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Hurling


LATEST NEWS - Eire Og will amalgamate with Mitchels and O'Donnells to play in Division 3 as O'Mitchel Og in 2006!

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Pat Rice receiving Eire Og's new Hurling kit from Theresa McStravick, Director of Fast Track Mortgages


Hurling
Two of Eire Og’s founders, Dan Charlton and Joe Reid, were hurlers, the former actually leaving Ardoyne GAC because it was a football only club at the time. Both played in Eire Og’s first ever Hurling match in 1932 at Corrigan Park against Davitt's. The team is listed below:

Joe Reid
Dan Charlton (deceased)
W Bennett
W Stevenson
Matt Connelly
Albert Spotswood (deceased)
Harry Devlin
Louis Corbett
Sean McCollum
Hugh O’Brien
John McGuinness
Tom Hamilton
Jimmy (Midge) Hasty
Joey McTaggart
J Doherty
John McKenna

Eire Og wore shirts with green and white bars on the day, with Joe Reid, Midge Hasty, Dan Charlton and Hugh O’Brien responsible for organising the match.

In 1932, their first year as a team, the Ogs won the Junior Hurling League, beating Tir na nOg 6-1 to 4-0, and also the Junior Hurling Championship. In 1934 Eire Og helped form the All County Hurling League, despite still being a South Antrim side - Sarsfields were the only other South Antrim side in it. In 1935 Eire Og had their first County hurler, Harry Devlin. In 1938 Harry was joined by fellow Ogs Tommy Rice and Peter McGarvey on the Antrim hurling team that defeated Galway 6-03 to 6-02 at the opening of the old Cusack Stand. The Intermediate Hurling Championship came the Ogs' way in the late 1930's as well.

1951 Junior Hurling Champions

In 1951 Eire Og won the Junior Hurling Championship again, beating Glenariff 4-07 to 1-06 in the final. The follwing year, 1952 saw a second Intermediate Championship as well as a South Antrim championship. Again in 1967 Eire Og won the Junior Hurling Championship while a fourth Junior Hurling Championship was added in 1974.


1967 Junior Hurling Champions

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

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

Front Row: Brendan McNeill, Declan McManus, Sean Rice, Jimmy Roe (Capt.)(R.I.P.), Brian Crossey, Matt Morgan

Team Manager - Tommy Rice

There has been a long lean spell as regards Hurling in the club since the Seventies. Only at underage level have the Ogs had any success. The Minor hurlers won their league in 1972, while in 1979 the Under 12 hurlers won their league, the 1994 Under 12 hurlers won Division 2 and in 1999 the Under 14’s won their league. The mid Nineties saw the Ogs enter a team in the South Antrim League. A very respectable second place in their first season was not built upon, and a lack of interest led to the hurling team being withdrawn after a few years.

There is now a push at underage level to promote Hurling again. In 2003 Eire Og hosted and ran an indoor hurling tournament at Andersonstown Leisure Centre, and 2004 saw Minor hurling return as the Ogs amalgamated to form Naomh Nua and competed in the All County league.

After a break of 10 years a senior hurling team will take the field in 2005. As opposed to playing South Antrim hurling as it did in 1994 and 1995, Eire Og will play in the All County league - the first side to do so in a long, long time.


Hurling Championships
1935 Intermediate Hurling Championship
1952 Intermediate Hurling Championship
1932 Junior Hurling Championship
1951 Junior Hurling Championship
1967 Junior Hurling Championship
1974 Junior Hurling Championship
Hurling Leagues
1932 Junior Hurling League
Underage Hurling
1979 U12 League
1994 U12 League
1999 U14 League
1994 South Antrim Hurling Runners Up

2005 Senior Hurling
2006 Senior Hurling