Eire Og

2000

After the barren 1990’s, the new millennium brought new success. The Under 17 Sevens footballers won the South Antrim Championship in 2001 before the senior footballers won the 2001 Junior Football Championship, beating O’Neill Crowleys, Mitchel’s, Ballycastle and St Malachy’s on the way. Provincial competition followed, as Éire Óg were quarter-finalists in the Ulster Junior Club Championship, before bowing out to Newry Mitchell’s from Down.

In 2002 Éire Óg reached the Martin Cup final losing to St Agnes, after having put out McCracken’s and Gort na Mona. Tommy Rice, an Éire Óg legend died in 2002. He had won the 1948 SFC, played hurling for Antrim, was on the county board and performed all tasks within Éire Óg, being highly respected throughout Antrim GAA circles.

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2001 Junior Football Champions

In 2005 Éire Óg won their fifth Martin Cup, beating St Malachy’s in the final. 2006 saw Éire Óg win the Irish News Highly Commended City GAA Club Award, while the following year they went one better and won the 2007 Irish News GAA Club of the Year Award – the perfect way to celebrate their 75th Anniversary. 2007 also saw another Martin Cup triumph come to the Ógs, beating McCracken's, St Agnes' and Gort na Mona on the way.

Éire Óg has really put a strong emphasis on youth and hurling in recent years. At underage levels Éire Óg has won leagues, tournaments and cups from Under 6 level up to Under 14, as well as contributing several Under 16 and Minor county footballers and hurlers. To promote hurling Éire Óg has run indoor hurling competitions for Primary School children and also introduced minor and senior all county hurling teams.