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Antrim GAA
Antrim GAA crest.png
Nickname(s):The Saffs
The Glensmen
Dominant sport:Hurling
Ground(s):Casement Park
Loughgiel Shamrocks GAC, Loughgiel (Hurling)
Corrigan Park, St. John's GAC, Belfast (Football)
County colours:Saffron and white   
County teams
NFL:Division 3
NHL:Division 1B
Football Championship:Sam Maguire Cup
Hurling Championship:Liam MacCarthy Cup
Ladies' Gaelic football:Brendan Martin Cup
Camogie:Jack McGrath Cup

The Antrim County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (Irish: Cumann Lúthchleas Gael Coiste Chontae Aontroma) or Antrim GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic games in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. The county board is also responsible for the Antrim county teams.

The county hurling team contested All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship (SHC) finals on two occasions: 1943 and 1989. The county football team contested All-Ireland Senior Football Championship (SFC) finals on two occasions: 1911 and 1912.



Clubs contest the Antrim Senior Hurling Championship.

Antrim's first All-Star, Ciaran Barr, helped Belfast club Rossa to reach the 1989 club hurling final and put in a great show against Buffer's Alley. Dunloy were back in the All-Ireland club final in 1995, when they lost in a replay, 1996 and 2003 when they were heavily beaten.

County team

Antrim is the only Ulster county to appear in an All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship (SHC) final, the first of which was in 1943 losing to Cork and the second was in 1989 losing to Tipperary. In 1943 Antrim defeated both Galway (by 7-0 to 6-2) and Kilkenny (by 3-3 to 1-6) in the old Corrigan Park, but disappointed in the All-Ireland against Cork.[citation needed] Two years previously, Antrim had been graded Junior a year before, and had been beaten by Down in the Ulster final. It was only competing in the Senior Championship because the Junior grade was abolished. Antrim hurlers featured strongly in Ulster Railway cup final appearances in 1945, 1993 and 1995. In hurling, the progression that began with Loughgiel's success at club hurling level in 1983 (with players like 15-stone goalkeeper Niall Patterson) culminated in an All-Ireland final appearance in 1989.[1]



Clubs contest the Antrim Senior Football Championship.

County team

Liam Bradley (left), former manager of the Antrim seniors, with Armagh manager Peter McDonnell (right) at the launch of the 2009 Dr McKenna Cup
Liam Bradley (left), former manager of the Antrim seniors, with Armagh manager Peter McDonnell (right) at the launch of the 2009 Dr McKenna Cup

The county team was the first in the province of Ulster to appear in an All-Ireland final, in 1911 and repeated the feat again in 1912, losing on both occasions.

The county team has won the Ulster Senior Football Championship on ten occasions: 1900, 1901, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1946 and 1951.[2]

A drawn Ulster SFC semi-final with Derry in 2000 was one of the highlights of Antrim's football at inter-county level, alongside winning the 2008 Tommy Murphy Cup, beating Wicklow in the final and gaining revenge for losing the 2007 final to the same opponents. Antrim reached the 2009 Ulster SFC final, the first Antrim team to do so for 31 years. The team lost to the 2008 All-Ireland SFC winner Tyrone.[3]


Antrim have won the All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship six times and been runners-up ten times. Camogie arrived in 1908 with the foundation of Banba club, but the movement joined by clubs such as Crowley's, Mitchel's and Ardoyne was short-lived. A 1927 revival was more successful and in 1934 there were three adult leagues in Belfast, southwest and north Antrim.[4]

Antrim's successes include a three-in-a-row in 1945-7, with the benefit of dispute that removed their main rivals Dublin and the arrival of a Dublin coach, Charlie MacMahon, and the fact four of their semi-finals and two of the finals were played at Corrigan Park and Antrim was described as the "home of camogie."[5] Players from the Belfast league clubs such as Deirdre, St Malachy's and St Theresa’s and Glens villages such as Dunloy and Loughgiel Shamrocks to win all but a handful of the Ulster camogie championships played. They defeated Dublin in a 1956 semi-final that prevented Dublin winning 19 All Ireland titles in a row. O'Donovan Rossa won the All Ireland senior club championship in 2008.[6] Antrim are the 2010 All Ireland junior champions.[7]

Notable players include team of the century member Mairéad McAtamney, player of the year winners Sue Cashman and Maeve Gilroy, All Star award winner[8] Jane Adams and Gradam Tailte winner Josephine McClements, and All Ireland final stars Marjorie Griffin, Marian and Theresa Kearns. Marie O'Gorman. Celia Quinn and Madge Rainey. Rosina MacManus, Nancy Murray and Lily Spence served as presidents of the Camogie Association.

Under Camogie's National Development Plan 2010-2015, "Our Game, Our Passion",[9] five new camogie clubs were to be established in the county by 2015.[10]

Antrim have the following achievements in camogie.

Ladies' football

Antrim compete in the All-Ireland Junior Ladies' Football Championship.

Antrim have the following achievements in ladies' football.


  1. ^ "Flashback: 1989 All-Ireland SHC semi-final - Antrim v Offaly". 24 May 2020. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  2. ^ "Antrim - Cumann Lúthchleas Gael Uladh".
  3. ^ "Antrim Tyrone". BBC. 19 July 2009.
  4. ^ History of camogie in Antrim in Andersonstown News
  5. ^ The Evolution of the GAA by Donal McAnallen (Ulster Historical Foundation 2009) ISBN 978-1-903688-83-0
  6. ^ 2008 O'Donovan Rossa 2-15 Drom & Inch 1-10 Report in Irish Independent and on Archived 26 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine, Preview on
  7. ^ a b 2010 junior final replay Antrim 2-10 Waterford 0-12 report in Irish Independent, RTÉ Online Archived 2010-10-07 at the Wayback Machine and on
  8. ^ "All-stars on". Archived from the original on 3 December 2011. Retrieved 3 August 2010.
  9. ^ "Final goal for camogie". Irish Independent. Independent News & Media. 29 March 2010. Retrieved 29 March 2010.
  10. ^ National Development Plan 2010-2015, Our Game, Our Passion information page on Archived 1 September 2010 at the Wayback Machine, pdf download (778k) from download site Archived 16 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ 2010 drawn Junior final Antrim 1-9 Waterford 1-9 report in Irish Times, RTÉ online Archived 2010-09-14 at the Wayback Machine and RTÉ online match-tracker Archived October 17, 2010, at the Wayback Machine

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