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Success for Ulster Council and clubs

By John Campbell

A notable triple was achieved at the weekend and helped to further cement what is proving a particularly momentous year for the GAA in the province.

A NOTABLE triple was achieved at the weekend and helped to further cement what is proving a particularly momentous year for the GAA in the province.

The Ulster Council has just been recognised as a leading marketing practitioner by carrying off the coveted chairman’s prize at the annual Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Ireland Marketing Excellence Awards.

And the Council also took third place in the Best Sales Campaign category for their hugely successful provincial championships promotional campaign which resulted in a stunning 20% overall increase in attendance figures.

Ulster GAA President Aogan O'Feraghail said: “We are delighted to be recognised in this way and our Marketing and Communications team of Damian Kelly, Sharon Haughey and Stephen Donnelly under the leadership of Ryan Feeney have done outstanding work.”

And significant triumphs have also been recorded by two Antrim clubs. St Ergnat’s Moneyglass have been confirmed as winners of a support package valued at £4,400 under the Ulster Bank GAA Force community initiative while St John’s surprised a fancied Kickhams Creggan side to lift the Antrim Under-21 football title to add to the Minor crown which the club had already won.

Long-serving Antrim player Kevin Brady has been a lynch-pin of the Moneyglass club and believes that this GAA Force bonus will prove an incentive to carry out further important improvements to the club.

“It is certainly a tremendous boost and will help us plan ahead,” says schoolteacher Brady.

St John’s recorded a 0-15 to 0-12 win over Creggan in the Antrim Under-21 football final and this was highlighted by an eight-point haul from Locky McCurdy junior while Patrick McBride was also impressive.

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