Eire Og


Éire Óg lost the final of the South Antrim Junior Hurling Championship to Mitchel’s but compensated by winning the 1950 Intermediate Hurling League, beating Mitchel’s in the decider to avenge the JHC defeat. In 1951 it was a case of third time lucky as Éire Óg eventually won the Junior Hurling Championship in their third consecutive final. Ardoyne, Mitchel’s and Davitt’s (the latter two taking Éire Óg to replays) were dispatched before Éire Óg beat St Paul’s 4-5 to 1-3 in the South Antrim JHC final. Ossians, Glenariffe, awaited Éire Óg in the All County JHC final but they were swept aside 4-7 to 3-0 and Éire Óg won the JHC title in style.

The following year, 1952, saw Éire Óg win the Intermediate Hurling League again, but the footballers lost the 1952 Senior Football Championship Final to Rossa in a disappointing game.


1951 Junior Hurling Champions

Éire Óg has contributed many county footballers and hurlers who enjoyed much success in the Antrim colours, especially in the 1940’s and 1950’s. 1951 was the last year that Antrim won the Ulster Football Championship. Éire Óg had five representatives in the team - Jimmy Roe, Brian O'Kane, Peter O'Hara and Donagh Forde all started, while David O'Kane was one of the substitutes. Since the early 1950’s Éire Óg's glory days have faded somewhat, so too, funnily enough have Antrim's!! Jimmy Roe, Brian O’Kane and Peter O’Hara would go on to start against Meath in the All Ireland semi-final at Croke Park , but Antrim unfortunately lost 2-06 to 1-07.

Brian O’Kane, Jimmy Roe, Peter O’Hara, Donagh Forde and Jimmy Morgan won many medals with the Antrim county team in the 1950’s when Antrim was a dominant force in Ulster football. Honours that were won included the Lagan Cup, McKenna Cup and of course the 1951 Senior Football Championship.

The great Jimmy Morgan also graced the Antrim shirt at this time and Harry Vernon before moving on to O’Donnell’s was part of the Antrim team that won the 1941 Dr Lagan and McKenna Cups, whilst still an Óg. Jimmy Morgan was one of the finest footballers to have played for Éire Óg. During the 1940’s he was regular in the senior County team. At this time Antrim was a force to be reckoned with when it came to football. Jimmy won the Dr Lagan Cup in 1943 and 1947, the Dr McKenna Cup in 1945 and 1946 and the Ulster Championship in 1946 with Antrim. He, along with other Ógs, would win another Ulster Championship with Antrim in 1951.

Brian O’Kane’s brother, Hugh, also played senior county football and was the captain of the first ever Queen’s team to lift the Sigerson Cup. Peter O’Hara was another regular county player and along with Hugh, became a very good golfer. The Ógs also had an international soccer player in their team. Tommy Forde played for Northern Ireland throughout the 1950’s as well as playing football for Éire Óg.