The icing on what is already an impressive Antrim celebration cake could be provided this weekend should St Gall’s and St Teresa’s triumph in the Ulster Club Senior and Junior Football Championship finals.
To date this year, Antrim has enjoyed a litany of success in various sectors of the GAA.
The county football side gained promotion into Division Three of the National League before scorching into the Ulster Championship final, the Ulster Senior and Minor hurling title were retained, the Saffrons ladies team won the All Ireland Junior football crown, O’Donovan Rossa lifted the All Ireland Club camogie prize, Liam Bradley was accorded the Personality of the Year award at the Ulster GAA writers banquet and Fiona Shannon retained her women’s world handball singles title.
In addition, Michael McCann was a Vodafone Allstars football nominee and St Mary’s reached the semi-final of the MacRory Cup competition.
Antrim secretary Frankie Quinn believes that a double bonus could be on the cards to make 2009 even more memorable.
“It would be fantastic if we could conclude the 125th anniversary celebrations of the GAA in our county by bringing home two provincial titles.
“Maybe not so long ago we would have happily settled for being merely involved in finals but there is no doubt that the bar has been raised here in Antrim, “ says Quinn.
While St Gall’s will be in pole position to overcome Derry champions Loup in the senior club decider at Pairc Esler, Newry, St Teresa’s step into the unknown against Monaghan champions Emyvale in the junior final at the same venue. The omens are looking good.