Congratulations to Kevin Lynch’s hurling club on winning the All Ireland Féile na nGael Division One title at Ownebeg on Sunday, they are the first team from Ulster to win the Division one title beating Dunloy from Co Antrim on a score line of 1-4 to 0-11.
St. Matthew’s GAC Drumsurn would like to extend there best wishes to Tiarnan McHugh and Eunan McAteer who played vital roles in the hurling success.
Tiernan has secured three All Ireland medals at Under 14 level in the past three years. This is Eunans first but the young man has another couple of years at this level to achieve more glory.
It was a very proud Eunan who visited his Primary School with the Christy Ring Trophy and some of his team mates.
Derry Post Report
It's in the nature of sport, especially Gaelic games, to infuse meanings beyond the playing of matches. Often these events provide memory maps, affirming life and providing meaning through highs and lows.
Sunday 22 June, 2014 was such a day. 12,013 days after the death of the man whose name is given to the local club, the young hurlers of Kevin Lynch's created their own history: becoming the first Ulster team to claim the national Feile Division one title.
Under Benbradagh's stoic frame, Owenbeg is situated about a mile from the town of Dungiven. The 55-acre site is given over to the promotion and playing of sport for the local community.
On Sunday past, it became the nation's playground as thousands of children, boys and girls, came to represent their own communities at the finals day of Feile nanGael.
Over two thousand people watched the Division one final which saw Dunloy Cuchullains take on Kevin Lynch's, whilst hundreds more watched simultaneously on another pitch as extra-time failed to separate Slaughtneil and Offaly's Ferbane in the Division Three final.
A Feile winner 32 years ago, Joe Brolly stormed the pitch in sheer delight as a last minute score saw his son's O'Donovan Rossa team secure the Division Two title in dramatic circumstances against Cork's Water-grasshill. Father and son united in the achievement of a Feile medal.
With Michael Davitt's Swatagh picking up the Division Two Shield, the mood was set for the main event Located on the main M8 motorway in North Cork.
Water-grasshill is twenty miles from the village of Cloyne, in turn around three-hundred miles from Dungiven.
Today, a little piece of the East Cork village resides in the North Derry town. Birth-place of the legendary hurler, Christy Ring, the trophy named in his honour and depicting Cloyne Tower will spend the next twelve months in the Mullan household.
Watched from the Owenbeg stand by his grandmother, Anna, and extended family, the Kevin Lynch's captain, Richie Mullan, received the trophy from GAA President Liam O'Neill after a pulsating finale.
It was fitting.
Along with Drumsurn native, Tiarnan McHugh, Mullan owned the second half of this finaL With each recording four points-a-piece, their score taking was at a standard as high as anything you will see at any level this year. 'King of the Town' said Twitter. Not far wrong.
Kevin Lynch's club motto is 'Courage and Loyalty'. They wear it on their sleeves, literally. Both were in evidence as a gallant Dunloy team placed a sizable challenge in front of the DeiTY lads.
A first half goal by Anton McGrath had given the Antrim team a major boost, and with it a three point lead as the first of the mandatory sub-stitutions were made after ten minutes.
With goalkeeper Darragh McGilligan in inspired form, the locals stayed close to the Antrim champions who enjoyed the best of play in the first half and led by two at the break.
Then it started. Point after point, six in all. rifled between the Dunloy posts before they could muster a response.
When it came, Sean Elliot's point in response put three between them as the final stages approached.
Dunloy pressed hard for the goal which they needed to rescue the game. Again, McGilligan performed heroics and following a goalmouth scramble Dunloy were awarded a 20m free.
This was do or die stuff. One by one the Kevin Lynch's players courageously raced to present their white shirts with black sashes in front of Dunloy ambition. The free taker would have to beat them all.
On this day, on this field, it was never going to happen. From a thicket of Dungiven ash emerged the sliotar to roars of approval from the large crowd.
And seconds later, 'The King of the Town' stuck one of the points of the tournament on a day to lift the hearts of all those present.
Scorers for Kevin Lynchs : Richie Mullan 0-4 (0-21), Tiarnan McHugh 0-4, Cathair McElhinney 0-1, Padraig O'Kane 0-1, Sean Kelly 0-1
Scorers for Dunloy : S Elliott 0-3 (0-1 I), A McGrath 1-0, C McKendry 0-1