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Pat Rice

Pat has done nearly everything for the Ogs

Pat Rice
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Date of Birth
Wing Half Forward / Corner Forward
Other Clubs
St Maryís Grammar CBS
Eire Og
Intermediate Football C'ship 1985
Junior Football C'ship 1979
Junior Football C'ship 2001(Manager)
Div 3 Football League Winner 1978
Div 4 Football League Winner
Div 5 Football League Winner
Beringer Cup Winner 1979
Beringer Cup Winner (Manager)
Martin Cup Winner 1983
Martin Cup Winner 1989
Div 2 Reserve League Winner 1989
South Antrim Div 2 League Winner
Junior Hurling Championship 1974
South Antrim Minor Div 2 League 1974
Captain Minor team 1974
St Maryís CBS
All Ireland Colleges Hurling 1974
Ulster Colleges Hurling U15 1970
Ulster Colleges Hurling U17 1972
Ulster Colleges Hurling U19 1973
Ulster Colleges Hurling U19 1974
Ulster Colleges Football Rannafast Cup Runners Up
Various Belfast Colleges Football & Hurling Titles
Minor County Footballer 3 Years
1 Senior County Appearance
Other Pastimes
No time for anything other than family, the Ogs and work, although does occasionally socialise.
Favourite Players
Football: Peter McGinnity (Fermanagh)
Hurling; Noel Skehan (Kilkenny)
Favourite Eire Og players
Football: Johnny Smye and Sean Rice
Hurling: Sean Rice and Jimmy Roe (R.I.P.)
Pat, and indeed the rest of the Rice family, is Eire Og through and through. Eire Og has been Patís only club and without the likes of him and without his hard work and enthusiasm the club probably would not be where it is today.

Pat Rice
Martin Cup 1989

Pat played first game at age 10 in a minor football match against Mitchells at McRory Park (1966) and his first Senior game at the tender age of 13 in a South Antrim Football game against Clonard in Falls Park. A footballer and a hurler Pat has won nearly everything for both Eire Og and his school St Maryís CBS.

Pat Rice
Junior C'ship/Beringer Cup 1979
At St Maryís Pat won an All Ireland Colleges Hurling medal and four Ulster Colleges Hurling titles. He also played County Minor Football for three years, losing to Derry in the Championship semi-final in 1973 who went on to win All-Ireland. He has only one Senior football call-up - reserve in a Dr. McKenna Cup match against Down in 1975.

Pat Rice
Pat Rice

For the Ogs Pat has won an Intermediate Football Championship, 2 Junior Football Championships, 2 Beringer Cups, 2 Martin Cups, a Junior Hurling Championship and various league titles, both football and hurling, as a player and also as a manager. He also captained the Minor team in 1974 and once or twice captained the senior team too.

Pat Rice
Div 3 League 1978

Winning the Intermediate Football Championship was perhaps the highlight of his club footballing career. Losing an Intermediate Championship final to Moneyglass was perhaps the biggest disappointment, although never playing in Division 1 of the All-County League comes very close - finished as runners-up in Division 2 on three occasions. Also losing the Minor Championship final to St. Johnís in 1974 also still hurts.

Pat Rice
Martin Cup 1983

Pat recalls watching Antrim take the field in 1989 All-Ireland Final as a real highlight, but on a more personal note his all-time highlight was winning All Ireland Colleges Hurling with St. Maryís in 1974. Pat also regards wearing the saffron jersey in Ulster Minor Championship as an honour and he always felt very proud when taking to the hurling pitch alongside his three brothers. His best match was when he scored 11 out of 13 points in ACFL Division 4 game against McDermotts. Eire Og won the match 0-13 to 0-12.

Pat Rice
Intermediate C'ship 1985

Pat played hurling and football for Eire Og since 1966. He retired from football about 9/10 years ago and worked with Junenile teams for about four years. He became manager of Senior Football Team in December 1999 for a second stint. He won the Junior Championship in 2001 and gained promotion to Division 3 of ACFL. He has 3 sons and a daughter who are currently playing with the club at various age groups and intends working for the club for as long as it wants him.

Pat Rice
Junior Hurling C'ship 1974 Final

Pat(left) Junior C'ship 2001
Pat(left) Junior C'ship 2001

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