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DUP mayor hails All-Ireland hurling heroes

The DUP mayor who came out in support of his local GAA hurling side has praised the team for it’s All-Ireland-winning performance.

Ballymoney mayor Ian Stevenson said he was delighted that Loughgiel Shamrocks took the national club championship on St Patrick's Day.

The mayor, who was present in Dublin’s Croke Park to watch the game, said: “I would like to congratulate Loughgiel Shamrocks on their sporting success and for winning by such a margin. It is yet another example of the high level of sporting excellence which a borough this size produces on a regular basis.

“I am particularly pleased for my colleague, Alderman Harry Connolly, who has been involved in GAA for 54 years and who was a very kind and courteous host on the day.”

The mayor says he now intends to hold a reception for the Loughgiel team, who beat Coolderry from Co Offaly.

Earlier in the week Mr Stevenson revealed his late grandfather, Sam O'Neill, played for Loughgiel in the 1920s.

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