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GAA: McQuillans celebrating

By John Campbell

Published 21/11/2007

This year will go down as one of the most memorable in the annals of McQuillans, Ballycastle - and with good reason, too.

The club have been celebrating their centenary with a non-stop programme of events ranging from a gala banquet to the production of a lively play, 'Second Honeymoon'.

The all-embracing agenda has certainly sparked huge interest not just within the club but throughout the north Antrim area in general.

Now McQuillans are poised to provide the coup de grace to their celebrations with the launch of their centenary history 'McQuillan GAC Ballycastle - A Century with Honour.'

The ceremony will take place on Sunday and will see past and present players along with fans, sponsors and well-wishers assemble at the club (3.00pm).

Paddy Donnelly, one of those behind the hectic centenary programme, believes the book represents a pot-pourri of the club's highlights since its inception.

"We have had a lot of success out on the park at senior level with seventeen Antrim senior hurling titles and a number of achievements off it in terms of what we have done on the community front," says Paddy.

He points to the number of outstanding players the club has produced down through the years mentioning the famous Donnellys - Brian, Dessie and Eddie - along with Paul McKillen, Robbie Elliott and John Butler.

Earlier this year, McQuillans unveiled their impressive new £1.8m complex and other major events were the hosting of the Feis na Gleann and the Antrim v Kilkenny National Hurling League tie.

The book is an excellent record of the first 100 years of the club and good value at £15. It can be obtained from Paddy Donnelly 028-2076 2636 or 07967-652545 Fax: 0870 7061266 Email:

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