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Eire Og won the 1967 Junior Hurling Championship

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1960 saw the Ogs' first Minor Football Championship when they beat Glenravel away 1-06 to 1-03, and the following year in 1961 also won the Junior Football Supplementary League. Sean Rice played football for Antrim in 1963 and 1964, during which time he scored four goals and 2 points against Derry, all from play, which at the time was the second highest scoring tally for a single game - it may well still be!

In 1967 Eire Og won the Junior Hurling Championship again beating Loughgiel 6-07 to 1-06 at Glenariffe.

Read the Irish News report of Eire Og’s semi final win over Ardoyne in the 1967 Junior Hurling Championship below.

“Eire Og and Loughgiel meet next Sunday at Glenariffe in the Antrim Junior Hurling Final. Yesterday at the same venue the Shamrocks’ second string accounted easily for Dunloy while Eire Og defeated Ardoyne.

The second game – the South Antrim final – proved a much closer and exciting game up to half-time at least. Eire Og won through superior stickwork. Ardoyne started well and opened the scoring with a point in the seventh minute by Paddy Dobbin. The game remained hard and even with Dobbin and Gerry Cullen the dangermen for Ardoyne.

Eire Og gradually took the lead just before the interval. One of their goals came direct from a 50 yard free by Sean Rice. The interval score read – Eire Og 3-3, Ardoyne 2-3. Everything looked set for a thrilling second half, Eire Og, however, took some of the steam out of Ardoyne with a goal in the fourth minute by Matt Morgan. Four minutes later Bobby Rice set the winning seal on the game with a good goal. From here on Eire Og played with confidence with an Ardoyne scoring revival coming too late.

Best for the winners were Jimmy Roe and Declan McManus in defence, with Hugh, Sean and Bobby Rice prominent up front. Hard workers for Ardoyne were Gerry Cullen, Paddy Dobbin and Eamonn McIlveen. Eire Og scorers – B.Rice 2-3, S.Rice 1-2, H.Doherty, M.Morgan 1-0 each, D.McManus 0-1”

1967 Junior Hurling Champions

Back Row L-R
Hugh (Hugh) Rice, Pat Trainor, Ambrose Kennedy, Bobby Rice, Eddie McGurk, Sam Lundy

Middle Row L-R:
Pat (Hugh) Rice, Micky Fay, Hugh Doherty (R.I.P.), Joe Reid, Gerry Dempsey, Hugh (Bob) Rice

Front Row L-R:
Danny/Brendan McNeill, Declan McManus, Seán Rice, Jimmy Roe (R.I.P.), Brian Crossey, Matt Morgan

This photo was actually taken a week or two after the Championship final in the Glen Road CBS so there are a few missing – Tom Doherty (brother of the late Hugh, Brendan McCartan, Geordie Williamson, Tommy Rice (who actually played in nets) and Big Joe (Joe) Rice.

There were 8 Rice’s, including the 2 Doherty’s, in the team and a ninth, Joe, who didn’t play in the game. Those that played were Seán, Hugh and Bobby (all Bob’s sons), Pat and Hugh (Hugh’s sons), Hugh and Tom Doherty (their mum was a Rice) and Tommy who broke his leg in the final while doing nets at the age of 47!

Joe Reid, fourth from the left in the middle row, was the son of one of the founders of Eire Og and named after his father, Joe. Third from the left on the front row was Declan McManus, uncle of current Uachtarán na hEireann, Mary McAleese.