúrthóir Cumann Lúthchleas Gael) in the company of Sandra McIntyre National Chairperson of Foróige and their CEO Seán Campbell along with Collie Donnelly the chairperson of Antrim GAA. The launch programme will be chaired by Barney Herron Antrim County Children’s Officer and member of the GAA national safeguarding committee and will have as honoured guests Ciaran McLaughlin National Health & Wellbeing Committee chair, Colin Regan National Community Health & wellbeing manager and Stacey Cahill national health & Wellbeing programme co-ordinator.

The young participants who will be commencing the programme in September will also be in attendance and it is hoped that this will be the beginning of a great journey for them in terms of their development as aspiring leaders in our society.

The Dermot Earley programme has been in operation since 2013 and seeks to promote leadership on and off the field of play which is a characteristic that the GAA holds dear. Aogán Ó Fearghail President of the GAA in launching this programme back then said " The GAA has a proud legacy of producing iconic leaders and what better icon to hold up as an example to our future leaders than the late, great Dermot Earley. As a player at club, county or provincial level Dermot inspired his team mates and fellow Gaels to follow his exceptional example of determination, excellence, and fair play. Off the field, as a family man, military leader and friend Dermot also lead by example and inspired all those around him. The GAA is honoured to contribute to this great legacy through the continuation and expansion of Dermot Earley Youth Leadership initiative(DEYLI)"

The programme is run in collaboration with Foróige and their CEO Seán Campbell described the programme as " empowering young people with leadership capabilities to reach their full potential and have a positive impact on the world around them. Foróige is delighted to partner with NUI Galway and the GAA in the delivery of this very special initiative to honour the memory of a modern day Irish hero, Dermot Earley."

We hope you can join us. Let me know if you can attend.

Sean

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After months of hard work from Terry Robb and his VC (vaseline club) it all finished up on Sunday with 192 cyclists doing the Kickham’s Creggan Pedal the Pond charity cycle, which raised money for a range of local charities.

The first group left the club at 6.45am and the eighth and last group going out at 9.30am. Everything was going great until about 10.30 when the torrential rain that was forecast arrived in full force, but thankfully after a solid hour of rain it cleared for the rest of the day. The atmosphere going round the Lough with the cyclists was fantastic and everyone having ‘great craic’ together.

Then after the 90 & 45 mile groups were completed all the cyclists met up at Marrions in Randalstown before finishing as a group as all 192 cyclists cycled together up to the Parish Centre before completing what was without doubt one of the most incredible and enjoyable journeys back out home to Kickhams.

There were emotional scenes as the crowds that that had turned out to welcome the competitors home cheered the cyclists on the final leg of their epic journey.  I won’t attempt to name the people individually who helped because I would miss someone so let’s just thank everyone who helped out on what was an EPIC day.